• July 03, 2018 3:01 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Hi everybody! It's Taylor and I have officially been interning at Arts Quincy for a month now! I love the artistic opportunities I get to partake in, such as the Quincy Art Center’s Annual Member Exhibit Opening that I attended on Friday, June 29. The evening was full of fun, refreshments and incredible art created by QAC’s members. 

    In the Elizabeth M. Sinnock Gallery, QAC members presented their creative artwork. The art center welcomed Jake Schreacke on piano to accompany this exhibit. The live music made the evening even more enjoyable and helped to bring all of the artwork on display to life. At 7:30, guest artist talks were held and artists spoke about the inspiration behind their pieces and the techniques they used to execute their works of art. I found it so interesting how some artists were inspired by small things, such as a girl texting or flowers in a vase, and how others were inspired by big things, such as national parks or a black hole. No matter what the inspiration was, each work of art was beautiful and told its own story. I also appreciated the many different mediums of art that were represented at this event. There were photographs, paintings, sculptures, textiles, and more. This opening made me grateful for all of the diverse talent we have in our area and I was thrilled to be able to witness it. 

    In the Katherine Gardner Stevenson Gallery, works by Neysa McMein were displayed along with selections from the Quincy Art Center’s Permanent Collection. Singer/guitarist Kathy Brink accompanied guests as they walked through this gallery. Before viewing McMein’s pieces, there was a short autobiography posted about her. She is a true inspiration and shows that with talent and dedication, dreams can be achievable. 

    McMein was born in Quincy in 1889 and moved to New York after graduating from Quincy High School and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She went on to create magazine covers and the original Betty Crocker portrait for General Mills. She was also involved with the United State’s defense efforts during World War I and was one of three women to be appointed an honorary noncommissioned officer in the US Marine Corps. Throughout her career, she befriended many famous people such as Walt Disney and H.G. Wells. Upon her death, McMein donated her art to museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Quincy Art Center. 

    McMein’s magazine covers were beautiful and eye-catching, but one of my favorite pieces was her self-portrait which was hung next to a painting of her created by another artist. Seeing these two pictures side-by-side was quite eye-opening because her self-image came through in the painting as sad and dark while the other artist showed her in a beautiful light and used bright colors. I think this is a testament to the idea that even though it seems like you may have it all to others, you may have a different view of your own self-worth. 

    The Quincy Art Center’s Annual Member Exhibit Opening provided me with a fun and enriching evening, but it is not too late for you to have this same experience. These works of art will be on display until Friday, July 20, so be sure to see them before they are gone. The Quincy Art Center is open from 9 - 4 Monday - Saturday. For more information, please visit or call 217-223-5900. 


  • June 20, 2018 3:45 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    By Taylor Tweedell

    Hey guys! I am back with more fun-filled arts news for you! I got to talk to Camden Scifres who is the executive director of Barefoot in the Park. The play will be performed at the Lewis Street Playhouse starting tomorrow in Canton, Missouri from June 21 – June 24.

    This classic Neal Simmons comedy is the second longest running play on Broadway and is about a young, straight-laced lawyer who marries a hippie girl and together they discover the complexities of marriage. Some of the struggles they face are living on the sixth floor of a building that has no elevator, crazy neighbors, and a trying mother-in-law. The actors playing the couple’s roles are Wes and Courtney Friday. These two are actually married in real life, so they are sure to bring an authentic portrayal to the stage.

    The venue for this show is an old opera house, but it is now being used by Scifres and his co-director Zoe Gudehus to bring more theatre to the Lewis County area. By putting on this play, Gudehus and Scifres aim to provide more outlets and resources for community members and for area college students to see and work in shows.

    These two young and aspiring thespians decided to put on this show last year during their studies at Lindenwood University. They were in an acting class together and after reading the script for Barefoot in the Park, they really enjoyed the show. When considering what show would work best for the space, they remembered what they had read in class and fell in love with the idea of showing it to Lewis County.

    Without theatre opportunities in Quincy, Scifres and Gudehus would not be who they are today. Scifres said that he had never been in a show until he became involved at Quincy Community Theatre, and he immediately fell in love with performing after his first performance on that stage. “Many people do not know that they love what they love until they do it”, stated Scifres. He is seeking to offer the same opportunity that he received at QCT through this show.

