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SUNDAY BRUNCH 10:30 - 2:00
RESERVATIONS 815-433-2540 RT. 71 Ottawa, IL hanksfarm.com curiousgoodsgifts.com
After taking many photographs, Mike Smallberger and Kelsy Adair, of Peoria, walk past the 60 acres of sunflowers at Matthiessen State Park. Sunflowers bloom as far as the eye can see in the field managed for dove hunting.
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sky is this wonderful clear blue and the contrast, the yellow and blue, are the most complimentary colors. They’re beautiful together.” One of Casstevens’ favorite stories as a wedding photographer was taking a wedding party to the sunflower fields. “The bride’s mother had recently passed away. She had chosen the color of the sky for her bridesmaid dresses — that really beautiful sky blue — and then she chose sunflowers for the flowers for the girls and herself because that was her mom’s favorite flower.” The bride didn’t know about the sunflower field, so Casstevens brought the wedding party there for photographs. “She was just blown away. It was a wonderful, wonderful S R moment.” C
OPEN NIGHTLY FROM 4PM
STEAKS • CHICKEN • SEAFOOD • PASTA
Respect the park As beautiful as the sunflowers are, you cannot pick them. Leave the park as you found it for others to enjoy. Be mindful of the nearby radiocontrolled model airplane field. The best way to get to the fields without disturbing the hobbyists is to pull into the Matthiessen Vermilion River Area entrance, which is the second entrance heading south on Illinois 178. Drive all the way back, park and you’ll see a little shelter next to a fence. Walk to the left of the shelter and follow the trail back.
Hegeler Carus Mansion
Experience 140 years of living history… not view it through glass. Walk in the footsteps of philosophers, inventors, designers, architects, artists and writers through the same halls and on the same ﬂoors; untouched since our Mansion was ﬁnished in 1876. What stories will be written next? Come help us write our next chapter and let your footsteps be among the greats of the past.
Open to the public. Wednesday - Sunday ay 12, 1, 2, & 3 pm
Groups of 20 or more should reserve in advance to ensure availability 1307 Seventh St., LaSalle, IL 61301 815-224-6543
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