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Marseilles Fun Days
This is a week long summer family festival celebration. Marseilles Fun Days Committee decided to bring the festival back centered around one of the city's premier annual events, The Marseilles Fireman's Car Cruise. The cruise will be part of a busy Saturday, July 18. Fun Days itself will take place Monday, July 13, through Sunday, July 19. Additional festival information is available at the Marseilles Fun Days Facebook page.
Mendota Sweet Corn Festival
Tons of free, hot, buttered, delicious Del Monte sweet corn will be the highlight of the 68th annual Sweet Corn Festival to be held in Mendota, Illinois on August 6-9. The Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the gigantic undertaking of hosting over 60,000 visitors, who consume nearly 50 tons of sweet corn during the festival weekend. Don't miss the excitement for the festival offers a variety of entertainment events for the entire family. The events take place primarily in the downtown area, and with the exception of the beer garden, have no admission fees or parking fees. Free musical entertainment is in abundance. The Crafters Market Place and flea market features over 200 dealers in hand made crafts and unique merchandise. There is a Queen Pageant, beer garden with live bands, grand parade and a carnival with rides and games for both adults and children, plus much more. The midways are lined with food booths, featuring a multitude of ethnic, regional and festival foods, but the "BIG EVENT" is the serving of the free Del Monte sweet corn on Sunday afternoon. For over 65 years, it has been cooked to its golden goodness with the help of a vintage steam engine. If you would like to take some of the memories of Mendota's Sweet Corn Festival home with you, the Mendota Chamber will be selling fresh Del Monte sweet corn by the bag on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the festival. The good times are waiting, the welcome mat is out, come to Mendota for one of the Midwest's oldest and largest harvest festivals, the 67th annual Sweet Corn Festival.
Antiques & Artisans Market
LaSalle County Historical Society presents Antiques & Artisans Market, first Saturday from June thru September. Antiques, collectibles, handmade and homegrown. Rain or shine, inside and outside. Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm, at 208 Clark Street - on Illinois Rte 178, Canal Market and Heritage Center.
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.
Eagle Watching at Starved Rock State Park
You don’t have to travel north to see these majestic birds of prey. Thousands of eagles migrate south from Canada during the winter and Illinois is one of the homes of the greatest population of wintering bald eagles. The Starved Rock Lodge in Utica offers a “Bald Eagle Trolley Tour” in January and February on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Viewing birds from the Veranda at the Starved Rock Lodge is good as well. Dress warmly though. This great viewing spot is right outside the doors of the Great Room. If you’d like some exercise, take a hike on one of the trails at the Starved Rock State Park. One trail begins right at the Veranda. For a birds eye view, hike to the top of the Rock. Another popular event is "Eagle Watch Weekend" with activites both at the Starved Rock Lodge and the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center.
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.
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.
Afternoon Music at Cattails - Starved Rock Marketplace
Join us for an afternoon of music at Cattails located at the Starved Rock Marketplace at the intersection of US Route 6 and Illinois Route 178. Enjoy a wine tasting along with the music or purchase a glass of wine or bee as you enjoy local musicians in the lovely setting of the patio at Cattails. This event is free and will take place rain or shine. Saturdays from 3:00pm - 6:00pm, May - October. Contact Cattails for more information - call 815-667-4550.
Art in Motion - Art Show & Sale
Enjoy an afternoon of art, live music and wine tasting at Starved Rock Lodge's annual art show & sale. Artists representing the Illinois Valley and beyond will share their work as you stroll the beautiful setting of Fox Ridge, just steps away from the Lodge. Many artists will be creating work during the show and items will be available for purchase. The wide array of Starved Rock Wines will be available for tasting and purchase as you enjoy the music of local musician, Kevin Kramer. To participate in the show: Booth space is $20.00 for an 8'x8' area.
