Grab your favorite shopping partner and visit our beautiful portion of northwest Illinois !
Small town hospitality combined with quaint shops, fun restaurants and gorgeous scenery !
Havencrest Castle wants to welcome you to their realm of romance & dreams during October by offering limited public tours weekends-only. The self-guided tour includes an optional audio program that you can dial up on your personal cell phone (iPhone and Android!) Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM (Last group please arrive by at least 4:30 PM.)
No appointment is necessary. The parking lot is at the bottom of the hill. Walk up or catch a fun ride on their “CastleMobile!” Admission is $15. Veterans and children under 18 years-old $10.00 and admission includes FREE crowns for all children!
Be aware, the castle is NOT handicapped accessible. Stairs are involved, but the majority of the tour will be limited to one floor-only. Go enjoy a little escape & time away from your cares! #visitCarrollCountyIllinois #SavannaIL #castle #roadtrip
It may be hard for many of us to believe that Christmas is less than two months away. If you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet, then November 9th & 10th is a great time to start at the Carroll County Country Christmas Shop Hop.
Three communities, Lanark, Mount Carroll, and Lake Carroll, have a nice variety of shops and restaurants to give you an enjoyable day (or full weekend) out.
These small, locally owned businesses feature the works of area artists and artisans and include antiques, a craft mall, a winery, a bookstore, gourmet coffee shop, a quilt shop, a Christmas tree farm, unique gift and home furnishings stores, restaurants and much more.
CLICK HERE for details of the list of shops and stores, as well as, descriptions of what each have to offer, are available at . Maps and descriptions are available here for download and printing and they will also be available at select shops the weekend of the event.
Gather your friends and come meet our friendly shop owners, enjoy some good food and drink, and find some exceptional decorations and gifts at the Country Christmas Shop Hop.
Sunday, April 23 between 1 and 4 p.m.
|Spanning six different Mount Carroll locations, the Sesquicentennial Art Tour will highlight the variety of artists who have lived in the area throughout the years and today,|
The West Carroll School District business office at 642 S. East St. will feature art from the city’s past. The exhibit will feature a large mural and artwork by Armella Kneale as well as artwork from Andy Armstrong and former Shimer College art instructors Grace Bawden and Ben Kneale.
An exhibit at the Mount Carroll District Public Library, 208 N. Main St., will feature Michael Johnson's photography and Thomas Locker's oil paintings and studies for illustrations of his children books.
The Mount Carroll artist community will be represented with displays in the library's glass case with work by Charlotte Arvelle Glass, New Morning Glass and Hand and Spirit jewelry.
The lobby of the Mount Carroll Post Office, 211 N. Clay St., will feature a Work Progress Administration (WPA) mural.
Another stop along the tour is Heather Houzenga’s gallery, Now & Zen Gallery, 208 W. Market St.
The Carroll County Historical Society’s Owen Phillip Miles Museum, 107 W. Broadway St., will showcase Dr. C.G. Piper's watercolors.
The last stop on the tour will be the Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll, 1006 N. Lowden Rd., which will feature a mural by West Carroll students. Refreshments will be served.
Area art lovers will have a month to bid on an oil painting by a Mount Carroll artist.
An oil painting depicting Market Street Commons (the iconic downtown cornerstone Kraft building) will be displayed in Mount Carroll City Hall.
The painting will be sold via silent auction, ending during the Sesquicentennial Art Tour scheduled for Sunday, April 23.
The painting was done by local artist Edward B. Kirwan, who has lived in Mount Carroll for approximately 15 years. He has been an artist for many years, making a living as an illustrator for some time. He is now retired, but restores paintings for private collections.
Kirwan said he was inspired by the Kraft building several years ago, when community volunteers were working to rebuild the century-old structure after a devastating fire. He volunteered briefly at the site and took several photos of the building after the project was complete.
Last year, he finished the oil painting which depicts wintertime activity at the Market Street Commons. Kirwan said he added the snow to give the scene a “cozy” feel and decided to add people rushing to the building.
“To give it a feeling that it was a community place where people can meet,” Kirwan explained.
People can look at the painting and place bids during regular business hours at City Hall, which are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The painting will be relocated to the Mount Carroll District Public Library on April 23 for the Sesquicentennial Art Tour.
Article courtacy of mycarrollcountynews.com
June 1-11, 2017
Everyone’s favorite nanny takes the stage in this practically perfect, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances.
