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MRDC Releases Queen Bee Honey Whiskey May 4 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Burchett   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 14:39

Le Claire, Iowa, April 30, 2012 – Fans and whiskey enthusiasts will soon be able to find another Mississippi River Distilling Company whiskey on store shelves.  Queen Bee Honey Whiskey will be released for sale this Friday, May 4.  This is a corn whiskey infused with fresh honey from beekeepers near Preston, Iowa, just 30 miles north of the distillery.  The use of fresh honey is unique says owner and distiller Ryan Burchett.

“There are several honey whiskey products on the market, but if you look closely at the label you’ll see that they are actually labeled as liqueurs and not whiskeys,” Burchett comments.  “That’s because once you add sugar to a product, you can’t call it whiskey anymore.  Queen Bee is whiskey with real honey added to it, nothing else, which provides a nice smooth sweetness without overwhelming the palate.”

Queen Bee Honey Whiskey is the latest seasonal product to be released by MRDC.  Each seasonal product is a limited bottling, usually 3,000 – 4,000 375-ml bottles total available for distribution.  The idea behind each seasonal spirit is to bring some unique products to the market and also partner with other local businesses to incorporate new local ingredients.

The distillery is limiting production to 6,000 bottles of Queen Bee Honey Whiskey.  “It’s our biggest seasonal yet,” said owner and distiller Garrett Burchett.  “We did 3,200 bottles of our seasonal rye whiskey in February and distributors were sold out in six weeks.  We’re making a little more of this one, so hopefully it will last a bit longer.”

Friday, May 4 will also be MRDC’s “First Friday” with a Cinco de Mayo celebration from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  The First Friday feature event is a free open house and May marks the one year anniversary of these monthly evening socials.  Chef Stephanie is preparing a honey mustard sauce with the new Queen Bee Honey Whiskey and celebration the fiesta night with fried bananas.  The bar will feature a couple different kinds of margaritas prepared with River Baron Artisan Spirit and River Rose Gin.

Mississippi River Distilling Company is open from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 PM Sundays.  Free tours are offered to the public daily on the hour from 12 to 4 PM or by appointment.  The tour takes visitors through the entire distilling process.  Tours end in the Grand Tasting Room with free samples of products for those patrons over 21 years of age.  Mark your calendars now for the next release of MRDC’s Cody Road Whiskey on Friday, June 1.

Thunder Bay Mother’s Day Brunch PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anne Coffman   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 13:05

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch on Sunday, May 13 from 9am-3pm

Thunder Bay is having a special Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch from 9am-3pm on Sunday, May 13, 2012. The Brunch will Prime Rib, carved ham, peel & eat shrimp, smoked salmon, omelet station, homemade waffles and salad bar, pastries, fresh fruit and your favorite breakfast items. Also the brunch will be featuring a chocolate fountain and a champagne fountain.

Adults will be $20.99, Children 5-10 years old will be $9.99 and Children 2-4 will be free.

The restaurant is now taking reservations for this Mother’s Day Brunch so call today to reserve your table. The dinner menu will be available after 3pm. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Thunder Bay Grille 563/386-2722 or now you can make your reservations online at

Thunder Bay is located at 6511 Brady St, Davenport


Happy Joe’s Celebrates its 40th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristel Whitty- Ersan   
Monday, 30 April 2012 10:54

Happy Joe’s Celebrates its 40th Anniversary 11/16/12.  We have just established The Happy Joe’s Kids Foundation.  This foundation will  be dedicated to helping children with special needs and their families.  Watch for details on a huge event at the iWireless Center in Moline, IL to be held 11/20/12 where Happy Joe’s will host a Special needs conference dedicated to our cause.  It will include a breakfast, vendor show, luncheon and special needs dance party!  We have many surprises in the works and are extremely excited.  We plan to make this a legacy event. 

Go to to learn more.  The site is still somewhat under construction but will be updated with new details on a regular basis from now until our event.  Joe Whitty, Kristel Whitty Ersan and Larry Whitty will all be available for interviews regarding this foundation and Happy Joe’s 40th Anniversary. You may contact Kristel Whitty- Ersan at 563-650-4680 with any questions you may have.

Mississippi Valley Blues Society Presents Annual BluesFest Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Norman   
Friday, 20 April 2012 14:39


The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents its annual Fundraiser on Saturday May 12 at Martinis on the Rock (4619 - 34th Street, Rock Island, just south of Blackhawk Road). Admission is $20, which includes food and entry into drawings for door prizes.  The party, which includes a silent auction, begins at 6:00 p.m., with the music starting at 7:00 p.m.  All proceeds will benefit the 2012 Blues Festival, to be held June 29-July 1 at Davenport’s LeClaire Park.

Music will be provided by three bands who have won the Iowa Blues Challenge and represented the state of Iowa at the annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN.  The Steady Rollin’ Blues Band, The Candymakers, and The Mercury Brothers will each take the stage in Martinis’ brand new outdoor music pavilion, situated in back with a stunning view of the scenic Rock River.  After the three sets, the MVBS will host a jam session.

The theme for this Fundraiser is Beale Street, the storied avenue in Memphis where the blues was born and raised, and where Iowa Blues Challenge winners have pursued blues fame and fortune at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge.  It’s fitting that the MVBS bring Beale Street to the Quad-Cities, considering that since 2000, 10 of the 12 Iowa Blues Challenge winners have been from the Quad-Cities.

Over the years, local blues fans and MVBS members could always be counted on to have a strong presence at the annual International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis, arguably the greatest concentration of live blues in the world, and always the guarantee of seeing a great band—usually from the QCA—representing  the State of Iowa and making us proud.

On May 12, $20 will get you in the door, a ticket for door prizes and a trip through the buffet line.  In addition, MVBS will be featuring prize drawings, a 50/50 raffle, and a silent auction of valuable merchandise and gift baskets donated by area businesses and organizations, as well as rare blues memorabilia from the MVBS archives.

Along with our sponsors, donors, volunteers, members and supporters, the non-profit MVBS depends heavily on fundraisers such as this to keep our musical standards as high, and our Festival admission prices as ridiculously low, as they’ve been in the past.




Morel Mushroom Festival April 28th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dan Shockey   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:39
The 4th annual Stark County Morel Mushroom Festival will be held Saturday, April 28, at Thomas Park in Wyoming, Illinois, 40 miles northwest of Peoria. The Festival will feature food, crafts, family activities, and a Morel Mushroom Auction that will start at 2:00 p.m. The Festival will run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There is no admission fee.

Mushroom sellers are to register for the auction from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Morels to be auctioned must be in clear 8 oz. bags, cleaned but not washed. A $2.00 fee per bag will be charged to the seller. A drawing will be held at 1:00 p.m. to determine the order of selling.

The auction has been renamed in honor of Fred Howard who worked to make the auction a success and who actively supported the community.

New for 2012 are a free morel hunting seminar at 1:30 p.m. and a grade school coloring contest with prizes awarded at 1:00 p.m.  The bad-weather back-up site will be the new Stark County Community Center in Wyoming.

The Central Illinois Agricultural Society will offer hayrides pulled by an antique tractor. “World’s Best” mushroom soup and other festival food favorites will be available for purchase. Thomas Park is located 2 blocks west of downtown, at 300 W. Elm St.

The event is hosted by the Stark County Community Center and the Stark County Economic Development Office. For more information, please contact chairman Duke Frisby at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , phone (309) 883-3057, or Dan Shockey at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (309) 695-2900.

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