• May 08, 2018 6:40 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    “Quincy is full of talented artists and performers enhancing our daily experiences with arts and culture across the city,” said Executive Director Laura Sievert. “Through the work of these dedicated and inspiring individuals and groups, the arts have become more accessible, visible, interactive and integrated into the lives of our residents and visitors.”

    Arts Quincy honored the recipients of the 2017-18 George M. Irwin and Student Art Awards at an award ceremony on Tuesday, May 8 at the Quincy Rotary Club’s Meeting at the Holiday Inn.These awards are designed to recognize the hard work and dedication of these outstanding individuals and organizations. This year, several new categories were added to recognize the many roles each person or organization plays in the promotion of the fine arts.

    Winners of the Student Art Awards are chosen by a committee based on criteria that includes academic success, community service, and extra-curricular involvement. Arts Quincy Student Art Awards: Sponsored by HOMEBANK. 

    Student Art Award Winners were presented a certificate and $200 educational fund from HOMEBANK. Pictured are (l-r) Laura Sievert, Jacob Schreake (Instrumental Music), Noah Klauser (Creative Writing), Adelle Seaman (Theatre/Performing Arts), Hannah Kasparie (Visual Arts) and Lauren Tweedell (Vocal Music). Not pictured is Taylor Kruse (Dance).

    Here are the winners of the Student Art Awards:

    Visual Arts
    Hannah Kasparie – Mendon/Unity High School: Hannah, a senior, has been enrolled in each art class at Unity High School all four years, she has participated in Art Club and is currently teaching assistant to Lexi Brumbaugh. She creates pottery, ceramics, paintings, drawings and more. Her extra-curricular activities include FFA, volleyball, basketball and softball. Hannah also helps with community events and participates in the art shows at the Quincy Art Center. Hannah is the daughter of Jason and Amanda Kasparie and has three siblings, Morgan, Caleb and Carter.

    Vocal Music
    Lauren Tweedell – Quincy Senior High School: Lauren, a junior at Quincy Senior High School, is involved in show choir, madrigal choir, concert choir, orchestra, band and is a member of the Q-City Pommers. She is also a member of the Beta Club, student council, and National Honor Society. She takes part in musicals and productions at the high school. She also participates with the Quincy Area Youth Chorus and sings at her church. Lauren is the daughter of Jeff and Sharon Tweedell and has two sisters, Taylor and Audra. 

    Instrumental Music
    Jacob Schreacke – Quincy Notre Dame High School: Jacob, a senior, plays piano, guitar and has won awards as the trumpet section leader. He plays in the youth band and during Sunday Mass and Mass at QND. He is part of the National Honor Society. His parents are Linda and Brian Schreacke.

    Theater/Performing Arts
    Adelle Seaman – Quincy Senior High School: Adelle, a senior, has performed in numerous theatrical performances during her high school career including Thoroughly Modern Millie, Heiress, Fiddler on the Roof, Cocktails with Mimi, Li’l Abner and George Washington Slept Here at Quincy Senior High School. She is involved with Quincy Community Theatre and she was cast in Suessical the Musical, Tarzan and Anne of Green Gables. She was also seen on stage in the opera Carmen with Muddy River Opera Company. She is the daughter of Nathan and Delene Seaman.

    Taylor Kruse – Quincy Senior High School: Taylor, a freshman, demonstrates academic success and plays soccer, tennis and clarinet in the band. She has been dancing since age three. She helps other dancers. She volunteers with Operation Serve and is a member of Christ Lutheran Church. She is the daughter of Darrell and Patty Kruse and has two brothers, Nick and Eric.

    Creative Writing
    Noah Klauser – Quincy Notre Dame High School: Noah, a sophomore, is involved with the high school’s Writer’s Guild, Quiz Bowl, English Club and cross country. He enjoys writing short stories and poems. He is the son of Todd and Kelly Klauser.

    Winners of the George M. Irwin Art Awards are chosen by a committee based on criteria that demonstrates impact, leadership, engagement, and innovation throughout the community.  George M Irwin Art Awards: Sponsored by WGEM, The Quincy Herald Whig and the Oakley Lindsay Foundation.

