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July 4th Celebrations - 2015 Style!!
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July 4th Celebrations - 2015 Style!! I realized something today – it’s going to be a busy summer! My calendar is filling up rather quickly with things I WANT to do…and things I NEED to do. Luckily for me, sometimes both things are the same. We just announced the local fair schedule fo... Read the full story
Heartland Lodge to Open New OHV Park!!
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Heartland Lodge to Open New OHV Park!! ATV riding has always been a popular activity at Heartland Lodge in Nebo, IL. If you have been a guest of the lodge and have enjoyed the ATV trails at Heartland, then you will be super-excited to know that we will be opening a NEW Off Highway Vehicle (OHV... Read the full story
Announcing the 2015 Fair Schedule!!
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Announcing the 2015 Fair Schedule!! It’s already the first part of June…we’ve celebrated Memorial Day and two graduations (with more to go)! So let the summer begin! And what says summer more than all the county fairs surrounding Heartland Lodge? Even though summer truly doesn’t begi... Read the full story
Lantern Festival Returns to Missouri Botanical Garden!!
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Lantern Festival Returns to Missouri Botanical Garden!! I am so excited! The Chinese Lantern Festival has returned to the Missouri Botanical Garden – or MOBOT as the Garden is sometimes referred to by the locals. The name of this year’s exhibit, Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined, says it all and runs f... Read the full story
Lasting Memories Formed at Girls’ Weekends!!
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Lasting Memories Formed at Girls’ Weekends!! Two of our three Girls’ Getaway Weekends have taken place for 2015…and I’ve had the honor of photographing the girls each weekend. For many of the groups that I photographed this past weekend, this was their second (if not third) weekend with us since thi... Read the full story
A Cabin with a Heavenly View!!
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A Cabin with a Heavenly View!! One of the perks of being the blogger and photographer for Heartland Lodge is that I sometimes get to see things before the general public does. Now don’t be upset with me…if I didn’t have this benefit then sometimes you might not have the photos on the w... Read the full story
Reliving History with the Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment!!
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Reliving History with the Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment!! I have a confession to make! I have never been a huge history fan and as much as I hate to admit it, American history was not my favorite subject in school. I know! How can you live in the Midwest and NOT enjoy American history? We are surrounded by it! O... Read the full story
Hit the Lodge...Coming Soon!!
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Hit the Lodge…Coming Soon!! Can you believe that it’s the end of the first month of 2015? Where has the time gone? Are you sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions? If you’re like me, maybe you’ll start in February, right? And if you are a photographer – of any skill level – then I’m... Read the full story
Wounded Warrior Rib Fest Cookout!!
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Do you like ribs? Do you like music? And more importantly, do you like supporting a good cause? Then you will want to mark your calendars for Saturday, May 23, 2015 for the first ever Wounded Warrior Rib Fest Cookout. This event will be held at non... Read the full story
Morel Mushrooms Spring Early!
Morel Mushrooms Spring Early! Can you believe the mild winter we’ve had? This stretch of warmer weather has certainly caused many spring activities to arrive a few weeks early – and one of those just happens to be mushroom hunting. In west-central Illinois, where Harpole’s Heartland... Read the full story
Spring has Sprung!!
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Spring has Sprung!! At 5:45 p.m. CDT on March 20, 2015, spring (or the vernal equinox) officially arrived! And even though the grass isn’t as green as I would like, and the temperatures aren’t as warm yet, there’s just something about knowing that we are now officiall... Read the full story
Never Too Early to Plan Your Vacation!!
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Never Too Early to Plan Your Vacation!! When it comes to planning trips and vacations for Dan and I, I am usually pretty good about scheduling our travel and activities in order to enjoy all that we want to do…no matter where we go. And yes, sometimes our plans have to change based on where we... Read the full story
Looking for a Winter Getaway?
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Looking for a Winter Getaway? With all the focus on Christmas, New Year’s Eve and all the holiday happenings in-between, did you realize that Old Man Winter snuck up on us? According to Wikipedia, the technical term for Old Man Winter is the Winter Solstice and is defined as “the astr... Read the full story
“The Stockings Were Hung…!!”
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“The Stockings Were Hung…!!” “…by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.” We all know and love the classic poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore and it just wouldn’t be Christmas without hearing The Christmas Story at least once.... Read the full story
My Heartland Gratitude Journal!!
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Gratitude…defined by The Random House College Dictionary as “the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful”…is something that I’ve thought about a lot over the last few months. Throughout the year, people that I’ve met have said that a person shoul... Read the full story
Enjoy October at the Lodge!!
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Enjoy October at the Lodge!! Can you believe it’s already the first of October? If you’re like me, each year at this time, you ask yourself “where has the year gone?” I don’t know about you, but I am always adding things to my already busy calendar…and this time of year is cer... Read the full story
Let’s Go Shopping at The Farm!!
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Let’s Go Shopping at The Farm!! Every now and then, I’ll talk to someone and they’ll say that they’re going to the farm for the weekend. And during the fall, when it is harvest season, we think of all the work that the farmers do on their own farm. My mom’s family will be gathering o... Read the full story
Fall is Officially Here!!
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Fall is Officially Here!! …and so is the fall festival season! Officially, the autumnal equinox kicked off in the Northern Hemisphere at 10:29 p.m. on September 22. However, the fall festival season surrounding Heartland Lodge officially began on Labor Day weekend with the Pittsfi... Read the full story
Fair Season in Full Swing!!
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Fair Season in Full Swing!! Can you believe that it’s July 1st, we are getting ready to celebrate the July 4th holiday and that QVC (one of the largest multimedia retailers in the world) is running a “Christmas in July” show as I’m writing this? Where has the year gone? Time certain... Read the full story
Celebrate July 4th in the Heartland!!
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Celebrate July 4th in the Heartland!! Can you believe it? We are already making plans for the July 4th holiday weekend…but we just haven’t figured out where the year has gone! Do you have your plans made? If not, I’ve got some great ideas for you!   As I indicated in my blog from last year,... Read the full story
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