Datebook

Jan
1
Thu
Undying Words: Lincoln @ Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Jan 1 – Jan 31 all-day

This exhibit focuses on Lincoln’s best-known speeches while teaching visitors about Lincoln’s transformation, ultimately putting the United States on track to become the first bi-racial democracy in world history. This exhibit is a collaboration with the Chicago History Museum and will be an inspiring and reflective commemoration of Lincoln’s death. Roughly ninety to one hundred original objects, including the Lincoln family carriage and the death bed of Abraham Lincoln, will be on display. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov or 217-558-8934.

Jan
30
Fri
Southern Illinois Boating & Fishing Show @ The Pavilion of the City of Marion
Jan 30 – Feb 1 all-day

Local boat and tackle dealers show off their merchandise. Daily seminars on fishing.

Feb
3
Tue
Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games @ Chestnut Mountain Resort
Feb 3 – Feb 5 all-day

State competition for Special Olympics Illinois in alpine skiing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Kick off the event with opening ceremonies and parade in downtown Galena, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Approximately 400 athletes will compete in this 3-day event and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Feb
8
Sun
Splash and Dash Paint Party @ Alto Vineyards
Feb 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

No experience needed. Sip wine,enjoy your favorite appetizer and have a great time with your friends while guided to paint a Valentine theme on a pair of wine glasses. $35 per person reserves your two wine glasses and includes all art supplies. Preregister by emailing or calling.

Feb
11
Wed
Galena Winter Farmers Market and Craft Fair @ Galena Center for the Arts
Feb 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Market includes 16-20 vendors selling everything from winter produce, eggs, baked goods, meats, crafts, organic soaps and much more.

Feb
14
Sat
Fly with the Eagles Half Marathon @ Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Feb 14 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

It’s not often you get to feel like you’re flying. This flat, fast course winds throughout the stunning Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, including areas typically reserved for eagles alone. The course features pavement sections and trips down back roads, always accompanied by plenty of water stations.

Galesburg Historical Society Annual Chocolate Festival @ Galesburg Antique Mall
Feb 14 @ 11:00 am – Feb 15 @ 4:00 pm

Annual festival features homemade and commercially made chocolate treats. It’s an endless buffet of tortes, cakes, pies, cookies, candies and more. A chocolate lover’s dream. Held on the third floor of the Galesburg Antique Mall.

Feb
20
Fri
29th Annual Mark Twain Toy Show @ Town and Country Inn & Suites
Feb 20 – Feb 22 all-day

Annual show showcases collectible toys and crafts related to agriculture, construction, transportation and motor sports. A wide variety of items will be on display – a collectors dream. Fri. 4-9 p.m.,Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Field & Stream Outdoor Life Illiois Deer & Turkey Expo @ Prairie Capital Convention Center
Feb 20 – Feb 22 all-day

This 25th anual expo will feature more than 200 exhibit booths of hunting gear and accessories, new products, trophy deer and shed antler contests, new demos on home defense, wild game cooking and more. Seminars all day, every day. Advance ticket and regular ticket info, along with all expo details available on the website.

Feb
21
Sat
Maple Festival @ Touch of Nature Environmental Center
Feb 21 – Feb 22 all-day

A free educational family-fun event to learn the history and process of making maple syrup formthe woods to the kitchen. Includes maple syrup demos, tree identification hikes and a home-cooked pancake breakfast. Also features blacksmith, hide tanning, silk embroidery, furniture making and more from local artisans and vendors.