17th Annual Fall Festival Set For Saturday, September 26th


Free entertainment, fall crafts and merchandise, food vendors, a free petting zoo, children’s games, and Chamber member participation will be highlights of the Coal Country Chamber of Commerce 17th annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, at the Benld City Park. The Tenth Anniversary Tour de Coal bike ride will also be held in conjunction with the festival starting with a 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. registration at the Benld City Hall/Civic Center. 

While the festival officially opens at 10 a.m. the free entertainment starts at 7:00 with Joe Powell serenading the many crafters, food vendors, and local business people who are setting up their booths.  Powell’s performance is available to anyone who wants to sit in the entertainment pavilion and enjoy the peaceful early morning.  Mr. Powell sings ballads and country songs and has a great whistling program.  At this early morning time he can be heard throughout the park.



At 10:00 until 11:30 a.m., the Festival is happy and proud to be able to present, “live from Nashville,” a young lady who grew up in Gillespie and comes from a family of six generations of musicians:  Amy Hailstone.  Amy is a “singer, songwriter, producer, guitarist, and multiinstrumentalist.  Blessed with a big vocal range, this powerhouse rock singer is also clearly influenced by pop, soul, and blues.  Amy’s music is a culmination of a lifelong love affair with rock and pop music, guitars, and a driving backbeat.” (from amyhailstone.com)  She can be followed on Twitter, @AmyHailstone, on Facebook, iTunes, and on her website amyhailstone.com.


Dixie Dudes and Dance, a favorite of area audiences, will play from 11:30 until 1 p.m. The Dixie Dudes evolved from the Dixie Dudes Dixieland Band which formed at Lewis and Clark Community College in 1985. Today their repertoire includes not only Dixieland, but also rock n roll and dance tunes.  According to band leader Chuck Herzog, “The music will lift the spirit, lighten the heart, and start the foot tapping.”


Steve Davis in “Memories of Elvis” with his friends Anna Blair as Patsy Cline and Thomas Hickey as Buddy Holly will be the afternoon’s entertainment from 1 to 4 p.m. These three artists bring us the sounds of the 50’s and the 60’s when these classic entertainers brought rock and roll to millions.  Davis, who is well known to the audiences in the CCCC area, does a performance that is the result of exhaustive research to give the Elvis fan an authentic experience.  Anna Blair brings enthusiasm to her role as Patsy Cline, and Thomas Hickey brings the songs and sound of the beloved Buddy Holly to our stage. Steve Davis can now be followed on Facebook and on his web site www.memoriesfelvis.com.

Dancing is encouraged at all times at the pavilion where the stage is!  “That is 8 hours of first class entertainment that is free for all who choose to take part,” said Mickey Robinson, CCCC Executive Director.  “We are trying to fulfill the Chamber goal of bringing people from outside the local Community District 7 area to our event that is family oriented and designed to be inexpensive fun for all ages.”  Robinson said visitors who attend the Fall Festival should bring lawn chairs with them in order to sit and enjoy the live, free music. 

The Fall Festival and Tour de Coal are sponsored by the Coal Country Chamber of Commerce.  Specific businesses that have donated generous amounts of financial support and/or volunteer help throughout the year leading up to this events are:  1st BancFinancial, Greg Craine, Agent; Carlinville Area Hospital; Country Financial, Tina Olroyd, Agent; Drew Ford, Inc.; FNB, Benld Banking Center; Furniture Rescue of Gillespie; Gina Guicciardo, CPA;  Hampton Inn of Litchfield; Hebenstreit Apartments of Benld; JoDanni’s Amore; Macoupin County Journal; Madison Communications; Michelle’s Pharmacy; Quality Flooring; Reid’s Electric Service and Heating & Air Conditioning; Roma’s Pizza; State Farm Insurance, Jessica Ely, Agent; Sullivan Drug; UCB, Gillespie Banking Center; WSMI and WAOX Radio.

