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2006 Sesquicentennial Celebration

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Illiopolis Sesquicentennial Update - September 21, 2005

Tentative Schedule for Illiopolis Sesquicentennial Celebration

Saturday October 14

Encampment by 114th   (Park)

7:00-10:00 Breakfast (Township hall)(7)

9:00-5:00 Demonstrations (Park & School)(2&6)

10:00-? Parade (Staging school)(2)

10:00-5:00 Quilt show (Methodist church)(3)

10:00-5:00 Museum (Visitation Hall)(4)

1:00-5:00 Art Show (Christian Church)(5)

11:00-2:00 Lunch (Firehouse)(10)

11:00-5:00 Car shows (School Parking lot)(2)

11:00-5:00 Tractor shows (Methodist Parking lot)(3)

5:00-? Alumni gathering (Township hall)(7)

5:00-7:00 Chili dinner (School Cafeteria)(2)

7:00 Variety Show (KPAC center)(2)

8:45 Variety Show (KPAC center) (2)

Demonstrations of the following & locations

Rail-splitters (6)      Water Sluice (6)      Apple Press (6)      Blacksmithing (6)

Indian Teepee (6)      Medicine show (6)      Colonial archery (6)      Bowyer (6)

Flax & spinning (6)      Gunsmith (6)      Phrenology (6)      Home made Root beer (6)

Kettle Corn (6)      Wood Carver (9)      Basket maker (8)      Cannon (2)

Potato Gun (2)      Pumpkin Launch (2)      Old time baseball (2)      Band concert (2)

Food By

Community Churches (2)    Vose Concessions (6)    Illiopolis Fire/EMS (7&10)

Schedule for Art Display & Performances

1:00 Art display opens

1:00-1:30 Sangamon Valley jazz band

1:30-2:00 Gary Warnick Piano

2:00-2:30 Ed Bliler Piano

2:30-3:00 Marge Stout Piano

3:00-3:30 Bill Ingrum’s “Musical Accents”

3:30-4:00 Dancers

4:00-4:30 Dunn/Griesheim Duet

4:30-5:00 Richland Dance Company

Sunday October 15

(All activities on school grounds)

10:00-11:00 Ecumenical church service

12:00 Children’s parade

11:00-12:00 bring your own picnic

1:00-1:30 Illiopolis Photo

1:30-? Old time baseball game

3:00 Community Band concert

4:00 dedication of time capsule

Free trolley stops-all sites

1. Parking      2. School

3. Methodist Church      4. Visitation Hall

5. Christian Church      6. Park

7. Township hall      8. Mini mall

9. Hardware Store      10. Fire house

11. Parade staging




Illiopolis Sesquicentennial Update - October 20, 2005

The Illiopolis Sesquicentennial Committee met on October 5th at the village hall. Pictures were taken of various committees for the history book. Chairman Mary Ann Kaylor has set October 31st as the FINAL day that she will accept items for the history book. Please be sure to get them in by then! 

 The time capsule committee is making plans to place the capsule in the monument and welcomes any ideas for content.

 The parade committee will sponsor two parades - one on Saturday morning and a children's parade following the church service and picnic.

 The activities chairman, Delores Rogers, is starting to finalize plans for the schedule of events.

 November 5th is the dinner theater. Tickets are on sale now! Three's Company will perform after a delicious chicken dinner provided by the Wedge Drive In.

 The finance committee suggested that the “official logo” be used on apparel and the original design on the ornaments and mugs remain the same.

 The logistics are being worked out and plans are starting to be finalized after much preliminary work by many people. There is still time for anyone who wants to serve on a committee to be included and information can be obtained from any general committee member. Much help is needed for this celebration of our village's birthday and we are down to one year to plan! The finance committee has been very active and has worked hard to provide the money needed for all the exciting events scheduled. Let's all get involved and make some memories for the years to come!

Illiopolis Sesquicentennial Update - August 2, 2005

 The Illiopolis Sesquicentennial committee met August 2, 2005 at the Illiopolis Village Hall with spokespersons present from the food, activity, parade and publication committees.

 The food committee reported they would like to see the three churches combine and provide a breakfast, light lunch and a dinner, like chili. There will be vendors with popcorn, kettle corn, candy apples etc.

