Events

Events

Jun
3
Sat
Annawan Fun Days @ Howe's Park
Jun 3 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Annawan Fun Days offer vintage flair and friendly faces!

Fun Day #1

Saturday, Howe’s Park once again is the place to be for the Annual Slow Pitch Softball Tournament. Gather the kids and head outdoors to the nature wonderland and enjoy Giant Goose Youth Day. Celebrating agriculture, the Future Farmer’s Alumni hosts the Hog Roast dinner. Kick off your sandals and dance the night away listening to regional musicians while enjoying some summer brew. Fireworks fly and boom at dusk.

Fun Day #2

Annawan IL Rolle Bolle Put your running shoes on and participate in the Carol M. Guthrie Memorial Run/Walk, where you will be greeted with a hand or knuckle wave of hello. Pre-registered participants will receive T-Shirt. Have breakfast and peruse the craft show featured at Sacred Heart Hall. Basketball enthusiasts attend or watch the three on three tournaments, learn what Rolle Bolle is during the annual competition at Howe’s Park. Head back downtown for the kid’s fun park, food, car show and antique tractor display. The Fun Day Parade is a must-see!

 

FinAnnawan Fun Day Pie Auction ish off the day at the Annawan-Alba Woman’s Club Annual Pie Auction at Howe’s Park. Enjoy a slice of pie, and purchase a pie or two to take home with you from the annual auction. Travel the back roads to Annawan, IL and partake in a rural American tradition with spirit!

More Fun on 81
Jun 3 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cruise Along More Fun on 81 for all to enjoy!

Saturday, June 3

The communities of Lynn Center, Cambridge, and Kewanee are joining Andover on Saturday, June 3, 2017  for More Fun on 81!

Illinois Route 81 begins just one mile west of Lynn Center at the junction of US Route 150, and ends 26 miles east at Kewanee after passing through Andover and Cambridge.  It’s one of two county highways that start and stop in the same county. Start your cruise from either end and travel the Henry County back roads. Enjoy the drive!

Peruse Lynn Center’s sales,  beginning at 8am and ending at 3pm.

More Fun on 81 Andover ILThe village of Andover is the setting for family fun including games for all ages including a scavenger hunt along with an antique lawn and farm tractor show with displays.  Travel the self-guided barn quilt tour, view a model railroad display, and visit the Jenny Lind Chapel and Andover Historical Museum.  Grab a bite to eat from one of the many food vendors from which to choose.  Artisans and craft vendors will be featured throughout the grounds.  End the evening listening to musical melodies played by the Orion Community Band.  An old-fashioned community supper and ice cream social will be provided for a fee. A very special event will be part of this year’s festival –  a celebration & grave marker dedication for Andover’s founder, the Rev. Ithamar Pillsbury, on Saturday, June 3, 2 pm, at the Andover Presbyterian Cemetery.

Henry County IL Courthouse, Cambridge IL

 

Cambridge is proud to be the county seat and will host tours of the stately Second Empire three story
Henry County courthouse.  Walk the halls and view the architecture in a guided historical tour of all three floors.  You will view oak/black walnut woodwork, some of the sixteen fireplaces, and the second floor courtroom ceiling mural featuring Cambridge, Galva, Geneseo, and Kewanee.

College Square Park in the heart of Cambridge will be filled with activities throughout the day.  A must visit is the B&B National Toy Museum, open to the public from 10am to 4pm.  At dusk, settle in for a movie at College Square Park.

Kewanee Il Painting the History Kewanee offers a plethora of self-guided activities including the History in the Paint Wall Mural Tour. Brochures are available at Heartfelt or the Amtrak Station. Inside the brochure, find the hidden treasures: each mural contains at least one hidden gem painted in the mural by the artist. Geocache Kewanee is also a fun event to do with the kids! Visit for the day to dine and shop Kewanee.

Sunday, June 4 Andover Il Aisle of Flags

Lake Andover is the setting for breakfast at 7am, a Sunday community Andover and Cambridge worship service at 9am and the 10:30am salute to veterans.  Antique and farm tractor show will be open for viewing west of the park from 8am to 4pm, don’t forget the self guided barn quilt tour dawn to dusk. Cruise on over to Andover for the final day of More Fun on 81!

