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April 2014
February 23 - May 11 Modern Dialect: American Paintings from the Horseman Collection at Cedarhurst.  This exhibition will feature 40 artists and 67 works of American Scene and Modernist paintings from the 1930s and 1940s, on loan from the collection of St. Louis art collectors John and Susan Horseman.  The exhibit highlights some of the most respected American artists of the early 20th century, and has relevant ties to Cedarhurst's 40th anniversary as it depicts the artistic genre that followed the impressionist era represented in Cedarhurst's Permanent Collection.  The show is divided into five chapters and contains work by Charles Burchfield, George Ault, Charles Sheeler, and Clarence Carter, among others.  Gallery admission is $5 per person, Cedarhurst members free, all admission free each Thursday.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
February 23 - May 11 24th Annual New Work by Students, Faculty and Staff, Department of Cinema and Photography, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale at Cedarhurst.  Cedarhurst has enjoyed a long relationship with Southern Illinois University - Carbondale.  Since 1990, the museum has annually exhibited imagery from the university's Department of Cinema and Photography.  This year's show will spotlight the originality and creativity of students and faculty.  Free gallery admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
February 23 - May 11 Shrode Fine Art and Craft Competition at Cedarhurst.  The annual regional competition is open to artists age 18 and older living in southern Illinois, south of Interstate 70, including Charleston, IL.  Fine art and craft artists have the opportunity to submit their work and a professional artist/juror selects the art for the exhibition.  Artists compete to win over $1,000 in cash prizes.  Free gallery admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
February 23 - May 11 Art Time Projects: Art Rocks! at Cedarhurst.  After-school Art Time students study and learn about a variety of different art mediums and artists throughout the school year.  The exhibit will showcase student projects made in response to the (Fall 2013) Main Gallery exhibit, Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock & Roll Photography.  Free gallery admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
March 1 - May 31 Spring Art Classes at Cedarhurst.  Each season Cedarhurst offers adult classes in a variety of mediums for artists of all skill levels.  Classes also include Art Time, and after-school program for local students and the ABC's and Art: Fine Art for Little Fingers early childhood development classes.  Call (618) 242-1236 for fees and registration information.
April 17 Downtown After 5 Taste of Mt. Vernon in downtown Mt. Vernon, 5:30 p.m.  Tour recently renovated buildings and enjoy cuisine from Mt. Vernon restaurants.  For more information call (618) 242-6866.
April 19 Kelly Miller Circus at Mt. Vernon Airport, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Come see the elephants, tigers, trapeze, and more!  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
April 24-26 Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn.  Featuring some of the finest steel guitar players in the world, who have played on the recordings of some of the greatest country music hits of all time!  They will be accompanied at the show by some of the industry's best players!  For more information call (618) 927-3158, (618) 267-0696, or (618) 967-4635.
April 25 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and movie starts at 7.  Free popcorn and bottled water.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
April 26 Arbor Day Celebration at Veterans Park, 10 a.m.  Fun filled day of family activities plus free hot dogs and drinks.  Free event.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
April 26 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m.  Board games, card games, miniatures games, and role-playing games.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
May 2014
May 1-3 King City Theater Company Annual Theater Production at Veterans Park Community Building.  Times TBA.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
May 2 First Friday Story Time: Merry Mother's Day in the Beck Family Center at Cedarhurst, 10 a.m.  Sit under the indoor tree for a variety of fun stories that celebrate Mother's Day!  Free admission.  No registration required.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 2 Kingsmen Auto Club Fifth Annual Cruise Night at Rend Lake College Marketplace, 6 p.m.  The first Friday of every month through October brings old and unique automobiles from across Southern Illinois to the Rend Lake Marketplace.  There will be prizes, 50/50 drawings, live music by Hot Rod Nights, and plaques for participating automobiles.  Free admission.
