Thursday, May 28, 2009

Herrin Festa Italiana

In Herrin, IL last weekend, a fair took place. It was in the small, Southern Illinois town of Herrin. My boyfriend is now the Carterville/Herrin Newspaper official photographer, so I hope to be able to post a few of his pictures here soon. It was more of a carnival with rides and fair food. The claim of Italian Oriented was pretty much contained to their Bocce Ball tournament rather than the food one might expect from the name. But if you have kids, it is always fun to be able to take them to a carnival with rides and lots of other kids. They had live bands every night and one included Kansas.

Luckily for everyone, the rain stopped in time for Sunday night and there were TONS of people in attendance, so it was nice for Herrin to host an event such as this.

The best part, I believe, was these two monkeys, Popito and his sister. They were amazingly adorable, and their mommy sews them clothing! They kept eating those little suckers and were so cute!!

Their website is HERE to get more info for next year.

Luthy Botanical Gardens



On June 27th and June 28th, the Luthy Botanical Gardens will be holding a nice event. A garden show will be so nice!! The Garden is located in Peoria, IL. The town is so nice and not overly huge. But big enough to draw a nice crowd. The town also built a new river side stage/venue area that is surrounded by many lovely restaurants and such. Such a cool place.

Please call (309) 681-3507 for more information.

And visit the PARK DISTRICT WEBSITE HERE.
And the "Name the Peoria Landmark Blog" HERE.


Also, this Saturday, they will be holding the Fancy Schmancy Flea Market. That sounds like a really fun time too!!


Fancy Schmancy Flea Market
05/30/09 9:00AM - 5:00PM


The Market will feature many local artists and their hand-made crafts alongside all of the latest in home-based businesses. We’ll even have a few of the best local musicians here to perform.

Sure to be the event of the spring! This event is collaboration by Free to Bead and the Peoria Park District. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to the Center for Prevention of Abuse. Spend an hour or a whole day! To reserve an artist booth space, contact Free to Bead @ 682-2323 or e-mail freetobead5@yahoo.com

Saturday, May 30
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Franciscan Recreation Complex
908 Sterling Ave (Sterling & Heading) in West Peoria

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Art Festival




Today I visited the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Art Festival. It was nice and hot too! There were a lot more vineyard and food vendors than last year. It was prety spread out as well, with was good and bad. I am not sure how much the art vendors were selling, but every booth that had wine sampling was completely PACKED!! I am not exactly sure where they advertised, since I am out of the loop of many mass mediums here. But...It was a very nice event, and I am sure it would be fun to bring the family and have a nice day in the sun. There was non-stop, live music, and the atmosphere was incredibly safe. I think they had a baseball game or two, which is a fun twist to other events anywhere.

There were some very nice vendors there too. They don't have a website as of yet, but I may make them a blog sooner or later. Just have to see who to talk to.

Today and tomorrow until 6pm. Check it out if you are in the area.
Entry Fee: $3 non-drinkers, $15 for wine glass with tons of samples...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Patchwork Show

Drum Roll Please...


Quite possibly the coolest idea EVER!!!

Just thought I'd share this show with a really fun name!! Looks like they had great weather and a nice mix of items/crafters.

Spotlight on: Blue Roof Designs


My craft show booth
Originally uploaded by Blue Roof Designs

This setup was from their 2007 Event at the Vermont Hand Crafters Holiday Show. It still rings in with modern and simplistic design. It is very inviting, just like being in a real little shop!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Murphysboro, IL: Riverside Park Art and Wine Fair {Memorial Day Weekend}

Last year, I went to this fun art show. They also had some really great bluegrass music too! The entry fee was $3 general admission, or $15 if you wanted to do the wine tasting. The wine tasting included a free glass, and then you get to go around to all the different tents, and test as much wine as you probably wanted to. The art there was really nice, and I would've thought about participating in it, but did not get to that quick enough. The horrible storms in Carbondale a week ago really set a lot of people back, unfortunately.

So, if you are looking for a fun event to attend next weekend, please go to the Murphysboro, IL Riverside Park Art, Wine and Music Fest!!

Please Call Starview Vineyards at phone # 618-893-9463 for any more info.

For Directions to the Park: CLICK HERE ON LETTER A...

