Golf is in Season in ILLINOISouth

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Fall, Recreation, Sports

 

The leaves are beginning to change and the weather is becoming more bearable as the days get shorter. ILLINOISouth is known for many things and our amazing golf courses are no exception! We have put together a short list of courses for you to take a look and get playing! For a full listing on all of our courses, please click here.

Western Counties

ArlingtonArlington Greens Golf Course
200 Arlington Drive
Granite City, IL
(618) 931-5232

Arlington Greens is an 18-hole public golf course featuring open play, league play, lessons, outings, and tournaments. The course has 7,200 yards with a par of 72. Also located on site is an all-weather and grass driving range, putting and chipping greens, as well as a clubhouse and a banquet room. Arlington Greens is proud to be the home course of the Collinsville High School Golf Team.

 

AnnbriarAnnbriar Golf Course
1524 Birdie Lane
Waterloo, IL
(618) 939-4653

For over 23 years, Annbriar Golf Course has been offering 18 holes of public play on over 226 acres. The course has 6,800 yards with a par of 72. Annbriar is also equipped to host a variety of events including banquets and weddings. The clubhouse features the Smokehouse restaurant as well as a fully equipped Pro Shop. Golf Digest has rated Annbriar one of America’s Top 500 “Places to Play”, making is a great choice when thinking about where you want to tee off.

 

North CountyNorth County Country Club
703 W. Market Street
Red Bud, IL
(618) 282-6590

This 9-hole course provides a challenging, yet rewarding playing experience with zoysia fairways, sand traps, and two lakes. The course is 2,800 yards with a par of 35. After some time on the course, players can stop buy the clubhouse for food, drinks or to purchase golf accessories. Guests can also rent the clubhouse for private parties.

 

White Oak Golf Course
545 Rec Area Road
Marissa, IL
(618) 295-2889

White Oak Golf Course is a 9-hole course located within the Marissa Recreational Area. The course is 6,100 yards with a par of 36. Tee times are not required to play on the course.  After a round players can also enjoy the two lakes for fishing, picnic grounds and a wooded site for camping.

 

Other courses in the area:

Stonewolf Golf Club | 18-holes
1195 Stonewolf Trail
Fairview Heights, IL
(618) 624-4653

The Hills Golf Club at McKendree University | 18-holes
1015 Belleville Street
Lebanon, IL
(618) 537-4590

Southwestern Lakes Golf Club | 9-holes
5500 State Route 4
Percy, IL
(618) 497-8484

Elmwood Golf Club | 9-holes
1400 Eiler Road
Belleville, IL
(618) 538-5826

 

Central Counties

Indian SpringsIndian Springs Golf Course     
21347 IL 185
Fillmore, IL
(217) 538-2392

Indian Springs Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course nestled in beautifully landscaped terrain. The course is over 6,200 yards with a par of 70. Indian Springs provides a challenge to the most seasoned players, but also offers a relaxing a peaceful environment for the casual player. The course also features banquet facilities with seating for up to 200 people.

 

RoladnRoland Barkau Memorial Golf Course
1501 North Waterworks Road
Okawville, IL
(618) 243-6610

Get ready to experience the beauty that Southern Illinois has to offer on 18-holes of great golf.  The Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course features over 6,500 yards with a par of 71. The front 9 follows the natural lay of the land while the back 9 invites players to a more open style of golf. There is a restaurant on site to grab a bite to eat as well as a Pro Shop open daily.

 

Twin OaksTwin Oaks Golf Club 
21900 State Route 127
Greenville, IL
(618) 749-5611

This 9-hole course features rolling hills, mature Oak trees, and water hazards on a beautifully maintained public course. With over 3,100 yards and a par of 36, the course proves perfect for beginners and intermediate golfers or those that want to play a quick round.  The course also makes a perfect location for your next fundraiser event or family reunion.

 

St. ElmoSt. Elmo Golf Club
R.R. 2
St. Elmo, IL
(618) 829-3390

St. Elmo Golf Club is a 9-hole course semi-private golf course. The public is welcome and memberships are also available. The course is 3,200 yards with a par of 36. The clubhouse features a restaurant and a Pro Shop selling clothing, hats and merchandise.

