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Fantasy Castle Transports Visitors By: Jean Eggemeyer Rising up from a hill over downtown Savanna rests Havencrest Castle – likely the most unique and luxurious home in the region. The sprawling, ornately decorated, 63-room mansion opened for public tours and events in July 2013. “Havencrest Castle is a museum, art gallery, residence and fairy tale all rolled into one,” says Michael S. Dunavant, the site’s curator and event director. “It’s really a one-of-a-kind place to visit and experience.” In its first 6 months of tour operations, more than 3,500 people explored some of the castle’s fantastical rooms. The 25 rooms included in tours have been transformed into imaginative oases filled with artwork, sculpture and authentic furniture and accessories. The 80-foot long Medieval Hall, for instance, features tapestries, giltfinished walls, knight’s armor, and a grand fireplace topped with a castle-shaped mantle, complete with back-lit stained glass windows, three-dimensional turrets, and miniature gargoyles. Each room, or suite of rooms, is lavishly decorated in its own style. The flowery and airy Fragonard Music Room is based on the 18th Century French artist’s exuberant Rococo style. The Castle’s jeweltoned Maharajah Room features vintage saris tenting the ceiling,
silk cushions for lounging, and authentic Arabian lanterns. Upon entering each successive room, visitors are transported to yet another time and place. “Unlike other historical home tours,visitorsherearenotstopped by velvet ropes,” Dunavant adds. “You can come into each room, peer into the corners, and sit on the furniture. “The home was designed and made for entertaining, and I think that’s why people come more than once – they become very comfortable and truly enjoy the rooms.” While the rooms’ interior design is astonishing, equally amazing is that the home’s owners, Alan St. George and his late wife, Adrianne Blue Wakefield-St. George, did all of the designing and planning, and much of the hands-on work, themselves. He is a trained artist and accomplished painter and sculptor. The mansion is filled with his original works. Mrs. St. George was a talented interior designer and the creative engine behind the castle’s metamorphosis. The inspiration behind the transformation of the mansion – a portion of which is the original Queen Anne style home completed in 1901– was
the intense romantic love felt between the St. Georges. They met as teenagers and spent 31 years together as husband and wife and partners in their project to expand and decorate their home in the manner of the “American aristocracy.” Sculpture and artwork in many of the rooms includes dramatic portraits of the lovers, adding to the fairy tale aspect of the spaces. “The castle provided both Mr. and Mrs. St. George with a canvas to showcase their talents and now it can be shared with everyone,” Dunavant says. Dunavant himself is another draw for visitors. A professional actor and musician, he guides all of the two-and-half- hour tours, often taking a break in the Fragonard Music Room to play guests a tune on the piano while they enjoy drinks. In addition to tours, there will be more opportunities in the near future to enjoy the magic of Havencrest Castle, according to Dunavant. He and other staff members are planning monthly themed, costumed dinners and other special events in the coming year. A welcome center and gift shop [Marker]were just opened in March.
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The hills around the small village of Grand Detour will come alive once again in June. The John Deere Historic Site will be hosting the June Jam on June 22, 2014, 10:00am - 4:00pm. During this time there will be an open mic format that will be the stage of several local artist and music genres. “Several years ago we hosted the last June Jam and we felt it was time to bring the music back to Grand Detour. We have the perfect setting amongst the tall trees, the historic settings and the artistic nostalgia, to hold an event the entire community can enjoy”, stated Brian Holst, Manger of the John Deere Historic Site. The regular admission price of $5.00 will be waived if a canned food item is donated at the front entrance. “We have partnered with the Oregon Food Bank in the past and will continue to support
Historic Site our local agencies that help so many people by providing people with food, a basic essential.” Everyone is encouraged to bring a canned food item for free admission. If you are looking for a day of entertainment and fun bring your lawn chairs, blankets, sunshade and a picnic lunch, and sit back relax and take in the sights and sounds of another great event in the Dixon area. If you would like more information or wish to sign up for an open mic time slot, feel free to contact the John Deere Historic Site at 815-652-4551 or go to the website www.JohnDeereAttractions.com. The John Deere Historic Site is owned and operated by the John Deere Foundation, a 501(C)(3) c h a r i t a b l e organization, s u p p o r t i n g efforts in education, world hunger and community b e t t e r m e n t .
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Rockford-area events Through June Artists’ Ensemble Theater; Cheek Theatre, Rockford University, 5050 E. State St., Rockford; www.artistsensemble.org or 815-394-5004
June 10, 12, 17, 24 and 26 Sounds of Summer; Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford; 7-9 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org
Through August Starlight Theatre; Starlight Theatre, Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford; www.rockvalleycollege.edu or 815-921-2160
June 11, 18 and 25 Imagination Station; Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford; music, magic, juggling, comedy, and more; 1:30 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org
Through August Ski Broncs Waterski Show Team; Shorewood Park, 235 Evelyn Ave., Loves Park; concessions available; 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; www.skibroncs.com Through September Rockford Aviators baseball; Aviators Stadium, 4503 Interstate Blvd., Loves Park; www. rockfordaviators.com or 815-885-2255 Through December Pec Playhouse Theatre; 314 Main St., Pecatonica; www.pecplayhouse.org or 815-2391210 June 6 First Fridays; downtown Rockford; downtown art galleries, shops and music and theater venues offer new art, music and goods; www. gorockford.com or 815-963-8111 June 6-8 Garden Fair; Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden; 2715 S. Main St., Rockford; plant and garden goods sale, master gardeners on hand to answer questions, display gardens, and an outdoor café; tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door; noon-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday; www.klehm. org or 815-965-8146 June 6-8 Tebala Shrine Circus; Indoor Sports Center, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park; tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12; www.tebalacircus.com or 815-332-4997 June 7-8 Rockford Airfest 2014; Chicago Rockford International Airport, 60 Airport Drive, Rockford; performances by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights, and more, plus planes, helicopters and more on display; tickets are $20 per carload in advance or $30 per carload at the gate; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; www. rockfordairfest.comor 815-969-4000 June 8, 15 and 22 Live at Levings; Levings Park, 1420 S. Pierpont Ave., Rockford; talent show, followed by a concert; talent show 3-5 p.m., concert 5-7 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org
June 14 Midsommar Festival; Erlander Home Museum, 404 S. Third St., Rockford;; a celebration of Swedish heritage, featuring Stockholm Inn’s worldfamous Swedish pancakes, Swedish bakery, a Swedish Marknad (market), children’s activities, a traditional majstang (Maypole) and live entertainment; www.swedishhistorical.org or 815-963-5559 June 18 Council of Rockford Gardeners’ Garden Walk 2014; Rockford; self-guided tour of six gardens; noon-8 p.m.; http://ilclubs.esiteasp.com/crg/gardenwalk.nxg or Jo Anna Betts at 815-399-7085 June 19-22 Old Settlers Days; Settlers Park, East Hawick St., Rockton; music, beer tent, midway, 5K run/ walk, parade, fireworks, and more; 4-day admission passes are $6 in advance and $10 starting June 19; main stage shows are more; www.oldsettlersdays.com, Facebook or 779-772-6051 June 20 Show of Shows; Boylan High School, 4000 St. Francis Drive, Rockford; the best drum and bugle corps in the word perform along with Rockford’s own Phantom Regiment; tickets range from $19 to $65; 7 p.m., gates open at 5:30 p.m.; www.regiment.org/sos June 29 Domingo en el Parque; Levings Park, 1420 S. Pierpont Ave., Rockford; Latino music; 3-7 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org July 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and 31 Sounds of Summer; Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford; 7-9 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Imagination Station; Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford; music, magic, juggling, comedy, and more; 1:30 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org July 4 First Fridays; downtown Rockford; downtown art galleries, shops and music and theater venues offer new art, music and goods; www. gorockford.com or 815-963-8111
July 4 Fourth of July Celebration; downtown Rockford; breakfast, parade and the SkyConcert fireworks show set to music; rockfordfireandice. com July 4-5 4th of July Festival; Durand; music, antique tractor pulls, go-kart races, 5K run/walk, fireworks, parade, and more; www.durandevents. com or 815-248-4445 July 6 and 20 Live at Levings; Levings Park, 1420 S. Pierpont Ave., Rockford; talent show, followed by a concert; talent show 3-5 p.m., concert 5-7 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org July 13 and 29 Domingo en el Parque; Levings Park, 1420 S. Pierpont Ave., Rockford; Latino music; 3-7 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org Aug. 1 First Fridays; downtown Rockford; downtown art galleries, shops and music and theater venues offer new art, music and goods; www. gorockford.com or 815-963-8111 Aug. 6 Imagination Station; Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford; music, magic, juggling, comedy, and more; 1:30 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org Aug. 10 Live at Levings; Levings Park, 1420 S. Pierpont Ave., Rockford; talent show, followed by a concert; talent show 3-5 p.m., concert 5-7 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org Aug. 1-3 Festa Italiana; Boylan High School grounds, 4000 St. Francis Drive, Rockford; Italian music and folk dancing, carnival rides, children’s activities, and Italian food; www.griaa.com or 815962-2700 Aug. 5, 7, 12 and 14 Sounds of Summer; Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford; 7-9 p.m.; www.rockfordparkdistrict.org Aug. 12-17 Winnebago County Fair; Winnebago County Fairgrounds, 500 W. First St., Pecatonica; livestock, 4-H exhibits, music, carnival and more; tickets are $5 most days and $7 Friday and Saturday, grandstand entertainment is more; www.winnebagocountyfair. com, 815-239-1641
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Aug. 17 Polish Fest; St. Stanislaus Church, 201 Buckbee St., Rockford; traditional Polish dinner, music and dancing, plus childrenâ€™s games, cultural exhibits and more; www.st-stanislaus. org or 815-965-3913
Dates unavailable (in early September) Greek Fest; Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 108 N. Fifth St., Rockford; Greek food, dancing and music, charity raffle, church tours, and more; http://gogreekfest. com or 815-963-8625
Aug. 22-24 Cherry Valley Festival Days; Bauman Park, 218 S. Walnut St., Cherry Valley; music, carnival, games, fireworks, and more; admission (buttons) are $5 in advance and good for all 3 days of the festival, general admission is $6 Friday and Saturday and $3 Sunday; www.valleydays.com or 815-332-2152
Oct. 3 First Fridays; downtown Rockford; downtown art galleries, shops and music and theater venues offer new art, music and goods; www. gorockford.com or 815-963-8111
Sept. 5 First Fridays; downtown Rockford; downtown art galleries, shops and music and theater venues offer new art, music and goods; www. gorockford.com or 815-963-8111
Oct. 4 Illinois Paranormal Conference; Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford; speakers and vendors; tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door; 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; www.hauntedrockford.com or 815-8714239
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Nov. 7 First Fridays; downtown Rockford; downtown art galleries, shops and music and theater venues offer new art, music and goods; www. gorockford.com or 815-963-8111 Dec. 5 First Fridays; downtown Rockford; downtown art galleries, shops and music and theater venues offer new art, music and goods; www. gorockford.com or 815-963-8111 Dec. 5-7 The Nativity; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 324 N. University Drive, Rockford; live nativity, plus nativity sets on display and Christmas music from area choirs; 5-9 p.m. Friday, 2-9 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday satellite broadcast featuring Mormon Tabernacle Choir; www. TheNativityRockford.com or 815-394-0722
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Rockford-area tourist attractions
ockford was first settled in 1834 and grew rapidly during the 19th century, when it was known for its production of agricultural machinery and furniture. The early Swedish settlers brought both architecture and culture that still are apparent in the city on the Rock River.
