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Amish Of Illinois ..........................6 Arcola ........................................18 Arthur ........................................25 Atwood.......................................37 Bement ......................................70 Bethany .....................................44 Bloomington ..............................69 Casey.........................................56 Champaign County ....................42 Charleston.................................45 Chesterville ...............................32 Clinton .......................................52 Crawford County .......................58

Communities & Attractions Decatur .....................................68 Dwight .......................................64 Effingham ..................................62 Galesburg ..................................61 Greenup.....................................50 Greenville ..................................54 Jacksonville...............................78 Lake Shelbyville/Shelbyville .....41 Lincoln/Logan County ...............71

Marshall ....................................53 Mattoon .....................................48 Monticello .................................66 Oakland .....................................47 Oblong .......................................60 Paris ..........................................44 Parke County, IN .......................79 Pittsfield....................................72 Pontiac ......................................65

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State’s Largest Amish Community Makes Its Home In Central Illinois


mish lifestyles are far different from the everyday lives most Americans know. The Amish live humbly and simply, dedicating their lives to religious ideals. Nearly 4,500 Amish people populate Moultrie, Douglas and Coles counties in such communities as Arcola, Arthur, Lovington, Sullivan, Tuscola, Cadwell, Chesterville, Atwood and Cooks Mills.

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The Amish faith is based on Menno Simon’s break from the Roman Catholic Church during the Anabaptist movement in Europe in the early 1500s. The Amish later split from this group, known as the Mennonites, due to their belief in shunning those who leave the church, established by Jacob Ammann. After suffering persecution for generations, the Amish and Mennonites set sail for the United States in the late 1600s and early 1700s. In 1865, Central Illinois saw its first Amish settlers in the families of Daniel Yoder, Daniel Otto and Moses Yoder. Today, Amish communities spring up across the United States, with large populations in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio. In all, Amish communities are found in 27 states. In following with traditional customs, Amish people do not use electricity or operate automobiles and modern farm machinery. Instead, they travel by horse-drawn buggy, use propane to fuel their light fixtures and heat their ovens, and farm using teams of horses. While most American homes are now filled with the noises PAGE 6 | 2013 Discover Visitor & Vacation Guide To Central Illinois

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of modern-day technological devices, Amish homes remain much quieter. Amish people do not own radios or televisions and only use telephones outside their homes for business and in cases of emergency. Amish children begin working on family businesses and farms at

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ages as young as 5 years, performing chores typical of children who live on a farm or who are raised in a family business. As children grow, their responsibilities increase. CLOTHING The Amish wear solid colored clothing that is hand-tailored by family members. Men wear long, denim pants to work with plain colored shirts and suspenders. They wear a black, hand-sewn suit, a

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white shirt and black shoes to church. Outside, men almost always wear a hat — straw in summer and black felt in winter. Women wear plain colored dresses without trim and are void of jewelry and cosmetics. Their dresses are fastened with straight pins and their heads are covered at all times with white head coverings made of Swiss organdy. These white coverings are even worn under their black bonnets. Additionally, their garments have no buckles or zippers. Older women wear dark colors, such as navy blue, green or burgundy, with blue and black saved for religious occasions such as weddings and funerals. In cold weather, they add black wool shawls to their wardrobes. Amish ladies cover their heads with white prayer coverings while indoors and add a black bonnet on top of the covering when outdoors. When women are working in the garden, they wear handkerchiefs. Girls dress like their mothers, with a few exceptions. Girls do not wear straight pins until they are older, and they are allowed buttons on their dresses. Without modern conveniences, the Amish wash clothing with a wringer/washer and hang them to dry on a clothesline. A line draped with clothes drying in the sun after a fresh washing is a common sight in any Amish community.

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nois. Typically, each school includes two teachers, who tend to be unmarried Amish women. One teaches students first through fourth grade, while the other teaches students fifth through eighth grade. Amish schools feature courses in subjects such as math, social studies, spelling, writing and health. Science is not taught, however, because the Amish do not believe it is a necessary course of study. Likewise, the Amish believe that any knowledge attained past the eighth grade is “worldly” knowledge and is not required for the simple Amish lifestyle; therefore, Amish school teachers are also only educated to the eighth grade. School normally ends with the arrival of May. This allows children more time to work on the family farm. The Amish hold a large picnic to celebrate the end of each school year. Amish children usu-

ally spend their evenings in the family home, where reading and board games occupy leisure time. WEDDINGS Many Amish people marry at the age of 19 or 20. In past years, Amish newlyweds made a living from parcels of land given to them as gifts by one of the fathers. Today, that is less common and young married couples often purchase land upon which to build. Examining facial hair works well when trying to determine the marital status of an Amish man. Married Amish men have beards. Unmarried Amish men are clean-shaven. Amish men are not allowed to don mustaches. As in most Amish customs, religion plays a large role in the lives of married couples. Prior to marrying, Amish men and women must join the Amish church. This process includes baptism. Amish weddings, which are usually day-long celebrations that draw 200 to 500 guests, begin with 2-hour religious services followed by a wedding ceremony. The bride often wears a royal blue dress and a white prayer cap. Weddings normally take place in the home of a relative of the bride. Following an Amish wedding, a large celebratory meal is served. The crowd eats in shifts. During the celebration, the wedding couple usually sits in a corner of a room. The crowd then spends the afternoon singing hymns to the newly married couple. Newlyweds assist the hosts with cleaning their homes and washing dishes after the ceremony has ended. Amish people do not wear wedding rings. CHURCH Each Sunday, Amish families gather for church services conducted in German in homes across the countryside. A week prior to each

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church service, a green (sometimes gray or white) church wagon takes items such as hymn books, benches, hat racks and dishes to the home where the church service will be held. The wagons are also used for both weddings and funerals. There are 27 Amish church districts in the Arcola/Arthur area. The districts cover approximately 72 square miles, with Arthur in the center of the settlement. While a bishop, two ministers and a deacon represent each district, there is no central authority. Families take great care in preparing their homes for the lengthy church services. A very thorough cleaning of the home takes place prior to hosting. During each service, the congregation sits on backless benches. Boys sit with men, while girls sit with women.

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and so on. A common practice is to have a “butcher day,” during which several families will go together to purchase animals from a farmer — hogs for example. The families will then divide the meat among themselves. In addition, Amish women often plant large gardens, and many families pluck fresh fruit from orchards and gather berries from homegrown patches. The main crops planted by Amish families include wheat, oats, clover and corn. Until a few years ago, farming was a way of life for nearly all Amish families. In recent years, however, most Amish families have turned to woodworking, retail stores and other trades. In fact, several Amish people now travel to various manufacturing plants in the area to work. The largest meal of the day for an Amish farm family is usually lunch. A lighter supper is served. Soup is a popular supper meal. Family gardens supply much fresh produce for soups and other meals.

BUSINESS Traditionally, Amish business assets were calculated by how much land a family owned. With the Amish population growing and the land area remaining unchanged, however, many Amish today hold other business assets. As times have changed, more Amish businesses have opened to supplement the income generated from farming. As a result, many wonderful finds can be discovered at Amish businesses in the area. Signs along rural roads alert passersby of opportunities to purchase various foods, including many fresh produce items, during spring, summer and fall months. Among the local businesses operated by the Amish are grocery stores, health food stores, shoe stores, woodworking shops, lawn furniture stores, an orchard, tool stores, a meat packing plant, feed mills and a lamp shop. • Furniture Shops and Custom Built Cabinets: Round oak tables, roll-top desks, cabinets, home entertainment centers and wooden accent pieces are only a few of the many handcrafted furniture items available at numerous shops. Along with furniture craftsmen, Amish cabinet-makers can provide some of the finest and most attractive custom-made kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and other furniture. • Country Stores: Small rural stores are stocked with everything from home-baked items to handmade quilts. • Buggy and Wagon Repair Shops: Building or repairing buggies and wagons is a necessary part of Amish life. A number of Amish craftsmen have opened shops to perform this service for the public. • Harness Shops: Years of working with leather, brass, copper and silver have helped aid the craft of Amish harness making. • Upholstering: Several shops specialize in high-quality upholstering for both furniture and vehicle seats. Visitors can bring their own 1/2 Mile South of Arthur • 2062 CR 1800 E • Arthur, IL. • 61911 • (217) 543-4093 fabric into the shops or choose from HOURS: M, T, Th & F 8-5 • Sat. 8-4 (Closed Wed. & Sun.) Owners: Glenn & Irma Yoder and Richard & Joan Otto a selection of materials. • Blacksmiths and Horseshoeing: The friendly smithers perform their craft throughout the year. Quality Oak Furniture • Cloth and Fabrics: Amish women Dinette Sets, Bedroom make clothes, beautiful quilts and craft items. These shops feature everything Furniture, Bookcases, needed for sewing. Wall Shelves, • Fresh Foods: The Amish advocate Toy Chests, etc. foods direct from nature. Vitamins, nut meats, herbs, flours, dried fruit, juice and grains all can be purchased at local shops. Locally raised natural beef, pork, mutton and chicken are sold in state-inspected Amish shops. Fresh eggs, apple

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several private Amish farmsteads. Businesses are closed each Sunday and the Epiphany (old Christmas), and on Ascension Day, which is 40 days after Easter. The Amish celebrate religious holidays, Thanksgiving and the New Year. WAY OF LIFE The Amish have an active social life built around auctions, picnics, quilting bees, softball and visits with neighbors. While many Amish subscribe to local newspapers, the Amish also read their own national newspaper, The Budget. They also subscribe to many magazines, sometimes reflecting their trade or sometimes just for leisure.

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Mennonites Mennonites, while often mistaken for Amish, honor different customs. They drive automobiles and use other modern-day amenities, and some do not follow some of the other customs of the Amish. Early Mennonites came to America to seek religious freedom in 1632. They settled in Pennsylvania and were divided into two groups.

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Rockome Garden Foods: Offers A Family-Oriented Experience


ocated at the entrance of Rockome Gardens, 5 miles west of Interstate 57 at exit 203 (Illinois Route 133), Rockome Garden Foods offers a wide variety of products, many of which are locally made and grown. Open year-round (there is no admission charge to enter the store) and situated in the heart of Illinois’ largest Amish community, many of the tasty treats available at Rockome Garden Foods are made and packaged by Amish hands. In keeping with Rockome Gardens’ theme of offering a family-oriented experience that is both educational and entertaining, Rockome Garden Foods offers visitors a window into how cheese and other products are made. The store, also known as the Cheese Factory, is the area’s only cheesemaking operation. On Thursdays, in a special viewing area, visitors can see cheese being made. While the full operation takes about six hours, guests can get a feel for how the cheese-making process works by watching for a few minutes, or as long as they like. The cheese is made from full-cream/grass-fed cow milk, fresh from a local dairy, often sought after by people who desire a healthy lifestyle. Cheeses offered include baby Swiss, bacon, brick, cheddar and colby. Also at Rockome Garden Foods is a working grist mill that grinds corn into cornmeal. Visitors can also watch the process through a viewing window. Perhaps the most popular attraction at the store is a working beehive exhibit. Guests can also view Amish women making bakery

and candy goods. Most of the candy the store offers is made locally, including fudge, turtles, caramels, buckeyes and divinity. Breads, cinnamon rolls, sweet breads, cookies and other locally made baked goods are available. Another popular item at the store is the nut butter grinder. Raw peanuts are loaded into a hopper at the top of the grinder. When the grinder is turned on, it grinds the nuts into butter. Rivaling the beehive display in popularity is Rockome Garden Foods’ fried cheese. The cheese is fried on a flat-top grill in butter until it is brown on both sides — a treat that customers love. Rockome Garden Foods’ friendly staff is always available to assist customers and to answer any questions about the many displays and activities at the store. Rockome Garden Foods also offers bulk foods, Amish jar goods, canned meats and several kinds of jellies and jams. Amish apple butters, including apple, black raspberry, peach butter, blueberry, strawberry and blackberry, are popular choices by customers. Other Amish jar goods include canned fruit, ciders, mustards/salsa, peanut butter, pie fillings, pure honey, relishes/pickles and sauces/syrups. Canned beans and ham, potato and vegetable soups are available, as are canned meats, including beef, chicken, turkey and pork. For more information, or to shop at Rockome Garden Foods’ online store, visit

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Rockome Gardens: Preserving A Simpler Way Of Life, Family-Oriented Events And Activities


ocated on the Illinois prairie along the picturesque Kaskaskia River just 5 miles west of Interstate 57 at exit 203 (Illinois Route 133), Rockome Gardens offers a variety of family-oriented events and activities. Situated in the heart of Illinois Amish Country, the mission of Rockome Gardens is to preserve and display to visitors a simpler way of life. For more than 52 years, Rockome Gardens has been a jewel in Central Illinois. The park has offered generations of visitors a gentler and more peaceful family park experience, in contrast to many large amusement parks around the nation that feature a different kind of ambiance with high-tech midway rides, giant water slides and roller coasters, etc. At Rockome Gardens, visitors can go back in time and get a sense of how things used to be. In the “old town” section of the park, visitors can view demonstrations by a blacksmith, visit a gift shop and, tour an 1800s vintage school house and an Amish home. Other attractions include Elvan’s ice cream shop, an old-fashioned stable and buggy and train rides. One of the most enduring images of Rockome Gardens is its unique flower, shrub and rock displays. Visitors can take self-guided tours while walking through gardens with more than 36,000 flowers and plants, with an additional 19,800 annuals to be planted this year. For the children, there is a petting zoo with ponies, horses, chickens and a donkey named “Festus.” Kids enjoy it when Festus brays loudly whenever he hears someone using the feed machine. Also located at Rockome Gardens is the Illinois Amish Museum dedicated to the Old Order Amish. The museum features exhibits on quilts, buggies, barns, homes and more. Visitors can enjoy an 18minute video about the local Amish while sitting on Amish church benches. The museum also operates Amish Country Tours™, by reservation, inviting visitors to observe the lifestyles of Amish people. Tours of an Amish home and an Amish dairy farm are available. Tours also include visits and demonstrations at an Amish woodworking shop and buggy shop. Other tours offered include a guided sightseeing tour of the Amish countryside, and a meal in an Amish home. For more information and reservations, visit Finding the perfect setting for a wedding is a difficult task. Rockome Gardens offers an extraordinary setting unlike any other for such a special event. There are several beautiful outdoor settings available. For more information call 217-268-3599. Linked to one of the area’s most prominent native sons, Rockome Gardens’ Marcella’s Corner Gift Shop is the home of “official” licensed Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy items. The creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy, Johnny Gruelle, was born in nearby Arcola, IL. The gift shop offers Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, collector doll box sets, books and other items. All items are signed by Joni Gruelle Wannamaker, Gruelle’s granddaughter. Rockome Gardens’ Opening Day is Friday, May 3. The park is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until after Memorial Day, when it is open Wednesday through Sunday. As a large part of Rockome Gardens’ mission is to preserve and educate, on the Saturday following the opening of the park full time (May 4), plowing demonstrations with mules, Haflingers, ponies and draft horses will take center stage during the “Spring Horse Plowing at Rockome Gardens” event. Surrounded by some of the most prized PAGE 16 | 2013 Discover Visitor & Vacation Guide To Central Illinois

farmland in the world, visitors will be able to go back in time and see for themselves how fields were plowed before tractors and other modern farm machinery were available. The fall plowing demonstration event, also featuring mules, Haflingers, ponies and draft horses, is scheduled for Saturday, September 14. Music played an important role in the social fabric of life in simpler times. The “19th Annual Bluegrass-In-The-Gardens-Music-Festival” will return again for a two-day summertime run August 17 and 18. This musical hoedown in the heart of Illinois Amish country, typically features some of the most recognizable names in the bluegrass field. Another popular form of recreation among the farm folk on the prairie was, and still is, various kinds of “pulls,” involving horses and tractors. On July 20, Rockome Gardens will present the “7th Annual Rockome Gardens Invitational Farm Horse Pull.” The “bragging rights only” event will feature two-horse teams competing in multiple weight classes. For history buffs, a Civil War re-enactment is scheduled for June 7-9. Visitors can observe camp life of Civil War soldiers. Topping off the season on October 12-14, will be the “Rockome Gardens Harvest Festival.” The festival will feature demonstrations of apple cider and apple butter making over an open fire and hatchet throwing. Under new ownership, Rockome Gardens is committed to offering the best in family-oriented entertainment, while highlighting and preserving the slower pace of yesteryear.

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May 3: Opening Day. May 4: Spring Horse Plowing Days. May12: Mackville will play throughout the park. May 18: Chet Kingery Concert at noon. May 25: James King Concert at 3p.m. June 7-9: Civil War Re-enactment. June 8: Mackville will play throughout the park. June 28-30: World War II Re-enactment. July 20: Farm Horse Pull. Tomahawk throwing demonstration. August 14: Tony Holt and the Wildwood Valley Boys Concert at 6:15 p.m. August 17, 18: Blue Grass in the Gardens music festival. August 25: Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers at 2 p.m. September 14: Fall Horse Plowing Days. October 5: Pony Pull. October 12-14: Harvest Festival. Old-time demonstrations, including tomahawk throwing demonstration. Open fire apple butter and cider plus more. All vendors welcome. For more information, contact October 13: Mackville will play throughout the park. November 3: Closed for the season. Amish museum will be open by appointment. Reservations and tour planning are available year around.

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Arcola: Birthplace Of Raggedy Ann Creator, Famous Festivals, Shopping, Great Food


warm welcome greets visitors to Arcola, located just off Interstate 57 at Exit 203. Situated in the heart of Illinois Amish Country, visitors enjoy Arcola and the surrounding Amish countryside. Arcola is also proud to be the birthplace of Johnny Gruelle, creator of the much loved symbols of Americana, Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. Many people also travel to Arcola to shop for antiques, Amish-made furniture, to dine in the fine local restaurants, shop the unique and friendly stores, purchase beautifully crafted Arcola’s Broom Corn Festival draws a huge crowd each year. furniture, stock up on sausage and major celebrations that annually draw thousands of cheese, participate in the town’s fabulous festivals, and guests to the community. Arcola’s Festivals include: learn more area history. The community hosts several

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The Annual Raggedy Friendship Gathering Arcola honors its famous son Johnny Gruelle, and his beloved creations, Raggedy Ann and Andy, annually during the Raggedy Friends Gathering. This year’s event is scheduled for June 7 and 8. Raggedy enthusiasts and collectors from all over the U.S. and foreign countries gather for a weekend of Raggedy related events such as a dinner, a silent auction and social, as well as the sale of Raggedy themed merchandise and collectibles. For more information, contact Susie Patridge at 217-2683848 or Arcola’s Annual Broom Corn Festival The Broom Corn Festival is the oldest of Arcola’s annual events. In 2013, Arcola celebrates the town’s 43rd Annual Arcola Broom Corn Festival. The annual festival lasts three days, beginning Friday afternoon, September 6, with the National Broom Corn Sweeping contest, and continues through Sun- day, September 8. (The Festival is always held the weekend following the Labor Day holiday.) The annual Broom Corn Festival is one of the most popular annual events in Illinois. It draws more than 60,000 visitors to the city with its legendary stage acts, craft vendors, food booths and a huge parade featuring the nationally-recognized Arcola Lawn Rangers, (chosen to be an entrant in President Obama’s first inaugural parade) and as many as 150 other entrants. For decades, Arcolans referred to the community as the "Broom Corn Capital of the World." Indeed, it was. Arcola stood as one of the nation’s top producers of broom corn, a tall, unusual variety of sorghum that is used as a raw material in the manufacture of brooms. The modern parade rekindles the spirit of the times of yesteryear, when farmers hitched their horses to wagons loaded with the year’s harvest and headed toward town. Once in Arcola, they rolled down Main Street proudly displaying their haul while enroute to one of the many

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local broom factories. While broom corn is no longer grown in the fertile farmland that surrounds Arcola, factories that were born of those earlier times remain much the heart of the community, and the local economy. The Arcola Chamber of Commerce annually sponsors the popular family festival, and the organization has built a storied tradition of success in bringing to Arcola entertainers who seem to explode onto the national music scene either just before, or just after, taking the stage at the Broom Corn Festival. Probably the most famous of the Broom Corn Festival stage acts is Garth Brooks, who entertained thousands during one of the free Broom Corn Festival concerts in 1991 and went on to an incredible music career that transformed country music. More recently, Kenny Chesney performed at the festival, and the ranks of those who have taken the Broom Corn Festival stage also include Brad Paisley, Tracy Lawrence, Chris Cagle and Buddy Jewell. Along with the featured performer, several other musical acts highlight the festival, including those The Walldogs creating one of the 15 Arcola murals. performing in the Broom Corn Festival beer tent, which attracts a huge evening crowd. 130 Artists Create Arcola’s 15 Walldog Murals The festival also features a long list of events celebrating the commuThrough the efforts of the Arcola Beautification Committee, and a vanity’s heritage. These include broom-making demonstrations, a broom riety of fundraising projects involving numerous community volunteers, sweeping contest, children’s entertainment, carnival rides and craft booths the famous Walldogs mural painters came to Arcola in June, 2012. The that line the streets along with delicious festival foods. For additional ingroup included 130 artists from across the United States as well as Canada, formation on the festival, contact the Arcola Chamber of Commerce at New Zealand, Scotland and Australia. There is a long and rich history of 217-268-4530 or visit painting wall advertisements. These mural painters were often referred to

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as Walldogs, and the group adopted the name. The Walldog murals of today are designed to enhance the sense of nostalgia and history of the towns lucky enough to attract the artistry of the Walldogs. Paintings on the exterior of local businesses feature topics unique to the rich history of Arcola. The prestigious Walldogs select just one city in the Midwest to transform each year. The local steering committee had been working with Walldog Leader, Scott (Cornbread) Lindley since 2010 to coordinate and fund the project, as well as develop themes from Arcola’s famous heritage. The Walldog movement was started by Nancy Bennet in Iowa. She came to Arcola as a project leader for one of the Arcola murals, a painting dedicated to Arcola’s historic Opera House and “Ozzie and Harriett” during the 1935 homecoming event. Other murals include: a mural dedicated to Arcolan Joe Ernst (WWll French Medal of Honor recipient) and Ella Fitzgerald; Raggedy Ann and Andy; the City of New Orleans train; Clayton Moore and the Lawn Rangers; Pfeiffer Seed Company; broom corn and Arcola’s famous annual Broom Corn Festival; an Arcola football themed mural; historic Route 45; the local Amish culture; the Candy Kitchen; the Hispanic migration to Arcola., and The Arcola Sweet Shop. For more information visit: Arcola Native Johnny Gruelle: Creator Of Raggedy Ann And Andy Here’s a bit of a history lesson: Johnny Gruelle, a well-known artist and illustrator who created Raggedy Ann and Andy, was born in Arcola in 1880 to artistic parents R.B. and Alice Gruelle. R.B. was one of the famous Hoosier Group of Impressionist artists. From his youth, art was a major influence in Johnny Gruelle’s life. While Johnny Gruelle is best known for his famous creations, Raggedy Ann and Andy, he was certainly an artist with a true talent for cartooning and magazine/newspaper illustration. He was employed by publications

including the Indianapolis Star, The Cleveland Press and The New York Herald. Probably his most famous comic strip was Mr. Twee Deedle. His cartoons, illustrations and illustrated stories also appeared in well known magazines of the time such as McCall’s, The Ladies World and The Illustrated Sunday Magazine. Gruelle continued his growth as an artist and, after struggling through a tragic event that affected his own life, created the famed Raggedy Ann as the central character in a series of children’s books. His daughter, Marcella, is credited with finding the very first Raggedy Ann, a long forgotten faceless rag doll, in the family’s Raggedies are a familiar sight during attic. She became one the Raggedy Friendship Gathering of Marcella’s favorite in Arcola, the birthplace of companions. The name Johnny Gruelle, creator of Raggedy Ann. Raggedy Ann may have