 

Other courses in the area:

Governors Run Golf & Country Club | 18-holes
3300 Governors Dr.
Carlyle, IL
(618) 594-4585

Greenview Golf Course | 18-holes
2801 Putter Dr.
Centralia, IL
(618) 532-7395

Bent Oak Golf Course| 9-holes
1725 South Broadway Street
Breese, IL
(618) 526-8181

Nashville Municipal Golf Course | 9-holes
660 East Memorial Drive
Nashville, IL
(618) 327-3821

 

Eastern Counties

RichlandRichland Country Club            
5499 North IL 130
Olney, IL
(618) 395-1661

Located in Olney, Illinois this golf course features 18-holes. The par 71 layout offers two very different nine hole tracts. The course has over 6,100 yards with four different sets of tees, offering play to all ages and skill sets. Richland Country Club also features a driving range, a pool and a full service bar.

 

Mt CarmelMt. Carmel Municipal Golf Course
700 Park Road
Mt. Carmel, IL
(618) 262-5771

The 18-hole Mt. Carmel Municipal Golf Course in Mount Carmel is a public golf course that opened in 1920. The course measures over 6,300 yards from with a par of 71 and features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels so all skills are welcome on the course.

 

Casey Country CLubCasey Country Club 
203 North East 13th Street
Casey, IL
(217) 932-2030

This 9-hole course is known for its famous landmark. The World’s Largest Golf Tee is located here along with 2,500 yards of great golf. The par for the course is 35 and it also features a clubhouse with snacks, souvenirs and a Pro Shop.  The clubhouse is also available to rent for events.

 

CarmiCarmi Country Club
833 County Road 1350 N
Carmi, IL
(618) 384-5011

Carmi Country Club is a 9-hole regulation course. The course is extremely tight and tee times are only reserved for weekends and holidays. The course is 2,700 yards with a par of 35. Players may also choose to play the double loop 18 making the par for the course 71. The course features a clubhouse with a full bar, pub style meals and a Pro Shop.

 

Other courses in the area:

Fairfield Country Club | 18-holes
201 North West Ninth St.
Fairfield, IL
(618) 847-7222

Flora Golf & Country Club | 9-holes
121 Golf Course Lane
Flora, IL
(618) 662-2500

Lawrence County Country Club | 9-holes
Rt 2, off U.S. Hwy. 50
Lawrenceville, IL
(618) 943-2011

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Happy Campers

Tiffany Garavaglia
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Accommodations, Summer

Tis’ the season for all things outdoors: beaches, grilling, and of course camping. ILLINOISouth has plenty of options when it comes to pitching your tent and making summer memories. Take a look at what our Western, Central, and Eastern Counties have to offer.

Western Counties

 

Cahokia RV Parque

4060 Mississippi Ave., Cahokia, IL 62206

1 - CahokiaWith close proximately to the St. Louis area, Cahokia RV Parque has been a popular destination for travelers since 1991. The campground is open all year long and includes amenities such as a propane station, on-site laundry, outdoor swimming pool, children’s playground, and a RV storage area for winter months. There is also an onsite restaurant, Sawmill BBQ serving up home cooked barbecue Monday through Saturday from 11AM to 8PM.

Tent camping rates start at just $20/night and RV camping at just $40/night. To check current rates or to find out more information, you can visit their website at http://www.cahokiarvparque.com/

 

Randolph County Recreation Area

4301 South Lake Drive, Chester IL 62233

2 - RandolphThe Randolph County Recreational Area boasts a plethora of outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, picnicking, boating, hunting, and of course camping. The campground is located just 5 miles northeast of Chester on Randolph County Lake. This lake is over 65 acres and is stocked with walleye, saugeye, channel catfish, redear and bluegill sunfish, and rainbow trout. The lake also contains game fish such as largemouth bass, green sunfish, bullhead, and crappie.

After a day full of outdoor activities, travelers can unwind at one of the many campsites. Rates start at just $10/night. To check current rates or to find out more information, please call (618) 826-2706.

