What’s happening in the metro-east Sept. 8-14

This 24-inch by 36-inch oil painting from Gary Karasek’s Ethereal Environments series will be on display as part of Black and White and Art All Over. The local art event from 4-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Belleville showcases the work of 16 artists. The event is at the Art on the Square building, No. 30 Public Square, Belleville. Artists also will display and demonstrate their work in five tents out front. Free food and drink will be available along with entertainment by Rosmond Johnson. Some artists will donate a piece to be auctioned to benefit Racial Harmony. The event is sponsored by Racial Harmony, Art on the Square, Lindenwood University and Mark Kern.
This 24-inch by 36-inch oil painting from Gary Karasek’s Ethereal Environments series will be on display as part of Black and White and Art All Over. The local art event from 4-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Belleville showcases the work of 16 artists. The event is at the Art on the Square building, No. 30 Public Square, Belleville. Artists also will display and demonstrate their work in five tents out front. Free food and drink will be available along with entertainment by Rosmond Johnson. Some artists will donate a piece to be auctioned to benefit Racial Harmony. The event is sponsored by Racial Harmony, Art on the Square, Lindenwood University and Mark Kern.


  • Square Dance — 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Wood River Roundhouse, 633 N. Wood River Ave., Wood River. Hoedowners Square Dance Club will introduce you to a fun activity, nice people, snacks and a good time. Calls are easy to learn; no fancy footwork. Information: Bo and Agnes, 618-288-9838; Larry and Mary, 618-462-1814; Wayne and Bev, 618-656-8092.


  • Bluegrass and traditional music concert — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, 3500 New Poag Road, Hartford. Music and parking are free. Nearby Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Drive, will feature music from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the new amphitheater. Information: www.campdubois.com.
  • Bill Poss concert — 2 p.m. Sunday, Espenschied Chapel, 317 County Road, Mascoutah. $10 at the door. Bill tells stories and performs. Information: billpossmusic.com.
  • U.S.A.F. Band of Mid-America Airlifter Brass concert — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Faith Lutheran Church, 520 E. U.S. 50, O’Fallon. Band will play marches, jazz standards and patriotic favorites. Free. Refreshments after concert. Information: www.faith-online.org or 618-632-5562.
  • “Down by the River” benefit concert — 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, on the promenade of the National Great Rivers Museum, located at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton. Features music by the Big Shake Daddies. Also a silent auction and dancing. Benefits Catholic Children’s Home in Alton. Casual evening attire. Tickets are $25 per person. Information: gleason@catholicchildrenshome.com or 618-465-3594.


