Fort de Chartres State Historic Site will set its time machine back to the 1700s this Friday through Sunday for the 15th annual Colonia Trade Faire and Musket and Rifle Frolic.
It's a juried event presented by the Chasseurs du Datchurat (longhunters of the Illinois Country), which means all participants are screened they accurately represent every aspect of daily life in the period 1750-1790.
Re-enactors will set up about 150 camps at the site with merchants, artisans and craftsmen demonstrating and displaying and selling handmade period wares. The camps will have yard games and other competitions that welcome spectators to join in the action. Period musket and rifle shooting matches will challenge participants. Native Americans will be represented and there will be a La Bonne Epouse, or a contest for "The Good Wife."
The period bake oven will be fired up and, if nature cooperates, there will be work going on in the Jardin Potager (garden).
The public is invited to watch the events free of charge. Hours are 9 a.m. into late afternoon Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
Fort de Chartres is at 1260 Illinois 155 in Prairie du Rocher.
Roll up your ciggies in your T-shirt sleeve and tell the missus to get the Poodle skirt out of mothballs. You'll fit right in to the '50s-'60s Sock Hop Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road in O'Fallon.
Tickets to the Fairview Heights Kiwanis Club event are $20 in advance (call Marlene at 618-398-4321 for tickets and table reservations) or $25 at the door.
Doors open at 6 p.m., a buffet dinner is at 7 p.m., dancing is from 8 to 11 with music by Night Magic. There will be a '50s costume contest, a 50/50 drawing, raffles and a silent auction.
Proceeds benefit local charities.
Friends of Art and the Department of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are expecting you at their 34th annual Art Auction tonight at Lewis and Clark Community College in Edwardsville.
The renovated site at 600 Troy Road was the original home of the SIUE Art & Design Department.
The auction will feature original donated artwork that can be previewed beginning at 6 p.m. Gary Niemeier of Ahrens & Niemeier auctioneers will start the bidding at 7 p.m. A cash bar will be available.
Last year's auction featured 195 pieces of art donated by faculty, visiting artists, alumni, friends and advanced students. Seventy-one works sold during the silent auction.
Admission is free to students; tickets for the public are $5 at the door.
For event information and to view images of artwork to be auctioned, visit firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook, Friends-of-art-SIUE. For additional information, contact Dianne Lynch at 618-377-8622.