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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

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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!

Shannon’s Hometown Christmas

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“2014 Hometown Christmas”
Friday, Nov. 21 st & Saturday, Nov. 22 nd

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Download a Printable PDF Christmas Parade Entry Form Here!

Hometown Christmas Traditional Events

  • Shannon Lions Chili & Soup Supper – At the Fire Station, Friday 4:30pm–7pm
  • Visit with Santa and Live Reindeer – At the Fire Station, Friday 5pm-7pm
  • Kids Create an ornament to hang on the Community Christmas Tree – At the Fire Station, Friday 4:30pm-7pm
  • Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree – In the Park, Friday 7:30
  • Lighted Christmas Parade – Friday 7:45pm (rain date – Nov. 22 nd ) Start at EMS (west), past the park to South Street, to Linn, to Bradshaw, to Hickory, back to EMS
  • Hot Chocolate & Cookies – In the Park before & during the Parade

Homes & Crafters

  1. Blarney Stone Popcorn & Gifts – 2 W. Market. – 20+ flavors of popcorn, coffees, Keurig single serve. Galena Canning Co. items, napkins on sale. Many great gifts. Fri. 9am–8pm, Sat. 9am–6pm
  2. The Shannon Café – 29 E. Market – Daily specials, home style cooking, soups, salads & desserts. Sunday smorgasbord (last Sunday of month) Café hours-Tues-Thurs 6am-9pm Sun 7am-2pm
  3. Family Tree Creations – 409 S. Walnut. Primitive, folk art, wreaths, Felted wool mittens, crocheted kids hats, snowmen, fall Fri. 9am–5:00pm, Sat. 9am–3pm
  4. Christmas at Cindy’s – 209 S. Chestnut. Hand painted items, decorated trees, photo cards, sewn creations. Bake shop featuring cinnamon rolls, cookies, specialty breads. Fri. 8:30am–6pm, Sat. 8:30am–2pm
  5. Christmas Gatherings  – 201 S. Hickory (Wesley Chapel). Marge’s peanut brittle, cookies, candies. Lynn’s handmade crafts, appliqued towels, table runners, Nola’s pies, fudge, divinity, cutout cookies Fri. 9am–5pm, Sat. 9am–2pm
  6. Christmas in the Village – 501 S Walnut – Amy’s Fascinators & Pins, Rachel’s Pen & Ink Plates & Birchwood Snowmen, candles, bath & body, handmade purses, decorated wreaths & trees, Inspired Whimsically Fri.9am-5pm Sat.9am-2pm
  7. Dollinger Tree Farm – 23882 Payne Rd. – Gift shop, Tree trims, Order wreath & cemetery decorations, Christmas trees. Door prizes. Complementary Enticements hot cider and treats Fri. & Sat. 8am–5pm
  8. Trailside General Store & Gifts – 2 mi. West of Rt. 72 & Rt. 73 on Zier Rd. – Enjoy a Cappuccino, save with our $5 lunch specials, 25% off all holiday trim & décor. Fri. & Sat. 6:30 am–9 pm
  9. Silver Moon Winery -21305 Zier Rd. Wine, accessories, imported olive oils & balsamic vinegars. Sat 12-5pm, Sunday 12pm–3pm (Sat & Sun apply through December 14 th No Friday’s) www.silvermoonwineryinc.com
  10. Holiday Celebration with the Pannkuk’s – 210 S Chestnut- Unique solar light designs, homemade goodies and NEW this year- Pallet Art. A must stop location. Fri. 8am-5pm Sat. 8am-3pm
  11. Je’Rod’s Bar&Grill – Stop in try our delicious burgers, Our customers say they are the best around Fri/Sat11am-10pm
  12. Hot Chocolate House – 317 Sunrise Drive – Christmas crafts, baked goods, pies ,cookies, breads & cinnamon rolls Fri 8-5pm Sat. 8-3pm
  13. Noordhoff’s Nook – 302 E Sunrise Drive – Celebrate a handmade holiday! Decorative wine bottles, wood crafts, homemade egg noodles, baked goods, cookies in a jar, crocheted dish clothes, & more! Fri 8:30-6:30pm/Sat 8:30-3pm
  14. 2 Ol Putzers – 201 S. Hickory (Wesley Chapel) – Hand painted items, ornaments, wood firemen. Fisherman, decorated gift bags. Fri. 9am–5pm, Sat. 9am–2pm
  15. Wirtjes Agency – 106 W Market – Christmas at the Office: Baked goods, homemade jelly, Handmade candles, unique gifts, lotions, and much more!! Many gifts ideas under $20 Fri. 9-5pm Sat. 9-3pm
  16. Shear Elegance & Mary Kay – 118 E Division – Mary Kay, gifts & gift ideas, Visit our salon & sample our products. Don’t forget to register to win a facial or pedicure. Fri- 9-6pm Sat. 9-3pm
  17. Shannon Fire Station – 14 S Hickory – over 20 Crafters all in the same location. Hours: Fri 9am-7pm & Sat 9am-3pm.