    Barefoot in the Park will run from June 21 - June 23 at 7:30pm and June 23 - June 24 at 2:00 pm at the Lewis Street Playhouse in Canton, Missouri. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for ages 12 and under. The directors are very grateful to Quincy Medical Group for sponsoring this production.

  • June 19, 2018 1:32 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Guest clinician Mike Weaver returns for a week-long summer camp

    By Taylor Tweedell

    This June, Quincy will welcome the fantastic Mike Weaver to host a summer show choir and movement workshop for area students in grades 7-8 and 9-12. Weaver is a talented individual based in Chicago who works widely in conceptual and technical development with show choirs, competition programs, concerts and theatrical events.

    Weaver is no stranger to the Quincy area, having served as a guest clinician at Quincy Senior High School’s “Showcase of Excellence,” the annual show choir and jazz band festival. Weaver is excited to return to Quincy for this week-long summer workshop.

    “This workshop is for performers who want to step up their game,” says Weaver. “I have done workshops all over the country and Quincy seems to be in need of a training camp like this. The students are very talented and eager to learn. The community is a strong supporter for the arts. It’s phenomenal!” Participants will learn how to improve and build upon their acting, singing and dancing abilities.

    Weaver has made a huge impact in my life as a show choir member and performer through Showcase of Excellence workshops. Weaver has such an amazing energy when working with students! He promotes positivity within show choir groups and gives great, intentional feedback about our performance and stunned us with this ability to create moving choreography within seconds. Weaver transformed our group’s attitude towards our set of music and helped us to better display our passion for the arts as we performed. I was in awe of his talent for choreography and his ability to drastically improve our show choir within such a short time frame. Attending a week long camp with Weaver is sure to immensely impact any performer who is ready and willing to learn.

    This incredible author and award-winning director/choreographer invites students to attend and learn from him the week of June 25-29 from 12- 5 pm in the QHS Auditorium. The camp will conclude with a performance on Friday, June 29 at 6 pm. Kathi Dooley and Monica Scholz, local music professionals, encourage local students to attend. The intensive music and choreography sessions available through this program are designed to not only build greater skills and self-confidence in students, but to also promote the art of show choir in the region. The cost of the camp is $125, which includes all materials and a performance t-shirt. To sign up, click here to download the form. For more information, please call 773-383-0524 or email

    Weaver is an author and award-winning director and choreographer based in Chicago. He is nationally known as a clinician specializing in the performing arts with show choirs and has worked with many big name companies and attractions. Weaver is also the national chair for the American Choral Director’s Association.

  • June 17, 2018 8:47 AM | Marketing (Administrator)

    The Quincy Park Band will have a Father's Day concert today in Madison Park at 6:30 pm. The entire program will be to honor the fathers in the audience and in the band. The program will begin with Thomas S. Allen’s Whip and Spur Galop and end with John Phillip Sousa’s El Capitan. The band will also perform Jerry Nowak’s Portrait of the American West and Harold L. Walters’ Instant Concert featuring many favorites from classical to pop. 

    The concert will continue by paying tribute to long time park band member Dr. Lavern Wagner and the Park Band’s 70th season. Dr. Wagner composed The Quincy Park Band Plays On for the 50th anniversary of the Park Band. The concert will also contain My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Teddy Bear’s Picnic. The park band will also perform a Suite from the Broadway hit Hamilton

    Bring your father, grandfather and the whole family out to Madison Park today for the Park Band's tribute to fathers.

    Don't miss the concert on Wednesday, June 20 which will be one of the highlights of the 70th Season with the Quincy Park Band. Arts Quincy (Quincy Society of Fine Arts) will be presenting Park Band member and musical legend, Bob Havens, the George M. Irwin Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by WGEM, Herald-Whig and the Oakley-Lindsay Foundation. Conductor Emeritus, Pam Potter, will be leading the Park Band in a tribute to Bob with 76 Trombones and Bubbling Woodwinds.

