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APRIL 2010

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10, Piecers of the Heartland Quilt Show at the Canton High School in Canton. More than 200 quilts will be on display. Participate in a quilt raffle, enjoy concessions and stay for the special Civil War presentation. Admission is $5. 309-668-3019.

3, The Wanda Mountain Boys at The Barn in Pana. 7 p.m. Donations appreciated. 217-562-3526, 217-539-4221 or www.thebarn-pana.com.

3, Easter “Eggs”travaganza on the Down Square in Macomb. Enjoy special promotions and exciting activities for children. 309-837-4855.

4-14, “Music Man”- by the Stage Coach Players in DeKalb. 815-758-1940 or http://www.stagecoachers.com.

10, Jo Daviess East Business Showcase at Stockton High School. A business expo featuring local businesses with giveaways, raffle and fun activities. 815-947-2878 or www.stocktonil.com.

10, Collver Wine and Cheese Festival in Barry. Sample 18-20 different cheeses with 10-12 different wines. Music provided. 217-335-3279 or
www.collverfamilywinery.com.

10-11, Midwest Round-up in Galena and Freeport. Enjoy this very special new event celebrating the beef industry. Events begin Saturday night at the Hampton Inn in Galena with a free hospitality gathering. Then on Sunday, local and regional beef producers and businesses will display their products at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds in Freeport, which will be followed by an all breed beef production sale. There will be kid’s activities and attractions for the whole family. 815-275-3309.

10-11, Fever River Railroad Spring Open House in Freeport. For model railroad aficionados – and everyone else who ever enjoyed model trains – this model railroad is something to see. The Fever River Railroad is a 103 by 24 foot HO scale model of a hypothetical railroad running from Duluth, Minnesota to St. Louis, Missouri. The railroad intersects with models of “real” railroads, each of which can be operated independently – up to 20 trains can be operating at one time. Industries along the railroad right-of-way duplicate either actual facilities or are typically correct of the industries that would be found in the Upper Midwest. The scenery represents the geographical area as well. A collection of railroad memorabilia and pictures are on display. 815-239-2354 or www.feverriver.org.

10 & 17, Elkhart Hill Nature Walk in Elkhart. An annual spring event, enjoy a guided trek across historic Elkhart hill focusing on the natural flora and fauna of the area. Held on two Saturdays in April. 217-947-2238 or www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org.

12, Twin Groves Wind Farm Tour on the Bloomington Moraine in eastern McLean County. The farm offers 396 megawatts of affordable, pollution-free wind energy, enough to meet the annual energy needs of about 118,000 homes. Learn more about this exciting new facility. 309-724-8278 or www.horizonwind.com.

16-17, Illinois State Button Show at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Urbana. All ages and walk-ins welcome. Experience an extravaganza, highlighting vintage to modern buttons. 217-682-3214 or ILbuttonsociety@aol.com.

17, Class Pack Car Club Automotive Motorcycle Swap Meet at the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont. 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Auto and motorcycle show 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. Registration is the day of the show. Awards at 12:30 p.m. mikebrowning2@yahoo.com, 217-235-6634 or www.classpack.com.

17, Mississippi Adventure Day hosted by Fever River Outfitters in Galena. A guided 7-mile kayak, 3-mile hike and 16-mile bike ride. Equipment and lunch provided. Registration required and limited. 815-776-9425 or www.feverriveroutfitters.com.

17, Rotary Roars for Youth, the social event of the year at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa near Galena. The annual Galena Rotary auction, hot hors d’oeuvres, desserts and open bar. 815-777-1880 or www.galenarotary.org.

17, National Fishing Lure Collector Club Antique Fishing Tackle Show at the Knights of Columbus in Effingham. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The public is invited to bring in antique fishing tackles for a free appraisal. Admission is $5. 217-644-2294 or 217-868-2427.

17, Night Sky Watch and Native American Storytelling at Apple River Fort State Historic Site in Elizabeth. Join us for Native American stories and folklore around a campfire followed by viewing constellations and other objects in the night sky through telescopes. Light snacks provided. Weather permitting. 815-858-2014 or www.planets.org.

18, “A Night in Old Vienna,” an Illinois Symphony Orchestra Fundraiser Gala at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Gala offers participants the opportunity to experience some of the sites, musical offerings and cuisine Viennese citizens enjoyed in 19th century Vienna. In addition, attendees can join lively silent and live auctions featuring interesting objects, donated services and a raffle for a free trip to Vienna. 217-522-2838 Ext. 16.

20, Earth Day Fest 2010 at Turner Hall in Galena. Displays and information on the natural environment. Free canvas bags and trees to take home and plant, live music and food available. 815-275-4881.

23-25, Fort LaMotte Days in Palestine. Enjoy a living history weekend with battle reenactments, costumes and more. 618-544-8645.

23-25, Southern Illinois Irish Festival at Turley Park in Carbondale. Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. A Celtic cultural celebration with special concerts, Celtic Fair with music, dance workshops and demonstrations, Celtic arts and crafts, merchandise and children’s activities. Saturday night, the family band, The Willis Clan (from Nashville, TN) will perform. 618-549-3090 or www.silirishfest.org.

24, Red Hill Spring Market Show at the Lawrence County 4-H Center in Sumner. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Quality crafts, home décor, unique gifts, garden art, florals and exterior home décor. Non-commercial and
commercial vendors are welcome. Home-packaged foods and baked goods are permissible. 618-943-5018
or www.lawrencecountyfair.org.

24, The Fourth Annual Flower and Garden Show in Bourbonnais. Learn how to make flower arrangements and get ideas from the gardening professionals. 815-933-9905 www.btpd.org.

24-25, DuQuoin Chamber of Commerce Home and Garden Show at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall. Home repair and remodeling contractors, lumber and furniture businesses, landscapers, lawn care contractors, lawn equipment dealers, garden specialists and more will be on hand to answer your questions. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday. 618-542-9570 or www.duquoin.org.

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Deadlines: March 15 for June Events.

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