I set up outside early this morning across from Murray's Outdoor Store to beat the heat and the gnats. Summer heat arrived after just a couple of days of spring weather, it seems, but the heat makes for great plant and garden shopping and makes for a good kick-off to Memorial Day weekend. Not much peace and quiet on this corner, due to the utility work being done on the bridge (thanks to the worker who stopped by to say 'hi' and admire the painting in progress!). Lots of traffic going through on this spot of the highway. If you are one of those cars going "through" - please stop at Murray's for some treasures and then turn right on Schiller to touch the River! Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!
Aaron at KCRG came out to talk about the "Greetings, from Guttenberg" project. I was thrilled to wake up at 4:30 this morning and have my cuppa during this airing!
If you were lucky enough to sleep in or are not in the KCRG viewing area, here's the link
Yesterday I set up at sunrise and the thought ran through my mind how thankful I am that I can identify the sounds of eagles crying out to each other. And thankful that it is a common sound on the bank of the Mississippi River. The Landing is a beautifully renovated building, originally built as a warehouse and later known as the "Button Factory", where round holes were punched through the clam shells collected from the river and then used as buttons during the 1920's and into 1957. The factory sat empty for a number of years before it was renovated to the current gorgeous riverfront inn that it is today. The Landing provides a fishing barge, relaxing riverview balconies, and a gas pump for watercraft. Another great reason to plan a trip to Guttenberg! More information can be found here: http://www.thelanding615.com/
The Picket Fence Cafe and Clayton Ridge Farms provide our community with not only a great place for lunch and award - winning pies, but a local place to shop for fresh meats, cheeses, wines and local delectibles from this area. It was one of the first beautiful spring days when I set up to begin this painting, accompanied by a delicious Reuben sandwich for lunch. Jane graciously brought out a complimentary slice of her berry pie - no starving artist in Guttenberg! Make The Picket Fence on the top of your list for your next visit to Guttenberg! You can see more information at http://www.claytonridgefarm.com/
The south overlook coming into Guttenberg from the Great River Road, provides a fantastic river view and a great place to stop and take photos. If you happen to see me there with my easel, I will happily take a photo of you and your group and point you in the direction of Schiller Street, advising you to turn right there and follow that a few short blocks to the river front. There, you can follow the river bank through town, stop at local eateries and retailers, or you might be lucky enough to have a front row seat on the bleachers at Lock 10 and watch a barge lock through. No matter what you do, you won't want to just drive "through" Guttenberg. Turn right at Schiller and "experience" Guttenberg - where you can touch the river!