    This concert is being sponsored by First Banker’s Trust and they will add to the excitement by passing out fans and bottles of water for everyone in attendance. The Park Band would like to thank First Banker’s Trust for sponsoring the annual “Big Band” concert on June 20. The concert will feature all big band music from the greats of the 30’s, 40’s, and beyond. The music from Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and others will bring Madison Park Alive. The park band will perform W.C. Handy’s St. Louis Blues as well as Dixieland Jam! featuring Basin Street Blues, Maple Leaf Rag, Tin Roof Blues, When the Saints Go Marching In and Bill Bailey. The big band fun continues with Big Band Signatures, Big Band Spectacular, and Big Band Bash

    Come out to the park for some great Big Band music this Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30 pm in Madison Park.  For a full concert schedule, please visit

  • June 12, 2018 2:56 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    By Taylor Tweedell

    Hello everybody! I had the amazing opportunity to chat with the wonderful cast of The Muddy River Opera Company’s The Magic Flute as they were rehearsing for their upcoming shows June 15 and 16. This group of people is one of the most compatible I have ever seen! They welcomed me in and everyone had something special to say about the show and the rehearsal process. This group reminded me of how important it is to do what you love and enjoy what you do, which was very refreshing. The passion that this cast shares for opera inspired me as I talked to them in their rehearsal and is sure to inspire audience members who come out to witness their talent.

    The Magic Flute is the fairytale story of Prince Tamino (Dr. Richard Leonberger of Austin State University) who must rescue Princess Pamina (Dr. Penelope Shumate of WIU). He is assisted in his quest by the bird-catcher (Dr. Steven Soebbing of JWCC) and together they undergo trials. An evil queen (Amanda Saul Ensign, WIU graduate college) introduces a good versus evil dynamic to the plot of this show, which also contains humorous and romantic elements. 

    "This opera was written by Mozart during the Enlightenment period, which is evident through the discoveries made by the prince and the bird-catcher as they experience hardships on their journey," said Director Mark Freiman.

    The Muddy River Opera Company has done several unique things with their version of this famous opera. One of the most impressive things is the makeup of their cast. This cast is a combination of professionals, children, local musicians and students. 

    "This variety helps to cultivate an environment where performers can learn from each other and grow together," Freiman said. "This show is also special because of the roles the children play in the production. There are three spirits in this show who are all played by children. These roles are often filled by women, but the Muddy River Opera seeks to involve younger generations in their shows, something that not all productions or performing groups value. A full orchestra will accompany the cast as they perform this Mozart fairytale."

    Freiman said that this show is a great one to see if you have never seen an opera before. The children in this cast add an ethereal element and are inspirational to young audience members. The story is also an easy one to follow and contains characters that are humorous and educational, making it the perfect first-opera experience!

    This opera was originally written in German, but the MROC will be performing the English translation. There is also spoken dialogue in this show—a rare thing in opera-- which allows for the performers to showcase their acting abilities and makes the story even more relatable and understandable.

    Thirty minutes before each show, Dr. Carol Mathieson will give an opera insight presentation on idealism in the Enlightenment period and explain how an opera that was written in the 18th century can still entertain audiences today.

    This is the Muddy River Opera’s third opera in the reimagining of their company. They are currently in the process of keeping opera going and loved in a changing world.

    The show will be held at the John Wood Community College’s Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium, which is an excellent venue for singing. The theatre is intimate as well, allowing cast members to move into the audience and bring viewers closer to the action. The theater is comfortable and casual and will hold performances for The Magic Flute on Friday, June 15 at 7 pm and Saturday, June 16 at 3 pm. Tickets are $20 at the door or in advance at both Quincy County Market stores. You can buy tickets online by clicking here. For more information, visit

  • June 09, 2018 2:02 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    By Taylor Tweedell

    Hey guys!

    My first arts event for the summer was with the Quincy Park Band during the Memorial Day performance, woot! Before the show my friends and I grabbed some shaved ice to cool off from the hot summer heat. It was the perfect treat to pair with the performance. Even though the evening was hot, we set up chairs and blankets in the shade. The nearby playground provided fun for younger children, and families also brought coolers and enjoyed a picnic in the park as the band played their patriotic selections.

