Some Iowans might say that 2017 was a divisive year, but there were also moments that brought us together. Here is a look back at some of the “homegrown” highlights of the good, the bad and the beautiful: Hundreds of protesters stood through a cold and cloudy afternoon in January 2017 in downtown Cedar Rapids […]
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Photos: Market After Dark 2017
CEDAR RAPIDS – The weather was perfect for Market After Dark, until it wasn’t. A brief downpour put a damper on the nighttime market and sent crowds scattering, but not before bands played, dancers performed and people filled the streets of downtown Cedar Rapids, for the third annual event. Market After Dark, the night version […]
Photos: Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
CEDAR RAPIDS – Clouds put a damper on the day, but attendees found a silver lining at the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. Hundreds of people gathered on the downtown library’s rooftop on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, to try to catch a glimpse of the eclipse and watched the NASA livestream in […]
Photos: Freedom Festival Parade 2017
CEDAR RAPIDS – Perfect parade weather greeted spectators and entries this morning for the 2017 Freedom Festival Parade. With 80 floats, musical units and other entries, the parade lasted more than an hour, making its way through New Bohemia and Czech Village, as parade-goers stood shoulder-to-shoulder lining Third Street SE and 16th Avenue SW. The […]
Photos: American Sokol XXIV National Sle...
CEDAR RAPIDS – Hundreds of people gathered Sunday, June 25, for the closing ceremonies of a national gymnastics competition and festival in Cedar Rapids. The American Sokol XXIV National Slet and Festival, held June 22-25, culminated in the on-field gala at Kingston Stadium, with choreographed calisthenics, races, a tug-of-war and Czech folk dances that reflected […]
View spectacular gardens during tours in...
Garden walks coming up in Eastern Iowa will showcase some of the most spectacular gardens in the area, both big and small. The 2017 Project GREEN Garden Tour will be Sunday, June 25, 2017, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lucas Farms Neighborhood of Iowa City, while the 2017 Linn […]
American Sokol gymnastics competition so...
By Cindy Hadish CEDAR RAPIDS – Jeanne Vogt’s family has a long history of participation in Sokol, a Czech-based social and gymnastics organization that now spans six generations in Vogt’s family. Vogt’s mother and grandfather were active members of Sokol Cedar Rapids, and Vogt’s children, grandchildren and now a great-grandchild, K’den Sprague, all have belonged […]
Lion Bridge and Downtown Cedar Rapids fa...
(Updated May 31, 2017, with information about the Czech Village Farmers Market.) Lion Bridge Brewing Company launched their first nighttime farmers markets last season in Czech Village and this year’s plans call for even bigger events. The first market will be at the parking lot of Lion Bridge, 59 16th Ave. SW, this Thursday, June […]
Houby Days 2017 photo gallery
CEDAR RAPIDS – It literally rained on our parade at this year’s Houby Days in Czech Village, but the annual festival offered many bright spots, as well. For those most interested in the event’s namesake mushrooms, winners were announced in the morel contest: Team TMT (Tom Slade, Morgan Driscoll and Tyson Gosnell) won both the […]
Houby Days festival to celebrate 40 year...
Back in the day, mushroom hunters would bring coolers full of morels to sell on street corners during Houby Days, an annual Czech Village celebration in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Laws in recent years have restricted those sales, but Houby Days (Houby is the Czech word for mushroom) continues its annual tribute to the beloved morel […]