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The Preferred Bridal Shows - Iowa's Most Romantic Bridal Events!

WeddingsinIowa.com and Special Events, LLC would like to cordially invite you to one of Iowa's most relaxed and Premier Bridal Shows The Preferred Bridal Show March 2nd, 2014 Bayliss Park Hall * Council Bluffs, IA map Noon - 3:00 pm Admission is Free

What makes this show so different than other shows?

It is free for Brides and their guests to attend!! Preferred Bridal Shows and Preferred Events are unique show experiences. We are a "Boutique-Style" that thrives on showcasing Premier Vendors in a relaxed atmosphere where education, information and an exciting afternoon go hand in hand. From the very first hello to the last round of applause, we want you to feel pampered, special and know that you are in good hands for the time that you are with us. For some, planning your wedding day can be a stressful time. Our show events replace your anxieties with professional, knowledgeable Vendors that have been hand-selected to help you plan the ultimate experience. We offer a wide variety by bringing in the different and cannot find elsewhere Service Providers. You will find a great Premier selection that you can choose from with confidence. We encourage a one-on-one relationship, get-to-know your Vendor atmosphere. Brides who make educated and well-informed decisions concerning their Service Providers are 76% more likely to have a more organized, well planned event. Your happiness with your Wedding Day is our Vendor's ultimate joy because we know that when you are happy, you will pass that joyous referral onto another couple and so on. It is a win-win situation for all and one that we strive for your Wedding. Come join us for a great afternoon. We would be honored to help you plan the perfect celebration!

Rebirth of Bayliss Park


Bayliss' rebirth a spectacle Tom McMahon, Staff Writer 04/29/2007 Water cascades down the cobblestones at the base of the fountain that serves as the centerpiece of the newly dedicated Bayliss Park. The fountain was officially turned on at the conclusion of the dedication. More than 1,000 people joined public officials, Bayliss Park fountain fundraisers, fountain donors and the artist as the new fountain was officially turned on Saturday in what master of ceremony Bill Ramsey called "the people's park." R.H. Fanders, portraying park founder Samuel S. Bayliss, told the enthusiastic crowd the land Bayliss donated for the park in 1853 was jokingly referred to as a weed patch at the time. "If you're watching up there, look what they've done to Sam Bayliss' weed patch." The shirt-sleeve-weather audience joined Mayor Tom Hanafan and Parks, Recreation and Public Property Director Ronald Hopp in a countdown to turn on the highly anticipated fountain. When the gathering hit one, a spray of water emerged from the central flute, cascading down the brick sides. Then the fountain erupted in water, mimicking the audience's bursts of applause. Colored lights hit the sprays as the sun went down. To the north, children stood on top of water sprays shooting up from the bricks of the interactive fountain in the children's play area. Parents and artist Brower Hatcher's black squirrel sculptures looked on. Hanafan recalled April 30, 2004, when he received Hopp's memo telling him the Bayliss fountain wouldn't work anymore. While that was a dark day for the city, Saturday night's perfect weather matched the mayor's mood. "It's a proud day for all of us," Hanafan said. "This is part of our heritage. We continue to hold (Bayliss Park) in our heart and in our hands." Artist Brower Hatcher, of Providence, R.I., designed the park's public art, including the fountain sculpture, the performance area dome, the black squirrels and the plaza furniture. "This is very touching and more than I could have ever imagined," he said to the crowd. Brower named the fountain Wellspring. "It reminds me of the wellspring of support and goodness and the way this project came together," he said. Several dignitaries touched on that theme, thanking the more than 2,000 supporters, state, city and county entities that donated more than $2.5 million to match a $2.1 million Iowa West Foundation grant to help fund the project. "I want to thank the great and generous people of Council Bluffs," Hopp told the audience. "From 5-year-old Kayla, who donated $5, to the Iowa West Foundation's $2.14 million donation that blew life into this project." Fundraising campaign co-chairs Doug Goodman and Dick Miller thanked all those who helped with the campaign and contributed to its completion. "I hope this project will be the cornerstone of a continued redevelopment of the downtown area," Miller said. Iowa West Foundation Executive Director J. Todd Graham gave every indication that would be the case. He announced that four new public art projects will be unveiled downtown and at the Mid-America Center in the next 18 months. Graham also invited the crowd back to the park July 1 to watch the world-famous Joffrey Ballet perform. He said the new fountain and art can bring tourism, art-related businesses and economic development to the city. "It is a source of pride and our creative energy." No one in Sam Bayliss' weed patch was disagreeing. SW Iowa News 2007

Presidential Candidate Visits

Mitt Romney Campaign stop 01-01-2012

Mardi Gras Ball Fundraiser (Black Tie or Costume) Friday, February 23, 2007

Join us for the WOM:OHEC Fundraiser, a Mardi Gras celebration, where you can eat, drink and dance the night away! There will be a silent auction and cash bar. All proceeds and donations are tax deductible. Word-of-Mouth:OHEC serves children, homeless, near homeless and the elderly. Ticket order forms are available at www.wordofmouthiowa.org or contact Ann Chambers @ 712-256-7044

Theme Dinners at Bayliss Park Hall!

Themed Dinner Parties for groups of 20 to 200 are now available. Themes include: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Titanic Dinner, Comedy Night, Game Show, Rock N Roll Dance Night, Country Line Dancing, Christmas, Casino Night and more. Costs vary depending upon the size of your group and the night of the week. Sunday through Friday nights are best for these. Saturdays are available only November through February. For information, please call 712-325-8388.

Grand Reopening

We've just celebrated our grand re-opening and we're excited to serve you!

Pictures of Activities

Donation for Bayliss Park

Check given to Dick Miller - Co-Chair Rebuild Bayliss Park

Non-Traditional Wedding Receptions

Since the Iowa law change legalizing same sex marriages, many couples have found their way to Bayliss Park Hall. It's unique setting and access across the street from Bayliss Park offers a wonderful setting from 20 to 200 guests.

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