March: A Busy Month for Celebrations and Fun in Marshall, Illinois!

Oh, March, coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb… we hope. There is so much to celebrate and enjoy. Don’t forget that on Sunday, March 10, we will be moving the clocks and “Springing” Forward. Okay, maybe we don’t love the whole clock/time confusion thing and trying to match up the car clocks with the house clocks, but we love that Spring is on the horizon. The weather is slowly improving, and thoughts of outdoor activities are swirling in our minds. Soon, there will be fishing on one of the lakes, baseball games, getting out for long hikes in Lincoln State Park, or getting the camping gear aired out and ready.

 

Book Clubs are fun, too!

For those of us who prefer to stay inside and curl up with our books (and then talk about how much we love them), our wonderful Marshall Library has it covered with its evening book club, “Rather Be Reading.”  Kayla Bullock will lead a spirited discussion on the second Monday of each month. The group meets at 6:00 p.m. in the library’s Dale McConchie meeting room. This month’s meeting will be on Monday, March 11. Check in at the library for more details.

 

Time for the Wearing of the Green

Next up this month is the ever-popular St Patty’s Day. The feast day of the patron saint of Ireland falls on March 17 every year, and this year, St Patty’s Day falls on Sunday, March 17. There will be celebrations all weekend, no doubt, with traditional green beer and, of course, corned beef and cabbage. Why the heck do we eat that? Corned beef is a cured brisket of beef that has been preserved in a salty brine. It’s like pastrami, but the difference is that corned beef is boiled, and pastrami is smoked. Corned beef is considered “traditional” Irish food, but it is no longer technically Irish more than St. Patrick’s.

Saint Patrick wasn’t Irish! What?!!! Yup, he was actually British and was taken prisoner by Irish raiders when he was 16 years old. He spent six years in Ireland as a captive, and there became a devout Christian. So, just like corned beef… he was just darn good and should be celebrated.

 

Where is the Bunny?

Easter is just around the corner and will be celebrated on the last Sunday of March. Until then, there will be lots of Easter events and fun in the making. Start by marking your calendars and plan to bring your kiddos to meet the Easter Bunny before he gets too busy decorating all the eggs. Head to the American Legion, Post 90 at 302 S. 8th Street, Marshall, for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! They will have some treats like donut holes, milk, or juice for the kids aged 12 and under. Queen B Productions will take pictures of your children with the Easter Bunny so you can have a lasting memory of the little ones with Mr. Bunny himself. Best of all, the event is FREE to the public!

More fun events before we get to the Easter Celebrations.

Samm Sweitzer, a teacher at Marshall HS, is holding a Comedy Night Fundraiser on Friday, March 22. Samm’s class is raising money for an exciting class trip to Chicago to celebrate the seniors. The fun events start at 6 p.m. and will be held in the high school cafeteria. Jon Moore will host the show, and there will be four very funny comedians to tickle the funny bone.

 

Ticket prices are as follows:

Junior high and high school student price for the show only: $10

Adult and student tickets with dinner advanced price – $15

Adult ticket at the door – $20 (first come, first served)

Doors open at 6 pm, and dinner service starts at 6 pm.

 

Right now, Samm says they have enough volunteers for the night itself but can still use help with donations of baked goods to sell (cookies, rice crispy treats, slices of cake, etc.), volunteers to cook the meal before (all the supplies needed will be provided), and, of course, help to spread the word about the event and… BUY TICKETS. If you want to be part of this fun event, call Samm directly at 217-369-1916.

 

Okay, Marshall, get out and have some “nearly” Spring fun.