September 2014 Events - Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Region













 
   
    Visitors Guide for Events
September 2014

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.
 
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Godfrey, IL
  Through October 26, 2014
Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane
Fridays: 6 pm - 10 pm
Saturdays: 10 am - 10 pm
Sundays: 1 pm to dusk
Seven acre outdoor maze using tall corn as walls. Special events will be held during the open months (September and October)
Admission Fee. Group rates and rentals available
For more information, or for group reservations, call 618-466-1483

PARASAILING ADVENTURES

Grafton, IL
  Through October 31, 2014
Fridays: Noon - sunset
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 am - sunset

Captain Andy’s Parasail, 215 West Water Street
Our Master Captain and crew are ready to give you a thrill ride only found in Illinois at the Grafton Harbor Marina. Fly 2 by 2 or alone. See the beautiful bluffs along the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, a beautiful site! Your less daring friends can ride along and view the limestone bluffs from our custom made parasail boat that holds ten. We fly ages  4 to 80. Stay Dry – Come as you Are! See the website to watch the video.

Call for rates and specials

For more information call 618-222-9000
  or visit Captain Andy’s Parasail website

CALHOUN COUNTY FAIR
Hardin, IL
  September 4 - September 7, 2014
Calhoun County Fair Grounds
It's that time of year again. Time for that distinct smell of funnel cakes in the air, long lines in front of the ticket booth and tents showcasing the best local cows and pigs. There's something special about a good old-fashioned county fair. The Calhoun County is complete with carnival rides, live animal shows, musical entertainment, truck pulls, demolition derby, and lots of food. This county fair has its own specialties, so check out the scheduled events before you go.
For more information call 618-576-2215
  or visit the fair's website
HOMESTEAD HARVEST DAYS
Highland, IL
  September 5 - September 7, 2014
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Louis Latzer Homestead, 1464 Old Trenton Road
See demonstrations of threshing, old-time crafts, gas and steam engines, antique tractors, kids activities, live entertainment, and tours of the most modern house of the 1900s.
Admission
For more information call 618-654-6781
  or
visit the event's webpage

LEWIS AND CLARK
MUSIC FESTIVAL
Hartford, IL
  Saturday, September 6, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, New Poag Road and IL-3
This annual music event features musicians playing fiddles, dulcimers, and flutes. This music and dance Festival features early American, French, Spanish and Native American music traditional music in venues both in and outdoors.
Free
For more information call 618-251-5811

GERMAN BEER GARDEN
Grafton, IL
  Sunday, September 7, 2014
2 pm - 6 pm
Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd.
Ein Bier, bitte St. Louis! Join in on the fun on the terrace at Pere Marquette Lodge for a German Beer Garden. This event will be a celebration featuring a specialty German-made import as well as delicious German food with live German music. There will also be a selection of imports, micro-brewed and domestic beers, as well as exciting cocktails and frozen drinks. The Beer Garden at Pere Marquette is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing day filled with entertainment, a gorgeous view and an ambiance that cannot be found anywhere else in the St. Louis area.

For more information call 618-786-2331 ext 338

MOONLIGHT HIKE
Godfrey, IL
  Monday, September 8, 2014
7:30 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

GUIDED PRAIRIE WALKS
Alton, IL
  September 9 and September 23, 2014
(2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month)
5:30 - 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
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Free
For more information call 618-466-9930

ATLATL COMPETITION
Collinsville, IL
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
9 am - 4 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
The atlatl is the weapon that transformed early humans from scavengers to big-game hunters such as the mammoth and the mastodon and predates the bow and arrow by thousands of years. The Missouri Atlatl Association, a group of primitive weapon enthusiasts will hold its annual competition and demonstration of this ancient spear throwing device.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160

GIRLS ON GRAPES
BOYS ON BREW

Grafton, IL
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
1 pm - 5 pm
The Loading Dock, 401 E. Front Street
Enjoy a sampling of delicious wine, beer, and food from Grafton area restaurants and local wineries. The event will be held in the Historic Boatworks at the Loading Dock in Grafton. Proceeds benefit Alton Memorial Hospital's White Cross Auxiliary. Dress is casual.
Tickets required; must be 21.
For more information call 618-463-7872

WINE CLUB GET-TOGETHER
Grafton, IL
  Saturday, September 13, 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 Lindemans Sweet Red Bin 46! 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

