(UPDATED September 5, 2017)

 McLean County Association for

Home & Community Education

 

SINCE 1918

 CONGRATULATIONS, McLEAN COUNTY HCE ON

99 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

 HCE 2017-2018

WORKSHOPS, CLASSES, PROGRAMS

(TRIPS & TOURS Information BELOW Workshops INFO) 

JOIN HCE TODAY

Questions about program activities may be directed to:

Website information updating-      Pat Pulokas  309-728-2118

General Information-                    Kathryn McNeely  309 275 8898

Cultural Enrichment-                Lynda K 309-821-1266

     Read & Share  –                 Lavonne C.  309 661-6391

Fall & Spring Trip/Tour-   Karen C. 309-862-1354, Alice M. 309-826-9633

Workshops, Classes,Program Lessons   Kathleen E. 309-728-2784

Membership Info-        Cindy K. 309 663-4796 or Bette O. 309-454-8442

International        Karen C.  309-826-9559; Phyllis W. 309-828-5465

Community Service Day      Karen C. 309-826-9559

Esposito Scholarship–   or McLean HCE Scholarship

   go to: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lmw/  

   Click on Economic Development, Scholarships

LIKE our facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/McLean-County-Association-for-Home-and-Community-Education.

  

All events open to the public, some with fees. Follow directions

for each individual event. Information is subject to change.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES ARE HELD AT VARIOUS

PLACES.  CHECK EACH ACTIVITY FOR LOCATION

  

"Down by the Riverside" WITH MCLEAN COUNTY HCE!

 

Don't miss out. Call for info & reservations at upcoming events

 

Information is subject to change.

Call for updated information

  

HCE MEMBERSHIP HAS BENEFITS

Pay less for trips and workshops!

 

 

(All classes Open to Public, some with fees)

LLL = Local Leader Lesson     WKSP = Workshop

EO-=Extension Office, 1615 Commerce Pkwy, Blm

FB= Farm Bureau Bldg-2243 Westgate Drive, Blm 

 

 

Plans are for the 100th Year for McLean county HCE parade float to be

Entered in the following parades in 2017-2018:

Danvers Days Parade        ~              Heyworth Christmas Parade

Bloomington-Normal Christmas Parade             ~    LeRoy Christmas Parade

Saybrook Freedom Fest Parade     ~July 4th parades in Towanda, Downs, Chenoa

 

Sep 6, 2017  (Wed) Downs Village Market 4-6 PM

               HCE Bake Sale Booth- Bring priced items to sell by 3:30 pm

              Towanda Unit in charge but all members bring priced food

               Food items may be dropped off by 2:45 @ Extension Office

                Proceeds help to fund the Scholarship for 4-H Fund and

               McLean HCE ongoing projects.  Kathryn - 309-275-8898

 

Sep 11, 2017 (Mon)  Cultural Enrichment Wksp- Zipper Flowers

               @ Extension Office  Instructor: Anna Marie Chrisman

               Cost: HCE member/$1   Not HCE/$3

         Using 2 zippers a unique flower is made.

               Call by Sep 6 for RSVP/Fees/Supplies list/Questions

                              Lynda - 309-821-1266

 

Sep 13, 2017  (Wed) Downs Village Market 4-6 PM

               HCE Bake Sale Booth- Bring priced items to sell by 3:30 p.m.

               or may leave food items @ Ext Ofc by 2:45 on day of sale

                              Night Owls & Normal Units in charge.

                   All members bring Priced food items to sell.

                   Proceeds help to fund the HCE Scholarship Fund and

               Other McLean HCE ongoing projects.  Kathryn - 309-275-8898

 

Sep 18, 2017  (Mon) 9a-3p  Community service days ~ Farm Bureau Auditorium

           Project : Operation Santa Stockings  - OR bring your own projects

                         Bring sewing machine if you have one

             Bring lunch or go out to eat.  Come and go as you are able.            