May 3 Market Days Flea Market and Vendor Fair at the former Armory, 205 S. 7th Street, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Flea market includes crafts, antiques, furniture, household items, baby clothes, kid's clothes, art, food, tools, collections, and more!  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
May 3 Members Family-Fun Derby Day in the Performance Hall at Cedarhurst, 9 a.m.  Family members of Cedarhurst are invited to Churchill Downs at Mitchell Museum for a complimentary brunch themed around the Kentucky Derby.  Families will have fun watching - and participating in family-friendly horse race activities.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 3 Cedarhurst Family Day: Make Your Own Derby Hat in the Shrode Art Center, 12 noon.  Celebrate Derby Day and create a clay horse and/or a paper derby hat of your very own!  This make and take art program does not require registration.  Families with children of all ages are welcome!  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 3-4 Jefferson County Historical Village Opening Weekend.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
May 7 Cedarhurst Book Club will discuss Strapless by Deborah Davis in the Schweinfurth House, 12 noon.  Bring a sack lunch and join in the discussion of John Singer Sargent's famous painting.  Twenty-three-year-old New Orleans Creole Virginie Gautreau moved to Paris and quickly became the "it girl" of her day.  Free admission.  Registration is not required.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 9-10 49th Annual Popcorn Pete Show in the Mt. Vernon Township High School auditorium, presented by MVTHS Thespians and Special Olympics!  Show times are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.  This year's theme will Popcorn Pete's Extreme Makeover and will feature popular characters from current children's movies and television programs.  For more information call Megan Clodi at (618) 246-5819.
May 10 Classic Kids' Matinee: "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" at the Granada.  Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and movie starts at 2.  Free admission!  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Drawing for a free kids' birthday party at Froggeez before the movie!  For more information call (618) 740-0707.
May 10 NAACP Pancake Breakfast at Veterans Park Community Building.  For more information call (618) 237-8161.
May 10 Abraham Lincoln Portrayal at the Jefferson County Historical Village, 2 p.m.  Southern Illinois resident Earl Webb will present a lively interpretation of former President Abraham Lincoln.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
May 10-11 Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
May 17-18 Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
May 18 4th Annual Centralia Coin Show at the Centralia Recreation Complex, 115 E. Second St., Centralia, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Featuring 40 dealer tables to buy and sell U.S. and world coins and paper money.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 533-4200.
May 24-25 Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
May 24 Members Preview Reception at Cedarhurst, 6 p.m.  Cedarhurst members are invited to be the first to view new gallery exhibitions during this evening that features paintings from the Edmund R. Morrissey Collection, photography by Sandra Gottlieb, paintings by Paul Aho, and paper cuttings by Polly Winkler-Mitchell.  Cedarhurst provides complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bars are available.  Non members may attend the preview reception for a $5 fee.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 25 - August 3 Edmund R. Morrissey Collection at Cedarhurst.  This exhibition features, for the first time in a museum, works from the private art collection of Edmund R. Morrissey of Alton, IL.  Morrissey has pursued a collection of paintings that articulate a vision of the Midwest as imagined through the eyes of a several artists and styles, including but not limited to Frederick Sylvester, J. Lebrun Jenkins, Frank Nuderscher, and Harold Harrington Betts.  Gallery admission is $5, Cedarhurst members free, and all admission is free on Thursday.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 25 - August 3 Sandra Gottlieb: Waves in Black and White at Cedarhurst.  Seascapes are the subject of photographs taken at the shore of the Atlantic Ocean in Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York.  Gottlieb photographed this series during the summer of 2011, and always at sunset when the light was at its most beautiful.  A study in black and white allows the photographer to explore the most basic elements of composition: contrasting light, texture and form.  It transforms an image into something more conceptual, deconstructing a scene and reducing it to its forms and tones.  Free gallery admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 25 - August 3 Paul Aho: Recent Work at Cedarhurst.  Regenhardt Gallery at Shrode Art Center will highlight bright, vibrant, abstract paintings by Paducah, KY artist, Paul Aho.  His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and received numerous awards and honors.  He is not only an accomplished painter but has a long successful history as a photographer.  Paul is the Dean of Paducah School of Art, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, and currently teaches and coordinates their photography program.  Free gallery admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 25 - August 3 Polly Winkler-Mitchell at Cedarhurst.  Inspired by paper cuttings by Henry Matisse, Polly Winkler-Mitchell discovered she had a knack for paper cutting, or Scherenschnitte, while she and her husband ran their antique shop out of their home.  She is now literally on the cutting edge of a disappearing art form, creating traditional German silhouette works and new designs of her own.  Free gallery admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 29 Thursday Night Live Kickoff at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m.  Cedarhurst's summer program, that welcomes visitors until 8 p.m. each Thursday, kicks off with live music and refreshments as the museum unveils new artwork in the Goldman Kuenz Sculpture Park.  Thursday Nights each week throughout the summer feature different programs - from live music to fitness activities to educational programs - to create an arts-centered social setting for the community and visitors to Mt. Vernon.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
