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Model Train Club Open House


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.

Shop Hop 2014


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Shops Open 9AM to 5PM, unless otherwise noted.

Lanark, Illinois
Participating Shops: 6


1. Dollinger Christmas Tree Farm
23882 Payne Rd
Christmas gift shop featuring locally made tree trims, potholders, aprons, vintage Christmas corner, all sizes and styles of evergreen wreaths and country decorations. Support the made local program. Complimentary enticements to ward off the chill.

2. End of the Road
308 S. East Lanark Ave
Antiques, gifts, collectibles, furniture, Mercantile, primitives and prairie arrangements in the cottage at the end of the road. We reclaim, remake, refurbish, buy and sell. Hours: March-December OPEN daily 9-5, January/February OPEN Friday and Saturday only.

3. Picket Fence
407 E. Franklin
Large carriage house shop brimming with handmade décor and gifts by several talented artisans. Stunningly decorated trees, snowmen, inspirational wall art, lighted arrangements, fabric crafts and more. See our photos on Facebook!

4. The Hollow Fencepost
124 E. Carroll St
Antiques, barnwood furniture, home accessories and décor, linens, holiday decorations, Longaberger, embroidered towels and linens with custom possibilities. Handmade baby items. Premier jewelry.

5. The Special Touch/Unique Mall
504 W. Illinois Rt 64
Holiday silk decorations, fresh flowers for all events, Willow Tree angels, Rowe pottery, candles, gift items for all, and in the mall items from local crafters as well as some antiques. Door prizes and refreshments.

6. Twice-Sold Tales
Unique Mall, 504 Il Rt 64
Browse thousands of gently used books by favorite authors in all categories, priced from 10 cents to $5.00, with most hardbacks $1.00 and paperbacks 50 cents or 3 for $1.00. Proceeds support the Lanark Public Library.

For more information about Lanark visit: www.lanarkil.com

Mount Carroll, Illinois

Participating Shops: 8


1. Charlotte Arvelle Glass
118 W Market St
Working glass studio that features award-winning kiln fired glass by Charlotte Behrens along with a collection of other fine American craft.

2. Country Girl Boutique
902 S Jackson St (Rt 64)
Men’s and women’s clothing, boots, accessories, décor and much more. We’re not your every day boutique.

3. dabluz boutique
116 E Market St
Mt Carroll IL 61053
Handmade and vintage desirables, including new and vintage supplies for crafting.

4. Flower Fan-A-See
904 S. Clay St.
Fresh and silk flowers, candles, plants and lots of gifts and seasonal décor. Find us on the corner of Rt 78 and 64 at the four way stop.

5. Ideas n’ Designs Antiques
116 W Market St
A his and hers compatible shopping experience! Antiques, car museum, Mad Hatter Tea Room, wholesale designer fabric, vintage clothing, Victorian library, much more! Meet the Mad Hatter, and remember to: “Trust your crazy Ideas!”

6. Land of Oz Craft Mall
Rt 64-52
Land of Oz Craft Mall on Rt 64, featuring “there’s no place like home” accents for every room, seasonal wall and primitive wood décor, quilts mixed with vintage, collectables, candles, jewelry, Christmas Corner Cider Donuts

7. Prairie Path Sampler
1002 Lowden Rd
Wide assortment of quilted wall hangings, table runners, sweat-shirts, wood benches and chairs.

8. Zenga’s@Imaginarium Now and Zen gallery
108 W Market St
Vintage meets urban funk. Unique art, unique style, uniquely you. Paintings, jewelry, clothing and accessories. An eclectic mix of original artists from the local community.

For more information about Mt. Carroll visit: www.mtcarrollil.org

Savanna, Illinois
Participating Shops: 5


1. Land of Oz Dolls
1723 Portland Ave
Open November 14 and 15 only. Museum quality antique reproduction and modern porcelain dolls, doll supplies and seasonal gift items.

2. River Valley Designs
218 Main St
Along with fresh flowers and plants, River Valley is furnished with three floors of home décor, gifts, and novelty items. 20% off all fall décor during the Shop Hop. Stop and enter for door prizes.

3. Sassy Stems
700 Main St
Home décor, jewelry, flowers, purses and a secret sale.

4. Savanna Market Place
321 Main St
Locally handcrafted goods from Carroll and Jo Davis counties. We feature art, jewelry, woodworking, home décor, soaps, lotions, candles and much more. Serving locally roasted coffee and espresso. A uniquely Illinois store.

