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Mississippi Valley Blues Festival Honored with National Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen McFarland   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 16:25

Just in time for its 30th anniversary in 2014, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival has been honored with a Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the international Blues Foundation of Memphis TN.  The coveted award, in the U.S. Festival category, is the equivalent of lifetime achievement recognition.

The Blues Foundation notes that the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival has become “one of the longest running, most prestigious blues festivals in the world. Held on the shores of the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa, this event features music on two outdoor stages and educational presentations. Four different times, the festival has moved due to river flooding, but each time, festival organizers have been up to the task. Beginning in 1995 with Honeyboy Edwards, the festival inaugurated its RiverRoad Award to honor the true legends of the blues. Thus far, 36 men and women have been so honored.”  The Festival is also the only major blues festival in the nation to be produced by a non-profit, all-volunteer organization—the Mississippi Valley Blues Society.

Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues world.   Unlike the Blues Music Awards, which recognize the past year's best in recordings and performance voted on by thousands of The Blues Foundation's members, the KBAs are awarded to non-performers strictly on the basis of merit by a select panel of blues professionals. Affiliated organizations, past KBA recipients and members of The Blues Foundation's Board of Directors are eligible to submit nominations.

The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival was nominated for the KBA award by musician Michael “Hawkeye” Herman, himself a 1998 KBA recipient for Education and a former member of the board of directors of the Blues Foundation. In his nomination, Hawkeye noted that “The 2014 KBA Award would be a most auspicious way of honoring this event's 30 years of hard work and dedication to ‘Keeping the Blues Alive’ in both spirit and action.”

The Blues Foundation will present 20 individuals and organizations with KBA awards during a recognition luncheon Friday, January 24, 2014, at the Downtown Memphis Doubletree, during the International Blues Challenge weekend of events.

Congratulations to the 2014 Keeping the Blues Alive Award recipients:

  1. Affiliated Organization: Crossroads Blues Society of Illinois - Rockford, Illinois
  2. Art: Cristen Craven Barnard - Senatobia, Mississippi
  3. Club: Kingston Mines - Chicago, Illinois
  4. Education: Tas Cru - Chaumont, New York
  5. Festival (International): Cazorla Blues Festival - Cazorla, Spain
  6. Festival (U.S.): Mississippi Valley Blues Festival - Davenport, Iowa
  7. Film, Television and VideoStefan Grossman - Sparta, New Jersey
  8. Historical PreservationGeorge Mitchell - Fort Myers, Florida
  9. InternationalThe Royal Mail Hotel - Goodna, Queensland, Australia
  10. Journalism: Gene Tomko - Lafayette, Louisiana
  11. Literature: Gerard Herzhaft - Lyon, France
  12. Manager: Marcia Weaver - Jackson, Mississippi
  13. Photography: Dick Waterman - Oxford, Mississippi
  14. Producer: Tom Hambridge - Nashville, Tennessee
  15. Promoter: Myron Mu - San Francisco, California
  16. Publicist: Frank Roszak - North Hills, California
  17. Radio (Commercial): Jerry Schaefer - East Islip, New York
  18. Radio (Public): Larry Lisk - St. Petersburg, Florida
  19. Record Label: Stony Plain Records - Edmonton, Alberta
  20. Special Committee Award: Blue Star Connection - Winter Park, Colorado


Party With a Purpose Provides Holiday Food Baskets & Gifts for Quad Cities Seniors THIS THURSDAY! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Arp   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 11:17

The 5th Annual Holiday Hat Bash presented by Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 5:30-9 p.m. at CASI 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA

The 5th Annual Holiday Hat Bash presented by Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors will once again make holidays special for Quad Cities Seniors, by providing food baskets and gifts. The Holiday Hat Bash event is an evening of fun, music, delicious food, a hat contest, raffles, silent auction, Necker’s Jewelry Give Away and much more. There will be 25 spectacular raffle & silent auction baskets. Decadent gourmet hors d’orvres and desserts will be featured by chefs from local senior living centers. Hats are always fun, but are optional.

