Visitors Guide for Events
April 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.
   

MOONLIGHT HIKE
Godfrey, IL
  Saturday, April 4, 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
  ANNUAL ELSAH PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
Elsah, IL
April 11 - August 2, 2015
Friday - Sunday, 1 pm to 4 pm
Village of Elsah Museum, 26 La Salle Street
Amateur and professional photographers will be displaying photographs of the Village of Elsah and the immediate area in every season in an exhibit entitled "Elsah: A Hidden Surprise."
Free
Click here for additional information

WILDERNESS WALK
Edwardsville, IL
  Tuesday, April 14, 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, April 16, 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
     
Probable Events
Dates, times, and other details will change and will be listed as soon as we get updated information.

SONGS OF FROGS AND TOADS
Godfrey, IL
  Wednesday, April 2, 2014
6:30 pm - 8 pm
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
This popular program is presented by naturalist, Mr. Paul Shetley. Paul will give a slideshow presentation about his experience with amphibians and participants will learn how to identify them by their sounds and key features. Afterwards, there will be a hike to a pond to catch and release Leopard frogs, American toads, and other amphibians. Bring a flashlight, waders (or extra shoes) and a camera.
$3 admission, registration required as attendance is limited.
For more information call 618-466-9930
 

WILDFLOWER WALK
Alton, IL
  Saturday, April 5, 2014
9 am - 11 am
Gordon Moore Park, 4550 College Avenue
Join Education Director Patti Brown for a walk around the Heartland Prairie in search of spring ephemerals. Rain or shine. Dress for the weather, comfortable walking shoes. Bring water, journal, identification books and a camera. Terrain will be moderate to difficult.
Free
For more information call 618-466-9930

GARRISON WEEKEND

Hartford, IL
  April 5 - April 6, 2014
10 am - 4 pm both days
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, 1 Lewis and Clark Trail
Come and watch  on Saturday as the Detachment participates in living history at this replica winter camp and portrays early 19th century army life. On Sunday visitors can observe what it was like for frontier women as they cook over an open fire, sew their family's garments, make candles at the early 1800s American Bottom Cabin.
Free
For more information call 618-251-5811
 

ART EXHIBIT
Michael, IL
  April 5 - April 27, 2014
Friday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
Stone Bridge Valley Art Center, Highway 100, 7 miles north of Hardin, Calhoun County

Linda Basden: A Glass for All Reasons. In education, itís called being a generalist. In art, we commonly know them as dabblers. At home, Mom always called it Jack of all Trades, Master of None. Thatís what Linda has been most of her life. She has been interested in art, but not focused on one media. She now spends much of her time creating with fused glass but still enjoys painting, carving gourds, and working with clay.
Free
For more information call 618-576-9235
  or visit the exhibit website

MIDWEST MOTORCYCLE
SWAP MEET

Grafton, IL
  Sunday, April 6, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
The Loading Dock, 400 Front Street
The Biking Life magazine is sponsoring this motorcycle swap meet that features bikes, parts for all brands, painters, leather apparel, etc.
Admission

For more information, call 618-786-3494

GUIDED PRAIRIE WALKS
Alton, IL
  April 8 and April 22, 2014
(2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month)
5:30 pm - 7 pm

Gordon Moore Park, 4550 College Avenue
Enjoy an evening walk as a guide from the Nature Institute leads you through the Heartland Prairie at Gordon Moore Park. The park hosts nine species of native prairie grasses and 150 prairie wildflowers that are native to Madison County and surrounding Illinois counties. If you want to see wildflowers this is a great place and time to visit
.
Free
For more information call 618-466-9930

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

Alton
, IL
  April 11 - May 3, 2014
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm  - 4 pm
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 East Broadway
Legendary Mustang Sanctuary Exhibit: Three photographers display their photographs of Wild Mustangs. The work exhibited will be for sale and proceeds will benefit the Legendary Mustang Sanctuary, a non for profit organization in Alhambra, Illinois that provides sanctuary for wild mustangs and burros. Featured artists include Sandy Schulz, Meg Fredricks, Kerry Vincent, Lynn Steinbach, and Stauffer.
Free
For more information call 618-462-5222
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AUDUBON BIRD WALK
West Alton, MO
  Saturday, April 12, 2014
8 am - 10:30 am
Audubon Center at Riverlands, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Join the Audubon Center staff and volunteers for a birding trip in search of birds. The trip will leave from the Center at 8 am and take a short drive to a few locations in the Sanctuary. Please dress for the weather and bring a bottle of water for the walk. If you have binoculars, be sure to bring them along too. This walk is a family friendly event suitable for beginners as well as seasoned birders.
Free
For more information call 636-899-0090
 or visit www.Riverlands.Audubon.org
 

ALTON-GODFREY
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

Godfrey, IL
  Saturday, April 12, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
Piasa Harbor, 10815 Lockhaven Road
The Nature Institute again brings the Riverbend community together for this celebration of nature, music, food, and the arts. Guests can participate in organized hikes along TNIís woodland trails, enjoy fresh, local foods, and peruse unique goods by local vendors and artists. Other features will include live music (including an open jam so bring your instruments!), a childrenís activity corner with nature-inspired arts and crafts, hands-on informational booths, clothing swaps and textile collection, and electronic recycling opportunities.
For more information call 618-551-5020

