Member Event Notices

Grafton Chamber Calendar

In just one week, Grafton’s First Music In The Park will return on May 26 with Scott & Karl so clean out those coolers and dust off your lawn chairs!

Thu May 19, 2022

10am – 4pm Edward Amburg Museum & Visitor Center Open, Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main

Fri May 20, 2022

10am – 4pm Edward Amburg Museum & Visitor Open, Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main

5pm – 9pm Soulard Blues Band-Live Music, The Loading Dock, 400 Front St

Sat May 21, 2022

10am – 4pm Edward Amburg Museum & Visitor Center Open, Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main St

12pm – 7pm Blues Festival-Rich McDonough 12-3/Ivas John 4-7, Grafton Winery the Vineyards, 21028 Eckert Orchard Rd

3pm – 7pm String and Keys- Live Music, Grafton Winery Inc, 300 W Main St

5pm – 9pm Tanglefoot-Live Music, The Loading Dock, 400 Front St

7pm – 11pm Backwoods Burden-Live Music, Grafton Oyster Bar, 215 Water St

Sun May 22, 2022

10am – 4pm Edward Amburg Museum & Visitor Center Open, Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main

11am – 6pm Blues Festival-NGK Band 11-2/Billy Peek 3-6, Grafton Winery the Vineyards, 21028 Eckert Orchard Rd.

2pm – 6pm Common Time Rhythm and Blues Band-Live Music, Grafton Winery Inc, 300 W Main

3pm – 7pm The Owlz-Live Music, The Loading Dock, 400 Front

Thu May 26, 2022

10am – 4pm Edward Amburg Museum & Visitor Center Open, Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main

7pm – 9pm Music in the Park – Scott and Karl, Grove Memorial Park 

Fri May 27, 2022

10am – 4pm Edward Amburg Museum & Visitor Center Open, Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main

6pm – 10pm Scott & Karl-Live Music, The Loading Dock, 400 Front

8pm – 11pm Wade Trent-Live Music, The Bloody Bucket Saloon, 201 E Main

Sat May 28, 2022

City Wide Yard Sales

Memorial Weekend Poppy Sales, Illinois 3 & Illinois 100, IL-3 & IL-100

9am – 5pm Riverside Flea Market, The Loading Dock, 401 Front St

10am – 4pm Edward Amburg Museum & Visitor Center Open, Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main 

11am – 6pm Opening Day for Raging Rivers, Raging Rivers WaterPark, 100 Palisades Pkwy

3pm – 7pm Synergee- Live Music, Grafton Winery Inc, 300 W Main

5pm – 9pm Yacht Rockers-Live Music, The Loading Dock, 400 Front

7pm – 11pm Worth the Fight-Live Music, Grafton Oyster Bar, 215 Water St

Sun May 29, 2022

City Wide Yard Sales

Memorial Weekend Poppy Sales, Illinois 3 & Illinois 100, IL-3 & IL-100, Grafton

9am – 5pm Riverside Flea Market, The Loading Dock, 401 Front St

10am – 4pm Edward Amburg Museum & Visitor Center Open, Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main St 

1pm – 4pm Scott Logan & Leslie Craig-Live Music, Grafton Winery the Vineyards, 21028 Eckert Orchard Rd

2pm – 6pm Scott and Karl-Live Music, Grafton Winery Inc, 300 W Main

3pm – 7pm Jorrells-Live Music, The Loading Dock, 400 Front St

7pm – 11pm Exit 52-Live Music, Grafton Oyster Bar, 215 Water St

Mon May 30, 2022

12pm – 1pm Memorial Day Ceremony, American Legion, 14258 Scenic Hill Dr

1pm – 5pm Overhead Dog-Live Music, Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, 300 W Main

2pm – 6pm Trilogy-Live Music, The Loading Dock, 400 Front

Wed Jun 1, 2022 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Thu Jun 2, 2022

10am – 4pm Edward Amburg Museum & Visitor Center Open, Grafton Visitor Center, 950 E Main

7pm – 9pm Music in The Park-The Owlz, Grove Memorial Park, Grafton

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The ALT Showplace will SHINE in its 89th Season with six FINE new productions!

The theater group launches early-bird savings until May 31st so that Season Ticket holders can receive the very best price for a whole season of entertainment (September 2022 through May 2023). Tickets for the 89th Season are $84 WITH an additional $4 savings on a concert of choice……the group strives to make quality entertainment affordable for everyone.

