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Winter Wildlife Abounds in Carroll County

I am not a photographer. I do not have the equipment, skill, or patience. Yet I admire and appreciate the nature photographs of Carroll County professional photographer Rick Brant. Rick’s interest in photography started at a young age when his great aunt gave him a box camera, which he used as a child to take pictures of family and vacations. After he married, Rick borrowed his father-in-law’s 35 mm film camera to further advance his interest and abilities in photography. Rick honed his skill studying photography at a community college.

 

Snowy Owl

Putting oneself in Rick’s shoes, you are a professional photographer with a keen interest in nature photography, but it is wintertime in northwest Illinois. And a rather bleak winter, as we have had little snow. Where do you find nature shots? Lots of places, it turns out. Like on a roadside utility pole where Rick, and his wife Cheryl, spotted the great snowy owl, one of two that return to our county each winter. I can relate my own experience with this beautiful bird. While driving one of our county highways, I was suddenly startled by a mass of white hurling past my windshield. Avoiding collision by mere seconds, I was awe struck by the immense wingspan of this gorgeous creature.

 

Piebald Deer

Another favorite of Rick’s recent photos is the piebald deer. This lovely animal has a rare inherited trait that causes it to be a speckled white and brown. And yes, the piebald live right here in the county, at Lake Carroll, the incorporated lake community that is Rick’s home. Each time Rick posts pictures of these beauties on his Facebook page, neighbors comment about their own sightings, while others ask for location so they too can sneak a peek.

 

Bald Eagle

I would be remiss without mention of our great bald eagles. Rick captures shots of these majestic birds with some regularity and even got a shot recently of one catching his lunch in the lake. As Rick relates, Carroll County provides abundant photographic settings in all seasons with birds and animals both large and small, as well as landscapes, farmscapes, historical architecture and the Mississippi River. Rick’s work is available for purchase at Bald Guyz, a quaint coffee shop in historic downtown Mt. Carroll and be certain to view Rick’s Facebook Page.

Rick shares that in relocating to Carroll County, he and his wife enjoy a relaxing escape to the outdoors in all seasons. If you like the outdoors, nature, photography, changing seasons or just plain old relaxation in quiet countryside, make Carroll County your vacation destination. See lodging listings and descriptions right here on our website.

Valentine’s in Carroll County

Hole up in a cabin with tea, wine, board games, and binoculars…Get out and explore downtowns…A bit of both…

Couples, girlfriends, singles…it doesn’t matter…

Stay…

Hickory Hideaway

Hickory Hideaway Cabins is offering “extra special” touches for the holiday, including massages, chocolate strawberries, champagne, roses and rose petals.  Their physical address is in Shannon but they’re located right outside of Lake Carroll.  Call for more information and pricing to add those “extra special” touches to your reservation.  Click here for their website.

The Nest at Palisades

 

 

The Nest at Palisades in Savanna is offering 20% off for the holiday.  Click here for more information.

 

 

Robert’s Roost Country Guest House Valentine’s Special

Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House in Savanna is offering a Valentine’s Package, including a two night stay, two-layer heart-shaped double chocolate cake, strawberries, double chocolate muffins, and a bottle of red wine from an area winery.  In addition, all the fixings for a complete country breakfast and microwave popcorn for you to cook yourself.  Click here for more information.

 

 

Seven Eagles Resort in Savanna is offering a log cabin special from February 10th to the 15th.  Stay one night at the regular price of $100 and get your second night 50% off.  Click here for more information.

Trailside Inn in Lake Carroll is offering a Winter Getaway Special from January through March.  $69.00 for a Standard Room.  Click here for more information.

Dine, Shop & Explore…

Bald Guyz Coffee & Bistro in downtown Mount Carroll for homemade food, as well as handmade and unique gifts.  Click here for pictures, daily specials, and more.

Blarney Stone Popcorn & Gifts in Shannon for gourmet popcorn, soap, and more.  Click here for more information.

End of the Road Antiques in Lanark is offering 20% for the month of February.

Heirloom Market & Café in Thomson.  Have lunch or a seasonal drink, then shop for handmade and unique gifts.  Click here for more.

