Shawnee Cave Total Eclipse Festival

Shawnee Cave | Murphysboro | Jackson County

April 5-8, 2024 Shawnee Cave Total Eclipse Festival. We are excited for you to join us and hang out at our picturesque landmark with your cave family and experience this exceptionally rare celestial event. Shawnee Cave Amphitheater is on the path of totality with an over 4 minute duration. Our event will start on Friday […]

Murphysboro Cruise Nights

Cruise Night | Murphysboro | Jackson County

 April 6th, 2024 Show Schedule:  “Moons over Murphysboro Show”   Free Moon Pie to the first 100 registered vehicles  Free Cruise Nights T-shirt to first 100+ registered vehicles while supplies/sizes last  Free metal Dash Plaques for first 100 vehicles registered while supplies last!! Registration is always FREE at our shows thanks to our Sponsors!  Saint Judes […]

Maple Syrup Festival – Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center

Maple Festival

Enjoy two full days of family fun, including a pancake breakfast, maple syrup demonstrations, children’s activities, vendors and artisans, and much more. The festival will take place at our Camp 2 location. What would a Maple Syrup Festival be without a delicious pancake breakfast? Enjoy a home-cooked pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., […]

Festival Lights on September Nights | The 2023 Murphysboro Apple Festival

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke 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 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 […]

The Big Muddy Monster | Fact or Folklore

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke 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 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 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 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 […]

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

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke “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 […]