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MRDC Celebrates First Anniversary on January First Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Burchett   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:25

Le Claire, Iowa, January 2, 2012 – Mississippi River Distilling Company will be ringing in the new year and celebrating their first anniversary this Friday, January 6, during their First Friday Feature from 5:30-8 p.m.  MRDC officially opened their doors December 17, 2010, but the First Friday evening gives the public a chance to celebrate with the owners and distillers.

“This past year has flown by for us,” owner/distiller Ryan Burchett says.  “It’s been a great year of learning, growth and a lot of fun in the process.  We hope all our fans and supporters come out to celebrate this milestone with us.”

MRDC will feature two signature cocktails; a Mississippi Sunset featuring River Baron Artisan Spirit mixed with orange juice, grenadine and a splash of Sierra Mist and Hot Buttered Baron, a drink to warm you up on a cold January night.  Chef Stephanie Godke will prepare an orange cranberry sauce made with River Rose Gin and serve it over angel food cake.  She’ll also showcase River Pilot Vodka in a vodka vinaigrette antipasto platter.  Live music will fill the distillery to add to the celebration and discounts on bottles of spirits will be offered.

“This has been a banner year for us with nearly 28,000 visitors in the first year, the release of six products, and approximately 30,000 bottles of spirits sold,” Garrett Burchett, owner/distiller comments. “We’ve seen a lot of momentum and are excited for our second year of business.”

The brothers will continue to keep busy with their latest seasonal spirit, Windmill Rye Whiskey, to be released February 3 followed by the much anticipated second release of Cody Road Bourbon on March 2. 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.

Davenport Parks and Recreation January 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ron Summers   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 14:12



Look this month for the  Davenport Parks and Recreation Winter Session to begin January 9th as well as 2012 Davenport Summer Kids Passes ($50.00) that are now on sale.  Please check our website for all classes, all school out days, workshops on performing arts, sports leagues, life-long learning enrichment, Japanese, crafts, arts, tumbling, martial arts, adaptive and inclusive programs and more!  For all events go online www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks to register or call 328-PARK (7275) for more information.


  • Join us for Bald Eagle Days at the Quad City Expo Center: January 6-8th, Friday- 4pm-8pm, Saturday - 10am-8pm, Sunday - 10am-5pm. 

  • Junior Theatre Special Workshop: Friday, January 6th "Red Nose Clown" 5:30pm-8:30pm, for ages 10-18. $20.00 for the workshop.

  • WINTER CELEBRATION at CENTENNIAL PARK and The River's Edge: January 8th 2pm-4pm.  Chills and thrills are what you will find at this fun filled family event.  Put on your coats and mittens and come join us for some inside/outside winter fun.  We will have snow sports (weather permitting), hot chocolate, and activities for kids.  Outdoors at Centennial Park will be winter trucks displays, snowshoeing, disc golf baskets, eagle watching and Snowstar information.  Inside at The River's Edge will be face painting, snowflake making, photos, arts and crafts and Silver Skates (registration and fee required).
  • January 9th-WINTER SESSION CLASSES BEGIN! Please go online to see all the classes and programs offered.  Over 500 classes to choose from!  Classes range from wellness to performing arts, lifelong learning to sports leagues.  We have something for all ages and abilities! 

  • Indoor Park-for Preschoolers and Toddlers at The River's Edge.  Monday-Thursday 9am-11am.  Drop in fee of $5.00/day or $40.00 for 10 punches, $60.00 unlimited.  Must have parent with child/children at all times.  Space is available for your little one to come run around, play with jump ropes, hula hoops, parachutes, slides and more.  When you're getting stir crazy inside your house-come let your little ones have indoor recess!

  • Lifelong Learning Clinic: Children and the Internet:  January 25th, fee $10.00, 6:30pm-8pm at Kimberly Center Library.  Register online. 

  • February Reminders:
    • Wendy's CHILI GOLF OPEN-Saturday, February 4th Tee times 8am-1:30pm.  Fee $15.00 per golfer or $60.00 for a team.  Located at Credit Island.  Come play some winter golf, and warm up with delicious Wendy's Chili.  Concessions with beverages available all day.  Canned food taken for the food pantry.  

    • Daddy Daughter Dance - Sunday, February 19th, 5:30pm-8:00pm at the River Center Mississippi Ballroom.  This event fills very fast.  You must preregister-no registrations taken at door.  Please go online or call 328-PARK (7275).  Cost: $40.00 per couple, $20.00 for each additional daughter.



RIVER'S EDGE- Located at 700 W. River Drive (Across from Modern Woodmen Park)

  • Public Skating:  Visit website for current schedule for all public skate sessions - www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks  

  • Learn To Skate:  Ice skating is a fun and enjoyable recreational activity for people of all ages!  Learn how to skate through the US Figure Skating Association's "Learn To Skate" program at The River's Edge.   Classes meet for 7 weeks. Each session runs for 45 minutes. 
    • Open House, learn all about the program and meet the instructors.  Date:  Thursday, December 29th from 6:00pm - 7:00pm at The River's Edge.
    • Winter Session:  January 5 - February 18, 2012
    • Early Spring Session:  February 23 - April 21, 2012
      (No class the weeks of March 11 and April 1.) 
      • Days/Times: Thursdays from 5:15pm - 6:00pm or 6:00pm - 6:45pm Saturdays from 8:00am - 8:45am or 8:45am - 9:30am
      • Fee:  $92/person (includes annual US Figure Skating Association membership)
      • Skates are provided.
  • First Shot:  Next session begins January 5th Learn to play hockey for adults! Ten - 1 hour long classes Thursdays at 9:30pm.  $170/player. 

  • Adult C/D Hockey League:  Winter session begins January 8th.  Adult league for "C" and "D" level players.  Sunday Nights at the River's Edge.  $200/player, $150 for goalies. Individual or team registrations welcome.

