January – February 2014

Guided Winter Hikes @ Starved Rock Lodge
Jan 4 @ 11:00 am – Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm

Every Saturday and Sunday from December through March, hikes depart at 11 a.m. and return about 2 p.m. Join a guided hike with the possibility of seeing frozen waterfalls and eagles in flight. The hike will go from the lodge to LaSalle Canyon. After leaving there, the hike continues to Eagle Cliff and Lovers Leap for the best view of the majestic eagles. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper shoes or boots. Don’t forget your binoculars and camera. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. To reserve tickets call 815-220-7386.

Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference @ Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center
Jan 8 – Jan 10 all-day

Featuring nearly 100 speakers and 60 trade show exhibitors, the conference has a variety of preconference workshops along with general sessions and breakout sessions aimed at helping Illinois specialty growers cultivate their operations. or 309-557-2107.

Midwest Speed Expo @ Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – Jan 12 @ 3:00 pm

What better way to spend a wintery Saturday or Sunday just before the start of the new season. The expo is your opportunity to look over and purchase both new and used parts for your racing program as well as talk to representatives from area tracks to catch up on rule changes. On Sunday the “Driver of the Year” will be named. Make this a family event and bring the kids out for a day of action packed fun!

The 23rd Quad Cities Farm Show @ QCCA Expo Center
Jan 19 @ 9:00 am – Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm

More than 200 ag companies will fill the expo center with an emphasis on the upcoming planting season.

Great River Eagle Days @ Oakley Lindsay Center
Jan 24 @ 4:15 pm

The public is invited to free activities at the civic center, Black Fox Singers, Native American dancers, vendors, food, live raptors and an eagle watch.

Annual Norge Ski Jump Tournament @ Norge Ski Club
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm

Fun for the whole family, this U.S. Cup & International 5 Hills Ski Jumping Winter Tournament starts at noon both days. Ski jumpers from around the world will be competing. Pre-sale buttons available 2 weeks before the tournament: $10 at local merchants, $11 Will-Call online at, $15 at the gate on Tournament days.

Southern Illiois Spinners and Weavers Guild @ Visitor Center at Ft. Massac State Park
Feb 1 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Spinners and weavers are welcome to participate.

@ Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
Feb 7 all-day

Calling all explorers! Spend an Evening Underneath the Stars. Don’t miss your chance to spend a night at the museum. Can’t spend the night? No worries, there is an evening only option available. Overnights are designed for children ages 6-10. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Civil War Weekend @ Anna Arts Center
Feb 7 @ 6:30 pm – Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm

The 7th Annual Lincoln Legacy Dinner if Friday at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Bryon Andreason, Research Historian from the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum. 618-833-8745 for dinner reservations. Saturday and Sunday includes speakers on local area during the Civil War, historic storytelling, authentic period music, art, food and reenactment.

@ Fort Massac State Park
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Massiac Marines, French and Indian War period re-enactors present a living history program.