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Whether it\u2019s glazed or cake, topped with a candy bar or plain, your favorite type of doughnut can say a lot about you.

And in the Quad-Cities, as I\u2019ve learned, so does your favorite doughnut shop.

Here, the doughnut scene is full of old-fashioned shops such as Tommy\u2019s Cafe, Donut Delite and Donuts & More, where generations of regulars have routinely stopped in to satisfy sweet cravings, as well as newer bakeries, such as Oh So Sweet by Tiphanie and Baked Beer & Bread Co., where cases show off colorful rows of gourmet fried dough.\u00a0

The Quad-Cities also is home to three \u2014\u00a0soon to be four \u2014\u00a0Dunkin\u2019 Donuts franchises. A Rock Island location is expected to break ground later this year and open in early 2018.

All of those spots were called out when we asked readers, via Facebook, about their favorite doughnut establishments.

Skimming through the 74 comments we received, it\u2019s clear Quad-Citians have strong feelings about where to get fresh doughnuts. Messages ranged from, \u201cLeo's South Park Bakery Donuts are the best in the world!\u201d to \u201cDonuts & More, a Sunday tradition\u201d to \u201cI have Celiac disease. This entire post is torture because all I want everyday is a doughnut.\u201d

Starting Wednesday, you can add another option to the Q-C doughnut scene.

Hy-Vee stores in the Quad-Cities will now be stocked with fresh \u2014\u00a0not frozen \u2014\u00a0doughnuts daily.

Twelve grocery stores in the area will offer doughnuts that are \u201cfried fresh, in-house, every day,\u201d according to Allie Johnson, Quad-City area digital marketing coordinator for Hy-Vee.

\u201cHy-Vee is going back to the old-school way of making our doughnuts,\u201d Johnson said, adding that each store has been equipped with a fryer.

About 28 varieties and three price points are on the menu, including classic options for 99 cents and supreme options for $2 each.\u00a0

So, now, we can all grab a fresh doughnut while grocery shopping. Talk about convenience. \u00a0

But, when it comes to the Quad-City doughnut scene, there's a lot more to talk about.\u00a0

'Joy and a few pounds\u2019

At the Quad-City\u2019s oldest, family-run doughnut shop, you won\u2019t find a \u201cfunky doughnut with Rolos or Fruity Pebbles,\u201d owner Susan Lillybeck said.

Moline\u2019s Donut Delite is all about the \u201ctried and true stuff,\u201d including its signature buttermilk bar.

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Lillybeck has heard the grocery store chain is\u00a0getting into the fresh doughnut game, but she isn't worried about competition.\u00a0

\"An outfit like Hy-Vee is going to try a lot of different things,\" she said.\u00a0

\u201cWhen Krispy Kreme opened here years ago, people said they were going to run me out of business,\u201d Lillybeck added. \u201cWell, they\u2019re gone.\u201d

At Donut Delite, \u201cPeople know what to expect.\u00a0We\u2019ve been the same forever, and people like that.\u201d

They expect the \"winning combination of great doughnuts, lovely people and a nice atmosphere,\u201d Lillybeck said.

It\u2019s been that way since her parents opened the store in 1979, and she took it over in 1982. Two additional Donut Delite locations, in Silvis and Milan, have since closed, but doughnuts have only gotten more trendy in recent years, she said.

\u201cPeople are crazy about doughnuts right now,\u201d Lillybeck said, adding that she\u2019s supplied doughnuts for several recent weddings. \u201cIt used to be cupcakes that were the thing, and now, it\u2019s doughnuts.\u201d

Her team tries new recipes every now and then, but Lillybeck said she got this advice a long time ago, and she\u2019s sticking to it: \u201cKeep it simple.\u201d

\u201cThose places where people stand in line to buy weird doughnuts with weird names \u2014\u00a0that\u2019s great and probably goes in the Q-C for some people,\u201d she said. \u201cBut we\u2019re going to keep doing what we\u2019re doing.\u201d

For 38 years, it\u2019s worked.

She has her loyal customers to thank, from multiple generations of families to \u201clittle groups that meet every morning and solve the world\u2019s problems.\u201d

\u201cIt\u2019s a version of hanging out at \u2018Cheers\u2019 but with coffee and doughnuts,\u201d Lillybeck said. \u201cIt brings joy and a few pounds to their life.\u201d

Finding a niche

That \u201chomey\u201d feeling comes with being around a long time, said Jan Amyette, owner of Donut & More\u2019s two locations.

Jan Amyette and her husband, Tom, have seen lots of doughnut shops come and go.

They were almost one of them.

The couple had sold Donuts & More, which they opened in 1984 as a Donutland franchise, and had been in retirement for five years when they learned the new owner wasn\u2019t going to renew the building lease.

\u201cThe stores were going to close, and we didn\u2019t have the heart for that,\u201d Amyette said.

\"Donuts

Owners Jan and Tom Amyette stand behind the counter of their\u00a0Donuts & More store in Moline. Donuts & More has been around since the 1980s, and the specialties include a double chocolate cake doughnut, Jan said. In addition, the featured doughnut changes every few months.\u00a0

They bought back the business in 2015.

