How many times have you heard there is nothing to do in Muscatine?

To our civic leaders, I’ll tell you that I lived in Disney World’s backyard and people said the same thing. So it is in no way a statement about our fine city. In fact, we sometimes are hesitant, complacent or even ignorant of the things going on around us. Today, I hope to make a small dent in that.

The Muscatine County Arts Council will present the 24th Annual Ragtime Weekend beginning Friday morning, Jan. 26, with a kick-off concert at SunnyBrook. I’m not sure what I like better, the fact that this event is still going strong after 24 years, that Muscatine will be host to world-renowned musicians or that they thought to include the residents of Sunnybrook in their weekend schedule.

The beautiful thing about music is that it doesn’t require company. You don’t need someone to go with to take in an evening concert, movie, group meal or eagle watch. The Muscatine Arts Council and friends are some of the most interesting people you will ever meet, so I wanted to make an appeal to anyone with the winter blues, widowed or otherwise to venture out and take part in this delightful weekend.

The schedule of events can be found on the front cover of today’s Hometown Extra edition inside of today’s Muscatine Journal or online at muscatinejournal.com

Reminder: Valentine Gourmet Apple sales are under way, which is the Muscatine Humane Society’s annual fundraiser. Apple orders must be ordered and paid in advance by Feb. 5. Orders may be picked Feb. 5–14. Contact the Humane Society for more details at (563) 263-7358 or stop by their location at 920 Houser St. It’s a great Valentine gift for yourself or someone you love and helps to support the good work of the Humane Society.

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