It’s a beautiful time of year as we watch snow fall softly. The holiday lights twinkle in the dark skies and Christmas songs play in homes across the Quad Cities’ area. However, in an age of electronic devices, fast-paced lifestyles and brisk temperatures, it seems that many aging holiday traditions have become obsolete. This season Geneseo’s Red Barn recreates the dreams equated with Christmases past to create a winter wonderland perfect for all ages.
Monthly Archives: November 2018
The hassle of putting up holiday lights can disguise itself as both a blessing and a curse. While the bright lights look beautiful as the twinkle in evening among the layers of Midwestern snow, being able to string the lights on a house with a working GFCI-grounded outlet can be a pain. Even my fiancé and I have settled with solar lights we can throw up quickly for just a bit of bright, cheery light. As an alternate, we’ve traded in the show at our own home for the show others throw around the Quad Cities area. Driving through local neighborhoods and seeing the beautiful lights has become quite a tradition not only in our area, but around the country. AltSTATES Travel has taken this concept to the next level this year with their three-hour Ho Ho Holiday Light Tour on the Iowa side of the Quad Cities.
Throughout December, the Quad Cities has wonderful events and performances to celebrate the holidays. Plan your holiday getaway in the area around one or more of these events!
I love living in the Quad Cities, and in Rock Island specifically. One of the reasons is the murals that are literally almost around every corner. A few months ago, our family drove by the new mural on the corner of 14th Ave. and 30th Street every day to see the progress.
If you haven’t toured the murals of Rock Island lately, let me be the first to invite you to check out the artwork! It’s pretty rockin’. Here are some of my favorites.
The new exhibit, Literary Heroines: Their Times, Their Fashions, at the Putnam Museum is a brilliant blend of literature, fashion and book art. My monthly book club, Reading Between the Wines, decided that this was a fun way to celebrate literature. One of our members made our reservations at the Putnam Museum for the special luncheon which was designed specifically to attract book clubs.
SAINTS is a new boutique located in the Village of East Davenport at 2109 E. 12th Street in Davenport, Iowa. It opened up in July of 2018. I recently had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Sarah Alexander, to talk to her about her vision and all the great ideas behind the new shop.
It’s the holiday shopping season again. If you are like me, you are looking for a different shopping experience. Join in the fun of the 4th annual That Dam Shopping Trip. Named for Lock and Dam 15 , this “shop hop” experience is a 2-day event held on Black Friday, November 23 and on Small Business Saturday, November 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The brain child of local marketing guru, Brandy VandeWalle, this bi-state shopping event joins the downtown areas of Rock Island, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa.
‘Tis the season for great craft fairs in the Quad Cities. From vendor fairs to small church sales to big ones at the Expo Center and RiverCenter…I love a good craft fair. I love local, hand-made, creative, fun, unique gifts. I love the giveaways, the camaraderie, and okay…I love to shop!
Dance is the rhythmic and expressive movement of the human body. It is beautifully performed and staged 30 times during the year by the 22-year old Ballet Quad Cities. This month I was excited and honored to attend Ballet Quad Cities, Dracula, a classic tale “of love, lust and horror.” The return of this dramatic piece was staged in a new venue at the Spotlight Theatre and Event Center in downtown Moline, Illinois. Formerly the Scottish Rite Cathedral, the theatre is a worthy venue for professional dance.