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Carols at Early Candlelight
Singing of Christmas Carols led by Marjorie Brymer and the Gordon Family. Fun for all ages, starts at 4 pm. Casual dress. Refreshments served. Parking behind Stinson Library. Step back in time in this 1886 church listed on the National Register and remember the real meaning of Christmas.
America the Beautiful - Illinois Quarter Launch Ceremony
The U.S. Mint and the Shawnee National Forest will launch the 31st America the Beautiful coin – the Illinois quarter featuring Camel Rock formation at the Garden of the Gods Recreation Area. The event will include speakers and performers, and children under the age of 18 will receive a new Shawnee National Forest quarter to commemorate the event. There will be information about the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful program and a coin exchange will follow the event giving patrons the opportunity to exchange their currency for the new Illinois quarter. 10:00 am Southeastern Illinois College gymnasium.
"outhern Illinois’ breathtaking scenery forms the backdrop for local in-season farm to fork cuisine, pleasurable pastimes and world-class entertainment at Walker’s Bluff. What was planted as a family homestead long ago has grown into a picturesque vineyard that guests have been drawn to for its tranquility, style, unmistakable romance and fun family activities. We always extend an open-armed welcome to friends and visitors. We offer four venues to experience.
This cabin is a great place to stay for families or couples on romantic getaway. The cabin property is quiet with large old trees surrounding it for privacy. The view from is beautiful and you can see for miles and miles. A great place to have your morning cup of coffee is the back deck were you can take in all the beauty of Southern Illinois. The deck has a table and chairs for you to enjoy and gas grill for your use. Just inside you will find the full kitchen stocked with all the necessities you may need on during your stay. The living room has a grand TV with just the local channels. We have some DVDs for you to watch or you may bring your own. There are 3 bedrooms all with luxury sheets and beautiful bedding. The smallest has a Full Tempur Pedic bed and the larger rooms each have a queen bed.
Wine Country Cottage
Getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at the Wine Country Cottage. Just one mile away from Blue Sky Winery, we are located in the heart of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Spend a couple days or a weekend exploring the award winning wineries, shops and restaurants along the Trail! The quaint cottage on 29 acres offers a private and serene getaway. Conveniently located 1.4 miles from Blue Sky Vineyards, 2.9 miles from Orlandini Vineyard, 3.9 miles from Owl Creek Vineyard and 5.8 miles from Starview Vineyards!
Carterville Community Center
The Fred G. Harrison Annex at the Carterville Community Center is a large banquet facility that offers the renter options such as using a full kitchen or just renting one half of the banquet hall. Special events such as bridal showers, baby showers, and children's birthday parties, reunions and other events can be held here.
Fresh salads, incredible cat fish, crispy chicken sandwiches, and the appetizers can be a meal alone with hand made sauces and dips. Stuffed mushrooms are very popular. Friday and Saturday specials are posted out on a rustic board along the street, and range from prime rib to a local favorite, the fully loaded nachos. The name Diver Down is in recognition of the owner, who is a diver that can help out if anyone at the local marina has a spun prop, or other problem on the Ohio River. Diver Down is a full service bar, waitresses are all local characters that keep things flowing smoothly.
Shawnee Forest Cabins
Beautiful 1 and 2 bedroom Rental Cabins in the Shawnee National Forest. Closest Cabins to the famous Garden of the Gods and Pounds Hollow Lake.
Christmas Home Tours
Visit Historic Golconda and tour 4 homes, a church and the local museum. Christmas in the courtyard begins at 5:30 pm with refreshments and, at 6:00, a live Nativity Scene and caroling around a huge bonfire on the Court House lawn in downtown Golconda, Santa arrives on the fire truck at 6:30.
See tractors of all shapes, sizes and ages. Held along with a Farmer's Market in downtown Golconda.
Pickers Paradise Antiques, Crafts and Collectibles
Pickers Paradise has a variety of antiques, crafts and collectibles. Look for one of a kind items like an antique loom, furniture and much more.