Central Counties

 

Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area

PO Box 97 Ramsey Lake Road, Ramsey, IL 62080

3 - RamseyThe Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area is located on the beautiful shorelines of Ramsey Lake. Campers can enjoy great fishing and hunting, as well as take in the picturesque landscapes. The area also offers hiking trails and secluded picnic areas. Not interested in a full camping experience? This location also offers cabins for your comfort and convenience.

Rates for campsites start at just $10/night and cabins start at just $45/night. To check current rates or to find out more information, please call (618) 423-2215.

Coles Creek Campground

801 Lake Road, Carlyle, IL 62231-9703

4 - CarlyleCole’s Creek Campground is located on the eastern shore of Carlyle Lake. Campers can enjoy this 26,000-acre lake for the scenic views as well as the recreational activities. Aside of fishing for white bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, largemouth bass, and freshwater drum, visitors can use the walking and biking trails or just enjoy the shoreline of Lake Carlyle.

This location features 119 campsites all with electric starting at just $16/night. To check current rates or to find out more information, please call (618) 594-5253

Eastern Counties

 

KOA Campground

1248 East 1250th Road, Casey, IL 62420

5 - KOAThis campground is known for its close proximity to everything the “Land of Lincoln” has to offer. The campground also features a pool for guest convenience or your can rent a boat for the day to fish on the lake. Unwind each evening in the game room or by catching a hayride. Memorial Day to Labor Day visitors can also enjoy biscuits and gravy every Saturday morning, pancakes on Sunday mornings, and an Ice Cream Social every Saturday night. There are 3 different ways to stay at KOA including tent camping, cabins, and RV camping.

Rates vary according to needs of your stay. To check current rates or to find out more information, please visit: koa.com/campgrounds/casey/

Hamilton County State Fish & Wildlife Area

8 mi. southeast of McLeansboro off Rt. 14

6 - HamiltonThis campground is located on Dolan Lake and is about 8 miles from McLeansboro. This 75-acre lake has 3 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 18 feet. The campsite features both tent and trailer sites with electricity, sanitary dump stations, and a shower house. There are also 5 cabins with heating and air conditioning on site for added comfort. After a day on the lake, picnicking at one of several shaded picnic areas, or hiking one of the trails, the campground offers a concession stand for a quick bite before retiring to your site for the evening.

Tent camping starts at just $8/night and cabin use starts at just $45/night. To check current rates or to find out more information, call (618) 773-4340.

 

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Three New Counties: Meet Clark County!

Alex Matthews
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Attractions, New Counties, Summer, Tourism Times

I went down to the crossroads…but not the ones Clapton sang about. I’m referring to Marshall, IL – the crossroads of I-70, the Lincoln Heritage Trail, The Historic National Road (Hwy 40), and IL-1. Marshall is nestled just minutes from Terre Haute, IN, and is the Seat of Clark County – one of three new counties covered by ILLINOISouth Tourism. Clark County is home to rich history, pristine parks and plenty of unique attractions.

Archer Inn in Marshall, IL

Archer Inn in Marshall, IL

“Marshall is the kind of town that makes you want a hot dog and an ice-cold lemonade on a summer night” says Jennifer Bishop, Economic Development Director, and Head of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce. “Summers here are incredible, from concerts on the Courthouse lawn, to the seemingly endless parade of boats heading to Lincoln Trail and Mill Creek Parks each weekend; the town just comes alive!”

National Road Display at Harlan Hall

National Road Display at Harlan Hall

This Summer will be one to remember……. Jennifer and her team are planning a “Walldogs” mural-painting event June 22 – 26 welcoming over 100 artists from around the world to paint 16 murals in town. Visitors can sign up to help with the painting, or just observe. A Vendor Fair sponsored by the local Gaslight Art Colony and other festivities round out the event. The new murals will join an existing mural commemorating the Historic National Road.