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come from a combination of two of James Whitcomb Riley’s (a friend) poems, “The Raggedy Man” and “Little Orphant Annie.” Marcella tragically died in childhood, and it is said to have been at this time that Johnny Gruelle began to write down the stories he had created for Marcella with the rag doll as its main character. He patented and trademarked Raggedy Ann in 1915. The first Raggedy Ann book was published in 1918 and was dedicated to “the millions of children who have loved a rag doll.” Gruelle published a total of 40 books for children. He included many of Marcella’s other dolls in the stories creating such characters as Brown Bear and Eddie Elephant. The story messages are happy, filled with a strong moral message and good deeds. Johnny Gruelle died in 1938. His son, Worth, and his brother, Justin, continued to publish Raggedy Ann stories. Today the Gruelle family remains strongly committed to the story themes and art created by Johnny. Johnny Gruelle’s granddaughter and her husband (Tom and Joni Gruelle Wannamaker) reside in Arcola where, for over a decade, they owned and operated a museum dedicated to Johnny Gruelle. Joni, daughter of Worth and Susie Gruelle, is a talented artist as well, and continues to work with publishers on new Raggedy Ann and Andy merchandise. Arcola Area Amish Settlement Illinois’ largest Amish settlement is located just west of Arcola. The Illinois Amish are tied to their Reformation beginnings by their history, faith, simple way of life and plain dress. The Amish grew out of the Reformation Anabaptist movement that began in Zurich, Switzerland in 1525. The movement included the Swiss Brethren and the Hutterites in Southern Europe, and the Mennonites in the north of Europe. Anabaptists insisted on baptizing believing adults rather than infants. Refusal to follow any government or to fight in armies led to persecution by Catholic and Protestant states. In 1693, the Amish separated from the Swiss Brethren, taking their name

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from Jacob Ammann, an early leader. The primary cause of the split with the Swiss Brethren involved the Amish belief in shunning society members who broke the rules of the church. After the two split, Amish families began moving to the United States in the early 1700s, and, today, there are no Amish in Europe. After moving into small settlements, the Amish moved westward in the 1830s and reached Peoria, IL. That group later became Mennonite. The Old Order Amish who settled in the Arthur-Arcola area originated from Pennsylvania. Three Amish men from Pennsylvania came to Arcola by railroad in 1865 in search of land for a new settlement. They purchased land west of the Kaskaskia River in what was then known as the West Prairie area. The first three families to arrive were later joined by others. Today, the Amish community consists of approximately 4,300 people and is divided into 25 church districts. Living without electricity and using horses for transportation and field work, the Amish families were, at first, engaged primarily in farming. In recent decades, as it became increasingly difficult to acquire farmland, Amish men began establishing thriving businesses. With woodworking businesses and establishments based on other such trades, many tourists now are drawn to the area to fulfill desires to buy beautifully crafted Amish furniture, handmade Amish quilts and other products produced by local Amish families.

Visit ‘Amazing Arcola’ Anytime Visitors throughout the year will find much more in Arcola. The community offers a warm welcome to visitors as well as unique shopping in charming stores, friendly service, and ample storefront parking. There is just too much to see in one day. Spend the night in Arcola at a hotel or B&B including Arcola’s Comfort Inn, or The Arcola Best Western Plus Hotel and Conference Center. Some of the shops on Arcola’s Main Street sure to please even the most discerning shopper include, The Arcola Emporium, My Favorite Things, Main Street Gallery, Yoder’s Homestead Shop and many more. In addition, shoppers will find Amish-crafted furniture and cabinets in Yoder’s Homestead Shop and Country Charm During the autumn, Arcola’s great old maple trees are magnificent with fall foliage. Visitors will want to take advantage of the many area bike trails.

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The Holidays Visitors will also receive a special welcome during the Christmas holidays when shoppers can enjoy holiday music played through speakers lining the sidewalks, festively decorated storefronts and windows, and even a lighted tree at the 4-way stop on Arcola’s Main Street. Small town America hospitality often includes caroling by local church choirs. The holiday season kicks off when store owners host their annual Open Houses, this year from November 1-10, featuring holiday treats, extended hours and special merchandise. The month of December is a busy one throughout the community as local churches host such events as a House Walk complete with a visit to The Candy Cane Cafe, special music with an Annual Christmas Cantata, school concerts, a live nativity and much more. Santa comes to town with great fanfare and treats for all. For more information, contact the Arcola Chamber of Commerce. A Special Community Arcola’s Main Street business district also features well-maintained, recently renovated historic buildings, including the Otto Building on Main Street. Recently, owner of the building and local businessman, Wilmer Otto, received national attention. He headed a group that arranged to have an authentic Mesker Bros. Iron Works storefront (located in the neighboring town of Stewardson) restored and moved to Arcola to replace the facade of the landmark Arcola building. The Mesker storefront in Stewardson had graced the quickly deteriorating former Opera Hall there. The Otto

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cola’s students. The school athletic motto, “Winning Is Our Tradition,” is representative of the importance athletics have played, not only in the history of the community, but in the lives of current students and fans. Sarah Bush Lincoln’s new Arcola Health Care facility, a chiropractic center as well as a new facility for one of the community’s banks have changed the landscape of the west side of town. The Arcola location of The Okaw Farmer’s Cooperative has added to the town’s southwest cityscape with a huge grain bin. Total capacity at the facility now totals 2,914,000 bushels of grain, reflecting the vital role agriculture plays in the area. Douglas County (the flattest county in Illinois) is well known for its rich soil. The Best Western Plus Hotel and Conference Center just east of town opened in January 2013, Carriage Crossing assisted living facility is set to open in early 2013 and McDonalds opened the doors of a new facility in December 2012. Additional growth along east Route 133, with a new Lindenmeyer Insurance facility, continues A major housing addition which features condo living as well as single family dwelling at its best, is located on the southeast side of the town. Visitors are also invited to enjoy Arcola’s beautifully maintained parks, as well as the Arcola Rotary Club Centennial Park and Gazebo. Altogether, Arcola is a great place to visit and an even better place to live. For more information on Arcola, contact the Arcola Chamber of Commerce at (800) 336-5456 or visit

2013 Arcola Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information, and additional activities.

March 1, 2: Country Spirit Antique Show: Arcola Center & Best Western. March 1, 2: The Downtown Spring Open Houses, local merchants welcome spring with specials for shoppers. March 15: Arcola Fire Department Annual Hog Roast. March TBA: Jaycees Annual Easter Egg Hunt. April 28: Arcola Chamber Scholastic Banquet honoring Arcola students. May 1: May Day Celebration, The Flower Patch B&B. May 3: Rockome Gardens Opening Day, open Fri-Sun A warm welcome awaits until Memorial Day, then in Arcola. Wed-Sun. June 7, 8: Raggedy Friendship Gathering. Raggedy enthusiasts & collectors gather. Susie Patridge: or 217268-3848. July 5, 6: 20th Annual Horse Progress Days August 2, 3: Citywide Garage Sales. August 23-25: The Prairie Experience. Photographic workshop in the heart of IL Amish Country hosted by Main Street Gallery. 217-268-5050. September 6, 7 & 8: 43rd Annual Arcola Broom Corn Festival. Arcola Chamber Of Commerce. 217-268-4530 or visit September TBA: Sunshine Rotary Club Golf Outing, Kaskaskkia Country Club. October Date TBA: Lion’s Club Annual Chili Supper. November 1-10: Downtown Holiday Open Houses. Local businesses welcome shoppers, Arcola Chamber Of Commerce. November 8, 9: Country Spirit Antique Show. November Date TBA: Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner, Arcola JCs. December Dates TBA: Santa Claus Comes To Town; Christmas House Walk/ Candy Cane Cafe; Methodist Church Cantata, Caroling. • Rockome Gardens, rural Arcola, offers a wide range of activities throughout the season. See pages 16-17 for events and dates.

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Experience Amish Culture, Specialty Shops And Food In Arthur And Surrounding Area


hroughout the village of Arthur and its surrounding area, visitors will find a friendly, slow-paced atmosphere that lends itself to the town’s adopted motto, “You’re Only A Stranger Once.” With a population of only 2,300, Arthur possesses many distinctive qualities. Located less than 10 miles west of Interstate 57, Arthur provides a wonderful centerpiece for those looking for unique shopping or the enriching cultural experiences offered in the surrounding countryside. This includes the fourth-largest settlement of the Old Order Amish in the United States, and the largest such settlement in Illinois. The Illinois Amish community has been central to life around Arthur for more than a century. The Amish, who dress conservatively, travel in black buggies and work the soil the old-fashioned way by horse-drawn implement, own many farms and businesses around the Arthur area. Visitors travel from across the globe to experience the Amish lifestyle and enjoy the charm of Arthur’s many locally owned shops and cottage industries. While the Amish community enjoys its privacy, all are invited to enjoy a whole separate world of commerce that springs to life early each morning. Many Amish families own specialty shops creating handmade quilts, crafts and rugs, baked goods, handmade solid wood furniture, lawn furniture and outdoor buildings, milling shops, pallet shops, buggy shops, canvas shops, butcher and poultry processing shops, food and spices in bulk and health food stores. Some of these shops are wholesale only, while many are open to the public.

The Amish have large gardens and will share their bounty at roadside stands or through local auctions. Some have made a business with orchards, greenhouses and truck farms. They raise all kinds of farm animals and sell them at weekly auctions at the local sale barn. Visitors also come to Arthur to partake of delicious Amish foods, such as cinnamon rolls, breads and other delicious baked goods available at local bakeries and at

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the many benefit sales and auctions that fill the Arthur calendar. For a truly cultural experience, visitors can schedule a traditional Amish meal on an Amish farm through ACM Tours or Amish Adventures Tour Services, both located in downtown Arthur. Amish cottage businesses are usually open Monday through Saturday throughout the year. Some open as early as 8 a.m. and close as late as 6 p.m. Those traveling to the area might want to seek information before making a trip to learn about certain holidays during which Amish workers close their shops to spend time with friends and family (visit for more inforIn summer, hanging baskets and mation.) banners enhance Arthur’s Vine Street. Visitors to the Arthur area should take special precautions while traveling the area’s roadways. Buggies travel at about 10 miles per hour and generally follow buggy paths along the edges of the main highways to ensure safety. Slow down and be careful when passing one on a rural roadway. The Amish settlers of Central Illinois, as one might guess, are genuinely

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In the early 1870s, a switch-track was needed for the new railroad crossing the swampy land between Paris and Decatur. It was decided that it would be placed near today’s Vine Street, Arthur’s main street, and now the town’s primary commercial thoroughfare. The street separates the town into two counties, Douglas County to the east and Moultrie County to the west. With the combination of fertile farmland and the new railroad switch-track, a small settlement soon blossomed. The owner of the railroad, Robert G. Hervey, named the new settlement Glascow. A short time later, fire destroyed the new village. When business owners rebuilt, their new shops were placed at right angles to the railroad straddling the two counties on either side of Vine Street. Then, in 1873, when the village fathers petitioned to incorporate the community, it was discovered that another Illinois community used the name Glascow. After Cheese Curling is a popular activity during the Cheese Festival. hearing the news, Mr. Hervey changed the name to Arthur to honor his favorite brother. friendly people. Visitors are encouraged to wave and greet them as they would when greeting old friends. Since Amish customs prohibit the use of Events camera equipment, Amish community members prefer they not be phoVisitors to Arthur and the surrounding area will notice many acres of tographed or video recorded. Photographing Amish farms, animals and flat, fertile farmland. Douglas County is the flattest county in Illinois. buggies, however, is generally allowed with a few exceptions. While it lacks undulating hills, however, it certainly doesn’t lack beauty. Broad vistas, sometimes stunning sunsets and the tree-lined banks of the Arthur History nearby Kaskaskia River provide a wonderful backdrop to a land where The history of Arthur and the Illinois Amish dates back to the midbeautiful horses graze in pastures. 1800s. Arthur was settled when three Amish gentlemen came to the area Arthur hosts many major events each year, beginning with Antique around 1865 looking for farmland that didn’t possess the same rocky qualshows in March, Saturday Markets in April and the Annual Amish Counity as the land in their native states of Pennsylvania and Maryland. They try Quilt Show and Auction in April, as well. The days and weeks that folfound such land in what was then known as The Big Slough. The land, low are filled with events such as the Arthur Independence Day which was located nine miles west of the already established community Celebration, held the Saturday prior to the 4th of July. This gigantic fireof Arcola, was saturated with water. Once drained, however, the ground works display features a parade, entertainment, an air show with World proved to be ideal for farming, with the flat, fertile fields of black soil repWar II aircraft, helicopter rides and skydivers, and a huge 16-inch fireresenting some of the top land in the country.

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work shell amid the evening fireworks display. Other Arthur events include The June Strawberry Jam; the Freedom Celebration and the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair in July and the Mennonite Relief Sale in August. September brings the annual Amish Country Cheese Festival (held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday on Labor Day weekend); The Great Pumpkin Patch; an annual bicycle ride that attracts more than 700 riders who love the flat, quiet roads and the Amish meals served to them; and several special horse sales. Then in October, don’t forget the annual CIBR-BBQ Cook-off (Central Illinois Braggin’ Rights), which is designated as an Illinois State Championship and KCBS sanctioned event. Visitors and townspeople alike are lured to come to Arthur’s downtown just by the aroma of the BBQ cookers as it permeates the air. Listening to bluegrass music at the Chet Kingery Memorial Blue Grass Jam is also part of the Saturday attraction. The festival season winds down with another huge Antique & Primitive weekend and a lighted holiday parade during the Christmas Kick-off Weekend in November. Monthly Event: The 3rd Saturday Craft and Flea Market in downtown Arthur is conducted the third Saturday of each month indoors and outdoors, depending on weather. More than 20 antique, craft and flea vendors are included. Shopping While Amish handiwork is prevalent throughout the shops that dot the countryside near Arthur, many special items can also be found for sale in Arthur’s downtown. Shop for Amish crafted furniture at The Wood Loft or the Calico Workshop or quality antiques at Yoder’s Lamps and Antiques. Quilters treasure Stitch ’N’ Sew or The Villa, Dick’s Pharmacy features an old-fashioned soda fountain that still offers Green Rivers and an antique bottle collection or visit the Gospel Book & Music Store, which is also a

genuine Martin guitar dealer. Unique gifts are available in shops such as The Pewter Spoon and the Arthur Flower Shop. And last, but certainly not least, Delbert’s Clothing in downtown Arthur offers a huge selection of men’s wear of the finest quality. Visitors who wish to stay overnight are greeted with warm welcomes at Arthur’s Country Inn on East Route 133, or stay in a charming B&B such as Marsha’s Vineyard. Visitors may also rent a furnished house in Chesterville for their stay at the Lil’ Cottage. Arthur itself offers many interesting eating options. Yoder’s Kitchen is Arthur’s largest restaurant with banquet facilities. For those in need of “re-

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juvenation,” just down the road is RoseLen’s Coffees & Delights. Try out Pauly’s BBQ for some of central Illinois’ finest slow cooking. For lunch downtown you will find a “farmer’s cafe” at the R&I Restaurant, a bar and grill at The Berg, and made fresh daily soup and sub sandwiches at Country Cheese & More. Call the Arthur Welcome Center at 217-543-2242 or visit or for additional area information and a complete schedule of events. 2013 Arthur Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information & additional activities.

March 30: Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. at Arthur High School. Arthur Woman’s Club. April 1: The Homestead Bakery opens at The Great Pumpkin Patch (8th season). April 5: Toy & Farm Memorabilia Auction. Tri-County Auction Facility. April 6: Semi-Annual Consignment Sale. Tri-County Auction Facility. April 6: Bi-Annual Fish Fry. Otto Center. April 6: County Line Standard-Bred Horse Sale. Arthur Sale Barn. April 12, 13: 12th Annual Central Illinois Woodworking Tool & Supply Expo. Otto Center. April 13: Breakfast for Bibles, 7 to 10 a.m. Arthur Methodist Church. April 19: 9th Annual Benefit Auction for the Moultrie County Beacon. Otto Center. April 20: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market. April 22-27: 3rd Annual Quilt Walk. Downtown Arthur. Maps at Welcome Center. April 25-27: 24th Annual Arthur Quilt Show & Auction. Otto Center. May 3: Arthur Produce Annual Spring Tree & Landscaping Auction. May 4: Kelly Miller Circus. Arthur High School. May 4: Indoor Community Garage Sale. Moultrie-Douglas Fairgrounds. May 9: Ascension Day. All Amish businesses closed. May 11: East Central IL Standard-Bred & Pony Sale. Arthur Sale Barn. May 11: Miss Arthur Pageant.

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May 18: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market. May 25: Central Illinois Rabbit Breeders Association Show. MoultrieDouglas Fairgrounds. May 31, June 1: Strawberry Jam Festival. Downtown Arthur. June 1: Strawberry Social. Otto Center. June 1: The Homestead Bakery Open House at The Great Pumpkin Patch, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 1: The Great Gourd Gathering at The Great Pumpkin Patch. June 1: Strawberry Pork Chop Supper. 5 to 7 at Arthur Methodist Church. June 1: Cushman Scooters Daze. June 7, 8: All-Around Town Garage Sales. Maps at Welcome Center. June 7, 8: 12th Annual Heart of America Pony Sale. Vernon Yoder Farm/Tri-County Auction Facility. June 13: Farm to Fork Meal at The Great Pumpkin Patch. June 15: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market. June 15: 4th Annual Amish Country Tractor Cruise. 50-mile cruise featuring pre-1980 tractors. June 21: Movies Under the Stars. Vine St. Christian Church. Free outdoor family movie. June 29: Arthur Freedom Celebration Parade. June 29: Arthur Freedom Celebration. Arthur Rotary Club. July 5, 6: Horse Progress Days. Vernon Yoder Farm/Tri-County Auction Facility. July 8-13: 83rd Annual Moultrie-Douglas County Fair. July 11-13: East Central Illinois Shop Hop. July 19: Movies Under the Stars. Vine St. Christian Church Free outdoor family movie. July 20: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market. July 27: Antique/Modern Tractor & Machinery and Memorabilia Sale. Tri-County Auction Facility. August 2: Movies Under the Stars. Vine St. Christian Church Free outdoor family movie. August 17: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market. August 23: Movies Under the Stars. Vine St. Christian Church. Free outdoor family movie. August 23, 24: Arthur Mennonite Relief Sale. Otto Center. August 31-September 2: 41st Annual Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival. August 31: Slow Speed Tractor Races/Antique Tractor Show. August 31: Annual East Central Illinois Standard-Bred Auction. Arthur Sale Barn September TBA: 33rd Annual Men’s Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament. September 1: Ham & Beans Dinner. Arthur United Methodist Church.

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September 1: Homemade Ice Cream Social. Vine Street Christian Church. September 1: Slow Speed Tractor Races/Antique Tractor Show. September 2: Rat Race 5K/10K Run, 1-Mile Fun Run, 5K Recreational Walk & Kids Cheese Chasers Race. Arthur Woman’s Club. September 2: Slow Speed Tractor Races/Antique Tractor Show. September 13, 14: Fall All Around Town Garage Sales. Maps at Welcome Center. September 14: Annual Bob Galloway Memorial Amish Country Bike Tour. September 14-October 31: The Great Pumpkin Patch open for 25th season. September 21: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market. September 27-29: Arthur Homecoming Weekend. Parade, game and coronation. September 27: Toy Auction. Tri-County Auction Facility. September 28: Semi-Annual Consignment Sale. Tri-County Consignment Facility. October 1-31: The Great Pumpkin Patch open daily. October 11, 12: CIBR-BBQ KCBS Competition, Thrill of the Grill Competition. October 19: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market. October 24-31: Lighted Pumpkin House Display. October 25, 26: 20th Annual Haiti Auction. Otto Center. October 25, 26: Woodwrights Guild Fall Open House. October 26: Halloween Festival. Arthur High School. Arthur Woman’s Club. November 2: Bi-Annual Fish Fry. Otto Center. November 2: Fall Tillage Day at Floyd Miller Farm- 465 N. CR 475E, Arcola. November 8, 9: Spirit of the Holidays Bazaar. Arthur United Methodist Church. November 8, 9: Homesteaders on the Prairie Antique Show/Sale. Moultrie-Douglas Fairgrounds. November 9: Spirit of the Seasons/Gathering on the Prairie Antique Show/Sale. Otto Center. November 15: Christmas Auction. Otto Center. November 16: Amish Country Christmas Kickoff/Lighted Christmas Parade. November 16: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market. November 30: Small Business Day Promotion. December 7: Vine Street Church Christian Women’s Fellowship Annual Bazaar.

Arthur’s Visitor Center December 7: Breakfast with Santa. December 14: Farm Collectibles, Advertising & Memorabilia Auction. Tri-County Auction Facility. December 21: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market. December 25: Free Community Christmas Day Lunch. Vine Street Christian Church. • Nearby Rockome Gardens offers a wide range of activities throughout the season. See pages 16-17 for events and dates.

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Chesterville: River Scenes, Hearty Buffet And Shopping In The Heart Of Amish Country


long the banks of the Kaskaskia River and in the middle of Amish settlements, the charm of Chesterville greets visitors. In Chesterville, which is midway between Arcola and Arthur, visitors will discover an old-fashioned meat market, an outdoor furnishings business and a thriving restaurant that serves delicious and bountiful meals. While most travelers pass through Chesterville on Illinois Route 133 bound for Arthur, Arcola and other area destinations, Chesterville’s new bridge, located just north of Illinois Route 133, provides a picturChesterville is midway between Arthur and Arcola, in the heart of Amish Country. esque view of the Kaskaskia River, which In addition, travelers looking for a little adventure off the beaten path feeds into Lake Shelbyville. The bridge offers photographers a front row can visit the small Chesterville Cemetery, located just outside the village seat for snapshots of colorful autumnal foliage and the beauty of an icy over an ancient, one-lane bridge. In the cemetery is the mysterious witch’s stream in winter. grave. Local folklore has it the grave is that of a rebellious young woman The new bridge was constructed recently to replace a 115-year-old who was thought to be a witch. At one point, she disappeared and was iron bridge that was commonly known as the Chesterville Bridge. Citlater found dead in a farmer’s field. Although authorities ruled that she izens around Chesterville asked the county to build the original strucdied of natural causes, many were afraid she would come back to life and ture over the Kaskaskia River to take advantage of commercial seek revenge. The body was placed in the local funeral home and people advantages of the Illinois Central Railroad. In those days, it was called from all over the countryside came to view the witch’s body. She was the Kaskaskia River Bridge.

