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June 2017

map-buttonThomson Depot Day
Thomson, IL

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9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Depot Museum Open
9:00 a.m. — Gary Arnold Memorial Bicycle Ride – Sign-Up at Arnold’s Bike Shop
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Art in the Park at Lions Park – Palisades Art League and other exhibitors
9:00 a.m. — ? –  Bake Sale – Library Lawn by T.A.C.O.
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Library Display-Aprons, old & new
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — BINGO at the Fire Station
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. — Free Coffee & Donuts at Fire Station  – Sponsored by Thomson Lions Club
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Food Tent and Drinks – East of Library
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Little Critter Petting Zoo – Sponsored by Depot Museum at Library
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Pork Chop Sandwiches & More – Thomson Firemen at Municipal Building
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Pie and Ice Cream – by Methodist Church at Municipal Building
11:00 a.m. — Set Up for Out House Races on Main Street
Noon — Annual Donald Ashby Memorial OUTHOUSE RACES – Register Your Entry Today by picking up an entry form at the Thomson Village Hall, The York Township Public Library, The Station, Casey’s or by Calling 563-357-5357.


Bird Walk at Ingersoll Wetlands
April 8th & 2nd Saturday of each month

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Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge are holding a bird walk on April 8th from 9am-11am.

The walks take place the 2nd Saturday of each month April – October. Participants will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Ingersoll Wetland Learning Center located on Riverview Rd between Thomson & Savanna. Registration is required so call the Refuge office at 815-273-2732 to make your reservation and for more information them on Facebook.


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Mount Carroll’s Farmer’s Market
PO Box 94
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-2255

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Saturday Mornings

May – October 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fresh produce, baked goods, plants, hand-made crafts etc.


map-buttonLanark Farmer’s Market
240 West Claremont Street
Lanark, Illinois 61046
815-541-0557

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Tuesday Afternoons

Starts June 7th – October 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Fresh produce, demos, classes, music, food, arts and crafts, kids events and more family fun.


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Mount Carroll Cruise Night
PO Box 94
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-2255

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June 17, 2017 4:00pm – 9:00pm

Now in our tenth year! Come to historic downtown Mount Carroll for a blast from the past. No classes or judging, just food, music, and lots of classic cars.


Lanark’s Old Settler’s Days
200 West Claremont Street
Lanark, Illinois 61046
815-297-5088

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Friday, June 23rd, Saturday June 24th, and Sunday June 25th

Lanark’s Annual Celebration! There is entertainment for everyone! Come enjoy the family fun!


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May 2017

PUMP BOYS & DINETTESBuy Tickets Here
@ Timber Lake Playhouse

May 5-7 & 12-14

The ‘Pump Boys’ sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country and the ‘Dinettes’, Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, run the Double Cupp diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of country western songs that received unanimous raves on and off-Broadway.


CHARLOTTE’S WEB – Timber Lake PlayhouseBuy Tickets Here
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Tuesday May 9 – Friday May 12 at 10 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The Children’s Literature Association named this “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years,” and Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling theatrical presentation. This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship that will enchant audiences.
Tickets are $6.00 with a complimentary chaperone ticket for each 10 students.


Mount Carroll Sesquicentennial Tea Party

Sun, May 7, 1:30pm – 5:00pm

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Friends of the Mount Carroll District Library Sesquicentennial Tea Party Tea & coffee served with delectable finger sandwiches & delicious desserts Doors open at 1:30 Program at 2:00 Laura Keyes portrays Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Guests are encouraged to honor the Mount Carroll Sesquicentennial by wearing historic/vintage clothing

Tickets available at the Mount Carroll Library
Sponsor a Table for Four: $40.00
Individual Tickets: $10.00 per person
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The event will be held at the Mount Carroll Community House
101 N. Main

Tea cup treasures and heirloom crafts sale
All proceeds will be used to benefit the Library’s programming & restoration.


Bird Walk at Ingersoll Wetlands

May 13th & 2nd Saturday of each month

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Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge are holding a bird walk on April 8th from 9am-11am.

