In a traditional New Year’s Eve celebration dating back to 1722, the La Guiannee singers will visit houses and Fort de Chartres in the early French town of Prairie du Rocher and sing for the residents. As part of the tradition, the residents provide refreshments for the singers at each stop.
Fort de Chartres State Historic Site
presents a weekend of colorful clothing, hand-made crafts, period music and delicious food when the annual Winter Rendezvous returns Saturday, November 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, November 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
McHenry County Historical Society & Museum
Janette Dwyer, former owner of Quilt Quarters in Geneseo, has spent the past 26 years sewing and collecting quilts. Her collection, which now tops 300, dates from the 1880s to the present day. She will bring about 30 quilts with her for the presentation – including two gems from the Century of Progress at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. She will talk about the quilts, as well as the fair's history, and show off other “bargains” she has uncovered. The Gazebo Valor Quilters, a group of about 40 women from the northwest suburbs, also will honor veterans with quilts that day. A drawing for the Heritage Quilters’ raffle quilt, an homage to World War I titled “Forever Poppies” and a show-and-tell also are part of the program.
Christian County Historical Society & Museum and the Christian County Genealogical Society
The Christian County Historical Society & Museum along with the Christian County Genealogical Society will host their annual Persimmon Party (Fun Fall Family Festival) on Saturday November 3rd from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Morris Library, SIU Carbondale
Visit Morris Library's Hall of Presidents and Chancellors and view a poster exhibit featuring several early maps from the library's Special Collections Research Center that show how southern Illinois was settled before the rest of the state.
Exhibit is open December 18, 2017 through March 30, 2018.