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buried in the cemetery and a tree was planted on her grave so her spirit would be trapped in the tree. As the tree grows directly from her grave, many local residents believe that if the tree is cut down or destroyed, the ghost of the witch will leave her grave and seek revenge on those who caused her death. Since that time, the womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ghost has allegedly appeared to passersby and visitors to the cemetery. The story goes that, thanks to the tree, the ghost is confined to the area around the grave. For hungry ghost seekers or other travelers, an option available in Chesterville is The Korner Cafe, which features Amish homestyle cooking including a hearty lunch buffet. Living up to its motto, The Place for Good Home Cookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, The Korner Cafe also offers a full menu that includes plate lunches with all the trimmings, soups, sandwiches, in addition to homemade breads, pies, cakes and other desserts. A full breakfast is served daily. Meanwhile, Dutch Valley Meats in Chesterville, located on the north side of Illinois Route 133, invites both local campers and those heading for home to stop in for some of the finest, freshest selections available today. The business features a wide variety of fresh meats, including offerings that come from local farms, such as

wood-smoked sausages and bacon. Looking for a variety of quality outdoor furnishings to decorate a lawn, porch or patio? If so, then visit EMC Outdoor Furnishings on Illinois Route 133. EMC offers shoppers a complete line of concrete ornaments, a selection of pressure-treated wood items and poly-vinyl products in seven different colors. Offerings include vinyl and wooden gazebos, arbors, swings, glider chairs, stationary chairs, benches, end tables, picnic tables, lighthouses, aluminum windmills and many more.

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Tuscola: Thriving Community, Douglas County Seat, Shopping, Dining And Fun


n Tuscola, people don’t beat around the bush much — they tend to get straight to the point. In that vein, they have worked hard as a community to make a point of offering high-end shopping, world class golfing and a spirit of entrepreneurship that people don’t find just anywhere. Other towns have their charms; Tuscola’s got the can-do spirit to make things happen and thrive. And that’s exactly the point. of the best shopping experiences in the Midwest.

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Big-city indulgence without the big-city hassle. Make a point of shopping in Tuscola. Go ahead, shop ’til you drop! Tuscola boasts Tanger Outlet Center, one of Central Illinois’ largest outlet malls—offering brand-name items like Coach, Harry & David, Gap, J. Crew, Under Armour, Ralph Lauren and Nike at unbeatable prices. When you’re finished there, head downtown to browse the shops along the lovely Sale Street area, including traditional, quaint Winterberry, the stylish Kelsey Furniture and Vintage Karma—a unique artist co-op. (Don’t forget to pick up some homemade chocolate at Flesor’s!) Whether you’re looking for the perfect day trip, a weekend getaway or coming back to stay, get right to the point.

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Handcrafted chocolate and candy? Check. Fresh boutique tea selection? You got it. Downtown farmer’s market? No problem. Come to Tuscola hungry and enjoy some of the best food found anywhere — just make sure to save room for dessert.

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Downtown Farmers’ Market is held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Tuscola every Saturday, June-August.

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March 1, 2: Rural Life Antique Show and Sale in two locations, the Douglas County Museum and the Tuscola Community Building. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Presented by Winterberry, the event is a benefit for the Douglas County Museum. For more information, visit April 6: Ballroom Dancing with the Gene Trimble Orchestra at the Douglas County Museum from 6 to 9 p.m.

April 12,13: City-Wide Spring Garage Sale. April 12-14: University of Illinois Momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Weekend Sidewalk Sale at Tanger Outlet. May 6-12: Tanger Grad Gift Card sale â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $10 off of $50 gift cards for grads. May 24-27: Memorial Day Weekend Sale at Tanger Outlet. June through August: Downtown Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market from 8 to 11 a.m., on Saturdays. June 1: Wheels Car Club Car Show in downtown Tuscola from 4 to 9 p.m. June 15: 2nd Annual Marilyn Davidson High Heel Dash â&#x20AC;&#x201D; downtown at Festival Corner. June 15: Ballroom Dancing with the Gene Trimble Orchestra at the Douglas County Museum from 6 to 9 p.m. July 4-7: 4th of July Weekend Sale at Tanger Outlet Center. July 6: Sparks in the Park Celebration. Tuscolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4th of July event in Ervin Park. July 21: Tanger Back-to-School Scavenger Hunt from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 9, 10: City-Wide Fall Garage Sale. August 17: Ballroom Dancing with the Gene Trimble Orchestra at the Douglas County Museum from 6 to 9 p.m. August 30-September 2: Labor Day Weekend Sale at Tanger Outlet Center. September 6-8: 42nd Annual Broom Corn Festival Sidewalk Sale at Tanger Outlet Center. September 28: Ballroom Dancing with the Gene Trimble Orchestra at the Douglas County Museum from 6 to 9 p.m. October 11-14: Columbus Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale at Tanger Outlet Center. October 31: Trick-or-Treat at Tanger Outlet Center, 5 to 7 p.m.


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Atwood: Linking 1873 History With Today

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November 8, 9: Rural Life Antique Show and Sale in two locations, the Douglas County Museum and the Tuscola Community Building. Visit November 22-24: Deer Widows Weekend at Tanger Outlet Center. November 23: Ballroom Dancing with the Gene Trimble Orchestra at the Douglas County Museum from 6 to 9 p.m. November 28-December 1: Moonlight Madness at Tanger. After Thanksgiving sales begin Thanksgiving night at 10 p.m. December 7: Tuscolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Christmastown Celebration. December 7: Breakfast with Santa at the Douglas County Museum from 8 to 11 a.m.

amed for the heavily wooded area surrounding a railroad line 27 miles east of Decatur, Atwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history dates back to 1873, when Atwood served as a stop for steam train engineers who loaded the trains with water from Lake Fork River. The engineers spoke often of stopping â&#x20AC;&#x153;at-the-woods.â&#x20AC;? A small community began blossoming on both sides of the tracks. In search of a name for their new hometown, settlers chose Atwood. Since the villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s humble beginning, Atwood has grown considerably. Today, 1,400 Illinoisans call the land located in both Piatt and Douglas counties along Route 36 their home. Those residents cherish the same wonderful ambiance of a Midwestern country town that brings visitors to Atwood each year. A line that runs through the heart of Atwood on Main Street serves as a boundary marker for the residents of the small farming community. Those living to the west are Piatt County residents, and those to the east of the marker comprise part of Douglas Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population. A history lesson is offered at the Harris Agricultural Museum, where visitors can learn about the history of agriculture and relive the past while observing the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many exhibits. Among the highlights of the community are the many shops. Atwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s businesses offer shoppers such items as jewelry, dining, furniture, resale/craft and meat from an old-fashioned market. Mark your calendars for August 16 and 17, the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20th Annual Apple Dumpling Festival. Along with crafts, food, a large parade, a car show and various contests, festival attendees can bite into homemade apple dumplings that come garnished with homemade ice cream. Other community events include Atwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 84-year-old annual Halloween parade, the All-Around-Town Garage Sale weekends, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;KickOff Christmas Festivitiesâ&#x20AC;? and parade. For more information about the charming Village of Atwood, call the Atwood Chamber of Commerce at 217-578-2734 or e-mail at 2013 Atwood Calendar of Events Dates of events are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information, and additional activities.

March 30: Easter Egg Hunt. May 31, June 1: All-Around-Town Garage Sales. August 16, 17: 20th Annual Apple Dumpling Festival. October 4, 5: All-Around-Town Garage Sales. October 27: Halloween Festival & 84th Annual Halloween Parade. November 16: Kick-Off Christmas Festivities.

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Shopping, Outdoor Activities And The Arts Abound In Sullivan


This summer's productions are Fiddler on the Roof, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anything Goes, Will Rogers Follies and Monty Python's SPAMalot. The Little Theatre also offers plays for younger audiences. Visit The Little Theatre website at for show dates and times. The Little Theatre On The Square has played to more than 600,000 admissions, including over 130,000 admissions to the Theatre For Young Audiences series.

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n Sullivan, visitors will find people with a strong sense of community and connection to the traditions of their agricultural heritage. The town is well known for The Little Theatre On The Square, which brings in big stars to the small community. Local resident Guy Little Jr. opened the theater in 1957, and this professional quality theater continues to entertain audiences decades later.

More Sullivan Attractions Visitors are invited to shop in Sullivan. Yoder’s Handcrafted Amish Furniture offers custom furniture and cabinets, including kitchens, chairs, tables, bedroom sets and outdoor furniture. For the best in primitives, cottage, country and painted pine furniture, shoppers will enjoy a trip to The Briarwood. Sullivan’s blossoming art scene has several The Moultrie County Courthouse, centerpiece of Sullivan’s historic square. great galleries featuring multiple artists. 2013 Sullivan Calendar of Events Don’t miss The Factory Art Studios in the historic Brown Shoe buildDates and events are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information ing to see work by over 30 artists. Other shops not to miss include The and activities at 217-728-4223 or visit Flower Pot, My Garden, The Shop at 9 West and Dunn Shabby. For outdoor activities, visit Okaw Valley Orchard to pick your April 19, 20: Spores ’n’ More Regional Mushroom Hunt & Auction. own apples or peaches in season or sample apple doughnuts and April 26-28: 37th Annual Prairieland Frontiersmen Spring Renslushies in the gift shop. Buxton’s Garden Farm always has a varidezvous. ety of produce, gifts, and cut flowers, as well as pumpkins and April 27: Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development Business Christmas trees in season. Expo. May: 3-5: Sullivan Show Choir Dinner Theatre. May 4: CHAIR-ity Gala Fundraiser and Alexa Snyder solo Art Show, Exhibition of Quantum Physics Figurative Body of Oil Paintings at The Factory Art Studios. May 17-19: Lincoln Trails Council-DNR Links to the Future at Wolf Creek. May 27: Sullivan Street Machine Association Memorial Day Car City/Country s Painted Furniture Show at Wyman Park. sPrimitives s&LORALS June: 5-16: The Little Theatre on the Square presents Fiddler on the To view the store and products, visit Roof — 217-728-7375. June 13: Farm to Fork Dinner at The Great Pumpkin Patch. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5 June 14: Moultrie County Relay for Life. 917 West Harrison, Sullivan, IL 61951 June 19-30: The Little Theatre on the Square presents A Funny (217) 728-2725 | Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum — 217-728-7375. From Route 121, turn south at Railroad Track, go South 2 blocks July 3-14: The Little Theatre on the Square presents Anything Goes — 217-728-7375.


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July 4: American Legion Post 68 July 4th Celebration with parade, carnival and fireworks. July 17-28: The Little Theatre on the Square presents The Will Rogers Follies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 217-728-7375. July 20 - Tentative: Okaw Valley Orchard opens for the season. July 28: Hummingbird Fest at Okaw Valley Orchard. July 31-August 11: The Little Theatre on the Square presents Monty Pythonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SPAMalot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 217-728-7375.

August 10: Sullivan Area Arts â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cruisinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Cornfieldsâ&#x20AC;? Bicycle Tour â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 217-728-2684. September 21: Farm to Fork Dinner on Stage at The Little Theatre on the Square. October 4-31: Shotgun Manor Haunted House â&#x20AC;&#x201D; every Friday and Saturday in October. October 5: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Angels & Demons III,â&#x20AC;? exhibition of Order and Chaos at The Factory Art Studios. October 11: Sullivan High School Annual Homecoming Celebration. October 18-19: Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development Oktoberfest with 9th Annual Chili Cook-off. October 18-19: Artoberfest Art Contest. October 31: Sullivan Chamber & Economic Development Safe Trick-or-Treat. November 2: Saturday Morning Arcade Time Machine, Exhibition of 1980s Cartoon vs. 8-bit Video Game Inspired artworks at The Factory Art Studios. November 30: Christmas Parade in Sullivan at noon. December TBA: Sullivan Church of God Live Nativity (Carolyn Ledbetter). December 7: Christmas at The Factory Art Studios.

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Lake Shelbyville: Beaches, Parks, Wildlife, Aquatic Center And Many More Attractions Welcome Visitors July 4: Fireworks at Forest Park in ake Shelbyville and its comShelbyville. munities offer great recreJuly 26, 27: Findlay Walleye Fesation, attractions, events, and tival in downtown Findlay. accommodations for a day or for a August 15-18: Windsor Harvest vacation. Shelby County plays host to Picnic at Windsor City Park. the southern two-thirds of Lake ShelAugust 23-25: Cowden Pioneer byville and the new U.S. Army Corps Days at Cowden City Park. of Engineers Interpretive Center and September 20-22: Tower Hill Fall offices. Lake Shelbyville was created Festival in Tower Hill Park. by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers October 11-13: Touchstone Enin the 1960s and offers many opporergy Balloon Fest. Hot Air Balloons tunities for visitors. take flight over Lake Shelbyville. Lake Shelbyville is known for Balloon tasks, night glow, basket great fishing and hunting. There are burn, food and more. hundreds of miles of shoreline, seOctober 11-13: Scarecrow Daze. cluded coves and more than 11,000 Hot air balloons take flight over Lake Shelbyville. Scavenger hunts, entertainment, and acres of water to enjoy. For hunters and naturalists, three designated wildlife management areas, totaling more games in Forest Park and downtown Shelbyville. November 22-December 30: Shelbyville Festival of Lights in Forest Park. than 6,800 acres, are located at the lake’s shores. There are five federal and two state parks with camping and boat launches. Some offer beaches as Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 6 to 10 p.m. December 7, 14, 21: Hometown Holidays in Shelbyville. well as equestrian campsites and trails for riding, hiking and biking. December 7: Holiday in Herrick in downtown Herrick. Shelbyville serves as the county seat for Shelby County and features December 7: Old-Fashioned Christmas on Main in downtown Forest Park which includes an aquatic center that offers something for everyone in the family such as a zero-depth entry pool, diving boards, Moweaqua. slides, concession stand and sandbox area. The park also offers picnic areas, pavilions, baseball and softball diamonds, a soccer field, athletic center, sunken garden, fishing lagoon, and entrance into the General Dacey trail. Five Looking for Lincoln Wayside Exhibits tell the story of Abraham Lincoln’s time in Shelbyville. One honors the forgotten debate between Lincoln and Anthony Thornton and is graced by statues designed by John McClarey. Also in Shelby County, the village of Findlay is known as “The Heart of Lake Shelbyville.” The village of Moweaqua is home to the Coal Mine Museum, which houses many artifacts from the area’s 1932 Christmas Eve coal mine disaster, and a Looking for Lincoln Wayside Exhibit is displayed on Main Street. The village of Cowden is home to one of five covered bridges in the state and hosts a rodeo yearly in its park. The village of Windsor recently celebrated its sesquicentennial and is host to the longest running festival in Illinois, the Windsor Harvest Picnic. Strasburg is known for its gnomes and is host to a Looking for Lincoln Wayside Exhibit. Stewardson delights with their “Hoofin’ to the Cow” 5K and frightens with the Haunted Barn and Trails. Two Shelby County communities received 2011 Governor’s Hometown Awards, Stewardson for its Haunted Barn and Trails and Shelbyville for the Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest. The county also plays host to three wineries and offers plenty of family friendly and affordable events and attractions. Visit or call 800-874-3529 for updated event listings, attractions, and accommodations.


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April 5-7: Geocache MOGA Event, Cachelo, Quest for the Dragon’s Cache. Lake Shelbyville Area. April 19-20: Spores ’N’ More Morel Mushroom Festival. June 6-9: Moweaqua Pow Wow Days at Moweaqua City Park. 2013 Discover Visitor & Vacation Guide To Central Illinois | PAGE 41

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Urbana, Champaign Co.: Arts, University Culture, Big Ten Sports, Diverse Entertainment


he nail-biting excitement of Big Ten Conference sports, the multi-cultural home of the University of Illinois, unique attractions and a wide variety of nightlife create a true and extremely diverse entertaining experience that awaits visitors to Champaign County. Take the time to sample a county combining the finest aspects of big cities with the values of the prairie. Diversity is reflected in cuisine, entertainment and intellectual stimulation. Whether it is downtown nightlife, Asian to Italian restaurants, blues to boogie, Champaign County has it all. Downtown Urbana is home to 10 art galleries; visitors to the area will enjoy spending a leisurely day or weekend shopping for art and crafts and dining in the eight restaurants within a 3-block area. The landmark 1870 Buseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hall/Princess Theater in downtown Urbana has been home to Cinema Gallery for 12 years. They represent over 50 professional artists of the Midwest, including current and retired faculty from the University of Illinois, Parkland College, Eastern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Fontbonne University, and the University of Missouri. Media on display are ceramics, drawings, glass, mixed media, painting, and sculpture. Cinema Gallery is located in the Heartland Gallery, located in landmark 1870 Busey Hall/ the heart of historic downtown Princess Theater in downtown Urbana at 112 W. Main St., is an Urbana. art and craft gallery and gift shop specializing in contemporary Irish art and handcrafted items from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall. Owner Jan Chandler opened the gallery six and a half years ago, after multiple trips to Ireland and after spending six months living in Dublin with her husband John, who was on sabbatical from his teaching position. She now travels regularly to both Ireland and Scotland seeking artistic treasures to share with the community. There is something for everyone here, and one need not have a Celtic heritage to appreciate the beauty and the quality of craftsmanship found in the items featured throughout the gallery. The gallery highlights the work of approximately 100 artists and craftspeople from abroad and almost 50 others from the U.S. and Canada, including a handful of local artists. The walls of the gallery are covered with many small original paintings and other wall art such as photography, calligraphy, cast paper art, framed ceramic tiles, and bronze wall sculptures, all in an affordable price range. Displayed on

tables and shelves are a variety of 3-D items including functional and non-functional ceramics, metal sculpture, wood, glass, and other mediums. In addition, the gallery offers quite a large selection of handcrafted jewelry items in sterling silver and pewter, plus a unique selection of knitwear, tweed, and handwoven items such as Heartland Gallery is located at scarves and handbags. Smaller gift items include soaps, can112 W. Main St.,Urbana, dles, colognes, puzzles, games and fine art cards. Some items in the collection contain elements of Celtic design such as knotwork and spirals, and zoomorphic (animal) symbols. Nature and mythological themes prevail among many of the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works. Heartland Gallery is also a small venue for musicians and performing artists, including some from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. A current schedule of events is included on the website at Regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. You can also find Heartland Gallery on Facebook. For more info, call Jan at 217-337-4767. Wind Water & Light Gallery, located in downtown Urbana, IL, in historic Lincoln Square, is the place to find that one-of-akind gift for that special someone. From the Gallery's beginning in 2004, it has specialized in unique but affordable gift items. The gallery carries the art & craft of nearly 200 artisans, half of which are local. Offerings include paintings, jewelry, drawings, glass, woodwork, fiber art, ceramics, photography, pottery, wind chimes, Wind Water & Light Gallery night lights, lamps, scones, home decor, apparel, games, books, tiles, judaica and is located at 161 Lincoln more fun throngs. Lots of up-cycling, reSquare,Urbana. cycling and re-purposing. Other galleries in the nearby Urbana area, are Amara Yoga and Arts, 156B Lincoln Square; Art Coop Gallery, 150 Lincoln Square; Beads n Botanicals, 117 N. Broadway; Eclectic Artist Co-op, 123 W. Main; International Galleries, 118 Lincoln Square; Kalarte Gallery, 112 W. Main; Urbana Museum of Photography, 122A Main St.


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Lake Of The Woods Forest Preserve Features Several Exhibits Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve is a popular site located in a rolling wooded area near Mahomet, IL. This beautiful preserve occupies nearly 900 acres along the corridor of the Sangamon River, according to Highlighting Lake of the Woods are several well-known attractions (see below). The preserve also offers fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing, sledding, the HI-Tower Bell Carillon and observation area, building rentals and educational programs. Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve is located 10 miles west of ChampaignUrbana on Interstate 74 at Mahomet, exits 172 or 174. For faster access to the Museum of the Grand Prairie (formerly Early American Museum) and Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden, take exit 172. For faster access to district headquarters and the golf course, take exit 174. Addresses are: Main entrance — 109 S. Lake of the Woods Road; Mahomet boathouse entrance — 101 N. Lake of the Woods Road; Golf course — 405 N. Lake of the Woods Road; and Museum and Garden entrance — 950 N. Lombard St. Museum of the Grand Prairie Exhibits An Architect on the Prairie: Joseph Royer and his Legacy – The Champaign County Courthouse, the Urban Free Library, and the Lincoln Hotel were all designed by Joseph Royer. His architectural work spanned from the Gilded Age to the Cold War and left an indelible mark on the face of our country. Permanent Museum Exhibits: Prairie Stories — Each of us has our own story, a story of living here — on the verge of the Grand Prairie. Our stories inform our lives and the lives of those around us. Come visit and read, see, and listen to stories of Native Americans and settlers, farmers and city folk, Irish and Germans and African Americans. Reflect on how the stories of others are similar to, or different from your own. Blacksmithing on the Prairie — Come see the family blacksmith shop begun by A.B Chesebro in Saunemin, IL, in 1896 and later brought to the Museum of the Grand Prairie. In 1993, the museum’s staff walked into a block and frame shop that Ralph Chesebro, A.B.’s son, had walked out of for the last time in the 1930s. Oral history interviews were recorded with Ralph’s family. The shop itself was tirelessly drawn to scale, photographed and videoed. The contents of the shop have been moved and a total of 5,500 objects have been marked and added to the museum. Research on the Chesebros, Saunemin and area blacksmiths has been conducted; and — within the walls of the museum — the blacksmith shop itself was partially reconstructed. Enjoy the interactives, see the wagon equipment and view the tools of the blacksmith trade in this comprehensive exhibit. Champaign County’s Lincoln — The man-made environment that Lincoln knew in Champaign County is almost completely gone and the natural environment has been vastly altered. This exhibit recreates those places and evokes that lost environment. Visitors will appreciate the era in which Lincoln made friends, worked and built his political career in our community. Visitors can enter the county, the way Lincoln did, in a buggy. They can visit Kelley'’s tavern, have their photograph taken in Alschuler’s studio, and visit the Goose Pond Church where they’ll hear neighbors talking about the political issues of 1856 as they wait for Lincoln to arrive.

Other Attractions Middle Fork Campground: Whether you choose to play hard or just relax surrounded by nature, you can create memories at Middle Fork Campground in the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve. Fish, hike, swim, watch wildlife, listen to nature or sit around the campfire getting reacquainted with family and friends. Each campsite is a quiet retreat shaded by large oaks, hickory and hackberry trees. Wildflowers grow in abundance. All sites are close to the beach and other amenities. Ice, firewood and other necessities can be purchased from the Campground Host. Watch for the schedule of nature programs to be offered on weekends throughout the summer. Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden: The Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden in Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve is located just off Illinois Route 47 in Mahomet. The garden boasts some of the most beautiful and diverse flora in East Central Illinois. Many couples have exchanged their wedding vows in this colorful setting. The garden has evolved over a period of years from a small garden outside the museum to the eight acres it covers today. A major renovation in 1974 was spearheaded by H.I. Gelvin, the founder of the Forest Preserve District, and the area was named in tribute to his late wife, Mabery. Additions to the original Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden include the award-winning Miriam Davies Memorial Enabling Garden, located at the south end, and the Discovery Garden, which is directly behind the museum. There is no admission fee to enter Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve or the Botanical Garden. Visitors may access the garden through the Museum of the Grand Prairie (formerly Early American Museum), which also has no admission fee, or they may enter the garden by going around the museum to the gate on the east side. The garden is open the same hours as the preserve, generally from 7 a.m. to sundown. Visit, or call (local) 217-351-4133, or (tollfree) 800-369-6151. 2013 Champaign County Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information & additional activities.

