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“Come as our guests, leave as our friends.” Tuscan Hills Winery is a family owned and operated business. Our award winning winemaker and American Wine Society judge, Dr. Larry Jackson, has over 30 years of winemaking experience and is especially focused on creating well-balanced wines of the highest quality. Let our experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly staff guide you through our award winning portfolio of artistically crafted and well-balanced selection of wine. Besides our wine selection, Tuscan Hills Winery also offers specialty beers and various non-alcoholic refreshments. Make sure to check our wonderful gift and gourmet food selections – truely something for every palate. Besides offering exceptional quality wines, Tuscan Hills Winery also focuses on creating an old world Tuscan feel – perfect for your wedding, corporate meeting, or private event.

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Come visit our award winning building conveniently located off I-57/70 exit 162 behind the Harley Barn. Open year-round, 7 days a week (excluding major holidays) For more information or to view our events calendar, please visit www.effinghamwinery.com For wholesale inquiries, contact Trevor Arsenault at 217-821-8444

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Aside from the mall, the Village is home to a wide variety of other retail establishments, including Lowe’s, Staples, Best Buy, Menards, Good’s Furniture, Coziahr Harley-Davidson and Petsmart, among many others.

If you like the outdoors, you’ll love Forsyth. Our public parks feature dozens of acres of woods and open fields, as well as tennis and basketball courts, soccer fields and baseball diamonds, and batting cages — all connected by miles and miles of paved walking and bicycling paths. Within walking distance of many Forsyth residences is the Decatur Park District’s Hickory Point Golf course. The 18 hole public course plays host each year to a Symetra Golf Tournament, June 9th-16th.

And if you’re planning to step out for a meal, you won’t go hungry in Forsyth. In the time it takes you to say, “I don’t want to cook tonight,” you can be at any one of our many convenience food outlets, casual restaurants, or fine dining establishments.The mall includes a food court, and you will find your choice of several restaurants immediately outside the mall, including Cheddar’s, Applebee’s, Red Lobster, and Texas Roadhouse. Other restaurants in the Village includeMi Jalapeno (Mexican), O’Charley’s, Steak and Shake, Pizza Hut, and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Forsyth’s outstanding location and labor force have attracted a wide variety of retail businesses, including many of the country’s most recognized names, as well as a number of specialty shops. Hickory Point Mall is anchored by several large department stores: VonMaur, Kohl’s, JC Penney, Sears and Bergner’s.

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Lincoln Discover what’s inside Lincoln’s Library and Museum

Amish Country Beachy’s Bulk Foods in Arthur is a “can’t-miss” destination

Find out what’s along the historical Route 66

Signature Cup Tournament Learn where the best golfers in Illinois play to win

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Museum Showcases Lincoln

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Photos courtesy of The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, as its website puts it, combines “rigorous scholarship with ground-breaking showmanship.” It is the most visited presidential library and museum in the United States, despite opening just in 2005. Physically, the complex has two parts – the library at 112 N. Sixth St., and the museum at 212 N. Sixth St., which welcomed its three-millionth visitor Aug. 1, 2012. The two parts are joined by an enclosed walkway. Museum Deputy Director David Blanchette recommends visitors give themselves at least three to three and a half hours to fully explore. 8 – Getaway Guide

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Photos courtesy of The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Blanchette said for the most part, the museum is suitable for all ages and “Mrs. Lincolnís Attic” (described below) is specifically for young children. Most of the exhibits immerse visitors in sights, sounds and perspective with period music, cannon blasts, whispers, and intentional distortions. Human figures are typically life-size, with detailed hair, skin and even body hair.

• “The Plaza,” where lifelike figures of the Lincolns greet visitors. • “Journey One: The PrePresidential Years,” which follows Lincoln from childhood through his election in 1860. • “Journey Two: The White House Years” begins on the White House portico where visitors walk past life-size figures of George McClellan, Ulysses S. Grant, Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass. (John Wilkes Booth lurks behind a fence.)

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Visitors enter the White House, where they are greeted by Mary. War scenes are poignant, especially an area called “The Civil War in 4 Minutes.” A lone piano plays tunes of the day as a U.S. map

undulates with colorful battle lines at the rate of one week a second. At the lower right corner, a meter spins through updated casualty totals. At war’s end, the meter totals 702,000 Northern casualties and 621,000 Southern casualties. • In “Union Theater,” Lincoln’s life story is told from the perspective of an artist painting Lincoln’s portrait. “Lincoln’s Eyes” runs 17 minutes and includes strobe lights and loud noises to add realism to battle scenes. • “Ask Mr. Lincoln” offers visitors a screen where questions are posed to Lincoln. Historian and Lincoln expert Tom Schwartz provides background for the answer, then an actor supplies Lincolnís own words from letters and speeches. • “The Treasures Gallery” displays family artifacts like photos, china and crystal. In summer 2013, one of the five remaining copies of the

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Mrs. Lincoln’s Attic

Photos courtesy of The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Gettysburg Address, written in Lincoln’s own hand, will be on display. • “Ghosts of the Library” is a holographic, 15-minute presentation on why history matters. • In “Mrs. Lincoln’s Attic,” children can arrange furniture and Lincoln family figures in the Lincoln Home doll house; try on a

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• Large array of patterns and colors • Styles in King, Queen, Twin and Full sizes • Custom-made quilts • Hand-made baskets

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child-size Lincoln’s suit, Maryís dress or a Civil War uniform; and have their photo taken with life-size cut-outs of young Abraham, his sister and his parents. Adults must accompany children. Temporary exhibits move in and out of the Illinois Gallery. On display through 2013 is “To Kill and To Heal,” a display of the weapons and medicine of the Civil War.

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• The Old State Capitol, bordered by Fifth, Adams, Sixth and Washington streets; a reconstruction of Illinois’ fifth statehouse, the first in Springfield, used from 1839 to 1876. Itís where Lincoln served his last term in the Illinois House and delivered the “House Divided” speech. Seasonal hours; 217785-7960. • Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Sixth and Adams streets; only remaining rooms where Abraham Lincoln had a law office, practicing from 1843 to about 1852. Includes visitors’center, federal court display. Seasonal hours; 217-7857289. • Lincoln Home National Historic Site, bordered by Seventh, Edwards, Ninth streets and Capitol Avenue; visitors center, 426 S. Seventh St., has free tour tickets; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily;

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217-492-4241; closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving, Christmas. Includes Lincoln Home, restored sidewalks and streets, Dean and Arnold houses include exhibits. • Lincoln Tomb & War Memorial, Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1500 Monument Ave.; 217-782-2717. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sun.,

May-Labor Day; 9 .m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., Labor Day-Oct. 31; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat., Nov.-Feb.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., March-April. Second most-visited cemetery in U.S. contains remains of Lincoln, Mary and three of their four sons.

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What: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Where: 212 N. Sixth St., Springfield, IL Hours: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (ticket sales end at 4 p.m.) Contact: PresidentLincoln.Illinois.gov or 217-558-8934 Admission: adults $12; seniors (62 and up) $9; children (5-15) $6; military (ID required) $7; students (ID required) $9; child (under 5) free; members free.

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Beachy’s is an Amish Country “can’t miss” Small farms, one-room schoolhouses and quaint shops dot the landscape of the Illinois Amish countryside surrounding the cities of Arthur and Arcola. While Amish families in the region have traditionally been engaged in farming, over the past few decades, many have opened cottage businesses. Some have grown to the extent that they employ other Amish, according to the Illinois Amish Museum’s website. One such cottage business in the area is Beachy’s Bulk Foods, located off Illinois Route 133 between Arcola and Arthur. Locals and tourists alike visit Beachy’s to “find things they can’t find anywhere else,” said Raymond Beachy, an employee and son of the store’s original owners. The shelves are stocked with bulk items, most of which are portioned into smaller plastic containers and twist-tied bags. However, those looking for a 50-

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pound bag of flour or sugar will find it as well. The bulk items are ordered from Amish and non-Amish wholesalers and then repackaged into smaller portions by the 20 or so store employees, Beachy said. “There are quite a few items we sell

in the 50-pound or in bulk,” Beachy said. “It’s up to the customer, but the best price is if they want to buy it in a large quantity.” Bulk items range from baking supplies, rice, pasta, spices and soup mixes to candies, snacks, cereals, coffees and teas.

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For instance, one side of an aisle is packed with colorful candy chocolatecovered raisins and pretzels, gummy candies in about every shape imaginable, hard candy in nearly every flavor, bags of jelly beans, and pretty much anything to stave off a sweets or chocolate craving. Meanwhile, across the aisle, snack options include garlic bagel chips, honey roasted and wasabi soybeans, all types of nuts and seeds, and a variety of other choices. More than half of another aisle is packed with spices, one of the store’s most popular type of product, Beachy said. Basil, oregano, nutmeg, mint, garlic powder and other common spices are stacked in multiple sizes of plastic containers alongside numerous hard-tofind spices and seasonings. The unique variety of items brought Neoga resident and returning customer Vickie Mendenhall to Beachy’s on a Thursday morning in February. “I love the spices and stuff. Itís so much cheaper than you get in a regular grocery store,” she said. Mendenhall was also looking for particular items needed for her paleo diet. She was delighted to find almond flour and coconut flour on the shelves since she had not been able to procure them locally. “They just have things here that you can”t find other places,” she said. Beachy said the staff accommodates requests for special orders and even offers mail order service. “A lot of the items we’d never heard of until a customer mentions them,” he said. “We’ll find things people want. It may take longer. We ship all over the U.S.” Beachy’s has carried gluten-free products for quite www.jg-tc.com