Anderson Japanese Gardens The natural beauty and serenity of Anderson Japanese Gardens ranks it as one of the premier Japanese gardens in the United States. Peacefully located on 4 acres, the gardens are laden with paths, pools, streams, lanterns, pagodas and waterfalls. Sukiya-style buildings include a guesthouse, gazebo and teahouse. Contact: www.andersongardens.org or 815229-9390 Address: 318 Spring Creek Road Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May through October Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 students Book Stall of Rockford Book Stall has an eclectic selection of more than 12,000 books, specializing in antique magazines and books about history, religion and automobiles. Contact: bookstallrockford.com or 815-9631671 Address: 1032 Crosby St. Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 5 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday Burpee Museum of National History Burpee provides an adventure-filled tour through unique exhibits from prehistoric times to the present. The museum is the home of Jane, the tyrannosaurus rex, and Homer, the triceratops. The four-story building provides a window to natural history, past and present, including a simulated prehistoric tropical rainforest complete with thunder and lightening. Visitors also learn about wildlife in the Rock River Valley. Contact: www.burpee.org or 815-965-3433 Address: 737 N. Main St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday Admission: $8 adults, $7 children ages 4-12; special exhibits are more Camp Grant Museum Originally built as a firehouse near the end of World War I, Camp Grant became a U.S. Army induction and training camp during World War II. The camp has an impressive collection of memorabilia reflecting the lifestyle and history of the era. Contact: campgrantmuseum.weebly.com or 815-395-0679 Address: 1004 Samuelson Road Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, and by appointment Admission: By donation CONTINUED ON
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CoCo Key Water Resort This 60,000-square-foot indoor water park features three giant waterslides, an adventure river, an activity pool, and private cabanas. Contact: www.cocokeyrockford.com or 815398-6000 Address: 7801 E. State St. Hours: 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Admission: $15 on Friday, $20 on Saturday and Sunday
Continental Antiques Continental Antiques specializes in European pieces as well as deco and vintage furniture in 27,000 square feet of display space. Contact: www.continental-antiques.com or 815-226-5771 Address: 2305 Charles St. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily
Discovery Center Museum Discovery Center boasts more than 250 hands-on exhibits focusing on participatory learning experiences for children and families. It also offers an area for young children and babies, as well as a gift shop. The two-story museum includes an outside courtyard along the Rock River. Contact: www.discoverycentermuseum.orgor 815-963-6769 Address: 711 N. Main St.
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Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Admission: $8 East State Antique Mall This 20,000-square-foot antique mall boasts more than 100 dealers. Contact: www.eaststateantiquemall.com, Facebook or 815-229-4004 Address: 5411 E. State St. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily Erlander Home Museum The museum is a cultural centerpiece of Rockford’s Swedish ancestry. The 12-room restored 1871 Victorian home features ethnic furniture, dolls and china collections. Contact: www.swedishhistorical.org or 815963-5559 Address: 404 S. Third St. Hours: By appointment Tuesday through Friday Admission: Donation Ethnic Heritage Museum Celebrating the immigrants who settled the Rockford region, the Ethnic Heritage Museum, located in a restored 1850s home, has six galleries dedicated to the heritages of AfricanAmerican, Hispanic, Italian, Irish, Lithuanian and Polish settlers. Contact: www.ethnicheritagemuseum.org or 815-962-7402 Address: 1129 S. Main St.
Hours: 2-4 p.m. Sunday Admission: $5 adults, $3 students, $10 family Forest City Queen River Boat Built in 1979, the Forest City Queen gives 1-hour cruises down the Rock River that include a narrated history of the river and city. Contact: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org or 815987-8894 Address: Riverview Park, 324 N Madison St. Hours: Cruises on the hour 1-4 p.m. Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, noon-8 p.m. Thursday, 2-5 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, June through August; limited rides given on weekends in September and October; check the website or call ahead for specialty cruise information Admission: $4.50 resident adults, $5 nonresident adults, $3.50 resident children ages 5-17, $4 nonresident children ages 5-17; specialty cruises are more Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza The Peace Plaza was installed to celebrate the heritage and diversity in the Rockford community. The plaza is situated on 2.5 acres and links to the 20-mile Perryville recreational trail. It features more than 40 national flags with a center peace sculpture titled “Harmony Atlas.” Contact: www.keeling-puri-peaceplaza.com Address: Perryville Bike Path at Riverside and McFarland streets
Voyager 2014~15 Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden Klehm celebrates the beauty of nature through all four seasons. The venue features themed and naturalized gardens intertwined with rare trees and rambling walking paths. There also is a children’s garden complete with a maze. Klehm is dog-friendly and leashed dogs are welcome. Contact: www.klehm.org or 815-965-8146 Address: 2715 S. Main St. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily Admission: $6 adults, $3 seniors, students and children ages 3-17 Larsen’s Landing Outfitters Larsen’s Landing is a family-owned and operated canoe and kayak rental business on a 30-acre wilderness area with river frontage and hiking paths. The site also offers camping. Contact: www.canoethekish.com, Facebook or 815-505-3466 Address: 1951 New Milford School Road Hours: By reservation Admission: $70 for a 1-day canoe trip and $45 for a 1-day kayak trip Laser Quest Laser Quest provides high-tech, action-packed laser tag for up to 30 players at a time. The multi-level arenas are alive with special lighting and music. Contact: www.laserquest.com or 815-2279090 Address: 293 Executive Parkway Hours: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon7 p.m. Sunday Admission: $8.50 for a 15-minute game, $11.50 for an Ironman game Lockwood Park Observatory Lockwood Park Observatory is a joint venture between the Rockford Amateur Astronomers and the Rockford Park District. The observatory houses a custom built 10-inch Astro-Physics refracting telescope, a 10-inch Pierkowski Coelostat solar telescope and several portable telescopes of varying designs and sizes. Contact: www.rockfordamateurastronomers. comor 815-964-6457 Address: 5209 Safford Road Hours: Public viewing at dusk the second and fourth Saturday of the month Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre and Children’s Farm Lockwood Park is home to the Trailside Equestrian Centre and Children’s Farm. Situated on 40 acres of woods and meadows, the park offers riding trails for riders 8 and older. It also features a pony ring, wagon rides, hayrides, a petting farm, and a Native American village. Contact: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org or 815987-8809 Address: 5201 Safford Rd. Hours: Varies by attraction; check the website or call ahead Admission: Varies by attraction; check the website or call ahead
Rockford area ~ 105 Magic Waters Waterpark Magic Waters features The Abyss, a dark tube slide; SplashBlaster, a water coaster; Breaker Beach; and The Tsunami, a wave pool. There is even a Little Lagoon for young children. Contact: www.magicwaterswaterpark.com or 815-966-2442 Address: 7820 Cherryvale North Blvd. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdåay, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday and Friday, June 7-Aug. 24; check the website or call ahead for additional early- and late-season hours Admission: $18.99 resident general admission, $23.99 nonresident general admission; $12.99 resident child, 48 inches and under, $16.99 nonresident child, 48 inches and under Midway Village Museum Set on 137 acres, the Midway Village Museum campus features 26 historic buildings documenting the local history of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The village is representative of a typical rural town in northern Illinois in the late 19th and early 20th century. The campus also includes the Museum Center with exhibitions on local history and the Heritage Gardens featuring heirloom flowers, unique vegetables and native plants. Contact: www.midwayvillage.com, Facebook or 815-397-9112 Address: 6799 Guilford Road Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, January through April and September through December; 10 a.m.4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May through August; village open Thursday through Sunday in May and Tuesday through Sunday, June through August Admission: $7 adults, $5 children ages 3-17 Monkey Joe’s Monkey Joe’s is an indoor playground filled with inflatable jump equipment, slides, obstacle courses and mazes geared toward children ages 4 to 12. It also has a toddler room for children 3 and younger. Contact: www.monkeyjoes.com or 815-3995637 Address: 6663 E. State St. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Admission: For children ages 4-12, $7.99 Monday through Friday, $9.99 Saturday and Sunday Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens Situated along the banks of the Rock River, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens brings the tropics to the Midwest. The facility is the third-largest conservatory in Illinois, offering an 11,000-square-foot tropical plant exhibition. The site also features the recently restored Eclipse Lagoon, with two fountains and a waterfall, as well as a pedestrian bridge and a walkway connecting the conservatory to Sinnissippi Gardens. Contact: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/ncg or 815-987-8858 Address: 1354 N. Second St.
