accomodations

band festival

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Growing up in Mattoon, Illinois we had a park not far from where I lived and my neighbor’s dad played in a municipal band there on weekends during the summer.  We would go and watch him play sometimes.  When I visited Mason City, Iowa on a hosted trip and learned I was going to the […]

21c and The Hive

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All I can say is what fun!  We toured the 21c museum and gallery before heading into The Hive restaurant where Chef Matthew McClure sat at my table and shared! Art outside! Outside the hotel/gallery was very cool.  My favorite hands down was a very unusual car, a Fleetwood Cadillac limousine that was covered in […]

Wildlife refuge

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A visit to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge was an educational one!  When I was young I wanted to be a veterinarian.  For years I held onto this dream.  As a kid I watched the show Daktari an American family drama series that aired on CBS between 1966 and 1969. Set in Africa this family […]

Staybridge Inn & Suites

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So, when I was on the Hendrick’s County press trip a while back, I won this awesome Girls Getaway package at the Staybridge Inn & Suites in Plainfield, Indiana.  Jennifer, their marketing guru set up our trip and I got a chance to stay two nights with my mom and sister at their beautiful Plainfield, […]

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Yesterday we traveled to Effingham, Illinois to attend a concert. We went to watch the Confederate Railroad and Kentucky Headhunters perform and stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites.  I had not really noticed that this was a “suite” when I booked our lodging, but it was, and when we checked in we saw why.  […]

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