Monday, February 27, 2012

Founders' Day, Brainstorming and more ...

DMS is pleased to announce that the program is set for the 5th Annual Founders' Day celebration on April 11 at the Dixon Historic Center. This year, the program will feature a look at the Shaw Family, B.F. Shaw and the founding of the Telegraph newspaper. Local historian Greg Langan will give a presentation on B.F. Shaw and Tom Shaw will present on his family's heritage in the Sauk Valley area.

The event also will feature the naming of this year's Langan Award winner for Excellence in Local History, and the PRIDE Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a soup and sandwich supper catered by Fern's Cafe. Dinner is a $10 donation with proceeds going toward the John Dixon statue project.

The presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free for the program. For more information, call 288-2308.

Now on to the DMS Events and Updates ...
Feb. 29 -- Join Dixon Main Street and the Dixon Riverfront for a Community Brainstorming session at Books on First on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 5:30-7p.m. The session will be an open forum for community members to come and share their thoughts on events and programming for the city. We are looking for ways to create new partnerships and ideas on how to better improve the quality of life in Dixon.

March 6 -- 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 record crowd with more than 20 in attendance. In March, the Topic Du Jour will be Adding Spring to your Step! Free refreshments thanks to Books on First and C&N Supply!

March 10 -- 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 or by calling DMS. Prices are $10 for adults, $4 for kids and seniors. A $2 discount is applied when ordering online.

DMS Save the Dates
March 21 -- Lunch and Learn, Post House Ballroom @ Noon
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
Aug. 7-12 -- Reagan Trail Days presented by Midland States Bank
Sept. 29 -- Scarecrow Festival presented by Hicks Insurance

A few quick notes from around the community. . .
March 3 -- The 3rd Annual "Top Dog" Fundraiser for The Granny Rose Animal Shelter on March 3rd, at Dixon Elks Lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Rd. Events include a Bags tournament, a Texas Hold'em Poker tournament, a Silent Auction, 50/50 raffle(over $1000 to winner) DJ, Food/drinks, and Live Music from "Falling Rock"....50/50 tickets are currently available at various businesses in town, like Vegas Sun, Ferns Cafe, Olivers Corner Market, and Midland States Bank. All proceeds go to Granny Rose.
March 3 -- Andy Dick at the Historic Dixon Theatre. Proceeds to benefit Adam Devine and the Historic Dixon Theatre. For tickets and info,
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 10 -- Second Saturdays Art Happenings. Get the scoop at
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.
March 31 -- Kiwanis Clubs of Dixon Annual Pancake and Sausage Day from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the High School Cafeteria. Donation is $6 for adults and $3 for kids.

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