Lake Carroll Clubhouse Restaurant & Bar is offering a special dinner from 5:00 – 8:00 on February 11th. See the menu options and more here.

Savanna Marketplace in Savanna.  Drink a cup of joe while you shop for handmade, unique, and local pride gifts.  Click here for more.

Tina’s Ice Cream Shop & Riverview Antique Mall in Mount Carroll.  Old fashion ice cream and funky décor, plus antiques.  Click here to view pictures and more.

Recreate…

Mississippi Palisades State Park in Savanna.  Cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice fishing.  Click here for more information.

Mount Carroll Bowling Center for bowling, laser tag, homemade pizza, and drinks.  Click here to see pictures and more.

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Winter Activities in & About Carroll County

Activity #1: Cross-County Skiing, Sledding, and Ice Fishing

Fifteen miles Northwest of Mount Carroll, the county seat, lies Mississippi Palisades State Park. Mississippi Palisades offers cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice fishing.

The latter is allowed at the boat launch when the ice is thick enough. Catfish and carp are the most commonly caught fish, but bluegill, crappie and bass are out there, too. Those long on experience might even land walleye and/or northern pike.

Call or visit the park office ahead of time, at 815-273-2731 or 16327A Illinois Route 84, Savanna, Illinois, 61074.

 

Activity #2: Skiing and Snowboarding at Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena

Chestnut Mountain Resort

Chestnut Mountain Resort, thirty-four miles Northwest of Mount Carroll, welcomes all ski and snowboard levels, with runs ranging from novice to black diamond.

The resort has a clothing store and rental, equipment rental, repair and tuning, as well as ski and snowboard classes. When you’re ready to eat, relax, or watch a game, there’s a grill, sports bar, and a café. There’s even a daycare, Powder Playcare, where you can drop your toddler(s) off for ten dollars per hour, per child.

Hours and rates can be found at here.  Night skiing/snowboarding is happening through January 7th.

 

 

 

Bald Eagle & Clock Tower, photo courtesy of the Daily Herald

 

Activity #3: Bald Eagle Viewing & Clock Tower Touring on Rock Island Arsenal

Sixty-six miles Southwest of Mount Carroll is the Rock Island Arsenal, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. It is an active US Army facility located on a 946-acre island on the Mississippi River. On February 4th and 11th, the Mississippi River Visitors Center, located on the island at Lock & Dam 15, will host eagle watching and historical clock tower tours.

The clock tower tours are free but reservations are required as group size is limited.  Call 309-794-5338 to reserve your spot!

If you need a place to stay, the Nest at Palisades is offering an Eagle Watch Special.  Their cabins are on the east side of the Mississippi Palisades State Park.  Click here for more information.

Barn Quilt Workshop

Mt. Carroll 17051 Blue Mountain Road Gary and Carla Whitebread

The Carroll County Hotel Motel Tax Board and the Carroll County Farm Bureau will sponsor a presentation and barn quilt painting class on Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Suzi Parron, author of “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement”, will be at the Naaman Diehl Auditorium on Tuesday at 7:00 pm. In order for the barn quilt painting class to be held on Wednesday, a minimum of 15 committed participants is required. Interested persons must sign up in advance by contacting the Carroll County Farm Bureau at 811 Clay Street in Mount Carroll Illinois or by telephone at 815-224-3001.

Barn Quilts of Carroll County Illinois

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WHAT IS YOUR BARN QUILT STORY

“The American Quilt Trail Movement” is credited to Donna Sue Groves. Much of the information gathered here is from excerpts of the book entitled “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” written by Suzi Parron with Donna Sue Groves.

Carroll County, Illinois is very pleased to announce our participation in this movement. Our “Trail” is being organized by the Carroll County Hotel / Motel Tax Board. Our “Barn Quilt Trail” will eventually evolve into a printed map, a brochure, Facebook page, and this page on the www.visitcarrollcoutyil.com website.

