- Illinois Great Rivers Conference
- Connectional Ministries
- Camping & Retreat Ministries
- 2017 Solar Eclipse Festival
Native American Indian Festival During Solar Eclipse Weekend
Little Grassy United Methodist Camp (LGC), 8 miles south of Carbondale, Illinois, is located very near the center line of the total solar eclipse that will be over southern Illinois August 21, 2017. In celebration of this event, LGC is hosting a Native American Indian Festival that weekend. Starting at noon on Saturday, August 19th and continuing till about 11 am Monday, August 21, there will be Native American Indian ceremonies of both traditional and religious nature. There will be drums, flute players, storytellers, a spirit fire, free crafts for the kids, and a Native American craft fair. Some of these ceremonies have been performed for centuries surrounding celestial events such as this eclipse. At times there will be two different stages going at the same time with varying experiences.
The event takes place Saturday, August 19th, noon to dark, Sunday, August 20th, 9 am to dark, and Monday, August 21st, 8 am to 11am. Single day tickets for adults are $20; children ages 5 – 10 are $10, children under 5 are free. Weekend passes are $45 for adults and $20 for children. Those purchasing Monday tickets and weekend passes will be given free eclipse viewing glasses. Limited tent camping is available for those purchasing weekend passes on a first-come-first-serve basis. The festival will take place on the northside of our camp, 189 Campground Road, Makanda, IL 62958.
To purchase tickets for the festival, go to www.igrc.org/Festival or go to www.littlegrassycamp.org and follow the links. To make arrangements for tent camping, call the camp office at 618-457-6030 between 9:30 am & noon, Monday through Friday.
If you are not interested in the festival but still want to come and observe the eclipse, space is available on the southside of camp. There will be plenty of space to set up chairs or spread out a blanket. Registration to view the eclipse is required by August 7, 2017. The $15.00 fee includes parking, a box lunch, and viewing glasses. To sign up for this option, again go to www.littlegrassycamp.org.
Illinois Great Rivers Conference pastors who are involved in the planning of the festival itself include Rev. Danira Para, pastor of Dayspring UMC in Peoria, retired pastors Rev. Ken Hayden, Rev. Danny Lybarger, and Rev. Gary Billiot.
LGC is also looking for volunteers for the weekend. We can use individuals or high school youth and adult groups. We will provide rustic cabin type housing for these volunteers. This will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Call the camp office for information.