Frank Sinatra Tribute
Peter Oprisko will delight you with this tribute to the Chairman of the Board! A fresh and unique, ultra-modern salute to Ol' Blue Eyes! This exciting and memorable celebration showcases Sinatra like never before. Enjoy such hits as: New York New York, The Way You Look Tonight, My Way, and many more. 11:30am, $32 includes lunch buffet and show.
Have you ever wanted to hike all the canyons in the park? Well now you can do it in one day. Hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30a.m. & 9:00a.m. both days. Expected time for lunch is 1:00 & 2:00. Finish times are approximately 4:30 & 5:00p.m. You will board a trolley with a pair of guides and be taken to the east end of the park where you will begin your trek. Included is trolley transportation, guides, boxed lunch (1/2 way) and a specially designed performance T-shirt. $37.00 per person. Reservations a must. Dates 4/25 & 26, 9/26 & 9/27. For more information and to make a reservation please call 815-220-7386.
Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo
The 27th Annual Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo returns to Starved Rock Lodge (Great Hall & Starved Rock Room). See over 100 exhibits of woodcarving artists. Outside the Lodge, see chainsaw woodcarving in action. Raffles of woodcarvings and other items. Open to the public. Free admission. This program is partially funded by the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust. Last Sunday in September, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Buddy Holly/Herman's Hermits
Enjoy a tribute to Buddy Holly, Herman’s Hermits and more! Mike Bruccoleri will bring back great memories with Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day, Kind of a Drag and other favorites of that time! Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. Times: 11:30am - 2:45pm. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee
Enjoy all the great songs Bobby Darin made famous including Mack the Knife, Splish Splash & Beyond the Sea along with When I Fall in Love. On the surface Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee had the perfect life. The life of Dream Lovers. But there was so much more to their incredible lives! Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Legacy Girls - 50's, 60's Review
Take a trip back to the 50's & 60's and get ready to rock the songs that shaped the decades! From the Supremes to the Chordettes and the Beatles to Elvis Presley, The Legacy Girls will bring their own sassy style to all of your favorites. Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Michael St. Angel takes the stage as “The King of Rock and Roll." You can rock to the hits that made Elvis famous such as Jailhouse Rock, Hounddog, Love Me Tender and many more. Keep the spirit of Rockin’ and Rollin’ alive! April 19/Evening; April 20 & 21/Matinees - Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. Evening shows include wine tasting, dinner and show at $37.00 per person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Trolley Tours - Starved Rock
Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. April & May: Saturday 3-4:30 & Sunday 12-1:30, 1:30-3 & 3-4:30. Jun. 1, 2015 - Oct. 31, 2015 , Mon-Sat 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-1:30pm, 1:30pm - 3:00pm, 3:00pm - 4:30pm. June-October: Monday-Saturday 3-4:30 pm, Sundays 12:00-1:30, 1:30-3 & 3-4:30. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
The second annual CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) On-The-Air weekend will be held August 8th and 9th from 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. both days. The Starved Rock Radio Club will be hosting this event at the West Shelter by the Lodge. Starved Rock State Park had 3 camps; 614, 1609 and the 2601. The call sign will be W9MKS. You will be able to talk all over the United States with other Radio Clubs about the CCC's. Stop by anytime during the hours listed (or use the radio). For information call 815-220-7386.
Don’t miss this wildly entertaining dueling piano show! Our interactive musical experience will have you singing, shouting and dancing and since our performers take requests, you’ll be doing your best to “stump the band.” Matinee shows include lunch and show at $38.00 a person. Evening shows include wine tasting, dinner and show at $43.00 per person. Aug 9 5:00pm - 8:45pm; Aug 10-11 11:30am -2:45pm. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Join the fun on our weekly, guided hikes! Explore Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, the I & M Canal and a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round, the Starved Rock Walkers Club meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00 am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes vary each week and over a 4-month period, the group will see the entire park. Make some new friends and learn about wildlife, wildflowers and more. This event is free and open to the public. Please note: We will not hike on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Every Thursday (year round).