Across the street from that mural is Harlan Hall, a gorgeous three-story brick building, established as an opera house and delivery stable in 1872. It now houses the Illinois National Road Welcome Center, as well as meeting and event space. Another historical spot can be found under the water tower, at 717 Archer Ave. Archer House is an inn established in 1841, that on several occasions housed a young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln when he held court in Marshall.

How abo

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie at West Union Café

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie at West Union Café

ut grabbing a bite at the West Union Café? The Café is the recipient of not one, but two “Best of the Wabash Valley” awards – and is the only eatery that has won two. One for their broasted chicken, and the other is for their homemade pies. I opted for chocolate/peanut butter…save room for dessert.

Nearby Martinsville typifies the heart of rural America. The charm is felt from the retro water tower to the two side by-side parks just off the main drag. Linn Park, across from the city’s Veteran’s Memorial Park, is home to the small town’s array of summer events and concerts.

Can you think of a better way to celebrate a small town than with really big things? I’m talking gargantuan, tremendous, colossal, and in some cases the bona fide World’s Largest things…

Casey, near the western border between Clark and Cumberland Counties, is among the most unique towns I’ve seen. Visitors will find The World’s Largest (as verified by Guinness) Rocking Chair, Mailbox, Golf Tee, Pitchfork, Wooden Shoes, Wind Chime, Knitting Needles and Crochet Hook. These and other incredibly large items like a giant #2 Pencil can be found throughout the town with more on the way.

World's Largest Mailbox in Casey, IL

World’s Largest Mailbox in Casey, IL

All of these big things can inspire a big appetite. We’d recommend a tiny store called Moonshine. This small, quaint shop is about 12 country miles out of town and is world-famous for shelling out some of the best burgers in Southern Illinois. They’ve even made national T.V.!

 

This article originally appeared in the 2016 Spring Summer issue of the Tourism Times. Click Here to read the current issue online or request your FREE printed copy!

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Belleville Christkindlmarkt

Alex Matthews
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Events, Holiday Guide, Holidays, Shop Local, Shopping, Tourism Times, What's Happening

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An Assortment Of Goods From Around The World

ChristkindlmarktLogo Be sure to visit the second annual, authentic German Christmas Market held in the Public Square, downtown Belleville. Modeled after the German open-air markets, CHRISTKINDLMARKT (Christ Child Market) features merchants from Europe and across the Country, selling their items. Gifts, food, drinks and local/ regional specialties will be sold in individual wooden booths/chalets in a festive environment.

Live Reindeer

Live Reindeer

Children can enjoy free Trolley rides, Gingerbread creations and of course Santa! Live Reindeer will appear on Saturday, December 19 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Sunday, December 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

For adults, beer and gluhwein (hot spiced wine sold in souvenir mugs) will be served along with authentic German food.  A heated tent will be set up for eating and drinking–with entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Markt is open daily through December 23 and admission is FREE!
Sunday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.,   Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Click Here or call 800-677-9255 to learn more.

 

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This information originally appeared in the Holiday Tourism Times Seasonal Guide. Click here and sign up to receive three issues every year at no cost!

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11 November Events

Alex Matthews
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Events, What's Happening

Can you believe that it’s November already? Boy, how time flies!!!

We still have bellies full of Halloween candy and, contrary to what the Hallmark Channel would have you believe, there’s still a little bit of time before we go into “Ho Ho Ho” mode.

In the mean time, let us highlight a few great events coming up around ILLINOISouth in the next few weeks!

Happy Days: A New Musical • November 5 – 7
Open House Theatre, New Athens

Art & Wine Walk • November 7
Downtown Belleville

Winter Rendezvous • November 7 – 8
Fort de Chartres, Prairie du Rocher

Wood Carvers Show • November 7 – 8
Belle-Clair Expo Center, Belleville

Olde Tyme Christmas • November 13 – 14
Downtown Vandalia

Toast of Marissa • November 14
Marisa

Beer Pairing Dinner • November 15
Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston

The Nutcracker Suite Ballet & Concert • November 21 – 22
Scottish Rite Bodies Cathedral, Belleville

Craft Show • November 21 – 22
The Holiday Motel, Olney

12th Annual Native American Holiday Market • November 27-28
Cahokia Mounds, Collinsville

Girls Day Out • November 21
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville

On top of these great events, there are several other fun, family events before the communities turn their Christmas lights on at the end of the month. CLICK HERE for our online calendar to find out more!!!

