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Weekend Activities 02/19-22/2015

This Weekend in Dubuque and Surrounding Area

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Just a few of the events of interest:

Friday:

  • Dubuque Fighting Saints vs. Muskegon | Mystique Ice Arena, USHL hockey game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Night
  • Classical Blast | Mississippi Moon Bar,Diamond Jo, mainstream rock and pop music, 21+, no cover

Saturday:

  • Brewfest 2015 | Mystique Casino, samples from 30 featured breweries, 100+ craft selections, 6 wineries, and 2 distilleries, 21+
  • Sleigh Ride & Snowshoe Hike at Dusk | Fever River Outfitters, Galena, Reservations and more information at 815.776.9425
  • Dallas Brass presents American Musical Journey| Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, brass & percussion musical travelogue through American history
  • Pop Rocks | Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino, high energy dance music, 21+, no cover

Sunday:

  • Native American Love Flute| EB Lyons Interpretive Center, Mines of Spain, Native American stories, flutes, language, and a short movie, free
  • Dubuque Fighting Saints vs. Cedar Rapids| Mystique Ice Arena, USHL hockey game, Mascot Mania

Lots to do, so come stay with us for the weekend so you can see these and all of the other activities listed in the Weekend Activities file above. Rest, Relax, Rejuvenate at Quiet Walker Lodge Bed and Breakfast, a short distance from Dubuque. Come Experience the Difference!

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Weekend Activities 2-12 to 2-15

This Weekend in Dubuque and Surrounding Area

Weekend Activities 02.12-02.15

A great list of activities in Dubuque and the surrounding area for our guests, past, present and future. For example, check these out:

  • Sleigh Ride & Snowshoe Hike at Dusk (3:30) or Candlelight Snowshoe Hike & Cross Country Ski (4:30) | Fever River Outfitters, Galena, Reservations and more information at 815.776.9425.
  • Mr. Rat Pack | Mystique Casino, throwback to the music of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and more, 21+
  • Buddy Holly Dance| Dubuque County Fairgrounds, classic dance music, cash bar, and a variety of contests.

Be sure to check out the Weekend Activities sheet to see everything happening in the Dubuque area this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Check us out at our website, Quiet Walker Lodge, just a short distance from Dubuque and the Mississippi. Facebook lovers can visit us at Quiet Walker Lodge Bed and Breakfast, a Dubuque area bed and breakfast. Stay with us to Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate. Come Experience the Difference!

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Birds of Prey

Quiet Walker Lodge is proud to present Dubuque Events and Festivals 2015  information to help plan your Dubuque trip:

From the Dubuque 2015 Travel Guide just for you!

Click to download the PDF file of events and festivals, or download the entire Travel Guide or view it all online by clicking HERE (brought to you by the Dubuque Convention and Visitors Bureau).

When you come and stay with us, you are only a few short minutes away from downtown Dubuque, the location of many of these fantastic events. Check out the travel guide for a list by month of the many activities in the area, and check our blog weekly for an updated list of the local activities happening that weekend.

At this event, there were a variety of birds of prey on display. Some were even allowed to fly around inside the auditorium while the handlers told about the bird, their habitat and their habits. A really interesting experience, especially if you’ve never seen an eagle up close.

My favorite was the bald eagle. Seeing one up close allows you to better understand why it was selected as our national bird (beats the turkey as Ben Franklin wanted us to have). Unfortunately, the one featured in the picture below is not able to be released back into the wild, but was more than fascinating to just observe.

Bald Eagle

Birds of Prey Activity in Dubuque a few weeks back featured a beautiful bald eagle up close.

Barn Owl, just a beautiful as the bald eagle in its own way

I see everything…

eagle found on the west coast; just as amazing as the bald eagle

Another breed of eagle

Weekend Activities 02/05 to 02/08

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Come and enjoy the activities Dubuque has planned for everyone!

Like Hockey???

  • Dubuque Fighting Saints vs. Cedar Rapids| Mystique Ice Arena, USHL hockey game, Vegas Night

How about this one in Galena:

  • Saturday Morning Group Snowshoe Hike | Fever River Outfitters, Galena, Reservations and more information at 815-776-9425

Or this….

  •  Bull Riding| Five Flags Center, thirty bull riders put their skills to the test in front of an audience for cash prizes

Check out the rest of the activities in the document above!

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Fox and Sax Indians

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.

Upcoming Conventions & Events in the Dubuque Area.

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

 

When you “Travel Dubuque” be sure to stay with us! Click on this link to visit Quiet Walker Lodge’s Website

Going On In and Around Dubuque in June!

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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

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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

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

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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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Wine Trail Spring Event

"Iowa Lodging at Quiet Walker Lodge Bed and Breakfast, a Country Inn and Dubuque area bed and breakfast located near Dubuque, Iowa" />wine festivalGet ready for the Iowa Wine Trail Spring Event. This year’s theme will be Before and After Desserts and Appetizers. Each winery on the list will have their specialty like Herbed Cheese Stuffed Papadew Peppers, Pork Cheek Quesadillas and Chocolate Cannoli at Daly Creek or Eagle Landing’s Norwegian Meatballs served with Dry Red Wine (Mr Sippi), RoTel Cheese Dip and Nachos served with Semi-Sweet Red Wine (Mrs Sippi), Spring Time Fruit Salad served with Semi-Sweet Muscat Canelli wine ( Lit’l Sippi) and Raspberry Flavored Brownies served with Chocolate Raspberry Dessert wine (Serenity). All of the wineries are offering awesome desserts and appetizers. This event is happening this weekend April 27-28th. So grab your partner and head out to Quiet Walker Lodge and then on to the wineries! It is an event you won’t want to miss!