some time, but recently they have become “pretty popular,” Beachy added. The bulk items are just a portion of the store’s merchandise. Beachy’s also has a freezer section with locally processed meats, frozen fruits and ice cream; a grocery line; and household items such as cooking gadgets and canning supplies. The refrigerated section houses Amish cheeses, locally grown eggs, milk and other necessities. Several homemade items are made on site including breads, noodles, cookies, cinnamon rolls and whoopie pies. Many of the items are locally made as well. Beachy’s stocks honey from local producers, and the jams and jellies are made just a few miles away. In the summertime, they order produce in, but locals also bring in homegrown garden staples, Beachy said. Employees also attend the weekly Arthur Produce Auction on occasion to purchase fresh products for the store. Wooden puzzles, children’s books and games, toys and some baby items are also popular items at Beachy’s. “Overall, I”d say we even sell more toys and things like that,” Beachy said. He said the store receives more “area folks than we used to have,” such as Mendenhall, who lives about 35 miles away. Others hail from Decatur, Champaign and Peoria, and tour buses are often seen in the parking lot during the summer months. Marion Meyer and Lee Austin, both of Springfield, were wandering up and down the aisles during a late-winter visit taking in all the store has to offer. They originally stumbled upon Beachy’s during a day Getaway Guide – 15


trip and now return every three or four months, Lee said. In addition to purchasing meat, bread and candy, Meyers, a native of Germany, enjoys the culture of Amish Country. While the Amish speak English, many also speak Pennsylvania Dutch, a form of German, which Meyer said she is able to understand. “I like their food. I love their culture. I just love it,” she said. The store has attracted a mix of locals and tourists since opening in 1977. Beachy said his mother and father, Levi and Katie Beachy, offered produce from their garden and fresh eggs to passerbys from the back porch of their farmhouse beginning in 1977. “That’s how they actually got started selling the produce and stuff,” he said. Over the years, the family

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continued to sell items, including some in bulk, from their porch and later a larger building on the farm. In the summer of 1985, Beachy’s Bulk Foods opened in its current location. The building has now been expanded five times to accommodate additional shelf space and warehouse space, Beachy said. One can see the success of the store through these expansions, the jampacked parking lot and on the the faces of returning customers. “They’re very accommodating,” Mendenhall said. “They know what they are doing.”

Visit Arthur Welcome Center on Facebook for Amish Country happenings. The JG-TC asked its Facebook fans what they thought were the “can’t miss” destinations in Illinois Amish Country. Following are some of the responses we received. Editor’s Note: Comments were edited for grammar and spelling. We love the Central Illinois Braggin` Rights BBQ competition in Arthur! – Christal Finch The Amish country of Arcola and Arthur and surrounding communities is a beautiful place to visit. Not only is the countryside picturesque, but the kindness of the people there make it so welcoming. I love to roam the roads there; stopping to enjoy the craftsmanship of the Amish woodworkers, the quilters, restaurants and farmer’s market while watching the farming progress through the season. What fortunate people we are to be in such close proximity with our Amish neighbors. A must visit on everyone’s list this summer! – Marilyn Barkley Yoder’s for lunch ... or dinner. It’s a great place! – Patsy Beckham Weiss The Bob Galloway Memorial Amish Country Bike Tour! Held in September. Cycling is the perfect way to experience and see the Amish countryside, along with a gorgeous time of year. The routes are well marked, SAG wagon available, and shorter (10 miles) to longer riding distances (60 and 100 miles). – Tana Willaredt

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want to go? Beachy’s is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Like all Amish-owned businesses, the store is closed on Sundays. They accept cash and local checks, but no credit cards, which hasn’t really been a problem, Beachy said. Beachy’s is located at 259 North County Road 200 East, Arthur. It’s about seven miles west of Arcola on Illinois Route 133 and 1½ miles south. Or

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Route 66 Offers Great Road Food By Stacy Conn, HERALD & REVIEW The old saying goes, “The easiest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” but what about a woman’s? Through my work with the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway I’ve fallen in love with Route 66 because of the wonderful “road food” I get to devour while exploring the history road. This is significant because I was born after the last sign for 66 was taken down, so everything is new to me. The people are the friendliest I’ve ever met and the living history is fascinating – but the food is heavenly. Traditionally, Americans are identified as having a car culture, but more and more we are gaining a reputation as foodies. With television shows like The Taste, Iron Chef, and Hell’s Kitchen gaining in popularity and television networks like the

Food Network gaining viewers, why not? I could write a whole book about all the places to eat along Route 66 just in Illinois (who knows one day I might) and there are numerous books written about the iconic restaurants such as Lou Mitchellís Restaurant, White Fence Farm, Polk-a-Dot Café, and Cozy Dog.

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lunch and dinner, I have yet to make it past their omelettes. Heading south, you’ll eventually come upon Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket in Willowbrook, Ill. (645 Joliet Road). It started out as a gas station in the 1930s, but thanks to two local farm women who donated their chicken recipe, the restaurant was born. Yes, the chicken is great. I especially like the wings, but more and more I find myself ordering nothing more than the jalapeño and bacon mac ‘n cheese. It has been described to me as a lava flow of cheese and I can’t agree more. Hands down the best mac ‘n cheese I’ve ever had (sorry mom.) I usually get a deep fried slice of pie to go because I can’t resist. Further south, in Atlanta, Ill. about 20 miles south of Bloomington-Normal, there is a hidden little gem called the Palm’s Grill (110 SW Arch St.). It’s a 1930s diner that has been painstakingly restored. It also has the most amazing apple pie. Lumi Bekteshi, the head waitress, has become famous statewide for her delicious pies. I like to wash my slice down with a Route 66 Cream Soda, but other more conventional beverages are offered as well. Across the street is a huge statue of Paul Bunyan holding a hotdog, which makes a great photo opp to commemorate your gastronomic adventure. Hallie’s Restaurant (111 South Kickapoo) in Lincoln, Ill., serves up UFO-sized schnitzel – no really, it is that big. Even the sliders are huge. The family recipe for the schnitzel and the special sauce has been handed down for generations and is out of this world. The family who owns and op-

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erates Hallie’s owned The Mill Restaurant, an iconic Route 66 destination back in the day. While walking back to your car, see if you can spot the phone booth on the roof of city hall. Finally, there’s Vic’s Pizza (2025 N. Peoria Road) in Springfield, home to the Route 66 Shaped Pizza, which is fantastic. But I go for the chili – not too

much tomato or spice, and refreshing even on the warmest of days. While there, stop by a few doors down to visit the Bill Shea Gas Station Museum (2075 N. Peoria Road). He is one of the most recognizable Route 66 icons and has amazing stories of Route 66 to share. His museum is a “pickers” dream and is filled with gas and oil memora-

There are various events this spring and summer that you can enjoy along the Mother Road. Here are some highlights  The Red Carpet Corridor, May 4-5. The celebration includes 13 communities along a 90-mile stretch of Route 66 from Joliet to Towanda. Other communities include: downtown Joliet; Elwood; Wilmington; Braidwood; Godley; Braceville; Gardner; Dwight; Odell; Pontiac; Chenoa; and Lexington. Great food and family fun as you travel the historic road. Visit www.il66redcaroetcorridor.org.  The Edwardsville Route 66 Festival, June 7-8. A festival of classic cars, lots of food, and fun. Held at the Edwardsville City Park in downtown Edwardsville, there is a car cruise, local talent show, childrenís activities, and a 10K race. Visit www.edwardsvilleroute66.com . The Berwyn Car Show, Sept. 7, staged along the strip in Berwyn, Illinois (Ogden Avenue between Oak Park Avenue and Ridgeland Avenue). Beautiful modern and classic cars on display and competing for awards. Visit www.berwynrt66.com.  The International Mother Road Festival, Sept. 2729. The largest Route 66 festival in Illinois promises to be spectacular again this year. An estimated 1,000 cars and 80,000 spectators will roll into downtown Springfield for this family-fun event. Visit www.route66fest.com.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has designated certain roads as National Scenic Byways because of their special significance. Route 66 first came into being in 1926 as part of the new numbered highway system; it started in Chicago. In 2005, the organization became the nonprofit behind the nationally-designated Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway whose mission is to enhance and promote economic opportunities for communities along the route by preserving Route 66 heritage and increasing heritage and cultural tourism. The agency serves 90 Illinois communities – from Chicago to the Chain of Rocks Bridge near Madison; most have a population of about 2,500 or less. We help small businesses and attractions draw additional traffic by helping them develop their identities within a cohesive Route 66 brand, providing grants, and assisting communities and businesses apply for grants. We also help travelers find the best places to visit along Route 66 in Illinois.

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State Parks By Lenore Sobota, THE PANTAGRAPH lsobota@pantagraph.com With its sandstone canyons, seasonal waterfalls, historic lodge and the Illinois River forming part of its border, Starved Rock State Park in north-central Illinois tends to get a lot of attention – and understandably so. The park, across the river from Utica, not far from interstates 39 and 80, is among the most visited parks in the state. It offers 13 miles of marked hiking trails, camping and boat ramps with access to the Illinois River. The trails lead to several tall overlooks with names such as Eagle Cliff, Lovers Leap and namesake Starved Rock. The visitors’ center has displays about the

Paige Cooper, 6, LeRoy; Amelia Creech, 6; Addison Creech, 2, and Mattie Cooper, 2, Dawson Lake, Thursday, August 19, 2010. Moraine View State Park. (The Pantagraph, David Proeber)

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area’s history and frequently offers programs and guided hikes. Its sister park immediately to the south, Matthiessen State Park, has hiking and equestrian/mountain biking trails. Hikers can explore a deep canyon with a creek fed by Matthiessen Lake, which feeds into the Vermilion River. East-central Illinois has a fair share of state parks and natural areas offering a variety of activities, from boating and fishing to camping and hiking as well as horseback riding.

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This site near LeRoy is the home of 158acre Dawson Lake, which has a beach/swimming area in addition to fishing and boating. The camping facilities include backpacking and equestrian camping areas. A self-guided nature trail is part of the hiking trail system.

