Metro-East News

Things to do: Help Belleville, and remember New York this weekend

Mary Cooley
Mary Cooley

This weekend should have some “sunny and pleasant” weather, which would be a nice change. Here are five-plus ways to spend it.

Sept. 11

This year’s remembrance ceremony in Belleville will have quite a different feel than previous ceremonies because it ends with a huge unveiling. A beam from the Twin Towers was put into its new home at the Memorial Walkway this week, and will be covered until after the dedication.

The Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony and dedication of the Memorial Walkway will be at the Belleville Fire Administration office, 1125 S. Illinois St., at 2 p.m. Sunday. Featured speaker this year is Col. Laura Lenderman of Scott Air Force Base. Extra parking is at 1481 S. Illinois St., with a complimentary shuttle. For more information, go to or 618-233-6518, ext. 1245.

Smash a car

▪  For $5, take three swings to smash up an automobile on Sunday, with half of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society; half going to the Stephanie Jones cancer benefit. Friends of Jones are holding a “Help Fix the Ta-Ta’s” benefit for her, which will include a silent auction, bake sale, raffles and live music. The benefit is from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Schatze’s Bar & Grill, 2301 E. Main St. in Belleville. For more information, call 618-593-5448.

Belleville Helping Belleville

This year’s Belleville Helping Belleville Day — an all-volunteer citywide opportunity — has eight projects to choose from for volunteers with a variety of gifts and talents. Organizers are looking for people to supervise a food collection as well as skilled tradespeople for building projects. There are projects for kids and projects that will help senior citizens, and all ages in between. For more information, go to Most volunteers will be needed between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday; meet at 201 N. Church Street in Belleville. You can also go online and sign up online.

Music options

▪  Bluegrass and traditional music concert: from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, 3500 New Poag Road, Hartford. Music and parking are free.

▪ “When I’m 64” Beatles Music Festival: from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Prairietown Fireman’s Park (20 minutes north of Edwardsville). Seven bands will perform covers of favorite Beatles tunes. Craft vendors. Food and drink available. No cover charge, but donations benefit Unity Lutheran Christian Elementary School, East St. Louis. For more information, call Paul Miller at 618-520-2673 or go to

▪  Ben’s Bluegrass, BBQ and Beer Bash: 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, at the Stephenson House, 409 S. Buchanan, Edwardsville. $30 for adults; $12 for children, includes barbecue plate and drinks. Music from Keith Dudding and his Mountain River Valley Boys Blue Grass Band. For more information, go to 618-692-1818.

▪  LouFest: Single-day tickets start at $60 for LouFest, the two-day music festival in Forest Park. For the complete lineup, go to; it includes LCD Soundsystem, Chris Stapleton and Ms. Lauryn Hill.

Apples, already?

Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton promises warm apple pie, caramel apples and apple wine among music, jewelry, balloon art and face painting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Pere Marquette Foundation. For more information, go to or call 618-786-2331.

Also in Grafton is the Pere Marquette Rendezvous, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; dance at 7 p.m. Saturday. Grafton. It’s the traditional pre-1840 rendezvous with re-enactors portraying traders and campers, with various demonstrations, black powder and longbow shoots, tomahawk throwing, camp music, frontier food and a dance at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free; call 618-786-3323 for more information.