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Illinois' First Road

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Attractions, History, Tourism Times

Travel on the King’s Road…King Louis XV of France, that is! French colonists gave this name to the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail (KCT) in the early 1700s. More than 300 years later, the road is still used today in southwestern Illinois.

Jarrot Mansion, Cahokia

Jarrot Mansion, Cahokia

In this region, the Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Kaskaskia and Meramec Rivers converge with the Mississippi, and throughout history provided reliable transportation for exploration, settlement and trade. Overland trails were used to access interior lands beyond and between the rivers.

The KCT can be traced to American Indian people around 11,000 BC, who over time built large civilizations with mound cities along the trail. When the French established permanent settlements at Kaskaskia and Cahokia, they named these villages after the native Illini people.

Fort de Chartres, Prairie Du Rocher

Fort de Chartres, Prairie Du Rocher

Other forts and settlements grew over the next 100 years along the east side of the Mississippi River Valley. This first road spawned other routes that led to Illinois becoming the 21st state in 1818, with Kaskaskia serving as the first state capital.

Bellefontaine House, Waterloo

Bellefontaine House, Waterloo

The 60-mile long corridor connects visitors with many opportunities to discover the region’s diverse history. Explore the evolution of native cultures, French colonial roots, Revolutionary War era settlement, early Illinois statehood, westward expansion, European immigration and agricultural significance along the Trail.

The dramatic bluffs of the scenic Mississippi River Valley shape the natural landscape of the Trail. Rolling oak-hickory forests, prairies and farmlands including quaint, historic villages and rural back roads make this 60-mile journey one you will never forget.

View of the Bluffs in Monroe County

View of the Bluffs in Monroe County

In 2014, the Illinois General Assembly proclaimed the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail as an Illinois Historic and Scenic Route. Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair Counties and their respective municipalities, are working together to improve and promote this historic and scenic corridor for the world to explore, appreciate and enjoy.

Call our office today (800.442.1488) to request a brochure detailing the attractions along the trail or email kctrailillinois@gmail.com for other inquiries.

This information originally appeared in the Fall 2015 Tourism Times Seasonal Guide. Click here and sign up to receive three issues every year at no cost!

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Craft Beers Bubbling Over in ILLINOISouth

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Beer, Fall, Shop Local, Tourism Times

It’s a brew-volution, and your old best friend Bud should be wiser for it by now. Well, if you’re starting to prefer wheat, fruit- or pumpkin-flavored beers brewed in smallish batches, you won’t mind that poke at the region’s biggest, all-American (Belgian) brewery. (I mean, what’s this strawberry-rita swill the maker of the so-called Great American Lager is trying to make us swallow nowadays?)

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The Excel Brew Crew

Craft beers are the rage all around. A new proponent of the “designer” beer is Bill Meier of Excel Bottling Co. in Breese, makers of Ski and more than a dozen other soda flavors. Excel launched a new division, Excel Brewing Co., just shy of two years ago. One variety is Lefty’s Lager, named for the grandfather who founded the local bottler in 1936.

Soda sales are declining, says Meier. Meanwhile, beer industry experts say the market share of craft beers has risen sharply, more than 20 percent in the last two years. To coin a phrase, looks like Meier et al. are in the clover… well; hops, that is.

Increasingly, beer makers are coming out of their basement or garage operations to fashion brews that are local-local-local. Aficionados of these frosty, foamy adult beverages need only visit the nearest bar or family-owned pizza joint to see that there are at least a half-dozen more options nowadays than Stag or Bud Light. There may be Schlafly from St. Louis, which started almost 25 years ago as not much more than a tap room.

Or there may be a couple varieties from Kaskaskia Brewing Co. in Red Bud… and, if not today, then soon. The new owner has seen sales increase three-fold since he took over the business. In March.

