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                                   Ring in the holiday season November
                                   22, with fireworks over the Mississippi
                                   River, part of the John Deere “Lighting
                                   On The Commons.”
                                   (Photo Credit Quad Cities CVB)
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Quad Cities
Soar Into Fall, Winter
   Two states, four cities and four times the       daylight hours.
fun! The Quad Cities consists of the Mis-
sissippi riverfront cities of Davenport and           Fall also brings a wonderful array of special
Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline/East Moline          events that are sure to make your visit to
and Rock Island in Illinois. Each city offers its   the Quad Cities even more memorable. Be
own unique mixture of history, architecture,        sure to plan your visit during one of these
and attractions.                                    seasonal events….
   While the Quad Cities are well known
for their spring and summer festivals, thou-          Four Kingdom Renaissance Festival
sands visit the area each fall and winter for         Sept. 27-28
a completely new array of activities and              Renaissance Faire is a combination of many
attractions.                                        things. It’s partly a craft fair, it’s partly histori-
   Brilliant hues of gold, yellow, and red turn     cal re-enactment, it’s partly performance art.
the river bluffs surrounding the Quad Cities        Everyone working at Faire dresses in costumes
into a masterpiece of color and beauty, and         (or garb) typical of the late Elizabethan period.
according to the Quad Cities Convention             There are many booths selling both crafts and
& Visitors Bureau, the best way to enjoy the        food. Jugglers, musicians, magicians and other
colors of fall is aboard a riverboat or biking      entertainers perform throughout the day.
along the riverfront trails.                        You wander about, examining goods for sale,
   The 850-passenger Celebration Belle offers       sampling foods, plays and performers and of
fall foliage cruises that provide outstanding       course drinking fine English Ale.
views from the top deck or seated right               Venue Rock Island KOA RV Park 2311
behind the Captain of the boat as he pilots         78th Ave. West Rock Island, IL. 61201 Call
this beautiful riverboat along the mighty           (309) 787-0665 for more information.
Mississippi. Site seeing, dinner and lunch
cruises are very popular during this time              Village Fall Festival
of year. For more information go to www.               Oct. 11-12
celebrationbelle.com                                   Our autumn celebration featuring tradi-               Bald Eagle Days at the Quad Cities Conservation Expo Center Jan. 9 - 11.
                                                    tional Oktoberfest music.                                                                                                 (Photo Credit QCCVB)
   Other river excursions in the Quad Cities           Venue Village of East Davenport River
include the pontoon-style River Song excur-         Drive and Mound Street Davenport, IA. Call               more. Enjoy Native American songs, dances                                         designer trees, room vignettes, hand-crafted
sion boat and the Twilight Riverboat located        563-324-6137 for more information.                       and stories. Kids will like the petting zoo, free                                 stockings, ornaments, and gingerbread cre-
just 10 minutes from the Quad Cities in                                                                      hayride and pioneer games. Vote for your                                          ations. Take in any one of 10 special events
LeClaire, Iowa. The River Song provides nar-           Apple Festival                                        favorite scarecrow.                                                               that surround the festival, including the
rated tours and the Twilight offers overnight          Oct. 12                                                 Venue Quad City Botanical Center, 2525                                          “Holiday Parade” on Nov. 22 - complete with
cruises from LeClaire to Dubuque, Iowa.                Apple vendors from across the area are in             4th Ave Rock Island, IL. 61201 Call (309)                                         marching bands and giant helium balloons.
www.riverboattwilight.com                           attendance to hand out samples of fresh apples           794-0991 for more information.                                                    In addition, the Holiday Pops Concert by
   www.greatrivertours.com                          and cider to tempt your taste buds, as well                                                                                                the Quad City Symphony takes place on the
                                                    as sell a variety of apples, desserts and more.             Once fall has meandered through the                                            evening of Nov. 22 with choral groups, figure
   Bike trails also offer beautiful riverfront      Activities for kids include hayrack rides and            river bluffs, winter comes to take its place.                                     skaters and beautiful music. For information,
views! Enjoy riverfront trails on both sides        a petting zoo. Visitors can also enjoy brats,            The Quad Cities offer a wealth of activities                                      call 563-324-FEST or visit www.quadcityarts.
of the river, including the Great River Trail       hot dogs, chili and baked potatoes. There                and special events throughout the winter                                          com/festoftrees.
that runs 62-miles from Rock Island, Illinois       is going to be a display of antique cars and             season. From ice skating in beautiful parks
to Savanna, Illinois. Maps and information          blacksmith demonstrations.                               and tubing, skiing and snowboarding at Ski                                           Also, do not miss the Lighting of the
on the Great River Trail are available at              Venue Mississippi Valley Welcome Center,              Snowstar (www.skisnowstar.com) to sunny                                           John Deere Commons. This annual lighting
www.greatrivertrail.com. In addition, trails        900 Eagle Ridge Rd. LeClaire, IA. Call (563)             botanical centers, shopping, museums, Bald                                        festival takes place right before the Holiday
wind throughout the Quad Cities region              322-3911 for more information.                           Eagle watching, and special events, there is                                      Pops Concert on Nov. 22, from 3:30 p.m.
