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Annual Quad City Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair

The QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, Illinois, welcomed the Annual Quad City Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair on November 27, 28, and 29, 2015.

db_q11According to Conrad Enterprises, the company who puts on the event, they estimated 10,500 to attend throughout the weekend. Their website boasts over 200 different exhibitors comprised of “85% country crafts and 15% fine arts”, all hand made wares.

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Holidays at Hy-Vee!

We have all been that child (or adult) who has furiously tried to keep together the remaining shreds of a toppling gingerbread house. Why wouldn’t it stay together? Of course, most of us would quickly say that it had nothing to do with the frosting smeared directions that had been diverted from after step two, or the fact that cousin John Boy ate part of the graham cracker retaining wall. All in all, those years, it just “wasn’t meant to be.”

But forget the lost wanders of your childhood and avoid that disaster in your kitchen. Continue reading Holidays at Hy-Vee!

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Everybody Dance with Ballet Quad Cities & Art @ the Airport

Quad City Arts kicked off the holiday season with the juried art exhibit, Art @ the Airport: Everybody Dance, at the Quad City International Airport Gallery. This collaborative juried exhibition includes 24 works of art by 18 artists as well as costumes and head pieces specifically designed for various Ballet Quad Cities productions.

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Mallards Military Appreciation Night Yields Upcoming Jersey Auction

Despite torrential rain, high winds, and a tornado warning, nothing could turn 3,625 Mallards hockey fans away from the iWireless Center on Wednesday, November 11.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Quad City Mallards hosted “Military Appreciation Night” recognizing those who have served in the armed forces.

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5 Bakeries to Visit this Holiday Season

As it dawns on all of us that holiday season is here, the to-do lists inevitably begin to grow. Our normal day-to-day routines expand to include additional stops and shopping trips, seasonal chores and new craft attempts, and of course, baking. For some of those of us out there – like my mother – holiday baking is a joy. It is a several day event, that takes weeks of planning, and is a special, relaxing way for her to get into the holiday spirit.

baking_blundersFor me, however, baking is a tedious task, one that takes up too much time and makes too big of a mess for the end result. Rarely are my baking adventures successful, they’re usually dry and disappointing so I typically buy my desserts already baked by someone else.

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Running on Traditions

Everyone associates Thanksgiving with traditions.  Some people have gone to their grandparents every year since they were born, while others are beginning new traditions as they begin their adult lives. Over the years, my own Thanksgivings have changed from grandparents to being the family hosting Thanksgiving.

Next year, I could even host the special event (provided that I could fit all the people in my home), trying to begin another new tradition nearing the second decade of my life at nearly 20.

But even this year, I have decided to turn off my beloved Macy’s Day Parade. Continue reading Running on Traditions

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5 Don’t-Miss Parts of Festival of Trees

The radio stations may already be playing Jingle Bells. The stores may already have Christmas trees displayed.

But in the Quad Cities, the Quad City Arts’ Festival of Trees parade and festivities are really the kickoff to the entire holiday season!

It’s one on our favorite family activities – and something I don’t think anyone in our area should miss. And with 30 years under its (Santa) belt, I think everyone can agree that Festival of Trees has staying power.

This wonderful tradition has something for everyone. Here are my top five parts of Festival of Trees that you shouldn’t miss!

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