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  • March 13, 2019 11:59 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Quincy Concert Band would like to introduce you to Sue Cutrone, first chair flute/piccolo. Sue has played with QCB for over 15 years. Here is a Q & A, submitted by Susan Deege.

    What do you like best about playing with QCB? I really enjoy the variety of music we play. In this group we have been able to learn and perform some exciting new music. We also enjoy performing some of the great old favorites. It was an honor that we were selected to "play in Peoria" for the 2017 Illinois Music Education Conference! We are able to showcase our varied musical talents with two concerts a year - one in the spring, and one in the fall. I really appreciate the challenge of the beautiful music we play.

    What other groups do you play with? I have been a member of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra for 29 years and have also been a member of the Muddy River Opera Company orchestra.

    How did your musical journey begin? I come from a very musical family and started flute lessons with my Dad when I was in third grade. I started playing flute and piccolo with the school band in 4th grade. After graduating from QHS in 1977 I attended University of Arizona in Tucson on a music scholarship. It was wonderful to play in the marching and symphonic bands, as well as with the orchestra.

    In addition to your family, who else has inspired you? I've been lucky enough to have many great influences over the years. I studied with Mrs. Pat George and also with Jan Scott (from the STL Symphony). Since I grew up in Quincy, I had great conductors in junior and senior high - Mr. Paul Duker, Mr. Eddie Allen, Mr. Wayne Pyle and Mr. Dan Sherman. They challenged their students and really developed my love of music.

    Any advice to those who have not played for years? The Quincy Concert Band is a great way to restore your musical interests. Even if you haven't played for years, please come and enjoy our Fall and Spring Concerts. Maybe you'll decide to join us! We work hard to rehearse and perform but everyone really enjoys the challenge...and the final results. We are a positive and supportive group of musicians.

    Concert Band Presents "Cornerstones" on St. Patrick's Day

    For well over 100 years, wind ensembles have performed pieces considered cornerstones for wind bands, and the Quincy Concert Band will bring many of these greatest hits to the stage.

    The band will present “Cornerstones” at 2:30 pm, Sunday, March 17, in Morrison Theater in Quincy Junior High School.

    Conductor Dr. Trent Hollinger will lead the band through cornerstone pieces composed over the last 120 years, from the 1899 John Philip Sousa march “Hands Across the Sea” to Wayne Oquin’s 2014 award-winning “Affirmation,” that explores the often conflicting emotions that encompass the human condition: life and death, love and loss, darkness and light.

    “Many iconic composers have crafted works that continue to inspire and challenge musicians every day. I cannot think of a better way to showcase the Quincy Concert Band than performing some of these cornerstones for our audience,” Hollinger said.

    Included in the performance will be Gustav Holst’s “First Suite in E-flat,” which is considered by many to be the first piece composed for the modern wind band,” and “Divertimento,” by Vincent Persichetti, who originally started writing the piece with an orchestra in mind. Midway through the prologue, which featured the brass tossing the woodwinds back and forth movement, Persichetti realized strings were never going to enter and completed it for band.

    There is no charge for admission. However, donations are accepted to assist with the band’s expenses.

    The Quincy Concert Band is an all-volunteer wind ensemble that performs a spring and fall concert each year. Members of the band come from all walks of life. The band rehearses weekly leading up to performances.

    For information or to join the band, please contact Dr. Hollinger at thollinger@culver.edu or Board of Directors President John Schneider at 217-257-4953 or at quincyconcertband@gmail.com. The band can also be found online at quincyconcertband.org and on Facebook.


  • March 07, 2019 8:37 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    The Quincy Senior High School Show Choir and Jazz Band along with dozens of other jazz bands and show choir from across the Tri-States are preparing for the 27th Annual Showcase of Excellence this Saturday, March 9! This musical tradition will light up the center stage of Quincy Senior High School, located at 3322 Maine Street.


