Espenschied Chapel 317 N. County Road • P.O. Box 347 • Mascoutah, Illinois 62258

Espenschied Chapel is not a church nor affiliated with any churches. But the simple elegance of its design inspires a spiritual energy, making it an ideal place for people to gather together.

 

Mascoutah Cemetery Chapel, Inc. is the official name of the 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit group that was formed to save the chapel from demolition in 1999.

 

Since its restoration, it serves as a cultural center in the community. We have a concert series and are working toward hosting more programs and cultural events and workshops! We feature artists who play original and traditional music.

 

The chapel was built at the bequest of a generous local family in 1928. Though it was very well built, after a short time it fell out of use, as funeral homes and local churches were preferred for services.

So the chapel sat unused and neglected for decades, until a decision was made that it was not needed anymore and that it would be too costly to invest in repairs to save the building.

 

Some concerned citizens rallied community support just in time to spare it from the wrecking ball. A not-for-profit group was formed and raised all the necessary funds –thanks to the generosity of the community– and with sheer determination, pitched in and did the work to restore the chapel to its original glory. A kitchen was added downstairs, new furnace and central air conditioning, new restroom facilities and some other improvements as well.

 

The intimacy of the small venue (100-115) will spoil you!

If you are interested in sponsoring or underwriting a concert, please contact us.
With that same can-do attitude that saved the chapel, we aspire to become a looked-to cultural center and concert venue.

 

  • What's New!/Donate/Buy Tickets

    We are still in fundraising mode!

    Thank you to all the generous donors who have helped make this project possible.

    Construction is complete! Several things have come up that have added to the estimated cost. And, we did not meet our fundraising goal yet.

    And we do have a list of needed further improvements, which include plaster repair, a new roof, improving gutters, stage lighting, tables and chairs, microwave oven, hand rails for the sidewalk that has steps... and

    Please consider make a donation.

    We are a 501(c)(3), so gifts are tax-deductible.

     

    October 26

    Ronny Cox returns!

    Deliverance. Beverly Hills Cop. Total Recall. Robocop. Taps. Bound For Glory. Star Trek: The Next Generation...Just a few things on his resume. Spend an evening with an old friend, sharing music infused with elements of jazz, touches of blues, good old fashioned Americana, and a storyteller that touches your heart.

    This will be a new show -- not a repeat of the 2017 show.

    There will be a casual reception after the show for guests to visit with the artist and enjoy some pizza and beer. Concert tickets are $20 for advance tickets, $25 at the door.

    For the reception with the artists, an additional $10.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    October 28, 7 p.m.

    Tales of the Supernatural
    —An Evening with Luke and Len

    Tickets here:

    Luke Naliborski and Len Adamslocal paranormal speakers and investigators.  Luke Naliborski is also a tour guide for the Alton Hauntings Ghost Tours in Alton, Illinois and the author of Lighter Side of Darkness, Lights Out, Ghosts Never Say Boo & Creepy With a Chance of Ghosts.

     

    Len Adams is a tour guide in Alton, Lebanon and Belleville, and the author of Phantoms in the Looking Glass and co-author of So There I Was.

    Program is October 28 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

     

     

    December 2

    Judy Collins

    Only 100 tickets will be sold, so get your ticket/s soon if you don't want to miss this extraordinary opportunity!

    Tickets are $150 each. A $5.60 fee for processing for online purchases is added.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Acoustic Jams are back on!

    First and third Thursdays of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All acoustic instruments. Bring music to share and a music stand if you have one.

    Donations are welcome and needed.

    All ages welcome.

     

     

     

    Yoga at Espenschied Chapel for 2018 Schedule

    Starting on Sunday, January 7th at 4 p.m. and will run for 8 weeks.

    The month of March will be off, and starting up again in April for another 2 months.

    It will continue like that for the year, 2 months on, one month off.

     

    No registration or reservation required to participate. No charge, but donations are very much needed and appreciated.

     

     

    If you would like to receive email from us about upcoming events or news about projects at the chapel, please let us know. If you had signed up for our email list and are not receiving emails from us, please contact us. We have been getting a lot of rejected mail and are trying to update our mailing list.

     

    Concert or Concert + Reception
  • Coming Concerts

    October 26

    Ronny Cox returns!

    Deliverance. Beverly Hills Cop. Total Recall. Robocop. Taps. Bound For Glory. Star Trek: The Next Generation...Just a few things on his resume. Spend an evening with an old friend, sharing music infused with elements of jazz, touches of blues, good old fashioned Americana, and a storyteller that touches your heart.

    This will be a new show -- not a repeat of the 2017 show.

    There will be a casual reception after the show for guests to visit with the artist and enjoy some pizza and beer. Concert tickets are $20 for advance tickets, $25 at the door.

    For the reception with the artists, an additional $10.

     

     

     

     

     

    December 2

    Judy Collins

    Only 100 tickets will be sold, so get your ticket/s soon if you don't want to miss this extraordinary opportunity!

    Tickets are $150 each. A $5.60 fee for processing for online purchases is added.

     

     

     

    Acoustic Jams are back on!

    First and third Thursdays of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All acoustic instruments. Bring music to share and a music stand if you have one.

    All ages welcome.

     

    Yoga at Espenschied Chapel for 2018 Schedule

    Starting on Sunday, January 7th at 4 p.m. and will run for 8 weeks.

    The month of March will be off, and starting up again in April for another 2 months.

    It will continue like that for the year, 2 months on, one month off.

     

    No registration or reservation required to participate. No charge, but donations are very much needed and appreciated.

     

    More events to be posted soon.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Concert or Concert + Reception
  • Yoga

    A HUGE thank you to Amy and all the Mascoutah Yogis for the donations. It has taken 3 years, but we finally earned enough yoga donations to purchase the new chairs!!!!

     

    Big thanks to Amy for sharing her expertise with us, providing yoga classes.

    Check the calendar of Facebook for updates. Amy is a yoga therapist as well as an instructor and massage therapist. Thank you, Amy!

    No registration or dues required to participate (but donations are very much appreciated and needed)

     

    Any questions? If so, email: Amy

     

  • Acoustic Jam Sessions

    Acoustic Jams are back on!

    First and third Thursdays of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All acoustic instruments. Bring music to share and a music stand if you have one.

    Donations are not just welcomed, they are needed.

    All ages welcome.

  • Weddings & Christenings

    Wedding photos by Larissa Photography

  • Concerts (past)

    Just to mention a few...

  • Workshops

    We present workshops from time to time. When Geoff Muldaur was here, he did a concert and also a guitar playing workshop.

  •  Memorial Services

    Espenschied Chapel is next to the Mascoutah Cemetery and is available to be used for memorial services.

    When the accessibilty project is completed, the chapel will be able to accommodate funerals.

  • Accessibility Project/Donate

    Construction is complete!

    Espenschied Chapel is accessible! The new, accessible entrance to an addition includes new restrooms, a green room and an area for catered luncheons. The proposed improvements will make the chapel an ideal place for funeral and memorial services, as was the original purpose of the chapel.

     

    Our fundraising fell short of our goal.

    Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Mascoutah Cemetery Chapel, Inc.

     

     

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Espenschied Chapel 317 County Road • P.O. Box 347 • Mascoutah, Illinois 62258