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Sun watchers to gather at Woodhenge Sunday for solstice sunrise

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Dawn breaks over Woodhenge at Cahokia Mounds / submitted photo

Sun watchers will gather at 7 a.m. Sunday to celebrate the winter solstice and watch dawn break over Woodhenge at Cahokia Mounds. Collinsville’s Woodhenge sits about 1/2 mile west of Monks Mound. Reconstructed in 1985, there were originally five iterations of wood pole formations at the site, probably constructed by the Mississippians between 1100 and […]

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Collinsville Charities for Children helps more than 265 needy children

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Collinsville Charities for Children's volunteer gives shoes and socks to a needy child on Dec. 10, 2014 at Jack Schmitt Ford / Submitted photo

Submitted content Collinsville Charities for Children gave shoes and socks to more than 265 Collinsville School District children on Dec. 10. Organizer Grant Koentz, along with 12 volunteers from the organization and Jack Schmitt employees, provided shoes and socks to the students at Jack Schmitt Ford Lincoln in Collinsville. Submitted content

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Christmas in Collinsville this weekend

By   /  December 1, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Christmas in Collinsville / Submitted photo

Christmas in Collinsville, sponsored by the Collinsville Main Street Community Association, is happening this weekend. The two-day event starts with the tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday Dec. 5 at the township office, located at 307 East Main St. Carolers will  join Santa Claus at the ceremony. Donations for Toys for Tots will be […]

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Collinsville’s premier social and fundraising event to benefit Unit 10 literacy program

By   /  November 17, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

A table of trees and decorations at the 2013 Festival of Trees / Photo by Roger Starkey

The premier social event each year in Collinsville is also the premier fundraising event. For 20 years, people have put on their finest clothes and mingled with friends and community leaders at the annual Festival of Trees, while raising more than $500,000 for local charities. More than $30,000 was raised in 2013 for Collinsville Charities […]

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The Nutcracker returns to the Wildey Theatre

By   /  November 15, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Nut Poster 2014

The Turning Pointe Academy of Dance will bring the Christmas classic ballet, the Nutcracker, back to the Wildey Theatre this December. The family classic, first performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on Dec. 18, 1892, is the story of a Christmastime dream world with a nutcracker come to life. The ballet features the music of famed […]

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Local author meet and greet at Collinsville Library

By   /  November 14, 2014  /  Books, Events, Living  /  No Comments

The President's Mortician by Tim Fleming. Published by Neverland Publishing

Nov. 22 marks the 51st anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.  Local author Timothy Fleming tackles this topic in his historical fiction book “The President’s Mortician.” A young man witnesses his neighbor’s gruesome murder and the woman’s husband is wrongly convicted of the crime.  As he grows older, Conrad “Con” Reese, Jr. tries […]

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Collinsville trick-or-treating hours and safety tips

By   /  October 28, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Fall Festival 2013 / Photo by Roger Starkey

Children in Collinsville can trick-or-treat Friday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Safety recommendations provided by the City of Collinsville: Wear brightly covered clothing and add reflective tape to be more visible to drivers Make sure children can see through face masks Adults should accompany young children. Older children should trick-or-treat with at least one […]

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Miner’s Theatre scavenger hunt Saturday

By   /  October 28, 2014  /  Events, Events/Announcements, Living  /  No Comments

Interior of the Miner's Theatre / Photo by Roger Starkey

Collinsville Progress is hosting an event Saturday to let people work off the calories they will accumulate after trick-or-treating Friday. The scavenger hunt at Miner’s Theatre will take place from 3-5 p.m, with prizes awarded to the top three teams. Participants are asked to bring a digital device to take pictures. Teams will consist of 3-5 people. […]

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Harlem Wizards coming to CHS for fundraiser

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  Events, Events/Announcements, Living  /  No Comments

Harlam Wizards Flyer

Submitted Content The Harlem Wizards are coming to Collinsville High School Saturday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. The evening promises to be a fun filled event that is great for kids and adults and will guarantee to put a smile on your face. This event is hosted by The Collinsville […]

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Chili cook off, dog parade and trick-or-treating coming to Main Street Saturday

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Layne Smith (4 years-old) on the left and Landon Mahat (8 years-old) on the right at Fall Festival 2013 / Photo by Roger Starkey

The annual Fall Festival takes to Main Street Saturday on what is predicted to be a gorgeous Collinsville day. Thousands of people will meander Main Street as temperatures approach 74 degrees under a sunny sky. Kids in costume will trick-or-treat at local businesses from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. while parents surreptitiously swipe candy from […]

