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Written by QC Theatre Workshop   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:19

On September 26th, Davenport’s QC Theatre Workshop will hold its first trivia night fundraiser. The evening will feature trivia, raffles, and a silent auction. Doors will open at 6:30pm, and the trivia will begin at 7:00pm. Tables of eight are $80 (or $10 per person). Snacks and sodas will be available, and guests are invited to bring their own refreshments.

Registration is now open, and will continue through the night of the event. Teams can reserve their tables by contacting the QC Theatre Workshop at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-650-2396.

The QC Theatre Workshop began in August of 2012 with acclaimed performances of John Logan’s RED, and is currently presenting its ninth production, the comedy ‘Art’ by Yasmina Reza.

Since its inception, the Workshop has operated entirely under the unique and innovative “Pay What It’s Worth” ticket pricing policy, where audience members are invited to set their own ticket prices after each performance, based on what the show was worth to them. This policy has proven very successful, allowing the Workshop to provide live theatre without financial barriers to everyone in the Quad Cities.

In the spring of this year, the Workshop received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, and is beginning its fundraising activities with the fall trivia night. With sights set on the future, the theatre’s Board of Directors and Artistic Director Tyson Danner have high hopes for the growing company.

“The support we have received so far has been incredible,” says Danner. “We are constantly striving to increase both the quality and number of our productions, and our fundraising efforts are key to that effort.”

“We have been blessed with an incredible Board of Directors with a vast wealth of experience,” says Danner. The Workshop’s governing body includes:

·         Lora Adams (Director of Marketing & Local Content, WQPT)

·         Jessi Black (Community Arts Director, Quad City Arts)

·         Norm Bower (Development Director, Davenport Schools Foundation)

·         Steve Jobman (Minister of Music, First Presbyterian Church, Davenport; Artistic Director, the Quad-City Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops)

·         Dr. Corinne Johnson (Theatre professor, St. Ambrose University)

·         Philip Wm. McKinley (Director, Broadway’s The Boy from Oz and Spider Man: Turn off the Dark)

·         Aaron Randolph III (local playwright and composer)

·         Kelly Rundle and Tammy Rundle (local documentary filmmakers).


QC Theatre Workshop

1730 Wilkes Avenue, Davenport, Iowa, 52804



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"Art" Opens Today! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Friday, 15 August 2014 09:11
Opens today at the QC Theatre Workshop!

In this 90-minute, fast-paced comedy, three friends battle over the acquisition of a white painting...
with white lines...
for $200,000.

Adam Michael Lewis
Aaron Randolph III
Mike Schulz

Click Here to Reserve Your Seats!

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Written by James Beaudry   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 14:34

Shout! Celebrates the 60s at TLP

Mount Carroll—The summer season at Timber Lake Playhouse comes to a close with Shout! The Mod Musical, opening Thursday, August 14 and performing through Sunday, August 24. This “swinging sixties sensation” features TLP favorites Daryn Harrell, Allison Hunt, Caroline Murrah, Lexie Plath and Melissa Weyn performing songs made famous by Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Nancy Sinatra and more.

Featuring terrific new arrangements of such classics as “Those Were The Days,” "To Sir With Love," "Downtown," "Son of a Preacher Man," "Goldfinger," and the title song, Shout! The Mod Musical follows five women through Swinging London. With a shimmy and shake, the songs are tied together by hilarious sound bites from the period -- from 60s advertisements from face creams to The Pill, to letters answered by an advice columnist who thinks every problem can be solved with a "fetching new hair style and a new shade of lipstick.”

The cast includes some of the best talent TLP has had in the last several years. Daryn Harrell (Sweet Charity, Children of Eden) returns after spending the last two years working with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Allison Hunt won the heart of the audience and “the monster” in Young Frankenstein. Caroline Murrah brought her gorgeous voice and charms to all six of TLP’s mainstage shows this year. Lexie Plath is completing her second full summer, and Melissa Weyn is back after blowing audiences away as the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Courtney Crouse, who helmed last year’s hit ‘SWonderful, directs the show, with musical staging by James Beaudry. While the show takes a lighthearted look at the 1960s, it includes some discussion of the sexual revolution, so parental discretion is advised.

Shout! The Mod Musical performs Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30. There is a Saturday matinee at 3:00 p.m. on August 16, Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. on August 17 and 24, and a Wednesday matinee at 2:00 p.m. on August 20. Tickets are $17-$23. This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

To purchase tickets, visit or contact the TLP box office. The box office is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through August 24.


