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natural beauty

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Central New York is a beautiful place. This central Illinois girl hasn’t had much eastern US exposure. So I was delighted at the opportunity to take part in the Brews & Views tour. This was a tour that was part of the North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA) conference held this year in Syracuse. One […]

Last Stop

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Sometimes history is as close as a short drive away. That is true of this iconic statue The Last Stop created by John McClarey of Abraham Lincoln in nearby Christian County. Who doesn’t love an Honest Abe story? I found one on the Taylorville Illinois square where there is a very lovely yet comical statue […]

Jay County Fiber Arts Festival & More!

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When Gyneth Augsburger, the tourism Director for Jay County told me about the Jay County Fiber Arts Festival (March 8-10, 2019) I thought this would be interesting, but I had no idea! The Fiber Arts festival has been an annual event for the past 16 years. This event had it all, art, classes, exhibits and […]

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Illinois State Fair

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Who doesn’t love the Illinois State Fair?  Linda Spanberger does!  She was in town on August 8, 2018 visiting me when I received the media advisory abouy the dedication of the Illinois Statehood Forever Stamp and the unveiling of the Butter Cow.  So, we started making plans! Arriving in plenty of time to park, we […]

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Historic Collinsville

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Have you ever had a dream that you wanted to see come to fruition?  That is the story behind Historic Collinsville.  JoAnn and Glenn Weakly created Historic Collinsville after Joanne saw a need for children to learn about history hands on. Keith and I are honored we got to visit with this magnetic couple on […]

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