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CLINTON LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA Three miles east of Clinton, the 9,300-acre site is operated under a long-term lease with Exelon Nuclear, which operates a nearby nuclear power plant. The site has a

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In this photo taken April 10, 2012, Melissa Blasen, from Clinton, Ill., walks along a two-mile loop through Weldon Springs State Park in Clinton. A new proposal would allow the state to charge visitors an annual or daily fee to park in the state parks, no more than $25 for the annual admission and around $5 to $8 for a daily pass. Illinois is among seven states with free state park admissions. (AP Photo/Shannon McFarland)

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beach, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking, camping and equestrian trails. Although the lake attracts the most attention, the miles of hiking trails are another way to view the area. The 9.3-mile North Fork Trail is particularly challenging, rising and falling steeply Herald & Review/Jim Bowling Competitor Randy Howell of Springville, through ravines Alabama, the Bassmaster’s Evan Williams and heavily Bourbon All-Star Championship, Eagle Creek wooded areas. State Park on Lake Shelbyville.

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trail includes 80 bluebird houses and surrounds a prairie undergoing restoration, which attracts

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EAGLE CREEK STATE RECREATION AREA AND WOLF CREEK STATE PARK Located near Lake Shelbyville, Wolf Creek is eight miles east of Windsor and Eagle Creek is four miles east of Findley. In addition to boating and fishing on the 11,000-acre lake, the sites have hiking, picnicking, camping and equestrian trails.

HIDDEN SPRINGS STATE FOREST Ten miles southeast of Shelbyville, Hidden Springs offers picnicking, camping, fishing and hiking. There are access trails to Rocky Spring and Quicksand Spring.

FOX RIDGE STATE PARK This park, eight miles south

of Charleston, is known for its rugged, scenic hiking trails – some of which are steep – along the Embarras River. There are 18 picturesque wooded bridge and numerous rest benches. You might need a rest if you climb the 144 steps to the Eagle’s Nest observation deck. The park also offers picnicking, camping, fishing and boating.

LINCOLN TRAIL STATE PARK Boating, fishing, camping and hiking are available at Lincoln Trail, two miles south of Marshall. Outboard motors are limited to 10 horsepower.

SAM PARR FISH & WILDLIFE AREA The lake at Sam Parr is limited to boats with motors of 10 horsepower or less and is popular with canoe paddlers. There are 13 miles of equestrian trails in addition to hiking trails, picnic shelters and campsites. Fishing is also allowed. The site is three miles northeast of Newton. On the Net: http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/lan dmgt/parks/

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By Tony Reid, HERALD & REVIEW H&R Staff Writer

Museums Highlight Central IL DECATUR | With the upper level of the Children’s Museum of Illinois the scene of multiple crime scenes, the game was afoot. And, as luck would have it, the Decatur museum was also host to a whole Scotland Yard full of young detectives more than 30, plus moms and dads who set about tracking down the bad guys. The occasion for this frenzy of crime and detection was a new program called Family Science Sunday. The second Sunday of each month in 2013 will be given over to exploring a scientific topic pitched to appeal to audiences age 3 to 12 and the first subject in the series, which kicked off in January,

was called, not surprisingly, “Whodunit?” The aim was to teach kids the basics of forensic science in a relaxed, nongory atmosphere that was kind of like Sesame Street meets CSI. The young detectives used everything from microscopes and hair and fingerprint analysis to find which among a motley crew of suspects, including a dog and a suspiciouslooking cat, had shamelessly stolen a gift that wasnít theirs. All of the teachers for Family Science Sunday are faculty members from Decatur’s Richland Community College, and Sunday’s visiting expert was Tod Treat. He’s actually vice president of student and

academic services at the college but is a chemist by training and developed a forensic science course at his previous college before coming to Richland. Family Science Sunday is funded through a sponsorship deal with Archer Daniels Midland Co. and several other corporate backers, and this allows the museum to stage the events without extra charge. treid@herald-review.com (217) 421-7977

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Arcola Illinois Amish Museum Rockome Gardens 125 N. County Road 425E (217) 268-4106; www.rockome.com

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prices: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children Visitors can also tour Rockome Gardens stores, take a train or buggy ride and walk through gardens. Atwood Harris Agricultural Museum 521 N. Illinois St. (217) 578-3040; www.harriscompanies.com/images/Harri sMuseum.htm

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(618) 483-6397; www.wrightmansion.org Hours: 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays Prices: $5 adults, $1 children The house is on the National Register of Historic Places.

From industry to history, a tourist in Central Illinois may choose from a variety of museums and historic sites to suit their interest. Not into history? Donít worry. These sites also have many exhibits that focus on the present and future, as well. Altamont Dr. Charles M. Wright House Corner of North Main Street and Jackson Avenue

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday Free. Exhibits include agriculture displays such as a Model “T” Ford grain truck, early grain elevator office and farming exhibits. Bloomington David Davis Mansion 1000 Monroe Drive (309) 828-3493; www.daviddavismansion.org

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Free. Memorabilia from throughout the county is studied, interpreted and exhibited for visitors. Krannert Art Museum 500 E. Peabody Dr. (217) 244-0516; www.kam.illinois.edu

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday Free. Exhibits and collections from all over of the world are on display to encourage learning. Orpheum Children’s Science Museum 346 N. Neil St. (217) 352-5895; An upstairs bedroom of the C.H. Moore Homestead in Clinton, during Christmas at the Homestead "Images of Christmas", on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (The Pantagraph/Steve Smedley)

$2 children. David Davis was a judge whose influence on Abraham Lincoln’s career was fundamental to the future president’s success. McLean County Arts Center 601 N. East St. (309) 829-0011; www.mcac.org Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday Free. Visitors can experience educational programs, exhibits and area festivals. McLean County Museum of History 200 N. Main St. (309) 827-0428; www.mchistory.org

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday Prices: $5 adults, $4 seniors, children free

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Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Prices: $4 adults, $3 children

The museum houses exhibits, programs and photos, as well as archived historical material. Prairie Aviation Museum 2929 E. Empire St. (309) 663-7632; www.prairieaviationmuseum.org

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday Prices: $5 adults, $2 ages 6 to 11, Free age 5 and younger. Visitors are encouraged to touch the displays and aircrafts while visiting with members of the aviation community. Champaign Champaign County Historical Museum 102 E. University Ave. (217) 356-1010; www.champaignmuseum.org

Hours: noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

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The museum is designed to educate and inspire children through science and the arts. William M. Staerkel Planetarium 2400 W. Bradley Ave. (217) 351-2568;

The Style through the Ages, Luncheon & Style Show to benefit the Children's Discovery Museum was held in the Illinois State University Bone Student Center Ballroom on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (The Pantagraph /STEVE SMEDLEY)

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Show hours: 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday Prices: $5 adults, $4 children and seniors The 50-foot dome is offers visitors the opportunity to view the stars, the sun and the moon, as well as views from any point on earth. Charleston Lincoln-Douglas Debate Museum Coles County Fairgrounds Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Herald & Review/Jim Bowling From left, engineer David Harp, student engineer Matthew Clayton and student engineer Alison McCrady observe a successful test run from a Garfield Montessori School teamís Rube Goldberg machine during the Rube Goldberg competition at the Childrenís Museum of Illinois Saturday.

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(217) 348-8043 Free. The museum is an exhibit documenting the 1858 debate between Illinois senators Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas.

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The Tarble Arts Museum offers a changing art exhibit, as well as educational programs, demonstrations, concerts and plays.

Tarble Arts Museum On the campus of Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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Clinton C.H. Moore Homestead/DeWitt County Museum 219 W. Woodlawn St. (217) 935-6066; www.chmoorehomestead.org

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1 to 5

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interactive experience for children of all ages. Through hands-on activities, visitors will try out experiments with science, arts and humanities.

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Hieronymus Mueller Museum 420 W. Eldorado St. (217) 423-6161; www.muellermuseum.org

Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. ThursdaySaturday Hieronymus Mueller was an immigrant from Germany who founded the Mueller Co. Find out the history of this famous inventor/innovator and his family.

p.m. Sunday Prices: $3 adults, $1 children ages 12-18, free for children 12 and younger. Clifton Haswell Moore was the first lawyer to practice in Clinton and a friend to Abraham Lincoln. Danville Vermilion County Museum 116 N. Gilbert St. (217) 442-2922; www.vermilioncountymuseum.org

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday Prices: $2.50 adults, $1 ages 13-17 Also available for tours is the 19th century Fithian Home, located in the back yard of the museum. Vermilion County War Museum 307 N. Vermilion St. (217) 431-0034; www.vcwm.org/ Hours: noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Prices: $2 adults; $1 children The historic building houses artifacts from wars from more than 200 years. Decatur African-American Cultural and

Genealogical Society of Illinois Museum 314 N. Main St. (217) 429-7458; www.african-americancultural.org

Hours: 1:30 to 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday Price: $2 adults, $1 students The museum provides visitors with resources of African American history through workshops, displays, contests and special events.

Children’s Museum of Illinois 55 S. Country Club Road (217) 423-5437; www.cmofil.org Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday Prices: $5 ages 2 and older The museum is an

Macon County History Museum and Prairie Village 5580 N. Fork Road (217) 422-4919; www.mchsdecatur.org

Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. TuesdaySaturday Prices: $2 adults, $1 children 12 and younger Visitors will experience life in the prairie during 1800s through interactive displays and exhibits.

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Birks Museum Campus of Millikin University, 1184 W. Main St. (217) 424-6337 Hours: 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday Free. Located in the universityís historic Gorin Hall, the museum houses works of art and crafts. Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum 3635 U.S. Route 36 East 1-888-926-9843; www.chevrolethalloffamemuseum.com

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday Prices: $7 per person or $35 for season pass

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Effingham Cross at the Crossroads 1904 Pike Ave. (217) 347-2846; www.CrossUSA.org Hours: November through March, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; April through October, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Volunteers are usually at the site during these hours, but call ahead to make sure. Travelers can visit the Midwest’s tallest cross, located near Interstates 57 and 70. Mid America Motorworks 17082 N. U.S. Highway 45 1-800-500-1500;

Lerna Lincoln Log Cabin 402 S. Lincoln Highway (217) 345-1845; www.lincolnlogcabin.org

Hours: November through March: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday; April and May: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday; Memorial Day through Labor Day: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week; September through October: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday The site offers visitors the experience of 19th century life. A short film about the life of the Lincolns precedes the tour.

