July 2016

Fighting for Uncle Sam, Read About the Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army as you travel along!

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On a recent trip to Cedar Rapids I immersed myself in African American Military history with the book, “Fighting for Uncle Sam, Buffalo Soldiers in the frontier Army by John P. Langellier. “Fighting for Uncle Sam, Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army” is a great book that tells about a little known history of African American’s […]

Myrtle's in Princeton, a Pie Kind of Place!

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Wondering home from a trip up north we stopped at an antique store in Princeton, Illinois. Before we left we asked as we often do about the best place to eat.  The clerks quickly told us Myrtle’s Café.  “I have never heard anything bad about the food and they have AMAZING pie.” With that in […]

Echoe's of Edisto - a home run

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I received a review copy of Echoes of Edisto the day before heading out on a trip to Barnacopia a combination AG museum and B&B.  I had loved the previous island mystery I had read and honestly put aside another book I was reviewing in favor of Clark’s easy to read fiction. I started Echoes […]

Bata's, Oh the Bread!

While in Cedar Rapids on a press trip for an art story for Senior News & Times we stopped at the fun Bata’s Restaurant. Located in the historic NewBo Neighborhood the historic building had been renovated and was quite lovely.  After looking over the menu my mom and I  decided to try out the bread.  […]

Grant Wood Memorial Window at Cedar Rapids Veteran's Memorial Building and So Much More

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We thought we were going to see a stained glass window, a beautiful piece of art, but that was all.  Little did we know that the entire Veteran Memorial Building both inside and out is a piece of art from the architecture to the exhibits. Teri Van Dorston showed us the beauty and history of […]

Riley's Café a Cedar Rapids Main Stay

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You have to want to go to Rileys Café.  Located on 836 1st Ave NE, finding a parking place can be a bit daunting.  Then once you get inside, it is packed, at least that was our experience on the Tuesday morning we stopped by while on a trip to Cedar Rapids.  Once we squeezed […]

Czech Village in Cedar Rapids brings history alive!

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In the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids there is a neighborhood with a bit of ethnic history. The official Czech Village of Cedar Rapids shares how the immigrants settled in the area. “Cedar Rapids is a city that is home to thousands of Czech, Moravian and Slovak immigrants and their descendants since the turn of […]

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, beautiful and education - eye opening!

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Laura Formanek, Director of Marketing & Communications for the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library provided my mom and me a guided tour while on a press trip to this wonderful city.  I was seeking art for an article for Senior News & Times and I was not disappointed. The first thing we saw […]

The Sauce Bar & Bistro offer delightful dining in historic Czech Village

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While it is cool to dine in a fun new place, what is even cooler is to dine in a cool new place in a historic building in a historic neighborhood. That’s just what I did on a recent visit to Cedar Rapids with my mom. The Sauce is located in a revamped building and […]

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center- a sustainable hotel

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I’ve never stayed at a teaching hotel, but I would surely stay again.  I stayed at the hotel while on a FAM Trip to Cedar Rapids and loved every minute.  One night, one walk through The Hotel at Kirkwood Center and it is easy to see why they are an American Auto Association 4 Diamond […]