\u201cWe haven\u2019t regretted it,\u201d Amyette said. \u201cWe wanted to save the jobs for the workers, fix the properties and save the Donuts & More name. We\u2019ve done what we wanted to do.\u201d

Amyette continues to works seven days per week and splits her hours between the Davenport and Moline locations, mostly to keep up with regulars at both stores who come in to \u201creminisce and share stories,\u201d she said.

\u201cThey say, \u2018This is where I grew up getting doughnuts\u2019 or \u2018This is my daddy\u2019s favorite place,\u2019\u201d she said. \u201cThat\u2019s why I\u2019m here every day. It lifts my spirits to see all these people share their memories.\u201d

When choosing a doughnut shop, Donuts & More has time on its side, although\u00a0Amyette said,\u00a0\u201cWe don\u2019t compete with others. We each have our own place and our own niche.\u201d

Their niche, she said, is offering more varieties of cake doughnuts compared to yeast. Plus, they change colors and sprinkles based on \u201cthe seasons or our mood.\u201d

\u201cI want it to be a happy place and a place to build memories,\u201d she said. \u00a0\u201cIf you're in in a bad mood, we'll try to get you to not leave in a bad mood.\u201d

Beyond the basics

When Stephanie Sellers, co-owner of Baked Beer & Bread Co. in the Village of East Davenport, decided to add doughnuts to the bakery\u2019s menu, she knew she wanted to offer \u201cmore than the basic glazed doughnut.\u201d

\u201cThe doughnut scene here is pretty basic so far,\u201d she said. \u201cThere\u2019s not a lot of people pushing the envelope.\u201d

Over the past two weeks, Baked has \u201creally pumped up the doughnut dance,\u201d she said, and they\u2019ve regularly sold out by noon each day.

\"Baked

Baked Beer & Bread Co., 1113 Mound St., Davenport,\u00a0started offering doughnuts about two weeks ago.\u00a0

That goes for a few of Baked\u2019s specialties: A peanut butter and jelly doughnut named I Don\u2019t Want to Grow Up and a cookie dough option named It Was All a Lie, \u201cbecause of all those people that said it wasn\u2019t good to eat cookie dough,\u201d Sellers said. There are also doughnuts, freshly prepared each morning, topped with graham crackers, cereal, fruit and candies.

In addition, Sellers expects to roll out doughnut and cocktail pairings and liquor-infused doughnuts this weekend.

So, yes, we can consider the doughnut envelope pushed.

\u201cYou can get the basic stuff at Hy-Vee or other places,\u201d she said. \u201cWe know people have to make an effort to come see us in the Village, so we wanted to make it worth the trip.\u201d

On the topic of fancy fare, Donut Bouquets QC, a mobile business that arranges doughnuts \u2014\u00a0instead of flowers \u2014\u00a0for gifts and special orders, launched here last month. You can find (and follow) them on Instagram.

\u201cYou can be so creative with doughnuts,\u201d Sellers said. \u201cI think the Quad-Cities is ready for that.\u201d

What do I think? There's room for every one \u2014\u00a0and every kind of doughnut here.\u00a0

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While on a weekend trip in the Quad-Cities for a Moline High School class reunion, Lana Jacobs, of Chicago, kept hearing about how \u201cspectacular\u201d Monday\u2019s solar eclipse would be.

She wasn\u2019t buying it.

\u201cI didn\u2019t know get why everyone was talking about it,\u201d Jacobs said.

That changed around noon on Monday when she put on eclipse glasses and tilted her head to the sky. Watching with a crew of family members, who mostly live in East Moline, at The Current Iowa\u2019s skybar, called Up, Jacobs couldn\u2019t stop looking -- and pointing.

\u201cYou have to see this,\u201d Jacobs said, while handing me a pair of glasses. \u201cThere\u2019s only two more minutes!\u201d

On the rooftop bar, atop the newly-opened nine-story hotel, she wasn\u2019t the only one passing around eclipse glasses during the lunch hour.\u00a0

\u201cSharing is caring,\u201d her cousin and former Illinois state Sen. Mike Jacobs said, after ripping his eclipse glasses in half, offering one lens to an Up employee. \u201cThis is too cool to miss.\u201d

Thankfully, his sister Patti Ramirez ordered a bundle of eclipse glasses, $9 per pair, in advance on Amazon.com.

\u201cI knew there wasn\u2019t going to be another one in our lifetime,\u201d Ramirez said. \u201cI thought, \u2018We\u2019re not going to see it again, so let\u2019s go see it.\u2019\u201d

Ramirez took a personal day off from work to watch the eclipse with family, which included her father, former Illinois state Sen. Denny Jacobs.

\u201cIt\u2019s a fun thing to do together,\u201d Ramirez said. \u201cI was just going to watch it from my window at work, but this is better.\"\u00a0

The skybar is typically closed 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays, but staff members adjusted the hours for eclipse viewing.\u00a0

\u201cWe got all these phone calls asking if we were going to be open,\u201d Tony McGee, bar manager, said. \u201cWe decided it was probably a big deal.\u201d

Over the weekend, he and his staff put together a solar eclipse-themed menu, which included the Eclipse Burger as well as two cocktails, Blue Moon Sangria and the Chromosphere.

