ALL EVENTS

Santa's Mailbox

December 1 - 15, 2021 | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Marion City Hall
ADDRESS: 1102 Tower Square Plaza, Marion, IL 62959
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WRITE
Children are asked to write to Santa about their year, their wishes for the new year or anything else on their minds.
DROPOFF
Drop off your letter in the special Santa Mailbox located in front of City Hall by December 15th. Please do not mail.
RECEIVE
To ensure your child receives a special message from the North Pole, please include a return address on the letter or envelope.

Carriage Rides

December 6 - 10, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ADDRESS: Tower Square Plaza, Marion, IL 62959
WEBSITE: https://www.verymerrymarion.com/carriage-rides

See downtown Marion in all its holiday glory in a nostalgic horse-drawn carriage ride.


COST
$40.00 Per Carriage Ride
Maximum of 8 riders per reservation
Only riders from your reservation will be on your ride

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LOCATION
Carriage rides will begin and end in Paradise Alley which is located in the southwest corner of the square between the Civic Center and Lavish Bath Box.

Bill Harper @ Chevie's Taco Tuesday

December 7, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Chevie's Lounge
ADDRESS: 913 W Monroe Street, Herrin, IL 62948
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Taco Tuesday and Live Music from 7-9pm

Dave Clark Solo Show

December 9, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
WHERE: Pin Oak Pub
ADDRESS: 1200 Pin Oak Drive, Carterville, IL 62918
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Dave is back at the Pin Oak!

Ugly Sweater Party

December 10, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE: Walker's Bluff
ADDRESS: 326 Vermont Road, Carterville, IL 62918
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Get out those ugly sweaters, round up your crew, and watch the fashion parade of ugly sweaters at The Tasting Room on Friday, December 10th! It won't hurt your eyes too much if you are sipping on a glass of Walker's Bluff wine or one of our holiday cocktails!
DJ Nasty Nate with 618 Productions will be providing tunes from 6-10pm. We have planned delicious Holiday cocktails, food and drink specials, and the ultimate Ugly Sweater contest you don't want to miss! Awesome prizes will be awarded to the top 3 ugliest sweaters and a GRAND PRIZE will be awarded to the ugliest sweater of the night, and of course bragging rights! Winners will be announced at 8:00pm and judged by the crowd applause. This is the perfect way to go to work on "Casual Friday" or "Blue Jean Friday" and then head over to the party with your office/staff for a fun Holiday social outing!
This party is open to the public and FREE admission

Cody Galloway

December 10, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Teddy's Sports Bar & Grill
ADDRESS: 118 E Walnut Street, Herrin, IL 62948
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Enjoy live music and cold drinks!

Christmas Dinner & Music w/ Edwin Linson

December 10, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
WHERE: Pin Oak Pub
ADDRESS: 1200 Pin Oak Drive, Carterville, IL 62918
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Join us for amazing music of the 50's, 60's, Motown and more... & of course some Christmas tunes. And don't forget to bring your appetite... The Whistle Stop is planning a special meal just for you... 6-10:30

An Evening with Kenny G

December 10, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE: Marion Cultural and Civic Center
ADDRESS: 800 Tower Square Plaza, Marion, IL 62959
WEBSITE: https://marionccc.com/an-evening-with-kenny-g-december-10/
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Almost like clockwork, smooth jazz saxophonist Kenny G has unveiled a new studio effort every couple years since his 1982 eponymous debut. Fourteen studio sets, not to mention live collections and holiday albums, have led to worldwide tours and concerts galore. The contemporary jazz musician, who first started performing professionally in the mid-'70s with Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra, now sells tickets to his own arena shows. Kenny G's fourth studio effort, 1986's "Duotones", marked the beginning of his commercial success. That collection topped Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and produced two Top 3 singles, "Songbird" and "Don't Make Me Wait for Love". His 1992 release, "Breathless", marks his most successful effort to date, selling more than 12 million copies. Along with holding a Guinness World record for longest note ever recorded on a saxophone (45 minutes and 47 seconds), Kenny G has a long and varied list of former collaborators, including Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli, Steve Miller, Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston, among others.