ANNUAL ART FESTIVAL

Grafton, IL
  September 13 - September 14, 2014
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Grove Park, Downtown Grafton
Beautiful art will be on display at the annual Grafton Art in the Park. Enjoy live music, food vendors, art activities, demonstrations and artists presenting their handmade art, fine art, paintings, photography, glass, jewelry and much more.
Free
For more information call 618-786-2823 or 618-786-7000
AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION DAYS
Collinsville, IL
  September 13 - September 14, 2014
10 am - 4 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Come and share the day with American Indian artists, crafts persons, demonstrators, and performers. Booths will be set up in the lobby where they will demonstrate crafts such as beadwork; sell Native American-made jewelry; display clothing and dance regalia; discuss current American Indian issues, customs, beliefs, and traditions.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160

WILDERNESS WALK
Edwardsville, IL
  Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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, September 18, 2014
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

ITALIAN FEST
Collinsville, IL
  September 19 - September 20, 2014
11 am - 10 pm
Main Street, downtown Collinsville
This annual festival, which began in 1984, features the Paisan Pedal Push, 5K Run-Walk, continuous entertainment on three stages, Fest Olympics, Italian Cooking Contest, Bocce Ball, Grape Stomp, Wine Garden, Craft Fair, Wine Making Contest, a Children’s area and But, the real calling card for the Italian Fest continues to be the authentic Italian fare.
Free
For more information visit www.italianfest.net

MISSISSIPPI EARTHTONES FESTIVAL

Alton, IL
  Saturday, September 20, 2014
River Clean-Up: 9 am to Noon
Festival: Noon to 10 pm

Riverfront Park
Come celebrate life on the Mississippi River through art, music, and conservation! The event will kick-off with a river clean-up beginning at 9 am. The festival is part of a statewide celebration of our rivers and an opportunity to learn more about the environmental issues in our region and solutions. The festival will feature informational booths on ecology, native plants & animals, and recycling, as well as arts & crafts, food vendors, litter clean-ups, organized hikes & bike rides, and live music!
Free
For more information call 618-463-1016

LINCOLN PLACE
HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Granite City, IL
  Saturday, September 20, 2014
11 am - 6 pm
Lincoln Place Community Center, 822 Niedringhause Avenue

Granite City's ethnic and immigrant history is celebrated during this festival. Armenian, Mexican, Macedonian and Bulgarian ethnic foods and pastries will be available for purchase. Free, continuous ethnic entertainment, featuring dancers, vocalists and music representing cultures from around the world will be featured. Lincoln Place historical displays, quilts, Eastern European costumes will be on display. Children activities will be available.
Free
For more information call 618-876-6400
RIDE THE RIVERS CENTURY
Grafton, IL
St. Louis & St. Louis County, MO
  Sunday, September 21, 2014
Registration: 6 am - 8 am
Pere Marquette State Park, 14200 IL-100 (Great River Road), Park in the marina parking lot on the left (river side).
Preregistration is recommended for your choice of a metric or a traditional Century – they are two of the best rides in the Midwest. The traditional Century takes in two states, six counties, five trails, three rivers, two bridges, two ferries, and one arch. Registration fee includes Century socks or patch, a filling lunch, and food and beverages at all rest stops. Stay for music, food, and drink available for purchase after the ride.
For more on Pere Marquette State Park
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Registration fee
For more information visit www.trailnet.org

FALL EQUINOX
SUNRISE OBSERVANCE

Collinsville, IL
  Sunday, September 21, 2014
Arrive by 6:30 am
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Observe the fall 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

MILES FOR MESO

Alton, IL
  Saturday, September 27, 2014
7 am - 10 am
Simmons Law Firm, 1 Court Street
This annual event is  5K Race & 2K Fun Run/Walk that winds through the historic, brick streets of downtown Alton. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top elite runners and the top three finishers in the age group race. Age group medals will also be awarded.
Registration Fee. 100 percent of registration fees benefit research for mesothelioma, one of the most aggressive types of cancer.
For more information visit visit the event website
NATURE/CULTURE HIKE
Collinsville, IL
  Saturday, September 27, 2014
9:30 am - 1 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Take a three mile hike with an archaeologist and a naturalist through various habitats. Learn about the cultural and natural resources, excavation results, and native uses of plants of Cahokia Mounds.
Canceled in case of rain.
Free
For more information call 618-346-5160

FALL CORN FESTIVAL
Godfrey, IL
  Saturday, September 27, 2014
11 am - 6 pm
Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane
This annual fall corn festival includes music, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, games, arts & crafts, face painting, games, vendors , a Corn Eating Contest, and the Great Godfrey Corn Maze.
Free to festival, some activities require a fee
For more information call 618-466-1483