Sitting at a table on Up's outdoor patio, Dawn Benaitis was just happy to be able to borrow a pair of eclipse glasses.\u00a0

\"We didn't have any, so we joked about making them out a cereal box,\" she said. \"There's really no way to see it without them.\"

After giving a keynote address to educators at the Diocese of Davenport, Benaitis, director of professional development with Discovery Communications, which operates the Discovery Channel, and her colleague Alissa McLean, rushed to the skybar so they wouldn't miss the eclipse's peak, which happened at around 1:14 p.m.\u00a0

The Chicago residents pushed their flights back a few hours to stay in Davenport for a \u201cless congested view\u201d of the eclipse.

\u201cIt\u2019s a moment in history, so we wanted to be able to actually see it,\u201d McLean said. \u201cYou\u2019re always going to remember where you were when the solar eclipse happened.\u201d

Lana Jacobs will also remember where she was. Monday marked her 73rd birthday.\u00a0

Looking up at the sky, when for a moment it seemed to turn darker, Jacobs said,\u00a0\"I can see why everyone's making it a big deal. It's awesome.\"

And, as she said, seeing it was a once-in-a-lifetime gift.\u00a0

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1. Alternating Currents\u00a0

Go to downtown Davenport on Friday and Saturday, and you'll have the chance to see stand-up comedy, concerts, film screenings and art festivals. It's all part of the inaugural Alternating Currents, the festival concept that has replaced River Roots Live. Similar to fests such as SXSW in Austin, Texas, and Mile of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin, several events will happen concurrently at 15 venues in downtown Davenport. You'll need tickets, $5 per show or $15 for a weekend pass, for concerts at Daytrotter, the Redstone Room and the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel. To see headliner Ben Folds at the Adler Theatre on Saturday, separate tickets, $29, $49, $59 and $79, are available at Ticketmaster.com, the Adler Theatre Box Office and by phone at 800-745-3000. In addition, free stand-up comedy, live music and film screenings will be held at several venues such as the Figge Art Museum, Great River Brewery, Kilkenny's Pub and Me & Billy. For more, visit alternatingcurrentsqc.com.

Friday and Saturday, downtown Davenport, Admission ranges from free to $5 per show to $15 for a weekend pass to $29-$79 for the concert at the Adler Theatre.

2. Watch the total solar eclipse

The countdown is over. Today is total solar eclipse day, in which the\u00a0moon will be directly between the Sun and Earth creating a visible umbra shadow seen from much of the United States. In the Quad-Cities, the eclipse is expected to begin at 11:48 a.m., peak at 1:14 p.m. and end at 2:38 p.m.\u00a0Viewing parties are being held at area museums, libraries, bars, as well as Modern Woodmen Park. Last-minute tips: Hunt down a pair of\u00a0solar eclipse glasses (or make your own pinhole viewer), and find a good viewing spot to watch. You won't want to miss it, unless you want to wait another 100 years.\u00a0The last coast-to-coast solar eclipse was in 1918.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, multiple sites. Free.

3. Make some 'Night moves'

Hear your favorite Bob Seger tunes, such as \"Old Time Rock 'n' Roll,\" \"Against the Wind\" and \"Night Moves\" this weekend.\u00a0Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band and\u00a0special guest Larkin Poe are\u00a0slated to perform on Saturday at the iWireless Center,\u00a01201 River Drive, Moline. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.\u00a0

8 p.m. Saturday, iWireless Center, $48,\u00a0$78,\u00a0$98.

4. Art festivals

Two new art festivals are happening this weekend, as part of Alternating Currents. OMG Becky Fest, hosted by Crafted QC and featuring several vintage and handmade vendors, will be set up outside the RiverCenter on 2nd Street. In addition, 30 chalk artists will flood 2nd Street between Perry Street and Pershing Avenue in\u00a0downtown Davenport during the Quad-City Arts' Chalk Arts Fest.\u00a0

Friday and Saturday, downtown Davenport. Free.

5. Movie in the park

Grab a blanket or a lawn chair for an outdoor movie night at Vander Veer Botanical Park, 215 E. Central Park Ave., Davenport. Get there early for festivities, including food trucks and a \"Beauty and the Beast\" costume parade and contest. A screening of the\u00a0live-action version of Disney\u2019s \u201cBeauty and the Beast\" will begin at sunset. In the event of rain, the movie will not be shown and a cancellation notice will be made by 3 p.m. Saturday.

6 p.m. Saturday, Vander Veer Botanical Park. Free.

6. Nappy Roots and Dusty Leigh

Nappy Roots & Dusty Leigh are slated to perform on Friday\u00a0at the Rock Island Brewing Company, or RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island. For tickets, $15 in advance, visit ribco.com.\u00a0

9 p.m. Friday, RIBCO, $15 in advance.

