To celebrate the return of our National bird, the great Bald Eagle, the Standing Bear Council will host their Winter Gathering and the 7th annual Great River Eagle Days with a variety of activities throughout the weekend. The events are open to the public. Great River Eagle Days will be held on Saturday and Sunday, January 26-27, from 10am-5pm Saturday and 10-4pm Sunday. The events will be held at the Oakley Lindsay Civic Center located at 3rd & York in Quincy. Admission into the event is $5.00 for ages twelve and older and $3 for adults over sixty.
The event honors Native American traditions with a variety of sacred ceremonies and entertainment features. This year is the acclaimed Omeyocan Dance Co. performing Saturday and Sunday from 2-3pm, featuring Aztec dances, art work and drumming with majestic costumes culture and traditions. Quincy Drum Circle will entertain the audiences with interactive drumming Sunday.
Bald eagles will be present all weekend for close up viewing from Dr. Drew Kaiser’s Raptor Rehabilitation Center. The traditional blessing of the eagle ceremony to be held Sunday at 10:30am. Native American vendors and food booths will be on site both days, offering authentic "Fry Bread" and fare. Again this year, will be the expanded area for children’s educational and fun activities. The Native American dancers and drum will perform throughout the event. Dancers dressed in Native regalia are invited to dance with prizes to be awarded.
Participants are encouraged to take advantage of eagle-watching on Saturday and Sunday at Quincy’s Lock & Dam 21 from 9am-2pm. U.S. Army Corp of Engineers rangers will be available with complimentary scopes at the site. Lock & Dam 21 is on Lock & Dam Road, off Gardner Expressway.