The Collared Canine at SOWA Open Market

The Collared Canine, a Chicago-based Crafter of beautiful and sturdy Dog Collars and such, emailed me to tell me that she will be at the SOWA Open Market in Boston, MA.

They are in their 6th Year too!! The SOWA WEBSITE is so cool!!! Check it out too. Visit the SOWA Flickr Page HERE. It looks like they are doing GREAT.

click the image to see it larger...


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Alabama Chanin Events




This fun team of seamstress/designers has had several trunk shows. They have more events in the future, and I thought you all would enjoy taking a peek at her wares...

HERE IS THEIR BIO:
"Sustainable Life - Sustainable Style

Alabama Chanin is a lifestyle company that focuses on creating an array of products through focusing on slow design and sustainability.

We craft limited-edition products for the individual and the home. Our products are made-by-hand using a combination of new, organic and recycled materials. Each piece is constructed with care by talented artisans who live and work in communities in and around Florence, Alabama.

Our products come numbered in one-of-a-kind or limited edition series and signed by the artisan that made it.

We dedicate ourselves to producing quality products that become a part of daily life in this generation and beyond. From farmer to fiber to artisan to home, our products are “grown-to-sewn” in USA."

EVENTS HERE...
7 May 2009 - 8 May 2009
Trunk Show @ Studio Berry Hill

10 am – 6 pm

2923 Berry Hill Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37204

Contact: Libby Callaway: libby.callaway@comcast.net

& including:
The Songbirds
May 7, 2009
1 – 6 pm
**for press and buyers

Contact: Traci Thomas traci@thirtytigers.com

14 May 2009 - 16 May 2009
Alabama Chanin in Richmond

One-Day Workshop/Retreat, Gallery Talk, Alabama Stitch Book Signing and Special Events

Visual Arts Center

Richmond, Virginia

28 May 2009 - 29 May 2009
Trunk Show @ Red Bird

2918 Domingo Ave
Berkeley, CA
For more information, contact: +1.510.848.5530

30 May 2009
Alabama Studio Style Workshop @ The Edible Schoolyard

One Day Workshop/ Retreat with Natalie Chanin
@ The Edible Schoolyard
Berkeley, California
Limited to 12 Participants

**This Workshop is Sold Out

17 June 2009 - 19 June 2009
Open House & Sample Sale

12 noon - 5 pm

The Factory
462 Lane Drive
Florence, Alabama

For more information, contact: office@alabamachanin.com Or call us @ 256.760.1090

6 August 2009 - 8 August 2009
Alabama Studio Style Weekend Workshop

Florence, Alabama

5 November 2009 - 7 November 2009
Alabama Studio Weekend Workshop @ The Factory

in Florence, Alabama

TONS OF ART, WINE, CRAFT, AND MUSIC FESTIVALS IN ILLINOIS

Since Southern Illinois is so famous for their beautiful and *tasty* vineyards, local businesses tend to hold fun events for them. HERE, I found a plethora of art, wine, music, and craft related events in Southern Illinois!!! The weather is finally getting really nice too.

MAY

"Strawberries Are Ripe for the Picken'!

Every Weekend in May Hidden Lake B&B will feature Southern Illinois strawberries in its breakfast menus! Enjoy strawberry parfaits,
strawberry crepes, and strawberry-nut muffins to name just few of our signature strawberry recipes!

And don't forget to order a plate of luscious chocolate-dipped strawberries from Hidden Lake B&B for your arrival!

Every Weekend in May Enjoy
Music in the Vineyard at Von Jakob Vineyard, Starview Vineyard and Rustle Hill Winery"


9 Music at Starview Vineyard, Larry Dillard, 2-6

9-10 Heartland Arts Spring Art Fair -throughout Southernmost Illinois. 618-713-2896

9-10 Springfest at Alto Vineyards - Music, food, wine by the glass, $3-$5 admission, 12-6pm, 618-893-4898

9-10 Reds, Whites & Blues Festival at Blue Sky Vineyard - 10:00am - 8:00pm on the 9th, 12:00pm - 8:00pm on the 10th. Enjoy our award-winning red and white wines while listening to great blues music at the vineyard. Join us for an afternoon of fun in the heart of southern Illinois wine country. 618-893-wine
16 Music at Starview Vineyard, Lynn Drury returns!, 2-6

