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Starved Rock Photography Club
Whether you are just beginning in photography, are an advanced amateur or a professional, you are welcome to the Starved Rock Photography Club. Monthly photography walks at Starved Rock State Park’s Lodge with club leader, Jacki Pienta. The Photography Club will meet each month throughout the year for guided walks to planned sites for photography opportunities. Members will informally exchange ideas and tips for quality nature and wildlife photos. We will meet the 4th Saturday of every month at 9am in the back of the Large Parking Lot at Starved Rock Lodge. All meetings will consist of a hike to an area of either Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park or Buffalo Rock. Please be prepared to carpool if necessary. $25.00 annual fee to join which will include a club t-shirt and an annual cookout! Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 4th Saturday of each month. For more information, call 815-220-7386.
A Tribute to Patsy Cline
Mary Pfeifer has a voice that will take you back to the days of Patsy Cline. From Patsy's first recordings in 1955 to her last in 1963, she covers her famous hits such as Crazy and Walking After Midnight. Mary recently performed the part of Patsy Cline in the highly successful Engle Lane Theater production of "Always Patsy Cline". 2015 Dates: Dates: Jun. 22, 2015 - Jun. 23, Jul 20 - Jul 21, Oct 5 & 6. Times: 11:30am - 2:45pm. For more information and to purchase tickets call 815-220-7386.
Starved Rock State Park Canyons Kayak Tour
If you have been to this wonderful state park you know how beautiful it is - consistently rated #1 in Illinois. This trip involves kayaking for approx. 3 hours -back into LaSalle canyon and Hennepin canyon. The views from the water are amazing! 11:00am - 2:00pm.
Spirit of Peoria - Sights & Sounds of the River
Board the Spirit of Peoria for a rare experience on a genuine paddle wheeler! Go through the locks twice, enjoy lunch and be entertained with music and river lore. You will meet at the Starved Rock State Park boat ramp for boarding. Reservations are required. 11:30am - 2:45pm. $35.00 per person.
Sweet Autumn Clematis Festival
See and smell hundreds of feet of walls covered in Autumn Clematis; followed by punch served in Luther Hall. The event runs from 10:00am- 5:00pm.
"Buy Illinois" Streator Municipal Equipment Expo
"Buy Illinois" Streator Municipal Equipment Expo to be held on May 12th at the Streator Knights of Columbus sponsored by the City of Streator and Streator Chamber of Commerce. Participating companies and expo products include: Cora's truck bodies, FlinkCo. snow plows and salt spreaders, Steril-ALM heavy lift equipment and scissor lifts, Streator Dependable metal fabrication production, U.S. Truck Bodies /Anthony Lift Gates, Teleweld railroad equipment and surveillance systems, Vactor Mfg Guzzlers, and Federal Signal emergency vehicle equipment. For more information, visit http://www.streatorexpo.com..
Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Festival
Wine, food, lobster and the sweet sounds of jazz…all at the Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest. Join us for great food, fun and remember, the music is always free! Visit our website for up-to-date announcements, music lineup and food list. From imported cheese and fruit plates to fresh grilled lobster with real butter, there is something for everyone. And don’t forget over 100+ great wines to sample from the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association. All tasting under one giant tent. Rain or shine…we will keep you dry! Prepare your palette for a taste of the good life. Maine lobster, brought to you by the Ottawa Noon Rotary, and flown in fresh, prepared perfectly, right there, on the spot! Must be pre-ordered, on-line by June 5. Present your paid receipt at the check-in table and get your official token to turn in at the lobster table when you’re ready to eat. Fresh and delicious – served with fresh corn on the cob, pumpernickel bread and real butter. Lobster cost is $30 in advance, and $35 at the door. Limited supply at the door. Lobster will be served Friday 5-9 Saturday 1-9 and Sunday 1-5 Tickets sales for Lobster will end at 5pm Thursday, June 5!!
Spring Fashion Show at Reddick Mansion
Featuring clothing and accessories from local boutique clothier, Iconic. Refreshments will be served. William Reddick left his house as a gift to the City of Ottawa for use as a public library and reading room. Reddick's home became known as “Reddick's Library” and opened to the public on September 19, 1888. It served as the public library until 1975 when a combination of endowment and revenue sharing funds enabled construction of a larger facility that could accommodate the library's growing collections. Please contact the Mansion for more information.
