Block Party Music Series by Brews Brothers Taproom

Summer is upon us, and there’s no better way to enjoy the warm evenings than by attending a lively, family-friendly event that brings the community together. This season, the Brews Brothers Taproom is hosting an incredible Block Party Music Series that promises fun for all ages. Nestled just a block from downtown, this event transforms […]

LaRue-Pine Hills: An Adventurous Family Getaway

If you’re a family that loves the great outdoors, pack up your gear and head to LaRue-Pine Hills in the stunning Shawnee National Forest. This place is a hidden gem, perfect for those who crave both excitement and a touch of history. First off, let’s talk about those jaw-dropping limestone bluffs. Rising 150 feet from […]

Discover Mclaughlin Farms : U-pick Strawberries

Get ready to immerse yourself in rows of vibrant strawberry plants, ripe for the picking. At McLaughlin Farms, you can enjoy the satisfaction of harvesting your own strawberries straight from the vine. Not keen on picking? No problem! You can also opt for pre-picked strawberries for a hassle-free experience. As a family-owned business with over […]

Exploring the Transformation of Burning Star

The historic site of Burning Star, nestled in the heart of Jackson Co, echoes of a coal mining past. The site, once home to the bustling operations of the Truax-Traer Coal Company since 1927, has undergone a remarkable transformation since the closure. Today, Burning Star stands as a testament to the power of restoration and […]

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 […]

Great Cardboard Boat Regatta

Boat Regatta | Carbondale | Jackson County

The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta originated at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1974 and continues to this day.

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, […]