Monthly Archives: April 2014

Eastland FFA Plant Sale

map-buttonEastland High School Greenhouse
500 South School Drive
Lanark, Illinois 61046

The Eastland FFA is hosting a spring Plant Sale. The dates for the plant sale are Saturday May 3rd, Sunday May 4th, Saturday May 10th, and Sunday May 11th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in the Eastland High School Greenhouse. If anyone would like more information, they can check out our Eastland FFA Facebook Page or contact Cindy Feltmeyer, Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor, at 815-493-6341.

Eastland FFA is the youth agriculture leadership organization at Eastland High School. Agriculture classes are offered from 8th grade through 12th with FFA being a vital portion of what they are taught. The FFA strives to develop leaders in agriculture.

Henry’s Double K

map-buttonHenry’s Double K
834 South Jackson Street
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053

Proprietors: James ‘Henry’ Meador and Kathy Meador

Henry’s Double K is a newer business to the area and started as a bar. We’re open 6 days a week! Since then. we have opened our upper level. We have a large room upstairs that features an additional bar and restrooms. We have live entertainment, almost every weekend, performing up there. Our upper level is also available to rent for parties, receptions, or any other events. We have hosted a large variety of things to date. We have a nice outdoor patio area. Great for getting some fresh air on those nice and sunny days. We also do live music on the patio during warmer months. Our latest venture is adding a restaurant. Food will soon be available! Lots of great things to come!

Henry’s Double K opened May 23, 2013. It’s something Henry had been thinking about for many years. When the building we are located in became available, it was the extra push he needed to get the ball rolling. This is Henry’s first venture into the bar/restaurant business. He has been farming in the Mount Carroll area most of his life. He also works in feed sales.

One thing that makes us stand out is our actual building. It was originally built as the Karyn Kupcinet Playhouse in the 1960s. It was donated to the Shimer College campus by Irv Kupcinet, in memory of his daughter Karyn. The building is amazing. It is very unique looking. All the history behind it makes it all the more interesting. I think we are also appealing to the public because we are residents of Mount Carroll ourselves. They all know us. I think our community is great at supporting their local businesses. We are family run and it creates a nice atmosphere.

We attract a large variety of customers, of all ages, and that is great! We feature live music on a regular basis. So we draw a lot of music fans. We try to get something for everyone. We do nights of acoustic music for a more relaxing atmosphere, lots of live rock. and country shows. We also feature DJs and karaoke. On a basic week night, its a little quieter. Many locals stop by after work or to unwind. It’s just a nice small town bar where people know you. In regards to out of town customers, currently we are drawing in the music lovers on weekends.

The greatest challenge of operating this business is the hours! So much more goes into it than it appears. On top of the basic bar operations, we have been fine tuning the building along the way. Right now, we are a bar and we have our entertainment and events upstairs, but we are soon approaching adding the restaurant part of our business. We keep busy! The time all this requires, on top of other jobs and family, really is the hardest part. It’s totally worth it though!

Henry grew up around the Milledgeville area and has lived in Mount Carroll for many years. Carroll County is a beautiful area. It’s just home to us. Couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. You got to love the people. In large cities, you don’t get to meet such great people or get the support that we do from our friends and neighbors.

In closing, we’d like to say thanks to everyone for a great first year! If you have not been by yet, then make sure to check us out. Entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights! Our restaurant will be coming soon and we are very excited to make it available to you! Stay tuned! Follow us on Facebook for updates and entertainment schedules!


Migratory Bird Day

map-buttonIngersoll Wetlands Learning Center
Stewards of Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
7071 Riverview Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285


Mayfest News Update

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Parrott Photography Studios


Parrott Photography Studios
103 West State Street
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053

Proprietor: Elizabeth Parrott

I offer photo shoots for weddings, maternity, engagements, seniors, children/newborn, families, and more. I also sell nature photographs. I’ve been selling my work for 3 years now and have been doing photography for 7 years. I have been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. So it just comes naturally to me and I couldn’t be happier doing anything else.