offering a variety of bike trails for all biking                                                             something for everyone who is looking for a                                       to 6:30 p.m. Join in the festivities as nearly
enthusiasts. If you are visiting without a            Garden Harvest Festival                                fun filled winter weekend getaway.                                                ½ million lights and fireworks brighten the
bike, the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors           Oct. 19, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Shop for garden                                                                                                skies in the Commons area and along the
Bureau rents bikes Monday through Saturday          crafts from dozens of vendors at the country               Winter kicks off in the Quad Cities with                                        Moline riverfront. Bring the family and
through the end of October. Call ahead and          market, learn about history from old world               the annual Festival of Trees, Nov. 21-30. This                                    take a wagon, trolley or carriage ride along
reserve a bike by calling 800-747-7800 Ext.         demonstrators who will be making pottery,                brilliant multi-day festival offers activities for                                the avenue, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus,
113. Bike rentals are only available during         spinning and weaving, making quilts and                  children and adults of all ages. View over 100                                    enjoy holiday music and more.


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Enjoy Big City Spirit In Downtown Davenport
   Autumn is the perfect time                                                                                                                                 it seems like there’s music every day
for a road trip and a road trip to                                                                                                                            of the week.
Davenport makes a great day trip                                                                                                                                  Step outside of the RME and
or weekend. On your way here,                                                                                                                                 you’ll practically walk into the
you see and feel the change in the                                                                                                                            50-foot high Skybridge, spanning
season, and when you arrive, you                                                                                                                              600 feet with 8,036 kaleidoscopic
can tell that fall brings changes to                                                                                                                          lights that put on a show that only
Downtown Davenport, too.                                                                                                                                      enhances a cool fall evening. From
   There’s music, theatre, museums,                                                                                                                           the observation deck, you can see
and more, all worth the trip. Take                                                                                                                            what life on the Mississippi is really
the Adler Theatre, built in 1931,                                                                                                                             like in the Quad Cities. Below you,
with all kinds of great shows coming                                                                                                                          there’s the Rhythm City Casino,
to this comfortable, yet classic Art                                                                                                                          and parks like LeClaire Park and
Deco venue. The Adler’s offerings                                                                                                                             Centennial Park stretch out and
keep getting more entertaining and                                                                                                                            cradle the river with plenty of room
more diverse, including country                                                                                                                               to walk or bike.
legend George Jones on Saturday,                                                                                                                                  The outdoor music festivals may
Sept. 20 and “Sweeney Todd” on                                                                                                                                have faded like a summer romance,
Saturday, Sept. 27.                                                                                                                                           but there’s still plenty to see and
   Jerry Seinfeld entertains at the                                                                                                                           do indoors. The Figge Museum
Adler Theatre on Friday, Oct. 17                                                                                                                              is hosting several exhibits with
and the Oak Ridge Boys bring their                                                                                                                            something for everyone, including
Christmas Show to the Adler on                                                                                                                                “In The Light,” photographs of 20th
Tuesday, Dec. 2. The Adler hosts                                                                                                                              Century American Experimental
the Quad City Symphony and other                                                                                                                              Photography, complete with inter-
great shows throughout the year, but                                                                                                                          active and fun activities for families
their Broadway Series has always                                                                                                                              in the Figge’s new hands-on area.
been a favorite, with shows like                                                                                                                              Other traveling exhibits include
“The 25th Annual Putnam County                                                                                                                                “Masterworks of the Illinois River,”
Spelling Bee,” “Dirty Rotten                Over 100,000 people experience the annual Festival of Trees at the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport,             a showcase of 50 rare decoys created
Scoundrels,” and “Mamma Mia!” all           making it one of the largest attractions in the Quad Cities. (Photo courtesy of Quad City Arts)                   by carvers before 1940, which opens
coming soon. For dates and ticket                                                                                                                             in October. For more information,
information, visit the Adler website        Music Experience in Davenport.        day, Oct. 13. With his 9th album     by everyone from Rolling Stone to      go to www.figgeartmuseum.org.
at www.adlertheatre.com.                    The Redstone Rooms at the RME         release under his belt, Escovedo     Vanity Fair, Alejandro Escovedo is         For more information, the best
   If you’re looking for eclectic, you’ll   hosts acts like Alejandro Escovedo,   has plumbed musical genres from      just the tip of the music iceberg at   place to start is by visiting www.
find it with the music at the River         coming to Davenport on Mon-           punk to string quintets. Applauded   the River Music Experience where       DowntownDavenport.com.
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Deere Celebrates Heritage of Heartland
   More than 150 years ago, John Deere began    Pavilion include the annual “Lighting on the     events. Each year during the “19th Century
cultivating a company that today, is credited   John Deere Commons” on Saturday, Nov.            Christmas,” hundred of visitors step back in
with opening the prairies to modern agricul-    22. The afternoon and evening will include       time to experience the sights and sounds of an
ture. Today, Illinois is brimming with John     refreshments, entertainment and visits from      1800’s Christmas. This year’s “19th Century
Deere heritage at the John Deere Pavilion and   Santa and Mrs. Claus. The evening culminates     Christmas” will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7,
other Deere & Company attractions.              with a special lighting ceremony of the John     from noon to 5 p.m.
