Ttalk with voyageurs, trappers, Native Americans, militiamen, settlers and craftsmen who have gathered to trade news and goods. Demonstrations of blackpowder shooting, skirmishes, tomahawk throwing and fighting, and early crafts and lifeways. Period foods and crafts will be available for purchase. Admission is $7.00, Students $5.00, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or macktownlivinghistory.com or call 815-624-4200.
Come join the fun of the annual relay race held in Southern Illinois. The race stretches from the Mississippi River by Wolf Lake, covering over 80 hilly and curvy miles of 2-way highways to Golconda on the banks of the Ohio River. 240 eight-member teams compete running 3 cycles of approximately 3.3 miles. Contact http://river2river.net/ or 618-727-1892 for more information.
2015 is the 150th anniversary of Ulysses S. Grant’s return from the war. Experience the 1860s through a Civil War battle, walk through a union camp and experience civilian camp events including a black smith shop, period cooking, dancing and a bazaar. Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Adults $5 and Children under 12 free. www.facebook.com/tristatehistoricalpresentations.
From 9 a.m.-7 p.m. enjoy films and slides on Holland, Dutch Folk Art, and a style show of traditional Dutch clothes. There will be many food vendors that travel from all over the region and a parade with authentic Dutch costumers, bands, floats and many other entertaining units, including an outdoor band. For more information contact https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fulton-Dutch-Days-Festival
This event celebrates all things local and features only wines made from grapes grown in the Shawnee Hills American Viticultural Area. Meet passionate grape growers and winemakers behind your favorite wines and indulge in a variety of experiences which can increase your knowledge and enjoyment of Shawnee Hills.
This handbell festival brings more than a dozen regional handbell choirs and 100 ringers together for a day-long workshop, culminating in a concert for the public to benefit a small local charity.
Imagine the scene… scores of handbell ringers; their shining bells glinting under the lights, all playing innovative music in synchronized motion. People who have had the pleasure of witnessing just such a scene look forward to seeing and hearing it again. People who have had the privilege of participating in this bell festival look forward to their next chance to play in that setting and re-establish the bonds they’ve formed with other ringers. On May 2, 2015, players and listeners both will have a chance to experience the glory of a handbell festival at JuBell-ee Festival 2015.
This gathering and concert will be presented as a fundraiser for Carrie Lynn Children’s Center in Rockford, IL. CLCC, in cooperation with local law enforcement, provides immediate and confidential support for children in abusive situations.
This year’s guest clinician will be Cathy Moklebust from Eagle Grove, IA. Ms. Moklebust is a nationally known composer, arranger, and clinician of handbell music. Her music has been described as “pure joy to ring and listen to, having a uniquely delightful sense of melodic and rhythmic interaction, with elegant form and style”.