Annual Meeting for Friends of Rocky Glen

2018 Annual Board & Membership Meeting

Our annual board meeting will be held on Saturday, January 13th, at 1:30 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Peoria Public Library Main Library, Lower Level, Classroom A.  The meeting will include the annual election of officers, treasurer’s report, web site updates, trail implementation, trail signage update, restoration work, and the Friends of Horseshoe Bottoms.  All are welcome to attend.

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Join us Thursday Night for our Art Auction at Sky Harbor

We can’t wait for you to see our art collection this year! It’s all on silent auction Thursday, November 20, from 5-9PM at Sky Harbor Steakhouse, 1321 N. Park Road, West Peoria. Sky Harbor is also hosting its annual wine and craft beer tasting, with the full menu available and the acoustic stylings of David Berchtold beginning at 6PM.

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Mark Your Calendar: Our Art Auction is Thursday, November 20

We’re hosting another silent art auction in conjunction with Sky Harbor’s annual wine tasting event. We’ll be taking bids on a variety of framed pieces, sculptures, artisan crafts, and even theater tickets. We’ll close bidding around 8:30 and announce the winners. Come by and bid or stay for the whole evening. Sky Habor’s full menu will be available.

Hope you can join us and help raise funds for the parking lot and trails needed to open Rocky Glen to the public.

Special Mushroom Hike, Saturday at 2PM

On Saturday, October 25, we’ll hike the glen with mushroom expert Sam Landes from 2:00-4:30 pm, meeting at Jimmy’s Bar (located at 2801 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) and carpooling from there.

Sam visited Rocky Glen during our all-day celebration at Jimmy’s last July. On that hike he found dozens of mushroom species. We learned he was coming back to Peoria to do a Sunday program at Forest Park Nature Center. We knew then we wanted the opportunity to hike the glen with him and explore yet another aspect of its amazing biodiversity.Oyster-Mushrooms

This hike will go up the steep trail to the top of the bluff and visit the moss-covered outcrops and hill prairies above the glen. It will be a moderately strenuous off-trail hike of 3 miles or more. Long pants and sturdy shoes are recommended.

Please join us.

Call for Donations for Rocky Glen Art Auction at Sky Harbor Steakhouse

ART DONATIONS,

Please

ROCKY GLEN ART AUCTION

Friends of Rocky Glen is seeking art donations to help fund parking improvements at Rocky Glen Park, 125 acres of Peoria Park District owned natural are along Kickapoo Creek Road in West Peoria. Rocky Glen contains a box canyon with 70 foot exposed sandstone walls, hundreds of carvings on some of the walls, plus two seasonal waterfalls. There is currently no public parking available at Rocky Glen.

The Art Auction will be held Thursday, November 20, at Sky Harbor Steakhouse from 5 pm until 9 pm in conjunction with a wine tasting. All available art pieces will be displayed several weeks prior. Last year was popular with over a hundred participants and generated over a $1000 toward our goal.

FORG is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, 501-3-C, formally organized in 2011. Some of the art donation pieces may be photographed and digitally displayed on our website, www.friendsofrockyglen.org. Working with the property owners, Peoria Park District, we lead free monthly guided hikes. Please contact us thru any of our Board of Directors or if you wish by our website Www.friendsofrockyglen.org, or by calling / text President David Pittman at 309-573-2354.

Donors are encouraged to place a MINIMUM PRICE on their item. If bidding fails to reach the minimum, the donation will be returned. A brief description of each piece and background on the artist, if available, will be very welcome and displayed with the art. Some of the art donation pieces may be photographed and digitally displayed on our website, www.friendsofrockyglen.org. Federal Tax donation receipts will be available from FORG.

FORG is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, 501-3-C, formally organized in 2011. Working with the property owners, Peoria Park District, we lead free monthly guided hikes and fundraise for parking improvements. Please visit the website www.friendsofrockyglen.org, for a schedule of hikes and in depth botanical, geological and historical stories of Rocky Glen Park. Formore information please contact David Pittman President, at dvdpttmn@aol.com, 573-2394 text or voice.

