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Here is a Unique Event!!

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

The lovely and little known persimmon is the focus of a festival, known as the Persimmon Party, held annually on the grounds of the Christian County Historical Society in Taylorville, IL.  This is a unique event in that it is one of only 3 such festivals for the persimmon in the U.S.  Persimmons seemingly have diminished in importance and usage to the American public over the years and cultivation of the trees is not as prominent at it once was even though the tasty fruit has many important food and medicinal properties.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persimmon .

 

 

Every year, when the persimmons ripen, members of the Chrisitan County Historical Society http://www.taylorville.net/Historical_Society.htm gather and “pulp” the persimmons and package and freeze the pulp and have it waiting for the folks who attend the Persimmon Party to purchase and take home to use in delectable dishes for their table.  What a great addition to your Thanksgiving Dinner.  This year the Annual Persimmon Party will be November 12 and 13, 2011.  What a great time to come to Taylorville for fun , food and festivities.  There are always a variety of foods, made from the persimmon pulp, to sample maybe including Persimmon Drop Cookies and Persimmon Pudding as shown belowCookies and Persimmon Pudding as shown below.  The Christian County Historical Society has two Persimmon Cookbooks for sale to provide ideas about how to use the persimmon pulp you purchase during your visit.

                                                                                                     

The Christian County Historical Society grounds are comprised of a variety of buildings of historical value including a Bee Castle and the original Christian County Courthouse in which Abraham Lincoln practiced law on the Illinois 8th Judicial Circuit.  Please take the time to pay a visit to our Facebook Page and like us.  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christian-County-Illinois-Historical-Society-and-Museum/137053123008672

Come to Christian County Illinois for fun, history and good times.  The county seat of Christian County is Taylorville, Illinois where you will find all sorts of restaurants, lodging and even more history.  We are located just 30 minutes from both Springfield and Decatur, Illinois.

 

 


Do you think a “Cemetery Walk” is spooky or fun?

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Every year for the last several the Christian County Geneology Society has sponsored a “Cemetery Walk” at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.  This year the date is set for Sunday, September 25, 2011.  This is an event of historic note which will thrill those interested in heritage, history and our early beginnings.

Extensive research is conducted on persons of interest, historically, in Christian County and a local person protrays that person at graveside and tells their story of trials and tribulation, triumph and tragedy, failure and success including the family history which must accompany the story.  You will “meet” housewives, school teachers, store owners, bankers, lawyers, ministers, soldiers and statesmen and hear an accurate recapitulation of their life.  You will share their joys and tears and successes and failures and go away with more of an understanding of what life in the 1800′s and early 1900′s held in store for those here and living in a much simpler time than we live in today.

There is a modest fee to attend and truly enjoy learning about our ancestors and there is also transportation from site to site for those who need assistance.  Come in on Friday or Saturday and take some time to see the community today.  Enjoy the Farmers Market on Saturday morning on the National Registry Historic Square where Abraham Lincoln used to practice law.  Visit the Christian County Historical Society site on Friday or Saturday and make a weekend of it.  There are fun restaurants here with tasty, reasonably priced food.  Come and enjoy life at a slower pace.  Sit on our porch and sip and read.  We’ll look forward to seeing you.


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.


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


BBQ Blues Cruise and Art Fair

Friday, June 4th, 2010

The Taylorville Main Street Association is presenting a number of great activities here in Taylorville, less than 30 miles southeast of Springfield, Illinois. Come check out Barbecue, Blues & Cruise on June 4th & 5th at the Christian County Fairgrounds. Friday evening (no admission charge) from 5 to 10 PM “Talk to the BBQ Pros” and enjoy the Michelle Merker Memorial Concert.  Saturday ($5 admission)  From 10 am until 10:00 pm folks will be engaged in a Kansas City Bar-B-Q cook off, an Iron Chef competition and a Backyard grillers competition. While some folks cook and others taste, still others will be enjoying fantastic blues music from Big Babe Martin and the Chump Change Blues Band and The Manhattan Project.  

Start your day with a trip to the Farmer’s Market on the east side of Taylorville Square and pack a picnic, or enjoy good food from local vendors, and plan to make a day of it.  Also on the Square will be “Art On the Square”, a juried art fair which features beautiful paintings and sculpture and jewelry.

