Posts Tagged ‘Taylorville Illinois’

Christian County Coal Mining

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Coal mining has happened in Christian County Illinois beginning in the late 1800′s and is accompanied by a rich and varied history which ranges from outright violence to extreme benevolence and all points in between.  Many people have written about it but two stand out.  One is Carl Oblinger who wrote “Divided Kingdom” which treats the coal mine wars of the 1930′s in Taylorville and Christian County Illinois.  This Doctoral Thesis is based on a compilation of interviews of surviving miners and spouses pointing up the struggle between the United Mine Workers and the Progressive Mine Workers of America to represent the miners in this area. Later yet, a history teacher, Kevin Corley, mined the rich archives of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to create a fictional piece portraying the lives of mining families during those turbulent times entitled, “16 Tons”.  Kevin Corley will speak to the Friends of the Library Thursday,  April 17, 2014 beginning at 7:00 PM.  This lecture is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. This writer and his wife were born and reared in Taylorville, IL and have seen many years of people trying to sweep this era under the rug and keep it out of sight.  Martial Law was invoked and the Illinois National Guard took up residence to control violence.  I feel that when you have lemons you should make lemonade and would like to see recurring reenactments of some of the events which took place on our National Registry Historic Square. We hope your “Historic Bug” bites you and you plan to attend this and other such events at the Taylorville Public Library.

Market Street Inn Bed & Breakfast

Market Street Inn Bed & Breakfast

As luck would have it, Thursday, April 12, 2014 is the first Pork Chop Dinner of the season by Taylorville Main Street.  This event is held on the South Side of the National Historic Registry Taylorville Square.  The pork chop is massive and is accompanied with sides and is charcoal grilled onsite next to the drive through lane.  If you are a guest at our inn we invite you to pick up your dinner about 5 PM and consume it in our dining room and then go to the Coal Mining presentation.


Christmas Comes but Once a Year

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Celebrating the birth of Christ was the beginning of the holiday and it surely has grown and evolved over the centuries. There is a lot of joy in bringing your loved ones out to the country to select and cut your own fresh tree to grace your home for the season. Engdale Christmas Tree Farms in Taylorville, Illinois is the place for you to come to pick out and cut your own tree. Engdale grows Scotch Pines at their farm here but some folks want White Pines or Fraser Firs.

Look for this sign along with our directions

Look for this sign along with our directions

The friendly folks at Engdale Farms recognize this and import trees which do not grow well here, but they take exceptional care to insure that your pre-cut tree is as fresh as possible. All imported trees are certified Michigan Fresh trees and were NOT cut before November 1.  Most of the pre-cut trees you may see on tree lots were cut well before November 1 and have aged considerably before getting to your local sales point.  Engdale offers you only the freshest trees available.  Things are generally more reasonably priced out here in the country and your fresh cut or pre-cut tree from Engdale Christmas Tree Farms will probably be less expensive than those you find in the city. Engdale Christmas Tree Farms will open for tree cutting and tree sales on November 30, 2013. Be sure to bring your own saw.Fields of Trees

Here at the Market Street Inn Bed and Breakfast,  just about 5 minutes from Engdale Christmas Tree Farms, we have beautifully appointed guest rooms for you to enjoy when you come here to spend a night or two while taking in the sites and picking out your Christmas tree. We have fireplaces and nice warm beverages for you to sip and enjoy.  We have whirlpool tubs for two for you and your loved one to relax and reconnect in.  For years folks have come here for a family outing to stay and pick out their tree.  We have a discount for your two or more night stay.  We are decorated for Christmas and wish to share it with you.  By the way, we are open for touring on December 6 & 7, 2013 for the Taylorville Christmas Tour of Homes.

Entry Foyer

Entry Foyer

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Golf for a good cause!

