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AMISH OF ILLINOIS
Stateâ€™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 Simonâ€™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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white shirt and black shoes to church. Outside, men almost always wear a hat â€” 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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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: AMISH COUNTRY
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 www.rockomefoods.com.
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ROCKOME GARDENS: AMISH COUNTRY
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 www.amishcenter.com. 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 email@example.com. 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: DOUGLAS/MOULTRIE COUNTIES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Arcolaâ€™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 vanityâ€™s heritage. These include broom-making demonstrations, a broom riety of fundraising projects involving numerous community volunteers, sweeping contest, childrenâ€™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 www.arcolachamber.com. 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: www.arcolawalldogsproject.com. 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 www.arcolachamber.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.arcolachamber.com. 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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ARTHUR: DOUGLAS/MOULTRIE COUNTIES
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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 IllinoisAmishCountry.com for more inforIn summer, hanging baskets and mation.) banners enhance Arthurâ€™s Vine Street. Visitors to the Arthur area should take special precautions while traveling the areaâ€™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 www.IllinoisAmishCountry.com or www.ArthurFestivals.com 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: DOUGLAS/MOULTRIE COUNTIES
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€™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€™, 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: DOUGLAS/MOULTRIE COUNTIES
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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Downtown Farmers’ Market is held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Tuscola every Saturday, June-August.
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at the drop of a hat. Visitors are encouraged to take time exploring Tuscola. When they realize they need a few extra days, a soft pillow and a warm cup of milk awaits. 2013 Calendar of Events Dates subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information and additional activities.
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 www.rurallifeantiqueshow.com. 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€™s Weekend Sidewalk Sale at Tanger Outlet. May 6-12: Tanger Grad Gift Card sale â€” $10 off of $50 gift cards for grads. May 24-27: Memorial Day Weekend Sale at Tanger Outlet. June through August: Downtown Farmersâ€™ 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€” 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€™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 www.rurallifeantiqueshow.com. 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€™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€™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€œat-the-woods.â€? 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€™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€™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€™s many exhibits. Among the highlights of the community are the many shops. Atwoodâ€™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€™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€™s 84-year-old annual Halloween parade, the All-Around-Town Garage Sale weekends, and â€œKickOff Christmas Festivitiesâ€? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 2013 Atwood Calendar of Events Dates of events are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information, and additional activities.
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SULLIVAN: DOUGLAS/MOULTRIE COUNTIES
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 www.thelittletheatre.org 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 www.sullivanchamber.com. 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. s Primitives 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 | email@example.com 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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Since 1957, The Little Theatre On The Square has been a Sullivan attraction.
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€” 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€™s SPAMalot â€” 217-728-7375.
August 10: Sullivan Area Arts â€œCruisinâ€™ The Cornfieldsâ€? Bicycle Tour â€” 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€” every Friday and Saturday in October. October 5: â€œAngels & Demons III,â€? 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 www.lakeshelbyville.com 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€™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€™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 www.heartland-gallery.com. 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 www.ccfpd.org/Preserves/LakeoftheWoods.html. 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 www.visitchampaigncounty.org, 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: MOULTRIE COUNTY
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 http://villageofbethany.us. 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: EDGAR COUNTY
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/MATTOON: COLES COUNTY
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. www.eiu.edu/doudna. 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€œOld Mainâ€? 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 www.lincolnlogcabin.org. 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 www.eiu.edu/~festival, or call 217-581-2113. May 4: Sheep to Clothing at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. For more information, visit www.lincolnlogcabin.org, or call 217-345-1845. June TBA: Corn Belt Shrine Club & Tractor Pull. For more information, visit www.itpapulling.com, 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 www.ColesCountyChorus.com. June 28: Charleston Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing. For more information visit, www.charlestonchamber.com, or call 217-345-7041. July 3, 4: Red, White & Blue Days. For more information, visit www.charlestontourism.org, 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 www.colescountyfair.com. August 11: Annual Bluegrass Jam at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. For more information, visit www.lincolnlogcabin.org, or call 217345-1845. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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August 31: Annual Coles County Air Show at Coles County Airport. For more information, visit www.colescountyairport.com, or call 217234-7120. September 21: Charleston Challenge Duathlon. For more information, visit www.charlestonchallegeduathlon.com, 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 www.eiu.edu/homecoming. November 9: Charleston Challenge 40-Mile Relay. For more information, visit www.charlestonchallengeduathlon.com, 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 www.charlestontourism.org, or call 217-348-0430.
OAKLAND: COLES COUNTY
Oakland: A Potpourri Of Village Activities
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CHARLESTON/MATTOON: COLES COUNTY
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€™s " charter, and growth continued. Today, Mattoon, loâ€˘ Newly Decorated Rooms cated just a half-mile â€˘ Free High-Speed Internet west of Interstate 57, â€˘ 61 Clean Comfortable Rooms is home to more than â€˘ Free Super Start Breakfast â€˘ Free Local & Long Distance Phone Calls 20,000 citizens who â€˘ Free Cable TV with HBO, CNN, ESPN enjoy an abundance â€˘ King, Queen, Double Beds of recreational opporâ€˘ Business Center In Lobby tunities. Seven parks â€˘ Restaurant Next Door serve the community by offering lighted tennis courts, a large " ! ! " " ! " ! $ " # outdoor swimming