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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.
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.
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.
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.
We hope you come back someday, Williams Family.
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,
The weather has finally turned crispy in the Heart of Lincolnland, the leaves have all fallen and the smell of roasting 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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
Are you looking for a great place to get away from the hustle & bustle of the city for a quiet weekend? Consider our Springfield IL lodging, less than 30 minutes from the capitol building and the Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.
Moreover, Taylorville has it’s own quaint energy, which makes it a pleasant place to visit year-round! The small-town aura of Taylorville gives the traveler the authentic sense of what it was like 100 years ago in Lincolnland. We have a rich historical heritage we look forward to sharing with you.
We have several great rooms to match your romantic desires: For example, our Lilac Room is on the second story of our Springfield IL bed and breakfast. It has a lovely gas-burning stove and a whirlpool tub for two in it’s private bathroom. It’s nightly rate is a bargain at $150 a night! This includes a full breakfast in the morning and our social hour with food and drink in the evenings.
We have a wonderfully inviting wrap-around porch, great for lounging with a drink in the summer, or holding a hot cup of cocoa or tea in the chiller times of year. Bring your favorite outdoor tool: your bike for exploring the Lincoln Prairie Trail, or maybe your clubs to take advantage of our amazing Illinois Golf Vacation packages. Whatever your fancy is, we want to provide you with the best possible lodging experience that will keep you coming back to visit soon!