August 2016

2016 Illinois State Fair Preview, get ready.

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  It’s always a whirlwind, the Preview Day, the Twilight Parade, the Butter Cow, then the fair!  This year’s preview day had a few great additions they mentioned.  There is a new free APP for the Illinois State Fair that has a map, a food finder, and event listing.  As someone directionally challenged, the map […]

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Brucemore behind the

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The Brucemore Trust Historic Site features a museum, a twenty-one room mansion, and a community cultural center set on twenty-six acres. The mansion visit is also a story of the development of Cedar Rapids and many of the important people that changed the city over the years. The story begins with the Sinclair Family. Thomas […]

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Uptown Marion Iowa, fun on the square!

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Starting out with a wonderful scone and hot tea at Wit’s End Coffeehouse was a great way to kick off our morning in Marion, Iowa.  My mom and I hit the town after touring Cedar Rapids and before heading to the beautiful Brucemore Mansion.  We needed a little tea sipping and shopping therapy.  Wit’s End […]

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Popoli Ristorante, a jewel box bank turned restaurant

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Living near Springfield, Illinois I have long been a Frank Lloyd Wright fan and as a Wright fan, I am also a Louis Sullivan, Wright’s mentor fan as well.  Louis designed a series of banks called Jewel Box banks across the Midwest.  With the lovely stained glass windows they have a jewel box affect. Popli’s […]

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Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, a library of beauty

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Kenny Chesney has a new song out called “Noise”. The premise of the song is everywhere he goes there is noise until he can’t even hear his own voice -or make his own voice heard. In these times when we are so busy and surrounded by so much “noise” taking a day and going to […]

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