    A single admission ticket may be purchased at the theatre entrance or the gymnasium entrance the day of the event and is priced at $12 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets are good for all performances. Visitors can come and go as they please throughout the day, choosing the astounding sounds of the jazz bands in the QHS gym, or the razzle dazzle of show choirs in the QHS Theatre. The judges will offer targeted feedback on their performances as well as an overall competition score. Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the day’s events with the Grand Champion Trophy presented at the high-spirited finale in the QHS Theatre.

    Other activities of the day will include the karaoke-style solo competition where the stars of tomorrow are showcased. Visitors will be able to cast their vote for the Peoples' Choice Awards in both jazz and show choir categories. Food and beverages will be available in the QHS cafeteria.

    This event is made possible through the hard work of many volunteers and the Friends of the Performing Arts. Proceeds help support music programs at all grade levels throughout the school system.

    “We are very fortunate to have an event such as Showcase of Excellence each year,” said Kathi Dooley, Director of Music for the Quincy Public Schools. “All proceeds from this event are used as fundamental support for music and fine arts education throughout the Quincy Public Schools K-12. We are so grateful to the volunteers, parents, alumni and QPS students who work diligently to bring Showcase to life each year. It is really a great festival that benefits the entire Quincy community and the talented students who attend."

    As hosts for the day, the QHS Show Choir and Jazz Band will perform in exhibition at the end of the event, after working behind the scenes to make the day a success!

    For performance times and more information, visit qpsmusic.org, the Showcase of Excellence Facebook page, or contact the QHS music department at 217-224-3774.


  • March 05, 2019 9:38 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    QSOA: British Invasion
    Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 pm
    Salem Evangelical United
    Church of Christ (435 S. 9th)

    QAYO: Spring Concert
    Sunday, March 10 at 7 pm
    Kroc Center
    (405 Vermont St.)

    Symphony Chorus To Rock During British Invasion Concert

    Get British-mania when you hear Quincy Symphony Chorus sing the most popular and your favorite British pop songs during its spring concert at 7:30 pm Saturday, March 9 in Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ.

    British Invasion will take you on a magical musical tour from mop tops to folk songs and theatre hits. The chorus performs pops from favorite British artists including The Beatles, Queen, Elton John, Gilbert and Sullivan and many others. The Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Phyllis Robertson.

    Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors available in advance or at the door or in advance at Quincy County Market, Hy-Vee and Sturhahn Jewelers. Children 18 and under are admitted free to all concerts and are encouraged to attend.

    The following day, you're invited to the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra's Spring Concert at 7 pm, Sunday, March 10, at the Kroc Center, 405 Vermont Street.

    Under the direction of Dr. Rich Cangro, the orchestra will perform a repertoire of “Overtures for Every Mood.” Pieces include “Orpheus in the Underworld,” “Overture to Nabucco” and “Kirkpatrick Fanfare.” Admission to the concert is free with donations encouraged.

    The 2018-2019 QAYO consists of 40 talented musicians from across the Tri-State area. Each of the members was selected for the orchestra based on auditions held this past October. The student musicians come together weekly for rehearsals. Their first performance will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10 when they join the Quincy Symphony Orchestra side-by-side for “Colas Breugnon Overture,” during the Legends & Lore concert.

    For more information call the symphony office at 217-222-2856 or visit qsoa.org.


  • February 25, 2019 2:14 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Quincy organizations are offering scholarship opportunities and distinguished awards for area high school students this spring.

    Quincy Preserves is offering two $1,000 scholarships for Adams County high school seniors. Applicants must plan to attend an accredited college, university, technical school or community college in the fall of 2019. Applicants are asked to submit an essay relating to a local building and why it is worthy of preservation. Essays may include the building’s history, interesting facts, current preservation efforts and what future preservation efforts could look like.

    Download the application here and return it with transcripts by Sunday, March 3 to Brandon Smith, Scholarship Committee Chairperson, at blobsoda@gmail.com or by mail to Scholarship Committee, Quincy Preserves, PO Box 1012, Quincy, IL 62303.


    John Wood Community College’s Fine Arts Department will hold auditions for music scholarships and portfolio reviews for visual arts scholarships on Friday, April 5.

