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Fall Craft & Vendor Fair

Please update our community event with the following information. Our coordinators are receiving spam calls from out of country callers in regards to our event. In order to help them we have updated our flyer and information. Thanking you in advance for your assistance and understanding.

The West Franklin Historical District and Silkwood Inn Museum will be hosting there 7th Annual Fall Craft / Vendor Fair on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Registration forms must be received no later than Saturday, September 21, 2019. Booth spaces will be reserved based on receipt of registration forms, i.e. first come first served. Once all booth spaces are reserved, registrations will be closed. (Please take note that registration could possibly be closed prior to the deadline if all booth spaces are reserved.)

All spaces are approximately 100 square feet and are taped off to reflect spacing. One 8’ table & 2 chairs will be placed at each space. Participants can bring additional tables; however, you must stay in the space provided. Each booth space is a $30.00 donation, if additional spacing is needed; please make sure you complete the registration form reflecting your needed space. (All donations go towards the upkeep, maintenance, and repairs for the West Franklin Historical District and Silkwood Inn Museum.)

We are seeking vendors and crafters who create handmade items, repurpose/refurbish old items, and sell product items. Items that are handmade, antique, repurposed/refurbished, furniture, primitive, jewelry, machined and product items are all accepted.

For marketing purposes we are asking that each vendor send us a picture of your wares prior to the event. Pictures can be emailed to or sent via Facebook Messenger to our West Franklin Historical District and Silkwood Inn page.

Participants are welcome to set up on the Friday evening prior to the event. A member from the District will be at the facility from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on FridaySeptember 27th, for those who wish to set up their wares. Please let us know when registering if you are going to set up early.

Breakfast of biscuits, gravy, sausage, coffee, milk, or juice will be available from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Cost is a $6.00 donation. Lunch / concessions of chili, chili dog, hot dog, nachos, chips and drinks will be available from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. (Prices depend on purchase.)


Twilight Glow 5k Run

The annual Carterville Chamber’s Twilight Glow 5k Run and Poker Walk is Friday, September 6th at Cannon Park in Carterville.
The Fun Run begins at 6pm.
The Twilight 5k begins at 7pm.

$250 Prize PLUS round trip Cape Air tickets to St. Louis, MO for the FASTEST male and female runner.

Register online at or Chamber Office at 120 N. Greenbriar Road.


Kinmundy Car Show

Check out the Kinmundy, IL Car Show and Parade
Labor Day, Monday September 2, 2019 9am-2pm.

City Park on IL Route 37.
Follow signs on Rt. 37 for parking.

All proceeds from this event go to community needs.
For more info call City Hall at 618-547-3221


Whiskers and Wine Gala

The 2nd Annual Whiskers and Wine Gala is happening August 17th beginning at 6:30 PM.
$100 dinner for two
$400 for a table of eight
a $1500 door prize

All proceeds benefit Finding Forever Animal Rescue


Meatloaf Supper

The West Franklin Historical District and Silkwood Inn Museum is having their third Saturday meal, which is a Meatloaf Supper, on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Supper includes meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll, drink, and dessert, all for an $8.00 donation. (Children 12 and under $3.50) Dine in our carry out. Meal is all you can eat. All donations go toward the upkeep, maintenance, and utilities of the Historical District & Inn Museum.


Williamson County Retired Teachers Quarterly Meeting

The Williamson County Illinois Retired Teachers Association will host its summer quarterly meeting at St. Paul’s Church Family Life Center in Johnston City, IL at 1:30 p.m. on MondayAugust 12th.

The meeting will be the annual “pie meeting” where homemade pies will be served. Williamson County Deputy Sheriff Brian Murrah will present information on services provided by the sheriff’s department and discuss newly enacted laws in Illinois.

All retired teachers and administrators are invited to attend. For more information phone 942-6938.


Epilepsy Walk 2019

The Epilepsy Walk 2019 is on Sunday, August 11th and will begin at 3:30 P.M. The Walk will end at home plate of the Southern Illinois Miners Baseball Field and all walk participants will be provided with a ticket to stay and watch the Miners ballgame following the Walk along with a Perfect Game Voucher and a walk T-shirt. We are expecting approximately 200 guest and we hope that you will be one. Our goal is to raise $5,000 with our fundraising efforts.
Despite the Illinois budget impasse and with strategic epilepsy program reorganization, we have been able to continue to provide essential epilepsy services. Like all Illinois social service agencies the Epilepsy Foundation of Southern Illinois has received significant cuts to our funding and yet we have remained steadfast in our efforts to support the epilepsy community. Our programs continue to foster the wellbeing of children, adults and their families affected by seizures through research programs, educational activities, advocacy, and direct services.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Southern Illinois is very active in the communities in which we serve and we plan to continue to reach more residents in our communities.
Please continue your much appreciated support by registering for Epilepsy Walk 2019 and/or donating to the Epilepsy Foundation of Southern Illinois, so we can continue to support and provide program services to the 1 in 26 people who have epilepsy, their families and friends. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Whitney at or 618-244-6680.


Ice Cream Social

The Carbondale Elks Lodge #1243 is hosting it’s 1st Annual Ice Cream Social on August 10th, 11AM-2PM.
Stop by for a fun filled day of an ice cream sundae bar, hots dogs, inflatable slides, obstacle course, bounce house, photo booth, a DJ, dancing, a balloon artist, face painting, and free school supplies with drawstring back packs!!!

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St. Bruno Parish Picnic

St. Bruno Parish Picnic
July 20th
Bingo, Kids Games, Food, Music

St. Bruno Church
Pinckneyville, IL


Get Your Caring On

At this fun-filled party, funds will benefit several groups including: Good Samaritan Ministries, For Kids Sake, Rainbow Project, and so many more.

Wednesday, July 17th from 6-10pm at Copper Dragon in Carbondale.

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