   The John Deere Pavilion celebrates the       Deere Commons and is topped off with a              For more information about the John Deere
legacy of John Deere and the heritage of        fireworks display.                               Attractions or events mentioned here, contact    Step back in time on Dec. 7 for a “19th
the heartland year-round, and offers free          Visitors to Moline can also tour the Deere-   the John Deere Pavilion at 309-765-1000 or       Century Christmas” at the Deere-Wiman
                                                                                                                                                  House, built in 1872. (Photo courtesy of
admission. This fall, younger guests to the     Wiman House and Butterworth Home,                visit www.johndeereattractions.com.              Deere-Wiman House)
John Deere Pavilion can participate in “Kids    impressive 10-acre estates with extensive
Craft Days,” held one Saturday each month.      gardens typical of the Victorian era. The
Other upcoming events at the John Deere         Deere Family homes also host special holiday




                                                                                                                  Affordable two-day cruises on the
                                                                                                                         Mississippi River


                    Relax in the autumn sun on the Twilight Riverboat.




Sit Back and Relax Aboard
the Twilight Riverboat
   What better place to view the glorious autumn colors than from the deck of a Victorian-
styled riverboat?
   Considered the Midwest’s best kept secret, the Riverboat TWILIGHT, offers an affordable
two-day, overnight cruise on the upper Mississippi River. On your trip you will discover the
Upper Mississippi River Valley, a place that Native Americans, fur traders, and lead miners
once called home. In the fall months, both sides of the river are bathed in the deep reds,
bright orange and yellows and warm browns of the season. The TWILIGHT offers three
decks with comfortable dining salons and sundecks with lounge chairs for those who wish
to sightsee or just relax in the cozy autumn sun. Bird enthusiasts will delight in the many
varieties of birds that can be seen nesting along this part of the river.
   We begin our journey at the charming river town of LeClaire, IA, situated along a beau-
tiful bend on the Upper Mississippi River. As the boat winds its way upstream, the river
unfolds into many different forms, from shallow marshes teaming with wildlife to the pali-
sades and high cliffs as we approach lead mining country. Huge flocks of pelicans, islands
of cormorants, great blue herons and snowy egrets show little more than casual interest in
the passing riverboat.
   The TWILIGHT will dock at River’s Edge Plaza at the Port of Dubuque. This plaza is
conveniently located within walking distance of the Grand Harbor Resort, where we will
                                                                                                     A commute you’ll actually look forward to.
overnight our passengers. The Port of Dubuque has many exceptional attractions to offer our
travelers. Shuttle service is available to the following attractions: The Diamond Jo Casino,
The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Cable Car Shopping area and the
Fenelon Street Elevator.
   Don’t miss the boat! Fall cruises fill up quickly. Call now to book your fall vacation.
1-800-331-1467 or e-mail www.riverboattwilight.com.
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Quality Golf at
Affordable Prices
in the Quad Cities
   There are two great things about golf in this      For more information and to schedule a tee
area that stand out – it’s affordability and its   time, contact the Tournament Players Club
quality. The Quad Cities was named in the          at Deere Run at 309-796-6000 or www.tpc.
top 20 as one of the best values for golf in       com/deere_run.
the United States by Golf Digest Magazine             The Quad Cities area was ranked in the
in 2006. With more than 25 golf courses in         top 25 of the best golf values in the country
close proximity, the Quad Cities is definitely     by Golf Digest magazine. For information
a golf destination.                                on other golf courses and golf packages in
   Joined by the Mississippi River, Moline/        the Quad Cities area, contact the Quad
East Moline and Rock Island are the river-         Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at
front cities in Illinois, and Bettendorf and       800-747-7800 or visit their website at www.             Experience the beauty of the
Davenport make up the cities on the Iowa           visitquadcities.com.
side of the river. Together, these cities and         The Quad Cities is located on the Missis-           historic Mississippi riverfront
the surrounding communities make up the            sippi River and is made up of the riverfront           cities of Rock Island & Moline/
Quad Cities.                                       cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa,
   The Quad Cities offers some of the best         and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island                East Moline in Illinois, and
action on the greens for your dollar. A round      in Illinois. The area is just a 2 ½ hour drive
of golf, including cart is offered at a reason-    from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago. It is
                                                                                                         Davenport & Bettendorf in
able price. From beginners to those who            easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several    Iowa. It’s a great place to just
seek the demands of championship – level           major state highways.
layouts, the Quad Cities area can fill all golf-      The Quad Cities offers other public and           get away! For lodging packages,
ing expectations.                                  private courses for those who don’t want to          visit our website.
