Tuesday, January 31, 2012

News updates from Main Street

Greetings from Main Street ...

Dixon Main Street is delighted to be partnering with the Lee County Irish Heritage Society for a family-friendly event at the Historic Dixon Theatre at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. The event is titled "An Irish Family Fleadh" (fleadh is Gaelic for festival) and it will feature music by The Matt Stedman Band, a Chicago-based band that will showcase a variety of traditional Irish songs, a magic show by Jeremy the Amazer, and special performances from the Eastman School of Dance, who will give a preview of their spring recital. Tickets will be on sale soon through the Dixon Theatre at www.dixontheatre.com or by calling DMS. Prices are $10 for adults, $4 for kids and seniors. A $2 discount is applied when ordering online.

The Fleadh coincides with the March Second Saturdays, so it will be a big night in downtown Dixon. Fleadh-goers can check out the great Art Happenings throughout the downtown before heading to the theatre.

Now on to the DMS Events and Updates ...
Feb. 4 -- Coming up on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Post House Ballroom will be Dixon Main Street's annual Gala Celebration this year themed Classic Hollywood. The event is just a few tickets shy of a sell-out, so please call today if you would like to squeeze in. https://www.facebook.com/events/301936573181379/

Feb. 7 -- Shop Talk at Books on First from 5- 6 p.m. Join area merchants in this informal get-together to talk about issues effecting local businesses. A great networking opportunity to learn from your peers. Last month we had a great discussion on New Year's Business Resolutions and how it is important to step back from our business and view them from the customer's perspective. For the February, the Topic Du Jour will be Perspectives: How Businesses are perceived by Owners, Employees and the Public. Free refreshments thanks to Books on First and C&N Supply!

March 10 -- An Irish Fleadh presented by Lee County Irish Heritage Society and Dixon Main Street featuring the music of The Matt Stedman Band, magic by Jeremy the Amazer and special performances by the Eastman School of Dance. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. See above for the full scoop.

Save the Dates
March 21 -- Lunch and Learn
April 11 -- Founders Day
April 27-28 -- Community-Wide Garage Sales
May 16 -- Lunch and Learn
May 24 -- 5th Annual DMS Golf Outing Presented by Sauk Valley Bank
June 1 -- Musical Fridays Presented by Community State Bank begins

If you haven't had a chance to Like our Facebook page yet, here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dixon-Main-Street/129349147107416

A few quick notes from around the community. . .
Jan. 31 -- Dixon Chamber's Annual Citizen of the Year banquet at Timber Creek, 6 p.m. Some of the honorees include: Ann Lewis, Kelly Sullivan, and the Dixon Knights of Columbus.
Feb. 5 -- The Reagan of Illinois Symphony World Premiere will make its television debut, on Sunday, February 5, 2pm on WTTW, Chicago╩╝s Public Television Station, channel 11.
Feb. 6 -- Bottom Line Duo will be performing Monday, February 6, at the Historic Dixon Theatre as part of Sauk Valley Community Concert Association's 20th Anniversary season. For information go to http://www.svcca.org.
Feb. 9 -- Dixon Chamber BAB at the Post House Ballroom.
Feb. 11 -- Second Saturdays in downtown Dixon, 6-midnight. Check out the extended hours! http://www.second-saturdays.com
Feb. 11 -- Sinn des Auges (Sense of the Eye)” photography by Alex Paschal, running February 11, 2012 – May 6, 2012; Opening Reception, Saturday, February 11, 6 – 8 p.m.; The Crystal Cork Wine Shoppe
Feb. 20 -- The Dixon Riverfront will host the 2nd Annual President's Day Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Dixon Historic Center. Lunch is catered by Mama Cimino's, music by Jazzy Jeff, and guest speaker is Bill Jones of the Dixon Historic Center. Cost is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. For details call 815-973-0931.
March 10 -- Art for Art's Sake Fundraiser for the Next Picture Show at Sauk Valley College. Includes live art, auctions, music, hors d'oeurves and much more. Tickets are $35 per person. For details, call 285-4924.
March 17 -- Shamrock Club's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 18 -- The American Roots/Celtic Soul duo, Switchback, will be returning to Dixon for their 7th annual Irish Music concert at the Dixon High School Auditorium on March 18 at 4pm. Tickets are $10 for anyone 13 and over. The Kosier Studio of Dance Irish Dancers will be performing.
March 30 -- LCCOA/Post House Ballroom Prom.

FYI -- Ward, Murray, Pace and Johnson has relocated to 226 W. River Street (the old Wyanet Meats building). Congratulations on the move! Get more info on their website at

We want your news! -- Please email us your group or organizations event dates for 2012 so we can help to promote them!

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