The City of LeClaire along with its tourism venues and retail businesses will take the spotlight in an upcoming episode of “John McGivern’s Main Streets” – and that’s reason to party. The community is invited to celebrate with a preview party from 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, at the new Celebration Center at Mississippi River […]
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The City of LeClaire along with its tourism venues and retail businesses will take the spotlight in an upcoming episode of “John McGivern’s Main Streets” – and that’s reason to party. The community is invited to celebrate with a preview party from 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, at the new Celebration Center at Mississippi River Distilling Co. (MRDC). Guests will get to view the 30-minute LeClaire episode – before it airs at 10 a.m., Sunday, April 10, on Fox 18. The preview party is hosted by Visit LeClaire and MRDC. LeClaire is among the 13 destinations across six states that actor and comedian John McGivern is showcasing on his first season of the travel destination show. The show debuted Sunday, Jan. 30, on select TV networks across the Midwest. On each episode, Mr. McGivern, a five-time Emmy Award winner, features fun facts, entertaining conversations and a dose of laughter as he explores unique landmarks, businesses and gathering places and meets the people who make their communities special. It is produced by Plum Media, Milwaukee. Cindy Bruhn, LeClaire’s tourism manager, said LeClaire was contacted about a year ago about being featured in the new series. LeClaire was one of two Iowa stops for the show’s crews, who also visited Dubuque and Galena, Illinois. “They were looking for two interesting Iowa towns and we were the first one they actually filmed,” she said, adding that the host spent four day in LeClaire last May. Among the businesses and event representatives organizers interviewed were: Antique Archaeology, Buffalo Bill Museum, Crane & Pelican Cafe, Faithful Pilot, Grasshoppers, MRDC, then Mayor Ray Allen, Tugfest and Twilight riverboat. Lynn Hunt of Visit Quad Cities also was interviewed as a board member on the Bison Bridge. That effort, being led by Chad Pregracke and Living Lands & Waters, is working to convert the Interstate 80 bridge into a wildlife crossing when the span is replaced in the future. Ms. Bruhn said guests can meet Mr. McGivern and his producer Lois Maurer, of Plum Media, who will be attending the preview. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the showing at 7 p.m. at the Celebration Center at 229 N. Cody Road. Guests do need to RSVP to join the fun. Cocktails from MRDC will be available for purchase and appetizers will be donated by The Crane & Pelican. Being featured, Ms. Bruhn said “Is just a great way to show people, who discover the TV show, all the things to do in LeClaire. “I think it’s great, it’s just more exposure to help folks discover us.” The actual airing comes as downtown LeClaire is welcoming two new businesses:
- THE Market II: A Journey to Joy, owned by Katie Thompson, which had its soft opening Wednesday, March 16.
- Cody Road Trading Co., an accessories boutique owned by Sheila Volrath of Cody Road Coffee, which is slated to open in April.