  • Quarter auction — Thursday, Sept. 8. Doors open at 6 p.m.; auction starts at 7. $1 per bid paddle (you will need quarters to bid.) Shopping spree raffles, 50/50 chances to be sold. Dinner available, $5 a plate. Benefits Sweet Celebration that enriches lives of children and teens experiencing homelessness by providing personalized birthday celebrations. Information: 618-741-9893.
  • “When I’m 64” Beatles Music Festival — noon-9 p.m. Saturday, Prairietown Fireman’s Park (20 minutes north of Edwardsville). Seven bands will perform Beatles tunes. Craft vendors. Author Sara Schmidt who wrote “Beatlemania in St. Louis,” will sign and sell. Food and drink available. No cover charge, but donations benefit Unity Lutheran Christian Elementary School, East St. Louis. Information: Paul Miller at 618-520-2673 or www.unityesl.org.
  • 3-Mile Walk — Thursday evening walk at Jefferson Barracks Park. Meet at Walgreen’s, 2700 Telegraph, St. Louis, to register. $3 fee. Bring water and insect repellent. Information: Bill at 618-588-4097 or www.illinois-trekkers.org.
  • Black and White and Art All Over — 4-8 p.m. Friday, local art event showcasing 15 artists, Art on the Square building, No. 30 Public Square, Belleville. Artists include Gary Karasek (mixed media), Carol Kutzman (leaded glass), John Goessman (acrylic and oil), Larry Hassel (photography), father-son team Charlie and Myles McGrady and more. Sponsors: Racial Harmony, Art on the Square, Lindenwood University and Mark Kern. Information: Paula Badger, 618-558-4464.
  • George Portz at Shiloh Homecoming — 6-8 p.m. Friday. Shiloh Park next to water tower. George Portz and his Friends of Bluegrass will play.
  • St. Stephen Fall Festival — 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, St. Stephen Catholic Church, 901 S. Main St., Caseyville, silent auction with 300-plus items each night from 5-9 p.m., cash or quilt bingo at 6:30 p.m. each night, chicken dinner 4-8 p.m. Friday. Also fish, burgers, Mexican food, hot dogs, brats, and more. Booths, rides, Blue Marlin Band at 7 p.m. Saturday.
  • Lil’ Monsters Consignment sale — 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. $1 admission, clothes, toys, baby gear and furniture available. 1810 McClintock Ave., Belleville. Information: Christie Price at 618-580-3136 or lilmonstersconsignment@gmail.com.
  • Silver Creek Quail Forever Banquet — doors open at 5 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 Saturday, Damiansville Chamber of Commerce Park. Cost of single membership dinner is $40; spouse is $20; youth under 16, $10. Includes chicken and beef dinner, beer and soda. Pre-banquet tickets for gun raffle are available from members. Information: Tim Miller, 618-799-7742 or Scott Broaddus, 618-806-4131.
  • Walking Tour — West Belleville Historic District, 10 a.m. Saturday. Starts at 1106 W. Main St. (West End Park). Tour is approximately 16 blocks long and lasts about 60 minutes. $10 per person 12 years and up. Benefits Belleville Historical Society. Reservations required: 618-236-7481 or rdevb@earthlink.net.
  • Queen of Peace Festival — 5 p.m.-midnight, Saturday; 2 p.m. quilt bingo; 4:30 p.m. chicken dinner. Queen of Peace parish, Belleville.
  • Free live music — 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Fallin’ Off The Wagon; 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Knoisemaker & The Silent Partners. Sit “N” Bull Saloon, 31 S. Mill St., New Memphis.
  • Pere Marquette Rendezvous — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; dance at 7 p.m. Saturday. Grafton. Traditional pre-1840 rendezvous with actors portraying traders and campers. Period demonstrations, black powder and longbow shoots, tomahawk throwing, camp music, frontier food. Free admission. Information: 618-786-3323.
  • 5k/10k Walk — Starts between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, at City Park pavilion 4, 1 E. Hanover St, New Baden. $3 fee. Finish by 1 p.m. Hosted by Lebanon Cedar Cruisers. Informaton: Bill at 618-588-4097 or www.illinois-trekkers.org or www.ava.org.
  • Ben’s Bluegrass, BBQ and Beer Bash —3:30-7 p.m. Saturday. Stephenson House, 409 S. Buchanan, Edwardsville. $30 for adults; $12 for children, includes barbecue plate, one drink or two alcohol drinks; children get a barbecue plate and two non-alcohol drinks. Keith Dudding and his Mountain River Valley Boys Bluegrass Band. Barbecue from Doc’s Smokehouse, of Edwardsville. Tickets available at Stephenson House or from board members till day of event. Information: 618-692-1818.