    The QHS Show choir opened for the Park Band with fun and inspiring tunes that had the audience members singing along. After their performance, the members of the Quincy Park Band took the stage. They were clearly inspired by the holiday music they were playing, because they all dressed up in red, white, or blue patriotic attire. They played several beautiful pieces including “America Forever March” (composed in honor of Pearl Harbor), “Songs of the Great War” (displayed music’s role in WWI), “The Message of the Rock”, and “America the Beautiful”.  Many of the selections for the evening were representative of World War I in honor of the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in the war.

    My favorite moment in the concert was when the Quincy Park Band played the Armed Forces Salute to honor all active members and veterans. Each branch of the military was invited to stand when called and applause rang out through the park. A large number of veterans and servicemen and women were in attendance for the Memorial Day concert, which made this moment even more touching.

    I am a HUGE fan of all things America! Seriously, I have a 6’ by 4’ American flag hanging from my ceiling in my room here at home and in my dorm at school. This made this particular concert so enjoyable for me since it was full of patriotic music. I loved seeing so many people come to not only support the local Park Band, but to also remember all of our wonderful servicemen and women. I am so grateful for all that they have done for our country and I think it is so cool that we can thank them for their service through music, dancing, singing and art. The Quincy Park Band has several more patriotic concerts coming up, so you still have a chance to hear some inspiring American music!

    The Quincy Park Band closed their show with John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and announced that their next concert will take place this Sunday June 10 at 6:30 in Madison Park and is entitled “Spring Into Summer”. This is their 70th season of providing relaxing, enjoyable performances with their band that is made up of over 100 talented local musicians.

    Check out or the AQ magazine for details on everything Park Band and their upcoming summer schedule. In case of rain, the Quincy Park Band will hold their concerts at the Kroc Center Worship Theatre located at 405 Vermont St.

    Announcements regarding rainouts will be found on the group’s Facebook page or by calling 573-312-0637.

  • June 05, 2018 3:18 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Hi there! Thanks for checking out the Arts Quincy blogs! Here’s a little bit about me…

    My name is Taylor Tweedell and I am Arts Quincy’s intern for the summer of 2018. I was born and raised in Quincy and I am so proud to call this creative community home! I love the fact that programs such as the library’s summer reading program and QFest have been around since I was a child and are still a huge part of my life today. The arts began to impact me when I began training at Heinze Dance Academy at the age of three, and I continued dancing there until I graduated from high school. I played piano when I was younger too, but then took to the violin in the fourth grade through the Quincy Public Schools. In junior high, I joined choir and took voice lessons. I also performed in the Quincy Community Theatre’s Triple Threat Boot Camp and in several of their student theatre productions.

    In high school, I was an active member in the QHS Concert Orchestra, Concert Choir, Show Choir, musicals, New Faces productions, and was a Q-City Pommer and captain of the squad my senior year. My senior year I also volunteered with QFest and was a special maid in the Art Center’s Beaux Arts Ball. I then graduated from QHS in June of 2017 and headed to Oklahoma City University where I am currently studying dance.

    I just completed my freshman year and I have loved every minute of learning and improving upon my dancing abilities. As I grew, so did my passion for the arts and their impact on my life. This summer I am so excited to give back to some of the arts programs that have touched my life so much. I cannot wait to keep you posted on all of the inspiring and exciting adventures that I go on this summer as I dive into all of the artistic opportunities Quincy has to offer. Be sure to come up and say hi to me at any arts events you attend, I would love to get to know fellow art lovers. This summer is sure to be the best one yet!

    Get to know Taylor better…

    How many siblings do you have? … I have two younger sisters, Lauren (17) and Audra (15). They are my built-in best friends!

    What is your favorite thing to do? … I love napping, Netflix, dancing, traveling, and hanging out with friends!

    What place would you like to visit next? … I would love to go to Greece, but I also plan on studying abroad in Italy before I graduate college!

    What is your favorite Broadway show? … Right now I love Hamilton, which I saw in Chicago last summer, but I have seen Wicked many times and I absolutely love it!

    What is your favorite subject in school? … Government and History!

