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78th Annual Croation Picnic

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The public is invited to come out and enjoy the Benld Croatian Picnic and Build Benld Art Fair to be held on Sunday, September 4th from 9am to 4pm at the Benld City Park.

The St. Louis Croatian Junior Tamburitzans will perform folk dancing at 2pm, and “Plavi Dunav” will play throughout the day. Sarma, lamb, kabobs, brats with kraut and deserts will be available for purchase in the food stand. 

This year’s event will also include an Art Fair and Sale sponsored by Build Benld, a non-profit group promoting local businesses and tourism in Benld.  The Art Fair will feature many Croatian arts/artists and wine tasting sponsored by TJ’s in Benld.  

“Heart of Croatia” will also be in attendance that day with a number of their products that represent our wonderful Croatian heritage and traditions.   

Spend the day, come out and enjoy the great food, music, conversation and good art, as well as support two good organizations: Build Benld and Lodge 217 Benld.  

(For more information about the Build Benld project, click here.

Veschak’s Bakery on West Central Avenue in Benld will also be open all day on Sept 4th to sell Croatian cookies (almond Crescents, Kolachky, Fruit Salami, Lemon and Almond Wine cookies.)  

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Progressive Club to celebrate 90th anniversary

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The Wilsonville Progressive Club will celebrate and host a 90 year Anniversary Party on Saturday, May 11. The party will include a catered dinner, a live band, and fireworks.

Doors will open at 2 pm with a catered dinner being served at 4 pm.  The Shane Kessinger Experience (live band) will play at 5 pm, and a grand fireworks display will be held at dusk.

The Progressive Club was originally established in 1934 by the Progressive Miners and was located on the northwest side of Wilsonville’s main street. The Club moved to their new building in January of 1949 and today this is still the current location at 212 Wilson Street in Wilsonville.

Wilsonville was founded in 1917 when Superior Coal Co. Mine No. 4 was sunk and this was the most modern mine in the Superior field. At that time, the little settlement which grew up around the mine was called Wilson. One day a worker paused and asked, “What are we going to name this town?” President Wilson was in office, thus the town was then and there named Wilson until 1919 when it was incorporated and the name expanded to Wilsonville.

The Wilsonville Progressive Club is operated and maintained by an elected panel of trustees and loyal members.  The Club is open to the public and membership is always welcome.  The large outdoor covered pavilion and manicured grassy side lot offer an attractive and convenient venue for any event along with inside facilities. 

If you are interested in renting for any kind of event, call 217-835-3122 during open hours which are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 4 pm to close, and Sunday doors open at 2 pm.  Every Sunday afternoon at 4 pm is the Queen of Hearts drawing and the Club is on Facebook as well.

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Macoupin County Agriculture Education Foundation holding frozen meal fundraiser

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The Macoupin County Agriculture Education Foundation is holding a frozen meal fundraiser now through May 6.  Proceeds from the sale of the frozen meals will assist the Foundation in making possible exciting activities including scholarships for outstanding agriculture students, improvements in agriculture literacy, and enhanced leadership activities. 

To order, visit www.thegivingplatefundraisers.com between now and May 6 and select the Macoupin County Agriculture Education Foundation icon. 

Meals will be available for pick-up on Thursday, May 23 from 3-5 pm at the Macoupin County Farm Bureau, 220 N. Broad St., Carlinville. 

If you have questions about the fundraiser, contact the Macoupin County Farm Bureau office at 217-854-2571 or mcfb@gomadison.com.

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Craft fair, flea market, and coffee and cars event set for Oct. 14 in Gillespie

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A huge craft fair, flea market and coffee and cars will be held on Saturday, October 14 at Gillespie United Methodist Church starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m.

It’s not too early to think Christmas. Don’t miss the opportunity to buy those unique gifts and decorations to make your holidays special. The event will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 900 West Broadway, Gillespie, IL, rain or shine.

One-of-a-kind purses by local artist, beautiful woodwork, Primitive decor, fresh Georgia pecans for baking and gifting, local honey, Tastefully Simple, Norwex, and more will be available.

Sandwiches and desserts will also be for sale inside while cool rides will be on display at “Coffee and Cars!” in the parking lot of the church. Owners of the cars will receive a coupon for free coffee and donut upon arrival.

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