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Upcoming Events
Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest in Murphysboro
Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest is a celebration of music, craft beer, local folk lore and community. Event will take place Saturday, October 5, 2023 at Riverside Park in Murphsyboro, IL. Learn more or purchase tickets at bmmbrewfest.com.
Animal Tales Zoofari Earth
The folks from Animal Tales are coming back to introduce you to live animals from all over the world. Learn about the animals and how to protect the environment they live in.
Cork & Pork Festival
The 10th Annual Cork & Pork Festival will be held Saturday, July 13th at Sainte Marie, Illinois' Picquet Park starting at 4:30 PM. Wineries, Pork, 2 great bands (Flat Mountain & Feudin' Hillbillys) and a beer garden; $10 per person; must be 21+ to attend; please bring ID. Money to benefit local groups, organizations and programs. Over $219,000.00 given back to date.
Latin Summer Nights Community Concert Series with FUEGO de CUMBIA
This years Latin Summer Nights is moving to a street closure setting. As local organizations join us to celebrate our 3rd version of this programming. Thank you to our community partners for coming along to our summer party! This event generously supported by a grant from the Southern Arts Fund.

Our Guest band, Fuego de Cumbia will have us dancing in no time and we are so looking forward to seeing our community join us in dancing en la calle.

With the help of Leave it to Chef and upcoming chefs at Latin Taste and La Playita, a Latin Sampler plate of food will be offered complimentary until supplies run out. Be sure to use the qr code to sign up! We want everyone to able to join in the party!
Standard Issue, The Musical
FREE! FREE! FREE!
About “Standard Issue” the Musical:
Compelled by his wealthy father’s will to join the Army, a resentful, strong-willed Charles Vanderwall believes it is a waste of his time. His plans to ‘mind his own business’ are disrupted by the provocation of another recruit, Diego Romero, who challenges Vanderwall’s core beliefs and accuses him of hiding from reality in his journals. The intense physical and mental exercises ahead promise to forge body and mind alike, creating close friends from former enemies. However, deployment looms, forcing the new soldiers to face demons, both inside and out. Will Vanderwall find the strength to endure and discover who he really is? Or will his story be forever lost?
(PG-13 due to language and sensitive topics)
Veterans of all branches of service are especially invited to this performance! This script reading and 15 member orchestra review is brought to you in partnership with Illinois Arts Council and Artspace 304 Southern Arts Fund. “Standard Issue” the Musical script will be read by actors and all music will be sung by the cast with a full orchestra accompaniment. This performance is one night only in preparation for a full production with costumes and sets in June 2025. There will be an opportunity for feedback from the audience after the show.
This original musical was written by Army Veteran and wife team, Henry and Deanna Deiters, directed by Navy Veteran, Tim Robinson, with musical orchestrations and conducting by Derek M. Hamblin. All artists involved in this musical from creation to performance are living and working in Southern Illinois. Come out and enjoy a night of storytelling and great music!
Trivia Night-Christmas in July
Christmas in July Trivia Night. 1st & 2nd place cash prizes. Cash prize for best decorated table. Silent auction, 50/50, mulligans available.