    What is the strangest food you ever ate? … I tried octopus recently, which is a huge milestone for me, I am such a picky eater!

    What is your favorite season? … I love spring because of rainy days and flowers!

    Who is your favorite Disney princess? … Definitely Ariel, who wouldn’t want to be a mermaid?

  • June 05, 2018 1:07 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    The Best Creative Camps in Quincy This Summer 

    This summer is an opportunity for kids of all ages to discover and develop their own interests while having fun! Summer STEAM Camps are a great option to keep your child's brain and body active throughout their summer vacation. Here is a short guide to help you pick which summer camp is the best fit for your child's, unique personality, interests and needs.

    Quincy Art Center

    Classes at Quincy Art Center is a great way to learn, express yourself, get messy while creating, and meeting new friends with the same interests! Art classes are available for every age group.  Classes include Pint-Sized Picassos, Lego World, Organic Printing, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, and more! Each class gives the student an opportunity to create beautiful pieces that will be cherished for years to come. Scholarships are awarded to students based on need. Please contact the Art Center for more information. View and register for classes at Classes begin June 10.

    Quincy Museum

    The Quincy Museum offers tours and programs for visitors and groups of all ages and sizes. Educational classes are taught by a certified instructor and include hands on activities. Classes include Growing up in the 1890s, Backyard and Ocean Animals, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Magnetism and Electricity, Native Americans, Rocks and Minerals, Weather and Wildlife. Call 217-224-7669 for more information.

    Quincy Public Library

    Kids, teens and adults can participate in free programming at Quincy Public Library throughout the year. Programs this summer coincide with the summer reading program, Reading Takes You Everywhere. Educational learning activities include: Magnificent Mondays, Story Time, All Aboard Art Crafts, Buckle Up Fridays and more. Quincy Transit Lines will give free rides to kids under 18 that are going to the library (10 and under must be accompanied by an adult). For more information and to reserve your seat, please visit

    Quincy Community Theatre

    Quincy Community Theatre’s Summer Theatre Classes are designed to mold the next generation of theatre professionals in a guided, dynamic, studio-style program that is tailored to the needs of each individual student. This summer, nine professional instructors are joining QCT’s Education Department to teach a selection of 18 new courses for adults and students. Featuring returning artists and fresh faces, QCT’s expanded teaching staff will use proven methods to offer different perspectives and professional insight for performers of all ages and experience levels. QCT’s popular Triple Threat Boot Camp will also feature the instructors with talent and experience in education, acting and music. Courses are designed to give all students a safe space to explore different topics, refine their acting training and technique, enhance their interpersonal and public speaking skills, gain confidence, meet other creative individuals and try something new! See classes and register online at or in the QCT Box Office.

    JDub Academy

    JDub Academy provides an opportunity for area children to explore how their hobbies, interests and strengths might connect with a future career. A variety of classes that might include graphic design, healthcare, engineering and photography provide students with a fun experience focused on interactive learning. John Wood Community College has been providing learning opportunities for area youth for more than 25 years. This unique program offers children hands-on academic and enrichment workshops on a college campus. All courses are designed to teach new and meaningful skills, excite students about learning and discover ways to explore future careers every summer. Register now by calling 217-641-4941! Classes begin June 11. See the full schedule at

    Quincy University's 
    Percussion Ensemble Camp

    This year's 7th annual Quincy University's Percussion Ensemble Camp will take place from June 19-21. Students in grades 7-12 will work with Quincy University's Director of Bands, Bill Machold, and Quincy Notre Dame High School's Band Director, Jill Steinkamp, during their overnight visit. Registration ends June 12 and the cost is $100 (2 nights and meals). For more information and to sign up for the camp, contact us by email at or by phone at (217) 228-5432 x3163.

