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Savanna’s Annual Christmas Walk

Savanna’s Annual Christmas Walk
November 28, 2014

We’re making a list and checking it twice. Not ready to share but it’s gonna be nice. Santa Claus is coming to our little town featuring authentic small-town hospitality, shopping, dining, entertainment, and more! Be certain to invite your friends and family!

Savanna Haunted Forest

The Savanna Haunted Forest comes to life Oct 18,24,25,31 & Nov 1st at 1030 Viaduct Road (behind Poopy’s) on Rt 84 in Savanna. Visit Savanna and experience the scarier-than-ever Haunted Forest! A wagon ride through the “Dungeon of Doom” will have you on the edge of your seat. New thrills & chills around every corner! Wagons start loading at sunset and continue until 11pm. $10 for adults/$5 child with parent. Relax before or after your trip at Poopy’s Pub & Grub outdoor facilities.

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Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House

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


Proprietors: Connie & Dennis Zink

Have you ever wanted to experience the quiet, secluded, country life? Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House offers tranquil days, peaceful nights and nature’s serenity in abundance at 12143B Roberts Road in Savanna Illinois. Roberts’ Roost features private accommodations in a 900 plus square foot bungalow with two bedrooms, living room and dining room combination, one bathroom. It is the perfect place for a family to spend quality time together away from the hustle of everyday living.

Roberts’ Roost, owned by Connie “Roberts”  Zink, was built in 1974 by Connie’s uncle, Glen Roberts. After Glen’s death, it was purchased by Connie’s father, Herman Roberts, and then later passed on to Connie. The one-third acre parcel of land the house is built on, was once part of the Roberts family farm. The farm was originally purchased by Connie’s great great grandfather and grandmother in 1860. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the farm being purchased by Harman Augustus (Gust) Roberts on March 3rd, 1914. Gust and Eliza Brunner Roberts went on to raise 16 children on the 160 acre family homestead with it remaining in the Roberts family until 1974 when it was sold at auction after Gust’s death. The one third acre of serene countryside that contains Roberts’ Roost is the last remaining parcel of the homestead left in the Roberts family. Since Connie’s fathers death, in 2004, Connie and Dennis’ daughter and granddaughter have resided in the house.

Now, ten years later the house has been turned into a country garden guest house retreat. Renovations have been completed with the addition of a new furnace and central air conditioning unit. Updates to the house have been completed and old gardens refreshed and some new gardens established. Roberts’ Roost opened August 29th, 2014 for reservations.

Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House is conveniently located six minutes from downtown Savanna and six miles from historic Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Only three tenths of a mile off Route 52 and 64, Roberts’ Roost is the ideal location for your secluded country getaway. It is the perfect place for a family to spend quality time together away from the hustle of everyday living.

Located just minutes away from the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and Palisades State Park, it is the perfect place to spend the weekend with nature. Surrounded by flower beds and bird feeders, Roberts’ Roost is a birder’s delight. Hiking or biking the Great River Trail is also just minutes, away along with fishing and boating the Mississippi River. You can also spend the day visiting the quaint shops in historic Mt. Carroll or take a tour of Savanna’s Havencrest Castle. Historic Galena, Illinois is only forty-five minutes away, (35 miles), where you can spend the day enjoying the many shops and area attractions. Stop by one of the areas many wineries and return to Roberts’ Roost for a quiet romantic evening in the country. There is something of interest for everyone in Carroll County, make Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House your place to stay to enjoy it all.

Magic in Savanna

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


May 2 - 4, 2014
 Doors Open 7:00 PM Friday & Saturday (2:00 PM Sunday)
    Curtain 7:30 PM Friday & Saturday (2:30 PM Sunday)


A Benefit for: Savanana Museum and Cultural Center

Our 7th show of its kind!

Alternating musical numbers with magic acts has proved a winning combination. There is only one chance each year to experience top professional singers and magicians from venues like Broadway, Vegas, and Hollywood, and this is it!

See classic stage magic with doves that appear and vanish in a flash. Watch objects levitate before your eyes. Experience side-splitting comedy magic with helpers from the audience (they might be your neighbors). Be transported by classically-trained voices performing your favorite songs from Broadway and the movies.

Your heart will soar, your sides will ache, and you’ll scratch your head in amazement.

Get your tickets…before they disappear!


The Blue Bedroom Inn

The Blue Bedroom Inn
321 1/2 Main Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074


Proprietors: Chris Lain and Jube Manderico.

Located above The Savanna Marketplace, The Blue Bedroom Inn is right in the heart of historic downtown Savanna, Illinois. A friendly and charming, quiet river town built on the bluffs along the Mighty Mississippi River. The Inn faces Main Street on the east and backs up to the river on the west. It has four lovely and comfortable guest rooms decorated in a vintage decor, where sleep comes easy on plush beds. The Inn notes a spacious common area with a living room, dining room, and kitchen with WiFi for your convenience.

Enjoy shopping during the day and unwind on the back decks with a beautiful sunset at night. Savanna’s nightlife has something for everyone with casual dining and nine bars on Main Street within walking distance. Savanna is also centrally located to many outdoor activities and day trips for the naturist, sportsman and history buffs. Make memories with a group of friends or family or plan that romantic getaway. Reenergize your mind and body with a peaceful way of life and natural beauty in Northwest, Illinois..

We want you to be comfortable and we will do what it takes to make your stay pleasurable. You can walk out the front door and across the street to the Pulford Antique Mall, gift & specialty shops, and even a motorcycle museum. Enjoy panoramic views of the Mississippi River from tiered decking and walk along the banks right out the back door. Savanna notes many outdoor areas and activities including The Mississippi Palisades State Park, Bike Trails, horseback riding, golfing, and the Mississippi River to mention a few.