The walks take place the 2nd Saturday of each month April – October. Participants will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Ingersoll Wetland Learning Center located on Riverview Rd between Thomson & Savanna. Registration is required so call the Refuge office at 815-273-2732 to make your reservation and for more information them on Facebook.


An Evening with Neil Diamond and ElvisBuy Tickets Here
@ Timber Lake Playhouse

Saturday, May 20 at 7:00 pm

Experience the electricity and excitement in concert with the two original American Idols!! See the Legends of Love and Rock in a dynamic performance of the hits of Neil Diamond and Elvis Presley featuring Premier Tribute Artist Steve Richards!
Cash bar opens at 6:30. Tickets are $20.


Mount Carroll’s Farmer’s Market
PO Box 94
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-2255

Saturday Mornings
May – October 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Fresh produce, baked goods, plants, hand-made crafts etc.


Big River Fest
Savanna, IL

May 20 & 21

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Big River Fest in Down Town Savanna on the Mississippi River! Two full days of Music, Film, Arts and Antiques!!!

MUSIC: The Iron Horse Festival is an entire weekend of live music, from rock to country with 15 bands on four stages! Andy Ross headlines the bill as he shoots a new music video and an episode for his new American Rebel TV Show. Other bands include country stars Orchard Fire, Lucky Tubb, The Gingers, Classical Blast, Jerry Wells, Cal Stage Band, Dirt Road Rockers, Stone Cold Moonshine, Battle of the Band winners Alborn Theory, up-and-coming country star Jacob Brice, and Daniel Stratman. Weekend Wristband: $10

FILM: Executive Producer Andrew Meyer will be screening two films he produced; Fried Green Tomatoes and The Breakfast Club. These screenings will be played at the Savanna Times Theatre and Mr. Meyer will be available for Q&A, meet and greet, and autographs after each screening. Tickets: $10.

ANTIQUE and ARTS FESTIVAL: TV celebrity and antique icon Frank Fritz will be attending this festival along with hundreds of vendors from antiques, crafts, repurposed items, and art. Admission is just $5!

The BIG RIVER RUN/WALK 5K: Save the VFWs, will kick off the festival at 10 am on Saturday, May 20. Entry fee is just $25 for an amazing T-shirt and $5 from every entry goes to VFWs in need in the tri-state area! Prizes for the top three finishers in this fun run/walk. Entry forms available at Vintage Radio gor by emailing wqudvintageradio@gmail.com.

The Savanna VFW 50/50 Raffle! Get tickets for $2 as the grand prize is already pushing towards $10,000 for the winner and another $10,000 to be split by the Savanna VFW, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and JDRF. Drawing will be at 3 pm on Sunday to wrap up the festival. Tickets are on sale at Sullivan’s Foods stores in Morrison, Savanna, Princeton (Illinois), Kewanee, and Stockton; the Savanna Station, participating Savanna businesses including the Block that Rocks on Main Street and at the Vintage Radio Station in Erie. Stay tuned for participating VFWs who will also be selling tickets.

** Proceeds will be benefiting St. Judes Children’s Hospital, Juvenile Diabetes Research (JDRF) and the Savanna VFW**


Mount Carroll’s Mayfest
PO Box 94
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-2255

Memorial Day Weekend May 26th, 27th, and 28th 2017

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Join us for MayFest!

Music, arts & crafts, etc..



April 2017

Welcome Spring Shopping Event

Entire month of April
Lanark and Mt Carroll area shops invite shoppers and browsers to our Spring Open Houses for the month of April as we bring out everything fresh, new and spring for you to enjoy.

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Kids Easter Fun Paint Day!

Saturday, Apr 1, 2017
CDG Ceramics 1904 IL RTE 84, Thomson, Illinois
Come join us for another fun Kids Paint Day! Bring in your child anytime between 9am and 1pm Saturday April 1st. Cost is $5.00 per child, they will paint an easter egg chick and I will glue feathers on for tails for them. This is always a fun event for them so bring them in! Just pay that day when you come in. Need anymore info please call Gina 815 631 4296 or message us on facebook! Hope to see all the kiddos in creating chicks!