As if cook-offs and blues music aren’t enough, there will also be a Car and Bike Cruise and Show. This is guaranteed to be fun for vehicle aficionados of all ages. Taylorville is a perfect spot for Illinois Weekend Getaways. Come stay with us at our Central Illinois bed and breakfast and enjoy the Taylorville Main Street Association’s BBQ, Blues and Cruise on June 4th & 5th.


It is a good weekend to relax and reconnect

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Saturday, March 6 there will be a wine tasting, as there is every 1st Saturday, at One East Market Restaurant and Jazz Club. Taste fine wines from 3 to 5 pm and rate them and meet new friends. Stay for dinner. Beginning at 5 pm, Gary Burt will be performing in the Lounge, doing his vocalizations which, you would swear, you are hearing Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennet. Gary will be performing from 5 to 9 pm. Book your room at the Market Street Inn, ask us to make your dinner reservations at One East Market and have a great time.

Your room will feature either a Queen or King bed and a double whirlpool tub in the bath. Book for two nights and ask about our two night special. Awaken each day to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and anticipate your full, country breakfast. Stay in your room, enjoy our parlors, go out and look the town or the area over and enjoy our Innkeeper Reception about 4 pm each day. We are here for you to have fun. Relax, reconnect and rekindle romance at our fine inn. You cannot go wrong!

Taylorville has numerous very good restaurants which are sure to please your palate.


You should be here for New Years

Sunday, December 20th, 2009
You Should be Here for New Year’s
... New Year's Eve Parties
Come to the World Class Market street Inn Bed and Breakfast for your New Year’s Getaway!  In the past folks have come from Chicagoland, St. Louis and some from just down the block.  Funny how you can be a hundred miles away just down the street.  Myrna and Joe Hauser invite you to spend your New Year’s Getaway at their fine inn.  Bring your friends and have a great time dining to the sounds of good music at some of our local restaurants.
You should be here for New Years!
Here is what is happening;  One East Market Restaurant, located just two short blocks from our front door is offering a sumptious buffet from 5 to 10 PM for $21.95 per person as well as a special New Year’s Eve Menu of steaks, fish and lobster ranging from $17.95 to $44.95.  In the lounge, from 9 to Midnight, (no cover charge) you may enjoy the acoustic sounds and vocals of Sam and Tom Lacy.  The Lounge will be open until 1:00 AM.  Reservations are recommended @ 217-824-5111.
The Roundtable Cafe, about 6 blocks away, invites you to celebrate New Year’s Eve with fine music by Don & Darren Bettis and Phil Henning performing on guitar and keyboards.  A mere $15.00 per person gets you Appetizers, Dinner and Entertainment with gratuities included.  There is a Cash Bar.  Reservations are required by calling 217-820-7996.  There will be other dining possibilities as well.
Your hosts at the Market Street Inn will be providing you hors d’oeuvres and beverages until midnight when your innkeepers must turn in to be ready for your breakfast the next morning.  What are we offering?  Two nights @ 15% off or 3 nights for the price of 2.  Large 51″ screen TV in common area for parades & games in addition to the in room TV’s.  On a night when most inns are increasing their rates, we are offering you a deal instead.  These deals are only available by calling to  book—800.500.1466
New Years Eve 2010 Events!

B&B Specials

Friday, September 18th, 2009
Lincoln's Home

Visit Lincoln's Home while staying at our Illinois inn

Fall is a super time for a getaway in Central Illinois. The weather is lovely, the crowds are thin, and there is plenty to do. We offer several specials at our Springfield area Bed and Breakfast – there is certainly one right for you.

We are still celebrating the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, and Central Illinois is still THE place to be to honor Honest Abe. Book our Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Special, and head just a few miles up to Springfield to visit the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Lincoln in Illinois, Photographs by Ron Schramm, is an excellent (and free) exhibit in the Presidential Library that runs through September 30. Traditional and non-commercial Lincoln statues are the subject of the photographs, and when gathered together they are an interesting lot. Illinois Stories, running through August 31, 2010, explores in depth the history of Lincoln’s home state.

Our Early Autumn Special encourages you to stay two or three nights in our Central Illinois inn. Visit Lincoln’s Home. Bring your bikes or walking shoes and plan to spend a day on the Lincoln Prairie Bike Trail. Bring your spouse and celebrate a honeymoon or anniversary. Or just bring a book, and plan to spend a couple of days being pampered and relaxing. We’ll feed you a tasty, wholesome breakfast each morning to energize you for the day ahead, no matter what you choose to do.


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