The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Entertainment & Events

June 15, 2012

LEVINE: There really is a lot to do in Clinton

CLINTON — There shouldn’t be much grumbling this summer about a lack of activities in this area.

The week started with Tractorcade, which rumbled through town, stopping pedestrians and traffic along the way.

More than 500 tractors, bringing in visitors and money, came to Clinton to show off their unique vehicles. And the week will culminate tonight with Juneteenth and a family movie night at Riverview Park.

Couple those events with the plethora of activities listed every week in our Things to Do page (every Wednesday on page 3A), and almost every week brings something new to residents.

Luckily for many parents, most of the events are open to families, especially the new “Friday Family Flicks,” presented by the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Institute class.

The 17-member class raised money to purchase the outdoor movie screen, projector, sound system and movie rights to put on the summer series, that will continue July 20 and Aug. 17. Tonight’s feature is “Daddy Day Care.”

I was lucky enough to participate in the Leadership Institute in 2010 when our class installed mile markers along the walking trail and put on a Wellness Fest, featuring a run (which got rained out) and other events, including volleyball and bags.

Since new members are chosen each year, keeping events alive on a year-to-year basis is tough, considering next year’s group will pick a new idea to bring forth to the community.

But as long as the community responds (which I believe will happen), I hope some organization keeps this year’s event going in the future.

Providing a drive-in atmosphere is a great way to remember the past, while also giving families an opportunity to get out of the house during the summer and bring their kids along.

And when that’s over, grab the family or go on a date to the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre for the performance of “Into the Woods.”

The Showboat is in full swing, and “Into the Woods” features plenty of local talent, along with some out-of-town actors.

So, I shouldn’t hear any complaining about “there’s nothing to do here.”

I heard that plenty of times when I first moved here four years ago, which usually fell on deaf ears, considering I grew up in a town an hour away from a city that featured more than 10,000 people.

Almost every weekend has something going on, and if you don’t know, just pick up a newspaper.

We have stories almost daily about upcoming events and our listing every Wednesday gives a concise description of what’s going on in the area.

And if you’re not in the mood to see what’s going on in Clinton, pick up Thursday’s paper when we detail what’s happening in Camanche and Fulton, Ill.  

Try to get out and enjoy yourself this weekend and be sure to save room for more to come for the next few months.

Scott Levine is the Clinton Herald’s associate editor. He can be reached at scottlevine@clintonherald.com.

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