Visitors Guide for Events
March 2015

Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area
Madison, Jersey & Calhoun Counties, Illinois
  We regularly update this calendar to provide you with up to date information on a variety of events that take place in the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area. Changes are made when we gather more information or when we learn of an event. If you know of an event that you would like to see posted contact the webmaster. We hope you enjoy the events you choose to attend.
   

MAPLE SYRUP MAKING
Kampsville, IL
  Through March 30, 2015
8 am to 5 pm, check website for schedule
McCully Heritage Project, Crawford Creek Road, south of Kampsville off of IL-100
The McCully Heritage Project will be tapping maple trees and making maple syrup beginning in February through mid-March. Once the sap starts flowing, they will be cooking every 2nd or 3rd day, over an open campfire, just outside the McCully Heritage Project pavilion. Scheduling of this event is completely weather dependent. Check the MHP homepage at www.mccullyheritage.org or “like” them on Facebook for updates on the schedule or to find out when the sap is cooking. The public is invited to participate, and to learn about how trees are tapped and sap is collected and turned into maple syrup.
Free
For more information call 618-653-4687

BALD EAGLE
VIEWING PROGRAM

Grafton, IL
  Monday, March 2, 2015
8:30 am
Pere Marquette State Park, IL-100 north of Grafton
Visitor Center, 13112 Visitor Center Lane, Off IL-100 (the Great River Road)
A Park naturalist will be presenting informative programs about bald eagles. Visitors will learn to distinguish between immature and mature eagles, what they eat, why they winter in the area and more. There will be a lecture and a short video presentation followed by an observational drive. Be sure to dress warmly and have a full tank of gas. Binoculars are highly recommended but not essential as the Park brings along a spotting scope.
Free, reservations required
For more information call 618-786-3323

MOONLIGHT HIKE
Godfrey, IL
  Thursday, March 5, 2015
7 pm
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Join The Nature Institute members and friends and take a leisurely moonlit hike through the Mississippi Sanctuary, a 37-acre area of grand vistas and spectacular scenery, including waterfalls and wildlife. Terrain is light to moderate and the hike is about an hour long.
Free
For more information call 618-466-9930

WILDERNESS WALK
Edwardsville, IL
  Tuesday, March 17, 2015
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Watershed Nature Center, 1591 Tower Avenue
Join the staff at the Watershed Nature Center every third Tuesday for a narrated hike along its mile long trail. Come out and explore the trail on a morning hike. Bring your curiosity, questions, and keen eye for observation.
Free. Registration requested for groups of 10 or more.
For more information call 618-692-7578

ASTRONOMY ASSOCIATION MEETING
Godfrey, IL
  Thursday, March 19, 2015
7 pm
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Every third Thursday of the month The Nature Institute partners with Eddie Agha of Agha Designs Jewelry Studio and invites the public to a program of the TNI Astronomy Association. Participants will navigate the preserve with naturalist Eddie Agha to observe and record constellations. No telescopes are needed. Guests will also receive short, instructional lessons about activities and workshops associated with the program, and find out how to join the TNI Astronomy Association.
Free, but reservations are required
For more information or to make reservations call 618-467-2521
  or email pbrown@TheNatureInstitute.org

SPRING EQUINOX
SUNRISE OBSERVANCE

Collinsville, IL
  Sunday, March 22, 2015
Arrive by 6:45 am
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Observe the spring equinox sunrise and learn of the discovery, form and function of an ancient post circle called Woodhenge that was used as a solar calendar by the Cahokians. No ceremony or ritual is presented. Woodhenge is located 1/2 mile west of Monks Mound and the main entrance to the site.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160
     
Probable Events
Dates, times, and other details will change and will be listed as soon as we get updated information.

ART EXHIBIT
Alton
, IL
  Through April 5, 2014
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm  - 4 pm
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway
"Material Attraction: Diverse Reactions" is an exhibit that showcases the work of 20 artists from the Missouri-Illinois bi-state area. This exhibit is the 5th in a series exploring the diverse and powerful ceramic work being made in this region of the Midwest.
Free
For more information call 618-462-5222
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QUILT SHOW
Alton, IL
  Saturday, March 8, 2014
9 am to 4 pm
Main Street United Methodist Church, 1400 Main Street
This Bi-Annual Quilt Show is sponsored by Heartland Quilters Guild. Heartland Quilters will also be celebrating their 30th Anniversary. Members' quilts will be displayed, there will be judging of quilts, chairman's challenge quilts, vendors, food, door prizes, a quilt raffle; and while you are there - vote for your favorite quilts. Quilt appraisals will be available on site.
Free

WINE CLUB GET-TOGETHER
Grafton, IL
  Saturday, March 8, 2014
2 pm - 5 pm
Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd.
Join in on the fun at the Mary Michelle Winery Tasting Room the second Saturday of each month and enjoy appetizers and wine tasting! This month's featured wine is Blue Nun Sweet Red! Free for Wine Club Members. Not a Wine Club Member? No worries! It is easy to join and includes all kinds of benefits like discounts on lodging, dining and, of course, wine! $20 for a lifetime membership which includes a free commemorative Pere Marquette Lodge Wine Glass!
For more information call 618-786-2331 ext 338