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Bird Walk at Ingersoll Wetlands

April 8th & 2nd Saturday of each month

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Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge are holding a bird walk on April 8th from 9am-11am.

The walks take place the 2nd Saturday of each month April – October. Participants will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Ingersoll Wetland Learning Center located on Riverview Rd between Thomson & Savanna. Registration is required so call the Refuge office at 815-273-2732 to make your reservation and for more information them on Facebook.


map-buttonWine Tasting 101
with Mike Schmieder

Tuesday, April 11
6:00pm at the Lake Carroll Clubhouse. $8.00/person.
Introductory session regarding the wonderful things that can be done with grapes. Learn the basics of wine, the difference between red and white, and offer information that will make you very comfortable ordering or purchasing your next bottle of wine.


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PO Box 94
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-2255

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Friday & Saturday, April 28th & 29th 2017.

Come to historic Mount Carroll! Experience our brick streets and country charm. Check out trash to treasures and everything in between at our annual Rummage Through Mount Carroll city-wide garage sale event. Local merchants will have maps of all the participants and times may vary.


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New Lodging in Carroll County “Grandpa’s Cabin”!

Grandpa's Cabin Savanna Illinois

Grandpa’s Cabin Savanna Illinois

Carroll County Illinois Tourism is very proud to present our newest lodging facility! “Grandpa’s Cabin” as it has been named by owner Bill Delp is the ultimate lodging for those who want to step back in time to the 1800’s.

Come and spend the night in peaceful seclusion at “Grandpa’s Cabin”. It is located at 10423 Zion Road, north of Savanna, Illinois.

Tranquil & Unique Lodging in a Restored 1837 Log Cabin!

Situated in the rolling hills north of Savanna “Grandpa’s Cabin is just minutes from the Mississippi River.

Enter and you will step back in time to the 1830’s. Grandpa’s Cabin was built in 1837 and was the home to many families and many generations! it was originally located a few miles from Bill’s property and he moved it to it’s current location at Bill Delp Photography Studio.

Experience the ambiance of this historic & humble structure – a true work of art. Enjoy the secluded location among rolling wooded hills, hay fields, wild flowers and grasses. Savor the quiet…the wildlife…the song birds. Stroll the trails and enjoy the sunsets in total calm away from your busy hectic lives!

 

* Free WiFi

* Coffee

* Tea

* Mini Fridge

* Microwave

* Fireplace

* Music

* Accomodates up to 4 Adults

* 40 Minutes from Historic Galena, IL and Dubuque area

* No TV

For reservations and more information phone: 815-273-2803

10423 Zion Road Savanna, IL 61074

Grandpa's Cabin Savanna Illinois

Grandpa’s Cabin Savanna Illinois

Located just minutes away from beautiful Mississippi Palisades State Park.

Grandpa's Cabin Savanna Illinois

 

Blackhawk Motel

Blackhawk Motel Savanna Illinois

Blackhawk Motel Savanna Illinois

Blackhawk Motel is located in “Gods Country” in Savanna Illinois on Route 84, by Old Savanna Army Depot. All rooms are $60.00 per night. Rates may change so please ask for pricing.

Hotel has 6 rooms. Each room contains: a bathroom, toilet, vanity, shower, front and back windows, a/c, heat, direct TV, two beds – one queen, one twin, table and night light, ceiling lights, chair, carpeting, curtains, microwave, coat rack,  and WIFI.

Area is outstanding for hunting, canoeing, boat rides, fishing, camping, skiing, hiking, rock climbing, and shopping.

Need a rest? Stay with the best!

Blackhawk Motel
19856 Route 84
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-0138

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Migratory Bird Day

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Stewards of Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
7071 Riverview Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-273-2732

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Bird Watching

Bird watching and wildlife viewing are popular recreational activities in Illinois and Carroll County is no exception! Extensive opportunities to do just that can be found here. A leisurely stroll through our many wildlife reserve areas or a guided tour is an excellent way to experience, enjoy, and explore our precious nature areas.

