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Swingbilly RFD performs to a full house PDF Print E-mail

By Susan Carson
Virginia Happenings
Swingbilly RFD, fronted by George Wulf, rolled into Dr. Ugs Drugstore Café on Saturday evening and put on a rousing show filled with great rockabilly sounds which was thoroughly enjoyed by the appreciative full house. George, the son-in-law of Don and Trish Bell, lives in Rockford, and plays in several bands in the Chicago area. His new band which includes his son, Zac, took time to travel to Virginia to play and judging by the reaction of the crowd when the young fiddle player set those strings on fire during "Orange Blossom Special," they'd be welcomed back anytime.

 
Many hands make light work! Volunteers have opportunity to have a ‘Demo Party’ PDF Print E-mail

By Susan Carson
Virginia Happenings
Virginia Public Library's "Paws to Read" July 9 program is "Brrr! It's cold in the Artic" and the July 16 program will be "Puppy Dog Tails and Kitty Cat Whiskers."

 
Many hands make productive work on Rexroat Building PDF Print E-mail

By Susan Carson
Virginia Happenings
Virginia's Square One, Inc. had a productive work day on Saturday exposing the brick walls inside the Rexroat Building. Thanks to everyone who came to help in spite of the heat and humidity!  The plan is to clean and seal the interior brick walls to keep that historic look about the new space. Then it is on to heating and air conditioning, plumbing and electrical work to prepare the space for use. There will be another work day scheduled at a later date this summer to finish the brick work. In the meantime, several fundraisers will be announced as the group continues to raise money to finish the Rexroat General Store and to begin reconstructing the Old Dime Store to create the new Virginia Community Center. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to Petefish, Skiles and Company Bank, P.O. Box 18, Virginia, Illinois 62691. Your support is greatly appreciated.

 
Beginning a season of barbeques, picnics, lazy days and celebrations PDF Print E-mail

By Susan Young
Virginia Happenings
Memorial Day signifies the start of summer even though the official date of summer is June 21. It kicks off the season of BBQs, picnics, lazy days at the pool for so many, but the true meaning of the holiday is more than a three-day weekend for those who work so hard each week.
Just three years after the Civil War ended in 1868, Decoration Day was established to honor those soldiers who had died and the first celebration was held at Arlington National Cemetery. The date of May 30 was selected since flowers should be in bloom across the country.

 
Touring band performs at Dr. Ugs PDF Print E-mail

By Susan Young
Virginia Happenings
Another national touring band performed at Dr. Ugs on Sunday afternoon and the crowd was incredible. Rosie Flores brought her "rockabilly filly" style to Virginia all the way from Austin, Texas. While the music is fantastic and the performers really give it their all, it is always interesting to hear outsider's impression of Virginia. Rosie's bass player, Joseph and her guitarist, Victor, thought that Virginia has a great historical vibe to it and reminded them of some of the older towns in Texas. They were impressed with the building renovations and many photos were snapped while walking around the square. They were taken with the amount of preservation that is occurring around the square to maintain the historic façade of the community and the "aha moment" when Joseph said he would love to live here and be a part of the historic transformation. How gratifying it is to hear those words!

 
Franklin building named a ten most endangered historic place PDF Print E-mail

By Susan Young
Virginia Happenings
The former Ben Franklin building has been recognized as one of Landmarks Illinois 2014 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places.  Each year Landmarks Illinois recognizes ten properties across Illinois in hopes of bolstering local advocacy efforts and build support toward each properties eventual preservation. Efforts are continuing to raise the matching $100,000 and the last BBQ fundraiser brought in over $10,000 but there is a long way to go. The remainder of this year will bring many more fundraisers in hopes of reaching that $100,000 goal along with several grant applications. Grants to receive funds for brick and mortar projects are few and far between so that makes donations made by individuals so important. That was one of the things that impressed the staff at Landmarks Illinois, the total community support thus far. 100% support from friends of Virginia and its citizens is very impressive. Thanks to everyone to their past and continued support to help the old Ben Franklin rise into a new community center.  Donations may be sent to Petefish, Skiles & Co. Bank, PO Box 18, Virginia, IL  62691.

 
Virginia Library hosts World Book Night 2014 PDF Print E-mail

By Susan Young
Virginia Happenings
Easter is on its way and the Virginia Memorial Library is hosting an Egg Decorating Party. Hop on over to the library on Saturday, April 12 to decorate eggs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Be sure to wear old clothes.
This Saturday, April 12 is Trivia Night at the Virginia United Methodist Church to raise funds for the Virginia Daycare. Dinner is $5 consisting of sloppy joes or hot dogs, chips and drink, and will be served at 5 p.m. with trivia starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 per person and 10 members per team. Contact Paula Hill for more information at 452-3050.

 
The many trials of a long, rough winter PDF Print E-mail

By Susan Young
Virginia Happenings
It has been a rough winter in so many ways. The weather has been the main topic with the freezing and below freezing temperatures, along with ridiculous amounts of snow and ice but several of our friends and neighbors have had a rough time as well. Bob Virgin, after having truck problems, became trapped in the snow and was very fortunate to have someone come along and transport him to the hospital.

 
Last month for Feinstein challenge PDF Print E-mail

By Susan Young
Virginia Happenings

Winter is having a hard time letting go and each time snow is called for in the forecast one thinks this has to be the last time!  Surely there will be more than two seasons in Illinois.
It is almost April and that is the last month for the Feinstein Challenge for the Cass County Food Pantry. The Cub Scouts were out picking up food last week and that along with all cash and food donations made in March and April will count toward the total submitted for the challenge. Make your donations before the end of April and be a part of the challenge to raise hunger awareness nationwide.