Reservations are required and limited to
approximately 50 people. The Palms Grill Café will feature a set of
dinner specials, including homemade desserts for each program. Phone
217-648-5077 to make a reservation for any of the scheduled Dinner
24, 2014 – Pontiacs in Pontiac
In August of
2010 Tim Dye, an avowed Pontiac car enthusiast, pulled off
Interstate 55 into Pontiac, Illinois because he was intrigued by the
community’s name. Join Tim and his wife Penny as they tell the story
of how the Pontiac-Oakland Museum & Resource Center ended up being
established just up Rt. 66 from us shortly after Tim made that
fateful pitstop in Pontiac.
November 7, 2014 – How Homing Pigeons Helped Win the War
Tammy Hanley of Peoria loves to talk about the
role homing pigeons played in World War II. She’ll quickly inform
you that there were 56,000 pigeons trained - and 32,000 used - in
combat during that conflict. Dressed in the uniform of a Women’s
Army Corps enlistee, and featuring several of her live pigeons in
World War II-era harness, Tammy will present a program on how
carrier pigeons carried vital messages between Allied troops and
ultimately helped us win World War II.
November 21, 2014 – Rt. 66 in Illinois
Joe Sonderman and Cheryl Eichar Jett will be on hand for a slide
show presentation and stories about America’s Mother Road from its
Chicago roots to the Mississippi River, including our own Atlanta.
Sonderman and Jett are experienced authors and historians who have
19 books to their credit, many on Route 66. The past year was a
labor of love as they explored the back roads of Route 66 in
Illinois. They collected thousands of photographs along the way,
selecting about 200 of their favorites for their newest book about
the Mother Road.
December 5, 2014 – Producing the Movie: “Dead Draw”
Throughout a terribly cold night
this past January, the Atlanta National Bank provided the locale for
filming several scenes in the new independent movie "Dead Draw". Dan
Kolen, one of the film’s producers, will be on hand to describe this
character-driven crime story about a band of brothers involved in a
bank heist that goes terribly wrong – and what exactly is involved
in being a producer. Over the past six years, Dan has worked in
production on narrative features, long-form documentaries, reality
TV casting, and political advertisements.
The first showing of “Dead
Draw” is planned at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival.
Friday, December 19,
2014 – The Old House Society Warehouse Story
Need a glass lampshade from the
1920s? Or how about circa 1890 hinge? Or some wooden baseboard that
matches what’s in your 1908 house? Your go-to person is Laura
Walden, manager of the Warehouse for Bloomington’s Old House Society
- a non-profit organization that deals with old houses, salvaging
materials, historical information, and preserving old homes.. Come
meet Laura as she shares stories about what has to be one of the
more unique jobs in our area.
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Friday, January 23, 2015 – Leave the Driving to Us!
The Greyhound Scenicruiser is
undoubtedly the most recognized bus ever built in the U.S.
Introduced by the GM Corporation during 1954-56, its popularity,
even today, is almost cult-like. It made such an indelible
impression on Americans in the fifties and sixties, that every other
bus was looked on as, well…just a bus. Tom Martin, of Peoria, owns
and restores Scenicruisers – and since The Grill was a Greyhound
stop back in the day, who better to join us for an evening to
celebrate and tell the story of this famous mode of transportation.
February 6, 2015 – The Mystery of Joe & Verna Rehrman: The Bucket of
Sometime in the early afternoon on
Tuesday, April 2, 1935 a murder/suicide happened involving Joseph
and Verna Rehrman, owners of the Popular Inn, a roadhouse located on
Rt. 66 just north of Atlanta. The mystery of exactly what transpired
that fateful day will be recounted in a new narrative written by
Terri Ryburn, based upon research conducted by the Atlanta Museum
and the Atlanta Historic Commission – including new research
conducted since last year. Come learn about this tragedy as we
examine the mystery of The Bucket of Blood. This program is being
brought back by popular demand after its original presentation last
February 13, 2015 – J.K. Williams Distilling: Craftsmanship –
Passion - Flavor
The descendants of
Prohibition-era, bootleg whiskey-making master, J.K. Williams, felt
a certain responsibility to bring craft whiskey and bourbon-making
back to the Peoria area. Their great-great-grandpa was a family man
with an extraordinary work ethic and an undeniable talent for making
some of the best whiskey of his time. Join us as members of the
Williams family share the story of how they opened their East
Peorial-based distillery business in 2013. We’ll taste test some of
their products and the evening’s menu will feature slices of Whiskey
Apple Pie. Cheers!
Friday, February 20,
2015 – Circulating Design
For over a hundred years the
city of Atlanta has enjoyed a unique Library environment. Travel
back as we take an in-depth look at how the Library has changed and
developed over the years. From its humble beginnings as a few
shelves stored at the newspaper office to a collection of over 9,000
books housed in the state's only octagonal library, we will examine
our small-town’s dedication to maintaining this center of knowledge
and expanded horizons. Join us as we delve into the history of the
Atlanta Library and get a glimpse of its possible future.
[Bill Thomas, Atlanta Public Library]