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 […]

Picnic in a shell | The Riverside Bandshell

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke www.deliciouslyordinary.com I recall the belief as a child that parks were only parks if they had a playground. The idea of a grassy stroll, picnic on a blanket, fishing in a nearby pond wasn’t something I had equated with a park but as I have now had children of my own […]

Small Town Museums, Why to visit

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke www.deliciouslyordinary.com The General John A Logan Museum is smallish, quaintish, and easy to miss for those not inclined to visit historical museums. Small-town museums often don’t come with the bells and whistles of a metropolitan museum but they carry the same weight and significance. They help to make sense of our […]

The Big Muddy Monster | Fact or Folklore

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke www.deliciouslyordinarystyling.com Folk^lore [noun] the traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth. Myth or history, stories bind us. They carry the lessons of our ancestors and leave opportunities for contemplation and fodder for centuries to come. The Big Muddy Monster gives natives and […]

Never been fishing? Lake Murphysboro is calling

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke www.deliciouslyordinary.com There are fishing families, those who learned to bait a hook before they could ride a bike, and then there are the rest of us. Fishing for those not raised within a fishing family can feel daunting, as any new venture with children can be. It has variables built in […]

A very special place | Makanda, Illinois

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke www.deliciouslyordinary.com Makanda, Illinois is known by locals and transplants alike but depending on who you are will determine what it means to you or what you know it for. Nevertheless, anyone who has visited knows it is special. Frequently called the hippiest town in Illinois, it has made a name for […]