Sunday during the summer months is the a good day to go to Rock Island, Illinois, to spend several hours at Skeleton Key Art and Antiques and the Artists’ Market. The artists’ market is a new addition to the farmers market in the parking lot of the mall.
Monthly Archives: July 2016
If you are anything like me, sometimes you need a break from the daily grind.
I recently attended my first Wine & Art at Figge Art Museum, and it was the perfect way to flex my creative muscles, wind down, and learn something new.
Time to lace up those running shoes hit the road again for the trademark Quad-Cities race of the summer: the Bix 7.
Beginning in 1975, the idea from the race came from John Hudetz, who wanted to bring the liveliness he experienced at the 1974 Boston Marathon to the Quad-Cities area. The idea sparked the seven-mile road race, marking the first time anyone in the QC area was allowed to run on the physical street for a road race.
I have found a new restaurant on the banks of the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa. Located a short walk west of the Davenport Sailing Club, which is one of the oldest sailing clubs in the country, and on the bike/pedestrian path, the Driftwood Pub is a wonderful addition to the area. If you crave good food with a river view and an outdoor dining experience, I highly recommend the Driftwood which offers the best view of the river in the Quad Cities.
Where were you on 9/11?
I was 12 years old, a few weeks into seventh grade. I got to my health class and noticed the TV was turned on. The teacher was standing in front of it, his hand at his mouth. Footage of the attacks. The planes crashing. The towers falling.
I remember the bus ride home was silent. As students were dropped off at their stops, their parents rushed out to meet them, cheeks wet.
By most accounts, I was still a child. I was shaken throughout the day – the week, the month, the year – but didn’t comprehend the attacks the same way an adult did.
Now that I’ve grown, I approach the 15th anniversary of 9/11 with a new set of eyes, experiences and emotions.
I now know the story of Stephen Gerald Siller, one of the hundreds of FDNY firefighters who lost his life while saving others on 9/11. He was 34 years old.
On Wednesday, June 16th I had the pleasure of attending my first Quad Cities Food Hub (QCFH) Local Roots Farm to Table Dinner. It was the sixth dinner that the QCFH has hosted in their upstairs event space, and I was beyond impressed. Not only was the food outstanding, but it also introduced me to a lot of cool, health-focused activity going on in and around the Freight House in downtown, Davenport.
Saturday, July 16, 2016, is the second annual River’s Edge Homebrew Festi-ALE. Located on the District Plaza of Downtown, Rock Island. Festiv-Ale welcomes over a dozen different homebrew clubs sharing their most creative and delicious homemade beers, wines, and meads to an estimated 500 attendees.
Every Sunday I wake up and treat myself to my favorite cup of coffee made by Redband Coffee Co. It is the New Orleans Style iced coffee, a combination of coffee concentrate, brown sugar, and whole milk. It is a delicacy all on its own; a sickly sweet, smooth beverage that is refreshing and satisfying in the ways only a great coffee can be. Why Redband?
Summer is the perfect start to healthy living. Warm weather and copious amounts of sunshine make it perfect to run, walk and bike the trails of the Quad Cities. It’s also perfect to get a jump start on that nutritious fresh farm food that is piled high at the Freight Farmer’s Market in Davenport, Iowa.
Since I am a fan of short day trips, I think Lavender Crest Winery in Colona, Illinois, is a must visit destination. Lavender Crest, which opened in 2004, is located on 9 acres of rich land. It is a special place to enjoy outside dining as well as indoor dining, special occasions and events. The outdoor dining area is on a shaded patio and looks out onto the vineyard and a large gazebo.