The first official quilt trail began in 2001 in Adams County, Ohio. Donna Sue Groves wanted to honor her mother, Maxine, a noted quilter, with a painted quilt square on the family’s tobacco barn in Manchester, Ohio. Although many believe that the Groves farm is home to the first barn quilt, it is not the case. The first barn quilt was an “Ohio Star” which was unveiled as part of a community celebration at a nearby herb farm. The Groves farm later became part of a trail of 20 “Barn Quilts” that formed a driving trail through Adams County. Although an emerging concept, a U.S. National Quilt Trail has rapidly spread across Ohio to Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Oregon. Carroll County, Illinois is very proud to participate in this trail. British Columbia, Canada has developed a trail, and barn quilts also exist in Ontario, Canada.

There are many places on-line that you can order pre-made “Barn Quilts” or you can find complete directions on-line for making your own. On our Facebook page “Barn Quilts of Carroll County Illinois” you can also find a list of people in Carroll County who will make them for other people.

Barn quilts enhance the beauty of the countryside and are enjoyed by those who pass by. Carroll County is very fortunate to have many “Barn Quilts” already in existence throughout its countryside. Mt. Carroll resident Vivian Curley, over the last couple years has compiled information on many of the existing “Barn Quilts” in our area and we are working to compile our trail from the start of this list. We certainly would like to see “Barn Quilt Fever” continue to grow in Carroll County. Our end goal, is to promote agri-tourism and attract visitors to our rural community.

Please visit our Facebook page to see our listings of photos and information on the Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/barnquiltsofcarrollcountyillinois Albums have started for each town in Carroll County and also albums for barn quilts in surrounding areas in close proximity of Carroll County.

A preliminary list has been compiled and has been published on our website and can be viewed on this page http://www.visitcarrollcountyil.com/barn-quilt-trail It is our sincere desire to verify the information we have, gather more information, and compile a more complete list. Once this task has been completed, we intend to utilize the collected information in our promotional, advertising, and marketing materials for Carroll County

Here are some things that you can do to help us complete the Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail.

  • If your barn quilt is currently listed but you prefer not to participate or wish that your information not be published, simply contact us and your information will be promptly removed from our list.
  • If you currently have a barn quilt and your information is listed correctly, please contact us and let us know all is okay.
  • If you currently have a barn quilt but your information is not listed, please contact us with all of your information and we will come and take a photo of your barn quilt and it will be added to the list. Be certain to include the address and any other information that may assist visitors in finding the specific location.
  • If you do not currently have a barn quilt but would like to participate in the “Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail”, please send us all your information and let us know when we can come and take a photo of it.

We would also like to feature the history of any of the barn quilts that are placed on historic old barns or out buildings. By answering the questions below, it will enable us to help visitors learn of the rich heritage Carroll County has to offer.

  1. How long has the property been in the family?
  2. Who purchased the property and when?
  3. When was the barn constructed?
  4. What materials were used in its construction?
  5. Was the architecture determined by the function of the barn?
  6. What was its original function?
  7. What function does it presently serve?
  8. What is the name or origin of the quilt pattern?
  9. What is the significance or symbology of the quilt pattern?

If you or anyone you know would like to share your barn quilt story with us, please contact Connie Zink at 815-565-0024 or message us through our Facebook page.

Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail (Please Click On The First Photo In Each Album To View Full Screen)

Mount Carroll Barn Quilts 

 

Savanna Barn Quilts

Timber Lake Playhouse Schedule 2015

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map-buttonTimber Lake Playhouse
8215 Black Oak Road
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-2035

http://www.timberlakeplayhouse.org
https://www.facebook.com/TimberLakePlayhouse
info@timberlakeplayhouse.org

 

The only way to reserve seats: Subscribe Now! See all six shows! Save! Individual tickets on sale in May 2015

CLICK HERE for $119 Silver Series Subscriptions: Save over 20% by subscribing to see all six shows. Adults save over $30! And no ticketing fees for subscriber reservations!

CLICK HERE for $68 Student Passes: Students (over 18 must show student ID) can see all six shows for the price of four!

 

HAIRSPRAY June 4-14

Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman; Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters

The 1950’s are over and change is in the air! HAIRSPRAY, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do!