   One of the top courses here is the Tourna-      play it like the pros. The following courses
ment Players Club Deere Run in Silvis, Il-         are a sample of what the area offers.
linois. Golf Digest magazine’s 2007-2008 Best         Glynns Creek Golf Course in Long Grove,
Public Golf Courses to play has TPC Deere          Iowa, is home to the Quad City Open and
Run rated as the 82nd best public golf course      offers GPS mapping with the cart. This
to play in the whole United States.                championship par-72 course’s layout re-
   This unique parcel of unspoiled land, ris-      sembles that of the great courses of Scotland,
ing nearly 60 feet above the Rock River, and       featuring tree-lined watered fairways, rolling
offering stunning contrasts between densely        hills and grass bunkers. It was designed by
wooded ravines, scenic bluffs, and steep slopes    Dick Watson and every hole offers a unique
is a golfer’s paradise.                            challenge, and a lot of opportunities for long
   TPC Deere Run is a 7,100+ yard course           drive shots.
with a par 71 from the championship tees,             Highland Springs Golf Course in Rock
and is home to the annual John Deere PGA           Island, Illinois, is a challenging 18-hole
Tour Event. The facility covers 365 acres, 168     championship layout and recognized as
of which are utilized for the golf course. Only    one of the best designs in the area. Rugged
58 acres of that had to be disturbed during        terrain, rolling hills, huge greens, lakes and
the construction, leaving 80 percent of the        ponds, mature trees and many other notable
mature hardwood trees untouched. TPC               features highlight this 6,800-yard hidden
Deere Run is a Midwestern-style course fea-        gem. It is currently undergoing a long-term
turing many tree-lined fairways and a gently       non-intrusive renovation to restore many
rolling terrain.                                   of its original design features and to update
   The course is played by thousands each year,    others.
and the green fees are low, low, low.                 Emeis Golf Course in Davenport, Iowa,
   TPC Deere Run hosts four sets of tee            is a demanding 18-hole, 6,500-yard course
markers so players can match their ability         which plays to a par of 72. The facility is
and enjoy the scenic layout. Three holes           built on 155 acres of gently rolling terrain
have ponds - #2, #10, and #18 – as part of         on the city’s western boundary. Constructed
the PGA Tour’s continued commitment to             in 1961, Emeis is the newest 18-hole course
the Audubon Society with golf existing in          in the city, and certainly the most challeng-
harmony with nature.                               ing. It is home to the Quad City Amateur
   With elevation changes of 40 to 60 feet         Tournament and hosts the qualifying round
throughout, the course at one point is the         of the PGA Tour “Deere Classic.” Advanced
highest elevation in Rock Island County.           tee-times recommended.
On the tee of hole 16, the beauty of the land         Palmer Hills Golf Course in Bettendorf,
is breathtaking, offering an incredible view       Iowa, is an award-winning public 18-hole
of the Rock River, rock outcroppings and           course designed by William J. Spear. Es-
natural waterways.                                 tablished in 1974, Palmer Hills is home to
   Another unique part of the course is the        100-year-old oak trees and features rolling
history lesson at each tee. Plaques paint a        hills, with creeks and a pond coming into
picture of the land’s significance and its ties    play on 11 holes. The hills and water can
to the Quad Cities and John Deere.                 provide a challenge, but a wide variety of
   TPC Deere Run is part of the distinguished      teeing options make Palmer Hills playable
network of Tournament Players Clubs, rec-          for golfers of any caliber. Palmer Hills was
ognized as leaders in the golf industry for        selected as the “Best Golf Course” in the
design, and operational and environmental          2006 Readers Choice awards sponsored by
excellence.                                        the Quad-City Times.
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Things To Do, With A                                                                                      Jackson
‘New’ River View In Clinton                                                                               County
                                                                                                          and the
  By MARY JO KINKAID

   From 1991 to June of 2008, the Mississippi
Belle II Riverboat Casino was a permanent
                                                     Watch For Big Pumpkins
fixture on Clinton’s riverfront, along with
our Showboat Theatre, Alliant Energy Field,
Recreation Trail, outdoor Aquatic Center,
Marina and RV Park.
                                                     In Jones County
                                                        If you think all you see in Iowa is corn
                                                     and soybeans, think again. Anamosa, Jones
                                                                                                          Great
   The Mississippi Belle II was sold to Cel-
ebration Cruises, who is refurbishing the boat
to use as another one of their cruise boats.
                                                     County’s county seat is the home of Giant
                                                     Pumpkins Oct. 4 and 5. Named the Pumpkin
                                                     Capital of Iowa by the Iowa Legislature, Ana-
                                                                                                          River                                          Ally Starr holds a tagged monarch prior
                                                                                                                                                         to releasing it at the Hurstville Interpre-
                                                                                                                                                         tive Center. Visitors to the center assist


                                                                                                          Road Trek
Our riverfront is taking on a new look, with         mosa’s Pumpkin Weigh-off and Pumpkinfest                                                            the naturalists as they tag monarchs at
renovations to the baseball field, a new RV          will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.                                                      the center every Saturday in September
park and a brand new Marina & Riverfront                In 2007, Anamosa received national rec-                                                          from 1 to 4 p.m. The center is located
                                                                                                                                                         one mile north of Maquoketa along U.S.
