April – May 2014
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
Heralded as one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the Midwest, this fair features more than 200 vendors – both indoors and outdoors in Milan, just a few minutes from Rock Island and Moline in the Quad Cities. Handcrafted items can be found for the inside of your home, outdoor gardens and even items to wear and use. If you like to attend arts and crafts fairs, this is one you won’t want to miss. 309-787-6502.
Dash plaques and goodie bags go to first 100 vehicles, there will be one “best of show,” “top fifty” awards and one long distance award. Also available are 50/50 tickets and raffles, along with automotive trivia questions and a DJ spinning 50s and 60s tunes. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $10 if registered by 5/3, $12 for in-person registration. email@example.com or 217-364-4888.
The #1 Art Show in the Nation (2008, 2010 & 2011) features 100 juried artists from all over the world. Come and shop for fabulous works in a perfectly beautiful setting of Belleville’s Public Square. The show also features a high school exhibit from more than 25 Southern Illinois schools, outstanding main stage performances, gourmet food and wine courts, artists’ demonstrations, and an art activity area for children. Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. www.artonthesquare.com or 800-677-9255.