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


Micky’s Irish Pub on Halloween!

Monday, October 31, I will be at Micky’s Irish Pub & Grill.  11 South Dubuque St.  Iowa City, Ia

Mickys Irish Pub & Grill - Iowa CityHappy Halloween! I’ve been celebrating all weekend, but on the actual day of Halloween, I’m going to be at Micky’s Irish Pub in downtown Iowa City.

And by At, I mean On…the Roof. So those of you lucky enough to sit under the cool stained glass ceiling panels in the back of Micky’s can look up…and imagine I’m about to crash through at any moment…!

I’ll be there most of the day, from late morning on through till just about closing time…so there’s plenty of time to come by and say hello.


And in case you’re wondering, yes, I have photos of my amazing time on the iconic Old Iowa capitol coming soon:-) For those of you who just can’t wait, take a look at this flickr set.

(If you want to submit a photo for my ‘photo roundups’ just email it to   Almost all of the photos on my site are sent in by people like you!)