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Previous Datebook Months: September 2008October 2008

Chocolate, Champagne and Candlelight at the DeSoto House Hotel in Galena

8, Chocolate, Champagne and Candlelight at the DeSoto House Hotel in Galena. An elegant chocolate affair including two lavish buffets offering chocolate, plus a few non-chocolate desserts. Reservations recommended. 815-777-9129 or


1, Arts and Craft Fair at The Murphysboro United Methodist Church in Murphysboro. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. More than 30 vendors will be on hand displaying unique handmade arts, crafts and gifts. A lunch stand and bake sale will also be available. Free. 618-687-2235.

1, The 30th Annual Galena Halloween Parade on Main Street in Galena. The largest and spookiest parade in the tri-state area. Floats, costumes, prizes and treats for guys and “ghouls” of all ages. 815-777-9050 or

1, Fall Eagle Fest at the Convention Center in Galena. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy a live “Birds of Prey” show, environmental displays and booths, nature photography and art show, young adult art show and essay contest and more. Free. 815-594-2306 or

1, Christmas Ideas Day and Health Fair at the Civic Center in Benton. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Get a flu shot, have a blood workup, check into retirement facilities and talk to representatives from many health organizations. In addition, there will be craft vendors, as well as a taster’s table of goodies, a country store with bargains and entertainment. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be there and a special craft table will be available to entertain the children.

1-2, The 31st Annual Heritage Festival at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg. Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy crafts, art, food, a free performance from “The Heiken Puppets” on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Student Center. Free admission and parking. 618-252-5400 ext. 3213.

7-9, Antique Spectacular Fall Show 2008 at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island. Enjoy antiques galore with something to interest every collector including: furniture, art pottery, stoneware, books, prints, primitives, jewelry, silver, signage, prints, paintings, glass, china, postcards, coins, quilts, dolls, toys, advertising, marbles, rugs, vintage textiles and period pieces. Hours Friday: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $6. 309-788-5912 or

7-9, Christmas Arts and Craft Show 2008 at the Village Square Mall in Effingham. Enjoy a variety of offerings from antiques to handmade articles and everything in between. 217-347-0623.

8, Altrusa Bazaar and Craft Show at Macomb High School in Macomb. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Peruse more than 100 booths of hand crafted and commercial vendors. Free. 309-837-9105.

8, The GFWC Savanna Woman’s Club Annual Christmas Craft and Gift Fair at the West Carroll Primary School in Savanna, Ill. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafts and gifts of all types available for sale. Space is still available. Woman’s Club lunch stand on sight with hot sandwiches, homemade desserts and more. $1 donation at the door. 815-565-0255 or 815-273-7376.

9, Second Sunday Celtic Music at White Owl Winery in Birds. Join us the second Sunday of each month for the turbulent and tantalizing strains of Irish music. Enjoy wine tasting and toe-tapping music! Bring your friends! This event is free. 618-928-2898.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

19-1/09, Sam Fink’s The Gettysburg Address at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. To celebrate the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library will exhibit the original art created for the book, The Gettysburg Address, illustrated by master calligrapher and artist Sam Fink. 217-558-0143.

9, Birds of Prey Program at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington. 1 p.m. See several of the zoo’s birds of prey up close and learn how they hunt, survive in the wild and thrive at the zoo. This event will take place indoors if weather is inclement. Free with paid zoo admission. 309-434-2250 or

13-16, Country Christmas at Rock Run Peddler in Rock City. Enjoy the Christmas spirit at Rock Run Peddler’s Christmas Open House with their collection of primitives, antiques, unique Christmas folk art, gifts, fresh Christmas trees and wreaths. Also enjoy Christmas hammered dulcimer music, plus refreshments. 815-865-5969, or

14, Christmas Open House in Downtown Golconda. 618-683-2109.

14-16, Home for the Holidays at Lincoln Land Community Center in Litchfield. Enjoy the Sixth Annual Festival of Trees, a winter parade and a holiday walk for local businesses. 217-324-8147 or

15, Beautiful Hats at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s Lincoln Reception Room in Springfield. 2 p.m. A breathtaking presentation of the history of ladies’ and men’s hats through the ages. Hats from the 1860s to the 1920s are displayed and modeled. A visual delight! Wearing your own hat is encouraged but not required. Tickets are $35. 217-558-8934 or

15-16, Persimmon Party at Christian County Historical Museum in Taylorville. Enjoy a free tasting of persimmon foods and/or purchase cookbooks, baked goods and frozen pulp available. 217-824-6922.

20-22, Pope County Deer Festival in Downtown Golconda. 618-683-6286.

21-22, Nouveau Wine Festival in Galena. Galena Cellars celebrates the release of its Nouveau wine with luncheons, horse-drawn wagon deliveries on Main Street and wine and cheese parties at various downtown locations. 815-777-3330 or

21-23, Santa Fest in Freeport. Visit Barbara Buck’s studio to see a large gallery display featuring museum quality, one-of-a-kind Santas, Angels and Nativity sets. 815-443-2785.

21-1/1/09, Victorian Splendor Light Festival at Forest Park in Shelbyville. Come and enjoy this beautiful drive-thru display that has been rejuvenated to include all the displays from years past. 217-774-1342.

22-23, Festival of Arts and Crafts in St. Charles. Handcrafted original art and crafts including floral designs, painted windows and glassware, watercolor paintings, calligraphy, jewelry, clothing, home decorations and outdoor yard accents. 847-301-8543 or

27-1/1/09, Avenue of Lights at Moorman/Wavering Park in Quincy. Enjoy a two-mile holiday display of animated lights. 217-222-7980 or

28, A Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer at the Stephen Sargent Farm in Lerna. Explore the Thanksgiving traditions of the 19th Century. 217-345-1845 or

28, Old-Fashioned Christmas 2008 in Downtown Effingham. Enjoy buggy rides, visits and photos with Santa, hot chocolate, coffee and more. Donations accepted. 217-342-4147.

28-30, Christmas of Yesteryear in Downtown Richmond. Celebrate the magic of Christmas! Visit historic downtown and shops and streets trimmed with garland and lights reminiscent of times gone by. Enjoy shopping, a visit from Santa, horse wagon tours and carolers. 815-678-4040 or

28-30, Julmarknad - Christmas Market in Bishop Hill. Enjoy decorated shops and museums. Encounter Swedish folk characters roaming the village, special music Swedish foods and unique gifts. 309-927-3345, or

28-12/26, Mattoon Lightworks at Peterson Park in Mattoon. Enjoy the lights of the season with more than 50 magnificent light displays, many of which are animated. 217-258-6286 or

29, Light Up Streator City Park in Streator. An annual celebration that marks the lighting of the city park for the holiday season. This daylong festival includes a marketplace throughout the day with the lighting at 6:30 p.m. 618-673-1708.

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Deadlines: October 15 for January Events, November 15 for February Events.

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