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Admission: $6 resident adults, $8 nonresident adults, $4 seniors, $4 resident children ages 5-18, $6 nonresident children ages 5-17; $3 on Tuesday NickelWorld NickelWorld is a family amusement center with more than 100 games, including ticket-dispensing games, redeemable for prizes, as well as video games. Contact: www.nickelworld.comor 815-8772771 Address: 3321 N. Main St. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, June through August; 1-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, September through May Admission: $2.25 plus game fees Rockford Art Museum The museum, the largest art museum in Illinois outside of Chicago, features an extensive permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American art. It is noted for regional and national traveling artist exhibits. There also is a museum store. Contact: www.rockfordartmuseum.org or 815-968-2787 Address: 711 N. Main St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Admission: $7 adults, $3 seniors and students Rockford City Market Rockford City Market features local growers and vendors who sell produce, eggs, meat, cheese, flowers, herbs, baked goods, wine and more, as well as artisans and live entertainment. Trolley Car 36 makes the rounds during the market, too. Contact: www.rockfordcitymarket.com or 815-977-5124 Address: Water Street between State and Jefferson streets Hours: 3-8 p.m. Friday, May 30-Oct. 17; 3-7 p.m. Friday, after Labor Day Admission: Trolley rides are $2 Riverview Ice House This facility features a regulation size rink with grandstand seating for 750, as well as a smaller instructional rink. There also is a concession stand. Contact: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org or 815963-7408 Address: 324 N. Madison St. Hours: Varies seasonally; check the website or call ahead Admission: Open skating $2, skate rental $2 Rockford IceHogs hockey The Rockford IceHogs are an American Hockey League affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. The team plays at the BMO Harris Bank Center. CONTINUED ON
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Contact: www.icehogs.com or 815-968-5222 Address: 300 Elm St. Admission: Tickets range from $8 to $29 Rockford Speedway This quarter-mile track, known for its high banks, has been tabbed as “Mid-America’s finest racetrack.” The venue hosts more than 85 events each year, including the post season National Short Track Championship and National Little Car Championships. Contact: www.rockfordspeedway.com, Facebook or 815-633-1500 Address: 9572 Forest Hills Road, Loves Park Hours: Gates open at 5 p.m., race begins at 7:05 p.m. on race days Admission: Varies, but generally $12 adults, $8 students age 12-17, $5 children age 6-11 Rocky Glen Off-Highway Vehicle Park Rocky Glen boasts miles of trails on more than 120 acres of terrain. Beginning training areas, an obstacle course and technical skills areas are available for four-wheel off-highway vehicles, allterrain vehicles, go-karts and motorcycles. Contact: www.rockyglenohv.com or 815-9638081 Address: 4012 S. Main St. Hours: 2 p.m.-dusk Wednesday and 10 a.m.5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Admission: $20 adults, $10 children 12 and younger, $5 spectators Searls Park BMX race course Searls Park is considered to be northern Illinois’ premier BMX race facility. Contact: www.rockfordbmx.com, Facebook or 815-874-8719 Address: 4950 Safford Road Hours: Varies; check the website or call ahead Admission: Varies; check the website or call ahead Seth B. Atwood Park Seth B. Atwood Park features birds of prey, including eagles, hawks, owls and falcons, available for viewing. The park is situated on 334 acres with a portion of the Kishwaukee River flowing through it. There are a variety of ecosystems including forests, marshes, prairies, a large quarry and a dry creek bed. It is home to the Atwood Center, which serves as a visitor’s center and allows for viewing of scheduled feeding of the birds of prey. Contact: http://rockfordsportscore.com/ atwood or 815-874-7576 Address: 2685 New Milford School Road Hours: Atwood Center is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with a scheduled birds of prey feeding at 1 p.m. Saturday Admission: No charge to view birds during park hours Severson Dells Nature Center The Severson Dells Nature Center has a 90-percent concentration of native wildflowers and 2.5 miles of walking paths. It also has a butterfly garden and an indoor beehive and aquarium.
Magic Waters Waterpark Contact: www.seversondells.com or 815-3352915 Address: 8786 Montague Road Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday
Address: 411 Kent St. Hours: Tours at 1 and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday Admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children ages 6-17
Sinnissippi Gardens Located along the Rock River, Sinnissippi Gardens features an All-American Rose Selection rose garden with approximately 2,000 rose plants and 62 varieties, including the year’s newest award winners. The gardens also include a 32-foot floral clock, colorfully planted with thousands of annuals, and a peaceful shaded perennial garden. Adjacent to the gardens is the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, a year-round exhibition of tropical trees, plants, flowers, and changing floral displays. Contact: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org or 815987-8812 Address: 1354 N. Second St.
Trolley Car 36 Trolley Car 36 is a turn-of-the-century, openair trolley that carries guests along the scenic Rock River Recreation Path. Contact: www.rockfordparkdistrict.org or 815987-8894 Address: Riverview Park, 324 N. Madison St. Hours: Rides on the hour 1-4 p.m. Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Thursday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, June through August; limited rides given on weekends in September and October Admission: $3.50 resident adults, $4 nonresident adults, $3 resident children ages 5-17, $3.50 nonresident children ages 5-17
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens Tinker Swiss Cottage, the former home of onetime Rockford Mayor Robert Hall Tinker, offers a glimpse of a forgotten age. The Victorian home was built 1865 and is filled with original furnishings, artwork and family diaries. The cottage is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The property includes a three-story Swissinspired barn and sprawling gardens. Contact: www.tinkercottage.com or 815-9642424
Vintage Spokes Motorcycle Museum The museum houses a private collection of motorcycles and memorabilia, of which 70 percent is Harley-Davidson motorcycles and includes British, Japanese and Italian vintage bikes, as well as a rare and unique collection of riding clothing and equipment. Contact: Facebook or 815-877-2453 Address: 4560 Shepherd Trail Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday or by appointment
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Whiteside County events May 29 Sterlingâ€™s Movies at Grandon: â€œMonsters Universityâ€?; Grandon Civic Center, downtown Sterling; concessions available; dusk; www.sterlingmainstreet.org or 815-626-8610 May 31 Shop Small Saturday; merchants in Dixon, Sterling and Rock Falls; merchants offer promotions throughout the day and specials for shoppers who wear a Sauk Valley Shop Small button; www.saukvalleyshopsmall.com, Facebook or email@example.com June 1 Blessing of the Bike; downtown Fulton; hundreds of motorcycles descend upon downtown for the annual blessing ceremony by local clergy; 1-3 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545 June 1 Lyndon Car Show; Richmond Park, Lyndon; pancake breakfast, music by 3D Sound, playground and food; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; www.3Dsound. org or 815-778-4484 June 3-7 The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Com-
merceâ€™s Carnival Days; Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, Sterling; midway and rides; www. saukvalleyareachamber.com or 815-625-2400 June 10 Twin City Cruizersâ€™ Cruise Night; Culverâ€™s, 1901 Harley-Davidson Drive, Rock Falls; 5 p.m.; www.twincitycruizers.com June 12 Sterlingâ€™s Movies at Grandon: â€œDespicable Me 2â€?; Grandon Civic Center, downtown Sterling; concessions available; dusk; www.sterlingmainstreet.org or 815-626-8610 June 12 Fulton Summer Nights; Den Besten Park, Fulton; old-fashioned community gathering; games, music and food; 6-8 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545 June 19 Ice cream social; Resthave nursing home, 408 Maple Ave., Morrison; music, ice cream and picnic fare; 5:30-7 p.m.; 815-772-4021 June 19-21 Shakespeare in the Park â€“ â€œMuch Ado
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Bureau County events Through December Festival 56 summer theatre festival; Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., Princeton; www.festival56.com or 815-879-5656 June 1, 15 and 29 Princeton Community Band concert; Soldiers and Sailors Park, Princeton; bring a lawn chair, refreshments available; 6 p.m.; 815-875-2631 June 1 Starved Rock Radio Club’s Ham Fest; Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St., Princeton; ham radio, model and computer items for sale or trade; tickets $7 in advance or $8 at the gate; 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; www.w9mks.org, Facebook or 815-313-5924 June 6-8 Buffalo Days; LaMoille; buffalo burgers and pork chops, beer garden, live music, 5K run/ walk, carnival, tractor show, petting zoo, and more; www.lamoillebuffalodays.org June 7 Art in the Park; Soldiers and Sailors Park, Princeton; www.princetonchamber-il.com or 815-875-2616 June 13-14 More on 34; along U.S. Route 34 and Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St., Princeton; rummage sales and events; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; www. moreon34.com, Facebook or 815-875-2616 June 13-14 Neponset Picnic Days; Neponset; pancake breakfast, 5K run/walk, parade, car show, antique implement and tractor show, beer garden, music, children’s games, and more; Facebook or 815-594-2201 June 14 Strawberry Festival; West Park, Tiskilwa; Plow Creek Farm berries, ice cream and strawberry shortcake, plus lunch fare; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; www.plowcreek.org/farm, Facebook or 815646-4862 June 20-21 Cattleman’s Beef and Ag Festival; Princeton; steak dinners and live music; www.princetonchamber-il.com or 815-875-2616 June 21 Spring Valley Outdoors Expo; downtown Spring Valley; hunting, fishing, boating and other outdoor sports vendors; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 815-303-4327 June 21 Old Wheels Car Show; First Lutheran Church, 116 N. Pleasant St., Princeton; 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Facebook