Guardian Angel Pendant Class

December 11, 2021 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
WHERE: CottingTree Beads
ADDRESS: 208 N 14th St., Herrin, IL 62948
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When: Saturday, Dec. 11th, 2021
Time: 11:00 am
Instructor: June Wilkin
Fee: $10.00
Materials: Approx. $10.00
We have great colors to choose from to make this beautiful pendant. Make 2 Angel into a pair of earrings.
To pre-register for class call 618-988-2389

Corey Kidd

December 11, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WHERE: Honker Hill Winery
ADDRESS: 4861 Spillway Rd, Carbondale, IL 62901
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Corey Kidd returns to The Hill

Reverend Robert in the Tasting Room

December 11, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Walker's Bluff
ADDRESS: 326 Vermont Road, Carterville, IL 62918
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American roots music and island grooves from around the world are seamlessly combined in the skillful hands of Reverend Robert and his metal resonator guitars.

Carriage Rides

December 11 - 12, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ADDRESS: Tower Square Plaza, Marion, IL 62959
WEBSITE: https://www.verymerrymarion.com/carriage-rides

See downtown Marion in all its holiday glory in a nostalgic horse-drawn carriage ride.

COST

$40.00 Per Carriage Ride
Maximum of 8 riders per reservation
Only riders from your reservation will be on your ride

VISIT THE BOOK NOW PAGE TO RESERVE YOUR TIME


LOCATION
Carriage rides will begin and end in Paradise Alley which is located in the southwest corner of the square between the Civic Center and Lavish Bath Box

LIVE Stand Up Comedy

December 11, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE: Celebrations Event Center
ADDRESS: 1305 Crane Drive, Marion, IL 62959
WEBSITE: www.eventbrite.com/e/stand-up-comedy-at-celebrations-tickets-203248209867
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The perfect date night or night out with friends in Marion, Illinois at the most awesome new venue! Come see LIVE nationally touring stand up comedians!
Join us at Celebrations Event Center in Southern Illinois!
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Food trucks will be parked right outside the event and Celebrations Event staff will be mixing up your favorite drinks!

Kasey Lee Rogers

December 11, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 11:59 pm
WHERE: Pin Oak Pub
ADDRESS: 1200 Pin Oak Drive, Carterville, IL 62918
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Enjoy Awesome country tunes w/ Kasey Lee Rogers

Dale Myers

December 11, 2021 | 9:00 pm - 11:59 pm
WHERE: Teddy's Sports Bar & Grill
ADDRESS: 118 E Walnut Street, Herrin, IL 62948
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Live music and cold drinks!

Matt Basler

December 12, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WHERE: Honker Hill Winery
ADDRESS: 4861 Spillway Rd, Carbondale, IL 62901
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Matt Basler returns to The Hill

Christopher Lee

December 12, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Walker's Bluff
ADDRESS: 326 Vermont Road, Carterville, IL 62918
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Talented guitarist and songwriter, Christopher Lee comes to Walker's Bluff Tasting Room for a Sunday afternoon of good food, drinks, and music!

Pele

December 16, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
WHERE: Pin Oak Pub
ADDRESS: 1200 Pin Oak Drive, Carterville, IL 62918
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There's always a party when Pele's in the house... and you never know who's going to come play along

Brian Pender

December 17, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Teddy's Sports Bar & Grill
ADDRESS: 118 E Walnut Street, Herrin, IL 62948
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Live music and cold drinks!