I love trying to be creative and I never want to stop learning. I don’t want people to come to me because I’m cheaper or because I’m “good at it”. I want them to come because they love my work!

I don’t just want to get a few shots in and call it good. Photography is an art to me and I believe it should be treated as such. when I take them, I want you to shine in the photos and want people to see who you really are when they view them.

I think anyone can be a potential customer, especially people interested in my nature photos. I am willing to do a photo shoot of just about anything, as long as it is family oriented. The greatest challenge of operating this businesses is that I still don’t have an official logo. I can’t decide on what I want to do for one.

I grew up around here and have lived in the area all my life. When I first got married, we lived in Freeport, but moved back. I love the rolling hills, the fields in the fall with all the bright colors, and I love looking at the old buildings and houses.

Magic in Savanna

The Alan and Adrianne St. George Center for the Artsmap-button
800 Chicago Avenue
Savanna, Illinois 61074

May 2 - 4, 2014
 Doors Open 7:00 PM Friday & Saturday (2:00 PM Sunday)
    Curtain 7:30 PM Friday & Saturday (2:30 PM Sunday)


A Benefit for: Savanana Museum and Cultural Center

Our 7th show of its kind!

Alternating musical numbers with magic acts has proved a winning combination. There is only one chance each year to experience top professional singers and magicians from venues like Broadway, Vegas, and Hollywood, and this is it!

See classic stage magic with doves that appear and vanish in a flash. Watch objects levitate before your eyes. Experience side-splitting comedy magic with helpers from the audience (they might be your neighbors). Be transported by classically-trained voices performing your favorite songs from Broadway and the movies.

Your heart will soar, your sides will ache, and you’ll scratch your head in amazement.

Get your tickets…before they disappear!


Grace-filled Designs

Grace-filled Designsmap-button
101 South Hickory Street
Shannon, Illinois 61078

Proprietor: Amanda Sue Kaney

Grace-filled Designs was created to bring God’s Word into people’s homes through beautiful hand-painted designs. I, Amanda Sue Kaney, started out on this journey after painting and designing many pieces of wall art for my own home and the homes of my family and friends. The Lord has blessed me with the desire to paint and craft, and I know the journey He has led me on with Grace-filled Designs is long from over. It’s such a blessing to work out of my home and create custom pieces for individuals. I will continue to lean on the Lord for guidance and inspiration as I create pieces, and my prayer is that people will be inspired, encouraged, and blessed through each of the pieces I’ve created.

grace-filled-designs-logoAbout a year ago, I started this business as a part-time job for extra income, but also to be a blessing to others and enjoy what I’m doing. Everything I create is hand-painted, not stenciled, and personalized for each individual. People, that desire to be filled with God’s grace and His goodness as they walk through life, are particularly interested in my work.

I grew up in German Valley. My husband and I relocated to Carroll County for his career. My husband, Aaron Kaney, is the Assistant States Attorney for Carroll County. What we love most about Carroll County is the small town atmosphere. Everyone knows everyone and there’s a sense of security that comes along with that. Your neighbors wave at you on the street and everyone is willing to lend a helping hand if you need it.

What I’ve learned most on my journey with Grace-filled Designs is that God has a great plan for your life. If you follow the desires He has placed in your heart, He will bless you for it. For more information about Grace-filled Designs, check out our Facebook page where you can keep up to date with our latest designs… and participate in our monthly giveaways!

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Win Timber Lake Playhouse Tickets


Enter Now to Win a Pair of Tickets from Timber Lake Playhouse!

Here’s some exciting news! We have gift certificates to give away for 12 pairs of tickets. These are valid for any performance of your choosing during the current 2014 season.

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Winners shall be automatically selected at random.
This contest will end on 05/18/2014 at 11:59 PM.

So what are you waiting for? Submit your entry now!

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