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Are you a golfer? On Friday, July 12, 2013, the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host a golf outing at Taylorville Lake Shore Golf Course. The fun begins at 12 Noon with Registration and Lunch with a 1 PM Shotgun Start of a 4 person scramble. At 5 PM gather back at the clubhouse for dinner and prizes. Organize your own foursome or register as a single and get assigned to a makeup foursome. The entry fee is $85 per person. All proceeds go toward the purchase of Bone Density Machine and an upgrade of the TMH Auditorium Kitchen. Call Debbie Johnson @
217-824-1677. If you are coming from out of town you should plan to stay with us.

 

Men, bring you wives along and turn them loose to have fun in Taylorville or nearby Springfield.  Ladies, bring the guys along and your innkeeper will happily direct them to a local “Husband Day Care Center” or other activities.  Stay with us for two (2) consecutive nights and we will impose a discount on your King or Queen Bedded Whirlpool Room amounting to 20%.


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.


How to get more for your lodging buck!

Monday, April 1st, 2013
This video only exposes some of the differences in how much more bang for your lodging buck we offer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixSw1lSrlvQ

The Hotel Package
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Hotels have begun offering Bed and Breakfast packages and so we in the Bed and Breakfast business have decided to offer a Hotel Package. What a deal!
When you come to Christian County Illinois and to the County Seat of Taylorville, place where you get the absolute most for your lodging buck is the Market Street Inn Bed and Breakfast.  If you are looking for restaurants with websites for proof that they are here you will not find it.  We have several restaurants with great food, great prices and no websites.  There is usually a band playing somewhere in town on weekend nights and we have great bars with very reasonably priced drinks but no websites.  Ride the Lincoln Prairie Hike and Bike Trail which is just 6 blocks from our front door.  Play golf at Taylorville Lake Shore Golf Course which is rated 4.5 by Golf Digest.  Snuggle up with your partner and enjoy the ambiance of “fire” in an electric fireplace all year round or  our gas fireplaces in the cold months.  Check out our rave reviews  on Trip Advisor and Bed&Breakfast.com regarding our breakfasts, our coffee and our service.  Go a few minutes away to Springfield, IL and visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and treat yourself to a Springfield Culinary Creation, a “Horse Shoe”.  If you are looking for life in the slow lane, we can offer some of that too.  Bring your fishing license and pole and wet your line at Lake Taylorville or Sangchris Lake.  We can probably find a place for you to ride a horse if you provide us with a week’s notice.  Good things and good fun happen here.  Come and stay a few nights.

Sonny’s Place is having a Halloween Weekend Extravaganza

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

October 26, Friday, come to Sonny’s Place for the Halloween Eve Show. A pumpkin carving contest will begin at 7:30 PM and the bands begin at 8:30 PM. The bands will be Kamakazee Kush, Animus and Misfits and Tribute Band. Sonny’s place is located about 1 mile from our front door.
Visit Sonny’s FB page http://www.facebook.com/sonnys.place.5?fref=ts Pumpkins will be provided and there is a $5 entry fee. First prize will be a Jack Daniels Gift Basket and there will be cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. There is a cover charge of $2, but, if you come in costume the cover will only be $1.

October 27, Saturday, Sonny’s Place will hold their Annual Halloween Bash featuring Super Mario Speedwagon band beginning at 8:30 PM. Of course there is a Costume Contest with judging at 11 PM. Fun, Music, Friends both old and new always make for a real good time. Come on out! There is a $3 cover charge and there will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the costume contest.

 

 


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.

A new development in our small town

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

The small town of Taylorville is about to see the opening of something which is usually only found in much larger communities. Gowin Parc is a facility which offers care to those who suffer from Alsheimer’s Disease. Today the Taylorville Kiwanis Club were treated to lunch and a pre-opening tour of the Taylorville, Illinois facility. Here is their website: http://www.gowinparc.com/


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.


2012 Heart of Illinois Ultralights Fly in

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Come to Taylorville, Illinois and Sangchris Lake for the Annual Heart of Illinois Ultralight Fly-in to be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 24, 25 and 26. If you are a fan of Ultralight Aircraft and related things you should come to this event.


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