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Dixie Terry – News From Here & There: Oct. 17

Posted October 17, 2012 by Joe Rehana in Community

There is a multitude of events to participate in this wonderful season of Fall, so decide which and get going. The weather, just a bit chilly, is not too bad, as outside activities continue.

One of those will be the Goreville School Fall Festival that is coming up this Saturday at the Village Park. The chili serving begins at 4:30pm, with vendors and game booths, scattered around, to take part in. The area bands begin playing around 7pm and the fireworks will begin just after dusk. This is a great event for families, so round up kith and kin and enjoy the evening. This will also serve as a fundraiser for the music department of the school.

The folks out at Eagle Point Bay will be holding a Bake Sale beginning at 8am on Saturday, October 20, at their association building on Spring Cove Drive. An auction will begin at 10am, with lots of especially nice items that have been donated. Come out for a morning of fun and food, and some outstanding bargains.

Stop in at the Forman Depot in the Vienna City Park during open hours, to create a craft for Halloween, October 22-30. Bring in the youngsters for a craft session that is being offered free.
From our old Goreville friend, Bill Newton, came another email list of Gorevilleisms or idiomatic expressions of Little Egypt, as he calls them. Did you ever hear anyone say “surely undoubtedly” or “keep it under your hat”? Then you must be a native of Southern Illinois.

Another Fall Festival is coming up on Saturday, October 27, when the Eagle Point Bay Association will be providing barbecue from Triple E, for $6, along with live music, 4-7pm at the association building. Tickets are limited, so call 995-2367 soon.

Stop in at the Little Egypt Art Association center in Marion, to view “Harvest Time”, art with a reminder of the season, through October 3l, l0am-4pm.

The Lake of Egypt Association of Property Owners will be sponsoring a Driver Safety Course on November l2 and 13, 8:30am-l2:30pm, a 2-day course, 4 hours each session. It will be held at the Lake Egypt fire station on Lake of Egypt and South Market Street Roads. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. The class size will be limited and there are seats left. Call 995-2629 or email for info. Veterans or their immediate family will get their fees waived.

A Book Sale will be underway at the Marion Carnegie Library on Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17, 9am-4:30pm. The Friends of the Library will be accepting donations of your books as well. Watch the 1944 movie, “Arsenic and Old Lace” on Thursday, October 25 at 2pm at the library. It’s free and very often, so is the popcorn!

Like to get scared? The Little Egypt Ghost Society will be holding a program at the Marion Library on Monday, October 29, at 6pm. It is free and promises to be a scary fun session, as they search for paranormal activity in the library.

“Li’l Abner” is coming to the stage at Shawnee Community College on November l-3 . See the children’s fall musical on Thursday and Friday, November l and 2 at 9am and l2 noon, and evening performances on November l and 2, at 7pm. Tickets are $5 and $3 for the day times, and $10 and $5 for evening shows. Call 618-634-3250 for tickets.

Our friends, Jim and Mary Carol Shaw, formerly of Marion, now of Phoenix, Arizona, were in the area last week. They picked me up for breakfast at The Old Homeplace, and a session of catching up. Their son, Brandon and his wife, also arrived later, also from Phoenix, to attend his class reunion in Marion. Strangely, the Shaws saw their former next-door neighbor and Brandon’s friend, in the restaurant and had a visiting session. Jim and my Jim worked for the same company, Bowman Distribution, for twenty years together.

Save your Boxtops for Education and Campbell labels for the Goreville School PTA. Each of these will be worth ten cents when redeemed at the end of the year, which will be used for supplies and equipment at the school. Check out each package and can that is in your pantry and cupboard. Deliver the labels in bulk to the school or give them to a student. The class with the most will be rewarded!
Keep in mind the “Meet the Blackcats’ event on November 10, after the chicken and dumpling supper in the cafeteria. Come out to eat and enjoy watching the Blackcat teams on the basketball floor. It’s also time to purchase season tickets and seats.

The Fall Youth Rally of Eagle House Ministries will be on October 17, at 7pm, at the Goreville United Methodist Church. All youth of the area are welcome to attend.

The Illinois Chapter Trail of Tears Association will hold their meeting on Saturday, October 20 at l0:30am at the Crabb-Abbott Farm in Pope County.

Guests will be able to hike to the original portion of the Trail that goes across the farm of Joe Crabb. Bring sturdy shoes and a sack lunch and enjoy the day. The public is welcome to attend. The farm is south off route 146 on Hound Ridge Road.

The public is welcome to attend the ceremony of the District VII Garden Clubs of Illinois on Friday, November 9. The Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker will be placed at the northbound rest area of I-57 at lpm. Bring a lawn chair. A reception will be held indoors following the event. All veterans are urged to attend. The dedication was begun in 1946 by the Department of Transportation and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
A Benefit Breakfast and Bake Sale will be held for Bruce Simmons on Saturday, October 20, 8-llam at the First Church of God in Marion.

Mark your calendar for the 4th annual Goreville Craft Days and Business Expo at the grade school gym on Saturday, November 17, 9am-3pm. To rent a booth for $20, call Allison at 995-2142. All home party hostesses, crafters, cottage businessses, and others are welcome to show and sell their wares and services.

The Toy Sale at the Goreville Ministerial Alliance Thrift Shop will begin on October 30. The Christmas Bazaar will begin on Saturday, November 24-30.

The Johnson County Genealogical and Historical Society will continue their look at the past 200 years as they celebrate the Bicentennial. On Sunday, October 2l, at 2:30pm, at the Carnegie Library in Vienna, hear about the years of l940-50. On November 18, the years of l950-80 will be featured.

Kornbread Junction will be hosting a Grown-Up Fall Festival Costume Party on Friday, October 26, 7-10pm, with prizes for the best. A choice of chili or barbecue will be catered by Mel’s Place of Crab Orchard. The Old Country Store Band will entertain, along with the cast of the Kornbread Junction country theatre. Give a call to 889-7753 for ticket information. Space is limited, so hurry!

The Goreville United Methodist Church will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, October 27, beginning at 9am, with crafts, baked goods and attic treasures. From llam-2pm, enjoy a lunch of corn bread and beans or chicken and dumplings, with cole slaw, cornbread, and an assortment of desserts, coffee and tea. The lunches are $7 and carryouts will be available.

The Goreville Women’s Club met on October 9 at the home of Sylvia Kerley. Roll call was pranks of the past and the program was American History Trivia, with the hostess providing a citizenship test for the ladies.

Fall refreshments were much enjoyed by the guests, Jan Anderson, Sue Barnett, Beverly Bishop, Donna Eastman, Lois Kerley, slyvia Kerley, Clairus Pritchett, Ann Stachowiak, and Dixie Terry. Any local lady wishing to join this social club can call the president, Ann Stachowiak for information at 658-8419.

On November 10, the Eagle Point Bay Association Building will be the location for an evening of Trivia. Stay tuned.

The Taste of Home Cooking School was great fun on October 9 at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center. I attended with Irene Webb and our daughter, Pam Montgomery. No, we didn’t bring any prizes home!

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Have a great remainder of the week!