 

THE BIG MEAL June 18-27, 2015

a play by Dan LeFranc

A stunning, big-hearted play that spans nearly eighty years in roughly ninety minutes, THE BIG MEAL tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family. Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. Sparks fly. And so begins an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye. Though it premiered in 2011, THE BIG MEAL already feels like a classic; Pulitzer Prize Winner Annie Baker called it “The greatest play ever written.”In the spirit of Thornton Wilder’s plays (Our Town, The Long Christmas Dinner), THE BIG MEAL is humorous, human and ambitious.

 

PETER PAN July 2-12, 2015

Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh; Music by Morris “Moose” Charlap; Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; Additional Music by Jule Styne; Original Direction & Choreogrpahy by Jerome Robbins Based on the play by Sir James M. Barrie

For the first time ever at Timber Lake Playhouse, Broadway’s timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Featuring the iconic songs “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Never Never Land,” and a rousing book full of magic, warmth, and adventure, PETER PAN is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up. This Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years since Mary Martin first taught us to fly.

 

GREATER TUNA July 16-25, 2015

a play by Jaston Williams, Ed Howard & Joe Sears

GREATER TUNA is the hilarious comedy about the third smallest town in Texas, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this send-up of life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna — men, women, children and animals. The action takes place in the early Eighties, though nothing in Tuna has changed since then, anyway.

 

BIG FISH July 30-August 9, 2015

Book by John August; Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa; Based on the novel BIG FISH by Daniel Wallace
and the Columbia Motion Picture
 written by John August

Based on the celebrated novel and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, BIG FISH is the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman whose incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his adoring wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales, hoping to reveal the real man behind the rollicking fantasy life. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stage magic BIG FISH is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself. “A heartfelt, powerful and movingly scored new American Musical …” – Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune.

 

BIG RIVER: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn August 13-23, 2015

Music by Roger Miller; Lyrics by Roger Miller; Book by William Hauptman; Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain

Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this journey down the mighty Mississippi provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana. Twain’s timeless classic is played out by actor-musicians to the sound of country and bluegrass as irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life our favorite characters from the novel-the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck’s partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck’s drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; and the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes.

MAGIC OWL CHILDREN’S THEATRE

THE COMMEDIA PINOCCHIO adapted by Lane Riosley

May 6, 7, 8 & 9 at 10:00 am & 1:00 pm.

Tickets are ONLY $6.00
Available Now through the Box Office
Stop by or call 815-244-2035 10:30 am-3:00 pm.

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH adapted from the novel by Roald Dahl

August 4, 6, 7 & 8 at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are ONLY $7.00
Available Now through the Box Office
Stop by or call 815-244-2035 10:30 am-3:00 pm.

Music & Magic in Savanna

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The Alan and Adrianne St. George Center for the Artsmap-button
800 Chicago Avenue
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-3900
815-273-7262

http://www.magicinsavanna.com/

May 1 - 3, 2015
 Doors Open 7:00 PM Friday & Saturday (2:00 PM Sunday)
    Curtain 7:30 PM Friday & Saturday (2:30 PM Sunday)

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Magician Joel Ward has been called “Savanna’s Favorite Magician” by former patrons of Music and Magic in Savanna shows. He thinks highly of Savanna and was willing to arrange his schedule so he can perform May 1, 2, and 3rd at the Alan and Adrianne St. George Center for the Arts at 800 Chicago Avenue. His tasteful, fun-filled, high energy show has always delighted audiences. Alan St. George, who is hosting the event, has asked Joel to perform his famous live doves act as part of his presentation. With his gregarious personality, Joel is sure to once again please audiences.

Joel’s original magic has astonished people throughout the world. As he makes things appear and disappear, he presents award-winning magic by combining classical magic with a contemporary touch. Joel’s mind-boggling magical talent ranges from comical audience participation, to interactive close-up magic and flashy Las Vegas styled illusions. As a magician, comedian, actor and TV personality, he has toured extensively in the USA, Canada, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.

Joel became interested in magic when he was 6 years old. A magician at a school assembly had chosen Joel from the audience to assist on stage. Since then, Joel has taken his magic very seriously. A California native and raised in Cardiff by the Sea, California, Joel started his own business at age 10 and started to perform at children’s birthday parties. By age 15, Joel became a World Champion Teen Magician after placing 1st at the International Brotherhood of Magicians annual competition, the World’s Largest Magic Organization. That same year Joel was picked out of hundreds of magicians to appear on television with Master Magician, Lance Burton. The show, “Lance Burton-Young Magicians Showcase,” was filmed at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino.