                Free and open to public   Karen Crull, 309-826-9559

 

Sep 18 (Mon)  2-3:30 pm  Read & Share    ~   Extension office Board room

            Read and discuss the book:  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

            For more information:  Lavonne C.  309 661-6391

                        Free and open to the public

 

Sep 26, 2017  (Tuesday) 1-3p        "Senior Abuse & Crime Prevention"

            @ Farm Bureau Auditorium    Presented by:

     Morganne Trickett, Domestic Violence Officer for McLean County Sheriff's Ofc

     Elias Mendiola, Patrol Officer for Bloomington Police

            Questions:  Darlene/ 309-663-2779

 

Oct 9, 2017 (Mon)        1-4p     Cultural Enrichment Workshop- Make a Mix

            @ Extension Office  More details TBA    Lynda-309-821-1266

 

Oct 16, 2017  (Mon) 9a-3p  Community service days ~ Farm Bureau Auditorium

           Project : Operation Santa Stockings  - OR bring your own projects

                         Bring sewing machine if you have one

             Bring lunch or go out to eat.  Come and go as you are able.            

                Free and open to public   Karen Crull, 309-826-9559

 

 

Oct 21, 2017 (Sat) HCE Attic Treasures & Bake Sale  8am-2pm

                        Trinity Lutheran Church Gym -

            Enter through northwest & southeast doors of gym

                Proceeds of sale to benefit  McLean County 4-H program

         purses, jewelry and scarves,  craft items,  pictures,   baskets

                household, holiday, toys, china,  Knick knacks

        décor, Christmas & fall items, books   Something for everyone  

               More info: Cindy, 309-824-4797 or Pat, 309-728-2118

 

    Members/friends: Bring priced sale items to gym on Friday, Oct 20,  12-3p

 

 

October 24, 2017  (Tuesday)  SUPER TUESDAY EVENTS

               8:30a-  Executive Board     10a- Full board           

                        1-3 LLL: "Gifts From Your Kitchen"

      Units send representative to give this lesson in November

 

Information is subject to change.

Call for updated information

 

October 26, 2017  (Thursday)  11:00am  International Program

               The Philippines        @ Farm Bureau Auditorium

                        Free and open to the Public

       Taste test foods from the Philippines and learn about the

            Culture from  Delilah Finnegan

   Questions:  Karen- 826-9559  or  Phyllis- 828-5465

 

  HCE MEMBERSHIP HAS BENEFITS

Pay less for trips and workshops!

 

 

Nov 12, 2017 (Mon),  1-4p  Cultural Enrichment  Workshop 

                        Apron/pillow made from Man's shirt

            Extension Office Auditorium  - More details to be announced

            For class fees, supplies to bring and other questions:

                 Lynda Kobs, 309-821-1266   RSVP/Fees by Nov 6

 

 Nov 21, 2017 (Mon) 9-12,1-3  Community service days ~ Farm Bureau Auditorium

           Project: Eye glass cases - Bring sewing machine if you have one

             Bring lunch or go out to eat.  Come and go as you are able.            

                Free and open to public   Karen Crull, 309-826-9559

 

Nov 21, 2017 (Mon)  2-3:30 pm  Read & Share    ~   Extension office Board room

            Read and discuss the book:  Peony in Love by Lisa See

            For more information:  Lavonne C.  309 661-6391

                        Free and open to the public

 

Nov 22, 2016   SUPER TUESDAY       Farm Bureau Auditorium

               8:30  Executive Board meets           10 am     Full Board meets

               1-3 pm   LLL:  Sensory Gardening

      For January 2018 unit programs   ~  Unit send representative to take lesson.

      Kathleen, 309-728-2784      All members & guests welcome to attend  FREE

                             

Dec 2    Bloomington/Normal Christmas Parade  100th HCE Parade Float  TBA

Dec 3    LeRoy Christmas Parade - 100th HCE Parade Float    TBA

 

Dec 9, 2017       9:30-12:30  Holiday Party     Ozark House

                   Fellowship    Food   Make-it, take-it workshops

                   Christmas items from Attic Treasures Sale for purchase

                              Bingo - More details to be announced

                        Committee: Downs and Night Owls Units

 

Dec 11   9a-3p      Workshop to work on State report Forms

               @ Farm Bureau   Questions:  309-275-8898

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 

Information is subject to change.

Call for updated information

 

Jan 8, 2018  1-4p Cultural Enrichment  workshop:  Basket Making

                   At Extension Office Auditorium      TBA

               For class fees, supplies to bring and other questions:

                 Lynda, 309-821-1266   RSVP/Fees by Jan 3, 2018

 

  HCE MEMBERSHIP HAS BENEFITS

Pay less for trips and workshops!

 

 

Jan 15, 2018  (Mon) 9a-3p  Community service days ~ Farm Bureau Auditorium

           Project: Hats, scarves, mittens - OR bring your own projects

                         Bring sewing machine if you have one

             Bring lunch or go out to eat.  Come and go as you are able.            

