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Fox and Sax Indians

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Dubuque was first inhabited by mound builders. They built elongated, conical mounds that can be seen at Eagle Point, Pike’s Peak and along highway 52 near John Deere Drive. No one knows fort sure the importance of these mounds. Lucius Langworthy mentioned them in several lectures at the Dubuque Literary and Scientific Institute. He believes they were some type of fortification. However, in later years there is strong evidence that they are mausoleums of the distinguished dead of the race. In 1881, the Smithsonian directed an exploration of the mounds. The most interesting excavation was in East Dubuque. One mound just off Gramercy Street contained a burial vault of 6 adults, 4 children and a baby seated in a dinning circle.

The Mesquakie Indians were known as the Red Earth people. The Sauk, a nearby kin, were called the yellow earth people and their chief was Makataimeshekiakiak known to us as Black Hawk. Both the Mesquakie and Sauk were driven out of their native lands in Montreal by the Iroquois and they landed in  eastern Wisconsin on the Wolf River and then further south on the Fox River. As they continued to be pushed further west by rival tribes,  by 1760 they were in Dubuque. Here they were known as the Fox Indians. They were a small nation of about 50,000. Their language was similar to the Sauk Indians who also occupied the area.

Julien Dubuque came out west with his brother in the early 1780’s. We do not know how Julien became interested in the lead mines. He had come to Praire du Chien to trade with the Indians and maybe the Mesquakie approached him about working the mines. But on September 22, 1788 the Mesquakie gathered with Julien Dubuque and drew up an agreement allowing Julien to work the mines.

As for the Fox and Sax Indians, they were pushed out of their lands to Kansas. But in recent years, they have purchased land in Tama, Iowa and set up their reservation. This year the Mesquakie will celebrate their 100th Pow Wow at their Mesquakie Casino in Iowa. For a much more detailed history of the journey of the Mesquakie Indians to Dubuque, check out the book Dubuque on the Mississippi by William Wilkie.

Dubuque Weekend Activities 07-31 to 08-03-2014

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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Dubuque Weekend Activities 7-24 to 27-2014

Thursday, July 24th, 2014
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Dubuque Weekend Activities 7-3 to 7-6 2014

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
Dubuque Events

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Upcoming Conventions & Events in the Dubuque Area.

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

More information on these events can be found at:

Dubuque Area Convention & Visitors Bureau


Summer Farm Toy Show        

June 6-7, 2014
Dyersville


TOMRV (Tour of Mississippi River Valley Bike Ride)

June 7-8, 2014


Hubbard Seeds

June 7-8, 2014


American Breweriana Association

June 9-11, 2014


Upper Mississippi Regional Bridges Out of Poverty Conference

June 9-10, 2014


America’s River Festival

June 13-14, 2014


Korean War Veterans

June 15-18, 2014


Keystone Area Education Training

June 17-18, 2014


National Holstein Convention

June 24-28, 2014

 

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More June Happenings in Dubuque!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Come and Stay With Us and Enjoy All of These Wonderful Dubuque Activities!

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Going On In and Around Dubuque in June!

Friday, May 30th, 2014

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June 13th and 14th.

Friday come see:

Chasin’ Grace, Brett Kissel, Parmalee, and Brett Eldredge

Saturday’s Groups:

Main Street Jazz Band, Gin Blossoms, Kevin Costner and Modern West, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

More information can be found at www.AmericasRiverFestival.com

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Schedule of Events

25th Anniversary Weekend

Friday, June 13 – Field of Dreams Activities – Dyersville, IA

12:00PM Field of Dreams Site Closes to General Public

*ALL VEHICLES WILL NEED A PARKING PERMIT TO STAY ON OR ENTER THE PROPERTY

3:00PM Shuttles begin transportation to FOD

7:00PM Private VIP Reception and Dinner at the Field of Dreams (VIP Only)

7:00PM Q & A with Movie Cast members hosted by Matt Lauer/NBC “Today Show”

