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Time to "pack up the babies and grab the old ladies and everyone go" to the lawn concert on Sunday, September 24, 4:00 p.m. at Tiskilwa's Museum on Main.

On Sunday afternoon, accomplished musician Chris Vallillo will present “Forgottonia,” his new show of songs and stories about special but sometimes overlooked parts of Illinois.

Tiskilwa Historical Society invites the community to our annual free concert. Visitors are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy an hour of homespun entertainment. In case of rain, the program will be held in the museum’s community room.

In his presentation, Chris performs music that he’s written over the past 35 years about rural Illinois. Through these songs, he has documented and preserved the heritage of northern and western Illinois, the land he lovingly calls “Forgottonia.”

The program combines music, storytelling, and historically accurate narratives, engaging the audience in a show that is both entertaining and educational. During the performance, Chris speaks of the backstories of songs that reflect and validate rural life. In his music, Chris hopes to reinforce a sense of communal worth and commitment to preserve our area’s heritage as well as advance its future.

All programs at Museum on Main are open to the public and free of charge, but free-will donations will be gratefully accepted. Immediately preceding the presentation, the board will conduct a very brief but essential annual meeting in which members present will elect 2024 board members and approve a few changes in the constitution.


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