Category Archives: Summer Season

Timberlake Performance for August 2018

We have started Tech for our final main stage show, Forever Plaid. This show is full of classic 1950s hits that you won’t want to miss out on! For tickets call 815-244-2035 or visit our website at

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Timber Lake Playhouse – 2017 Season

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8215 Black Oak Road
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053

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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


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

Carroll County Fair 2014

carroll-county-fair-2014 map-buttonSchell Park
28374 Milledgeville Road
Milledgeville, Illinois 61051

62nd Annual Carroll County Fair
Join us August 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 – 2014

carroll-county-fair-adEstablished in 1952, the Carroll County Fair will mark its 62nd Anniversary in 2014. Who knew back then when Charlie Schell and his family provided the land east of Milledgeville, also known as Schell Park, that the Carroll County Fair would still be the great fair it is today.

To all past, present and future participants, officers, superintendents and volunteers, “Thank You” for your time and help to keep this wonderful, fun filled, family oriented county fair going.

Your patronage is very much appreciated, and we hope you will continue to support the Fair for generations to come.

The Carroll County Fair Association


 3:30 p.m. Judging: Education
 4:00 p.m. Community Church Service (Stage and Grandstand)
 6:00 p.m. Judging: Antiques

  9:00 a.m. Judging: Textiles & Fine Arts (Open & Junior) 
            Judging: Hobbies (Open & Junior)
 10:00 a.m. Judging: Culinary O-1 only
  6:00 p.m. Judging: Carcass Show (on the hoof)

  8:00 a.m. Judging: Farm Produce & Fruits (Open & Junior)
  8:30 a.m. Judging: Open Beef
  8:30 a.m. Judging: Junior Sheep Followed by Junior Wether Show
  9:00 a.m. Judging: Poultry
 10:30 a.m. Floriculture (Division 1 & Junior)
  6:00 p.m. Judging: Rabbits
  7:00 p.m. Judging: 4-H Livestock & Small Animal Auction (Poultry Building)
  7:00 p.m. Illini State Truck Pull & Tri County Pullers (mini rods)
            (FREE Grandstand)

  8:00 a.m. Judging: Junior Beef
  8:00 a.m. Judging: Open Sheep & Open Market Lamb
 10:30 a.m. Judging: Culinary Baking (Open & Junior)
 11:00 a.m. Antique & Farmer Tractor Pull
  2:00 p.m. Style Show (Green Exhibition Building)
  6:00 p.m. Tractor Parade
  6:30 p.m. Badger State Tractor Pull (FREE Grandstand)

  9:00 a.m. Judging: Dairy Heifers (Open & Junior)
 10:00 a.m. Judging: Floriculture (Division II)
 10:30 a.m. Judging: Culinary Baking
  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Power Wheel Races followed by the Bicycle Races
  4:30 p.m. Ag Olympics (FREE Grandstand)
  7:30 p.m. Funky Munky Wrestling (FREE Grandstand)

  9:00 a.m. Judging: Dairy Cows (Open & Junior)
 11:30 a.m. Cow Classes in Milk
  7:00 p.m. Rout 38
  8:30 p.m. Tracy Lawrence in Concert (RESERVED SEATS Grandstand)

  8:30 a.m. Judging: Pleasure Horse Show Participants enter West Gate
 10:00 a.m. Judging: Culinary (Baking) (Men’s Baking & Specialty Baking)
 12:30 p.m. Pedal Tractor Pull Registration
  1:00 p.m. Pedal Tractor Pull
  1:00 p.m. Garden Tractor Pull (Grandstand)
  7:00 p.m. Demolition Derby (RESERVED SEATS Grandstand)

Russell Jackson
Trinity Amusements

11:00 a.m. – Close
All day Wristband is $25.00
5:00 p.m. to Close Wristband is $18.00
Single tickets are $1.00

KIDS’ DAYS 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Upcoming Events


Savanna Shadfly Festival

Friday, August 22, 2014 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Come to Marquette Park in downtown Savanna for a lighted boat parade on the Mississippi, music, beer tent, crafts, and more! Check out the Savanna in Motion Facebook page for more details.


Thomson’s Melon Days Fall Festival

Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Come to the Heirloom Market & Cafe located along the Great River Road (Route 84) for bluegrass music, bounce houses, petting zoo, and lots of fun for all ages!