Winter at Quiet Walker Lodge

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Basket Weaving Project

Winter at Quiet Walker Lodge is a unique experience. During the months of December and January we have enjoyed the beauty of the winter landscape. There is something to be said about the peacefulness of a winter day snuggled up in a blanket around the fireplace. During this time, I have caught up on some of my basket weaving. I finished my autumn corn project and I am currently working on a pine needle basket with a natural base.
This year, I had the opportunity to attend a Gourd Convention and learn how to weave gourds. So now besides my basket weaving and gardening, I am learning new techniques in gourd art.
In the Fall, we planted eleven new maple trees on the property. These trees line the small trail we are developing. It is a slow process, but it is nice to see the new trees in the meadow.

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Iowa Wine Trail Event

The 17th Iowa Wine Trail event is coming up November 3 and 4 from 10 am – 6 pm each day. The fall theme this year is “Around the World with Iowa Wines.” Each winery has chosen to pair their wines with food from another country. The Winneshiek Wildberry Winery near Decorah will pair their wines with Italian Cuisine. Eagles Landing Winery in Marquette will be pairing their wines with Cajun cooking. Daly Creek Winery in downtown Anamosa will serve Japanese dishes that complement their wines. Brick Arch Winery in West Branch will use a “melting pot” of recipes including barbeque, pork tenderloin and cranberries, and pineapple upside down cake to pair with their wines. The Engelbrecht Family Winery near Fredericksburg will pair their wines with German dishes including Reuben sandwiches, hot potato salad and German cheese cake. At Tabor Home Vineyards and Winery near Baldwin, they have chosen Greek cuisine and will pair their wines with a mezes – small dishes made with cheese or grilled meats, and baklava. If you are planning to participate in the event, consider staying at Quiet Walker Lodge to make your experience complete. Tickets for the event are on sale at www.iowawinetrail.com or by calling (563) 557-3727.

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Gourd Art

Agate Gourd

This weekend, I went to the Midwest Basket and Gourd Convention at Sinsinawa Mounds in Wisconsin. I am now hooked on gourd art! It was difficult to pick the class I enjoyed most, but if I had to pick, I think the Agate Gourd would be my number one choice. This is the one I made.
I learned how to use alcohol ink to produce a marbling effect on the gourd. The grass is a pygmy palm grass from Tucson, Arizona. The beads are Ox bone beads. It took me about three hours from start to finish. I think the fun part was working with the alcohol ink. I plan to make more gourds using this ink and see what kind of designs and marbling effects I can produce.
The second piece I created this weekend was a gourd with natural embellishments. I used a devil’s claw for my centerpiece. I plan to grow this annual to get more devil claws for more projects. The claw can even be used for earrings! The devil claw is also from Arizona and the seeds are inside the top part. On this gourd, I sewed a beautiful red bean that is toxic to animals. So I need to keep this basket high up to stop the cats from eating it and getting high! For this gourd, I used a beautiful red palm grass. I liked the texture and the little nubbles on the grass. Next time I am going to also marble the gourd (possibly in greens).
The next project was learning how to faux a gourd. The gourd was spray-painted black. The first step was to take a glue/sand mixture and put it on the gourd to produce a rough texture. After that was dry, the paint went on and then the seal. I did not like the way this one turned out and plan to experiment more with this technique.
In April, the Wisconsin Gourd Festival will be held in Madison. I hope to make Spirit dolls out of gourds and learn how to burn designs in them. I think I can really get into gourd art and incorporate some of my basket weaving skills for the rims. This is cool!

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Morrison Brothers Tree Farm

Today I went to the tree farm with Jeff Stecklin of Stecklins Tree Service to choose the trees I want to plant along our trail. I chose some beautiful maples that provide color in the Fall. The Autumn Blaze Maple is known for its brillant red-orange fall color. It grows pretty fast and was the 1997 Iowa Tree of the Year. The Deborah Norway Maple is another fast growing maple. It has more upright branches but provides a brillant red leave in spring that turns to a dark bronze-green in the summer. I like the Emerald Luster Norway for its round canopy and pretty color. The Red Sunset Maple is a dense rounded form tree that has orange-red foilage in the Fall.
In the meadow I am planting a Bloodgood London Planttree that has a beautiful cream, olive and brown exfoliating bark. This will be a focal point tree with a picnic table and benches under it for guests to sit and have picnics. The lkast trees oin my list to plant this Fall arte the Northern Red Oak trees. This is the fastest growing Oak around and it won the 1999 Iowa Tree of the Year. What I like about this tree is that the leaves hang on the tree into winter.
So in the next several weeks the trees will be planted along the trail. Each will have their own water holding bag and hopefully next year they will look beautiful!

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