WINE CLUB GET-TOGETHER
Grafton, IL
  Saturday, April 12, 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 Rocca Cerrina Tempranillo Moscato! 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

COMMUNITY DANCE

Elsah, IL
  Saturday, April 12, 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 Martha Edwards and Friends and the caller is Bob Green. All dances will be taught - no experience or partner necessary.
$6 for adults, children free
For more information, call 618-447-1127

SOUNDS OF SPRING
FROG CALL WALK

Calhoun County, IL
  Saturday, April 12, 2014
7 pm
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Hagen Road
Bring the family out to the refuge to learn which frogs sing in the nightly spring chorus. ďSounds of Spring,Ē a ranger-led walk highlighting spring frog calls beginning at the refuge visitor center. Participants should bring bug spray and a flashlight.
Free, Register by April 10
For more information call or to register call 618-883-2524
  or email tworivers@fws.gov

WALK FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
Edwardsville, IL
  Sunday, April 13, 2014
Registration at 1 pm
Walk starts at 2 pm
Edwardsville Township Community Park, 6368 Center Grove Road
Join other walkers in this signature fundraising event of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in routes of either 1 or 3 mile options.
Registration fee

For more information call 314-781-9020
  or visit www.gatewaymssociety.org

WETLAND WALK

Calhoun County, IL
  Wednesday, April 16, 2014
9 am
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Hagen Road
A ranger-led walk around the wetlands at the Refuge Visitor Center where participants will learn about some of the animals that depend on the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge habitat for survival.
Free, Register by April 15
For more information call or to register call 618-883-2524
  or email tworivers@fws.gov

YOUNG ARTISTS PRESENTATION

Godfrey, IL
  Saturday, April 19, 2014
7 pm
Alton Symphony Orchestra, 5800 Godfrey Road
The Alton Symphony Orchestra presents the remarkable young concerto winners of its Marie Stillwell Young Artist Competition. Meet the competition winners and orchestra members while you enjoy desserts and refreshments for sale by Gentelin's On Broadway. The ASO will also be performing.
Admission
For more information call 618-463-6933
 
or visit www.altonsymphony.org

SPRING INDIAN MARKET DAYS
Collinsville, IL
  April 25 - April 27, 2014
Friday: Noon - 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 4 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Native American artists and vendors display and sell painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, fetishes, dolls, herbals, soaps, food, and more.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160

WALK FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
Alton, IL
  Saturday, April 26, 2014
Registration at 9:30 am
Walk starts at 10:30 am
Riverfront Drive
Join other walkers in Walk MS, this signature fundraising event of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in routes of either 1 or 3 mile options.
Registration fee

For more information call 314-781-9020
  or visit www.gatewaymssociety.org.

ANNUAL ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION
Godfrey, IL
  Saturday, April 26, 2014
8:30 am - 2 pm
Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane
Join in the celebration of trees and the environment at this growing community event. Activities for children include a fishing derby, wall climbing, environmental crafts, and other games. Other activities include a Tree Memorial Program and demonstrations by expert climbers.
Free
For more information call 618-466-1483
 
or visit the eventís webpage.

WILDFLOWER PROGRAM

Calhoun County, IL
  Saturday, April 26, 2014
9 am
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Hagen Road
Celebrate Earth Day in the prairie with a program on spring prairie flowers that will be blooming at the refuge.
Free, Register by April 24
For more information call or to register call 618-883-2524
  or email tworivers@fws.gov

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Alton, IL
  Saturday, April 26, 2014
7 pm - 9 pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 East Broadway
The Jacoby Arts Center presents its music concert series, LIVE at Jacoby: Saturday Nights, on the last Saturday night of each month. A cash beverage bar available at each concert, serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Aprilís musical act is Nancy Kranzberg and The Second Half who perform Jazz standards.
Admission
For more information call 618-462-5222

GRAFTON RIVERSIDE
FLEA MARKET

Grafton, IL
  April 26 - April 27, 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.

MIGRATORY BIRD WALK
Godfrey, IL
  Sunday, April 27, 2014
8 am - 10 am
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Every spring thousands of birds migrate north along the Mississippi River Flyway back to their summer homes. Join Lane Richter of the Audubon Center at Riverlands who will guide participants on a morning walk to learn about, listen for and record the many migrating songbirds on the Nature Institute property. Wear comfortable shoes. You may also want to bring binoculars, camera, journal, and water.
Free
For more information call 618-466-9930

MUSHROOM FESTIVAL

Grafton, IL
  Sunday, April 27, 2014
1 pm - 5 pm
Piasa Winery & Pub, 225 West Main Street
Come out for music, food and fun at the annual Mushroom Festival. Come check out the Mushroom Cook-Off as local chefs share their best mushroom dishes. Enter the tasting tent for just $10, where you will receive a taste of each chef's special mushroom dish and a glass of wine. People can then vote for the chef of their choice. There will also be vendors, a Biggest & Smallest Mushroom Contest and live music.
No admission, activities cost a fee

For more information, call 618-786-9463
   

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