Cruise along this June 3 and 4 to enjoy More Fun on 81!

Jun
4
Sun
Annawan Fun Days @ Howe's Park
Jun 4 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Annawan Fun Days offer vintage flair and friendly faces!

Fun Day #1

Saturday, Howe’s Park once again is the place to be for the Annual Slow Pitch Softball Tournament. Gather the kids and head outdoors to the nature wonderland and enjoy Giant Goose Youth Day. Celebrating agriculture, the Future Farmer’s Alumni hosts the Hog Roast dinner. Kick off your sandals and dance the night away listening to regional musicians while enjoying some summer brew. Fireworks fly and boom at dusk.

Fun Day #2

Annawan IL Rolle Bolle Put your running shoes on and participate in the Carol M. Guthrie Memorial Run/Walk, where you will be greeted with a hand or knuckle wave of hello. Pre-registered participants will receive T-Shirt. Have breakfast and peruse the craft show featured at Sacred Heart Hall. Basketball enthusiasts attend or watch the three on three tournaments, learn what Rolle Bolle is during the annual competition at Howe’s Park. Head back downtown for the kid’s fun park, food, car show and antique tractor display. The Fun Day Parade is a must-see!

 

FinAnnawan Fun Day Pie Auction ish off the day at the Annawan-Alba Woman’s Club Annual Pie Auction at Howe’s Park. Enjoy a slice of pie, and purchase a pie or two to take home with you from the annual auction. Travel the back roads to Annawan, IL and partake in a rural American tradition with spirit!

More Fun on 81
Jun 4 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cruise Along More Fun on 81 for all to enjoy!

Saturday, June 3

The communities of Lynn Center, Cambridge, and Kewanee are joining Andover on Saturday, June 3, 2017  for More Fun on 81!

Illinois Route 81 begins just one mile west of Lynn Center at the junction of US Route 150, and ends 26 miles east at Kewanee after passing through Andover and Cambridge.  It’s one of two county highways that start and stop in the same county. Start your cruise from either end and travel the Henry County back roads. Enjoy the drive!

Peruse Lynn Center’s sales,  beginning at 8am and ending at 3pm.

More Fun on 81 Andover ILThe village of Andover is the setting for family fun including games for all ages including a scavenger hunt along with an antique lawn and farm tractor show with displays.  Travel the self-guided barn quilt tour, view a model railroad display, and visit the Jenny Lind Chapel and Andover Historical Museum.  Grab a bite to eat from one of the many food vendors from which to choose.  Artisans and craft vendors will be featured throughout the grounds.  End the evening listening to musical melodies played by the Orion Community Band.  An old-fashioned community supper and ice cream social will be provided for a fee. A very special event will be part of this year’s festival –  a celebration & grave marker dedication for Andover’s founder, the Rev. Ithamar Pillsbury, on Saturday, June 3, 2 pm, at the Andover Presbyterian Cemetery.

Henry County IL Courthouse, Cambridge IL

 

Cambridge is proud to be the county seat and will host tours of the stately Second Empire three story
Henry County courthouse.  Walk the halls and view the architecture in a guided historical tour of all three floors.  You will view oak/black walnut woodwork, some of the sixteen fireplaces, and the second floor courtroom ceiling mural featuring Cambridge, Galva, Geneseo, and Kewanee.

College Square Park in the heart of Cambridge will be filled with activities throughout the day.  A must visit is the B&B National Toy Museum, open to the public from 10am to 4pm.  At dusk, settle in for a movie at College Square Park.

Kewanee Il Painting the History Kewanee offers a plethora of self-guided activities including the History in the Paint Wall Mural Tour. Brochures are available at Heartfelt or the Amtrak Station. Inside the brochure, find the hidden treasures: each mural contains at least one hidden gem painted in the mural by the artist. Geocache Kewanee is also a fun event to do with the kids! Visit for the day to dine and shop Kewanee.