Walk-in’s are encouraged and welcome! A suggested $35 donation includes food and 3 drink tickets & a night of fun! All proceeds will provide holiday gifts and food baskets for Quad Cities Seniors.

Can’t attend? Donations are gratefully accepted and may be sent to:
CASI 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA 52806 or at www.hatbash.com.

For information call: (563) 386-7477 or visit: www.hatbash.com.


Festival of Trees Holiday Parade Time Change PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Megan Schoff   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:22
WHAT:  Quad City Arts Festival of Trees Holiday Parade
DATE: November 23, 2013
TIME: 10:15 am
WHERE: Downtown Davenport, IA

Quad City Arts announces a time change for the 2013 Festival of Trees Holiday Parade. The parade will step-off at 10:15 a.m. and will follow the same route as 2012 (route map attached). This event is free.
Quad City Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to the growth and vitality of the Quad City region through the presentation, development, and celebration of the arts and humanities. All Quad City Arts programs are partially supported by Festival of Trees, Quad City Arts Partners and operating grants from the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency) and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.

LeClaire Comes Alive With The Holiday Spirit! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cindy Bruhn   
Monday, 18 November 2013 14:29

LECLAIRE, Iowa - Christmas in LeClaire, December 6-8, 2013: Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 10am-8pm and Sunday, December 8 10am-4pm.

Be sure and attend Christmas in LeClaire, the annual event offering fun for the whole family. There will be baked goods and handmade crafts from local crafters at the LeClaire Civic Center (127 S. Cody Road) and Snow Lodge No. 44 (113 S. Cody Road). They’ll be offering their cookie tins that you can fill with your choice of homemade cookies and bars as well as serving a great lunch on Friday and Saturday.

Stop in at Reusable Usables (322 N. Cody Road) Friday and Saturday from 10am-8pm and Sunday 10am-4pm for Free Family Drop-in Art. Kids can have Breakfast with Santa at Happy Joe’s (119 N. Cody Road) on Saturday from 8-10am (Kids $4.50/Adults $7.50) and then join him at Santa’s Playhouse (in the Medic EMS Building at 107 N. Cody Road) for fun activities from noon to 3pm. Santa will also be at the LeClaire Bierstube on Saturday from 1-4pm. Bring a gift to be donated to Star Gifts for Kids and receive a free kid's meal!

Enjoy riding the Trolley from 11am to 7pm on Friday & Saturday and from Noon to 4pm on Sunday with stops throughout the downtown. Author Blake Ross will be signing his books and illustrative prints at the LeClaire Civic Center. Also at the Civic Center is a Silent Auction where you can bid on wonderful packages and baskets with items donated by LeClaire area businesses.

Watch for the Strolling Santas and Christmas characters from Around the World as they mingle in the downtown. All the local shops will be offering a wide array of items for your shopping pleasure. You’re sure to find the perfect gifts for the Holiday Season.

Local restaurants will be open for your dining pleasure. Be sure to pick up one of the Christmas in LeClaire brochures at the LeClaire Civic Center, area shops, or LeClaire Information Center (122 N. Cody Road) for a list of participants and schedule of events. For more information, call Joyce: (563) 289-4205 or Diane (563) 370-3509.

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LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Announcements - 11/15/2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Friday, 15 November 2013 14:15



November 30th – Shop Small Business Saturday! Remember our unique and wonderful local businesses, restaurants and services! Thank you for shopping locally!


Strolling Santas and Characters needed for Christmas in LeClaire! Santas and characters from All Over the World welcome children and the young at heart to Christmas in LeClaire, December 6, 7 and 8!  Male and female volunteers are needed for all 3 days and for 2 evenings.  Please contact Kim DeWall at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for dates and times!