Starved Rock Country Marathon Health & Fitness Fair/Marathon and Half Marathon
The Health and Fitness Fair on Friday from Noon to 8:00pm is the preview to the marathon on the next day. Get your marathon packet picked up, check in at the volunteer booth, and see the health and wellness vendors.The 2015 Starved Rock Country Marathon and Half Marathon is Saturday, May 16, 2015. Marathon Start: 7am – Time Limit: 6.5 hours, Half Marathon Start: 7:15am – Time Limit: 4 hours. Start and Finish Line: Located next to Washington Square in Ottawa.
Canopy Courses with Brian Germain
Join the fun as SDC invites Brian Germain out for a weekend of training at Skydive Chicago. No license pre-requisite for his courses. Whether you are a rookie or seasoned skydiver, there is something to be learned! Please contact Skydive Chicago via phone or email to book your spot today.
Memorial Day Boogie
Memorial Day Boogie at Skydive Chicago! No registration fee. Take advantage of awesome organizing and entertainment to kick off the Summer season! Skydive Chicago offers the best entertainment in the Midwest. The 220-acre resort offers camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing and swimming, all onsite. Stop by today.
Rock on the Block
Rock on the Block will take place on May 15th, 22nd, and 29th in Ottawa, Fridays only at 6:00pm. Rock on the Block provides all age's entertainment, free to public! Location: Jordon Block - lower lots stage, Ottawa. See more at: www.facebook.com/RockOnTheBlock
2nd Annual Making Trax 4 Jax 5K Fun Run/Walk
Join Skydive Chicago for our 2nd annual Making Trax 4 Jax 5K Fun Run/ Walk, organized by local neighbor Suzannah Etscheid, in honor of her son, Jax, who passed away from SIDS. Stay tuned for details, prizes, start times, and registration costs.
Run for Recovery Jump from Addiction 5k Walk/Run
Join in for this worthy cause. Run for Recovery Jump from Addiction 5k Walk/Run by Skydive Chicago. The 220-acre resort offers camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing and swimming, all onsite. Times: 6:30am - 3:00pm.
Legacy Girls-Tribute to The Andrews Sisters
The vocal trio, The Legacy Girls, will entertain you with three-part harmonies, costumes and synchronized dances that are true to the Andrews Sisters style. The Legacy Girls are dedicated to bringing the songs of the past back to life! Matinee (lunch & show) is only $32.00. 2015 Show dates are June 29 & Sept. 28. For more information and to purchase tickets call 815-220-7386.
Historic Trolley Tour
Take a great adventure every June through December! Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center where you will see a short video of the area. You will also travel to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center where you will see Starved Rock from across the river and watch as the river traffic lock through the locks. You will also travel through the village of Utica and hear about the Illinois and Michigan Canal. While aboard, the driver will narrate the history and legends of the area. For tickets and information please call 815-220-7386. $12 Adults, $10 Seniors, $8 Child 10 and under. 2014 Dates: JUNE – OCTOBER- Tuesday – 3:00pm, Thursday – 3:00pm, Saturday – 3:00pm, Sunday – 12:00pm & 1:30pm. November & December- Saturday - 12:00pm & 1:30pm, Sunday - 12:00pm & 1:30pm.
Take a Hike & a Lunch - Starved Rock Canyons
Join us for a guided hike from the Lodge to LaSalle and Tonti Canyons. Participants meet in the hotel main lobby of the Lodge to pick up a lunch and a “Starved Rock” backpack. Hikers will stop for lunch once they reach a Canyon. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00pm. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Hike will be around 4.5 miles round trip. This hike is classified as strenuous. Lunch includes: your choice of turkey, ham or PB&J, bag of chips, homemade granola bar, piece of fruit and a bottle of water. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386 Saturday hikes will go to LaSalle Canyon. Depart from Lodge and hikers will stop for lunch once they reach LaSalle Canyon. After lunch, the hike continues to Eagle Cliff and Lover’s Leap. The tour concludes at the Lodge around 2:30 pm. Sunday hikes will go to St. Louis Canyon. The hike will depart from the Lodge and go to the top of Starved Rock then hike to Aurora Canyon. After Aurora Canyon, hikers will go to St. Louis Canyon and stop for lunch. After lunch, the hike continues back to the Lodge and ends around 2:30 pm. Saturday & Sundays through November, 11am-2pm. $17 per person.