23-24 Shawnee Hills Wine Trail & Arts Festival - Riverside Park, Murphysboro, IL Memorial Day Weekend. Join all twelve Wine Trail wineries on Memorial Day Weekend for fine wines, local artisans, great food, live music, vintage baseball and much more. The Shawnee Hillls Wine Trail has partnered with Friends of Murphysboro again this year for our Memorial Day Weekend festival. Proceeds from this event will go towards preserving and enhancing the seventh oldest park in Illinois. Bring a chair or bring a blanket and enjoy award-winning southern Illinois wines on a beautiful summer afternoon. What more could you ask for? Tickets: $15.00 per person (include a $5.00 coupon towards Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Merchandise)

24 Music at Starview Vineyard, Stace England, 3-7

30 Music at Starview Vineyard, Blues Bandits, 3-7

JUNE

"Blueberries Are In Season! Come pick your own or buy them already picked! Either way you’ll enjoy the wonderful taste of Southernmost blueberries!

Every Weekend in June Hidden Lake B&B will feature Southern Illinois blueberries in its breakfast menus! Enjoy blueberry kuechen, blueberry
pancakes, and lemon blueberry muffins to name just few of our signature blueberry recipes!


Every Weekend in June Enjoy Music in the Vineyard at Von Jakob Vineyard, Starview Vineyard and Rustle Hill Winery"


4 Darn Hot Peppers Is Open - Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Visit our Farm Store and taste your favorite salsas and pepper jam/jellies.

11-14 Superman Celebration - Comic art gallery, fan films, celebrity appearances, fun run/road race, Superman Drama, super bike trek, Garden tours, super car show, entertainment, "Colgate Country Showdown Talent Show" other contests and carnival. 800-248-4373

13 Music at Starview Vineyard, Josh Plemon, 3-7

20 Music at Starview Vineyard, Ivas John Band, 5-9


JULY


Early Peaches are In! Don’t believe what they say about Georgia peaches! Southernmost Illinois peaches are the absolute best! Come and taste for yourself!

Every Weekend in July Hidden Lake B&B will feature Southern Illinois peaches in its breakfast menus! Enjoy peach parfaits, baked peach
pancakes, and peach cobblers to name just few of our signature peach recipes!


Every Weekend in July Enjoy
Music in the Vineyard at Von Jakob Vineyard and Rustle Hill Winery

1 Rendleman Orchards Farm Market - Alto Pass. Peaches are here! Stop in to see the summer bounty. Enjoy a peach smoothie or a bottle of peach cider while picking up other seasonal produce as well as your favorites from last year. 618-893-2771

4 Anniversary Festival at Blue Sky Vineyard. Help us celebrate four exciting years of great friends and award-winning wines! 618-893-wine

4 Fireworks Display The Grand Chain Lodge and Campground starting around dusk. Traditional picnic foods will be offered starting at 4:00 p.m.

4 Fireworks Display at the Anna City Park.

18 Music at Starview Vineyard, Nash Street, 5-9

AUGUST

Southern Illinois Peaches Are In!

Every Weekend in August ... Hidden Lake B&B will feature Southern Illinois peaches in its breakfast menus! Enjoy peach parfaits,
baked peach pancakes, and peach cobblers to name just few of our signature peach recipes!

Every Weekend in August Enjoy
Music in the Vineyard at Von Jakob Vineyard and Rustle Hill Winery



7-8 Cobden Peach Festival - Sponsored by the Cobden Lions Club, features carnival rides and games, Peach Queen Contest, homemade food and peach cobbler. Free admission. 618-893-2777

18-24 Union County Fair - Anna Fairgrounds. Experience a "small town" county fair at its finest! Carnival games, rides, exhibits, Queen contest on Mon. night, Demolition Derby on Fri. night. Rodeos, horse racing and tractor pulls. 618-833-6311

29 Pepper Fest at Darn Hot Peppers. If you like it hot, this is a favorite gathering for all chile heads and hot pepper fans. 618-893-1443

29 Music at Starview Vineyard, Wood Box Gang, 5-9

SEPTEMBER

5-6 Shawnee Hills Wine Festival Enjoy all of the Shawnee Wine Trail Wineries at one location this weekend! Noon to 6 p.m. Live music, food, wine by the glass. 618-893-4898.