                Free and open to public   Karen Crull, 309-826-9559

 

Jan 23, 2018   SUPER TUESDAY       Farm Bureau Auditorium

               8:30  Executive Board meets           10 am     Full Board meets

               LLL:  Fish Facts!

         For February 2018 unit programs - Unit send representative to give lesson.

                    All welcome to attend      FREE   Kathleen  309-728-2784

 

(All classes Open to Public, some with fees)

LLL = Local Leader Lesson      WKSP = Workshop

EO-=Extension Office, 1615 Commerce Pkwy, Blm

FB= Farm Bureau Bldg-2243 Westgate Drive, Blm 

 

Feb 12, 2018  1-4p Cultural Enrichment  workshop  -  Extension Office

                   "Whatchamacalit Bag"   Details TBA

               For class fees, supplies to bring and other questions:

                 Lynda, 309-821-1266   RSVP/Fees by Feb 6, 2018

 

  HCE MEMBERSHIP HAS BENEFITS

Pay less for trips and workshops!

 

 

Feb 19, 2018  (Mon) 9a-3p  Community service days ~ Farm Bureau Auditorium

           Project:lap quilts, eye glass cases  - OR bring your own projects

                         Bring sewing machine if you have one

             Bring lunch or go out to eat.  Come and go as you are able.            

                Free and open to public   Karen Crull, 309-826-9559

 

Feb 20 (Mon)  2-3:30 pm  Read & Share    ~   Extension office Board room

            Read and discuss the book:  Women in Cabin 10  by Ruth Ware

            For more information:  Lavonne C.  309 661-6391

                        Free and open to the public

 

Feb 28, 2018   SUPER TUESDAY       Farm Bureau Auditorium

            8:30  Executive Board meets         10 am     Full Board meets

               LLL:  Beginners Guide to Buying Antiques

      For March 2017 unit programs Unit send representative to give lesson.

               All welcome to attend      FREE      Kathleen,    309-7287-2784

 

March 3, 2018  9am - 12noon         SUPER SATURDAY Multi county event

               @ Pontiac, IL  Place to be determined

     Livingston ~ McLean       3 Lessons presented at the same time:

               **5 Ingredient Fix

               **Living With a Hearing Loss                      

               **Fairy Gardens

                              All two counties send 3 local leaders from each unit

                                    to receive lessons to take back to their units.

               Questions:  Kathleen Emery, 309-824-2784

 

Mar 12, 2018  1-4p Cultural Enrichment  workshop  -  Extension Office

                   "Shelf Liner Wreath"      Details TBA

               For class fees, supplies to bring and other questions:

                 Lynda, 309-821-1266   RSVP/Fees by Mar 6, 2018

 

  HCE MEMBERSHIP HAS BENEFITS

Pay less for trips and workshops!

 

 

Mar 13-15, 2018       IAHCE Annual Conference    SAVE THE DATES

            Keller Convention Center in Effingham, IL 

                        More details to be announced

 

Mar 19, 2018  (Mon) 9a-3p  Community service days ~ Farm Bureau Auditorium

           Project: lap quilts/eye glass cases  OR bring your own projects

                         Bring sewing machine if you have one

             Bring lunch or go out to eat.  Come and go as you are able.            

                Free and open to public   Karen Crull, 309-826-9559

 

Mar 27, 2018   Board Meetings       Farm Bureau Auditorium

               8:30  Executive Board meets           10 am     Full Board meets

               Questions:  Kathryn, 309-275-8898

 

April, 2018  Cultural Enrichment Activity         Tri-Valley Play  Details TBA

               For fees/other details/questions:

                 Lynda, 309-821-1266   RSVP/Fees TBA

 

  HCE MEMBERSHIP HAS BENEFITS

Pay less for trips and workshops!

 

 

Apr 16, 2018  (Mon) 9a-3p  Community service days ~ Farm Bureau Auditorium

           Project: 100th Annual Meeting project   OR bring your own projects

                         Bring sewing machine if you have one

             Bring lunch or go out to eat.  Come and go as you are able.            