The Shining 89th Season includes: SPREADING IT AROUND (September 9th-18th), THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (November 11th-20th), BUS STOP (December 9th-18th), the musical SHE LOVES ME (January 20th through 29th), VIOLET SHARP (March 3rd – 12th) and DING DONG May 5th through 14th. This slate of offerings includes three outrageous NEW comedies, a classic script from William Inge, a musical adaptation from the Jimmy Stewart movie, “Little Shop Around The Corner”, a riveting drama, and a French farce still touring in Europe. 

The theater has Season Ticket brochures available at the Showplace and more detailed information on the ALT Website at http://www.altonlittletheater.org. The box office is open Monday – Friday, 10 am – 2 pm. Call 618-462-3205 and help ALT SHINE!

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower Opens for the Season

Tours available Thursdays through Sundays

Take in the breathtaking views from 150-feet high at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower, 435 Confluence Tower Dr., Hartford, which re-opens for the season Thursday, May 19.

The Tower will be open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours are available every 30 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Tower will be open from May 19 through Oct. 30. It will reopen again for Eagle Season 2023 in January and February.

The Confluence Tower is operating under a partnership between the Village of Hartford and the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau.

“The Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower is a popular attraction for the Village of Hartford and it really welcomes people to the first part of the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway.  We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Hartford and the Tower,” Hartford Mayor Bill Robertson said.

The Confluence Tower was built to commemorate the bicentennial celebration of the historic Lewis & Clark Expedition that took place over 200 years ago. The Village of Hartford purchased the tower site in 2002. By May 14, 2010, the Tower was opened for business.

Visitors take an elevator to three different platforms set at 50 feet, 100 feet, and 150 feet above ground. The first level tells the story of Hartford as an emerging industrial community located along the Mississippi River. The second level highlights the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway and the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The third level provides a stunning panorama of the rivers and the Mississippi River Basin. Views include downtown St. Louis to the south and Alton and the Clark Bridge to the north.

“The Confluence Tower really showcases the scenic beauty of the Great Rivers & Routes region,” says Cory Jobe, President and CEO of the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau. “From views of the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers to sights of downtown St. Louis and beyond, the Tower is a great place to experience the history and beauty of the region.”

The Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower celebrates the place where the two explorers launched their expedition to map out the western United States.

Located along the 18.7-mile Confluence Bike Trail, the Tower is a convenient stop for bicyclists and hikers traveling from Granite City to Alton.

The Confluence Tower is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours are $6 for adults and children when purchased at the Tower. Tickets are also available on RiversandRoutes.com: https://www.riversandroutes.com/things-to-do/buy-tickets/

Big Brothers Big Sisters Hosts Trivia Night Under the Stadium Lights

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois (Big Brother Big Sisters) announces their Second Annual Trivia For Kids’ Sake fundraising event will be held on June 9th at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.

Guests can expect a premium trivia experience hosted on the field and under the stadium lights. Teams of 5 to 8 will raise a minimum of $100 per player. Big Brothers Big Sisters will provide the fundraising website and resources to assist participants in meeting their goal. To celebrate the fundraising success participants will enjoy a trivia event with both an in-person and virtual option. In-person participants will experience cold beer and ballpark snacks, and compete in a friendly game of trivia for high-end prizes.

President & CEO, Heather Freed, states, “We are on a mission to ensure that every child in our community graduates from high school with a plan for their future and a mentor for a lifetime. After the last two years, many of us are looking for real and meaningful ways to heal our community. This is a chance to reunite with your friends or gather a group of co-workers while supporting the oldest, largest, and most respected mentoring organization in the area.”

A variety of fundraising prizes will be awarded including Green Seat tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game at Busch Stadium and a private five-course dinner with wine pairings at Bella Milano to name a few.

Teams are encouraged to register for the event by May 9. All funds raised will support life-changing one-to-one mentorship proven to keep kids in school, out of trouble, and on the path to post-graduate success.

For more information on how to sign up your team or to become a sponsor for the event, go to www.bbbsil.org/triviaforkidssake

ALTON LITTLE THEATER IS HOSTING A VOLUNTEER PARTY!

ALT is hosting a Volunteer Invite & Appreciation Party on May 22nd at 2 pm and hopes that all those who would like to get more involved in community theater will attend (free of charge). The theater group is launching its 89th Season and is seeking over 400 volunteers who earn FREE tickets while serving as ushers, set workers, backstage crews, costume help, and MORE! Comedian Michael Arthur will appear at the Showplace on May 22nd and remind us of the joys of volunteering for a great organization. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees will have the first chance to get the inside scoop on new shows and speak with Directors and Actors who will announce audition dates, explore ALL the volunteer functions available, and learn how easy it is to earn free tickets for Mainstage Shows! The event is free but please call 618-462-3205 to make a reservation to attend! The staff at Alton Little Theater would LOVE to meet you!