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Weekend events in southern Illinois: Quilt show and Colt World Series

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Original artwork by Feri Saputra

Commentary: Harrison Bruce Historical Village on the campus of John A. Logan College continues their Summer Saturday Series “Tell Your Story” With a bonanza of vintage and contemporary Quilt Stores Saturday, July 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Local quilters, Quilts of Valor, quilting guilds, children’s crafts, tours of the historic buildings, strolls through Heritage Gardens, listen to the music on the Chickering Piano in The Harrison House.  Docents in costume, photo opportunities at every turn.  Admission is free.

COLT WORLD SERIES:  The City of Marion and Mtn Dew Park host the 2023 Colt World Series.  Playing in their 69th year, the Colt World Series is PONY Baseball’s second- longest running World Series event.  Both national and international teams will play July 28-August 1.  Young athletes who wear their local team jersey will get FREE admission.


HOME:  Cecily Smith, daughter of Kent and Terri Smith, Herrin is home after her graduation from Baylor University with a degree in marketing and entrepreneurship.  She celebrated her graduation with a 10-day tour of Europe with her friend,  EA Politt, Dallas, TX, staying in  hostels, traveling by train and exploring each country the girls visited.

Cecily ended up playing Bocce in Italy, the only American on the team. Young adults on the move.  She will remain in Herrin as she  looks into various opportunities and challenges for the future.  Welcome home.


MARVELOUS MURALS; One of Marion's first mural artits and the youngest, Maddie Deiters is taking her artists talents further afield.  She just completed one in East Dundee,IL.  The l6-year old was interviewed by Chicago TV and a feature article appeared in Chicago Herald July 11. Completing more than a dozen murals locally and North Carolina she is hired to do yet another on the new Marion City Hall on Tower Square. She is home schooled and daughter of Hank an Deanna Deiters.  Her grandparents are Dutch and Joann Doelitzsch, Marion.


NEW BOOK:  Herrin’s own, Michaelann Stanley, teacher at Herrin High School and the city’s  Italian connection, she teaches, she is a great linguist and speaks Italian. She travels, is in Italy in July and published her first book, “Herrin’s Italian History…More than Spaghetti & Meatballs.”  Available on Amazon, Hardcover, $l4.99.  Look for book signings in the future. Cheers.

CONDOLENCES to former Herrinite Don Kilpatrick, Ft. Myers, FL on the unexpected death of his wife, Herrin native, Iris June Yancey Kilpatrick, 84, July 16, 2023.  She was a l958 graduate of Herrin Township High School.  The couple were married for 64 years and reared 4 children together. The Ft. Myers area has been their home for the past 28 years.


 SNAPSHOTS:  Herrin Mayor Steve Frattini provided an update on plans and happenings for the City of Herrin at the monthly Chamber Luncheon July 25 at Herrin Civic Center.  Large crowds and new members are showing up monthly for Chamber luncheons. Winner of two tickets to a Thrillbillie game at Mt. Dew Park, Father Mark Reyling, OLMC.   Guests are welcome. Contact 618-942-5163 at the Chamber office or on Face book.

In the news, WSIL- longtime meteorologist, Nick Hausen will leave the airwaves at WSIL- Channel 3 for a new position with SI Now as a coordinator of regional development and marketing.  Michael Bruce, photographer and musician receiving rave reviews for his photo exhibit at Herrin City Library till October 1, regular library hours, in the Adult Reading Room.  SI Balloons decorating the world, well, most of southern Illinois.  Kyle Brooks is creator and designer.

Roses to gardeners all over Williamson County who care for their vegetable and flower gardens, even in great heat.  Their gardens make neighbors and their home cities smile.


SLIDING:  We slide into August, from local ball fields to families planning last minute vacations before school begins in mid-August.  Others slide into cool swimming pools and lakes that dot the region.  We know autumn is out there, but summertime fans want to put a hold on the calendar.  Let’s talk next week.

Cheryl is a freelance columnist who writes about her native southern Illinois. She left for college and came right back. Home is home in her heart. Contact her at 618-993-8173 or CRTheSouthern@aol.com
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