  • Winter Celebration- FREE!:  Date: January 8th from 2pm-4pm.  Chill's and thrills are what you will find at Centennial Park and Rivers Edge!  Admission: Free*, Events at River's Edge include: Silver Skates (*Fee and Preregistration required), Face Painting, Snowflake Princess Photos, and Arts and Crafts.

  • Jamm'in At The Edge! - Especially For Teens!   Date: January 21st from 9pm- 11pm 
    Come on out and skate while you enjoy live local bands and DJ's. All ages welcome!  Admission:  $10/Person, $3/Skate Rental


indoor golf



Visit www.golfdavenport.com for all the latest features and specials at Davenport Golf Courses.

  • Indoor Golf Practice Range, NOW OPEN at The Rivers' Edge, 700 West River Drive. Call 328-PARK (7275) or click www.golfdavenport.com for daily schedule and availability.  

  • Golf Gift Certificates - The perfect gift for the golf enthusiast in your family!  Purchase at any Davenport public golf course or at the River's Edge.  Available in any denomination in multiples of $5.

  • Duck Creek Golf Course will remain OPEN as weather permits through the winter season. Call proshop 326-7824 for daily conditions.

  • Red Hawk Lodge - This clubhouse gathering and meeting space is now available for rental for your holiday parties!.  Call 563-328-PARK (7275) for availability and prices.
Call Your Davenport Golf Professional for Fall/Winter specials on merchandise an apparel. Ron Thrapp (Emeis Golf) 326-7825, Matt Hasley (Duck Creek Golf) 326-7824.

NYE edition of this week in downtown Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Downtown Davenport   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 14:10
New Year's Eve arrives on Saturday this year and we have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the holiday downtown!  River Music Experience is hosting two fantastic NYE shows featuring Family Groove Company and Ghost Science. Support local youth during the upcoming Winter Blues Concert and participate in the Community Drum Circle, too.

Celebrate in style and reserve your spot at the NYE Gold Room Party at Hotel Blackhawk!  Guests will enjoy dinner with wine service, a hosted bar, live entertainment by the Josh Duffee Orchestra and more.  The Radisson is also taking reservations for a special Brady Street Chop House NYE Dinner.  Yum!

Matt Matt Walch will be singing big band standards during Rhythm City Casino's NYE party, and Jordan Danielsen will be performing free live music, as well.  Don't miss the casino's midnight martini toast and your chance to win cash during the Boys Are Back promotion while you're there. 

Blackhawk Bowl & Martini Lounge and Brady Street Pub will both feUFCature live DJ's on NYE.  Are you a UFC fan?  Stop in Brady Street Pub on Friday to watch the big UFC 141 fight  featuring Brock Lesner live on TV!

driving range Do you love golf but hate winter?  Keep your game sharp all season long by using the new indoor driving range at River's Edge!  Don't forget the Freight House Farmers Market is open indoors throughout the winter too on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Mac's Tavern justmac's launched a delicious new menu featuring bangers & mash, Irish stew, mac & cheese, and more! Stop by for dinner this week and give it a try.  We're getting hungry just thinking about it. 

All of our bars and pubs will be hosting New Year's Eve parties of some kind, so look no further than downtown to celebrate the holiday.  If you're seeking a place to stay, book a room at the Radisson Quad City Plaza or Hotel Blackhawk while they last.

We'll see you downtown, and have a safe and happy holiday!

The 18th Annual Iowa Illinois Regional Auto Show features announced PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carol Slaughter   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 13:41

The nation’s largest auto show producer, Motor Trend Auto Shows, announces the 18th annual Iowa Illinois Regional Auto Show, coming to the Davenport RiverCenter Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10-12. The event, which showcases 2012 autos, and some 2013 models is a joint effort of auto dealers of 18 counties in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

Show times are:

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 10 & 11 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Special events during the show include:

Guests will be offered a chance to win $10,000 in the Break the Bank Code Contest.

Friday is Quad City Times Day at the show. Special promotions are planned.

Sunday: Family Day -- Kids 12 and under free with paid adult. Personal appearance by famed cartoon character Scooby Doo sponsored by
MediaCom . There will be a petting zoo, jumpy inflatables, and professional balloon artists making animal characters for kids and perform magic tricks.
More information will be coming as special vehicles are announced.

Proceeds from the Auto Show benefit the Iowa –Illinois Regional Auto Show  Scholarship Fund. Over $175,000 has been given to college bound and trade school students to date. $30,000 is expected to be given at this year’s VIP Premier Event.

For more information, visit www.quadcityautoshow.com or call Nissi Marketing at (563) 388-6744.

Mozart’s The Magic Flute by the Des Moines Metro Opera PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:37

Davenport- The Des Moines Metro Opera will be performing Mozart’s The Magic Flute on Tuesday February 7th at 7pm at the Rogalski Center at Saint Ambrose University, located at 518 West Locust St. Davenport, IA.

Mozart’s delightful commentary on love, forgiveness, tolerance and the brotherhood of mankind has become one of the most beloved operas in all the repertory. Filled with star-studded queens, dragons, bird-catchers, heroes and heroines and noble priests, The Magic Flute is a spectacular potpourri of worldly and heavenly delights all set with sublime enchantment to some of Mozart’s greatest music! One of our most popular shows, The Magic Flute returns to OPERA Iowa after an absence of ten years and is the perfect opera to delight and dazzle audiences of all ages. Sung in English with piano accompaniment. Show lasts approximately 2 hours.

Tickets are $15 for General Admission, $25 for Premium seating, and free for students. Tickets are available at the German American Heritage Center at 563-322-8844 and at 712 West Second St. Davenport, IA. This event is made possible by the Riverboat Development Authority

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