    High school seniors, first-time college students and transfer students from other colleges interested in auditioning for full or partial instrumental or vocal scholarships to JWCC for the 2019-20 academic year are encouraged to register before April 4 for priority appointments. Students may also audition on the day of the event without an appointment.

    Students should prepare at least two contrasting vocal or instrumental pieces for the audition. An accompanist will be provided, but students may bring their own if preferred.

    For information and to set an appointment for a music audition, contact Dr. Steven Soebbing, JWCC instructor of music and theatre, at 217.641.4999 or ssoebbing@jwcc.edu.

    Visual arts scholarships are also available for high school seniors, first-time college students and transfer students from other colleges who major in art or graphic design at JWCC during the 2019-20 academic year. Students may have portfolios reviewed on the day of the event without an appointment.

    Portfolios should include 10 to 20 completed pieces of students’ very best work. Students should be prepared to discuss the thought process behind their work as well as the methods used and time spent on each piece.

    For information and to schedule an appointment, contact Chris Wiewel, JWCC chair of fine arts, at 217.641.4517 or wiewelc@jwcc.edu. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be accommodated.


  • February 22, 2019 2:49 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Muddy River Opera Company has again collaborated with the performing arts departments at Culver-Stockton College, John Wood Community College and Quincy University to produce John Davies’ adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk, this year’s Educational Opera Outreach selection. We all know this classic tale but this operatic version of the story is humorous, heart-warming and teaches a valuable lesson while introducing opera to a new audience.

    “Participating in Opera Outreach gives our singers a taste of operetta,” says Amy Stollberg, Director of Choirs at Quincy University. “It is a great educational tool for the college level and the kids just love the stories. There are many funny elements and humor in this performance which will make it a pure delight for all ages!”


    Pictured are (left-right) Camryn Current, narrator (QU); Rachel Reinbeck, Jack’s mother (QU); Makayla Briggs, Jack (JWCC); Austin Owen, Giant (JWCC) and Grace Riley, the giant’s wife (QU). Additional roles are played by Casey Pigg (QU) and Austin Kohlhepp (QU). The show is managed and directed by Connie Phillips, with choir direction by Amy Stollberg, M.ED., director of choirs at QU and Dr. Steven Soebbing, Instructor of Music & Theater at JWCC. Accompaniment is provided by Laura Kammerer.

    Living in poverty with his mother, Jack sells the family cow to a mysterious dustman for a handful of beans. When he returns home and shows his mom the scrawny seeds, she throws them out a window in despair. The beans take root and in the moonlight a magical stalk grows to the sky. Jack finds himself in the castle of a very large oaf and his kindly, haggard wife. Learning that this giant has taken his father’s golden hen, Jack, with the help of the Giant’s wife, stealthily takes it back. The Giant, in pursuit of Jack, receives a bump on the head after falling from the beanstalk, causing him to forget he’s supposed to be “bad.” Realizing all the trouble he had caused, the Giant resolves to behave well, agreeing that consideration for others requires people large and small to treat other people as they would want to be treated.

    You’re invited to the first public performance that will take place Sunday, March 3 at 3 pm at Christ Lutheran Church, located at 333 S. 36th St. in Quincy. The show is free of charge so bring your family and friends with you! Free will donations will be accepted at the door. The show will be on the road with a portable set to Illes, Baldwin, Ellington and Payson elementary schools on March 4 and 5.

    Save the date for the free public performances by C-SC performing arts students on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 pm at Merillat Hall on campus and at 3 pm on Sunday, April 28 in the Lewis Street Playhouse in downtown Canton. The group is directed by Dr. Carol Mathieson. The group will tour Missouri schools on April 29 and 30.

    For more information about the program call 217-228-5090 or email stollam@quincy.edu. To learn more about Muddy River Opera Company visit muddyriveropera.org.


  • February 19, 2019 11:57 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    The public is invited to the annual tour of the Dr. Richard Eells House on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 from 1-4 pm, located at 415 Jersey St. The event is free and the public is welcome.

    The event celebrates Black History and Dr. Eells' role in helping area slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad System. This year’s program, Unsung Heroes, will feature a kaleidoscope of stories, song, poetry and discussion tying into some of Quincy’s unsung heroes.