5. Savanna Woman’s Club Craft Show
November 8 Only
2215 Wacker Rd
Savanna Woman’s club Gift and Craft Fair, 9 am to 3 pm, Nov. 8. only. $1.00 admission, over 60 crafters, food available for purchase. Proceeds go to community projects.

For more information about Savanna visit: www.visitsavanna.com or www.savannail.com

Fulton, Illinois
Participating Shops: 5


1. River Huis Traders Antiques
1105 4 th St
Carefully chosen antiques. Large selection of Dutch items. Sculptures and paintings.

2. Susan’s Calico Creations
1108 4 th St
We sell cotton fabrics for quilting. We also sell books, patterns and notions for quilting.

3. Timber Lane Christmas Tree Farm / TLC Country Store
7250 Garden Plain Rd
Handmade products from over 50 crafters. Baby items, toys, 18” doll clothes, towels, purses, scarves, fall and Christmas décor, wall hangings, plaques, books and puzzles, all at great low prices. Salsas, jams, beets and relish. To TLC Country Store. Take Hwy 136 for 1.9 miles to Frog Pond Rd. Travel 4 miles on Frog Pond Road and turn left onto Garden Plain Rd.

4. Windmill Cultural Center
111 10 th Ave
The Windmill Cultural Center has Dutch chocolate, licorice, cookies, coffee, teas, Delft porcelain, European cookbooks, children’s books, dictionaries, Fulton souvenirs, and stone ground flour from the de Immigrant Windmill.

5. Words of Wisdom Christian Books and Gifts
1021 4 th St
Christian fiction and nonfiction books, Bibles, Bible covers, jewelry, CDs, DVDs, cards, home décor, gifts for all occasions including new baby, baptism, first communion, confirmation, wedding and anniversary.

For more information about Fulton visit: www.cityoffulton.us



A. Brothers Restaurant
103 E Rt 64
Family Style Restaurant. Open 6 am to 9 pm. Great Food! Fresh Daily Specials.

B. The Crooked Roof
109 E Carroll St
The Crooked Roof offers amazing handmade pizza, char-grilled burgers, unique specials and a full bar. Stop in for a bite or stay for fun. We have music on the weekends and beer garden available.


C. Market Street Commons
320 N Main
Coffee, sandwiches, ice cream, bakery, hot dogs, cotton candy.


D. Café Crumbles
411 Main St
Open 6 days a week, Tuesday-Sunday, 7 am to 2 pm. Serving breakfast and lunch, gourmet coffees, frappe, smoothies and variety of muffins. Daily specials and homemade soups.


E. Krumpets Bakery Café
1016 4 th St
Full service restaurant and coffee bar. Homemade soups, daily specials, breads, pastries and desserts. Several homemade pies made fresh daily. Extensive breakfast and dinner menu.

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MiniAbe Visits Carroll County

MiniAbe recently traveled to Carroll County! The popular tourism icon was spotted at The Crooked Roof, Dollinger Tree Farm, Hickory Hideaway, Lake Carroll, Silvermoon Winery, and Trailside Inn.

Pumpkin Fest & Cemetery Tour

Mount Carroll’s downtown will turn into the pumpkin capital of northwest Illinois on Saturday, October 25, during the Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest.

Organized by the Chamber of Commerce, the event will offer a variety of family-friendly activities which kick off at 8 a.m. with the Farmer’s Market.

Starting at 10 a.m., a variety of food vendors will be on hand offering fall favorites such as caramel apples and an assortment of pumpkin goodies.

Pumpkin artists of all ages are encouraged to enter the pumpkin decorating contest and entries will be on display next to the sidewalk on the courthouse lawn all day.

Participants can register their pumpkin works of art at the Chamber Information Tent starting at 10 a.m. where visitors can also get a ballot to vote for the prize winners, which will be announced at 4 p.m.

Love to dress up your pet? Bring your furry friend to the courthouse lawn at 11 a.m. for the ‘Great PUPkin Mutt Strut’ pet costume contest sponsored by the Mount Carroll Veterinary Clinic. All pets in costume are welcome but must remain leashed.

From noon to 4 p.m. the old burning grounds at the bottom of West Market Street becomes a target range for the Pumpkin Sling Shot competition where participants can test their strength and see how far they can shoot pumpkins of various sizes using the 3-person sling shot.