GRAFTON RIVERSIDE
FLEA MARKET

Grafton, IL
  September 27 - September 28, 2014
Grafton Boatworks, Water 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+ dealers with all types of goods, antiques glassware, tools, candles, furniture and good old-fashioned junk!
Free
For more information call 618-786-8210

APPLE FESTIVAL
Grafton, IL
  Sunday, September 28, 2014
11 am - 3 pm

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center, 13653 Lodge Blvd.
Set right in the heart of Illinois apple country, Pere Marquette Lodge is excited to celebrate a delicious staple in every American diet…apples. Whether they are green, red or a mixture of the two, apples will be the star of the day and Pere Marquette Lodge has plenty to celebrate. Apple Festival goers will also include river boat tours, historic Lodge tours, wine tasting, kids activities and restaurant favorites. Try your luck at the Apple Pie Walk and you could take home an Apple Pie of your very own. Proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Pere Marquette State Park Foundation. Visitors can also participate in a competitive Pumpkin Roll that features great prizes.

Free

For more information call 618-786-2331 ext. 338
ARTIFACT
IDENTIFICATION DAY

Collinsville, IL
  Sunday, September 28, 2014
Noon - 4 pm
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 130 Ramey Street, (off Collinsville Road)
Archaeologists will identify artifacts brought in by the public, as to culture, time period, material and function. No monetary appraisals will be given.
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.

WATER SKI SHOW
Godfrey, IL
  Through September 5, 2013
Every Thursday evening at 7 pm weather permitting
Great River Road (IL-3) and Clifton Terrace Road on the River
Come down to the Alton Water Ski and Wakeboard Club’s ski site on the Mississippi River and join in the fun. The Ski Club provides an hour-themed show every Thursday at the site. Various water ski acts include jumps, swivel acts, girls ballet, barefooting and wakeboarding. Bring your lawn chair and find your spot on our beach.

Free
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or more information visit www.altonski.com
 

INTERNATIONAL GEM
& JEWELRY SHOW

Collinsville, IL
  September 13 - September 15, 2013
Friday: 12 pm - 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Drive

The International Gem & Jewelry Show provides an exciting opportunity to shop the best selection of jewelry, beads and fashion accessories at the lowest prices available.  From $5 to $500,000 – there is something for everyone!  The show is one of the largest exhibitions of gems, minerals and jewelry in the world. With over 100 exhibitors, the show features wonderful jewelry from all over the world. We offer convenience, selection and value, all in one place. NO children 8 and under are allowed into the show.
Admission is $8 for all three days. Online tickets.
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or more information For more information please call Laurie at 301-795-0350
  or email info@intergem.net

ART EXHIBIT
Michael, IL
  Through September 21, 2013
Friday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
Stone Bridge Valley Art Valley, Highway 100, 7 miles north of Hardin, Calhoun County

Since her retirement as an educator in 2004, Rose Mary has focused on her own artistic growth, working primarily with pastels and colored pencils. Her art work has been exhibited in the annual Art East Studio Tour and at Jacoby Art Center, where she has served as a board member and volunteer. In addition, her pieces have been displayed at weekend art fairs in Elsah, Chautauqua, Grafton and Highland, Illinois.
Free
For more information call 618-576-9235
  or visit the exhibit website
JERSEYVILLE FARMERS & ARTISANS MARKET
Jerseyville, IL
  Through September 24, 2013
Tuesdays: 4 pm - 7 pm
Jerseyville Public Library Parking Lot, 105 N. Liberty Street

The market offers locally grown produce & artisan items including blackberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, peaches, handmade soaps, jewelry, pottery, baskets, recycled crafts, and much more!
Free
For more information call 618-498-6402

ART EXHIBIT
Alton, IL
  September 1 - September 21, 2013
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway
It's A Square Deal": 35 local artists have produced original works on a 12"X12" canvas to be auctioned at our "Art & Soul" fundraiser on September 21st. Come visit this delightful show and look over these original works which you could use to start your own collection! You can also purchase tickets to WIN a Jeffery Vaughn work valued at over $2000!!
Free
For more information call 618-462-5222

