Carbondale Bar 2 Bar Putt-putt Golf Classic 2017: A Cinderella Story

Venues & Businesses
Carbondale Main Street
Cellar, The
Global Gourmet
Hangar 9
Italian Village
Key West Bar and Grill
Pinch Penny Pub
Tres Hombres
Underground Barrel Room and Grill

Who: Carbondale Main Street and Saint Francis Community Animal Rescue and Education
What: Carbondale Classic Bar 2 Bar Putt-putt Golf Tournament
When: 2017-03-25
On Saturday, March 25, the annual Carbondale Bar 2 Bar Putt-putt Golf Classic will pit teams of four
Jennifer “Jay” Bull
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On Saturday, March 25, the annual Carbondale Bar 2 Bar Putt-putt Golf Classic will pit teams of four against each other while they tour the city’s participating bars and restaurants. Each venue will set up a separate putt-putt hole on the event’s multi-venue course.

“The Carbondale Classic is a great event,” Meghan Cole, executive director of Carbondale Main Street, told Nightlife. “It’s a fun adult activity. We have a putt-putt course set up in [local] Carbondale at ten different holes. We are in our eighth year, so it’s become a favorite Carbondale event. People come back for it, but also the locals really enjoy it. We get people from college age to residents of all ages.”

The registration deadline for tournament participation passed on March 20. But there’s no reason that members of the public can’t come out to cheer on all the friends they have in the tournament, and even serve as their “caddies” (designated drivers).

All teams will meet the day of the event at the Carbondale Main Street office at 9 a.m. They will then head out to challenge themselves at putt-putt holes at the Cellar, the Elks Club, Global Gourmet, the Hangar 9, Italian Village, Key West Bar and Grill, Pinch Penny Pub, Traxx, Tres Hombres, and the Underground Barrel Room and Grill.

Teams have until 5 p.m. to complete as much of the course as they can. Many of them dress up in uniforms or custom T-shirts for the event.

“Whether you are good at golf or not good at golf, you can enjoy this event,” Cole said. “It exposes people to a lot of our [local] businesses. You get to go to a lot of different putt-putt holes at the different establishments and you see things you like in Carbondale in a very different way.”

Winners will receive cash prizes for the first three places ($500, $300, and $200 respectively), gift certificates, bragging rights, and a lot of fun. All participants get commemorative T-shirts and must be twenty-one or older. “Caddies” (designated drivers) will receive Carbondale Classic golf visors and goodies. Registration-fee proceeds will benefit Carbondale Main Street and Saint Francis Community Animal Rescue and Education.

For more information, call (618) 529-8040 or visit <>.

who: Carbondale Main Street and Saint Francis Community Animal Rescue and Education

what: Carbondale Classic Bar 2 Bar Putt-putt Golf Tournament

where: Cellar, Elks Club, Global Gourmet, Hangar 9, Italian Village, Key West Bar and Grill, Pinch Penny Pub, Traxx, Tres Hombres, Underground Barrel Room and Grill

when: Saturday, March 25

American Civil Liberties Union: A Benefit to Protect Our Rights

Pictured: Josh Murphy of the Holy Vedas.
Jennifer “Jay” Bull
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Rock Against Fascism, a benefit for the American Civil Liberties Union, will be held Saturday, March 11 at the Hangar 9.

“Most importantly, this is a good time for a good cause,” organizer Howard Steeley told Nightlife. “The live music ranges from rock to folk to electronic to warmly but truly alternative.”

Acts will include Josh Murphy’s new band the Holy Vedas, ambient alternative group the Cave Futures, Jesa Dior, Diamond Soul, and Jenny and the Housewives.

In addition to great music, the event will boast a silent auction of work by local artists and goods and services from local merchants. Proceeds from the $5 cover charge and silent auction will benefit the ACLU, and Steeley said that anyone who comes is welcome to donate more at the door.

Those who attend will also get an opportunity to learn about the ACLU’s ongoing conflicts with the Trump administration.

