News From Here And There: April 27, 2022

By Dixie Terry
While a multitude of junk shoppers were enjoying all that the Spring Junque Jamboree had to offer on the Vienna Square, hundreds of runners were taking advantage of the River-To-River Relay on Saturday, running through Goreville and Tunnel Hill, as they headed to Golconda for a super celebration.

The River-to-River Trail Society will offer another hike, their 9th of the season, on Saturday, Apr. 30, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Giant City State Park Visitors’ Center. This hike will be led by Fred Scott. Call 618-841-4838 for more.

“Mary Poppins, Jr.” was a hit musical at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center, presented by the Marion Junior High. Our great-grand, Aubree, attended, along with her pastor’s wife, Debbie, and they gave it a thumbs-up. A friend of theirs, Alea, sang onstage with the choir. The musical was directed by Elizabeth Byassee Shore, assisted by Doda Starkey of Vienna.

The Cairo Historical Society Preservation Project, Inc. welcomes one and all to attend the Cairo Magnolia Celebration on Saturday, May 14 ,at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will be held on the grounds of the historical mansion, Magnolia Manor, with food, entertainment and tours of the architectural beauty of Cairo.

Profits raised will go to Magnolia Manor, Stafford Library, the Custom House and Ward Chapel A.M.E. Church. Tickets can be ordered online through May 1 at Contact

Mark your date book for Sunday, May 13, at 2:30 p.m. when the Johnson County Genealogical and Historical Society will welcome Ed and Diane Annable, to hear “Johnson County Went to War 1861-65.” Everyone is welcome!

A nice crowd attended the J.C.G.H.S. on Sunday, with the program on the Trail of Tears. Read about the meeting in next week’s newspaper!

The community of Ozark welcomes all to their community yard sales on Saturday, Apr. 30, opening a 7 a.m. Murphy’s Barbecue will be available all day!

Another community yard sale will be underway at the Vienna City Park on Saturday, Apr. 30, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Several churches are holding a fundraiser for the Absher Adoption Fund. Contact

The Gilead Cumberland Presbyterian Church, near Simpson, welcomes all to their Christian movies, held each 2nd Sunday of the month at 5 p.m., with snacks available.

Eagle Point Bay residents will hold a “Summer Holiday” raffle at their Vendor Fair to be held inside the EPB Association Building on Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To be a vendor, email The raffle winners will be drawn on Memorial Day.

Bring your lawn chairs! The “Springthyme in the Country Festival” will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 75 vendors plus bluegrass music and country food will be onsite. This will be held at Country Lane Treasures on Route 166, halfway between New Burnside and Creal Springs.
The Vienna Community Farmers’ Market will be held on the square May through August. Call 618-638-6495 for details.

Attorney Amy Perry-Duringer will be speaking at the Vienna Senior Center on Friday, Apr. 29 at 11 a.m. on the subject “Ten Money Rules to Live By,” a presentation designed for older persons. The host organization is the “Carbondale Regional Office for Equality,” the protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in Illinois.

April 28 is Blueberry Day. April 29 is Zipper Day. April 30 is Raisin Day, Bubble Tea Day, Adopt A Shelter Pet Day, and of course, Arbor Day. Celebrate!

While having lunch at Club 60 with the Marion Senior Citizens on a recent day, I sat with three very interesting folks and though I don’t remember their names, we all shared lots of “remember whens,” and also enjoyed the chicken Alfredo, topped off with cherry cheesecake.

It is almost time for the 16th year of purchasing ducks for the annual Heather Treat Memorial Duck Race, which will be this coming Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m. at 5140 Tunnel Hill Road, very near the Community of Christ Church, at the Phil and Cara Webb pond. To order your ducks, go to or call Robin Harper-Whitehead at 618-967-9528. Ducks can also be purchased at the site until 1 p.m. on Sunday.

I saw on TV that the Cardboard Boat Race was held at Campus Lake at SIU-C last week. The event originated when an SIU professor challenged his freshman class with a creative final exam, to create a life-sized boat, made strictly of cardboard. The project caught on and for decades it has been done all over the world, for charity events and community spirit. It looked like fun, until the crafts began sinking.

Happy Birthday to You! Apr. 27–Christina Smith! Apr. 28–Pam Perry, Lora Batson, Phil Skuta, McKenzie Kirby! Apr. 29–Adam Hook, Chris Lawrence, Doris Blackburn, Sue Froelich, Connor Fadely, Mindy Farren, Grace Sullivan! May you all have many more!

Mark your datebook for Monday, May 16, noon to 6 p.m. when the American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at Fellowship Baptist Church in Vienna. Please give!

While driving to Webb Town for church on Sunday, the dogwood trees have awakened from their Winter nap and are brightening up the Johnson County woods.

A Spring Concert will be held at the Buncombe Grade School by grades K-4 and the grades 5-8 band on May 5 at 6 p.m. Come out and enjoy the music by the youngsters!

Seen in “Midwest Living” magazine was “Best of the Midwest.” The best place to paddle is the Cache River near Belknap (in Johnson County). It read: “Guide a canoe between knobby-kneed cypress trees in the Cache River, a floodplain in Southern Illinois, carved by the Ohio River. The 1000-year-old trees have distinctly flared bases that can stretch more than 40 feet in diameter. You will also spot waterfowl and shore birds, as you cut a path through the swamp. Opt for a guided tour with an outfitter like Cache River Outfitters.” Sound familiar?

Everyone is welcomed to the “National Day of Prayer,” to be held on Thursday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at the Goreville United Methodist Church. There will be special prayers for government, national and local, as well as for the military personnel and others. Special music will be provided by the church pastor, Dr. Enrico Esguerra and his wife, deaconess Myra Esguerra and their three children. All are welcomed to come out and pray for the needs of the world on this “National Day of Prayer.” Refreshments will be served following the service.

From Apr. 21 to May 21, art lovers can enjoy the exhibit of artist David Fielding’s “Encaustic and Tantric Art,” at the Anna Art Center, with open hours being: Tues.–6-8 p.m. Wed.–11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thur.–6-8 p.m. Fri.–11 a.m-2 p.m. Sat. and Sun.–1-3 p.m.

The annual “Anna Belle Festival” will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2-4 p.m. at the Anna Art Center.
On Saturday, June 11, there will be an art competition exhibit, with three categories: painting and drawing, photography and fine art. Work is to be delivered by May 26 at 4 p.m. Call Lee Hackney at 1-904-625-1109 or for registration information.

Seen on Facebook were our two great-grands, Belle and Addie, who participated at Universal Studios in Orlando with their cheerleading team from Colorado. They have now moved to Maine where they will also be performing with a cheerleading team. How did their competition turn out? “Fantastic!” said their mom !

Congrats to the Goreville High School’s 2022 Prom Queen, Kyleigh Massey!!!

We appreciate receiving local news, church and organization events, as well as birthdays, anniversaries, new arrivals, vacations, out-of-town guests and on and on. Call 618-422-2086; email; or mail to 907 C Independence Avenue, Marion, Il. 62959.

Have a great remainder of the week.

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