Going through winter and the back/forth in temperatures before spring finally decides to stay, it’s important to remember the beauty on the other side of winter when we’re feeling that the snowfall and cold temperatures will never end. Think of the sunshine and outdoor adventures. Think of taking the ones you love, your favorite kiddos, or just yourself on an adventure to the local zoo.
When I am running errands in downtown Moline, Illinois, my place to go is Cup A Jo Cafe. Open for over 12 years, Cup A Jo serves breakfast, lunch, and bakery items with coffee and tea specialties as well as Italian soda, hot chocolate, and organic Oregon black Chai tea. Their menu offers fresh salads, 14 sandwiches, soup, and various hot and cold breakfast/bakery items.
ComedySportz Quad Cities is a fun evening for the whole family (well, maybe not the babies, but most everyone else). Two teams of comedians square off in a competition of funny. The blue team and the red team compete in a variety of improv games with the audience judging the funniest team in each round. At the end of all the rounds they tally the points and the best team wins! Additional humor is added by the referee, “Mr. Voice” from the sound booth, and hilarious memes and gifs on the big screen.
Boetje’s Mustard is a locally made with an Old World Dutch recipe. It has been stone ground and wood-aged since 1889 in Rock Island, Illinois. The recipe hasn’t changed, and for the foreseeable future, it won’t. I was recently fortunate enough to get a tour of the facility and see how and where one of the most famous products from the Quad Cities Area is made.
Easter is coming up (April 1). If you are looking for brunch locations in the Quad Cities, check out one of these places for reservations.
My feeling is that it is important to explore the past to understand the present and to prepare for the future. With this in mind, I went with my antique club to take a tour of the Rock Island County Historical Society. Located since 1962 in the historical area of Moline, Illinois, across from the Deere-Wiman Home and Butterworth Center, the volunteer-run historical society has been in existence since 1905. In the past decade, there have been many changes and additions to the museum and research facilities.
A few years back father and son duo, Chad and Nieko Summers, started Healthy Harvest Urban Farms in East Moline, Illinois. It’s an organic community garden and garden center. They have recently taken this venture and extended into a storefront in downtown Rock Island.
Augustana College’s John Deere Planetarium hosts its annual holiday show “Season of Light”. Have you ever wondered how the night sky has influenced holiday traditions? Was it astrologically possible for the Star of Bethlehem to shine all day and night? What might the movement of stars and other historical astrology tell us about what took place years ago?
With an abundance of shopping choices for the holidays, I was happy to be able to find many gifts at one of my favorite locally owned stores, WaterMark Corners. Owned by mother-daughter team, Barbara and Amy Trimble, WaterMark Corners is a specialty gift and stationery store. The store is in three historic buildings on the John Deere Commons across from the John Deere Pavilion in downtown Moline, Illinois. It is always a pleasure to shop in the beautiful surroundings.