Homebrew Festiv-Ale 2019

Homebrew Festiv-Ale returns to the Quad Cities on Saturday, July 20, 2019. FestivAle is the only local beer festival that features over 50 home brewed beers.

This year’s Festiv-Ale from 2-6 pm at Wake Brewing in Rock Island, Illinois, features beers brewed by home brew clubs from all over the region. There will be a selection of beers from the local Quad Cities clubs:  MUGZ, REFS, Powder Keggers, and Trade My Home Brew.  There will also be home brew clubs from outside the area, including members of CRAZE from the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area as well as the Cedar Rapids Beer Society, who will have tents set up and will be pouring samples of their concoctions.

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The Village Herb Cellar

The Village Herb Cellar has a new location at 4811 North Brady Street, in Davenport, Iowa. I recently had the opportunity to meet with owners, Mary Evelyn Rollings and Mike Strong, to learn all about the business. The storefront itself has a lot to offer those visiting the new space–herbs, spices, oils, herbal supplements, candles, plant-based home needs, jewelry, teas, and homeopathic medicines–the place has it all. If you have any questions or curiosities, the staff considers themselves a resource and are more than willing to help guide you. Continue reading The Village Herb Cellar

Rockin’ Rock Island Artists’ Market 2019

You don’t want to miss the 2019 Rock Island Artists’ Market.

“The artists’ market is community at its best. It’s a venue for local artists and vendors to share their work and it’s in Rock Island. There are jewelry vendors, snacks, produce vendors, clothing, accessories, pottery. You could find a gift for any friend or family member, something beautiful for yourself and produce for lunch or dinner that night. I love how friendly and excited everyone is at these events and Brandy VandeWalle is amazing, organized and a joy to be around,” shares Sarah McCoy, Rock Island resident.

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Quad Cities Fishing Facts and Events

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.

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Hamilton’s Story at Moline Library

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.

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Summer Concert Series 2019

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!

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Escape Rooms in the Quad Cities

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.

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I-74 Virtual Reality Experience at Arsenal Museum

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.

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