Monday, July 30, 2012

Reagan Trail Days August 7-12

August 7-12 -- Reagan Trail Days!!
Tuesday, August 7 – Evening in the President's Shadow
Come enjoy an evening in the park at Reagan’s Boyhood Home. An Evening in the President’s Shadow Wine Tasting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in Reagan Memorial Park.  Hosted under the shady canopy of Reagan Memorial Park, this is something not to be missed. Experience tastes of various wines, beers and other spirits complimented with treats from area restaurants.  Making an encore appearance for your listening pleasure is Jimmy Jack Whitaker. Get tickets at the Reagan Home or Dixon Welcome Center.

Wednesday, August 8 – Ice Cream Social on the Riverfront
Ice Cream Social on the Riverfront in Downtown Dixon from 6-8 p.m. featuring FREE Culver's custard and live music by Jazzy Jeff.

Thursday, August 9 – Community Picnic at Lowell Park
Community Picnic at Lowell Park, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m..  A perfect setting for an old-fashioned community picnic at Lowell Park, where Reagan once saved 77 lives as a lifeguard. Come enjoy FREE pontoon boat rides, face painting and other games. Enjoy a Community Cookout with Fern's Cafe cooking out hot dogs, brats, and hamburgers with chips and a drink included. Dinner donation is just $3 for adults and kids 18 and under eat FREE!

Friday, August 10 –
NOON -- Musical Fridays on the Riverfront sponsored by Community State Bank. Performing is Ray Rose.

Friday, August 12 –  6 p.m. - 10 p.m. -- The Annual Ronald Reagan Gala sponsored by Dixon Health Care. The wonderful evening, celebrates Ronald Reagan and Dixon High School alumni that have gone on to do great things just as Ronald Reagan did. The evening will feature an elegant dinner, awards presentation and music by the Reagan Centennial Jazz Quartet. A can’t-miss event! Tickets are $35 per person or $300 for a sponsored table of 8. Call 288-2308 for reservations as seating is limited.
Honorees this year are Dr. David Kuter, Chad Mumford, and Lynn Knights.

Saturday, August 11 –
Riverfront and Downtown Dixon Activities Include:
10 a.m.--The Alzheimer's Association annual Duck Races on the Rock River. Come down to the Riverfront and watch hundreds of rubber duckies race along the Rock River. Join the fundraising effort by sponsoring a duck for just $5. Tickets are available at the Alzheimer's Association office at 93 S. Hennepin Ave. or call 285-1100.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home will be hosting a Kids' Day in Reagan Memorial Park with FREE activities from 11:00am - 3:00pm.  We encourage children of all ages to enjoy stories in our story corner & learn games from the 1920's such as hopscotch, jacks, marbles and more.  If your tummy starts to rumble while you're here, the Sauk Valley Hockey Club will host a concessions stand.  We wouldn't dream of forgetting Mom and Dad in all this.  Adults enjoy 2 for 1 tour rates all day from 10am-4:00pm.  Join us at the Reagan Home for a day of fun! 

Downtown Sidewalk Sales -- Come shop downtown Dixon and explore our quaint retail shops or enjoy some refreshments at our great restaurants and bars.

12 p.m. - 6 p.m. -- Historic Trolley Tours -- Join us for a FREE Trolley Ride tour of many of the local Reagan and Dixon historic sites. A local historian will tell stories as you ride the streets of Dixon.  The bus departs every 30 minutes from the Reagan statue on the Riverfront.

12 p.m. - 5 p.m. -- Art Trunk Show on the Riverfront sponsored by the Next Picture Show. Stroll along the Riverfront and enjoy seeing a variety of great art in this unique showcase.

2 p.m. - 11 p.m. -- Peoria Avenue Block Party presented by Mama Cimino's. Join Mama Cimino's as they celebrate 5 years in Downtown Dixon! Kids games, Bounce House and more provided by Dixon Athletic Boosters. Live Music throughout the night.

3 p.m. --  Bags Tournament at the Mama Cimino's Block Party -- Entry fee is $40/team in the Competitive division, and $20/team in the Recreational division. The tournament is double elimination, and every team is guaranteed 3 matches. There will be cash prizes for the Competitive division, and gift cards and prizes for the Recreational division. All teams have the option of bringing their own bags. There will be a limit of 48 teams total. Sign-up will start at 3:00pm and the tournament will start at 4 pm. For more info call Rudy (815)440-4096

6-8 p.m. -- Second Saturdays Art Happenings at various locations throughout the downtown. Maps will be available at the event or online at

Sunday, August 12 --
Dixon Municipal Band Concert -- 4 p.m. Dixon Theatre. Tickets are $5 each and are available at Trein's Jewelry and Dixon Main Street.

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