The sun and the stars serve as constant companions at Hillcrest Event Center, where a 9-hole golf course, a swimming pool, and camping grounds entertain visitors day and night. A breezy par 30, the executive course caters to all experience levels, inviting beginners to take on its short holes while letting seasoned golfers hone their approach shots. After navigating the water hazards, guests can purposely head to the Olympic-sized swimming pool, which ripples at the center of a 3,000-square-foot sundeck where waiters serve poolside food and drinks. Or, dine at The BBQ Pit, home of the Illinois BBQ Fest.
As the sun sets, the crackling glow of fires peppers the campgrounds, illuminating the nylon sides of tents or canvas hulls of mobile RVs. Tent sites include access to the resort's hot showers and restrooms, while the RV facilities' hookups pump water and electricity into mobile homes so residents can bathe in private and use electric carving knives for whittling. When the sun rises, residents can begin their day with a hike on the resort's nature trails.
They thunder through Case Creek, shedding clumps of mud and other grime as water splashes around their tired legs. The memory of the past 3.1 miles begins to take shape in their minds: swinging from monkey bar to monkey bar over a pool of murky water; flipping tires; scaling cargo nets and walls. They're the adrenaline junkies who've completed Case Creek Obstacles' 5K course, a labyrinth of obstacle-laden trails that cut through forested areas, across pastures, and over hills.
The Quad City Symphony Orchestra tickles ears with beautiful melodies and spectacular performances during its annual "Holiday Pops" concerts. Guest conductor Michael Butterman takes charge of an all-star cast that features six-time U.S. figure-skating champion Todd Eldredge as he shows off his moves and carves his version of a perfect tumbleweed into the ice. Actor and Quad Cities native John Getz lends his vocal talents to festive proceedings, and internationally acclaimed trumpeter Jon Faddis jazzes up orchestral pieces with fiery improvisation. The show takes place at the i wireless Center, with guests choosing from lower-bowl seats for straight-ahead sightlines or upper-bowl perches for enviable views of conductor stage dives.
It's great to learn new things and hone dance techniques, but for the instructors and students at QC SoDa?which stands for Quad Cities Social Dancing?it's even more important to make new friends and have a blast. These dynamic rug-cutters use cha-cha, salsa, bachata, swing, and other ballroom styles as a vehicle toward a rollicking great time, cultivating a supportive atmosphere where students get to know each other as well as they get to know the lindy hop. Annual social dances, a Meetup presence, and Friday-night country western dances?with free popcorn?show that QC SoDa dancers are just as focused on making connections as they are on hitting the right steps.
Morrow's Academy of Martial Arts works to cultivate mental and physical strength, with a specialty in kung fu. Seventh-degree black belt and 30-year veteran John A. Morrow leads the academy with an eye toward building self-esteem, self-discipline, and coordination. A record-holder for both the Guinness Book of World Records and mortal enemy of plywood boards, John Morrow encourages his students to reach their own goals with his own personal training programs for children and adults.