    Arts Access Leader of the Year
    Mary Griffith – WTAD & Staradio: This award is given to a person making a significant effort to increase fine arts access and connect existing programs with people in underserved parts of the community including those who are living below the poverty line, the differently-abled, military veterans, the elderly and minorities. As an arts lover, supporter and patron, Mary has a creative flair and works to clearly explain arts opportunities to her radio audience in the region on WTAD AM 930 through the Morning Show and the Mary Griffith Show at Staradio. For years, she has created a dialogue around arts programming and regularly interviews representatives from a large variety of community organizations, special events and more. The listeners get a deep description about the arts programming and are encouraged to attend. (WTAD and Staradio personalities (l-r) Steve Boll and Mary Griffith (Arts Access Leader of the Year Winner) and Laura Sievert (Arts Quincy Executive Director).

    Philanthropic Leader of the Year
    State Street Bank: This award is given to a local business or individual making a financial commitment to the arts in Adams County. State Street Bank was vital to the success of Arts Quincy’s Sponsor A Classroom Donation Drive in 2017. The program has seen a 300% increase in program requests since 2015. The bank’s generous donation of matching funds for this campaign energized community donations and the cumulative program allowed Arts Quincy to double the number of Adams County students who experienced a hands on art activity or program through the Instant Arts Classroom Funds Program in 2017/2018.

    (LEFT) Philanthropic Leader of the Year was awarded to State Street Bank. Pictured are (l-r) Ericka Snider (Marketing Manager), Mike Mahair (President) and Laura Sievert (Arts Quincy Executive Director). Not pictured is Mark Reuschel (Vice President).

    Outstanding Fine Arts Teacher of the Year
    Kelsey Celek – Quincy Community Theatre: This award is given to an educator that has made a significant contribution in any artistic discipline through outstanding educational programming and other leadership activities. Kelsey is the Head of Education/Director of Student Theatre at Quincy Community Theatre. She leads the theatre’s education department, which serves 10,000 local students every year through classes, outreach workshops and productions. In 2017, Kelsey led 17 theatre classes, an interactive version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, over 300 workshops in local schools, the world premiere of American Fairy Tales, and an American Sign Language – integrated version of Disney’s Tarzan.

    LEFT) Winning Outstanding Fine Arts Teacher of the Year is Kelsey Celek (Head of Education at Quincy Community Theatre) who is pictured with Laura Sievert (Arts Quincy Executive Director).

    Arts Volunteer of the Year
    Alta King – Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce: This award is given to a volunteer who has consistently supported the arts through a commitment of personal time, energy and devotion. Alta is the Communications Specialist at Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce. Since 2014, Alta has volunteered during Q-Fest to provide support to artists and this year she is organizing volunteers. She is a Diplomat with The District and volunteers at numerous events. She has volunteered during ArtFest at Quincy Art Center and recently became more involved with Quincy Community Theatre as a greeter, box officer, dresser and cleaner. She also has volunteered with Arts Quincy, Lincoln in the District and is involved with 100 Women Who Care, Gem City Kiwanis, Salvation Army, American Business Womens Association – Quincy Charter Chapter, GREDF’s Transition Planning Committee Secretary and more. 

    (LEFT) Winning Arts Volunteer of the Year is Alta King (Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce) who is pictured with Laura Sievert (Arts Quincy Executive Director).

    Arts Nonprofit of the Year
    Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association/Encore! Volunteer Council: This award is given to a nonprofit organization that has made a substantial impact on the cultural development of this area demonstrated through exceptional artistic achievement, outstanding programming or other leadership activities. QSOA celebrated 70 years of existence in 2017 and had a very successful season. Encore! Volunteer Council has provided ongoing support for the QSOA through volunteer and financial assistance for 60 years. The organization strives to encourage area youth to pursue their musical talents by making bi-annual donations to the Quincy Public and Parochial school’s music programs, sending students to summer music camps, and supporting the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra and Chorus. Members volunteer their time in countless ways to support the educational and artistic mission of the QSOA. Encore! Coordinates the Battle for the Baton event and the Fairytale Tea. Over $600,000 has been returned to Quincy and surrounding communities by the all-volunteer organization in support of bringing more fine music to the entire area. (ABOVE) 
    Winning the Arts Nonprofit of the Year Award include (l-r) Dr. Phyllis Robertson (Quincy Symphony Chorus Conductor), Jane Polett (Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association General Manager), Amy Walker (Youth Chorus Conductor), Stacie Spradlin (Encore! President), Sandi Terford (QSOA Marketing Coordinator), Randy McFarland (QSOA President), Clara Ehrhart (Encore! President-Elect), and Laura Sievert (Arts Quincy Executive Director).