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Blum House Art Show to feature local artists

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Blum House, Collinsville, Ill. / Photo by Roger Starkey

Submitted Content Local artists Benjamin Gomez and Dwayne Dean will be showing their paintings at an upcoming Blum House Art Show. The show on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. and is sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Library District. Dwayne Dean, also known as Orion Hunter, admires the work of Salvador Dali and, […]

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Halloween events at Collinsville Library

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

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Submitted Content Collinsville, IL –The Collinsville Memorial Library Center is ready for fall with events to thrill and entertain. On Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m., adults and teens age 13 and over are invited to get into the Halloween spirit with some heebie-jeebie inducing, hair-raising stories. Join master storyteller Ron Adams for a spooky, […]

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Behind the booth: Junior Service Club fries up ravioli for charity at Italian Fest

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Toasted Ravioli / Photo By Timothy Boyd via Wikimedia Commons

Barb Kusmierczak is all too familiar with what it takes to run an Italian Fest booth, having been in charge of Junior Service Club’s booth for the last 10 years and having worked with her son’s Cub Scout and Boy Scout booths before that. “It was kind of funny, this year at the food safety […]

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With jokes and a song, personalities shine at Little Miss and Mister Italian Fest Pageant

By   /  September 15, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Little Miss and Mister Italian Fest 2014, Gabriella Hill and Andrew Hilmes / Photo by Lexi Cortes

The newly crowned Little Mister Italian Fest said there’s one change he would like to make to his title. “Leave out the ‘little’ thing,” he said. “I’m 8 years old, come on.” Andrew Hilmes, 8, was the oldest contestant in this year’s Little Miss and Mister Italian Fest pageant, held Saturday. Gabriella Hill, 7, won […]

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SEE-CILY exhibit at Collinsville Historical Museum through Oct. 15

By   /  September 14, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Collinsville Historical Museum

The Collinsville Historical Museum is in the Italian Fest spirit, with a special display until Oct. 15. SEE-CILY: The Island’s Hidden Face, includes over 25 photographs from Sicilian photographer Antonino Riggio and an extensive display of Sicilian items, many rare. Some items on display include a Sicilian cart from Taormina, Sicilian ceramics, items from Mount […]

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The Italian Fest event lineup features a crawling contest and Budweiser Clydesdale

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Italian Fest

Collinsville’s 31st annual Italian Fest begins at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, with the opening ceremonies on the Venezia Stage, including a performance of classic Italian songs by area-native Bailey Jo Hutton. After graduating from Edwardsville High School, Hutton was accepted to John Hopkins Peabody Institute in Maryland where she is currently a sophomore. Hutton […]

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Frying pan toss and canoe race new to Caseyville’s Frontier Days

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Vendors at Caseyville Frontier Days / Photo by Roger Starkey

Caseyville will hold its annual Frontier this Saturday and Sunday at Caseyville Park. The event will feature re-enactors in period style clothing. Re-enactor goods, food and drinks will be sold both days. The re-enactors will be demonstrating a wide variety of skills, have kid-friendly activities,  music, trader goods and an area set aside for visitors […]

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Rule, Rubin and Shay works on exhibit at The Schmidt

By   /  August 31, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Terri Shay: Pomegranate (Detail)

***Submitted Content*** The William and Florence Schmidt Art Center has brought the works of three artists to southwestern Illinois this fall for free exhibitions of their unique art. “With the wide range of artistic styles and media, there is something to interest everyone at this upcoming exhibition,” Curator Nicole Dutton said. The artists’ works went […]

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Collinsville Library eating contest canceled.

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Photo from National Photo Company Collection

***Updated at 11 a.m., Aug. 22*** The Collinsville Library has announced that the eating contest, originally scheduled for Sept. 13, has been canceled. “After further consideration, the Collinsville Memorial Library Center has decided to cancel the competitive eating contest,” an official statement indicated.   —- Original Story—– Joey Chestnut will not go toe-to-toe with Kobayashi […]

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“State of Southern Illinois” exhibit opens Saturday at Cahokia Mounds

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

The State of Southern Illinois: An Illustrated History” authored by Herbert Russell / Submitted photo

***Submitted story*** A new exhibit opening Saturday at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site will separate myth from fact in the colorful history of southern Illinois. “The State of Southern Illinois” features 39 photographs that appeared in “The State of Southern Illinois: An Illustrated History” authored by Herbert Russell and published by Southern Illinois University Press. […]

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