Carroll County hosts more than 190 species of birds. This region is known to be a perfect breeding area for nearly 100 species, including the bald eagle, double-crested cormorant, American white pelican, great blue heron, cattle egret, great egret, and ring-billed gull.

Although birding is a year-round event, the fall and winter are especially exciting. In the fall, the air and water are filled with dozens of varieties of migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, and warblers.

Up to 2,500 bald eagles winter along the Mississippi River near the locks and dams. Turbulence created below the dams provides open water and a smorgasbord of stunned fish for eagles to feast upon. In addition, the wooded bluffs that overlook the Mississippi River are excellent habitat for roosting eagles, and increasingly for nesting.

Bald eagle watches occur throughout January and February along the Mississippi River, but eagles can be seen in large numbers from mid-December through mid-March in any area of open water. It all depends on the winter’s weather conditions. As warm weather arrives, most bald eagles will begin their journey back north to prepare for the nesting season. However, there are an increasing number of bald eagles that reside in the area year-round.

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

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Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center – Savanna District

Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center
7071 Riverview Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285
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Within the boundaries of Carroll County lies one of America’s greatest treasures, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The Refuge encompasses four states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. Carroll County is very fortunate to have the Illinois District Office within our boundaries. Just five minutes south of Savanna on Riverview Road west of Highway 84, the Illinois District Office is located within Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center.

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Our Story

In 2000, Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center opened its doors to promote environmental education and conservation of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Visitors travel from all over the world to view the Mississippi River and its wildlife. This provides us with many great opportunities to share our story and to encourage support for the Refuge System.

Conveniently located within the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, the facility is packed with interesting hands-on exhibits and provides a dramatic view of the world’s most majestic and celebrated river.

The Center sits on thirty-five acres of sand prairie that is home to the ornate box turtle, prickly pear cactus, and a diversity of other plants and animals. Visitors can walk or bike the Grand Illinois Trail, which traverses through the prairie and along Spring Lake. Photographers find many opportunities to get that special picture of a bald eagle, sandhill crane, trumpeter swan, or the prickly pear cactus. No matter what your interest, there’s something for you to see and do.

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The Center is dedicated to the memory of Gary and David Ingersoll, young residents of Savanna who were stricken with muscular dystrophy. Although confined to wheelchairs most of their young lives, the two overcame day-to-day challenges and attended college, where they demonstrated their mutual interest in natural resource conservation. Tragically, both young men died of the disease before the age of twenty-two. The center was named in their honor. Toaday, it continues to promote their ideals of environmental education and conservation of the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

Hours are 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. The Center is closed on all federal holidays. Starting in mid May through September, the Center is open on Saturdays from 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

The Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge “Friend’s Group” operates a bookstore within Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center. It’s filled with an excellent selection of children’s books, field guides, and unique gifts. If you know one of those “hard to buy for” nature enthusiasts, you’ll find that perfect gift here. All proceeds support various refuge programs.

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Story

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, established for fish, wildlife, plants, and as a breeding place for migratory birds, owes its existence to the avid fisherman, founder and leader of the Izaak Walton League, Will Dilg. By 1922, Dilg had spent nearly two decades fishing and enjoying the Upper Mississippi River. In the summer of 1923, he learned of a plan to drain a large portion of the river backwaters and came up with an ambitious solution to the drainage scheme: turn the entire stretch of river into a federal refuge.

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Will Dilg

Remarkably, one year later, due to Dilg’s determination, Congress passed the Upper Mississippi River Wild Life and Fish Refuge Act on June 7, 1924. The act authorized the acquisition of land for a refuge between Rock Island, Illinois and Wabasha, Minnesota. The Refuge name was changed administratively to the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in 1983. The 261 mile refuge is the longest contiguous river refuge in the continental U.S. This refuge begins at the confluence of the Chippewa River near Wabasha, Minnesota, and ends near Princeton, Iowa. The refuge lies within four states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois.

