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Geneseo creates nostalgia with Christmas at the Red Barn

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.

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Rockin’ Rock Island Murals: Tour the City via Wall Art

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.

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It’s A Winner! That Dam Shopping Trip

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.

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Ballet Quad Cities: The Art Is In The Details

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.

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After school workout at Elevate Trampoline Park

While most of us want to get in a nap after work, the younger loved ones in our lives are still a bubbling and bursting ball of energy. A trip to the park or playing in the backyard works most of the time, but every so often a special trip is in order to bounce out the energy before and/or after homework and dinner time. Elevate Trampoline Park in Milan has just the right “after school energy burn” special that will delight children and their parents and guardians.

Opening late summer, Elevate Trampoline Park is one of the newest additions to popular trampoline park scene in the Quad Cities. Continue reading After school workout at Elevate Trampoline Park

Meet the Unhuggables of the Forest: A Fantastic Family Event

Meet the Unhuggables of the Forest is a fabulous family event hosted by Citizens to Preserve Black Hawk Park Foundation and co-sponsored by the Sierra Club Eagle View Group. The annual event is an absolute delight featuring a variety of forest animals and the qualities that make them unhuggable/huggable and lovable/unlovable. My family attended for the first time this year and WOW! I was impressed. So were the three of my sons (ages 7, 4 and 2) that joined me.

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Ragged Records Opens Second Location

Independent music store, Ragged Records and Music, located at 418 E. 2nd Street in Davenport, Iowa, is one of the most popular destinations for vinyl in the Quad Cities Area. With one of the largest used record selections in the Midwest as well as being seated at the foot of the Arsenal Bridge, it is accessible for travelers and locals alike.

Now wax fans (and CD collectors) have two locations to dig through, Ragged Records & Music just opened up a spot at 311 1/2 21st Street in Rock Island, Illinois. While there will be some overlap in vinyl inventory, both stores will offer different selections as well as other music related products.

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All Senses Festival – 2018

All Senses Festival returns for its second year in the Quad Cities, September 25-30.  All Senses is a multi-art experience, held over several days, with collaborative efforts from many different artists and businesses.  There will be many mediums of art available to enjoy during the week; audio art and film, live music and spoken word, food, drink and antiques. Throughout the festival there will be many opportunities to feed all of your senses on both sides of the river.

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