As we begin this new year, many of us make resolutions to make healthier choices, and this includes eating better. There are few things in this life that we have control over, the food that we use to fuel and energize ourselves is one of those things. We all know this and, yet, this country as a whole still consistently overeats and eats things that are not good for our bodies. I’ve been working very hard to change this for myself, at home, and am now choosing to frequent establishments that support me in this goal.
Last Friday night was the bi-annual Gallery Hop in downtown Rock Island, Illinois. I always attend this community arts event held in December and May. Gallery Hop highlights local artists and their work by featuring them in the businesses. This December event was an opportunity for my sister and I to check out some new shops, as well as some of the well known shops in the District area.
This is a magical time leading up to the holidays. In the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, many of the historic downtown districts decorate for the season and celebrate with events, parades, shopping, fireworks, living windows, and Christmas walks. Thousands of people come to ring in the holiday season at these events.
Up until recently, I had never experienced the Rocky Horror Show. I had heard stories all growing up, but never found myself in a position to where I’d watched the movie or seen the live act. I decided to change that this fall season at The Speakeasy in downtown Rock Island.
Where were you on 9/11?
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.
Saturday, July 16, 2016, is the second annual River’s Edge Homebrew Festi-ALE. Located on the District Plaza of Downtown, Rock Island. Festiv-Ale welcomes over a dozen different homebrew clubs sharing their most creative and delicious homemade beers, wines, and meads to an estimated 500 attendees.
It’s going to be a Red, White, and Blue weekend in the Quad Cities. There is a plethora of activities to put you in the patriotic mood. Here is a list of fireworks!
If you see one stage show in the Quad Cities this summer, I believe you should make it Sister Act at Circa 21.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think you should limit yourself to only one show (there are so many great performances in the area to enjoy).
But this show is pure gold and I wish everyone could see it before its run ends on July 2. (Grab your tickets here.) My mom and I enjoyed a Sunday showing and have been reminiscing ever since. The entire evening was magical.
Monday, May 16th kicks off the 4th annual Quad Cities Beer Week (QCBW), and will run through to Saturday, May 21st. QCBW is put on by a group of local beer fanatics that use the week to recognize all the cool craft beer on-goings of the Quad Cities. Whether its beer from local or home brewers, delivered to us via distributors, or paired alongside a delicious meal, craft beer can be reveled with in many ways.