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"Greetings" Holiday Play Reading

Galena Country Play reading of "Greetings" by Tom Dudzick. This is a warm hilarious holiday story that combines Christmas, Hannukkah and New Age philosophy. The audience is invited to remain after the reading to share thoughts about the story. Telephone number: 779.214.0261. Web site address: www.GalenaCenterForTheArts.com. Admission: $8. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Galena Center for the Arts 219 Summit Street Galena, IL 61036.

Andrew Houy

Galena Country This acoustic guitarist with romantic vocals covers songs from many decades and some originals all in a traditional, Americana style. Telephone number: 815.776.0707. Web site address: http://www.theirishcottageboutiquehotel.com/galena-restaurant.aspx. Admission: Free. Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill 9853 US Hwy 20 W Galena, IL 61036.

Galena Winter Farmers Market

Galena Country Galena winter farmers market has moved in to Prairie Ridge for the winter.  You will find them there once a month on every second Saturday starting the new year. Support local produce providers, bakers, crafters and more. Additional dates: Jan. 12: 9 a.m.- noon Feb. 9: 9 a.m. - noon March: 9: 9 a.m.- noon April 13: 9 a.m. - noon. Telephone number: 563-542-0996. Web site address: Cldcons@yousq.net. Admission: Free. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 1 Prairie Ridge Drive Galena, IL 61036.

Saturday Free Kids Craft - Acorn Marble Gift

Galena Country Every Saturday, kids ages 3-15 can come and make the craft of the day while parents are shopping. This is a 5-10 minute activity for kids to use their creativity. Come join us! Telephone number: 815.777.1999. Web site address: www.poopsies.com. Admission: Free. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Poopsie's 402 S. Main St. Galena, 61036.

Festival of Trees

Galena Country Enjoy the Festival of Trees in the charming & historic Warren Community Building (Old Stone Hotel), starting Saturday, November 30 and ending January 6, 2019. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Stroll thru the beautiful Old Stone Community Building in Warren Illinois and enjoy more than 50 uniquely decorated Christmas trees. The trees are decorated by organizations, churches, school children and individuals of the Warren community. Additional dates: This event is open through Jan. 6, 2019. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Telephone number: 815.858.4211. Admission: Free. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 10:00 AM. Warren Community Building 110 W Main St. Warren, Illinois 61087.

Massbach Ridge Christmas Open House

Galena Country Help Massbach Ridge celebrate 15 years! Enjoy a $5 wine tasting, light snacks, and free tours of the winery while you finish up your Christmas shopping with your friends in Massbach! The anniversary celebration will kick off with wine specials and music by Mike Kelly and Mr. Ed. Telephone number: 815.291.6700. Web site address: www.massbachridge.com. Admission: $5. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 8837 S. Massbach Road, Elizabeth, IL 61028.

Mistletoe Stroll Holiday House Tour

Galena Country Join Best of Galena as they open up their Bed and Breakfasts! Experience Galena’s finest Bed and Breakfasts. Tour their parlors and dining rooms, which have been decked out for the holidays and enjoy a couple of tasty treats – they may even share their recipes! Tickets and maps of participating bed and breakfasts, along with a description of each house, can be obtained at any of the participating inns on the days of the event. Attendees may begin at any participating house – advanced tickets are not necessary. Participating B&B's in Galena: Belle Aire Mansion,11410 US Hwy 20 W , Cloran Mansion,1237 Franklin St. , Farmers Guesthouse, 334 Spring St. , Hawk Valley Retreat, 9747, 2752 W Cording Rd. , Hellman Guesthouse, 318 Hill St. , Jail Hill Inn, 319 Meeker St. , Lamberson Guesthouse, 113 S Prospect St. , Abe's Spring Street Guest House, 418 Spring St. Telephone number: 815.777.4100. Web site address: https://www.facebook.com/bestofgalena/. Admission: $10 per person *Tickets can be purchased at the first B&B that you visit. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Various locations - see description for details.

The Generals Christmas Ball

Galena Country Formed in 1961, The Galena Generals portray the nine Civil War Generals from Galena. This fundraiser offers dinner, dancing and fun in the historic confines of the historic Desoto House Hotel. Period music provided by the Americana Band and stories by The Generals themselves. Meal of Stuffed Pork Chop and Mixed Vegetables. Period Dress Welcomed. Telephone number: 815.777.0090. Web site address: http://desotohouse.com/category/events/page/2/. Admission: $50. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Desoto House Hotel 230 S. Main Street Galena, IL 61036.

