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Davenport's Hotel Blackhawk 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award Winner PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Glenn Kass   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:29

Prestigious award based on consistent outstanding customer reviews

Davenport, IA – Hotel Blackhawk has just been named a 2012 TripAdvisor ® Certificate of Excellence Award Winner.

The prestigious award honors hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor ®, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor ® receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travelers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”

“We are pleased to receive this award from TripAdvisor,” said Hotel Blackhawk General Manager Tim Heim. “We strive to offer our customers a hip and historic experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.”

TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor ® offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor ®-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors, and over 60 million reviews and opinions.

Hotel Blackhawk re-opened December 15, 2010. The hotel retains its 95-year-old historic character while featuring modern conveniences throughout the 130 guestrooms and extended-stay suites, eight meeting rooms and up to 300-person banquet capacity in the signature Gold Room.

Other features include wireless internet, a fitness center, business center, swimming pool, hot tub, Spa Luce (lu-CHAY), Milan Flower Shop, the Bix Bistro restaurant, the Beignet (been-YAY) Done That coffee shop and Blackhawk Bowl & Martini Lounge. The hotel is part of the Summit Hotels & Resorts group (www.summithotels.com) and the Historic Hotels of America network (www.historichotels.org).

For more, visit www.hotelblackhawk.com or find us on www.facebook.com (Search: Hotel Blackhawk).

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RENAISSANCE HANNIBAL INTRODUCES NEW ART FAIR PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Gaines   
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:28
Hannibal, MO - Renaissance Hannibal will sponsor the Downtown Hannibal Art Fair on June 9 and 10 in Historic Downtown Hannibal.  The festival will be held from 10am to 8pm Saturday, June 9 and 10am to 4pm Sunday, June 10.

The Downtown Hannibal Art Fair makes it debut as the ultimate art block party – featuring quality artists and evening hours with Second Saturday Gallery Night – all in the heart of Downtown Hannibal.  In addition to the Downtown Hannibal Art Fair, the galleries of Historic Downtown Hannibal will be open for Second Saturday Gallery Night from 5-8pm on Saturday, June 9.

The Downtown Hannibal Art Fair features artwork that is handmade and individually designed by the artist. A variety of exhibitors from the Hannibal area, as well as artists from Illinois, Iowa and other Midwestern states will be participating.  Accepted applicants will be exhibiting and selling works several media categories:  paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, fiber, wood, clay and wearable art!

Hannibal has long been known as a place for artists, artist studios, galleries and a vibrant art community.  The Downtown Hannibal Art Fair was created by Renaissance Hannibal to spotlight both the arts and Historic Downtown Hannibal – an opportunity for both the community and visitors to experience the arts set in an intimate festival setting

Renaissance Hannibal is a volunteer organization with interests in downtown development, establishment of neighborhood associations, issues effecting downtown businesses and potential for growth in Downtown Hannibal.

For more information regarding the Downtown Hannibal Art Fair call 573-719-0252, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or view the festival website hannibalartfair.com

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Concrete Ice Cream Cones Serve Up Fun at the Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tonya Cook   
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:51

News from the Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (05/15/2012)(readMedia)-- The 2012 Iowa State Fair will celebrate its "Fairlicious" foods with a limited number of 3 ½ foot tall concrete ice cream cones on display throughout the grounds during the Fair, August 9-19. Individuals, clubs and companies are invited to showcase their artistic talents and love of the Fair by painting one of these sculptures.

To enter, submit an entry form along with a written description and detailed drawing of the proposed paint design. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Iowa State Fair web site: http://www.iowastatefair.org/fair-attractions/contests/. All entries must be received or e-mailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by May 31.

Selected applicants will be contacted by June 15. Pending selection, a $125 entry fee is due at ice cream cone pick-up. Following the Fair, the artists will get to keep their painted sculptures.

A panel of judges will award prizes based on originality, creativeness and overall look in both the professional and novice divisions. Participants will be judged in the "professional" category if 25 percent or more of their income comes from graphic design or is artistry related.

Winners will receive a prize package including an Iowa State Fair plaque, Fair admission tickets, parking and Fair food tickets. The first, second and third place winners will also receive $150, $100 and $50 cash prizes, respectively. Artists' names will be displayed alongside their painted sculpture during the Fair.