1. L-BRI by Vickie Beyer – Natural Aloe Vera based skin care- health and wellness products

2. Crafts by Bonnie Miles – Purses, aprons, table mats, quilts, pillow cases, potholders for bowls, other textiles

3. Crafts by Beverly Hayunga – Crotchet towels and other Christmas items, solar lights, shelving, and wall hangers.

4. Creatively Yours – Ruth Fagan & Diane VanRaden Bake goods, Christmas Crafts, Homemade Candy, honey, homemade jams, fleece baby blankets

5. Mary Kay – Jeannette Murray – Skin Care packed with multiple benefits. Special offers you don’t want to miss.

6. Pretty Stitches – Brett & Elayne Sivertsen- Custom apparel, gift decoration, custom made shirts for Eastland

7. Bake goods by Jackie Brown – baked items, breads, cookies, coffee cakes, crafts

8. Scentsy – Sherry Burke- Fragrance a safe way to scent your environment.

9. Crafts by Dee – Table runners, placemats, lots of crafts and seasonal items

10. Vera Adams – Handmade Bibs, towels, dish rags

11. Candy’s Crafts & More – Candy Curran Assorted crafts

12. Bonnie’s Brittles – Various types of brittles made extra thin. Spanish peanut, pecan, homemade cashew, black walnut, phopsuey.

13. Eastland Cheerleaders – Face painting, Eastland & EPC Apparel

14. Jewelry & Crafts by Dorie, Norm & Ardith –  Hand-cut stones, Handmade jewelry, crafts, cinnamon rolls

15. FAB JC with Inspired Creations – hand woven jewelry

16. Cindy’s Crocheted Creations – Character hats, infinity scarfs, Brim hats, boot cuff, collar scarfs, headbands

17. Crafts by Diane – Plastic canvas, crochet scarfs and other crafts

18. D’z Treats & Cards by Mary – Mixers in jars-handmade goodies, handmade greeting cards

19. Beads by Bonnie – Unique items made with beads and safety pins

20. Body works by Brenda – Brenda Moll- Chair Massages

21. Izzy Rose Boutique – American Girl doll clothes, children’s aprons, Upcycled mittens, etc. Bags all handmade

22. Alpca It Up-Kelly Miller – Socks, hats, gloves, items to warm you!

23. Dee’s Delights – Jams and Salsa’s

Jackie Brown & Family will be serving lunch at the fire station 11am-2pm.

Shannon Chamber of Commerce 150 yr. Shannon Memorabilia books- Special Pricing. Available @ Eastland Cheerleaders Booth@ Fire Station/ Blarney Stone/ First State Bank Shannon

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Download a Printable PDF Christmas Parade Entry Form Here!

Vintage Christmas Card

Model Train Club Open House

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An open house is planned at the Northwestern Illinois Model Train Club for Saturday Nov 15 and Sunday Nov 16, from 10 AM to 4PM at their facility located at 101 Main Street, Chadwick. They will have an “N” scale running on the main floor and “HO” scale running in the basement.

The Club was formed in January 2003 with an empty basement and 16 members. The club now has 27 members, and two different size working layouts. The “HO” scale layout has 3 levels covering the entire 30’ x 60’ basement. The 30’ x 14’ “N” scale running on DCC and DC has a yard and bridges that takes up half of the main floor. Make sure you bring your camera. We also have the busy BNSF right across the street.

The club would like to take this opportunity to show the model train layouts to the public. Enjoy your visit and make sure to sign our guest book. We are always welcoming new members to join and share their interest in trains. We are also looking for N-scale modelers to join our membership willing work on and run the N-scale layout that is already built. You can also join us on Facebook, just search for Northwestern Illinois Model Railroad Club.

To have your name added to the club’s mailing list or for more information on this event send an email to: nwilmrr@gmail.com, or you can also call Duane Imel 815-684-5216 evenings.