The blues tells a story. Every line of the blues has a meaning.
-John Lee Hooker
I’ll be the first to admit – Iowa and the blues are not synonymous. But that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate the blues. In fact, right here in Cedar Rapids we have an annual event to show our appreciation for the blues and experience up ‘n coming as well as established blues artists. This year’s Bluesmore will be held this Saturday, August 2, 2008 from 4:00 – 9:30 pm.
For the 14th year in a row, Brucemore and the Linn County Blues Society have joined forces to present a concert of local and national blues artists. Blues legends have performed for thousands at the Brucemore Mansion, and young and old alike come out to get down. In addition, the Bluesmore festival also offers educational music workshops are perfect for children and families.
This year’s lineup features Bernard Allison, Nick Moss and The Fliptops and Matt Woods and the Thunderbolts
Some bring some folding chairs and get ready to enjoy a night under the stars listening to some incredible music.
posted by: heatherjoy77
This weekend my family explored some of Northeast Iowa’s treasures including Spook Cave and Pike’s Peak state park.
If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, I encourage you to travel two hours north of the Corridor and do some exploring at one of Northeast Iowa’s hidden treasures. Spook Cave, located outside McGregor, IA , is unlike any other cave tour you’ll experience.
I had been to Spook Cave as a child, although I don’t remember much more than the sweatshirt someone bought for me with a Casper-like ghost on it. As we waited for our tour to start, I read up on some Spook Cave history.
An overcast day in the low 70s doesn’t exactly scream water activity weather, but none-the-less three carfuls of my girlfriends and our kids made our way the The Lost Island water park in Waterloo today. Of course, when we planned the excursion last month, we expected a Friday in late July to be hot and humid. We debated going for a moment, till I admitted I’d already bought my tickets in advance to save a couple bucks. So, with grey skies and the threat of rain, we put on our ‘make the best of it’ mom faces and still had a pretty good time.
Starting tomorrow, The Wehrenberg Galaxy 16 cinema is offering FREE family movies this summer. Every Wednesday and Thursday through August 14th at 10am and again at 12 noon.
Here’s the schedule:
- July 23 & 24 Bee Movie (PG)
- July 30 & 31 Spiderwick Chronicles (PG)
- Aug 6 & 7 Shrek the Third (PG)
- Aug 13 & 14 Horton Hears a Who (G)
They run concession deals, too!
This weekend (July 18 and 19) the community of Solon will swell as residents return to this prideful hometown and others come to see what all the fuss is about.
Solon Beef Days features bands, pedal tractor pulls, hay bale throwing contests, carnival rides, and beef of course! Check out the website for a full schedule.
Beef Days got it’s start back in 1971 when four local organizations came together to start an “old time celebration.” Because the Johnson County Cattlemen’s Association cooked steaks for the event, it seemed like “Beef” should be in the event’s name.
Come enjoy the fun, get to meet some of your neighbors and witness another first-class community in the Corridor come together with pride.
posted by: danaengelbert
The 36th RAGBRAI will run through Missouri Valley, Harlan, Jefferson, Ames, Tama-Toledo, North Liberty, Tipton and Le Clare. Lance Armstrong will be here for the 3rd time.
RAGBRAI – Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.
It’s a household word in Iowa, one synomous with the last full week in July.
This will be my tenth year on RAGBRAI and even though I’m not able to do the entire week every year, I wouldn’t miss riding a couple days each year.
I started riding RAGBRAI in 1999 and hadn’t really ridden a bike much since I was a kid. The first year I went, I rode only two days, but a very hot and hilly two days. The heat index the first day was at least 110 the first day and 115 the second day I rode. The first day was from Waverly to Decorah, the second day from Decorah to Manchester. If anyone has driven in northeast Iowa, it’s even hillier when you’re on a bike!
However, after that year with a sore butt and being hot and tired, I fell in love with it.