Also joining the cast of Music and Magic in Savanna, will be ‘mind reader’ Mark Toland from Chicago, Illinois. How can he know what you are thinking!!!! Favorites Michael S. Dunavant and Talia Aull, who also have their own followings, will again grace the stage as they showcase their amazing vocal talents. Perhaps “The Magic Tsar” will travel from the ‘hinterlands’ to reprise his famous sword illusion for the audiences.

Proceeds from the charitable event will go to The Savanna Historical Society for the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center.

Doors for the family friendly shows are: Friday and Saturday night shows open at 7:00 with the performances beginning at 7:30. Sunday, doors will open at 2:00 with the show starting at 2:30.

Tickets are $22 for Reserved Seating or $17 for General Seating. With the purchase of a ticket, one free child’s ticket is available. Located at 800 Chicago Avenue, the Alan and Adrianne St. George Center for the Arts is not handicapped accessible. Free popcorn and beverages will be served at intermission. Adults must accompany children.

Tickets may be purchased on line at www.MagicInSavanna.com, from Facemakers at (815)273-3900 8am-3pm Monday-Thursday, or from Jean Ferris at (815)273-7262.

Dueling Pianos at Timber Lake Playhouse

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map-buttonTimber Lake Playhouse
8215 Black Oak Road
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-2035

http://www.timberlakeplayhouse.org
https://www.facebook.com/TimberLakePlayhouse
info@timberlakeplayhouse.org

FELIX & FINGERS DUELING PIANOS AT TIMBER LAKE PLAYHOUSE

In collaboration with Timber Lake Resort, TLP will present a one night only performance of the nationally renowned Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos Show at the playhouse on Saturday, May 9th. The performance will begin at 7:00 pm, with cash bar opening at 6:30.

Tickets are $20 and are available at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=53457 and through the TLP box office.

Felix and Fingers began in 2010 when Dave Radford and Mike Potts came together to create their own unique take on dueling pianos. Dave has recently been a top ten male finalist on American Idol, and Mike had spent several years touring the world as a musician on cruise ships. Since 2010, they have grown from playing the Chicagoland area to playing venues throughout the entire country.

Henry’s Double K in Mount Carroll will be taking separate reservations for a pre-show all you can eat buffet at the restaurant that evening. The $15 buffet will include roast pork, chicken breasts, cheesy potatoes, vegetable, salad bar, rolls and coffee. Contact Henry’s Double K at 815-244-0810 for more information. Sievert’s Steaks & Stuff in Mount Carroll will offer 10% off pizzas between 4:30 and 5:30 pm.

Trailside Inn & Timber Lake Special

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map-buttonTrailside Inn
21-78 Lake Carroll Blvd
Lake Carroll, Illinois 61046
815-493-8484

http://www.trailsideinc.com
tralside@aol.com

 

STAY & PLAY at Trailside Inn – Lake Carroll this Summer!

 

STAY in one of our comfortable rooms.

PLAY at our beautiful 18 hole miniature golf course.

See a wonderful PLAY at Timber Lake Playhouse.

 

Receive one overnight stay, two rounds of mini golf, and two Timber Lake Theatre tickets!

All for only $119.00

 

Terms: Available Sun,Tues, Weds & Thurs only

Performances are June 4, 2015 – Aug 23, 2015

Subject to availability.

 

Win A Free Two Night Stay

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Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House
12143B Roberts Road
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-565-0024 or 815-656-1542

http://www.RobertsRoostCountryGuestHouse.com
https://www.facebook.com/RobertsRoostCountryGuestHouse
robertsroostcountryguesthouse@gmail.com

Win a free two night stay for 1 to 4 people during 2015 at Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House in Savanna, Illinois. (Dates are subject to availability, must be two consecutive nights, and must be used in 2015). Value up to $269.00. Winner will be randomly chosen by Contest Hopper. Prize is transferable to winner’s family and friends.

Visit http://www.RobertsRoostCountryGuestHouse.com to enter!