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Family does Christmas in Central Illinois

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The Williams Family, who traveled from all over the US and from Spain and Scotland to spend an early Christmas with each other at

our Central Illinois Inn. What fun to have 23 fun folks gathering in our commons areas to reacquaint     with one another, tell stories of happenings since seeing each other last, telling the patriarch that he is going to be a grandfather once again and playing with and loving on the little children. Patriarch Williams will be 89 in January 2011 and is sharp and spry as is Matriarch Williams.

As innkeepers, we found it much fun to watch, listen and attempt to anticipate the wants and needs of the various members of all ages.  At breakfast on Saturday, one of the sisters-in-law gave one of our innkeepers a test on the names of everyone at the table.  He passed the test.  

Every Saturday morning, the Clock Keeper of our Courthouse Clock will take anyone who is waiting about 8 AM at the South Door of the Christian County Courthouse up into the clocktower while he winds the 7 Day Clock which faces the 4 points of the compass. The Clock Keeper is also very intimate with the engineering and architecture of the Christian County Courthouse and the changes which have been made in the past couple of years. He tells folks about the restoration of the art glass dome, the false ceiling which was removed to expose it once again to view from below and the removal of the second floor center to provide a view from the first floor all the way up.

Christian County Illinois Courthouse

Restored Art Glass Dome

The Clock Keeper also tells folks about the restored Tern and Bittern fountain on the Southwest Lawn and the 4 year old, bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln and the “pig story” on the Northwest Lawn. The entire Williams Family enjoyed the small town hospitality which happens here in Taylorville in Central Illinois.

Just about all of the Williams Family

 We hope you come back someday, Williams Family.


Happy Thanksgiving from Central Illinois

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

This is just a simple note to wish each and everyone of you who may read this blog a Happy Thanksgiving from Central Illinois and the staff at our Springfield, IL and Decatur, IL area  inn.  We hope you are having or going to have one of the finest family and friend gatherings of your lifetime.  May you all be blessed throughout your lives.  Thank you to all of our guests past and future.

All the best to you,

Myrna & Joe Hauser


Our Springfield & Decatur, IL area inn offers Gift Certificates

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Gift Certificates!  Christmas, the time of giving, is rapidly approaching and “what to buy?” is always a challenge. The Market Street Inn Bed and Breakfast is located a few minutes from both Springfield, IL and Decatur, IL with easy access to both but in the setting of our Central Illinois town of  Taylorville, IL. Our world class, Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America, inn offers amenities you might only expect to find in the expensive heavily touristed locations. It is no wonder that we have repeat guests from 37 foreign countries to our Lincolnland inn. If you are a fan of Abraham Lincoln, history of the middle 1800′s, would like to stand where Abraham Lincoln did when he was practicing law in the 8th Judicial Circuit, plan to visit Millikin University, want a pleasant weekend or weekday , then this is the place to be. Give a gift of relaxation, luxury and good food and dining with a Gift Certificate from the Market Street Inn in Taylorville, IL. Happy Holidays from Myrna & Joe Hauser and our fine staff!

Entry Foyer

 

Front Parlor

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Central Illinois Persimmon Fest–One of only 2 or 3 in the US!

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Who thinks about Persimmons today? Probably not a lot of folks but the Persimmon Fest in Central Illinois at the Christian County Historical Museum sure does draw a crowd from all over the country and then some. Actually the persimmon is a sought after fruit in Asian Countries.

The Lovely and Versitile Persimmon

Persimmons are not ready to eat, at least by local standards, before they have undergone a “killing frost” and we have had one now so the persimmon harvest is coming in, they are being washed, pitted and mashed into a pulp for use in all sorts of tasty dishes including puddings, pies, steamed persimmon pudding, spiced persimmon cake and other baked goods.  Darleen Wilson is making 24 persimmon pecan pies for this event.  Abraham Lincoln would have loved Darleen’s pies.