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Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday This collection of vehicles has been rated one of the top 50 in the country.

Lewistown Dickson Mounds Museum 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road (309) 547-3721; www.experienceemiquon.com/content/di

Riding in a coach built for the Rock Island Lines, Robert White holds his grandson, Stuart Holmes, 5, as they enjoy the ride along the Monticello Railway Museum. ''This is the fourth time we've riden this summer, we go at least three or four times a season,'' said White. Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Free As a unique archaeological museum, this museum offers visitors opportunities to explore the American Indian travels through the Illinois River Valley. Lincoln Heritage in Flight Museum 1351 Airport Road (217) 732-3333; www.heritageinflight.org

During World War II, Campus Ellis housed the barracks in the current museum. Military and aviation displays from all military wars and conflicts are shown along with various aviation artifacts. Call for hours of operation. Mahomet Museum of the Grand Prairie 950 N. Lombard (217) 586-2612; www.museumofthegrandprairie.org

Hours: March 1 to May 31: 1 to 5 p.m. daily; June 1 to Aug. 31: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; Sept. 1 to Dec. 31: 1 to 5 p.m. daily. Free. Interactive stations, exhibits and educational programs are just a few programs visitors can experience while visiting this museum. Monticello Monticello Railway Museum 992 Iron Horse Place Opened weekends only from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. No holidays. (217) 762-9011; www.mrym.org From May through October, the museum offers train rides at two locations, at the museum site and in downtown Monticello. Visitors can walk through the railway cars and other exhibits. Special events are held throughout the year. For the

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train schedule or the list of events, call the museum or visit the website. Pana Carnegie-Schuyler Library 303 E. Second St. (217) 562-2326; www.panalibrary.com

Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday The library was designed by Andrew Carnegie, but is still a current library with exhibits and programs. Pana History Museum 2nd and Oak streets (217) 820-1429 The museum houses many artifacts that show the impact of the city’s development such as the railroads, coal mines and greenhouses. Paris Bicentennial Art Center and Museum 132 S. Central Ave. (217) 466-8130; www.parisartcenter.com

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday Free. Abraham Lincoln and his rival, Stephan Douglas, were friends and visitors to this historic home’s original owner, Milton Alexander. Petersburg Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site 15588 History Lane (217) 632-4000; www.lincolnsnewsalem.com

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; closed Monday and Tuesday during the off season Free. The site portrays the lifestyle of Abraham Lincolnís life as a young adult. The park has a full restaurant, performance theater and walking trails.

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Children line up on the Route 66 walking trail in Lexington for the Mother's Day Children's Parade Sunday afternoon May 8, 2011. (The Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK-NEISLER) (May 8, 2011)

Pontiac Livingston County War Museum 321 N. Main St. (815) 842-0301 Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; noon to 4 p.m., Sunday Free. The museum is staffed by military veterans and history buffs. Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum 205 N. Mill St. (815) 842-2345; www.pontiacoaklandmuseum.org/

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Free. The largest collection of Pontiac and Oakland

(217) 893-1613 ext. 22; www.aeromuseum.org.

The former Chanute Air Force Base is home to military and civilian aviation and aerospace artifacts. Visitors can learn about air travel through flight simulators, exhibits, special air events and more.

vehicles are housed at the museum, along with artifacts, maps and original designs. Route 66 Association Hall of Fame and Museum 110 W. Howard St. (815) 844-4566; www.il66assoc.org

The Hall of Fame features memorabilia from the historic Mother Road. Rantoul Chanute Air Museum 1011 Pacesetter Drive Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Prices: $10 adults, $8 seniors and active or retired military, $5 students, Free to children ages 4 and younger

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Springfield Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum 212 N. Sixth St. (217) 558-8934; www.alplm.org Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prices: $12 adults, $9 seniors and students, $7 active military, $6 children ages 515, free to children younger than 5 The museum chronicles the life and legacy of the United States 16th president with exhibits, performances and artifacts. The museum also hosts temporary exhibits throughout the year. Air Combat Museum 835 S. Airport Road (217) 522-2181 Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April through September; 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. October through March Prices: $20 for a guided tour

The museum displays combat aircraft and military vehicles. Dana-Thomas House 301 E. Lawrence Ave. (217) 782-6776 Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday Prices: $10 adults, $5 children, $15 families Frank Lloyd Wright designed the famous house for socialite Susan Lawrence Dana in 1902. The house has the largest collection of Wright art glass and furniture collection. Illinois State Fire Museum Illinois State Fairgrounds, Old Firehouse (217) 524-8754 Hours by appointment Free The museum houses several fire vehicles dating back to 1857, as well as exhibits and memorabilia. Illinois State Military Museum 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. (217) 782-9365 Hours: 1 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday Free The museum houses the history of the Illinois military

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through displays, unusual artifacts and stories. Illinois State Museum 502 S. Spring St. (217) 782-7386 or www.museum.state.il.us/ Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. Free According to the website: “The Illinois State Museum is a system of museums and galleries serving the people of Illinois. The Museums foster an appreciation of the living world, introduce the art of Illinois, open windows to education, and protect irreplaceable state treasures.” Illinois State Capitol Second and Capitol streets (217) 782-2099 Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free Visitors are allowed to watch when lawmakers are in session. The offices of the governor, secretary of state and other heads of state are housed in this building. Korean War National Museum 9 Old State Capital Plaza 1-888-419-5053 or www.kwnm.org/

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday Free. According to the website: “The museum is far beyond a collection of war memorabilia and artifacts rather a collection of historically significant pieces and supporting stories that bring to life a conflict that partnered nations from around the world to combat the expansion of communism.” Lincoln Home National Historic Site

413 S. Eighth St. Visitor Center, 426 S. Seventh St. (217) 391-3226; www.nps.gov/liho Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Free, but a ticket is required from the Visitor Center. Visit the home of Abraham Lincoln and his family before he left for Washington D.C. Lincoln Tomb Oakridge Cemetery, 1500 Monument Ave. (217) 782-2717; www.lincolntomb.org

Hours: March through October: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; November through February: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The final resting place for the countryís 16th president is located in the Oakridge Cemetery, as well as war memorials honoring the troops sent from Illinois. Old State Capitol Old State Capitol Plaza, Sixth and Capitol streets (217) 785-7960 Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday From 1839 to 1876, the building housed the Illinois government during Lincolnís time as a politician. Teutopolis Teutopolis Monastery Museum St. Francis of Assisi Church, 110 S. Garrott St. (217) 857-3586 or www.stfrancischurch.com/newsite/wordp ress/?page_id=173

Hours: 12:30 to 4 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month, April through November Prices: $3 adults, $1 children Located on the second floor of the church, the museum has more than 30 rooms with articles, books and Bibles on display.

Hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday Free. The museum features exhibits, special events and programs. Urbana Spurlock Museum On the University of Illinois campus, 600 S. Gregory St. (217) 333-2360; www.spurlock.illinois.edu

Hours: noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday Free. Exhibits representing cultures from around the world can be view through five different galleries. The museum also offers tours, educational programs and events. Vandalia Fayette County Museum 301 W. Main St. (618) 283-4866;

National Road Interpretive Center 106 S. Fifth St. (618) 283-9380; www.nationalroadvandalia.org

Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday National Road was America’s first highway built by the federal government. Visitors will learn the story of the “Road that Built the Nation.” Vandalia State House 315 W. Gallatin St. (618) 283-1161 Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday Free. Visitors can tour the oldest Illinois State Capitol building and view the historic structure. Watseka Old County Courthouse Museum 103 W. Cherry St. (815) 432-2215; http://www.iroquoiscounty.net/museum/

http://www.vandaliaillinois.com/museum. html

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday Free. Artifacts and memorabilia from Vandalia’s days as the state capitol are on display in the museum.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday Free. Prices: $10 per person or $15 per family The old courthouse houses exhibits dating back to the 1800s, as well as current exhibits.

Senator Barack Obama announced Senator Joe Biden, his vice-presidential running mate during a campaign rally near the steps of the old state capitol in Springfield, IL, August 23, 2008. Obama started his bid for the presidency in the same spot, 18 months ago. (The Pantagraph, David Proeber)

Tuscola Douglas County Museum 700 S. Main St. (217) 253-2535; www.docomuseum.org

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS WINERIES & VINEYARDS ur climate and rich soil has proved inviting for any number of grape growers and lovers of the grape, as well as a growing number of grain-based microbreweries. (The craft spirit movement has eeked into Illinois, but only to the far north.) As you set upon your travels, you should know that not every winery has its own vineyard, but most vineyards have their own wineries. The microbreweries are a mix of higher-end restaurants and those with a more pub-like feel. As always, designate a driver who will not imbibe. The following information comes from our friends at the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, which represents more than 100 wineries and 450 vineyards across the state, and from Midwestmicrobrews.com. Typical of the very localized nature of vineyards and wineries, most do not have websites.