“We will have speakers from the community talking about how the White House’s orders and actions affect us all directly,” Steeley said. “The ACLU is the front line against tyranny and fascism. I can’t count the lawsuits they’ve filed in the last month against the Trump administration, and justly so. From immigrants to LGBTQ [people] to Muslims to school children to people of color to the environment, we, as a nation, are being stripped of our civil rights.”

Indeed, when Trump’s ban on people travelling from seven Muslim-majority countries to the United States went into effect, the ACLU had lawyers in airports helping unjustly detained people. Courts eventually struck down the ban. On Monday, Trump issued a new executive order to restrict travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim nations, but it failed to alleviate the ACLU’s concerns. The response of ACLU legal director David Cole: “President Trump, we’ll see you in court.”

“My hope is that if this event does anything, it inspires people to take action in their own way,” Steeley said. “There are many worthy organizations in need of funding, many people in need of help. Trump is doing something I’m sure he never thought he’d do. He is bringing people together. Bigly.”

For more information, search for the event on Facebook.

who: American Civil Liberties Union

what: Rock Against Fascism benefit w/ Holy Vedas / Cave Futures / Jesa Dior / Diamond Soul / Jenny and the Housewives

where: Hangar 9

when: Saturday, March 11

Women’s Center's A Taste of Chocolate 2017: Delicious Support for the Women’s Center

The hugely popular, annual A Taste of Chocolate will benefit the Women’s Center Friday, February 3 a
Jennifer “Jay” Bull
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The hugely popular, annual A Taste of Chocolate will benefit the Women’s Center Friday, February 3 at 6 p.m. at the Carbondale Civic Center.

The Women’s Center provides shelter, advocacy services, and counseling for sexual-assault survivors and those escaping abusive situations. In addition, it offers violence-prevention education programs to the community.

A Taste of Chocolate tickets are $35, which includes sweet and savory chocolate tastings from a variety of food vendors.

“The food is really phenomenal and everyone always raves about how amazing it is,” Lindsay Stockhecke, development specialist for the Women’s Center, told Nightlife.

In addition to chocolate, the event also has both silent and live auctions, with proceeds benefitting the Women’s Center. As many as two-hundred items will vary in starting price from $5 to several hundred dollars.

Between the nightmare of Gov. Bruce Rauner holding the Illinois budget hostage, the nightmare that is President Donald Trump, and Republicans everywhere threatening to defund services for women or the needy, fundraising for the Women’s Center is more important than ever.

“With the current [presidential] administration— in the next forty-five days they said they are going to release proposed cuts specifically for services for violence against women,” Stockhecke said.

On January 19, The Hill reported that Trump is considering the elimination of Violence Against Women Act grants.

“We are definitely concerned and we are trying to supplement some of those cuts— both state and federal— and events, fundraising, and donors make a huge difference for us,” Stockhecke said. “Last year we had over four-hundred attendees and raised over $35,000 for the center. We are hoping to top that again this year, because we continue every year to see an increase [in revenue from the Taste of Chocolate], so we are hoping to do that again this year.”

This fundraiser, however, is not only hugely popular because of the cause it supports, but because of the obvious— chocolate.

“The food is a big selling point,” Stockhecke said. “People come and they eat and they shop and we have tons of volunteers that make it run really smoothly. We’ve had this event for over fifteen years, and it’s become something people really look forward to. It’s low-stress, it’s casual, the people that come are in a great mood. Every year it’s been a great event. People know to look forward to great auction items, great food, and a smooth evening.”

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Women’s Center.

“If we don’t sell out, there will be tickets at the door, but typically we do [sell out] and this event is really popular,” Stockhecke said. “We encourage everyone to get tickets ahead of time. We’re also accepting donations for the auction, so if anyone has duplicate Christmas gifts, or a gift card they won’t use, or love creating themed baskets, we’re really excited about highlighting the businesses in the area and including everyone that wants to be included in the auction.”

For more information about the Women’s Center or to purchase Taste of Chocolate tickets, visit <>. Those who cannot attend the Taste can donate financially through PayPal or Facebook, or consider serving as Women’s Center volunteers.

who: Women’s Center

what: A Taste of Chocolate (benefit, banquet)

where: Carbondale Civic Center


when: Friday, February 3

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