Spring Floral Show @ Washington Park Botanical Garden
Mar 22 @ 12:00 pm – Apr 6 @ 4:00 pm

Easter lilies and lush tropical foliage fill the Exhibit Hall and Conservatory for the annual display. Daily noon-4 p.m.

Quilt Spectrum 2014 @ Central Catholic High School
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – Mar 29 @ 4:00 pm

A Quilter’s Legacy
presented by Hands All Around Quilt Guild

Featured artist: Cheryl Adam, a quilt designer. Two of her pieces are on display at the Transportation Center in Normal.

More than 200 quilts displayed. A bed turning featuring quilts of Juanita Engel, special exhibits, quilt vendors, quilter’s boutique and door prizes.

150th Anniversary of the Charleston Riot – Civil War Brought to Coles County @ various locations
Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 30 @ 1:00 pm

This 3-day event marks the 150th anniversary of the Charleston Illinois Riot. Activities include a Civil War encampment, house tours, riot reenactment, period music and vendors. See agenda at or 217-348-0430.

Red Hill Spring Craft & Market Show @ Lawrence County 4-H Center
Mar 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

On Highway 50 between Sumner and Bridgeport, the show includes wood crafts, stained glass, quilts, jewelry, bird houses, floral, decorated shirts, barnwood pictures, pottery, knitted and crocheted items, candles, gift items and garden crafts. Home cooked food available. Sponsored by the Red Hill FFA Alumni Association.

Spring Open House
Mar 29 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Shake off the winter blues and shop throughout Geneseo for spring items at great prices. No admission. or 309-944-2686.

Piecers of the Heartland Quilt Show @ Canton High School
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Show includes more than 250 quilts, mystery quilts, friendship quilts, wearable art and home décor on display. Vendors, concessions, door prizes and 2nd hand treasures included and a quilt raffle. Display and oral history of antique quilts at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Tea Ladies, Inc. present the Silver Charity Tea at 12:30 p.m. Free parking. Admission: $5. or 309-647-6496.

International Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon @ Old State Capitol
Apr 5 @ 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

One of the Midwest’s premier half marathons, you can immerse yourself in Lincoln history and enjoy a scenic run past the only home he ever owned, his law office, the Old State Capitol and his final resting place in Oak Ridge Cemetery. For registration information go to or 217-558-8844.


Blessing of the Bikes @ Harley Davidson Barn
Apr 5 @ 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Riders will meet at the Harley Barn at 8 a.m. From there they will travel through Effingham and make their way to the Cross to have their bikes blessed. or 217-342-3494.

Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society Annual Meeting @ Ramada Inn
Apr 6 all-day

A hearty buffet brunch, living history presentation by storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis and brief annual meeting and print raffle. Brunch and presentation $30, presentation only $5. Call by April 1 to make reservations: 815-777-9129.

Springfield Area Home Builders Association Trivia Night @ KC Hall
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for a fun night of trivia, 50/50 raffles and cash prizes. Admission is $10 per person. or 217-698-4941.