                Free and open to public   Karen Crull, 309-826-9559

 

April 16 (Mon)  2-3:30 pm  Read & Share    ~   Extension office Board room

            Read and discuss the book:  Wright Brothers  by David McCullough

            For more information:  Lavonne C.  309 661-6391

                        Free and open to the public

 

Apr 24, 2018   Board Meetings       Farm Bureau Auditorium

               8:30  Executive Board meets           10 am     Full Board meets

 

May 14, 2018  1-4p Cultural Enrichment  workshop  -  Extension Office

                   Pot Party with flowers   Details TBA

               For class fees, supplies to bring and other questions:

                 Lynda, 309-821-1266   RSVP/Fees TBA

 

  HCE MEMBERSHIP HAS BENEFITS

Pay less for trips and workshops!

 

 

May 21, 2018  (Mon) 9a-3p  Community service days ~ Farm Bureau Auditorium

           Project 100th Annual Meeting project   - OR bring your own projects

                         Bring sewing machine if you have one

             Bring lunch or go out to eat.  Come and go as you are able.            

                Free and open to public   Karen Crull, 309-826-9559

  

May 29, 2018   Board Meetings       Farm Bureau Auditorium

               8:30  Executive Board meets           10 am     Full Board meets

              

Jun 4, 2018  Cultural Enrichment  Local Trip TBA

               For event fees, details and questions:

                 Lynda, 309-821-1266   RSVP/Fees TBA

 

Jun 18, 2018  (Mon) 9a-3p  Community service days ~ Farm Bureau Auditorium

           Project: unfinished projects - OR bring your own projects

                            Bring sewing machine if you have one

             Bring lunch or go out to eat.  Come and go as you are able.            

                Free and open to public   Karen Crull, 309-826-9559

 

Jun 18 (Mon)  2-3:30 pm  Read & Share    ~   Extension office Board room

     Read and discuss the book: Stars are Fire  by Anita Shreve

            For more information:  Lavonne C.  309 661-6391

                        Free and open to the public

 

June 23     Saybrook Freedom Fest Parade    100th HCE parade float entered

 

Jun 26, 2018   Board Meetings       Farm Bureau Auditorium

               8:30  Executive Board meets           10 am     Full Board meets

                            Assemble Annual Meeting Program Books

 

July 3, 2018  4:30-7p    Towanda HCE Spaghetti Supper  more details TBA

 

July 4, 2018  Parades with 100th HCE parade float entered:

    10am-  Towanda          12noon- Downs               2pm- Chenoa

 

 

July 10, 2018    8:30a - 2p      100th Annual Meeting of the McLean County

                        Association for Home & Community Education

                  Mini Expo Building @ McLean County Fairgrounds

 

            "100 YEARS OF PURPLE PASSION FOR HCE"    

 

        Also: Cultural Enrichment Fine Arts Craft Fair

            Selections to be made for 2019 IAHCE Conference in Effingham

 

            View exhibits                    Business Meeting

                        Program speaker:     Don Meyer

            Lunch                                     Hats Style Show

 

July 16-18, 2018   NVON Annual Conference  ~  Pewaukee, Wisconsin

              hosted by: Wisconsin Home & Community Education

               More details are found on website: www.nvon.org

 

Jul 25, 2018   Joint New/Old Board Meetings       Farm Bureau Auditorium

               8:30 am  Executive Joint Board meets          

                10:00 am   Full Joint Board

    Possible Brunch or Lunch may be planned

                             

August 1-5, 2018  McLean County Fair and 4-H Show

               McLean HCE has a booth in Cloverleaf Hall

               Write letters to soldiers @ Cloverleaf Hall HCE Booth!

 

August 2, 2018  (Thu)  Young at Heart Day at the McLean County Fair

               and 4-H Show  8:30 - 11:30   Interstate Center

                  Cloverleaf Hall Auditorium   ~   Features:

·        Free Gate Admission until noon (includes parking)

                              For those age 60 and over!

·        Educational Booths of organizations serving seniors

·        Musical Entertainment:

·        Refreshments and Door Prizes throughout the morning

                              Contact Co-Chairmen:

      Donna LaMar, 309-829-2537  or Cindy Kelley, 309-824-4797

 

Aug 15, 2018  District 4 & 5 District/ Officers Workshops 

      Details to be announced

               Becky Toohill: 309-962-2121

 

Aug 28, 2018        SUPER TUESDAY!!

               Board Meetings       Farm Bureau Auditorium

              8:30  am         Executive Board meets          

            10:00 am          Full Board meets

            1:00-3:00 pm    LLL- TBA

            Each Unit send a representative to take lesson back to Sep Unit Meeting

            6:00 pm           Officers Orientation for all Unit officers/directors!!

