Mt. Vernon Register-News

Opinion

June 6, 2014

Look for the activity

The age old complaint of “there’s nothing to do” just doesn’t ring true for Jefferson County anymore.

Each weekend, there are numerous events and activities which are open to the public. It’s just a matter of finding what fits into schedules and likes.

This weekend, there’s the Market Days at the former Armory on Broadway. Flea market and rummage sale finds, farmer’s market find plus food and drink abound. And, along the same vein, there’s Randy’s Family Center which hosts a weekend craft fair and flea market.

For those who want more activity in their activities, there’s the Aquatic Zoo, Rend Lake and numerous golf courses. If music is your thing, each weekend, GenKota Winery hosts GenKota Jamz.

Art is also represented in the area, with the opening of Gallery 223 at the corner of Ninth and Broadway — and Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.

Cedarhurst is often taken for granted by local residents, but it is a world-class facility which features renowned artwork, work of local artists and hands-on classes and workshops. The sculpture park provides a place to enjoy nature and art at the same time.

And, we won’t even get into the number of retail outlets available for shopping therapy.

Before saying, “there’s nothing to do,” take a look around.

You might be surprised.

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Remember the pledge Editor:The county board chairman is not being factual with his recent comments concerning the Public Safety Tax Pledge made by the 2004-2010 County Board.First of all, the debt we were facing was caused by the foolish actions of nine board members of

    July 31, 2014

  • Back to the future for death penalty? The surreal national debate over the death penalty reached a climax of sorts July 23 in a prison execution chamber in Florence, Arizona. Double murderer Joseph Wood was put to death by lethal injection shortly after his lawyers went to the Supreme Co

    July 31, 2014

  • No Headline Provided House and Senate conferees have agreed on a $17 billion bill to address the scandal over poor health-care service at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The legislation is now on a fast track to pass Congress before its August recess, showing that Re

    July 31, 2014

  • Close the tax loophole that sends US corporations overseas Since we last overhauled our federal tax code, in 1986, countries around the world have lowered their tax rates, leaving the United States with the highest corporate tax rate in the developed word. At the same time, the system has become full of inef

    July 29, 2014

  • Israel and the U.S.: Whose survival instinct is stronger? There’s something darkly coincidental in the fact that the latest weapon to be deployed against the survival instinct of both Israel and the United States is an alleged “heartlessness” when it comes to children. The people of Israel are castigated in

    July 29, 2014

  • College cost isn't big problem for poor students To judge by this summer’s banner policy proposals, the most important question for higher-education reform right now is giving students easier access to loans. But evidence from Canada suggests those changes won’t address the greater need: Getting mo

    July 29, 2014

  • Ducks, geese a blessing I would like to respond to the “Geese and ducks causing problems in Veterans Park” article that was published in the Mt. Vernon Register-News on July 16, 2014. I must share that I do understand that at times there have been a great number of the Cana

    July 29, 2014

  • Money not always the answer I really have to stop and think sometimes. I challenge my thought processes when I write these columns. I am having a hard time with this one. It appears to me that every time a governmental agency or any of the entities that spend other people’s mon

    July 29, 2014

  • Teachers unions' destructive behavior You can always count on the national teachers unions to behave badly at their annual conventions, and they certainly didn’t let us down this month. In doing so, however, they let down many of their members, along with students who are working hard to

    July 26, 2014

  • Workers of the world, curb your ambitions A group of Democrats introduced legislation this week to protect low-paid shift workers from last-minute changes in their schedules. The idea fits into an intriguing category of economic activism: Not trying to lift low-paid workers out of poverty, n

    July 26, 2014

Twitter Updates
Facebook
Stocks