Tony Tone
Tony Tone
Tony Tone has worked as a radio personality in Muscatine and the Quad Cities since 2006. He currently serves as Muscatine Community School District Communication and Community Outreach Director and writes Talk of the Town with Tony Tone for the Discover Muscatine newspaper.

Muscatine Living

On Saturday, Oct. 8, Muscatine was the place to be! This small town of ours had so many things going on, and I wanted to take a few minutes to share my thoughts.

First, the Pearl City Vintage Market returned, presented by the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry. They saw nearly 2,100 people attend their event along the riverfront! There were 50 vendors on-site, and the weather was picture-perfect. Kudos to Dena, Hannah, Rebecca, Brad, and the Chamber team for their efforts.

Crossroads Inc. also held its annual carnival in downtown Muscatine. They were set up at the corner of Second and Pine Streets, a new location for their event, and it was awesome! I’m a big fan of changing things up, and having essentially a block party downtown was so much fun. My kids enjoyed the carnival games. They also had live music from the band “Winterland,” and I was able to see so many folks that I hadn’t seen for a few years.

Downtown Muscatine was a, l, i, v, and e, and there were people walking all over the place. Shout out to all downtown businesses–you are doing a great job, and I hope everyone reading this will shop local with the upcoming holidays or really anytime. Who doesn’t love going into Meg’s Vintage and seeing what treasures you’ll find? The same could be said for all our downtown businesses.

Next week, we’ll see several Halloween-themed events happening, including the Central Middle School: Haunted Halls event on Friday, Oct. 28 starting at 6 p.m. There are also quite a few trunk or treat style events, and I’m pleased to share that I’ll be returning to DJ the Optimae client Halloween party along with helming the event on Oct. 29 at the Missipi Brew.

While I know that things are not 100% back to normal, things feel good, and that makes me very happy. So, what’s next? I am in favor of keeping the momentum going! What other types of events should be held in the Pearl City? I know the City of Muscatine has some mini-grants available for anyone wanting to plan something that would take place on the south end of town. With winter and colder temps on the way, should we look at some large indoor events? If you have an idea, it’s time to share it and make it happen!

I would encourage you to reach out to places like the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry or contact me directly, and we can talk things out, whatever it takes to serve folks across Muscatine County while also working to bring those from outside of town to us! You can also email me directly at [email protected]. I’d love to hear from you!

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