Starting at 12:30 p.m., kid-friendly Halloween stories will be featured at the Mount Carroll Public Library as they host a Halloween Story Hour for children ages 4-8.

The fun continues at 2 p.m. during the 3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Street Drags sponsored by Kunes Country Auto Group.

Cash prizes are awarded in five different competition brackets where real pumpkins, fashioned into racing machines, speed down Rapp Street next to City Hall.

Pumpkins are mounted on any kind of chassis or have wheels on independent axles and participants are encouraged to be creative because prizes are also awarded for Best Decoration and Most Innovative Design.

Sign-up for the Great Pumpkin races starts at 1 p.m. at the registration table in front of City Hall.

At 2:30 p.m. the Mount Carroll Bowling Center carries the “everything pumpkin” theme even further as they offer their version of pumpkin bowling on the street directly in front of the Bowling Center.

In between enjoying the many activities, visitors are encouraged to stroll around the downtown and check out the decorated lampposts and then stop at the Chamber Information Tent to vote for their favorite, with the winner announced after Oct 31.

All day the Mount Carroll Foundation Pumpkin Family will take up residence in the Chamber tent where for $1 or seven chances for $5 you can enter the contest to guess the total weight of the Pumpkin Family. The winner of the $100 grand prize will be announced at 4 p.m.

After enjoying dinner at one of Mount Carroll’s eateries, finish off the day at “A Night at the Cemetery” by taking the Mount Carroll Historic Cemetery Tour.

The wagon starts loading in the parking lot behind the Mount Carroll Pharmacy at 5:45 p.m. and a $5 ticket can be purchased at Riverview Antiques/Tina’s Ice Cream Shoppe.

This tour of Oak Hill Cemetery tells the stories of some of Mount Carroll’s most colorful characters and historic figures and will be narrated by local historian and Mayor of Mayfest, Wayne Brooks.

Looking for something scarier? Raven’s Grin Inn, the well-known year-round haunted house, is at its peak this time of year and offers the best in Halloween fun.

For more information on any of the events going on during Mount Carroll Pumpkin Fest, go to the Mount Carroll Chamber website, www.mtcarrollil.org, or call event chair Diane Bausman at 815-275-4868.

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Palisades Art League Art Show & Sale

Art work by Sandy Dunlap

The Palisades Art League will hold their 52nd annual Art Show & Sale Saturday, Oct 18th from 3-7 pm and Sunday, Oct 19th from Noon to 4pm at the West Carroll Primary School located at 2215 Wacker Roadd in Savanna. There will be prizes awarded for Best of Show in both amateur & advanced divisions along with the PAL Peer award and a visitor’s door prize. A food stand on the premises will be available with all proceeds going to Heartland Pet Welfare. For more information go to our FB page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Palisades-Art-League/147156505385081

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.

A Glimpse into Carroll County

Fall Farmers Market Fest


Featuring Divide & Conquer II and Junk in the Trunk on October 21!

The Lanark Farmers Market officially closes the last Tuesday of October during Halloween Week, but not until it hosts one of the biggest and best markets of the season.

Sponsored by the Cornucopia Committee of Lanark, you are invited to participate in the Fall Four-In-One Farmers Market Fest, set for Tuesday, October 21 in the Lanark City Park.

As usual, the LANARK FARMERS MARKET is held every Tuesday, rain or shine, in the friendly confines of the Lanark City Park. But for the last few weeks, the time has been changed from 4 to 6 p.m. Check out https://www.facebook.com/LanarkFarmersMarket for details and specials.

Rummage Sale, Plant Swap, and Pumpkins!

10433939_1458468574422544_256534963400389200_nThree other special events are also scheduled for Oct. 21. Vendors and shoppers are welcome for JUNK IN THE TRUNK TOWN RUMMAGE SALE. Fill your car with stuff to sell, then drive to the park. Back into a parking space around the park perimeter to set up shop. Pavilion space will be available for overflow. If it’s cold, a warm fire will be started in the south pavilion, and hot cocoa, cider and coffee will be available.

Also that same day, the Cornucopia Committee is hosting the very popular plant swap, Divide and Conquer II. If your garden is too overgrown and crowded, “Divide and Conquer”! It’s a great time to clean up the garden before winter, share your overstock with neighbors, and find some new plants for yourself. If you have plants that just don’t meet with your aesthetic approval anymore, or a few too many bedding plants, bring those, too. They can be recycled to someone else’s yard!