Mount Carroll Pumpkinfest

Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest includes a 5k Ghoulish Gallop, decorated lampposts, food booths selling everything PUMPKIN, farmers market, pumpkin catapult, pumpkin drag races, celebrated haunted house tours and more. Visit Mount Carroll’s website for an updated activity list.


Mount Carroll Great Pumpkin Street Drags

Saturday, October 25, 2014 1:00 PM

The Mount Carroll GREAT PUMPKIN STREET DRAGS will feature REAL pumpkin race cars battling in a unique side-by-side single elimination races featuring handcrafted, decorated Pumpkin Race Cars in a funky and hilarious display of American ingenuity. Entries in each age bracket will battle head-to-head for cash prizes! All races take place in downtown Mount Carroll beginning at 1:00 PM.

Mayfest News Update

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Planning for 33rd Annual Mayfest


Plans for Mount Carroll’s 33rd annual Mayfest celebration over the Memorial Day weekend are well under way. The weekend family festival held on the campus of the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies features live musical entertainment, arts and crafts booths, a food tent, and much more.

The festival is scheduled to begin Friday night, May 23, and continue throughout Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25. Live music performances scheduled for the weekend include the Mount Carroll Stage Band, The Matriarchs, The Fast Clydes and Bruce Kort & The Infarctions on Saturday.

The Matriarchs, a popular female folk trio from Jo Daviess County, will be on stage from 1 to 4 p.m., followed by The Fast Clydes, a 1950s rockabilly trio from the Dubuque, Iowa, area, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Authentic blues, jump and boogie music will be the mainstay of Bruce Kort & The Infarctions from 8 to 11 p.m. Band leader Kort, a popular local musician, formerly resided in Mount Carroll until moving to Scales Mound last year.

Local and area musicians will be on stage early Sunday afternoon, May 25, followed by The Legends, one of the tri-state’s top rockin’ oldies bands, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Mount Carroll native John Zink, now living in California, returns to Mayfest for the Sunday night finale from 8 to 11 p.m. John Zink & The Carroll County All Stars will perform first, followed by Zink’s other band, Shyster.

Mayfest will kick-off Friday night, May 23, with West Carroll High School teacher and coach Bryant Suess providing DJ music from 6 to 9 p.m. The Rotary beer garden and Chamber wine garden will be open for business as well as some of the many food stands. Other Mayfest events will include a 5K Walk/Run Saturday morning, car show Sunday, an art show, arts and crafts throughout the weekend, children’s activities and a food tent featuring many culinary delights.

Mayfest buttons will go on sale around May 1 and admission prices for the entertainment gate remain the same as last year, $6 per person in advance and $8 per person Mayfest weekend. Children under 5 are free. The entertainment gate admission button is good all weekend.

Mayfest is coordinated by a steering committee under the auspices of the Mount Carroll Chamber of Commerce. For more information, write or call: Mayfest, Ste. 1, 320 North Main Street, Mount Carroll,, 800-244-9594 or 815-244-2411.

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Summer in Carroll County


From your backyard to ours…

Looking for a reason to get in the car to enjoy a splendid summer day in the country? Look no further than Carroll County, Illinois. With so much to see, experience, and do, there’s no better reason, or season, to discover the hidden treasures and pleasures of this region than summer. When spring slips into summer, mile after magnificent mile of rolling hills and towering woodlands that make up our region transform into some of Illinois’ most spectacular summer visual offerings.

There’s no better time to visit Carroll County and experience the long, glorious, sun-drenched days of summer along the Mississippi River. Hike, bike, boat, fish, hunt, camp, and swim in this beautiful setting. Rest and relax at one of our many bed and breakfasts, cabins, hotels, or vacation rental homes before the hectic holiday season begins.

This is a lovely time to visit Carroll County. Our charming hometown communities are gearing up for car shows, art shows, garden walks, summer festivals, performances at Timber Lake Playhouse, and the Carroll County Fair. From breakfast on the veranda and wine tastings to bonfires, our great lodging establishments offer all manner of seasonal fun.

Whether you’re looking for a rustic log cabin or one with a hot tub, a bed and breakfast with delicious homemade pastries or a motel with an 18 hole miniature golf course, Carroll County has what you need for a weekend getaway. So bring your bike, fishing pole, golf clubs, or your pocketbook, and cruise on into Carroll County to enjoy the simple things in life.

We’re located just 30 minutes from Galena, 60 minutes from Rockford, and 90 minutes from Chicagoland. Carroll County is a perfect distance for a getaway before the season changes and life gets busy. We hope to see you soon!