    Quincy Family YMCA

    Kids attending a YMCA Summer Camp will have an action-packed summer full of friends, fulfillment and fun! Summer Camp provides an exciting, safe experience for kids to learn new skills, be creative, build self-confidence, gain independence and make lasting friendships. The 10-week-long camps start June 5 for ages 5-14 and can be on a part-time or full-time basis. A new teen cap for ages 14-17 is three weeks of non-stop adventure, team building, personal growth, learning and discovering new things. Financial assistance is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Quincy Family YMCA’s programs and services are focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Y facilities provide outlying communities including Mt. Sterling, Barry and Ursa a gathering place and recreational areas, fitness centers, sports programming and more. Learn more and register for camps and classes at

    The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Quincy

    Quincy’s Kroc Center has a wide variety of fitness and wellness activities and classes for all ages. In addition to the indoor aquatic center, game room, sports, recreation and fitness opportunities, kids can participate in various fine arts and education classes. These include book folding, bucket drumming, ukulele and guitar classes, painting, creating a comic book and more. Camp Kroc is a week-long day camp held June through July.  The center also offers numerous special events. The facility offers day passes, summer student memberships, 3-month membership, military rates, and regular memberships. For a complete listing of everything the Kroc Center offers go online to

    Create Your Own Day Camp

    If these options aren't the right fit for your child or family, Quincy offers many opportunities to take in art and culture. Plan a day to visit the local museums, galleries, historical sites and districts, play at the parks and attend free music events and festivals. There is always something to do that is free or low-cost!

    See a complete list of summer camp offerings from our partner organizations and to check the calendar of events, please visit

  • June 01, 2018 12:52 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    The 7 Best Free Events in Quincy This Week

    From outdoor concerts with local and regional musicians to literary parties and other extraordinary events, Quincy’s creative community continues to fight the ordinary. Check out these seven free events happening this week!

    Germanfest: Quincy Sister City Commission is celebrating 30 years! To commemorate the anniversary, a group of travelers from Herford, Germany will be special guests at this year's Germanfest! This free event will take place in Quincy's beautiful South Park on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 from 3-11 pm. Attendees will love dancing to German music including waltzes, polkas and foxtrots from the Heidelberg German Band who will perform Friday from 3-8 pm followed by Raised on Radio until 11 pm. On Saturday, the Waterloo German Band will start things off at 3 pm with their traditional German dress and Raised on Radio will be back to finish out the festivities. Children will be entertained with games and activities during Kinderplatz on Saturday from 3–7 pm. For more information, please visit

    Summer Reading Program: The lazy days of summer are a great time to kick back with a good book and to enjoy the many exciting programs for all ages offered during Reading Takes You Everywhere, Quincy Public Library’s summer reading program. It all kicks off on Saturday, June 2, from 9 am-12 pm at Quincy Public Library. That day you can pick up your reading logs, check out books, peruse the prize store and enjoy popcorn and soda, crafts, games and entertainment, all at no charge! The program continues through June and July and wraps up with a party on Saturday, July 28. Quincy Transit Lines will give free rides to kids under 18 that are going to the library (10 and under must be accompanied by an adult). For more information, please visit

    Quincy Teen REACH Summer Kick-Off Party: Quincy Teen REACH will hold a summer kick-off event for kids and parents on Saturday, June 2 from 2-4:30 pm, in the field next to the Fredrick Ball Community Center, located at 815 Elm St. Kids will enjoy a slip-n-slide and other attractions and parents can get information about various free and low-cost activities to get their child involved in during their summer vacation. Organizations participating include Arts Quincy, Quincy Community Theatre, Quincy Art Center, Quincy Park District, Quincy Fire Department, Quincy Police Department and others. Materials will be available which publicize the many children’s activities including junior fire and police academies, summer reading programs, art classes, theater classes, festivals, outdoor music events and more. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please email

    Lincoln-Douglas Interpretive Center: A spot along Fifth Street is where Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debated in Quincy in 1858, the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Interpretive Center is a relatively new Lincoln location within Quincy. Though Douglas had been considered by many of the time to be the winner of the seven debates, the spotlight that shone on Lincoln propelled him to the presidency, where he also battled Douglas for the presidency in 1860. Generously staffed by the Quincy Historic Business District, who partnered with the Bicentennial Commission for its creation, the Center features displays that help tell the story of the Great Debate between Lincoln and Douglas and the people of Quincy who influenced them. Visit 128 S. Fifth St. Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm or call 217-228-8696 for more information.

