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Butterfly Princess Day! – with Butterfly Stilt Walkers at Rendleman Orchards

Rendleman Orchards 9680 State Highway 127 N., Alto Pass, IL

Dress as a  Butterfly Princess  and meet our Butterfly Stilt Walkers in the flower fields! 2 Butterfly Stilt Walkers will be visiting Rendleman Orchards to meet and greet all the Butterfly Princesses visiting the farm! Wear your prettiest wings and glittery make up! Or have the face painter on site give you Read more…


Pulaski County Fair

Pulaski, IL.

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail – Wine & Food Pairing event

All 11 wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create a wonderful day of savory and seasonal wine and food pairings.  We invite you to join us for a progressive tasting along the trail and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of our wines paired with delicious Read more…

Cobden Peach Festival

Sponsored by the Cobden Lions Club, this evening celebration of the Peach Harvest features carnival rides and games, Peach Queen Contest, food and peach cobbler on Fri and Sat. evening.  Parade begins at 4:30 on Sat.  A 5K run/walk is offered on Sat. morning. Free admission. 618-893-2425

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Blue Sky Vineyard

Blue Sky Vineyards 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Rd, Makanda, Illinois

Meet us at Ruby’s Place, a 1928 Speakeasy and witness the Mob sendoff for the late Vito “The Gut” Marzetti.  His grieving family will be holding services for the Don, including, Joey “The Lump”, Frankie “Marbles” and the proprietor of the club, Ruby “Fingers” Marzetti.  The Gut’s heartbroken widow Lena Read more…

Conundrum of Common Names

Giant City Visitor center 235 Giant City Road, Makanda, IL

Learn about the trouble with using common names for plants instead of their Latin name. Join Erin Garrett with U of I Extension and explore some commonly used names that refer to multiple species and dive into the use of the word “weed.” Registration is required.

Johnson County Went to War 1861-1865

Cache River Wetland Center 8885 State Route 37 S, Cypress, Illinois

Mr. Ed Annable’s presentation will include selected information and quotes from his most recent book, Some Came Marching Home Again—Johnson County Illinois Went to War 1861-1862. In recent years Ed and Diane Annable have published several award-winning books on the history of Southern Illinois. Please join us for an educational Read more…

River To River Trail a monument dedication

The River-to-River Trail Society invites all interested members of the public to the unveiling and dedication of a monument to John O'Dell and the River-to-River Trail, on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. no matter the weather. A brief ceremony will be held at the monument, on the grounds Read more…

Union County Fair – Anna

This area county fair features, livestock & horse shows, an exhibit hall with various exhibits, a carnival and grandstand shows that include, demo derby, tractor pulls, rodeo, pageants and harness racing.  (618) 833-8923

Ride to the Sky – Bike Ride

Blue Sky Vineyards 3150 S. Rocky Comfort Rd, Makanda, Illinois

Blue Sky Vineyard has partnered with St. Francis Care Community Animal Rescue & Education for their first ever bike ride fundraiser. The rides will begin and end at John A Logan College.  Registration 7:30am There will be several different loops available with varying lengths and difficulty.  Ride to the Sky – Read more…

Reptiles in the Neighborhood

Cache River Wetland Center 8885 State Route 37 S, Cypress, Illinois

Join reptile enthusiast Tony Gerard for an up-close look at snakes, skinks, lizards, and turtles, highlighting characteristics of reptiles found in southern Illinois. The indoor presentation will be at the Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center from 1 to 2 p.m. The program concludes with an optional hike on Todd Fink- Read more…