Makraft

Makraft Brewery in Centralia

Mature adults prefer a better beer, beer crafters say. The kids? From underage to legal, they don’t really care. Most just want it cheap. You certainly don’t have to be a beer snob to enjoy a superior product, but you also don’t have to put up with weak, flavored yellow water, as some beer crafters call today’s corporate product.

Meanwhile, fresher product just tastes better, notes Meier. So he tries to keep his inventory as low as he can. Would you sell a pizza that’s been out of the oven too long? The four DeGonia brothers sure wouldn’t. But the DeGonia Bros. don’t spin dough; at this writing, the longtime home brewers were planning a microbrewery in a revitalized section of downtown Granite City. (OMG… how about a double chocolate stout?)

Making beer is a labor of love. But to survive in a fragmented commercial market, expansion is key, so long as you don’t get too big or grow too fast. Obviously, craft brewing is economically feasible, with industry observers today counting upwards of 3,000 microbreweries from coast to coast.

Did we say pizza and beer? In O’Fallon is Peel Wood Fired Pizza and Brewery, which hasn’t yet celebrated its first birthday. Neither has Recess Brewing in Edwardsville. Meanwhile in Madison County, Alton will welcome a second location of Belleville’s 4204 Main Street Brewing Co., if it hasn’t already. And in Centralia, you can sample Makraft Brewing Co.’s product at their tap room.

So, let’s click glasses and raise some luscious local foam to our mouths!

CLICK HERE for more information on the Breweries throughout ILLINOISouth!

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4 Great Fall Art Fairs in ILLINOISouth

Illinois South Admin
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Art, Events, Fall

The art scene in ILLINOISouth is thriving. Along with museums, galleries and specialty shops, art fairs are a mainstay for many communities across our region. Ranging from small festivals to multi-day events, art fairs draw tens of thousands of visitors and millions in revenue and economic impact to Southern Illinois.

There’s no better time to see art in full display than the fall travel season. Here are four great events coming up that you should definitely check out.

salute Midwest Salute to the Arts
Fairview Heights • Last Weekend in August
One of the area’s biggest shows, this event features over 100 artists, live entertainment and more. The three-day event fills a ball field at Moody Park at Long Acre in Fairview Heights. Two music stages, interactive children’s area with entertainment, food and cold beverages accompany the art showdrawingthousands of people every year.

While you’re there, take a walk around the park or let your kids play on one of the playgrounds!
street_artHighland Street Art FestivalHighland • 3rd Saturday in September
The Highland Street Art Festival is not your typical art show. Over 50 artists gather to create colorful, complex works of art on the street with chalk. It certainly is a sight to behold! The depth and beauty of these pieces is astounding. A local art expo and standard art-show attractions can be found as well.

Onley Arts Council Fall Festival
Olney • Last Saturday of September
Visit Olney City Park on the last Saturday in September to find art and crafts from local creators! Proceeds from the events vendor booths and concessions support the Olney Art Council’s workshops, performances and more.

While at the event, keep your eyes peeled for Olney’s famous white squirrels. These adorable creatures spend the Fall months scurrying around collecting food for the Winter!

aitpArt in the Park
Highland • 2nd Weekend in October
This annual affair takes place in Lindendale Park amidst an array of fall colors. The natural beauty, and crisp, Autumn air create the perfect setting for an exciting art show featuring demonstrations, food, wine tasting, creative children’s activities and more. Find everything from photographs and paintings to jewelry and sculpture by artists from surrounding areas and beyond!

CLICK HERE for more information about these and other great fall events in ILLINOISouth!!!

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Fall Food Fun

Illinois South Admin
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Events, Fall, Tourism Times

As we’re transitioning from Summer to Fall in Illinois South, one of our FAVORITE things to do is…well…eat. Fortunately, opportunities to do so are plentiful this time of year.

August is filled with several towns breaking out the grills for one last hurrah. Pair the delicious barbecue with entertainment, like the car shows in Maeystown or New Baden, or live music and a bags tourney in Beckemeyer and you can make a day of it.