Christmas in the Village
Spend the day in downtown Cobden, where you can enjoy fresh-roasted nuts while listening to strolling Victorian carolers and madrigal players, take an old-fashioned horse-drawn surrey or wagon ride around the village, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Feed Store, where handcrafted wreaths and gingerbread houses will be on display, shop the Christmas Bazaars and watch the lighting of the village tree.
Ever After Bridal Show
Buy a dress, pick out flowers, and find a photographer all in one place. Over 100+ vendors to choose from all under one roof. This annual event is presented by River Radio and held at The Pavilion of the City of Marion.
Cakes By Ally
At Cakes by Ally each cupcake flavor has its own signature design and name. In addition, each order is made unique and perfectly fit to please the customer. Ally provides custom cakes (from wedding to birthday), cupcakes, brownies, cheesecakes, and much more. Cakes by Ally specializes in fondant decor and butter cream icing.
Issac's Rusty Wagon
Isaac's Rusty Wagon is an antique mall & More, located on hwy148 in Energy, IL. Specializing in Antiques, Primitive Crafts & Home Decor.
Bald Eagle Tours at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Crab Orchard is home to six nesting pairs of resident bald eagles and their offspring. A few nesting sites are visible from public roads throughout the Refuge and eagles are spotted daily. Guided tours visit eagle nests and areas of the Refuge where eagles may be spotted. The cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for youth under the age of 12, and reservations are required.
Triple E Bar B-Q
Family dine or carry out. Serves mouth watering BBQ with a mild or hot BBQ sauce. Also sell BBQ chicken. Breakfast buffet every Saturday and Sunday.
Dee’s Pets is Southern Illinois’ largest family-owned pet store. Conveniently located on Route 37 just north of Marion, Dee’s has been serving the region’s pet lovers since 1982. When you visit the 4,000 square-foot store, you’ll be impressed with the wide selection of freshwater fish, birds, reptiles, small animals, and PUPPIES!!! Of course, they also carry all of the supplies, food and medications you’ll need to keep your pet healthy and happy.
Crappie USA Super Tournament
Crappie USA will hold one of the 2015 Super Tournaments on Lake of Egypt in Marion, IL. This will be a guaranteed payout of $10,000 and prizes. The tournament starts at 6:30am and will run until 3pm with a weigh-in at 4pm.
Koko's Bar at Kokopelli Golf Club
This restaurant is open to the public and club members. Excellent steaks and chops, perfect after a round of golf.
Cooksey's Bait Shop
Opened in 1962, Cooksey's Bait Shop has been in the business of selling minnows and many baits to incoming fishing enthusiasts for 50+ years.
Christmas in Carterville
This annual Christmas celebration encompasses the entire downtown area of Carterville. Santa and his helpers will be on hand for photos. There will be hot chocolate and cookies, caroling, chili supper, gingerbread contest, festival of trees, Sugar Plum Dance Fairies, face painting, Candy Land Path, Horse and Carriage rides and much much more. This event is held in downtown Carterville.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Marion
Marion's newest hotel, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, is conveniently located off I-57 and IL Route 13 adjacent to Rent One Park. The hotel location is minutes away from the Williamson County Regional Airport (MWA) and within 15 minutes of Southern Illinois University. Leisure travelers can explore the local culture with area wineries, Marion Civic Center, The Pavilion of the City of Marion & the Illinois Star Centre Mall. Catch a Minor League Baseball game at Rent One Park, home of the Southern Illinois Miners! As a hotel guest in Marion, Illinois, you have access to modern amenities such as wired and wireless Internet access, refrigerators and microwaves, hot breakfast and a 24 hour business center. After work or play, our indoor heated pool (open in July) and fitness center are a great way to unwind.
Comfort Inn - Marion
Guests of the Comfort Inn hotel are invited to enjoy the indoor heated pool, hot tub and state-of-the-art fitness room. Includes: free wireless high-speed Internet access, free weekday newspaper and coffee, fresh-baked cookies and popcorn in the evening. Enjoy our free hot breakfast featuring eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal and more, including your choice of hot waffle flavors! All well-appointed guest rooms at this Marion, IL hotel offer high-definition cable television, a coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, hair dryer, alarm clock, iron and ironing board. Some rooms feature kitchen facilities, a desk and sofa sleeper.