Thursday, September 11, 2008

Upcoming Events

There is a lot going on in downtown Dixon this month and this list doesn’t even cover it all. So, check you schedule now and plan for a busy month! And look for our latest newsletter that will be going into the mail in a few days.

-- At the Next Picture Show, the “I Am Woman: Women’s Juried Exhibition” continues until Sept. 16. Beginning Sept. 19 is the “Farms and Barns 3: Juried Art Show” that will remain up until Oct. 21. Go online to for a full calendar of events at Dixon’s downtown cultural arts center. Also in September, is the Canterbury 25th Anniversary Music Festival Weekend, September 12, 13 and 14. A variety of events will be held. For more information, call 815-285-4924

-- The Dixon Sister Cities Association will present their Second Annual September Concert on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. More than 300 people attended last year’s event. For more information on Dixon Theatre events, go to

-- “4Visions: A relation of color, life and form” is the featured art show at The Crystal Cork through Oct. 31. Call 815-285-3496 for details.

-- Main Street Clean-up Day will be Saturday, September 13 from 9 a.m. – Noon. Bring your gloves, trash bags and friends. Meet at the Main Street office at 9 a.m. or just start cleaning things up!

-- The Lunch and Learn series continues Wednesday, Sept. 17 at noon at the Post House Ballroom. The program cost is $3 and is open to the public. Lunch will be provided by Baker Street and the program will be on the Dixon Historic Center.

-- The Chamber of Commerce is holding a Legislative Luncheon with the help of the Rotary Club. The luncheon is set for Monday, Sept. 15 at noon at the Loveland Community House. RSVP to the Chamber at 284-3361 by Sept. 10. Cost is $15 and includes lunch.

-- Scarecrow Festival will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The day-time activities are family-focused events including pumpkin painting, kiddie water fights, bean bag toss, classic car show, the Dixon Theatre’s Acoustic Jam, chalk the walk and much, much more. At night, join one of the Progressive Walks starting at 5 p.m. Call the Main Street office for details 288-2308.

For more information about Dixon Main Street, go online to or call 815-288-2308.

Musical Fridays Thank You

Dixon Main Street would like to thank everyone who came out to the Musical Fridays Concert Series this summer in downtown Dixon. The concerts were held every Friday from June 6 – August 29. Each week a different musical act was featured which brought a great variety to the downtown. Thanks to all of the musicians that helped make the event possible, as well. Of course, like most Main Street events, the volunteers and sponsors were the ones that made it happen and this event had some great ones. Volunteers Joni Ehnen and Mitch Tucker were instrumental in the execution of the event each week, scheduling the bands and helping to set up picnic tables. Several other volunteers helped at different times throughout the summer and we thank all of those people for their dedication to Main Street. Thanks also to the Dixon Park District for the use of their picnic tables, to KSB Hospital for their space just outside of the Town Square Center and to the Dixon Chamber of Commerce for their sound-system. Finally, a huge thanks to our sponsors, Wal-Mart, Kitzman’s Lumber, C&N Supply, Mama Cimino’s and Now Care Clinic. The tremendous support from the downtown business community was also greatly appreciated. Main Street strives to provide great opportunities within the downtown and this was another great program for businesses, residents and visitors alike.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Scarecrow Festival is Sept. 27

Dixon Main Street will host the 13th Annual Scarecrow Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27. The day features a wide variety of activities for the whole family. Starting at 10 a.m., the festival will feature pumpkin painting, flower pot painting and kids’ games. During the festival parts of First Street and Hennepin Avenue will be closed to traffic.

“Last year, the flower pot painting and the pumpkin painting were both huge hits,” Josh Albrecht, Dixon Main Street executive director said. “We knew that those are now highlights that we needed to bring back.”

Also back this year will be the Bean Bag Tournament. First Street Pub will host the tournament and two age divisions will be available: 18 and over and 21 and over. Prizes will be awarded and sign-up is being held at First Street Pub and Sherwin-Williams.

New this year will be a Chalk the Walk event where kids can color a section of the downtown sidewalks with chalk. The Chalk the Walk goes from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and is free. Registration will be the day of the event.

“All of the events downtown during Scarecrow Festival are very affordable and family-friendly,” Albrecht said. “We want this to be an enjoyable day for everyone.”

Another new element this year is the historic Dixon Theatre’s Acoustic Jam. From noon to 8 p.m. a variety of acoustic acts will perform in 20-minute increments. The theatre is currently looking for acts to participate in the Acoustic Jam. Those interested should call Tom at 815-973-4318. Admission to the Acoustic Jam is $5 and the concert-goers will be able to come and go all day long so that they can enjoy all the aspects of the festival.

The day continues in the afternoon with a car show starting at 3 p.m. The show will be at the corner of First Street and Ottawa Avenue and will feature music by 3D Sound. Anyone with a classic car is invited to come down for the event. There is no admission charge. For more information about the car show, call 815-288-2308.

The day ends with the new Scarecrow Festival tradition of the Progressive Walk. This year there are two walks to choose from. Walk A features the downtown bars and will food will be served by downtown restaurants and Walk B features the downtown restaurants and coffee shops. Both walks begin at 5 p.m. and finish after 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 815-288-2308.

“The Progressive Walks are a fun way to experience a lot of the downtown in just one night. Plus, getting to sample all the great food and drink makes the evening very memorable,” Albrecht said.

For more information about the 2008 Dixon Main Street Scarecrow Festival, go online to or call 815-288-22308.