LeClaire businesses, attractions, churches, clubs, and LeClaire Chamber members: Would you like an opportunity to promote your business or group during the holiday season? For $15 you can display a decorated Christmas tree or decorated wreath at the LeClaire Information Center (LIC). Here are the guidelines for your tree or wreath: 1) size of tree should be 3 ft. or smaller; wreath should be normal door size or smaller; 2) we will allow up to six small decorated trees and six decorated wreaths; 3) design/decorations are subject to Tourism Board's approval; 4) you can put the name of your business/group somewhere on the tree or wreath; 5) your business/group will be thanked publicly in the Chamber Friday email and on the Tourism Facebook page for having provided decorations at the LIC; 6) proceeds will go to the Christmas in LeClaire committee.  DEADLINES: Reserve your spot by Wednesday, November 20th. Drop off your decorated tree or wreath with payment to the LeClaire Information Center no later than Tuesday, November 26th at 3:00pm. This is limited to the first 12 businesses/groups that respond and reserve a spot (six trees and six wreaths) and is open to all LeClaire businesses, attractions, churches, clubs, and LeClaire Chamber members. TO PARTICIPATE: Contact Cindy Bruhn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-650-7963.

Enjoy extended shopping hours until 8pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at many LeClaire stores starting Friday, November 29th and going until Saturday, December 21st. And, many stores will be open until at least 3pm on Christmas Eve for that last minute gift or stocking stuffer!



The Shameless Chocoholic and Sweet Dreams Guest House 200 Jones St., LeClaire.  Specialty chocolates and confections - indulging never tasted so good! And, indulge in a great night’s sleep by reserving the Guest House! Call Jen or Rebecca, 563-289-1339www.theshamelesschocoholic.com


Valley Bank 2102 Spruce Hills Dr., Bettendorf, IA 52722 – 563-344-8960At Valley Bank, we are committed to making a meaningful and positive contribution to the communities in which we are located. This community spirit and involvement has been at the root of Valley Bank since its founding in 1993 and continues today in the 18 communities that we serve. www.valleybank.com




By November 15th – Grace Marine needs your help! Grace Marine has applied for a $250,000 grant from Chase (the bank/credit card company) as part of a newly launched program, Mission Main Street Grants. In order to be eligible, we had to submit a grant application outlining our plan that would result in the growth of our business and how it would benefit our community. We also have to receive at least 250 votes on Facebook to be eligible to win. If you would, please click on the following link and vote for us before Nov. 15. And if you are willing, pass this along to any friends who may be willing to support us as well. https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/46890 If we can get the 250 votes we need we’ll be considered for one of 12 grants they’ll award in January 2014. Thank you!


November 17th – Faithful Pilot Brunch 3 courses for $25.00 seating at 10:00am & 12:30pm


November 18th – Economic Development Meeting. Great River Financial Services. 8 a.m.


November 19th - BUNCO! LeClaire Civic Club will be having BUNCO - 10 am - 12:30 pm. It will be free this month. Dessert and prizes will be provided. Come play! It's easy!! Come and join the fun!


November 20th - Straight Talk with Liz Ann Sonders 12:00pm – Eric Johannes, Charles Schwab - 5345 Elmore Ave #300 - Davenport, IA  52807. Please RSVP 563-275-3659


November 21st – LeClaire Community Library – Endowment Reception for the Green Tree Library Fund, a special endowment planted for the long-term benefit of the library and our community - 6:00-8:00 P.M. The Black Watch Room at Pebble Creek, 3851 Forest Grove Drive, LeClaire, Iowa. Enjoy live music, hors d'oevres and tastings from Wide River Winery and Mississippi River Distilling Company. RSVP Encouraged by November 18th, Walk-Ins Welcome; 563-505-6703 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Hosted by the Friends of the LeClaire Community Library.


November 22nd & 23rd - Enright’s LeClaire Super Car Wash – Annual Holiday Promotion The weekend of the 22nd and 23rd, offering $2.00 Automatic Car Washes or a Free Wash with purchase of tokens.  This event kicks off our “Holiday Token Sale”, now through January 12th. 8 tokens for $30. Each token has a value of $6.50. Tokens Make Great Gifts! Stock up for Winter!