Send entries to:

Tonya Cook, Special Events Director

Iowa State Fair

PO Box 57130

Des Moines, Iowa 50317-0003

Or e-mail all materials to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For questions about the contest, contact Tonya Cook at 515-262-3111, Ext. 215 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit www.iowastatefair.org.

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Brucemore in Bloom Tours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Monday, 14 May 2012 15:06

Tour the blossoming gardens and lush terrain during the specialty tour— Brucemore in Bloom, Thursday, June 7 at 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 9 at 9:30 a.m. During the 90-minute tour, the Brucemore garden staff will trace the development of the gardens from the original plan conceived by prominent landscape architect O.C. Simonds to the integration of function, recreation, and entertainment in Mrs. Douglas’ vision for the country estate in the 1930s. View current plants and landscape techniques that continue to help preserve the historically accurate prairie style design by Simonds.

Admission is $10 per person and $7 per Brucemore member. Space is limited. Advance ticket purchase required. Call (319) 362-7375 or visit the Brucemore Store to purchase tickets.

Brucemore, Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site, is located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The 26-acre park-like estate in the heart of Cedar Rapids boasts a Queen Anne style mansion built between 1884 and 1886. Brucemore has been home to three prominent families who used the estate as a center for culture and the arts. The estate continues to be a hub for cultural, philanthropic, and educational activities. Each year thousands of visitors attend specialty tours, concerts, fine arts performances, children’s programs, holiday celebrations, preservation events, and garden workshops on the estate. For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit www.brucemore.org.

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JOHN WAYNE BIRTHPLACE SALUTES "THE QUIET MAN" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jill Hauser   
Monday, 14 May 2012 12:49
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WINTERSET, IOWA – On May 25 & 26 the John Wayne Birthplace will be celebrating the legendary actor's birthday with a lavish salute to the enduring 1952 film classic, "The Quiet Man." In addition to big screen presentations of the film at Winterset's vintage Iowa Theatre, the weekend will include the Midwest premiere of the Loopline Film documentary "Dreaming The Quiet Man" by Dublin director Se Merry Doyle, live stage performances of "Maurice Walsh's The Quiet Man" by Frank Mahon, the Inisfree Race Meet (a 5K run/walk), breakfast at the Winterset firehouse, traditional Irish music at the Little Dublin Irish Pub, guided tours of the John Wayne Birthplace home, "Pie Squared," a pie tasting event on the historic Courthouse square, corned beef and cabbage at the Pheasant Run tavern, a special Birthplace Museum Benefit Dinner and auction, and rides on an authentic horse-drawn Irish jaunting car like the one featured throughout the movie.

Hailed as director John Ford's greatest triumph, the "The Quiet Man" stars John Wayne as an American boxer who, after accidentally killing an opponent in the ring, returns to his Irish birthplace to forget his troubles. Instead he falls in love with the fiery Maureen O'Hara and their ensuing onscreen romance became a Hollywood legend. The picture received Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Cinematography. But the real star of the picture, according to O'Hara, is Ireland itself, a fact not lost on organizers of this event.

The original Quiet Man story was written by popular Irish author Maurice Walsh and, using the same source material, Chicagoan Frank Mahon wrote an award-winning stage adaptation of the tale, "Maurice Walsh's The Quiet Man." Mahon's play has been presented throughout the United States and Ireland and will be performed by The Winterset Stage theater company throughout
the weekend.

The documentary "Dreaming The Quiet Man" includes interviews with Maureen O'Hara, John Wayne's daughter Aissa, directors Martin Scorsese and Peter Bogdanovich and surviving bit players in Ireland who worked in the film. Much of the documentary takes place at the actual sites in Ireland where "The Quiet Man" was filmed 60 years ago and where very little has changed.

A highlight of the celebration will be a Benefit Dinner program ($100 per person) to help raise funds for the planned John Wayne Birthplace Museum. Hosted by the actor's daughter, Aissa Wayne, the evening will include traditional Irish food, a performance of music from "The Quiet Man" score, an auction of "Quiet Man" collectibles and memorabilia and a performance by the acclaimed Shannon Rovers pipes and drums.

For further details on the event and dinner reservations visit the John Wayne Birthplace website:
http://www.johnwaynebirthplace.org/birthday

For further information contact Brian Downes, Executive Director: (515) 462-5817
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