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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JERSEYVILLE FARMERS & ARTISANS MARKET

Jerseyville, IL
  Through September 30, 2014
Tuesdays: 4 pm - 7 pm
Parking lot on the corner of Washington Street and Route 16

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 618-498-8466

LAND OF GOSHEN
COMMUNITY MARKET

Edwardsville, IL
  Through October 11, 2014
Saturdays: 8 am - Noon
Corner of North Main and St. Louis Streets
Come experience the Land of Goshen Community Market! The Market is your best source for locally grown farm products, tasty baked goods, and wonderful art and gift ideas. The selection changes weekly so plan to visit more than once to fully appreciate the wide selection available. Live entertainment and free demonstrations add to the festive atmosphere.
Free
For more information call 618-307-6045
  or visit www.goshenmarket.org

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
The Great Godfrey Maze is a seven acre outdoor maze that uses 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 Fairgrounds, Poor Hollow Farm Road
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.
Free

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 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, 1 Lewis and Clark Trail
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

PERE MARQUETTE RENDEZVOUS
Grafton, IL
  Saturday, September 6, 2014
10 am - 5 pm
Pere Marquette State Park, 13112 Visitor Center Lane
Step back in time to the days when frontier fur trappers met with fur traders and buyers during this reenactment festival at Pere Marquette State Park. The annual Pere Marquette State Park Rendezvous is a traditional Pre-1840 event with buckskinned re-enactors portraying primitive traders and campers. There will be period demonstrations, black powder and longbow shoots, camp music and food common to days on the Illinois frontier.
Free

For more information call 618-786-3323

SOUTHERN GOSPEL
CONCERT SERIES

Bethalto, IL
  Saturday, September 6, 2014
Bethalto Church of God, 800 East Bethalto Drive
7 pm
Enjoy the sounds of Southern Gospel at the monthly Southern Gospel Concert series. These monthly concerts are open for everyone to come and enjoy. Fill your car, van, or church bus. September features The Dunaways.
Free, donations suggested
F
or more information call 618-259-0065
  or visit the website

ART EXHIBIT
Michael, IL
  September 6 - September 28, 2014
Friday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
Stone Bridge Valley Art Center, Highway 100, 7 miles north of Hardin, Calhoun County

A Mix of Media describes Linda Miller’s approach to making art. For this show, photography of the back roads of Calhoun County provided inspiration. Miller often works wet on wet, a technique involving a combination of transparent and opaque watercolor paints, as well as watercolor pencils, water-soluble oil pastels, and watercolor crayons on wet paper. In mixed media collage, a wide range of paper, paint, and fiber is used to create an image.
Free
For more information call 618-576-9235
  or visit the exhibit website

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.
Free to enter, charges for food and alcohol.

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 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

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

INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL
Edwardsville, IL
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
11 am - 9:30 pm
Edwardsville City Park, 101 South Buchanan Street
This event focuses on those foods, groups and cultures that make up the St. Louis area.  Proceeds will go toward future home builds to support our community as we help those in need.  The event also features live entertainment and a bounce house for kids (nominal admission charged). The event is sponsored in part by Sauce Magazine.
Free
For more information visit the event's Facebook page

GIRLS ON GRAPES
BOYS ON BREW

Grafton, IL
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
Noon - 4 pm
The Loading Dock, 401 East 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

CONTRA DANCE

Elsah, IL
  Saturday, September 13, 2014
7 pm - 10 pm
Principia College. Guests should enter the college on Beltrees Road
The Historic Elsah Foundation is sponsoring an evening of Contra dancing, where couples dance in two facing lines. Live music will be provided. The caller scheduled are Susan and Mark Young. All dances will be taught - no experience or partner necessary.  Proceeds will help pay for the new floor at Farley's Music Hall.
Admission is free - donations/contributions are encouraged.
For more information, call 618-447-1127

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, and 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 both days
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 Italian Fest continues to be the authentic Italian fare.
Free
For more information visit www.italianfest.net

ST. AMBROSE APPLEFEST

Godfrey, IL
  September 19 - September 20, 2014
5 pm - 10 pm daily
St. Ambrose Church, 820 Homer Adams Parkway

St. Ambrose Church in Godfrey holds this annual Applefest. The event will feature live entertainment, 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 19 - September 21, 2014
Friday hours: 5 pm - 11 pm
Saturday hours: 11 am - 11 pm
Sunday hours: 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

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 Community Center will be open and will feature historical displays, quilts, Eastern European costumes. Children activities will be available. Children activities will be available.
Free
For more information call 618-876-6400

ANNUAL STREET ART FESTIVAL
Highland, IL
  Saturday, September 20, 2014
11 am - 8 pm
Historic Downtown Square
Visitors can stroll the streets watching artists create masterpieces right on the pavement using chalks and. There is also a Creative Kids Corner with lots of activities for young, aspiring artists! An Arts Expo featuring several local artists and there will be live music and enjoying great food
.
Free
For more information call 618-654-3721
  or visit the event's website
 

BETHALTO FUN DAY
Bethalto, IL
  Saturday September 20, 2014
1 pm - 4 pm
Steve Bryant Park, Culp Lane
The annual Bethalto Family Fun Day features plenty of refreshments and activities for kids and adults, including pony rides from 1 pm - 3 pm, a fishing clinic for kids of all ages, a bounce house, and informational booths. It is being held in conjunction with Boys and Girls Club National Youth Day.
Free
For more information visit the Village of Bethalto website

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
.
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

BECOMING AN
OUTDOORS WOMAN

Grafton, IL
  September 26 - September 28, 2014
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
.
A fee of $170 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
LECTURE
Elsah, IL
  Thursday, September 25, 2014
7:30 pm
Farley's Music Hall, 37 Mill Street
The Historic Elsah Foundation’s Hosmer Williams Lecture will feature George Provenzano, economist and author, discussing War and Peace on the Mississippi River: 1812 to 1816.
Free

LIVE CONCERT FOR A CAUSE

Alton, IL
  Friday, September 26, 2014
Doors open at 6:30pm, concert starts at 7 pm
Doors open at 6:30pm, concert starts at 7 pm
This fundraising concert headliners is the Little River Band known for the 1970s hits Reminiscing, Lady, Lonesome Loser, and Cool Change. Also appearing is the Brian Bax Band. Proceeds from the event benefit Survivors Scholarship Funding which helps teens struggling with the devastating loss of a loved one’s suicide.
Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.coolsummernights.net

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

MEMORY WALK

Edwardsville, IL
 
  Saturday, September 27, 2014
Registration 8 am, Walk 9 am
SIUE Campus, 1 Hairpin Drive

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.
Registration fee

For more information call 314-801-0440
  or visit the event's webpage
 

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

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Alton, IL
  Saturday, September 27, 2014
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 Autumn’s Child, a chamber ensemble that performs Global Chamber Music, a hybrid of world, jazz, classical and folk styles. You can also watch the fantastic brushwork of artist Vesna Delevska. The painting she creates at the event will be available for purchase at the end of the night!
Admission
For more information call 618-462-5222
 

GRAFTON RIVERSIDE
FLEA MARKET

Grafton, IL
  September 27 - September 28, 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.

ANNUAL FLY-IN
& CAR SHOW

Bethalto, IL
  September 27 - September 28, 2014
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
.
Free
For more information call 618-259-2531
  or visit www.stlouisregional.com
 

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
   

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