If anyone still wants to have vendor or exhibitor space or to ride in the Tour de Coal, they can register by printing and mailing this form, Active.com, emailing mrer@madisontelco.com or calling 217-710-5218.

Deadline To Order Tour de Coal Shirts is September 18th


The photo of Joe Magnani, to whom the 10th Anniversary Tour de Coal Ride is dedicated, will be on the front of this year TdC T-shirt. 

People who ride in the Tour de Coal receive a T-shirt as well as a ticket for sandwich and drink at the park and water, bananas and cookies on the ride. 

This year, however, there has been interest by non-riders in buying the T-shirt. You can order a T-shirt for $10 by emailing mrer@madisontelco.com or calling 217-710-5867

Orders must be in by September 18 and can be paid for and picked up at the Benld Civic Center between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. on the day of the ride (Sept. 26). T-shirts are in adult sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, and XX Large. Please specify size.

There is still time to visit Active.com and register for the 10th Annual Tour de Coal or to print and mail in this form.

Summer Concert Series July 28--Steve Davis, Memories of Elvis

CONGRATULATIONS 

Steve Davis for being inducted into the Elvis Impersonator Hall of Fame 


Steve Davis’s show Memories of Elvis is ever popular for local audiences. Davis appears in full Elvis attire and sings many of the classics that made him a household name in the 50’s and 60’s.  Steve Davis, who does Memories of Elvis, all over the United States is especially a favorite of this area of which he is a native.  His repertoire stands unmatched as the largest of any Elvis impressionist.



The Summer Concert Series is provided by members of the Coal Country Chamber of Commerce.  Sponsors who have donated funds to provide this entertainment  are:  Carlinville Area Hospital; COUNTRY® Financial of Gillespie - Tina Olroyd, Financial Representative; Dairy Queen of Gillespie; Farmer’s Insurance, Adam Tallman, Agent; FNB - Benld Banking Center;  Furniture Rescue of Gillespie; Hicks Maytag Home Appliance Center of Gillespie; Michelle’s Pharmacy of Gillespie;  Quality Flooring of Gillespie; State Farm of Benld/Gillespie - Jessica Ely Agent;  Sullivan Drugs, Inc.;  and United Community Bank of Gillespie. 

 Other Chamber members whose services help to provide the Concert Series are:  1st BancFinancial - Greg Craine, Agent; the City of Benld; Drew Ford;  Gina Gucciardo, CPA of Gillespie; Goodman Real Estate & Insurance of Benld; Hebenstreit Apartments Benld; Macoupin County Journal Publications; Madison Communications;  Papa JoDanni’s Catering; Jodanni’s Amore’ Restaurant of Benld; Reid’s Service - Heating and Cooling;  Roma’s Pizza of Gillespie;  WSMI AM/FM &WAOX Radio. 

Anyone having questions or seeking more information on the Summer Concert Series may contact Co-chair Mickey Robinson at 217-710-5218.  Information on the concerts and other Chamber activities can be seen on the  Coal Country Chamber of Commerce on Facebook so that you will see further announcements about our events.

Summer Concert Series July 21---Fireproof Band (Contemporary Christian Pop)


Fireproof UMC was formed at an annual planning meeting of the United Methodist Church of Gillespie in 2012. A praise band ministry was one of the topics discussed, and on the hearts of musicians in the church. Consisting of long time area musicians; Gay Farrar-keyboards/vocals, Phil Claro-guitar/vocals, Jeff Nehls-guitar/vocals, Jim Allen-bass/sound and Jim Savant-drums/vocals and featuring vocalists Allison Beckett, Edie Friese and Deanna Claro. Inspired by Christian radio like Joy FM, Fireproof UMC plays contemporary Christian pop, their mission is to make a joyful noise for God.

