October 2013

Easley Winery a downtown Indianapolis place to be!

There is something about historic buildings that brings out the best in a business. Easley Winery is located in Indianapolis, Indiana and is located in the former Fertig Ice Cream Plant. While at our Farm World Writer’s Conference, a group of correspondents had the chance to check out the winery and tour. Ever excited about […]

Governor's Mansion was site of Senior Hall of Fame and Governor's Unique Achievement Awards

The garden outside the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield, Illinois, was still blooming when I went to the Governor’s Mansion to cover this for Senior News & Times. This event happens one time a year when volunteers and senior service groups come together to honor those that have received top honors. The celebration took place on […]

Murals add small town charm

There is something that fascinates me about sculptures and murals. Beauty whether in a mural like the one on the side of the Sav-Mor drug store in Virden, or in a pot of flowers a Chamber of Commerce planted in a boulevard adds so much to a town. The Virden mural was dedicated on August […]

Band Stand at Praire Land Heritage Museum

It is rather beautiful, this bandstand that is part of the grounds of the Prairie Land Heritage site. While visiting the fall steam show, I was struck again by how lovely this structure is. The bandstand was one of three. It was built in 1878 or 1879. The bandstand sat on the grounds of what […]

Gourmet House in Springfield, a treat

I covered the ribbon cutting for the Gourmet House for my writing job at the Senior News & Times. Always a sucker for a great Hibachi grill, I enjoyed the antics of Chef Twenty as he demonstrated his abilities for a quick photo op. The restaurant serves a variety of Hibachi, Chinese, Thai and Japanese […]

Spoon River Drive 2013

With the rain coming in and a late start in the day, this year’s first weekend of the Spoon River drive was shorter one than usual, but we still had a chance to see some of the sights and sounds that this two weekend event the first and second weekend in October brings about. My […]

Rockwell Mound built by the Middle Woodland Culture

During a trip on the Spoon River Drive I saw a sign that said Rockwell Mound. Always fascinated by historical sites, and especially Native American sites, we make a quick diverge and headed to the mound that today is the location of Rockwell Park. Standing in front of the signs I had to reflect on […]

The Oaks

So, last week I missed out going to the historic town of Petersburg with my mom and sister who ate at The Oaks, a beautiful Italianate Victorian mansion located high on a hill. After missing out on the shopping/dining extravaganza, when my husband and I set out for the Spoon River Drive this past weekend […]

Hand Corn Husking Champions share tips

I am standing in the presence of greatness. I am right smack dab in the middle of the National Corn Husking champions’ Richard Hume who hails from Little York, Illinois and Frank Hennenfent from Smithshire. The two demonstrated how hand corn hand husking was performed at this year’s Half Century of Progress. My grandpa, Ralph […]