Homecoming is this weekend
Marine Homecoming, sponsored by the Marine Lions Club, will be Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24 at the Marine City Park. The parade starts at 7 p.m. Friday and at 6 p.m. Saturday. There will be rides, food, games, beer, bingo and an antique gas engine and tractor display. Advance ride tickets are available at Parkview Cafe, Stop-N-Go, and Bradford National Bank, all in Marine. No coolers, cans or bottles are allowed on the festival grounds. The band Friday night will be “Friends of Bluegrass.” On Saturday night, “Marsie Lynn Band” will play.
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Travel journalist to be at library
Want to travel but don’t know where to go? Bill Clevlen, author of “100 Things to Do in America Before You Die,” will provide some direction when he visits the Breese Public Library, 550 N. 3rd St., at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24.
“We are so fortunate to host a nationally-known author like Bill Clevlen,” said Angie Chute, library director. “And what better time than summer — the busiest travel season of the year — to have someone provide some tips on where to go, what to do and how to have fun along the way?”
According to Clevlen’s publisher, Reedy Press, the book is more than a list of places to visit but a catalog of uniquely American experiences. From sipping Southern sweet tea to standing where the Wright Brothers tested their first “flying machine,” each experience makes up an important piece of our American story.
Featured in the book is a mix of history, entertainment, art, food and sports, along with trivia questions on each page.
“It was written to inspire road trips across the country,” a Reedy Press spokesperson said. “Mountains, museums, fried chicken, small towns and even the world’s tallest mailbox await you.”
Based in St. Louis, Clevlen is a travel journalist, broadcaster and freelance writer and a frequent guest speaker and radio correspondent highlighting road trip ideas and uplifting American stories.
He hosts a weekly podcast, “Rediscover America,” and also shares positive travel stories and videos on his website, www.billontheroad.com.
Chute is looking forward to the presentation.
“Bill is a wonderful speaker and has some great stories to tell,” she said. “If you’re a frequent traveler or more of the armchair variety, you’ll enjoy his presentation.”
The presentation is free and open to all ages. For more information, contact Breese Public Library at 618-526-7361.
Church to host picnic
St. Anthony’s Parish in Beckemeyer will hold its annual picnic Saturday, June 24.
A chicken and mostaccioli dinner will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in the air-conditioned parish hall and will be held regardless of weather. Mass will be held at 5:30 p.m., and a quilt bingo begins at 7 p.m.
There will also be kid stands, inflatable balloons, a basket stand, penny social, silent auction, cake wheel, raffle, food, drinks and more.