    Mett Morris, of Quincy, will lead a discussion with song complimenting these stories of heroes in Quincy history. The program will celebrate the lives of Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first black priest in America, William “Billy” Dallas, the first black Quincy police officer to die in the line of duty in Illinois, and Col. George Iles, World-War II Tuskegee Airman.

    "These influential Quincyans have received deserved recognition in recent years and we will celebrate their lives and contributions during this year’s open house," said Dave Oakley.

    Dr. Richard Eells' and his home in Quincy played a historic role in the struggle to end slavery and help those trying to escape its demeaning grip.

    On an August night in 1842, Charley, a runaway slave from Missouri, knocked on the back door of Dr. Richard Eells at 415 Jersey Street in Quincy. Charley was seeking freedom and Dr. Eells, an active Quincy Abolitionist, was there to help. While transporting Charley to the next site on the underground railroad, a posse searching for Charley stopped Eells’ carriage at an area that is now Madison Park and Charley fled. Regretfully, he was later found and returned to slavery in Missouri.

    For his part in the rescue, Dr. Eells was prosecuted through the courts, starting with Circuit Judge Stephen Douglas in Quincy, then the Illinois Supreme Court and finally to the US Supreme Court. While Dr. Eells was prosecuted and Charley did not find his freedom that night, we invite you to join us to celebrate their efforts to find freedom for all in the pre-Civil war era and celebrate the unsung heroes after the civil war era. The Dr. Richard Eells house is a documented site on the underground railroad.

    In addition to entertainment and discussions on Black History, the board of Dr. Richard Eells house will thank the public for its annual support.

    "The house is the oldest brick home in Quincy and maintaining it in pristine fashion is no small undertaking. The organization is especially appreciative to those who have supported recent campaigns and the organization's ongoing efforts to repair the roof and weather damage," Oakley said.

    The Eells House offers a wide range of local history. Besides the program, you can also view and learn about the work done to refurbish the house and its period furnishings and fixtures. While the program is free, donations are fully tax deductible and any financial support is greatly appreciated. Donations can be made to the “Friends of the Dr. Richard Eells House”, and mailed to P.O. Box 628, Quincy, IL 62306.

    Refreshments will be served, so please join to celebrate this important piece of Quincy and U.S. history. For more information, please call 217-257-7647.


  • February 12, 2019 2:53 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    What do you love? Do more of it in 2019 when you join a club!

    Joining a club or society is on many people's bucket list every new year. Why? It is a great way to start something new that you will look forward to all year long, give you a fresh perspective and let you dig into your creative side! Here are four benefits of becoming part of a club or organization:

    QU POLIS Classes

    Quincy University’s Pursuit of Learning in Society (POLIS) offers senior citizens an opportunity for lifelong learning in a casual environment on a varity of topics.

    The cost of a POLIS membership is $15 per semester, and each two-hour class is $4 to attend. Anyone is welcome to bring friends and attend one class free of charge. To register, please email your name and address to polis@quincy.edu or call 217-228-5594. See the full class schedule at quincy.edu/polis.

    Visual Arts Classes at QAC

    This spring, The Art Center has classes for everyone! Broken into groups including Pre-K, early elementary, late elementary, high school and adult, everyone can find an activity that interests them!

    A highlight of the spring schedule will be one day workshops on creative process by visiting artists Ann Coddington on Saturday, March 2 and Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen on Saturday, March 16. The Art Center will feature exhibitions by both artists later this year.

    For more information about classes or to register, visit quincyartcenter.org or call 217-223-5900.

    Youth Scholarships: Full youth scholarships are available to The Art Center. Contact Kayla Obert, kobert@quincyartcenter.org, with questions on how to apply.

    Team Building With QCT

    Quincy Community Theatre is now offering workshops to local businesses and community groups that are seeking opportunities for professional development.

    QCT’s team-building workshop uses theatre activities to promote communication, collaboration and creative problem solving skills among co-workers. The public speaking workshop will cover techniques for breathing, enunciation, and other skills needed when giving a speech.

