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Brucemore Announces Thursday Night Lineup, Evening Tours Explore Special Topics PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 09:49

Brucemore will offer a new series—Thursday Night Lineup: Brucemore Evening Specialty Tours—beginning on March 7 at 6:00 p.m. Every Thursday night will feature a different specialty tour focusing on topics for all interests, including arts and culture, Midwestern industry, gardening, landscape design, architecture, preservation, behind-the-scenes at Brucemore, and growing up in the early twentieth century. The schedule for the Thursday Night Lineup in March includes:

March 7, 6:00 p.m. – Standard Tour: Explore over a century of Cedar Rapids history through the lives of the three families who called Brucemore home. The families of Brucemore were business and community leaders in a century of evolution of the Midwest. The changes they made to their estate, the impact they had on their community, and the stories they left behind shape our understanding of modern Cedar Rapids, eastern Iowa, and the American Midwest.

March 14, 6:00 p.m. – Nooks & Crannies Tour – Visit every floor, peek into closed rooms, and satisfy curiosity through this all-access pass to the Mansion. Marvel at the Skinner pipe organ room, discover the architecture and oddities in the attic, and experience the sight and sound of a "rain storm" in the basement Tahitian Room. Examine the superior craftsmanship and learn about ongoing preservation work. The tour is not recommended for children under ten or individuals who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

March 21, 6:00 p.m. – Historic Landscape Tour: Cover 26 acres and over 125 years of history during this exploration of Brucemore's landscape. Each of the historic owners of this estate used the landscape differently. The changes they made to their gardens and grounds reflect their distinct personalities and the times in which they lived. The foundation of this tour is the design of noted landscape architect O. C. Simonds whose 1910 design still defines the way Brucemore is used and preserved today.

March 28, 6:00 p.m. – Hired Help Tour: Working on a Country Estate: Join a costumed interpreter during a tour exploring the lives of Brucemore's domestic servants in the early twentieth century. Consider what it was like to live and work on one of Iowa's grandest estates while discovering the servants' living quarters and the Servants' Village, an area only open to the public during this tour. Documents, photographs, and other materials from Brucemore's collections enrich visitors' understanding of the relationships between the employers and their staff.

Space is limited; advance ticket purchase recommended. Weekly tour topics for April and May, admission fees, and further details are available at or by calling (319) 362-7375.

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


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Written by Michelle Solis Russell   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 09:04

When: February 9, 2013 – 9:00 AM
Where: TRINITY Medical Center at Terrace Park – 4500 Utica Ridge Road, Bettendorf
(inside Main Entrance, straight back to the café/atrium)

LIVE UNCOMMON will be releasing 2013 details including announcement of the 2013
LIVE UNCOMMON Race Series – more than ten events receiving the LIVE UNCOMMON
Endorsement - selection based upon the events’ Give Back to the community. In 2012,
seven such events were endorsed by LIVE UNCOMMON, resulting in $17,500 in funds
raised by the 2012 LIVE UNCOMMON Race Team and distributed to the seven charities
benefitting from said events. The 2013 LU Race Series will include not only foot/road
race events, but also a charity tennis tournament and charity golf outing, and reach
from Davenport, Iowa to Geneseo, Illinois.

The 2012 LU Race Team will be presenting two “big checks” to charities benefitting from
the Team’s 2012 fundraising effort, including Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure.

Introduction of the 2013 LU Race Team will take place, among which is 12 year old
running phenom, Maddie Case, from Eldridge, who is running in 2013 for her Charity of
Choice, Make-A-Wish, and has raised more than $1,000 in one month. Maddie is the
reigning Iowa State 7th Grade Cross Country Champion. 12 year old LU Race Teamers
from Illinois include swimmer Christy Bishop from Rock Island and basketball girl Lily
Glackin from Moline. Of course, several adults running and raising for charities such as
St. Jude’s and Autism Research, will be introduced as well.

To be released is the announcement of the LIVE UNCOMMON Launch Crew Engines –
the big givers who make it all happen.

We are expecting about 100 in attendance, including hopefuls representing potential
2013 LU Race Series Events, LU Launch Crew Engine representatives, LU Charter Teams
(Pleasant Valley Girls Cross Country and Bettendorf Girls Cross Country), and LIVE
UNCOMMONers from as far away as Chicago and Wisconsin.

An LU Informal Run will follow the press conference – an event for all ages, paces,
distances, no worries, no limits, no entry fee.

Ballet Quad Cities Presents The Ugly Duckling PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ballet Quad Cities   
Monday, 04 February 2013 15:14

The Old Creamery Theatre replacing stage lights PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Friday, 01 February 2013 15:13

Amana – It’s out with the old and in with the new, lights that is, at The Old Creamery
Theatre! This week the theatre started work to replace the majority of lights that have
been a huge part of every production on the theater’s Main Stage since the 1970s.

