Quincy residents have several community activities available on Sunday, Sept. 18, to attend.
Riverfest, located in Kesler Park, is an arts festival that includes artist booths, food vendors, performances and children’s art activities.
Quincy Society of Fine Arts member organizations and community organizations will also have booths to offer information about their programs.
The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Riverfest is sponsored by the Quincy Park District, Refreshment Services Pepsi and the Quincy Society of Fine Arts.
As a part of the festival at the riverfront, the Quincy Classic Boat and Motor Show will have a display of in-water boats along with a swap meet and static display of motors.
There is also a classic boat parade at 2 p.m.
Frontier Settlement Days has been moved from its usual June date to Sept. 18 at the Log Cabin Village on Quinsippi Island. The theme Civil War Call to Arms will include re-enactors, a school display with children’s activities, a moonshine display, needleworkers, a hospital display and many more items of interest.
At Broadway and Eighth streets, participants can tour the new Kroc Center during the grand opening. A worship and dedication service is scheduled for 10 a.m. with the ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m.
For more information, call QSFA at (217) 222-3432.
The Great River Jazz Preservation Society presents the Lonnie Lynn Orchestra Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Quality Inn and Suites Convention Center, located just off Highway 35 west of Hannibal, Mo. The event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m., and no advance reservations are required. A cash bar and food along with a dance floor will be available. Admission is $20 for adults and free for students and children.
The Lonnie Lynn Orchestra is a local ballroom dance band, playing music from the 1930s and ’40s with some country music and Latin rhythms on the side. The band consists of 10 musicians and a female vocalist.
Lonnie hosts Big Band Fests twice a year. These dances feature the Lonnie Lynn Orchestra in addition to a guest band — providing hours of continuous dancing music.
The concert schedule for the 2011-2012 season also includes the following bands: New Red Onion Jazz Babies, Nov. 13; Cornet Chop Suey, March 18; and Gateway City Big Band, May 20.
The Great River Jazz Preservation Society is a nonprofit organization. Patron tickets may be purchased for $60 making the cost per concert $15. Patron tickets may be purchased in advance and picked up on the night of the first concert or can be purchased that night.
For additional information, call Gloria Northcutt at (573) 248-4019 or Kate Dougherty at (573) 439-5991.
Dave Herrero and his band will take the stage Friday, Aug. 26, for Blues in the District at Washington Park.
Herrero is a seasoned professional who has been blessed to play some very exclusive shows including the 2009 Chicago Blues Fest, Old Town Blues Festival, Sun Prairie Blues Festival and Springfield Blues Festival, just to name a few. He began playing professionally at the tender age of 20 in Jacksonville, Fla. Initially, he was largely influenced by Muddy Waters, Albert King and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, which prompted his move to Austin, Texas. He has since located to Chicago.
Corporate sponsors include Mercantile Trust & Savings Bank, Quincy Area Boaters, Quincy Preserves and an anonymous donor. Other sponsors include Don and Sandy Heck, Early Tin Dusters, Murray Childers, O’Donnell’s Termite & Pest Control, Brad and Karol Ehmen, State Street Bar & Grill, Wells Fargo, AdForce, Austin Properties, Kent & Gigi Adams, Jeannie’s Shoppe, Kristopher’s, John & Lani Schneider, Scholz and Scholz, The Butcher Block, John and Mary Ellen Inman, Quincy Plumbing & Heating, Rex and Betty Niekamp and Martini’s at 515.
The food vendor will be Meals Plus serving rib-eye steak, grilled pork tenderloin and hamburger sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, soda and water. Proceeds benefit the Meals on Wheels program in Quincy.
Culver-Stockton College will host the work of Kelly Eddington, a renowned watercolor artist, Aug. 25 through Sept. 23 in the Mabee Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. with a gallery talk beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Eddington’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group venues throughout Illinois and are in private and public collections including WIU’s permanent library collection. Her works have been awarded at a number of juried shows. She has been an award-winning Illinois art educator for 17 years, teaching at Oregon High School and Unity High School.
For more information, call Jennifer Bock-Nelson at (573) 288-6413 or go to email@example.com.
The Sunday Music series begins on Aug. 21 with a concert by the Trio Con Brio.
The event will take place in the First Union Congregational Church, 105 N. 12th St., at 4 p.m. The public is invited, and there is no charge for admission.
Trio Con Brio will present three charming and lively works: Phantasiestucke, Opus 22 by Robert Schumann; Trio in G Major, Hob. XV, 25 by Joseph Haydn; and Variations, Opus 12a “Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu” by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Members of Trio Con Brio are Leonora Suppan-Gehrich, piano; Brian Gehrich, violin; and Helga Winold, cello. The ensemble traveled to Europe in June and performed concerts in Austria and Italy.
For more information, call 228-2866.
The premier venue for “Fang” is One restaurant, located at 600 Hampshire, on Friday, Aug. 19. The public is invited to view this not-yet-rated film, which is expected to be listed at a PG-13 viewing. A cocktail hour with the actors at 8 p.m. kicks off the event, followed by a 9 p.m. showing of the two-hour film.
All proceeds will benefit the Quincy Salvation Army Emergency Shelter and tickets are $8. Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event beginning at 7 p.m.
“We want to give something back to the city of Quincy, to say thank you to everyone for their gracious hospitality and assistance last June,” said Kurt Struss, director.
