Calendar of Events - Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce

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Events in the month of April 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019
Book burnings…physical attacks upon immigrants…vandalism of immigrant-owned property…proliferation of irrational fear and hatred.  We might tend to associate such occurrences with dictatorships, but 100 years ago incidents such as these took place right here in Illinois.  The United States was involved in the “Great War,” and some Illinoisans considered anything German to be evil – including their fellow Illinois residents of German descent.  Although German immigrants and first-generation German Americans had been present throughout Illinois for decades and formed a large proportion of the state’s population, mob hysteria and violence against them escalated in Illinois during the World War I years.  A man was lynched in Collinsville, and what was his crime? He was a German immigrant.  Historical actor Barbara Kay will portray her great-grandmother, Margaret May, a resident of southern Illinois who saw and felt anti-German hysteria a century ago.  She will illustrate her presentation with photographs, newspaper headlines, and editorial cartoons of the time.  Through her first-person, costumed portrayal, she will bring the struggles of World War I-era German Illinoisans to life and will engage audiences with questions and discussion.
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Saturday, April 6, 2019
Did your parents or grandparents ever tell you “If you don’t stop that you are going to send me to the poor farm”.  Ashmore Estates, originally know as the Coles County Poor Farm, is that place.  Located just West of Ashmore, IL this location has one of the most heartbreaking histories ever. The original structure on the farm was built in 1870.  In February of 1880 a fire occurred at the location, damaged the building and took the life of Elva Skinner, a child just short of her 5th birthday.  In 1916 the current building was constructed and became the home to many that had no where else to go. Robbin Terry, owner and Michele Watson-Baker, historian, will be on hand to discuss the past, present, and future of Ashmore Estates.
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Saturday, April 6, 2019 - Sunday, April 14, 2019
Charleston Community Theatre presents Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling
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Sunday, April 7, 2019 - Sunday, April 21, 2019
Charis Christian Academy PTA (Charleston, IL) is hosting a CASTING CALL for YOUR talent!!
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
What the heck is "geocaching"? It is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using a smart phone (or other GPA-enabled device).  Pages on the web or a map on your phone direct you to a specific set of coordinates and then you attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden there.  The cost to play? perhaps a bit of shoes leather and gasoline.  There are 200 caches hidden within seven miles of Charleston.  Terry Weidner will explain the basics of the game, and share some interesting stories.  He has been geocaching for 15 years, along with seven million fellow geocachers, has been finding some of the more than  two million caches hidden worldwide.  
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Thursday, April 11, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019
We are having an Easter Egg hunt, with bouncy house, with Easter Bunny Photo booth. There is also a raffle drawing for Easter baskets. All ages invited!
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Friday, April 19, 2019
Join us at your LifeSpan Center on Good Friday, April 19 at 1pm for an Easter Egg Hunt for ages 1 - 12 years old. Chance to win a $50 Visa Gift card! Pre-Registration REQUIRED to be eligible to win. RAIN or SHINE. Call 639-5150 to             Pre-Register by Wednesday, APRIL 17.
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Friday, April 26, 2019
Ballet Academy of Charleston premiers “The Fairy Doll” at The Charleston Music Hall on April 26, 2019 at 6 p.m. 
They revived this old and fairly unknown ballet and made it their own with original choreography by Jessica Lighthart, Amanda Evans, Natasha Nast, and Sarah Bowdoin, and directed by school owner, Corina Fimian.
With beautiful costumes and stage sets, this family-friendly performance features 50 students of the Ballet Academy and is sure to delight young and old.


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