8:30PM Movie Screening in Center Field

Saturday, June 14 – Field of Dreams Activities – Dyersville, IA

8:00AM Shuttles begin transportation to FOD

9:00AM Parade – Downtown Dyersville

*ROUTE: 1ST AVENUE EAST, TURN RIGHT ON 6TH STREET SOUTHEAST, TURN RIGHT ON 3RD AVENUE SE

10:00AM VIP/Sponsor Softball Game 1

10:30AM Interviews with the Cast & Crew – Hosted by Bob Costas

11:15AM VIP/Sponsor Softball Game 2

12:30PM VIP/Sponsor Winners Bracket Game

2:30PM Celebrity Game

More information can be found at: www.fodmoviesite.com/25thanniversary

And yet more activities!

National Holstein Convention   //  June 24-28
Duathlon  //  July 12
Iowa Cubs Game  //  July 24
Mantastic Guytahlon  //  August 1-3

 

 

 

 

Visit http://www.TravelDubuque.com/events-list/ for the latest information on Dubuque events.

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Visiting Seed Saver Plant Festival in Decorah

Monday, May 19th, 2014

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This winter was one of the worst for most of the country. Iowa was no exception. We had more cold days this last winter than we had in the past 5 years. So we were all ready for Spring to arrive.

In celebration of the end of winter, I went to the Harvest Perennial Plant Sale at Seed Savers in Decorah. It is always a treat to see all the rare plants they have at the center.

This year I was excited to buy some outhouse hollyhock that I planted against the barn. Anybody who lives in the Iowa countryside knows every barn needs some hollyhock growing against the side of the building.

I also am trying Aunt Molly Cherry. This plant peeked my interest. It grows on a fence as a vine and the sweet fruit is housed in a pod. The fruit is suppose to taste like cherry and can be used for eating, jams, and pies.

I also purchased everlasting sweet pea. I remember the fragrant sweet pea that my grandmother had growing along her back fence. In memory of her, I hope it grows abundantly.

This year I was not able to get my vegetable garden finished until last weekend.  The ground was just not thawing out enough to turn the ground. But last weekend I was able to get my peas, potatoes, tomatoes, onions and

zucchini planted. The sweet rain came after the planting and everything is growing straight and strong. Stop by this spring and relax at Quiet Walker Lodge. We would love to see you!

 

Christmas at the Lodge

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

squirrelThis little guy knows how to have fun in the snow! The lodge is covered with a pure white blanket of snow and it looks like we will be having more during Christmas. During this time we wish to thank all of you for choosing our lodge as your destination getaway spot. We hope to see you again in 2014. May you and your family have a warm and blessed holiday season.

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Barrel Head Winery

Friday, June 14th, 2013

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Today my friend Karen and I went to the Barrel Head Winery. The owners, John and Karen, had visited Quiet Walker Lodge last week and had invited me to stop by and visit. I learned so much about their grapes and wines that my head is still swirling with information.

One of the most important keys in producing good wine is to wait until the grapes are at their peak in sugar content before picking them. John is very serious about starting with the perfect grape. He harvests the grape when it is ripe and this produces some of the best wine I had ever tasted. His Concord wine was one of my favorites in the reds. I also liked Leggy Lisa and the champagne he produces was the best…lots of small bubbles that exploded in my mouth with every taste!

But besides enjoying the awesome wines, John also educated me in how to keep healthy vines. He told me the story about the French winemakers who always had the women of the town stealing their roses in the vineyards. So they sprayed them with sulfur to prevent the thefts and discovered that sulfur kept the bugs and mildew off the vineyards besides stopping the theft because the roses no longer had the sweet fragrances.

I also learned not to swirl champagne because you do not want to loose the bubbles and why it is important to hold the glass at the stem to prevent heating up the champagne. He told me why we swirl and sniff wine before sipping it and the importance of not spraying vineyards with systemic sprays. All of John’s wines are produced with grapes he grows personally on his land. His pride in producing quality wines is quickly noticed by anyone who takes his or her first sip. Thanks for the great visit John and Karen!

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