Christmas in Carterville

December 17, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Downtown Carterville
ADDRESS: 103 South Division Street, Carterville, IL 62918
WEBSITE: https://www.visitcarterville.com/events/christmas-in-carterville/
PHONE: (618) 525-8304
EMAIL: khollister@visitcarterville.com
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Christmas in Carterville is back celebrating its 10th anniversary! The Downtown streets will be closed off for lots of activities, including horse and carriage rides, Santa's Post Office, Santa's Workshop where you can write letters to Santa, photos with Santa, carolers, bands, Festival of Trees, Window Decorating contest, food, beverages and lots more!

Corey Evitts and JOM Ugly Sweater Party

December 17, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
WHERE: Just One More Bar and Grill
ADDRESS: 1303 Enterprise Way, Marion, IL 62959
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Corey is coming to help us celebrate our annual JOM ugly Christmas sweater or any ugly Christmas gear you may have to wear party. There will be prizes for ugliest sweater, funniest sweater and or outfit and best/worst Christmas dressed couple. Set your calendars and start looking through grandpa or grandma's closets.

Logan Chapman

December 17, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 11:59 pm
WHERE: Pin Oak Pub
ADDRESS: 1200 Pin Oak Drive, Carterville, IL 62918
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Logan's back with a great mix of tunes... 8-12

Nick Harless Band

December 17, 2021 | 9:00 pm - 11:59 pm
WHERE: John Browns On The Square
ADDRESS: 1000 Tower Square Plz, Marion, IL 62959
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NICK HARLESS BAND IS A POWER BLUES/ROCK TRIO FROM THE MIDWEST WITH ROOTS THAT SINK DEEP INTO THE TEXAS DUST
The Nick Harless Band featuring Nick Harless, Mitch Millhoff, and Kip Harris.
Keep checking here for updates on our new CD, website, and merch!

Christmas Ornament Ball Class

December 18, 2021 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
WHERE: CottingTree Beads
ADDRESS: 208 N 14th St., Herrin, IL 62948
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Christmas Ball Ornament
When: Saturday, Dec. 18th, 2021
Time: 11:00 am
Instructor: Cathy Helleny
Fee: $10.00
Materials: Approx. $14.00
Let's make a Christmas Ball Ornament. We start with a clear ball and add beads and more beads. Love the look.
Call 618-988-2389 to pre-register for class.

Larry Dillard

December 18, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WHERE: Honker Hill Winery
ADDRESS: 4861 Spillway Rd, Carbondale, IL 62901
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Larry Dillard returns to The Hill

Guy Ash

December 18, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Walker's Bluff
ADDRESS: 326 Vermont Road, Carterville, IL 62918
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Classic Rock, Country, Yacht Rock

Coffee & Cookies with Santa

December 18, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Stemm's Cafe and Coffee Shop
ADDRESS: 3 N Park Ave, Herrin, IL 62948
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Each child will get a free picture with Santa and a gift! Coffee, cookies, hot chocolate, and other desserts will be available for purchase.

Annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

December 18, 2021 | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE: Pyramid Acres Marina
ADDRESS: 12057 Marina Rd, Marion, IL 62959
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It's the most wonderful time of year again! Break out your Christmas best and show off your favorite ugly sweater!
Still have Grandma's knitted argyle sweater with the reindeer on it? Wear it!
Your old college plaid snowman sweater? Rock it!
Did your kids gift you with a special hand-decorated cat sweater? Perfect!
We will have some festive holiday drinks, live music by Second Hand Car Tunes from 7-10pm and a holiday cookie swap! Bring treats to share and Tupperware to bring home some cookies!

Carr & Tejada in the Tasting Room

December 18, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE: Walker's Bluff
ADDRESS: 326 Vermont Road, Carterville, IL 62918
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Bill Carr and Dan Tejada are an acoustic guitar duo playing original songs that draw from the roots of today's Americana revival.

