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See one of Italy’s top films of 2013 Thursday at the Collinsville Library, for free

By   /  September 16, 2014  /  Living, Movies  /  No Comments

boungiorno papa

The award-winning Italian comedy, Buongiorno papà (titled Out of the Blue in English) debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Collinsville Public Library. Italian Film Night at the Italian Fest features one of Italy’s most popular movies last year. The film, shown in Italian with English subtitles, is a sentimental comedy about parenthood. The lead […]

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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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The city, Italian-American culture and family inspire Collinsville author

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

Loretta Giacoletto

Collinsville has been home to established Italian-American writer Loretta Giacoletto since 1957, and for years, she has written novels, short stories and sagas inspired by her and her husband’s families and their Italian culture. Giacoletto, who will be signing her books at Spirito’s Italian Grocery in Collinsville during Italian Fest, said she started writing when […]

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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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At long last, the ‘Shoe is back

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  Living  /  1 Comment

New Horseshoe Logo

Three years after the Horseshoe Restaurant and Lounge closed its doors, the iconic Collinsville restaurant will re-open Tuesday under new ownership. Husband and wife team Bernie and Charlie Clardy have been painstakingly preparing the building since January. After some delays beyond their control, construction took off in May. The back of the building was knocked […]

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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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A T-shirt from Dublin

By   /  August 17, 2014  /  Living, Travel  /  No Comments

Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland / Used under creative commons license

The following story was originally published in Travel Intelligence “In what college sport did Oscar Wilde participate?” the tour guide asked.  The question was directed to a man from Nottingham, England and me.  We were the finalists in the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl trivia contest. The person who answered this question correctly took home a […]

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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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“Annie the Musical” coming to SIUE’s Dunham Hall Theater

By   /  August 11, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Annie Flyer

***Submitted Content*** Curtain’s Up Theater Company will perform the stage version “Annie, The Musical” Aug. 28 – 31 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Dunham Hall Theater. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 – 30, with matinees, Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, […]

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Blues, oldies and Elvis at 2014 Tunes at Blum, no word on how much cowbell

By   /  August 9, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Tunes at Blum 2014

The original owners of the Blum House in Collinsville were operators of a cowbell factory. During one of Christopher Walken’s most popular stints as a Saturday Night Live guest host, he could not get enough cowbell from cast members pretending to perform “Don’t Fear the Reaper” as Blue Oyster Cult. “Guess what, I got a […]

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Free concerts Sunday, under the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle and at Carisilos

By   /  July 23, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Cow Bop - feat

“The World’s First Linear Musical Festival” thinks enough of Collinsville that the city gets two concerts. Sunday evening, Cow Bop will set up shop for a free concert under the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle, alongside the STL250 Cakeway to West cake and within spittin’ distance of the Catsup Bottle for sale sign. The band, recently […]

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2014 World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival contest winners

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

Announcements

The organizers of the 2014 World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival have announced the contest winners.   Little Princess Tomato Winner – Sophia Lewis (4) of Collinsville, IL First Runner Up – Amelia Hill (4) of Edwardsville, IL Little Sir Catsup Winner – Curtis Cline (6) of Edwardsville, IL First Runner Up – Bobby Hildebrand (3) […]

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2014 World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival C.I.A. Car, Truck & Motorcycle Winners

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

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The organizers of the 2014 World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival have announced the winners for the Cruzin’ in Antiques (C.I.A.) car, truck and motorcycle show.   TOP 25 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS (Car/Truck Category) Sponsored by A-Rod-Shop Ernie Huffman of Troy, IL – 1950 Styleline Delux   Sponsored by A-Rod’s Auto Body Ed Lepold of Fairview Heighst, […]

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The C.IA., Winermobile and Jeepalope visit the Catsup Bottle Festival

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

A poster advertising the World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things / Photo by Rachel Heston-Davis

Despite a heat index above 90 degrees by noon, Collinsville’s 2014 Catsup Bottle Festival had another successful year celebrating condiments, cars and Collinsville spirit on July 13. Favorite catsup-themed activities returned to the fest, including the Little Princess Tomato and Sir Catsup Contest, the Brooks Tangy Catsup Taste Test stand, the catsup-smothered tater tot eating […]

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Castles in the Sky – Barcelona

By   /  July 13, 2014  /  Living, Travel  /  No Comments

Palau de musica de Cataluyna / Photo by Roger Starkey

Story published previously in Travel Intelligence A towering mass of humanity stretched towards to the sky.  The cherry on the human ice cream cone scampered up the tower with rapidity and precision. Using the quadriceps of one person as a base, she clutched the waist of the person standing on the shoulders of her current […]

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Celebrating the Catsup Bottle’s 65th birthday with the Weinermobile

By   /  July 5, 2014  /  Living  /  No Comments

CatsupBottleSantaWideShot

The 2014 edition of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival will celebrate the 65th birthday of Collinsville’s iconic water tower turned roadside attraction. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 13. In its 16th year, the event, also dubbed a birthday party and car show, will welcome the Oscar […]

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Thwarting “tater haters,” Big Idaho® Potato poses for photo ops at Catsup Bottle®

By   /  July 2, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

A replica catsup bottle in front of the Great Big Idaho® Potato in front of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle ® / Photo by Roger Starkey

Toting a 28-foot-long, 12-foot-wide, 11.5-foot-tall plywood potato around the county requires one long truck and many permits. The average person may not know that permits are needed to haul the Great Big Idaho® Potato around the country, or that the 72-foot long truck is often required to avoid cities by using an interstate bypass. One […]

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