Whether you’re a student for the other nine months of the year, or if you’ve been out of the education game for a while, summer is a great time to reignite your passion for knowledge. Grab a group of your friends and head to the Quincy Art Center to learn how to create your own pottery. Spark your imagination with a class at Quincy Community Theatre. Check out the Quincy Public Library for a new summer read, or for the dozens of programs they offer for children and adults of all ages. Your kids can explore a new hobby or potential career with John Wood Community College’s JDUB Academy. And if you’re feeling musically inclined, consider taking instrumental or vocal lessons from one of the dozens of teachers in the Quincy Area. It’s never too late to learn a new skill!
4. Summer is traditionally a time for Blockbuster films.
In 2018 movies like Avengers: Infinity Wars, Star War: Han Solo, Ocean’s Eight, and The Incredibles 2, will all compete for our attention and money. And while I am personally pumped to see each and every one of those films, I also think it is important to realize that in Quincy we are incredibly lucky because we have access to live performances as well as those on the big screen. Live theatre is a shared experience between not just the audience members, but also those creating the story onstage. This summer, Quincy Community Theatre (QCT) will bring not one, but two productions to life before your eyes.
Up first is Elephant and Piggie’s “We’re in a Play!” A charming musical based on the Mo Willems’ books, this show has songs about friendship, family, and ice cream. What’s not to love? The show runs June 14-17 with a sensory friendly performance of this show on Saturday, June 16.
And stay tuned, because July 19-22 and 26-29, audiences will be transported to Greece in the smash hit musical, Mamma Mia! This jukebox musical, that features the pop classics of ABBA, will have audiences dancing in the aisles. Grab your spandex, feather boa, your best friends and head to QCT! Tickets for Mamma Mia! go on sale to the public Monday, June 25.
3. Traveling is a huge summer activity for many Americans. Whether that travel is international or domestic, it can get expensive quickly.
While saving for that big adventure somewhere far away, become a tourist in your own backyard. So this summer, take a day or two for a stay-cation. Check out the stunning architecture Quincy has to offer. Start your exploration with the beautiful homes on Maine Street between 14th & 24th Streets.
Take a walk or drive down this historic stretch of road, and stop off at the Quincy Museum. The stunning décor on the first and second floor will transport you to the past, and the dinosaurs on the third floor will take you back to the dawn of time. The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages three and up.
Continue your adventure at The Villa Katherine,Quincy’s very own castle. The castle, which also houses the Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, is open for self-guided tours Monday - Saturday 9 am - 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm. The river views from the inside of the castle are stunning and the Mediterranean-style architecture is a unique treasure for our Midwestern town. After you visit the castle, stop by Winking’s Market (located just a block away) to grab food, then head down to Clat Adams Park for a picnic on the waterfront. It’s hard to beat a summer sunset on the mighty Mississippi!
2. Every other Friday throughout the summer, one of my favorite Quincy traditions happens downtown in Washington Park.
Blues in the District will celebrate 21 years of entertaining the community in 2018 and the crowds have only grown over the years. Pack your cooler, grab your lawn chair, and head to the park for a great time. Local food vendors (like The Butcher Block) traditionally set up food trucks in the park, and local businesses (like Tiramisu) often have carryout specials. Pizza and wine in the park…yes please!
And make sure to mark your calendar for the 22nd of June, when Blues in the District will take place at the same time as Q-Fest. Head to The District to enjoy shopping the booths of local artists while still savoring the sounds of the blues. There is no shortage of Arts in Quincy, especially throughout the summer.
1. The smell of freshly cut grass, the sounds of friends and family gather around a picnic table, the night air that is still warm and inviting: these are just some of the things that makes small-town summers so great. Summer nights are still my favorite part of the season! Stargazing on the outskirts of town, enjoying time with my friends around a fire pit, or even a simple nighttime walk listening to the sounds of summer, still give me great joy. This summer, take time to be still and find pleasure in the world around you. It’s easy to get caught up in the routine of life and forget to see the exciting things around you in the Tri-State area. Make sure that this summer, you take advantage of everything Quincy has to offer!
Growing up in Quincy, I remember spending every night running around outside with my neighborhood friends, catching lightning bugs and waiting for that first star to appear in the sky.
For a full list of activities including live music, hands-on arts experiences, annual festivals, plays and more, visit Arts Quincy's new calendar of events for all the latest happenings! New events are added so be sure to bookmark the page for easy access.