Off the Beaten Path: Exploring the Bluffs of Cave Creek Valley in Pomona, Illinois

Cave Creek Valley is tucked away in the scenic landscape of Pomona, Illinois. Nestled near the Pomona Natural Bridge, this forest service road offers an enchanting journey for hikers and nature enthusiasts alike. Begin your exploration by venturing down the gravel road north from Pomona, as if you’re headed towards the Pomona Natural Bridge. As […]

A Journey Through Hunzikers Greenhouse

Tucked away in this serene corner of Murphysboro, Il Hunzikers Greenhouse offers an enchanting escape into a world of vibrant colors and fragrant blooms. With two greenhouses, along with a charming cold tunnel they offer, annuals, perennials, fragrant herbs, flowers, and hanging baskets that overflow with botanical beauty. There’s something here to delight every garden […]

A Sweet Recap: 2024 Maple Syrup Festival

Hosted annually at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature outdoor education center, the annual Maple Syrup Festival once again delighted visitors on March 23rd and 24th, 2024. Located in Makanda, Illinois in Jackson County, this beloved event, includes a vibrant blend of activities, entertainment, and of course, maple syrup. From 9:00 AM to 3:30 […]

The Big Muddy River – A Brief History

Nestled within the landscape of Murphysboro, Illinois, flows the Big Muddy River, a river with rich heritage and history. Long before Murphysboro graced the maps, the Big Muddy River was a lifeline for early settlers. Known to the French as Rivière au Vase, its waters played a vital role in trade and exploration. In 1818, […]

Paint the Town Green: Murphysboro St. Patrick’s Celebration 2024

Get ready to celebrate a tradition that has been lighting up Murphysboro with Irish cheer since 1986! The Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the Murphysboro St. Patrick’s Celebration 2024, happening from March 14th to 17th! Dust off your green attire, gather your friends and family, and join us for a series of exciting events […]

A Bike Rally and a Depot

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke www.delicouslyordinary.com Located along Historic Mainstreet in downtown Murphysboro, there is no doubt the Old Depot has endured. Built in 1888 and surviving the tornado of 1925, the depot was the Mobile and Ohio Railroad station and the largest line on the Mobile and Ohio line between St. Louis, Missouri, and Cairo. […]

Summer 48 | A Film Race at The Liberty Theatre

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke www.deliciouslyordinary.com There’s something about a ‘film festival’ that has felt wildly intimidating to me. An event reserved for those who can readily recall factoids about cult classics, know the names of obsure directors and reference lesser known award shows. But when a friend of mine described the experience she had making […]

Festival Lights on September Nights | The 2023 Murphysboro Apple Festival

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke www.deliciouslyordinary.com With attendance exceeding 45,000 the Murphysboro Apple Festival is anything but small, but somehow organizers have preserved the small-town feeling in spite of the impressive visitor count. When we stopped at their headquarters organizers attributed some of this to the choice to not sell wristbands, describing not wanting guests to […]

Sunset and A Concert | A Series

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke www.deliciouslyordinary.com It’s both easy and hard to miss Carl Lee Park Pavilion and Bandshell as you drive down Murphysboro Mainstreet. The hustle and bustle of a busy downtown street can make the featured sculpture, completed in 2010, go overlooked but, once seated in the cut grass listening to the acoustics provided […]