Local News and Events

Belden Boy Writing Camp June 27-29
The Belden Boy Writing Camp comes back to the Belden School in The Galena Territory in June. The camp runs June 27-29. Sign up today, as space is limited. Pattie HarteNaus, educator and author of the Belden Boy Series of books, leads the camp sessions. For more information go to Beldenboy.com or email.

Shenandoah Pro Rodeo

  July 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m.
5 & Under Free. It’s Wild, It’s Western, it’s Pro Rodeo competition at its best! The Shenandoah Pro Rodeo will be serving up an exciting slate of competition, 8 seconds at a time! The One Armed Bandit & Company, rodeo’s 12-time entertainer of the year, headlines the Most Wanted “to see” List for the 2017 tour. Since 1988, The One Armed Bandit & Company has thrilled rodeo fans around the world including kings and princes from faraway places. They ride a variety of good horses and mules in this full throttle exhibition of genuine cowboy skills with longhorn steers, buffalo and wild horses. Moving all these animals around an arena the show reaches its grand finale with all atop a custom stock trailer reflecting the excitement and true spirit of the west!Anthony Lucia, star of TV’s Rodeo Girls, and top ProRodeo announcer returns to Galena as emcee extraordinaire and Rider Kiesner, one of rodeo’s young guns of comedy will keep fans on edge of their seats.Want to see a little local talent? The Shenandoah Pro Rodeo invites some of the toughest little buckaroos to get on and hold on tight in the “Mutton Bustin”. Don’t forget about our fireworks spectacular set to music and free barn dance to cap off each night’s entertainment. Join us this July for two great nights of family entertainment at its best!Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate for adults and $7 in advance. Tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $7 in advance and $10 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free. Advance tickets are also available at Longhorn Saddlery in Dubuque and Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa and the Owners’ Club, as well as Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Casey’s General Store locations. Free kid’s tickets are available at Blain’s and Casey’s.

Plenty going on Fourth of July weekend

Independence Day weekend is always busy in The Galena Territory. Many people come to The Territory to relax and celebrate America’s independence. Here’s a rundown of events going on in and around The Territory that weekend.

Shenandoah Pro Rodeo
The Shenandoah Pro Rodeo returns to The Galena Territory on July 1-2. The Shenandoah Riding Center will host two nights of rodeo action, featuring bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, bull riding and women’s barrel racing. Gates open both nights at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:30. Each night features a free pre-show from 6 to 7 p.m. and concludes with fireworks and a barn dance. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate for adults. Tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $7 in advance and $10 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free. 

Territory Farmers Market
The Galena Territory Association will host the Territory Farmers Market on Sunday, July 2 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Owners’ Club parking lot. Items for sale include organic vegetables, free range and antibiotic-free meat, baked goods and crafts.

Galena Fourth of July celebration/parade
Galena’s Fourth of July celebration will kick off Tuesday, July 4 with live music at the Green Street Plaza at 2:30 p.m. The annual community parade begins at 6 p.m. Following the parade, Ten Gallon Hat provides entertainment from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Food is available in the Green Street Plaza from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. Fireworks will be at dusk.
The Galena ARC is also hosting its fourth annual Fourth of July Community Celebration at Galena’s Recreation Park on Tuesday, July 4. There will be a kids’ area with bounce houses, games and face painting along with Fourth of July celebration activities including volleyball, a slam dunk contest for kids, bingo, dunk tank, a beer tent and live bands throughout the day.

Dubuque Fireworks & Air Show Spectacular
The 32nd Annual Dubuque Fireworks & Air Show Spectacular takes place Monday, July 3 on the banks of the Mississippi River near A.Y. McDonald Park. The day begins with the Salute to Our Heroes Air Show from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The show includes demonstration and parachute teams and vintage aircraft. Fireworks follow at dusk.

Other area fireworks

East Dubuque (Ill.): June 24 at dusk, Sinsinawa Avenue
Hanover (Ill.): July 3 at dusk, VFW Club, Fillmore Street
Mineral Point (Wis.): July 4 at dusk, Soldiers Memorial Park
Platteville (Wis.): July 4 at dusk, Legion Field, Pitt Street
Stockton (Ill.): July 4 at dusk, football field
Shullsburg (Wis.): July 4 at 9:45 p.m., Badger Park

Kids’ Fishing Contest
The GTA’s Lake Management and Ecology Advisory Group will host the Kids’ Fishing Contest on Saturday, July 1. Registration starts at 10 a.m. at the Bait & Tackle Shop at Lake Galena. The contest runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is open to all children age 12 and under. The first 200 kids will get a free T-shirt and tackle box. A hot dog lunch will be served after the contest; kids eat free and adults cost $5.

