Marion Garden Club to host tour next month.
* This is a reminder that the annual garden tour of the Marion Garden Club will be coming up, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, June 9, beginning at the Williamson County Fairgrounds, where tickets, at $5, and a map will be available. There will also be a plant sale and exhibits there. Bring a friend or two and enjoy the garden tour.
* McNitt Growers of Carbondale will be conducting a plant sale, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the John Kaiser Pavilion at Ray Fosse Park on Thursday, May 24. McNitt's has greenhouses covering 1.5 acres and they grow some 100 varieties, that they distribute across the U.S. This is a family-owned business, run by Andy McNitt, with help from his mom and dad, Martin and Delores, and his brother, Bill. Come out and stock up on beautiful plants for your lawn and garden, and help out the Marion Garden Club at the same time.
* Keep in mind the Memorial Day celebration at Ray Fosse Park on Monday, May 28. Events will begin at 10 a.m. with a car show, ending with prizes at 2 p.m. A DJ show called Hot Rod Nights will be playing nostalgic music. There will be free family activities throughout the day, as well as barbecue meals to be purchased. From 1-4 p.m. there will be free swimming at the pool and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be free goofy golf. A concert by Clayton Gribble, a local musician will be from 2-4 p.m., also free. Bring the kids and grandma and grandpa and enjoy the entire day.
* The above mentioned Clayton Gribble will also be performing in concert at the Freedom Fest on July 4 in Goreville, set for 5 p.m. in the village park, followed by two more concerts by other artists, before the fabulous fireworks begin.
* Marion Community Night at Rent One Park is set with the first pitch at 6:05 p.m., on Friday, June 29, followed by lots of baseball and other activities. Order tickets from the Chamber of Commerce at 997-6311 at $10 and $5, to be picked up at the Chamber office before June 25 at 4 p.m. A portion of the ticket sales through the Chamber will go to the Graduation Spree program for MHS.
* Coming up at the Little Egypt Art Association Centre will be the exhibit, "All God's Creatures," art pieces related to plants, animals, insects, and people, in any art genre, to be shown through June 30. Take your summer guests to enjoy this.
Another exhibit at LEAA Art Centre will be "Historic Structures" that will begin on July 2, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Illinois.
* Have you placed a bid for the Chair Affair at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center, being held by the MCCC Foundation? Better hurry before May is over.
* On June 8 and 9, a citywide yard sale will be taking place in Vienna. For $15, hold a sale in the city park by calling 658-8547. Maps will be available at the city hall after June 1. Come on down for bargains galore!
* More treasures and junk will be available at the Eagle Point Bay community on the Lake of Egypt, on May 25-26. Be at their association building from 8 a.m. to noon for their yard sale, and meander throughout the subdivision for a great shopping experience all day long.
* And yet more stuff! From 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 9, the Youth Group of the Busby Baptist Church in Goreville will be holding a bake sale and yard sale on route 37 in the white house just north of Blue Funeral Home. This is a fundraiser for their summer mission trip.
* In the mood for a getaway? The Second Act of Southern Illinois Healthcare is offering upcoming coach trips. On June 7, they will head to St. Louis for a Cardinals vs. Marlins game and enjoy dinner en route home at Lotawata Creek. On June 19-20, a coach will be heading to historic Hermann, Mo. and the Living History Farm, where the Clydesdales call home. From Sept. 29-Oct. 7, take an extensive trip to Maine, where Victorian mansions, lighthouses, L.L. Bean, and much more await travelers. And on July 17, there will be a one-day trek to Lemp Mansion, to see "A Fistful of Hollers," while dining. For more, call 877-480-4040.
* Coming up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the commons of the Vienna High School, the Eagle House Ministries welcomes men and women to the annual Footsteps Conference. Register at 8 a.m. while enjoying coffee and doughnuts, attend breakout sessions, have a nice lunch, and hear an inspirational speaker. The cost is $15 per or $10 with a group of five or more, at http://www.footstepsconference.com. Adults of all ages and denominations are welcome.
* The Little Egypt Red Hat Society, with members across Southern Illinois, discovered a new eatery on May 16, Tom's Place in Tamms, down on state highway 127. It was deemed a great place to gather and enjoy the food, especially the fish lunch. The ladies also enjoyed story telling, singing, laughing, and the camaraderie.
Have you heard? Camping World is coming to town, an outdoor and recreation retail store, to be seen soon at the former Gander Mountain location.
* The Friendship Baptist Church of rural Goreville will be holding their annual homecoming, with a special gospel singing of The Rices at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3. Everyone is welcome.
* Since my invitation to the Royal Wedding must have gotten lost in the mail, I thoroughly enjoyed watching it on television for the past week. Quite exciting and I didn't have to purchase a new hat.
* Another shopping event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 16 at the parking lot of Cornerstone Church on Walton Way. A Craft Fair and Vendor Show will be taking place with all proceeds going to the International Justice Mission. Vendors can call 618-694-6337.
* You are invited to The Hartley Art Gallery, 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, at 100 South Park Avenue in Herrin. The exhibit, "A Glimpse of the Art of H. Skip Cutting and Alex Cutting" will be on display. There will also be classical guitar and folk guitar music underway, along with light refreshments.
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Enjoy the week around town!