Do you have some great Heirloom varieties? Swap seeds, too. Plants can be brought in plastic pots, plastic bags, card board flats or wrapped in newspaper. For a reasonable fee, you will be able to sell or swap just about anything. Proceeds will go to more fun and flora events in 2015.

And finally, a very special Pumpkin Presentation by Master Gardener Mary LaShelle, and right before Halloween!

Speak with Cornucopia Committee members (wearing green aprons) about how you can become a vendor in 2015.

Donations are requested for all events, with proceeds used toward Cornucopia Committee projects for the betterment of Lanark.

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For more information, please contact Lee Reese at 815-275-4395, or Sheila Wyeth at 815-493-2776.

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Fall is in the Air

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It’s that time of year. Temperatures are cooling and leaves are changing. The beautiful season of Autumn is around the here, which means fall festivals and scenic drives in Northwest Illinois.

Join us for pumpkin walks, horse-drawn wagon rides, chili fests, pumpkin patches, wine festivals, live music, and much more. Take part in all the activities Carroll County has to offer this fall. Here are just a few of the fun events happening this season:


Trail of Terror


Get ready to test your lungs. The annual Trail of Terror is back! Enjoy fall festivals, wine tasting, pumpkin patches and so much more.

Whether you’re a daredevil and want to walk the cemeteries and visit the haunted houses, or you’re more interested in sipping a glass of wine, or finding the perfect pumpkin, this is the event for you!

This spooktacular event is sure to please the entire family. Let the kids walk through cemeteries and visit the haunted houses while Mom and Dad sip on a glass of wine. Don’t forget to meet back up and pick out the perfect pumpkins.

Too much to do in one day? Stay with us. Choose from the area’s B&B’s, country inns, hotels, or cabins.

We welcome you to enjoy all the chills and thrills of this year’s Trail of Terror. The fun continues throughout October.

Autumn on Parade Festival

Sat. 4 Oct, 2014 8:00 am, Oregon

Join us for the 43rd annual Autumn on Parade Festival in downtown Oregon. This event features a craft fair, farmer’s market, strolling entertainment and food provided by local not-for-profit organizations. An antique tractor show on Saturday and the ever-popular Harvest Time Parade on Sunday.Oh… also on Sunday, 10/5, is the ever popular DUCK DASH! Too much fun. It’ll “quack” you up. Autumn on Parade is held on the Ogle Co. Courthouse Square at the corner of IL Rt 64 & IL Rt 2 in Oregon. An Old English Faire will be held both days at Stronghold Castle located on IL Route 2 east of Oregon.

Fulton Fall Festival at Heritage Canyon

Sat. 4 Oct, 2014 9:00 am, Fulton

Our Fall Festival theme will be Pioneer Ways and we invite you to join the Early America Crafters on Oct. 4 & 5 and spend time experiencing life in our pioneer village. Experience pioneer living with the Early American Crafters as they prepare for the fall harvest. Demonstrations include broom stick making, wood stove cooking, weaving, knitting, candle making, wood carving, music, and more. For information visit our website or our facebook page for pictures and information.

Fulton Fall Festival

Sat. 4 Oct, 2014 10:00 am, Fulton

The Fulton Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 4th, in downtown Fulton from 10am to 4pm. Activities include food vendors, arts & craft vendors, inflatable rides, entertainment, make n’ take crafts, pumpkin decorating, straw bale maze and more!

Savanna Haunted Forest

Sat. 18 Oct, 2014 6:00 pm, Savanna

The Savanna Haunted Forest comes to life Oct 18,24,25,31 & Nov 1st at 1030 Viaduct Rd (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. Try to relax before or after your trip at Poopy’s Pub & Grub outdoor facilities.

Mt Carroll Pumpkin Fest

Sat. 25 Oct, 2014 8:00 am, Mt. Carroll

Mt Carroll Pumpkin Fest includes decorated lampposts, food booths selling everything PUMPKIN, farmers market, pumpkin sling shot, pumpkin drag races, evening historic cemetery tour, celebrated haunted house tours and more. Visit our website for an updated activity list.

Mt Carroll Great Pumpkin Street Drags

Sat. 25 Oct, 2014 2:00 pm, Mt. Carroll

The Mt 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 Mt Carroll. Line up begins at 1:15 and races begin at 2 pm.