In the film, ancient cultures clash when an ages old vampire clan’s fortune dwindles and they seek to take control of an east coast powerhouse. Nothing is as it seems as Michael Venzetti, heir apparent to the powerhouse business, must fight the battle of his life as all sides close in.
For more information, call 214-3700 or go to www.seequincy.com.
Everyone is invited to the Quincy Society of Fine Arts 64th annual meeting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12.
The event will be held at the T&C Inn, 110 N. 54th St., formerly the Country Inn and Suites.
Following the meeting will be a social hour featuring light hors d’oeurves and beverages sponsored by the hotel.
Mariann Barnard, Director of Operations, said, “The T&C Inn is happy to host the Quincy Society of Fine Arts’ annual meeting.”
The annual meeting will include election of officers, approval of the budget and reports from QSFA’s 64 member organizations.
For more information, call 222-3432.
The eighth annual Midsummer Arts Faire will be held Friday through Sunday, June 24-26, in Quincy’s Washington Park, located at Fifth and Maine.
The free juried fine arts faire will be held rain or shine from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Great entertainment, great food and, of course, great art will be available all three days.
Fifty artists have been accepted to this year’s faire. The artists offer a variety of media including watercolors, clay, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, glass and mixed media. Artists will display and sell their original art and be at their booth throughout the faire to talk with patrons.
The success of an event like the Midsummer Arts Faire is because of community involvement. One of the best ways to support the faire is to buy Art Fare gift certificates. Available in increments of $25, Art Fare certificates may be used to purchase any of the art at the Midsummer Arts Faire. Your support means the Midsummer Arts Faire can continue to be a great event for Quincy for many years. Call 779-2285 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase your Art Faire certificates today.
The youngest members of the family can take part in free children’s art activities held during faire hours Saturday and Sunday.
The entertainment at this year’s faire will keep your toes tapping and hands clapping. The faire kicks off once again with the popular Blues in the District concert on Friday night from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The rest of the weekend features a variety of musical acts from around the region including the Irish Rag Tag Players, Esther Moore, Cheeks McGee and the Brigham Young University men’s a cappella group, Vocal Point. The theatre department of Quincy University will present a special production Saturday afternoon. Thanks goes to WQUB 90.3 FM for sponsoring this year’s entertainment.
The Taste of Quincy Food Court will feature Historic Quincy Business District favorites The Butcher Block, Pop’s Pizza and Sydne’s Café & Catering. Back by popular demand, Madonna House will serve lemon and strawberry shake-up drinks. The Food Court will be open during all faire hours including Friday night’s Blues in the District concert.
Tickets are now available for A Midsummer’s Brunch on from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Join Honorary Chairs Blaine and Cindy Strock and the Board of the Midsummer Arts.
New this year, the brunch will be held at Brix Wine and Cheese just across the street from Washington Park. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Faire and help continue to support art programs in area schools through our Young Collectors Gallery Grant Program.
The $25 per person donation includes brunch and one complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Mary. Advance reservations are appreciated.
Visit www.artsfaire.org or call (217) 257-0721 for more information.
You’ve waited a long time, but it’s finally here.
One of Quincy’s most attended events is back for another year. Blues in the District, a free series of blues concerts, will be held in Quincy’s Washington Park on seven Friday nights this summer. Pack up your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers and head downtown for wonderful music, great food and time with family and friends. New hours for all concerts this year are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The series opens Friday, June 10, with Grady Champion. Champion is a young blues singer and harmonica player, who has been compared to Sonny Boy Williamson and people can hear why on his album “Payin’ for My Sins.” The album includes a version of “Don’t Start Me to Talkin,’” that really shows his high-energy singing and hamonica playing. His revved up, soulful vocalizing and the charm and insight he brings to his songwriting can be heard in numbers like “My Rooster is King” and the classic-sounding tale of infidelity entitled “You Got Some Explaining to Do.”
The corporate sponsors for this concert are TNT, GREDF and the Mid Summer Arts Faire. Additional sponsors are Bank of Quincy, Awerkamp Machinery Company, Celia’s Gifts & More, Circle Sewer Service, Joe & Janet Conover, Karen Peters, Klingner & Associates, Quincy Landlord Association, SGL Motors, Titan Wheel, Western Catholic Union, Charles Rollins, Riddell Noble and Bower & Associates.
The food vendor is TNT and friends serving up barbecued pork, chicken, brat, cheeseburgers and big hot dog baskets with a choice of two sides (baked beans, potato salad or chips) or sandwiches, sides and cookies sold separately. Beverages will be available at the Pepsi wagon.
Under the direction of Tim Knipe, the Big River Harmonizers will be celebrating its 46th Annual Parade of Harmony Show.
This year the show will be held at 1:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, at the Emerson Community Center, 1310 Washington in Quincy.
Let the chorus entertain you with patriotic songs to celebrate the upcoming Flag Day. The quartet Oddity will also be joining the chorus.
Some of the songs to be featured include “This is My Country,” “Armed Forces Medley,” “Give Me Your Tired Your Poor,” “The Pledge of Allegiance” and “God Bless America,” to name a few.
The cost of admission is $8 and tickets will be sold at the door. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy some wonderful music. For more information, call Knipe at 223-5426 or Kirby Wiemelt at 224-2444.