The Main Street Art Guild will feature the work of Rick Munson, Dixon, on display through October at Brick Street Coffee in downtown Mount Carroll.
Many of his paintings are used to raise awareness and support for the wounded warriors. (Courtesy of the MS Art Guild
Emmanuel Reformed to Host The Hoppers in Concert!
Continuing its 2013 concert series, Emmanuel Reformed Church, 202 E Morris Street, Morrison, IL is thrilled to welcome back America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music, The Hoppers, in concert on Sunday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church. The Sanctuary Choir of the church, under the direction of Rich Criss, will join forces with the Hoppers for this exciting evening. All are welcome at the concert.
All are welcome to attend this concert of inspirational music and stirring testimony. There is no admission charged, although a free will offering will be taken. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Invite your friends and neighbors. For more information, please check out the Emmanuel website at www.emmanuelreformedchurch.org and click on the “concert series” button.
Good Samaritan Auxilliary
Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll Auxiliary members donated items for a unique ”Quilting Basket” for the center’s annual Founder’s Day Silent Auction. Donated theme baskets and items will be displayed and bids accepted Sept. 21-28. All proceeds will be used for the benefit of our residents. Pictured are Auxiliary members (from left): Charlene Collins, Dee Neill, Mary Keith, Jackie Brown, Berta Lenkeit, Carol Endre, LaVona Cheeseman and Gloria Bausman. For more information, call 815-244-7715.
JDCF Fall Forest Walk Set
Join the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation as we celebrate the changing of the seasons at Schurmeier Teaching Forest with a Fall Forest Walk. We will learn how to identify our native trees by their bark, berries, and nuts. This free event will be held Saturday, September 21 from 1-2:30pm and is appropriate for the whole family with easy hiking terrain. Expert staff members and volunteers from the JDCF will lead the hike and help identify native trees, wildflowers, and berries on an approximately 1 ½ mile hike through the forest. Please wear weather appropriate clothes and footwear.
To reach Schurmeier Forest, take HWY 20 to Derinda Road just east of Downtown Elizabeth. Travel a short distance to Tower Road, turn right and follow to Reusch Road. Take a left on Reusch and drive 1 ½ miles to the parking lot on the right side of the road. The entrance to the forest is on the left.
The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation’s mission is to conserve and enhance natural wildlife habitat, cultural heritage, scenic vistas, and the agricultural character of Jo Daviess County and the surrounding area for future generations. JDCF owns several beautiful and unique preserves all of which are open to the public for hiking, wildlife viewing, and picnicking. For more information, visit their office at 126 N Main Street in Elizabeth, IL, call (815) 858-9100, or find them online at www.jdcf.org.
Local Leader Wins Statewide Award
Bruce Johnson, Manager of the Stephenson County Farm Bureau, was recently awarded the Outstanding Cooperative Manager Award, given by the Illinois Cooperative Council. The award recognizes leaders who embrace the cooperative principles and provide outstanding leadership to the members they serve.
Bruce has a long history of serving farmer members starting out his career as a feed salesman for GROWMARK, then as a Market Support Manager for Producer’s Alliance, and a highly successful career as a county Farm Bureau manager. His winning smile and enthusiasm has always been a trademark of Bruce’s personality. He finds time to volunteer with many local organizations such as Rotary, Stephenson County Fair, Stephenson County Beef Producers, and is a lifetime member of the National FFA.
Bruce says, “I have been so blessed to have enjoyed a rewarding career in various pathways in the world of agriculture.” He labels his current job as Manager of the SCFB as his “dream job” because, “it allows me to interface and engage with so many outstanding professionals in this rewarding industry.”
Bruce was nominated by local dairy farmer, Doug Scheider, who is president of the Illinois Milk Producers’ Association (IMPA).
Lanark Lions Candy Day Coming Up
The Lanark Lions club will be on the streets with their candy on Friday, Sept. 13th and Thurs., Oct. 10th. When you see them in their colorful vests shaking their cans, please think how your donation will change the life of a visual or hearing impaired child that needs your help. Please give until it feels good! And enjoy your Lions Candy. Pictured from left to right: Jeff Hoak, “The Lion,” District Governor Fred Peska, and Rick Eisenbise.
