Two creative arts events should be top on your shopping experiences in the Quad Cities this year. Both Rock The Arts and OMG BeckyFEST promises to work their shopping mojo on you!
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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.
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.
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.
Looking for a fine place to dine and drink? I suggest Fresh Eatery & Wine Bar in Downtown Moline. Moline is becoming the place to go for locally innovative restaurants and drink establishments. Recently my friends and I attended a production at The Black Box Theatre. Since Fresh is only a few block from the theatre we decided to try dinner there before the show.
In June my friends and I attended a production at The Black Box Theatre. The theatre, which opened in 2016, is located in downtown Moline, Illinois. It is within walking distance to many locally owned restaurants, drinking establishments, and hotels. This makes for a good mix of dinner and theatre for both residents and visitors to the Quad Cities.
The Quad Cities is alive with the arts! Artists and interested viewers should attend The 2nd Annual Plein Air Paint Out at Beréskin Gallery in Bettendorf, Iowa. Artists from through out the region will come for an all day “paint out” on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Just a short drive from the Quad Cities in Donahue, Iowa, is the most charming little eclectic flower farm business. Miss Effie’s Country Flowers has been in business since 2001. Lovingly run by Cathy and her husband, “Honey”, this farm on a hill invites you to return again and again. This time I returned for noodle and bread making classes.
The new Maurice Sendak traveling exhibition at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, was a destination for our family when visitors were in town for the week. I have enjoyed Sendak’s work for years and found the exhibit Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak : The Memorial Exhibition…50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons to be interactive and thought provoking.
Every June I look forward to the Aledo Rhubarb Fest in Aledo, Illinois. The Festival is pure Americana from the music to the homemade pies and food vendors. Aledo has mastered the art of the edible plant festival! For those that don’t know, “Rhubarb is a species of plant in the family of Polygonaceae and is a herbaceous perennial vegetable growing from short, thick rhizomes” that taste delicious when cooked with sugar.