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 […]

Carl Lee Park Pavilion and Bandshell

Carl Lee Park Pavilion | Jackson County | Murphysboro

1850 Walnut Street Murphysboro, IL    The Carl Lee Park Pavilion and Bandshell is a sculptural form which features Zahner manufacturing and engineering technologies. Designed by artist John Medwedeff, this public art project is located at the town center of Murphysboro, Illinois. The project was completed in 2010, and measures 35′ long. The artwork provides […]

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 […]

Exploring Lake Kinkaid Spillway

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke www.deliciouslyordinary.com After weeks of dry weather, the forecast promised a day full of rain, and a mild 73 degrees provided the perfect opportunity to visit Kinkaid Lake Spillway. Offering a multi-level cascading waterfall leading to a deep pool at the base, the spillway is a popular known swimming spot in Jackson […]

Come one, come all | Rte 51 Brewing Company and Banquet Facility

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke www.deliciouslyordinary.com As honey-hued wheat dances alongside the road, and a train whistle can be heard in the distance you can almost mistake Rte 51 Brewing Company and Banquet Facility for an industrial facility, which makes sense as this brewery is housed within what was previously Purcell’s Flooring building. Opening in 2016 […]

“Just Like Granma’s House” | Exploring rural Jackson County, Illinois

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke www.deliciouslyordinary.com “It smells just like Grandma’s house!” our eight-year-old proclaims as we enter Ava Food and Family. We opted to spend a slow day exploring the western side of Jackson County on a toasty summer afternoon, keeping our agenda open-ended to allow for unexpected roadside delights. Southern Illinois is the perfect […]