July 3-7 Walnut Hometown Celebration; Walnut; 10K bicycle race and 5K family bicycle ride, Little Miss Bureau Valley pageant, carnival, craft show, car and truck show, parade, and more; www. villageofwalnut.com or 815-379-2141 July 3 Fireworks; Hall High School, 800 W. Erie St., Spring Valley; dusk July 4 Fourth of July celebration and fireworks; Zearing Park, Princeton; dusk July 6, 20 and 27 Princeton Community Band concert; Soldiers and Sailors Park, Princeton; bring a lawn chair, refreshments available; 6 p.m.; 815-875-2631 July 10-12 Wyanet Summer Festival; Memorial Park, Wyanet; live music, beer garden, parade, 5K run/walk, Little Miss/Mister contest, bags tournament, and more; www.wyanetfestival.com or 815-699-2224 July 11-13 Ladd Daze; War Memorial Park, Ladd; live music, beer garden, Golden Chicken race, children’s games, and more; 815-894-2440 July 19-20 Ol’ Fashun Threshun Days; Albrecht Grove, Ohio; threshing demonstrations, flea market, craft show, petting zoo, tractor pull, music, and more; admission is $4; 815-498-2013 July 24-27 Bureau County 4-H Fair; Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St., Princeton; displays of 4-H projects and a livestock and horse show; http://web.extension.illinois.edu, Facebook, or 815-875-2878 July 25-27 Lake DePue National Championship Boat Races; Lake DePue, DePue; boat races, live music, 5K run/walk, food, and more; admission is $3; www.depuemensclub.org or 815-228-1320 July 26 Mingle on Main; The Feed Store & Watering Hole, 212 Main St., Malden; car, truck, motorcycle and tractor show, craft show, music, food, and more; 815-643-2549 July 31-Aug. 3 Pow-Wow Days; West Park, Tiskilwa; Lil’ Spurs Rodeo, car show, parade, 5K run/walk, petting zoo, children’s games, and more; www. powwowdays.com, “Tiskilwa Community Association” on Facebook or 815-646-4121
Aug. 20-24 Bureau County Fair; Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St., Princeton; carnival, bull riding, tractor and truck pull, demolition derby, talent show, livestock shows, and more; admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 7-12; www.bureaucountyfair.com, Facebook or 815-875-2905 Sept. 12-14 Homestead Festival; Princeton; parade, rib cook-off, car show, arts and craft show, horsedrawn wagon rides, petting zoo, and more; www.homesteadfestival.com or 815-875-3461 Sept. 13 Spring Valley Historic Association Antique Car Show; 100 and 200 blocks of West St. Paul Street, Spring Valley; DJ, 50/50 raffle and food; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Debb Ladgenski at 815-830-4303 Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road; Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St., Princeton; haunted fairgrounds, plus hayrack rides, bonfire and food; 7-9:30 p.m.; www.nightmareonfairgroundsroad.com or 815-875-2905 Oct. 11-12 Shadows of the Blue and Gray Civil War reenactment; City County Park, Princeton; admission is $5 for adults and children 6 and older; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; www.shadowsoftheblueandgray. com or 815-760-0487 Nov. 8-9 Winter Garage Sale; Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St., Princeton; admission is free but shoppers are asked to bring a canned food donation for the local food pantry; 8 a.m.; www.bureaucountyfair.com or 815-303-2905 Nov. 15 Christmas in the Valley; downtown Spring Valley; vendor show to benefit the local food pantry, family holiday activities, and more; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; www.spring-valley.il.us or 815-664-2753 Nov. 15 Northern Illinois Model Train Fair and Farm Toy Show; Bureau County Fairgrounds, 811 W. Peru St., Princeton; admission is $4; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; www.bureaucountyfair.com or 815-875-2176 Dec. 6 Lighted Santa Parade; downtown Spring Valley; 6 p.m. www.spring-valley.il.us or 815-664-2753 Dec. 19-21 Live nativity; Walnut Community Bible Church, 125 Jackson St., Walnut; 6-8 p.m.; walnutcommunitybiblechurch.org or 815-379-2645
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June 26-28 Shakespeare in the Park – “Much Ado About Nothing”; Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling; bring lawn chairs, blankets, food and beverages; 7 p.m.; www.svcc.edu/finearts/theatre, “SVCC Theatre” on Facebook or 815-835-6366 June 26 Sterling’s Movies at Grandon: “The Fox and the Hound”; Grandon Civic Center, downtown Sterling; concessions available; dusk; www.sterlingmainstreet.org or 815-626-8610 June 27 Fourth Fridays; Sterling; businesses host artists and musicians and offer activities and promotions; www.sterlingmainstreet.org/fourthfridays, Facebook or 815-626-8610 June 27-29 Summer Splash; riverfront, Rock Falls; buffalo, elk, alligator, pork chops and brats, children’s activities, vendors and more; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; www.rockfallschamber.com or 815-625-4500
June 28-29 Rock Falls River Chase; riverfront, Rock Falls; boat races on the Rock River; bring a lawn chair; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; www.rockfallschamber.com or 815-625-4500 June 30 “Mother Jones: A Force of Nature”; Windmill Cultural Center, 111 10th Ave., Fulton; talk presented by Simon Cordery of Western Illinois University; 6 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545 July 3 Sauk Valley Jaycees fireworks display; Westwood Sports and Fitness Center, 1900 Westwood Drive, Sterling; music, children’s activities, and food; admission is $5 for a carload; fireworks at dusk; Adam Johnson at 815-718-5089 July 3 Prophetstown Streetscape; Eclipse Memorial Park, Prophetstown; children paint measured squares of the street, plus a 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., race at 6 p.m. www.prophetstownil.com or 815-537-5139
July 4 Prophetstown Fourth of July fireworks celebration; Prophetstown State Park, Prophetstown; music, children’s races, 3-on-3-basketball tournament, fireworks, and more; www. prophetstownil.com or 815-537-5598 July 5 Firecracker Weekend Bogs-Drags-Demo; The Bike Barn, 13524 Black Road, Morrison; 4x4 mud bogs, drags, 500 class drags and demolition derby; 11 a.m.; www.peatmonster. com, www.omanationals.com or 815-775-3641 July 8 Twin City Cruizers’ Cruise Night; Culver’s, 1901 Harley-Davidson Drive, Rock Falls; 5 p.m.; www.twincitycruizers.com July 9 “Life’s A Breeze: Presidential Rest and Relaxation”; Windmill Cultural Center, 111 10th Ave., Fulton; presented by Ron Koehn, retired Fulton High School teacher; 6 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545
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July 10 Sterling’s Movies at Grandon: “Frozen”; Grandon Civic Center, downtown Sterling; concessions available; dusk; www.sterlingmainstreet.org or 815-626-8610
July 25 Fourth Fridays; Sterling; businesses host artists and musicians and offer activities and promotions; www.sterlingmainstreet.org/fourthfridays, Facebook or 815-626-8610
July 10 Fulton Summer Nights; Den Besten Park, Fulton; old-fashioned community gathering; games, music and food; free; 6-8 p.m.; www. cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545
July 26 Sterling Main Street Music Fest; Central Park/Grandon Civic Center, downtown Sterling; four bands, arts and crafts show and food; admission is $5 for adults and children 13 and older; gates open at 1 p.m.; www.sterlingmainstreet.org, Facebook or 815-626-8610
July 12-13 Whiteside County Barn Tour; throughout Whiteside County; 11 historic barns, antique farm equipment displays, and lunch by the Whiteside County Cattleman’s Association; tickets are $20 per carload and include a tour book and a map; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday; www.whitesidecountybarntour. com or 815-772-2165 July 14-17 Whiteside County 4-H Show; Whiteside County Fairgrounds, 201 W. Winfield St., Morrison; 4-H projects, pork chop barbecue, Sale of Champions; web.extension.illinois.edu/clw or 815-772-4075 July 24 Sterling’s Movies at Grandon: “The Muppet Movie”; Grandon Civic Center, downtown Sterling; concessions available; dusk; www.sterlingmainstreet.org or 815-626-8610
Aug. 1 Hot Dog Day; downtown Sterling; merchants offer 25-cent hot dogs and sodas over the lunch hour; www.sterlingmainstreet.org or 815-6268610 Aug. 1 “Gaelic Songs: Beauty and Nature”; Windmill Cultural Center, 111 10th Ave., Fulton; presented by Dan Haughey, musician and storyteller; free; 6 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545 Aug. 2 Touch-a-Truck and Corn Boil Family Day; Second Street and Avenue A, Rock Falls; vehicles from area agencies and businesses on display, plus Selmi’s sweet corn and other food; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; “Optimist Club of Rock Falls IL” on Facebook or John Watts, 815-631-3012
