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Children ages 4-17 make up the cast of “The Kingdom of Imagination.”
Children ages 4-17 make up the cast of “The Kingdom of Imagination.” Take a Bow Showcase

You can sip a little wine, do some shopping, get your exercise, meet local artists and see their work on Saturday at Belleville Main Street’s Art & Wine Walk.

It’s from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, beginning with registration at Abe’s Gourmet Popcorn, 101 East Main St. Twenty-eight locations between 223 West Main and 324 East Main will participate, and eight wineries will offer samples and sales during the walk.

The cost is $20 per person, which will get you a wine glass and tickets for tasting. Participants must be 21 or over.

Children’s musical

Take a Bow Showcase will present “The Kingdom of the Imagination,” its annual fall family show produced by Rising Stars, a group for performers ages 4-7, this weekend.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Henry’s Bernard Voss Center, 5315 West Main St. in Belleville. Admission is $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; $3 for students and children 6-12; free for under age 6. Tickets are available at the door. Doors open one hour before each show, along with concessions and a display area.

Take a Bow describes it as “a little bit Disney, a little big Dreamworks, a little bit Broadway and a whole lot of laughs.” Two friends are transported to a magical, mixed-up place where things don’t happen exactly as they do in the movies. They meet more than 100 beloved movie characters, including Olaf, Anna, Harry Potter and Hermoine, Rapunzel, Annie and the orphans, Cinderella and Spider-Man, as they go wherever their imaginations lead them.

The show stars 28 talented youth from area schools and a few adults making cameo appearances as villains.

Children are encouraged to wear a costume for a chance to win a prize in the Audience Costume Contest. Audience members of all ages are welcome to “Let It Go” and sing along to favorite tunes.

Winter Rendezvous

Soldiers, trappers, traders and Native Americans, portrayed by historic re-enactors, will gather Saturday and Sunday at Fort de Chartres for the Winter Rendezvous. They will trade goods, buy supplies and have fun before the winter sets in.

Some will paricipate in a shooting contest that requires them to walk through the woods and fire flintlocks at pop-up targets. The rendezvous is fun for both the participants demonstrating frontier life from 1700 to 1820 and for visitors spending an autumn day wandering among the tents, campfires and historic fort. There will be 18th century crafts, food and music, plus a cannon competition.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is presented by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres.

Fort de Chartres is at 1350 Illinois 155, 4 mile west of Prairie du Rocher. A donation of $4 for adults, $2 for children or $10 per family is suggested.

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