6 Music at Starview Vineyard, Stace England, 4-8

11-13 Everything Apple Celebration at Rendleman Orchards, Alto Pass. Celebrate fall by baking up your favorite apple recipes, or better yet try our simple ready-to-bake apple crisp mix or our own family recipe apple cobbler mix. Stop by our Farm Market this weekend only to receive 20% OFF a half bushel of apples (Limit 2). We will also be celebrating the fall season with fresh apple cider, cider slush, mums, and other fall favorites. 618-893-2771

20 Music at Starview Vineyard, Ivas John, 4-8

OCTOBER

Enjoy the Fall Colors of Southernmost Illinois’ Hilly Terrain!

We’ll be celebrating the colors of fall with our Union County Colorfest and fall festivals at the wineries & orchards.
And be certain not to miss our Annual Pumpkin Town Display!

Every Weekend in October Enjoy
Music in the Vineyard at Von Jakob Vineyard and Rustle Hill Winery

9-11 Union County Colorfest Celebration. Celebrate the fall season throughout Union Co, with Home Tours by P.A.S.T from noon to 4pm, and an Arts & Craft Fair in Cobden. Participate in the fun run or biathlon race, a wine festival at Alto Vineyards, Von Jakob or Owl Creek winery or a health fair at Union county hospital. A Bayou Boogie Boil at Northwest Passage Root beer Saloon. Rendleman Orchards Farm Market Celebrates all weekend long with samples of specialty food items. Flamm Orchards Fall Festival. Music, BBQ, Applebutter making demonstrations, working cider press, petting zoo and childrens activities 10am - 5pm Kid Fest at Anna city park 9 to 5 on Sat. will host the First Annual Wiener Dog Derby. The doggie fashion will begin at 1:00pm with the race beginning at 2:00pm. 800-248-4373

12 Cache River Wetland Guided Hikes - 9 am to 11 am Wildcat Bluff & Little Black Slough; 1 pm to 3 pm Heron Pond Trail 618-657-2064.

17-18 Octoberfest at Alto Vineyards - Music, food, wine by the glass, $3-$5 admission, 12-6 pm 618-893-4898

NOVEMBER

The weather in Southernmost Illinois is still very fine indeed! Escape the cold …
Join us for a weekend of hiking and wine tasting! Then relax in a Hidden Lake B&B Jacuzzi and fireplace suite!

Every Weekend in November Enjoy
Music in the Vineyard at Von Jakob Vineyard and Rustle Hill Winery

7-8 Applepalooza! At Rendleman Orchards Hwy. 127 Alto Pass. Stop by our Farm Market this weekend only to receive 20% OFF a half bushel of apples (Limit 2). Itπs that time of year for making apple pies, apple butter, apple sauce and other fall favorites! Fresh apple cider and hot mulling spices now available to make the perfect Thanksgiving treat. (Limit 2). 618-893-2771

11 Veterans Day Parade Anna, begins at 2 p.m. from the city park entrance on Davie St and follows Main St to Jefferson St. and back to the park. 618-833-5182.

27-29 Holiday Open House in Alto Pass Alto Vineyards, Austins Antiques, and Northwest Passage offer visitors Holiday cheer, as well as samples of wine, and snacks while browsing there unique selections for Christmas gifts. Fri & Sat 10 to 5, and noon to 5 on Sun. 618-893-4898 or 2206.

27-29 Holiday Open House Along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail - Start your Christmas shopping along the wine trail. Remember that wine is never the wrong size and there are plenty of unique shops in the area to find that one-of-a-kind Christmas gift.

27-28 Heartland Arts 2nd Annual Shopping in the Hills - Arts and crafts fair throughout Southernmost Illinois!

DECEMBER

Need a break from the craziness of the season? Plan a weekday or weekend stay in one of Hidden Lake B&B’s Jacuzzi and fireplace suites.
It’s a great way to relax and unwind!

Every Weekend in December Enjoy
Music in the Vineyard at Von Jakob Vineyard and Rustle Hill Winery

6 Carols at Candlelight An informal Christmas celebration at St. Anne's, a quaint 1886 church in Anna. 618-833-9441.

12 Annual Christmas House Tour Golconda, 1 to 6 PM. Purchase tickets at Pope Co. Museum on Main St for $10 p/p, refreshments available. Christmas in the courtyard begins at 5:30 p.m. depart from museum for candlelight walk and caroling to courtyard. Bonfire, hot chocolate, cookies and visit from Santa. 618-683-9702.