  • American Indian Educational Days — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cahokia Mounds. American Indians will demonstrate crafts, display clothing and dance regalia and discuss current issues, customs, beliefs, traditions. Storytelling and sale of Indian-made jewelry. Sponsored by American Indian Educational Resources of St. Louis. Information: 618-346-5160 or www.cahokiamounds.org.
  • Sept 11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk — 9:11 a.m. Sunday at Hough Park, Belleville, which also serves as the ending point. Proceeds benefit construction of the Sept. 11 Memorial Walkway. Entry fee: $20 before race day (completed form w/payment; $25 race day. Information or to register online, visit wtcmemorial.us.
  • 9/11 Remembrance ceremony/dedication of Memorial Walkway — 2 p.m. Sunday, Belleville Fire Administration office and engine house No. 4, 1125 S. Illinois St., Belleville. Guest speaker: Colonel Laura Lenderman. Parking at Elks Lodge, 1481 S. Illinois St. Complimentary shuttle bus. Limited parking at site for cars with handicapped placards. Information: www.wtcmemorial.us or 618-233-6518, ext. 1245.
  • Bluegrass concert on the Hill — 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Edwardsville American Legion, 58 S. Illinois 157, Edwardsville. $5 adults, children free. Watershed String Band, ClusterPluck and George Portz and his Friends of Bluegrass. Food and drink served.
  • Smash Out Cancer benefit — noon-6 p.m. Sunday, for Stephanie L. Jones. “Help Fix the Ta-Tas.” Schatze’s Bar & Grill, 2301 E. Main St., Belleville, indoor and outdoor. Silent auction, music, bake sale, food, raffles. Includes paying $5 to get three swings at an automobile (glass removed). Half of proceeds for the swings go to American Cancer Society. Information: 618-593-5448.
  • Autumn Apple Festival — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Pere Marquette Lodge, Grafton. Warm apple pie, caramel apples, music, jewlery, apple wine, balloon twisting, face painting. Apple pie walk at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit Friends of Pere Marquette Foundation. Pumpkin roll begins at 2 p.m. Bring or buy a pumpkin to decorate and roll down the lodge’s hill for prizes. Information: www.pmlodge.net or 618-786-2331.
  • St. James Fall Quilt/Cash Bingo — Opens at 10:30 a.m. Sunday; bingo at 1 p.m. Fried chicken dinner available before bingo. Basket boutique, raffles, pull tabs, bake sale. Information: 618-476-3513.
  • Biddleborn Schlachtfest/wurstmarkt — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Trinity United Church of Christ, 5698 Biddleborn Road, Marissa. Cost: $12, adults; $6, children 6-12; free for 5 and under. Menu includes grilled pork sausage, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, green beans, corn, applesauce, milk gravy homemade apple butter and dessert. Carry outs available. Country store, quilt raffles, games. Entertainment by Johnny Guitar and friends, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; The Ainad Brass Band, 1-2 p.m.; The Venedy Band, 2-4 p.m. Kids corner, face painting. Information: Ray Swedo, 618-443-7931.
  • Belleville Gear Jammers Car Show & Cruise — Starts at 9 a.m. Sunday. hosted by Crehan’s Irish Pub & Banquet Center, 5500 North Belt West, Belleville. Cake walks, valve cover races, food and drink. Special 9/11 ceremony at 1 p.m. including a color guard, bagpipers, chorus and special guest Richard Watson, St. Clair County sheriff. Cruise is at 4 p.m. See classics, rat rods, antiques and vintage cards. Sponsored by Belleville Gear Jammers.
  • Group walk in downtown Belleville — 7:45 a.m. St. Elizabeth’s Hospital lobby, 211 S. Third St. $3 fee. Stroll through historic district of Belleville. Stay for coffee at local restaurant after the walk. Sponsored by Illinois Trekkers. Information: Trudy at trudyduffman@yahoo.com or www.illinois-trekkers.org or www.ava.org.
  • St. Louis Symphony free concert — Wednesday, Sept. 14, Art Hill, Forest Park. Classical favorites capped off with a fireworks spectacular at the base of Art Hill. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket. David Robertson, conductor; Brian Owens, vocalist. Music ranges from Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” to John Williams’ “Raiders March” from “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
  • Fall fashion forecast luncheon — 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson, Belleville, $12. Fashion show with clothes from Dress Barn at Belleville Crossing; accessories from Premier Designs Jewelry. Speaker: Bobbie Furr, of Coal Valley, Ill. Reservations: Sue at 618-398-0772 or bellevilleCWCluncheon@hotmail.com. Sponsored by Belleville Metro East Christian Women’s Club.


