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Beat the Winter Blues with Mussel Down to the Blues

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Margaret Stadtwald
Margaret Stadtwaldhttps://discovermuscatine.com
Margaret Stadtwald works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

MUSCATINE, Iowa—After a weekend of messy weather, many around Muscatine have a case of the winter blues. To chase those feelings away and support a great cause, the National Pearl Button Museum @ History and Industry Center invites you to their first annual Mussel Down to the Blues event on Jan. 18th at 4:00 p.m.

Mussel Down to the Blues will feature several area blues musicians with a reputation for outstanding music. They will put on a concert sure to cheer any attendee. Barry B and the Button Bandits, a local band, will open the evening. Blues Rock-It, an outstanding regional band and member of the Quad City Blues Hall of Fame, will provide the evening’s main entertainment, keeping toes tapping all night long.

A bring your own beverage event, seats will go to ticketed attendees on a first come, first served basis. Tickets cost $10 apiece. Stop by the National Pearl Button Museum @ History and Industry Center any time during their normal hours to purchase your ticket before they sell out.

Along with bringing some much-needed cheer to Muscatine during this gloomy time of the year, the proceeds from Mussel Down to the Blues will support both the National Pearl Button Museum @ History and Industry Center and Mussels of Muscatine.

A popular tourist destination, the National Pearl Button Museum @ History and Industry Center welcomes visitors from all fifty states each year. The museum works hard to preserve Muscatine’s rich history, share it with the outside world, and make Muscatine a desirable spot for travelers to visit.

Begun last fall, Mussels of Muscatine represents a collaboration between many area organizations committed to conserving Muscatine County’s rich natural resources, improving its water quality, and spreading these benefits throughout the whole Mississippi River watershed. To achieve these goals, Mussels of Muscatine advocates restoring the Fairport Fish Hatchery to its original purpose, breeding mussels, and reintroducing that species back into the Mississippi River to work as natural filtering agents, as they did before over fishing from the pearl button industry depleted their numbers.

From beating the winter blues through good music and good fun, to supporting important work going on right here in Muscatine, Mussel Down to the Blues has a little something for everyone. So, this Saturday, make a point to go out and have a good time doing good at the National Pearl Button Museum @ History and Industry Center.

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