7. Farm days

Farm Days in the Village returns this weekend, offering a\u00a0petting Zoo, rope making, tractor and wagon rides and tractor displays in the Village of East Davenport.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Village of East Davenport. Free\u00a0

8. Country tunes\u00a0

Before music fills the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel on Friday and Saturday during Alternating Currents, catch a show from Cale Tyson, a Nashville, Tennessee-based country artist, on Thursday at the venue, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at moellernights.com and at the door.\u00a0

8 p.m. Thursday,\u00a0Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, $8.

9. Laugh hard comedy show\u00a0

The Circa 21 Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island, is hosting its occasional Laugh Comedy Show, featuring sets from a dozen area comedians, on Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. For more, visit\u00a0thecirca21speakeasy.com.

8 p.m. Friday, The Speakeasy, $3.

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Jay Leno is coming to the Adler Theatre, Davenport, in less than two months.

Leno, known for hosting \"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,\" will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, the venue announced Friday.

Tickets, $49, $79, $125, will be available at\u00a0Ticketmaster.com, the Adler Theatre Box Office and by phone at 800-745-3000.\u00a0

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 25.

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The world knew Bill Bell as \u201cThe Jazz Professor,\u201d a legendary musician and teacher who played with \u201cThe Supremes\u201d and Duke Ellington.

In Watertown, the small East Moline neighborhood where Bell grew up, everyone knew him as a friend and mentor.

\u201cWhen I was a kid, the person we wanted to be like was Bill Bell,\u201d Nate Lawrence, a fellow Watertown native and director of the area nonprofit Polyrhythms, said. \u201cHe was breaking barriers and doing things that the larger community didn\u2019t expect.\u201d

That\u2019s how Lawrence and the Polyrhythms want \"The Jazz Professor\" to be remembered. Bell died in March at his home in Oakland, California. He was 80.

To honor him, the nonprofit, which started in 2004 and is dedicated to community and cultural arts advocacy, has renamed its fourth annual music festival to the Bill Bell Jazz & Heritage Festival. The fest is slated for Friday and Saturday with concerts at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Rock Island and the Redstone Room inside the River Music Experience, where Bell is one of five area musicians honored on the facility\u2019s Wall of Fame.

\u201cEvery community needs role models,\u201d Lawrence said. \u201cBill Bell was that model we wanted emulate and be like. We want to honor him and his legacy.\u201d

Bell\u2019s niece, Carolyn Bibbs, who lives in Dallas, Texas, is making the trek back to her hometown for the festival and tribute this weekend.

\u201cOur family couldn\u2019t be prouder of it,\" Bibbs said. \"It\u2019s just so heartwarming and wonderful to think that this festival will forever hold his name.\" \u00a0

Bibbs said she realized her uncle \u201cwas a really big deal\u201d when she first heard his music on the radio.

\u201cThere were albums I had around my house and he would have those musicians over for parties,\u201d she said. \u201cHe knew a lot of the big names in the jazz world.\u201d

But, she said \"the celebrity thing\" never got to him.

\u201cHe was the nicest, kindest, most charming human,\u201d she said. \u201cIf you met him, you\u2019d immediately be taken by his charm and character.\u201d

To Bibbs and others that knew him, music seemed to be in Bell\u2019s blood. He could play piano by ear when he was 5 and he began studying jazz at 13, about the time he started at United Township High School. Then, as Lawrence said, Bell broke another barrier: In 1958, he graduated from Augustana College, where he studied music and his classmates elected him, \u201cMr. Friendship.\u201d Bell later received a master's degree in music from the University of Iowa before moving to California.

Over the years, on breaks from performing and teaching at the College of Alameda in northern California and at Stanford University, Bell returned to the Quad-Cities several times to visit family, play music and lead workshops. His last visit here was in 2013, when he performed at the Third Sunday Jazz Matinee and Concert Series, presented by Polyrhythms.

\u201cBill never forgot where he was from,\u201d Lawrence said. \u201cI don\u2019t play the piano, but I learned from him. He taught me to be involved in community and give back.\u201d

In a 2008 interview with the Quad-City Times, Bell commented on his opportunities to perform in his hometown, saying, \"It's probably one of the most rewarding experiences I can have. I play for audiences that really know me. They know me not only as a pianist and performer and a musician, they know me as a person. That kind of support is just invaluable.\"

As a person and a musician, Bell was a \u201cgift\u201d to his niece, Bibbs.

\u201cHe made me want to do more with my life; he knew there was more to life than East Moline,\u201d Bibbs, who recently retired from a 26-year teaching career, said. Bibbs attended Augustana College and moved away from home to live in Texas \u201cbecause that\u2019s what my Uncle Bill did.\u201d

\u201cHe was a man that loved life and everything that went along with it,\u201d she said. \u201cI wanted to be as much like him as I could.\u201d

With the help of future Bill Bell Jazz & Heritage Festivals, Bibbs hopes her uncle's name won't be forgotten.\u00a0

And his music?