217-534-6347 Decatur: Five Guys Growing Grapes, 2300 S. Twin Bridge Road; 217-864-9896

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Listed by Central Illinois town: Carlock: White Oak Vineyards, 8621 E. 2100 North Road; 309-376-3027

Findlay: Niemerg Family Winery, 301 S. Main St.; 217756-5521

Champaign: Alto Vineyards, 4210 N. Duncan Road; 217356-4784 Clinton: D’Anetti Vineyard, 1205 W. Webster; 217-8480765 Coffeen: Forsee Vineyard & Winery, 18165 N. Fourth St.;

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St. Joseph: Red Tail Vineyard, 1377 County Road 1700 North; 217-469-0223

Marshall: Castle Finn Vineyard & Winery, 1288 N. 1200th St. 217-463-2600; www.castlefinnwinery.com

Decatur: Long Creek Vineyards, 7135 E. Firehouse Road; 217-521-6297; www.longcreekvineyards .com

Decatur: Twin Bridge Vineyard, 2666 Prestwick; 217429-6125 Effingham: Tuscan Hills Winery, 2200 Historic Hills Drive; 217-347-9463; www.effinghamwinery.com

El Paso: Wolf Creek Vineyard & Winery, 2781 County Road 1300 North; 309-527-3674 El Paso: Wolf Creek Vineyard & Winery, 2853 County Road 1400 North; 309-527-3531 Fairbury: Heide Vineyard, 533 S. Fifth St.; 815-692-2413 Fairmount: Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 8254 E. 1425 North Road, Fairmount; 217733-0330;

Mattoon: Legacy Winery, 2401 Commercial Ave..; 217-2461042 Newton: Jasper Ridge Vineyard, 8659 N. 1250th St.; 618-783-3103

Olney: Fox Creek Vineyards, 5502 N. Fox Road; 618-3920418; www.foxcreekwinery.com Rantoul: Sleepy Creek, 1320 Harmon Drive; 217-893-4878 Shelbyville: Willow Ridge Vineyards & Winery, R.R. 2; 217-738-2323;

Stewardson: Vahling Vineyards, 1¼ miles west of Route 32 on County Road 400N; 217-682-5409; www.vahlingvineyards.com

MICROBREWERIES Bloomington: Illinois Brewing Co., 102 N. Center St. No. 111; 309-829-2805;

Niota: Spillman Creek, 1355 E. County Road 2600; 217755-4405

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Warrensburg: Heman Valley Vineyard, 9381 W. Wise Road; 217-672-8287

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Champaign: The Blind Pig Brewery, 120 N. Neil St.; 217-398-5133; www.blindpigbrewery.com/brewery.html.

Champaign: Destihl (“distill”) Restaurant & Brew Works, 301 N. Neil St.; 217-3560301; http://destihl.com/Champaign_IL.html.

Normal: Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works; 318 S. Towanda Ave.; 309-862-2337; http://destihl.com/DESTIHL_Normal.html.

Red Bud: Kaskaskia Brewing Co., 105 E. Market St.; 618282-2555; www.kaskaskiabrewing.com.

Greenup: Cameo Vineyards, 400 Mill Road; 217-9239963; www.cameowine.com Kappa: Coyote Ridge Vineyard, 205 S. Second St.; 309527-5933 Mackinaw: Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, 33633 Ill. Route 9; 309-359-WINE; www.mackinawvalleyvineyard.com

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East Central Illinois Wine Trail By BILL LAIR, JG-TC Owner Dan Webb, pictured at the tasting counter at Cameo Vineyards in Greenup, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. (Journal Gazette/ Times-Courier, Kevin Kilhoffer)

Wine lovers are the beneficiaries of the dry weather in East Central Illinois last summer. Grapes love dry weather, several local vintners said, meaning the grape crop in the area was excellent in 2012. The result will be some tasty wines in 2013 and beyond, produced by the wineries along the East Central Illinois Wine Trail. There are nine wineries on the East Central Illinois Wine Trail, with most growing their own grapes to produce their unique Illinois wines. The hot summers and cold winters determine which varieties of grapes do well in this area. Wine made from grapes in the region have a unique taste, certainly different from wine made in California and New York. Varieties of grapes that thrive in this area of Illinois include Chambourcin, Rougon, Norton, Concord and Steuben, jg-tc.com • herald-review.com • pantagraph.com

all good for making red wine; and Cayuga, Niagara, Vidal Blanc and Villard Blanc, each a grape used to make white wine. And all are able to prosper in Illinois’ up-and-down seasonal temperatures. “The 2012 growing season was good for grapes,” said Rob Morgan of Castle Finn Winery near Marshall in Clark County. “They like dry ground. It was a very good year. The yields were up, the sweetness levels were up. We had to add less sugar.” “We had rain early,” said Dennis Vahling of Vahling Vineyards near Stewardson in Shelby County. “It was great. From the end of June to the end of August it was dry. By that time, the grapes are as big as they are going to get. They are just producing sugar.” Dan Webb of Cameo Vineyards in Getaway Guide – 37


Greenup in Cumberland County said the increased sugar level due to the dry weather in 2012 will mean concentrated flavor in the wine to be made from that crop. Much of the white wine served in 2013 will be from the outstanding 2012 grape crop. Reds served this year most likely will be from 2011 or earlier. The skin of most red grapes is thicker so it takes a little more aging to smooth out the taste, Webb said. That bodes well for red wines released in 2014. Most area wineries offer about 15 different wines, ranging from fruit and sweet wines to whites and dry reds. If sweet wine is your favorite, you will fit right in with the wine lovers of the area. Morgan, Webb and Vahling all said sweet wines are their top sellers. “We sell more sweet

wines,” Cameo’s Webb said. “The grapes that do well here

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Webb, one of the original members of the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, began planting grapes in 1992. He and his wife, Sonya, opened Cameo Winery 10 years later, in March 2002. They experimented with about 40 varieties of grapes before narrowing their choice to five varieties on their seven acres of vineyards. “We have sandy ground here that is very well-suited to grapes,” he said of Cameo’s hillside location above the Embarras River. “You often see vineyards and orchards on hills,” he

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Vahling said. “Sales of dry wine is increasing. “Every winery has its own definition of what is sweet,” he said. “We usually recommend people who are tasting start with a semi-sweet and move from there.” Morgan’s Castle Finn Winery said about 80 percent of the folks who visit his winery prefer sweet wine. “Niagara is our best grower,” he said. “It just works in this soil and seems to thrive. Niagara makes a sweet white wine. Itís the best-selling grape wine we have.” The Niagara grape is used to make Moonlight Minuet, a full-flavor sweet white wine at Castle Finn. Castle Finn is one of the newest vineyards in the area. The vines are seven years old, while Castle Finn has been open

said. “It makes for good water drainage and the air movement helps prevent the late spring and early fall frosts.” Vahling, a former hog farmer, first planted grapes in 1997 and also began selling wine in 2002. He enjoyed making wine for family and friends before starting his wine business. “I like making my own and sharing it with others,” he said. “It’s the joy of making your own product.” “I had been making wine for 15 years at

home,” Castle Finn’s Morgan said. “Thatís where I got the passion and desire to open a winery.” Webb, at Cameo, also likes making wine from vine to bottle. “I’m very flattered when people compliment us or say our wine is consistent,” he said. “A lot of it has to do with us being in control of the raw product – our grapes. We control the quality of the grapes. This is what makes our wines special. We are interested in quality.” Morgan said his

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about two and a-half years. Other wineries in the area include Tuscan Hills Winery in Effingham, Niemerg Family Winery in Findlay and Willow Ridge Vineyards & Winery west of Shelbyville. In addition, there are the Berryville Vineyards in Claremont in Lawrence County, Fox Creek Vineyards at Olney and Lasata Winery at Lawrenceville. Visitors can taste wines at the various wineries and purchase bottles of their favorites on site. The Cameo Winery overlooks acres of vineyards from the tasting room made from Webb’s grandfather’s barn. “We were ‘green’ and ‘repurposing’

grapes also are all local. “We crush them the same day they are picked, or close to it,” he said. “Sometimes we pick them in the morning and crush them in the evening.” Crushed grapes are fermented and sit in airtight vats for a year or more before being bottled. While sweet wines have been the top sellers at Vahling Vineyards, the owner senses a change. “Some who used to drink sweet wine are now switching to dry,” Getaway Guide – 39


Owner Dan Webb demonstrates taking a sample using a wine thief at Cameo Vineyards in Greenup, Ill., on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. (Journal Gazette/ Times-Courier, Kevin Kilhoffer)

before it was popular,” he said, smiling. The winery name also is repurposed. Webb had a favorite Chevrolet Cameo pickup truck when he was younger. When he opened the winery, that favorite pickup became the new name. Morgan knows Castle Finn is “off the beaten path” but says that is by design. “Its got some ambience,” he said. “Some people want to get away and not hear the sounds of the city. It’s the novelty of being out in the country with just nature’s sounds.” Vahling has added a new offering at his winery. Vahling now grows his own shiitake 40 – Getaway Guide

mushrooms, to be eaten raw or fried like morels. “It’s supposed to be the best cancer-fighting food on the market,” Vahling said. Right now, he is selling the shiitake mushrooms in 5pound boxes to restaurants and grocery stores or in 1pound boxes to individuals. Wherever you stop on the East Central Illinois Wine Trail, then local winemakers have good news, thanks to a great 2012 grape crop: “It should be excellent taste and the prices shouldn’t fluctuate much,” Morgan said.