Nicholas Hodge, master electrician at The Old Creamery Theatre said not only are the
new lights much more energy efficient but the light blubs have a longer lifespan.
Hodge, who is also a performer, said the new lights will also do something very
important - help to keep the performance space cooler. “Thanks to the newer technology,
90% of the heat generated doesn’t travel to the stage,” he said.

Because each of the new lights can serve various functions, Hodge said greater artistic
flexibility will be another benefit. “The older lights were limited,” he said.

The lights were purchased from BMI Supply of Queensbury New York and CLE of Des
Moines for $31,000. A combination of grants at $5,000 each helped to pay a portion of
the cost. Grants came from The Gethmann Foundation of Marshalltown and the Iowa
County Community Foundation.

The non-profit professional theatre also sold raffle tickets at $100 each to raise the funds
for the new lighting system, so The Old Creamery was not the only one to benefit from
the year-long raffle. 

Jesse Cooksley of Cedar Rapids was enjoying G. I. Holiday Jukebox last December with
his girlfriend when he decided to purchase a raffle ticket. Cooksley, 32 won the grand
prize of $5,000 and was notified on December17 of his good fortune. “I was surprised,”
he said. “It helped to pay for some Christmas gifts for the family.”

Various other prize amounts and names of winners are listed on The Old Creamery’s
website at

Others that are benefitting from The Old Creamery’s lighting project are some smaller
theatres who are happy to be able to use the old lights.

Coe College, Mt Vernon/Lisbon Community Theatre and ACT I in Vinton all plan to
use some of the older lights on their stages.

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded
in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 43 years of bringing live,
professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

REM Iowa Developmental Services, Theatre Cedar Rapids, and Legion Arts Collaborates for Community PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Wilhelm   
Friday, 01 February 2013 14:58

February 1, 2013 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa - "Theatre as a Community Collaboration"

Six talented individuals from REM Iowa Developmental Services Hiawatha (RDS) have
spent six exciting weeks preparing for a very special night.  As a cooperative effort
of REM Iowa Developmental Services, Theatre Cedar Rapids and Legion Arts, this self-named
group, the "Team of Super Awesome Rock Stars", will present "Three Awesome Fables"
at CSPS Hall on Friday, February 8th at 6:00pm to an audience of invited peers,
family, and community members.

Theater Cedar Rapids Education Coordinator Mike Wilhelm coached the actors weekly
with exercises to encourage self-expression and interactions between players.  Legion
Arts has generously allowed the use of the historic theater at CSPS Hall in Cedar
Rapids so the participants could have the full experience of presenting on a stage
where scores of artists have presented before them.   Local artist Sonya Darrow
worked with the actors to create inspiring and creative costumes.  Musician and
teacher Brook Hoover was eager to lend his musical talents to the show by collaborating
with the troop of six on innovative sound techniques.  Todd Kimm of Legion Arts
was instrumental in catching the vision and bringing the team together to make the
project a great experience. The actors responded with teamwork, cooperation, and
pride in their accomplishments.

The RDS actors have had a wonderful time learning about movement, projecting their
voices, and following stage direction.  "I like it.  I think it's fun," says Douglas
Franta, one of the actors.  Shawn Stender also had an enjoyable time, "It's great
and very beautiful," he says of the experience.   Stephanie Bawek, Program Director
and Kevin Connor, Program Coordinator will lend their acting chops to the performance
as well.   Kevin believes the experience will be a memorable one for RDS, "The individuals
involved relish the idea of being in the theatre," he commented.  Felicia Sales,
actor from RDS, agrees, "I like to be a mouse and I really enjoy it!"

The theatre experience exemplifies the RDS mission of quality programming and community
integration. It is one of many opportunities individuals in our services enjoy along
with art classes, music therapy, and fun fitness coaching.   We hope the relationships
created within the community through this project will continue to inspire opportunities
and enhance lives.

For more information please contact TCR Education Coordinator Mike Wilhelm at 319-366-8591
or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About Theatre Cedar Rapids

Among the region's largest and longest-operating community theatres, Theatre Cedar
Rapids is located in the Iowa Theater Building in the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids,
Iowa.  Founded by regionalist artist Grant Wood, TCR is a nationally-recognized
501(c)3 nonprofit community theatre embarking on its 79th season of quality local
programs that reach more than 55,000 eastern Iowans of all ages.  Core goals of
the organization center on the quality and accessibility of programs.  During the
August to July season, the 11 full-time staff, part-time help and contract artists
fill more than 3,000 volunteer placements and work together to create an ambitious
lineup of musicals, comedies, dramas and classics in addition to providing theatre
education programs. The mission of Theatre Cedar Rapids is "to provide quality theatre,
maximizing community participation and education in theatre arts to Cedar Rapids
and the surrounding region."

Quick Facts:

* 35,000 hours volunteered last year
* Over 60,000 patrons and participants last season
* Founded by artists Grant Wood and Marvin Cone in 1925
* An independent certified public accountant audits the theatre annually

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