  • St. Mary Parish Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Friday, St. Mary School basement, 1706 W. Main St., Belleville. Dine in or carry out. Cod or walleye sandwich, plate or by the pound. Homemade potato salad, french fries, onion rings, spaghetti, coleslaw and desserts. Information: Phil or Connie Cavoretto at 217-835-2017. Benefits Macoupin Couny Adopt-A-Pet.
  • Barbecue — 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Turkey Hill Grange Hall, corner of Green Mount Road and Illinois 15 (near Eckert’s), Belleville. Pork steaks, pulled pork sandwich, brats, potato salad, baked beans, slaw, chunky applesauce, cucumber salad, brownies, cobbler, pie, cake, canned drinks. Kids meal. Carryout available.
  • Aviston Fish & Chicken Fry — 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday, American Legion Post 1239, 601 S. Clinton St., Aviston. Cod, catfish, shrimp, chicken strips, 1/4 fried chicken, sides. Eat in or carryout. 618-228-7311. No fish fry Sept. 16.
  • Caseyville Fish Fry — 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Caseyville VFW Post 1117, 415 N. Long, Caseyville. Fish plates, desserts, sandwiches, burgers and more.
  • Collinsville Fish Fry — 3-8 p.m. Friday, Collinsville VFW Post 5691, 1234 Vandalia, Collinsville. Eat in or carryout. Cod, catfish fillets, tilapia, sides.
  • Collinsville Fish Fry — 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Collinsville American Legion, 1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville. North Atlantic cod, whole catfish, Cajun cut-ups, crab cakes, sides, desserts. 618-345-2508.
  • Collinsville Fish Fry — 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus Hall, Illinois 157, Collinsville. Eat in or carryout. Fried/baked cod, catfish, sides. Senior plate starting at $4.99. 618-345-1492.
  • Columbia American Legion Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Cut-up cod, farm-raised catfish fellets, breaded butterful shrimp, hot dogs. Sandwiches or plates with choice of two sides. Sampler plate with three kinds of fish, hush puppies and choice of two sides. Eat in or carryout. Open bar: $1 sodas and $2 long necks.
  • Highland Fish Fry — 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 5694, 1900 VFW Road, Highland. Eat in or carryout. 618-654-6367.
  • Mascoutah Fish Fry — 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Mascoutah VFW Post 7682, 620 Donaphan St., Mascoutah. Dine in or carryout. 618-566-2288.
  • Millstadt Fish Fry and Jam Session — 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4-8 p.m. Friday, Millstadt VFW Post, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt.
  • Fried Chicken — 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, Millstadt VFW Post, 200 Veterans Drive, Millstadt. All you can eat. Adults $10; $8 seniors; $5 children (12 and younger). Sponsored by Millstadt VFW Post 22.
  • O’Fallon Fish Fry — 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 402 E. U.S. 50, O’Fallon. Sponsored by KC and Ladies Auxiliary. Cod and bluegill, burgers, hot dogs, sides. Eat in or carryout. 618-632-6229.
  • O’Fallon Fish Fry — 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 805, 221 W. First St., O’Fallon. Sponsored by Sgt. Charles A. Fricke VFW Post 805 and Ladies Auxiliary. Fried and grilled fish and chicken, homemade sides and desserts. Children’s menu. To-go orders delivered to car. 618-624-2651.
  • O’Fallon Fish & Chicken Fry — 5 p.m.-8 p.m. every Friday, O’Fallon American Legion, 109 N. Penn, O’Fallon. Carryout available. 618-632-8879.
  • Okawville Fish Fry — 5-8 p.m. Friday, American Legion Post 233, 205 N. Hanover St., Okawville. Eat in or carryout. 618-243-5528.
  • Shiloh Fish Fry — 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 100 Eagle Drive, Shiloh. Sponsored by Eagles No. 545. Cod, walleye, shrimp, chicken strip plates. Sides. Eat in or carryout. 618-624-5412. Auxiliary bake sale for charity.
  • Summerfield Fish Fry — 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Summerfield Lions Club, 100 E. Park St., Summerfield. 618-934-3841 or 618-334-3177.
  • Swansea Fish Fry — 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Swansea Fish Stand, 216 Service St., Swansea. Cod, walleye, shrimp. 618-222-7171.
  • Troy VFW Fish Fry — 4-7 p.m. Friday, Troy VFW Post 976 and Auxiliary, 123-A W. Market St., Troy. Choice of cod, catfish, jack salmon, baked fish, chicken strips, shrimp, 618-667-8387.
  • Sts. Constantine & Helen’s Evening in Athens — 4-8 p.m. Saturday, 405 Huntwood Road, Swansea. Greek dishes include chicken, gyros, lamb shanks, Greek salad and homemade pastries. Carryouts available, 618-277-0330.
  • Walton’s Chicken Dinner — 4-7 p.m. Tuesday. Knights of Columbus, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. Carryout, 618-632-5222.
  • Walton’s Fish Fry — 3-8 p.m. Friday, Knights of Columbus, Hall, 5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights. Homemade desserts. Carryout, 618-632-5222.


  • Swansea Farmer’s Market — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Rural King parking lot, 2801 N. Illinois St., Swansea. Locally grown crops (tomatoes, peaches, cucumbers, and more), baked goods and crafts. Information: 618-978-8753 or swanseafarmersmarket
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  • Old Town Market — 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, West Main and First streets, in the parking lot of the St. Clair County Public Health Department, downtown Belleville. Locally grown produce, plants, honey, baked goods, summer sausage, apple butter, jams and jellies, homemade soaps, handmade jewelry and other crafts.


  • Adopt-A-Pet Trivia night and silent auction — 6 p.m. Saturday, trtivia begins at 6:30. $15. Concordia Hall, 709 S. Union St., Staunton. Eight players to a team. Attendance prizes. Silent auction items, gift baskets. Free snacks and beverages; alcohol will be available to buy.