\"It's his legacy,\" she said. \"Because of that, his spirit will live on.\"\u00a0

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1.\u00a0Five comedy headliners on one stage\u00a0

The New York Kings of Comedy are headed to the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, this weekend. See comedians Rob Stapleton, Capone, Talent, Drew Frasier and Mark Viera all on one stage at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets, $20, $25, $30,\u00a0are available\u00a0at\u00a0Ticketmaster.com,\u00a0the Adler Theatre Box Office and by phone at 800-745-3000.

2. 'Rock of Ages'

Travel back to the end of the 1980s Hollywood with performances of \"Rock of Ages\" \u2014\u00a0complete with music by\u00a0Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi and Whitesnake \u2014 at the Black Box Theatre this weekend. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Black Box Theatre, 1623 5th Ave., Moline. Tickets, $16, are available at\u00a0theblackboxtheatre.com.

3. Floatzilla fun

Before paddlers take to the Mississippi River on Saturday for Floatzilla, kick off the festivities with Floatzilla Fest, which includes live music, a water balloon slingshot and kayak races, on Friday at Credit Island, 2200 W. River Drive, Davenport. The music lineup includes\u00a0Frankie Joe and the Kinfolk at 5:15 p.m., Subatlantic at 6:30 p.m. and Chrash at 7:30 p.m. For more info, visit\u00a0Floatzilla.org.\u00a0

4. Wine Walk\u00a0

Sip wine, stroll through the Village of East Davenport and support a good cause. That's the gist of Wine Walk,\u00a0a fundraiser for the\u00a0Gilda's Club of the Quad-Cities in which a variety of 25 wines are available for sampling from 3-6 p.m. Saturday in the Village. To participate, visit one of the Gilda's Club tents on Saturday to get a wristband and make a $20 donation to the nonprofit,\u00a0which provides support groups for people\u00a0diagnosed with cancer and their families. A commemorative wine glass is included with the donation. For more info, visit villageofeastdavenport.com.

5. Tribute to Prince\u00a0

Get a taste of Prince with a show from traveling tribute band Chase & The Ovation. Corporate Rock will open up the night of tunes. Gates open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday outside Rock Island Brewing Company, or RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island. Tickets, $10, in advance at ribco.com or Ticketweb.com.\u00a0

6. The Lonely Biscuits

Friday night at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport, features music from The Lonely Biscuits, Okey Dokey and Hannah Aldridge. Music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance. For tickets and more info, visit raccoonmotel.com.\u00a0

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On a summer night in LeClaire, as live music entertains full crowds at at least three outdoor patios, this town, with a population of less 4,000 people, is undeniably small.

But there's nothing quiet about it.

A decade ago, the streets of LeClaire didn't buzz past 5 p.m., when the retail and coffee shops closed and families maybe went out to eat at Happy Joe's or Sneaky Pete's Steakhouse.

Now that wine bars, a brewery and a cocktail house have joined LeClaire, its streets -- well, really just one street, its main drag on Cody Road -- bustles during the day and well past dinner time.

\"It's changed a lot,\" Cindy Bruhn, the town's tourism manager, said. \"Right now, you'll see people all over town every day of the week. And it doesn't go away at night.\"

Cody Road has become an unlikely hub specifically for wine-lovers, housing a locally-owned winery and upscale wine bars, the Faithful Pilot Cafe & Wine Spirits and and 129 Coffee and Wine Bar, which each offer weekly tastings, live music and specially-curated wine pairings and dinners. Many have views of the Mississippi River.\u00a0

LeClaire's wine scene got a kick when Wide River Winery came to town in 2011, initially opening in the basement of the building now occupied by the LeClaire Olive Oil Company. That marked the second location for the family-run winery, which produces wine at its home base in Clinton.

\"It was an experiment,\" said Liz Quinn, who handles sales and marketing for the winery her mother started. \"LeClaire was really starting to take off, with the 'American Pickers' and all of the tourists coming by off of the interstate.\"

Expanding to LeClaire also meant being around higher foot traffic, according to her mother, Dorothy O\u2019Brien, the winery\u2019s owner, viticulturist and wine-maker.

\"In Clinton, we're kind of out in the sticks,\" O\u2019Brien said. \"LeClaire is a vibrant community and they have scene. We get to be right in the heart of all the people walking around.\"

As it turned out, locally produced wine fit right in as a tourist attraction.\u00a0

\"We all had the mission of getting people to LeClaire,\" Quinn said. \"And things started really happening.\"

In 2013, the winery unveiled its relocated and renovated storefront at 106 N. Cody Road, complete with an outdoor courtyard where live music plays each Friday in the summer through Sept. 30.

When other bars began hosting local and regional musical acts, it sparked First Fridays, a town-wide celebration that includes specials at area restaurants and late-night shopping on the first Friday of the month.

And Wide River Winery got more popular, as O\u2019Brien says, business is \u201cpretty darn good.\u201d

Its third location, in the Village of East Davenport, will celebrate its first year of being open this weekend during the Wine Walk, a wine-tasting event and fundraiser for the Gilda's Club of the Quad-Cities.