  • May 01, 2018 4:21 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Works by John Wood Community College’s visual arts students were recently judged by Ann Miller Titus, president of the Quincy Art Center Board and fiber artist. The pieces are part of the seventh annual student “Show and Sell” spring exhibit, which is available for viewing at JWCC’s Heath Center Art Gallery through May 25. The gallery is open during the College’s normal operating hours. 

    Titus remarked on the works, “I began by looking for story. I am interested in how we communicate visually and the pieces that stood out to me suggested narratives, messages, and points of view. I found myself wishing that I could speak to each artist to discover the context for the work and to compare my perceptions with what the artists intended to communicate. I also found myself drawn to works that included a bit of surprise and a touch of the unexpected.”

    Presentations were made to the following:

    Honorable Mention, Abigail Stickling of Taylor, Mo., for Patacsil

    Honorable Mention, Jamie Sowell of Quincy, for Portrait

    Honorable Mention, Jill Thomas of Quincy, for City Life

    Honorable Mention, Emily Hedberg of Quincy, for c2

    Honorable Mention, Michelle Greusel of Quincy, for Jill

    Honor Award, Emily Hedberg, Serenity  

    Honor Award, Nevin McNally of Quincy, Benny Eating a Flower  

    Honor Award, Jill Thomas, City Flip  

    Honor Award, Aislynn Sommers of Quincy, Noah  

    Best of Show, Nevin McNally, Lordy Nordy

    The JWCC Advancement Office receives 20 percent of the proceeds from the sale to enhance the arts education program at JWCC.  The individual students receive the remainder of the proceeds. 

    The exhibit is located in the lower level of the Heath Fine Arts and Community Education Center located on the Quincy campus at 48th and Harrison.

  • April 26, 2018 10:59 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    We are just a few days away from Quincy’s annual Dogwood Festival! The theme of the weekend will celebrate the efforts of team work and collaboration throughout the community.

    Don’t miss a weekend full of special events and activities, including everyone’s favorite: the Dogwood Parade! Participants will use the theme to show how their teams make Quincy’s businesses and organizations successful.

    “The 49th annual Dogwood Parade will have 125 entries bringing to life this year’s theme: Together Everyone Achieves More #teamquincy,” says Latonya Brock, Executive Director of Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce. “Bring the whole family out! You will hear the amazing Quincy Senior High School Marching Band and others, see amazing floats, animals, classic cars and much more!”

    The parade begins at 9:20 am on Saturday, May 5 at 24th and Maine Streets. It will head west to 6th and Maine Streets.

    The festival happens downtown and is celebrated throughout the city. There is something for everyone and for every budget! Free and low-cost activities include performing arts, live music, interactive learning, gallery exhibits, hands-on art activities and everything in between!

    For a complete and updated schedule, visit

    Events include:

    Thursday, May 3:
    7 pm: Little King and Queen Pageant,
    7:30 pm: Quincy Community Theatre’s Is He Dead? (May 3-6 & 10-13),

    Friday, May 4:
    12 pm: Concert in the Plaza with Beau Becraft performing,
    6 pm: Ribbon Cutting to kick off Dogwood festival,
    6 pm: St. James Lutheran Church’s Block Party,
    7 pm: Quincy Art Center Gallery Exhibition Opening Reception,
    7 pm: John Wood Community College Spring Concert,
    7:30 pm: Quincy Community Theatre’s Is He Dead? (May 3-6 & 10-13),

    Saturday, May 5:
    7 am: Quincy Farmers Market Opens for 2018 season,
    8 am: Quincy Museum’s Yard Sale & Concessions,
    8:30 am: Breakfast on the Lawn,
    9:20 am: Dogwood Parade,
    1 pm: Washington Theater Renovation Concert Series with Jacqueline Kaufman, Kayla Obert, Rodney Hart and Ester Moore performing,
    1 pm: Quincy Preserves Spring Home Tour and Garden Party,
    2 pm: Quincy Public Library Skippyjon Jones Cinco De Mayo Party,
    3 pm: QUEST Derby in the Country:
    6 pm: Dogwood Dance,
    7:30 pm: Quincy Community Theatre’s Is He Dead? (May 3-6 & 10-13),