Persimmon Bundt with Walnuts

Persimmon Bundt with Walnuts Recipe

These are a take from Food Librarian’s 30 Days of Big Bundts

Grease and flour a bundt cake pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Chop 3 cups of chopped firm Fuyu persimmons. Set aside.
Beat 1/2 cup vegetable margarine with 1/2 cup agave syrup. Add 2 tsp. lime juice, and 1 scraped vanilla bean. Whisk in Egg Replacer for 2 eggs.
Sift together 2 cups cake flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. ground allspice, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and 2 tsp. nutmeg. Add wet ingredients and combine well.
Add 1 cup chopped walnuts and 2 tbsp candied chopped ginger. Mix well and
pour into pan. Bake 50- 60 minutes or until toothpick tests clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes. 6 mini bundts or a large bundt.
I added a lemon glaze to one but you don’t need it.

The Persimmon Fest at Christian County Historical Society will be on Saturday and Sunday, November 13 and 14 from 10 AM to 3 PM on both days.  There will be demonstrations and persimmon goodies for the tasting.  Persimmon Pulp to purchase for use in your favorite persimmon recipes will be available and, there will probably be a persimmon cook book for sale too.  Come and stay at our fine inn  and enjoy a rare festival in Central Illinois.  By the way, the original Christian County Courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law will be open for touring at this site.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Central Illinois

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Myrna, our chief innkeeper, is a survivor of  6 months. Our effort in promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to invite you to a stay at the Market Street Inn Bed and Breakfast for the weekend of Friday and Saturday, October 29 and 30 or anytime through November 21, 2010 AND  10%  of your room rate will be donated to Cups for the Cure and/or Breast Cancer Research.  The donation will be in your name.

Some special events in Taylorville, IL   

** One East Market Restaurant invites you to make a $15 donation to attend a tasting of five fabulous wines and a complimentary, hand painted wine glass.  11 am to 5 pm    You may purchase any of the wines either by the bottle or case and all proceeds will go to breast cancer awareness and research in a ten-county area in Central Illinois.

** Lunch on the “Pink Plate Special” for $8.50 and $1.00 of each lunch will go to breast cancer research.

** The drink of the day at One East Market Restaurant will be the Flirtini Special for $7.50. Each Flirtini Special sold makes a $2.50 donation to Breast Cancer Research.

** There will be a 50/50 drawing and Gift Basket Raffles.

** There will be Art Bra’s on display, one by your innkeeper, and you may let your $$ vote for your favorite and, of course, all proceeds go to breast cancer awareness and research.

** There is NO COVER CHARGE for live music by 48 Connection from 5 to 8 PM. This band is known for their roadhouse blues and rock music.

Have fun, donate to a very worthy cause and enjoy Central Illinois finest lodging.  See us at www.marketstreetinn.com/

On Sunday, October 31st, Garlic Fest II will happen at the K of C Hall in Morrisonville, IL  just about 9 miles from the Market Street Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Tickets are $8 at the door and what a good time you will have.  Garlic!!!!  The doors will open at 1 PM and Bagna Cauda will be ready about 1:30 PM.  This gives you time to soak up a bunch of Bagna and beer preparing for the meal which will be at approximately 3:30 PM consisting of Garlic Sausage, Slaw & Mostaccioli.  There will be music by “The Music Men” from 3:30 to 7:30 PM.  Garlic Fest II is a revived area tradition and golly, did we miss it when it was gone.  Thanks for the revival.  You cannot have more down home fun than is available here.      

Bagna Cauda Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (2 ounce) cans anchovy fillets, drained
  • 1 pint heavy cream

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic and cook until tender. Reduce heat to low. Mix in anchovy filets and heavy cream. Cook and stir until thickened. Remove from heat, cover and chill in the refrigerator approximately 2 hours.
  2. Return the mixture to medium heat, stirring occasionally, until bubbly. Serve hot.  Dip bread, cabbage leaves, celery sticks, carrot sticks or just use your imagination and enjoy.

Garlic Fest II Where Garlic is King


Fireplaces & Whirlpool Tubs for Two in Central Illinois

Friday, October 22nd, 2010
Spring Garden Room Fireplace

Romance and warmth multiply in flickering firelight

We are approaching the time of year when warmth is a desirable thing. There is nothing like a flickering fire or the warm bubbling waters of a whirlpool tub for two to warm and stimulate you and your partner and enhance relaxation and romance. Both fire flicker and bubbling jets of our whirlpool rooms are available at the Market Street Inn Bed and Breakfast www.marketstreeinn.com.

