Tuesday, October 20, 2009

HalloMainia Costume Ball

Dixon Main Street is hoping to start a new Halloween tradition in Dixon by hosting its first HallowMainia Costume Ball at the Post House Ballroom on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. The evening will include dinner, dancing, commemorative photos by Grot, door prizes and a presentation of Dixon ghost stories. Tickets are just $20 per person, $35 per couple or a sponsor table of 8 for $150.

“We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to host a costume party at the Post House Ballroom on Halloween,” said Josh Albrecht, executive director of Dixon Main Street. “We thought it would be a great way for people to come to downtown Dixon for their Halloween fun.”

Individual and group costume contests will be held, with prizes awarded for the winners. And “after-hours” drink tickets will be giving to everyone to be used at the downtown Dixon bars after the HallowMainia event.

“Our committee thought it would be a great idea to encourage our guests to stay downtown for the many parties that will be happening. The drink tickets will encourage our guest to try one of our great establishments in downtown Dixon,” said Albrecht.

Space is limited at the event, so RSVPs are requested. To get your tickets, call 815-288-2308 or email mainst@grics.net.

For more information about Dixon Main Street, go online to www.dixonil.com/mainstreet.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Mud Volleyball Tournament June 20


Dixon Main Street is unveiling a new event for Dixon and the Sauk Valley area this summer. On June 20, Dixon will play host to an all-day Mud Volleyball Tournament. The action will take place at the Meadows field, at the horse trail parking lot off of Brinton Ave.

The event is a cooperative effort between Dixon Main Street and the Dixon Park District and will feature tournament play with each team being guaranteed at least two matches. Cost to have a co-ed team of six players is $120, with day of registration $150. Forms can be downloaded at www.dixonil.com/mainstreet.

“Dixon Main Street is always looking for fun and exciting ways to bring people to our community,” Executive Director Josh Albrecht said. “Our Promotions Committee thought that a mud volleyball tournament was a great way to spend a summer day and to raise some money to support Main Street events like the Scarecrow Festival and Christmas Walk.”

This year’s event features music by 3D Sound, a pork chop cook out by the Dixon Park District and a beer garden. An age limit of 21 years-old will be enforced for play in the tournament, although those younger can come and watch the event. The tournament will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude when a champion is crowned.

For more information about the tournament, call 815-288-2308.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events in Downtown Dixon …
May 16 – Champions for Children Fundraiser Walk. The walk will raise money for Shinning Star. Contact the Dixon Police Department for details.
* May 16 – Downtown Clean Up Day – Starting at 8 a.m. volunteers will be downtown picking up trash and helping to beautify the city. All are welcome. Meet at the Main Street office or just start picking up the trash.
May – Throughout the entire month of May check out the Dos Equis xx: Women’s Exhibit at the Next Picture Show. The next show, A River Runs Through It, begins June 5 to coincide with the Catfish Tournament.
* June 5 – Musical Fridays at noon in downtown Dixon. Come downtown, check out our shops and restaurants and stay for a free concert. Ongoing every Friday through the summer. Robbie LeBlanc, presented by Spurgeons Bay kicks off the concert series.
June 6 -- Cabella's Catfish Tournament. Evening entertainment features music, food and drink with "Late Nite Blues Brothers" to perform 8:30pm 11pm with intermission for announcements, prizes, etc. Admission is $5 with the fun beginning at 5 p.m.Early in the day there will be kid’s events at Page Park. Contact the Dixon Welcome Center at 815 284-DIXON (3496) for details or www. discoverdixon.com.
Always Something Happening …
The Next Picture Show. – The downtown arts center has openings every month and a variety of special events and classes. Call 285-4924.
Performances at the Historic Dixon Theatre. There is always something going on at the theatre. For a calendar of events, go online to dixontheatre.com.
Crystal Cork Art Quarterly – The downtown wine shoppe has guest artists on display with openings throughout the year. Current show is by downtown business owner John DeLong.
Concerts – Several downtown businesses provide live concerts every weekend. Check out Books on First, Spurgeons Bay and the Crystal Cork for the latest show times.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Upcoming Events

As usually, there is a lot happing in downtown Dixon and we hope you get the time to come and explore our great dining and shopping opportunities. Below are some big events coming up for Dixon Main Street, as well as many events being provided by our downtown businesses and organizations.

The 2nd Annual Dixon Home Show will be held on May 9 and booth spaces are available for $120. The show will feature area businesses, music, food and much more. This is a great opportunity to showcase your business to the community. For details call 288-2308.
The 62nd Phidian Art Show will be held from April 7 through April 22, 2009 at the Loveland Community House. Entry registration will be Thursday April 2, 2009 from 2 - 7 pm and Friday April 3, 2009 from 3 -6 pm on the lower level of the Loveland Building. Entry Fee is $10 per picture (limit2) size no larger than 48: wide, max 25 lbs. Entrants must be 17 years and older and live within 35 driving miles of Dixon, IL.
April 11 – Second Annual Founders’ Day celebration at the Loveland Community House. This year’s program is titled “Dixon, Lincoln and the Blackhawk War.” The evening will also feature the unveiling of the restored Father John Dixon portrait and a special announcement. The Loveland Museum will open at 6 p.m., with the program at 7 p.m. For details, call 815-288-2308.
April 19 -- Canterbury Concert Series - Spring Gala: Heaven & Hell with Michelle Areyzaga, Julia Bentley, John Concepcion, Levi hernandez, Metropolis Symphony, and The Canterbury Singers will be held at St. Luke's Church at 4:30 pm. Reservations suggested - Admission is Free.
May 2 – Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in downtown Dixon, with a Mariachi Band, games, and much, much more. Sponsored by Salamandra Restaurant.
May 9 -- The 2nd Annual Dixon Home Show will be held on May 9 and booth spaces are available for $120. The show will feature area businesses, music, food and much more. This is a great opportunity to showcase your business to the community. For details call 288-2308.
Cabella's Catfish Tournament the weekend of June 6th & 7th Concert in Beanblossom parking lot featuring The Late Nite Blues Brothers 9 to 11 pm