Because of state law, the winery\u2019s LeClaire and Davenport locations can\u2019t serve wine by the glass, since the wine isn\u2019t produced there. Patrons may sip bottles of wine on site, and if they don\u2019t finish it, may take it to-go, with the bottle closed and covered in stapled plastic bag.

That hasn\u2019t been too much of a roadblock, Quinn said, especially because visitors may sample for free a variety of 12 Wide River red and white wines before buying a bottle, which range from sweet to dry, and that cost $14-30. This summer, wine slushies are also available.

Plus, the winery\u2019s staff is \u201cpassionate about being welcoming,\u201d and \u201ctries to demystify wine a little bit,\u201d Quinn said.

\"In the state of Iowa, wine is a very young industry; we're all new to it, so we try to help people find what they like,\" she said. \"We're not some snotty winery from Napa.\"

That\u2019s part of what draws in tourists, according to O\u2019Brien.

\"When they're visiting they want that local flavor,\" she said. \"People want a sense of place and drinking wine made there gives them that.\"

And, tourists don\u2019t expect to find a winery or wine bar in LeClaire, or the Midwest, O\u2019Brien said.

\"People are always surprised that we\u2019re here,\" she said. \"I'm surprised. There's like 99 wineries in Iowa.\"\u00a0

When it comes to booze, it's all there in LeClaire. In promotions, Cody Road has been dubbed Libations Lane, since Wide River Winery, Green Tree Brewery and Mississippi River Distilling Co. are located within a short walk of each other.

And on weekend nights in the summer, it\u2019s likely all three establishments are happening.

\"It's unique to have all of this within a block or so in a small town, and they all do well,\" Bruhn said. \"We definitely have all of the adult beverages covered.\"

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Long before members of the Quad-City Symphony Orchestra take their places on stage Saturday, LeClaire Park in Davenport will fill with thousands of people.

Some will sprawl out on blankets or lawn chairs and picnic on burgers and beer, and if tradition serves, others will set up tables with candelabras and pair champagne with catered meals.

For the annual Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops, which returns at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, tailgating comes in all forms.

As does the crowd.

Previous pops concerts have presented tributes to Michael Jackson, ABBA and Billy Joel, departing from classical music with the hope of drawing in bigger and wider audiences. Last year, 8,500 people, of all ages, attended the symphony\u2019s tribute to The Eagles, which marked one of the event\u2019s best years to date. On average, 6,000 people attend, according to Michael Harring, QCSO\u2019s interim executive director.

\u201cIt kicks off our season, and it\u2019s an introduction to classical music for people who are not as familiar with it,\u201d he said. \u201cWe want to draw people of all generations.\u201d

It\u2019s likely Saturday\u2019s show, featuring the Beatles\u2019 greatest hits, will draw even higher numbers. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the band\u2019s \u201cSgt. Pepper\u2019s Lonely Hearts Club Band,\u201d QCSO will perform the album in its entirety. Next up, following an intermission, will be hits across the group\u2019s songbook such as \u201cLet it Be\u201d and \u201cHere Comes the Sun.\u201d

\u201cSgt. Pepper\u2019s is the first album I purchased with my own money,\u201d Harring said. \u201cAnd my kids (who are 36 and 33) listen to it. It\u2019s timeless music.\u201d

That\u2019s why guest conductor Jeffrey Reed, the musical director at Orchestra Kentucky, created one of his signature retro concerts around the album, which as he referenced, Rolling Stone magazine has named the No. 1 greatest rock \u2018n\u2019 roll album in history.

\u201cIt\u2019s the pinnacle of the progression of rock \u2018n\u2019 roll music,\u201d said Reed, a Vinton, Iowa, native who graduated from University of Iowa. \u201cHow do you top that?\"

As Reed has learned teaching middle school and high school students as well as at the college level and finding Beatles fans at each stage, the band \u201cnever goes out of style.\u201d

\u201cName another group that appeals to that wide of an audience,\u201d he said. \u201cI can\u2019t name one. If you don\u2019t like the music of the Beatles, you\u2019ve been living in a cave.\u201d

Reed started his retro concert series in 2001 with a tribute to the Beatles. Now, each year, he and a team of vocalists and rock musicians tour the country, presenting retro concerts with a variety of symphony orchestras. They recently performed a Southern rock tribute, called Kentucky Fried Concert, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

\u201cObviously, orchestras have a real challenge,\u201d he said. \u201cWe need to break down the barrier. When people see a rock band with an orchestra, it makes it more accessible.

\u201cThere\u2019s some people who will never come to the orchestra, and that\u2019s OK. We all have eclectic tastes, and that\u2019s a good thing.\u201d

Harring said past pop concerts have inspired new people to attend concerts from QCSO\u2019s Masterworks Series, which starts in October. But just in case, the orchestra will perform a family-friendly tribute, \u201cHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone In Concert\u201d on Nov. 18 at the Adler Theatre.

For Saturday\u2019s show, which concludes with Tchaikovsky's \u201c1812 Overture\u201d and Sousa\u2019s \u201cStars and Stripes Forever\u201d and a fireworks display, Reed has one piece of advice: \u201cIt's for everyone.\"\u00a0

\u201cThe orchestra is not for rich people; it's for people who love music,\u201d he said. \u201cYou just have to experience it, and then it\u2019ll change your life.\u201d

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Norm Lau swore he was done selling sweet corn.

