World War II historic re-enactors will set up camp from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site, 4 miles west of Prairie du Rocher.
They will display gear and weapons used by soldiers, and will stage mock battles. Both Allied and Axis troops will be represented.
WWII Days is organized by the 2nd Ranger Battalion of St. Louis, a group dedicated to accurate presentations and re-enactments of the war. It also will include sales of food and military items and vehicle displays.
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On Saturday night, the battalion will hold a 1940s-style “canteen dance” at the nearby Prairie du Rocher American Legion Hall. Re-enactors will be there in period dress, but everyone is welcome to take part, costume not required. Cover charge is $5.
For information, call 618-284-7230 or go to www.facebook.com/2ndRangersSTL.
Smell the roses
“Come for the roses and stay for the chili.”
That’s the advice of the Belleville Area Rose Society, which will put its prettiest roses and arrangements on display at its annual show from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at 225 E. Main St. in Belleville. East Main will be lined with vendors at the Belleville Chili Cook-off on Saturday.
There is no admission to the show, and you romantics can purchase a few single-stem roses for someone you care about.
Taste of Germany
Belleville Sister Sities presents its annual festival of German food, music and culture on Sunday at Fischer’s Restaurant, 2100 West Main St. in Belleville.
A cash bar opens at 4 p.m., and dinner is at 5.
The Larry Haller Duo will entertain during the cash bar and dinner. Joe Polach’s St. Louis Express Band will perform after dinner.
Tickets are $34. Call Sally Berkel at 618-234-2331. You can reserve a table of eight for $33 per ticket. Proceeds benefit the Belleville Sister Cities Youth Exchange Program.
‘The Music Man’
There’s trouble right here in River City when “The Music Man” returns to the Looking Glass Playhouse in Lebanon this weekend.
Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the theater at 301 W. St. Louis St. in Lebanon. Tickets are $10 Thursday and Sunday, $9 seniors, students, military and LGP members; $12 Friday and Saturday, $11 seniors, students, minlitary and members. Call 618-537-4962.
Don’t blame us if you go home singing “76 Trombones” or “Trouble.”
The race is on
The 6th annual Clinton County Amazing Race fundraiser for HIS Kids begins with registration of teams at 11 a.m. Sunday at New Baden Civic Center.
The New Baden Lions Club says it’s not really a race for time, but it will provide fun and challenges for everyone. All ages are welcome to field teams of two to six members. The driver must be at least 18. Driving to various locations is required; teams must provide their own transportation.
Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per child 2-14. To register as a team, call Susie Oestringer at 618-444-4540 or Jessica Damm at 618-444-5775.
There will be food, raffles and games for kids.