Andrew Houy

Galena Country This acoustic guitarist with romantic vocals covers songs from many decades and some originals all in a traditional, Americana style. Telephone number: 815.776.0707. Web site address: http://www.theirishcottageboutiquehotel.com/galena-restaurant.aspx. Admission: Free. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill 9853 US Hwy 20 W Galena, IL 61036.

Christmas Carols & Cookies

Galena Country Warm up with Galena Cellars as you enjoy the sounds of Christmas accompanied by seasonal holiday wines and delicious cookies! Pianist and talented soloist Lannette Calhoun will host the evening that is sure to bring you Christmas cheer. Come sing along to your favorite holiday songs and enjoy a glass of your favorite Galena Cellars wine! Telephone number: 815.777.3330. Web site address: http://www.galenacellars.com/winery/galena-upcoming/. Admission: Free. Friday, December 21, 2018, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Galena Cellars 515 S. Main Street Galena, IL 61036.

Garrett Hillary

Galena Country This singer/guitarist plays a wide variety of music including classic country, rock ‘n roll, modern tunes and a few Irish favorites. In addition to singing, he is a versatile, skilled musician playing guitar, harmonica, stand-up bass, autoharp and mandolin. His professional music career began at a very young age when he performed daily on a riverboat in the summer between his 7th and 8th grade years of junior high school. Since then his performance calendar has grown to an impressive 150 performances a year. Telephone number: 815.776.0707. Web site address: http://www.theirishcottageboutiquehotel.com/galena-restaurant.aspx. Admission: Free. Friday, December 21, 2018, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill 9853 US Hwy 20 W Galena, IL 61036.

Saturday Free Kids Craft - Santa Binoculars

Galena Country Every Saturday, kids ages 3-15 can come and make the craft of the day while parents are shopping. This is a 5-10 minute activity for kids to use their creativity. Come join us! Telephone number: 815.777.1999. Web site address: www.poopsies.com. Admission: Free. Saturday, December 22, 2018, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Poopsie's 402 S. Main St. Galena, 61036.

Festival of Trees

Galena Country Enjoy the Festival of Trees in the charming & historic Warren Community Building (Old Stone Hotel), starting Saturday, November 30 and ending January 6, 2019. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Stroll thru the beautiful Old Stone Community Building in Warren Illinois and enjoy more than 50 uniquely decorated Christmas trees. The trees are decorated by organizations, churches, school children and individuals of the Warren community. Additional dates: This event is open through Jan. 6, 2019. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Telephone number: 815.858.4211. Admission: Free. Saturday, December 22, 2018, 10:00 AM. Warren Community Building 110 W Main St. Warren, Illinois 61087.

Garrett Hillary

Galena Country This singer/guitarist plays a wide variety of music including classic country, rock ‘n roll, modern tunes and a few Irish favorites. In addition to singing, he is a versatile, skilled musician playing guitar, harmonica, stand-up bass, autoharp and mandolin. His professional music career began at a very young age when he performed daily on a riverboat in the summer between his 7th and 8th grade years of junior high school. Since then his performance calendar has grown to an impressive 150 performances a year. Telephone number: 815.776.0707. Web site address: http://www.theirishcottageboutiquehotel.com/galena-restaurant.aspx. Admission: Free. Saturday, December 22, 2018, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill 9853 US Hwy 20 W Galena, IL 61036.

Meghan Davis

Galena Country Guitarist/vocalist Meghan Davis plays hits from the past five decades including classic rock, pop and a little country. Her influences include Ed Sheeran, Stevie Nicks, Adam Levine, Jason Mraz, Nora Jones and Jack Johnson. Meghan enjoys sharing music trivia and song/musician history with her audiences. Telephone number: 815.776.0707. Web site address: http://www.theirishcottageboutiquehotel.com/galena-restaurant.aspx. Admission: Free. Thursday, December 27, 2018, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub & Grill 9853 US Hwy 20 W Galena, IL 61036.