 The activity committee reported they need a contract for the vendors; they have four hired for Saturday and one for Sunday.

 The parade committee is making plans for two parades; one Saturday at 10:00AM, and a children’s parade on Sunday.

 The publication committee reported that they have just less than fifty family biographies to be published in the History Book, which will offset some of the cost of the publishing.

 After modifications, a motion was made by Mike Francis, and seconded by Allen Brickey, to accept the new logo. The motion passed unopposed.

 The Sesquicentennial committee accepted a $200.00 donation from the Township.

 The next meeting will be held September 6th at 7:00PM at the Township Hall. A member of each committee is asked to attend.

Illiopolis Sesquicentennial Update - July 5, 2005

 The general committee of the 2006 Sesquicentennial met July 5, 2005. Members of several committees were present. Rosella Young was present on behalf of the parade committee to discuss the staging area and route of the parade. She still needs people to help and is hoping for people to volunteer. Susan Brackett and Cathy Mitchell represented the food committee. They will be making some plans soon. Mary Ann Kaylor reported on the history book that will be published. The deadline for entries is July 31st and family histories are due then.                                                         The next meeting will be August 2, 2006, at 7:00 p.m.

April 5, 2005 Meeting Minutes

  The general committee of the Illiopolis Sesquicentennial met April 5, 2005.  Mary Ann Kaylor and Delores Rogers were also present.

  Exciting plans are underway for many events. Mary Ann reported on the publication of a history book and funding ideas were discussed. The general committee will meet with the finance committee regarding funding.

  Delores reported on the activity committee plans. She has contacted many people and has lined up some great entertainment, and will be getting confirmation from others. The plans for Sunday include a Community Church Service, followed by a picnic, band concert, old-fashioned baseball (featuring a group called the Ground Squirrels), and much, much, more! Saturday's plans include a parade, many displays by craftsmen, a pumpkin catapult, music by dulcimer players, a vaudeville show, a tractor display, and many other activities.

  The Community Service Club would like to have an art exhibit of local talent during the Sesquicentennial. Details of that event will be coordinated through the Activities Committee.

  The plans are to have a jam-packed fun-filled weekend that everyone will enjoy to celebrate our village's 150th birthday!


March 2, 2004 Meeting Minutes

 The general committee of the Illiopolis Sesquicentennial met March 2, 2004. Members attending were: Mayor Allen Brickey, Rod Mitchell, Mike Francis, and Linda Blakeman. Tom Ertl was present to offer his assistance and to submit an original design of artwork to be used as a possible logo. Other local artists are working toward this as well, and all ideas are welcome.

 An effort is being made to locate any item that would commemorate historical reference to the Village of Illiopolis. Plans are to display these items for public viewing.

 A local citizen has donated a plate from the 1956 Centennial to be used as a fundraiser as well as a possible seed for the display items.

 The names of the Publication Committee were read as they are starting work on a history book as well as a reproduction of the 1956 Centennial Book.

 The Activity Committee will be contacted to see what progress has been made.

 We welcome and encourage ideas and comments.

 The next meeting will be held April 6, 2004.



December 2003 Meeting Minutes

 The general committee of the Illiopolis Sesquicentennial met on December 2, 2003. A treasurer's report was read from the Finance chairman, Sharolyn Griesheim. The Original Works Art project, which was done in cooperation with the school, added $720.86 to the operating fund, and combined with the $200.00 from the Illiopolis Township and other funds from the chili dinner, has given us a balance of $1,256. 71.

 Several people were added to the Activity Committee.  Joyce Miller, Avonda Roberts, and Peggy Rishe will be serving on the committee with Nancy Dale and Deloris Rogers to help plan the activities scheduled for October 13, 14, 15, 2006. They came with many ideas for discussion. If anyone from the community is interested in serving on a committee, please let any general committee member know. Also, if anyone wants to suggest an idea, please let us know that, too.

 The excitement is starting to grow, and while we realize that 2006 sounds as if it is a long way away, planning for an event this large needs to begin now. There is much to do. Please get involved and help make this a real celebration of our town's history on the 150-year anniversary.


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