Boone County Historical Museum hosts Shindig June 5

Boone County Historical Museum will host its Museum Shindig on Saturday, June 5, at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

The Shindig is a fund-raiser for the historical museum located in downtown Belvidere. The event features a buffet dinner, cash bar, 50-50 raffle, live auction and entertainment from one of the most versatile musical groups in the Midwest–New Odyssey.

New Odyssey, made up of Gary Todd, Michael Jay and Gary Polkow, have provided funny, off-the-wall family entertainment for more than 20 years. They play musical arrangements from Beethoven to patriotic to rock ‘n’ roll, using 30 instruments.

Jim and Marilyn Turner of Belvidere saw New Odyssey through a friend, then booked them for their 50th wedding anniversary party.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Marilyn said. “They play a little bit of everything. They’re so talented. They have a lot of comedy and are truly outstanding.”

The fund-raiser will be held from 4:30 to 11 p.m. The 5 B’s will cater the dinner, which is set for 5:30 p.m. The entertainment will begin at 7 p.m.

There will also be a live auction of items such as a week’s use of an Arizona condo, a Canadian fishing trip for two, a plane ride, one-year membership to Timber Point golf course, a recycled metal sculpture, a horse-drawn hayride and wiener roast for 14 and a boat cruise around Lake Geneva, Wis., for six.

Tickets are $35 and are tax deductible. Call the museum for ticket information at 544-8391.

The Shindig is the second major fund-raiser in the last year for the museum, located at 311 Whitney Blvd. The other event was the Judi Ford welcome home dinner last fall.

“The museum has historical importance in our community,” said Teri Keegan, event chairman and board member. “It tells where we have come from and where we are going, and our museum has a slot to offer for Boone County.”

However, that doesn’t come without costs. While the museum houses many unique items, such as a two-story original log cabin, a rare Civil War cannon and the first car made at the Chrysler Assembly Plant, the need for expansion is evident.

“Funds to realize that goal are primary concerns,” Keegan said. “However, at this time, money for operating expenses has become our first priority.”

Keegan said she is impressed how well the community has come together in support of the museum’s fund-raiser. And no one will leave disappointed with New Odyssey.

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