Canal Boat & Trolley Tour
Start off with a delicious hot lunch at Starved Rock Lodge. Next, board one of our trolleys for a ride through historic downtown Utica and stop at Cattails for shopping. Your trolley will also take you on a relaxing ride to LaSalle where you will board the canal boat. Step back into time with period dressed interpreters on this 1-hour boat ride. There is minimal walking involved in this tour and restrooms are available throughout. For more information or to reserve call 815-220-7386. $39.00 Adult $34.00 children 10 and under. 11:00a.m. every Friday May through October.
Dinner & Evening Cruise on the Belle of the Rock
Tour includes a trolley shuttle to and from the boat. The ride is a relaxing, scenic hour and a half cruise on the Belle of the Rock. It concludes with dinner from our special menu and cheesecake for dessert at Starved Rock Lodge. For more information or to reserve call us at 815-220-7386. $38.50 per person. 5:30p.m.-8:00p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, June through September.
The Amazing Race – Starved Rock Style
Spend an exciting day solving devious clues each step of the way and getting to know the Starved Rock Lodge area a little more. Try to be the first to uncover the Legend of Starved Rock. Use your wits, energy and sense of adventure as you race against time and your fellow racers. Enjoy a post-race awards ceremony at the finish line. The Amazing Race is fantastic for families, but children under the age of 8 and guests with limited mobility may find this event too strenuous. Teams are of 2-4 people and at least one person must have a valid drivers license and their own transportation as there is driving involved. Check in for the race will be at 11:15 a.m in the Starved Rock Lodge Lobby. Race start time is 11:30 a.m. $50.00 per couple. 2015 Dates for Amazing Race are: May 17 June 14 & 28 July 12 & 26 August 16 & 30 September 13 & 20.
Walk the Line – Tribute to Johnny Cash
Walk the Line with Bennie Wheels as he entertains you with the hits of Johnny Cash. Bennie will take the stage to perform hits like Ring of Fire, Hurt, I Walk the Line and many others. Don’t miss this tribute to The Man in Black.
Weekly nature education programs for all ages. Each week a guest presenter will introduce participants to a new nature topic. Topics include bees, geology, insects, snakes, butterflies and more! This is a great opportunity to learn something new about the world around us. Every Wednesday at 3pm.
Join Starved Rock Lodge, June 2 - 30, 2015, for the best vocal competition in the Illinois Valley. It all takes place on the Veranda of Starved Rock Lodge. Country singers take the stage to sing their hearts out in the hope of winning a cash prize! Outdoor dining and an amazing view of the Illinois River Valley combine to make this a great night out in LaSalle County. Guests can sign up to compete (maybe even sing) for prizes at intermission. 5:00pm grill opens; 7:00pm vocal competition.
This three day adventure will be approximately 35 miles total. You can purchase each day individually, 3 day package $120.00, or as an overnight package $320.00 single and $440.00 double occupancy. Call 815-220-7386 to make a reservation. Day 1 Buffalo Rock, I & M Canal 4:00p.m.- 10:00p.m. $35.00 You will travel to Buffalo Rock State Park via the Starved Rock Trolley and see the Effigy Tumuli. At this park we also will see the buffalo that call it home. Enjoy a late dinner cookout before traveling to the Illinois Michigan Canal for a 5 mile evening hike. Be sure to bring a flashlight. Day 2 Starved Rock 8:30a.m.- 8:30p.m. $55.00 Begin your 13.4 mile day with our trolley taking you to the furthest East point in Starved Rock. You will hike and see 12 canyons before lunch and visit 6 after lunch. In the evening a well deserved dinner will await you in our Dining Room. Following dinner, at Fox Ridge we will gather to reflect upon the day?s adventure around the firepit, maybe even enjoy a roasted marshmallow or two. Day 3 Matthiessen 8:30a.m. -3:00p.m. $45.00 Start the day with the trolley taking you to Matthiessen State Park where you will traverse through many unusual and beautiful rock formations, consisting of a upper and lower dells area where waterfalls can often be enjoyed. Lunch will be approximately ½ way. After completing about 13 miles the trolley will return you back to Starved Rock.