Amenities Building. The building will house          ognition by weighing in the second largest                                                          Highway 61. (Photo by Ann Burns)
a Marina store on the bottom and a restaurant        pumpkin in the world at 1,662 pounds. As
above, with a wrap-around deck for outdoor           one of 19 regional weigh-off sites for the              Jackson County is a convenient starting
seating. Windows face the river, where you           Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, Anamosa                  point for a trek along the Great River Road    route range from historic sites to panoramic
will be able to sit and watch the boats, etc.        attracts growers from six states to vie for world    in Iowa. Jackson County, located about         vistas, to rustic riverside villages.
in the Summer and Eagles in the Winter.              recognition. In addition to giant pumpkin            midway along the 450-mile nationally-des-         Sabula, Iowa, is an excellent starting point
Visitors to Clinton can “Dock and Dine in            competition, growers can compete for prizes          ignated highway, affords a good jumping-off    because of its easy access (highways 64, 67
2009,” at the new facility.                          in longest gourd and largest watermelon.             point for an excursion either north or south   and 52 intersect there) and because the
   The new Wild Rose Casino & Resort, which          Past competitors have produced gourds more           along the route that shadows the Mighty        Jackson County Welcome Center, housed
opened in July of 2008, is Iowa’s first true land-   than 100 inches long and watermelons ap-             Mississippi. County attractions along the                  Continued on page 8
based casino. It is located in the west end of       proaching 200 pounds. On Saturday, Oct. 4,
Clinton at 777 Wild Rose Drive. Guests can           downtown Main Street in Anamosa will be
take advantage of full-service valet parking or      closed to showcase food and craft vendors.                         Jones County: Come for the sights;
self-park in one of the 1,000 parking spots          Pumpkinfest activities include a pumpkin
available. Once inside, the game floor features      carving exhibitions, pumpkin recipe contest,                              stay for the stories
a striking 36-foot circular Roundhouse bar,          car smash, kids games and rides, parade,
complete with a fireplace suspended from the         scarecrow contest, golf tournament, bowling
                                                                                                                        Great Pumpkin Weigh-off—Pumpkinfest Oct. 4&5
center of the ceiling.                               tournament, beer garden, live music and 5K
                                                     run. The annual chili cook-off benefits The                                 2007’s winner—1662 pounds
   Patrons can choose from 600 slot machines
and 14 table games. The resort also features         Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization.          Wyoming Christmas City Canopy of Lights—Dec. 6
Coaches Corner Bar & Grill, with 41 TVs                 If your fall calendar is booked, plan to visit
displaying virtually every local sporting            Jones County in December. On Saturday,              ART CANOEING CAMPING CAVES FAIRS
event, with a private 19-inch TV at each             Dec. 6, Wyoming, IA, will transform itself          FARMERS MARKETS FESTIVALS FINE DINING
booth. They serve everything from burgers            into “Christmas City.”                              MOTORCYCLE/PENITENTIARY MUSEUMS GRANT
and beer to certified Angus and a reserve               In as little as four hours, Chicago-area         WOOD HIKING HISTORY PARKS SHOPPING
wine list. The Sawmill Buffet includes ac-           residents can be in Jones County—the heart          STONE CITY THEATER
tion stations featuring signature dishes and         of Eastern Iowa. Jones County is about 15
seating for more than 260 people. The Iowa           minutes from Cedar Rapids/Marion; 25                          JONES COUNTY TOURISM ASSOCIATION
Store sells local items and logo apparel and         minutes from Dubuque and the Mississippi                             120 East Main—Anamosa, IA 52205—800-383-0831
unique gifts crafted by area artisans. The Wild      River, and an hour from the Quad Cities.                                      www.jonescountytourism.com
Rose also has a schedule of national and lo-            For more information about Jones County,
cal entertainment acts. If you are planning          visit www.jonescountytourism.com or call            Eastern Iowa Tourism Association 800-891-3482    www.easterniowatourism.org
on spending the evening in Clinton, stay in          800-383-0831.
one of their 60 luxury hotel rooms or one of
six suites. For more information, visit their
website at www.wildroseresorts.com or call
800-457-9975.
   The holiday season is almost upon us, with
several upcoming events. The Second Annual
Denim & Diamonds will be held on Nov.
15 at the Wild Rose Casino and Resort. The
Christmas Downtown Open House is Nov.
23 in Downtown Clinton. Get an early start
on your holiday shopping and bring the kids
to see Santa. The Symphony of Lights events
begin Nov. 26 with the Walk through Eagle
Point Park. Their lighting display is held
from Nov. 27 through Dec. 30 in Eagle
Point Park. The Symphony of Lights Race
is Nov. 29. On Dec. 3, Jingle Bell Jam will
be held at the Eagle Point Park Lodge. The
Lyons Christmas Walk takes place on Main
Avenue Dec. 7.




View of Clinton, Iowa river front.
                 (Photo by Liesl Mensinger)
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Lodge                                                                                              Jackson
                                                  independent property as opposed to a chain                                                           of hidden Iowa treasures; a cluster of lakes
                                                  hotel that is burdened with taxing franchise                                                         abloom in season with water lilies; myriad of
                                                  fees, we can offer full service amenities at a                                                       flora and fauna befitting its refuge designation;


Hotel: One
                                                  limited service price.”                                                                              hunting and fishing bonanzas; wetlands that
                                                     Packages combine, dinner, breakfast,                      Continued from page 6                   have been compared to the lower Mississippi
                                                  overnight accommodations and amenities           in a schoolhouse in Sabula, Iowa provides           River Delta region; beavers and muskrats hard
                                                  which include: deep tissue massage, Swedish      a year round source of information on the           at work, and much more.

