PEORIA, IL -- From a news release:
Friends of Riverfront Park presents Brian Fox Ellis as Illinois Riverboat Captain Henry Detweiller, and music by Barry Cloyd in a program on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 3 to 5 pm at the GAR Hall, 416 Hamilton Blvd., Peoria. This is a fundraiser by Friends of Riverfront Park to save the park from luxury private apartments.
Fox, a historical researcher and re-enactor, will showcase exploits from the true history of Captain Detweiller's brave riverboat piloting for Union Soldiers in the Civil War. Then, Detweiller willed his riverfront park land to the public, part of which is now Detweiller Marina. The story will be told with vivid impersonation in historic dress.
Barry Cloyd will entertain with river songs and music. As one of Peoria’s most popular musicians, he is known for his musical talents and wonderful song writing.
Accompanying the entertainment will be winter snacks from Paparazzi restaurant and A Matter of Taste catering. A silent auction with gift certificates, art and antiques also will take place. The event is free, but donations will be accepted and are encouraged.
Friends of Riverfront Park will give updates on the continuing effort to save Riverfront Park, including preparations for litigation if that becomes necessary.
Riverfront Park was obtained in the 1980s by the city of Peoria for the purpose of public passive open park space, using a federal Land and Water Conservation Funds grant. Now city officials want to transfer this taxpayer-funded parkland to developers for apartments.
Friends of Riverfront Park is an Illinois not-for-profit organization run by volunteers. All funds raised will be used to preserve and support Riverfront Park, Peoria, for public use.
See the Facebook page Friends of Riverfront Park for information on the event, and for more information on the issues regarding the park. – 30 -