Sunday, June 4 Andover Il Aisle of Flags

Lake Andover is the setting for breakfast at 7am, a Sunday community Andover and Cambridge worship service at 9am and the 10:30am salute to veterans.  Antique and farm tractor show will be open for viewing west of the park from 8am to 4pm, don’t forget the self guided barn quilt tour dawn to dusk. Cruise on over to Andover for the final day of More Fun on 81!

Cruise along this June 3 and 4 to enjoy More Fun on 81!

Jun
16
Fri
Geneseo Music Festival @ Geneseo City Park
Jun 16 @ 8:00 am – Jun 18 @ 5:00 pm

Music Melodies Fill the Air!

Geneseo Music Festival is a  fun vibrant weekend in historic downtown Geneseo. Friday evening, the famous Doo-Dah Parade is the leading entry for the family weekend event. Gather in City Park to enjoy the community supper and watch the queen contest.  Saturday, run with dad in the Maple City 4, a 4K race. Roam the farmer’s market and City Park, filled with arts and crafts, antique tractors,  family activities, food, and music! Sunday dine on pancakes, peruse the arts and craft vendors while listening to melodies all day long. You are invited to stay the weekend and enjoy a friendly community with heart!

Geneseo Music Fest Craft Showgeneseo-music-festival-kids Geneseo Music Festival Ice Cream Social Geneseo Music Festival

Jun
24
Sat
Midsommar Music Festival @ Bishop Hill
Jun 24 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Harness nature’s magic and ensure a bountiful summer . . . join in the Midsommar Celebration, Bishop Hill!

Midsommar a lively Swedish tradition to celebrate light and warmth of the summer solstice with music and dancing. A  diverse line-up of musical performers are in store for this all-day event include Main Stage performances, a Swedish Maypole celebration, and an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance.

Main Stage performances in the village park gazebo will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

Beginning at 4 p.m., help decorate the Maypole with flowers and greenery in Village Park. Join the Maypole procession lead by Ernie Sandquist from the park to the Bishop Hill Colony School.  Ring dance around the Maypole to the sounds of the accordion playing Swedish tunes.  Enjoy refreshments provided by the VASA Lodge.

Shake a leg at the ol’ fashion barn dance!

Stay for the evening and  dance the night away at the Colony School called by Ms. Gail Hintze.  The Rusty Pickup String Band will play the tunes, beginning at 7 pm.  Admission to the dance is $5 per person.

Jul
1
Sat
Hooppole Fun Day @ Hooppole City Park
Jul 1 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Hooppole Fun Day @ Hooppole City Park  | Hooppole | Illinois | United States

Hooppole Fun Day is for Everyone!

Hooppole Fun Day where every kid walks away a winner and with memories to cherish!  A vibrant kid-friendly community event!  Experience the parade of family floats, antique tractors, and bands.  Try your luck at the annual frog/toad (bring your own) jumping contest, penny scramble, diaper derby, and more!  25cent ol’ fashioned kids’ games. Fireworks at dusk.

10 a.m. Parade

11 a.m. Old Fashion Cake Walk and the 0-4 Penny Scramble

11:15 a.m. Paper Plate Toss (ages 5-13)

11:30 p.m. Frog Jumping/Toad Race (Bring your own)

Noon Diaper Derby and Foot Races (ages 0-4), Corn Hole Tournament, Bingo, Kids Pedal Pull

1:00 p.m. Rolle Bolle

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Carnival Games

3:30 p.m. Charge for Change (ages 5-13)

4:00 p.m. Lil Mr. & Miss Hooppole Awards

6:00 p.m. Potluck Supper, bring a dish to pass everything else is provided

7:00 p.m. Pie Auction

8:00 p.m. to Midnight Dance to Reflex Blues and enjoy the fireworks!

