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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.

Thunder Bay Hosts a Whiskey Dinner PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anne Coffman   
Friday, 13 April 2012 15:13

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 6:00pm

Thunder Bay Grille has teamed up with Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery from Cedar Rapids, to host a Whiskey dinner on Thursday, April 25th at 6:00 p.m. Jeff quaint, Master Distiller and proprietor of Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery will host the dinner, answering questions about the handcrafted Whiskeys, brandies and Limencello. "We are very excited to have Jeff come and answer questions and share his knowledge of high-quality, handcrafted whiskey, It's going to be a very enjoyable event," comments Nick Cox, Chief Executive officer of Thunder Bay Grille in Davenport.

Guests will enjoy a four-course meal, prepared by Executive Chef Andy Wildermuth Each course paired off with samples of Whiskey which is selected to compliment that course. Dinner starts with a Whiskey reception and the last course will allow guests a choice of enjoying a dessert inside or the gentlemen can enjoy a cigar and a bonfire on the patio while sipping whiskey.

The cost per guest is $60 per person . If you have any questions, or to make your reservation please call Thunder Bay Grille at (563) 386-2722 or visit

Thunder Bay Grille is located at I-80 and Brady Street, in Davenport, IA. # #

Bayside Smoothies now offering Friday delivery; catering, too. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tish Howlette   
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:51

Bayside Smoothies and More of Davenport is now offering delivery to your office on Fridays.  Call 563-391-6360 for specific details.

Bayside Smoothies can also take care of your catering needs, any day of the week except Sunday.  Again, call Tish at 563-391-6360 or visit them online at for more information.

If you're tired of the same ol' burgers and sandwiches for lunch, why not give Bayside a try?  REAL FOOD, REAL GOOD! Our menu includes such delights as the Caribbean Chicken Panini, Ham & Mango Wrap, Turkey Antipasto Panini, Spicy Baja Beef Wrap and many more.  We're open for breakfast, too, so try our Breakfast Ciabatta sandwich or our Good Morning Smoothie made with oatmeal, bananas and cinnamon.

And, as our name says, we have the most wonderful smoothies for your enjoyment. Strawberry, Pineapple, Banana, Orange, Mango, Mixed berries and chocolate-covered Bananas.  Choose up to two fresh flavors for a great treat!

Chick Beer Launches in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nancy Hauswald   
Friday, 06 April 2012 12:55


Chick Beer, a new beer created by a woman, exclusively for women, is now available in Iowa stores and restaurants, and bars. The superior light lager with a big beer taste weighs in at only 97 calories and 3.5 carbs. And make no mistake about it – this isn’t your boyfriend’s (or any man’s) beer. Chick Beer was created for fun-loving, smart, independent women who embrace life with a passion.

Chick Beer is no gimmick. Brewed in Wisconsin, Chick Beer is actually crafted for the feminine palate. Its flavor emphasizes soft malt over bitter hops. Many women prefer a less bitter flavor. In fact, some scientists claim that women are genetically predisposed to avoid bitter flavors, a vestige from the time when women were “gatherers.” Bitter flavors warned of potential poisons, so women quickly learned to avoid them. Additionally, Chick Beer is lightly carbonated, a feature that women also embrace.

Iowa joins a select number of states in the country where Chick Beer is available. It debuted in Maryland (home of its founder) in August 2011, and has since taken off like a rocket. One liquor store manager in Indiana recently said, “Women love this beer! They buy their first six-pack because it’s different and fun, but they come back to buy a case because they are, frankly, really surprised at how good it tastes. Chick Beer is going to be hot!”

Shazz Lewis, founder of Chick Beer, tells how the idea was, well, hatched. “For many years, my husband owned a wine and spirits store in Maryland. One day, I was looking at the beer cooler, which had more than 400 different beers in it, and I had an ‘aha’ moment: Why wasn’t there a beer that shouted out to me? I’m a woman who enjoys drinking beer. I’m a wife, daughter, sister and mother of five daughters. Why wasn’t there a beer that celebrates, or even acknowledges my, well, ‘chickness’?”

I couldn’t let go of that idea, and so began doing some research. I found that women consume 25 percent of all the beer in the United States – that’s 700 million cases a year – but no one has ever addressed this segment of the market. Until now.”

Although the name of the beer came to Lewis in a dream, in retrospect its moniker is obvious. “For years,” Lewis chuckles, “men have dismissed lighter beers as chick beers that are so not what ‘real men’ drink. But since when is chick a bad thing? I decided to turn the pejorative ‘chick’ upside down and use the word as a celebration of the strength and power of women. I also decided that Chick Beer packaging would be anything but subtle. There’s no mistaking the bright pink logo against the silhouette of a little black dress and an over-the-top feminine font. No one will mistake Chick Beer for a dude’s beer.”

Chick Beer is being distributed in Iowa by Johnson Brothers, who sold out of their initial shipment within days of receiving it. The distributor is reloading and working hard to get Chick Beer to all the Iowans who are asking for it. If you don’t see Chick Beer on your stores’ shelves or at your favorite watering holes, get uppity! Tell the proprietor you want Chick Beer now. Retailers can call Johnson Brothers at 515.262.1199.

Consumers looking for places that are selling Chick Beer can visit and click on the Chick Finder map. Chicks are hatching in Iowa at a fast and furious pace. The map is regularly updated, so please keep checking back.

Chick Beer is more than just another beer on the shelf. Lewis has pledged to donate 5 percent of its net profits to charities that empower women, primarily in the communities where the beer is sold. “I don’t believe that there is another beer company in the U.S. that has made this kind of commitment to women,” she says.

“I’ve been fortunate all my life in that I’ve had a loving, supportive family, educational opportunities, and jobs that have been professionally and personally rewarding. I’m now at a time in my life when I can fulfill a long-held dream of mine – to give back some of my good fortune to other women who haven’t been as lucky.”

The Chick Cares initiative, which contributes both to national charities that empower women and to local organizations in the states where Chick Beer is sold, has recently announced its charitable giving plans for 2012. Details are available at

If you want to be among the first in the country to taste Chick Beer, you’d better hurry. Its Facebook page has nearly 6,000 “likes” from all over the globe. Women are asking for it in all fifty states, and around the world.


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