Tallgrass Chamber Music Festival

Galena Country The Juliani Ensemble is a highly acclaimed chamber music ensemble comprised of world class musicians that has delighted Chicago audiences with inventive, energetic chamber music concerts since its inception in 1999. Galena audiences will remember Juliani Ensemble founders Richard and Emily Graef and it’s previous incarnation. Additional dates: Thurs. Dec. 29: 5-6 p.m. Fri. Dec 30: 3-4 p.m. Telephone number: 815.777.3925. Web site address: http://www.julianiensemble.org/. Admission: $50. Friday, December 28, 2018, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Goldmoor Inn 9001 Sand Hill Road Galena, IL 61036.

Meghan Davis

Galena Country Guitarist/vocalist Meghan Davis plays hits from the past five decades including classic rock, pop and a little country. Her influences include Ed Sheeran, Stevie Nicks, Adam Levine, Jason Mraz, Nora Jones and Jack Johnson. Meghan enjoys sharing music trivia and song/musician history with her audiences. Telephone number: 815.776.0707. Web site address: http://www.theirishcottageboutiquehotel.com/galena-restaurant.aspx. Admission: Free. Friday, December 28, 2018, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM. Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill 9853 US Hwy 20 W Galena, IL 61036.

Saturday Free Kids Craft-Snow Hat

Galena Country Every Saturday, kids ages 3-15 can come and make the craft of the day while parents are shopping. This is a 5-10 minute activity for kids to use their creativity. Come join us! Telephone number: 815.777.1999. Web site address: www.poopsies.com. Admission: Free. Saturday, December 29, 2018, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Poopsie's 402 S. Main St. Galena, 61036.

Festival of Trees

Galena Country Enjoy the Festival of Trees in the charming & historic Warren Community Building (Old Stone Hotel), starting Saturday, November 30 and ending January 6, 2019. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Stroll thru the beautiful Old Stone Community Building in Warren Illinois and enjoy more than 50 uniquely decorated Christmas trees. The trees are decorated by organizations, churches, school children and individuals of the Warren community. Additional dates: This event is open through Jan. 6, 2019. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Telephone number: 815.858.4211. Admission: Free. Saturday, December 29, 2018, 10:00 AM. Warren Community Building 110 W Main St. Warren, Illinois 61087.

Tallgrass Chamber Music Festival

Galena Country The Juliani Ensemble is a highly acclaimed chamber music ensemble comprised of world class musicians that has delighted Chicago audiences with inventive, energetic chamber music concerts since its inception in 1999. Galena audiences will remember Juliani Ensemble founders Richard and Emily Graef and it’s previous incarnation. Additional dates: Fri. Dec 30: 3-4 p.m. Telephone number: 815.777.3925. Web site address: http://www.julianiensemble.org/. Admission: $50. Saturday, December 29, 2018, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Goldmoor Inn 9001 Sand Hill Road Galena, IL 61036.

Katie Sullivan

Galena Country Soulful energetic folk/rock tunes, bluesy guitar riffs and groovin' versions of Irish pub tunes dominate Katie Sullivan's performances. Her lively renditions of favorite Irish, blues and American folk-rock music get audiences on stage singing and dancing along. Telephone number: 815.776.0707. Web site address: http://www.theirishcottageboutiquehotel.com/galena-restaurant.aspx. Admission: Free. Saturday, December 29, 2018, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub & Grill 9853 US Hwy 20 W Galena, IL 61036.

Tallgrass Chamber Music Festival

Galena Country The Juliani Ensemble is a highly acclaimed chamber music ensemble comprised of world class musicians that has delighted Chicago audiences with inventive, energetic chamber music concerts since its inception in 1999. Galena audiences will remember Juliani Ensemble founders Richard and Emily Graef and it’s previous incarnation. Telephone number: 815.777.3925. Web site address: http://www.julianiensemble.org/. Admission: $50. Sunday, December 30, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Goldmoor Inn 9001 Sand Hill Road Galena, IL 61036.

