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MHS Spring Musical this Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary McNeil   
Friday, 14 March 2014 08:27
Moline High School students put their spin on the popular 1950's play that portrays an ambitious window washer seeking to climb the corporate ladder.  The show is being held Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm....and on Saturday at 2:00pm and 7:30 pm.

** The elaborate set is a story in itself**  Each musical Brad Chumbley, from Custom Builder, in Moline creates the set and volunteers countless hours.  This year he had help from students from area schools.  His daughter graduated from Moline years ago but he continues to volunteer.  This year part of the set spins around and what was a wall becomes a window to the outside of an office.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a musical by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert, based on Shepherd Mead's 1952 book of the same name.

Iowa Tourism Office launches ad campaign, updated web site to inspire travel to Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica O'Reily   
Friday, 14 March 2014 07:47

(DES MOINES) — The Iowa Tourism Office has kicked off its spring advertising campaign with television and digital ads designed to inspire travelers to visit Iowa.

Television ads are now airing in Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Kansas City, and Omaha. Digital ads are being served up on websites such as, TripAdvisor and Expedia as well as Google search.

“Travelers spend nearly $8 billion in our state annually and generate more than $300 million in revenue for the state,” said Gov. Terry Branstad. “Iowans are humble, but it’s important that we show off our state, promote what we have to offer and encourage our neighbors to visit.”

“This campaign is targeted to metro areas within easy driving distance of Iowa,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. “Less time traveling to Iowa means more time to actually enjoy it. Our ads showcase several locations across the state, but they really represent just the tip of the iceberg. There’s no shortage of unique museums, shops, restaurants and hotels in Iowa where travelers can make lifelong memories.”

The $1.5 million combined ad buy will run from March to June of this year.

Iowa Tourism Office also recently completed a major overhaul of web site,, adding several news pages meant to inspire potential travelers with a range of interests, from history and culture to hunting to outdoor recreation to wine and beer. The ad campaign is intended to drive traffic to were travelers can immerse themselves in learning more about destinations in the state.

Tourism in Iowa generates more than $7.6 billion in expenditures, employs 64,400 people statewide and generates $345 million in state taxes. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information about Iowa tourism, visit, call 800.345.IOWA or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center.


What's NEW at the Putnam! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Putnam Museum   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 07:41

Now On Exhibit:

CSI the Experience

Coming Soon:

New Putnam Science Center opening April 12, 2014.

Branson on the Road comes to The Old Creamery Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lily Allen-Duenas   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 13:52
What do you get with you bring together a fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, upright slap bass, rhinestone costumes, hilarious comedy and great classic country, bluegrass, rockabilly and gospel music at a theatre near you...Branson On The Road®!

Branson On The Road® has over 20 years of experience of performing at the top theatres in Branson on the famous 76 Country Music Boulevard (known as "The Strip"), and is the first national touring show named for the famous city. The show delivers the Branson traditions of good, clean, family fun wherever they go...and they go all over the US and beyond!

Branson On The Road® is the kind of show most people thought was long gone in this day of overproduced music, overused special effects and performers singing to tracks. In the same tradition as the traveling road shows during the glory days of the Grand Ole Opry, the Louisiana Hayride and the first Branson music shows, Branson On The Road® keeps you tapping, laughing and smiling.

Those seeing a Branson On The Road® show can not only expect great music but plenty of hilarious comedy every step of the way.

“We reside in the live music capital of the world, Branson, Missouri”, said Debbie Horton, “and realized that there are many people who will never have a chance to visit Branson personally and with the economy the way it is today, we decided to bring our Branson stage show directly to them.”

Branson On The Road® is the best way to experience a Branson show right where YOU live!  For a couple of hours you can forget all about your troubles and have good time – laughter is the best medicine.

Debbie Horton holds the distinction of being the only woman to have played lead guitar for the great Johnny Cash.  She hosted her own show at the old Boxcar Willie Theater in Branson and has performed on the famous Louisiana Hayride and Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree in Nashville.  She was a radio DJ in Norfolk, Virginia and acted as MC for concerts with Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams, Jr., the Oak Ridge Boys, and many more.  Among her other credits, Debbie is an accomplished songwriter.  She has had her songs recorded by Wanda Jackson, Norma Jean and many other country singers.

Donnie Wright is an expert, sought after, respected musician, arranger and is versatile on many instruments including fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and bass and has been part of the Branson music scene for 40 years.  He provides a good deal of the comic relief on the show with his mischievous antics. Among his long list of credits are performances at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, The Presley's Show in Branson, The Pine Mountain Jamboree in Eureka Springs, and a long-standing run at The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.  Donnie has been nominated for a Lifetime Honors Award for his contribution to music in the Ozarks by the National Endowments of the Arts in Washington, DC.

Brian Capps plays upright bass and sings songs reminiscent of Marty Robbins and Hank Williams.  Brian's latest recording reached the Top 10 on the Americana Charts and is part of the music rotation on XM Radio.

Branson On The Road® is a regular featured act on the national television show, "Midwest Country" on the RFD-TV network seen in over 100 million homes.

Visit to learn more!

Below is information regarding BRANSON ON THE ROAD®:

Dates:  March 13, 14, 15, 2014 at 2 pm  
Place:  The Old Creamery Theatre Main Stage 39 38th Ave, Amana, IA 52203
Phone:          319-622-6262
Show Times: 2 pm
Tickets:        $30 for adults and $18 for students. Call 319-622-6262 to order or order online at

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.

ComedySportz show to benefit Hardacre Theater April 4 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hardacre Film Festival   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 14:39

Regional improv comedy team to hold fundraising show in Tipton

TIPTON, IOWA—The Rock Island–based improvisation comedy troupe ComedySportz will perform at a fundraiser to benefit the Hardacre Theater Preservation Association (HTPA). The show will take place Friday night, April 4. The show is appropriate for all ages and will be held in the Tipton High School auditorium.

This is the second in a series of 2014 fundraising events presented by the HTPA, the nonprofit organization that purchased the theater in February with donor funds. The group is now raising money to renovate and update the theater.

“With this full calendar year of fundraisers, we’re hoping to show the community the kind of entertainment we want to bring to the Hardacre Theater once it’s renovated, including live entertainment from outside the Tipton community,” said Greg Brown, HTPA president. “There will be something for everyone, and ComedySportz is really a show for everyone to enjoy.”

The high-energy, all-ages ComedySportz show features two teams of improv comedy “actletes” competing for points and laughs, with a referee keeping things moving and calling fouls. Every show is unique, with new games, players, and audiences supplying all-new suggestions.

According to the ComedySportz website, “the audience of a typical ComedySportz match has everyone, from kids to grandparents and from grade schoolers to college students. Everyone has a good time, and no one gets offended. We are the perfect improv entertainment choice for the entire family or a first date. All ComedySportz matches are Rated E for everyone.”

Quad Cities–based comedian Jeff Adamson will provide the opening act. Adamson has performed standup for more than 20 years, opening for such act as Jeff Dunham, Howie Mandel, Sinbad, and Darrell Hammond. The ticket price for the show will also be determined soon.

For more information, go to the HTPA website at


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