April 11-14: Boneyard Arts Festival, Champaign County. April 17-21: Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, Virginia Theatre, Champaign. April 26, 27: Christie Clinic IL Marathon & 27th Mile Celebrate Victory Bash. May 4: Market at the Square opens for the season. June 21-23: Taste of Champaign, Urbana. June 27-30: Bloomington Gold Corvette Show, Champaign. June 28, 29: Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, Champaign. July 4: Countywide Fourth of July festivities. July 19-27: 161st Champaign County Fair.

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Bethany: Serene Setting Near Major Commerce And Recreation


ethany, located seven miles west of Sullivan on Illinois Route 121, is a community that offers much to both visitors and residents. A unique feature of Bethany is that the city owns and operates all of its utilities. For visitors, another important feature is the village’s location. Bethany is located just 18 miles from the metropolitan commerce center of Decatur, but it still manages to offer a serene setting with close proximity to Lake Shelbyville, one of the top recreational lakes in Illinois. The residents of Bethany believe in continuing to provide a safe community, strong schools and opportunities for the benefit of all the residents. Families are welcome to enjoy the atmosphere of a small town. Bethany was originally known as Marrowbone. The name was established by two hunters who camped for a night in the area. Scattered bones left over from a meal of venison led them to call their camp Marrowbone. A short time later, in 1828, the first settlers came to Marrowbone Township and progress soon followed. By 1877, Bethany was incorporated as a village, and included brick store buildings, a grist mill, a water mill, churches and a railroad. By 1881, there were 1,595 residents in Bethany. With 1,352 current residents, Bethany, now in its 136th year, has managed to maintain the peaceful ambiance of a small-town, middle-American community. Built in 1977, Crowder Park continues to be one of the city’s most popular locations. The park includes 70 acres and features three pavilions, athletic fields, a playground, tennis courts, a bike trail, skate park and restroom facilities. For local events and information, visit 2013 Bethany Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead at 217-665-3351 for specific information and additional activities.

May 3, 4: Annual Spring Townwide Rummage Sales. June 21, 22: Bethany Celebration at Crowder Park. September 13, 14: Fall Townwide Rummage Sales. December 7: Santa Comes to Town, Christmas Area Events and Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.


Paris In Illinois — A Taste Of Honey


aris, IL, is one of the Midwest’s best kept community secrets — a town whose values might have been painted by Norman Rockwell, but with eyes wide open to the best promises of the 21st century. After spending most of the 20th century with few changes, Paris began to grow in the 1980s and 1990s. Paris is as quick to show off its new industrial parks, retail areas and residential subdivisions, as it is to have visitors tour the historic courthouse square or meander through magnificent neighborhoods established in the 19th century. In late September, Paris sweetens the autumn season with a bit of honey during its annual Honeybee Festival. The three-day festival attracts throngs of folks looking for family fun and a bit of the sweet nectar. The festival is partly a celebration of the invaluable contributions of the honey bee to the area’s agriculture. Shoppers can enjoy the traditional downtown square surrounding the Edgar County Courthouse. Quilters won’t want to miss Lori’s Pins ’n’ Needles, where over 3,000 bolts of fabric, along with books and patterns, delight customers. For more information, call the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism at 217-465-4179. 2013 Paris Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information & additional activities.

May 17: Chamber Spring Fling Golf Tournament. June 7-9: Edgar County Shrine BBQ & Parade. June 22: Edgar County 4-H BBQ. July 4: Independence Day Celebration. July 19, 20: Allis Chalmer’s Orange Power of the Past Working Show. July 19-24: Edgar County 4-H Fair. July 20-27: Edgar County Fair. August 3: American Cancer Society® Relay for Life. September: 20: Chamber Honeybee Golf Outing. September: 27-29: Annual Kiwanis Honeybee Festival. September 13-October 31: Pumpkin Works open daily. November 2: Community Prayer Breakfast. November 24-January 1, 2014: Holiday in the Park. December 6: Christmas in the Park, city of Paris.

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Charleston: Historic Past, Progressive Growth mother, Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln. ich in Lincoln history and full of Although Abraham Lincoln was a resident family fun, Charleston is a great of Springfield by the time his father, getaway destination all year long. Thomas, bought this last farm in 1837, he Whether visiting for pleasure or business, remained in frequent contact with his father the city’s atmosphere is a perfect blend of and extended family in Coles County. historic past, modern culture and progresAs an up-and-coming lawyer, Lincoln sive growth. Rich Lincoln history is part of traveled the eighth judicial circuit, which Charleston’s charm. brought him through Coles County reguCharleston was established as the Coles larly in the 1840s. During his stay, LinCounty seat in the 1830s. The community coln, always concerned for the welfare of grew with the arrival of the railroad system. his parents, would often make the eightIn 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. mile trip south of town for a visit. AcDouglas held one of their seven debates in cording to relatives, he regularly came Charleston. To commemorate this historic bearing gifts including cash and notes due event, the community of Charleston comhim for his legal services in Coles County. pleted the Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum One such gift was Abraham Lincoln’s purin 2000 at the Coles County Fairgrounds. chase of 40 acres of his father’s farm, On the beautifully landscaped grounds of which he promptly deeded back to him for the Debate Museum, visitors can pose for a a life tenancy. photo with the life-sized bronze sculptures Today, Lincoln Log Cabin is an 86-acre of the candidates, watch a film that tells the historic site that is owned and operated by story of the Charleston debate, explore inthe Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, teractive displays and even try on Lincoln’s Division of Historic Sites. The site inboots and hat. cludes an accurate reproduction of the LinCharleston is also home to Eastern Illicolns’ two-room cabin that was nois University, which was founded in 1895 constructed on the original cabin site in as a teacher’s college. Today, the univer1935 as a CCC (Civilian Conservation sity’s campus boasts stunning architecture, Mr. Lincoln often makes appearances Corps) project. beautiful landscaping and excellent collein the Charleston area. A working living history farm has been giate sports and fine arts performances. developed around the cabin, and a second farmstead, the Stephen SarThe Doudna Fine Arts Center is Eastern Illinois University’s newest gent Farm, has been moved to the site to help broaden visitors’ underarchitectural landmark, designed by the internationally famous architect standing of 1840s rural life in Illinois. One mile north is the Moore Antoine Predock. This newly renovated and greatly expanded facility Home State Historic Site, scene of president-elect Lincoln’s poignant boasts several public arts venues: The Theatre, which seats 300; the farewell to his family in January of 1861 before leaving to assume the Black Box studio theater; the 600-seat Dvorak Concert Hall; the 180presidency. seat Recital Hall; the 150-seat Lecture Hall; and several corridor art The centerpiece of the site is the reconstructed Lincoln farm where galleries. The Doudna Fine Arts Center also houses EIU’s departments daily, between May and October, interpreters go about performing the of Art, Music and Theatre Arts. For more information, visit multitude of tasks involved in maintaining a mid-19th-century farm. The interpreters represent Lincoln’s extended family and offer many insights on the man they know not as president but as a son, a brother, a Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site cousin, and a favored uncle. Lincoln Log Cabin, operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation In addition to experiencing an in-depth look at life in the 1840s, on seAgency, preserves the last home of Abraham Lincoln's father and step-


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Enjoy the famous architecture of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Mainâ&#x20AC;? on the EIU campus. lect weekends throughout the year, a variety of special events showcasing period arts, crafts, and activities take place. For more information on Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, call 217-345-1845, follow the site on Facebook or visit 2013 Charleston Calendar of Events Dates subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information and additional activities.

April 19-21: Celebration: A Festival of the Arts. For more information, visit, or call 217-581-2113. May 4: Sheep to Clothing at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. For more information, visit, or call 217-345-1845. June TBA: Corn Belt Shrine Club & Tractor Pull. For more information, visit, or call 217-232-1477. June 22: Coles County Barbershop Chorus Annual Show. Charleston High School. A 4 p.m. concert followed by dinner and Afterglow. For more

Historic crafts come alive as the town honors the famous Lincoln/Douglas debates, one of which was held in Charleston in 1858. information and to buy tickets, go to June 28: Charleston Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing. For more information visit,, or call 217-345-7041. July 3, 4: Red, White & Blue Days. For more information, visit, or call 217-345-7691. July 25: Christmas in July Trivia Night - Fundraiser for Christmas in the Heart of Charleston. Charleston Public Library at 6 p.m. For more information, call (217) 348-0430. July 28-August 4: 160th Annual Coles County Fair at Coles County Fairgrounds. For more information, call 217-345-2656 or visit August 11: Annual Bluegrass Jam at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. For more information, visit, or call 217345-1845. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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August 31: Annual Coles County Air Show at Coles County Airport. For more information, visit, or call 217234-7120. September 21: Charleston Challenge Duathlon. For more information, visit, or call 217-345-6897. October 18-20: EIU Homecoming. Parade Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Kickoff at 1 p.m. For more information, visit November 9: Charleston Challenge 40-Mile Relay. For more information, visit, or call 217-3456897. December 7: Christmas in the Heart of Charleston. Visit historic downtown Charleston filled with the Christmas spirit. For more information, visit, or call 217-348-0430.


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Mattoon: Hospitality, Baseball And Bagels Abound


attoon traces its history to the mid-1800s, when railroaders constructed the Terre Haute and Alton Railroad. When word spread that the Illinois Central Railroad was also planning to roll its steam engines through the land that is now Mattoon, settlers began to arrive. By 1855, the area had been named for William Mattoon, a prominent railroad man involved in building the Terre Haute and Alton Railroad. Suddenly, land that had previously been home primarily to swamp and prairie grasses, was transformed. Homes and businesses were built at a rapid pace, and, in 1861, the city fathers established Mattoonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s " charter, and growth continued. Today, Mattoon, loâ&#x20AC;˘ Newly Decorated Rooms cated just a half-mile â&#x20AC;˘ Free High-Speed Internet west of Interstate 57, â&#x20AC;˘ 61 Clean Comfortable Rooms is home to more than â&#x20AC;˘ Free Super Start Breakfast â&#x20AC;˘ Free Local & Long Distance Phone Calls 20,000 citizens who â&#x20AC;˘ Free Cable TV with HBO, CNN, ESPN enjoy an abundance â&#x20AC;˘ King, Queen, Double Beds of recreational opporâ&#x20AC;˘ Business Center In Lobby tunities. Seven parks â&#x20AC;˘ Restaurant Next Door serve the community by offering lighted tennis courts, a large " ! ! " " ! " ! $ " # outdoor swimming



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Mattoonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown mural. pool, playgrounds and picnic areas. For lovers of other outdoor activities, Mattoonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two lakes, Lake Paradise and Lake Mattoon, provide many forms of recreation, including fishing, boating, water skiing, sailing and camping. Mattoon is famed for its baseball. Nearly 2,000 baseball and softball enthusiasts participate in leagues in Mattoon, making it the self-proclaimed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baseball Capital of the World.â&#x20AC;? In 2002, the city hosted the inaugural Cal Ripken World Series, a youth baseball tournament established by the great former Baltimore Orioles shortstop. The tournament featured visits by Ripken and many other well-known athletes, and teams from across the globe competed for the national championship. Mattoon hosts thousands of youth athletes each year not only for baseball, but softball, soccer, basketball, football and more. Mattoon is also known for its hospitality and bagels. Get the best of both during the annual Bagelfest each July. After Murray Lender of Lenderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bagels held a free bagel breakfast to introduce bagels to the city, the community leaders established Mattoonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bagelfest, an annual multiday event. The festival annually draws about 40,000 people. Collectively, the group consumes around 40,000 bagels, which are served by volun-

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teers. In 1996, Mattoon’s own Lender’s bagel plant unveiled a 563-pound bagel creation that had been baked in a specially-designed brick oven. The feat was recorded in the 1997 edition of the Guinness Book of World Mattoon Holiday Lightworks Records. 2013 will in Peterson Park. mark the 28th anniversary of the festival, and is sure to be a great celebration. For those interested in Abraham Lincoln, Mattoon was a featured stop on one of Lincoln’s political campaigns. In 1858, Lincoln, then a lawyer, addressed a crowd of townspeople from the east window of the Essex House hotel in Mattoon. Just three years later, Lincoln, newly elected to lead the country, waved farewell to his stepmother, Sarah Bush Lincoln, as his train headed out of Illinois for the White House. By that time, Lincoln’s father, who had settled in the area in 1831, was at final rest in his grave at Shiloh Cemetery, which is located southeast of Mattoon in rural Coles County. Lincoln’s stepmother was buried next to Thomas Lincoln in 1869. Today, Mattoon continues to grow and flourish, but the city still has its small town charm. Downtown Mattoon has experienced its own renaissance as the Mattoon Depot has been chosen as the future home of Mattoon Tourism and Arts. Look for evidence of this all around as murals, streetscapes and thriving businesses make their home in downtown Mattoon. For more information, call 217-258-6286 or 800-500-6286, or visit 2013 Mattoon Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information & additional activities.

April 27: Herbfest. July 4: Independence Day Celebration. Call 800-500-6286 or visit July 16-20: Annual Bagelfest Celebration. For more information, visit July 19-21: Mattoon Bagelfest Softball Tournament. August 24: Coles County Airport Airshow. November 15-December 25: Mattoon Lightworks. Enjoy the lights of the season in beautiful Peterson Park.

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Lincoln’s Trial & Tribulations — An Extraordinary Evening Attend a dinner/theater experience at two historic sites in Oakland while hearing the tale of the 1847 Matson Slave Trial, in which Abraham Lincoln represented a slaveowner for the only time in his career. Enjoy a delicious 1847 era meal while characters involved in the trial and surrounding events recount their tales. Dates for the events are Saturday, June 29; Saturday, July 13; and Friday, September 20, from Penn Central Depot at Rutherford Complex. 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $30 per person. For more information, call 217-508-9113 or visit or email at Annual Father/Son Camp On October 24-27, nearby Walnut State Park will be the site of the annual Father/Son Camp. What began in 1995 as an overnight outing for three dads and three sons, has grown into a four-day event accommodating around 600 fathers and sons. The camp endeavors to encourage the bond between fathers and sons through outdoor adventures, and to ignite a passion for Christian service. For more information and/or to obtain an application, visit While in Oakland, visit one or more of the local businesses, the true heart of the community. Stop by for a quick breakfast to start the day. Visitors will find everything from building supplies to farm machinery, furniture, carpet, floor tile, T-shirts, paint and groceries. Visitors are sure to get into the Christmas spirit by attending the annual King’s IV Family Christmas Music Show and Celebration. In its fourth year, the Lee family will entertain with songs of the season and beautiful scenery with some special effects. Come join the fun December, 12, 13 and 14 for an inspiring Christmas Season evening event.

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are also encouraged to stop by Walnut Point State Park just north of Oakland with its fishing, boating, camping, snack bar and beautiful scenery. History buffs will want to visit the Dr. Rutherford home and compound to step back in time to the mid-1800s. Visit the railroad depot, doctor's office, historic machinery display in the Mail Pouch Barn or ring Oakland's version of the Liberty Bell.

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March 30: Easter Egg Hunt/Chalk Art for children on the Square. May 4: City-Wide Yard Sale in villages of Oakland and Hindsboro. April 28: Miss Oakland Pageant at Oakland High School. June 8: Run for the Health of It. 5K run/walk. Oakland Swimming Pool. June 29: Hummingbird Banding Event at Ethington Property. June 29: Trial & Tribulations. July 6: Jonah Fish Fry at Oakland Lake Park. July 13: Trial & Tribulations. August 31: City-Wide Yard Sale in villages of Oakland and Hindsboro. September 20: Trial & Tribulations. October 24-27: Father/Son Camp at Walnut Point State Park. October 31: Halloween Party/Costume Contest at Columbian Building on the Square. December 7: Breakfast with Santa at Lakecrest School. December 12-14: Kings IV Christmas Concert at Columbian Building on the Square. 2013 Discover Visitor & Vacation Guide To Central Illinois | PAGE 49

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Greenup: ‘Village Of The Porches’ Looks To Future With Ties To Past

Greenup’s business district is listed on the National Registry Of Historic Buildings.


iscover historic Greenup, the “Village of the Porches” and the “Gateway to Lincoln Log Cabin State Park,” as it looks toward a bright future built on its ties to the past. Located along Interstate 70 on one side and the National Road (U.S. 40) on the other side, Greenup continues to climb into elite company as a tourist destination by combining its rich history, beautiful landscape and plentiful arts and crafts shops with exciting new attractions. Greenup is a village of 1,532 residents with architecture that gives it a look from a bygone era. The business district is listed on the National Registry of Historic Buildings. Many of the store fronts have over-hang-

is a replica of the original “Jackson-style” covered bridge. History continues to be preserved in Greenup with the 1870s Depot and Johnson Building; both are restored and were relocated along Cumberland Street. Greenup is also located in the heart of Lincoln territory. Several locations are marked with “Abraham Lincoln Visited Here.” Lincoln Log Cabin and Fox Ridge State Park are located in Coles County, just 12 to 14 miles north of Greenup. Greenup is beautiful throughout the entire year. In the spring, blooming redbud trees line Cumberland Street, and the summer months find a variety of flowers in bloom on each corner. The fall foliage is gorgeous, and during the Christmas season, the overhanging porches are decked with greenery and lights. For information, please visit 2013 Greenup Calendar of Events Dates of events are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information & additional activities.

This 200-foot span covered bridge is located on the National Road west of Greenup. ing porches from the second story. Some think these porches suggest the look of a western town, and others see a New Orleans flair. The main street, or Cumberland Street, is also part of the National Road. Greenup has the distinction of having one of the longest continuous drivable sections of the National Road still in existence. One mile west of downtown on the National Road is the Cumberland County Covered Bridge. This 200-foot span timber bridge, built in 2000, PAGE 50 | 2013 Discover Visitor & Vacation Guide To Central Illinois

January through December: Hootenanny — 1st Saturday of the month at 7 p.m. Free musical entertainment. Contact 217-923-3401 March 30: Cumberland County Fair Association Easter Egg Hunt. For more information, visit: July 5: Cumberland County Fair Association Tractor Pull. For more information, visit August 18-24: Cumberland County Fair. Thoroughbred and harness races, tractor pulls, 4-H shows, musical entertainment, demolition derby and a carnival for the kids. For more information, visit: October 3-5: Greenup Fall Festival. Craft fair and parade joined together with food, music and fun. Contact 217-923-3751 or 217-9239233. October 18, 19, 25, 26: Cumberland County Fair Association Halloween Hayride. For more information, visit: October 26: Greenwood Home Extension Unit Halloween Celebration. Costume judging, cake walk, food and fun. December 13: Chamber of Commerce Visit with Santa. 6 to 8 p.m. Hotdogs, drinks, treat bags and pictures with Santa.

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Come to Greenup for a fun-filled weekend and experience small town charm. Greenup is rich in history, antiques, crafts, shopping and food. reenup is a village of 1,532 residents. Its architecture is lost in time. The business district is listed on the National Registry of Historic Buildings. Many of the store fronts have over-hanging porches from their second story. Some think these porches suggest the look of a western town, and others see a New Orleans flair. The main street or Cumberland Street is also a part of the National Road. Cumberland County Covered Bridge Greenup has the distinction of having one of the longest continuous driveable sections of the National Road still in existence. One mile west of downtown on the National Road is the Cumberland County Covered Bridge. This 200-foot-span timber bridge, built in 2000, is a replica of the original “Jackson-styled” covered bridge. History continues to be pre1870’s Depot served in Greenup with the 1870’s Depot and Johnson Building; both are restored and were relocated along Cumberland Street.


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Greenup 2013 Calendar Of Events Dates of events are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information.

January through December Hootenanny 1st Saturday of the month @ 7:00 p.m. Free musical entertainment. Contact 217-923-3401

March 30, 2013 Cumberland County Fair Association – Easter Egg Hunt Visit:

July 5, 2013 Cumberland County Fair Association – Tractor Pull @ 4:00 p.m… Visit:

August 18 – 24, 2013 Cumberland County Fair Thoroughbred and Harness Races, Tractor Pulls, 4-H Shows, Musical entertainment, Demolition Derby and a Carnival for the kids. Visit:

October 3 – 5, 2013 Greenup Fall Festival

Greenup is also located in the heart of Lincoln territory. Several locations are marked with “Abraham Lincoln Visited Here.” Lincoln Log Cabin and Fox Ridge State Park are located in Coles County just 12 to 14 miles north of Greenup. Greenup is beautiful throughout the year. In the Spring, blooming red bud trees line Cumberland Street, the summer months find a variety of flowers in bloom on each corner. The fall foliage is gorgeous and during the Christmas Season the overhanging porches are decked with greenery and lights.

Craft fair and Parade joined together with Food, Music and fun. Contact 217-923-3751 or 217-923-9233.

You’re invited to stay at one of our motels or bed & breakfast. Budget Host is at the Interstate 70 exit, the The Greenup Inn motel is located on South Route 130 only a short distance from downtown Greenup. For more information, visit www.villa

Costume judging, Cake walk, Food and fun.

October 18, 19, 25 & 26, 2013 Cumberland County Fair Association – Halloween Hayride Visit:

October 26, 2013 Greenwood Home Extension Unit – Halloween Celebration

December 13, 2013 Chamber of Commerce - Visit with Santa 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Hotdogs, Drinks, Treat bags and Pictures with Santa.

