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Blue Cat’s New Owners Identified, New Direction Becoming Clearer

August 24th, 2018
Blue Cat’s New Owners Identified, New Direction Becoming Clearer

EXCLUSIVE – The new owners of Rock Island’s Blue Cat Brew Pub, soon to be the Big Swing Brew Pub, are local real estate developers John Timmer, Shane Scott and Jon McAtee, according to a number of sources who asked not to be identified, and verified through city documents and applications. The sale to the trio was also confirmed Friday by Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms, during recording of an episode of the podcast QCUNCUT. The trio are the creative and financial force behind the new Backyard Bowl and Abides Bar, in the old Milan Lanes building, 2020 1st St. W, Milan, which is having its opening... Read More

Blue Cat Becoming Big Swing, Brew Master Staying On

August 21st, 2018
Blue Cat Becoming Big Swing, Brew Master Staying On

The Blue Cat is becoming the Big Swing. The Rock Island Blue Cat Brew Pub, 113 18th St., will close Aug. 31, remain shut for renovations and open later this fall as The Big Swing Brewing Company, sources close to the situation said. It was reported first here on QuadCities.com that Blue Cat, one of the first brew pubs opened in the Quad-Cities in 1994 by brewer and chef Dan Cleveland and his sister, Martha Cleveland, was sold by the duo to an unnamed local buyer last week for an undisclosed sales price. Dan will stay on as brew master after the purchase, sources said, and the menu will continue... Read More

Blue Cat Sold, Closing For Remodel In Two Weeks

August 17th, 2018
Blue Cat Sold, Closing For Remodel In Two Weeks

EXCLUSIVE – Rock Island’s Blue Cat Brew Pub, one of the first brew pubs opened in the Quad-Cities in 1994, has been sold, sources that asked not to be identified said Friday. The restaurant and brewery, in the heart of the District, at 113 18th St., was sold to an unnamed buyer this week and will be closed down two weeks from now, the source noted. The pub will not be closed for good and will instead be shut for “a significant remodeling,” the source said. “From what I hear, they’re going to put a lot of money into it and it’s going to look really cool,” the source added. A grand... Read More

August Artists Market Blooming Sunday At Skeleton Key

August 11th, 2018
August Artists Market Blooming Sunday At Skeleton Key

The August installment of the Rock Island Artists’ Market is being held this Sunday, August 10 from 12-4 pm in the parking lot of Skeleton Key Art and Antiques at 520 18th Street, Rock Island. The Rock Island Artists’ Market will repeat on the second Sunday of each month, through October. Shoppers can expect to find a variety of art, local produce, handcrafted goods and more, all sold by the artists, creators and growers. The August market has over 40 registered vendors, and will feature food by Kavanaugh’s Hilltop Bar and Grill, and live music by Roger Carlson. Additionally at this month’s... Read More

Skeleton Key Celebrating Fifth Birthday!

August 8th, 2018
Skeleton Key Celebrating Fifth Birthday!

The August installment of the Rock Island Artists’ Market is being held on Sunday, August 12 from 12-4 pm in the parking lot of Skeleton Key Art and Antiques at 520 18th Street, Rock Island, and will double as the 5th birthday celebration of Skeleton Key. Skeleton Key Art and Antiques was opened August 1, 2013 by Brandy and John VandeWalle of Rock Island, and in 2016, Skeleton Key became the host of the Rock Island Artists’ Market. Skeleton Key sells a variety of local art, antiques, vintage, and locally crafted items spread out over 5,000 square foot. They are open five days a week, Wednesday –... Read More

Circa Holding Auditions For ‘Annie,’ ‘Newsies’

July 31st, 2018
Circa Holding Auditions For 'Annie,' 'Newsies'

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in downtown Rock Island is thrilled to announce local auditions for their upcoming productions of ANNIE and NEWSIES on August 11, 18 and 19th.  Those auditioning must be available for all rehearsals and performances as scheduled and must prepare a verse and chorus or 16 bars of a Broadway song. Music from the show is acceptable. They should bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided.  Young performers should dress comfortably (please no costumes, wigs or makeup for Annie) and provide a non-returnable photo, as well as a brief résumé.... Read More

Deadline For Artists Market Coming Up!

May 26th, 2018
Deadline For Artists Market Coming Up!

The Rock Island Artists’ Market has announced the sign-up deadline for artists, crafters and growers interested in participating in the first market of the 2018 season. Completed applications must be turned in at Skeleton Key Art and Antiques, 520 18th Street, Rock Island by 6 pm, Thursday, May 31, 2018.   The Rock Island Artists’ Market is beginning its third season Sunday, June 10, 2018. The market will take place on the second Sunday of each month, June through October, from 12-4 pm. Applications received after May 31 will be considered for the remainder of the market season.   The... Read More

Get In Bloom This Summer At The Botanical Center

May 9th, 2018
Get In Bloom This Summer At The Botanical Center

Great things are always blooming at Quad City Botanical Center. Over its past 20 years, the facility at 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, has taken root and become one of the most colorful attractions in the area. With a bouquet of fun activities for all ages and indoor gardens that always bring the feeling of warmth and natural beauty to life even during the harshest winters, the Quad City Botanical Center is a unique and beautiful rose in the downtown Rock Island garden. Every year, the center serves between 40 and 50 thousand guests, including over 10,000 area children, in a variety of ways, from... Read More

Bobby Darin Salute Returns To Circa ‘21

May 5th, 2018
Bobby Darin Salute Returns To Circa ‘21

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island is pleased to welcome back the critically acclaimed concert tribute “DREAM LOVER: A Salute to Bobby Darin” for two shows on May 16.   The show stars Circa ’21 favorite and national touring and recording artist Robert Shaw (from the Chicago and New York cast of the smash-hit musical “Million Dollar Quartet”) and the wonderful Lonely Street Band. “We are thrilled to welcome Robert back to Circa ’21 with his Bobby Darin tribute!” said Producer, Dennis Hitchcock. “The show sold out the first time we did it in 2013 and the audience... Read More

Scavenge Up A Good Time At Circa ’21

March 2nd, 2018
Scavenge Up A Good Time At Circa '21

Looking for a fun activity this weekend that taps into your amazing scavenger skills? Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is hosting a Freaky Friday Scavenger Hunt! The hunt will begin at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday Mar 3 at Circa ’21. Don’t be late! The theatre invites teams of two to arrive at Circa ’21 to be given a list of ten clues for the scavenger hunt. All locations for the hunt with be in downtown Rock Island and Davenport. Advanced registration is not necessary. However, teams must arrive at Circa ’21 no later than 8:45 a.m. Teams will have three hours to complete the hunt. The winning team... Read More