                                    More details to be announced. PLEASE SEND OFFICERS

                 Committee: Towanda, Dale, Money Creek Units

 

LIKE our facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/McLean-County-Association-for-Home-and-Community-Education.

 

 

JOIN Home & Community Education TODAY

And Pay LESS for each trip/tour you take!!

HCE Membership has benefits!!

 "Down by the Riverside With McLean County HCE"

 

TRIPS & TOURS 2017-2018  

(Updated 09.05.2017)

Articles about previous trips (Including May 23 Spring Trip to Michigan City, IN) and Programs BELOW Upcoming Trip Info 

2017 "FALL" TRIP TO:

Hillsboro, INDIANA

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017

 

Myers Dinner Theatre to see

"SISTER ACT"

This feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film has audiences jumping to their feet! Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story.

 

 8:00 a.m.  C.T.  Peoria Charter Bus will arrive  (Central D.S.Time Zone               

8:15 a.m.   C.T   Bus Departs(east side of Toys R Us Parking lot near Prospect RD)

11:00 a.m. E.T.   Doors open at Dinner Theatre  (Eastern D.S. Time Zone)

2:00 p.m.   E.T.   Play begins

 

Cost:  HCE members/$65        Not HCE members/$70

  Includes bus, driver tip, buffet meal, play, gratuities

 

Reservation/payment due by August 11th to:

Karen Carrigan, 106 Cornell Dr., Normal, iL 61761

 

Limited seating. If reservations are full, waiting list will be kept.

Questions: to    Karen- 862-1354  or Alice- 826-9633 or

          Alice: ajmartin56@comcast.net

 

  HCE MEMBERSHIP HAS BENEFITS

Pay less for trips and workshops!

For more TRIP/TOUR INFORMATION or to give ideas of future trips/tours

CONTACT: 2015-2016 HCE Special Activities Chairmen-

Karen Carrigan  309-862-1354,      OR

 Alice Martin, 309-826-9633, ajmartin56@comcast.net

 

Look at the UNITS/CLUBS Page

For information about joining an “Educational” group

NEAR YOU!!

UPDATED: 07.10.2017

*** Articles About HCE Programs/Trips***

May 23, 2017 Trip to Michigan City, IN

Thirty-six people, 25 members and 11 guests traveled to Michigan City, IN on May 23rd. We toured the beautiful Barker Mansion and gardens. We had an excellent tour guide who shared a lot of history of the Barker Family and the mansion itself. John Barker made his fortune when he bought an interest in a small freight car manufacturing plant, Haskell and Barker Car Company in 1858. The company was later known as “Car Works” and grew to have an annual capacity of 15,000 freight cars by 1910 and the Barker Estate was then estimated at 50-60 million dollars.

 

We walked a short distance to the Lighthouse Restaurant where we enjoyed lunch. Service, food and atmosphere was very good! We then journeyed to the Light House Museum located in Washington Park. This was the first Lighthouse in Michigan City. Some of us braved the narrow staircase to the top of the Lighthouse. We ended our day at the Outlet Mall before heading home.

 

 

October 29, 2016 Trip to Covington, IN

Thirty eight HCE members and 5 guests traveled together to Covington, IN for our Fall Trip to The Beef House Dinner Theatre on Sat, Oct 29. We enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch which included the famous rolls for which The Beef House is noted for. We then sat back to enjoy the play “Driving Miss Daisy”.

 

Driving Miss Daisy is a Pulitzer Prize winning comedy. It is a story that is set in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA in the late 1940s. Daisy is an elderly Jewish widow that can no longer drive and her son insists she needs a chauffeur. He hires a black man who is elderly himself, named Hoke. Driving Miss Daisy is an exploration of Hoke and Daisy’s relationship all the way into the early 1970’s. Eventually, Hoke and Daisy form a bond that is perhaps stronger than Daisy’s bond with her own son.

 

HCE member Anna Marie Chrisman and her husband met us at the Beef House and sat with our group. Their daughter starred as Miss Daisy and her Grandson actually played the part of Miss Daisy’s son in the play. The cast was excellent job of acting and they were very funny!

 

It was a very enjoyable fall afternoon. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day. The Beef House seems to be a very popular destination. I gave everyone a save the date card for our Spring Trip to Michigan City, IN on May 23, 2017.

