Datebook

May
18
Mon
Herrin Festa Italiana
May 18 – May 25 all-day

Voted Illinois’ Best Event or Festival in 2014. Located in Downtown Herrin, this weeklong celebration of Italian heritage includes a grape stomp, “Bigga Nose” contest, a carnival and concerts by many world famous recording artists, www.herrinfesta.com or 618-942-5055.

May
23
Sat
Riverside Art & Wine Festival
May 23 all-day

Ten Illinois wineries, dozens of fine arts vendors, food, music; must be 21 or over. Tickets are $12 Advance/$15 Gate/$15 non-drinker, www.murphysborochamber.com.

May
28
Thu
Illinois State Quartet Competition
May 28 – May 30 all-day

This three-day event is one of the most significant southern Gospel singing events in the entire state of Illinois. Quartets, duets and even soloists show off their talents at this annual event held each year at Marion Cultural and Civic Center, 
www.marionccc.com or 618-997-4030.

May
31
Sun
Champagne British Car Show
May 31 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Presented by the Flatlanders British Car Club, the event features all types of British made vehicles for view on the elegant setting of the Mansion lawn. Tour the Mansion and Sarah’s Garden and enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn. Music and activities add to the festive atmosphere. Vote for your favorite entry.

Jun
2
Tue
“Quilted Keepsakes” Quilt Show
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm

Admission includes the mansion tour, quilt show, and much more, $3 for adults, $1 for ages 12-18 and ages 11 and under free. Open Tues.-Sat. 10a.m.-5p.m., Sun. 1-5p.m. Call 217-935-6066 or visit www.chmoorehomestead.org.

Jun
3
Wed
Downs Village Market
Jun 3 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 24 @ 6:00 pm

Southwest edge of Downs just off I-74. Come to the market’s 13th season of selling locally grown and select regional produce, meat, baked goods, plants, and handmade items. Every Weds. in June from 4-6p.m. Contact Carol 309-378-4223, Cheryl 309-378-4396 or email marketmaster610@gmail.com.

Jun
5
Fri
74th Harvard Milk Days
Jun 5 – Jun 7 all-day

Make it a weekend of fun for people of all ages. Events include a 2+-hour parade, carnival, food, fireworks, petting zoo and other animals, races, contests and entertainment. Call 815.943.4614 or e-mail at info@milkdays.com.

Jun
6
Sat
Fort de Chartres 45th Annual Rendezvous
Jun 6 – Jun 7 all-day

Take a step back in time and experience life in the 1770s. Observe French, British, Native and Buckskinner reenactors. See military groups march,and lead opening and closing ceremonies. Enjoy the delightful sounds of period music and delicious foods. Shop for unique gifts and souvenir items. Don’t miss the fashion show, various military groups, livestock demonstrations and a multitude of events depicting life in another century. Hosted by Les Coureurs des Bois (the Woods Runners of Fort de Chartres) Flintlock Muzzleloading Gun Club and Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

5th Annual Country Quilts and Memories Show
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The event features quilts showcasing skills of local quilters as well as vendors, door prizes and demonstrations. 10 a.m.-2p.m. $10 entrance fee includes a light lunch, call 618-776-5893 or email elc62990@gmail.com

Art at the Mansion
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – Jun 7 @ 5:00 pm

Arts Clinton, Ltd. will present the show on Saturday from 10a.m.-5p.m., Call 217-935-3041 or email dgrueber@itsintheair.net.