Katie Sullivan

Galena Country Soulful energetic folk/rock tunes, bluesy guitar riffs and groovin' versions of Irish pub tunes dominate Katie Sullivan's performances. Her lively renditions of favorite Irish, blues and American folk-rock music get audiences on stage singing and dancing along. Telephone number: 815.776.0707. Web site address: http://www.theirishcottageboutiquehotel.com/galena-restaurant.aspx. Admission: Free. Sunday, December 30, 2018, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill 9853 US Hwy 20 W Galena, IL 61036.

Meghan Davis

Galena Country Guitarist/vocalist Meghan Davis plays hits from the past five decades including classic rock, pop and a little country. Her influences include Ed Sheeran, Stevie Nicks, Adam Levine, Jason Mraz, Nora Jones and Jack Johnson. Meghan enjoys sharing music trivia and song/musician history with her audiences. Telephone number: 815.776.0707. Web site address: http://www.theirishcottageboutiquehotel.com/galena-restaurant.aspx. Admission: Free. Monday, December 31, 2018, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub & Grill 9853 US Hwy 20 W Galena, IL 61036.

Katie Sullivan

Galena Country Soulful energetic folk/rock tunes, bluesy guitar riffs and groovin' versions of Irish pub tunes dominate Katie Sullivan's performances. Her lively renditions of favorite Irish, blues and American folk-rock music get audiences on stage singing and dancing along. Performance time: 5:45 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Telephone number: 815.776.0707. Web site address: http://www.theirishcottageboutiquehotel.com/galena-music.aspx. Admission: Free. Monday, December 31, 2018, 5:45 PM – 11:55 PM. Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill 9853 US Hwy 20 W Galena, IL 61036.

New Years Eve dinner celebration

Galena Country Ring in the New Year with elegant dining and fesitve cuisine!  Indulge in a 5 course gourmet menu, dance the night away to live music  and enjoy Champagne at Midnight.  Seatings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Reservations: 815.777.3925. Additional dates: Two seatings: 6 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. Telephone number: 815.777.3925. Web site address: www.goldmoor.com. Admission: $159. Monday, December 31, 2018, 6:00 PM – 11:55 PM. Goldmoor Inn 9001 W Sand Hill Rd. Galena, IL 61036.

New Year's Eve... DeSoto style!

Galena Country Ring in the new year with Travis Hosette and the music of "Sinatra." Dance and party all the way to 2019! Enjoy a cash bar, Hors d' oeuvres, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Seating is limited so purchase tickets early. Reservations are highly recommended. Telephone number: 800.343.6562. Web site address: http://www.visitgalena.org/places/desoto-house-hotel/. Admission: $25. Monday, December 31, 2018, 9:30 PM – 11:55 PM. Desoto House Hotel 230 S. Main St. Galena, IL 61036.

Festival of Trees

Galena Country Enjoy the Festival of Trees in the charming & historic Warren Community Building (Old Stone Hotel), starting Saturday, November 30 and ending January 6, 2019. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Stroll thru the beautiful Old Stone Community Building in Warren Illinois and enjoy more than 50 uniquely decorated Christmas trees. The trees are decorated by organizations, churches, school children and individuals of the Warren community. Additional dates: This event is open through Jan. 6, 2019. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Telephone number: 815.858.4211. Admission: Free. Saturday, January 5, 2019, 10:00 AM. Warren Community Building 110 W Main St. Warren, Illinois 61087.

Galena LitFest: Scheduling Creativity Workshop

Galena Country Learn how to write a novel in a nine month period by setting aside bits of time to write and sticking to it. Erin Keyser is the author of six books, Eyes of Lightning, Wings of Thunder, Soul of Storm, River's Edge, River's Deep, and Miracles on Earth. She lives with her family in Northwest Illinois, where she likes to write in the cold months and garden in the warm months. After the workshop, Ms. Keyser will have her books available for purchasing and signing. --------------------- Galena LitFest is back for a fifth year with even more great activities. Brush up on your skills at four FREE writers' workshops. Have brunch with Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Come to dinner with award winning indie author Heather Bentley and New York Times bestselling author and humorist Micheal Perry! This page is for "Scheduling Creativity." To register for other Galena LitFest events, please visit our other event pages. Sponsored by the Friends of the Galena Public Library, Inc. the Galena Public Library, Illin… Additional dates: Jan 12, 13, 15 & 19. Telephone number: 815.777.0200. Web site address: http://www.galenalibrary.org. Admission: Free. Saturday, January 5, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Galena Public Library 601 S. Bench Street Galena, IL 61036.