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Clinton: History Graces Classic Midwestern Town The spectacularly maintained homes that extend throughout the heart of rom its unique annual Apple and Pork Festival to the life-sized statue the city include Victorian-era mansions, frame bungalows, handsome Tuof Abraham Lincoln standing in the town square, Clinton is a classic dors, solid brick Cape Cods and big, boxy American Four Squares. Several midwestern town. Founded by a pair of land speculators, Clinton was houses in Clinton have been remodeled and are one of a myriad of prairie towns platted and sold by now home to unique businesses, such as the Victothe acre in the mid-1830s. rian tearoom and the DeWitt County Museum AsProgress was slow at first. In 1837, Clinton was sociation’s C.H. Moore Homestead. no more than two log homes and a log stable. By DeWitt County’s agricultural roots also run 1841, it had grown to provide a small hamlet for deep. The numerous historic barns scattered about 12 families. As Clinton began to blossom, throughout the county stand as testament to this DeWitt County enjoyed its early 1800s heyday as fact. Art, history, and agriculture come together in a stopping point along the Eighth Judicial Circuit. The Barn Quilts of DeWitt County driving tour. Now-famous lawyers and judges frequented ClinAnnual tours will be held in the spring and fall, ton, which is the county seat of DeWitt County. with additional sites being added each year. IndiAmong them were Abraham Lincoln, Stephen viduals may also drive the self-guided tour route. Douglas and David Davis, all who left their mark Visit Barn Quilts of DeWitt County’s website at on the community and provided fascinating ories for the city’s early residents. Many visitors come to the area for the pleasure As significant as the presence of these luminous of outdoor activities. Clinton Lake, located six figures was, it pales in comparison to the influence miles east of Clinton, was created by the Illinois of the Illinois Central Railroad on the history of Power Company. The 15,000-acre area operated by Clinton. The first locomotive chugged into town in the state of Illinois, includes 130 miles of shoreline the 1850s and transformed the community, both that trace Clinton Lake’s 4,900 acres. The lake ineconomically and socially. By the end of the 1850s, cludes a beautiful 1,000-square-foot swimming Clinton had evolved from a rustic frontier settlebeach, more than 300 campsites, several boat and ment to a thriving community with a business discanoe launching points, a marina, and numerous trict second to none in its time and place. The The “Looking For Lincoln” Wayside exhibit hiking trails and picnic sites. Anglers frequently transformation became complete in the 1870s, at the Vespasian Warner Public Library. visit the lake to reel in some of its stock of striped when the Illinois Central’s shops and roundhouse bass hybrids. The stripers frequently exceed 10 pounds in weight and put moved into Clinton from Amboy and Wapella. For the next 80 years, Clinup a noble fight when hooked. ton was known as a railroad town, and was the hub of railroad operations in Water skiing, tubing and wakeboarding are also popular summertime central Illinois. sports at Clinton Lake. Hunters find recreational opportunities in more than By 1920, more than 1,500 Clinton residents worked for the railroad, 3,000 acres of land around Clinton Lake. Species hunted in this area include which brought 11 passenger trains through the town each day of the week. deer, turkey, rabbit and pheasant. In addition, the Clinton railroad yards handled more than 107,000 freight For a second dose of outdoor enjoyment, visitors can travel 2 miles southcars each month. Today, many elegant homes, some from that pre-20th ceneast of Clinton to Weldon Springs State Park. Early in Clinton’s history, the tury and early 20th century era, fill the land near Mr. Lincoln’s Square in the site was a 40-acre estate owned by Judge Lawrence Weldon. He opened the heart of Clinton. land to friends, associates, relatives and Clinton residents for picnics, family outings and other recreational activities. Since that time, the land has seen many uses. It served as the site of a popular education and entertainment program known as a Chautauqua, an open recreation space used by the public, and served as a city park before finally becoming a state-owned, 442-acre park, offering recreational opportunities during all seasons. Weldon Springs State Park provides 75 camper sites and some additional sites for tent camping. The park also includes a 29-acre lake stocked with bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, sunfish and bullhead. The lake’s 2 miles of shoreline is dotted with bank fishing platforms. ● '! & "! "'& % !&"! !" % Two amphitheaters in the park provide a wonderful setting for a host of outdoor events. Weldon Springs is home to the Veterans Point Memorial, which Monday-Saturday # ● Sunday # was dedicated in 2004. Donations made in honor of veterans are recognized in various spaces on the granite structure. Inscribed on the base of the sculpture are the words “Freedom is not free.” The memorial sits on a 4-foot high granite pedestal in the middle of a patio. The plaque on the sculpture pedestal reads, “Dedicated to the memory and honor of all veterans who have served, * $ are serving, and will serve this great country for the cause of freedom.” * '! 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Marshall: Historical Sites And Outdoor Fun


xperience Marshall — From the history buff to the outdoor enthusiast, Marshall has an experience waiting just for you. There are many attractions and sites to see throughout. Visitors can start their journey by stopping at our Visitor’s Cabin located on Michigan Avenue. Pick up a copy of Tour Historic Marshall. In it, visitors will find their way to seven sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A few of these include Lincoln’s Law papers at the courthouse, a stone arch bridge constructed in 1831 on the National Road that is still in use today, and a 1938 Works Progress Administration mural in the Post Office. Harlan Hall is yet another building listed on the National Register and home to The National Road Welcome Center. It is located in the heart of downtown. The Welcome Center contains memorabilia from “the road that built the nation.” There are dioramas, interactive mannequins, displays and kiosks depicting the rich history of road in Marshall. The Hall is also available to rent for events such as weddings, reunions and corporate trainings. Visitors won’t want to miss seeing the beauty of this restored building. If it is outdoor recreation you’re looking for, Marshall has an abundance of options. Lincoln Trail State Park and Mill Creek Park bring in thousands of visitors each year, and for good reason. These parks offer camping amenities, fishing and walking trails. Mill Creek also offers ATV trails, horseback riding trails and cabin rentals. Both parks retain natural habitats that are sure to provide the break you need from the daily grind. While visiting in the summer, come join us at our Friday night band concerts and ice cream socials at 8 p.m. on the courthouse square mid-June through August. Marshall boasts the oldest, continually performing municipal band in the state. Other recreation opportunities available in Marshall include 9 holes at the Marshall Golf Course. In case there’s a rainy

day, pop in the Marshall Bowling Alley. It’s fun for the whole family and is open year round. Marshall has great activities all year round. Experience Marshall for an experience you’ll never forget. For more information on these and other activities, visit or call 217-826-8087. 2013 Marshall Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information and additional activities.

April 20: Clark Co. Trails Coalition 2nd Spring Biathlon at Mill Creek Park. February-November: Artist Reception every third Saturday at the Gaslight Art Colony. May 15: Mill Creek Park Senior Pontoon Tours – Age 62 and over. May 18: Garden Fair at the Clark County Fairgrounds. June 12, 26: Mill Creek Park Senior Pontoon Tours – Age 62 and over. June 29: Clark County Trails Coalition 3rd Annual Mayhem at Mill Creek Park. July 3: Mill Creek Park Boat Parade and Fireworks. July 4: Fourth of July Celebration at the Clark County Fairgrounds. July 27-August 3: Clark County Fair. August 2: Main Street All American Night/Lemonade Stand Contest. August 17: Antique Tractor Show. August 17: Mill Creek Park Presents-Riley Children’s Hospital Mud Bog. September 19-22: Marshall Autumn Fest on the Courthouse Square. September 19-22: Walldogs Mural, live painting October 26: Marshall’s Halloween Frolic. December 1: Hometown Holly Day celebration downtown. December 1-31: Fest of Lights Drive-through at Clark Co. Fairgrounds.

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Greenville: Steeped In History, Unique Shopping


ocated where State Route 127 intersects with Interstate 70, Greenville was founded in 1815 and is the county seat of Bond County. Greenville College was founded in 1855 as the all-female school, Almira College. The original Almira College building, 315 E. College, now houses the Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum. Bock’s sculptures were often incorporated into the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Greenville is also home to DeMoulin Bros. & Co., a factory founded in 1892 that is today the nation’s leading maker of marching band uniforms.

The DeMoulin Museum, 110 W. Main, provides a fascinating look at the company’s origin as a manufacturer of fraternal lodge initiation devices. The Bond County Historical Society’s Hoiles-Davis Museum, 318 W. Winter, showcases Civil War artifacts, vintage clothing and toys, and The Hoiles-Davis Museum ephemera related to local hisshowcases Civil War artifacts, tory. The area’s agricultural vintage clothing and toys. heritage is spotlighted at the American Farm Heritage Museum, on Museum Avenue parallel to I-70. The AFHM is also home to a 15-inch gauge passenger train and a replica of Hill’s Fort, an early 19th century fort that served as the first county seat. The One Room School Museum, at Beaumont Avenue and Wyatt Street, is open by appointment. Abraham Lincoln’s 1858 U.S. Senate campaign and Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential run brought both men to Greenville. Each site is marked. Greenville offers a variety of antique and specialty shopping. A very popular draw is the Marcoot Jersey Dairy and Creamery, 526 Dudleyville Road. Operated by a family that has spent generations in the dairy business, the creamery has garnered national and regional coverage. Recreational opportunities include Governor Bond Lake, the Kingsbury Park District’s nature preserve, and Patriot’s Park. For more information, visit or call 888-862-8201. 2013 Greenville Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information & additional activities.

May 3, 4: Agape Christian Music Festival. May 4: Bond County Historical Society’s Quilt Show. June 15: Greenville Graffiti Car Show. July 4: Fireworks at Patriot Park. July 26-28: Farm Heritage Days at American Farm Heritage Museum. August. 1-6: Bond County Fair. September (TBA): Our Common Ground’s Art Walk. October 5: Apple Day — downtown Greenville. October 6: Ripson Bridge Festival — near Sorento. October 12: Fall Fam Fest/Living History Day, Farm Heritage Museum. November 30: “Come Home for Christmas” downtown celebration. December 7: Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar. December 8: Annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”

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Vandalia: Old State Capitol, Lincoln Exhibits


tanding in the foyer of the Old State Capitol, one might expect a young Abraham Lincoln to come bounding down the winding staircase after a House of Representatives session. The oldest remaining state capitol building in Illinois is located at the intersection of the National Road (U.S. 40) and U.S. Route 51 in the city of Vandalia. The beautifully restored building welcomes visitors who want to experience the early years of Lincoln’s legislative career (1834-1839). Ten new Lincoln Wayside Exhibits have been erected downtown at Rogier Park and the Old State Cemetery. These story boards feature little known facts from President Lincoln’s life and times in Vandalia. Visitors may not know that Lincoln proposed to a woman named Mary Owens before he met Mary Todd or that Lincoln and Stephen Douglas first met here, and that Lincoln’s first official stand against slavery was in Vandalia. At Lincoln Park, young and old alike can have their photo taken sitting next to young Mr. Lincoln with the capitol in the background. This sculpture was created by now famous sculptor, John McClary, and was his first. Directly north of the Statehouse is the Fayette County Museum, located in the historic Presbyterian Church built in 1867. This building is on the National Register of Historic Places and houses a collection of Vandalia and Lincoln-era historical items. Visitors can hold a hand tool traced back to Lincoln that is etched with the initials “A.L.” One block to the west on 5th Street, visitors can take delight in the only National Road Interpretive Center in Illinois. The Center reminds visitors that Vandalia was the terminus of the National Road, which began in Baltimore, MD. The Center routinely adds exhibits to its fine collection and has an audiovisual presentation room as well. Today, cars, trucks and motorcycles drive the same road once traversed by covered wagons and horses.

Vandalia isn’t just a place for history buffs or those seeking heritage information, it is also a thriving community that recently completed a downtown enhancement project of more than $4 million. Quaint shops, new restaurants, period style lights and benches make for a relaxing downtown experience. In addition, there are five hotels, cabins and plenty of interesting places to shop and dine throughout the city. While staying in Vandalia, visit The Dutch Prairie Mennonite Shops and Settlement area, which are southeast of Vandalia and home to many cottage industries. Handcrafted items are produced at more than 20 businesses, including fruits, flowers, vegetables, handmade cabinets, furniture and rugs. A variety of repair shops, harness and tack and other services can also be found, along with a country store that serves homemade lunches Monday through Saturday. Lake Vandalia, north of Vandalia on Route 185, is a 660-acre lake with camping, swimming, boating and fishing facilities the entire family will enjoy. Multiple fishing tournaments are conducted each year, as well as the Lion’s Club Fireworks on the weekend nearest the 4th of July. In addition, Vandalia has multiple day spas, Indian Springs, a four-star golf course nearby, Forsee Winery, the BuckStop 3-D Archery Range, Keck’s Marsh private hunting club and the Kaskaskia Supply fire breathing dragon. Visitors can enjoy the more than 60 acres of parks with walking trails, including the brand new Riverwalk, which takes visitors on a rustic nature trail hike to the banks of the Kaskaskia River via the former Illinois Central Railroad line south of town. Vandalia offers visitors truly a Lincoln, and so much more, experience. For a complete calendar of events, call 618-283-2728 or visit

2013 Vandalia Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information and additional activities.

May 3: Vandalia Lions Club Kelly Miller Circus. Call 618-283-4076. May 17: Armed Forces Tribute. Downtown Vandalia. For more information, call 618-283-1152. May 18: Shoal Creek ABATE Family Fun Fest. Downtown Vandalia. For more information, call 618-283-1152. June 14, 15: National Road Festival. Downtown Vandalia. For more information, call 618-283-1152. June 15-23: Pro/Amateur Town and Country Art Show. 618-283-4866. July 5: Fireworks at Vandalia Lake. Call 618-283-4076. July 20, 21: Young Lincoln’s Wilderness Capitol Street Pageant. For more information, call 618-283-9380. August 24, 25: 4th Annual Lions Club Car Show. Vandalia Lake. For more information, call 618-918-9485. September 27, 28: Vandalia Annual Grande Levee Celebration. For more information, call 618-283-1161. September 28: Vandalia Tourism Commission Harvest Festival. For more information, call 618-283-2728. October 24: Vandalia Lions Club Halloween Parade. For more information, call 618-283-4076. November or December TBA: Olde Tyme Christmas in Downtown Vandalia. For more information, call 618-283-2728. December TBA: Vandalia Statehouse Holiday Open House. For more information, call 618-283-1161. December 6, 7: Christmas in Downtown Vandalia. On December 6, Olde Tyme Christmas. Merchant shopping from 5 to 9 p.m. On December 7, Annual Rotary Parade at 10 a.m. on Gallatin Street. Merchant shopping from 10 a.m. to 7p.m. For more information, call 618-283-1141. Vandalia Statehouse Open House from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Candlelight tours, period music and more. 2013 Discover Visitor & Vacation Guide To Central Illinois | PAGE 55

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Casey Popcorn Festival Old-Fashioned Fun In Family-Friendly Setting


he theme of the Casey Popcorn Festival evey year could well be â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Wonderful Life.â&#x20AC;? Small town quality of life and sedate lifestyle are the perfect background for an oldfashioned, good old days reunion. Reunion as in inviting everyone to come home to Casey. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the circus comes to town and the trip to Grandmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for the holidays all rolled into one fantastic three-day Labor Day weekend. The town of Casey says â&#x20AC;&#x153;goodbyeâ&#x20AC;? to summer and â&#x20AC;&#x153;helloâ&#x20AC;? to fall with a party. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a â&#x20AC;&#x153;come as you are, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need a lot of cashâ&#x20AC;? event â&#x20AC;&#x201D; maybe a little for eats and the carnival rides and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all set for a three-day slice of life, Casey style. Something for everyone is the rule of thumb, especially for children. The Casey Popcorn Festival takes its title as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Premier Family Festivalâ&#x20AC;? in the two-state area very seriously. Kids entertainment shows, bands, carnival, arts and crafts booths, car show and food booths are just a part of the festival. Available will be all the free popcorn visitors can eat all weekend â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a promise. Visitors wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find a beer tent at the Casey Popcorn Festival. What they will find are families, children, moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas all making more memories of the good old days. Those good old days are at the Casey Popcorn Festival. Make plans to spend Labor Day weekend in Casey. All the fine folks who live here take a STAYCATION every Labor Day weekend and spend it at the festival. The festival is held in the beautiful and much used century-old Casey Fairview Park. Built in the late 1890s with the assistance of area Civil War veterans, the park has enjoyed a long colorful history as the centerpiece of the town. A tranquil pond divides the park with a water fountain on each side of the bridge. Sheltered picnic pavilions, a 50-unit campground, swimming pool, girls softball and boys baseball diamonds, state tournament quality horseshoe courts, tractor pull arena, horse show arena and a large fenced playground keep the park busy all the time. While in town for the festival, make plans to see the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Largest Windchime and the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Largest Golf Tee. This Labor Day weekend,


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Casey celebrates its 26th Annual Popcorn Festival. August 31, September 1, 2, treat the family to the Casey Popcorn Festival, just a short drive from everywhere. You are only a stranger once. For more information, visit 2013 Casey Calendar of Events Dates of events are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information & additional activities.

March 30: Chamber of Commerce East Egg Hunt. Fairview Park. For more information, call Kim Davidson, Chamber of Commerce, at 217-232-2959. May 25: Horseshoe Tournament. Fairview Park. For more information, call Wayne Davis at 217-932-2787. June 1: American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Fairview Park. For more information, call Traci Johnson at 217-218-3158. July 3, 4: 4th of July Celebration. Fairview Park. For more information, call Debbie Hutton, Park & Recreation Director, at 217-932-2600. July 4: Horseshoe Tournament. Fairview Park. For more information, call Wayne Davis at 217-932-2787. July 6: Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame Game & Induction Ceremony. Fairview Park. For more information, call Joe Snedeker at 217-932-5911 or 217-932-3911. July 7: Casey Corner Car Show. U.S. 40 & IL Rt. 49. For more information, call Bobby Staley at 217-932-3007. July 26-28: Casey Open Golf Tournament. Casey Country Club. For more information, call 217-932-2030. August 1-4: 3rd Annual Illinois ASA Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wooden Bat State Tournament. Fairview Park. For more information, call Joe Snedeker at 217932-5911 or 217-932-3911. August 31-September 1, 2: 26th Annual Popcorn Festival. Fairview Park. For more information, call Bernie Morgan at 217-232-2676. November 30: Breakfast with Santa & Christmas in the Park. For more information, call Debbie Hutton, Park & Recreation Director, at 217-932-2600. December 1: Casey Historical Society House Walk. For more information, call Patty Richards at 217-932-5463. December TBA: Live Nativity in the Park. Fairview Park. For more information, call Debbie Hutton, Park & Recreation Director, at 217932-2600.

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Robinson/Crawford County: County-wide Entertainment, Recreation, Food And Fun ented events are held at the complex throughout the year. Antique and istoric Crawford County Illinois has something for everyone specialty stores round out the village, along with a bookstore located in — historic sites, golf courses, camping, recreational lakes and the house where Illinois’ ninth governor, August French, was married. rivers, unique shops, family-oriented annual events, museums, Flat Rock may not be the retail fine dining and excellent hotel/motel mecca of the county, but it does get a accommodations. big “thumbs up” when it comes to a The county offers three golf great milkshake, fresh pie, and courses, including the beautiful Quail friendly conversation. The annual Flat Creek Country Club, which has been Rock Homecoming is a great time to host to PGA tour events. A forest previsit the village for memorable famserve, hiking, biking and horseback ily fun. After a disastrous fire in 1912, trails, sports courts, beautiful parks, an ordinance was passed that all new fishing lakes, a conservation area and buildings must be constructed of campsites are located throughout the brick. The town has more concrete county. The free-flowing Wabash sidewalk per capita than anywhere in River serves as the winding eastern the nation. edge of Crawford County. Experience a lifetime of happiness Crawford County was formed on in Crawford County. Everything is at Dec. 31, 1816, and is located in the The Annual Pioneer City Labor Day Festival your fingertips — friendly neighborcentral eastern portion of the state. features the PRCA Rodeo. hoods, quality education, modern The county was named in honor of health care facilities, noteworthy recreation and premium shopping William H. Crawford, a United States senator from Georgia who also choices. Business opportunities are welcomed with open arms. served his country as Minister of France, Secretary of War, and Secretary Contact the City of Robinson at (618) 544-7616 of the Treasury. He was also a prominent presidential candidate in 1824. or visit Crawford County consists of several unique communities, each with Visitors are always welcome in Crawford County. its own distinguishing features. Robinson, the county seat, is home to the late writer James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity and The Thin Red Line, and is also the birthplace of the Heath Candy Bar. Her2013 Crawford County Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information or shey Chocolate, producers of the Heath Bar, along with Marathon Peadditional activities, or visit for more information. troleum and Lincoln Trail College, all have facilities in Robinson. Retail choices include clothing, jewelry, antiques, home décor, specialty April 14-26: 25th Annual Crawford County Arts Art Show & Sale. foods, floral and garden shops. Fife Opera House in Palestine. Original artworks of various mediums — Oblong, located on the western edge of the county, also offers a vasome for sale. Contact: riety of unique retailers. Collectibles, quilt April 26-28: Fort LaMotte Rangers Reand sewing supplies, handcrafted gifts, floral, enactment & Festival. Relive the days of and furnishings can be found along Main yesterday and witness history portrayed in Street in Oblong. The Oil Field Museum in period costume. See, taste and smell the Oblong is one of only seven such facilities in trades and lifestyle of the early 1800s. Inthe nation. It features two buildings of discludes encampment, shooting, cookout, plays, tools, books and literature, working traders and musicians. Vendors welcome. models and photographs regarding the boom Contact: Leonard Sisil at 618-544-2990; Jim days of oil discovery in Crawford County in Keller at 618-544-7734; Charlie Coombs at the early 1900s. 618-544-7570; Greg Parrott at 618-544Palestine is the oldest town in the state of 4488; Rob Byrley at 618-586-2493. Illinois still in its original location. The entire May 25: Palestine Lions Club Fish Fry, business district is listed on the National HisCar Club Cruise-In & Flea Market. toric Register, and many turn-of-the-century Leaverton Park. Fish/sides/hotdogs/desserts buildings house art galleries, antique and colserved to help the Lions with their many Crawford County Courthouse lectable stores, and gift shops. Visitors come projects. Crawford County Collectibles Car from all around to visit this historic village Club will provide the opportunity to enjoy full of rich history. Palestine is home to the Fife Opera House, the anautomobiles from the past and present. Browse the selection of treasures nual Pioneer City Rodeo and Labor Day Festival, and many other hisfrom various vendors. Contact: Lion Bill Kite at 618-584-3338, or Car tory rich events throughout the year. Club Member Herb Hess at 618-586-5472. Hustonville, at the Wabash River Bridge on the northeast edge of the June (TBA): Annual Robinson Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing. county, features the Hutson Memorial Village. A “town” made up of Fundraiser and Golf Outing at Quail Creek County Club in Robinson. original, furnished log cabins, a log barn, and log church, is named in For more information, contact the Robinson Chamber of Commerce at honor of the Isaac Hutson family, who were massacred by Indians in 618-546-1557. 1813. Each year, the event is re-enacted, and several other family oriJuly 2-7: Robinson 4th of July Celebration. Features carnival rides,


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food booths, nightly entertainment, car show, baseball and softball tournaments, and a spectacular fireworks show in the Robinson City Park. Call City Hall at 618-544-7616, or visit for more information and the nightly entertainment lineup. July 21-27: Crawford County Fair. Located at the Oblong Fair Grounds. 4-H exhibits, Crawford County Queen pageant, carnival rides, food booths, truck and tractor pulls, and a demolition derby highlight the week long event ending with a large 4-H auction. Contact: Linda Price 618-557-3326,, August 2, 3: Hutsonville Community Days. Car Show, entertainment, parade and food, in downtown Hutsonville. August 9-11: Oblong Antique Tractor and Engine Show. This annual event draws visitors from all over to view actual working antique tractors and engines. Located at the fairgrounds in Oblong. August 30-September 2: 60th Annual Pioneer City Labor Day Festival and Rodeo. Pioneer City Arena, Leaverton Park & Main Street Palestine play hosts to a street fair, carnival, and the return of the PRCA full rodeo. Chuckwagon breakfast, parade, camping, junior-sized tractor pull, remote control airplanes, lunch with clowns, flea market, mechanical bull rides, free entertainment at the band shell, town-wide garage sales, antique gas engine exhibit & swap meet and more. Contact: Palestine Chamber of Commerce 618-586-2222, or email: Fall 2012 TBA: Crawford County Forest Preserve Annual Festival. Festival paying tribute to the rich Indian history of the area. Featuring authentic Native American Dancers, Indian huts, food, and entertainment. Visit and click on the forest preserve link for more information, or contact David Fulling at 618-544-9337. October 4, 5: Annual Heath Toffee Festival and Parade. Located on the square in Robinson. Celebrating the delicious Heath Candy Bar, cre-

ated in 1928 by Heath Brothers Confectionary in Robinson. Features Friday night entertainment, street dance, and car show, and Saturday craft show, live entertainment, toffee bake-off, and parade, capped off by a free chili supper. Call 618-546-1557 for more information. October 5, 6: 11th Annual Wabash Valley Wine & Arts Festival. Several wineries provide various wines for tasting as attendees stroll Main Street and enjoy artworks from numerous artists from the Wabash Valley area. Some art may be purchased. Food booths and live entertainment. Contact: Susan Goodwine 618-586-2035. October 26: Oblong Fall Follies and “Spooktacular” Bandfest and Parade. Features nighttime parade, band field competition, food, crafts, and entertainment on the square in Oblong. Call 618-592-4355 for more information. November 22: Bringing The Magic of Christmas. Open house for retailers, and the lighting of the Christmas Lights at 6 p.m. There will be food booths, games for kids, carolers, and much more. On the square in Robinson. Call the Chamber of Commerce for more information at 618546-1557. November 23: Palestine Preservation Projects Society Cookie Walk. Fife Opera House. Browse table after table of homemade cookies for purchase. Contact: Nita Jochim at 618-586-2427. November 23: Crawford County Retailer’s Holiday Open Houses. Travel Route 33 through Robinson and Palestine to find that perfect Christmas gift or secure that elusive item you’ve always wanted and even find great bargains for whatever your needing. Contact: Robinson Area Chamber of Commerce at 618-546-1557. November 29: Leaverton Park Holiday Lighting Festival at 5 p.m. Leaverton Park in Palestine comes alive with over 40,000 lights and displays. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies with Santa, listen to area church choirs and singing groups caroling. Watch the fireworks and enjoy cornbread and beans, hotdogs and desserts served by the Lions Club. Contact: Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 618-586-2222.

