Music, Masks & Mystery: Colts Youth Organization to Host Masquerade Ball

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A unique night of music and mystery is on the agenda for the Colts Youth Organization’s latest offering.

La Musique & Masquerade Ball, set for 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 19 at Hotel Julien, will raise funds for the Colts and Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps.

ColtsThe event will feature music by Ken Kilian and his band with light dinner music during cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m. and then the Ken Kilian Swingtet from 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

“We believe the Masquerade Ball can become an annual tradition on people’s fall social schedule,” said Jeff MacFarlane, executive director of the Colts Youth Organization.

Runde Auto Group is proud to be the title sponsor of this event!

Evening attire is recommended and masks are required of all guests. A limited number of masks will be available at the Hotel Julien, but it is recommended that you bring your own. All guests must be 21 years of age.

“This is a great opportunity to find a mask that accentuates your personality, or to choose a couple’s set of masks to coordinate with your date,” MacFarlane said.

What is evening attire? Think a formal dark suit and tie or tuxedo, a long dress, a dressy suit, or a formal cocktail-length dress. Colorful dress is encouraged since this is a masquerade ball, after all!

One guest will be named “best dressed” for the evening. To vote, attendees will discreetly pass their ticket stub along to the person they believe to be the best dressed. At the end of the evening, those with a collection of ticket stubs will meet so the winner can be determined.

There will be silent auction items including an Iowa Hawkeye football game package, vacation opportunities, one-of-a-kind instruments, and more.

Tickets are $50 and include one free cocktail and heavy hors d’oeuvres.
Purchase tickets here.

Limited tickets will also be available at the door.

The event is presented by the Colts Booster Club, a nonprofit organization that hosts fundraising events to support the Colts Youth Organization.  The Colts Booster Club sponsors the Colts Car Wash each June to raise money for the summer tours of both the Colts and Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps.

Learn more about the Colts and Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps here.

Country Cruisers Car Club Hosts Annual Cruise and Show

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Schedule

Friday, Aug. 11: Show downtown at South Franklin St. from 5-10 p.m.
Games, food, and trophies.

Saturday, Aug. 12: Car show line-up starts at 2:30 p.m. at EZ Pickin’s.
Cruise starts at 5 p.m. and ends at the Bacon ‘N Hops Festival in downtown Manchester. Live music by Time Machine.

Sunday, Aug. 13: Car Show at the Delaware County Fairgrounds from noon to 3 p.m. (registration 8 a.m. to noon).
Awards presented at 3 p.m. Entry fee $15, spectator fee $2.

Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of the Country Cruisers Car Cruise and Show in Manchester, IA!

The annual event, set for Aug. 11-13 this year, features vehicles of all makes and models, games, food, live music, and more.

IMG_1815“It’s usually a nice laid back show,” said Sean Dailey, salesperson at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and member of the Country Cruisers Car Club. “We do ours at the fairgrounds to give people a little more room to move around.”

The cruise on Saturday will cover about 75 miles in Delaware County. Vehicles of any year, make, or model are welcome at the cruise and show.

IMG_1813Awards are given in 44 categories, including Best Paint, Ladies Choice, Best Engine, Low Rider, Street Machine, Corvette, 2000 & Up Pickups, and more!

“We give out about four times as many awards as most shows,” Sean said. “We give out about 110 trophies the whole weekend.”

See all the award categories here.

The Best of Show winner gets a professional photo shoot by Kevin McCusker Photography and they are featured on the T-shirt the following yeIMG_1812ar.

The Country Cruisers Car Club, which organizes the cruise and show, has about 40 members. They are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year.

 

“We have monthly meetings and we try to get together as a club for outings, shows, breakfasts, or lunches,” Sean said.

 

IMG_1814The club is brought together by their love of vehicles and also by a mission to help area organizations.

“Everything we do is charity-driven,” Sean said. “We give a lot of money to the Special Olympics and Operation Santa Claus. We gave away $3-4,000 last year.”

Learn more at the Country Cruisers Club website.

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Offers Film, Music, and Entertainment

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It’s almost here! Each day of the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival offers a variety of film, music, and entertainment.

The sixth annual festival, set for April 20-23 in downtown Dubuque, will show films from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (with a few other screenings slated until 10 p.m.), and feature nightly events.

“We have a variety of offerings this year so that people of all ages and interests can find something to do,” said Susan Gorrell, executive director of the festival. “The events, plus the filmmakers here from all over the world, make this a unique event you don’t want to miss.”

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All films and events on Thursday, April 20 are free, sponsored by Runde Auto Group. Later that day, the Opening Night Event, “Celebrate Canada,” will feature a showing of “The Land of Rock and Gold” in partnership with the Canadian Consulate.

The film starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Five Flags Theater and doors open at 6:30 p.m. An after party, featuring the Ohio-based band The Lovebenders, will start at 9:30 p.m. at the Riverboat Lounge at Hotel Julien. The event is free.

Friday, April 21

the lodgetThe Silent Film Showcase, an annual staple at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21 at Five Flags Theater. It will feature Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 film “The Lodger” with live music accompaniment.

“Our Silent Film Showcase is always a popular event,” Gorrell said. “It is such a neat way to feature great music and film together.”

The 1-hour, 8-min long film follows a landlady who suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Following the Silent Film Showcase is a Drunk on Disney after party. The event, set for 9:30 p.m. to midnight at the Blue Moon Room in the Holiday Inn, will feature Dana Snyder, Adult Swim voiceover actor, and Guy Hutchinson, actor, broadcaster, and owner of a wide variety of Disney archives.

The event will feature a Disney costume contest, a celebrity match game, and a Disney signature cocktail. Admission is $15 (or $10 with a Silent Film ticket).

Saturday, April 22

The festival’s biggest night, Awards Night, will see more than $60,000 in cash and prizes
handed to winners in six categories. The event will be at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at Five Flags Theater. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Awards Night is hosted by Snyder and Hutchinson and will feature musical performances by Ceili Rain, The Lovebenders, and The Ruby Blonde Band. Tickets are $25, which includes the after party, which immediately follows the awards show in the arena.

Sunday, April 23

mean merle and the pigeon of frizzante parkDon’t leave the little ones at home on Sunday, April 23. The JDIFF Kids Event is from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 at Five Flags Center. There will be music from the Dubuque Fiddlers from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., there will be a reading with Hutchinson, author of “Mean Merle and the Pigeon of Frizzante Park” and “Sesame Place,” along with Snyder, who will use his character voices to bring the book to life. A book signing and animated children’s films will follow the reading.

The film festival will come to a close from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 23 with the Closing Ceremonies at the Novelty Iron Works Event Center, 333 E. 10th St.  The Audience Choice Award will be announced at this free event.

Tickets and a continuously updated schedule of events are available at http://www.julienfilmfest.com.