October 29, 2012

Third Annual Hilltop Campus Fall Music Fest

On a crisp October evening, with the aroma of hot grills sizzling up good eats, music sailed through the chilly night air at the Third Annual Hilltop Campus Village Fall Music Fest. The Fest is a free event held every year on the grounds of the park owned by the Hilltop Business Association. The event is a celebration of the Hilltop Campus Village as well as one of their main fundraisers for the year.

The Music Fest’s focus is to bring awareness to the highly diverse Hilltop community. Hilltop Campus Village features one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants & eateries, churches, schools, professional services and residents. The residents are made up of students and history buffs. Some are short term, others are newcomers renovating some of the areas uniquely built homes, and others are families and seniors that have been long-term residents of the Hilltop Area.

The music for this year’s Music Fest was supplied by “Tons O’Fun” and musical presentations from students at Palmer College of Chiropractic and St. Ambrose University. Children’s activities included a fire engine for the kids to see up close. This was done by the Davenport Fire Fighters. Davenport Parks and Rec. Departments also helped support the event.

“The chilly weather did keep the crowds down this year,” says Hilltop Campus Village Director Scott Tunnicliff. “But the music lovers that did turn out and kept the cold away with some hot dance steps throughout the evening. “Overall, Tunnicliff sees the event as another success. “Next year will be our Fourth Annual, and we may move it a little closer to the end of September and beat some of the chilly air.” says Scott with a smile, “This event is put on through the good offices of many sponsors who contribute funding and in-kind donations. Those we want to thank include the City of Davenport, Eye Surgeons and Associates, Wells Fargo, The Riverboat Development Authority, St. Ambrose College, and Palmer College of Chiropractic. Also Cumulus Communications, KWQC-TV6, the River Cities Reader, One-Step Printing, Mediacom, A-1 Rental, the Scott County Waste Commission, Hawkeye Ice, The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, the Figge Art Museum, the Hilltop Business Association, RDF L.L.C., and the third Missionary Baptist Church. Even with this help, it wouldn’t have been possible without the many Hilltop volunteers who did the set-up, operated the ticket sales and beverage tents and assisted in the clean up effort to ensure that the Hilltop Plaza was restored to its beautiful previous condition. Their support is crucial to this fundraiser for the Hilltop Campus Village and for the positive increased awareness of the wonderful growing developing area we have here in our Hilltop Campus Village. We are a historic neighborhood making history today for tomorrow’s vision.”

All and all the music fest did just that, brought a wonderful fall evening to one of Davenports premiere historic areas. For free of course. That’s just how the Hilltop Campus Village is …very nice.

For more information on the Hilltop Campus Village go to www.hilltopcampusvillage.org