Butterfly Survey Training

Do you like butterflies?

Saturday April 7 11:00am

Guided nature hikes

Walk and Discover Nature

Ongoing throughout the year

Flower and Garden Show

Discover New Flowers

Join us this March 23-25, 2018

Art in Roman Life

Cedar Rapids
Museum of Art

View Roman Antiquities on Display

WE’VE recently moved to the midwest from sunny southern California were our ideas for a traditional December was shopping in shorts and surfing on the weekends. So for us to try and give traditional advice on how to make your new home feel, nostalgic, might be a bit of a stretch but hear us out.

One sure way to bring comfort in a cold winter night at home is with sentiment and personal Christmas decorations. From lights to garlands, gifts to baking, we’ve picked out our favorite items, crafts, recipes, activities and gifts from all corners of the world to add magic and nostalgia to our holiday season.

1. A Weekend Shopping Getaway

You’ll have to preplan to make this work but it’s guaranteed to get you into the shopping spirit as soon as you land in Chicagoland for the annual Christkindlmarket Chicago![+]

Unique shopping experience, typical German food and drinks, as well as diverse holiday entertainment make the Christkindlmarket Chicago a preferred and popular destination. Admission is FREE!

Christkindlmarket Naperville, IL

Bring your reusable bags and appetites to fill your tree, and your belly, with wonderful German foods, treats and handmade gifts. Hours vary so please make sure you check the website for complete details.

2. Gifts from the Sultan

Enjoy with Black Coffee

After-Dinner Treat: Ideal as a special gift for your close friend at the office or to add just the right amount of wow around the table with that after dinner coffee, we love the subtle exotic taste of Liberty Orchards’ Turkish Delight.

BUY NOW: Turkist Delsigh, libertyorchards.com, $12.95

3. Village Christmas Walk Davenport

“Ding Ding!”

First Friday & Saturday in December from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Santa Claus, Scrooge, Carolers and Musicians throughout the Village of East Davenport.
Trolley Rides, Nativity With Animals – Friday & Saturday Night, and Live Music – in Various Shops! Retro fire truck rides – weather permitting and “Winter Sparkle” Fireworks Saturday at 9 p.m.  Learn More[+]

4. Highland Winter Skiing Fun

Skiing in the Quad Citites

You may not be able to compare Snowstar Park to let’s say, Mammoth Mountains in California but its still a fun place to take the family or to go on a winter date.

Snowstar Winter Park is a family-friendly park just minutes outside the Quad Cities in Andalusia, Illinois. With 15 trails, a massive terrain park and 11 snow tubing lanes you’ll find something for everyone.

The park offers many activities for first timers as well as improvising options like tubing and group activities.

They offer rentals too!
Learn More[+]

 

 5. Discover or Rediscover the Magic of Live Performance

“Action!”

You can travel to Chicago for high production plays and live theater but you can also stay local and visit any number of wonderful play troops located all over the Quad Cities. Below is a list of just a few play houses to visit over the holiday season, more are added as they are found:

Live Show Venues in the Quad Cities
Black Box Theatre

Theater in Moline, Illinois
1623 5th Ave, Moline, IL 61265
(563) 284-2350

Playcrafters Barn Theatre

Performing arts theater in Moline, Illinois
4950 35th Ave, Moline, IL 61265
(309) 762-0330

Gigi’s Playhouse Quad Cities

Non-profit organization in Moline, Illinois
3906 38th Ave, Moline, IL 61265
(309) 762-7529

Circ ’21 Dinner Playhouse

Former Vaudeville theater offering comfort foods & bar with live plays, concerts & performing staff.
1828 3rd Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 786-7733

Adler Theatre

The Mississippi Lofts and Adler Theatre is an apartment building and theater complex located in downtown Davenport, Iowa. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places by its original name, the Hotel Mississippi-RKO Orpheum Theater. Wikipedia
136 E 3rd St, Davenport, IA 52801
(563) 326-8500

Quad-City Music Guild

Performing arts theater in Moline, Illinois
1584 34th Ave, Moline, IL 61265
(309) 762-6610

The Village Theatre

Performing arts theater in Davenport
2113 E 11th St, Davenport, IA 52803
(563) 285-6228

River Music Experience

Venue for performances by touring musicians of all stripes plus a cafe, open-mike sessions & more.
129 Main St, Davenport, IA 52801
(563) 326-1333

Richmond Hill Players  

Performing arts theater in Geneseo, Illinois
600 H K Robinson Dr, Geneseo, IL 61254
(309) 944-2244

Nothing takes one back like the smell of pine.

6. Get Your Coat and Bring in the Pine

Most apartments have policy about having a real tree in your home but that’s no reason you can’t have some authentic pine garland. One of my favorite winter-long crafts is to put on my heavy coat and go for a country drive to our nearest forest and pick a few pine branches to bring home. And if you live in the city most tree lots offer pine scraps for sale or even for free.

Then the sky’s the limit. You can use your pine to add magic all round your home, or as gift toppers, in arts and craft projects, ontop of cakes or pies, deck the halls with boughs of holly and garlands of pine- you truly have no limit what you can do with your pine. Remember to clean your pine real tough outside before bringing it in to get any bugs off of them and again once inside with soap and water before use.

Winterful Pies

Easy Delicious Pumpkin Pie to Fill your Winter Evening with Comfy Warm Spice

Our Perfect Spiced Cherry Pie is Ideal with Any Red Wine

The Uncommon Apple-Cherry Pie that's Working to Please event the Grinch of the Bunch

10 No-Fuss Ways to Add Magic To Your Life

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