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Teaming up to support culture in Dixon

Published: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST
Mathias Smith performs during a Second Saturdays Art Happening in downtown Dixon. Photo submitted.

DIXON – There’s an intermingling of cultural like minds in the Sauk Valley. 

Two Dixon small businesses, Distinctive Gardens and Trein’s Jewelry, and nonprofit organization, Rosbrook Studio Co-op, teamed up to raise money and awareness of culture in the area and support Second Saturdays in Dixon.

In September, Trein’s donated $500 to Second Saturdays. That same month, Distinctive Gardens donated more than $900 to the cultural event through its annual Chilifest, featuring a chili cook-off, art show, and the Rosbrook Studio music stage.  Rosbrook Studio orchestrated the festival lineup of area bands, Big Foot’s Brother, Dynoride, The Defeated Royals, and The Shadow of the Sun. Tim Drane displayed paintings throughout the festival grounds. Chilifest’s Judges Choice traveling chili award went to Sterling’s Michelle Musgrove. The People’s Choice award went to Bill Wolfe of Dixon for a second year in a row.

Second Saturdays is a monthly cultural event in downtown Dixon organized by a core cooperative of local artists, and small businesses. Email if interested in participating. Go to for more information.

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