For a taste of something different, check out the Crawfish & Gumbo Festival at the Kaskaskia River House in New Athens at the end of the month.

Further down the line, several communities hold Chili Cook-offs – some as big events where the chili takes center stage and some as part of other big events. Other locales will feature Oktoberfest Celebrations to celebrate the rich German heritage in our region. There will be more bier and bratwursts in the area than you can shake a stick at!!!

Some events feature locally made wine, beer or ciders – tasty!

Find more information below or CLICK HERE for our online calendar!

August 14 – 15
Sips & Tastes
Shiloh
Enjoy delicious food and great music.
618-377-2504

August 15
Winestock
Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston
618-228-9111

August 16
Maeystown Fire Dept. BBQ & Show Us Your Ride
Maeystown
Enjoy great barbecue while seeing cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors.
618-580-5875

August 22
Little Pig Cook-Off
BCDC Park, Beckemeyer
In addition to blind judging awards, attendees will determine by popular vote, the “Best Porksteak” and the “Best Site.” Music will be playing all day, and other activities include a bags tournament, raffles, kid’s area and more.
618-227-8331

August 22
Annual Fun in the Sun BBQ & Cruise-In Car Show
New Baden Village Park
Held annually on the 4th Saturday of August, there will be all licensed makes and models, trophies and dash plaques, awards presentations, food, drinks, 50/50 raffle, music and attendance prizes.
618-588-3813

Salem Bluegrass & Barbecue

Salem Bluegrass & Barbecue

August 28 – 30
25th Annual Bluegrass & BBQ
Bryan Memorial Park, Salem
Bluegrass music and barbeque festival featuring live bluegrass music.
618-315-3877

August 29
National Crawfish & Gumbo Festival
The Kaskaskia Riverhouse, New Athens
The National Crawfish and Gumbo Festival will feature chefs from Louisiana, Florida and points all across the country! Entertainment includes legendary Zydeco Crawdaddies, “The Sauce Boss” Bill Wharton, The Funky Butt Brass Band and more.
618-475-2223

Berryville Chowder

Berryville Chowder

September 5
Berryville Chowder
Berryville Community Bldg., Berryville
Line up and fill a bowl with this local favorite!
618-839-5081

September 19
Lincoln Place Heritage Festival
Lincoln Place Community Center, Granite City
Armenian, Mexican, Macedonian and Bulgarian ethnic foods and pastries for sale. Free, continuous ethnic entertainment, featuring dancers, vocalists and music from Russia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Armenia, Mexico, Spain, Croatia, Scotland, Celtic Harp, Appalachian mountain dulcimer and Italian opera. Lincoln Place historical displays, quilts, Eastern European costume displays and children activities.
618-876-6400

September 25
Autumn Art Walk
Greenville
Fine art, savory food and wine and delightful music are featured at this event sponsored by Our Common Ground. Artists from the St. Louis metro region are spotlighted at this outdoor event.
618-664-9272

October 2 – 3
Chili Cook-Off
Downtown Belleville
Belleville’s Chili Cook-off features the culinary creations of individuals, local organizations & area businesses, as well as a children’s area, 5K run and entertainment throughout the weekend!
618-233-2015

October 9 – 10
Octoberfest
Steeleville
The fun begins Friday evening with a parade and continues with food, beer, music, craft fair, washer tournament, kids’ activities and a variety show.
618-559-7635

October 10
Freeburg Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook-Off
Freeburg Village Park
Make a day of tasting delicious chili and more.
618-410-4077

October 10
Chili Cook-Off
Okawville
It’s chili tasting for all, and prizes for the best chili, people’s choice and best decorated booth. Kids activities, wine tasting, additional food items, beer, soda and other beverages are also available.
618-243-5694

October 11
Oktoberfest
Maeystown
Browse more than 50 artisans, crafters, dealers, and numerous food stands. The village specialty shops, bed and breakfast, restaurants and museum are open.
618-458-6660

October 17
Chili Cook Off & Arts and Crafts
Dupo Community Park, Dupo
In addition to the great chili booths there will be arts and crafts, prizes, food, music, games and walk of honor.
618-282-3280