The river was free-flowing until a series of locks and dams were constructed in the 1930’s by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Over half of the lands managed by the refuge are owned by the Corps. Today, nearly 240,000 acres of wooded islands, marshes, and backwaters comprise the Upper Mississippi Refuge. The refuge provides migratory habitat for a large percentage of the migratory birds in the Mississippi Flyway. Tundra swans and canvasback ducks use the refuge as a resting and feeding area in the spring and fall. From the beginning, the refuge has been a place for visitors to renew themselves. A quiet trip to the backwaters, camping on an island, fishing a favorite spot, and waterfowl hunting are traditional uses that have continued for over eighty years.

The National Wildlife Refuge System

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Paul Kroegel was hired as the first national wildlife refuge manager. He was paid $1 a month by the Florida Audubon Society, as Congress had not set aside funds for this executively created refuge.

One hundred and eleven years ago, Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge on Florida’s Pelican Island, ensuring the island’s birds would survive plume hunters and other profiteers. He went on to establish more than fifty wildlife refuges in a network of protected lands and waters that has become a landmark international conservation model.

The National Wildlife Refuge System presently encompasses 562 refuge units, 38 wetland management districts, and more than 150 million protected acres. It stretches from Alaska to the Caribbean and west from Maine to islands in the remote Pacific Ocean.

This network is dedicated to the protection of vital wildlife habitat and efforts to restore at-risk species. Examples include the return of the bald eagle and the brown pelican, both of which are no longer on the Endangered Species List, as well as our work with other iconic wildlife such as caribou, bison, elk and puffins. Refuges offer the American public a chance to see all these animals, not behind bars in a zoo, but roaming free in their natural environment.

national-wildlife-refuge-system-mapRefuges help our communities by cleaning the air and the water we depend on for human health. By conserving and restoring these natural landscapes, they also help to prevent or minimize disasters such as flooding, drought and wildfires.

Forty-seven million people visit refuges each year. Some come to see and experience undeveloped landscapes or to learn about nature and conservation. Others come to take part in the many available outdoor recreational opportunities.

In the process, refuges stimulate local economies, supporting thousands of private sector jobs, and generate billions of dollars in commercial activity. Our recent Banking on Nature report reveals refuges pump $2.4 billion into the economy and support more than 35,000 jobs.

Our national wildlife refuges are home to more than 700 types of birds, 220 varieties of mammals, 250 kinds of reptiles and amphibians, 1,000 species of fish, countless invertebrates, and plants. They provide havens for 280 endangered species ranging from the Florida panther to the polar bear.

Bald Eagle Viewing Tours Ending Soon

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With the beginning of Spring only six days away, Bald Eagle viewing in huge numbers will be ending soon as the migrating Bald Eagles will be returning to their northern homelands. This Saturday, March 15th is one of the Stewards last scheduled tours for viewing Bald Eagles.

We will be visiting Lost Mound Unit, Saturday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in hopes of viewing these magnificent birds as they make their way northward along the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Limited spaces are still available for this van tour. We will meet at Lost Mound Unit Office at 1:45 for our trek into the closed area of the Old Savanna Army Depot.

Pre-registration is required and you may sign up by calling Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center 815-273-2732 by 3:00 pm Friday, March 14th, or emailing stewardsumrr@gmail.com The tour is free and open to the public. Tours are sponsored by Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For a complete listing of tours and events please visit our website stewardsumrr.org.

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Spring is Coming

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

Believe it or not, Spring is coming! Only six more days until the official start of Spring! What better way to celebrate the start of this new season than to start planning a trip to the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center 7071 Riverview Road Thomson, Illinois 61285. Golf Cart Tours of the Refuge will resume on Thursday, May 1st 2014 and run through September. The tours run the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month and the 3rd Saturday. Special tours for groups may also be scheduled by calling 815-273-2732 ext 116 or emailing stewardsumrr@gmail.com. Please check our website at stewardsumrr.org for a complete list of golf cart tour dates. golfcarttour