Best bets: ‘Rockin’ for the Miner’s’ and Tour de Stooges

Miner’s Theater in Collinsville
Miner’s Theater in Collinsville News-Democrat file photo

“Rockin’ for the Miner’s 2: Sound the Alarm” will feature four area bands in a concert to raise money to renovate the historic Miner’s Theatre in Collinsville.

This is the second year for the benefit concert. Last year’s show raised more than $4,000 and organizers hope to top that total. In addition to live music, the event will include a silent auction and 50-50. There will be a cash bar and food available for purchase.

The concert is from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 365, 1022 Vandalia St. in Collinsville. Tickets are $10; $5 for children 12 and under. They are available in advance at the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce, 221 W. Main St., and online at

The bands are Doc Holiday (twangin’ honky tonk); Quarter Draw Band (rock, southern-fried boogie, greasy blues and honky tonk country); Sweet n Sour (rock from the 1960 to present-day hits); and The Jammin’ Ringtonz (traditional folk and blues to songs by John Price, Greg Bown, the Grateful Dead and Lou Reed, plus original material).

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Miner’s Theatre was funded by local union and coal minters. It opened on Dec. 28, 1918. Proceeds from Saturday’s concert will go toward purchase of a fire alarm system.

Tour de Stooges

The St. Louis region’s only bicycle ride dedicated to a love of slapstick comedy and pedaling along stretches of country roads is back. It’s where the rubber chicken meets the road.

The Prairie Ridge Trail Initiative presents the 18th annual Tour de Stooges on Saturday at McKendree University in Lebanon, its home for the first 10 years or the ride.

The ride features Stooges-themed routes matched to any bicyclist’s ability: the Joe Besser “Not so hard” 10-mile route; the Curly Howard Shuffle at 15 miles; the Larry “Just” Fine 30-miler; the Shemp Howard 46-mile Shortcut; or the Moe Howard Metric Century at 63 miles.

Riders can register at Cost is $25 for adults, $12.50 for children 5-12 and $62.50 for a family of two adults and two children. Ticket prices between 7 and 10 a.m. race day are $30 for adults; $15 for children; $75 family pack. Three Stooges-themed T-shirts are $12.

Registration includes a fully supported bicycle ride through beautiful countryside, tasty snacks at the rest stops, an all-you-can eat buffet and all the Three Stooges film shorts you can stand following the ride at McKendree’s Ames Dining Hall.

The Tour de Stooges is sponsored by the Ridge Prairie Trail Initiative, a non-profit group dedicated to bringing bicycle and walking trails to eastern St. Clair County. Major support by McKendree University and The Bike Surgeon makes this ride possible. It is dedicated to the memory of Roger Kramer, a founder of the ride and as Knucklehead-in-Chief, the force that kept it going for 15 years.

For more information about the Ridge Prairie Trail Initiative, visit For more information about the Tour De Stooges, our history and ride details, call (618) 960-3452 or visit our web site at

‘Springtime Serenade’

The Masterworks Chorale and The Chamber Singers of Southwestern Illinois College will present “Springtime Serenade” in two performances Saturday and Sunday.

Featuring Poulenc’s “Gloria” and Vaughan Williams’ “Serenade to Music,” this final concert of the 41st season will feature guest organist Andre Peters, Pianist Diana Umali and soprano Stella Markou. The performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis and at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Belleville.

Ticket prices are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults; $5 in advance and $10 at the door for students and members of the military. Advance tickets are available from any chorus members or by calling 618-641-8670. Groups of 10 or more receive a 20 percent discount on advance tickets.

Dr. Stephen Mager directs the Masterworks Chorale. Dr. Andrew Johnson conducts The Chamber Singers.

Sculpture tour

For the past eight years, thanks to the Sculture in the City Program through Art on the Square, 35 sculptures have been purchased to be displayed at various locations throughtout Belleville.

Tours of the sculptures, both indoor and outdoor, will take place at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, leaving from the Lindenwood Univertsity Belleville parking lot. A luncheon for all participants is at noon in the Lindenwood visitor’s center.

The cost is $25 per person, which includes transportation and lunch. Tickets are availa ble through the St. Clair County Historical Society or call Dede Farquhar at 618-514-1914 or email

Bluegrass and Elvis

The fifth annual Bluegrass and Elvis show will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Jailhouse Rock in Trenton.

Jeff Caldwell will be putting on his Elvis best while George Portz and His Friends will deliver the bluegrass, along with country singer Brenda Cook and a junior fiddle jam.

There will be free popcorn and snacks, and beverages will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $7 for adults; $3.50 for children. Jailhouse Rock is at 2 West Missouri Ave. in Trenton.