Solar Chariot Acoustic will headline Friends fall fundraiser Sunday, October 10 

Join us for an evening of music and friendship! Lake Beach House Fundraiser 4-8 pm Sunday Oct. 10th. $10 at the door. Headlined by Josie Lowder and her trio, Solar Chariot Acoustic.

Lowder continues to honor her Central Illinois roots, but she channels musical influences from around the globe including funk, jazz, bluegrass and soul. Her lifelong musical journey includes receiving a “golden ticket” in season 12 of American Idol, and serving as a musical instructor at the Boston School of Music Arts. She is appearing with her mother, vocalist Peggy Lowder, and guitar virtuoso Nate Cozzad as part of her current musical incarnation.

A food truck will be on hand, and guests are also welcome to bring their own food and beverages. The evening will also feature a silent auction of items, including an original painting of a short-eared owl by Kevin Viera. For more information, or to donate auction items, call 217-525-1410.

The Beach House is in Center Park, 100 Long Bay Drive, north of Lindsay Bridge and south of the Henson Robinson Zoo entrance. Go East on Stevenson Drive (East Lake Shore Drive as you cross Spaulding Dam and the lake). Go past Lincoln Greens to Long Bay Drive. Turn right on Long Bay Drive; and then left at the stop sign. Center Park is on your right. If you’re coming from the west, cross Linsday Bridge and take the first left into Center Park.

Friends Launching Capital Campaign


The Friends of the Sangamon Valley has continued to grow over the past two decades. We now own 235 acres and help manage an additional 2,000 acres of natural areas. It’s a big job, and we aren’t getting any younger.

So to add a little muscle to our restoration efforts, the Friends of the Sangamon Valley is kicking off a capital campaign to raise $25,000 per year to hire one part time steward who will help maintain Friends properties and help complete work required by grants.

The Friends will continue to seek grants and other income to help us fund this position and we’ll keep you up to date on our progress. However, the goal will be much easier to attain with your help. You can read the letter from Friends Board President Bill Crook to our supporters here.

Please consider making a donation to our Stewardship Campaign to help us reach our goal of a sustainable stewardship program.

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