Galena LitFest: Nature Writing: Discovering Your Personal Landscape Workshop

Galena Country This free workshop blends recollective memory exercises, on-the-spot composing, and advice on writing style to enhance participants' ability to describe the places important to them. After cultivating place-based writing from the ground upward, the half-day workshop culminates in a "workshop" of sharing each other's work and offering constructive feedback. Dr. Kevin Koch, Ph.D. teaches Creative Nonfiction in the English Department at Loras College in Dubuque, IA. He is author of Skiing at Midnight: A Nature Journal from Dubuque County, Iowa, The Driftless Land: Spirit of Place in the Upper Mississippi Valley, and the forthcoming book, The Thin Places: A Celtic Landscape from Ireland to the Driftless. His nature-based articles and essays have appeared in magazines and newspapers throughout the Midwest. When not teaching or writing, he can most frequently be found bicycling, hiking, or kayaking in the Driftess Region. After the workshop, Dr. Koch will have books available for purchase and signing. ---… Additional dates: Jan 13, 15 & 19. Telephone number: 815.777.0200. Web site address: https://www.facebook.com/events/281035559183193/. Admission: Free. Saturday, January 12, 2019, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Galena Center for the Arts 219 Summit Street Galena, IL 61036.

Galena Winter Farmers Market

Galena Country Galena winter farmers market has moved in to Prairie Ridge for the winter.  You will find them there once a month on every second Saturday starting the new year. Support local produce providers, bakers, crafters and more. Additional dates: Feb. 9: 9 a.m. - noon March: 9: 9 a.m.- noon April 13: 9 a.m. - noon. Telephone number: 563.542.0996. Web site address: Cldcons@yousq.net. Admission: Free. Saturday, January 12, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 1 Prairie Ridge Drive Galena, IL 61036.

Galena LitFest: Story of the Sonnets: Brunch with Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Galena Country Chicago actress Debra Miller will portray the classic poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning in this special brunch event at Fritz and Frites Bistro. Elizabeth will come to us three months after her elopement and marriage with Robert Browning. They have just welcomed the birth of their son, Pen, and mourned the death of Robert's mother. Struggling to raise her husband's spirits and prove to him that love does not die, she considers revealing to Robert the sonnets she wrote during their 18 month long courtship. Tickets include a full, plated brunch and the performance. Someone will be in contact with you about your menu options. ---------- Galena LitFest is back for a fifth year with even more great activities. Brush up on your skills at four FREE writers' workshops. Have brunch with Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Come to dinner with award winning indie author Heather Bentley and New York Times bestselling author and humorist Micheal Perry! This page is for "Brunch with Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Story of… Additional dates: Jan 15 & 19. Telephone number: 815.777.0200. Web site address: https://www.facebook.com/events/329932541149295/. Admission: $25. Sunday, January 13, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Fritz and Frites Bistro 317 N. Main Street Galena, IL 61036.

Galena LitFest: A Little History, A Little Mystery: Author Reception

Galena Country Join these two award winning authors for an inside look at how they've created both historical and contemporary fiction with in-depth research, real-life stories, and dashes of mystery, romance, and a deep sense of place and time. Michelle Cox is the author of the multiple award-winning Henrietta and Inspector Howard book series. She suspects she may have once lived in the 1930s and, having yet to discover a handy time machine lying around, has resorted to writing about the era as a way of getting herself back there. Barbara Stark-Nemon is the author of the award-winning historical novel Even in Darkness, She lives, writes, cycles, swims, and gardens in Ann Arbor and Northport, Michigan. Her most recent work, Hard Cider, is a contemporary novel set on Lake Michigan. Canapes and wine will be graciously offered by Fried Green Tomatoes. Please call Fried Green Tomatoes if you would like to make a dinner reservation for after the event, 815-777-3938. ----------- Galena LitFest is back for a fift… Additional dates: Jan. 15 & 19. Telephone number: 815.777.0200. Web site address: https://www.facebook.com/events/701104893598702/. Admission: Free. Sunday, January 13, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Fried Green Tomatoes 213 N. Main St. Galena, IL 61036.