Aug. 2-3 Native American Pow-Wow; Prophetstown State Park, Prophetstown; Native American encampment, dancing, drumming, music, food, and more; 10 a.m., grand entries at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday; www.prophetstownil.com or 815-537-5139 Aug. 7 Sterling’s Movies at Grandon: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”; Grandon Civic Center, downtown Sterling; concessions available; dusk; www.sterlingmainstreet.org or 815-626-8610 Aug. 8-9 Lincoln Buy-Way; miles and miles of rummage sales along the Lincoln Highway; www. drivelincolnhighway.com Aug. 10 Twin City Cruizers’ Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show; Centennial Park, Rock Falls; music by 3D Sound; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; www.twincitycruizers.com or 815-625-1839 Aug. 12-16 Whiteside County Fair; Whiteside County Fairgrounds, 201 W. Winfield St., Morrison; demolition derby, harness racing, pro bull riding, truck and tractor pulls, livestock shows, antique tractor parade, concerts, carnival, food, exhibits and more; www. whitesidecountyfair.org or 815-772-7329 CONTINUED ON
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Aug. 14 Fulton Summer Nights; Den Besten Park, Fulton; old-fashioned community gathering; games, music and food; free; 6-8 p.m.; www. cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545
Aug. 23 Shop Small Saturday; merchants in Dixon, Sterling and Rock Falls; merchants offer promotions throughout the day and specials for shoppers who wear a Sauk Valley Shop Small button; www.saukvalleyshopsmall.com, Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug. 16 Team Underwires Proud to Wear Pink! motorcycle ride; Workman Harley-Davidson, 1903 First Ave., Rock Falls; proceeds benefit breast cancer programs; register from 10 a.m. to noon; cost is $20 for riders 16 and older, $5 for children; www. teamunderwires.com or 815-441-4458 Aug. 22 Fourth Fridays; Sterling; businesses host artists and musicians and offer activities and promotions; www.sterlingmainstreet.org/fourthfridays, Facebook or 815-626-8610 Aug. 23 Outdoor Adventure Fest; Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA, 2505 YMCA Way, Sterling; free
Aug. 29 Sterling Storytelling and Art Festival; Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling; storytelling by Al Batt of Heartland, Minn., and Susan O’Halloran of the Chicago area and juried art show; admission is a $7 donation; art show 6-8 p.m., stories at 8 p.m.; http://sterlingfestival.org or 815-625-1370 Sept. 6 Taste of Fiesta; Central Park/Grandon Civic Center, downtown Sterling; Mexican musicians and dancers, folk art, children’s activities and giveaways, and food; children’s activities noon-3 p.m., food and entertainment noon-6 p.m.; “Fiesta Days
in Sterling-Rock Falls” on Facebook or Irene LewisWimbley at 815-625-0013, ext. 119 Sept. 6 Arts on the Square; Eclipse Square Park, Prophetstown; art show, live music, scarecrow contest, and food; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; www.prophetstownil.com or 815-537-5139 Sept. 9 Twin City Cruizers’ Cruise Night; Culver’s, 1901 Harley-Davidson Drive, Rock Falls; 5 p.m.; www.twincitycruizers.com Sept. 11 Featured Food Walk; downtown Fulton; local businesses offer items featuring pumpkin, door prizes and special sales; get a punch card at the Masonic Lodge, 1012 Fourth St.; 4-7 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545 Sept. 13 Fiesta Day parade; Sterling and Rock Falls; parade from Sterling to Rock Falls, closing ceremony at bandshell in Veterans Memorial Park, Rock Falls, art display at Lincoln Learning Center, 611 E. Third St., Sterling; Irene LewisWimbley at 815-625-0013, ext. 119
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Sept. 15 The Rock River Valley Barbershop Chorusâ€™ annual Youth in Harmony Festival concert; Centennial Auditorium, 1608 Fourth Ave., Sterling; admission is $5; 6:30 p.m.; Facebook or 815-973-3956
Oct. 4-5 Fall Festival; Heritage Canyon, 515 N. Fourth St., Fulton; crafters in period clothing give demonstrations of pioneer living; admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545
Sept. 20 Paint the Town; downtown Morrison; paint your own 5-by-5-foot square on the street; entertainment, food and more; noon; www. paintthetownmorrison.com or Facebook
Oct. 11 Harvest Moon Festival; downtown Sterling; childrenâ€™s activities, hay rack rides, arts and crafts, and more; www.sterlingmainstreet. org, Facebook or 815-626-8610
Sept. 22 â€œChad Pregrackeâ€™s River Cleanup Projectsâ€?; Windmill Cultural Center, 111 10th Ave.; presented by KeeKee Pregracke of Black Hawk College; 6 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815589-4545
Oct. 18 Beggarâ€™s Night; Heritage Canyon, 515 N. Fourth St., Fulton; trick-or-treat in a historic 1800s village; 4-8 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545
Sept. 26 Fourth Fridays; Sterling; businesses host artists and musicians and offer activities and promotions; www.sterlingmainstreet.org/fourthfridays, Facebook or 815-626-8610 Oct. 4 Fall Festival; downtown Fulton; pumpkin painting, gunny sack races, straw bale maze, arts and crafts show, petting zoo, music and food; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545
Oct. 19 Coon Creek Menâ€™s Club Farm Toy Show; Prophetstown High School, 310 W. Riverside Drive, Prophetstown; farm toys, construction toys, collectibles, antique tractor display, and food; admission is $2 for adults and children 13 and older; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; www.prophetstownil. com, 815-537-5139 or 815-537-2631 Oct. 22 â€œBird Life at the Top of the Worldâ€?; Windmill Cultural Center, 111 10th Ave.; a 73-minute video presented by the Aldo Leopold Foundation; 6 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545
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Oct. 24 Fourth Fridays; Sterling; businesses host artists and musicians and offer activities and promotions; www.sterlingmainstreet.org/fourthfridays, Facebook or 815-626-8610 Oct. 26 Twin City Cruizersâ€™ Toy Run Cruize; Culverâ€™s, 1901 Harley-Davidson Drive, Rock Falls; music by 3D Sound, bake sale and auction; entry is a new, unwrapped toy to benefit Toys for Tots; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; www. twincitycruizers.com Nov. 4 â€œGreen Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Timeâ€?; Windmill Cultural Center, 111 10th Ave.; presented by Kurt Burnham, president, High Arctic Institute; 6 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545 Nov. 7-8 and 14-15 The Great Route 64/84 Holiday Shop Hop; Fulton, Thomson, Savanna, Mount Carroll and Lanark; more than 30 shops offer holiday decor and unique gifts; map with detailed listings available in late September; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815589-4545 CONTINUED ON
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Nov. 18-23 Festival of Trees; Woodlawn Arts Academy, 3807 Woodlawn Road, Sterling; event benefits Hospice of the Rock River Valley; holiday trees and decor on display, country store, and entertainment; 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; www.hospicerockriver.org or 815-288-3673 Nov. 20-23 Hometown Holidays; downtown Rock Falls; Christmas walk, craft show, parade, live reindeer, children’s party, and more; www.rockfallschamber.com or 815-625-4500 Nov. 22 Twin Cities Holiday Parade; parade starts in Sterling, ends in Rock Falls; www.rockfallschamber.com, www.saukvalleyareachamber.com or www.sterlingmainstreet.org Nov. 28 Fourth Fridays; Sterling; businesses host artists and musicians and offer activities and promotions; www.sterlingmainstreet.org/fourthfridays, Facebook or 815-626-8610 Nov. 29 Christmas in Prophetstown and lighted parade; downtown Prophetstown; Small Business Saturday, visits with Santa, soup supper, lighting of the Love Light Tree, and parade; lighting of the tree at 5:30 p.m., parade at 6:30 p.m.; www.prophetstownil.com or 815-537-5139 Dec. 3-7 Seasonal Sights and Sounds; downtown Sterling; music, Christmas Walk, visits with Santa, children’s activities, and more; www. saukvalleyareachamber.com, Facebook or 815625-2400 Dec. 5 Christmas Walk; downtown Fulton; 2-mile run/walk, arts and craft show, ice carving, live nativity, puppet show, children’s activities, music and food; 5-7:30 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-2616 Dec. 6 Christmas at Heritage Canyon; Heritage Canyon, 515 N. Fourth St., Fulton; crafters in period clothing give demonstrations of pioneer living; noon7 p.m.; www.cityoffulton.us or 815-589-2616 Dec. 6 Morrison Christmas Walk; downtown Morrison; craft fair, lighted parade, visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more; morrisonchamber.com or 815772-3757 Dec. 6 Taste of Prophetstown; Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, 320 LaFayette St., Prophetstown; wine and beer tasting, appetizers, live music and charity auction; tickets are $20, which includes a souvenir glass and six samples; 6 p.m.; www. prophetstownil.com or 815-537-5139 CONTINUED ON
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Dec. 5-7 Dillon Home Christmas Walk; Dillon Home Museum, 1005 E. Third St., Sterling; tours of the home, which is decorated for the holidays, â€œChristmases Pastâ€? open house by the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society Museum in the carriage house; admission is $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for seniors and $5 for a family; tours on the hour 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, walk-through tours 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday; 815-622-6202 Dec. 6 Christmas in the Country; downtown Tampico; visits with Santa, lighting of the Christmas tree and more; 4:30 p.m.; www.tampicohistoricalsociety.com or Joan Johnson at 815-622-8705 Dec. 26 Fourth Fridays; Sterling; businesses host artists and musicians and offer activities and promotions; www.sterlingmainstreet.org/fourth-fridays, Facebook or 815-626-8610 Jan. 10 Bald Eagle Watch; Lock and Dam 13; email@example.com or 815-5892616 May 1-2 Dutch Days; downtown Fulton; residents of Fulton celebrate their Dutch heritage, arts and crafts vendors, windmill tours, Dutch dancing and costumes, antique tractor display, parade and food and concession stands; firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-589-2616
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ureau County is in north-central Illinois, 115 miles southwest of Chicago and 65 miles east of the Quad Cities on Interstate 80. Its county seat is Princeton, at exit 56 on I-80.