12 Darn Hot Pppers Holdiay Open House Join us for customer appreciation day. Plenty of Mexican hot cholocate, spicy ciderd, pan dulce and tamales.

13 Olde Tyme Christmas Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis. 1 to 4 p.m. 1700's decorations with period music and refreshments. 618-524-9321.

WINE SHOWS
May 9-10 Springfest at Alto Vineyards - Music, food, wine by the glass, $3-$5 admission, 12-6 pm 618-893-4898

May 9-10 Reds, Whites & Blues Festival at Blue Sky Vineyard - 10:00am - 8:00pm on the 9th, 12:00pm - 8:00pm on the 10th. Enjoy our award-winning red and white wines while listening to great blues music at the vineyard. Join us for an afternoon of fun in the heart of southern Illinois wine country. 618-893-wine

May 23-24 Shawnee Hills Wine Trail & Arts Festival - Riverside Park, Murphysboro, IL Memorial Day Weekend. Join all twelve Wine Trail wineries on Memorial Day Weekend for fine wines, local artisans, great food, live music, vintage baseball and much more. The Shawnee Hillls Wine Trail has partnered with Friends of Murphysboro again this year for our Memorial Day Weekend festival. Proceeds from this event will go towards preserving and enhancing the seventh oldest park in Illinois. Bring a chair or bring a blanket and enjoy award-winning southern Illinois wines on a beautiful summer afternoon. What more could you ask for? Tickets: $15.00 per person (include a $5.00 coupon towards Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Merchandise)

July 4 Anniversary Festival at Blue Sky Vineyard. Help us celebrate four exciting years of great friends and award-winning wines! 618-893-wine

September 5-6 Shawnee Hills Wine Festival - Enjoy all of the Shawnee Wine Trail Wineries at one location this weekend! Noon to 6 p.m. Live music, food, wine by the glass. 618-893-4898.

October 17-18 Octoberfest at Alto Vineyards - Music, food, wine by the glass, $3-$5 admission, 12-6 pm 618-893-4898

November 27-29 Holiday Open House Along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail - Start your Christmas shopping along the wine trail. Remember that wine is never the wrong size and there are plenty of unique shops in the area to find that one-of-a-kind Christmas gift.

Who would have known there were so many wonderful ways to enjoy the outdoors!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Purl Beehive : Join their community...


See the site and join here...

This site has been joined by some amazing and whimsical blogs. The membership starts at $8 per month. I believe you can basically share a large amount of photos. But the quality of the joined blogs is super amazing! You can do a free 14 day trial too...so I may head over there soon!


Here is an alphabetical list of all the busy bees!

a little world all mimsy Amy's Desk art nest Belleocchio Brooklyn Bean bubbles and boo Cha Cha does the Can Can CSquared Design Cottage Industrialist Craft Brulee Craftopia Dari dragon thimble eddy spaghetti fiddlesticks & nonsense Giant Plot green is the new black Helen Fitz Inchmark Jen and Ray Katie Did L is for Latte Love Natalie make grow gather marirob Melanie Falick Books Mon Ami Mooshkette Never Yawn One Turtle Dove Panenka papermode Piano Nobile pickles She Felt Like Knitting Stella Company Stella Interiors Sticks and Stitches Stonington Design StyleEstate sugar sugar Sullivan House sushi pie The Doe & The Mouse The Doll Loft The Floppifier The Ott Bee The Purl Bee Top of The World Knits wide open spaces Inspired Living

Columbus Craftacular: May 16-17






Thanks to KUNKLE BABY on etsy, I found this cool show in Columbus, Ohio.
They seem to boast green ethics, and indie artists, so this show will probably be really fun!!

See the Columbus Craftactular Show from the link to the right ----->
or see them HERE!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Carbondale DAWF Rescheduled for May 8th at 4:30

Rainy weather made the Carbondale Downtown Art and Wine Fest reschedule for this coming weekend. This is great, though because now there is another great event to visit.

This past weekend was the first for the Murdale Farmer's Market, and my friend at Dayshift in Makanda said Makandafest went really wekk dispite the rain.

So, take a trip to the Downtown area in Carbondale, IL to see some really great artists.