Galena LitFest: Writing for Social Change Workshop

Galena Country This free workshop will walk participants through the process of composing a personal manifesto that uses strategies to inspire change in our communities. Naomi Clark, Ph.D currently is an assistant professor at Loras College in Dubuque, IA. She completed her doctorate in rhetoric and composition (with a minor in women’s and gender studies) at the University of Missouri in 2014. In addition to directing the Writing Center at Loras, Dr. Clark teaches courses in composition (College Writing) and public writing. This page is for "Writing for Social Change" with Dr. Naomi Clark.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Galena Public Library, Inc. the Galena Public Library, Illinois Bank and Trust, Galena Community Bank, and the Desoto House. For more information please contact 815-777-0200 or distlerl@galenalibrary.org. Additional dates: Jan. 19. Telephone number: 815.777.0200. Web site address: https://www.facebook.com/events/241893546506689/. Admission: Free. Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Galena Public Library 601 S. Bench Street Galena, IL 61036.

Galena LitFest: Dining with the Authors

Galena Country 5p.m.: A meet and greet for VIP ticket holders 6p.m.: The main event Opening speaker, Heather Bentley: The Not So Glamorous Life of a Romance Writer From avid reader to romance author, find out how a stay-at-home mother secretly spent her days writing, and what happened when the secret got out. Heather is the winner of the 2018 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Award. Keynote speaker, Michael Perry: Writing From the Middle of Nowhere New York Times bestselling author and humorist, Michael Perry unravels his accidental trip into the writing life. Michael is the author of "Population: 485" and "Truck." VIP Dining Ticket:  Includes a meet and greet with Michael and Heather, a complimentary cocktail “Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy ” by Michael Perry, “Sweetest Heartbreak” by Heather Bentley, dinner, and two presentations. Someone will be in contact with you regarding your choice of dinner item. The Desoto House Hotel is offering deeply discounted rooms for… Telephone number: 815.777.0200. Web site address: https://www.facebook.com/events/2022271817794843/. Admission: $35 Dining with the Author  $60 VIP - includes dinner & two presentations (see description below). Saturday, January 19, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Desoto House Hotel 230 S. Main St. Galena, IL 61036.

"The Lion in Winter" Play Reading

Galena Country Play reading of "The Lion in Winter" by James Goldman. Cast readers will present the story of Henry II of England and his family as they are locked in a power struggle and the ambitions that come between them to inherit the kingdom. Telephone number: 779.214.0261. Web site address: www.GalenaCenterForTheArts.com. Admission: $8. Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Galena Center for the Arts 219 Summit Street Galena, IL 61036.

Galena Whiskey Weekend

Galena Country Sip your way through winter with an extensive collection of liquid sunshine - bourbons and whiskeys. Cheers to over 175+ Whiskey offerings. Purchase your whiskey tasting tickets online & print a ticket. Bring your printed ticket to the tasting to be scanned. Upon admittance to the event, you will receive a passport, a Glencairn Whiskey keepsake glass and a ticket for your allocated Pappy tasting.   *More details to follow, *Must be 21 years of age. Telephone number: 815.281.1515. Web site address: www.galenawhiskeyweekend.com. Admission: $95 per person $30 designated driver *Ticket purchase also includes Heavy hors d'oeuvres and a Glencairn keepsake glass.  *Purchase tickets at www.galenawhiskeyweekend.com. Saturday, January 26, 2019, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM. 115 S. Bench Street Galena, Illinois 61036.

Galena Winter Farmers Market

Galena Country Galena winter farmers market has moved in to Prairie Ridge for the winter.  You will find them there once a month on every second Saturday starting the new year. Support local produce providers, bakers, crafters and more. Additional dates: March: 9: 9 a.m.- noon April 13: 9 a.m. - noon. Telephone number: 563.542.0996. Web site address: Cldcons@yousq.net. Admission: Free. Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 1 Prairie Ridge Drive Galena, IL 61036.

Winter Carnival Weekend

Galena Country Have "snow" much fun with the whole family while making cherishable memories. Enjoy a cozy bonfire while watching the Hot Air Balloon Glow, play snow games, watch ice carving and more. The complete schedule of events will be listed on Eagle Ridge's web site. The Nordic Center on the South Course: • Sledding on the 18th hole with a 75-foot vertical drop • Cross-country skiing • Ice skating on a 1.5-acre pond. Telephone number: 815.777.5000. Admission: Free. Friday, February 15, 2019 – Sunday, February 17, 2019. Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa 444 Eagle Ridge Dr. Galena, IL 61036.

