Cedar Rapids

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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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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Grant Wood's Studio, a place of inspiration and work

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Sean Ulmer, Executive Director of the Cedar Rapids Museum took time to show my mom and me around Grant Wood’s fascinating Studio during our visit to Cedar Rapids. Here on a press trip for an article about art in Cedar Rapids, for Senior News & Times, the Grant Wood studio was on our radar. The […]

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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.  […]