    Sunday, May 6:
    12 pm: Friends of the Log Cabin Village Annual Spring Open House,
    2 pm: Quincy Community Theatre’s Is He Dead? (May 3-6 & 10-13),
    2 pm: YoungLives Little Ladies Tea,
    3 pm: Quincy University’s Hawk Express Jazz Band concert, 228-5432 ext. 3159
    3 pm: Quincy Art Center: Thirsty Palettes Canvas Painting Party,
    4 pm: Stars of Tomorrow,
    5 pm: Lutheran Church of St. John’s Music Mayhem,

    Museum Tours & Exhibitions
    All Wars Museum: Tues.-Sat. 9 am – 4 pm and Sunday 1-4 pm
    Dr. Richard Eells House: Saturday, 1 – 4 pm
    Gray Gallery: Mon.-Thurs. 8 am-11 pm, Friday 8 am-4:30 pm and Sunday 5-11 pm (Student Art Exhibition)
    History Museum: Tues.-Sat. 10 am – 4 pm (World War I exhibit & more)
    John Wood Mansion: Tues.-Sat. 10 am – 4 pm
    Quincy Art Center: Mon.-Sat. 9 am – 4 pm (Framed Fidos, Flaunting Felines and Atmospheric Paintings)
    Quincy Museum: Tues. – Sun. 1 – 5 pm (Quincy at Work)
    Villa Kathrine & Visitors Center: Mon. – Sat. 9 am – 5 pm & Sunday 1 – 5 pm

    If you love being in the know of the events happening in the creative community, sign up for Arts Quincy’s Arts Blast emails and be sure to check out our calendar of events (new activities are added all the time!), the exhibition calendar and museum calendar. Learn more at

  • April 12, 2018 11:03 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Albert Beck and Bob Havens were honored by Arts Quincy during the organization’s 70th annual meeting on Wednesday, April 11 with a George M. Irwin Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Beck, an artist, poet, folk singer, creative thinker and teacher, was presented with the award for Visual Arts and Arts Education during the meeting at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. The award is in recognition of a lifetime of artistic vision and dedication to educating visual artists.

    During his 40+ year career as an educator, Beck influenced the lives of students from Culver-Stockton College, John Wood Community College and more. A Korean War veteran, Beck’s artwork and poetry has been featured in numerous galleries and museums internationally. At 87 years-old, he continues to inspire others with his wit, enthusiasm and unique perspective of the world.

    Musical legend and Quincy native, Bob Havens has also been named a recipient of a George M. Irwin Lifetime Achievement Award for Music and Performing Arts. The award is in recognition of a lifetime of vision, passion and dedication to trombone performance as well as enduring cultural contributions in the Quincy area and beyond. The award will be presented at a later date this spring.

    During the annual meeting, guests were treated with tours of Quincy Community Theatre followed by a celebration and review of the organization’s growth and success from the 2017-18 fiscal year. Retiring board members include Kellie Henke, Danielle Fleer, Lee Lindsay, Alana Flynn, Chris Daniels and Mariann Barnard. Mark McDowell is ending his term as president and Holly Cain will serve as president in the next fiscal year. New board members inducted include Chuck Scholz, Alison Shafer and Cinda McClain. Arts Quincy also announced exciting new initiatives and goals for the 2018-19 fiscal year including Philanthropic Impact Planning for partner organizations and a new program, Made in America, which is a free art course for area veterans that will begin in May at the Illinois Veterans Home.

    The Quincy Society of Fine Arts’ national award-winning programs work to expand the local economy, strengthen education and insure cost-effective arts programs and services for everyone! To donate, become a member or to learn more, please visit

    This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and from a grant from the NEA, ART WORKS Program.

  • April 05, 2018 2:20 PM | Marketing (Administrator)

    Artist, poet, folk singer, creative thinker and teacher. Congratulations Albert Beck, a recipient of a 2018 George M. Irwin Lifetime Achievement Award! 

    Professor Emeritus Al Beck taught in the Fine Arts Department of Culver-Stockton College (C-SC) from 1968 - 1996. He then served as the Artist in Residence until 2009. In addition to his work at C-SC, during his 40+ year career as an educator, Mr. Beck taught at John Wood Community College, at the primary and secondary school levels in northeastern Ohio, and served as Dean of Students for the Kansas City Arts Institute.

    He is proud of the fact that in all his years of teaching, he never gave a test. Students were responsible for assessing their work - a valuable lesson in accountability, according to one of his former students. 