    Discovery Night: Go behind-the-scenes of the Lab Production of Elephant & Piggie's "We Are In A Play!" with Artistic Director, Brandon Thomsen!  On Monday, June 4 at 6 pm, go backstage to discuss the story with the staff, view show designs and renderings, see costumes and set pieces as they’re being created, and watch a portion of that evening’s closed rehearsal. Admission is free, and space is limited. Please contact the Box Office at or call 217-222-3209 (option 1) to register your party. Visit for more information.

    Driving Tours: See Quincy in a whole new way! Take one of five self-guided driving tours through Quincy including Quincy {Off the Record} The famous and infamous 13 Quincy area former residents, Architectural Driving Tour, Drive the 5 Tolton Sites, 10 Sites to See: Significant locales of the Mormon “safe harbor” era in Quincy and Stout Route 3000. For more information, please visit

    Music Under the Stars: Music Under the Stars continues its Summer Concert Series every Thursday! So grab your friends, your favorite chair and join the Mark Twain Museum for another season of free outdoor concerts on Historic Hill Street from 7-9 pm right outside Twain's Boyhood Home. Concerts will continue every Thursday evening through August 30. The line-up has something for everyone and includes jazz, blues, country, soul, rock, bluegrass, The Beatles, Southern rock, rock-n-roll and pop. Follow Music Under the Stars on Facebook for rain-out locations and for the full concert schedule or more information, please visit

    For a complete events calendar, please go to

  • May 23, 2018 1:34 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Q & A Submitted by Susan Deege

    Where were you a music educator? For how long? 

         I began teaching in Clinton, Mo in 1980 where I taught for four years, we then moved back to Hannibal to work in the family business.  I assisted with the Hannibal High marching band for several years.  I was then out of teaching for almost ten years when I got invited back to Hannibal Schools to replace a retiring band director.  I stayed in the band department until 2006 when I transitioned to the Guidance Department where I retired in 2017. I conducted the pit orchestra for the HHS musicals from 1990 - 2016, and continue to conduct shows for QCT and HLGU

    What are your favorite instruments to play? How long have you played bass? How long have you been in the QCB? 

         I have to admit my favorite instrument is timpani, followed by all the other percussion instruments, then just...everything else.

    I acquired a bass in the 1980's and played it on and off for many years until our group began playing in the summer in front of Becky's.  From there I started playing for Muddy River Opera and when Jane Polett saw me playing asked if I would join the Quincy Symphony.    I have played with the QCB for ten or so years, playing several different instruments until I asked Trent if he wanted a bass player.  His reply was a resounding Yes, so I've been on it for several years.

    Tell me about your small business and what attracted you to be involved in it?

         We own and operate Becky's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor and Emporium in the Historic District of Hannibal, Mo.  We have been in the area since 1984 when we took ownership from Sara's parents.   As Sara likes to say, "No weekends off since 1984."

    Explain how you support musicians by giving them opportunities through your business in Hannibal? (You have folks play there, correct?

         There are the Not Ever Ready for Prime Time Players; a small group of volunteers who gather in front of Becky's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor and Emporium Monday nights during the summer and play parlor music of the early 1900's.  It is purely for our enjoyment. We also support the Salvation Army when they need a brass ensemble to perform for some function in the Hannibal area.

    What groups do you play with yourself?

        Besides the Quincy Concert Band, I play with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Muddy River Opera, Salvation Army ensembles around the area, Quincy Community Theater, Hannibal LaGrange University String Orchestra, Hannibal High School Musical, Hannibal LaGrange University Musical Theater Department, Quincy Clarinet ensemble, Mark Twain Chorale, Hannibal LaGrange University Symphonic Band, and other small ensembles as needed.

    What is your most memorable experience as a musician?

         When I talk to young musicians I recall a master class/co-rehearsal with the St Louis Symphony while I was in college.  I learned so much in those two hours about musicianship and technique and it wasn't until years later that I realized that it was that experience that solidified my decision to become an educator.     

    What advice would you give an adult who has not played his or her instrument for a while?

    It's never too late to get your old instrument out, dust it off and start playing again.  We have encouraged several friends, neighbors and former students to start playing again and everyone is glad they did.

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