Ever wondered what goes into making an award-winning wedding cake, or what it’s like to produce specialty bread for your favorite restaurant? How about the magic of radio and what goes in to making sure that when you tune your dial to your local station you hear your favorite talk show host? And being on stage is cool, but what about backstage? On June 13 and July 11, the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau offers an opportunity to see just what goes into making some of Alton’s well-known establishments tick.
The tour starts off at Duke’s Bakery, where Amy Doucleff-Hollis and her husband, Ben, will offer a peek into the inner workings of this 64-year-old family bakery known for its specialty cakes, doughnuts, pies, breads and all things sweet. Amy will show how she decorates the sweets and Ben will offer insight into the bakery’s newest wholesale endeavors by providing baked goods to local eateries and grocery stores.
Up next is WBGZ radio station. In 1948 the station took the airwaves as WOKZ. In 1984 it became WBGZ, a familiar local staple for breaking local news, sports, and talk. Guests will visit the studio and learn, not only what happens when the light turns red, but also just what is involved in making a real live radio station run smoothly.
Beware of those T-Birds and the Pink Ladies as the tour wraps up at Alton Little Theatre during their production of “Grease” and the celebration of their 82nd season of live theater in the greater Alton area. Learn what goes into a producing a successful show including everything from costumes and props to the actor’s point of view (both on stage and backstage, too).
Tours are from 10 a.m. to noon on June 13 and July 11. Tickets are $25 per person. The shuttle departs from the Alton Visitors Center, 200 Piasa St., and will return there at the end of the tour. Reservations can be made online at www.visitalton.com or by calling the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 258-6645.