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Looking for the perfect Christmas gift?

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for your adult children and/or your adult grandchildren? Buy them the gift that pays for itself and never quits giving.  Make the down payment on the purchase of our fine inn and put them into a profitable business which will pay for itself and keep them from being unemployed.  Form a partnership w/ family or friends.   Many people will spend much more on their loved ones for Christmas and give them something which provides little or no return and is soon worn out and unused. The gift of a successful inn will provide many happy times over the years and your loved ones will be ever grateful.  Down payment idea:  convert your IRA to a self-directed IRA.  Form a partnership w/ family or friends.  Come  pay us a visit and ask Myrna to tell you all about our inn, its success over the past 18 years, the ROI, the wonderful guests we meet and host from all over the world, 38 countries to be exact and how the guests continue to return time after time. Rent the remaining rooms for Christmas week, have your Christmas around our tree and make the presentation a surprise to the recipient(s).  Or possibly an early Christmas over Thanksgiving weekend.

We have two optional properties which could provide homes for two or more families who could share the duties of operating a profitable inn as well as the innkeeper quarters in the main house.  One of these is the Carriage House which is shown on our website (includes a 2 bedroom loft apartment upstairs, not shown on website) and the other is a Mission Style home across the street from the main inn.


Garlic is a good reason to have a party!

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Small towns are great because many folks know and trust and love one another and really have fun getting together and making a party for almost any reason. Garlic is a good reason to have a party. “Garlic Fest II” happens on Sunday, October 28 from 1 to 8 PM in the Morrisonville K of C Hall in Morrisonville, IL just about 10 miles from our front door. Have you ever heard of Bagna Cauda? It is

a rich, creamy sauce made from anchovies, butter, cream and garlic for dipping bread, cabbage and all sorts of other things in to get it onto your taste buds. One taste and you will crave more. Bagna happens from 1:30 to 4 PM. The main course is fresh, homemade garlic sausage, mostaccioli, garlic bread and slaw. Of course, there is a cash bar with your favorite liquid refreshments to wash this all down with. Music will be provided by “The Music Men” and, as usual, a good time of dining and dancing will be held by all. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Don’t miss it! Be sure to get there early, the doors open at 12:30 PM, in order to get a seat and to not miss the Bagna.

“Chillifest” is spelled with 2 L’s because there are 2 L’s in Illinois

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Fall is a fun time here in the middle of the US and the very middle of Illinois. The leaves turn yellow, gold and red, there is the smell of smoke from the fireplace in the air and that wonderful aromatic soup called “chilli” sounds like a bone and body warmer this time of year. Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14 are the dates for the 27th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce “Chillifest” which is held on the Historic Taylorville Square. Compete as a chili or salsa cook, dine on Award Winning Chilli, participate in the events and enjoy the music on the stages. Two days of homey fun and frolic. Visit the Chillifest webpage http://www.chillifest.info/content/?id=2012 and see all of the official activities and then go to http://www.marketstreetinn.com/events.html and check out what else is happening this weekend too.  If you are staying with us this is also the 2nd Saturday of the month and that means that at 2 PM the Market Street Inn Bed and Breakfast BYO Taste and Share Wine Event happens.  Most folks also bring a snack to share with the others who attend.  If you are staying at the inn we supply your wine.  Of course, consumers of other beverages also attend and enjoy.

Flash, one of the founders of this event just won the International Chili Society 1st prize for Green Chili or Chili Verde.

 

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10/8/2012 2:27:00 PM
Taylorville’s Hall earns world title, green chili

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) —  Bob Hall of Taylorville has claimed title, once again, to the best green chili in the world. Hall has been named the world champion in the the green chili division at the International Chili Society World’s Chili Championships in Charleston, West Virginia. Hall won the title also in 2009.

After winning the ‘09 title, Hall credited friends, Don Marsango, Wally Hiel and the late Bill Gasper, all Taylorville natives, as the inspiration for him to compete in chili cookoffs.

In 1986, Hall, along with Marsango and Gasper, started the Chillifest held annually in Taylorville.

Hall, and friends, went to the Association of Commerce and Industry, now known as the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, for assistance with underwriting the event.

The trio made chili and sold it to fund the first Chillifest. Chili sales still fund the event 23 years after inception.

The Chillifest will be held this Saturday and Sunday on the Taylorville square.

The ICS recognizes the Chillifest as the Chillinois Regional, and the winners of all three divisions on Saturday and Sunday qualify to compete in next year’s world championships.

Bob Plager of Littleton, Colo., has been crowned the top maker of traditional red chili. Plager was presented a $25,000 check after beating out dozens of others Sunday at the ICS signature event in Charleston.

Carrie Lentz Parker of Leesburg, Va., finished second and Plager’s wife, Kathy, was third. Last year’s world champion, John Jepson of Merced, Calif., finished fourth.

