A Tour of Possibilities

On January 29, 2015, Carolyn Michael Banks of A Tour of Possibilities, invited a few area organizations and residents on a familiarization tour to showcase and share the historical and cultural gems African Americans have contributed to Memphis, TN. At the tour’s end the primary goal of Carolyn Michael Banks, the conductor and commentator was for it to resonate with visitors and residents alike that “I am a Possibility”. Throughout the...

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The Mighty River and the Mighty Delta

 Reprinted with permission by Rolando Herts, Ph.D., Director The Delta Center for Culture and Learning and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area The Mighty River runs through us all. It binds us, north, south, big and small. The River has made us who we are; Without it, the Delta would not be. The River brought us here to heal this land, Hand in hand, you and me. Let us go to the River. Walk together to the River. Let us go to the...

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“WANTED: World Record”

According to Wikipedia, a flotilla is simply a “fleet of ships or boats”. So what exactly is a “Floatzilla”? For the 5th year running, Mississippi River Network member and non-profit from Davenport, Iowa, River Action, has hosted an annual Floatzilla event to break the world record of 2,099 was set in Suttons Bay, Michigan last year. On Saturday, August 16th, 2014, hundreds of paddlers convened at Lake Potter in Rock Island, Illinois to...

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Mardi Gras Pass

How did Mardi Gras Pass get Such a Name? Strange things happen on Mardi Gras day. People transform. Hair suddenly grows, turns blue or pink, and trumpets blare. Wild sides bust loose from places that we never knew existed.   On a chilly Mardi Gras day two years ago, the Mississippi River was the one to bust loose and show its wild side. Pressure had been mounting at Bohemia Spillway, about 35 miles south of New Orleans, with months of...

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River Citizens take on Art Challenge

The Quad City Area is known for not only having five cities in its “quad”, but also for the unique culture found in each: Davenport, Bettendorf, Moline, Rock Island and East Moline. Young, old, or somewhere in between there is something to appreciate in the QCA. The area has its own take on food, recreation, music and beer that would not have come to pass if it wasn’t for the grandeur of the Mississippi River. On June 10 local high schools...

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Still is Still Movin’ to Me – Series Episode 4

Note: This is the fourth installment of my six-part blog series “River Gator: Exploring the River, Expanding Ourselves,” a recollection of my adventure on the Lower Mississippi River. Out on the River, as you paddle, it’s nice to catch a rhythm with your boat mates. As you pull the water past you in sync, you feel how the sum is greater than the parts. The boat glides with a seemingly effortless ease when the movements of the participants...

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Exploring the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area

“All The Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas Layin’ In The Sun, Talkin’ ‘Bout The Things They Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda Done… But All Those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas All Ran Away And Hid From One Little Did.”- Shel Silverstien I was fortunate enough to have a weekend off to celebrate my birthday with friends from out of town recently. To show them a good time, we set out to the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area in Dubuque, Iowa....

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