9th Annual Galena Bridal Fair

Galena Country Visit with the regions top wedding specialists to make your Galena Country wedding the best it can be. Visit with all aspects of your wedding in one location and register for dozens of prizes. Brides may pre-register online for free prior to the event. Telephone number: 815.947.2878. Web site address: http://www.thegalenabridalfair.com. Admission: $5. Saturday, February 16, 2019, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Historic Turner Hall 115 S Bench St. Galena, IL 61036.

Java, Chocolate & Champagne Stroll

Galena Country Galena is hosting their first Java, Chocolate & Champagne Stroll! Take your time enjoying a few special treats as you stroll your way along Galena's magical Main Street. The entire weekend will have a Java, Chocolate & Champagne theme to it with specials and events sprinkled everywhere you look. Your ticket buys you a punch card good for 10 treats (mix and match as you like between our chocolate, java & champagne options). Your ticket also will get you a commemorative cup that you can use during the stroll. Telephone number: 815.541.1454. Web site address: https://www.facebook.com/events/469778946875476/. Admission: $25 advance purchase  $30 on day of event Purchase tickets here: http://bit.ly/2y7NNRK. Saturday, February 16, 2019, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Main Street Galena, IL 61036.

11th Annual Big Nut Open

Galena Country Competitions: Rail Jam – Sat. Feb. 23 (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Big Air – Sun. Feb. 24 (11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Slopestyle – Sun. Feb. 24 (1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.) Age Divisions: 12 and under, 13-17, 18 and over/Open Prizes: Cash for open class Product from our sponsors for non-open divisions. Telephone number: 800.397.1320. Web site address: https://www.chestnutmtn.com. Admission: $10 for each event.  *All competitors must have a valid lift ticket and helmet. Sunday, February 24, 2019, 10:30 AM – Monday, February 25, 2019, 1:30 PM. Chestnut Mountain Resort 8700 W Chestnut Mountain Road Galena, IL 61036.

Mardi Gras Weekend Celebration

Galena Country Mardi Gras Pub Crawl - Fri. March. 1 in the evening Start Mardi Gras weekend off right with a pub crawl! Bring your Cajun spirits and Sugar Skull passions for lots of fun, great friends, drinks and plenty of beads! Participants will head down the Helluva Half Mile to participating local establishments. Galena Mardi Gras Parade - Sat. March. 2 in the late afternoon Rain, snow or shine! Don't miss the Mardi Gras Parade! Fun and beads, beads, beads! Beginning at dusk. Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball - Sat. March. 2 in the evening Dress up, enjoy music, food, drinks and live music at the Galena Brewing Company. Live Band: TBD Food & Drinks Specials: TBD Times to be determined, stay tuned for more details... Telephone number: 815.776.9200. Web site address: http://www.visitgalena.org. Admission: Free. Friday, March 1, 2019, 5:00 PM – Saturday, March 2, 2019, 11:00 PM. Main Street Galena, IL.

Galena Goes 50s

Galena Country Fri. Mar. 8 at 7 p.m.: Kick off a weekend of live music and dancing at the Galena Brewing Company  Sat. Mar. 9 from 9 a.m.: Attend dance workshops given by professional dance instructors during the day and dance the evening away at the Sock Hop at the Historic Turner Hall from 6-10 p.m. Telephone number: 815.275.5231. Web site address: www.galenaswingdance.com. Admission: $10. Friday, March 8, 2019, 6:00 PM – Saturday, March 9, 2019, 10:00 PM. Turner Hall 115 S Bench St Galena, IL 61036.

Galena Winter Farmers Market

Galena Country Galena winter farmers market has moved in to Prairie Ridge for the winter.  You will find them there once a month on every second Saturday starting the new year. Support local produce providers, bakers, crafters and more. Additional dates: April 13: 9 a.m. - noon. Telephone number: 563.542.0996. Web site address: Cldcons@yousq.net. Admission: Free. Saturday, March 9, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 1 Prairie Ridge Drive Galena, IL 61036.