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April 20, 2013

Elkhart, IL 62634

TIME: 9am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3pm


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Enjoy the spectacular wildflowers on Elkhart Hill as part of Elkhart’s April “Celebrate Spring!” Weekends. The Elkhart Historical Society’s Wildflower Nature Walks are scheduled for 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, Saturday, April 13 and Saturday, April 20. Walkers will depart from the Birdsong Books and Vintage Shoppe, 111 Governor Oglesby Street in historic downtown Elkhart.

Each outing will last approximately 90 minutes, and walks are limited to 15 people. Master Gardeners in Macon, Sangamon-Menard, McLean, Peoria, and Logan Counties can obtain CE credit for the walk. Contact your Master Gardener Coordinator directly for credit. The outing will be on foot, so walkers should dress for the weather (rain or shine), wear good walking shoes and bring insect repellent.

To compliment the walks, the Elkhart Historical Society is offering a special “Walk with Lunch and Lecture” at noon on each date. Lunch includes soup and ? sandwich or quiche with dessert and beverage at The Wild Hare Café, located at 102 Governor Oglesby Street in historic downtown Elkhart.

Reservations are required. The cost for the Wildflower Nature Walk only is $10 (adult) and $7.50 (children - 12 and younger). The Walk and Lunch/Lecture is $20 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger).Children must be accompanied by an adult. Make this a family event! For more information and the online, printable reservation form, go to www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org .

For information on more activities and events during Elkhart’s April “Celebrate Spring!” Weekends, see www.explorelogancounty.com/ElkhartIL

Every weekend in April will be busy in the Village of Elkhart as they celebrate spring weather and the beauty of Elkhart Hill. For a complete listing of events including dates, times and reservation information, see http://www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org/ or visit the Welcome Center in the Village Hall on Governor Oglesby Street in historic downtown Elkhart for information on events, open each weekend in April from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. The following is a list of some of the activities on Saturdays and Sundays in Elkhart during April:

  • Wildflower Nature Walks and Lectures (Reservation forms online at elkharthistoricalsociety.org. $10, $20 walk/lunch/lecture.)
  • Elkhart Vintage Market
  • Artisan Craft Fair
  • Book signing and lecture: “Cemeterying with Hope” with Holly Labisky
  • Dragonfly Art Studio open house and art classes
  • Self-guided tours at St. John the Baptist Chapel
  • Captain Bogardus lectures with Bob McCue
  • Bird Watcher Walks and Lectures
  • Book displays and book sales at the Elkhart Public Library
  • Geocaching
  • Coffee, homemade rolls and baked goods sale at the Elkhart Welcome Center
  • Dining specials at local restaurants
  • Violin recitals by the students of Birdsong

The quaint Village of Elkhart offers unique businesses and quality services located in restored structures in “historic downtown Elkhart.” Elkhart is located less than one mile from I-55 and right off old Route 66, providing convenient access. Rich in history and natural beauty, Elkhart is famous for its unusual landscape - a tree covered hill that rises 777 feet above sea level, surrounded by a horizon of flat Illinois prairie land. Settled in 1855, the picturesque early 1900s style downtown makes Elkhart one of a kind.

Dragonfly Art Studio & Gallery is planning special events during Elkhart’s “Celebrate Spring!” April Weekends. The studio is on the upper floor of the refurbished 1889 building at 102 Governor Oglesby Street in historic downtown Elkhart.

The art studio will have an art exhibition and open house every Saturday in April from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Artist and owner Renee Sisk’s beautiful original paintings, and those of her students, adorn the walls of the studio. The studio’s second-story windows provide a great view of historic downtown Elkhart.

Sisk will also offer classes with a flower theme at the studio every weekend in April to compliment Elkhart’s spring events. “Painting the Black-eyed Susan” watercolor class will be April 6 from 1 – 4 p.m.; “Painting the Jack-in-the-Pulpit” acrylic on canvas class will be April 13 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Painting the Purple Coneflower” watercolor class will be April 20 from 1 – 4 p.m.; and “Painting the Blue Flag Iris” on glass for a stained glass look will be April 27 from 10 a.m. – noon. Sisk will lead your family, group or weekend guests in an inspired and enjoyable experience creating paintings that you didn’t think you’d ever be able to draw.

There is no charge for viewing the exhibition. For class registration and information, contact 217-737-7933 or e-mail dragonfly.art@live.com For information on all activities and events during Elkhart’s April “Celebrate Spring!” Weekends, see www.explorelogancounty.com/ElkhartIL

 The Artisan Craft Fair will be from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturdays April 20 and 27 and Sundays April 21 and 28 in historic downtown Elkhart. With over 20 booths, local crafters will provide shoppers with all types of hand-made items to purchase, including children’s items, jewelry, wood and gourd crafts, bags and totes, walking sticks and canes, hand sewn items, purses, wine glasses, and tarts and warmers.

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