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DuQuoin State Fair and more this weekend

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Commentary: HARRISON BRUCE HISTORICAL VILLAGE invites you to their SATURDAY SUMMER SERIES, August 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. LOCATION MOVED from H-B VILLAGE to INSIDE JALC in The Large CONFERENCE CENTER - LOWER LEVEL DUE TO HEAT ADVISORY....The Story of Dr. Andrew Springs and Scouting in Southern Illinois and Julia Harrison Bruce and Girl Scouting. Dr. Springs is a legend in Colp, Illinois and Julia Harrison Bruce is a philanthropic icon in the region. Both were heralds for Boy Scouts – the Springs, and Girl Scouts- Mrs. Bruce. Artifacts, stories and large photographs will share the history. Refreshments and crafts will be on hand INSIDE JALC COLLEGE IN THE F WING. USE PARKING LOTS A or C.

DUQUOIN STATE FAIR: Opens Friday, August 25. The annual Twilight parade has been cancelled due to extreme heat. This event welcomes families through Labor Day September 4. A good reason to dine at Alongi’s in downtown DuQuoin, an area favorite. See you at the Fair. Find me at the livestock exhibition barns, especially the sheep.

FOOTBALL SEASON BEGINS: Herrin Tigers and Marion Wildcats have their helmets and cleats at the ready for a 7 p.m. Saturday home game for the Tigers, August 26 in Herrin. Orange and Black and Blue and Gold, the rivals meet. Look for a packed stadium.

MARION MARKET STREET MUSIC CONSERVATORY: Fall enrollment is open. Private instructions in piano, voice, strings, guitar, ukulele and art. Group instructions in art, piano voice, guitar, strings, youth and adult choir, youth theater and music for early childhood. Contact 618-364-3486 A regional treasure.

TRAVELERS: Dr. Barry and Jennifer Hancock, returned from an Asian holiday to Japan and South Korea in time to celebrate his August 7 hallmark 60th birthday. He retired as Dean for Community Education at John A. Logan College serving from l996 to June 30, 2021.

AISIN GROWS: If you drive near Aisin Manufacturing off Rt. 13 near Veterans Airport of SI, its new half-million construction project has begun. The new center will handle shipping and receiving and inventory control. Look for completion end of year.

VISITORS: Lolly Cox Davies, Tuscon, AZ was home for a visit staying with Rena Absher. Members of HHS Class of l960 toured Herrin High school and visited the school library to see the Tiger quilt donated by Jerry Anderson and created by Keith Swim at a recent Class of l960 Reunion. Class members included Absher, Davies, Anderson, Marie Samuel, Loretta Jeters and Janet Lane Worthen.

 SNAPSHOTS: Herrin High School Class of 1961 celebrates their 80th Birthday year with a dinner at Mary's on Friday, August 25 and a round of gatherings at Herrin City Library History Room, Stemm Cafe & Coffee Shoppe, Louie's P&R, and Dixie Cream. It's called a challenging cuisine weekend. Class officers were President John Berra, Vice-President Kathy Lauber Novelly and Secretary, Randy Burlison. Homecoming Queen was Sally Roberson Ricker.

We wait for Williamson County personal property tax bills to show up in our mailboxes. You should receive second week of September. Pay by mail or at The Williamson County courthouse.

Good news that Riggio’s Shoe Box and Ladies Fashions in DuQuoin was not damaged by the recent fire in a historic building next to them. Betty Riggio and her son Pete Riggio, proprietors of this tradition-filled clothing and shoe store still on the regional scene.


 CHANGE - Twilight hours are poignant ones in late August. There is shifting sunlight - where it begins and where it ends - in an Illinois sky. There is a certain huskiness in the air with dust twirls in the garden and a drying of flowers.  As the DuQuoin State Fair begins a 10-day run, reminds us Labor Day is a whisper away.  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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