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Underground Railroad Shuttle Tours
Learn about local, Underground Railroad sites on a shuttle tour with J.E. Robinson Tours and the Alton Regional CVB on the last Saturday of each month (10 a.m. to noon). The two-hour guided shuttle tours will stop at some of the sites that were part of the Underground Railroad system including the Old Rock House, Rocky Fork Church and more. Alton’s riverfront location along the Mighty Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to the freedom of the northern states. Buried beneath the streets of Alton and Godfrey, remnants of this period in history still exist.
Civil War Weekend
Friday, Sep 18: 7 pm - The Play, “The Women in Abraham Lincoln’s Life.” Call 618-697-0009 for $15 reservation. Saturday, Sep 19: 9:30 am to 4 pm – Speakers, exhibits, & Re-enactors. Exhibits Include Civil War Era guns and quilts, Civil War Re-enactors, Civil War Era Memorabilia, Music, Exhibit Contest, Kirkpatrick Pottery, and Children Activities. It is FREE! Saturday, Sep 19, 7 pm - The Play, “The Women in Abraham Lincoln’s Life.” Call 618-697-0009 for $15 reservation. Sunday, Sep 20: 1 pm - Historical Bus Tour: Lincoln’s Footsteps and Friends in Anna-Jonesboro. Call 618- 833-8745 for $10 reservation. 2-4 pm - Open House at the PAST Heritage House, It is Free! 2:30 pm - Recognize All Exhibit Contest Winners, and 2:35 pm - The Play, “The Women in Abraham Lincoln’s Life.” Call 618-697-0009 for $15 reservation.
Annual Arthur Quilt Show & Quilt Auction
View the quilts, including the vendor area, and take in demonstrations as well. Lunch available. A double wedding ring quilt will be raffled. Quilt auction held April 26th at noon. Presented by Arthur Area Association of Commerce at the Otto Center.
Art on the Square
The #1 Art Show in the Nation (2008, 2010 & 2011) features 100 juried artists from all over the world. Come and shop for fabulous works in a perfectly beautiful setting of Belleville's Public Square. The show also features a high school exhibit from over 25 Southern Illinois schools, outstanding main stage performances, gourmet food and wine courts, artists' demonstrations, and an art activity area for children.
Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days
The 26th Annual Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days will be held at John A Logan College. It is the largest celebration of Hunting and Fishing Day in the country. This 200+ vendor show offers something for the whole family. Bass Fishing and Crappie seminars, catfish contest, Goose calling contests, Dock Dogs competitions, retriever demonstrations and a kids fishing hole are just a few of the activities throughout the weekend.
Home Garden & Business Expo
Annual Home Garden & Business Expo featuring over 40 exhibitors and 2 full days of "How To" demonstrations. Breakfast and lunch available, hourly door prizes, blood screenings on site and register for the "Grand Prize!"
The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo
Known as C2E2, this convention spans the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. Bringing the best of popular culture to downtown Chicago, C2E2’s show floor is packed with hundreds of exhibitors, panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators, and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen!
Expansive Visions: FUSEDChicago
Please visit this exhibition, curated by Gallery Director Beth Shadur, of works by selected members of the encaustic collective, FUSEDChicago. The works show the rich variety possible in the medium of painting with wax. Artists' reception, June 11, 4:30-7pm M-Th 9AM-3PM; W-Th 4PM-7PM
Barn Quilts of DeWitt County: "Red,Wine, & Blues Tour"
The Barn Quilts of DeWitt County program will be holding their second Red, Wine & Blues Tour. Unlike our traditional tour, this event will showcase individual barns that are a part of our Barn Quilts of DeWitt County Trail with a night of good food, good music and good times. Contact the Chamber & Tourism Office for ticket and tour time information.
American Indian and Ethnographic Show
Historic artifacts on display.
Spring Indian Market Days
Spring Indian Market Days will have Native American artists and vendors displaying and selling their crafts, artwork, clothing, jewelry and more.
Hobnob Spring Market
A laughter filled gathering with the feel of a festive village fair. Browse creatively displayed mini shops for vintage antiques and handmade goodies from 50+ of the best vendors around. You'll be amazed by the funky/shabby/cool vintage finds plus the handmade jewelry, art and imaginative home accessories. Enjoy some live music, lunch & sweets, a cash bar and raffle prizes.
Kennel Club of Yorkville Dog Show
The Kennel Club of Yorkville Dog Show will be held April 4th and 5th at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, IL. For more information visit www.niuconvo.com
East Peoria Festival of Lights & Folepi's Winter Wonderland
Light up your night at the East Peoria Festival of Lights (FOLEPI)! The annual Festival of Lights is a one-of-a-kind holiday spectacular. With more than two million lights in the festival, the beauty will be sure to mesmerize you and your family.
Effingham Artisan Fair
Downtown is transformed into an art gallery with works from over 40 artists, on display for purchase. Artwork for sale includes oil paintings, pottery, jewelry, and sculptures. Several artists will demonstrate their craft at the event. As part of the event, the Artisan Fair features wine and beer tasting. There will be approximately ten regional wineries and several different craft beers available for tasting. This event will open from 12 – 5 p.m. Other activities include the 5K Run and Walk, Kids Korner, sidewalk chalk art, “Can Do Art,” food fair (including Gabby Goat, IGA, Sausage Haus, Doris Yoder's Kitchen, The Cookie Jar and Tropical Sno) and live musical entertainment at the gazebo. The Historic Court House Museum will be open for tours.