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‘The Only Oblong’: History, Shopping And Good Food


blong, IL, is located in the western third of Crawford County along Illinois Route 33. The village, with a population of nearly 1,600, enjoys a town name shared by no other. The sign at the edge of town boasts “The Only Oblong Welcomes You.” In addition to a unique name, Oblong is also home to the Illinois Oil Field Museum and Resource Center. It is one of only five such museums in the nation. The artifacts inside the museum, and those displayed in open air exhibits on the 6.5-acre grounds at the west edge of town, represent the oil business and boom in the Oblong area from the early 1900s. Just outside of town, the museum curator and volunteers are building a replica wooden oil derrick over the Shire No. 1 well. This well is considered the discovery well of Crawford County. When the drillers hit a rich pocket of oil, the boom was on. Stoy, a nearby whistle-stop hamlet, grew from 200 residents to nearly 20,000 almost overnight. The strike opened oil and gas exploration in this area of the Illinois Basin. Folklore has it that the drillers were nearly out of money with just enough to punch one more hole. Someone threw an empty whiskey bottle over his shoulder and drilled on the spot where it landed. The rest, as they say, is history. Before the town incorporated in 1883, it was an accumulation of homes and farms near a crossroads with a general store owned by Henry Peck. His sign was abbreviated to read Hen. The area became known as Henpeck. The residents thought this an inappropriate name and when the area was surveyed in conjunction with incorporation the area appeared to be wider than it was long, or oblong shaped, and the name stuck. Oblong was adopted as the official name and has remained so for more than 128 years. The area’s original name and business, however, have been commemorated by the Henpeck Mercantile Company, which is a locally owned shop featuring Country Primitives, custom pine painted furniture, curtains, florals, signs, seasonal decoration, framed art, candles and accessories. Another flourishing business is the Village Stitchery. It offers handmade quilts, appliquéd clothing, books and crafts with an inventory of more than 3,000 bolts of quality fabrics featuring Moda, RJR, Maywood, Hoffman and a large selection of quilting books, patterns, sewing and quilting notions and supplies, home decorating items and select gourmet foods. The Rusty Nail Hardware store offers a full line of Do-it Best hardware, farm, home and oil field supplies and an historical artifact built right into the Bedford Stone exterior siding — a stone replica of a horse’s head. This artifact

was originally part of the siding on a livery stable that was located on this same site at the turn of the 20th century. Two restaurants, the Main Street Café and Pizza & More, offer plate lunches, carry-out orders, full grill service and catering for dinners and parties large or small. Golf enthusiasts are welcome to play at Oak Glen Golf Course. The course is open year round, weather permitting, and is especially beautiful in the spring, summer and fall. Those who enjoy walking may visit Oblong Park and walk around the recently refurbished lake. The paved and lighted walking path offers a safe avenue for exercise day or night. Children can play on the new playground equipment, and couples can enjoy a romantic stroll around the park. Other local activities that distinguish the community include the Memorial Day Celebration at the Oblong Cemetery. Members of American Legion Post 219 erect a huge display of American flags that have been donated by the families of deceased veterans for use in this annual event. They also erect a display of more than 100 crosses and flags in front of the cemetery representing the close order drill formations so familiar to our military veterans. The local Scout Troop and volunteers decorate each veteran’s grave with a small American flag. Legion members also host a parade and ceremony on Memorial Day. . Each year, during the last full week of July, the Crawford County Fair offers exhibits and competitions for open, junior, and 4-H contestants. During the second weekend of August, the Antique Engine and Tractor Association hosts a weekend show of engines of all kinds. These include an operating threshing machine; the parade of power, featuring antique tractors and vehicles; an antique tractor pull; and displays of hundreds of antique engines designed through the years. The exhibit hall, includes a huge toy tractor display featuring many local and area exhibitors displaying toy tractors in replica homestead and city settings. Oldies in the Park features music and dancing from the 1950s and 1960s, as well as competitions for most authentic costumes and best period dancers. Fall Follies, on the last Saturday in October, features vendors and exhibitors on the streets in Oblong. During this day-long event, the fire department hosts its annual pancake and sausage supper. In conjunction with Fall Follies, the Oblong High School Music Boosters sponsor the Spooktacular Marching Band Competition at the high school football field. The activities are capped with the Fall Follies Parade. It is billed as the largest nighttime parade in Illinois. The parade features more than 25 marching bands along with 75 or so other entries, ranging from costumed participants to floats, and, of course, lots and lots of candy. The year’s activities close out with Hometown Christmas, which features holiday music played downtown throughout the season and at least one Sunday afternoon when the stores stay open to provide shopping opportunities. The park is decorated with thousands of lights on many displays depicting Christmas and holiday scenes and holiday greetings. The displays are lighted throughout December, and it is free for visitors to drive or walk through the park. Also, the Santa Train rolls into town and makes a stop for all the children to get a chance to see Santa and his helpers just in time for Christmas. 2013 Oblong Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call 618-592-4355 for specific information and additional activities.

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Galesburg: Birthplace Of Carl Sandburg One Of Many Historical Attractions information, visit he Galesburg area offers many historical sights and leisure destinaAugust 16: River 2 River Car Cruise. Food, entertainment and hundreds tions to enjoy. Carl Sandburg, Pulitzer Prize winning author and of vintage cars, street rods, trucks and antique cars. noted Lincoln biographer was born in Galesburg. His birthplace is a August 16-18: Heritage Days. Featuring Civil War Battle Reenactments state historic site. and Pre-1840s Rendezvous. For more information, visit www.heritage“Old Main,” located on the Knox College campus, is the only building still in existence where the fifth of seven LinSeptember 2-8: National Stearman Fly-in coln-Douglas debates took place in 1858. The Days. Annual event that hosts the largest Amtrak Depot is also home to a statue of Abragathering of Stearman bi-planes in the world. ham Lincoln modeled after the one in the CapiFor more information, visit www.stearmantol rotunda in Washington, D.C. Ronald Reagan’s grade school, Silas Willard, and his September 7: Art in the Park. View the childhood home are frequent stops on tours. creations of regional artists working in a vaThe town is rich in rail history and home to riety of media. For more information, visit one of the largest rail yards in the United States. Area museums include Discovery September 8: The Great Cardboard Boat Depot Children’s Museum, Galesburg Railroad Regatta. Annual competition held at Lake Museum and the Stockdale Soldier Citizen Storey Recreational Area. The Rubber Duck Museum. Downtown Galesburg offers SemiGalesburg’s Community Veteran’s Race follows the regatta. nary Street Historic District with many shops September 19-21: Black Earth Film Fesincluding an abundance of antique stores and Memorial in Lincoln Park was dedicated on May 28, 2007 to American veterans of all conflicts. tival. The Black Earth Film Festival will feahistoric buildings. The Vaudeville era Orpheum ture films made by independent filmmakers. Theatre has entertained continuously since For more information, visit 1916 and many downtown churches reflect beautiful architecture with October 5, 6, 12, 13: Knox County Scenic Drive. Enjoy historic sites, guided and walking tours available. displays, and country cooking while taking a self-conducted driving tour Outdoor adventures are also plentiful with Lake Storey Recreation Area through Spoon River Valley. For more information, see www.visitgaleswith fishing, camping, beach swimming, paddle boats, walking trails and an outdoor water park. There are three public and several private golf courses October 5, 6: Galesburg Scarecrow Festival. Tenth annual Scarecrow in the area. Festival held in Standish Park Arboretum. Nearly 500 rooms provide great overnight accommodations to guests. November 29-December 1: Christmas at Walnut Grove Farm. Begin Also available are four bed & breakfasts and four campgrounds. Galesburg the winter holiday season with festive music, simmering foods and a visit is easily accessed by Interstate 74 and Amtrak. To learn more, visit Galeswith St. Nicholas. Take home natural Christmas trimming and exquisite burg Area Convention & Visitors Bureau on Facebook, www.visitgalesone-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends. For more information, visit, or call 800-916-3330. 2013 Galesburg Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information & additional activities. April 17-21: Sandburg Days — Festival for the Mind. Annual festival celebrating the life of two-time Pulitzer Prize winning poet Carl Sandburg. For more information, visit June 15, 16: More on 34. 100-plus miles of yard sales through seven counties from Sandwich, IL, to Galesburg. For more information, visit June 22, 23: Galesburg Railroad Days. Annual event celebrating the city’s railroad heritage with a carnival, exhibits, a street fair, railyard tours, 5 and 10k runs and more. For more information, visit July 25: Taste of Galesburg. Sample food from numerous area restaurants, enjoy live entertainment and a beer garden. July 26-28: Great Balloon Race. A color-filled 2163 E. Main Street weekend of 25-plus hot air balloons flying overGalesburg, IL 61401 head. For more information, visit www.gales1-800-916-3330 July 30-August 3: Knox County Fair. Come celebrate the 162nd Knox County Fair. For more 2013 Discover Visitor & Vacation Guide To Central Illinois | PAGE 61


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Effingham: Where The Interstates Meet


ocated in Central Illinois where Interstate 57 meets I-70, the City of Effingham has a little something for everyone. With 18 hotels and more than 60 restaurants, Effingham provides the very best in service and hospitality. The Effingham Performance Center, Cross at the Crossroads, Firefly Grill, Corvette Museum, Tuscan Hills Winery, Kluthe Aquatic Complex, Lake Sara and Ballard Nature Center are just a few of the many attractions that make Effingham a tourism destination for thousands of travelers each year. The city also hosts several annual events including the Corvette Funfest hosted by Mid America Motorworks in September, Wonderland in Lights in December, the Artisan Fair in April, Funfest for VWs in June and Foodie Fest in September. Effingham and surrounding area attractions include: The Effingham Performance Center: On the north side of Effingham along Outerbelt West, is a 1,564-seat theater that hosts 30 performances a year. Local, regional, and national acts are scheduled to perform, with categories including country, southern gospel, pop/top 40, contemporary Christian, comedy, jazz, dance, classical, and bluegrass. This year acts include Rick Springfield, Crystal Gayle, Charley Pride, and Kellie Pickler. Visit or find tickets on Ticketmaster. The Cross at the Crossroads: Located on the south side of Effingham, the cross stands 19 stories tall alongside one of America’s most traveled Interstate corridors. Approximately 53,600 people view the 198-foot tall symbol of love and hope each day. The open arms of the Cross, which expand 113 feet, are a welcoming signal. Visit My Garage Corvette Museum: Located on the northeast side of Effingham, it’s a one-of-a-kind museum housing vintage Corvettes and thousands of pieces of Corvette history and memorabilia. No admission charge, open seven days a week. Visit Heartland Classics: Located off Exit 160, is a 30,000 square-foot showroom filled with more than 200 classic cars and motorcycles. Heartland Classics has items that are available for purchase as well as museum items. The showroom is open Monday through Friday and is free of charge. Sculptures on the Avenue: An annual outdoor art exhibit that brings an array of artwork to downtown Effingham and features some of the Midwest’s best known and lesser known sculptors. In 1997, the Effingham Community Committee for the Arts formed and raised over $60,000 to commission Leonardo Nierman’s “Flame of Hope.” The Sculptures on the Avenue project followed less than two years later and now has grown into an exhibit featuring over 20 permanent pieces that are joined each year by selected pieces. Visit or call 217-3425310. Firefly Grill: The Firefly Grill is a modern roadhouse restaurant located on the shores of Kristie Lake. Chef Niall Campbell and his wife, Kristie,

own and operate this oasis of American fresh cuisine in the heart of the Midwest. It has been recognized for its efforts in going green, its unique events, and its beautiful rural setting. Garden tours and cooking demonstrations. For more information, visit Legacy Harley Davidson: Legacy Harley Davidson is located just off interstates 57 and 70, on Althoff Avenue. “The Harley Barn,” as it is known, houses new and pre-owned motorcycles, along with clothing, merchandise, parts, and much more. They invite visitors to attend their one-of-a-kind events held throughout the year. Visit

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April 6: Annual Lake Sara Dam Run. 217-347-5843 or 217-347-8799. April 20: National Fishing Lure Collection Show. 217-644-2294 or 217-868-2427. April 16-22: Fine Arts Show. 217-342-9632, April 26: Arts & Hearts and Artists’ Soft Opening (Wine/Beer Tasting). April 27: Artisan Fair/Wine & Beer Tasting. May 4: Swapfest & Cruise-In. 866-350-4541, May 31 - June 2: FunFest for Air-Cooled VW. 866-350-4541. June 7, 8: Illinois State H.O.G. Rally at Legacy Harley Davidson. 217342-3494, June 27 - 29: KC Barbeque Society Cook-Off at Legacy Harley Davidson. July through mid-October: Farmers Market, Fri.-Sat., 618-686-3518. July 4: Fourth of July Celebration. 217-536-6169. July 7: Farm Toy Show. 618-829-5783. July 26, 27: The Annual Millroad Steam Thresherman’s Association Steam, Gas & Threshing Show. 618-483-5201 or 217-536-6400. July 20, 21: Annual Model Train Show. 217-536-6400. August 2-10: Effingham County Fair. 888-854-FAIR. September 14: Wine on the Lawn at the Wright House, Altamont. 618483-6480, September 14, 15: Altamont Schuetzenfest. 618-483-5532. September 19-22: Corvette Funfest. September 20, 21: Crossroads Harvest of Quilts. 217-739-2250. October 12: Fall Swapfest & Cruise-In. 217-540-4200 or 800-500-8388. October 19: United Way Gala. 217-342-3824. October 27: Halloween Parade. 217-342-4173. November 21-December 25: Wonderland in Lights. 800-772-0750. November 24: Santa Arrives Downtown. 217-342-4147. December 1-31: Twinkling Lights Tour. 800-772-0750 or 800-500-6286.

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Dwight: Home Of The Waddle, Windmills, And Wright


ocated in the heart of Illinois, the Village of Dwight offers visitors small-town charm and a rich unique heritage. Throughout the years, Dwight has enjoyed a remarkable history, beginning in 1860 with a visit by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, of Great Britain, who came to hunt prairie chickens for which the countryside was famous. Traveling under the name Baron Renfrew, he christened the area known today as Renfrew Park, a 17-acre area replete with an Olympicsized outdoor pool, tennis courts, picnic and playground areas. He also worshiped at the Pioneer Gothic Church, built by a Presbyterian congregation in 1857. The building is a rare example of an extant wood framed Carpenter Gothic church in the state of Illinois and was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1983. In 2007, the American Institute of Architects selected the Dwight Pioneer Gothic Church as one of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;150 great places in Illinois.â&#x20AC;? In 1879, a young civil war veteran, Dr. Leslie Keeley, along with his partners John Oughton and Curtis Judd, opened the doors of the Keeley Institute in Dwight, the first medical institution in the world to treat alcoholism as a disease. Within 20 years, the Keeley Institute developed a national and international reputation for the successful, humane treatment of alcoholism. The Keeley Company grew from its Dwight beginnings to more than 200 branches throughout the United States and Europe. Today, the 1903


Keeley building and the 5acre Oughton estate, which includes the Windmill, the Manse (designed by Julian Barnes) and original Carriage House, remain as places to see when visiting Dwight. They are all on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. With the worldwide growth of the Keeley Institute came growth to the Village of Dwight and an array of buildings by renowned architects. Henry Ives Cobbs designed a Richardson Romanesque building as the Dwight Railroad Station, Dwight Railroad Station which is still in use today as an active Amtrak stop. Influential American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed the First National Bank of Dwight, one of only three banks he designed and the only one still active today. Along with its architecture, Dwight also is noted for Route 66. Today, visitors from throughout the world travel the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mother Roadâ&#x20AC;? and stop in Dwight to enjoy its attractions and small town hospitality. Along with a restored Texaco gas station, which serves as Dwightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Welcome Center, the Village also has four Route 66 Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Byway exhibits â&#x20AC;&#x201D; wayside story boards telling the history of Route 66 in Dwight. The first full weekend of May, the Village of Dwight, along with 12 other Route 66 communities from Joliet to Towanda, celebrate their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Carpet Corridorâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 90 miles of fun along the corridor where they roll out the Red Carpet of hospitality to visitors with many varied events. Dwight is also home to the Illinois Bassett Bash and Waddle, a twoday family fun celebration sponsored by Guardian Angel Bassett Rescue, Inc. From Best Howl and Best Trick contests to the Droolerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Decathalon, Great American Bassett Races and the Illinois Bassett Waddle, the weekend is packed with events galore. Where else can you see nearly 1,000 Bassett hounds parading down the streets, except in Dwight, IL? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well worth your time to spend a day in Dwight. From downtown walking tours, to architectural treasures, from dogs on parade to Route 66 nostalgia, the Village of Dwight in the heart of Illinois offers something for everyone. For additional information contact the Village of Dwight at 815584-3077 or visit 2013 Dwight Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information & additional activities.

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March 30: Easter Egg Hunt and Downtown activities. May 4, 5: Red Carpet Corridor Festival, 90 miles of family fun on Route 66. May-October: Dwight Farmers Markets. June 22: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buzz the Gutâ&#x20AC;? Car Show. July 4: Fireworks, activities behind Dwight Grade School. September 20-22: Dwight Harvest Days, flea market, arts & crafts, 5k run, parade and carnival. September 21-22: Guardian Angel Bassett Bash and Waddle. December 6: Lighted Christmas Parade.

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Pontiac: Home Of 4 Outstanding Museums


hether you have just a day or an entire weekend, Pontiac, IL, should be at the top of your “must see” destinations. Pontiac is located just 100 miles south of Chicago and 100 miles north of Springfield, IL, in central Illinois. The city offers interesting places to see and a wide variety of things to do. There are four spectacular museums in Pontiac: The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum, the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center, the International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum, and the Livingston County War Museum. Add to those attractions over 20 painted outdoor murals, the Pontiac Art Cars, the Society of Gilders exhibit, the Life in the 1940s exhibit, and so much more. Pontiac has nine “Looking for Lincoln” story boards, five Route 66 heritage sites, and a downtown shopping district with some breathtaking historic architecture. The Livingston County Courthouse, built in 1875, has recently been restored to its former glory and serves as the centerpiece for the city. Pictured is Pontiac’s first 3-D sidewalk mural, painted in 2012 by Chinese artist The Jones house, the Yost house, and the StrevTang Dongbai. The sidewalk shark mural is just one of the 23 large, colorful, ell house, all built in the 1800s, provide the visoutdoor murals found in the downtown Pontiac shopping district. itor with a glimpse of the city’s colorful past. History lovers can learn about Abraham Lincoln’s connections to the town, explore the city’s varied commercial past, or visit the site of Pontiac’s famous Chautauqua Assembly gatherings. Pontiac has wonderful city parks and the Humiston Woods Nature CenA City of Wondrous Adventure! ter for those seeking outdoor fun. There is a new disc golf course, two traditional golf courses, baseball fields, boating and fishing on the Vermillion River, and other sporting venues. Visitors will also enjoy strolling across the river on one of the city’s three pedestrian suspension bridges. The downtown shopping district is compact and full of unique shopping. Walking tours are a great way to experience all that Pontiac has to offer and a new cell phone guide provides background information on Lif e in many of the city’s attractions. the e s u o Visitors can get to Pontiac by car via Interstate 55 or Old Route 66. Am194 ll H e v e r 0s St trak makes regular daily stops in Pontiac, and the railroad depot is just a couple of blocks from the city center. Annual events include the Red Carpet Corridor Festival, Threshermen’s Reunion, and the Threshermen’s Blue Grass Festival. Visitors can pick up maps, brochures, and other local information at any of the city’s four museums. Every traveler should be sure to get a Pontiac VIP (Visitor In Pontiac) button to take advantage of Murals special discounts with local merchants. H



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May 4, 5: Red Carpet Corridor Festival — 90 miles of family fun on Route 66. May 25: Pre-War Festival — Celebrating life before 1942. June 1: Get Your Kicks on Route 66 Car Show. August 29 - September 2: Threshermen’s Reunion. September 19-21: Threshermen’s Bluegrass Festival.

