The 2011 version of the annual Pana Block Party will be held this evening, Thursday, May 19, from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m., in Pana’s Historic Kitchell Park. H & H Amusements will be set up and Arm Band specials will run from 6:00 to 10:00.
The evening will also feature Ryan Nicoles and the “Not of this World” band which will be live on the new Chautauqua Stage from 6:00-9:00 p.m. It is suggested everyone bring lawn chairs for a great fun evening.
Pana Days Chautauqua will begin at 1:00 p.m. Friday May 20, as the expo will open with crafts, games, flea market, displays, demos and good eats. The AARP Walgreens Wellness Tour (see separate article) will open from 1:00-7:00 p.m. Pana’s first Spring Farmers Market will feature spring crops such as Bib, Boston and Romaine lettuces, bedding plants and some early garden vegetables.
The “Free Family” Stage will feature the “Big Shake Daddy’s” Band from 7:00-9:30 p.m., presented by First National Bank of Pana and Peoples Bank and Trust. H & H Amusements will have Arm Band specials which runs from 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Pana Days will continue Saturday May 21, with a sausage gravy biscuit breakfast, 6:00-10:30 a.m. at the Masonic Temple, on Locust Street downstairs in the serving hall. The 3 on 3 Basket Ball Tournament with begin at 8:00 a.m. at the tennis courts. All of the Expo Booths with crafts, displays, demos, flea market and food begins at 9:00 a.m. The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour will resume from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
The Little Miss and Mr. Contests and Baby Contests, presented by Prairie Rose Health Care Center, Pana McDonald’s and Qik-N-Ez will be the first event to be held during Pana Days on Saturday. Babies will assemble at the Chautauqua Stage at 8:50 a.m., Little Miss contestants will assemble at 9:50 a.m., and Little Mister entries will assemble at the stage at 10:50 a.m. The children will compete for the title of “2011 Little Miss and Mr. Chili Pepper.” Winners will receive a plaque and a Pana Chamber Gift Certificate. The runners-up get a plaque and a Pana Chamber Gift Certificate. Also to be selected is a “Pepper Personality Award,” who receives a plaque and a Pana Chamber Gift Certificate.
Entry forms for the contests are now available at Pana McDonald’s, Prairie Rose Health Care Center, Pana News-Palladium and Pana Qik-N-Ez. Girls and boys from 3 to 6 years of age are invited to enter. Baby Chili Pepper entries are open to babies in three classes: 0 to 12 months; 13 to 24 months; and 25 up to 36 months. All ages are based on the date of birth on the day of the event. The entry fee is $5, payable to the Pana Chamber of Commerce. Entries in the contests have been extended to be due in to the Pana Chamber Office, Pana City Hall, by Friday May 20, at 11:00 a.m.
More Little Mister contestants are needed, it has been reported.
Also on Saturday, the Pana Lions Club will host a Butterfly Pork Chop Dinner from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Peoples Bank and Trust will provide free pony rides from 11:00-2:00 p.m. The Kiddie Tractor Pull will open registration at noon and the event will begin at 12:30 p.m. Free Salsa samples from the Chili Cook-off will be available, while they last, at 12:05 p.m.
Activities on the Chautauqua Stage will continue at Noon with the Bland Brothers and the First United Pentecostal Church Choir. At 1:00 p.m. Pana will celebrate the 100th anniversary and rededication of the Historic Pana Chautauqua Pavilion.
Speakers at the event will include Architect Charles Joseph Pell of CJP Architects, Springfield. Pell’s firm were the architects who led the reconstruction of the pavilion’s stage and back stage. The project was aided by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation dealing with historic buildings and their relationship to transportation. The Pavilion was also assisted by a local drive by Tom Phillips to rebuild the roof of the building.
Also speaking will be noted Abraham Lincoln expert, James M. Cornelius Ph. D., Curator of the Lincoln Collection in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Tom Latonis will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Rededication.
Also at 1:00 p.m., the Garden Tractor Show will begin with “Games” at 1:30 p.m. Free Chili Verde Samples from the Chili Cook-off will be available, while they last, at 1:35 p.m.
H & H Amusements will have Arm Band specials to run from 2:00-6:00 p.m. and again from 6:00-10:00 p.m.
The First Baptist Academy Senior and Junior High School Choir will be live on the Chautauqua Stage at 2:00 p.m. Free Chili Samples from the Chili Cook-off will be available, while they last, at 3:05 p.m.
At 3:00 p.m., entertainment on the stage will feature Neal Hohenstein, followed at 4:00 p.m. with Mike Hammond and the “Wolken Stix Band.” Brian Garrison and Friends will appear in the Pavilion from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Finishing the evening will be the noted Jamie Natler Band.
A traffic note to those attending: Due to the set up of Pana Days in Kitchell Park, the main entrance will be closed. Entry and exit will be from the Maple St. entrance and the Cold Springs Rd. entrance only.
For more information contact the Pana Chamber at 562-4240.