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May 2010


4/30 - 5/1, Friends of the Mount Carroll Public Library Quilt Show at the Mount Carroll Church of God in Mount Carroll. Friday, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Windows Through Time will benefit the library restoration program and will feature over 150 new and vintage quilts, demonstrations, vendors, concessions, boutique, raffle quilt, raffle baskets, bed turnings and more. Admission is $5. 800-244-9594 or

1, Antique Farm Show at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site in Petersburg. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Plowing demonstrations using draft horse teams and antique farm equipment.

1, Ride the Ups and Downs in Jo Daviess County. A one-day bicycle ride on the scenic and hilly back roads of Jo Daviess County. Four routes available ranging from 22-60 miles. Color-coded maps, bag service and snacks will be available on the route. Register at the Jo Daviess/Carroll Area Vocational Center in Elizabeth. 815-275-0041 or

1, Spring Fling in downtown Elizabeth. Festive fun and food. Visit the Apple River Fort State Historic Site. Raffles, pet parade, town-wide garage sale, street vendors and more. Outdoor musical entertainment. 815-858-2028 or

1, Spring Music on Main in downtown Galena from 5 – 10 p.m. Enjoy great live music, food, activities for kids and outdoor fun for all. 815-777-9050 or

1, The Sonshiners Quartet at The Barn in Pana. 7 p.m. 217-825-6713 or

1-2, Kites Over Lake Storey in Galesburg. A family oriented event that will feature kite flying for kids, a candy drop, single-line and show kites with many of America’s top flyers. 309-343-2485 or

1-2, The Fourth Annual Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival from Joliet to Towanda. Plan to spend a weekend on this self-guided driving tour of towns and rural areas from Joliet to Towanda, along the “Mother Road” – Route 66! Garage sales, antiques, flea markets, historic sites, museums, entertainment and good country cookin’ – something for everyone! or 800-835-2055.

2, Spoon River China Art Guild Annual China Show at the Donaldson Center in Canton. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hand painted China displays, door prizes, China painting demonstrations and refreshments. Free.Donations accepted. 309-647-3390.

6-7, The Third Annual May Plant Sale in Red Bud. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Purchase 10-inch herb bowls and 10-inch hanging baskets. Preorders can be placed by April 29 and picked up starting in the afternoon of May 5. Funds will be used to purchase equipment for the Human Service Center’s electronic recycling program. 618-282-6233 or

8, Browning Barn Sale in Benton. Purchas glassware, jewelry, knick-knacks, household goods, crafts, home decor and much more. Proceeds go back to the local community and charities. 618-439-9750.

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

15, The Evening Thyme Garden Club’s 12th Annual Garden Fair at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Marshall. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Vendors will offer a large variety of bulbs, bedding plants, yard ornaments and garden decor. Demonstrations, a raffle and food will be available. Free. 217-889-2280.

15, The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust’s 36th annual Wright Plus House-walk in historic Oak Park and River Forest. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $80 for Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust members and $95 for non-members. or

15, Golf Demo Day at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in The Galena Territory. See what’s new for golf lovers and get great tips to help your game. 800-892-2269 or

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

22-23, The 15th Afrocentric Fine Art Show at the Illinois State University Alumni Center in Normal. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Throughout the two-day event, stunning and stimulating works of art are exhibited, featuring African-American artists and artists from the African Diaspora and galleries from around the country. Rich in music, culture, family, and nature, the event nourishes the soul. Free.

22, Manito Art and Wine Festival at Manito Public Park in Manito. 217-335-3279.

22-23, The 10th Annual Woodcarving Show presented by the Corn Belt Carving Club at the
Shirk Center at Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m. Hundreds of outstanding carvings will be on display (some for sale). Eight hand-carved/hand-painted items by club members will be raffled, including Christmas ornament sets, a duck decoy, Santa Clause, a 10-piece Nativity set, a carved box and a bowl turned and scrollsawn.


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