October 17
Fall Fest & Chili Cook-Off
Mascoutah
This annual event has something for the entire family. There’s a Chili Cook-off, Car Show, craft & product vendors, children’s area, food and entertainment. In the Chili Cook-off you can sample over 20 kinds of chili.
618-566-7355

October 24
Chili & Soup Cook-Off
New Baden Village Park
There’s a Tasters’ Choice competition for both chili and soup with prizes awarded in both categories. Families will find a craft fair, touch-a-truck equipment display, bounce houses, etc.
618-588-3813

October 25
Oktoberfest
Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston
Enjoy German food, beer, wine and live music.
618-228-9111

Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston

Hidden Lake Winery, Aviston

 

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Antiques – Bringing Way Back When to Here and Now

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antiques twitter bannerPeople who love to trade in antiques are a very special breed. They live for the “find,” like the couple who buy the rickety old wooden chair at a garage sale for 15 bucks—then, before driving off to the next poor soul’s house, can’t resist telling the clueless sellers that it’s antebellum.

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Fabulous Finds by Jerri Allen, Olney

Few are that snarky, of course. They’re a community not unlike the experts on Pickers or Pawn Stars. They see through the rust, grime and flaking paint to see what’s beneath. They recognize character. And, value.

Plenty of antiquers buy and sell in ILLINOISouth, the 20-county corridor that stretches from St. Louis east to the Indiana border like a belt that holds up a paunch facing west.

Some are big, some are small, some are malls. Some trade in true antiques… that is, items that have been around a century or more… some in “collectibles.” Most have a little of some, a little of the other. For many, antique just means that they don’t make ’em like they used to, or you had something similar at home growing up, or you collect fine French china. (And don’t mind the little “flea bite” on that glazed white pitcher from around 1920. Turn the chipped side to the wall and nobody will notice.)

Some collectors love to display well-used farm implements, inside and out. There’s plenty of that around here, from Fairview Heights to Olney.

One thing to remember: Wherever it is, no antique store is ever the same place twice! So come early, come often.

  St. Clair Antique Mall, Fairview Heights:  618-628-1650

One of the region’s several antique malls is only 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis. Two hundred dealers offer a dizzying array of goodies, so make a day of it. If there was a specialty here, it would be primitives, crock ware, glassware and furniture. Just across I-64 is one of the region’s major retail malls and dozens of big-box stores, where you can take a break to shop for some new stuff.

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Windows Off Broadway, Highland

Windows on Broadway, Highland: 618-651-4401

There are nearly 100 windows on this building, thus the name. Want some old magazines or 45 RPM singles? Check. A butter churn or bowling pins? You got it. But the 2,100-square-foot atrium graced by all those windows? Probably not. It’s more than an antique store; it’s a destination for intimate special events with a kitchen and bar.

The Antique Mall of Perry County, Nashville: 618-336-5300

Seventy-plus vendors have it all, from quality antiques to vintage collectibles…
all on one floor, in 12,000 square feet of space.

Vintage Collections Antique Mall, Mt. Carmel:  618-262-2513

Some collectors want things that are vintage or “retro,” regardless of whether they’re truly antique. You’ll find those here, too. Various genres are available, from primitives to costume jewelry. Dealers are always welcome.

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Vintage Collections Antique Mall, Mt. Carmel

Prairie Albion Antique Mall, Albion:  618-302-2146

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Prairie Albion Antique Mall, Albion

Are you a “repurposer”? This place is chock full of stuff you’ll want to work with. There are stoneware crocks, primitives and pottery, and blue “canning” jars. Or, select one-of-a-kind decorations for a banquet or country wedding!

Fabulous Finds by Jerri Allen, Olney:  618-919-0532

This unique emporium offers French Country, shabby chic, primitives, upcycled and repurposed treasures. You crazy kids might even find items that you could fashion into “steampunk”… simply from picking through what other shoppers passed off as “just junk”… here or at any other of stores we featured.

Click Here for more Antique Shops and other unique shopping throughout Illinois South!


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