VETERANS DAY CEREMONY
11am. Washington Park in Peru
A SPARKLING NIGHT AT THE MANSION
Sip champagne and enjoy chocolate treats while previewing the lovely Christmas decorations and learning about the history of the Reddick Mansion. 6-8pm.
CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS
November 24 – January 1, 2018
Visit Rotary Park in LaSalle to see the spectacular seasonal lights! 5-10pm through January 1, 2018.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE
6 pm – Downtown Ottawa. Celebrate the holiday season with the lighting up of historic Washington Square Park! A visit from Santa, a Holiday Parade, festive decorations make this Ottawa tradition a memory to cherish! Parade begins at 6:00 pm. All events are weather permitting.
BOOK SIGNINGS WITH TOM WILLCOCKSON & ROBERT GLASER
Join us Saturday November 25th at 11am-2pm at the Lock 16 Café & Visitor Center for a book signing with two local authors! Illustrator and historian Tom Willcockson will be signing copies of his newly published illustrated book Passage to Chicago: A Journey on the Illinois & Michigan Canal in the Year 1860. Historian Robert Glaser will also be at Lock 16 to sign copies of his newly published book A Fire of Straw in Bureau County: The Forgotten Utopian Dream of Lamoille’s Rosemont Domain by historian.
KEEPING CHRISTMAS CLOSE TO HOME
3-8pm. Features the annual lighting of downtown for the Christmas holiday, lighted parade through the main street, live music, food, marketplace, toy drive, and a special visit by Santa. For event times and locations, visit streator.org
CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE
2-4:30pm on Mill Street in Downtown Utica
ILLINOIS TRAIL MARKERS
5-7pm. Enjoy a 3-course meal and an interesting presentation about early Illinois transportation. The Trail Marker Trees, as well as the Marker Trees in general, were part of an extensive land and water navigation system in our country that already was in place long before the arrival of the first European settlers. The Native Americans had a widespread trail system in place and the Trail Marker Trees served as exit signs off these land and water routes bringing them to areas of specific interest and then directing them back to the main route – much like the exit signs off our major interstates today. Reservation Required. Lock 16 Visitor Center, LaSalle (815) 220-1848.
DINNER & A LITTLE HISTORY
6-8pm. Speaker Dennis Downes. At the Lock 16 Café & Visitor Center (754 First Street LaSalle, IL 61301). www.iandmcanal.org. The Trail Marker Trees as well as the Marker Trees in general, were part of an extensive land and water navigation system in our country that already was in place long before the arrival of the first European settlers. While the Native American’s had a widespread trail system in place, the Trail Marker Trees served as exit signs off of these land and water routes bringing them to areas of specific interest and then directing them back to the main route, much like the exit signs off of our major interstates today. The state of Illinois is where much of the earliest research and documentation of Trail Marker Trees began, as early as 1836. Before the lecture enjoy a plated 3-course dinner by the Lock 16 Cafe with other history & nature fans. Reservations required. Call (815) 220-1848.