2015 Gathering at Macktown
Apr 25 – Apr 26 all-day

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 or or call 815-624-4200.

River to River Relay
Apr 25 all-day

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 or 618-727-1892 for more information.

Grant’s Galena Home Front–Civil War Reenactment and Living History
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – Apr 26 @ 4:00 pm

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.

The Little Egypt Barbershop Chorus
Apr 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

There will be two shows, a 2 p.m. matinee and the second at 7 p.m. Many of the songs will provide humorous entertainment done in barbershop style. For more information, contact Norm Bauer at 618-833-3228 or

Whirlwind Soccer T ournament
May 1 – May 3 all-day

Recreational league tournament with over 100 teams competing at the Marion Soccer Complex; games for children of all ages, face painting, concessions, and many more activities to keep everyone busy and having fun, or 618-993-3770.

Dutch Days Festival
May 1 @ 9:00 am – May 2 @ 7:00 pm

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

Shearing Day at Timberview Alpacas
May 2 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

See skirting, carding and spinning demonstrations. Watch the shearers removing the fleece. Beginning at 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for questions contact Elizabeth, 309-275-4027.

Among the Stars – A Celebration of Shawnee Hills Grapes & Wines
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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.

11th Annual JuBell-ee Handbell Festival
May 2 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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”.

Midwest Medical Center Auxiliary Spring Bake Sale
May 7 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Homemade baked goods and gift basket raffles; all proceeds benefit the hospital. Beginning at 7:00 a.m. until items are sold out, 815-777-6056.