The Summer Concert Series is provided by members of the Coal Country Chamber of Commerce.  Sponsors who have donated funds to provide this entertainment  are:  Carlinville Area Hospital; COUNTRY® Financial of Gillespie - Tina Olroyd, Financial Representative; Dairy Queen of Gillespie; Farmer’s Insurance, Adam Tallman, Agent; FNB - Benld Banking Center;  Furniture Rescue of Gillespie; Hicks Maytag Home Appliance Center of Gillespie; Michelle’s Pharmacy of Gillespie;  Quality Flooring of Gillespie; State Farm of Benld/Gillespie - Jessica Ely Agent;  Sullivan Drugs, Inc.;  and United Community Bank of Gillespie. 

 Other Chamber members whose services help to provide the Concert Series are:  1st BancFinancial - Greg Craine, Agent; the City of Benld; Drew Ford;  Gina Gucciardo, CPA of Gillespie; Goodman Real Estate & Insurance of Benld; Hebenstreit Apartments Benld; Macoupin County Journal Publications; Madison Communications;  Papa JoDanni’s Catering; Jodanni’s Amore’ Restaurant of Benld; Reid’s Service - Heating and Cooling;  Roma’s Pizza of Gillespie;  WSMI AM/FM &WAOX Radio. 

Anyone having questions or seeking more information on the Summer Concert Series may contact Co-chair Mickey Robinson at 217-710-5218.  Information on the concerts and other Chamber activities can be seen on the  Coal Country Chamber of Commerce on Facebook so that you will see further announcements about our events.

Summer Concert Series July 14—The Fundamentals (Pop/Rock, Oldies, Motown, Classics)

 
The Fundamentals present a blend of music that combines pop/rock oldies, rhythm & blues/Motown, party classics, and variety. Featuring veteran musicians and vocalists, the group can provide listening and dancing music for many different entertainment settings.

Illinois and Missouri area music lovers may be familiar with Fundamentals members' other successful groups: Rusty Halo, the band for the 55 KUSA Roadshow w/Frank O’Pinion; or The Boomers, a dance/show band which performed at many corporate and private events in the St. Louis metro area and throughout Central Illinois. Featuring bassist Kevin Leitheiser and keyboardist Sandy Leitheiser, those groups have opened shows for B. J. Thomas, The Chi-Lites, The Shirelles, The Crystals, The Paul Robi Platters, and Bertie Higgins . Now joined by guitarist Rick Gasparin and drummer Gary Morris, The Fundamentals continue the tradition of quality performances.

The Springfield, Illinois' weekly social/entertainment newspaper, The Illinois Times, has selected The Fundamentals as their "IT" pick on eight different occasions.


The Summer Concert Series is provided by members of the Coal Country Chamber of Commerce.  Sponsors who have donated funds to provide this entertainment  are:  Carlinville Area Hospital; COUNTRY® Financial of Gillespie - Tina Olroyd, Financial Representative; Dairy Queen of Gillespie; Farmer’s Insurance, Adam Tallman, Agent; FNB - Benld Banking Center;  Furniture Rescue of Gillespie; Hicks Maytag Home Appliance Center of Gillespie; Michelle’s Pharmacy of Gillespie;  Quality Flooring of Gillespie; State Farm of Benld/Gillespie - Jessica Ely Agent;  Sullivan Drugs, Inc.;  and United Community Bank of Gillespie. 

 Other Chamber members whose services help to provide the Concert Series are:  1st BancFinancial - Greg Craine, Agent; the City of Benld; Drew Ford;  Gina Gucciardo, CPA of Gillespie; Goodman Real Estate & Insurance of Benld; Hebenstreit Apartments Benld; Macoupin County Journal Publications; Madison Communications;  Papa JoDanni’s Catering; Jodanni’s Amore’ Restaurant of Benld; Reid’s Service - Heating and Cooling;  Roma’s Pizza of Gillespie;  WSMI AM/FM &WAOX Radio. 

Anyone having questions or seeking more information on the Summer Concert Series may contact Co-chair Mickey Robinson at 217-710-5218.  Information on the concerts and other Chamber activities can be seen on the  Coal Country Chamber of Commerce on Facebook so that you will see further announcements about our events.