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Bucktown is Back

Bucktown Center for the Arts
225 East Second Street, Davenport
Credit Bucktown Center for the Arts

Another casualty of the flood in downtown Davenport is finally able to welcome customers again. On Wednesday, the Bucktown Center for the Arts on East Second Street re-opened. 

Sherry Maurer, executive director of MidCoast Fine Arts which runs the center, says it hurt to be closed for 2 1/2 months. 

"We have a lot of summer traffic because we're in between two major hotels, and with the Bix happening shortly. So for us, tourism is important and it impacted the other businesses around us. "

On April 30th, the city's temporary floodwall along River Drive failed, less than a block from Bucktown, and floodwater filled the basement, almost to the first floor. Maurer says MidCoast lost about 18,000 dollars worth of art supplies, and then the city required an updating of the electrical and fire alarm systems.

Usually about 50 artists are exhibiting and selling their works in Bucktown. Hours are 11 to 6, Wednesday through Saturday. 

It'll hold a fund-raiser Saturday night at Radicle Effect Brewerks in Rock Island - at 31st Street and 14th Avenue.  

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.