The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. You
ng Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic, common sense and some memorable adventures, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft.
ALL AUDIENCES; approx 2.5 hours with intermission
June 15-24, 2017
Eugene O’Neill’s romantic coming-of-age comedy introduces us to the charming Miller family of seaside Connecticut. Among the generations is seventeen-year-old-son Richard, a young man feeling the rushes of desire and rebellion and dreaming of his life ahead. Relive the moments of youth when everything seems possible as the Millers celebrate the Fourth of July holiday in this valentine to the soul of the American family–a family of another time, with all the shenanigans, smiles and poignant memories that go with it. Chuck Smith (Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years) returns to direct this American masterpiece.
“A breath of fresh air…A miracle of sense and sensibility….Vividly alive.”- New York Post
Mild Adult themes; Approx 2.5 hours plus intermission
June 29-July 9, 2017
Told through Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice’s beloved score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, EVITA creates an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as Argentina’s mEVITA_Logoost famous First Lady, herself. Eva Peron’s legendary rise to power is the is the subject of this dynamic musical masterpiece. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, she was a starlet at twenty-two, the president’s mistress at twenty-four, First Lady at twenty-seven, and dead at thirty-three. Evita, “saint to the working-class, reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military,” has compelled audiences in this musical that’s become a classic since its premier.
Some Adult Themes; Approx 2:15
July 13-22, 2017
The play takes place around a dockside cafe in 1970s Naples, Italy, where the leading character, Scapino, devises a complex plot to help two pairs of lovers fight against parental
opposition that, it turns out, may not actually exist. Scapino is a rapscallion, a fast-talking, quick-thinking scamp who cleverly manipulates and cajoles everyone into doing what Scapino intends them to do. Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale have created a non-stop comedy with slapstick, acrobatics and burlesque, and although ”Scapino” is not a musical, it is punctuated with songs that give the evening a zany and magical feel.
Some bawdy comedy; Approx 2 hours
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s
July 27-August 6, 2017
Time magazine called Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel the best musical of the 20th century. Carousel LogoExperience the show that has captivated audiences around the world with its powerful story of Julie, an innocent, young millworker, and Billy, the swaggering carousel barker she falls in love with. Losing his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant, Billy, desperate to provide a decent life for his family, is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. 15 years later, Billy is given one final chance for redemption by delivering hope to the lonely, teenage daughter he never knew. Featuring songs like “If I Loved You,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “June is Busting Out All Over,” and some of the greatest dances ever created for the stage, it’s easy to see why, of all the shows they created, Carousel was Rodgers & Hammerstein’s personal favorite.
Some adult themes; Approx 2:30
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
August 10-20, 2017
Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, andLittle Shop Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular musical comedies in the world. From its first performance in Manhattan’s East Village 35 years ago, Little Shop … continued to grow, taking over LA, London, Japan, Peoria, Hollywood, Sweden, Bulgaria, Broadway and theatres across the nation.
Based on Roger Corman’s super fast, super creepy, super cult hit film, Little Shop of Horrors is the story of Seymour Krelborn, a lovesick clerk in Mushnik’s Skid Row Florist. He stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his beloved, ditzy coworker. Over time, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and appetite, and he must choose between love, fame and saving the world.
Comedic violence, mild language; 2:00 plus intermission
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Kim McIver, Native American of the Ojibwa tribe will be a guest speaker at the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, 406 Main Street, on Saturday, March 19th at 2:00pm.
Kim, is a talented speaker, performer, as well as publisher and self publisher of award winning books. She will bring to life, music and stories of her Indian Culture.
The Ojibwa (said to mean “Puckered Moccasin People”) have a number of spiritual beliefs passed down by oral traditions. These include a creation story and a recounting of the origins of ceremonies and rituals. Spiritual beliefs and rituals were very important to the Ojibwa because spirits guided them through life.
The Ojibwa crafted the dreamcatcher. They believe that if one is hung above the head of a sleeper, it will catch and trap bad dreams, preventing them from reaching the dreamer. Traditional Ojibwa use dreamcatchers only for children, as they believe that adults should be able to interpret their dreams, good or bad, and use them in their lives.
United States, they have the fourth-largest population among Native American tribes,
A $5.00 donation will be appreciated.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Mount Carroll Barn Quilts
Savanna Barn Quilts