The Riverside Park Band Shell

2610 West Riverside Park Murphysboro, IL    The plaque reads: THE RIVERSIDE PARK BAND SHELL THE MURPHYSBORO PARK DISTRICT, ESTABLISHED 1907, PARTNERED WITH THE FEDERAL WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION TO BUILD THE RIVERSIDE BAND SHELL IN 1938-39. DESIGNED BY MURPHYSBORO ARCHITECT RUDOLPH Z. “POP” GILL, THE BAND SHELL REMAINS A MONUMENT TO THE ERA OF THE […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

About in the Bottoms | Grand Tower, Illinois

Lindsay Stockhecke | Deliciously Ordinary www.deliciouslyordinary.com With the earliest settlers being river pirates and legends of hauntings, you can feel the history of Grand Tower as you pull into town. As Devil’s Backbone (a half-mile strip of limestone that spans the eastern shore of the Mississippi River) stands behind you and the 100-foot-tall Tower Rock […]