Upcoming Events

For any questions or information regarding events
call Rock River Center at 815-732-3252, 1-800-541-5479 or use the Contact Us Page


October 16
RRC Welcomes Mark Hess on October 16, 2017

Mark Hess, Pianist will be performing at Rock River Center on Monday, October 16, 2017
and his program will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m.

The music Mark plays varies from Beethoven to The Beatles, and you never know what’s coming next. When Mark performs he strives to maintain audience interest and fill requests.

Mark Hess was born and raised in Dixon and comes from an agricultural lifestyle. He took 4 years of piano lessons in Dixon beginning at age 10.

He graduated high school in 1976 with a delayed enlistment already locked in 6 months prior, then left for USAF 3 days after graduation. He served until March of 1994 and returned home. Once home, Mark bought a home and married Delores Johnson. He also enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and his 3 boxer dogs.

Mark played piano at The Brandywine Inn, Celebration Lounge for about 6 months before it closed. Currently, he plays his music at The Next Picture Show in Dixon for art openings and 2nd Saturday events.

If you enjoy listening to piano tunes, call us at 815-732- 3252 and register to attend. Refreshments will be served.

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October 18
2nd Annual "Pride of Oregon" Luncheon Cruise

Join us for the 2nd Annual Luncheon Cruise on the Rock River on Wednesday, October 18, 2016, aboard the “Pride of Oregon”.
The Pride of Oregon is an authentic Paddle Wheel Riverboat, 102 feet of real river charm.  She docks at the historic Maxson Riverside Restaurant and Paddle Wheel Inn.  Built in 1989 as a replica of the famous Rosie O’Shea paddlewheel, her festive exterior and graciously appointed interior to provide a relaxing atmosphere for memory-making cruises.  She has the capacity of 149 sight-seeing passengers.
Reserve your seat on the Pride of Oregon for lunch as this charming and elegant paddlewheel boat glides down the Rock River, barely stirring awake.  This true paddlewheel boat offers sit-down dining for a capacity of 120 people, a features a full bar, as well as air conditioning and heating.  The boat is wheelchair accessible.
The 15-mile river cruise will take you past Lowden State Park and under the watchful eye of Chief Black Hawk, the largest concrete monolith in the country.
Here is our schedule:                                  Depart RRC:                                     10:30 a.m.
                                                                              Boarding time:                                11:00 a.m.
                                                                              Departure time:                              11:30 a.m.
                                                                           Return time:                                    1:30 p.m.
There will be a 4-course meal (choice from 2 lunch entrees, vegetarian option available), with coffee, tea, and meal tip included.  Soda and cocktails are available.
The cost of the luncheon cruise is $33.00/seniors and $35.00/others.
Registration and payment deadline is Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017.
Acceptable payment options are cash, check or credit cards.
Call Rock River Center at 815-732-3252 if you would like to see the fall colors with us from the river.  And remember, we are available to provide transportation to and from the boat as well.
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October 26 & 28

"The Dixie Swim Club"
Performed by The Second Wind Entertainers

The Second Wind Entertainers’ production of “The Dixie Swim Club” will be performed at the Rock River Center, 810 S Tenth St, Oregon.

The play follows the summer reunions of five unforgettable women whose friendships began when they were
Pemberton College Swim Team Champions. For the next
50years they have met for a long summer weekend at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s outer banks. The play peeks in on four of those weekends.

Their eccentric personalities and sweet southern charm make for a hilarious and touching comedy. As 
years pass, they increasingly rely on each other to get them through the challenges that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench in their lives, they rally around each other with strength, love and humor that will demonstrate the enduring power of friendship, and takes this comedy to a surprising and poignant ending.

The cast includes Barb Giese, Carolyn Bally, Donna Wright, Joanne Reisner, and Judy Groharing. Joanne Reisner is Director and Karen Novak
is Stage Manager.

This year there will be two (2) performances. You may choose from the dates listed below:

 Thursday, October 
26, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.
 Saturday, October 28, 
2017, at 1:00 p.m.

Get ready for another memorable production by the Second Wind Senior Theatre Ensemble.
There is no charge to attend this event. However, a donation is appreciated which will be split between Rock River Center and the Second Wind Theatre Ensemble. All donations will be used to cover the cost of royalties, costumes, and other expenses associated with this production.

Make sure you call Rock River Center in advance at 815-732- 3252 to reserve your spot if you plan on attending.
Refreshments will be served.

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November 2
Miracle on 34th Street
Fireside Theatre, Fort Atkinson, WI
Based on the beloved Christmas movie, Miracle on 34th Street is a big brassy Broadway musical with heart.  Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade needs a new Santa.  Enter Kris Kringle—a sweet and jolly old man who claims that he is the real Santa Claus.  Thus begins this funny, warm, tuneful, and inspirational musical as Kris has to prove his claim in court and teach his cynical neighbor and her daughter to believe in the goodness and love that is Christmas.  Written by Meredith Wilson, the creator of THE MUSIC MAN, this is an unforgettable musical version of a classic Christmas tale.
Join us for seating in the first, second and third rows!
Cost: (includes RT transportation, show, meal, tax and gratuity):
$95.00 / Members
$100.00 / Non-Members
Reservation/payment deadline:  September 29, 2017.
If you would like to join us, call Rock River Center at 815-732-3252
Seating is limited.  Make your reservations early as our shows may sell out quickly.    
Clare Magee Sing-Along Nov. 6 th @ Rock River Center
We are pleased that Clare Magee, professional musician and song leader from Newark, Ontario, will be returning once again to Rock River Center, on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Clare will lead a sing-a- long, while he plays his banjo and guitar. The program will include some folk songs, oldies, and just for fun songs in his “upbeat” style.

Magee is one of three members of the “String Alongs” group that performs a variety of public appearances throughout the year in the greater Toronto area. He loves sharing the joy of music and looks forward to his annual trip to Oregon to visit with friends and colleagues.

This promises to be a fun-filled afternoon of songs, stories and laughter.

Join us Monday, November 6 th from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Rock River Center, 810 S Tenth Street, Oregon. This is a free program and is open to all.

Please call 815-732- 3252 by Friday, November 3 rd if you plan on attending.

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