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

    Every dollar counts, and is greatly appreciated.

    Another way to help, support our concert efforts by buying tickets and helping us spread the word.

     

    June 30

    Links to the Past — A Musical Meat-Up with

    Roochie Toochie & The Ragtime Shepherd Kings

    5 incredibly talented musicians, performing zany, obscure songs from the early 20th century for a new audience to underscore both the absurdity and importance of popular music in American history.

     

    Workshop 5 p.m. Ticets: $10 advance; $15 at door

    Sausage Gala 6 p.m. (with FREE beer!)

    Concert 7 p.m. $15 advance; $20 at door

     

    Save money by getting tickets to both the workshop and concert:

    $20 advance; $30 at the door

    Buy tickets here:

    Workshop/Concert

     

     

     

     

    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.

     

     

    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.

     

  • Schedule / Calendar

    June 30

    Links to the Past — A Musical Meat-Up with

    Roochie Toochie & The Ragtime Shepherd Kings

    Roochie Toochie & The Ragtime Shepherd Kings are coming to Espenschied Chapel!  If you’ve never heard them before, they’ll knock your socks off!  If you HAVE heard them before, you’re probably not wearing socks!  This all-star old time novelty jazz & pop quintet has members from such musically esteemed cities as Nashville, Detroit, and New Orleans, so don’t miss their unique take on some of Tin Pan Alley’s most minor hits!

     

    “The Roochies” made their first album completely on wax cylinder (used before spinning discs became popular), and now bring their recorded repertoire to life in a fantastic stage performance that puts a capitol “S” in “Showmanship!”  You’ll see and hear fancy fiddling, dueling Hawaiian guitars, ukulele wizardry, brazen banjos, vocal harmonies that sound as if they were polished by hand, a menagerie of toy instruments including a musical pig “Porkestra”, breathtaking ventriloquism, scandalous dancing—and that’s just the intermission!

     

    This group won First Prize for Best Neo-Traditional Band at Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival, and everywhere they go audiences invariably cheer, “More!”  But don’t worry, The Roochies are about more than just unparalleled musical talent and world class goofy stunt.

     

    Concert goers both young and old are guaranteed to have a ball at this event! and since this very well may be the show of the season, don’t miss out!

     

    For the workshop:

    Novelty Noisemakers and Toy Instruments Petting Zoo

    Come get a hands-on and behind the scenes look at the Roochie Toochies’ toy menagerie! Squeaky pigs, rubber chickens, percussion, bells and whistles of all kinds will be covered. We may also build a collapsible sculpture together for comedic effect that can later be used in the show. Everyone will get a chance to play along with the band. Appropriate for all ages and skill levels.

     

    Workshop 5 p.m. Ticets: $10 advance; $15 at door

    Sausage Gala 6 p.m. (With FREE beer!)

    Concert 7 p.m. $15 advance; $20 at door

    Workshop/Concert

    Save money by getting tickets to both the workshop and concert:

    $20 advance; $30 at the door

     

     

    October 26

    Ronny Cox returns!

     

    December 2

    Judy Collins

     

     

    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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Yoga

    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.

    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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