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

Text Only
Entertainment & Events
  • Marquez Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87 MEXICO CITY -- Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast. One of the most revered and

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Search for Chicago site for George Lucas museum

    As Yoda might say: A site for a museum you must find.

    Those are the marching orders Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is giving a dozen civic leaders as the city searches for a potential location for an interactive museum to house filmmaker George Lucas' collection of art and filmmaking memorabilia.

    April 17, 2014

  • Obit Phillip Hayes Dean [Duplicate] Playwright Dean dies NEW YORK -- Phillip Hayes Dean, a playwright, director and theater actor who wrote the one-man play "Paul Robeson" starring James Earl Jones on Broadway in 1978, died Monday in Los Angeles from a heart condition, according to a family spokesman. He w

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jenny McCarthy announces engagement on 'The View'

    Jenny McCarthy had big news to share Wednesday on "The View": She's engaged to Donnie Wahlberg.

    McCarthy raised her hidden left hand from behind the desk, revealing an engagement ring.

    April 16, 2014

  • All 'View' co-hosts will salute Barbara Walters

    ABC's "The View" will gather all 11 past and present co-hosts to salute Barbara Walters as she retires from daily television.

    The network said Wednesday the first-ever reunion will air live on the May 15 episode of "The View," the day before Walters says goodbye as series co-host.

    April 16, 2014

  • Steely Dan to play Illinois State Fair

    Grammy Award-winning rock band Steely Dan will play this year's Illinois State Fair.

    State officials made the announcement on Monday afternoon. They say the band will play its "Jamalot Ever After" tour at the fair on Aug. 15. Steely Dan had a string of hits during the 1970s. They won a Grammy in 2000 for Album of the Year.

    April 14, 2014

  • With $41.4M, 'Captain America' holds off 'Rio 2'

    "Captain America" continued to flex its Marvel muscle at the global box office, as "The Winter Soldier" took in $41.4 million domestically and $60.6 million overseas.

    The strong second-week performance for the Walt Disney release in North America was enough to narrowly edge 20th Century Fox's "Rio 2" in a springtime battle of sequels. The animated Amazon jungle tale "Rio 2" debuted with $39 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, almost exactly the opening weekend total of the 2011 Oscar-nominated original.

    April 13, 2014

  • O'Brien: Colbert 'right person' to do 'Late Show'

    Don't feel bad for Conan O'Brien. Again.

    The 50-year-old talk show host said he was never a contender to take over CBS' the "Late Show" when David Letterman announced his retirement last week. The funnyman, who has hosted his talk show "Conan" on TBS since 2010, said he believes Stephen Colbert is the "right person" to take over the show from Letterman.

    April 12, 2014

  • Stepping forward: The real Colbert

    Letterman changed the late-night TV game between his run on NBC's "Late Night" and starting the "Late Show" franchise in 1993. And while it's tough to replace a pop-culture icon, Colbert, in terms of pedigree and sense of humor, makes the most sense.

    April 11, 2014

  • Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman on late show

    CBS moved swiftly Thursday to replace the retiring David Letterman with Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, who will take over the "Late Show" next year and do battle with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for late-night television supremacy.

    Colbert, 49, has been hosting "The Colbert Report" at 11:30 p.m. ET since 2005, in character as a fictional conservative talk-show host. The character will retire with "The Colbert Report."

    April 10, 2014


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.