World champions crowned in other events earlier included Jerry Buma of Northbridge, Mass., in salsa, and Tom Pardikes of Plymouth, Mich., in homestyle chili. Buma also won the red chili world event in 2007.

The world championships also were held in Charleston in 2009. The contest heads to Palm Springs, Calif., next year.

The championships take place every October and were started by H. Allen Smith, of Decatur, IL.


The Advertisement Says it All!

Monday, February 13th, 2012

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Easter Parade (Promenade)

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Many years ago it was a tradition to Parade in one’s Easter finery along the Avenue and meet and greet and see and be seen by one and all.  Several inspired young ladies of fashion in Taylorville are recreating this tradition on Saturday, April 23 at 1:30 PM around the National Historic Registry Taylorville Square.  

Come and participate in our Easter Parade (Promenade_)

  Note!!!  This is not only for ladies of fashion but gentlemen as well.  Ladies, wear your Easter Bonnet and your finery and gentleman, wear your chapeau and fine suitings as well.  Don’t have a chapeau or a bonnet?  Go online and Google Easter Bonnet and Easter Parade and create your own.  What we want is participation.

The Taylorville Square is on the National Registry of Historic Places and has buildings dating back to the late 1800″s.  What a great place to meet and greet friends, both old and new.

Here are a couple of young ladies who have been hunting Easter Eggs in their beautiful attire.  Did I mention Easter Egg Hunt?  Yes, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt on the green of  the Courthouse Square sponsored by the Taylorville Kiwanis Club.  Eggs will contain various stuffings for the pleasure of the lucky who find them.  You might even expect a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Beginning at 1:30 PM is the Easter Promenade and remember, “This is not all about the girls!”  Men, come out and show your manhood by dressing up and parading with a finely dressed lady.  Or, perhaps, “Man’s Best Friend.”

 Of course, well behaved dogs are welcome, especially when attired in the finest of fashion.

After the Promenade, beginning at 2:30PM, there will be a wine tasting in the Shumway Room at One East Market Restaurant and Jazz Lounge.  Please come and enjoy.  Make a dinner reservation, go home and change and come back in your dancing  shoes to enjoy the sounds of The Big Shake Daddies.  You will be glad you did.

Easter is the Celebration of the Rebirth of Christ and what a great to do this.  Of course, folks from Miles Around and other well known cities are invited to join in and make this celebration the success it should be.  Happy Easter from the Market Street Inn Bed and Breakfast.


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


Thanksgiving in Lincolnland/Central Illinois

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The weather has finally turned crispy in the Heart of Lincolnland, the leaves have all fallen and the smell of roasting turkey

Roast Turkey

 and pumpkin pies filter through our taste  memories. Yep, it is almost Thanksgiving in Taylorville,IL  and we invite you to visit. One East Market Restaurant and Jazz Lounge is but one of the fine restaurants located in Taylorville, IL which will

Thanksgiving Dinner

feature a Thanksgiving Dinner/Buffet. One East  is also having “Open Mic” on Thanksgiving evening along with $10 dinner specials. “Open Mic” is a gathering of musicians from the area who come to play their favorites for your listening pleasure. You might hear country, jazz, bluegrass, country swing, folk, blues or R&B without a cover charge and with drink specials from 7 PM to closing every Thrsday night, including Thanksgiving.   If it is a getaway you are looking for then this is the place to come and our fine Central Illinois inn is the place to stay. You can have your turkey and eat it too along with world class lodging and great music. Come and enjoy Central Illinois, Lincolnland, Christian County and Taylorville, IL near Springfield, IL and Decatur, IL.


Skydiving at TAZ with Mid America Sport Parachute Club

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

tandem jump

Skydiving is one of the extreme sports practiced here in Taylorville, IL. Mid-America Sport Parachute Club is located at TAZ (the official symbol for Taylorville Municipal Airport) and diving instruction is given if you are a novice, tandem jumps are available and if you have your license you can enjoy jumping where the US Army Team, the Golden Knights, practice when in the area.

Tandem with chute open

Our Central Illinois inn has guests from all over the world and some of them have learned to skydive while staying here. Practically everything is less expensive out here in the country and, I imagine, skydiving costs are no exception. Come out and jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Call for jump information at 217-824-JUMP.

Make your reservations at the Market Street Inn by going to www.marketstreetinn.com and click on “Check Availability” in the upper right corner or call 800-500-1466. 

Make the day last longer by viewing the sunset from waaaaayyyyyy up there.   After a tough day of falling through the air and going up again just

fall out again, come home to wine and fruit and cheese at our Springfield Area Inn, soak in your double whirlpool for a while and then go to dinner at one of the restaurants here.  Come back, have a great night of sleep filled rest and be ready for a sunrise jump tomorrow.   We are waiting to welcome you.


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.


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