    “Theatre allows for some great storytelling, but it also provides insight into valuable life skills,” says Kelsey Celek, Head of Education. “No matter what career path you’re in, there’s still use in practicing communication skills. We’re looking forward to using these theatre workshops to make these skills feel more accessible for local businesses.”

    Both workshops are 90 minutes long. Fees are $200 per workshop. For more information or to schedule a workshop, email kelsey.celek@1qct.org.

    Fine Arts & Education at the Kroc Center

    Did you know The Salvation Army Kroc Center offers the public more than just a place to work out, swim and have meetings and parties? There are Fine Arts and Education classes available all year long!

    "At The Kroc Center, the public has the opportunity to take a variety of classes in the fine arts and other community education classes," says Keith Wiemelt, Education and Fine Arts Specialist.

    This winter/spring session will offer creative sessions on topics including book folding, pebble art, painting and photography. According to Kroc Center member Debbie Holtz, “I take fine arts classes at The Kroc Center because I believe it’s very important to be both physically healthy and mentally healthy.” Holtz says that her favorite class she has taken so far was oil painting. “The instructor made the class fun and exciting,” she said. “Through praise and constructive criticism I really learned a lot and improved my artistic skills.”

    Another Kroc Center member and instructor Kate Shuker says, “I absolutely love the book folding class, it’s so therapeutic! My mother, daughter and I have gone through the course two times because it is so much fun. It gives us an outlet to get creative and a chance to bond together as a family.”

    Kroc classes don’t stop with the visual arts. Wiemelt teaches music lessons to groups and individuals. "You can learn to play the piano, guitar, ukulele, percussion, brass and woodwind instruments," he said.

    Shuker’s daughter participates in both the ukulele and piano classes. “By taking lessons, my daughter can try something new and discover what she likes or doesn’t like. Then she can use her energy to pursue the activities that pique her interest.”

    According to Shuker, “It’s great The Kroc Center offers more than just fitness classes because the fine arts, music and certification courses provide a variety of other options for its users and makes the facility feel more like a community.”

    This spring, youth ages 12 and over are welcome to join a new Beginner Dance class. “This class is a great option for anyone who is interested in auditioning for some of the upcoming shows at Quincy Community Theatre,” says Wiemelt. “Some of the upcoming musicals will require actors with talent in song and dance. This class will be a great opportunity for anyone who plans on auditioning for shows like Bye, Bye Birdie or for someone who just wants to try something new!”

    For a full list of classes and activities, call 217-222-5762 or visit krocquincy.org.

    AAUW Speaker Series

    Start 2019 off by becoming involved in an organization that has been empowering women as individuals since 1881, the Quincy branch of AAUW! Formally known as the American Association of University Women, the group has worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families for more than 130 years. 

    The Speaker’s Series is free and open to the public. The spring 2019 programs include: March 9: Members of the Canton AAUW presenting “Women’s Suffrage: Song and Story.” April 13: Nikki Clompien, Art Teacher, presenting “Importance of Creative Arts for Women,” and "Use of Art Therapy.” May 11: Mary Lou Mclaughlin, retired Midwife/Doula Practitioner, Marriage and Family Life Consultant presenting “My Experience with Asia.”

    For more information, contact Liz Schlembach at 217-222-5295 or visit the national website at aauw.org.

    Photography for Beginners at JWCC

    John Wood Community College’s Community Based Outreach will offer photography for beginners in March at the JWCC’s Quincy campus.

    "Tips to Capture Precious Moments," will be held Tuesday and Thursday, March 19 and 21, "Editing Your Digital Photos" will be held on Monday, March 25 and "Converting Your Memories" on Wednesday, March 27. The instructor is John Gebhardt.

    For more information on these and other Community Based Outreach classes, call 217-641-4941 or visit jwcc.edu/communityed.

    Spring Classes at QCT

    Quincy Community Theatre invites students and adults to spend a few weeks exploring a theatre class this spring!

    The new spring theatre courses feature classes available for ages 3-5, grades K-12 and adults.

