Guided Tour – Shawnee Hills Farming and Orchards – Sept. 10, 2016

SI Treasure tours logoJane Adams, author of The Transformation of Rural Life: Southern Illinois, 1890-1990  will provide interpretation and stories of the origins of Jackson and Union County farming, vineyards, and orchards on this special tour.  The tour will pass through the rolling Shawnee hills with a special stop at the Union County Heritage Museum with its renowned Kirkpatrick Pottery.

Tour goers will learn about farming while touring several historical farms including both peachesorchard and vineyard.  A special treat will be visiting the beautiful Bald Knob Cross overlooking the majestic countryside and the Shawnee Hills.  All tastings, special snacks, treats and sit down lunch at the Yellow Moon Café in Cobden are included in the cost.

Pick up locations for the tour will be at 9:45am John A Logan College, Carterville and at 10:30am at the Murphysboro Walmart on Country Club Rd. off of Route 13. It is 4-5 hours long. The cost is $65 per person. To reserve a spot call 618-751-2924 or click here.

Duration – 5 hours
Cost – $65 per person
Dates: Sat. Sept. 10, 2016

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Massac County Youth Fair is July 15-22

Massac County Youth Fair July 15-22 All events are held on the Youth Fairgrounds, 4476 Korte Rd., next to Massac County High School Here are some special events to check out at the Youth Fair ̵…

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1st River To River Yard Sale this August 4-6, 2016

The idea for the River  to River yard sale came from Julie Ames and her sister Sabra Smith, visiting the 100 mile yard sale, in MO.  After visiting that successful event  they decided to start a similar event in Southernmost IL.

The River to River yard sale will follow Hwy. 146 from East Cape to Golconda on August 4-6, 2016.   Residents along this route are encouraged to clean out attics, basements, closets and storage sheds and offer items they would like to sell.  Community wide yard sales are being held along the route in East Cape, McClure, Ware, Jonesboro, Anna and Golconda.

If you want to hold a yard sale of your own, the best thing to do is contact property owners directly who live along Hwy. 146.   If you would like some ideas of where you can set up contact Julie Ames at 618-697-2435 or email

There is no cost to attend the yard sales.  Organizers say bring cash, as many holding yard sales will not accept personal checks, and aren’t set up to take debit or credit cards.

River to River yard sale

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Father’s Day Adventure Offered on the Cache River


SI Treasure Tours, a Southern Illinois 501/c/3 is hosting a special event for families on the Cache River for Father’s Day, Sunday June 19, 2016 called Father’s Day Cache River Adventure, which includes only a canoe tour, but a campfire cookout afterwards. “For this tour we don’t use a bus and but actually go out on the river,” Erickson said. Mark Denzer of White Crane Canoes who’s also a professional wilderness guide will lead our guests through canoe trails of these unique internationally-recognized wetlands. Surprising cypress tupelo swamps, and wildlife abundant wetlands inspired French Voyagers over 200 years ago to name the Cache River, for the French word “hidden”. “We’ll be passing by trees that are over a thousand years old. You wouldn’t think we’re still in Southern Illinois” Erickson added. “On completion we will have a campsite roasted meal!“ Tours include sights and sounds of eagles, herons, egrets, ducks, turtles will greet you as you canoe through their watery habitat. For paddling enthusiasts of all skill levels. Paddlers will be able to choose to take their journey by either canoe or kayak provided by White Crane Canoes. The cost for the trip for adults is $25 and for youth or children is $15. Meeting place will be at the Berkhausen Wetlands Center in Cypress. Additional information about the tours can be found online at, or by calling 618-751-2924.

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All Aboard! | Walker’s Bluff Trolly

All Aboard! | Walker’s Bluff

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Join the Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau for a Virtual Tour of Area Attractions

Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau partners with Georama to bring Amazing  Illinois travel experiences directly to consumers

From world-renown cultural institutions to on-the-farm dining adventures and everything in between, Illinois offers no shortage of amazing travel experiences. This summer, for the first time, the Illinois Office of Tourism and Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau (SITB) are bringing those experiences directly to travelers through a series of virtual travel experiences in partnership with Georama, the world’s first real-time virtual tour platform.

