41st Cuba Rock-A-Thon – March 13-19th

41st ANNUAL CUBA ROCK-A-THON

MARCH 13 – 19, 2016

318 ½  HOURS OF “ROCKIN”

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Photo by Jim Richardson – http://jimrichardsonng.tumblr.com/post/114311015712/rocking-around-the-clock-at-the-rockathon-in-cuba

 

BELLEVILLE TELESCOPE

41 years and more than a half million dollars raised for community projects through the efforts of more than 12,000 hours of volunteerism.

That’s the running tally in Cuba, where the annual Rock-a-Thon kicks off Sunday for a full week of food, entertainment, and rocking the community–in rocking chairs, that is. The event runs a full seven days through Saturday night, March 19.

Last year’s 40th anniversary event raised a record-breaking $40,000 in gross receipts. The community uses the money for projects like new sidewalks, upkeep on the park and community center, and to fund other local events through the year.

Along with local and regional entertainment, the Rock-a-Thon will host several entertainers who perform across the nation:

•Sunday night comedian/ magician/mind reader Gayle Becwar will entertain Rocka-Thon crowds. Becwar has worked with numerous celebrities, and been taped for HBO and Showtime Television.

•Comedian Toby KID from Iowa who has performed 15,000 shows across the US, including appearances on Good Morning America and ESPN. He is the featured entertainer Wednesday night at 8 p.m.

•Comedy hypnotist Steve Meade from Minnesota will take the stage Thursday night at 8 p.m. Meade has traveled from coast to coast the last 20 years on his “Virtual Reality Tour”.

Other highlights include a program Sunday night by National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson “There’s no place like … Cuba”; the RCHS Forensics Squad and a 4-H Talent Show Monday night; Czech Day on Tuesday; and Newlywed Bliss on Friday, featuring local couples. Saturday night closes with an auction of donated items that last year raised more than $15,000.

Each day the Rock-aThon committee serves noon and evening meals, and a breakfast the final day on Saturday morning,March 19 at 6:30 a.m. The Cuba Rock-a-Thon is a project of the Cuba Booster Club. Different organizations and individuals volunteer time to keep rocking chairs moving throughout the day and night.

 

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SATURDAY, MARCH 12

10:00 am          Check in Crafts – All Crafters are Welcome

(Baked items can be brought in anytime during the week)

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 13 – DIGNITARIES DAY

11:00 am          Czech Music by Greg Blecha

11:00 am          Turkey and Dressing Dinner

1:00 pm            Rockers Begin, Welcome by Pres. Tom Lesovsky

Followed by Introduction of Dignitaries

1:15 pm            Republic Co. Economic Development Update, Jenny Russell

1:30 pm            Music by Ten Pieces

2:00 pm            Concordia WWII POW Camp, Mr. Rimovsky

3:00 pm            “What is it Like to Live in Prague?”, Honza Sebek,

Host parents are Ed & Dede Brokesh

3:30 pm            Merry Meadowlarks 4-H Club Program

5:00-7:00 pm    Soup and Sandwich Supper

7:00 pm            There Is No Place Like…Cuba, Jim Richardson

8:00 pm            Comedian/Magician/Mind Reader, Mr. Gayle Becwar

 

MONDAY, MARCH 14 – YOUNG AT HEART DAY

9:30 am            “Who Gets What?- Passing on Non-titled Possessions.”,

Pat Gerhard, RV Extension Agent

10:15 am          “Know the 10 Signs”, Deanna Turner, RV Extension Agent

11:00 am          Baked Steak Dinner

1:30 pm            Cards and Coffee

5:30-7:30 pm    Lasagna Supper

7:00 pm            RCHS Forensics Squad, Deb Krotz Instructor

7:30 pm            4-H County Talent Show, Saddie Sisson, Narka; Sherdahl Boosters Choir;

Riley & Courtney Moore, Dance; Lacie Duvall, Dance; Blake Aurand, Piano,

and many more!

9:00 pm            Bingo, Downstairs (everyone welcome)

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 15 – CZECH DAY

9:00 am            Blood Pressure Checks

10:00 am          “Cuba Czech News’, by Amy Hadachek & Bob Trecek

11 – 1:30 pm    Music by Salt Creek

11:00 am          Czech Dinner featuring Jaternice, Roast Pork, Kraut & Dumplings

1:30 pm            Program by Sarah  Vytlacil

3:30 pm            Music by S’s

5:30-7:30 pm    Corn Dog/Mac & Cheese (Kid’s Menu) or Czech Supper

7:00-9:00 pm    CARNIVAL NIGHT – Come One, Come All! Fun, games, prizes for everyone.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 – BUSINESS PEOPLE’S DAY

9:30 am             Sneak Peak of Past Rock-A-Thons, by Tom Skucius

11:00 am          Fried Chicken Dinner

2:00 pm            White Elephant Bingo, All ages are welcome.

5:30-7:30 pm    Businessman’s Burger Night

7:00 pm            Concordia Gymnastics – Come watch all area gymnast, Susie Krier, Instr.

8:00 pm            TOBY KID! Comedian, Clown, & Juggler. Great Show! Don’t Miss It!

9:00 pm            Let’s Play Pitch!

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 17 – GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY

9:30 am            Exercises at your Chair

11:00 am          Chicken Fried Steak Dinner

2:00 pm            Card Party, Everyone Welcome!

5:30-7:30 pm    Bierock Supper

7:30 pm            Ventriloquist Nick Levendofsky and Elmer

8:00 pm            Comedy Hypnotist Steve Meade, from Minnesota.  The best ever!

9:00 pm            Ping Pong Tourney

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 18 – T G I F DAY

9:30 am             “Gluten, It’s Not All Bad”, Gina Aurand, RV Ext Agent

10:00 am          “Hooray, Spring is in the Air” program by Crossroads Floral

11:00 am          Spaghetti Dinner or Tuna Salad Sandwich Lunch

1:30 pm            HeART of Belleville, host a “Painting Class”, contact Leslie Popelka

527-0384 to reserve your spot.  $25.00 per person, supplies included.

5:30-7:30 pm    Fish Fry

7:30 pm            Newly Wed Bliss, Local Stars – An event you must see!

8:30 pm            Karaoke by the one and only – Deb Cypansky,

Assisted by Curtis Trecek (downstairs)

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 19 – RURAL COMMUNITY DAY

6:30 am             Ag Breakfast

7:00 am             Rebecca Frerking, RP & WS Farm Bureau, and RCHS FFA

11:00 am          Smorgasbord Lunch

11:00-12:00      Check in Baking Contest Entries

12:30 pm          Baking Contest

1:00 pm            Demonstration at the Blacksmith Shop

2:00 pm            Free Roller Skating

4:00 pm            Free Drawing for 5- $20.00 Gift Cards (donated by WFLA Novy

Tabor Lodge #19)

5:00-7:00 pm    Brisket Sandwich (Baked Beans & Chips) Supper

6:30 pm            Rockers Stop

6:45 pm            Drawing for 3 Rockers

7:00 pm            Auction, conducted by Novak Bros. & Gieber

 

Anyone wanting to donate items for the auction, please contact:

Tom Lesovsky (729-3631) or Tom Skucius (729-3806)

All entertainment and menus are subject to last minute changes

                        CRAFTS AND BAKED GOODS ARE ON SALE ALL WEEK

                                    SPONSORED BY THE CUBA BOOSTER CLUB