Arts & Culture

Balloons Over Vermilion, what a trip!

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July 14th was media day. As a blogger, I got the chance to go up, up and away in a hot air balloon with the pilots that would be flying over Vermilion County Illinois during the July 15-16 weekend. My daughter-in-law Stacy came along and was part of Scott Wooge’s balloon crew as we prepared […]

Fashion and Travel - Loving it at the Missouri History Museum

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Today Janna Seiz, Marty Swain and my mom and I headed for St. Louis to the Missouri History Museum to view The Little Black Dress exhibit.  The story of how black advanced from being limited to mourning to high fashion.  During the Victorian Age, the black dress was used with very strict mourning social rules […]

Art Deco Church takes eyes heavenward

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Annie Jansen and I were in Bloomington on one of our monthly get togethers in March of this year.  We got turned around in town and spied the amazingly beautiful Holy Trinity Catholic Church on the corner of Chestnut and Main.  We vowed on our next trip if the church was open to the public […]

Lynn Huyear's a fun stop

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Keith and I were out and about on our way home from his birthday lunch at Wittmond’s Hotel in Brussels, Illinois when he said we needed to make a stop at a farm near Carlinville at Lynn Huyear’s.  It was a hot day and I had never met Lynn, but we are always up for […]

The Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site - We Found It!

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This past week, my mom and I toured the amazing Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site.  Located in New Madrid, Missouri, home to the largest Earth Quakes in American history, the home is a lovely grand home built by William and Amanda Hunter.  The Hunters had a dry goods store they called “the Crystal Palace” as well […]