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Monticello: Relax, Shop And Ride The Train


onticello, the Piatt County seat, offers a breath of fresh air with a town square built around a refurbished courthouse in an area that invites guests to slow down and relax. The downtown was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On and off the Square, downtown Monticello’s one-of-a-kind shops, galleries and restaurants provide a diverse array of things to do and see. Don’t miss Skinner’s Coachhouse Antiques for its selection of antiques and collectibles. Visitors also will want to stop at Out Of The Blue for the largest selection of Polish pottery and gifts and enjoy their new location. Monticello was recently named a “Looking for Lincoln” community, and a Lincoln storyboard telling part of the Lincoln Monticello story is located in the downtown Rotary Park. In addition to the storyboard in Rotary Park, there are now two other storyboards; one at the downtown Wabash Depot and one at the Railway Museum. The unique charm of nearby Allerton Park, an extensively landscaped park mixed with ornaments, fine art and a manor house modeled after Ham House in England, provides visitors with a grand tourist destination. The park was donated to the University of Illinois for public use in 1946 by Robert Allerton, the son of a well-established banker and livestock baron. The park is open to the public daily until sunset. The new bridge on the southside of the park opened in the fall of 2012 and is a super entrance to the park. Formal gardens and more than 100 sculptures are located near the mansion. Allerton House is used as a retreat center and is the perfect place for a wedding or conference. The main facade of the 40-room Georgian mansion overlooks a reflecting pool and meadow. The native forest, a 50-acre restored prairie, Lost Garden (a wilderness garden) and 1,500 acres of woodland following the Sangamon River with numerous hiking trails make the

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park a great attraction. The Allerton forest supports an extensive animal population. Bird species unusual to the area can be seen in the forests, and the migratory bird population is impressive in the spring and fall. Allerton Park and Retreat Center is one of the “7 Wonders of Illinois.” The Monticello Railway Museum, an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization, is another highly popular tourist attraction. The museum is located just north of Monticello at Exit 166 off Interstate 72. Since the museum’s founding in 1966, one of its goals has been to preserve and restore the nation’s railroad heritage, with a focus on the Midwest. Of course, the highlight of a visit to the museum is a train ride. Passengers may board the train at either the restored Illinois Central Depot at the museum grounds or the historic Wabash Depot in downtown Monticello for a roundtrip train ride. The museum is open weekends, May through October. For more information, visit Railroad history runs deep in the area. In 1880, the Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railroad purchased the Chicago & Paducah Railroad, which was the north-south line through Monticello. Later in the decade, Jay Gould, known as the famous “Robber Baron,” purchased the line. Gould lost control of the Wabash in the late 1880s, and the subsequent owners found much financial success. After a few years, a new station was planned for Monticello and built in 1899. That depot was moved to museum property in the late 1980s. Eventually, the depot was restored and still stands today as a testament to a bygone era in railroading. Along with Allerton Park, the community features Nick’s Community Playground near the downtown area, and Lodge Park, which is a 500-acre park north of Monticello. Lodge Park offers camping, hiking and biking and serves

Come see all that Monticello, IL has to offer. Great shopping, restaurants, a Railway Museum, and beautiful historic districts, in addition to the wonders of Allerton Park. It’s more than you imagined.

allerton park and retreat center the railway museum

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as the site of the annual Independence Day celebration on July 3. Monticello has the added distinction of having two of its residential areas listed on the National Register of Historic Places. North State Street and South Charter Street each feature homes with a wide array of architectural styles. The downtown area, Courthouse Square, has also been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These designations were received after much work by Monticello’s Preservation Commission. The office of the Chamber of Commerce, located in the Old Wabash Depot, has guides available for those interested in walking tours. Call 800-952-3396 or visit or 2013 Monticello Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information & additional activities.

July 3: Openhouse and Airshow - Eli Field - 217-840-3400. July 3: Fireworks Train - Monticello Railway Museum - 877-762-9011. July 5: Concert in the Park - Allerton Park - 217-333-3287. July 5: Movie Night on the Square - City - 217-762-2583. July 20, 21: Steam Train Rides - Railway Museum - 877-762-9011. August TBA: Illini SuperJets - Eli Field 217-840-3400. August 2: Concert in the Park - Allerton Park - 217-333-3287. August 2: Movie Night on the Square - City - 217-762-2583. August 16: Movie Night on the Square - City - 217-762-2583. August 17, 18: Steam Train Rides - Railway Museum - 877-762-90. August 29-September 2: Music Barn Concert Series - Allerton Park September TBA: NC IMAC Championships - Eli Field - 217-840-3400.

April 5: Concert in the Park, Allerton Park - 217-333-3287. April 6: Allerton Trails Half-Marathon - 217-333-3287. April 23: Chamber Business Expo - Monticello Chamber - 217-762-7921. May 3: Concert in the Park, Allerton Park - 217-333-3287. May 4: May Market - Monticello Main St. - 217-762-9318. May 11, 12: Throw Mama on the Train - Railway Museum - 877-762-9011. May 11: The Kirby Derby - Kirby Hospital - 217-762-1509. May 18: Steam Train Rides - Railway Museum - 877-762-9011. May 30-June 2: JR Aerotow Model Airplane Event - 217-840-3400. June 6: Concert in the Park, Allerton Park - 217-333-3287. June 14: Movie Night on the Square - City - 217-762-2583. June 15: Garden Walk - Monticello Chamber - 217-762-7921. June 15, 16: Father’s Day - Railway Museum - 877-762-9011. Late June through September: Farmers Market Downtown Monticello - Monticello Main St. - 217-762-9318. June 20-22: Piatt County Rodeo - Piatt Co. Trailblazers - 217-762-2663. June 22: Rodeo Parade - Piatt County Trailblazers - 217-762-2663. June 22: Steam Train Rides - Railway Museum - 877-762-9011. June 28: Movie Night on the Square - City - 217-762-2583. July 3: Fireworks - Lodge Park.

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Decatur: Features Museums, Vintage Cars, Antiques coln tried several cases, and one of only two matching chairs still in exhe Decatur area offers so much to see and do with antiques, family atistence that he owned and used in his law office in Springfield. For more tractions, historic sites, museums, nightlife, outdoor fun and recreation, information, call 217-422-4919, or visit shopping districts and numerous events for all ages. Visit, or, call 217-423-7000. Mari-Mann Herb Farm: People who love the The smartphone mobile app, Visit Decatur, is available outdoors will enjoy Mari-Mann Herb Farm, 1405 to download for free. Decatur area attractions include: Mari-Mann Lane, one of the Midwestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest and Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum: Located at largest herb farms. Mari-Mann offers luncheons by 3635 U.S. Route 36-E., features classic autos such appointment, tours and a shop where a wide varias race cars, Indy 500 pace cars, original unrestored ety of natural herbal and homeopathic items are examples of some of their finest automobiles built, sold. For more information, call 217-429-1404, or and includes an extensive Chevrolet memorabilia visit collection. For more information, call 217-791-5793 Rock Springs Conservation Area and Naor visit ture Center: Located at 3939 Nearing Lane, The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum of Illinois: Located at Rock Springs offers a glimpse of the natural 55 S. Country Club Road, the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum forests and prairies that existed when early setoffers hands-on exhibits that encourage children to tlers first came to central Illinois. Included are touch and interact. Focusing on people and cultures, Mari-Mann Herb Farm is designated as birding and nature walks over woodlands and the arts, physics/physical science, the ecosystem and an official Illinois herb garden. wetlands. For more information, call 217-423health sciences, the museum is so much fun for


everyone that visitors tend to forget itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s educational. For more exhibit details, call 217-423-KIDS, or visit Hieronymus Mueller Museum: The Hieronymus Mueller Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s namesake, called Decaturâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;unsung genius,â&#x20AC;? held over 500 patents. See such treasures as the seventh of only eight cars manufactured by Mueller, located at 420 W. Eldorado St. For more information, call 217-423-6161. Macon County History Museum and Prairie Village: Located at 5580 N. Fork Road. E., each building in the village replicates prairie life during the 1800s. This includes a replica of the log courthouse where Abraham Lin-










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7708, or visit Scovill Park and Zoo: From cheetahs and camels to meerkats and monkeys, an exciting adventure awaits visitors at Decaturâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scovill Zoo, located at 71 Country Club Road. Take a spin on the Endangered Species Carousel and climb aboard the Z.O.& O. Express. Just a few steps away from the zoo are a state-of-the art playground, the Scovill House, and Oriental Gardens with exotic plants, waterfalls, ponds and winding trails. For more information, call 217-421-7436, or visit Wabash Depot Antique Centre: Located at 710 E. Cerro Gordo St., the center is a 10,000 square-foot restored train depot with beautiful marble columns and floors, stained glass windows, tube chandeliers and antiques of every kind. For more information, call 217-233-0800. Notable events taking place throughout the year include: Decatur Celebration: Free family street festival covering 22 square blocks of downtown Decatur which are closed from Friday night through Sunday on the first weekend in August of each year; eleven stages with continuous live entertainment; a square-block area with activities just for kids; your favorite celebrities and historic figures roaming around (impersonators in costume); over 150 acts and attractions to enjoy; food from every corner of the world; craft and souvenir stands; games, contests and big name headline entertainment. For more information, visit Farm Progress Show: Progress City, U.S.A. adjacent to Richland Community College in Decatur, is the epicenter of farm technology during the last week of August biennially in odd-numbered years. More than 450 exhibitors bring their best new tools and technology to show visitors from all over the world. For more information, visit Arts in Central Park: Features art in every form, available for sale or just to see. Paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor; photography; pottery; textile art; handmade jewelry; and sculpture can all be found Friday evening through Sunday, the third weekend in September every year. The fair also features food vendors, beverage service, live music and other forms of entertainment. For more information, visit 2013 Decatur Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information, and additional activities.

April 4-6: Pride of the Prairie Spring Marble Show. Country Inn. April 13, 14: Spring Train Fair. Decatur Civic Center. April 19-21: MidState Soccer Classic Cup. Decatur Soccer Complex. April 26: AKC Dog Show. Progress City, USA. April 27, 28: Gem & Mineral Show. Decatur/Macon County Fairgrounds. May 31-June 2: Special Olympics Big Blue Blowout. Millikin University. June 1-9: Macon County Fair. Decatur/Macon County Fairgrounds. June 10-16: LPGA Futures Golf Championship. Hickory Pt. Golf Course. Decatur Continued On Page 69

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Decatur: Continued From Page 68 June 12-15: Commodores Wooden Bat Tournament. Sunnyside Park. June 20, July 18, August 15: Blues in Central Park. Downtown Decatur. June 21, 22: Haunted America Conference. Lincoln Square Theatre. July 4-7: ASA JO 10 U A and B State Tournament. Rotary Park. July 5-7: Rodney T. Miller Triathlon. Lake Decatur & Fairview Park. July 26-28: ASA Men’s D and E State Tournament. Rotary Park. July 25-Aug. 4: USTA/Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic. Fairview Complex. August 1-4: Decatur Celebration. Downtown Decatur. August 27-29: Farm Progress Show. Progress City, USA. September 20-22: Arts in Central Park. Downtown Decatur. October 10-12: Amer. Street Rod Assn. Vintage Wkd. Progress City, USA.

Monticello: Continued From Page 67 September 6: Concert in the Park - Allerton - 217-333-3287. September 20, 21: Monticello Celebration - Main Street - 217-762-9318. September 21, 22: Railroad Days Plus Steam Train - Railway Museum 877-762-9011. October 4: Concert in the Park - Allerton Park - 217-333-3287. October 4: Pumpkins, Goblins & Brew….oh my - Downtown Merchants - 217-762-1951. October 11-13: Barn tour - Piatt County Museum. October 19, 20, 25, 26, 27: Ghost Train and Haunted Boxcar - Railway Museum - 877-762-9011. November 29, 30-December 1, 6, 7: Polar Express - Railway Museum 877-762-9011. December 6: Reds of Christmas - Downtown Merchants - 217-762-1951. December 7: Chamber Christmas Parade - Monticello Chamber of Commerce - 800-352-3396. December 7, 8: Lunch with Santa on the Train - Monticello Chamber of Commerce - 800-352-3396. December 14-23: Santa in the Depot - Monticello Chamber of Commerce - 800-352-3396.

The Wabash Depot Antique Centre is over 10,000 square feet of beautifully restored marble floors and columns with stained glass windows and tube chandeliers. The depot is on the National Register of Historic Places. Wabash Depot Antique Centre in Decatur is truly a showplace with a lot of history.

Railroad Memorabilia • Elegant Cut Crystal • Depression Glass • Dolls • Books • Porcelain • China • Art Pottery • Architectural • Furniture • Lighting • Paintings • Jewelry • Prints • Linens • Primitives • Vintage Hats and Clothing • Silver • Toys • Tools Open Monday thru Saturday 10 am to 5 pm & Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm Layaways, Visa, Mastercard, Discover • Ph: 217-233-0800 • Fax: 217-233-0801 780 E. Cerro Gordo Street • Decatur, IL 62523 Just North of Eldorado Street/Route 36

Bloomington: Home Of The American Passion Play The American Passion Play takes you to Palestine, 30 A.D. You'll travel with Christ, seeing the world as He saw it. You'll follow His ministry and life from the Sermon on the Mount to the Resurrection and Ascension. You'll hear His words, as vital to you now as they were to the people of his time. The American Passion Play, unlike other passion plays, dramatizes Jesus' entire ministry, rather than just the events from the Passion Week onward. His teachings on faith, love, justice and righteousness are still our best hope for solving today's complex problems. The message of his three-year ministry has a larger meaning for our daily lives than do the emotions of Passion Week alone. The play is historically accurate. The settings and costumes re-create the first century Galilee. The text is taken from the King American Passion Play James Version of the Bible, and the performers bring this magnificent language to life. 2013 will be the 90th season. The American Passion Play of Bloomington, Illinois was conceived by Delmar D. Darrah to show the life and ministry of Christ as a vital, living force. Although this is one of the oldest continuously performed Passion Plays in the United States, it is not a static drama. The production has changed to reflect modern historical knowledge of the era but has remained true to the teachings of Jesus. The actors are non-professionals with a spiritual dedication to their parts and to the American Passion Play. As performers, they share in a community of faith with the audience and give testimony to the contemporary power of Christ's teachings. The renovated Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (formerly the Scottish Rite Temple) is the home of the American Passion Play.

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Bement: Historic Sights, Concerts In The Park he Village of Bement, situated in the heart of Illinois between 1880 structure, known as the Bryant House, remains a private residence, Champaign and Decatur, owes its birth to the steel plow and the the owner invites people inside for a visit when convenient. The 1856 structure is now spread of railroading called the Bryant Cottage in the Midwest. The John State Historic Site. This Deere plow allowed farmers home has been preserved to to churn the fertile soil near commemorate a meeting beBement at a time when tall tween Abraham Lincoln and prairie grasses hampered traU.S. Senator Stephen A. ditional tilling. Douglas. Although no debate On Christmas Day, 1853, took place in Bement, the three men on horseback, L.B. details for the Lincoln-DouWing, Joseph Bodman, and glas Debates were agreed to Henry Little, rode through in the parlor of this modest, the area. Inspired by what yet comfortable structure. A they saw, the three returned tour offers a glimpse of midin 1854 to purchase as much 19th century life. land as they could afford, Looking for Lincoln? paying $1.25 an acre. The Don’t miss the Path of Inforgentlemen worked closely mation, located on the with representatives of the grounds of the historic site. Great Western Railroad to Here visitors will find three bring a railway linking of the 210 wayside exhibits Danville with Quincy located in 50 communities through their land. Bryant Cottage State Historic Site across central Illinois. Each In 1855 the site was surveyed, and a deed for the land was signed. Edward Bement, of New York exhibit includes a “medallion.” Be sure to collect a rubbing from each LinCity and secretary of the Great Western Railroad, offered to donate a bell coln storyboard along the Trail — bring pencil and paper. to the first church built in the area if the villagers agreed to choose “Be2013 Bement Calendar of Events ment” as its name. Mr. Bement fell ill and died before he could follow Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead at 217-678-8184 through with his offer. One hundred years later, however, in 1955 during for specific information and additional activities. the town’s centennial celebration, the Wabash Railroad, which inherited March 24-31: Easter Egg Lane. Community Council/Bryant Cottage. the lines of the Great Western Railroad, presented the Village of Bement March 30: Easter Egg Hunt. Lions Club/Bement Health Care. with a bell from a retired locomotive. The bell is displayed in the foyer of June-July: Sunday Band Concerts. Veterans Memorial Park. the Bement Township Library. June 8: Old Glory Festival. Chamber of Commerce. Today, visitors are greeted by patriotic banners as well as American flags July 4: Freedom Celebration. Community Council. waving in the breeze. Veterans Memorial Park is located near the center of July 6: Military Timeline. Bryant Cottage. town. In the park are state-of-the-art play equipment, a pavilion for band July 14: Heritage Sunday/Ice Cream Social. Bryant Cottage. concerts, picnic tables and a memorial dedicated to area veterans. It is inOctober 4, 5: BHS Homecoming & Alumni Banquet. spiring to read the names of those local residents who served the country November 11: Veterans Remembrance. Albert Parker Post of American over the years. Legion. Directly south of the park are two houses. The first is the home of FranDecember 14: Christmas in Bement. Community Council/Bryant Cotcis E. Bryant, built in 1880, and the other is the single-story structure built tage/Chamber of Commerce. for Bryant and his family upon their 1856 arrival in Bement. Although the


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uilt in 1856, this four-room structure is maintained in its original condition with original and period furnishings, providing a scene of typical family life in the mid-nineteenth century. 146 E. Wilson St.• P.O. Box 41 Bement, IL (217) 678-8184

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Lincoln: Namesake Of The Great President, Stroll Where He Once Walked


incoln, the county seat of Logan County, is located near many urban areas. Springfield, Decatur and Bloomington-Normal are all less than 30 miles away, while Peoria and Champaign-Urbana are a short distance farther. More than 15,000 people call Lincoln home, and more than 1 million Illinoisans live within 60 miles of the city. Lincoln offers visitors a wide range of attractions, from the memories of simpler times found along historic Route 66 to strolling where Abraham Lincoln once walked. Lincoln and Logan County, with various ties to the man for whom the city was named, share two slices of Americana. Abraham Lincoln’s circuit court ride often took him through Logan County. In addition, he owned property in the county and formally christened Lincoln as the only town named for him prior to his presidency. Shown is the statue of Abraham Lincoln and Logan Lincoln at the front of the Lincoln County also serve as the College Museum. The front of the sites for what may be the statue reads "I shall prepare myself, longest segment of historic someday my chance will come." Route 66 that remains today. Route 66 is famed for serving as the nation’s Main Street during the golden age of the automobile. Lincoln also serves as Logan County’s shopping center, with a busy downtown and commercial artery lined with stores, restaurants and motels. A courthouse is the dominant building located in historic downtown Lincoln. Downtown Lincoln’s shops are now joined by a commercial area that reaches beyond the square to encompass more than 100 stores. Additional commerce has positioned itself close to the interstate highway on Lincoln’s west side, firmly establishing the community as the economic heart of Logan County, and one of its chief tourist attractions.

For more information about Lincoln, call the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau at 217-732-8687, visit, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce at 217-735-2385, visit, Main Street Lincoln at 217-732-2929, or Economic Development at 217-732-8739. 2013 Lincoln Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information & additional activities.

July 30-August 4: Logan County Fair. For more information, visit August 23-25: Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival. Fun for the whole family at the Logan County Airport and in downtown Lincoln. It includes the Art of Wine and Brew, Kansas City BBQ Competition and much more. For information, call 217-735-2385 or visit September 13-15: The 43rd Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival/2nd Annual Dan Tackett Bluegrass Jam at the Logan County Fairgrounds. An educational event for all ages that includes rail splitting, corn shucking, tomahawk throwing, pioneer village, historical displays, Lincoln presentations, bluegrass and more. For more information, visit December 7: Elkhart Chapel Candlelight Service in Elkhart, IL. Candlelight service to kick off the holiday season, followed by a meal at the Wild Hare Cafe. For more information, call 217-947-2238 or visit

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Pike County: Home Of The 25th Annual Fall Color Drive And Full Of Lincoln And Civil War History


he Pike County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present this profile of our beautiful county. We know your visit will be an enjoyable one. Nestled between the Mississippi River to the west and the Illinois River to the east, the rolling hills of Pike County provide a scenic backdrop to a variety of activities. Visitors will be warmly welcomed into this community that is rich in heritage and tradition. We are proud of our ties to Abraham Lincoln and to the New Philadelphia site, which was the first town in the United States to be settled by an African American. We are also home to an early Mormon settlement. Pike County leads the state of Illinois in trophywinning whitetail deer hunting and boasts a wide variety of outdoor activities with camping, golf courses, hunting, parks, trails, lakes and of course, the two rivers. There are plenty of other activities for young and old alike in beautiful Pike County. Pike County Chamber of Commerce has an excellent web site,, which details the county’s history, businesses, amenities and events. The Chamber, along with Pittsfield Main Street, operates a Visitor Center with a 24-hour foyer at 224 W. Washington in Pittsfield, IL, which is the county seat. A number of festivals and other family-oriented events are held in the various communities in the county. Festivals celebrate everything from apples and corn to pigs. There are two county fairs in Pike County, and two open off-road events sponsored by the Two Rivers Jeep Club. These activities attract thousands of visitors that enjoy the warm hospitality. A downloadable Calendar of Events is available on the web site.

square in Pittsfield, across the street from the William Watson Hotel. In addition to 13 locations in Pittsfield, there are additional historic homes in the county with ties to Abe Lincoln. Lincoln’s spirit has become a visible part of Pike County, and we welcome visitors to come and enjoy.

The Pike County Fall Color Drive With the third full weekend in October comes one of the most exciting and important events in Pike County — the Pike County Fall Color Drive. This year is an important milestone as it marks the 25th anniversary of the Color Drive. Begun as a way to promote local crafters, artisans, and communities within Pike County by attracting visitors to the county during the peak fall foliage time, the Color Drive has grown dramatically. The dates this year are Saturday, October 19, and Sunday, October 20. The Pike County Fall Color Drive is the only countywide event held annually. Area residents support participating communities by displaying their crafts, providing food services, and volunteering their time to assist with the event. In addition to spectacular fall scenery, Pike County also has a rich Lincoln and Civil War history and some communities will take advantage of their local connections to Lincoln and the war and promote them during the Fall Color Drive, thus appealing to history buffs as well. There’s something for everyone on the Pike County Color Drive. Along the drive, visitors will find crafts, antiques and collectibles and unique events. There are activities just for kids, including petting zoos, hay scrambles and much more. Gentlemen can enjoy antique tractors and farm equipment, and observe demonstrations such as Pike County’s Ties To Abe Lincoln blacksmithing, wool spinning and knife making. Abraham Lincoln was a frequent visitor to Pike Shopping is a highlight, and visitors will find County because he had formed many close associaTravelers are welcomed to the everything from handcrafted items and jewelry to Ttions with its citizens. He left his judicial circuit and Visitor Center by this statue shirts and baked goods. Vendors abound along the crossed the Illinois River to practice law with many of Abraham Lincoln. drive, and we know participants will enjoy seeing of Pike County’s leading attorneys. John Hay and all of what Pike County has to offer. John Nicolay, both from Pittsfield, became personal secretaries to Lincoln Oh, and did we mention food? Visitors refer to this event as “eat your when he became president of the United States. way across Pike County,” and rightfully so. Start the day off with biscuits Many Civil War era homes still exist in Pike County. Moreover, there and gravy or some homemade pastries. Lunchtime is full of many differare more houses and sites associated with Lincoln in Pittsfield than in any ent options. other place in the country. A car-radio audio tour, called “Abe Lincoln’s Visitors can plan their trip on the web at Stop Talking House Tour” takes visitors to eight homes and five other sites at the welcome booth in each community. Here participants can pick up a where they can hear the stories of the sites and the people who knew Linmap and find additional information. Tune the radio coln. A map brochure of this tour and a radio into 97.5 FM (WBBA radio) and listen to Color Drive troduction is available at the Pike County Visitors broadcasts from the Pittsfield Rotary Club all weekCenter. end long. Pittsfield is also a Looking for Lincoln ComPike County has something of interest for everymunity and currently boasts four Lincoln Wayside one, which visitors will see on the Chamber’s webexhibits. Of the four Wayside exhibits, three are in site, Discover Pike County and let it front of stops on the Talking House Tour. The become your “home away from home.” fourth is located on the southwest corner of the PAGE 72 | 2013 Discover Visitor & Vacation Guide To Central Illinois

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25th Annual

Pike County Illinois

COLOR DRIVE October 19 & 20 “Home of Beautiful Scenery, Friendly People and Lincoln History”

Come enjoy the fall colors of autumn in Pike County, Illinois and discover our rich Abe Lincoln and Civil War heritage. Activities and events are planned in more than 20 Pike County communities during the weekend.