Open House for Senior Center Board Member
An open house will be held for Peggy Dannels, Savanna resident and retiring board member of Carroll County Senior Services Organization, at the Senior Center in Mount Carroll on Monday, Sept. 16, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
The public is invited to drop by, enjoy some refreshments, and reminisce with Dannels and the Senior Center staff and board members about her services to the county’s senior population.
Dannels has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2012. She previously owned a catalog mail order store in Savanna and later worked for Coast to Coast for many years until retirement. She now works part-time at Ace Hardware in Savanna. Dannels is active in the community and is a member of the United Church of Christ and PEO. She lives on a farm south of Savanna with her husband, loves animals, and is busy with family.
The Carroll County Senior Center is located at 306 N. Main St. in downtown Mount Carroll with hours of 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Senior Center offers assistance and services on Circuit Breaker, Medicare, Social Security, Low Income Heating Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), tax preparation (provided by AARP), outreach counseling, referral assistance, assessment tax freeze and transportation.
Special programs are held on defensive driving, rules of the road, and grandparents raising grandchildren. Health programs, coordinated with Freeport Health Network (FHN), and Foot Clinics, coordinated with The Foot Care Nurses, are also frequently offered.
Activities for the senior population include crafts, quilting, recycling, bingo, yoga, and trips to places of interest. Seniors can even stop in for a game of pool or to use the treadmill, recumbent bike, and Wii games and Wii fit plus.
Personalized services are available free of charge to seniors, including notarizing, faxing and making copies. Seniors are also allowed to check their email and check out books, puzzles, and videos.
A calendar of events is posted monthly on the entity’s website at www.seniorcenter.org.
The Carroll County Senior Center was established in May of 1998 and is governed by a 15-member board representing the Carroll County area. The Center is funded through senior real estate tax, NIAAA grants, donations from organizations, churches, townships, and private citizens, and also from crafts and paper and aluminum can recycling.
For additional information, call the Senior Center at 815-244-1800 or toll free 866-214-1959, or stop in at 306 N. Main St., Mount Carroll, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Veterans Assistance Commission Notice
The Carroll County Veterans Assistance Commission office will be closed from September 9th to September 13th for our yearly training. The office will be open on September 16th.
There will be a meeting on September 19th at the VA office. The meeting will be held at the court house at 301 N. Main Street in Mt. Carroll. This meeting will start at 7 p.m. Please plan on attending and bring another veteran with you. The wives of veterans are also asked to attend.
Internationally Renowned Composer and Playwright Returns to NW IL
Mike Craver travels from his North Carolina home to Northwest Illinois this month to once again delight local audiences. Craver is a talented singer, composer and writer of off-Broadway musicals such as Smoke on the Mountain, Radio Gals and Bosh and Moonshine.
In 2009, Craver performed with the Mighty Richland Players, Orangeville, Illinois, as the comical Mould, the undertaker in Bosh and Moonshine. Over the next three years Craver returned to Illinois to perform as Mould in the premier musicals Belle of the Wabash, Sarah Bernhardt in Texas, and Oklahoma Hale and Damnation.
Friday, September 20, Mould the undertaker once again appears in Orangeville in Craver’s fourth premiere musical comedy The Queen of the Cow Towns. He will share the stage with other well-known local talents such as Terrie Miller, Phil Jackman, Mary Jo Frederick and Reynold Nolan.
“This is a must-see show,” says director Peter Woodruff. “Mike’s wonderful music gets better each year, and this year he has outdone himself! And how often do we get to see someone of such renown and talent in our little corner of the world?”
Show dates and venues:
September 20 and 21, 7:30 pm, and September 22, 2:00 pm at Masonic Hall, 203 High St., in Orangeville. Reservations preferred for this dessert theater show. Tickets are $20.00, and available through the Monroe Arts Center, 608-325-5700.
