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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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GAHC Bus Trips PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Thursday, 10 May 2012 07:44
The German American Heritage Center is excited to announce the resumption of our popular bus trips for members and friends!

 

Our first trip is a local one, combining three sites that are close at hand but often unexplored!  Sign up today for a triple-header to the Rock Island Arsenal, celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, the Old Stone Church (German Episcopal Methodist Church) in Muscatine, and ending at the Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

$35 Members / $40 Non-members

 

 

Click on the link below to register or RSVP to Kelly at 563-322-8844.

Register Now!
I can't make it

Your tour guide is Pat Steen.  Pat is active as a tour organizer for corporate, church, and non-profit groups.  We welcome Pat on board with GAHC - please come get to know Pat on this inaugural trip with lots to see close to home.

 

Lunch is not included and no refunds.
Reservations are due by June 12th, 2012! We look forward to seeing you as we explore these interesting locations!
Sincerely,

 
Pick your favorites for a chance to win a getaway PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois Dept of Tourism   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:49
Illinois Fan Favorite Sweepstakes.  Win an Illinois Getaway and a $500 Shell Gift Card.
The attractions are ready. The matchups are set.
Now it’s time to pick your favorites in the Illinois Fan Favorite
Sweepstakes. Vote each week for additional chances
to win one of three Illinois getaways and $500 Shell Gift Cards.

64 attractions6 roundsONE Champion
Enter For a Chance to Win on Facebook. - Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile.

 
Pick your favorites for a chance to win a getaway PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Travel & Tourism
Written by Illinois Dept of Tourism   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:49
Illinois Fan Favorite Sweepstakes.  Win an Illinois Getaway and a $500 Shell Gift Card.
The attractions are ready. The matchups are set.
Now it’s time to pick your favorites in the Illinois Fan Favorite
Sweepstakes. Vote each week for additional chances
to win one of three Illinois getaways and $500 Shell Gift Cards.

64 attractions6 roundsONE Champion
Enter For a Chance to Win on Facebook. - Illinois. Mile After Magnificent Mile.

 
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