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wedding blog 1 This past weekend was a crazy one for my family. After months and months of planning (mostly by my sister), my older sister Stephanie and my (now) brother-in-law Brad got married! Let me tell you, it was probably the most perfect wedding of all time.Ok I might be a little biased, but I stand by my opinion. The whole day ran without a hitch. Everyone and everything looked beautiful, events ran on schedule, and Mother Nature was definitely working in our favor. This was most helpful during th …

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garden blog_1 The Rockford Area is really a great destination for gardeners of all types. There are a number of great garden spots and garden centers to visit. Enough that these alone could easily keep you busy for a weekend of garden exploration suitable for all ages. Below is a brief list of some of the great gardening spots to explore:Community GardensThe Rockford area has really become a hot spot for community gardening. Community gardening is a great concept allowing an area for gardeners to plant their  …

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Sharefest The Rockford community continues to impress me on a daily basis.  There are so many incredible people that offer up their personal time for the common good of our region.  One movement, called Rockford Sharefest, recently swept through our downtown area for Phase I of a beautification project within our great city.  Hundreds of volunteers worked hard to do everything from planting flowers to painting light poles, benches and so much more.  Not only do our streets lo …

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July 4th Starlight We know you're busy planning cookouts and coordinating travel plans for the 4th of July...and we want to help! With families coming into town, you're probably all wondering what there is to do in Rockford for the holiday. Fear not! We've gathered a list of fun things to do in town for your planning convenience! Here are some 4th of July highlights in Rockford:Tuesday, July 1 Enjoy a patriotic concert at the Sinnissippi Music Shell to start off the Independence Day festivities!Thur …

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Social Check Please Very special guests stopped to hang out with us in the Rockford Region this past May.  The Emmy award winning series, Check, Please! camera crew and lovely host,  Catherine De Orio came to visit - well, not only visit - they had a purpose!  This show takes people on cultural and culinary adventures discovering delicious eateries in unique cities.  Social Urban Bar & Restaurant was the featured eatery in Rockford for their special episode airing tonight …

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lucha margarita When I go out to dinner with my friends, we like to try different Rockford original restaurants. The last time we went out, we decided to try out Lucha Cantina, located at Edgebrook. When we walked in, we immediately fell in love with the atmosphere, which is bright and fun! The walls are painted all bright colors, and the unique artwork adds to the energy.Before ordering the food, we had to try Lucha's famous margaritas. Although if you know me, you know I'm not a huge fan of margarit …

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Rockford AirFest 2014 Throughout the next few days folks in the Rockford Region will hear more airplane engines than normal with the exciting return of Rockford AirFest 2014 happening this June 7th & 8th!  People will point to the sky and gawk if hanging out in the right place at the right time as professional performers fly into town and practice "in" their mighty stage...the sky!    I've attended this event multiple times in the past and each year it far exceede …

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city market street The tents are up, the banner is hung over Water Street, vendors are preparing their food and goods...and Rockford City Market kicks off its season tomorrow!! I don't know about you, but tomorrow afternoon cannot come soon enough. Once 3:00pm hits, people will start flocking downtown to the grounds of Rockford City Market to shop, eat, mingle, and enjoy the beautiful weather outside! It's amazing how much City Market has grown since it started out in 2010. Did you know that 20,000  …

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rcm blog 1 I took a stroll over to Bella Luna Bakery in Stewart Square to visit Polly and Laurie. These fabulous ladies have been selling their sweet treats at Rockford City Market for the last five years and opened their own shop just last year. I decided to try one of their fresh raspberry cupcakes that was both delicious AND adorable! Did you know that bella Luna was the first vendor chosen for the market?!Bella Luna celebrates their heritage by combining tral Italian and Scandinavian baked bo …

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magic waters blog 1 I love days like today. Days when the sun is out and the weather is warm...and you don't need a parka when walking to and from your car. It took a while after this long winter, but the warm season has finally arrived!And nothing celebrates summer more than the opening of outdoor venues...one of the main ones being Magic Waters of course! Get your swimsuits and towels out everyone - they open this weekend! Going to Magic Waters was always a special treat when I was younger. I vivid …

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