of a Kind                                         massage, hot stone massage, salt glow, sugar
                                                  scrub, foot spa treatment, foot and hand
                                                  reflexology, aromatherapy wraps and much
                                                                                                   attractions and events offered throughout
                                                                                                   the county.
                                                                                                      Sabula itself (the name is Latin for “sand”)
                                                                                                                                                          Returning to the main highway, the journey
                                                                                                                                                       northward reveals bluffs and rock outcrop-
                                                                                                                                                       pings to the west and views of the Father
                                                  more. There are also entertainment options       is Iowa’s only “island city.” Completely sur-       of Waters to the east. The Dyas Unit of the
   The Lodge Hotel now offers Spa services        such as dinner theatre in partnership with       rounded by water and verdant wetlands,              Bellevue State Park offers camping facilities,
by Stress Rx in combination with its unique,      Circa 21 and other entertainment packages        Sabula is accessible only by causeway,              picnic sites, scenic bluff overlooks and trails.
affordable overnight packages. For a listing      in combination with acts at the i-wireless       bridge (or boat). The long causeway, which          Another mile up the road: Pleasant Creek
of all the packages offered by the Lodge,         center in Moline or the Adler Theatre in         island-hops to Savanna, IL, is surrounded by        Federal Recreation Area has scenic river-level
visit www.lodgehotel.com.                         Davenport.                                       wetlands offering glimpses of herons, eagles,       views, campgrounds, fishing sites and boat
   The Lodge Hotel & Conference Center               Past packages have included Elton John,       pelicans, egrets and other wildlife.                launches.
offers an intimate atmosphere, serves the                                                             Sabula is obviously a hunting, angling and          From Pleasant Creek, it is a short trip to
                                                  Miley Cyrus, Bette Midler, Sienfeld, Shania
finest cuisine, and provides exceptional                                                           outdoor recreational paradise. South Sabula         Bellevue – French for “beautiful view.” A
                                                  Twain and many others. With three casinos
service to every guest visiting the picturesque                                                    Lake Campground is a favorite warm weather          winding road will lead you up a rock bluff to
                                                  in the Quad Cities, the Lodge hotel offers
property. Experience the majestic beauty                                                           playground. All around Sabula are places to
                                                  Casino packages as well. The Lodge also                                                              the Nelson Unit of the Bellevue State Park. A
and charm that sets the Lodge apart from                                                           float a craft or dip a line – just what you would
                                                  offers golf, baseball, football and hockey                                                           panoramic view of the Mississippi River val-
the “chain” hotels that are so ordinary and                                                        expect to find on an “island in Iowa.”
                                                  packages in their respective seasons.                                                                ley and Lock and Dam 12 is afforded, along
abundant. With unique character that is                                                               A short distance north of Sabula on
                                                     The Lodge also packages with two riv-                                                             with a walk beside thousand-year-old Indian
one of a kind, the Lodge Hotel offers the                                                          Highway 54 will take you to the Gravert’s
perfect environment for you to enjoy your         erboats that cruise the Mississippi. Join                                                            mounds. A special feature in the park is the
                                                                                                   Apple Basket Orchard where you can me-
time away from home.                              Celebration Belle (celebrationbelle.com) for                                                         largest Butterfly Garden in Iowa.
                                                                                                   ander through the trees to discover and pick
   The Lodge has maintained its’ unique           a couple hours or day-long cruises or join                                                              Sheltered at the base of the state park bluff
                                                                                                   the perfect fall fruit. Continuing north on
character and charm that sets it apart            the Twilight for a two day cruise (riverboat-    Highway 52, it will lead you past Mooney            alongside scenic Mill Creek is historic six-
from the chain hotels that are so ordinary        twilight.com).                                   Hollow (Iowa-atypical Jackson County is             storied Potter’s Mill. Built in 1843, before
and abundant. Antiques, fireplaces, and              The Lodge offers many suites including        replete with ridges and hallows, a legacy of        Iowa was even a state, the National Register
warm woodwork still enchant guests, and           Fireplace suites, loft suites, two full room     its unglaciated past). Mooney Hollow boasts         site is the oldest standing frame mill in Iowa.
the famed old-fashioned cinnamon rolls            suites and more. See images of the various       the Mooney Hallow Dance Barn. The big               The mill is currently a Bed and Breakfast.
continue to please the taste buds at The          rooms at lodgehotel.com.                         fiddle on the silo makes it an easy landmark           Returning to Hwy. 52, you will be leaving
Lodge Restaurant. In addition, The Lodge             The Hockey season is fast approaching.        to spot. Dances and live performances are           “simply beautiful” Jackson County behind as
offers every guest access to free airport and     Join The Lodge for Professional American         held throughout the year.                           you head north, but know you have experi-
local transportation, making traveling to         Hockey League action with the Quad City             Continuing North is the turn-off to the          enced some of the paramount historic and
and around the Quad Cities easy.                  Flame, an affiliate of the Calgary Flames.       Green Island State Wildlife Refuge. The             scenic treasures on your journey along the
   Ray Stoddard, General Manager states:          For schedule and more information on the         3,500-acre Refuge is a “sleeper;” it’s charms are   Great River Road.