Timber Lake Playhouse Announces 2015 Summer Season

Mount Carroll—Timber Lake Playhouse, the professional summer theatre of Northwest Illinois, and Executive Director James Beaudry announced their 54th consecutive summer season for 2015 at on July 19th. The theatre company, which has over 20,000 visitors annually, announced a lineup of six mainstage shows. Two productions for young people will be announced shortly.

The season will be begin June 4, 2015 with the musical Hairspray. Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hairspray is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire—to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star, using her newfound power to dethrone the reigning teen queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do.

Following Hairspray, is a big-hearted new play called The Big Meal, which premiered in Chicago in 2011 and tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family. Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. Sparks fly. And so begins an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye.  Though it premiered in 2011, The Big Meal already feels like a classic. In the spirit of Thornton Wilder's plays (Our Town, The Long Christmas Dinner), The Big Meal is humorous, human and ambitious.  Pulitzer Prize Winner Annie Baker recently called it “The greatest play ever written.”

In July, for the first time ever, TLP will present the Broadway musical Peter Pan. Since 1955, when Mary Martin first took to the air as Peter, the show has become a must-see classic around the world. Beloved by generations, the playhouse will offer additional matinees of the productions to accommodate families.

The fourth show and second play of the season is Greater Tuna, the hilarious comedy about the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this send-up of life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna -- men, women, children and animals. The action takes place in the early Eighties, though nothing in Tuna has changed since then, anyway.

In 2003, film director Tim Burton transformed the novel Big Fish into a beloved film starring Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor and Jessica Lange. Last year, the story was turned in a glorious new Broadway musical. TLP will present the area premiere of this show in a special production starring long time TLP favorite Karl Hamilton (last seen as Rev. Moore in Footloose) and Elizabeth Haley (who starred as his wife, Vi Moore). The two are also married in real life.

Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman whose incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his adoring wife Sandra. But their son Will is determined to find the truth behind his father’s fantastic tales. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stage magic as Edward’s stories come to life, it is an extraordinary new musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience richer, funnier and bigger than life itself. Executive Director James Beaudry, who brought his inventive style to Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, directs and choreographs.

The final production of the 2015 season will be Roger Miller’s Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this journey down the mighty Mississippi provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana. Twain's timeless classic is played out by actor-musicians to the sound of country and bluegrass as irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom. Their adventures are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life our favorite characters from the novel.

Subscribers may reserve advance tickets to all six productions immediately. Tickets for individual shows will go on sale in 2015. Gold series subscriptions are $105 (30% off the individual ticket price), and are available through Labor Day only. Silver series subscriptions are $119 (20% off the individual ticket price) and will be available following Labor Day.

Audition opportunities for area teens and kids will be announced in March.

To purchase a subscription, visit or contact the TLP box office. The box office is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through August 24.


News and Results from the 2014 Iowa State Fair IV PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 13:28

Old Time Flavors Featured in Iowa State Fair Nostalgic Cooking Contest

DES MOINES, IA (08/11/2014)(readMedia)-- Patty Hummel of Allison won First Place Overall and a $300 cash award in the Nostalgic Comfort Food competition judged Friday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.  Lonnie Hartstack of Clarinda earned Second Place Overall and $200. Susie Jones of Waukee claimed Third Place Overall and $100.  Contestants were challenged to create a retro or nostalgic dish that featured the taste of days gone by. Each entry was accompanied by a written description of why the dish is nostalgic to the cook. Entries were judged on taste, originality and appearance.

Additional results below:

Side Dish/Appetizer

1) Susie Jones, Waukee

2) Lana Ross, Indianola

3) Jacqueline Riekena, West Des Moines

Main Dish

1) Lonnie Hartstack, Clarinda

2) Norita Solt, Bettendorf

3) Jacqueline Riekena, West Des Moines


1) Patty Hummel, Allison

2) Anita Van Gundy, Des Moines

3) Joyce Larson, New Market

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 226 divisions, 883 classes and over 10,500 entries at this year's Fair. Food judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny.