    Mr. Beck served in the Korean War, has published 29 poetry books and has written on a multitude of other topics including art, education, music and history. 

    Mr. Beck is an inaugural member of the C-SC Division of Fine Arts Hall of Fame. He was recognized as one of the 2000 Outstanding Writers of the 20th century by the International Biographical Centre in England. 

    He has received numerous art awards and prizes throughout his career for clay, glass, paper casting, painting, and design. In 2004, Mr. Beck was listed in both the International Who's Who of Authors and Writers as well as the Who's Who of Poetry. In 2006, he received the Editor's Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry: International Library of Poetry; and in 2007, he received second place in the 15th Annual National Senior Poets Laureate Poetry Competition in Missouri. 

    Mr. Beck's artwork and poetry have been featured in more than 40 different galleries and museums in the United States, Japan, Canada, France, and India. At 87 years old, he continues to write and inspire others with his wit, enthusiasm, and unique perspective of the world we live in. 

    Mr. Beck was nominated by C-SC graduates Heath Richmond and Jill Arnold-Blickhan. A certificate was presented to Mr. Beck at Good Samaritan Home of Quincy, where he resides, on April 4, 2018. A trophy will be presented at the Arts Quincy's Annual Meeting on April 11, 2018 at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. The award is in recognition of a lifetime of vision, passion, and dedication to educating and inspiring visual arts.

    To view a list of previous George Irwin Award winners, click here.

  • April 05, 2018 8:14 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Times have changed.  Bell bottoms went out in the 60s.  We get our news from a variety of sources these days. And who has a land line phone anymore?

    So why would you assume that your public library is the same place you visited as a child?

    As society has changed, public libraries have also transformed to provide for the needs of their communities.  Quincy Public Library has transformed over the years to provide the services that Quincy residents want.

    Gone are the days when talkers were chastised by bun-wearing librarians hissing “Shhh!” 

    Visit Quincy Public Library now, and you’ll find a vibrant community resource with events, material, and programs for all age groups.

    Looking for a quiet place to study?  QPL has that, with meeting rooms and study rooms available for reservation.  Need wi-fi, or even a computer? Use ours!  And of course, QPL has a variety of story times to help kids enjoy books and reading.

    Can’t make it to the library?  No problem!  QPL makes it convenient with 24/7 locker delivery and digital material, available from any location, with your valid QPL card.

    These are just some of the services provided these days by Quincy Public Library.  Visit the website,, or stop in to the building at 526 Jersey to learn the full scope of programs available to you.

    QPL underwent a major expansion and remodel in 2012, which allowed the library to allocate space to popular areas and community-requested resources.

    Nationally, library usage has increased over the last few years, as people transitioned from simply transacting book checkouts to include more activities, including public use computers and study rooms.  Use of the facilities at Quincy Public follows the same trend.

    “The library is no longer defined by the number of books it has on its shelves, but rather it is now about being a living space for the users,” explained Mogens Vestergaard  in the Princh blog “Modern Libraries.”  “Today, people are more focused on learning activities and they want social interaction together with the possibility to share their knowledge with others. The library transforms in to a meeting place.”

    Libraries also help serve their communities by providing opportunities for lifelong learning.

    Study after study has shown the value of library programs in encouraging children to read.  Children who  are read to and who read start a cavalcade of positive lifetime results, from better performance in school, to higher high school graduation rates, better success in college, and greater opportunity within the workforce.

     Comedian Paula Poundstone summed it up, “The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy, and community.”

    So come on in! Check out QPL.  Get your library card and start enjoying the benefits a transformed library can bring to you.

    The mission of the Quincy Public Library is to provide its patrons with materials, facilities and programs to meet lifelong learning, cultural and recreational needs.

    For more information on library services, visit, or stop in to 526 Jersey, and let us show you around!

  • March 28, 2018 8:36 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    By Kelsey Deters

    Winter has been here for a very long time. A very VERY long time. In my personal opinion, once the soft glow of the Christmas lights fades, it’s time to say goodbye to winter. Sadly the snow, ice, and frigid temperatures tend to hang on several months past that date. But with our sudden influx of warmer temperatures, there is a feeling of hope in the air. To get us through any remaining cold and gloom, here are five things to look forward to this summer.