“We offer the best hotel rooms and the best       team go to www.qcflame.com. For package          somewhat concealed and requires a little bit           For more information, call 800-342-1837
service in the area at the best value…as an       information go to lodgehotel.com.                of searching. The search reveals a whole series     or www.jacksoncountyiowa.com.




                                                                                                                       for
                                                                                                                           Us
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                                                                                                                 Starting at $133.00 per couple plus tax*
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           Welcome to these
             Premier Neighborhoods!
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                                                                                                        Arsenal Museum
                                                                                                        Welcomes
                                                                                                        Improvements
                                                                                                           The staff at the Rock Island Arsenal Mu-
                                                                                                        seum found a successful way to quickly pass
                                                                                                        the cold winter months in Illinois. As the
                                                                                                        leaves began to change color last fall, changes
                                                                                                        were occurring inside the museum with
                                                                                                        the beginning of an ambitious multi-phase
                                                                                                        renovation.
Riviera Belle Estates overlooking Mississippi River                                                        The first phase of the project focused on
                                                                                                        three rooms located on the museum exhibit
Great Locations, Great Prices, Great Living!                                                            hall. The first component of this phase in-
                                                                                                        cluded the demolition of an interactive chil-
                                                                                                                                                             The third and final phase concentrated on
                                                                                                                                                          six wood display cases that have been a part
   When searching for a place to live, there are    growing community. Bellevue is certainly            dren’s area, the museum office, and an archival   of the museum since the 1930’s. The display
three key factors people usually have in mind:      gaining recognition as a great destination          equipment storeroom. To clear the way for         cases held 12 permanent exhibits which were
location, price, and quality of living. Feel        and wonderful place to live. The community,         the demolition, many of the museum’s per-         dismantled so they could be moved into
comforted knowing that Star Properties has          as part of Jackson County, recently was the         manent exhibits were dismantled, relocated        a central location, painted, electrified and
taken the guesswork out of the equation with        recipient of the distinguished Iowa’s Great         on the exhibit floor or placed into storage.      retrofitted to incorporate lit display cases.
its two most recent developments: Waterford         Places designation. Star Properties has made        The theater was converted into a temporary        These display cases will eventually hold 12
Estates and Riviera Belle Estates.                  a major investment in a new residential river       display area which helped to direct visitors      thematic displays, which will highlight the
                                                    bluff development called Riviera Belle Estates.     around the demolition.                            early history of the museum and the history
   WATERFORD ESTATES, Dubuque,                      The Walkways for Life Project is revamping             Once the dust settled from the demolition,     of Rock Island Arsenal.
Iowa: Waterford Estates provides an excep-          the downtown shopping district and con-             construction began with a new children’s area        The staff at the Rock Island Arsenal Mu-
tional setting for any lot owner. Surrounded        necting walking trails around the community.        located behind the theater.                       seum is looking forward to the next project.
by rolling hills and wooded areas, this partially   Major improvements are underway for local              The second phase of the project centered       The upcoming project will include three
gated neighborhood is only a few minutes            park and recreation venues as well as Bellevue      on the installation of a Spacesaver system in     phases. The first phase will make the chil-
away from walking trails, recreational ac-          State Park.                                         the primary artifact storage room. Nearly         dren’s area more interactive and decorated to
tivities, restaurants and a major shopping             For more information about Waterford             8,000 artifacts in 36 cabinets were moved         resemble a blockhouse. The second phase will
center. It’s the best of both worlds! Home          Estates, contact Rob Cook, Ruhl & Ruhl              to available floor space on the exhibit hall      create timeline exhibits highlighting products
sites range in size from one acre to over           Realtors, (563) 542-7278, www.DBQWa-                along with work tables, filing cabinets and       manufactured at Rock Island Arsenal during
three acres, with most being walkout lots.          terfordEstates.com or Sheila Hefel, Star            desks. The Spacesaver system provided room        major conflicts from the Spanish American
There is a nice selection of wooded, partially      Properties, (563) 580-8246, www.mystar-             to grow with ten new custom-built artifact        War to the Global War on Terror. The third
wooded and open home sites still available.         properties.com.                                     cabinets, two saddle cabinets and additional      and final stage will be thematic exhibits, which
However, the subdivision is almost half sold           For more information about Riviera Belle         shelving storage that was attached above the      will illustrate the early history of the museum
out already. Pricing varies depending on the        Estates, contact Steve Nemmers, Ruhl & Ruhl         new and existing cabinets.                        and the Rock Island Arsenal.
site selected.                                      Realtors, (563) 590-5640, www.ruhlhomes.
   RIVIERA BELLE ESTATES, Bellevue,                 com/RivieraBelleEstates or Sheila Hefel, Star
Iowa: It’s an exciting time for Bellevue! There’s   Properties, (563) 580-8246, www.mystar-
a wave of activity spreading throughout this        properties.com.