Carriage House Hunt Club Suite Bath

Whirlpool Tub for Two next to a Fireplace

Most of our guest rooms have either a gas log fireplace or an electric fireplace while our Hunt Club in the Carriage House has both. Enjoy the romance, the escape and each other.


Tour of Homes in Taylorville

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Magnificent Mansions star at the Taylorville Home Tour which will be Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 from 10 am to 6 pm.

The feature home is a 16,200 sq ft home built in the early 1960′s.Autumn & House Tour 009

The 1883 home shown here is also another of the fine homes on the tour. Autumn & House Tour 008

Additionally the restored Courthouse dome and rotunda will be on the tour. Tickets are available for $9.00 per person. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. A special “Winter Getaway” package is available for only $26.00 which includes the tour and “Taking Tea with Mrs. Lincoln” scheduled for Saturday only and tickets for this are only available at Cottage Rose Antiques and Crafts in Taylorville, IL. This authentically British tea will begin when the doors open at 10:30 am for a promenade amog tables set by local hostesses and serving at 11:00 am. Each guest will be served 6 sandwiches, a scone, three desserts and hot tea. A vintage and contemporary style show will be presented during tea time. For advance tickets, which are limited, call 217-824-9447. Make your reservation for your overnight stay at the Market Street Inn and ask for our Christmas Home Tour Special:   one night, single occupancy in whirlpool tub room w/ tea & tour     150.00;  one night, double occupancy w/ tea & tour, 175.00;   two nights w/ tea & tour, single occupancy –275.00;  two nights w/ tea & tour, double occupancy–295.00.   Act now due to limited ticket availability for tea.  Non-cancelable.


Lincoln Bicentennial: The Last Lincoln Lecture

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

There will be a very interesting lecture on Lincoln at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum a week from today on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

Richard Carwardine

Richard Carwardine

If you are looking to learn and experience more about our 16th President while staying at our Springfield IL lodging, this lecture will be a great chance to gain an experts insight into Lincoln’s mind.

“The Last Lincoln Lecture” will be held by Oxford scholar Richard Carwardine. Carwardine is hoping to discuss the position of Lincoln within the global setting and examining what Lincoln believed the United States’ relationship was with the rest of the world.

He is the author of Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power. This is just one of the many oppurtunities to learn and explore Linconland during your stay at the Market Street Inn.


Lincoln Bicentennial: Mary Todd Lincoln

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

“Mary was quick, gay and in the social world the more brilliant. She loved show and power, and was one of the most ambitious women I ever knew. She used to contend, when a girl, to her friends in Kentucky, that she was destined to marry a President. I have heard her say that myself, and after mingling in society in Springfield, she repeated the seemingly absurd and idle boast.”

The 16th first lady of the United States was no ordinary woman, as you would expect.

She seems to have possessed a fiery nature, one which sometimes got the better of her, ever since childhood. While you stay at our near Springfield, IL lodging, we hope you will have a chance to learn more about the Lincoln family.

It seems to be just this personality, and the quick wit that accompanied it, that attracted Abe Lincoln to Mary.

They met in Springfield, IL where Mary was living with the sister that gave the above quote. It was at a ball that they met for the first time, and the dark-haired and lovely Mary caught Lincoln’s eye.

Mary Todd Lincoln at the time of her marriage to Abe Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln at the time of her marriage to Abe Lincoln

He is quoted as saying to her: “Miss Todd, I should like to dance with you in the worst way.”

Abe was Mary’s suitor for half a year before they became engaged in 1840, However, Abe broke off the engagement in January of 1841. It seems he felt very unsure about the prospect of marriage. Through correspondence with friends, Lincoln historians have gathered that he felt it was wise in judgment to marry, but wondered how he would feel as a married man.

I suppose feeling won out eventually, because in November of 1842, Mary and Abe were married. It was, if you will, a long-delayed spur-the-moment decision. They decided that day, on November 4, that they would be married that night.

Although it seems their marriage was a stormy one, they had a powerful partnership, and Mary fell into a great depression and mourning after her husband’s assassination.

We hope this little history about Mary Todd Lincoln has sparked your interest. There will be many more resources for information on the Lincoln family at Lincoln Bicentennial events.


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