The 70-year-old farmer retired from his roadside vegetable business in June 2015, shortly after his wife and business partner, Melodie, died.

\u201cIt just got to be too much,\u201d Lau said.

But, in the following seasons, longtime customers kept calling Lau, driving by the empty farm stand outside his home and knocking on his front door, asking about sweet corn.

\"Sweet

Norm Lau, who retired from the roadside sweet corn business, is back in business with help from his two grandchildren, Parker, 7, and Lilly, 11, in rural Scott County in Davenport. \u201cThey both have a love of the land and want to learn it,\u201d Lau said of his grandchildren. \u201cI do it for them.\u201d

So, this summer, Lau, with the help of his two grandchildren, Parker, 7 and Lilly, 11, who make up the seventh generation of Magnolia Crest Farm, started selling sweet corn again.

\u201cI tried to retire, but there was so much demand and so many people asking about it,\u201d he said. \u201cThis is what we\u2019re passionate about. So, I couldn\u2019t help it.\u201d

Their farm stand, \u201ca famous destination,\u201d on Jersey Ridge Road about a mile north of Interstate 80, opened two weeks ago. Each day since, they\u2019ve promptly sold out of sweet corn, an \u201coverwhelming response,\u201d Lau said.

\u201cIt\u2019s surprising. We just put the sign out and said, \u2018We\u2019re ready,\u2019\u201d he said. \u201cPeople just flocked to it.\u201d

In July and August \u2014\u00a0prime sweet corn season \u2014\u00a0that\u2019s the case for many sweet corn stands around the Quad-Cities.

No matter how hidden the roadside stands, tents or sheds may be, if they offer piles of freshly picked corn for $4 or $5 per dozen, people find them, said Carrie Han, who sells sweet corn, melons, cantaloupe and peppers out of a small stand in the parking lot of the Dollar Tree on West Locust Street, Davenport, across the street from the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.

\"They're pretty tickled it's here and so fresh,\" Han said. \"It's just one of those things you want in the summer.\"

To find them, she said, you \"just have to drive around or ask around.\"

\"There used to be a lot more like this,\" she said. \"Not anymore.\"

Saturday was the final day of roadside sales for 23-year-old farmer Travis Smeltzly, who, with the help of his younger cousins, has operated two sweet corn stands in LeClaire and Port Byron since July 14.

Smeltzly started helping with the family business when he was 10 and has used money from his \u201csummer gig\u201d to help pay for college.

\u201cWe\u2019ve proved to people that we have the quality over the years, so they know to come back,\u201d he said. \u201cYou just want to make them happy.\u201d

Biking or hiking is how many stumble upon Bob Phillips, aka \u201cThe Veggie Guy,\u201d who is in his first season of operating a sweet corn stand near the Illiniwek Forest Preserve in Hampton, Illinois.

\u201cI\u2019ve seen a need, and I\u2019m trying to fill that need,\u201d Phillips said.

But Phillips, who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy several years ago, didn\u2019t become the Veggie Guy for the money.

\"Sweet
Sweet corn

\u201cIt gives me something to do to get out of the house,\u201d he said. \u201cIf I sell it, I sell it. My best day is when I give food to someone who needs it.\u201d

For Lau, this round of sweet corn sales is all about yielding a new generation of family farmers.

\u201cParker and Lily both have a love of the land and want to learn it,\u201d Lau said. \u201cI do it for them.\u201d

He also does it for all those customers who have craved Magnolia Crest Farm\u2019s sweet corn, the regulars who stop every day and ship sweet corn to friends or family members across the country and the first-timers who find Lau\u2019s stand by accident.

\u201cThere\u2019s a crowd that wants to beat the going-home crowd,\u201d he said. \u201cYou can\u2019t get it any fresher, and they know that.\u201d

And maybe Lau, who farmed even during his 30-year career at Oscar Mayer, got back in the sweet corn game just a little bit for himself, too. Generations of his family have farmed the same land since 1853, making it one of the oldest farms in the state, he said.

\u201cI missed it,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s a lot of work, but you got a burning desire to do it.\u201d

He\u2019s soaking it all up, because soon, the rush to his farm stand this season will be over.

