Datebook

May
1
Fri
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, www.marionsoccer.com/whirlwind or 618-993-3770.

May
7
Thu
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.

May
9
Sat
Cache River Nature Fest
May 9 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Activities include guided field trips, canoe tours, live bird demonstrations, and various exhibits. The Cache River Wetland Center will be open throughout the weekend and features a 12-minute video as well as many interactive exhibits, 800-248-4373 or www.cacherivernaturefest.net.

May
10
Sun
Honoring Mom
May 10 all-day

All mothers will receive special recognition when visiting the museum on Mother’s Day.

May
16
Sat
Lusk Creek BBQ Festival
May 16 – May 17 all-day

Entertainment will include bands and beer tent; teams will be competing for awards. For more information call Pope Co. Historical Society at 618-683-9702 or 618-683-6246.

Fancy Nancy Soiree and Tea
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bonjour everybody! Come to the event of the season. A Fancy Nancy Soiree and Tea with author Jane O’Connor. Come in your fanciest tea party attire. The soiree will include games, crafts, costume contest, author book signing and more. At noon, enjoy an elegant tea party based on the Fancy Nancy books. Mother/daughter prize package provided by BJ Grand Salon and Spa. Be sure to reserve your tickets at TenYearsLincoln.com.

Native Wildflower Sale
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Large selection of plants native to Southern Illinois – hardy, beautiful, pollinator friendly, and low maintenance. Come early for best selection! Opening at 10 a.m. for more information contact Ruth Kelley at The Sierra Club, Shawnee Group, 618-684-2196.

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.