    Kelsey Celek, Head of Education shares, “Our classes at QCT are a great way for newcomers to learn more about the theatre or for veteran performers to take on a new skill. I’m excited about what new discoveries our students might make in our spring classes!”

    All courses are designed to give people of all experience levels a safe space to refine their acting training and technique, enhance their and public speaking skills, gain confidence, meet other creative individuals and try something new.

    View the entire class offerings online at 1qct.org. The registration deadline for all classes is Friday, Feb. 15.

    Call for Entries!

    The Quincy Art Center is calling all artists to enter the Biennial Quad-State Exhibit! This exciting exhibition is a collection of the best artwork currently produced by artists living in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri. There is $4,650 available for cash awards.

    This is a juried competition for any artist 18 years of age or older living in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa or Missouri and working in any medium. Not all artworks entered will go on to be displayed at the Art Center. The prospectus and entry details can be picked up at The Art Center or online at quincyartcenter.org/exhibitions/biennial-quad-state-exhibit/.

    The opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 7-9 pm with the awards presentation at 7:30 pm. The exhibit will be on view through Saturday, June 29 during regular gallery hours which are Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm. For more information, call 217-223-5900 or visit quincyartcenter.org.

    Made in America: Veterans Arts Program

    Area military veterans are invited to participate in Arts Quincy's Made in America: Veterans Art Program this spring!

    In 2019 the program is changing to offer more veterans the opportunity to participate in the program by offering more options for classes, concerts or other performances.

    "Arts Quincy has partnered with Quincy Art Center, Quincy Symphony Orchestra and Quincy Community Theatre to offer community veterans a wider variety of classes or performances to choose from," said Laura Sievert, Executive Director of Arts Quincy. "This will allow them to choose something that interests them and easily fits into their schedule."

    If you are a veteran or know one who should participate, contact the Arts Quincy office at 217-222-3432 for additional details.

    This program is sponsored by the Exchange Club of Quincy's Flags of Honor Program, a grant from Al Beck through the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeastern Missouri and members of Arts Quincy.

    GR-GS Meetings

    The Great River Genealogical Society will resume meetings on Thursday, Feb. 14. Join the group as they hear from Joe Newkirk and go through a photographic tour of Quebec and Montreal, Canada. The next meeting is Thursday, March 14. David Lewis will give members and guests a glimpse of Quincy’s history through the Quincy Postcard Collection. Meetings take place at 7 pm and are held at the Lutheran Church of St. John, 3340 State St. Refreshments will be served following the meeting. For more information, visit gr-gs.org.



  • February 08, 2019 3:50 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Winners of Outstanding Young Musician Title Will Be Featured

    The Quincy Symphony Orchestra will take their audience on a thrilling dramatic adventure during their “Legends & Lore,” concert on Sunday, Feb. 10. Listen closely and you’ll hear the heroic adventures and eternal spirit that fill this legendary music including Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” and “Khachaturian’s “Spartacus Suite.”

    This concert continues the QSO’s long-established tradition by featuring the winners of the 2018-19 Young Artist Competition: Richard Engel, Sydney Weiler and Meredith Spradlin. In its 64th year, the Young Artists contest provides outstanding high school musicians the opportunity to perform as a concert soloist accompanied by a symphony orchestra. Such a performance can be a springboard for a young person to choose a lifelong commitment to the arts. Both the orchestra and soloists are under the baton of Music Director Bruce Briney.

    Mr. Engel, a senior at Macomb High School, will perform the third movement of “Piano Concerto in A Minor” by Edvard Grieg.

    Miss Spradlin, a homeschooled junior, will perform the first movement of “Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major,” by Wolfgang Mozart.

    Miss Weiler, a senior at Fort Madison High School, will perform “Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major,” by Wolfgang Mozart.

    The Quincy Area Youth Orchestra will join the QSO for their performance of the “Colas Breugnon Overture.” QAYO Conductor Dr. Rich Cangro will direct the joint orchestras for this rousing music.

    “Legends & Lore” will be held at 3 pm on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Quincy Junior High School. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors available in advance or at the door or in advance at Quincy County Market, Hy-Vee and Sturhahn Jewelers. Children 18 and under are admitted free to all concerts and are encouraged to attend.


