How Strong Are Southern Illinoisans?

Apparently, Southern Illinoisans are so strong that there were briefly two Facebook groups and a new dot com with the same name... This morning, I heard from a friend who had said she had sent a request to join Southern Illinois STRONG, formerly the name of the Facebook group that is related to what was … Continue reading How Strong Are Southern Illinoisans?

A Beautiful Day–to Drive Thru the Farmer’s Market

A multitude of well-behaved, socially distanced, people in cars paraded through the Carbondale Farmer's Market this morning to shop local. Vendors sold out of some things early. There were gorgeous flowers, plants, spring veggies, meat, eggs, and fur baby treats to buy. You could even pick up coffee, tea, baked goods, or some delicious-looking hot … Continue reading A Beautiful Day–to Drive Thru the Farmer’s Market

A Walk Through the Winter Farmer’s Market

I decided to take a short video as I made my first lap around the stands at the Carbondale Community Farmer's Market this morning. The video has been posted on YouTube. (If all goes well, it is also embedded in this post...) I was amazed at the quality and variety we have here even during … Continue reading A Walk Through the Winter Farmer’s Market

Sunday Drive: Alto Pass and Pomona

Yesterday after church, my daughter, her boyfriend, and I headed to Alto Pass for the first, hopefully annual, Cinco de Mayo Festival. When we got to the celebration, we were greeted by smiling faces and people enjoying the warm sun. A mix of music, Latin American blended with hit radio songs, filled the air. Bright, … Continue reading Sunday Drive: Alto Pass and Pomona

Root Beer, Llamas, and Wine: A Fair September Day

The first Saturday in September was a bit warm and humid, but still a pretty nice day at the Du Quoin State Fair. I spent quite a bit of time in the Exhibit Hall looking at the different entries from all over Southern Illinois--produce, quilts, artwork, photography, cakes, and pies. I spent even more time … Continue reading Root Beer, Llamas, and Wine: A Fair September Day

A Community Tradition of Harvesting Memories

The Carterville Lion's Club Free Fair kicked off this Wednesday in Cannon Park with the Farmer's Market and runs through Saturday, September 8, 2018. This year's theme is 105 Years of Our Tradition: Harvest the Memories. The Free Fair is a family-friendly event where many gather each year for some good, clean fun. Friday evening … Continue reading A Community Tradition of Harvesting Memories

A Taste of the 2018 Centralia Balloon Fest

This past weekend, my daughter, her friend, my brother, and I visited the 29th Annual Centralia Balloon Fest. Although there was still some humidity, the weather was much more comfortable than in some of the previous years. People seemed to be enjoying the colorful balloons, bands, crafts, and food. Although we were not there early … Continue reading A Taste of the 2018 Centralia Balloon Fest

Sunshine and Market Fresh

It was still pretty warm this morning, but the weather was perfect for the Carbondale Farmer's Market. Despite a late start, I still arrived in time to snap some photos, shop a bit, and get my iced holy basil tea. Many dogs enjoy walking around the market each week with their humans. Beautiful fresh flowers … Continue reading Sunshine and Market Fresh

It’s Festa Time!

HerrinFesta Italiana kicked off this week in Herrin. The event has been a Memorial Day Weekend tradition in Southern Illinois since its beginning in 1991 and celebrates Herrin's Italian heritage. There are two entrances to the Festa: The Piaza and The Midway. An admission fee is required for many of the concerts in the Piaza, … Continue reading It’s Festa Time!