PERE MARQUETTE RENDEZVOUS

Grafton, IL
  September 7 - September 8, 2013
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 2 pm
Pere Marquette State Park riverfront, IL-100 north of Grafton
This event celebrates the pre-1840's fur trade era with reenactors camping along the the Illinois River in teepees and period tents. Activities includes tomahawk and knife throwing competitions, black powder and archery contests, and other period demonstrations, food, crafts, and live entertainment.
Free
For more information call
314-223-2621

ST. AMBROSE APPLEFEST

Godfrey, IL
  September 13 - September 15, 2013
St. Ambrose Church, 820 Homer Adams Pkwy.
St. Ambrose Church in Godfrey is holding its annual Applefest. The event will feature music, a 100-plus Basket Raffle, Money Raffle, St. Ambrose Got Talent Show, inflatables, games, paintball, fair food and more!
Free
For more information call 618-466-2921
HARVEST FEST
Jerseyville, IL
  September 20 - September 22, 2013
Friday hours are 5 pm - 11 pm
Saturday hours are 11 am - 11 pm
Sunday hours are 10:30 am - 10 pm
St. Francis Xavier Holy Ghost School
This family Fall Festival features games for kids and adults with entertainment for the whole family. There are numerous food stands, including fried fish, grilled pork chops and roasted sweet corn. The Harvest Fest also features a full country store with crafts, baked goods and much more and a huge basket raffle and grand prize drawing. There will be live entertainment throughout the weekend.
Free
For more information call 618-498-4823
 or visit the event's Facebook page

PONY RIDES
Edwardsville, IL
  Sunday, September 22, 2013
Noon - 4 pm
Liberty Prairie Farm, 7026 State Route 140
Liberty Prairie Farm is providing pony rides this Sunday afternoon. Come prepared to ride with closed-toed shoes. Helmets are provided. Food, beverages and t-shirts are also available for purchase.  Visitors can also see the other animals who call Liberty Prairie Farms home, including cats, chickens and cattle. All proceeds go to Happy Hooves Equine Rescue which gives local abandoned and abused horses a second chance.
$5 minimum donation
For more information call 618-670-1581
BECOMING AN
OUTDOORS WOMAN

Grafton, IL
  September 27 - September 29, 2013
Pere Marquette State Park, IL-100 north of Grafton
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources invites women to attend a weekend of adventurous outdoor activities.  You can try charting a course, calling a bird, shooting a bow, firing a shot, tying a fly, catching a fish, building a campfire and more.  Attendees enjoy the natural beauty of Illinois, companionship, exercise and skill building.  Program instructors provide a supportive, safe, nonthreatening and noncompetitive learning environment.  The program is open to all women age 18 or older
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A fee of $165 per person includes instruction, program materials, use of demonstration equipment, seven meals and lodging. Pre-registration required.
For more information
contact Mitch Ingold at mitch.ingold@illinois.gov
  or visit http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/bow/index.htm

BIRD BANDING EVENT
Godfrey, IL
  Saturday, September 28, 2013
7am - 12 pm
Talahi Lodge at the Olin Nature Preserve - The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane
Come along for the second Bird Banding event at the Nature Institute. Listen to Dr. David Enstorm, Ornithologist with the Prairie Institute at the University of Illinois, and others as they demonstrate the techniques used to capture and mark birds. Also participate in bird spotting walks and bird house building. This is your chance to get a close-up look at some of our beautiful migrant song birds.
This event is free and open to participants 10 years of age or older.
For more information call
618-466-9930

MEMORY WALK

Edwardsville, IL
 
  Saturday, September 28, 2013
Registration 8 am, Walk 9 am
SIUE Campus

Memory Walk is the Alzheimer’s Association’s signature event to help those battling Alzheimer’s disease. Memory Walk proceeds support programs, services and research.
For more information call 1-800-272-3900

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Alton, IL
  Saturday, September 28, 2013
7 pm - 9 pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. 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. September's musical act is the Ken Kehner Trio from the Jefferson City, MO area who feature standards, jazz, improvisation, and original songs.
Admission
For more information call 618-462-5222
 

ANNUAL FLY-IN
Bethalto, IL
  September 28 - September 29, 2013
Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 9 am - 3 pm
St. Louis Regional Airport, 8 Terminal Drive
The public is invited to this “wings and wheels" event to view display aircraft, watch flybys and formation flying, and vintage automobiles. On Sunday children ages 8-17 can experience the thrill of flight in a single engine airplane provided by The Experimental Aircraft Association and the Young Eagles for FREE! So come sign up your kids so they can enjoy the ride. The event will take place weather permitting
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Free
For more information call 618-259-2531 or visit www.stlouisregional.com
   

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