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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.
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.
The Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House are located in the Overlook District of Moline, Illinois, at 1105-8th Street, Moline. Both historic homes once belonged to John Deere’s descendants but are now operated by the William Butterworth Foundation.
You can check out the tunnel tour at the Deere-Wiman House on Sunday, June 26 from 12-5 pm.
When my friend, Mary Kay, came to visit last weekend from Minnesota, I thought the best place to enjoy the beautiful fall weather was in Rock Island at the Black Hawk State Historic Site, a hardwood forest in the middle of an urbanscape. As a teenager, I had spent many hours in those woods exploring with my friend, Mary, who lived in Watch Hill. We knew the trails like the back of our hand.
The Quad Cities’ Third Annual Tweed Ride will be held on Saturday, October 24, guaranteed to be a day of bicycle riding and silly fashion fun. Inspired by the original Tweed Run that takes place in London, it is one of many that have sprung up around the world over the past few years; from cities in Russia to Seattle, Des Moines to Buffalo, New York, Tweed Rides are catching on as a fun way to spend a day.
When my cousin and his wife from Colorado visited the Quad Cities a few weeks ago one of the first things that they wanted to experience was seeing the Mississippi River. I had given them a packet of brochures from the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau Welcome Center in Moline and they found a riverboat cruise on the Celebration Belle to be most inviting to them.
We were happy to find that the Celebration Belle was doing a scenic cruise on July 4th at 2:00 p.m. so we took advantage of the perfect day! Being a local I was happy to see the number of tourists who were on the cruise. Everyone was excited to be able to take a leisurely and informative tour of the area on the historic river.
The once quiet river community of LeClaire, IA, located just north of Interstate 80 on Highway 67 used to be known for 2 things: NEVER speed, and don’t wear a necktie into Sneaky Pete’s Steakhouse or your server will cut it off and hang it on the wall!
LeClaire has quickly become one of Midwest’s top tourist destinations. Like a cosmopolitan version of a Norman Rockwell painting; LeClaire offers visitors the perfect blend of the traditions of yesteryear with a vibrant contemporary pulse that makes it irresistible to kids of all ages!
Here are 6 reasons why LeClaire is one of the top tourist destinations in the Midwest:
1. Amazing views of the Mississippi River and an eclectic collection of shops and businesses adorn the main street (Cody Rd.).
The Quad Cities is filled with historical gems and great architecture. One of the most enjoyable ways to see them is to take a guided walking tour. Wear your favorite walking shoes, bring a bottle of water and an energy bar to experience history!