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November 2009

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20-22, 25th Annual Nouveau Wine Festival in downtown Galena. Celebrating 25 years! A celebration of the release of Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery Nouveau Wine. Enjoy a traditional French stew at local restaurants followed by horse-drawn wagon deliveries on Main Street. Afternoon wine and cheese parties at various downtown locations. 815-777-3330.

1, Singles in Agriculture Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Harding. Turkey and trimmings, dancing to DJ.
Contact Pam at 309-288-5061 or visit

1, Open House & Ski Swap at Chestnut Mountain Resort just outside Galena. Open house, hayrides, chairlift rides, resort tours, refreshments and ski swap with both new and used equipment available. Discount on season passes.
800-397-1320 or

1, Stade’s Shades of Autumn Fall Festival located just north of McHenry open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pick your own pumpkin, take a hayride, enjoy the petting zoo, corn maze, and lively outdoor concerts. Pumpkin cannon and a big purple combine named “Frank.” For more information visit

1-15, Royal Oak Farm Orchard located between Harvard and Hebron open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Gift shop, full-service restaurant, petting zoo, picnic pavilion, kid’s fun park and musical entertainment. For more information visit

3, Edgar Allen Poe Presentation at the East Dubuque District Library in East Dubuque. Duffy Hudson, Broadway and Film veteran will bring his talent and fascination for Edgar Allen Poe to life in his unique one-man play. Refreshments will be served. 815-747-3052.

7-8, Heritage Festival at Southeastern Illinois College, 4 miles east of Harrisburg on Rt. 13. Crafts, food, demonstrations. Free puppet show 1 p.m. Sat. Local band 2 p.m. Sun. Contact Donna Hearn 618-252-5400 Ext 3213 for more information. Booths available.

7, 10th Annual Wantlandway Plowday 5 miles east of Clinton. On Rt. 10. Antique tractor plowing. Free admission. For information call 217-935-5287.

7, Wine and Cheese Festival at Collver Family Winery in Barry. 217-335-3279.

7, Chocolate, Champagne, and Candlelight event sponsored by the Galena History Museum 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the DeSoto House Hotel, 230 S. Main St. in Galena. Admission $14, includes 1 glass champagne. All-you-can-eat sweets, cash bar. For information call 815-777-9129 or visit

7, Arts and Craft Fair at the Murphysboro United Methodist Church, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Murphysboro. Over 30 vendors, unique handmade arts, crafts & gifts. Lunch stand and bake sale available. Free admission. Vendor booths $25. Please call Clara at 618-687-2235 or email for more information or a vendor application.

7, Souls Harbor Southern Gospel Music 7 p.m. hosted by The Barn located between Tower Hill and Pana. Homemade Pie Month! For more information contact Joanne at 217-562-3562 ( or Judy at 217-539-4221 (

7, Third Annual Holiday Open House 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 101 North Capitol in Mt. Sterling. Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Celebrating Home, Longaberger, Crafts, Baked goods and much more. For information call 217-289-3365.

7, Leopard Feeding at Miller Park Zoo. Watch as zookeepers feed the Amur Leopard at 4 p.m. Free with zoo admission. For additional information: 309-434-2250 or

14, WNOI Holiday Bazaar. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Floyd Henson Jr. High School, 609 N. Stanford Rd. in Flora. Do your Christmas shopping early all in one location, over 70 booths, plus pictures with Santa (time tba). For more information or to have a booth contact Brenda Miller, Sales Mgr., WNOI-FM, Flora. 618-662-8331.

15, Raven Moon Concert at Music Folk, 8015 Big Bend, in St. Louis, MO at 7 p.m. Raven Moon presents exceptional acoustic music with an American pulse. Admission $7. For information visit or call 618-939-7453.

20, 21, 22, Little Station and Herbal Tea Room, 17398 NCR. 2930E Forest City. Put warmth in the holidays with home-spun gifts, furniture, McCall’s and Cheerful Giver Candles and antiques. New outdoor decorations. Herbal Tea Room serving array of homemade meals, desserts. Friday the 20th, 9am to 7pm. Saturday the 21st, 9am to 4pm. Sunday the 22nd, 11am to 2pm (tea room closed). Reservations recommended for this one-weekend-only event. Darrell and Fran Pfeiffer at 309-597-2386.

21, 27, 28, The 7th Annual Christmas Bazaar, 119 South Appleknocker, Cobden. New and gently used, upscale and handmade items, including Christmas trees, trim, wrap, games and gifts. Shop in a restored 1892 building with old showcases and counters. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 618-893-2567 or 618-893-2865. Also on Dec. 5 and 12.

21, Victorian Christmas Memories With The Tea Ladies, 2 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library – Lincoln Reception Room in Springfield. Learn how the Victorians prepared for Christmas, including their take on handmade ornaments, Christmas cards, Santa Claus, handmade and purchased gifts and famous candy treats, such as the “Peppermint Pig.” Tickets are $35. 217-558-8934 or

27-29, Julmarknad. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sights, sounds and aromas of Christmas past. Swedish Music, Swedish food specialties, abundance of handmade wares, folk art, antiques. Christmas Cookie Walk: Select from a large array of delicious holiday cookies, homemade by community bakers. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For information call 309-927-3345.

27-28, Shopping in the Hills 2nd annual Art and Craft Fair sponsored by Various locations in southern Illinois. For more information visit, call 618-713-2896.

29, Cookies & Cocoa with Santa & Mrs. Claus 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown East Dubuque. Join the East Dubuque Business & Tourism Council along with the East Dubuque Fire Department to welcome Santa & Mrs. Claus to the city. Arriving on a big red fire engine! Cookies, cocoa, Christmas carols! Free to the public. 815-747-6860.


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