Bad Angle Events was formed when a group of Kalona-Wellman, Iowa area friends wondered if Celebration Hall on the Hillcrest campus might be utilized with more community-wide events. Celebration Hall is a surprisingly wonderful asset for a small rural Iowa community and the space was too nice to not be used to celebrate community in ways beyond Hillcrest’s own events.
The idea of hosting events in that space were tossed around for several years but then the onset of Covid put those ideas on hold. Once it seemed that the pandemic started winding down, the group felt this was a good time to for the planning to proceed.
The group of eight friends started meeting resulting in a lot of brain-storming and dreaming. The group's goals soon became clear, to bring in quality events that would provide a space for our community to gather and to share these experiences together as a community with a hope that we can celebrate each other and rebuild connections. In an era with ever-deepening social divisions and after experiencing the separation during the pandemic, the hope is that the community can rediscover our common bonds and the value of friendships.
The aim of the group is to host a wide variety of events such as musical acts both vocal and instrumental, speakers, people sharing interesting life experiences, etc. Hopefully to provide a chance to sit together with people you may not normally find yourself crossing paths with. But most importantly, to celebrate each other as people.
The group’s name was chosen because Celebration Hall is situated close to the Angle Road. There is also a definition for bad angle in show business that states: "A seat that provides a line of vision to a backstage secret." That seemed like a good fit as the group is looking to provide a way to help reshape a new vision of what a rebuilt community can be, possibly in surprising ways.