Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Dixon Main Street and the Lee County Council on Aging will host a Monster Breakfast fundraiser from 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Post House Ballroom. Guests will be greeted by costumed characters and they will enjoy a breakfast buffet by Mama Cimino's. Cost is $4 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under and you get a $1 off when you come in costume.

Dixon Main Street executive director Josh Albrecht said he expects the event to be a fun way to enjoy Halloween in downtown Dixon as the annual Dixon Noon Lions annual Halloween Parade follows the breakfast at 10 a.m.

"With the Monster Breakfast and the annual Lions' Halloween Parade being held the same morning, this is a great opportunity for area families to celebrate Halloween in a safe and fun way," Albrecht said.

The Monster Breakfast is being served buffet-style by Mama Cimino's, which recently started serving Sunday brunch. The breakfast will feature several breakfast items including, eggs, sausage and pancakes. McDonald's will be providing orange drink for the kids. Fifth Third Bank and Astro-Ven Distributors are also sponsoring the event. Proceeds from the event will go to support activities and programs for Dixon Main Street and the LCCOA.

The annual Noon Lions Halloween Parade also includes a costume contest with judging starting at 9:30 a.m. at Haymarket Square. All participants in the parade receive a treat bag donated by local businesses, Dixon High School Leo Club and the Noon Lions.

For more information, call 288-2308 or email

Friday, October 15, 2010

Chili Cook-off and Bags Tournament

Last year, Bright Beginnings Daycare took home first-place at the Dixon Main Street Chili Cook-off. And the People’s Choice went to Alley Loop for the second year in a row. Chili cookers from throughout the Sauk Valley area have a chance to knock these two champions off their pedestal during the 3nd Annual Dixon Main Street Chili Cook-off on Sunday, Oct. 24.

The cook-off will be held in the Beanblossom parking lot from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration ends Oct. 24 and cost to enter is $25. Forms can be found online at or at the Main Street office, 115 S. Hennepin Ave.

“We had a lot of great chili to eat last year,” Josh Albrecht, executive director of Dixon Main Street, said. “With more than 500 people tasting the chili, Alley Loop definitely earned their People’s Choice Award”

The contest will have cash prizes for First, Second and Third Place. There also will be awards for People’s Choice and Showmanship. There will be secret judges for the top prizes. Set-up for the event will begin at 8 a.m. as all cooks are required to prepare their entire chili at the event because of Health Department guidelines.

Not only will there be chili, but new this year will be the addition of a salsa contest. Cost to enter the salsa contest is $25. Judges will decide and award a Best in Show prize to the top salsa creator.

Bean Bag Toss stations will be set up for tournament play. Registration for the Bean Bag Tournament will begin at 11 a.m. with play beginning at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $20 per team and prizes will be awarded.

Admission to the Chili Cook-off is $3 per person and admission includes tasting tickets for the chili. The event is open to all ages. For more information on the Chili Cook-off, call Dixon Main Street at 815-288-2308.

The Beanblossom Parking Lot will be closed to cars starting at 6 a.m. Sunday morning to accommodate the Chili Cookoff. The cook-off is sponsored by The Stables, Drifters, Alley Loop and Zero's.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Second City is coming back to Dixon!

On Saturday, Nov. 6, Chicago’s legendary comedy theatre The Second City will appear at the Historic Dixon Theatre in downtown Dixon at 7:30 p.m.. The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue delivers healthy dose of seasonal satire with holiday film classics, family gatherings, improvised Christmas Carols, even Joseph and Mary – nothing is too sacred for a show that is the perfect alternative to the same old holiday shows.

"This is the second year in a row that we have brought The Second City to Dixon for a show, and we couldn't be more excited for the event," Dixon Main Street Executive Director Josh Albrecht said. "This is top-notch comedy. I guarantee you will not stop laughing the entire night."

Founded in Chicago in 1959, The Second City has become the premier training ground for the comedy world’s best and brightest. Their alumni list reads like a who’s who of American comedy, as it includes: Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Robert Klein, Peter Boyle, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, George Wendt, Martin Short, John Candy, Bonnie Hunt, Tim Meadows, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Horatio Sanz, Ryan Stiles and countless others.

Not only will an evening with The Second City provide audiences with the chance to see comedy stars in the making, but they will also have the opportunity to see hilarious satire and cutting-edge improvisation – all with a special holiday slant. It’s a fast-paced, interactive comedy revue filled with style and wit – where even Rudolph is fair game.

"This is a great night of entertainment at a fraction of what it would cost you to travel into Chicago for a show," Albrecht said. "With our great restaurants in downtown Dixon, you can really make a night of it with this event. And best of all, we have free parking in downtown Dixon."

Tickets for The Second City are $20 each, $15 each for groups of 5 or more, and can be purchased at Venier's Jewelry, Trein's Jewelry and the Crystal Cork in downtown Dixon. Or you can order by phone by calling 815-288-2308

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

John Dixon Statue Fundraiser

Oct. 11, 2010

A fundraising reception will be held at the Crystal Cork on Thursday, Oct. 28 from 6-9 p.m. in support of the Dixon Main Street Public Arts Project. That evening, the public will be able to talk with the artist, view the table-top bronze statue of John Dixon, learn about the project and help support this great project to honor Dixon's founding father. Admission is free for the fundraising reception, but donations will be accepted.

Dixon Main Street executive director Josh Albrecht said he is excited to showcase the table top bronze version of the John Dixon statue that artist Michael McNammara of Grand Detour has been working on.

"With the table top bronze, we are one step closer to making this statue a reality in downtown Dixon," Albrecht said. "Now we need the community's support to take the next step and have the life-sized version completed."

In the spring of 2009, Dixon Main Street’s Design Committee launched a statue project that would focus on honoring and remembering the founders of Dixon. The project’s announcement coincided with the annual Founders’ Day celebration that pays tribute to the people that helped to lay the foundation of what Dixon is today.

In an effort to honor the first resident, the committee settled upon raising the money to honor Father John Dixon in a life-sized bronze statue that would be set in downtown Dixon. The plan was to honor the story of John Dixon coming to the downtown as an elderly man to sit and visit with the people of the community.

Now, a year and a half later, the committee is working on getting the funding secured for this great project. Many have donated their spare change and one donor has given a significant donation to get the ball rolling.

The table top version has been cast in bronze for a limited edition series of 10 pieces. As part of the fundraising effort, those 10 bronzes will be given to the first 10 donors giving $3,000 or more to the project. Only eight of the table top bronze statues are still available. Also, as part of the fundraising reception on Oct. 28, the Crystal Cork will donate 10 percent of their sales that evening to the statue project.

"The table top bronze is a magnificent piece. I can't wait to see the life-sized sculpture completed and in downtown Dixon," Albrecht said.

Donations to the statue project can be made to Dixon Main Street, 115 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon, IL 61021. Dixon Main Street is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. For more information, call 288-2308 or email