  • January 29, 2019 1:32 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Good things come in a red bag thanks to Home Delivery Services, a free program at Quincy Public Library! The program brings materials to Quincy residents who are homebound due to physical limitations or illness.


    “Home Delivery is a very personal service,” explained Jennifer Burkett, Collection and Delivery Service Specialist. “People feel they are getting a visit from a friend. They’re excited to receive new books, movies, music or magazines to enjoy.”

    Each month, QPL delivers about 3,000 items to more than 200 grateful patrons.

    “Providing library materials to homebound patrons helps them stay connected to the community,” said Bobbi Mock, QPL’s Manager of Circulation and Delivery Service. “Having these resources delivered to them allows them to stay engaged through the enjoyment of library materials. It allows them to keep as active as possible.”

    Senior citizens who read often enjoy much more than just a good story. Studies show many benefits of reading, from reducing stress and enhancing sleep to improving memory circuits and sharpening decision-making.

    Home Delivery Services are available to any patron who is unable to visit the library, either long term or for a shorter time frame due to a setback in health or mobility. Eligible participants are able to share their tastes in books, movies and music with library staff who then select materials to match these preferences to create a customized package for the reader.

    Additional services may be available for patrons with visual or physical disabilities, including Newsline, Talking Books or Radio Information Services.

    Would you or someone you know benefit from this program? Learn more by calling Val at 217-223-1309, ext. 217 or visit quincylibrary.org.

    QPL Provides Convenient Access to Materials Through Hold Lockers

    Too busy to come to Quincy Public Library? No worries, QPL has many handy ways for you to get the material you enjoy in a location that is convenient for you! The library has hold lockers located at the entrance of Iles School, the entrance of Lincoln-Douglas School, inside the café at County Market at 48th and Broadway and next to QPL’s front door. Materials can be collected from any of the lockers, any time of the day or night!

    “The goal of the program is to be a bigger part of the community,” says Ruth Cuthbertson, Marketing and Events Librarian. “We are committed to connecting the public to the library wherever they are.”

    There are two ways to arrange locker delivery. You can select your material through the library catalog at quincylibrary.org, click on “Place Hold.” This opens a dialogue box to enter your preferred pickup location. Alternativly, call the friendly library staff at 217-223-1309 to request your material and your preferred locker pick up location.

    Thousands of items are available to current QPL card holders at any location with digital material from QPL. Choose books, magazines, movies, music, TV shows, graphic novels or audiobooks from home or any other location. Items are available to be streamed or temporarily downloaded for offline use.

    To see a complete list of Quincy Public Library services and programs, including digital offerings, visit quincylibrary.org.

  • January 24, 2019 8:17 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Quincy Community Theatre celebrated volunteer achievements of the 2018 Season on Saturday, Jan. 19 with its annual QUILTA Ceremony at ONE: Special Event Venue.

    Hosted by Dan Conboy and featuring entertainment from the past and upcoming year, the ceremony recognized 24 individuals and businesses for their contributions to the theatre in 2018.

    Photo courtesy of Randy Wolfmeyer. Pictured are: (Front row, l-r) Cindy Crist, Ruth Kummerow, Caleigh Twaddle, Kelsey Pigg(Second row, l-r) Doris A. Malacarne, Bill Stalder, Crystal Perry, Helen Seaman(Third row, l-r) Carol Rankin, Natalie Clark, Lexi Mero, Rajah Maples on behalf of KHQA, Dan Conboy(Back row, l-r) James Riley, Chris Keller, Drew Quintero, and Aaron Speckhart. 

    The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the organization’s highest honor, the Enid Ireland Award, to long-time volunteer Bill Stalder. Stalder’s contributions to the theatre over the years include volunteering his time and talents as an actor, board member, usher, ticket scanner, and loyal QCT supporter. The Enid Ireland Award is presented annually to an individual who has shown outstanding dedication and service to the creation, organization, or continuation of Quincy Community Theatre.