Sprouts Hear Music to Their Ears at Iowa State Fair Talent Search

DES MOINES, IA (08/10/2014)(readMedia)-- Six talented Sprout division acts (ages 2-12) have advanced to the semi-final round in Bill Riley's 55th annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search. Each act will perform again on Thursday, August 14, Friday, August 15, or Saturday, August 16.  The names, ages, hometowns and routines of the acts are:

Danika Schultes, 12, Creston, Jayden Welcher, 12, Afton, Mikenna Cass, 11, Afton, Paige Hudson, 11, Afton, Clog Dance

Lucy Gannon, 7, West Des Moines, Piano

Nash Langenfeld, 7, Denison, Lily Ward, 7, Denison, Lola Mendlik, 7, Denison, Mya Goslar, 8, Ute, Kamden Bruhn, 7, Schleswig, Tap Dance

CiCi Chiodo, 11, Des Moines, Musical Theater Dance

Erin McRae, 11, Cedar Falls, Musical Theater Vocal

Josie Lindle, 12, Eldridge, Hanna Bain, 10, Eldridge, Jazz Funk Dance

Bill Riley, Jr. is once again hosting the competition. Two Sprout acts will be crowned champions every day of the semi-finals. The six winning acts will perform in the talent-packed championship set for Sunday, August 17, at 1:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi.

Each of the six Sprout Champions will receive a prize of $250 after the Championship Show. More than $18,000 will be awarded to the Senior and Sprout divisions combined. This year's contest is sponsored by Hy-Vee.

Cranston Out-Blooms the Competition at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (08/10/2014)(readMedia)-- Forty-four exhibitors entered 600 flowers in the FFA Floriculture competition judged Thursday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.  Grant Hammes of Wilton received the Award of Excellence for his purple gladiola. Sydney Bowlin of Kalona claimed the Reserve Award of Excellence, and Kendra Cranston of Deep River won the Sweepstakes trophy.

Additional results below:


Champion: Kylie Beebe, Griswold

Reserve Champion: Kendra Cranston, Deep River


Champion: Sydney Bowlin, Kalona

Reserve Champion: Lee Osterloh, Eddyville


Champion: Grant Hammes, Wilton

Reserve Champion: Beth Lett, Wilton


Champion: Kendra Cranston, Deep River

Reserve Champion: Emily Meader, Washington


Champion: Kendra Cranston, Deep River

Reserve Champion: Kendra Cranston, Deep River


Champion: Kendra Cranston, Deep River

Reserve Champion: Brandi Murley, Rockwell City


Champion: Kendra Cranston, Deep River

Reserve Champion: Cami Maurer, Wilton

Judges Enamored with Embroidery at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (08/10/2014)(readMedia)-- Linda Weber of Johnston won Best of Show in the Embroidery division of the Fabric and Threads contest judged prior to the start of the 2014 Iowa State Fair.  Fabric and Threads exhibits will be on display every day of the Fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building sponsored by Principal Financial Group.

Additional results below:


Small Household Item

1) Peggy Vespestad, Maxwell

2) Carol Bertram, Storm Lake

3) Leann Baumhover, Storm Lake

4) Renee McPhee, Grimes

Honorable Mention) Catherine Krahe, Iowa City

Large Household Item

1) Peggy Vespestad, Maxwell

2) Sue Denny, Pleasant Hill

3) Betty Jo Staudt, Marble Rock


1) Wilma Brouwer, Pella

2) Lois Aldridge, Kellogg

3) Melissa Eaton, Cedar Rapids

4) Ileta Wilson, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Michelle Westphal, Waterloo