September 27 and 28, 7:30 pm and September 29, 2:00 pm at Metcalf Center, Mount Carroll. Advanced tickets are $10.00, and $12.00 at the door. Tickets are available through the Stockton Banking Center, 815-947-2000 and the National Bank in Mt. Carroll, 815-244-2265.
October 4 and 5, 7:30 pm at Township Hall, 111 Monroe Street, in Hanover. Tickets are $12.00 and are available by calling 815-244-1014.
Queen of the Cow Towns is a Northwest Illinois Theater Coalition production.
The Mane Event
Did you know that horses have frogs with them at all times? Get the details behind this fact as Elizabeth Myelle debunks horse and pony myths alike. Learn what makes ponies different than baby horses, why horses can’t see directly in front of them and much more. This presentation will be held on Saturday, September 14th at 1:00pm at the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum, 408 E. Sycamore St in Elizabeth IL.
To reserve a seat, please contact the Banwarth House at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the PSF Office at 815-858-2014. Find us on Facebook or visit www.banwarthmuseum.com for a list of upcoming events.
Illinois Chamber of Commerce Supports Redistricting Campaign
The Illinois Chamber of Commerce voted at their September Board Meeting to endorse the Yes for Independent Maps campaign effort to place the Illinois Independent Redistricting Amendment on the November 2014 ballot.
The Illinois Independent Redistricting Amendment will establish an 11-member Independent Redistricting Commission to draw state legislative maps after every Census.
“The Illinois Chamber believes strongly that we should take politics out of the redistricting process so that voters can choose their legislators, and not the other way around,” said Doug Whitley, Chamber President and CEO. “I urge my fellow Illinoisans to join me in signing a petition to place this essential reform on the 2014 ballot.”
The Illinois Independent Redistricting Amendment is a proposal to reshape the way we draw the lines, and will create a system that is independent, nonpartisan, and transparent. It is the opposite of the current process which is conducted behind closed doors by politicians with only themselves in mind. The amendment was crafted by Illinoisans across the state in pursuit of a fair, open and efficient process for redistricting.
A summary, available at www.IndependentMaps.org, says the Illinois Constitution currently specifies that the General Assembly draws the state Senate and House Districts after every Census. If that process fails, a legislatively appointed commission creates the maps.
The new 11-member independent commission structure and process builds on the most effective, fair redistricting systems in other states, tailored to the unique politics and legal requirements of Illinois.
Under the proposed amendment, the independent Commission would draw district boundaries using the following criteria:
- Contiguous, substantially equal in population, and in compliance with federal laws;
- Not drawn to dilute or diminish the ability of a racial or language minority community to elect the candidates of its choice;
- Respecting the geographic integrity of cities, towns, and other units of local government;
- Respecting the geographic integrity of communities sharing common social and economic interests;
- Not drawn to purposefully or significantly discriminate against or favor any political party or group, and not considering the residence of any person.
The Commission would hold public hearings throughout the state both before and after it releases its draft maps. The process would be extraordinarily transparent: All Commission records and communications between Commissioners will be open for public inspection, and all Commission meetings will be open to the public and publicly noticed at least two days ahead of time.
The Illinois Chamber of Commerce promotes the interests of Illinois business by working to improve the state’s business climate. The Chamber has committed to educate and activate their membership around the Yes for Independent Maps campaign. The Illinois Chamber of Commerce joins the League of Women Voters of Illinois in endorsing the redistricting effort this week.
To learn more about the Yes for Independent Maps Campaign, visit www.IndependentMaps.org
Many people are busy canning salsa at this time of the year. Whether it’s because they have an abundant amount of tomatoes, want to know exactly what goes into it from start to finish or simply because they enjoy the personal satisfaction of making it themselves.
According to Diane Reinhold, University of Illinois Nutrition and Wellness Educator they are also a rich source of Lycopene, a natural color pigment that contributes to the deep red color tomatoes have. “Most people don’t realize that tomatoes are high in vitamins A and C, calcium and potassium,” states Reinhold.
