Posts Tagged ‘Lincoln Prairie Trail’

Hi, Ho, Come to the Fair–The Christian County Fair in Taylorville, IL

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

This time of year counties all over America have their fairs.  The purpose originally was to display prized crops and animals and to sell specially bred animal stock to others whose herds needed true bloodlines.  Of course there evolved  the fun aspect as well.  The fun part is the rides, games, talent shows, demolition derbys, entertainment, food and more.  Come to Taylorville, IL July 9, 2013 through Sunday, July 14, 2013 and enjoy the fun.  Check the fair out at the following address:  http://www.christiancountyfair.com/


Art, Food and Abraham Lincoln in Central Illinois

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013 the Taylorville Area Arts Council sponsors its Annual Art Fair on the Historic Taylorville Courthouse Lawn. This is a Juried Art Fair in which known and unknown artists display and sell their works and are judged. You may wish to browse and purchase watercolors, pottery, wood works, painted glass, jewelry, professional landscape photography and much more from the artists who come to display for you. There is usually music and The Farmer’s Market happens concurrently on the East Side of the Historic Taylorville Square. Get to town early and meet the Clock Master at 7:30 AM at the South Door of the Courthouse and take a “Behind the Scenes” tour of the County Courthouse Clock and Bell Tower. See the restored art glass dome from both sides and have a “Birds Eye” view of Taylorville, IL, where Abraham Lincoln practiced law.


Golf is still a 4 letter word, no matter how you play it! But wait, there is more…

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Take some time out for yourself and enjoy great golf on a 4.5 rated, 18 hole course in Beautiful Central Illinois.  We are more than flyover country.  Taylorville Lake Shore Golf Course is located on the shores of Lake Taylorville and is just 3.5 miles from our front door.
Not everyone in your group plays golf?  Bring your bicycle and ride the Lincoln Prairie Hike and Bike Trail which begins just 6 blocks from our front door, shop the stores around our National Registry Historic Town Square just 2 blocks away, sit around and read your book, get up early on Saturday Morning and meet the Clock Master at 7:30 AM at the South door of the Christian County Court House and go with him to wind and service the county clock at the top of the clocktower and enjoy a bird’s eye view of our community, take a jog through our 65 acres city park.  There are plenty of things to do here if your needs are simple.
Make your “T” time, book two (2) nights with us in a Queen of King Bedded Whirlpool Room and we will pay for your golf. Make sure you bring your golf confirmation. This deal is ONLY available by calling us directly to book and may not be combined with other promotions.http://www.golf18network.com/illinois/springfield/lakeshore/golf/tee-times/1087.php

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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.

The rank of Eagle Scout is awarded to two local youth!

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

We hear so many discouraging and disparaging things about our young people. Taylorville has two young men who have completed the merit badge and community service requirements to be awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Tim Schaeffer and Justin Huber are but two of the outstanding young folks we have here in our Central Illinois community. Congratulations to these two fine young men.

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Taylorville Scouts complete community service projects and achieve rank of Eagle

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TAYLORVILLE — Two local scouts, Justin Huber, son of Vern and Tina Huber, and Tim Schaeffer, son of Don and Cathy Schaeffer of Taylorville, were recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony held Oct. 6. For his Eagle Scout project, Huber chose to repair a bridge along the Chief Illini Trail in Shelbyville. Pictured are Justin Huber (left) and Jim Jachino, Justin’s uncle who assisted, standing on the completed bridge.

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TAYLORVILLE — Tim Schaeffer works to lay landscaping fabric along the Wetlands Nature Trail. Schaeffer’s Eagle Scout project was to clear, repair and update the Wetlands Nature Trail located at Lake Taylorville. He was recognized on Oct. 6th during an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony at Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium.

