Mattoon Tourism Newsletter 09-12-12







Mattoon Tourism                  September 12th, 2012
A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all - he's walking on them.
                                                Leonard Louis Levinson

Gentlemen start your engines:
 It is that time of year again when the Corvetts descend on Effingham Illinois, much to our delight. September 13-16th is the Annual Corvette Fun Fest, Effingham, hosted by Mid America Motorworks. The is one of the largest Corvette gatherings in the world, as more than 15,000 Corvettes and over 45,000 enthusiasts take part in Corvette Funfest. For more information log on to

Poker face, ppppoker face:

Show your poker face at the Royal Flush 5k and 10k Poker run this weekend September 15th.  Cost to register is free but donations are encouraged to enjoy the entire event. Prizes awarded for the top five card poker hand from playing card collected on the course. 10K runners will receive one extra card at 10K turnaround. One additional card may be purchased for a small donation to St. Jude's. Select the best five cards to determine your poker hand. Post party featuring live band "Identity Crisis" with food immediately following the race at Bourbon Street Steakhouse. Your donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital includes: 5K or 10K Race registration, entry into best hand giveaway, Royal Flush finish medal, post race party with live band entertainment & food, custom T-shirt. Free 5k/10k entries for race only ( No t-shirt, no post race party and not eligible for prizes). For more information log  

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Civil War Muster:

Watch history come alive this weekend September 15-16th from 10am-4pm at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site in Lerna, with the 123rd Illinois Civil War Muster.  Just as countless other men and boys (and a few women) answered the call of duty during the Civil War, President Lincoln's extended family did as well.  Alfred Hall, a nephew of the president, joined Company I of the 123rd Illinois Infantry and mustered in on 6 Sept 1862 in Mattoon, IL for a period of 3 years.  Just 32 days later he, along with the fresh recruits from Coles County, was thrust into the fight at the Battle of Perryville in Kentucky.  Join a typical Civil War Muster, activities include: speeches, roll call and drills. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 345-1845 or at


Race the Cross:

It must officially be fall because it is time again for the Annual Knights of Columbus Fall Festival 5K , Race the Cross this weekend September 16th.  There will be a a 1 mile fun run, 5k race and walk, and 10k race. Race awards will be given to the top male and female and to the top three runners in each age group.  There is a post race parts on the festival grounds at the Knights of Columbus Hall , 20th and Champaign Ave.  Online registration at 

Join in one last time this summer to keep the Nature Center's restored Illinois woodlands and prairies in tip-top shape, Saturday September 15th, 9am-12pm. Specific projects are to be announced.  Please dress appropriately and bring a bottle of water.  Registration is encouraged.  All ages and abilities are welcome. Douglas Hart Nature Center is located at 2204 Dewitt Ave. East in Mattoon. For more information call 235-4644 or log on to 



Don't miss your chance to play at the September 18th Lincolnland Hospice Binga at the Mattoon American Legion.  There's still time to purchase your tickets for just $10. Call 258-2511 for tickets or go online at Doors open at 4:30 with Early Bird Binga at 5:30; regular Binga at 6 pm. In addition to Binga, there is   

raffle; silent auction and sandwiches, chips, drinks available for purchase.Net proceeds support Lincolnland Hospice, care to those without means, community bereavement; Grant-a-Wish.  


Put your best paw forward:
Sunday September 16th  will be the first annual CARE (County Animal Rescue and Education)  Genesis Run/Walk for the Animals at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Sunday, September 16th, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.On site registration and packet pick up from 7:45-8:45 with start time at 9:00 AM This will be the first-ever fundraising run/walk for C.A.R.E. (County Animal Rescue and Education) and Genesis Animal Rescue in Coles County, Illinois. There will be competition for those who want it, and a morning of fun and fitness for everyone.Proceeds will help fund the care of homeless animals and promote pet adoption in Coles County. More information and online registration at

looking ahead:
  • September 22nd Charleston Challenge Duathlon   
  • September 28th Night of Hope fundraiser for HOPE Domestic Violence Prevention in East- Central Illinois 
  • September 28-30th Parents Weekend, EIU
  • September 27-28th Autism Conference at EIU, featuring Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Patricia Prelock.
  • September 28th Temple Grandin at Lake Land College, 9-11am  
  • September 29th Cemetery Walk, Old City Cemetery, Charleston   
  • October 5th "Stop the Bullying" conference, EIU, 8am-4pm,  
  • October 6th Mid America Motorworks Fall Swapfest and Bonfire Music Festival, Effingham  
  • October 7th Mattoon YMCA Last Chance Tri
  • October 13th Coles County Historical Society Wine Tasting 2-7pm 
  • October 13th EIU Homecoming,  
  • October 13th Fall Fest, Douglas Hart Nature Center 
  • October 13-20th The Quilters of Gee's Bend, Mattoon   
  • November 10th Holiday Open House at the Gannaway House
  • November 11th Veteran's Day Parade
  • November 12th Charleston Challenge 40 mile relay  
  • November 16th -December 26th Mattoon Lightworks
  • November 16-17th SBL 14th Annual Festival of Trees, SBL Lumpkin Ed Center
  • November 17th Santa Chase Half Marathon and 5k Run
  • November 17th Mattoon Holiday Parade 1pm
  • December 1st, Christmas in the Heart of Charleston
  • December 7th Downtown Mattoon Christmas Celebration
  • December 15th Santa at the Depot, tba
  • December 26th Last day of Mattoon Lightworks 

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