Among the StarsNear Cobden, IL, the next virtual tour will give travelers an exclusive look at The Shawnee Hills American Viticultural Area (AVA), the first AVA in Illinois.  On June 11, the Among the Stars Festival at StarView Vineyards is a Celebration of Shawnee Hills Grapes & Wines.  If you can’t attend the festival in person, tune in live at 3pm June 11, 2016 by by visiting and for 30 minutes you can be part of the celebration and ask your tour guide questions about the grapes and wines of the Shawnee Hills.


“If you have ever thought, ‘I’d like to try that, or see that’ now there is a chance for people to tune in for a live virtual tour from anywhere. You can even ask questions and make comments to the tour guide.” Said Carol Hoffman with SITB.  “We hope this will encourage people to visit the area in person.”

In addition to the tour of the festival at StarView Vineyards, other Southernmost Illinois area experiences will be featured during live tours this summer, including Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour, the Cache River Wetlands, and more on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail.

GeoRama2Georama is the world’s first real-time virtual tour platform. The vision is to help anyone travel anywhere in the world instantly. When people can’t go where they want to go, whether it be due to time, money, or physical limitations, Georama’s technology helps them go there virtually, in real-time via mobile and interactive live video tours. Our platform enables organizations and individuals to provide live mobile guided tours in HD quality with low latency and superior reliability from a smartphone, wearable camera, or 360° camera to viewers around the world.  Viewers can interact in real-time to ask questions and make suggestions thereby controlling the experience as if they were there. They are focused on enabling real-time virtual experiences that are mobile, authentic, and personalized – whether it be across smartphones, computers, tablets, or VR headsets.

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Classical Music, Opera, Ballet and Jazz in the Hills of Southern Illinois

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The 12th annual Southern Illinois Music Festival features three-dozen professional performances throughout the region, from May 28 through June 13. This year’s Festival is titled “William Tell in 1776” and centers on a unique presentation of Rossini’s rarely performed final opera, in 4 performances at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center. We are setting this monumental opera telling the story of a people’s struggle for independence from colonial rule to coincide with Washington crossing the Delaware at the end of 1776. Our Festival also includes three orchestral concerts, featuring music from around 1776, numerous chamber music performances, the New Arts Jazztet, a Young Artists Showcase, and Klassics for Kids and Jive with Jazz events at venues throughout the region. Our Festival is an important factor in the quality of life in Southern Illinois, bringing world-class artists to stay and perform in the region.

music festFriday, May 27
6pm: New Arts Jazztet (Alto Vineyards) (Free)


Friday, June 3
7:30pm: Chamber Music in Anna (Anna Arts Center) ($10/5)
Borodin, Arnold and Brahms
7:30pm: Chamber Music in Murphysboro (Liberty Theater) ($10/5)
Haydn, Mozart and Brahms
Post-Concert Reception with New Arts Jazztet (TBA, Murphysboro) (Free)

Monday, June 6
6pm: New Arts Jazztet (Cairo Public Library) (Free)

Sunday, June 12
6pm: New Arts Jazztet (Alto Vineyards) (Free)

Monday, June 13
6:00pm: Chamber Music in Cairo (Cairo Public Library) (Free)
Chamber music for winds, strings and piano

Klassics for Kids and Jive with Jazz are interactive concerts, designed to expose children to the joys of live classical music and jazz. Parents and care-givers are encouraged to help youngsters develop skills appropriate to a live performance in an informal atmosphere. The 2016 Festival presents Klassics for Kids and/or Jive with Jazz programs at Anna Arts Center, The Old Feed Store in Cobden, Cairo Public Library,  Murphysboro Youth and Recreation Center. All events are open to the public without reservation and admission free.  All performances, regardless of location or date, begin at 10 am (Unless otherwise noted).

June 6 at 4pm: Jive with Jazz (Cairo Public Library)
June 7 at 10am: Klassics for Kids (Du Quoin Public Library)
June 7 at 11am: Jive with Jazz (Boys and Girls Club, Carbondale)
June 8 at 10am: Klassics for Kids (Anna Arts Center)
June 10 at 11:30am: Jive with Jazz (Murphysboro Youth & Recreation Center)
June 11 at 10am: Klassics for Kids (Old Feed Store, Cobden)
June 11 at 10am: Klassics for Kids (University Mall)

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