This is the time of year when many Central Illinois villages hold festivals and none of them are to be missed. Each is unique in its atmosphere just because of all of the “Local Heart” and work and cooperation which it takes to plan, create and execute a one day event let alone a 3 day event. Stonington Summerfest has an agenda of events, food competitions, entertainment, lunches and dinners, the Grand Parade, the beer tent and whatever else to fill a week all stuffed into 2.5 days. The grand finale is a bigger and better than ever fireworks display at dusk on Sunday evening, June 17. You are all invited to attend and have a good time.
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We had a house full all weekend and our guests really enjoyed the fare. Memorial Day breakfast consisted of Egg Strada with fresh dill from our garden, sausage patties, watermelon and buttermilk biscuits
We had guests from all over Illinois, New York City and St. Louis
June 2, all day Saturday there will be a Annual Juried Art Fair with artists from up and down the state and beyond–jewelry, paintings, pottery, wood turnings,and other original art. This annual event is sponsored by the Taylorville Area Arts Council which will be judged that day with prizes awarded in various categories. Some of the participating artists have enjoyed national recognition for their work.
June 1, 2 and 3 The Blackhorse Native American Pow Wow will be held at the Christian County Fairgrounds in Taylorville IL This event attracts artists, performers, traders and vendors from native American tribes across the US.
Come stay at the Market Street Inn for this event filled weekend. Call 217.824.7220and ask about our two night special.
Reserve your room, come, stay, attend and enjoy
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Where?: One East Market Restaurant and Jazz Lounge located at 1oo East Market Street in Taylorville, Illinois
When?: Saturday, February 18, 2012
Why?: Because there will be a night of fun, music, prizes, etc. with a Jimmy Buffet theme and mode of dress. http://breezecourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=76&SubSectionID=618&ArticleID=122403&TM=76100.91
Purpose?: A fund raiser for Taylorville Lake Shore Golf Course http://breezecourier.com/main.asp?sectionid=76&subsectionid=618&articleid=122376&tm=75643.22
Where to stay?: The Market Street Inn Bed & Breakfast, but come in on Friday and spend two nights just 2 blocks from the party.
More fun: Saturday, February 18, 2012 beginning at 2 PM is the Monthly Market Street Inn BYO Wine Share and Taste Event as a warm up to the party at One East this evening.
Note: Jimmy Buffet ain’t gonna be there but somebody named Jimmy might. Anyway, a good time will be had by all. Yes, there is a small cover charge. Hey, it’s a fund raiser.
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.
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.
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,