* CRAFTS * FAMILY ACTIVITIES * HISTORICAL DEMOS * FOOD & FARM PRODUCE Pike County Chamber of Commerce (217) 285-2971 ‡

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Clinton: Continued From Page 52 Located in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, DeWitt County is an official Looking for Lincoln community and is home to 10 Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits. Eight of these are included on a self-guided walking tour spanning 9 blocks and featuring unique Lincoln-related stories and sites. A permanent exhibit, “Lincoln in DeWitt County,” is housed at Clinton’s Vespasian Warner Public Library. Lincoln’s connection to Clinton and DeWitt County is rich. He argued cases in DeWitt County on the Eighth Judicial Circuit and practiced law in an office he shared with a local attorney, Clifton H. Moore. Visit the Lincoln Heritage of DeWitt County website at While touring Mr. Lincoln’s Square, visitors will find themselves amidst a variety of retail and service shops. Many more stores and restaurants line Van Buren Street a few blocks to the south. They include major discount department stores, nationally known drug stores and several popular fast-food chains. But notable to the community are the unique dining experiences and quaint shops which draw visitors from near and far. After dinner, visitors may catch a box office hit at the community’s fivescreen movie complex, which shows recently released movies and throws in some appealing extras. Guests will find free refills on popcorn and soda, discounted admission nights and free popcorn Thursdays. An excellent public school system serves the Clinton area, with neighborhood school buildings located only a short walk from homes. A school campus housing the Clinton High School facility, sports complex, and the Clinton Junior High School is located near Van Buren Street shopping. The Vespasian Warner Public Library is located in the heart of Clinton. The Frank Lloyd Wright prairie-style brick building was built in 1906. In 1991, an addition was built to the original library building. Through the years, the facility continues to provide the community with informational, recreational, cultural and educational resources and services, as well as meeting rooms, public computer access, free Wi-Fi and more. An in-town hospital assures residents of quick, professional medical care. Fourteen churches, representing most major denominations, dot Clinton’s neighborhoods. Clinton uses a mayor/council form of government. A countywide development council is available to work with new businesses and economic development in DeWitt County. Visitors are invited to treat themselves to some tasty food at the nationally recognized Apple and Pork Festival, scheduled for September 28 and 29. For a “howling good time,” visit Clinton’s Terror on Washington Street Haunted House held weekends in October. Contact the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau at 217-935-3364 or toll-free at 866-4-DeWitt (866-433-9488), or visit Brochures are available 24/7 from the outdoor brochure holders at the DeWitt County Visitor Center, State Route 54-West, Clinton. Overnight accommodations include: Sunset Inn & Suites, 217-935-4140; Town & Country Motel, 217-935-2121; and Wye Motel, 217-935-3373. 2013 Clinton Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information & additional activities.

March 27: Clinton Chamber’s Business Expo from 3 to 7 p.m. at Clinton High School. May-October: Clinton Area Farmers & Artisans Market. Saturday mornings on Mr. Lincoln’s Square. May 16-19: Clinton May Days Fest, Mr. Lincoln’s Square, downtown. June 8: Barn Quilts of DeWitt County Spring Guided Tour. June 25: Annual Golf Outing at Clinton Country Club. July 4: Fourth of July Celebration on Mr. Lincoln’s Square. July 4: 4th of July Fireworks, dusk, on southwest edge of Clinton. September 28, 29: Apple & Pork Festival. For more information, visit October 5: Barn Quilts of DeWitt County Fall Guided Tour. October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 31, November 1: Clinton’s Terror on Washington Street Haunted House. Visit November 30: Clinton C of C Annual Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. November 30, December 7, 14, 21: Santa’s House on Mr. Lincoln’s Square from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. PAGE 74 | 2013 Discover Visitor & Vacation Guide To Central Illinois


Springfield: Fine Antiques, Lincoln Library/Museum


he Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is designed to fully engage the general public in the life and times of America’s 16th President. The overall size of the Library and Museum is 200,000 square-feet, making it the nation’s largest Presidential Library complex. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is centrally located in downtown Springfield, IL, and is easily accessible by car, rail (Amtrak), or air (Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport). The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum complex includes the following: n Museum — An entire city block of state-of-the-art, full-immersion experiences and galleries n Library — The world’s largest collection of Lincoln-related materials and new home of the Illinois State Historical Library; n Union Station — A restored 1890 train depot that acts as the gateway to Lincoln’s life. It serves as a visitor orientation center. The Museum: The 100,000-square-foot museum portion of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum redefines the possible in presidential complexes. The museum’s 40,000 square feet of exhibit space is considerably larger than exhibit space in any other presidential library. Size matters: What sets the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum apart is the scope, creativity and visitor engagement. Using advanced technologies, the Library and Museum presents a fully immersive theatrical experience enabling 21st century visitors to inhabit Lincoln’s life and times. 2013 Springfield Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information & additional activities.

May 18, 19: Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair. Old Capitol Square in downtown Springfield. Call 217-415-5518, or visit June 10: History Comes Alive. Various historic sites and attractions. Call 217-789-2360 or visit August 8-18: Illinois State Fair. Illinois State Fairgrounds. For more information, call 217-782-6661 or visit September 27-29: 12th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival. More than 1,000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators, hot music and free entertainment in downtown Springfield. Call 317-236-6515 or visit October 12, 13: Indian Summer Festival. Lincoln Memorial Garden.Call 217-529-1111 or visit October 18, 19: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Washington Park-Thomas Rees Carillon, hand carved, illuminated jack-o-lanterns surrounding the Carillon. Call 217-546-3853 or visit

Open Daily 9:30 - 5:30

Wide Variety Of Antiques & Collectibles In A Bright, Friendly Setting 5859 S. 6th Street Rd., Springfield, IL Exit 90, Toronto Rd, Highway 55

weekend through Labor Day weekend, the Route 66 Twin Drive-In shows double features on both of its giant screens. Knight’s Action Park & Caribbean Water Adventure are at exit 96 off Interstate 72 in Springfield. A tradition for fun, excitement, sports, games, and entertainment, Knight’s Action Park & Caribbean Water Adventure continue to invite guests of all ages to come to “…where the action is!”

Exit #96 #96 off off I-72 I-72 ‡‡ (217) (217) 546-8881 546-8881 ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Exit


night’s Action Park & Caribbean Water Adventure has long been the name in family fun for Springfield, IL. The Knight family has owned and operated the popular amusement complex for more than 80 years in Springfield. The family’s name has become synonymous with quality entertainment. At Illinois’ favorite family fun park, kids of all ages can practice and play on any summer day or night. Knight’s offers a 50-tee driving range (including 10 heated tees), batting cages, putting green, and two miniature golf courses. The fun doesn’t stop there, however. Guests can race family and friends as engines rev along the Go Kart track. Families can thrill at fun and exciting heights aboard the Paratrooper and the Big Wheel. Knight’s is also home to kiddy rides and arcade games. Next to Knight’s Action Park is Caribbean Water Adventure, Engines rev along the place where summer fun is the Go Kart track. an adventure to remember. Home to The Bermuda Triangle slide tower, with three exciting and thrilling slides, Caribbean Water Adventure’s splashtacular good times don’t stop there. Smiles and laughter await on the parks other water slides, including the hair-raising Devil Ray water slide which sends visitors speeding down a nearly vertical incline and back up again, as well as the high-speed fun of the Royal Flush water slide, a bowl full of fun. Escape the summer heat by relaxing in the giant wave pool or floating around in the Caribbean Wild River. Visitors can navigate the lake at the edge of Caribbean Water Adventure aboard a four-seat Peddle Boat. The Bumper Boats are a crash and splash good time that brings a smile to everyone’s face. Little ones will enjoy Seal Bay and other kiddy play areas. Knight’s Action Park & Caribbean Water Adventure are located next to the Route 66 Twin Mountain slide. Drive-In. From Memorial Day


Visit Knight’s Action Park & Caribbean Water Adventure For A ‘Splashtacular’ Good Time

C’mon, It’s Where the Action Is!

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Area Wineries: A Notable — And Tasty — Experience While many people may not associate Central Illinois with wine making, picturesque wineries and vineyards located in the region will delight visitors’ taste buds with their unique wine offerings. Visitors are welcome to “unwine” off the beaten path as wineries in the region offer entertainment, games and food amid the beautiful scenery and peaceful ambiance of Central IL.

Tuscan Hills Winery


uscan Hills Winery is a family-owned and operated business. The winery’s award winning winemaker and American Wine Society judge, Dr. Larry Jackson, has more than 30 years of wine making experience and is especially focused on creating wellbalanced wines of the highest quality. In addition to offering award winning wines, Tuscan Hills Winery also focuses on creating an old world Tuscan feel in the heart of the Midwest — perfect for weddings, corporate or private events. Live entertainment on most weekends is also offered. An experienced, knowledgeable and friendly staff is on hand to guide visitors through the winery’s ever-changing portTuscan Hills Winery folio of artistically crafted and well-balanced selection of wines. Along with its wine selection, Tuscan Hills Winery also offers specialty beers and various non-alcoholic beverages. Visitors are encouraged to make sure to check the winery’s wonderful gift and gourmet food selections — which truly offers something for every palate. Visitors are welcome to visit the winery’s award-winning building, located conveniently off I-57/I-70 exit 162 behind the Harley Barn on Historic Hills Drive in Effingham, IL. Tuscan Hills Winery is open 7 days a week (excluding major holidays). For more information or to view an events calendar, visit or call 217347-9463 (WINE).

Walnut Street Winery


ocated in Rochester, IL, off of Route 29, 7 miles east of Springfield, the state capital, Walnut Street Winery offers fine wines using raw materials available from some of the best vineyards in the world. Owned by Loren Shanle, the winery offers several Shanle wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Merlot, Pinot Grigio,

2200 Historic Hills Drive (From I-57/70 Exit 162) • Effingham, Illinois 62401 • 217-347-WINE(9463)

Hours Of Operation Mon-Thurs; 12 - 7 pm Fri-Sat; 10 am - 10 pm Sunday; 1 - 6 pm

Try any one of our awardwinning wines, craft beers, cheeses, meats, and gifts. We also offer non-alcoholic beverages and have live entertainment most weekends.

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Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pink Grapefruit Blush, Shiraz, Rosie Red, Applelicious, Grandpa Grape, Just Peachy, Blackjack, Tropical Breeze, Crantastic, Razzle Dazzle and Big Daddy Red Malbec. Wines may be ordered online at The winery makes all of its fine wines with ingredients from California, except one that uses produce from Argentina, Shanle said. In addition, the winery’s wine garden features a bocce ball court that is 60 feet long and 13 feet wide. Visitors can enjoy wine in the open air, along with pizza or some of the Walnut Street Winery Wisconsin cheeses that are available. The wine garden is also a unique setting for hosting wedding receptions, class reunions, office parties, Christmas parties and other group events. “The bocce ball court is a big attraction,” Shanle said. “We also have Wisconsin cheeses and crackers. When the wine garden is open, we grill brats, hot dogs, burgers and more.” Walnut Street Winery is located in an attractive old house in downtown Rochester at 309 S. Walnut St. The building Relax in Rochester at once housed Shanle’s Walnut Street Winery insurance agency. The winery is also a A central Illinois favorite for popular music venue, meeting friends and family often featuring major bands and performers.. “We feature music Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday now,” Shanle said. “Sunday is an open mic day and Thursday wine tastings daily • live music we feature what we call free wi-fi • wine garden ‘open new music night’ Pizza, cheese, beer, & soda served for musicians who want to come in and play. On come out and taste our 20 wines produced and Friday and Saturday we bottled in Rochester while you enjoy a game of have the bigger acts.” bocce ball on our court in the wine garden. Tuesdays are Trivia located off Rt. 29 just 4.5 miles straight to night, where some free Rochester from Dirksen Pkwy. & S. Grand Ave. wine awaits the winning BRING IN A COPY OF THIS AD FOR A $3 DISCOUNT ON ANY team. BOTTLE OF WINE SOLD AS TAKE AWAY & NOT TO BE CONSUMED “During the colder AT THE WINERY” LIMIT ONE BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER months, the winery is open fewer hours and is closed on Mondays. In the warmer months, the winery is open seven 309 S. Walnut • Rochester • 217-498-9800 days a week and for more hours,” Shanle Visit our website for our business hours or call the winery said.

Walnut Street Winery

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Effingham: Continued From Page 62

Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery


ocated in Southern Illinois, Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery is inspired by the owners’ passion for South Africa and their love of wine. The Lodge features a rustic, yet traditional décor accented in African wildlife acquired by the Bretz’s many travels. As part of South African customs, a Lodge is a place to gather, eat, and drink among friends. Wildlife Lodge & Winery has been open since 2008 and has already established a reputation for fine Southern Illinois wine, amazing dining, and an excellent time for all. The Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery offers a unique atmosphere for wine adventurers, and is the perfect complement to everyday celebrations as well as those speBretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery cial occasions. Wildlife Lodge & Winery was not just created for wine drinkers, but offers something for everyone. At the Lodge, visitors will find amazing food and a host of other amenities such as a full bar, miniature golf, sand volleyball, and amazing sunsets where you can relax with friends while sipping a glass of wine. Also available at the Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery are banquet and meeting facilities. Kalahari Hall and Serengeti Sunroom are the perfect setting for events. Each visit to Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery is a new experience for visitors to enjoy. “New in 2013, we are expanding the restaurant and adding another bar area — ‘DOCS’WANA Sunset Bar,” said Stephanie Nattier, event coordinator. “Stop in and see us soon. We look forward to serving you.”

2 miles north of Carlyle on Rt. 127 Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery offers: Full Bar Wine Tasting Room Kudu Wine Room with Complementary Wine Tasting. Wine Tasting by appointment during non- business hours

Kalahari Reception Hall With seating for 350+

Serengeti Sunroom Coming Spring 2013

Dining Atmosphere Serving Breakfast & Lunch Tuesday Sunday Friday All You Can Eat Fried Fish Sunday Breakfast Brunch Buffet 9a-1p

Live Entertainment Luxury Cabins Business Hours Monday 3 pm 9 pm Tuesday Wednesday 7am 9pm Thursday 7am 11pm Friday & Saturday 7am 2 am Sunday 7 am 9 pm


Tuscan Hills Winery: Tuscan Hills Winery is located on Historic Hills Drive, directly behind the Harley Barn. This winery is located on eight picturesque acres which helps bring an Old World Tuscan feel to the heart of Effingham. The owners are focused on creating elegant, approachable, and perfectly balanced wines of the highest quality. Wine tastings, along with space available for reservations, make this a must stop for group tours. For more information, visit Effingham Visitor Center: The Effingham Visitor Center, located off exit 160, offers services to travelers including maps, guides, and brochures. Also, stop in for a free Effingham souvenir. Coupon and discount books are also available at the Visitor Center. Call 217-342-5310 or visit Wonderland in Lights: Each year, the City of Effingham and the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau turn the Community Park on East Temple Avenue into a winter wonderland. The Wonderland in Lights is a drive-through light display that features a variety of lighted holiday scenes. Santa visits the Wonderland in Lights each Saturday to hand out toys to the children. The display opens on Thanksgiving Day and ends on Christmas Day. Visit Evergreen Hollow Park: Evergreen Hollow Park is one of Effingham’s four parks and offers activities for visitors of all ages. The Kluthe Aquatic Complex, located in the park, includes a large leisure pool with water slide and water play equipment. The park also features a tree walk with approximately 85 species of trees indigenous to Illinois, with each marked with a plaque including the common and Latin name of each species. For more information on activities at the park, visit Stang ARTs Studio & Gallery: Nestled in downtown Effingham, Stang ARTs features art classes for both children and adults, along with holding various events throughout the year, such as paint parties. Make sure to stop by and check out the art gallery or book an event. Call 850-960-0106. John Boos and Company: John Boos and Company is the oldest manufacturer of butcher blocks and metal tables in the industry. The first butcher blocks were made in Conrad Boos’ blacksmith shop in Effingham over 100 years ago. John Boos Butcher Blocks are used by several celebrity chefs, including Emeril Lagasse and Rachel Ray, who gave John Boos blocks away on her talk show. You can also find the butcher blocks on popular Food Network shows such as “Chopped.” Tours are available by appointment. Call 217-347-7790. Ballard Nature Center: The Ballard Nature Center is located just minutes west of Effingham nestled into a wooded area near National Road, U.S. 40. Miles of wooded trails, dozens of species of birds, and the natural setting offer a true outdoor experience. Dioramas and interactive exhibits offer entertainment and effortless education on the flora and fauna of this region. The trails and outdoor area are open from dawn until dusk. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Call 618-483-6856. Lake Sara: Lake Sara is an 800-acre recreational lake nestled into a wooded shoreline, encircled by a winding road. Also, visit nearby golf courses, Cardinal and Fore-Way, just minutes from the lake. Visit Dr. Charles M. Wright House: The Dr. Charles M. Wright House in Altamont was built in 1889. The 18-room mansion is now a museum that features original furnishings, including carpets. The doctor’s surgery, nursery and library are highlights of the tour. Visit Monastery Museum: The Monastery Museum in Teutopolis is a prism into the history of the settlers of the Teutopolis region and the Franciscans who ministered to them. The museum houses antique bibles, hand-scribed books, furnishings, clothing, toys and elaborate documents that offer a glimpse into the past. For more information, call 217-857-6404. Frye Pottery: Frye Pottery is located in a beautiful country setting. Artists Tim and Pam Frye have been professional potters for nearly 30 years and produce award winning ceramic art, as well as functional stoneware pottery designed for everyday use. A restored dairy barn houses their working studios and gallery with a selection of pottery pieces for sale. Visit 2013 Discover Visitor & Vacation Guide To Central Illinois | PAGE 77

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Jacksonville: Rich History, Warm Hospitality Celebration, Community Park. The largest mounted Civil War re-enactment onveniently located between Springfield, IL, and St. Louis, MO, in the Midwest. This year celebrates the 150th anniversary of Jacksonville’s Jacksonville is a thriving community, rich in historical treasures, unown Benjamin Grierson’s famous raid through the paralleled educational institutions, growing South that helped Grant’s defeat of Vicksburg. It will businesses and hospitality all its own. feature special field effects staged by the same comA recipient of the Governor's Hometown Award and pany that worked with Steven Spielberg on his recent a Great American Mainstreet Award winning Commumovie, “Lincoln” with replicas of the famous Newton nity, the Jacksonville area has much to offer. Become battle and others. Step back in time and experience an historian in Jacksonville. Follow in the steps of the life of Civil War soldiers as they drill, prepare for Abraham Lincoln by taking the “Voices of Jackbattle, cook and practice medicine. sonville” audio tour — part of the “Looking for LinJuly 3, 4: 4th of July Celebration & Parade, coln” experience, where you can see the actual places Nichols Park. Two-day celebration beginning at 6 and hear the real stories of Lincoln as his friends and asp.m. July 3 and ending after fireworks July 4. Parade, sociates knew him. concessions, kid’s events, live entertainment, fireTour the Underground Railroad including Woodlawn works and more are all part of the celebration. Farm. Jacksonville was a major hub of the UnderJuly 9-15: 65th Annual Morgan County Fair. ground Railroad. Other historic sites include Gov. Games, rides, and big band entertainment, at Morgan Duncan’s Mansion, one of only two governor’s manCounty Fairgrounds. sions still standing in Illinois. Jacksonville was the July 19-21: Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival, home of three governors. Self-guided historic walkCrazy Horse Campground. ing tours of Jacksonville homes and Underground July 26, 27: River Country Quilt Show, JackRailroad sites entertain while providing knowledge General Grierson Days Re-enactment sonville High School. about the city's unique history. August 1: Annual DAR Ice Cream Social on the lawn of the Gov. Duncan Enjoy the community’s many annual events. From Civil War re-enactMansion. Benefits the maintenance/refurbishing of the mansion. ments to steam shows, from car shows to music and art festivals, includAugust 3: PrayseFest 2013, Historic Downtown Square ing monthly exhibits at the historic Strawn Art Gallery, Jacksonville has August 9: Jacksonville Pilot Club’s 4th Annual “Dancing with the Stars,” something for everyone. Hamilton’s Banquet Facility. National brand hotels, as well as locally-owned properties, are sure to August 24, 25: Jacksonville Main Street’s Fine Arts Festival, downtown provide a good night’s sleep. A variety of banquet facilities provide space Jacksonville. for small to large groups, all moderately priced. Jacksonville and South August 30-September 2: 15th Annual Prairieland Chautauqua, CommuJacksonville restaurants offer everything from home-style country cooknity Park. ing, to unique delights such as Italian, Mexican and Chinese cuisine. September 14: Gov. Duncan’s Neighborhood Walking Tour. Features hisJacksonville has several shopping centers and many locally owned onetorically and architecturally significant homes in Jacksonville’s Historic Disof-a-kind stores, antique malls and gift shops. Round things off with arts trict. and entertainment, sporting events, outdoor recreation, golfing and campSeptember 21, 22: 29th Annual Cruise Nite & Car Show, one of the area’s ing — Jacksonville has it all. Further information is available by calling largest cruise nights. The Jacksonville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-593-5678 September 27-29: 44th Annual Prairieland Heritage Museum Steam Show or visit & Fall Festival Days, Prairieland Heritage Grounds. October 26: Jacksonville Main Street’s Pumpkin Fest, come join us in the 2013 Jacksonville Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information and additional activities. Historic Downtown Square for free family fun. May 18: Downtown Celebration, a festive day of music, food, and fun in December 7, 8: Pilot Club 30th Annual Holiday Home Walk & Tea. Visit the heart of Jacksonville’s downtown. beautifully decorated homes. Event sponsored by the International Pilot Club June 14-16: General Grierson Days & Veterans Remembered Historic of Jacksonville.


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Discover Central Illinois 2013  

The premiere Tourism Guide for the Central Illinois Area. This free annual magazine for tourists and visitors features articles and photos o...

Discover Central Illinois 2013  

The premiere Tourism Guide for the Central Illinois Area. This free annual magazine for tourists and visitors features articles and photos o...