July 19th Fundraiser at Jimmy’s – Free Food and Hiking

FRIENDS OF ROCKY GLEN

An Illinois not-for-profit corporation

2422 W. Moss, West Peoria, IL. 61604 309/676-5237

http://www.FriendsOfRockyGlen.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 For more information: Dave Pittman, 309/676-5237 or cell: 309/573-2354

e-mail: DvdPttmn@aol.com

Friends of Rocky Glen is sponsoring an all-day celebration to highlight our newest local park, Rocky Glen, and raise funds for a parking lot, trails and interpretive signage. On Saturday, July 19, Friends of Rocky Glen will be at Jimmy’s Bar, 2801 West Farmington Road in West Peoria from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM for hikes, breakfast, lunch and live music.

The event celebrates Rocky Glen, a box canyon with 80-foot sandstone walls covered with carvings, seasonal waterfalls, rare plant communities and a rich history of coal mining, labor organizing and outdoor recreation.

The first hike into Rocky Glen will leave at 9:00 AM, with additional hikes throughout the day. Hikers will travel to the glen by shuttle van and make a round-trip hike of approximately 1.5 miles over rough terrain. Guides will provide details on Rocky Glen’s geology, ecology and human history. Long pants and hiking footwear recommended. No pets please. The last hike into the glen will leave Jimmy’s at 4:00 PM.

At Jimmy’s, a pancake and sausage breakfast will run from 10:00-11:00AM, followed by a hot dog lunch and ice cream.

Live music will begin at 4 pm with TnT & Friends followed by Two Feet That Way at 6 pmy, ending at 8:00 pm.

Thanks to the generosity of Jimmy’s Bar, Raber Meat Packing, The Spotted Cow, Left Hand Brewing Company, Friends of Rocky Glen board members, the bands
TnT & Friends and Two Feet That Way, all proceeds from the event will go directly toward the parking lot, trails and signage. Friends of Rocky Glen is also proud to announce that funds raised at the event will be matched by Forest Park Foundation as part of a $25,000 challenge grant. The first $5,000 has already been raised, so Friends of Rocky Glen is hoping to bring that total to $10,000 this July.

New tie-dyed t-shirts, the book Horseshoe Bottoms, and Friends of Rocky Glen memberships will be available. In addition, there will be a 50-50 raffle at $1 per ticket, 6 tickets for $5, and 15 tickets for $10. One winner will be drawn for half the total collected, with the winner not required to be present to win.

Rocky Glen came into public ownership in December 2012 when it was purchased using previously set aside natural areas funding. The property was transferred to the Peoria Park District in December 2013. Currently Rocky Glen is only accessible on Friends of Rocky Glen monthly hikes and during other approved events. Friends of Rocky Glen is a non-profit group dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Rocky Glen.

More information is available on the Facebook page for the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/381942218608559/

Dog Day Fundraiser

FRIENDS OF ROCKY GLEN

An Illinois not-for-profit corporation

2422 W. Moss, West Peoria, IL. 61604 309/676-5237

http://www.FriendsOfRockyGlen.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information: Dave Pittman, 309/676-5237 or cell: 309/573-2354

e-mail: DvdPttmn@aol.com or

Michelle Ohl, 309/339-0347 email: mreyling@hotmail.com

Friends of Rocky Glen is sponsoring a Dog Day fund raiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 at Vicary Bottoms, an unfenced dog park near West Peoria.

Vicary Bottoms has a large meadow, woods, and a creek with a sandy beach area for dogs and people to enjoy! People can bring up to two dogs to enjoy the event.

Sandwiches, chips, cookies, water, table and chairs will be provided, along with treats for the dogs. People should bring water bowls for the dogs, and it is strongly recommended that dogs be on a leash. A $10 donation will be requested.

Directions: from the Farmington Road and Sterling intersection, head west (towards the Speedway). Go past the Speedway and turn RIGHT onto Kickapoo Creek Road. Vicary Bottoms will be on your right.

More information is available on the Facebook page for the event at https://m.facebook.com/events/257223184463518

All funds raised will go toward developing a parking lot at Rocky Glen, the Peoria Park District’s newest park on Kickapoo Creek Road. A parking lot near the Rocky Glen trailhead, will facilitate visits to Rocky Glen.