Bureau Junction Miller-Anderson Woods State Nature Preserve Dedicated in 1969, the 340-acre nature preserve has oak-hickory bluff forests, maple-basswood ravines, sedge meadow, seep spring, and hill prairie. Plants include the showy orchid, queen-of-theprairie, and Schreber’s aster. Seep areas include peat moss, marsh marigold and skunk cabbage. The unique mixture of habitats supports wetland and forest birds, butterflies, and dragonflies. Contact: 815-244-3655 Address: 3.5 miles south of Bureau Junction on state Route 29 Admission: Free Cherry Cherry Public Library The library has many photographs and artifacts from the infamous Cherry coal mine disaster of 1909, including a model of the mine, books about the tragedy, and a brick monument to honor victims. Contact: 815-894-3338 or 815-894-2919 Address: State Route 89/South Main Street Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, 8 a.m.noon Saturday (call ahead), and by appointment DePue Donnelley/DePue State Fish and Wildlife Area The area offers boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting and camping. It also has a playground, picnic facilities, restrooms and trailer hook-ups. Contact: www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/ PARKS/R1/Don.htm or 815-447-2353 Address: 1001 W. Fourth St. Ladd Ladd War Memorial Park The park has a World War II Army tank, veterans memorial monuments, a Word War I statue, a picnic shelter, playground and tennis courts. Restrooms are available. Contact: www.vil.ladd.il.us/archives/2-veterans-memorial-monument or 815-894-2440 Address: State Route 89/South Main Avenue A Vintage Venue Antiques and Collectibles Contact: Facebook or 815-894-8038 Address: 126 S. LaSalle Ave. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; closed Tuesday and Wednesday LaMoille Allen School Built in 1887, the building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, still is in use as a junior high school. Some of today’s students are the great-great grandchildren of the school’s first student body.
Contact: 815-638-2233 Address: 301 Main St. First Congregational Church of LaMoille Founded in the 1800s, this Italianate-style church is on the National Register of Historic Places. Contact: Facebook or 815-638-2077 Address: 94 E. Franklin St. Mineral McCune Sand Prairie This 200-acre rare prairie land was donated to the Bureau County Soil and Water Conservation District. Because of their sandy soil, sand prairies are well-drained and drier than typical Midwestern tall-grass prairies. The northern portion of this site, however, supports tree and shrub growth – green ash, eastern red cedar, Osage orange, Iowa crabapple, prairie rose, red mulberry, and burr oak. Visitors can look at rolling sand dunes and hike on the trails. Contact: 815-875-8732 Address: 150 East Road, 4.5 miles north of Mineral on state Route 10 Mineral Pride Historical Museum The museum offers a model train set, an early 1900s post office, and memorabilia from the former high school and businesses. Contact: www.illinoishsglorydays.com/mineralhistoricalsociety or 309-288-5371 Address: 115 Main St. Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, or by appointment Admission: Free
Neponset Neponset Township Historical Society Museum The museum features artifacts, family histories, and school memorabilia. Contact: 309-594-2197 Address: 113 Commercial St. Hours: By appointment Admission: Free Princeton Annie’s Little Pots This shop, housed in a restored 1880s building, sells hand-crafted pottery and art for home and garden, and offers pottery classes and paint-your-own pottery. Contact: Facebook, www.annieslittlepots. com or 815-875-2372 Address: 906 N. Main St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday Beetz Me! Located in a vintage hardware store, this shop offers specialty gifts, wine, jewelry, chocolates, a coffee shop, and more. Contact: Facebook, www.beetzme.com or 815-879-7777 Address: 952 N. Main St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday Captain Swift Covered Bridge This two-lane covered wooden bridge is the only one of its kind in Illinois. It is made in the Burr-arch design, an idea patented by Theodore Burr of New York in 1804. Address: 1600 N. Epperson Road, 1 mile west of Princeton
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Whiteside County tourist attractions
hiteside County was established 1836. It is the namesake of Gen. Samuel Whiteside who, as a major, fought in the Indian Wars in this part of the country from 1812 until the close of the Black Hawk War. The county (the village of Tampico) also is the birthplace of President Ronald Reagan and has a segment of one of the first continental highways â€“ U.S. Route 30, better known as the Lincoln Highway. Fulton De Immigrant and the Windmill Cultural Center This authentic windmill built in the Netherlands and assembled in Fulton honors the townâ€™s rich Dutch heritage. Stone-ground buckwheat, corn, rye, and wheat flours all are manufactured at De Immigrant and are for sale in the gift shop. The cultural center, dedicated in 2010, houses a collection of 21 European windmills and hosts special exhibits throughout the year.
Contact: www.cityoffulton.us/visit-fulton/ fulton-attractions/de-immigrant-windmill.html or 815-589-4545 Address: Corner of 10th Avenue and First Street Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Memorial Day through Labor Day; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 through October
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www.saukvalley.com Hours: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday Admission: Free Prophetstown State Park Camping, fishing and hiking all are available at this wooded park on the northeast edge of the city, along the south bank of the Rock River. Once the site of a Native American village, the 53-acre park derives its name from the Native American prophet Wa-bo-kie-shiek (White Cloud). Coon Creek flows through the park and feeds into the Rock River. Contact: dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/ PARKS/R1/Prophet.htm or 815-537-2926 Address: Riverside Drive Big Bend State Fish and Wildlife Area This 2,376-acre site along the Rock River has about 250 acres of upland forest, with the remainder of the property a mix of native grassland, tree plantings, tracts of woods, two oxbows and several small wetlands and marshes. Big Bend offers limited hiking and fishing opportunities, with the site’s primary focus on hunting. Contact: dnr.state.il.us/Lands/landmgt/parks/ R1/BIGBEND.HTM or 815-537-2270 Address: Van Damme Road Rock Falls Centennial Park This 50-acre park offers Storybook Village playground; a pond with paddle boat and canoe rental; tennis courts; baseball, soccer, and flag football fields; a 20-station fitness course, and picnic shelters. Two pedestrian footbridges connect the park to the footpath along Hennepin Feeder Canal State Park. The Little Red Schoolhouse and Historical Museum and the Red Caboose, an antique Rock Island Line car, also are in the park; both are available to tour by appointment only. Contact: www.colomatownshipparkdistrict. com or 815-625-0272 Address: 508 E. 11th St. Crystal Lake Recreation Crystal Lake offers a lake with a beach for swimming and other water activities. It also has go-karts and aqua golf, as well as a campground. Contact: www.crystallake1.com or 815-6225974 Address: 511 E. U.S. Route 30 Hours: noon-6 p.m. daily in the summer Admission: Lake usage is $5 adults and children 11 and older, $4 children ages 3-10 Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum Firehouse of God minister and part-time firefighter Brian Tribley saved the former Rock Falls Fire Department building from demolition in 2012 by creating a museum that honors the profession. The museum showcases vintage firefighting vehicles, equipment and memorabilia. Contact: www.firehouseofgodministries.com/ firemuseum.htm, Facebook or 815-622-9490 Address: 403 W. Second St.
Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May through October, and by appointment Admission: Free Hennepin Canal State Park The Hennepin Feeder Canal, on the National Register of Historic Places, extends from Rock Falls to Sheffield, and offers biking and hiking paths, canoeing, fishing and historical sites along the way. Contact: dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/ PARKS/R1/Hennpin.htm or 815-454-2328 Address: 209 Emmons Ave. Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural One of 30 murals along the historic Lincoln Highway that showcases a unique event that took place during the early years of the highway: the Corn Carnival and an enormous, highly sought-after, prized blue ribbon. Contact: www.drivelincolnhighway.com or 866-455-4249 Address: 1412 W. Rock Falls Road Poci’s Market & Greenhouse This locally owned farm, which opened in 1971, offers sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplants, gourds, muskmelons, peppers, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes and watermelon, as well as plants. Contact: Facebook or 815-626-0630 Address: 9571 Hoover Road Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, May through October Rock Falls Fire Department Kiosk A small location packed with loads of history, this outdoor kiosk museum allows guests to view the hose cart owned by the Keystone Hose Co., alarm boxes and various firefighting apparatuses and memorabilia. Contact: 815-622-1135 Address: 1013 Seventh Ave. Selmi’s Greenhouse and Farmers Market Selmi’s, a fifth-generation family farm, has a greenhouse, a farmers market, a pumpkin patch and fall market, and a gift shop. The fall market has a haunted house, petting farm, wagon rides, and pumpkins. Contact: www.selmi.com or 815-626-3830 Address: 1206 Dixon Ave. Hours: Varies seasonally by attraction; check the website or call ahead Sterling Dillon Home Museum The Dillon Home was donated to the park district in 1980 in memory of Paul W. Dillon and his wife. The home is an example of Italianate architecture, a popular choice of builders in the Midwest from 1830 to 1880. The home was built circa 1858 by Edwin G. Allen for Col. Edward N. Kirk. It was bought by steel magnate Washington M. Dillon in 1882. Contact: www.sterlingparks.org or 815-6226202
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Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum in Rock Falls Address: 1005 E. Third St. Hours: Guided tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday Thursday and Saturday and 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday Admission: $2.50 adults, $1.50 seniors, and $5 family Lawrence Park Considered the first park in Sterling, Lawrence Park offers boat and fishing access, horseshoes and, in the winter, eagle watching. Contact: www.sterlingparks.org/facilities-a-parks/parks/lawrence-park. html or 815-622-6200 Address: Off the Avenue G bridge between Sterling and Rock Falls “Lincoln in Sterling” statue The statue is a life-sized bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln. It was dedicated on July 18, 2006, on the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s speech in Propheter Park. Lincoln was campaigning for the newly formed Republican Party and its first candidate for president, John C. Fremont. Don Morris of Rock Falls was the sculptor. Contact: http://ci.sterling.il.us/history.cfm or 815-632-6621 Address: 506 E. Sixth St. in Propheter Park Lincoln-Manahan Home Museum The Lincoln-Manahan Home Museum is a restored 1847 home, where Abraham Lincoln spent the night July 18, 1856. Contact: www.srfhs.com, Facebook or 815-622-6215. Address: 607 E. Third St. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April through October, and by appointment Admission: Free CONTINUED ON
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New River Model Railroad Museum Diesel and steam locomotives run on a double main line through the elaborate and highly detailed model railroad landscape, which includes mountains, tunnels, villages and industrial areas replicating the Chesapeake & Ohio RR in West Virginia in the 1950s. The layout is over 36 feet by 30 feet and is H.O. scale. Contact: www.newriverrailroad.com or 815625-7699 Address: 17845 Rigler Drive Hours: By appointment Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 12 and younger Sinnissippi Dam and Pedestrian Bridge Built in 1906, this dam raised the Rock River water level by 11 feet so it would flow into the Hennepin Canal. It was restored in 2008 with an added pedestrian walkway. On the Sterling side, enjoy a leisurely stroll and check out the Dillon Home Museum and Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society. On the Rock Falls side, enjoy the Jim Arduini Boat Launch, the Hennepin Canal or a walk along the riverâ€™s edge into the downtown or nearby Sewardâ€™s Park. Address: Second Street and Emmons Avenue Sinnissippi Park The largest of the city parks, Sinnissippi is the site for the Hopewellian Indian Mounds, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places; they contained a dolmen built of flat pieces of fossiliferous limestone. The dolmen was used as a burial area for the Native Americans. The park features bluffs overlooking the scenic Rock River, ball diamonds, a disc golf course, and the S.M.A.R.T.