“People should understand some of the factors that will affect the final product,” said Reinhold, “and according to USDA information, those might include the type of tomato, which will affect its consistency.” For thicker salsas, use paste tomatoes, such as Roma, San Marzano and sweet Viva Italia tomatoes. Paste tomatoes have an intense flavor, a firm texture and few seeds making them ideal for salsa. For a thinner, more watery salsa, use slicing tomatoes, such as Better Boy, Brandywine and Celebrity. Reinhold suggests that canners should use only high quality firm tomatoes, as poor quality or overripe tomatoes will yield a thinner salsa and one that may spoil.
Tomatoes for many years were thought to be high in acid. However, researchers now know tomatoes are not consistently high in acid. Tomatoes vary in acidity based on the variety, growing conditions, climate, and location. The amount of acid also varies dramatically over the growing season. Acid levels are highest in unripe (green) tomatoes and lowest in ripened tomatoes. It is not recommended that you drain or squeeze the tomatoes when canning salsa, by removing the liquid and juices, as you are also removing some of the needed acids.
It is the acidic level that helps to prevent spoilage, in salsa, not the salt. Salt is not necessary for preservation in canned products but can be added for flavor. Since the acid levels in tomatoes vary widely acid must be added to all canned tomato products. The USDA canning recommendations are as follows: add 2 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon of citric acid per quart of tomatoes. For pints, use 1 tablespoon of bottled lemon juice or 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid. Acid can be added directly to the jars before filling the jars with product. Add sugar to offset acid taste, if desired. Four tablespoons of 5% -acidity vinegar per quart may be used instead of lemon juice or citric acid. However, vinegar may cause undesirable flavor changes. Acid is added to tomato products even if the tomatoes are pressure canned.
For more information about preserving salsa or other tomato based products, check out the U of I Extension website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw or the USDA, December 2009, Complete Guide to Home Canning, at http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/usda. For other questions about food preservation, canning or other nutrition issues, contact Diane Reinhold, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Extension Educator at the U of I Extension-815-235-4125.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
Challenging all farmers in the Jo Daviess area! Are you confident that your pumpkin is the largest in the county? Here is the perfect opportunity to compete for the ultimate pumpkin bragging rights. The Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their Fourth Annual Scarecrow Festival on Saturday, October 12th.
Among the events will be a competition for the heaviest pumpkin hosted at M&W Feed Service located at 201 S. Ash Street in Elizabeth. This competition will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Please be there on time if you are going to enter! 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons will be awarded for this competition. These pumpkins will be on display until Monday, October 13th at the Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum.
This competition is open to any individual residing in Jo Daviess County. The time to prepare is now. If you are a competitive person and know you have that rare, one of a kind pumpkin to beat all pumpkins… this contest is for you. For more information please contact Elaine Klippert at M&W Feed Service at 815-858-2412 or Diane Sipiera with Planetary Studies Foundation at (815) 858-2014 or email@example.com.
Let the competition begin!
Good Samaritan Society Celebrates Its Founding
The Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll is joining Good Samaritan Society locations across the nation in celebrating the beginnings of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society.
The Good Samaritan Society, founded by the Rev. August “Dad” Hoeger, was incorporated on Sept. 29, 1922, and opened its first home, a six-room rented house, on March 1, 1923, in Arthur, N.D. Over the years, the Society has grown from serving a handful of residents to being the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of care and services for seniors and others in need.
The Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll plans to commemorate Founder’s Day on Saturday, September 28, at 2:00 p.m. with the New Spirit Band, Ice Cream Sundae Fundraiser hosted by the Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll Auxiliary, and a Silent Auction. All proceeds will be used to benefit the center’s residents. A “Caring Hands, Caring Hearts” quilt featuring staff handprints will also be on display for the event.
“Founder’s Day is a special time to honor our history and celebrate our staff members and residents who carry on the Good Samaritan Society’s legacy each day at Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll,” said Cathy Smikle, administrator.
The Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll is part of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, a not-for-profit organization that owns and operates more than 240 long-term care centers and retirement living centers across the country. The Good Samaritan Society’s mission is to share God’s love in word and deed by providing shelter and supportive services to older persons and others in need, believing that “In Christ’s Love, Everyone Is Someone.”
DNR Hunter Education Class
Area residents will have an opportunity to learn basic principles of safe hunting at a Department of Natural Resources hunter safety course scheduled for later this month at Van’s Country Sports Store, 9452 VanBuskirk Rd., Mount Carroll.
The two-day class will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. Class size is limited and participants must pre-register by calling 815-493-2601. If there is no answer, those who wish to be registered must leave a message with their name and a call-back number.
State law requires that all hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, successfully complete the hunter education course before they can receive their first hunting license. In addition, people who wish to hunt in other states are often required to complete the course regardless of age. Participants should provide their Social Security Number at the time of the class. Those completing the hunter education course receive a Hunter Education Certification card verifying that they have passed the course of instruction.
“This will be an excellent opportunity for hunters who need the course in order to qualify for their hunting license,” DNR Master Instructor Clark VanBuskirk said. “It can be beneficial for both beginning and advanced hunters, even those born before Jan. 1, 1980.”
The minimum ten hour course includes instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid, survival techniques and regulations.
For more information, contact VanBuskirk at 815-493-2601.
Pitter Patter Pantry Reorganization Celebration
Leigh Anne Piper ‘birthed’ the Pitter Patter Pantry six years ago as part of her nursing degree studies and because she identified a great need in Carroll County for children living in poverty. Due to recent ‘growing pains’, she announced the end of this program. But this is NOT the end! Leadership has come forward to ‘foster’ the reorganization and keep the Pitter Patter Pantry open with community support.
On Saturday, September 14, 9:30 a.m. at the Lanark United Methodist Church, 405 East Locust Street, there will be a Reorganization Celebration with a light brunch. Anyone interested in the PPP or willing to volunteer a few hours in the coming year is welcome to join us. We will celebrate the accomplishments of the past six years and plan for the future. RSVP to Leigh Ann Piper, 815-493-6255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diverse Blood Donors Wanted During Sickle Cell Awareness Month
Many patients need a one-time blood transfusion, but the estimated 100,000 Americans with sickle cell disease face a lifetime of them. During September, National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, the American Red Cross encourages blood donations from donors of all types.
Most people with sickle cell disease are of African descent, but many are of Indian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic, Mediterranean and other descents. Because recipients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with the same ethnicity, a diverse supply is important.
Sickle cell disease causes red blood cells to form an abnormal shape. Regular blood transfusions can help reduce the risks of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications. While better management of the disease has increased life expectancy in recent years, there is still no cure.
Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to learn more and make an appointment to donate blood for patients in need like those with sickle cell disease.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Whiteside County
Sept. 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico CUSD #3, 79 Grove St. in Prophetstown, Ill. –Platelet donations only. Platelet donations are taken by appointment only.
Sept. 18 from 2-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.
Sept. 19 from 12-6 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 200 W. Lincolnway in Morrison, Ill.
Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 Fourth St. in Fulton, Ill.
Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.
Sept. 28 from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.
Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Illinois State Police District 1 Headquarters, 3107 E. Lincolnway in Sterling, Ill.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
New Members of American Angus Association
Kiley Carroll and Courtney Carroll, both of Lanark, Illinois, are new junior members of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo.
Junior members of the Association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in Association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.
The American Angus Association is the largest beef breed association in the world, with nearly 25,000 active adult and junior members.
Local Students Graduate from Rockford College
Rockford College’s 159th Commencement Ceremony, held on Sunday, May 19, awarded degrees in Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Management Studies, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Business Administration to approximately 400 students.
Nicole Lawler of Pearl City, IL received a Bachelor of Science degree.
Nicole Olson of Shannon, IL received a Bachelor of Science degree.
Sarah Sheffey of Pearl City, IL received a Bachelor of Science degree.