    5. Summer is a great time to learn something new. 

    Whether you’re a student for the other nine months of the year, or if you’ve been out of the education game for a while, summer is a great time to reignite your passion for knowledge. Grab a group of your friends and head to the Quincy Art Center to learn how to create your own pottery. Spark your imagination with a class at Quincy Community Theatre. Check out the Quincy Public Library for a new summer read, or for the dozens of programs they offer for children and adults of all ages. Your kids can explore a new hobby or potential career with John Wood Community College’s JDUB Academy. And if you’re feeling musically inclined, consider taking instrumental or vocal lessons from one of the dozens of teachers in the Quincy Area. It’s never too late to learn a new skill!   

    4. Summer is traditionally a time for Blockbuster films. 

    In 2018 movies like Avengers: Infinity Wars, Star War: Han Solo, Ocean’s Eight, and The Incredibles 2, will all compete for our attention and money. And while I am personally pumped to see each and every one of those films, I also think it is important to realize that in Quincy we are incredibly lucky because we have access to live performances as well as those on the big screen. Live theatre is a shared experience between not just the audience members, but also those creating the story onstage. This summer, Quincy Community Theatre (QCT) will bring not one, but two productions to life before your eyes.  

    Up first is Elephant and Piggie’s “We’re in a Play!” A charming musical based on the Mo Willems’ books, this show has songs about friendship, family, and ice cream. What’s not to love? The show runs June 14-17 with a sensory friendly performance of this show on Saturday, June 16. 

    And stay tuned, because July 19-22 and 26-29, audiences will be transported to Greece in the smash hit musical, Mamma Mia! This jukebox musical, that features the pop classics of ABBA, will have audiences dancing in the aisles. Grab your spandex, feather boa, your best friends and head to QCT! Tickets for Mamma Mia! go on sale to the public Monday, June 25.

    3. Traveling is a huge summer activity for many Americans. Whether that travel is international or domestic, it can get expensive quickly.

    While saving for that big adventure somewhere far away, become a tourist in your own backyard. 
    So this summer, take a day or two for a stay-cation. Check out the stunning architecture Quincy has to offer. Start your exploration with the beautiful homes on Maine Street between 14th & 24th Streets. 

    Take a walk or drive down this historic stretch of road, and stop off at the Quincy Museum. The stunning décor on the first and second floor will transport you to the past, and the dinosaurs on the third floor will take you back to the dawn of time. The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages three and up. 

    Continue your adventure at The Villa Katherine,Quincy’s very own castle. The castle, which also houses the Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, is open for self-guided tours Monday - Saturday 9 am - 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm. The river views from the inside of the castle are stunning and the Mediterranean-style architecture is a unique treasure for our Midwestern town. After you visit the castle, stop by Winking’s Market (located just a block away) to grab food, then head down to Clat Adams Park for a picnic on the waterfront. It’s hard to beat a summer sunset on the mighty Mississippi!

    2. Every other Friday throughout the summer, one of my favorite Quincy traditions happens downtown in Washington Park. 

    Blues in the District will celebrate 21 years of entertaining the community in 2018 and the crowds have only grown over the years.
     Pack your cooler, grab your lawn chair, and head to the park for a great time. Local food vendors (like The Butcher Block) traditionally set up food trucks in the park, and local businesses (like Tiramisu) often have carryout specials. Pizza and wine in the park…yes please!

    And make sure to mark your calendar for the 22nd of June, when Blues in the District will take place at the same time as Q-Fest. Head to The District to enjoy shopping the booths of local artists while still savoring the sounds of the blues. There is no shortage of Arts in Quincy, especially throughout the summer. 

    1. The smell of freshly cut grass, the sounds of friends and family gather around a picnic table, the night air that is still warm and inviting: these are just some of the things that makes small-town summers so great. 

    Growing up in Quincy, I remember spending every night running around outside with my neighborhood friends, catching lightning bugs and waiting for that first star to appear in the sky.

    Summer nights are still my favorite part of the season! Stargazing on the outskirts of town, enjoying time with my friends around a fire pit, or even a simple nighttime walk listening to the sounds of summer, still give me great joy. This summer, take time to be still and find pleasure in the world around you. It’s easy to get caught up in the routine of life and forget to see the exciting things around you in the Tri-State area. Make sure that this summer, you take advantage of everything Quincy has to offer!

    For a full list of activities including live music, hands-on arts experiences, annual festivals, plays and more, visit Arts Quincy's new calendar of events for all the latest happenings! New events are added so be sure to bookmark the page for easy access.