trail. Nature trails provide bird watching and cross country skiing, and the bayou is a popular yearround fishing spot. Contact: www.sterlingparks.org/facilities-aparks/parks/sinnissippi-park.html or 815-622-6200 Address: Sinnissippi Road Speed Bowl Park Two bog pits, an 1/8-mile track for go-kart and lawn mower racing, a demolition derby track, grass drags and truck and tractor pulls make this racetrack an exciting weekend venue. Contact: Facebook Address: 3504 W. Lincolnway Hours: Gates open at 9 a.m. race days; mud bogs start at noon Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society Museum Housed in the Carriage House of the Dillon Home, the museum houses a large collection of items related to local history. Contact: www.srfhs.com, Facebook or 815622-6215 Address: 1005 E. Third St. Hours: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday Admission: Free Twin City Market The Twin City Market, open year-round, offers locally produced meat, eggs, produce, baked goods, canned goods and crafts inside the historic Twin City Produce Building. Contact: twincityfarmersmarket.com, Facebook or 815-499-7268
Address: 106 Ave. A Hours: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday Tampico Ronald Reagan Birthplace and Museum President Ronald Reagan was born Feb. 6, 1911, in an apartment above a bakery. The First National Bank bought the bakery in 1919 and operated as a bank until the 1930s. The apartment has been restored to look as it did when Reagan was born there. The bank also has been restored. The store to the south of the bank originally was a grocery and now houses the gift shop. Contact: www.tampicohistoricalsociety. com/R_Reagan_Birthplace_Museum.html or 815-622-8705 Address: 111-113 S. Main St. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April through October Admission: By donation Tampico Area Historical Society & Museum The museum has two levels offering various displays of clothing, photos, antiques and other memorabilia. The upper level also is the Family History Library & Research Center for geneaology research. The only newspaper was published from 1876 to 1966 and is archived there. The library also has cemetery lists, funeral logs, family history files, photographs, plat maps and more. Contact: www.tampicohistoricalsociety.com/ Home_Page.html, Facebook or 815-590-2143 Address: 119 Main St. Hours: By appointment Admission: Free
Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society Museum in Sterling
Voyager 2014~15 Bureau County Historical Society Museum and Library The museum occupies two historic homes on Courthouse Square. The Clark-Norris Home, a Prairie Square mansion, features four floors of furnishings and collections that reflect local history. Next door, the Newell-Bryant House, a Greek Revival house, features an 1850s parlor, an interpretation of Princeton photographer Henry Immke’s studio, a costume room, and research library. There’s also a gift shop. Contact: Facebook, www.bureaucountyhistoricalsociety.com or 815-875-2184 Address: 109 Park Ave. West Hours: 1-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, March through November. Guided tours by appointment. Admission: $3 adults, $1 children 12 and younger
Bureau County ~ 13 Hattie’s Arts and Antiques Three floors of antiques. Contact: 815-875-9151 Address: 24 Long St. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday Hoffman’s Patterns of the Past Replacements for missing or broken china, teapots, canisters, crystal, flatware, collectibles, jewelry, and more. Three generations of the Murphey family have operated the business since 1940, but the original store opened in the 1890s. Contact: Facebook, www.patternsofthepast. com or 815-875-1944 Address: 513 S. Main St. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Hornbaker Gardens in Princeton
Hornbaker Gardens Established in 1987, Hornbaker Gardens originated as a wholesale nursery owned and operated by Rich and Kathy Hornbaker. Hornbaker’s offers extensive gardens with benches, ponds, bridges, gazebos and locally made garden sculptures. The couple focuses on perennials, hostas, daylilies, aquatic plants, and grasses, traditional Illinois trees, and shrubs. Contact: Facebook, www.hornbakergardens. com or 815-659-3282 Address: 22937 1140 North Ave. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, mid-April through mid-July; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed Sunday, mid-July through mid-October CONTINUED ON
14 ~ Bureau County A Hundred Acre Orchard and Market The orchard has apple and peach trees, a children’s play area and a wine store, and sells apple cider, honey, apples, doughnuts, gourds, as well as gifts, lotions, candles and other items. It’s also home to The Cider Mill wedding venue and banquet facility. Contact: Facebook, www.ahundredacresorchard.com or 815-915-8145 for the market and 815-303-1045 for the banquet facility Address: 14180 1800 East St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, through Oct. 31, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, through Dec. 22 Lovejoy Homestead Built in 1838, the national historic landmark was an important stop on the Underground Railroad and the home of famous abolitionist minister, Owen Lovejoy. Rooms are furnished with period furniture. Visitors can peek into the hidden area above the stairs where runaway slaves were kept safe. It also is the site of the one-room Colton Schoolhouse, moved from its original location 2.5 miles east, in 1971. Contact: www.lovejoyhomestead.com or 815875-2616 Address: East Peru Street Hours: 1-4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday or by appointment, May through September, and by appointment only April and October Princeton Amtrak Depot This historic depot, still in operation, was built in 1911 by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (now BNSF Railway). Contact: www.princeton-il.com/local-government/departments/amtrak-depot.html or 815872-4310 Address: 105 Bicentennial Drive Red Covered Bridge One of only five remaining covered bridges in Illinois, it was built in 1863 and is still open to traffic. It crosses Big Bureau Creek and once was part of the Peoria-Galena Trail. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Contact: 815-875-2616 Address: State Route 26, 1.5 miles north of Princeton Sherwood Antique Mall This huge mall has space for 450 vendors. Contact: 815-872-2580 Address: 1661 N. Main St. Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily Sweeties Caramel Creations Co. This family-owned sweet shop offers handmade caramel corn, chocolate-covered toffee, peanut and almond brittle, caramels, chocolates, and wedding favors. Contact: 815-872-2676 Address: 646 S. Main St. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
www.saukvalley.com Warnecke Woods Warnecke Woods is a 33.5-acre botanical area donated to the Bureau County Soil and Water Conservation Service District in 1984. It has a variety of trees, plants and woodland flowers, hiking trails, a 5-acre native grass prairie and a flower prairie. Maps are available. Contact: 815-875-8732 Address: 41 1835 N. Ave.
Sheffield Historical Society Museum The museum includes a research library for genealogy. Rooms showcase military uniforms and artifact exhibits, clothing from yesteryear, art, school memorabilia, and more. Contact: 815-454-2850 Address: 325 S. Washington St. Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday; call ahead, hours are subject to seasonal changes
Witness Tree Bureau County’s Witness Tree, a 250-year-old burr oak, has been a landmark and meeting site for at least two centuries. Its mammoth trunk is 14 feet in circumference; its branches spread wider than 80 feet. As early as the 19th century, Potawatomi Indians, led by Chief Shabbona, held council at the tree with members of the Fox and Sauk tribes. The tree stands along the Old Indian Trail that once ran through northern Illinois. In 1944, local farmers donated small parcels of land surrounding the tree to ensure its preservation. Contact: 815-875-8732 Address: Junction of County Road 1300N and County Road 10/100E
Tiskilwa The Museum on Main Located in a former Methodist church, it houses photographs, artifacts, and other visuals that reflect the history of Tiskilwa. Contact: www.tiskilwahistoricalsociety.org, Facebook, or 815-646-4016 or 815-866-9128 Address: 110 E Main St. Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, or by appointment
Sheffield Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park Visitors will enjoy biking, boating, canoeing, camping, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, hunting, picnicking, and winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The handicapped-accessible visitors’ center has displays about plant and animal life and the manmade canal’s history. Contact: www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/ parks/r1/hennpin.htm or 815-454-2328 Address: 16006 875 East St. Hours: Trail open year-round; visitors center open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday (except Christmas and New Year’s Day), but hours might vary Admission: Donations accepted at visitors’ center J&S Antiques Specialty antique shop with multiple vendors. Contact: 815-454-2066 Address: 16713 state Route 40 Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Mary Ann-tiques Housed in a shoe shop built in the late 1800s, its tin walls and ceiling create an inviting atmosphere. Contact: Facebook or 815-878-1846 Address: 134 S. Main St. Hours: Noon-8 p.m. Saturday year-round or by appointment Mautino State Fish & Wildlife Area This 900-acre former strip mine now boasts a varied collection of plants, birds, insects, and animals in its forests, grasslands, and more than a dozen lakes. Contact: dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/ r1/mautino.htm or 815-454-2328 Address: 16006 875 East St.