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Updated Calendar of Events for 2009

March 18 – Lunch and Learn @ Noon/Post House Ballroom
March 28 – Martini Night/Volunteer Recognition Night
April 11 – Founders’ Day @ 6 p.m. /Loveland Community House
May 2 – Cinco de Mayo
May 9 – House and Home Show at Kitzmans Lumber
May 20 – Lunch and Learn @ Noon/Post House Ballroom
June 5 – First Musical Fridays Concert @ Noon/Town Square Center
June 12 – Musical Fridays @ Noon/Town Square Center
June 18 – Second Annual Golf Outing / Timber Creek
June 19 – Musical Fridays @ Noon/Town Square Center
June 26 – Musical Fridays @ Noon/Town Square Center
July 2-5 – Petunia Festival (RR5K/Beanblossom)
July 10 – Musical Fridays @ Noon/Town Square Center
July 15 – Lunch and Learn @ Noon/Post House Ballroom
July 17 – Musical Fridays @ Noon/Town Square Center
July 24 – Musical Fridays @ Noon/Town Square Center
July 31 – Musical Fridays @ Noon/Town Square Center
August 7 – Musical Fridays @ Noon/Town Square Center
August 14-16 – Reagan Trail Days
August 21 – Musical Fridays @ Noon/Town Square Center
August 28 – Musical Fridays @ Noon/Town Square Center
September 16 – Lunch and Learn @ Noon/Post House Ballroom
September 19 – Downtown Bike Races (Criterium)
September 26 – Scarecrow Festival
October TBA – Chili Cook-off
October 31 – Halloween on Main
November 18 – Lunch and Learn @ Noon/Post House Ballroom
December 4-5 – Christmas Walk

Monday, February 2, 2009

Downtown Update for Feb. 2

Main Street’s Downtown Merchants Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building. Come and find out what Dixon Main Street is working on this year and give us your comments on what we can do to help you.

Crystal Cork Art Quarterly presents “interior prairiescapes series 7: Allusive Pursuit” new pastels by Lisa Higby LeFevre starting on Feb. 6 and running through May 3.

Art for Art’s Sake Fundraiser presented by the Next Picture Show is set for Saturday, Feb. 28 from 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at Ken Nelson Auto Plaza. Contact NPS at 815-285-4924 for details and ticket information.

13th Annual Sauk Valley Showcase on Feb. 22 at the Next Picture Show. The event features performances by area students. For info, call 815-285-4924.

Dixon Chamber of Commerce’s BAB for Chamber members and their guests will be held at the Post House Ballroom on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

USA Ballet Company performance at the Historic Dixon Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and proceeds will benefit St. Mary’s School.

Dixon Main Street’s Annual Martini Night and Volunteer Recognition Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, March 28. Mark your calendar now! The evening will include entertainment, an auction and food and drink! This event was very popular last year and we expect to sell out of our limited seating. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available.

For the latest downtown news, go online to www.dixonil.com/mainstreet

Monday, January 26, 2009

Volunteer Recognition Night / Martini Night

The Black and White Martini Night is back! Dixon Main Street will be hosting their annual volunteer recognition dinner Saturday March 28th, 2009 at the Post House Ballroom. The evening will encompass cocktails, heavy hors d’ oeuvres, entertainment and an auction of local business goodies. As part of the night’s theme, we are encouraging those attending to wear black and white.

The Black & White Martini Night will once again be getting an excellent act from Bass Entertainment. Last year, Dixon Main Street hosted Mentalist Chris Carter and this year’s entertainment will be just as spectacular.

Our stylish event kick’s off at 6 p.m. with warm hors d’ oeuvres and chilled cocktails- then onto our awards ceremony for our hard working volunteers at 7 p.m. After the awards, we will continue the evening with our entertainment and auction.

Dixon Main Street’s auction will include the Headline Sponsorship Spot for the 2nd Annual Dixon Main Street Golf Outing which will happen June 18th, 2009. But not to be outdone, tasty drink trays, desserts and donated items from Dixon businesses will also be auctioned.

Ticket prices have been set at $35 per person or $250 per corporate table of 8. Space is limited to 160 people / 20 tables. Pre-selling of tickets has already begun. Please contact the Dixon Main Street office to secure your spot at the must attend event this spring. For more information, call 815-288-2308.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Home Show set for May 9

Second Annual Home Show set for May 9!

The Dixon Main Street Home Show is scheduled for Saturday, May 9. In 2008, DMS held its first-ever Home Show in downtown Dixon. The show featured more than 40 vendors and had nearly 500 visitors come through to see the exhibits. The show will be held once again at Kitzmans Lumber, 411 W. First Street.

The one-day event will be from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and we hope to have more than 40 vendors take part again this year. A wide variety of vendors participated last year, including banks, construction, real estate, painting, appliance, landscaping, utilities, home entertainment and much more. We are also looking to add live demonstrations this year so our visitors can learn how to do home improvement projects while visiting with vendors. And, to add some entertainment to the day, 3D Sound will be on-hand to pump music to the crowd all day long.

Booth spaces are available and cost $120 if you sign up before March 1. After March 1 the price per booth is $145. The event is a great way for vendors to generate leads and to showcase their business to the public. For more information, go online to www.dixonil.com/mainstreet, or call 815-288-2308. This year’s sponsors are Kitzmans Lumber, Sherwin-Williams and Hvarre Painting.