Van-Dells will perform at fundraiser for Columbia's one-room schoolhouses

News-DemocratOctober 30, 2013 

You can take a lively musical time trip through the golden era of rock 'n' roll, enjoy dinner and drinks and help with the restoration of three one-room schoolhouses -- all on Saturday at The Falls Reception and Conference Center in Columbia.

The Van-Dells, one of the country's top musical revues, will perform their show featuring slapstick comedy and serious musical talent. Dressed in their varsity letter sweaters from the fictional Van-Dell High School, they promise to get you lost in the '50s again. Then, with a quick costume change, the trio, backed by a five-piece band, moves on to the glitter-and-gold period that made the '60s memorable.

Tickets are $55 per person and include dinner, drinks and the show. For reservations, call 618-281-3255. The Falls is at 300 Admiral Weinel Blvd. in Columbia.

The Van-Dells dinner show is a fundraiser to benefit the three one-room schoolhouses in Columbia. Columbia once had nine one-room schools. Because of the efforts of many volunteers and substantial financial donations, three of those schools have been restored.

* Sand Bank School has been at the foot of Sand Hill on Old Bluff Road since before 1815. The schoolhouse was restored in 2010.

* In 1851, a log school was built on the Hammond Shoemaker farm south of Columbia for the family and their neighbor's children. A new brick school was built on the Shoemaker farm in 1867. The Shoemaker Schoolhouse was moved from its original location 2 miles south of Columbia in 1994 when Illinois 3 was widened. It was moved to the Stone Arch Bridge Park and restored in 2011.

* The St. John's Lutheran School was built in 1870. It is currently being restored by members of St. John's Lutheran Church.

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