Pair of Pillowcases

1) Renee McPhee, Grimes

2) Ileta Wilson, Des Moines

3) Marilyn Samson, Prairie City

4) Lois Aldridge, Kellogg

Honorable Mention) Melissa Eaton, Cedar Rapids

Honorable Mention) Catherine Krahe, Iowa City


1) Phyllis Olson, Cedar Rapids

2) Sheri Ekstrom, Cedar Rapids

3) Solveig Walstrom, Cedar Rapids

4) Anne Hanson, Cedar Rapids

Honorable Mention) Carol Bertram, Storm Lake

Honorable Mention) Marilyn Allie, Urbandale

Honorable Mention) Janet Strouse, Storm Lake

Silk Ribbon Embroidery

1) Ronda Smith, Cedar Rapids

2) None Awarded

3) Lydia Raim, North Liberty


1) Renee McPhee, Grimes

2) Cynthia Bortell, Winterset

3) Leann Baumhover, Storm Lake

Accessory for Needlework

1) Martha Lawrence, Cedar Rapids

2) Sheri Ekstrom, Cedar Rapids

3) Karen Steggerda, Urbandale

4) Phyllis Olson, Cedar Rapids

Crewel Embroidery

1) Diane Killam, Cedar Rapids

2) Phyllis Olson, Cedar Rapids

3) Berniece Quint, Cedar Rapids

4) Lillian Davidson, Brooklyn

Silk & Metal Embroidery

1) None Awarded

2) Phyllis Olson, Cedar Rapids


1) Phyllis Olson, Cedar Rapids

2) Anne Hanson, Cedar Rapids

Brazilian Embroidery

1) Martha Lawrence, Cedar Rapids

2) J. Sue Myatt, Bettendorf

3) Linda Lee Miller, Cedar Rapids

4) Anne Hanson, Cedar Rapids

Crazy Quilt Item

1) Linda Weber, Johnston

2) Renee McPhee, Grimes

3) Carol Bertram, Storm Lake

4) Bonnabelle Rayner, Lone Tree

Embroidered Holiday Decoration

1) Cynthia Bortell, Winterset

2) Wilma Brouwer, Pella

3) Marylou Nelson, Ames

4) Carol Bertram, Storm Lake


1) Sheri Ekstrom, Cedar Rapids

2) Martha Lawrence, Cedar Rapids

Item Made Using English Smocking Techniques

1) Donna Grote, Council Bluffs

Item Made Using Punch Needle Embroidery

1) Renee McPhee, Grimes

2) Sachi Kumagai, Pleasant Hill

3) Lydia Raim, North Liberty



1) Joanne Roth, Des Moines

2) Miriam Armintrout, Des Moines

3) Lois Friday, Iowa City


1) Miriam Armintrout, Des Moines

2) Joanne Roth, Des Moines

3) Norene Bruxvoort, Leighton

Honorable Mention) Mary Dustin, Albia


1) Joanne Roth, Des Moines

2) Miriam Armintrout, Des Moines

3) Lois Friday, Iowa City

Garment for Adult or Child

2) Miriam Armintrout, Des Moines

Home Décor Item

1) Miriam Armintrout, Des Moines

2) Janet Moser, Minburn

3) Lois Friday, Iowa City

4) Joanne Roth, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Julie Bergeon, Iowa City

Holiday / Seasonal Item

1) Lois Friday, Iowa City

2) Miriam Armintrout, Des Moines

3) Mary Dustin, Albia

4) Barbara Zelhart, Albia

Machine Appliqué

1) None Awarded

2) Joanne Roth, Des Moines

3) Miriam Armintrout, Des Moines

Honorable Mention) Christopher Verlo, Des Moines

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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28th Annual Tug Fest Across the Mighty Mississippi River, August 7-9, 2014. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cindy Bruhn   
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 13:20

LECLAIRE, Iowa – The cities of LeClaire, Iowa and Port Byron, Illinois are preparing for their unique 3-day event that is unlike any festival anywhere else in the USA. It’s called Tug Fest and runs August 7-9.

Tug Fest includes live bands, carnival rides, great food, a grand parade, 5K run and the greatest fireworks spectacular in the two-state area. What makes Tug Fest truly unique is the fact that it is the only Tug-of-War event in the country that spans two states and crosses the Mississippi River. LeClaire, Iowa’s theme this year is “Defending Our Eagle”, a salute to our U.S. Military, and “Tug for a Cause” proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

On the August 9th from 12:30-3:00 PM, barge traffic and pleasure boats will yield the right of way to a 2,400 foot long, 680 pound rope that stretches across the river between the two towns. Eleven teams from each side compete against each other trying to gain advantage by pulling in the most feet of rope within 3 minutes. The town with the most winning teams receives the coveted “Alabaster Eagle in Flight” trophy and bragging rights for that year.

This year’s festival kicks off on Thursday, August 7th with Family Night and free admission to the LeClaire Levee area. For $20 you will receive a wristband for unlimited carnival rides that evening. Friday, August 8th is the grand parade and fireworks spectacular, and Saturday, August 9th is all about tugging. Illinois leads the competition with 16 winning years over Iowa’s 11. Admission to the LeClaire Levee is $5 on Friday and Saturday.

For more information and a complete Tug Fest schedule, please visit:

Situated at the intersection of I-80 and Hwy. 67 just north of the Quad Cities, LeClaire offers a complete shopping and dining experience. Relax along the scenic streets of this historic river town that exudes turn-of-the-century charm. LeClaire has great events including First Friday, weekly Farmer’s Market, car shows, and the Tug Fest in August. Attractions include the Buffalo Bill Museum, Antique Archaeology - “Home of the American Pickers”, Wide River Winery and The Mississippi River Distilling Co. Nature lovers enjoy the scenery at Lock and Dam #14 - bald eagles in the winter and pelicans during the spring and fall. For more information:

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