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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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APRIL 2013 6-7 | Coles County Speedway Race Car Show, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 12-14 | Spring Craft Show, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 12-14 | Town & Country Art Show, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 19-21 | Spores N’ More Mushroom Festival, Lake Shelbyville and surrounding areas. The Kick-off reception begins at 5:30 pm with a mushroom soup dinner. Events begin the following morning with a 5k run. Events continue throughout the day with Morel hunts and auctions, food, Bless of the Bikes and a Safety Day demonstration. Email spores@lakeshelbyville.com 19-20 | Celebration: A Festival of the Arts, Eastern Illinois University Campus Doudna Fine Arts Center, South 7th St. Everything from blacksmithing to watercolor with live performances and unique foods. Call (217) 581-2113 or www.eiu.edu/~festival/. 19-20 | Festival of the Young Child, 10 am – 2 pm, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 20 | Festival of Spring, Rock Springs Coservation Area, 3939 Nearing Lane. Celebrate the first day of spring with animal shows, wagon rides, astronomy programs and fishing derby. For more information, call (217) 423-7708. 26-28 | Sports Card Show, Cross County Mall, Mattoon

MAY 2013 3-5 | New Car Show, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 4 & 5 | 90 Miles of Family Fun on Route 66! 13 towns along Route 66 celebrate the Mother Road. In Pontiac, Chinese artist Tang Dongbai will be painting a new mural on the sidewalk in

downtown. An art show featuring the works of regional artists will be held on the square. Touch-A-Truck for Kids will be held at the Pontiac Recreation Center on Sunday morning, and there will be yard and garage sales city-wide all weekend. 18 | Pontiac Cruise Night, Pontiac; Bring your antique, classic or new car to downtown Pontiac and enjoy the fellowship of hundreds of other automobile enthusiasts. The small registration fee is used to support local charities. 18 | Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass Festival, Rockome Gardens, 125 N. County Road 425 E., Arcola. Afternoon and even blues concerts. $15. www.rockome.com 25 | Pre-War Festival, Pontiac; Downtown Pontiac will step back into time with antique autos, high wheel bicycles, old time music, period games and more. THe Pre-War Festival focuses on life in the United States prior to 1942. Get your vintage clothes out and join us for a great weekend of fun.

more information, www.saintcharleschurch.com 13-16 | Vermillion Players Summer Theatre, Pontiac; “South Pacific” 13-16 | Tate & Lyle Players Championship, Hickory Point Golf Course, 272 Weaver Road. Players from around the U.S. and around the world compete earn a spot of the LPGA Tour. For more information, www.tateandlyleplayerschampionship.com/. 14-15 | Carro Gordo Fat Hill Fest, Downtown. Decatur 15 | Pontiac Cruise Night, Pontiac; Bring your an-

tique, classic or new car to downtown Pontiac and enjoy the fellowship of hundreds of other automobile enthusiasts. The small registration fee is used to support local charities. 18 | Juneteenth ‘National Freedom Day’ Celebration, Central Park, downtown Decatur. 28-30 | Summer Flea Market, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 29 | Arthur Freedom Celebration Fireworks, Jurgens Park, Illinois 133. The event will feature an air show with World War II aircrafts, helicopter rides and skydivers.

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• Relay for Life, June • Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame Events, Summer • 4th of July Celebration, July • Annual Popcorn Festival, Labor Day Weekend • Central Illinois Garden Tractor Pulls, Summer • Christmas in the Park, December • Live Nativity in the Park, December For more information, contact Debbie Hutton at 217-932-2600 • www.cityofcaseyil.org

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band concerts. Most concerts held on the courhosue lawn. Bring your own lawn chairs. 4 | Red, White and Blue Days, Morton Park, Division Street and Lincoln Avenue, Charleston. Events begin at 1 pm July 3 with vendors and activities. Other events will include live music, Farm of the Year contest and Little Mr. and Miss contests. For more information, call 345-7691 or http://charlestontourism.org/Calendar_of_Ev ents.html. 11-14 | Vermillion Players Summer Theatre, Pontiac; “TBA” 16 & 17 | Beautiful Bagel Baby Contest 6:30 pm, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 17-20 | Bagelfest, Peterson Park, Mattoon, 500 Broadway Ave., Bagelfest kicks off with the carnival on July 17. The weekend will continue with the Miss Bagelfest and Beautiful Baby Contest, food vendors, local and national music, bingo and a parade. www.mattoonbagelfest.com/. 20 | Pontiac Cruise Night, Pontiac; Bring your antique, classic or new car to downtown Pontiac and enjoy the fellowship of hundreds of other automobile enthusiasts. The small registration fee is used to support local charities.

AUGUST 2013 2-4 | Antique Show, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 2-4 | Decatur Celebration, downtown. The Midwest’s most exciting street festival wtih 10 show stages featuring national and emerging music artists, carnival, arts and crafts, over 60 unique food vendors and the Razzle Dazzle Godtimes Parade. For more information, call 423-4222 or decaturcelebration.com/home/. 8-10 | Blue Mound Fall Festival, Wise Park. The event will have a Cruise-In Car Show, entertainment, carnival, food and 5K or 1-mile run. For more information, call (217) 823-1406 or (217) 823-2188. 8-11 | Vermillion Players Summer Theatre, Pontiac; “TBA” 15-18 | Apple Dumpling Festival, downtown Atwood. For more information, call 578-2512. 17 | Pontiac Cruise Night, Pontiac; Bring your antique, classic or new car to downtown Pontiac and enjoy the fellowship of hundreds of other automobile enthusiasts. The small registration fee is used to support local charities. 17-18 | Bluegrass in the Gardens, Rockome Gardens, Arcola. Bluegrass music from regional bands. $15; $25 for both days; children 7-18,

$8; children 6 and under, free. www.rockome.com 23-25 | Summer Flea Market, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 23-25 | Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival, Logan County Airport. A community-wide event with art a barbeque contest, music wine tasting, car show and hot air balloons. 27 | Farm Progress Show, Progress City, Decatur, 4275 E. Mound Road. Admission: $15 adults and $8 ages 13-17. For more information, www.farmprogressshow.com 29-September 2 | The Nation’s second oldest gathering of antique and heritage steam and gasoline powered farm equipment. Horse shows, tractor pulls, live entertainment, daily parade of power, and lots of things for the kids. This year will feature Case and Caterpillar manufactured tractors. 31-September 2 | Arthur Cheese Festival, downtown. The event will have a tractor pull, parade, National Cheese Eating Contest. Free cheese will also be available. www.arthurcheesefestival.com 31-September 2 | Casey Popcorn Festival, Fairview Park. The event offer 1,500 pounds of free popcorn, carnival, crafts and music. www.popcornfestival.net

SEPTEMBER 2013 6-8 | Arcola Broom Corn Festival, Main Street downtown. The event will have broom activities, food, a parade with the Lawn Rangers and more. For more information, 217-268-4530 or www.chamber.com 13-15 | Sports Card Show, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 14-15 | Prairie Celebration, Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Lane. Re-enactors dressed in 19th century attire demonstrate trades and skills of the time. For more information, call (217) 423-7708. 19-21 | 20th Annual Thresermen’s Bluegrass Festival, Pontiac; Held each year at Threshermen’s Park a few miles out of the city, this festival celebrates all things bluegrass. Nationally known

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entertainers, dancers and festival food. Bring your lawn chair, settle in and enjoy the music! 20-21 | Monticillo Celebration, Main Street. (217) 762-9318. 20-22 | Arts in Central Park, Central Park, downtown Decatur. Artists from all over the country display works such as paintings, photography, jewelry and sculptures. Music and Food will also be available. For more information, www.decaturarts.org 20-22 | Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival, Logan County Fairgrounds. Events include 18th century games, stew and butter making, tug-of-war, lawn mower races and more. www.railsplitting.com

28-29 | Apple N’ Pork Festival, 219 E. Woodlawn. Clinton. Tram and bus transportation available.

DECEMBER 2013 7 | Christmas in the Heart of Charleston, Courthouse Square. Hours: 5 to 7 pm Holiday parade, carriage rides, refreshments, window displays and entertainment are planned. (217) 348-0430. 7 | Big Brothers/Big Sisters Auction, Cross County Mall, Mattoon

JAN – FEB 2014 OCTOBER 2013 3 | Mattoon Chamber Expo, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 5 | Dalton City Fall Festival 5 | Scarecrow Daze, Forest Park, Shelbyville. 11-12 | Chocolate Fall Fantasy, Pontiac; Join the downtown merchants as they celebrate all things chocolate! Great sales, great sweets and great fun! 25-27 | Fall Flea Market, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 31 | Trick or Treat 6 pm – 8 pm, Cross County Mall, Mattoon

22 | GTO Car Show, Pontiac; Come be a part of an all Pontiac car show sponsored by the GTO Association of America and its St. Louis & Springfield Chapters. 27-29 | New Car Show, Cross County Mall, Mattoon

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NOVEMBER 2013 1-3 | Sport Card Show, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 7-12 | Jolly Trolley Open Houses, Pontiac; An annual event highlighted by fantastic deals offered by downtown merchants. A great way to start the holiday season. The Pontiac Jolly Trolley gives free tours of historic Pontiac. 8-10 | Christmas Craft Show, Cross County Mall, Mattoon 19 | Fall Harvest Festival, Rock Springs Conversation Area, 3939 Nearing Lane. Children are invited to celebrate the season with a custome contest, trick-or-treating and a scavenger hunt. (217)423-7708. 22-23 | Festival of Trees, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System Health Education Center, Coles County, Christmas trees, wreaths and center-

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will remain off exhibit until zoo staff can find another place to display them. It will have room for 15 birds, though the zoo will start with 10, Scovill Zoo director Dave Webster said. They will come from zoos across the country: Seattle; Santa Barbara, Calif.; Syracuse, N.Y.; St. Louis; Philadelphia; and Wichita, Kan. Penguins cannot be moved during the summer, Webster said, because that is

Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington. (The Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK-NEISLER)

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when they undergo the stressful process of molting. After losing all their feathers, the penguins do not enter water, and in the wild do not eat until their feathers grow back again. “Our No. 1 thing is we want to make sure that we get them in here, get them healthy and keep them healthy. We don’t want to do anything that’s going to jeopardize that,” Webster said.