May 30 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and movie starts at 7.  Free popcorn and bottled water.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
May 31 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m.  Board games, card games, miniatures games, and role-playing games.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
May 31 - June 1 Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
June 2014
May 31 - June 1 Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
June 5 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m.  Whether you live here close by or just passing through Mt. Vernon, join the fun this summer at Cedarhurst's Open Late 'til 8 each Thursday evening between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Food concessions and a cash bar are available and each Thursday features a variety of activities such as local musicians, fitness activities, and art activities and education programs.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 6 First Friday Story Time: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles in the Beck Family Center at Cedarhurst, 10 a.m.  Sit under the indoor tree for a variety of fun stories about the magic of transportation!  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 6 Kingsmen Auto Club Fifth Annual Cruise Night at Rend Lake College Marketplace, 6 p.m.  The first Friday of every month through October brings old and unique automobiles from across Southern Illinois to the Rend Lake Marketplace.  There will be prizes, 50/50 drawings, live music by Hot Rod Nights, and plaques for participating automobiles.  Free admission.
June 7 Market Days Flea Market and Vendor Fair at the former Armory, 205 S. 7th Street, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Flea market includes crafts, antiques, furniture, household items, baby clothes, kid's clothes, art, food, tools, collections, and more!  For more information call (618) 242-3151.
June 7-8 Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
June 8 Cedarhurst Choral Project in the Performance Hall, 3 p.m.  The Cedarhurst choral group under the direction of John McGee showcases the vocal talent of many local musicians.  The June concert will feature lively favorites that bring back memories of the Good Ol' Summertime!  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 12 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m.  Whether you live here close by or just passing through Mt. Vernon, join the fun this summer at Cedarhurst's Open Late 'til 8 each Thursday evening between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Food concessions and a cash bar are available and each Thursday features a variety of activities such as local musicians, fitness activities, and art activities and education programs.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 13 Relay for Life at Mt. Vernon Township High School, 6 p.m. - 6 a.m.  American Cancer Society community fundraiser.  For more information call (618) 998-9898.
June 14 George Washington Portrayal at the Jefferson County Historical Village, 2 p.m.  Southern Illinois resident Paul Collins will present a lively interpretation of former President George Washington.  Free event.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
June 14 Jefferson County Shrine Club Ron Hustedde Memorial Golf Scramble at Indian Hills Golf Course.  Registration is at 9 a.m.  4 person golf scramble, shotgun start.  50/50 drawing, merchandise raffle, food and drink, skins game.  For more information call (618) 214-9175.
June 14-15 Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
June 19 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m.  Whether you live here close by or just passing through Mt. Vernon, join the fun this summer at Cedarhurst's Open Late 'til 8 each Thursday evening between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Food concessions and a cash bar are available and each Thursday features a variety of activities such as local musicians, fitness activities, and art activities and education programs.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 20 Movie Night in the Park at Veterans Park, 6:30 p.m.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-6890.
June 21 Jefferson County African American Heritage Gala at the Holiday Inn, 5:30 p.m.  Entertainment, awards, speakers.  For more information call (618) 237-8161.
June 21 Cedarhurst Family Day: Snazzy Summer Journal in the Shrode Art Center, 3 p.m.  Join in the fun and create a personal journal to help you record all of your summer adventures!  This make and take art program does not require registration.  Families with children of all ages are welcome!  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 21-22 Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.
June 26 Thursday Night Live at Cedarhurst, 5 p.m.  Whether you live here close by or just passing through Mt. Vernon, join the fun this summer at Cedarhurst's Open Late 'til 8 each Thursday evening between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Food concessions and a cash bar are available and each Thursday features a variety of activities such as local musicians, fitness activities, and art activities and education programs.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 242-1236.
June 27 Family Movie Night at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and movie starts at 7.  Free popcorn and bottled water.  Kids must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a kid.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
June 28 Game Day at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 11 a.m.  Board games, card games, miniatures games, and role-playing games.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information call (618) 242-6322.
June 28-29 Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia.  Free admission.  For more information call (618) 246-0033.

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