Mosaic / Reviews / January 22, 2014

Driving away winter blues

When there’s this much snow on the ground, sometimes all a cooped up college kid can dream of is a change of scenery. Those hopes seem all but lost in Galesburg, a small town in a great big cornfield.

But all it takes is a car (or a friend who has one) and some weekend time for a road trip, and those winter blues are one step closer to over. Here, find a list of places to go and what to do there, either for one day or a couple, depending on the magnitude of cabin fever.

Figge Art Museum Davenport, Iowa

Hop on I-74 for about 45 minutes and find a destination in an entirely different state — surely the change of pace that students may be looking for after the third (or is it the fourth?) cold spell of the term. The Figge Art Museum is located on the Mississippi River, offering a scenic backdrop that could remind even the most hardened Chicago suburbanite that this fluffy white stuff can look magical sometimes.

Inside, the museum offers a host of exhibits. The latest to go on display is a collection of glass sculpture inspired by children’s drawings of monsters. Also on display is the work of Walter Haskill Hinton, who was commissioned to create images for the Deere Company. Yes, the guys who make the tractors. Just in case that’s not enough reason to go, the Figge is also featuring the work of Knox students, along with students from other area colleges. And if supporting some artistic colleagues still won’t do the trick, the Figge also hosts special events every Thursday, the admission to which are free. For directions or more information, click here.

Deerwood Cabins — Oquawka, Ill.

Head west past Monmouth for about 40 minutes and land, again, on the Mississippi River. This time, the scenery is the destination: Deerwood Cabins offer a weekend getaway for friends, suitemates or lovers to enjoy the activities that the cold weather has to offer – and yes, it has quite a bit to offer.

Some of the winter activities at Deerwood Cabins include cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and bird-watching — bald eagles have been known to be spotted. And, of course, there’s also the option of enjoying the great outdoors from behind the walls of the cozy, nested great indoors. Deerwood Cabins offers affordable nightly rates: For one person or one couple, the rate is $60, and for two couples, the rate is $75. For more information, click here.

Snake Alley — Burlington, Iowa

Any student interested in Ripley’s Believe It or Not may want to check out the street they once designated as the most crooked in the world. According to its website, the street was constructed as an experimental design in 1894, and the same bricks used to build it are the ones in place there today. It stands as one of Burlington’s sole landmarks.

Students may walk the street or drive it, depending on that testy Midwest weather. Burlington is located about 45 minutes away. Click here for more information.

Oscar nominees in theaters — Peoria, Ill.

The season for the Academy Awards is in full swing, with the winners to be announced on March 2. Unfortunately, Galesburg’s sole movie theater is not showing any of the nominees for Best Film.

Use pop cultural education as an excuse and take a 45-minute drive to Peoria, where six of the nine nominees are playing. Those are “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Her,” “Philomena,” “Nebraska,” “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle,” which are showing at Goodrich Willow Knolls 14 and Peoria Cinemas 12. Be sure to check out Fandango for movie times before hitting the road.

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Chelsea Embree
Chelsea Embree is a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in art history. She previously served as co-mosaic editor and as an arts and features reporter for TKS. During the summer of 2013, she served as a content intern at The St. Louis Beacon. Chelsea has studied under former Random House copy chief Sean Mills and taught writing as a teaching assistant for First-Year Preceptorial. An avid blogger, she has written extensively about youth in St. Louis and maintains a lively poetry and nonfiction blog on Tumblr. She is also the director of communications for Mortar Board and co-president of Terpsichore Dance Collective.

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