The all new Diamond Jo Casino, opening December 2008 in Dubuque, Iowa.


Dubuque In Store For All New Gaming Center
   Coming in December, 2008, the new Dia-           virgin timber cut down in the 1800s. These
mond Jo Casino is poised to be the preeminent       logs were lost in lakes and rivers during the
entertainment destination in the Midwest.           logging boom of the century, painstakingly
Featuring over 900 slot machines, 17 table          recovered and carefully restored. Speaking of
games and a live poker room, the casino is          Mojo’s – this bar is going to be your favorite
the place for sizzling gaming action.               place to catch sports action on the big screen
   All the latest innovations in slots and table    or enjoy a game of pool with friends. Come
games fill the casino, plus the best wide-area      on in, Mojo’s has a chair waiting for you.
progressives and all your favorite games guar-          For the food aficionado, Woodfire Grille
antee your experience will be like no other.        will be the most sought after reservation in
    Entertainment lights up the night at the        the tri-state area. Steaks, seafood and pasta are
new Diamond Jo. Hit the Mississippi Moon            on the menu, as well as other trendy entrees
Bar and catch some of the best national and         infused with flavor. Stop at The Kitchen Buffet
regional acts. Live entertainment fills the         and take a trip around the world.
stage five nights a week. Two VIP suites,               And there’s even more ….. knock down
“Red Velvet” and “Blue Suede,” are the              some pins at Cherry Lanes, a 30 lane bowling
premier spot to watch a show. Tree Bar is           facility featuring Alley Cat VIP Lanes, which
the place to stop for a cocktail with friends       is ideal for private parties and special events.d
before a concert.                                   menus ensure a perfect event catered just to
   The interior of Tree Bar showcases a heart       your specifications.
pine bar top using reclaimed heart pine likely          For more information on the all-new
to be older than the city of Dubuque. Planks        Diamond Jo, visit www.diamondjo.com or
in both Tree Bar and Mojo’s are crafted from        call 1 800-582-5956.
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Isle of Capri & Quad Cities:
A Great Fall Weekend Getaway
   With leaves on trees changing        until 2 a.m. and features delicious   bean Cove, a sports bar with six
color; cool, crisp air; and beautiful   sandwiches, half-pound all-beef       42” LCD televisions, pool tables,
views of the Mighty Mississippi,        hot dogs, burgers, fries, and much    dart boards, foosball table and a
there is no better time than the        more. Calypso’s Buffet serves         jukebox. For more information
fall to visit the Quad Cities and       breakfast, lunch and dinner with      about Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel,
Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel Bet-       crab legs every night of the week;    call 1-800-THE-ISLE or visit www.
tendorf.                                and Farraddays’ offers diners a       theislebettendorf.com.
   Located only 2.5 hours by car        more leisurely dinner of Certified       For more information about the
or one hour by air from Chicago,        Angus Beef or seafood which can       Quad Cities area, contact the Quad
the Quad Cities — Davenport and         be paired with a selection from the   Cities Convention & Visitors Bu-
Bettendorf, Iowa; Rock Island and       restaurant’s 800-bottle cellar. The   reau at 1-800-747-7800 or online
Moline/East Moline, Illinois — are      casino is also home to The Carib-     at www.visitquadcities.com.           An aerial view of the Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel. (QCCVB photo)
the perfect weekend escape.
   And through Dec. 30, visitors
flying into the Quad City Interna-
tional Airport can receive money
off their hotel room rate at the Isle
for up to three consecutive nights
as well as $10 in free slot play. To
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with wireless and high speed in-
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can relax around the hotel’s heated
indoor pool or work up a sweat in
one of two fitness centers. After a
busy day, enjoy peaceful slumber
on pillow-top featherbeds, Truval                                     THREE M
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Favorite games such as Hot Hot
Penny Jackpot, Wheel of Fortune
and the new Slingo are all available                                                                                                ations     inning
at the Isle.
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   For guests who prefer table
games, Isle of Capri has blackjack,
                                                   Reach over
craps, roulette and poker, and of-
fers numerous weekly blackjack
and poker tournaments — so just
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pick your game, have a seat and
try your luck! The casino also has
                                                 potential visitors
a double-sided roulette table to
accommodate more guests, and
is the only Quad Cities casino to
offer single deck, double deck and                 Chock-full of News, Feature Stories, Photos, and Advertisements featuring
five-deck blackjack tables.
   In October, guests can win one                  Quad Cities/Dubuque's colorful wide variety of "must-see" attractions and the
of 20 trips to exciting destinations
such as Las Vegas, Chicago, New                    Finest Selection of Tourist Services catering to everyone's taste and pocket-book.
York as well as cruises and Isle of
Capri getaways. Drawings will be
held on Oct. 5 and 19.
   As far as live entertainment, the                       For More Information and to Reserve
Doo-Wop Knights will perform in
the courtyard on Friday, Oct. 10 at                        Advertising Space call Melody Walker
7 p.m., featuring music legends The
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   When it is time to eat, dining                                                            (847) 299-5511
options at Isle of Capri are endless
and offer guests a wide variety sure
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