Second-Hand CarTunes

December 18, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE: Pyramid Acres Marina
ADDRESS: 12057 Marina Road, Marion, IL 62959
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Second-Hand CarTunes will be playing their exciting #Top40 act with covers of some of the most famous artists over the last 70 years including: JOURNEY, MICHAEL JACKSON, PRINCE, THE BEATLES, STEVIE WONDER, BILL WITHERS, LENNY KRAVITZ, STEVE MILLER BAND, BRUNO MARS, REO SPEEDWAGON, and more... Grab a friend and join us for great drinks, music, and atmosphere!

Shawn Mayer

December 18, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
WHERE: Pin Oak Pub
ADDRESS: 1200 Pin Oak Drive, Carterville, IL 62918
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Shawn is back from Nashville to rock the house!!

Pele

December 18, 2021 | 9:00 pm - 11:59 pm
WHERE: Teddy's Sports Bar & Grill
ADDRESS: 118 E Walnut Street, Herrin, IL 62948
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Live music at Teddy's!

Tim Crosby

December 19, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
WHERE: Honker Hill Winery
ADDRESS: 4861 Spillway Rd, Carbondale, IL 62901
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Tim Crosby returns to The Hill

Jonny Coller

December 19, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Walker's Bluff
ADDRESS: 326 Vermont Road, Carterville, IL 62918
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Jonny Coller plays acoustic folk and outlaw country music with a classic, bluesy voice and natural feel developed out of the good black dirt of Illinois.

Drive-Thru Visit with Santa Claus

December 19, 2021 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
WHERE: The Pavilion
ADDRESS: 1602 Sioux Drive, Marion, IL 62959
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The Pavilion and Marion Carnegie Library have teamed up to bring Santa to Marion this season!
Come out to the Pavilion on December 5th and December 19th from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm for your chance to tell Santa what you want for Christmas and get pictures with the Jolly Old Elf!
Listen to local choirs and hear holiday stories on the radio as you wait in your car.
All children will receive a fun to-go craft while supplies last.
*This event is free and open to the public
**Thank you to the MCCC Foundation for the use of the Santa House front porch
***Thank you to the Marion Cultural and Civic Center for lending outdoor space heaters

A Carpenter's Christmas

December 20, 2021 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE: Marion Cultural and Civic Center
ADDRESS: 800 Tower Square Plaza, Marion, IL 62959
WEBSITE: https://marionccc.com/a-carpenters-christmas-december-20/
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A Carpenters Christmas While The Carpenters are known for over a dozen chart topping hits, they also won over their fans with their Christmas celebrations. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock and her 6-piece backing band are keeping The Carpenters' holiday traditions alive and bringing their unforgettable Christmas songs to the stage. Based on the music of The Carpenters' two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, A Carpenters Christmas and featuring "Merry Christmas Darling" and the jazzy "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town", it's a holiday concert that spreads joy and cheer to all.

Edwin Linson

December 23, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
WHERE: Pin Oak Pub
ADDRESS: 1200 Pin Oak Drive, Carterville, IL 62918
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Join us for all the best of the 50's, 60's, Motown & more!

Christmas Eve with Marshall Anderson

December 24, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE: Walker's Bluff
ADDRESS: 326 Vermont Road, Carterville, IL 62918
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Marshall Anderson is an adventure-seeking troubadour who performs original music and covers of Country and Americana artists with his acoustic guitar.
He also happens to be a well-rounded musician and professional sound/lighting technician with a passion and dedication to performing live music.

Christmas Eve w/ Pele

December 24, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
WHERE: Pin Oak Pub
ADDRESS: 1200 Pin Oak Drive, Carterville, IL 62918
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Join us before or after your Christmas Eve festivities for some amazing tunes w/ Pele... 7-11... & who knows if you come to party he might play longer!!

Christmas Karaoke

December 25, 2021 | 8:00 pm - 11:59 pm
WHERE: Pin Oak Pub
ADDRESS: 1200 Pin Oak Drive, Carterville, IL 62918
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Join us for an fun Christmas Evening w/ Lindy Clendenin and sing your favorite tunes... or request a song!