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From left, Cycelya Williams,13, Dishea Strickland,12, Adrena Chargois,13, and Miterra Williams,12, react as a camel relieves itself during the Hope Academy 7th and 8th grade visit to the Scovill Zoo. (Herald & Review/Jim Bowling)

Zookeeper Carol Pagluica holds a baby San Clemente Island goat named Becca in the petting zoo at Miller Park Zoo, Wednesday, June 6, 2012. San Clemente Island goats are a critically endangered heritage breed. (The Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK-NEISLER) (217) 421-7435; www.decatur-parks.org/scovillzoo/

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Signature Cup Lines Up Best In Central Illinois By Mark Tupper, LEE ENTERPRISES • mark.tupper@lee.net

In six years, the annual Signature Cup competition between the best golfers in Bloomington-Normal and the best in Decatur has been everything organizers hoped it would be – a Ryder Cup-style match play team event unlike any other in Central Illinois. Decatur won the inaugural event in 2007, and Bloomington-Normal followed with five straight, so fans have been left wanting a bit more competitive balance. That said, Cup players say it has become known for more than who wins and loses. The seventh annual Cup will be June 29-30 at Red Tail Run in Decatur. “When I think about

what the Signature Cup means, my pulse quickens a little bit,” said Kurtis Rogers, head pro at Red Tail Run and a participant in the pro division for six years. He is captain of the Decatur Signature Cup team. “I think the best thing is that it’s a team event. That energizes people to play for a common cause and that cause is your team and your town. It creates emotions you don’t have in a typical golf tournament.” Elston Mitchell, who will captain the BloomingtonNormal team for the third time, agrees the event reaches beyond who wins a loses. “I think there’s a misunderstanding among people who don’t play in

Lon Lugten tees off for Decatur on the third during the Signature Cup golf tournament at the Den at Fox Creek, Sunday, June, 24, 2012. (The Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK-NEISLER)

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it,” he said. “They see that the outcomes have been a little lop-sided and they think that’s what it’s about, but it’s more than that. “It has become a really friendly competition between two communities. We’ve gotten to know each other pretty well. It’s something we both look forward to. And even thogh one of our major city tournaments is match play, this Ryder Cup-style format is pretty neat.” Each captain must choose a team of at least eight amateur men, two amateur women, two senior men and two local pros. On Saturday, twoplayer teams compete in alternate shot and fourball play. On Sunday, golfers face off in a string of single matches. The two-day point totals determine the championsip. “There have been very few controversies,” Rogers said. “I think it brings out the best in us and in the game. A lot of that credit goes to the tone set by the first two captains – Richie

Lauren Englis drives a tee shot during the Signature Cup Golf Tournament, Saturday, June 23, 2012 at The Den at Fox Creek in Bloomington. (The Pantagraph, David Proeber)

Hammel and Frank Niepagen. After that, Darryl Stock and Harland Kilborn continued to insist on that kind of sportsmanship and I think it has become a part of the event.” In 2010, while on the course, news reached The Den at Fox Creek in Bloomington that the mother of Decatur pro

Nick Taute had died unexpectedly in Decatur. Taute continued to compete but the death stung the Decatur team. In May 2011, Hammel, the Decatur captain for three years, died after a brief battle with cancer. Bloomington was well represented at Hammel’s visitation. Last summer, at the kickoff banquet at The

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Craig and his wife gave me a card. “But during the match, Craig was giving me 4-footers. He just said, ‘You aren’t going to putt those today.’ It was pretty cool but that’s what you find in this event. People want to win badly, but they’re more than gracious.” Rick Anderson, the Deactur Park District’s director of golf, is a founder of the event and helped Decatur win the 2007 event with a much-needed singles point on Sunday. “We’ve become good friends with a lot of their players and I hope there’s a mutual respect,” he said. “I think match play cultivates a different kind of intensity. If you keep the competition in that perspective, it’s good. Even if you’re losing.” Then Anderson added two more words. “Kind of.”

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Gary Cook races in the modified division Tuesday (May 20, 2008) at Fairbury American Legion Speedway. (Pantagraph/Carlos T. Miranda)

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dragsters, motorcycles and street cars competing alike. It is also home of one of the area’s marquee events, Thunder on the Prairie, which takes place every June. Top drivers vie to reach the region finals in Indianapolis and eventually the NHRA nationals in Pomona, Calif. For a $10 fee, anyone can bring a car to the track for the Street Legal series, which runs on Fridays throughout the summer. The Dragway is located on Illinois 316 between Mattoon and Charleston. Contact: 217-345-7777 Online:

Late Model driver Jimmy Dehm, of Lexington, competes during the qualifying round of the 20th annual UMP dirt car summer nationals at Farmer City Raceway Friday night (June 20, 2008). (Pantagraph/B Mosher)

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LINCOLN TRAIL MOTOSPORTS Used as a popular recreational facility as well as a competitive one, LTM has the longest calendar year of any area track, starting in February and ending near Halloween. Two- and four-wheeled bikes and off-road vehicles compete in motocross and hare scramble events, mostly during two-day weekends. The Illini Super Series brings together riders from different tracks for a season-ending points race. The track is west

of Casey, just off U.S. 40. Contact: 217-932-2041 Online: www.lincolntrailmotosports.com

FAIRBURY AMERICAN LEGION SPEEDWAY ¼-mile Location: Third Street at Route 24, Fairbury Phone: 309-532-7862 Racing every Saturday night: Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks Opening Night: Saturday

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April 27 Key Late Model Dates: June 22 – UMP Summer Nationals, $10,000-to-win main event; July 26-27 – Prairie Dirt Classic, World of Outlaws Late Model national touring series, $20,000-to-win main event. FARMER CITY RACEWAY ¼-mile Location: Highway 150, Farmer City Key Late Model Dates: April 5-6 – Illini 100 World of Outlaws Late Model national touring series, $20,000-towin main event. 2013 Schedule to be determined. LINCOLN SPEEDWAY ¼-mile Location: Logan County Fairgrounds, 11th and Jefferson, Lincoln. Phone: 217-899-3727 Racing every Friday night: Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, 4-cylinder Compacts. Opening Night: Friday April 19 Key Late Model Dates: June

30 – UMP Summer Nationals, $10,000-to-win main event. MACON SPEEDWAY 1/5-mile Location: 9 miles south of Decatur off US 51 Phone: 217-764-3000 Racing every Saturday night: Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, 4cylinder Compacts. Opening Night: Saturday April 6 Key Late Model Dates: UMP Summer Nationals, $5,000to-win main event. NASCAR Nights: TBD PEORIA SPEEDWAY ¼-mile Location: 3520 W. Farmington Road, Peoria. Phone: 309-357-3339 Racing every Saturday night: Late Models, Modifieds, Steel Block Late Models, Street Stocks, 4-cylinder Compacts, Lightning Sprints. Opening Night: Friday April 12 Key Late Model Dates: June 24 – UMP Summer Nationals, $5,000-to-win main event.

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Hooks, Lines & Sinkers Illinois has lots of lakes, unrestricted motors, picnickrivers, channels and ponds ing, camping. filled with all sorts of fish and Kincaid Reservoir: 31 acres, water-based critters. Here, four miles east of Kincaid in thanks to our friends at Christian County; boat fishIFishIllinois.org, are some of ing, ramps, picnicking. the bigger and best ones: Lake Bloomington: 635 Carlinville Lake No. 2: 105 acres, 10 miles north of acres, five miles south of Carlinville in Macoupin County; boat fishing, gravel ramps, trolling motors, picnicking, camping. Carlyle Lake: 24,580 acres, northeast of Carlyle in Clinton, Bond and Fayette counties; boat fishing and rental, ramps, unrestricted motors, water skiing, swimming, picnicking, camping. Clinton Lake: 5,000 acres, three miles east of Clinton in DeWitt County; boat fishing, Two men jig ice fishing ramps, motors, picnicking, lures while looking for fish to bite at Dawson camping. Lake in Moraine View Coffeen Lake: 1,100 acres, State Park North of one mile west of Coffeen in LeRoy on Friday Dec. 22, Montgomery County; boat 2010.(The fishing, ramps, restricted moPantagraph/STEVE tors, picnicking, camping. SMEDLEY) Dawson Lake: 158 acres, four miles north of Scott Doyle of Bloomington was LeRoy in fishing off the dock at Dawson McLean Lake, Moraine View State Park, County; boat north of LeRoy. fishing, ramps, restricted motors, picnicking, camping. Evergreen Lake: 886 acres, 10 miles north of Bloomington in McLean County; boat fishing, ramps, 10 hp. Motors, picnicking, camping. Kinkaid Lake: 2,750 acres, three miles northwest of Murphysboro in Jackson County; boat fishing, ramps,

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Bloomington in McLean County; boat fishing, ramps, restricted motors, picnicking. Lake Centralia: 450 acres, northeast of Carlyle in Marion County; boat fishing, ramps, water skiing, swimming, picnicking, camping.

Lake Decatur: 3,093 acres in Decatur in Macon County; boat fishing, ramps, water skiing, unrestricted motors, swimming, picnicking, camping. Lake Mattoon: 1,050 acres south of Mattoon in Shelby

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Ray Boyd of Bloomington lifts his boat at the conclusion of a morning fishing on Dawson Lake, Thursday, August 19, 2010. Moraine View State Park has comeback from a year where state budget cuts threatened its viability. (The Pantagraph, David Proeber)

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Area Golf Course Directory BLOOMINGTONNORMAL AREA The Den at Fox Creek Bloomington 309-434-2300 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,422 Greens fees: M-Th $31; F-Sun $41 (Frequent player card: M-Th $24; F-Sun $31) Practice range: Yes Website: www.thedengc.com Highland Park G.C. Bloomington 309-434-2200 Par: 70 Yardage: 5,539 Greens fees: M-Th $16; F-Sun $18 (Frequent

player card: M-Th $13; F-Sun $15) Practice range: No Website: www.highland parkgc.com Ironwood G.C. Normal 309-454-9620 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,456 Greens fees: M-F $19, weekends $24; seniors (60-older) and juniors (17-under) $15 after 2 p.m. on weekends Practice range: Yes Website: www.golfiron wood.org The Links at Ireland Grove Bloomington 309-661-8040

Par: 29 Yardage: 1,590 Greens fees: $10, $5 under age 6 Practice range: Yes Website: www.the linksatirelandgrove.com Prairie Vista G.C. Bloomington 309-434-2217 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,427 Greens fees: M-Th $31; F-Sun $33 (Frequent player card: M-Th $24; F-Sun $26) Practice range: Yes Website: www.prairievistagc.com Weibring Golf Club at ISU Normal