STAR GAZING
West Alton, MO
  Saturday, March 8, 2014
6:30 pm - 9 pm
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Join the staff at The Audubon Center at Riverlands for an evening of star gazing and enjoying nature at night. Knowledgeable astronomers will guide your viewing of the night sky and staff from the Center will lead nature walks throughout the Sanctuary to listen to ducks and swans communicate on Heron Pond.  There will be refreshments at the Center, go for a short prairie walk to hear the night birds, and finish at the site set up for stargazing behind the Center. Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to assist and telescopes will be provided. Bring camp chairs and dress warmly for chilly weather.
Admission
For more information call 636-899-0090
 or visit www.Riverlands.Audubon.org

COMMUNITY DANCE

Elsah, IL
  Saturday, March 8, 2014
7 pm - 10 pm
Farley's Music Hall, 37 Mill Street
The Historic Elsah Foundation is sponsoring an evening of Contra dancing, where couples dance in two facing lines. Live music will be provided by the Fiscal Cliff Hangers and the caller is John Ramsay. All dances will be taught - no experience or partner necessary.
$6 for adults, children free
For more information, call 618-447-1127

FREE TRAPPERS OF ILLINOIS
SPRING RENDEZVOUS

Wood River, IL
  March 15 - March 16, 2014
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 2 pm
Camp Dubois, IL-143 and IL-3
Celebrate the historical period between 1700 and 1840. See demonstrators in period clothing, a black powder shoot, a "hawk" throw, fire starting with flint and steel contests, children's and women's activities, period food sales, crafts, vendor sales of period items, contests, and much more. Period costumes required for campers and crafters.
Free - donations appreciated
For more information call 618-604-3852 or 618-616-3219

MARCH WATERFOWL MADNESS

Calhoun County, IL
  Wednesday, March 19, 2014
9 am
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Hagen Road
March Waterfowl Madness is a ranger-led walk on the Swan Lake levee just one mile from the Brussels Ferry in Calhoun County. Attendees will have a chance to view the thousands of waterfowl that make a stop at the Refuge on their annual spring migration. Participants should meet at the Swan Lake levee parking area.
Free, Register by March 18
For more information call or to register call 618-883-2524
  or email tworivers@fws.gov
LECTURE
Elsah, IL
  Thursday, March 20, 2014
7 pm - 10 pm
Farley's Music Hall, 37 Mill Street
The Historic Elsah Foundation’s Hosmer Williams Lecture will feature Mike Rhaesa, Plantsman presenting a lecture titled The River and Long-Ago Wetlands.
Free

OLDE ALTON
VENDOR & CRAFTS FAIR

Alton, IL
  Saturday, March 22, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Alton High School, 4200 Humbert Road
The Alton Band & Orchestra Builders hosts this spring Olde Alton Vendor & Craft Fair. There will be many booths of crafters selling their best wares. Chris Cakes Pancakes and sausage breakfast will be available ($5 in advance - $6 at door). All proceeds benefit the instrumental music program in the Alton School District.
Free
For more information call 618-474-6996

GRAFTON RIVERSIDE
FLEA MARKET

Grafton, IL
  March 22 - March 23, 2014
Grafton Boatworks, 400 Front Street
9 am - 5 pm
Grafton is host to one of the area's largest flea markets in the voluminous Boatworks building alongside the Loading Dock. You won't want to miss this fabulous flea market on the river! 70 plus dealers with all types of goods, antiques glassware, tools, candles, furniture and good old-fashioned junk!
Free
For more information call 618-786-8210
  or visit the venue's webpage.

WILDFLOWER WALK
Godfrey, IL
  Friday, March 28, 2014
9 am - 11 am
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Join TNI Education Director Patti Brown for a walk around the Olin and Mississippi Sanctuary Nature Preserves in search of spring ephemerals. Rain or shine. Dress for the weather, comfortable walking shoes. Bring water, journal, identification books and camera. Terrain will be moderate to difficult.
Free
For more information call 618-466-9930
 
NATURE PROGRAM
Calhoun County, IL
  Saturday, March 29, 2014
9 am
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Hagen Road
Put on your boots and visit the refuge for the program "A Life in Muddy Water" at the Refuge Visitor Center near Brussels. This activity is perfect for kids because we’ll get wet and dirty as we discover what insects live in the wetlands at the wildlife refuge.
Free, Register by March 27
For more information call or to register call 618-883-2524
  or email tworivers@fws.gov

TOWER WIND FESTIVAL
Hartford, IL
  Saturday, March 29, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive
Bring the family out and party with the river wind at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. There will be kite and pinwheel making and the Gateway Kite Club will be flying their stunt kites, too!
Free. Admission to tour the Tower.
For more information call 618-251-9101
 or visit www.ConfluenceTower.com

FOLK FESTIVAL

Grafton, IL
  Sunday, March 30, 2014
11 am - 3 pm

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd.
This Folk Festival at Pere Marquette Lodge promises to be a day full of culture and new experiences.  Bring the whole family out and enjoy live performances by an authentic dance group, demonstrations by artisans, live music, children’s activities, craft and art vendors, restaurant favorites, and more.
Free

For more information call 618-786-2331 ext 338
   

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