Walnut Avanti Foods Established in 1932, Avanti makes about 7,000 frozen pizzas daily. Visitors can watch production from the viewing area, then visit the gift shop. Contact: www.avantifoods.com or 815-3792155 Address: 109 Depot St. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Green River Country Club This 9-hole course has a bar area and has space to rent for celebrations. Contact: 815-379-2227 Address: 15212 state Route 92 Walnut Park District Pool and Park Swimming pool, baseball fields, disc golf, tennis courts, picnic shelter, and playgrounds. Contact: 815-379-2213 Address: 403 Sunset Ave. Hours: Open swimming 1-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. daily, June through August Admission: $4 for first-graders and older, $1 for senior citizens Wyanet Wyanet Historical Society Museum Located in a former Catholic church with stained-glass windows, the museum reflects local history with memorabilia, photographs, and displays. Exhibits include antique clothing, old newspapers, high school class pictures from decades past, military and railroad items, and displays on agriculture and the Hennepin Canal. Contact: Facebook or 815-699-2459 Address: 320 E. Second St. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April through October
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Carroll County events Through August Timber Lake Playhouse; 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll; www.timberlakeplayhouse.org, Facebook or 815-2442035 June 7 Lions Family Night Out; Old Mill Park, Savanna; food, big-screen movie, games and music; 6 p.m.; www.savannail.com or 815-273-2722 June 13 Annual Fireman’s Ball; south parking lot at 101 Main St., Savanna; music, bags tournament and food; bring lawn chairs and coolers; tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the gate, with all proceeds going to new fire equipment; 5 p.m., band at 8:30 p.m.; 815-273-2248 June 14 Migratory Bird Walk; Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson; 8 a.m.; stewardsumrr. org, or 815-273-2732 CONTINUED ON
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June 21; July 12; Aug. 23; Sept. 27 Mount Carroll Cruise Night; downtown Mount Carroll; classic cars, music and food; no classes or judging; 4-9 p.m.; “Mt. Carroll Cruise Nights” on Facebook
Aug. 4-10 Carroll County Fair; Schell Park, Milledgeville; music, exhibits, carnival, demolition derby, rodeo, tractor pull, food and more; www.carrollcountyfair.info or 815-225-7444
Oct. 11 Migratory Bird Walk; Sloane Marsh Overlook, across from Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson; 9 a.m.; stewardsumrr.org, or 815-273-2732
June 26-29 Old Settler’s Days; Lanark; food, music, beer garden, car show, antique tractor show and pull, 5K walk/run, bags tournament, children’s activities and vendors; www.lanarkil.com, “Lanark’s Old Settler’s Days” on Facebook or 815-541-0557
Aug. 8-9 Lincoln Buy-Way; miles and miles of rummage sales along the Lincoln Highway; www. drivelincolnhighway.com
Nov. 7-8, 14-15 The Great Route 64/84 Holiday Shop Hop; Fulton, Thomson, Savanna, Mount Carroll and Lanark; more than 30 shops offer holiday decor and unique gifts; map with detailed listings available in late September; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; www. cityoffulton.us or 815-589-4545
July 4 Fourth of July celebration; West Carroll Middle School, 633 S. East St., Mount Carroll; pork chops, parade, music, entertainment and fireworks; www. mtcarrollil.org, 815-244-4424 or 800-244-9594 July 4 Fireworks; West Carroll High School, 500 Cragmoor, Savanna; food, fire truck rides, face painting and fireworks; www.savannail.com or 815-273-2722 July 12 Migratory Bird Walk; Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson; 8 a.m.; stewardsumrr.org, or 815-273-2732
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Aug. 9 Migratory Bird Walk; Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson; 8 a.m.; stewardsumrr.org or 815-273-2732 Sept. 13 Migratory Bird Walk; Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson; 8 a.m.; stewardsumrr.org, or 815-273-2732 Sept. 26-28 The Havencrest Castle Players Presents “Putting It Together”; A musical revue of Stephen Sondheim. 800 Chicago Ave., Savanna; www.TheCastlePlayers.com or 815-990-7159
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Carroll County tourist attractions
arroll County, in northwest Illinois, is bordered on the west by the Mississippi River. It encompasses 467 square miles, or 298,800 acres, with prime farmland on the eastern side of the county and hills and bluffs on the western side. It is home to about 15,000 people.
Lanark Silver Moon Winery Silver Moon Winery is a family-owned winemaking estate. The winery offers handcrafted wines in northwestern Illinois’ wine country. It sells varietals that pair well with everyday foods. Contact: www.silvermoonwineryinc.com or 815-493-6888 Address: 21305 Zier Road Hours: noon-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-3 p.m. Sunday, April through December, with longer hours June through August Mount Carroll Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies In late 2012, Campbell Center broke ground on the new Frances Wood Shimer Memorial Arboretum on the campus, which is home to hundreds of trees and shrubs, including about 60 varieties of trees. Some are rare, including three old-growth American chestnut trees, one of which is on the Illinois Department of Conservation’s “Big Tree” register as the largest American chestnut tree in Illinois. Contact: www.campbellcenter.org or 815244-1173 Address: 203 E. Seminary St. Driftless Area Stillroom This wine shop offers wine tastings and private parties and also sells specialty meats and cheeses, homemade bread, jams, jellies, and other goods. Contact: 815-244-4058 Address: 116 E. Market St. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; hours change for winter, call ahead CONTINUED ON
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Havencrest Castle in Savanna
2014 Carroll County Fair August 5-9
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Ideas n’ Designs Antiques Ideas n’ Designs and Mad Hatter Tea Room is an antique shop that picks items to fit into the many displays throughout the store, giving customers ideas on how to incorporate their finds into their collecting motif. Contact: www.ideasndesigns.com or 815244-7875 Address: 116 W. Market St. and 409 Main St. Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, April through December; by appointment, January through March New Morning Glass Studio New Morning Glass Studio uses centuriesold glassblowing techniques to create custom glassware. Visitors can watch mid-September through December. Contact: Facebook, www.newmorningglass. com or 815-244-6000 Address: 113 W. Market St. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, or by appointment Raven’s Grin Inn Part performance art, part art gallery, the home of Jim Warfield offers a year-round haunted house that displays his artwork and his twisted sense of humor. Tours are an hour to an hour and a half long. Contact: Facebook, www.hauntedravensgrin. com or 815-244-4746 Address: 411 N. Carroll St.
Hours: 7 p.m.-midnight daily, 2-5 p.m. and 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday and Sunday, spring through fall Admission: $15, $13 for children 9 and younger Timber Lake Playhouse Timber Lake Playhouse is the oldest continuously operating professional summer theater in Illinois. It is dedicated to providing cultural opportunities for developing artists and to showcasing quality theater. Contact: www.timberlakeplayhouse.org, Facebook, or 815-244-2035 Address: 8215 Black Oak Road Hours: Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Wednesday and some Sundays, and 2 p.m. Saturday on opening weekends Admission: Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for seniors, and $17 for students Savanna Great River Trail The Great River Trail recreational path extends 62 miles from Savanna to the Quad Cities, providing biking, hiking, running, and walking opportunities. The trail starts just behind the railroad car downtown and meanders past several wildlife viewing areas and through the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge. Bikers may stop at the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center for a break and to view the exhibits. Rest areas and picnic areas are scattered along the trail. Address: 25 Main St.
Havencrest Castle Rising up from a hill over downtown Savanna rests Havencrest Castle – likely the most unique and luxurious home in the region. The sprawling, ornately decorated, 65-room mansion opened for public tours and events in July 2013. Contact: email@example.com or 815990-7159 Address: 140 N. Fifth St. Admission: $20 per person, group rates available Mississippi Palisades State Park This park is near the confluence of the Mississippi and Apple rivers in northwestern Illinois. The 2,500-acre park, a national landmark since 1973, is rich in Native American history, and features limestone caves and erosion-carved rock formations. The park has 15 miles of trails for hiking as well as more than 200 campsites. The park also has picnic tables and playgrounds. Contact: dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/ r1/palisade.htm or 815-273-2731 Address: 16327A state Route 84, about 3 miles north of Savanna Savanna Museum and Cultural Center This three-story historic building contains artifacts telling the story of this Mississippi River community. Noteworthy displays include Gene Wright’s gallery of more than 80 mannequins dressed in authentic Civil War uniforms. Contact: savannamuseum.com, Facebook or 815-273-0316
2014 Carroll County Fair
Saturday, August 9th Tuesday, August 5th 8:30am Judging: Pleasure Horse Show 7:00pm Illini State Truck Pull Participants enter West Gate & Tri County Pullers (mini rods) 1:00pm Pedal Tractor Pull Wednesday, August 6th 7:00pm Demolition Derby 6:00pm Tractor Parade ADMISSION PRICES: 6:30pm Badger State Tractor Pull Season Tickets - $20 Daily Admission - $6 Thursday, August 7th Kids 7 & Under FREE 4:30pm Ag Olympics (FREE Grandstand) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT 7:30pm Funky Munky Wrestling FAIR OFFICE 815-225-7444 Friday, August 8th www.carrollcountyfair.info 8:00pm Tracy Lawrence in Concert
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Mississippi Palisades State Park in Savanna Address: 406 Main St. Hours: Unavailable Admission: Free
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Savanna Train Car Museum The museum preserves the historical railroad car as a piece of local history. It has a gift shop. Contact: www.savannail.com/biz_pages/SavTrainCar.php or 815-273-3292 Address: 25 Main St. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily or as posted Thomson Heirloom Market & Cafe This unique market offers a unique shopping and dining experience. It has books, crafts, locally harvested honey, grass-fed beef, gourmet coffee, craft beers and local wine, grilled panini, salads, homemade soups, and freshbaked goods. Everything is made fresh from scratch on the premises. Address: 2200 state Route 84 Contact: www.theheirloommarket.com, Facebook or 815-259-0125 Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Thomson Causeway This campground is built mainly on an island in the backwaters of the Mississippi. Popular activities include fishing, hiking, biking, and boating. The western edge of the recreation area offers visitors an unobstructed view of the widest spot on the Upper Mississippi River Basin, 3.5 miles from shore to shore. The Central Trail section of the famous Mississippi River Trail passes by the campground, offering visitors miles of walking and biking trails along the river bank. Contact: www.recreation.gov or 815-259-3628 Address: 2017 Lewis Ave. Hours: Open mid-April through October Admission: Camping fees range from $10 to $18
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