Belden School open house
Belden School will host an open house on Saturday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to noon.
July exploding with events at Eagle Ridge
With the list of Independence Day activities and events getting long for Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, resort guests and owners in The Galena Territory will get a bang out of the July schedule starting with the Annual Firecracker 5K through The Galena Territory on July 2. 
A free sparkler sprint for children 8 years or younger starts at 8:45 a.m. and the race begins at 9. Entry fee is $35. For more information and to register contact Tamara Rielly at 815-776-5034 or treilly@eagleridge.com.
July 2 and 3, duffers and scratch golfers hit balls for Birdies for the Brave 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the North Course with Eagle Ridge accepting donations for a bucket of driving range balls. All proceeds benefit Birdies for the Brave. Also on the North Course, stroll by the annual Summer Sidewalk Sale featuring deeply discounted golf apparel from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sandra Principe, a local Galena artist, will be hosting Cork & Canvas on July 8 at the Main Inn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the class painting poppies. The painting class is open to all levels; beginners are encouraged to attend. Supplies, snacks and wine are included.
Capture the perfect sunset in a three-hour Sunset Photography Workshop on July 22 with professional photographer Henry Matthiessen III at Eagle Ridge. The cost is $50 per person and includes silver dollar sandwiches, chips and refreshments. For reservations contact Rielly at 815-815-776-5034 or set up your appointment by contacting Henry Matthiessen at StonedArtStudio.com.
On July 23, don’t miss the second annual Galena City Championship at the North Course. The Galena City Championship is open to all amateur male and female golfers of any handicap over 18. The cost is $75 to enter. For more information on all events hosted at Eagle Ridge visit eagleridge.com. 
For visitors and guests of owners in The Territory, the courtyard rooms at Eagle Ridge underwent a major renovation transformation and are now available for summer reservations. Enjoy July in The Territory!
Elizabeth Community Fair July 21-23
The 97th Annual Elizabeth Community Fair will take place July 21-23 and features fun for the whole family. Highlights on Friday, July 21 include the dairy and sheep show at 9 a.m., the dairy goat show at 1 p.m. and Fantasy Truck Pullers at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, the parade is at 11 a.m. with free lunch at noon for the first 500 people through the gate. The carnival will be open from noon to 10 p.m. Other events that day include bingo, a kiddie tractor pull and petting zoo, hypnotist and mentalist Brian Imbus, an ice cream eating contest, Fantasy Truck Pullers and the Elizabeth Fair Queen, Junior Miss and Little Miss Pageant. Sunday’s events include Elizabeth’s Best BBQ Competition, the “Carp Allen” Memorial Horseshoe Tournament, antique tractor pull, a euchre tournament and up-and-coming country music artist Chris Cavanaugh. Throughout the weekend there will be food, vendors, antique tractor and farm demonstrations, music and a beer tent. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for ages 6 to 12 for the whole weekend, or $6 and $3, respectively, for a daily pass. Children 5 and under are free. Tickets for unlimited weekend use of the inflatables are $10. For more information, find “The Elizabeth Community Fair” on Facebook.
Safe Haven exploring dog park
Safe Haven Humane Society of Jo Daviess County wants to hear from you if you would be interested in a dog park on Safe Haven property in Elizabeth. If Safe Haven receives enough interest, it will proceed with plans to turn several acres of property it owns on the west side of its building into a dog park. If you would be interested in the use of a dog park for a nominal annual fee contact the shelter at petinfo@aeroinc.net or 815-858-2265. 

Hello Galena! featured artist for July

A resident of The Galena Territory, Sharon LaCaeyse, is the featured artist for July at the local artists’ co-op gallery and gift shop called Hello Galena! 
The inspiring combination of watercolor and wildlife has compelled LaCaeyse to create winsome works of art. See the results at the Hello Galena! shop at 121 N. Commerce St., Galena, Ill. The artist will host a meet-and-greet event on July 15 from 1-4 p.m. 

The lure of art influenced LaCaeyse early in her life. “I was always coloring or drawing and doing artsy things in school,” LaCaeyse remembers. “My high school in Florida offered a commercial arts course (a precursor to graphic design) where I learned lettering and advertising layout.” 
LaCaeyse put her talent and skills to good use working in the art department of a telephone book company. She also dabbled in stained glass creations. With an interest in stained glass and a husband who wanted a career change, the LaCaeyses started a company called “Lead ‘n’ Glass” in Wheeling, Ill. Her artistic talent and their business savvy resulted in 30 years of creating, selling and shipping works of art all over the U.S. and to countries overseas. Two sons continue to run the business. Retirement to The Territory has led LaCaeyse to discover a new art medium, watercolors. 
“Creating with watercolor is always a challenge, but it is also rewarding,” LaCaeyse said. “It is the perfect medium for capturing nature.” 
A friend encouraged LaCaeyse to try the art medium, and she enrolled in a class in Dubuque. Now LaCaeyse “plays” with techniques and starts over if the experiment doesn’t work. The results speak for themselves.
Hello Galena! is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up of more than 65 local artists. Their artwork and signature gift items are displayed at 121 N. Commerce St., Galena, Ill. Artists staff the art-only shop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The shop is open on Tuesday and Wednesday by chance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, including a map and directions, call 815-777-1448 during shop hours, or view hellogalena.org.
Women of Courage and Commitment welcomes new member
We are glad to welcome Laura Keyes to our cast of courageous pioneer women. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a master’s degree in library studies, and is working as Head of Adult Services at the Freeport Public Library. She has been charming audiences with her portrayals of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln and Laura Ingalls Wilder since 2008. 
Here’s the group’s schedule for 2017:
July 15 – Fun facts and fashions - Clothes from the 19th century are featured. One lucky audience member will be garbed, head to toe, hoop and all!