The Friends of Rocky Glen (FORG), is a non-profit group dedicated to the preservation and promotion of this 125 acre natural area that includes a box canyon with 80 foot sandstone walls covered with carvings, seasonal waterfalls, rare plant communities and a history of coal mining and early labor union organizing efforts in Peoria. — 30 —

Friends of Rocky Glen Co-sponsoring Family Fun Day June 22

FRIENDS OF ROCKY GLEN

An Illinois not-for-profit corporation

2422 W. Moss, West Peoria, IL. 61604 309/676-5237

http://www.FriendsOfRockyGlen.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information: Dave Pittman, 309/676-5237 or cell: 309/573-2354

e-mail: DvdPttmn@aol.com

The Farmington Road Entertainment District and the Friends of Rocky Glen are sponsoring FAMILY FUN DAY on Saturday, June 22, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at seven business locations along Farmington Road in Peoria and West Peoria.

The event includes:

  • A variety of items including games, food and soda, all for one $2 ticket.
  • Free guided 2-hour hikes to Rocky Glen, the area’s newest public park.
  • A 50-50 raffle to benefit the Friends of Rocky Glen.

Participating businesses will be linked by a shuttle service with a $2 ticket good for the whole day that includes games, food and soda. A separate free shuttle providing the hikes to Rocky Glen will originate and return to Jimmy’s Bar, 2801 W. Farmington Road. Other events:

  • Kartville will offer 18 holes of miniature golf.
  • Kenny’s West Side Pub will give away a free game of pool, free soda and an order of their West Side pretzels.
  • Dave’s Billiards will offer a free game of pool.
  • Crusens and Cam’s will offer various free games such as darts, pool and bag toss.
  • Jimmy’s Bar will offer a free hot dog and soda after 12:00 pm.
  • Sky Harbor Steakhouse will host a Family Bag Toss Tourney with cash prizes for the winners, and non-cash prizes. Registration begins at 10:00 am and the bags fly at 1:00 pm. The cost is $25 per team.

The Farmington Road Entertainment District is an organization of businesses from Main Street to Kickapoo Creek Road within Peoria and West Peoria striving to provide high quality entertainment for the community.

The Friends of Rocky Glen (FORG), is a non-profit group dedicated to the preservation and promotion of a 70 acre natural area that includes a box canyon with 80 foot sandstone walls covered with carvings, seasonal waterfalls, rare plant communities and a history of coal mining and early labor union organizing efforts in Peoria. Fundraising is focused on providing funds to build a parking lot near the Rocky Glen trailhead.

News media coverage is welcome.

Special Announcement – Peoria City Council Approves Purchase of Rocky Glen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 11, 2012

The group Friends of Rocky Glen wishes to thank the Peoria City Council for its favorable vote to purchase the natural area called Rocky Glen for public use. During the past two years as we worked to protect this unique property, we have been privileged to experience a broad base of support that includes Peoria local businesses, volunteer organizations, local governmental bodies and literally hundreds of private citizens from Peoria and nearby communities. It is impossible to thank everyone.

Our group would like to especially recognize the owners and staff of Jimmy’s Bar, John S Rhodell Brewery, Raber Packing Company, Left Hand Brewing, Sports Corner & Creations, the West Peoria Resident’s Association, the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club, the Global Warming Solutions Group, the Forest Park Foundation, the Peoria Park District, the City of West Peoria and the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission. We are also grateful to State Senator David Koehler and Representative Gordon for their support. The multi-faceted efforts of these  people have contributed to this success.

Friends of Rocky Glen would like to specifically thank Susan Schlupp, Peoria City staff, for her outstanding diligence in pursuing public ownership of Rocky Glen. Her efforts have been far above and beyond what anyone would expect. Peoria’s hard working employees deserve our gratitude for their every day effort. Susan has accomplished amazing work to help make this City Council vote possible.

Finally, Friends of Rocky Glens commends the Peoria City Council for its historic vote. Rocky Glen represented one of the largest privately held parcels of unique natural value in Central Illinois. Rocky Glen will provide open space for an underserved part of the city, expand outdoor education opportunities for nearby District 150 schools and safeguard a piece of Peoria history. This purchase truly serves all Peorians well.

The Friends of Rocky Glen is committed to help make this property accessible for public enjoyment. Our efforts will include fundraising for trails, a public parking lot and interpretive signs that will facilitate the use of Rocky Glen as an open classroom.  We will continue to volunteer our time to further protect and restore this unique natural area. We are committed to staying involved, because there is plenty of work yet to do. We invite everyone to visit our website, www.friendsofrockyglen.org, and get involved.

For further information please contact President David Pittman at 309-573-2354 dvdgpittman@gmail.com