\u201cYou have the month of August, and then it\u2019s gone,\u201d he said. \u201cThen you dream about it the rest of the year.\u201d

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1. Here comes the symphony\u00a0

LeClaire Park, Davenport, will soon fill with the symphonic sounds of songs such as \"Let it Be\" and \"Here Comes the Sun.\" That's right, during the Quad-City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops concert on Saturday, the Quad-City Symphony Orchestra is taking on The Beatles' greatest hits. The annual pops concert will feature tunes such as \"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds\" and \"Getting Better,\" in honor of the 50th anniversary of \"Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,\" before closing with Tchaikovsky's \"1812 Overture\" and Sousa’s \"Stars and Stripes Forever,\" accompanied by a fireworks display. Advance tickets cost $20 for adults. After 4:30 p.m. Friday and at the gate, prices go up to $25. Admission for children is $5. For more info, visit qcso.org

7:30 p.m. Saturday, LeClaire Park, $5-$25\u00a0

2. Floatzilla hits the Mississippi\u00a0

This\u00a0weekend's Floatzilla \u2014\u00a0the largest paddle sports festival on the Mississippi River \u2014\u00a0may just be the day to set one or two world records. As in previous years, participating paddlers will attempt \u2014\u00a0following a morning on the river \u2014\u00a0to snag the Guinness World Record\u00a0for largest \"flotilla\" \u2014 or connected raft \u2014\u00a0of kayaks and canoes. In its seven-year history, Floatzilla, sponsored by River Action Inc., Davenport, has yet to best the current record. This year, additionally, the crew will try for the world record of\u00a0largest simultaneous kayak launch, which breaks down to 396 kayaks launched in a 15-second window. The festivities kick off Friday with live music, food vendors, a water balloon slingshot and kayak races at Credit Island Lodge, Davenport. On Saturday, participants may launch from sites such as Credit Island, Marquette Street and Main Street in Davenport, Sylvan Boathouse in Moline and Empire Park in East Moline and make their way to the Floatzilla finish line at Lake Potter in Sunset Park, Rock Island,\u00a0for the world record attempts.\u00a0For more information, visit\u00a0Floatzilla.org.\u00a0

Friday and Saturday, launch sites and Lake Potter in Sunset Park, Rock Island, $25-$30.

3. Kings of comedy\u00a0

Five headlining comedians \u2014\u00a0Rob Stapleton, Capone, Talent, Drew Frasier and Mark Viera \u2014\u00a0will converge on one stage this weekend during the The New York Kings of Comedy Tour's stop at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Tickets are available\u00a0at Ticketmaster.com,\u00a0the Adler Theatre Box Office and by phone at 800-745-3000.

8 p.m. Saturday, Adler Theatre, $20, $25, $30.

4. New name for jazz festival\u00a0

The Jazz & Heritage Festival, presented by Polyrhythms, a nonprofit\u00a0dedicated to community and cultural arts advocacy, will be held for the fourth time this year. And, it has a new name: the Bill Bell Jazz & Heritage Festival, in honor of Bell, the East Moline-born musician known as the \"Jazz Professor,\" who died in March. The lineup includes 2Brown Sisters, The Curtis Hawkins Band, Los Mocambos, James Culver and Kuchina Jazz Collective, as well as Frankie Fontange and The Ramblers. The free festival features music on Friday and Saturday at\u00a0Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Rock Island, as well as a Bill Bell tribute concert on Sunday at the Redstone Room, 129 N. Main St., Davenport.\u00a0

Friday-Sunday, Martin Luther King Park and the Redstone Room. Free.

5. Rock the District\u00a0

Rock the District, a concert outside the Rock Island Brewing Company, or RIBCO, 1815 2nd Ave., Rock Island, is set for Saturday. The lineup includes Theory Of A Deadman, Saving Abel, 3 Years Hollow and The Zealots. Tickets, $30, are available at the Daiquiri Factory, RIBCO, Moline CoOp Records, Dunn Brothers Coffee, or online at ribco.com. Gates open at 6 p.m.

6 p.m. Friday, downtown Rock Island, $30.

6. Wine walk\u00a0

Here's your chance to sip wine while strolling through the Village of East Davenport. Sample 25 types of wine during the Wine Walk, a fundraiser for the Gilda's Club of the Quad-Cities. To participate, visit one of the Gilda's Club tents on Saturday to get a wristband and make a $20 donation to the nonprofit, which provides support groups for people diagnosed with cancer and their families. A commemorative wine glass is included with the donation. For more info, visit villageofeastdavenport.com.

3-6 p.m. Saturday, Village of East Davenport, $20.

7. Mercado on Fifth\u00a0

Mercado on Fifth, the open-air night market at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 12th Street in downtown Moline, is bringing Ricky Valenz, the San Antonio based musician and former member of Kumbia King, to town. Festivities also include music from Grupo Realidad and DJ\u00a0Guerrero, kids activities, as well as retail, food and drink vendors. Tickets costs $5. For more info, visit mercadoonfifth.com.\u00a0

5 p.m. Friday, downtown Moline, $5.

8. The Lonely Biscuits\u00a0

The Lonely Biscuits with Okey Dokey and Hannah Aldridge are slated to perform Friday at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 W. 3rd St., Davenport. Tickets, $10, are available at raccoonmotel.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. Music starts at 8 p.m. 

7 p.m. Friday, Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, $10.

9.\u00a0Exhibition talk

\"Teska Overbeeke: Life Along the Mississippi,\" a collection of\u00a050 photos related to the Mississippi River, is on display at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, now through\u00a0Sept. 17. In celebration of the exhibit, Rock Island based author and historian Roald Tweet will share his stories about the Mississippi River at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Figge. For more information, visit\u00a0figgeartmuseum.org.

5:30 p.m. Thursday, Figge Art Museum. Free.

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