May – June 2014
Gardeners in the past relied upon hard work, knowledge and nature to produce a successful garden without modern help. Garden volunteer Marge Evans will show how to grow an heirloom vegetable garden using organic methods. Located at the Homestead Prairie Farm Stage. 2 p.m. Free. www.maconcountyconservation.org.
Longest running carillon festival in the world! Carillonneurs from several countries will perform on this world class instrument. Individuals and families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy the beautiful music of the bells at this free family event. Check the website for daily schedules www.carillon-rees.org or 217-753-6219.
Bake sale features more than 2,000 rhubarb pies and other delicious desserts. In addition a huge craft show (Saturday only) and flea market, music, food, trolley tours and shopping in the historic district. If you want to be guaranteed an opportunity to sample the rhubarb be there by noon. Free admission. 309-277-0937
An old-fashioned weekend of fun. The festival begins with an all equine parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Events following the parade will include artist/artisan vendors (all products are required to be handmade), quilt show, demonstrations from various artists, Native American impersonators, old-fashioned games for adults and children, music, carriage rides, barrel train rides for children, food vendors and more. Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 12-6 p.m. For more information call 217-382-3033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Metropolis, home of Superman, holds a celebration the second weekend in June celebrating the “Man of Steel.” A Superman Drama kicks off the weekend of contests, music, food and fun, as well as a comic book and artist show, fan films, street vendors, carnival, costume contest and a Super Car Show. For a schedule of events go to www.supermancelebration.net or 800-248-4373.
Great family weekend, Friday evening includes the Rotary Club Supper and queen contest. Saturday features the Maple City 4, arts and crafts and other family activities in the park, food and music. Sunday music and arts and crafts continue, along with a parade. 309-944-2686 or www.geneseo.org.