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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

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 timberlakeplayhouse.org

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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.


map-buttonRummage Thru Mount Carroll

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.


More Coming Soon

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Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest

Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest

Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest

Mt Carroll Pumpkin Fest
October 22nd 2016

Mt Carroll’s downtown will once again turn into the pumpkin capitol of NW Illinois on October 22nd during the Mt Carroll Pumpkin Fest.  Organized by the Chamber of Commerce, it will offer a variety of family friendly activities to help get you in the spirit of Halloween.  New this year is the Pumpkin Cousin Mini Squash Races and the 5K Zombie Run where runners in ghoulish garb will test their endurance on the hills of Mt Carroll. Mt Carroll eateries will be offering a variety of lunch time specials & the downtown lamp posts will be decorated for the Halloween season.

Spend a fall day in this historic community and stroll the brick streets while checking out the selection of eateries and shopping in unique stores & antique shops.   Go to the Pumpkin Fest FB page for all the details.

EVENTS
8:00 am Farmer’s Market
7:30 am 5K Zombie Run registration opens – race begins at 9am – Ghoulish Garb encouraged!
10 am Decorated Pumpkin Contest opens (judging at 12:30)
10 am Paint A Pumpkin Activity for ages 4-8
10:30 am  Kids Costume Parade kicks off on east side of court house and ends at the Library.  Ages Preschool – 4th grade.
10:30 am Pumpkin Cousin Mini Gourd races for ages 5-10
11 am  Halloween Story & Craft Hour at Library (for ages 4-8)
11 am – 1:30 pm  Pumpkin Sling Shot
11:30 am – 2 pm  Pumpkin Street Bowling in front of Bowling Center
Noon  Spooky Tails Pet Costume Contest
Noon  Pumpkin Jam Youth Music performances
2:00 pm  Kunes Country Great Pumpkin Street Drag Races (registration starts at 12:30 pm)

Mt Carroll Great Pumpkin Street Drags
Oct 22 – 2 pm

Come to Mt Carroll Pumpkin Fest and spend the day enjoying all the activities but make sure you’re downtown at 2:00 PM because the 5th annual 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 Mt Carroll.  Registration begins at 12:30 and races begin at 2 pm.

Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest

Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest

Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest

Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest

Trailside Inn & Timber Lake Special

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map-buttonTrailside Inn
21-78 Lake Carroll Blvd
Lake Carroll, Illinois 61046
815-493-8484

http://www.trailsideinc.com
tralside@aol.com

 

STAY & PLAY at Trailside Inn – Lake Carroll this Summer!

 

STAY in one of our comfortable rooms.

PLAY at our beautiful 18 hole miniature golf course.

See a wonderful PLAY at Timber Lake Playhouse.

 

Receive one overnight stay, two rounds of mini golf, and two Timber Lake Theatre tickets!

All for only $119.00

 

Terms: Available Sun,Tues, Weds & Thurs only

Performances are June 4, 2015 – Aug 23, 2015

Subject to availability.

 

Events

Calendar of Events In and Around Carroll County


Detailed Events Schedule

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Up-To-The-Minute Events

For move up-to-the-minute events in, and around, Carroll County, visit Carroll County IL Tourism and What’s Happening Carroll County IL on Facebook for up-to-date events.



Barn Quilt Trail

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

Barn Quilts of Carroll County Illinois

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” has been organized by the Carroll County Hotel / Motel Tax Board.

Click here for our 2016 “Barn Quilt Trail” Map.

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)

Chadwick Barn Quilts

Lanark Barn Quilts

Mount Carroll Barn Quilts 

 

Savanna Barn Quilts

Savanna’s Festival of Trees

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Savanna’s Festival of Trees
December 6, 2014 – December 14, 2014
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

It’s a Wonderful Life as sponsors from Savanna and surroundings communities show their Holiday spirit. Fifty lighted Christmas trees are delightfully decorated by local businesses, organizations and individuals in a competition for the Best Tree. Beneath each tree are gift items worth $25 to $400 as Raffle prizes to benefit the Savanna Museum & Cultural project. Visitors submit their votes for the Best Tree. Special Festival Events will entertain children and families. Stay and watch nostalgic Christmas movie classics that run throughout the Festival. Donations are appreciated and help the Savanna Historical Society NFP open the Savanna Museum & Cultural Center on a permanent basis.

Hours are Sat & Sun noon to 6pm and weekdays 4-7 pm. The Savanna Historical Museum is located at 406 Main Street in downtown Savanna.

Mount Carroll’s Christmas Walk & Tour of Homes

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Mount Carroll Christmas Walk & Tour of Homes
December 6, 2014
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Dickens characters will stroll about downtown Mt Carroll and old-fashioned horse drawn wagons will take you back in time along our brick streets. Take time to check the unique shops & restaurants. Plan to spend the evening and experience a variety of live musical entertainment at our eateries & pubs.

Savanna’s Annual Christmas Walk

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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!