Let Children Be Children: Lewis Wickes Hine's Crusade Against Child Labor
A telling look at the industrialization of America, this photographic exhibition from the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY reveals the circumstances that poor working children endured until legislation against child labor prevailed as late as 1938. Lewis Wickes Hine (American, 1874-1940) was a sociologist whose photographs captured his abiding concern for children, immigrants, and working-class people. He was hired by the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) in 1906 to document the harsh conditions in which children worked. Hine spent ten years photographing in the canneries, coal mines, cotton mills, farms, and sweatshops common during the early 20th century. Through the use of photography, Hine and the NCLC gained the attention of government officials and aroused public sentiment against child labor practices in the United States.
Driving in Style: Promo Cars of the 1950s and 60s
The innovative and flamboyant car designs of the 1950's are now iconic. To whet consumers' appetites for the "latest thing," the Big Three American automakers (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) began to release new models with slightly redesigned features every year. To promote the new vehicles, dealers distributed highly-detailed plastic models or "promos." Like their full-size versions, these colorful miniatures boasted streamlined tail fins and polished chrome grilles, reflections of the period's Space Age design and general prosperity. Given to potential buyers and their children, these salesman's samples are highly collectible today. Lent by Robert Reinhold and John O'Halloran, the promos in EAM's presentation will be on view in the McCormick House, also designed in the 1950s.
A Gift: Selections from the Cleve Carney Bequest
In 2014, Elmhurst Art Museum was bequeathed nearly 300 works from the collection of Cleve Carney (1939-2013), a longtime Board member, donor and supporter of the museum. The largest gift in EAM's history, these paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and video installations by an international group of artists will be a significant addition to the collection, broadening the scope of the museum's holdings of contemporary art. This presentation highlights select work from the donation and serves as a tribute to the vision, the patronage and the generosity of Cleve Carney, who will be truly missed.
On the Brink: New Work by Nnenna Okore
EAM presents new work by internationally celebrated sculptor Nnenna Okore. Through repetitive, labor-intensive processes, Okore transforms discarded and organic materials like burlap, newspapers, plastic bags and twine into large-scale wall hangings and installations. Okore-s dramatic and undulating forms float in and across space, often casting shadows on their surrounds. Influenced by the textures, colors and landscapes of her Chicago milieu as well as the more rural environment of the small town in Nigeria where she was raised, Okore's new fiber and paper works explore the fluidity of life, finding beauty in the inevitable processes of aging and decay. Okore is a professor of art at Chicago's North Park University and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2013.
46th Annual Threshing Show and Antique Show
The Stephenson County Antique Engine Club proudly presents this annual event, "The Freeport Show". It offers over 300 antique steam and horse-powered engines, equipment, and gas engines. This year's feature is Allis-Chalmers. There will be a huge parade daily at 1 pm, a large flea market, a large display building offering home antiques, crafts, demonstrations, and farm miniatures, Gasoline Alley featuring The Rawleigh gas engines, sawmill, and blacksmith shop. There will be threshing demonstrations with both steam and gas tractors, and working demonstrations throughout the show grounds. Also, ride the Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad antique steam train. Great food is offered. Don't miss the Farmer's Hitch Class, Horse Pull or the Midwest Championship Antique Tractor Pull.
Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad and Silvercreek Museum July 4th Celebration
All aboard the antique steam train as a 36 ton 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls three cabooses and two passenger flat cars for a four mile ride through farmland and across a bridge 30 feet above Yellow Creek and view the fireworks in the night sky from the train. Purchase your ticket at the Silver Creek Depot, a turn-of-the-century replica filled with railroad artifacts. Browse for novelties in the Freight House and visit the Silver Creek Museum which offers 25 rooms of early Americana, a display of antique machinery, Henney Motor Company vehicles which were manufactured in Freeport, and the operating Cooper-Corliss engine, a giant 130 ton steam engine. Sandwiches, drinks and deserts served at the Museum. Train: Adults: $7; Children Under 12: $3; Cab Rides: $15; Museum: Adults: $4; Children Under 12: Free.
Fever River Railroad Fall Open House
For model railroad aficionados-and everyone else who ever enjoyed model trains-this is something to see. The Fever River Railroad is a 103 by 24 foot HO scale model of a hypothetical railroad. The railroad intersects with models of "real" railroads, each of which can be operated independently. Up to 20 trains can be operating at one time. Industries along the railroad right-of-way duplicate either actual facilities or are typically correct of the industries that would be found in the Upper Midwest. The scenery represents the geographical area as well. A collection of railroad memorabilia and pictures are on display.
Commemorating 150 Years Since the Surrender at Appomattox
Join us in the celebration of the end of the Civil War, Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox, with a wide choice of activities and performances spanning two weekends in Galena. You have your choice of a dinner theatre performance of "Remembering Old Galena" at the DeSoto House Hotel with Civil War-era songs by Galena’s Bell Choir and the celebratory tolling of church bells throughout the city at sunset, an original theatrical production entitled Peace in Union will be performed multiple times at Turner Hall, Dubuque’s Cadenza Choir will perform a prelude of Civil War songs. Be sure to view “Peace in Union” by Thomas Nast and artifacts at the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum.
Maple City Fine Art Exhibition
Area artists display their artwork at the Geneseo Art League and the Cellar Restaurant and compete for top honors during this exhibit.