Jeremy Todd in the Tasting Room

December 26, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Walker's Bluff
ADDRESS: 326 Vermont Road, Carterville, IL 62918
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Jeremy T. McConaughey plays originals with deep roots in Honky-Tonk, Americana, and Folk Music delivered with a modern Indie appeal.

Eli Tellor

December 30, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
WHERE: Pin Oak Pub
ADDRESS: 1200 Pin Oak Drive, Carterville, IL 62918
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Great country tunes w/ Eli Tellor

Rat Pack New Year's Eve

December 31, 2021 - January 1, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 1:00 am
WHERE: John Browns on the Square
ADDRESS: 1000 Tower Square Plaza, Marion, IL 62959
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Come swing it jet set style with us as we ring in the new year with "Rat Pack" style music playing all night. Break out the pearls and black ties (or don't), enjoy FREE food and midnight champagne toast. No tickets and no hassles. Feel free to bring food to share if you want.

New Year's Eve Party w/ Dave Clark & Pele

December 31, 2021 - January 1, 2022 | 8:30 pm - 12:30 am
WHERE: Pin Oak Pub
ADDRESS: 1200 Pin Oak Drive, Carterville, IL 62918
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Join us and Ring in the New Year w/ Dave Clark & Pele... party favors, drink specials, champagne and lots of fun!

New Years Eve with Glory Dayz

December 31, 2021 - January 1, 2022 | 9:00 pm - 1:00 am
WHERE: Teddy's Sports Bar & Grill
ADDRESS: 118 E Walnut Street, Herrin, IL 62948
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Ring in the new year with live music at Teddy's!

Chance Stanley

January 6, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
WHERE: Chevie's Lounge
ADDRESS: 913 W. Monroe, Herrin, IL 62948
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Chance Stanley live solo show at Chevie's in Herrin!

SpongeBob the Musical

February 4 - 6, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Marion Cultural and Civic Center
ADDRESS: 800 Tower Square Plaza, Marion, IL 62959
WEBSITE: https://marionccc.com/spongebob-the-musical-sept-10-12/
TICKETS: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1020271/spongebob-squarepantsthe-musical-marion-marion-cultural-civic-center
PHONE: (618) 997-4030
EMAIL: derek@marionccc.com
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Kre8ive presents SpongeBob the Musical! The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

Fly with the Eagles Half Marathon

February 5 - 13, 2022 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
WHERE: Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
ADDRESS: 6987 Headquarters Road, Marion, IL 62959
WEBSITE: https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Marion/FlywiththeEaglesHalfMarathon
TICKETS: https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=37114
PHONE: (618) 997-3344
EMAIL: 1981sgoff@gmail.com
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Join the 16th year of the annual Fly with the Eagles Half Marathon within beautiful Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Illinois. Register today before spots fill up!

Date: Saturday, February 12th, 2022
Cost: $40+ sign-up fee

Price increases to $45 after November 15th. Guaranteed hooded sweatshirt until January 27th. Hoodies not picked up by the end of the race will not be held. Please note we are a cup-less event! Cups will NOT be available at aid stations; instead, we will have volunteers with water pitchers to easily fill your bottles.

All finishers will receive a custom medal! Top 3 overall male and female receive special awards. Age group awards for both male and female are 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-75, and 75 and over. **Top 3 placings will be based off gun time. Age groups will be based off chip time.

Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show

April 9 - 10, 2022 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
WHERE: The Pavilion
ADDRESS: 1602 Sioux Drive, Marion, IL 62959
WEBSITE: https://www.siesclub.org/
PHONE: (618) 993-2657
EMAIL: chontofalsky@att.net
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Southern Illinois Earth Science Club presents the Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show! Activities will feature educational displays, UV light shows, a raffle, door prizes, silent auctions, kids' spin-n-win, special exhibits and much more! Cost for Adults is $2, Children 18 and under Free.

Saturday, April 9th - 10am-6pm
Sunday, April 10th - 10am-5pm