Monday, April 9, 2012

Founders Day and Much More

Founders Day 2012 is the Wednesday!
The program is coming together nicely 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. Tom Shaw and Greg Langan have put together a fantastic program, including a wonderful slide show of great old photos. The event also will feature the naming of this year's Langan Award winner for Excellence in Local History, and the McAlpine (PRIDE) Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation will be given to the Brantley's (Linda, Kris, Eric and Judy) for their extensive revitalization efforts in downtown Dixon. 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.

Now on to the DMS Events and Updates ...
April 27-28 -- The City-Wide Garage Sales are back, sponsored by Sauk Valley Properties. Cost is $20 to list your sale, which includes the map and the 15 word listing. This year, the map will be distributed at area businesses and through The Telegraph. Pick up a form at Books on First or Waterfront Gifts or download it at

April 28 -- Art With Flavor at The Crystal Cork Wine Shoppe in downtown Dixon at 7 p.m. on April 28. The event will be a unique evening focused on highlighting great food and great art, all the while raising funds for Shining Star, Dixon Main Street, and the Dixon Riverfront. Tickets for the event will be $100 per person. Attendees will not only have great dinner and drinks, but each guest will receive a $100 auction voucher for the night.With only 48 tickets available, early reservations are encouraged. Reservations can be made by calling Dixon Main Street at 288-2308, The Crystal Cork at 285-3496, or Trein's Jewelry at 284-6626.

May 1 -- 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. Free refreshments thanks to Books on First and C&N Supply!

May 16 -- Lunch and Learn at the Post House Ballroom.

May 24 -- 5th Annual DMS Golf Outing at Timber Creek with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Foursomes are just $280 and hole sponsorship is just $100.

Second Saturdays and Dixon Main Street are coming together for a tandem Public Art Project for the May and June Second Saturdays events. The project will feature a variety of one-of-a-kind, artistically designed bikes scattered throughout the downtown. The bikes will be on display for a month from May 12 to June 9, and then they will be auctioned off during the June SS Street Fair. Proceeds from the auction will go to support Second Saturdays! We have the bikes thanks to Green River Adventure Sports, now we need the artists! If you or a your group, business, or organization would like to create one of our Art Bikes, just call 815-288-2308. Cost is $20 to enter. Prizes will be awarded to First, Second, Third and a special category for the Sweetest Ride. Deadline to sign-up and get your bike is April 30.

A few quick notes from around the community. . .
April 10 - Dixon Riverfront and Lee County Council on Aging will host a luncheon with Dr. Rifaqat Khan on "Enhancing the Quality of Life after 50" from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Post House Ballroom. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. For more info, call Kay at 973-0931.

April 14 -- St. Mary's All In Vegas Night at the Holloway Center from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance/ $30 at the door. Tony Oros will perform and admission includes food and drinks. Call 288-3438 for details.

April 14 -- The Center Stage dance group will perform a Flash Mob show Sat. April 14 on the Dixon Riverfront. They will have two shows, the first one starting at about 6:00, and the second one starting at 6:45. Each performance will last about 20 min. Between the two shows they will do a Zumba dance in front of the Statue. They want to show that at any age you can enjoy dancing, and exercise and have fun doing it.

April 14 -- Second Saturdays in Downtown Dixon from 6-8 p.m. Get the scoop at

April 15 -- Sauk Valley Community Concert Association's final concert of the season will be Sunday night, April 15th at the Historic Dixon Theatre, featuring Metales M5 Brass Band from Mexico. The show features a mix of classical, broadway hits, movie themes,and more, with a rousing finale of Mexican favorites. For information, check out or call Roberta Vanderlin at 815-677-6676.

April 20 - The Expressions Art Sale and Reception is the first of two major fundraisers for the Sinnissippi Foundation, starting April 10, when art and silent auction items go on display at The Next Picture Show gallery, 113 West 1st Street in Dixon. The event concludes with an evening reception on Friday April 20 at The Next Picture Show from 6 to 9 pm.

April 21 -- The Historic Dixon Theatre is proud to have the Jagermeister Music Tour with Josh Thompson, Chris Cavanaugh and special guests on April 21. Tickets available online at

April 23 -- World Book Night at Books on First. Free books to be handed out in the community.

May 19 -- Eastman School of Dance Recital at the Dixon High School.

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