Happy September Granite City!
The unofficial end of summer is right around the corner as Labor Day approaches this weekend.
The new school year is in full swing and autumn is on its way, which means WARRIOR'S FOOTBALL!
The Blue Collar Blues & BBQ Fest was a big success, with a phenomenal turnout and fantastic
BBQ and music.  We can't wait until next year's fest!  Check out the winners & photos below.
There are two more Melting Pot Market events left for the season, so remember to stop by Civic Park,
downtown, on the second Saturday of this month and in October.  And while you are there, drop in
on David and Ginger at Metalhedz, then head down to the Garden Gate Tea Room for some lunch!
And as always, check out all that is going on this month, including Trivia,
Critterfest, concerts and much more.
It's September in Granite City...the best hometown in the world!
The Granite City Community Adult Band,
under the direction of Butch Mestemacher,

will be participating in the First Annual Metro East Community Band Festival
hosted by “Our Lady Of The Snows “ at the  Amphitheater in Belleville on
September 11th.
This is in recognition of the tenth anniversary of 9/11.  
Other community bands involved are the Belleville Community Band directed by
Chris Gass, and the New Horizons Band directed by Stanley Chytil.  
The schedule of performances is as follows;
2:00 the Belleville Community Band  
3:00 the New Horizons Band
4:00 the Granite City Community Band
5:00 combined Festival Band
The Combined band selections will include “Civil War” by James Ployhar,
“Amazing Grace” by William Himes,  
“ Manhattan Beach March”  by John Philips Sousa,  
“American Folk Rhapsody” by Clare Grundman,  and
“Armed Forces Salute” by Bob Lowden.  The program is free and open to the public.
More  information about the band can be found on the website www.graniteband.com
Congratulations to the 2011 Blue Collar Blues & BBQ Winners
Winfield Smokehouse - Doug & Cheryl Winfield
Holy Smoke - Harvest Community Church
Rack Rubbers - Tim Grove
Visit our new
Granite City Cinema, located in
historical downtown at
1243 Niedringhaus Avenue
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Please come back soon - Last updated September 16, 2011
Early morning rain showers and the threat of thunderstorms all day
did not put a damper on the Blue Collar Blues & BBQ Fest.  Sunshine may
have been in short supply, but BBQ and visitors were not!  
Great job, see you next year!