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Family Skate Night

Sat, Jan 26   6-8 pm
In case of bad weather the event will be moved to Feb. 9th.  

Mount Carroll Music on the Square Winter Concert Series

Live music weekly: Jan 17-Mar 14

Mt. Carroll Music on the Square hosts their Winter Concert Series mid-January through mid-March every Thursday night from 6:30 to 8 pm at Riverview Antiques in downtown Mt. Carroll.A

A variety of local musicians will present live music during this family-friendly event plus food and ice cream available from Tina’s Ice Cream Shoppe.

The musicians are donating their time but we will pass the hat each night with the proceeds given to the performers. 

Winter schedule

Jan 17 – Dunmore Lind & Clark

Jan 24 – Lenny Wayne Hosey

Jan 31 – Don Greenwood

Feb 7 – Ruth Ann Lillstrom

Feb 14 – Scott Rische

Feb 21 – Silver Dreams

Feb 28 – LA Suess

Mar 7 – Kimberly Jo Estabrook

Mar 14 – Ben & Molly

Christmas Fun, Shop Local and Shop Small all on November 24, 2018

Lanark Jingle Fest
Sat., Nov 24th 9am – 2pm

Lanark’s 4th annual Jingle Fest is scheduled for Saturday, November 24th, from 9 am to 2 pm at the Heritage Center in Lanark. There will be holiday treats, photos with Santa, kids activities, vendors and strolling carolers in downtown Lanark. Check out the Celebrate Lanark FB page for details.  Join them for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration.

Fairytale Lifestyle

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

Weekends in October 6-7; 13-14; 20-21; 27-28

Country Christmas Shop Hop

Carroll Country Contry Christmas Shop Hop 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  & 11th is a great time to start at the Carroll County Country Christmas Shop Hop.

Check out our Carroll County Facebook page for additional information.

Whether you’re

  • looking for decoration to make your house look festive inside or out for Fall, Thanksgiving, or Christmas
  • shopping for gifts for friends and family
  • or you just want to go on a unique shopping experience, you need to do it in Carroll County.


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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Native American Speaker at Savanna Museum and Cultural Center

Saturday, March 19th, 2016 2:00 PM

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.

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

Lanark Illinois 28032 Harvest Road (Corner of Harvest and Maple Grove Road) web

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