It’s been a great first year for our blog about the Quad Cities. The first blog post was in March and over 100 blog posts followed. This year the team of 5 bloggers has covered food, family fun, festivals, outdoor recreation, shopping, gardens, music, and more. What was the top 10 of 2015?
Monthly Archives: December 2015
Bald Eagle days has been a monumental part of Quad Cities tradition for as long as I can remember. My parents would get us bundled up and put the snow boots on to drive along the Iowa Mississippi Riverfront from the Arsenal Bridge in Davenport to the LeClaire Lock and Dam to spot the eagles soaring in the gray winter skies.
I attended my first Gallery Hop! Hosted by the Downtown Rock Island Arts and Entertainment District, held on December 11 from 6-10pm. This art walk had 24 different “Hop Stops” between 16th and 25th streets and 1st and 5th Avenues in Rock Island. Each stop was a different District business or organization that showcased up to five different artists.
Today was a crisp and sunny December afternoon so I decided to head over the I-74 bridge from Illinois into Iowa to do some holiday shopping in the Village of East Davenport. The Village, which was first established in 1851 as a logging town, is a sixty square block district. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
I’m sure you’re aware of how many shopping days until Christmas (9 by the way). This weekend is the last Saturday before Christmas which can be the biggest shopping day of the year.
To give you some local help on where to look (and you won’t have to worry about shipping), here’s where our bloggers liked to shop this past year.
The Quad Cities doesn’t let a holiday go by without some special events, and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are not exceptions. The close of the old year and the beginning of the New Year brings exciting and affordable events and hotel packages.
Outdoor activities often take a back seat during the winter months. After all, it is easier to just throw on a pair of shoes and go for a walk when it is 78 degrees and sunny outside. Walking in the Quad Cities area in the winter time can be one of the most amazing adventures you can engage in.
The river is a magnet for wildlife and fun activities. Bundling up and going on an adventure stroll on one of the many bike paths that line both sides of the river will awaken your senses and give you a breath of fresh air. Continue reading Discovering the Magic of a Winter Walk in the Quad Cities
Hans Christian Anderson once said, “Where words fail, music speaks.”
This would be a perfect description of the beautiful performance known as Handel’s Messiah, that has come to be quite a tradition in the Quad Cities area. Continue reading Christmas at Augustana: The Messiah
Last Sunday my friend, Abby, and I decided to go to the German American Heritage Center to see the new exhibit, Amazing Advent Adventures. The exhibit is a wonderful collection of artistic advent calendars made by community members as well as calendars from local collectors and calendars from Davenport, Iowa’s sister city, Kaiserslautern, Germany.