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Five things to do this weekend: Adventures and fine dining await

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It’s Mother’s Day Weekend, when mothers of young children across the country are presented with a delightful breakfast and a dandelion bouquet. (Which we LOVE. Really. Just maybe not quite so much milk in the cereal next year? Mommy’s kind of picky about the cereal-to-milk ratio...)

PSST! If you really want to make Mom happy — and this goes for children of all ages — clean your room and play nicely with your brother. Even if you don’t live with Mom, clean your room and call your brother. Remind him to call Mom, too.

Happy Mother’s Day

▪ The New Baden American Legion at 105 E. Illinois St. in New Baden is set to impress Mom and the crew with a Mother’s Day Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday. Adults get all you care to eat for $8, less for children, of the Behrmann’s pork sausage and pancakes.

▪ If you let Mommy sleep in — and good job there! — then take a nice Sunday drive to Evansville for a Mother’s Day Dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Evansville. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy fried chicken or beef dinner buffet for $10 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Proceeds go to the Human Service Center & Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

A Taste of Millstadt

“You’re not going to leave hungry or parched,” says Joyce Korobey, member of the Millstadt Optimist Club, of the Taste of Millstadt. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Quail Club, 8303 Concordia Road in Belleville. Tickets are $25 in advance at Mertz Ford, Millstadt Pharmacy, Muskopf’s Garage or $30 at the door. Korobey says the Optimists are realistically looking at more than 200 to attend, and will have a silent auction and raffles to raise money for the group’s youth projects. Restaurants include Breadaux, West End Tavern and Grandpa Luke’s, as well as samplings from several spirit and wine vendors.

Adventure awaits

Spelling and grammar weren’t a priority at Camp River Dubois in 1804; heading up the Missouri River toward the Pacific Ocean was. “Monday May the 14th 1804... Capt Clark Set out at 3oClock P.M. for the western expedition. One Gun fired. a nomber of Citizens see us Start,” wrote Sgt. John Ordway in his journal that day. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, Hartford, will hold the annual Point of Departure celebration with historic interpreters, artisans and tours of a white pirogue boat similar to the one used by Lewis and Clark. The event is free.

Down on the farm

▪ Willoughby Farms has hayrides, games, craft vendors, food and music at its annual Spring Farm Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 631 Willoughby Lane in Collinsville. There will be piglets, chicks, goats and lambs, as well as sheep shearing and wool spinning. The cost is $2 per person, ages 5 and under free, with a maximum of $10 per family.


Heroes vs. villians, including members of the Star Wars costuming group Midwest Garrison, will be at the Confluence Crush Roller Derby at 5:30 Saturday at the Belle-Clair Fairgrounds. It’s a doubleheader with action on a flat track with seating in the so-called splash zone, chairs around the track and a VIP area. Tickets start at $12 at the door; military and first responders with ID get in for $8, children under 8 get in free. Uniformed Girl Scouts get in for $5, and their parents for $8. For more information, go to

Once the weekend is done, we start planning for the next. What are you doing? Contact reporter Mary Cooley at or 618-239-2535. Follow her on Twitter: @MaryCooleyBND.