  • March 27, 2018 9:20 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    About 10 years ago, Bill Welch began collecting traditional woodworking hand tools so he could get back to the basics of the craft. He is able to use the best in reclaimed woods to create original stools, benches and chairs that will be enjoyed for years to come. 

    Although he has a large assortment of power tools for woodworking, he really enjoys making unique, distinctive furniture pieces and carving smaller items such as bowls, spoons and handles with hand tools.

    Some would call his furnishings a type of "live-edge furniture" which refers a popular interior design trend that creates a rustic or homestead feel in tables, chairs and other home furnishings. There are many varied techniques Welch uses in his art of free form furniture.

    Welch primarily uses the best in ring-porous woods including walnut, ash, oak or hickory. Each piece is split out of a log, known as riving, using a froe and beetle (maul). Next he uses a hatchet to get the wood to a manageable state. He then puts the piece in a shave horse, trims it with a drawknife and finishes it with a spokeshave.

    The final piece is truly a unique work of art. No two pieces are the same. Not only is the color and the grain original, but also the shape is one-of-a-kind.

    Welch believes woodworkers should pass on these types of skills to new craftsman so that the techniques will not be lost to future generations. A great way to learn from Welch or other local woodworkers is by attending a meeting of the Quincy Woodworkers Guild. The club always welcomes newcomers of any skill level to check out a meeting or join the organization. The group meets once a month at rotating locations to share their works-in-progress as well as to exchange ideas and techniques.

    For more information, including the location of the next meeting, please send an email to

  • March 07, 2018 3:18 PM | Marketing (Administrator)
    March 07, 2018 9:32 AM | Susan Deege

    A lifelong love and ability to play music has brought three members of the Quincy Concert Band’s oboe section closer together over the years. Jan Kendrick, Debbie Vonderhaar and Marianne Peters each began playing their instruments in grade school and continued through college. For nearly a decade they play together in the community wind ensemble. The women look forward to their weekly rehearsals under the baton of Dr. Trent Hollinger.

    One of their favorite pieces to practice for the upcoming spring performance, “An Illinois Bicentennial” is the classical orchestral work “Lincoln Portrait” by Aaron Copland. The work will be narrated by Mark McDonald, host and producer of Illinois Stories on PBS affiliate Network Knowledge. He will be reading excerpts of Abraham Lincoln’s great documents, including the Gettysburg Address.

    The band is made up of volunteers from around the region. Their dedication and joy of producing quality musical entertainment benefits the entire region. Don’t miss this complimentary concert on Sunday, March 11 at 2:30 pm in Morrison Theater at Quincy Junior High School. Donations are appreciated to help with the band’s expenses. Find more information about the band or learn how to join by visiting or by emailing

  • February 19, 2018 11:02 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Fifteen Quincy Senior High students have been named Illinois All-State musicians for 2018 by the Illinois Music Educator’s Association. These All-State musicians performed as members of the All-State Band, All-State Orchestra, All-State Chorus and All-State Honors Chorus in Peoria during the Illinois Music Educators Association state meeting in January. 

    Students were selected through individual state-wide auditions held in October and performances in the All-District Festival in November at Western Illinois University. More than 290 Illinois schools participated in the auditions.  Quincy Senior High has one of the highest number of students selected in the State of Illinois. Students were accompanied to Peoria by Quincy Senior High music teachers Kathi Dooley, Paul Shelor, Debbie Johnson, Gayle Tenhouse, Chris Gass and Chad Ensinger. Debbie Johnson, retiring ILMEA District IV President conducted the All-State Finale combined selection “Illinois.”

    The 2018 ILMEA All-STATERS:  

    Andrew Arnold, Tenor, is a senior and the son of Stacy Arnold and Brandt Arnold.  He is a member of the QHS Concert Orchestra, QHS Concert Choir, QHS Madrigal and QHS Show Choir.  He recently performed the role of “Marryin’ Sam” in the QHS production of “Li’l Abner.”  This marks the 3rd year that Andrew has been named an ILMEA All-Stater.  

    Eddie Binosi, Violin, is a junior and the son of Carlo Binosi and Callie Binosi.  He is a member of QHS Concert Orchestra, “WIRED” and was in pit orchestra for the QHS fall musicals “Li’l Abner” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Eddie will perform as the 2018 Quincy Symphony Orchestra Young Artist and is the QAYO Concert Master, a member of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra a member of the Varsity QHS Tennis Team.   Eddie was also a 2017 ILMEA All State musician.

