The Kraken goes to Hardacre Film Fest in Tipton, Ia

The Kraken goes to Tipton Iowa for Hardacre Film Festival

Hello Tipton, Iowa!

The residents of Tipton, Ia got a blast of public art fun on Friday morning, August 5th,  when they went downtown at the Kraken of dawn for Tipton’s Ridiculous Days!   (If YOU are from Tipton, welcome to my website and a warm hello from me!)

It turns out there are some good reasons why people are going downtown in Tipton today and tomorrow.   Ridiculous Days (city wide sidewalk shopping sales that start EARLY),  family activities and live music in the park, and of course the Hardacre Film Festival.

I hear there is an outdoor movie showing on Friday night, about 9:40…could be good!      See the description and full lineup on the Hardacre Film Festival schedule.

Whether you’re from Tipton or just passing by, you can’t miss me if you drive through the heart of town  –  I’ll be at the corner of Cedar and 5th Streets watching over the festivities all day long.

Ps: If you do see me in Tipton, would you take a photo and post it on my Facebook page?   If not, some people might never believe I was there! 🙂

Thank you to Mark Wiskus Construction for sponsoring this appearance and to Scott Sanborn of the Tipton Chamber of Commerce for arranging my visit.

Kraken Photo Round Up #3 – Beating the Heat

I’ve devoured a full plate of destinations the last few weeks. I think it may be time for a diet!  You know, the larger you are, the larger the world feels.  That’s a bit of Kracked Philosophy for you…

So just what have I been up to?  Take a look.

Photo by Molley Cantrell-Kraig

So here I am hanging out at 1222 Mulberry Street. The house was for sale, which means I made the market value shoot through the roof!

Photo by Cindy Burke Litwiler


I decided to pay homage to my first appearances by taking a day long sit down on 2nd street once again.  Just like the good old days, with scared people running this way and that…

Photo by Alan Campbell

Muscatine Community College skooled me for a day, letting me rest in the  brand new dorms. I took a different approach to my dorm life this time around and actually washed my socks.

Photo by Scott Klarkowski

I traveled outside of Muscatine for the first time, wreaking havoc in Davenport’s Bucktown Center for the Arts.

There were tons of people, art, and ideas mixing into a delicious clam chowder soup.   Bucktown always has fun Final Friday events, and this one was extra special because it was their birthday BASH!

I do believe there  may be a video of the event up soon…

Photo by Justin Colemen of Rehash Editing & Film

Look, the Mississippi! As a ploy to get into the Great River Days festival in Muscatine for free, I hung out with my carnival peeps.  I really lit up the night, don’t you think?

Well that’s it for photo round up #3. Click here to see my other photo round ups.

Do you have a cool photo of me? I’d love to see it!

To contribute your photo to the next photo roundup, email it to  Include your name, hometown,  and a website if you want a link to it.   All photos considered!

PS, I have my people working on a couple of videos which are almost ready!  I’ll announce them on my mailing list as soon as they are.

It was Bucktown’s birthday BASH

River Monster visits July 24 – 29

Hi!   I’ve got a lot planned for this week and I want to let you know where to find me.

This week I’ll see a Steam Train come to Muscatine, check out the comfortable looking new student housing at MCC (and probably sign up for college while I’m there), and then go to a party at Bucktown (which is a whole building of art galleries!)  in downtown Davenport, Ia.   All in one week!
Here goes:

Sunday, July 24
2nd Street, downtown Muscatine 12:00noon – dusk
– A historic steam train is coming to Muscatine Iowa on an excursion trip from the Train Festival in Rock Island.  I’ll be in downtown Muscatine, on 2nd Street near the Pearl Plaza. Come say hello!

Tuesday, July 26
Muscatine Community College – Student Housing 9:00am – 8:00pm
– I’ll be hanging out in the new student housing at Muscatine Community College!  I think you can sign up for classes the same day.  I’m thinking about another degree too…Maybe aqua culture:-)


Bucktown Center for the Arts - DavenportFriday, July 29
Bucktown Center for the Arts
Downtown Davenport, Ia
– Bucktown Center for the Arts is having a birthday party and I’m going to help celebrate!  Bucktown is three floors of art galleries and studios in a setting as cool as you imagine it to be.   This is my first appearance in Davenport…Try not to get sidetracked by the party on your way to say hello:-)  The galleries will be open and artists present, bands playing, food vendors, and a River Monster!
Bucktown’s Facebook page


It’s going to be a busy week…I’m already up to 8 cups of coffee a day.  Ah 8, what a lovely number.

See ya!