Monday, February 6, 2012

Volunteer of the Year named ... and other news updates!

Greetings from Main Street ...
What an amazing DMS Gala Celebration this past Saturday night at the Post House Ballroom! We were delighted to honor Andrew Brockwell with our Volunteer of the Year award and we also honored Glen Hughes, RJ Gabaldon and Joni Ehnen with our Cornerstone Award. A big thanks to all of our great sponsors for this event: City of Dixon, Community State Bank, Dixon Healthcare, Fifth Third Bank, Greensfield Investment, Kitzmans Lumber, Sauk Valley Bank, Main Street Wine Cellar, The Stables, The Telegraph, US Bank, Wendler and Willett Hofmann. Also, thanks to everyone that donated auction items, Trein's Jewelry, Fifth Third Mortgage, Blackhawk Insurance, Green River Adventure Sports, Dragonfly Studios, Main Street Wine Cellar, Wildflower Picks, Studio 404, Cloud 9, and many others. Thanks to The Stables for the great drink trays for our live auction. And special thanks to Cirque du Swing, Basil Tree, and Boss Carpet One.

And, if you haven't seen some of the great photos from the night taken by Wildflower Picks, check out the online photo album here:

Now on to the DMS Events and Updates ...
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!

Feb. 9 -- DMS is proud to be a co-sponsor of this month's Dixon Chamber BAB this week at the Post House Ballroom. Come and join the party from 5-6:30 p.m.

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

- Check out this month's Dixon Chamber newsletter to see our call for volunteers. If you or a fellow co-worker or friend are interested in joining one of our DMS committees, we would love to have you help plan some of our great community events and programs. Just email Josh at
- If you haven't had a chance to Like our Facebook page yet, here's the link:

A few quick notes from around the community. . .
Now - March 2 -- The Great Expectations Show is now on view at The Next Picture Show until March 2nd. This show features works that depict themes or characters from books, films or music. Get updates on all NPS events and classes at their facebook site:
Feb. 6 -- Bottom Line Duo will be performing tonight (Feb. 6) at the Historic Dixon Theatre as part of Sauk Valley Community Concert Association's 20th Anniversary season. For information go to
Feb. 9 -- Dixon Chamber BAB at the Post House Ballroom. 5-6:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 -- Second Saturdays in downtown Dixon, 6-midnight. Check out the extended hours!
Feb. 11 -- Sinn des Auges (Sense of the Eye)” photography by Alex Paschal, running February 11, – May 6; Opening Reception, Saturday, February 11, 6 – 8 p.m.; The Crystal Cork.
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 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 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.

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