    Ziven Crist, Bass, is a sophomore and the son of Michael & Cindy Crist.  He is a member of the QHS Concert Chorale and QHS Jazz Band.  This marks the first time a sophomore has been selected from Quincy Senior High as an All-Stater in Choir.

    Carson Frese, Baritone, is a senior and the son of Tom & Shante Frese.  He is a member of QHS Concert Choir and the QHS Blue Devil Varsity Basketball Team.  Carson is also a worship leader at The Crossing Church.

    Leo Lin, Cello, is a junior and is the son of Suzy Zou and Billy Lin.  He is a member of the QHS Concert Orchestra and “WIRED.”  Leo performed in the pit orchestra in QHS fall musical “Li’l Abner” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Leo was also a 2017 ILMEA All-State musician.

    Ben Makins, French Horn, is a junior, and the son of Charles & Angie Makins.  He is a member of QHS Marching Blue Devils, Concert Band, Concert Chorale, Concert Orchestra, QHS Jazz Band, Show Choir, and performed in the QHS Fall Musical, “Li’l Abner” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”   

    Calien “Mac” McPike, Percussion, is a senior and the son of Lori Vogel and C.G. McPike. He is a member of QHS Concert Band, QHS Concert Orchestra, and QHS Show Choir.  He has performed in the QHS pit orchestras and is Captain of the QHS Drumline.

    Mitchell Molidor, Tenor, is a sophomore, and the son of Danette & James Molidor.  He is a member of QHS Concert and Marching Bands, Concert Choir, QHS Varsity Singers and a member of the QHS Madrigal Choir.  Mitch performed the role of “Pappy Yokum” in the QHS Fall Musical, “Li’l Abner.”

    Dalton Moss, Viola, is a sophomore, and the son Cindy Moss and Dan Moss.  He is a member of QHS Concert Orchestra.  Dalton was a member of the pit orchestra for the QHS Fall Musical, “Li’l Abner.”

    Adelle Seaman, Alto, is a senior, and the daughter of Dr. Nathan & Delene Seaman.  She is a member of QHS Concert Orchestra, Concert Choir, QHS Varsity Singers and QHS Madrigal Choir.  Adelle performed the role “Mammy Yokum” in the QHS Fall Musical, “Li’l Abner.”

    Maggie Sparrow, Viola, is a junior and the daughter of Josh & Amanda Sparrow.  She is a member of QHS Concert Choir, “WIRED”, Concert Orchestra, QHS Show Choir and performed in the pit Orchestra of the QHS Fall Musical “Li’l Abner.” Maggie was an ILMEA All State Musician in 2017.  

    Noah Spencer, String Bass, is a junior and the son of Adair and Brian Spencer.  He is a member of the QHS Concert Orchestra and the QHS Jazz Band.  Noah performed as a member of the pit Orchestra for the QHS production of “Li’l Abner” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Noah is also involved with the Worship Team at the Crossing 929, and Quincy Area Youth Orchestra.

    Lauren Tweedell, Soprano, is a junior and the daughter of Jeff & Sharon Tweedell.  She is a member of QHS Concert and Marching Bands, Concert Choir, Concert Orchestra, QHS Show Choir and a member of the QHS Madrigal Choir.  Lauren performed in the QHS Fall Musical “Li’l Abner.” Lauren is also a Q-City Pommer, a member of All School Student Council, National Honor Society and Beta Club.

    Katie Vogler, Oboe, is a senior and the daughter of Larry and Cheryl Vogler.  She is a member of QHS Concert Band, Concert Choir, Concert Orchestra and performed in the Pit Orchestras of the QHS Fall Musical “Li’l Abner and “Fiddler on the Roof.”  Katie is also involved with National Honor Society, Beta Club, All School Student Council, Key Club, Quincy Youth Orchestra and a member of the QHS Track and Field team.  Katie was a 2017 ILMEA All State Musician.

    Dallas Will, Trombone, is a junior and the son of Thomas & Carolyn Will. He is a member of QHS Concert and Marching Bands, QHS Concert Orchestra, and QHS Jazz Band.  Dallas performed in the Pit Orchestra for “Li’l Abner” and is also a member of the Quincy Youth Orchestra. Dallas was selected to be first chair trombone in the All-State Orchestra. 

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