Connie Scott of Polo, IL received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
Rockford College (Rockford University as of July 1) is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The College offers approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through its Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master of Arts in Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Rockford College is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and one of only 81 colleges in the nation as a “College with a Conscience,” Rockford College currently serves approximately 1,350 full-and part-time students.
Take Advantage of Special Local Rate for Campbell Center Workshop
Care of Gravestones and Cemetery Monuments will be offered at the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies in Mt. Carroll, October 3, 4, & 5 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. The course will be taught by John Appell, private stone conservator of West Hartford, CT.
The primary goal of this workshop is to educate the attendees regarding all of the various aspects of gravestone, monument, and historic masonry preservation. The majority of the workshop will be conducted at historical Mt. Carroll Cemetery. Classroom instruction will complement the hands-on training.
The workshop will begin with a walk and talk tour, using the cemetery as an open-air museum to illustrate basic geology, common preservation problems, previously failed repairs, and assorted other related issues. Gravestones and monuments, will then be selected to be repaired, cleaned or preserved in some manner, which represent most of the commonly encountered preservation problems, found in historic graveyards.
Breakfast, lunch, and snacks is included in the price. Special price of $715 for local people who do not need on-campus lodging. Registration forms can be found at the Campbell Center website, www.campbellcenter.org. Space is limited.
Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development
The Riverview Center offers a free program for parents and caring adults to promote healthy sexuality. Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development is offered the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Riverview Center’s Office, 2600 Dodge Street, Dubuque. The Program Concept recognizes that healthy sexuality is nurtured when we 1) promote a positive self-image and respect for each other, 2) accurately respond to children’s questions, and 3) promote clear and open communication.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Matt at 563-557-0310
Freeport Art Museum and HCC to hold Prairie Wind Live Exhibit
Prairie Wind Live brings together the visual, literary and performance arts in an exciting collaboration between the Freeport Art Museum and Highland Community College. For over 20 years, HCC has produced an award-winning publication called Prairie Wind, featuring art, poetry, short stories and music selected primarily from the Highland Gallery’s annual District Juried Art Exhibition.
This fall, from September 28 through November 9, 2013, these works will come to life at the Freeport Art Museum through a dynamic exhibition featuring interactive audio and visual recordings. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to listen to selected original music compositions on MP3 devices while viewing the art and a special video installation which will present interviews with the artists.
The opening reception, to be held Friday, September 27th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Freeport Art Museum, will be a unique chance for visitors to interact with artists, writers and musicians as they present their works live through demonstration, talks and readings. Following the exhibit opening, a series of educational programs is scheduled to take place at FAM, HCC and at the Freeport Public Library where visitors can experience the multi-media project through readers theatres of featured poetry and short stories and demonstrations of artistic media and technique throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Special guest speaker and former Prairie Wind contributor, Austin Smith, will make a visit to Freeport in October to talk about his newly published book of contemporary poetry titled Almanac, due out in September. Smith grew up on a family dairy farm near Freeport and is a graduate of Freeport High School. He holds an MA in poetry from the University of California – Davis and an MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia. He is currently a Wallace Stenger Fellow at Stanford University. Smith credits Prairie Wind with giving him encouragement to continue in his writing pursuits.
Most Prairie Wind Live programs are free and open to the public thanks to the support of a grant by the Freeport Community Foundation.
The Freeport Art Museum is located at 121 North Harlem Avenue. For more information about the Prairie Wind Live exhibit and programs, contact Executive Director Jessica Caddell at 815.235.9755 or email@example.com.
Mount Carroll Duck Pluck Results
The ducks were plucked from the fountain on the courthouse lawn during the annual Brick Street Saturday celebration in Mount Carroll.
The prize winners of Chamber Bucks, which can be spent at ANY Chamber business, are $75 - Kelli Haub; $50 - Corrine Rhoads; $25 - Ed Fehlhafer.
The Mount Carroll Chamber of Commerce appreciates everyone who purchased a duck. All net proceeds from this event will be used to promote future events.
Visit http://www.mtcarrollil.org/ for updated information for both the City and Chamber.