Shakespeare under the stars in Breese. It doesn't get any better than that.
The Clinton County Showcase will make sure of it when they present "Hamlet" at 8 tonight through Sunday on the North Side Park outdoor stage.
In case your forgot was going on since you read it in high school ... Confronted with evidence that his uncle murdered his father, and with his mother's infidelity, Hamlet must find a means of reconciling his longing for oblivion with his duty as an avenger.
Dustin McSparin directs an all-star cast that includes Brandon Ratermann in the title role, Zoe Timmermann as Horatio, Michael Philaw as Laertes, and Stee Klostermann as Claudius.
Tickets are $10 for adults; $9 for students, senior citizens and active military.
To reserve tickets, call 618-526-2866.
The third annual Brooke Stonecipher Golf Classic and Auction will take place Saturday at The Orchards in Belleville.
Brooke was a 16-year-old Belleville East cheerleader when she died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident in January 2011.
The golf classic and auction will raise money for two college scholarships, the Belleville East athletic department and Cardinal Glennon Hospital.
Registration for the four-person scramble is at 8 a.m. Saturday, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Cost is $100 per adult; $60 per student 23 and under. The golf fee includes golf, a cart, lunch provided by Swiney Ribbers BBQ, soda or beer tickets, water, a margarita hole and a T-shirt.
The lunch and silent auction start at noon. Lunch only is $10 per person. Joe Fry The Guitar Guy will perform at lunch.
For information, contact The Orchards at 618-233-8921 or Patti (Stonecipher) Zellner at 618-550-4203.
When was the last time you threw a tomahawk? Never? Well, you'll get your chance during Frontier Days at Caseyville Park.
Re-enactors in period-style clothing will transport you back to the Frontier Days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. They will demonstrate a variety of lost skills, such as bow and arrow, leatherworking, rugmaking and starting fires with flint. They will play music on a bowed psaltery and hammered dulcimers.
Food cooked in a kettle over an open fire will be available for purchase. And you can test your skills in an area set aside for tomahawk throwing.
There will be children's activities both days, including staffers from Edwardsville's Stephenson House providing a look into the past on Saturday. Admission is free.
Caseyville Park is off Illinois 157. Turn west on Harbor Street for visitor parking or on Reynolds Street for handicap parking.
Just down the road, Caseyville Moose Lodge No. 4 will hold its 5th annual End of Summer Fireworks Bash at 8550 Bunkum Road.
Activities begin at 4 p.m., with food and fun for the entire family. Music will be by the Moose Lodge No. 4 Rock-N-Roll band, featuring Barny Barboza on lead guitar, Danny Arteaga on bass and Tony Alvarez on drums.
No coolers allowed.
Fireworks start at dusk.
Okawville is packing three days of entertainment into its Fair and Wheat Festival.
Hours are 5 to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday ant 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Okawville Community Park, 511 Hanover St. Admission is free to the event sponsored by the Okawville Community Club and Lions Club.
The Queen Pageant and Junior Miss Contest are at 7 p.m. Friday at the high school. Hot Rod Johnny will provide the music from 8 to midnight.
Saturday's highlight include a local talent show at 2 p.m., antique tractor pull at 2 p.m., bingo from 5 to 10 p.m. and music by the Venedy Band from 4:30 to 6 and by Hillbilly Authority from 8 to midnight.
Sunday features a Large Float Parade at 2 p.m., bingo from 4 to 9 p.m. and music by Easy Street Entertainment from 6 to 9 p.m.
Concessions and carnival rides and games will be operating throughout.
ST. LOUIS EVENTS
Craft Beer Festival at The Family Arena
The Family Arena's Second Annual Craft Beer Festival celebrates brewers using the traditional process of blending sugar from malted grains with hops and water to make a classic craft beer. Admission includes a souvenir tasting glass and 2-ounce samples from any brewery. Water and snacks are also available for those who don't like to drink on an empty stomach. $30. 11 a.m.3:30 p.m. and 59 p.m. The Family Arena, 2002 Arena, St. Charles, 636-896-4200, familyarena.com.
36th Annual Saint Louis National Charity Horse Show - Hunter / Jumper Week
Date: Wednesday through Sunday
Venue: The National Equestrian Center
Events include the USHJA International Hunter Derby (13), both the ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals and Grand Prix (14), and a 3 USHJA National Hunter Derby (15). http://stlhorseshow.com
Kirkwood Greentree Festival
Date: Friday through Sunday
Venue: Kirkwood Park
A family-oriented celebration featuring live music, wine garden, dog show, food and information booths, book fair, arts & craft booths, Folklife artisans and re-enactors, and a car show. There will also be a parade at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 14. 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (13), 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (14), 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (15) www.kirkwoodmo.org, (314) 822-5855