November 22nd & 23rd - Mississippi Cottage Antiques and Fine Art's "Beat the Holiday Rush" Two-day Sale! Spend $50 - $99 and receive 12% off. Spend $100 or more and receive 15% off. These discounts are good on everything except paintings and quilts that are on consignment. http://www.mississippicottageantiques.net/


November 23rd – Faithful Pilot Cooking Class! Chef Robert will be doing a cooking class once a month!  Class is at noon and cost is $20.00 and you receive a complimentary glass of wine with the class!


November 23rd - River Valley Optimist Club Trivia Night - LeClaire Civic Center - Gather your friends together, bring some snacks and drinks and come for a little friendly competition! Doors open at 6:30pm and trivia will start at 7pm. Cost is $10 per person with a $50 minimum per table (up to 8 people per table). All proceeds will go towards the River Valley Optimist Club and programs for children in the community. 50/50 raffle, Mulligans and door prizes. Call Josselyn Smith at 563-723-1877 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for you table Reservation.


November 29th – Faithful Pilot open until 4pm for lunch for all the shoppers!
November 30th – Shop Small Business Saturday! Remember our unique and wonderful local businesses, restaurants and services! Thank you for shopping locally!


Save the Date


December 4th - Why Everyone Needs an Estate Plan 12:00pm – Eric Johannes with Charles Schwab - 5345 Elmore Ave #300 - Davenport, IA  52807. Please RSVP 563-275-3659


December 6th- First Friday in LeClaire! 5-8pm

Mississippi River Distilling Company Food and Spirit Tastings www.mrdistilling.com

Wide River Winery Wine Samples.

Faithful Pilot Live Music, 8:00p.m., with LeClaire’s very own Bobby Ray Bunch!

Aunt Hatties – Come in for a red velvet cupcake!

Razzleberries – Booze cake while it lasts!

Restaurants and several shops will be open late!


December 6th-8th - Christmas in LeClaire 2013!

Friday – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Crafts and Silent Auction at Civic Center

Free Trolley Rides

Strolling Santas

Cookie Tin Sales

Bazaars and Craft Fair

Baked Goods

Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa – 8-10 a.m.

Santa’s Playhouse – 12-3 p.m.

Strolling Santas

Crafts and Silent Auction

Cookie Tin Sales

Bake Sale

Free Trolley Rides

Sunday – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free Trolley Rides

Strolling Santas

Local Stores Open

Crafts and Silent Auction at Civic Center

For more information, contact Joyce 289-4205, Diane 370-3509, Vicki 289-3882


December 7th - Santa will be at the LeClaire Bierstube 1-4pm. Bring a gift to be donated to Star Gifts for Kids and receive a free kid's meal! http://bier-stube.com/


December 7th – First Saturday in LeClaire!

Mississippi River Distilling Company – open till 8 p.m.


December 8th – Faithful Pilot - 392 Caffe from Clinton Coffee TakeOver! The Faithful Pilot will be open for lunch as well!


December 10th – LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Networking Lunch - Hungry Hobo, noon. Everyone welcome!


December 13th – Bier-Stube starts celebrating 12 days of Christmas specials! http://bier-stube.com/


December 15th - Faithful Pilot Wine Tasting 3:00-5:00p.m $15.00 for 15 wines.  All wines purchased will be here for your Christmas Dinner Table!


December 19th - Market Snapshot with Liz Ann Sonders 3:00pm – Eric Johannes, Charles Schwab - 5345 Elmore Ave #300 - Davenport, IA  52807. Please RSVP 563-275-3659


December 31st – Faithful Pilot - New Years Eve - 7 courses includes champagne toast at the end of your meal.  Seatings at 6:00 & 8:30 for $100.00 per person (no coupons or discounts) $50.00 for a wine pairing will include 5 glasses of wine per person.




Visit the NEW LeClaire Chamber of Commerce website www.leclairechamber.com and see our updated Facebook page!


Locals Love Us – Quad Cities has presented Aunt Hattie's an award for 2013/2014 Best Gift Shop! Aunt Hattie's is the winner of 4 out 18 voter groups: Education, zip code 51265, Household income of $40 K to $69,999, and gender - female. Congrats, Aunt Hattie’s!