309-438-8065 Par: 71 Yardage: 6,160 Greens fees: M-F $32, weekends $35; seniors: M-F $23, weekends $26; juniors: M-F $20, weekends $23 Practice range: Short game area Website: www.isugolf.com/golf Anderson Fields G.C. Streator 815-672-3702 Par: 35 Yardage: 2,682 Greens fees: 9 holes: $10 (resident), $12 (non-resident); 18 holes: $17 (resident), $20 (non-resident)

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Practice range: No Website: www.ci.streator.il.us/ anderson-fields.php Bluegrass Creek G.C. Minier 309-392-2094 Par: 36 Yardage: 3,044 Greens fees: $13 (all day); juniors $8 (15under) Practice range: No Dwight Country Club Dwight 815-584-1399 Herald & Review/Lisa Morrison Par: 71 Team Bloomington gathers around the trophy Yardage: 6,306 after winning this year's Signature Cup. Greens fees: M-F $17, weekends $21 Par: 71 Practice range: Yes El Paso Golf Club Yardage: 6,111 Website: www.dwight Kappa Greens fees: $27 for 18 countryclub.com 309-527-5225 holes, $13.50 for 9 holes, closed to the public Sunday and holidays Practice range: Short game area Website: www.elpaso golfclub.com

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Fairlakes Golf Course Secor 309-744-2222 Par: 67 Yardage: 5,052 Greens fees: M-F: $9 (9 holes), $16 (18 holes); weekends: $11 (9 holes), $18 (weekends) Practice range: No Website: www.fairlakesgc.com Four Willows G.C. Mason City 217-482-3349 Par: 35

Yardage: 3,000 Greens fees: $9 for 9 holes, $6 for replay Practice range: No Hazy Hills G.C. Hudson 309-726-9200 Par: 35 Yardage: 2,900 Greens fees: $9 Practice range: No Indian Creek G.C. Fairbury 815-692-2655 Par: 72 Yardage: 5,840 Greens fees: 9 holes: $10, M-F, $12 weekends; 18 holes: $16 M-F, $18 weekends Practice range: Yes Website: www.indian creekcc.net Indian Springs G.C. Saybrook 309-475-4111 Getaway Guide – 59


Par: 36 Yardage: 3,255 Greens fees: $16 M-F, $19 weekends (18 holes) Practice range: Yes Kaufman Park G.C. Eureka 309-467-2523 Par: 34 Yardage: 2,767 Greens fees: 9 holes: $10; 18 holes: $16 Practice range: No Lake of the Woods G.C. Mahomet 217-586-2183 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,044 Greens fees: M-F $24 (resident), $26 (non-resident); weekends $25 (resident), $27 (non-resident) Practice range: Yes Website: www.golfthelake.com

LeRoy Country Club LeRoy 309-962-3421 Par: 71 Yardage: 5,681 Greens fees: 9 holes $7, 18 holes $14 Practice range: Chipping area Lick Creek G.C. Pekin 309-346-0077 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,308 Green fees: weekdays $21.25, weekends $24 Practice range: Yes Website:www.pekinpark district.org/lickcreek.html

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Lincoln Elks C.C. Lincoln 217-732-4010 Par: 71 Yardage: 6,100 Greens fees: 9 holes $15, 18 holes $26 Practice range: Yes

Pontiac Elks C.C. Pontiac 815-842-1249 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,579 Fees: M-F $20, weekends $24 Practice range: Yes Website:

WeaverRidge Golf Club Peoria 309-691-3344 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,013 Green fees: $45-$93 (includes cart) Practice range: Yes Website:

Metamora Fields Metamora 309-367-4000 Par: 71

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Railside Golf Club Gibson City

Wolf Creek Golf Club Cayuga 815-842-9008 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,637 Greens fees: 9 holes: MF $10, weekends $13; 18 holes: M-F $18, weekends $21 Practice range: Yes Website: www.golfatwolfcreek.com

Bloomington-Normal team members Ray Kralis, left, and Craig Onsrud share a laugh while driving on the fairway of No. 5 at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington on Saturday (June 21, 2008) during the Lee Enterprises Signature Cup. (The Pantagraph/Joel Fellers)

Yardage: 6,209 Green fees: weekday $45, weekends $55 Practice range: Yes Website: www.metamorafields.com

North Greens G.C. Atlanta 217-648-5500 Par: 36 Yardage: 3,290 Greens fees: 9 holes $10, 18 holes $16; seniors: 9 holes $8, 18 holes $13 (M-F) Practice range: Yes

217-784-5000 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,755 Fees: M-F $18; weekends $20 Practice range: Yes Website: www.railside.com

Woodlawn C.C. Farmer City 309-928-3215 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,234 Greens fees: 9 holes: MSat $10, Sunday $12; 18 holes: M-Sat $18, Sunday $20 Practice range: Yes Website: www.woodlawncountryclubfc.com

DECATUR AREA

Twin Creeks G.C. Streator 815-672-4220 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,133 Greens fees: 9 holes: MF $12, weekends $15.50; 18 holes: M-F $17, weekends $22.50 Practice range: Yes

Hickory Point 727 Weaver Road, Decatur 217-421-7444 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,848 Greens fees: $24 weekdays Driving range: Yes Website: www.decatur-parks.org/golf

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Road 217-774-3030 Par: 35 Yardage: 2,832

Herald & Review/Lisa Morrison Dave Hunt 8th green Red Tail Run Golf Course 2012 City Amateur Tournament

Lake Shore Taylorville 1460 E. 1000 North Road 217-824-5521 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,778 Greens fees: $30 weekdays Website: www.golflakeshore.com

Red Tail Run 520 W. Grove Road, Decatur 217-422-2211 Par: 72 Yardage: 7,351 Greens fees: $24 weekdays Driving range: Yes Website: www.decatur-parks.org/golf

Scovill 3909 W. Main St., Decatur 217-429-6243 Par: 71 Yardage: 5,925 Greens fees: $24 weekdays Driving range: Yes Website: www.decatur-parks.org/golf

EFFINGHAM Cardinal Effingham 15737 N. Beach Road, 217-868-2860

Par: 72 Yardage: 5,899 Website: www.sites.google.com/site/cardinalgolfcourse/

Foreway G.C. Effingham 16041 N. 100th St. 217-858-5418 Par: 36 Yardage: 2,910 Website: forewaygolfcourse.com

The National Golf Course Route 1, Box 230, Findlay 217-756-5555 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,900 Greens fees: $30 weekdays Website: thenationalgc.com Moweaqua Golf Course Moweaqua 2598 E. 1900 North Road 217-768-3411 Par: 72

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Yardage: 6,307 Driving range: Yes Greens fees: $16 weekdays Website: moweaqua golfcourse.com Oak Terrace Pana 1000 Beyers Lake Road 1-800-577-7598 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,275 Greens fees: $44 weekdays Website: www.oakterraceresort.com

St. Elmo Golf Club One mile northwest of St. Elmo 618-829-3390 Par: 36 Yardage: 3,220 Greens fees: $8 Website: stelmogolfclub.com

Deer Trail Shelbyville 1902 E. 1500 North

Lincoln Trail Taylorville 2021 Lincoln Trail 217-824-5161 Par: 35 Yardage: 2,905 Ironhorse Tuscola 2000 Ironhorse Drive 217-253-6644 Par: 72 Yardage: 7,046 Greens fees: $24 weekdays Website: www.ironhorsegc.com

Angus Links Three miles south of Windsor 217-459-2805 Par: 71 Yardage: 6,705 Greens fees: $27 Website: www.anguslinks.com

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Yardage: 1,489 Greens fees: $9 Website: www.legendsofchampaign.com

Stone Creek Urbana 217-367-3000 Par: 72 Yardage: 7,118 Greens fees: $44 Website: www.stonecreek

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University of Illinois Blue Savoy 800 Hartwell Drive 217-359-5613 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,479 Greens fees: $22 weekdays Driving range: Yes Website:

University of Illinois Orange Savoy 800 Hartwell Drive, 217-359-5613 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,866 Greens fees: $22 weekdays Driving range: Yes Website: www.uofigolf.com

North Reel Street, P.O. Box 594 217-346-3102 Par: 34 Yardage: 2,547 Type: Public Driving range: No Rogala Public Links Mattoon 1322 State Highway 16 217-235-5518 Par: 36 Yardage: 3,069 Type: Public Driving range: No Eagle Ridge Golf Course Paris 928 Clinton Road 217-463-3434 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,589 Type: Public Bent Tree Golf Course Charleston 14618 E. County Road 400 North 217-348-1611 Par: 70 Yardage: 6,240 Type: Public

Father son team of Bob and Mike Lee, end a round of golf at Highland Park Golf Course Thursday morning. Mike Lee is watching his father putt. The Pantagraph Photo llustration/STEVE SMEDLEY

MATTOON-CHARLESTON AREA

Come Visit the Shops of Mansfi fieeld Mansfield, Illinois I-74 Exit 166

Mansfield General Store 107 N. Jefferson 217.489.3351 Mon – Sat: 9am – 8pm

Three Toad Treasures Funky Junk Shop 101 N. Jefferson 217.489.6048 Call for Hours

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Margaret’s Attic to Basement II Antiques 111 N. Jefferson 217.489.6056 Call for Hours Rose ‘n Berries 114 Oliver 217.489.5733 Call for Hours

Meadowview Golf Course Mattoon 6489 Meadowview Lane 217-258-7888 Par: 72 Yardage: 6,745 Type: Public Driving range: Yes www.meadowviewgolf.com

Norton Knolls Golf Course Oakland

Timberlake Golf Course Sullivan 957 County Road 700 East 217-797-6496 Par: 70 Yardage: 6,054 Type: Public www.timberlakegolfcourse.com

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