Thank you Iowa City!

As any fearsome monster would,  I had a great time chewing my way through the ped-mall, a hotel, a jewelry store, an Irish Pub, and hanging out on the most iconic location I’ve been to yet:  The Old Iowa Capitol!

Kraken on Old Iowa Capitol - Iowa City - photo by Kathie Gonzales

I enjoyed everyone who looked up at me with gawking stares, who asked excited questions, “What is it?!”, “Why is it here?!”, and most of all I enjoyed the satisfied smiles of people who just stumbled upon me somewhere in Iowa City.  You’ve warmed my heart!


A Huge Thank You to the sponsors and organizers who made my time in Iowa City great.   These people understand how to make a city a destination!

Gina TarulloIowa City Chamber of Commerce
Marc MoenMoengroup
Mark GinsbergMC Ginsberg
John LogsdenUniversity of Iowa Pentacrest Museums
Beth McQuillen & Louie De Blois Micky’s Irish Pub & Grill
And of course ‘Kraken Wranglers’: Jacob, Doug, and Andrew

Thank You Iowa City!
The Kraken


ps:  I’m likely to turn up again… (Add your email to get advance warning about future appearances)

See all my Iowa City activity here.

Kraken Photo Roundup #5 – The Kraken Takes Iowa City!

After my first spot in Iowa City (former Vit’s restaurant – Photos),  I moved right around the block to MC Ginsberg Jewelers. Wow – what a view from there!

Kraken on MC Ginsberg - photo by Samantha Szlembarskie

Photo by Samantha Szlembarskie

This was also where KGAN CBS2 came down to show me on their Morning News Show on October 27!  Details and watch a clip from the newscast here.


The only downside of this place was being directly above Pancheros!  The delicious aroma of  fresh burritos wafting gently upward ALL day will make anyone hungry!

Kraken on MC Ginsberg - photo by Zak Neumann

photo by Zak Neumann


Next I went to the Old Iowa Capitol! On October 28, the Old Capitol Musuem and the UI Natural History Museum held their 6th annual Creepy Campus Crawl – a family oriented Halloween event.  The theme at the Natural History Museum was ‘Superheroes’ so I felt right at home…

Kraken on Old Iowa Capitol - Iowa City - Photo by Miles Dietz

Photo by Miles Dietz

Kraken on Old Iowa Capitol 3- Iowa City - photo by Kathie Gonzales

Photo by Kathie Gonzales

This next shot will take your breath away: Hotel Vetro – Plaza Towers.

Kraken on Hotel Vetro - Plaza Towers - Iowa City - Photo by Zak Neuman

Photo by Zak Neuman

Hotel Vetro – Plaza Towers was such a cool backdrop, don’t you think?  I love the contrasting curvy lines and right angles.


On Oct 31,  Halloween, I was on Micky’s Irish Pub & Grill. With Halloween falling on a Monday, I think many people had partied themselves out.  But the people still going out were the hardiest and most enthusiastic – Did you see that zombie bridal party?! Amazing costumes.  And, apparently, the bride and groom were really getting married!

I’m still waiting for a photo of me on Micky’s Pub to come in! If YOU have one, feel free to send it to me:

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Thanks for a great time!
The Kraken


I’m going to the Fair! Muscatine County Fair!

Saturday,  July 23,  I’ll be at the Muscatine County Fair!

River Monster at Muscatine County Fair 2011

Carnaval rides
, animals (many which have been freshly washed and smell nice..but not all of them:-), cotton candy, singing, dancing, racing…all the stuff fairs are about.

I won’t tell you exactly where to find me…but I’m pretty sure you’ll see me right away.

Here’s the ticket info and gate times on the Muscatine County Fair website if you need any details.

See you there!