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Brucemore Evening Mansion Tours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Monday, 01 October 2012 13:19
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Explore over a century of Cedar Rapids history through guided evening tours of Brucemore, a 21-room Victorian Mansion, Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Experience the art, furnishings, technology, architecture, and stories preserved at Brucemore. Tours will begin every 30 minutes and last approximately 50 minutes. The last tour will start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children between the ages of 6 and 18, and free to Brucemore members. Purchase tickets the night of tour in the Brucemore Store and Visitor Center.

Brucemore is offering evening tours in conjunction with the new fall event—Scarecrow Invasion. From October 13 through 27, visitors will find scarecrows made by families, organizations, and businesses on display around the property. Awards for best scarecrow and various other categories voted on by the public will be announced on October 22. For more information on the Scarecrow Invasion or how to participate, please call (319) 362-7375 or visit

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit



Join the German American Heritage Center Bus Trip to The Christmas Schooner musical in Chicago! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Monday, 01 October 2012 07:53
We hope you will join us as we travel to Chicago's Mercury Theater on Saturday, December 8th! This is a fantastic opportunity to see the beauty of the city at Christmastime as we walk the Christkindlmart and see the heartwarming tale of the Christmas Schooner!

Tickets are $100 for members and $110 for non-members. The bus company is holding our place but the theater company needs to hear from us as soon as possible! Call 563-322-8844 today to reserve your spot! We look forward to hearing from you and spending this wonderful day in your company,

THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER is based on a beloved Chicago story. The 'Rouse Simmons', a Great Lakes schooner, was known as "The Christmas Tree Ship." Its captain risked life and limb to transport fir trees from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Chicago's German immigrants during the late 19th century. A timely and stirring tale of love and loss, The Christmas Schooner reminds us of tradition, and our responsibility to celebrate the living while honoring our heritage.

October Art Show at Rock Island Main Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Monday, 01 October 2012 07:24

Rock Island artist Bill Marsoun will exhibit his works at the Rock Island Main Library second-floor art gallery, 401 19th Street from Oct. 2 to 31.

Marsoun’s work may be well known to local theater patrons. For the past 40 years, he has been the principal scenic artist for the Quad City Music Guild, painting full-stage scenic backdrops on canvas measuring 16 by 40 feet, as well as directing shows. “Over the years, I have worked in almost every high school and community theater in the Illinois Quad Cities,” says Marsoun.

More recently, Marsoun has concentrated on a more professional approach to art, selling works on a broader scale. He enjoys working in watercolor and acrylic, painting floral scenes, landscapes and presentations of golf holes. His work is presented at Stardog Gallery in the Bucktown Arts Center in Davenport, and in a showing at Creekside Winery in Coal Valley. In December, Marsoun will show his works in Creston, Iowa. His paintings can also be seen in local pubs, vineyards and restaurants.

Marsoun taught math and art at Washington Junior High in Rock Island for 35 years, and is a graduate of Alleman High School and Illinois State University. He resides in Rock Island with his wife, Cathy.

For more news about library events and hours, visit the library website at, sign up for an email newsletter, follow the library on Facebook or Twitter, or call 309-732-7323 (READ.)


MRVAD Fall Art Drive PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Diane Volrath   
Friday, 28 September 2012 15:38

The Fall Mississippi River Valley Art Drive is a self guided art drive featuring artists of all media in their private homes, studios and galleries November 3 & 4, 2012. This is the 5th art drive for MRVAD and the 3rd year of internet presence at, offering a printable map of the drive locations, a description of artists’ work as well as a sample gallery and art events list. Approximately 300 artists, represented in 43 locations across Illinois and Iowa from Elizabeth to Kalona, are separated into 3 geographical sections for driving convenience. There is also bus group availability with Stephanie at Johannes Bus Service, 309-788-7932. This unique tour allows you to meet some of the artists, see their studios and interact with them to understand their creative motivation. This art drive includes an art foundry, art centers, garden art, painters, jewelry creators, authors, potters, fiber art, original porcelain dolls and recycled art. Designate an art day, have fun and fall in love with art!


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