April – May 2014
The Flora, Ill. Rotary Club is proud to present an evening with Jep and Jessica Robertson, stars of A&E’s Duck Dynasty. They will be speaking in the Flora High School Gymnasium with a Meet & Greet at 6 p.m. and the general presentation at 7 p.m. For ticket information, or to order your tickets, call 618-662-4322. All proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club’s local community projects.
In Findlay and Sullivan, come enjoy the thrill of the hunt for the elusive morel mushroom or come and bid at the auction. Friday night kicks off the event with a welcome dinner, reception and speaker in Findlay. Saturday morning, join the hunt for a fee. If you like morels but not the hunt, come to the auction and bid for your winning batch. The hunt and auction will be based out of Sullivan’s Wyman Park. For more information www.lakeshelbyville/events/sporesnmore.htm or 217-774-2244.
Created by Roger Ebert, a native to Champaign-Urbana, this popular film festival celebrates those “overlooked” films like the ones Ebert championed throughout his career. The festival is five days and features more than a dozen films. Patrons can purchase tickets for individual showings beginning April 1. www.ebertfest.com or 217-356-9063.
This historic re-enactment brings once more to life the days of the early Illinois frontier. Talk with voyageurs, trappers, Native Americans, militiamen, settlers and craftsmen who have gathered to trade news and goods. Demonstrations of black powder shooting, tomahawk throwing, early crafts and life ways. Period foods and crafts available for purchase. Admission: $7, students $5. www.macktownlivinghistory.com or 815-624-4200.
Join the Early American Crafters of Heritage Canyon for Dutch Days celebration. Experience life in a pioneer village. All buildings will be open. See homes, church, school, covered bridge, general store and more. Watch demonstrations and talk to artists, crafters, vendors and others recreating life in the 1800s. Games and activities for the entire family. Start your day at the Town Hall for the bake sale and information on everything you can see and do. Don’t miss lunch at the Ice Cream Shop and on Saturday stay for the pie and cake social at 1 p.m. Check out the Heritage Canyon Facebook page for photos and information.
Special speakers, emergency response vehicles, information and local responder booths and displays, door prizes, children’s games and activities, Red Cross blood drive. Free family event to teach about being prepared in time of disaster, learn about safety, indoor and outdoor exhibits. Sponsored by McLean County Association for Home and Community Education. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. www.mcleanhce.org; 309-728-2784 or 309-473-2283.
You’re invited to the annual quilt show featuring antique quilts from the Beloit Historical Society and quilts and quilted items loaned by members and friends of the parish. Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m. $5, children under 10 free with paying adult. Salad luncheon $5. Raffle items and door prizes available. Willmsab@charter.net