    The Paul Denckla Technical Director’s award, honoring individuals who exemplify Denckla’s commitment to the technical aspects of the theatre, was presented to Jeanette Brickman and Carol Rankin. Throughout the year, Brickman and Rankin volunteered hundreds of hours in the Costume Department while sewing, altering, and building costumes for every production of the 2018 Season.

    The Front of House Award was presented to Cindy Crist for her countless hours of volunteer work while assisting with ushering, season ticket sales, Box Office sales, data entry, Will Call ticket distribution, scanning tickets, student matinee performances, audition check-in, as well as various tasks backstage. Every department directly benefitted from Crist’s impressive contributions throughout the season.

    Reagan Costigan, QCT’s Executive Director, presented the Executive Director’s Award to KHQA. A long-time Media Sponsor of the theatre, KHQA provided valuable airtime to the theatre and acted as an avid promoter for all QCT events. This support exemplifies the value KHQA places on the arts in Quincy—a support that is sincerely appreciated by QCT’s volunteers, the board of directors, and staff.

    Brandon Thomsen, QCT’s Artistic Director, presented the Artistic Director’s Award to Dan Conboy for his commitment to the financial support of artistic excellence and for his volunteer efforts as an actor and stage manager.

    Performance awards, voted upon by QCT’s audiences, were presented to 10 individuals. Winners for an outstanding performance in a play were:

    ·         Luke Lawson, for IS HE DEAD?

    ·         Kelsey Pigg, for IS HE DEAD?

    ·         Jennifer Shostak-Fray, for GOOD PEOPLE

    ·         Doris A. Malacarne, for GOOD PEOPLE

    ·         James Riley, for GOOD PEOPLE

    Winners for an outstanding performance in a musical were:

    ·         Aaron Speckhart, for BIG FISH

    ·         Julie Ginos, for MAMMA MIA!

    ·         Madison Palmer, for MAMMA MIA!

    ·         Crystal Perry, for MAMMA MIA!

    ·         Drew Quintero, for ELF: THE MUSICAL

    The Ghost Light Award was presented to Chris Keller, Ruth Kummerow, and James Riley. The Ghost Light Award, nominated by cast and crew, is given to those who demonstrate effort that goes above and beyond cast or crew expectations, a willingness to help others for the success of the entire show, and ingenuity in problem-solving.

    Also presented were The Burning Flame Awards, given to Helen Seaman (ANNE OF GREEN GABLES), Lexi Mero (ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE’S “WE ARE IN A PLAY”), Kayla Hinton (IMPRESSIONS OF YESTERDAY), and Caleigh Twaddle (THE WITCHES) for outstanding effort and leadership in a student production. The highest honor given to a student theatre participant, the “Rosie” Award, was presented to Natalie Clark—a high school student who displayed the dedication and volunteer services exemplified by the late Rose Lacquement, a long-time QCT volunteer.

    The 2018 QUILTA Ceremony was sponsored by Continental Cement and Green America Recycling. Photos of the 2018 Season are provided courtesy of Chet Coonrod of Coonrod Photography.

    QCT is always looking for volunteers to work in the costume department, technical department, box office, and for shows as ushers and ticket scanners. Individuals interested in volunteering or auditioning for the 2019 Season can contact the QCT Box Office at (217) 222-3209, check online at 1qct.org, or email qct@1qct.org

    About Quincy Community Theatre

    Quincy Community Theatre (QCT) is a major theatrical resource for the Tri-State area, offering five major productions, three student productions, various touring performances, and a variety of workshops and classes each year. Showcasing local performers from the entire Tri-State Region since 1923, QCT uses the combined talents and resources of the community to celebrate, promote, and perform the dramatic arts in its first-rate facility. Quincy Community Theatre is a member of the Quincy Society of Fine Arts, the Illinois Theatre Association, the American Association of Community Theatre, and Arts Alliance Illinois. QCT programming is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. The 2019 Season is sponsored by Gardner Denver. QCT’s 2019 Media Sponsors are STARadio, Spectrum Reach, WGEM, Herald-Whig, and KHQA. For information about upcoming shows and classes or to purchase tickets, please visit www.1qct.org or call the Box Office at 217.222.3209.

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