TAYLORVILLE — Justin Huber, son of Vern and Tina Huber of Taylorville, and Tim Schaeffer, son of Don and Cathy Schaeffer of Taylorville, were recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony held at Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Both Scouts are members of Troop #68. The Eagle Scout is the highest award in Boy Scouts. In order to achieve Eagle rank, a Scout must be active in his troop for a period of six months after becoming a Life Scout. A Scout must also earn a total of 21 merit badges, and is required to serve for at least six months in a position of responsibility in the troop. The Scout must also plan, develop, lead and implement a service project that will benefit the community. The Scout is also required to take part in a unit leader conference, and finally, must pass an Eagle Board of Review.

For his Eagle Scout project, Huber chose to repair a bridge along the Chief Illini Trail in Shelbyville. Huber chose this project after his Boy Scout Troop had attempted to hike the trail, only to discover that it was inaccessible due to the complete destruction of the bridge. By working with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the guidance of his uncle, Jim Jachino, and the assistance of troop members and leaders, Huber was able to reconstruct the bridge during this past summer.

Schaeffer’s Eagle Scout project was to clear, repair and update the Wetlands Nature Trail located at Lake Taylorville. Schaeffer had visited the trail with his high school ecology class in 2011, but much of the trail was inaccessible due to overgrowth and erosion. During this past summer, Schaeffer organized work crews consisting of Scouts, leaders, family and friends to clear the overgrowth, reset landscaping timbers, lay landscaping fabric and apply wood chips on the trail. He also added a picnic table and landscaping for the table. Schaeffer hopes that school groups and visitors to the lake will use the trail to learn more about the wetlands. Alan Jackson of the City of Taylorville Lake Department was instrumental in assisting Schaeffer with his project.

Both Huber and Schaeffer plan to continue their participation in Scouting. Both young men began as Tiger Cubs in Cub Scouts, and have remained active in Scouting since that time.


It is County Fair time in Christian County, Illinois

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

We are going to make this the simplest blog yet by just adding a link to the Christian County Fair website.  The fair runs from July 10 through July 15.  Come and attend and have lots of fun.


Building facelift on our National Registry historic town square

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Brenda and Gary Spurling, owners of Spurling Title Service have embarked on a facelift of their location on the South Side of the Taylorville, IL Town Square. The Square and a block or so in each direction have long been designated on the National Registry of Historic Places and restoration of many of the building facades are taking place.

Facelift for an old building

Please note the date on the peak of the facade as being 1892. This building and the Market Street Inn were both built in the same year, only 400 years after Columbus discovered America.

The pressed metal facade has been scraped of loose paint and is being painted in a complementing color scheme. Prior to this the building front was all white which is still visible in the lower right corner.
If you note the building to the left, a brick structure, you will see a facelift which was accomplished several years ago by Brett Mason.

Architectural enthusiasts will find cast iron facades by Mesker Brothers and Capitol Iron Foundry in our historic district as well. We love it when folks walk and gawk at the remaining beauty of our square. 


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


Bike the Lincoln Prairie Trail Special

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
Bike the Lincoln Prairie Trail

Bike the Lincoln Prairie Trail

May is the perfect time to hop on your bike and go for a ride. The weather here in Taylorville is usually in the 60s or 70s at this time of year – just right for biking. The Lincoln Prairie Bike Trail is just 6 blocks from our Taylorville Illinois hotel; start here, and ride 15 miles to Pana on the paved old railroad bed. You’ll bike through lovely prairie land that is sprinkled with rivers and streams. The Market Street Inn will provide a sack lunch for you for your ride on one of the longest paved trails south of the Chicago area.

Once you arrive in the City of Pana, there are many things to do. Wander through the historic downtown and admire the lovely architecture that ranges from Victorian to Art Deco. Sit in a cafe and restore yourself with a cup of coffee. Visit the Coal Creek Pioneer Village, complete with restored log cabins original to the area.

We offer a “Bike the Lincoln Prairie Bike Trail” special at our bed and breakfast Illinois. There is a Weekend Package and a Weekday Package, both of which include a dinner gift certificate. Our generous breakfasts will energize you before your ride, and your private whirlpool tub will wash away any aches and pains aft your ride.


Illinois Weekend Getaways: Whirpool Tubs & Fireplaces

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

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.

The Lilac Room

The Lilac Room

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!


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