Aug. 19 – Scandalous grandmothers - Women of Courage and Commitment share real stories of their mothers and grandmothers.

Sept. 9 – Tea with the duchess - Everyone from Elizabeth Armstrong to the Duchess of Rutland are on hand to make life difficult and trying for Mrs. Baldwin, wife of the proprietor of the DeSoto House Hotel, as she tries to have a tea! Come in your best bonnet and join the ladies for a high tea full of hijinks!

Oct. 28 – Galena ghosts come alive - Scary tales of Galena’s ghosts, told by the ghosts themselves! Evening performance only, following Halloween parade.

Nov. 18 – Christmas With Laura Ingalls Wilder - New! Laura Keyes shares recollections of her Christmases on the prairie.

All shows are at the DeSoto House Hotel at 3 p.m., except the Halloween show, which follows the Halloween parade. Tickets for the July, August and November show are $15. This includes the show and coffee and dessert. Contact the DeSoto for price of the High Tea and the Halloween show. Reservations are suggested. Phone 1-815-777-0090.

Friends of Galena Library accepting books for sale
The Galena Territory residents Barb and Al Efflandt and Denise and Frank Sedlak are co-chairs for the 2017 Friends of Galena Library pre-owned book sale and they are asking for help with book donations for the sale. The sale will be at the Galena Convention Center on Friday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many Territory residents are involved in planning the sale; last year more than 4,000 items were available. Spring is a great time to clear your shelves and clear out boxes of books. Until June 30, Friends will be accepting children’s and adult books in good condition, DVDs and books on CD. Materials not included in the sale are textbooks, computer manuals, Harlequin romances, Readers’ Digest condensed books, magazines, encyclopedias, business books and cassette and VHS tapes. Books can be dropped off in the lower level of the Galena Public Library at 601 S. Bench St.

On Thursday, July 27, from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a reception for Friends members. This will also be an opportunity for members to shop for books before the sale officially opens on Friday. Membership information is available at galenalibrary.org
The sale is the premier fundraising event for the Friends. Funds raised are used to provide items not covered by the library’s operating budget, such as computer enhancements, adult and children’s programs, large print books, audio books and the Galena Little Free Libraries. The Friends are a nonprofit 501(c)(3), independent organization established in 1994 to provide broad support to the Galena Public Library. The various Friends’ activities include organizing the annual pre-owned book sale, maintaining the pre-owned book sale corner in the library, managing the Books for Babies outreach program and sponsoring the Little Free Libraries at various locations in Galena. Membership information is available at the library or at www.GalenaLibrary.org.
Open House Dates First and third Saturday 
June through October 10 a.m. until noon p.m. Belden School was built in 1859.The stone structure is located off Heatherdowns Lane in The Galena Territory. The Belden School Restoration Committee was formed in 2004 by a group of Territory residents. Active efforts, using funds contributed from many interested and generous people, resulted in the restoration of the building. The committee provides tours and special events at the school on the first and third Saturdays June through October. Belden School website
Apple River Fort open year round
On June 24, 1832 a small company of Illinois militia (some 30 men and boys) and their families (an additional 40-odd women and children) successfully defended a small civilian-built fort against 200 warriors led by the great Sac tribal leader known as Black Hawk. Today Apple River Fort State Historic Site, a Black Hawk War landmark, includes both an interpretive center and a reconstruction of the long-vanished fort, completed in 1997 and modeled upon findings of a 1995 archaeological dig. Because of its archaeological and historic significance, the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Apple River Fort is a family-friendly historic site, open Wednesday through Sunday year round. The site interpretive center features knowledgeable staff, a variety of exhibits and showings of a brief dramatic video depicting the attack on Apple River Fort and other events of the 1832 Black Hawk War. The fort itself is open for self-guided tours.
On weekends from May 1 through Oct. 31, the fort comes to life through ongoing living history activities and special events that present stories both of the settlers within its walls and of the attacking Sac and Meskwaki without. Through demonstrations, hands-on activities and conversation, interpreters garbed in 1830s-style dress create a visitor experience that is historically accurate, engaging, educational, entertaining and most of all, memorable. Apple River Fort State Historic Site is located off U.S. 20 at 311 E. Myrtle St. in Elizabeth, Ill. Hours from Nov. 1 through April 30 are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For further information call 815-858-2028 or visit http://appleriverfort.org.
  Clothing featuring The Galena Territory logo now for sale
The Galena Territory Association has clothing with The Galena Territory logo on it for sale. The clothing includes polo shirts, windbreakers and zip-up sweatshirts. All are available for purchase at the Owners’ Club or to order online CLICK HERE.

AART Drive, First weekend each month

All River Road Talent (AART) a collection of the Tri-State region's top artists. Enjoy refreshments while viewing art, watching demonstrations and meeting the people who make it happen.