Well, this is exciting! This Thursday, Sept. 22, is my wife Kasey and my 10th wedding anniversary! In the blink of an eye, a decade has passed us by. We have many beautiful memories from our wedding at Heritage Church in Rock Island, Illinois, with the reception at Skellington Manor, also located in Rock Island.
Long-time readers of this column will recall that I have shared over the years about the massive power outage at the moment our wedding ceremony was to begin! No, the power outage wasn’t limited to the church; it impacted half of Rock Island! We quickly moved the wedding ceremony outside and tied the knot in front of our family and friends. Thankfully, the power outage didn’t impact our reception venue, and everything went according to plan at Skellington Manor.
As someone who has attended many weddings (primarily as a wedding DJ), I’m amazed at how quickly the day goes by, especially when it is your wedding. That’s something that I had mentioned to both of my brothers (Phil and Brian) who got married this past July and August. Enjoy every moment, because it goes from 8 a.m. to midnight instantly!
Our lives are hectic, and I don’t see them slowing down until we’re empty-nesters, not that I am trying to rush getting older! It’s incredible how quickly the time passes when you feel like you’re doing your best to keep your head above water.
Over the last 10 years of marriage, we have moved from Rock Island to Muscatine, had two more children, bought and sold two houses, changed jobs several times (I’m guilty of that), and grown to truly become each other’s best friends. Kasey, you make me a better person, and I am incredibly grateful for the last 10 years spent as your husband and for all our future holds.
So, there’s the anniversary part that now allows me to do a 180-degree pivot into promoting the Pearl City Oktobrewfest event happening this Saturday, Sept. 24! Friends, I promise you this is going to be a great time! We’re talking 15 breweries on-site along the Muscatine riverfront sampling their brews. Live music from Frankie Jo and Kinfolk, fun, games, food available for purchase, and memories to be made. Please note that this is a 21 and older event that requires a ticket to be purchased to attend. I’d recommend grabbing a VIP ticket ($50) which gets you into the event one hour early, a t-shirt, a tasting glass, and the coveted pretzel necklace. General admission tickets are $30, and both can be found online via this link https://bit.ly/PCOktoBrewFest22.
A big thanks to Chris Boar and Brenda Christensen for creating the Pearl City Oktobrewfest last year and for all their efforts with Almost Friday Fest and the work they’re doing to bring a permanent amphitheater to the Muscatine riverfront. Chris and Brenda are rock stars and two people I am honored to call my friends.