LeClaire Antiques and Appraisals current hours are Friday through Mondays 12-4pm or by appointment until Dec. 23.


Faithful Pilot - Every Wednesday 1/2 priced wine night with Chef Tapas menu to go along side. Don't forget to book all of your holiday parties with The Faithful Pilot or bring Chef Robert into your home and let us cater your holiday event! Now open for lunch, 12-2, Wed-Sat.


"Something NEW” at the LeClaire Civic Club – BUNCO! Every third Tuesday from10:00 AM through 12:30PM!  Call Debbie for details - 563-289-4458.

Buffalo Bill Museum Expansion “It's an exciting time in the museum's almost 57 year history,” said Robert Schiffke, Executive Director of the Buffalo Bill Museum & River Pilots' Pier, “as we start another expansion of our facility.”  The women who were members of the LeClaire Women's Club, who founded the museum in 1957, wouldn't recognize the building today, but they would see many of the items first exhibited in its original location at 114 North Cody Road, LeClaire. Included will be an Archival Workroom allowing careful access to the museum's extensive print and photograph collection, a ”hands on” classroom for children visiting the museum, and exhibits that highlight LeClaire's role in the region's economic growth through its shipyards, button factories, and river pilots who opened the region to river commerce.  An architectural drawing of the expansion is available for public view at the museum during regular hours, and donations towards the expansion are being accepted. “We appreciate the support of the community in this project, and donations of artifacts and funds are always welcome.  We are truly a community institution, and volunteers have grown the museum into the LeClaire landmark that it is today” said Connie Curlott, President of the Board of Directors.  The museum is open 9am – 4pm, Mon.-Saturday; 12noon – 4pm, Sundays. Call 563-289-5580 for more information or to donate to the project.

Last call to get your Business Artwork hanging in the LIC before the busy holiday shopping season! There is canvas artwork hanging on the walls of the LeClaire Information Center (LIC) of several businesses including Wide River Winery, Style with PM Interiors, Steventons, Blue Iguana, Grasshoppers, Mississippi Cottage Antiques, Mississippi River Distilling Co., First Central State Bank, Twilight Riverboat, The Shameless Chocoholic, Riverview Dental, and Bierstube. This opportunity is available to all LeClaire businesses that want to make arrangements with Margo Moffitt and pay a one-time fee of $125 to have the artwork produced. It also costs you $100 per year to have the artwork displayed in the LIC. This is an inexpensive way to showcase your business to everyone who comes into the LIC (we have had about 19,500 visitors in the LIC over the last 14 months). It also helps visitors find your business (especially if you aren't right downtown), and aids the volunteers when answering visitors' questions. If you are interested, please contact Margo before Nov.15 at 563-355-6400.

Do you have Residential or Commercial property available? If you own residential rental property or commercial property that is available for lease or sale in the greater LeClaire region, please contact the LeClaire Chamber of Commerce, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with a property description, complete contact information including phone numbers and rental or purchase pricing. As a service to the community, we would like to have the information available so we can share the most up-to-date information on our website!


Primitive Cottage is collecting food for the Princeton Presbyterian Church's Food Pantry which is in great need of food donations. They have helped alot of people, and now they need our help.  Donations can be dropped off at Primitive Cottage in LeClaire. Please check the expiration date on items because anything that has expired can't be given away.

First Presbyterian Church of LeClaire Meals for Seniors at the church every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon. Good food and a time to visit with others. Please call 563-289-3646 and make a reservation 2 days in advance.


Chamber 2013 Networking Events – Everyone welcome to attend!

December 10th - Hungry Hobo - lunch – noon


LeClaire 2013 Events Calendar:

First Fridays each month 5:00-8:00 P.M.

December 6-8 - Christmas in LeClaire

Family Nights at the LeClaire Rec Center: Details at www.leclairereccenter.com

www.LeClaireChamber.com and visit the Chamber on FaceBook!

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