Savanna is a short jaunt to the historic, city of Galena, Illinois and to biker’s haven of New Diggins, Wisconsin. We look forward to meeting you and your families and will do our very best to make your stay a memorable experience.

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

Savanna Marketplace

map-buttonSavanna Marketplace
321 Main Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074


Proprietors: Chris Lain and Jube Manderico.

We are not originally from Carroll County. We most recently lived in Chicago, Illinois. We rented a Cabin at the Nest at Palisades for New Years Eve 2013. We found Carroll County because we wanted a getaway that was close enough for a long weekend, but far enough to be a getaway. We hiked the Palisades, walked a long Main Street in Savanna, and drove the beautiful country roads of Carroll County. We were here for four days and fell in love with the area.

Back in Chicago, we searched for real-estate online and returned to Savanna the next weekend to look at homes. We made an offer that Monday and closed the sale of our new weekend home on February 1st. We came to Savanna on the weekends for awhile and decided to move here full time in June of 2013.

We love Carroll County because it doesn’t look like another place in Illinois. The rolling hills and the bluffs are so beautiful. The historic downtown areas are so quaint and full of history. However, the people of Carroll County are what we love most. Everyone is so friendly and willing to help their neighbor here.

This is our first retail store. We’d always wanted to open our own business and had extensive retail experience. After moving to Savanna, we saw an opportunity to open a store on Main Street. We wanted to do something to foster creativity and help build the economy in Savanna and Carroll County. Our solution was to open a store that carried items made by local artist and artisans. Savanna Marketplace opened on October 5th of 2013 with 34 vendors. In just 3 months, we have grown to include over 80 vendors. Most of whom are local to Carroll County.

We carry a wide assortment of locally crafted items, such as art, photography, ceramics, knits, jewelry, wood working, home decor, pet items, clothing, and much much more. We have a large selection of all natural health and beauty products, including a full line of Savanna Marketplace branded products such as hemp soaps, bath salts, all natural lotions, soy candles, and a full line of aroma therapy candles. All of which are produced right here in Savanna.

We carry an array of “Savanna Illinois” t-shirts and hoodies. They are manufactured in the United States and all our printing is done in Mount Carroll, Illinois. We feature Old Savanna post cards and books chronicling the history of Carroll County. We also have a full coffee and espresso bar, serving Round House Coffee that is roasted in Galena (as local as we could get) and branded exclusively for Savanna Marketplace.

We host many classes and events. We offer gluten-free baked goods every other weekend. We stock lots of candy and other sweets that are all locally made. We also offer Design services as well.

Our store was built in 1906 and still features the original tin ceiling. The soda fountain was added in the 1920’s and remains here today. We have turned it into a coffee and espresso bar. Spring, summer, and fall, you can enjoy a cup of our gourmet coffee in our courtyard or on the deck overlooking the Mississippi River. We are definitely unique. We have something for everyone and try to appeal to a broad market of both local residents and tourists passing through Savanna.

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Land of Oz Dolls

map-buttonLand of Oz Dolls
1723 Portland Avenue
Savanna, Illinois 61074


Proprietor: Connie Zink.

World renowned artist, Connie Zink, produces museum quality antique reproduction and modern porcelain dolls for customers all over the world. The studio offers beautiful doll displays and a vast array of supplies for doll makers. In 1997, Connie was awarded the coveted “Millie” at an international competition in Oneonta, New York.

Land of Oz Dolls was founded January of 1979 in Savanna, Illinois by Connie Zink. After having signed up for a porcelain doll class that was advertised in a local newspaper, Connie had no idea she had embarked onto a life-long journey into the art of porcelain doll-making.

Now 35 years and several thousand dolls later, Connie is still producing porcelain dolls for her customers all over the world. She has exhibited her dolls at shows across the country. Her husband, Dennis, pours the greenware for the approximate 1,000 plus different antique reproduction and modern dolls that Land of Oz Dolls offers to its customers.

Their studio in Savanna, along with its beautiful doll displays, also offers a vast array of soft-fired greenware, porcelain slip, brushes, wigs, eyes, shoes, socks, and doll stands for the doll-maker. Land of Oz Dolls carries their own line of china paints for antique reproduction and modern dolls. A complete selection of supplies makes Land of Oz Dolls, a one-stop doll making shop. Connie also teaches online classes and seminars on porcelain doll making.

When Connie is not working in her studio, she is an active gardener and enjoys working in her many flower gardens at her home and studio in Savanna. Connie was awarded the State of Illinois “Outstanding Master Gardener” award by the University of Illinois Extension Service in 2007. Connie also enjoys bird-watching and nature photography and is the current president of Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge. Connie conducts eight passenger golf cart and van tours of Spring Lake and Lost Mound Unit (old Savanna Army Depot) through the Stewards “Friends” group for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

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America the Beautiful Concert

map-buttonSavanna Museum and Cultural Center
406 Main Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074


February 7, 2014 – 7:00 PM

The Savanna Museum and Cultural Center will present their first concert of 2014 – America the Beautiful. Michael Dunavant, Gloria Miner, Juliene McCormick and The New Spirit Band will be performing music that shows a love of country. The VFW Color Guard under the direction of Ed Arb will be presenting the colors while Gloria Miner, piano, Michael Dunavant, tenor, and The New Spirit Band perform “The Star Spangled Banner”. The New Spirit Band under the direction of Julinene McCormick, will perform old and new favorites with some banjo music by Gene Wright. There will be an audience sing-a-long with Gloria Miner on the piano and led by John LeComte and Ann Zink. Michael Dunavant, tenor, accompanied by Gloria Miner on piano, will perform American folk songs and hits from American musicals. Please join us at the conclusion of the performance for a reception with the performers. No admission charged, but donations will be accepted.