With the Quad Cities located on the fourth largest river in the world AND settled in and around many other waterways and bodies of waters, it’s a great place to fish! June is an especially fun month to get started because there are some fun fishing events, including FREE fishing days both in Illinois and Iowa. Being so close to the border, we can take advantage of both states’ license free weekends.
Monthly Archives: May 2019
Most of us have heard of Alexander Hamilton, whether it was in history class or from the very popular Broadway musical. He was a U.S. founding father and the first Secretary of the Treasury in the country. Admittedly, our current interest in him was pretty much non-existent until Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical on the historical figure became a great obsession. But while we’re singing along and watching the story play out on the stage, it’s important to differentiate the fact versus fiction portions of the show — something Miranda notes himself in his own reflections of his masterpiece. The truth in history and the passion for Hamilton’s life is coming to Moline Public Library this summer.
Summer nights in the Quad Cities are made for sitting outside, enjoying the warm evening, watching kids play games, and chatting with friends and family. Because the Quad Cities has so much great local music talent, we can make your 2019 summer evenings even better with live music every night of the week at these free outdoor summer concert series for all ages. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy!
Escape Rooms are becoming quite popular around the nation and the Quad Cities has followed suit now with five different locations. An escape room is an interactive, mystery solving, group activity filled with puzzles and clues following an adventurous story line. You and your teammates enter into a room with a mission, some guidance, and have to solve your way out. They are very fun and great team-building, bonding experiences.
Though the motive for each establishment is the same – fun and excitement – how they deliver the games is a bit different at each location. There are some things to keep in mind before showing up to play.
A new I-74 bridge has been a dream for decades. I’ve been hearing about the “new bridge” since I took my first steps. But all great engineering and design takes time and now construction has begun. With the years of expectation, it’s no wonder everyone wants more of a peek then the quick sneak preview you can take when driving across the current bridge.
What will it look like? What will it feel like when you’re on it? What is going to replace the bridge that is a integral part of the Quad Cities? So many questions that only have a true answer with the cutting-edge technology the last decade has brought us — and has created a virtual experience for us all to answer those questions about our new bridge.
The Quad Cities welcomes back QC Beer Week in May! This year the local celebration will be Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17. Due the recent flooding, this year QC Beer Week is all about cities supporting cities, brewers supporting brewers. A portion of the sales of the week will be donated to the flood relief effort.
The Quad Cities is now home to 12 breweries, with a few more in the works. Because of this awesome amount of breweries, the week is highlighting a different city each day, encouraging the community to visit and support the breweries in each city, each night of the week.
During the 2019 Flood in Davenport, Iowa, our family like many others in the Quad Cities headed towards the wettest places. We found other Quad Citizens supporting the businesses near the flooded streets. Our family safely checked out the flood from the downtown Davenport Skybridge and then headed to a Quad Cities local favorite: Antonella’s Ristorante.
Family friendliness is one of the top factors that sets the Quad Cities apart from other areas. In the last 20 years, many new store fronts, restaurants, and activities have blossomed. New families have moved to town and the number of people visiting the Quad Cities has increased.
What we do here, we do with joy and compassion, and what impresses me the most, as a teacher and as a life-long QC resident, is how many families head out to family-friendly activities that support a worthy cause. During the upcoming spring and summer seasons, there are plenty of opportunities for such fun, starting with the Sunrise Village event!
Quad Cities Still Open for Business Despite Record Setting Flooding on the Mississippi River
The Mississippi River at Davenport, Iowa, has reached flood stage. The barrier protecting the eastern portion of downtown Davenport from the Mississippi River flooding was breached on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Several blocks in downtown Davenport are under water, but the majority of the downtown remains accessible. While the floodwaters are impeding certain areas along the river’s edge, the majority of businesses in the downtown areas remain open for business, for residents and visitors alike.