Jul
15
Sat
Woodhull Fun Fest @ Woodhull City Park
Jul 15 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Woodhull Fun Fest @ Woodhull City Park  | Woodhull | Illinois | United States

Three A’s –activities for all ages! Three A’s and fun are the perfect recipe for summer fun in rural America. Activities begin at 8:00 am with a 5K race winding through Woodhull and the countryside.  A family-fun run for the soon-to-be 5K runners starts at 9:30am.  The activities at the park feature water fights, a variety of games for the younger children, bingo, and, last not but least, the ALL ages (kids-19, 19-44, and 45 and up) free-throw and three-point contests. Pet the animals, get your face painted and stroll through the antique tractor show.  Enjoy a lunch of pork chops by the AlWood Lions Club, bingo in the park, and an ice cream social  sponsored by the churches of Woodhull. At 4:00 serving of a BB Rib Dinner will begin on Division Street and family entertainment until 7 p.m.  As dusk falls, put on your dancing shoes for an old-fashioned street dance. It will be fun for all; hope to see you there.

Aug
25
Fri
Atkinson Heritage Days
Aug 25 @ 8:00 am – Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm
Atkinson Heritage Days @ Atkinson | Illinois | United States

Our heritage is for everyone! A Belgian village celebration is a recipe for family fun. An introduction to the younger generation of everything Belgian. Friday evening enjoy a community gathering of supper and stay for Little Miss Flame Pageant. As dusk falls a “Movie in the Park” ends the Friday, family fun evening.

Saturday make plans to try your hand in a Belgian game called Rolle Bolle (a combination of bowling and horseshoe). Visit “Little Belgium” and taste “hutseput” ( a dish with ham, cabbage, carrots, nd potatoes) and Belgian “goodies”.  Take part in the activities held throughout the day.  Saturday kicks off with the Forever Young Run 5K/1 Mile,  fireman’s parade, bean bag tournament,  Atkinson Graffiti car show and more! Sky divers arrive to spark the evening firework display. Dance in the streets until midnight. Join in discovering our heritage this weekend.

Nov
25
Sat
Ol’ Fashioned Christmas
Nov 25 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

An Ol’ Fashioned Christmas Celebration!

Hidden away and found each year is the timeless Galva Ole Fashioned celebration to be held Saturday, November 26.  A simple home spun artistic and joyful event.  The Galva Arts Council brings the community and its families together at the downtown Arts Council building, which will be abuzz all day.

Ol'Fashion Christmas

A season favorite, Galva’s Mini Tree Festival features local artists and residents who place their seasonal creations, including Christmas trees and wreaths, on display for everyone to view.  Lunch is served from and features a fabulous baked potato bar with trimmings, dessert, and beverage.

At dusk, everyone lines the streets to enjoy the Galva Chamber of Commerce’s lighted parade. It meanders downtown Galva and residents line the street to see lighted floats as melodies fill the air.   It becomes a magical night as Wiley Park is aglow with over 10,000 cheerful Christmas Lights. Walk through the park and enjoy the lights.

Head back to the Galva Arts Council building. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the evening coffeehouse headliner begins at 7 p.m…  A festive  jump-start in store for your holiday spirit.  All musicians and storytellers are invited to join in the open-mic session beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Travel the back roads to Galva this holiday weekend. Bring a friend or two and light your Christmas spirit.

Galva Arts Council

Make & Take Ornaments Bring your little ones for a hands on ornament craft. Children can choose to make a gingerman, snowflakes, reindeer, or Christmas tree ornament for your home decorations. The ornaments will be ready to go your tree that day. Donations welcome.

Mini-Tree Festival Stop by and see a selection of decorated Christmas trees. If you want to bring one of the trees home with you, we will have a drawing on Sunday beginning at 1:30. You can purchase tickets for the drawing on Nov. 26. Ticket prices are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Lunch $5 will get you a bowl of soup, a hot or cold drink, and a cookie. We are making extra efforts this year so we won’t run out of cookies.

Chocolate Walk The Performing Arts Boosters will be having a Chocolate Walk in the Galva Arts Center with a variety of goodies for you to take home.

Coffee House, 7 – Regional performance of  Christmas Music. Open Mic follows at 8:30 for musicians, storytellers, and other performers. “It’s free … and you get a cookie”,  John Sloan.