Karen Carrigan & Alice Martin

 

May 26, 2016 Spring Trip to Springfield, IL

To the Governor's Executive Mansion, Lincoln Library, Lincoln Museum and

Russell Stover Outlet Store (on way home)

Twenty four HCE members and 7 guests went on our Spring trip to Springfield.  Our first stop was at the Executive Mansion for a tour. This Italianate mansion has been the official residence of Illinois governors since 1855. It is actually the 3rd oldest Governor’s residence in the country.  There are multiple beautiful chandeliers throughout, including 3 Waterford chandeliers in the dining room. The mansion is undergoing renovations, most of the money is coming from private funding since it is a low priority in the budget. A display of china includes one piece of Mary Lincoln’s china as well as pieces used by various governors. The second floor was closed off due to water damage, but the rooms we were allowed to view was well worth the visit.  The grounds surrounding the mansion are well kept and beautiful, wish we could have spent more time in the gardens.

 

Our next stop was for lunch at the Abraham Lincoln Library, where we were greeted with our own sign. Britta Brackney, the Facilities Rental Manager welcomed us and a wonderful lunch was served buffet style. Each one of us received a commentary coffee mug.  

 

After lunch Dr. James Cornelius, Curator of the Lincoln Collection at the Presidential Library presented “What’s in a Name: The Many Monikers of the Lincolns” He took us from “Honest Abe” to “is it Abram or Abraham?” to the ongoing mystery of what to call Mrs. Lincoln.  Examining others in the Lincoln period as well, we see how much our names reveal about politics and our times. He told us that Lincoln was called “spotty Lincoln” because he was so persistent in knowing exactly where the spot was on which the blood of our citizens was shed during the Mexican War.  Was it in Texas or Mexico? Dr. Corneilius is a wealth of knowledge and I could have listened to him all day. A bit of interesting information we learned was that Lincoln broke his engagement to Mary for about a year and then they were reunited.

 

After we spent about two hours in the museum we got on the bus to head home, but we had one more stop at The Russell Stover Outlet Store.  Some of us had ice cream cones or sundaes and most of us stocked up on candy.

 

I think that we all had a wonderful day in Springfield with our tour of Executive Mansion, wonderful lunch and history lession, visit to the Lincoln Museum and stop at Russell Stover’s.

Linda Bergren & Karen Carrigan

  

OCT 24, 2015 Fall Trip to Covington, IN

And the Beef House Dinner Theater

 

On Saturday Oct 24 at 9:30 AM, forty members and guests boarded a bus headed to The Beef House Dinner Theater in Covington, IN.  We were looking forward to enjoying a good meal and the play “Steel Magnolias”.  I have to say, I don’t think any of us were disappointed in the meal or the play.  If you have ever been to the Beef House, you know they are famous for their homemade rolls and strawberry jelly.  Well, we started out with salad and “THE ROLLS” and then went to a buffet that included roast beef, pork, turkey, lasagna, potatoes, rice, vegetables and more rolls if we wanted them. Dessert was peach cobbler or a triple berry cobbler, and if that wasn’t enough, at intermission we were offered homemade cookies. Yum!

 

The cast did a wonderful job of portraying Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias”. The cast in the movie included Dolly Parton as Truvy the beautician; Sally Fields as Mary Lynn or M’Lynn, Shelby’s mother; Julie Roberts as Shelby; Shirley MacLaine as Louisa or Ouiser, the town curmudgeon; Olympia Dukakis best friend to Ouiser; and Annelle played Daryl Hannah, the new person in town and beautician apprentice.

 

The play revolves around Truvy’s Beauty Parlor.  It is about a close circle of friends in a small southern town whose lives come together in the beauty shop.  It is filled with humor and heartbreak as they cope with the death of one of their own.

 

The story is based on Robert Harling sisters' death due to complications of type I diabetes after childbirth.

 

Our bus was full for this trip (we even had a waiting list) so I think this was a popular event.  We returned about 5:15 PM, certainly we were full and I think we all had a wonderful day.

Linda Bergren & Karen Carrigan

 

2015 May 13 Spring Trip

JACKSONVILLE, IL and the Underground Railroad

 

On May 13, 28 HCE members and 6 guests travelled to Jacksonville, IL. to learn about the Underground Railroad. We stopped at the Convention and Visitors Bureau for a rest stop and coffee.  There we met Art Wilson, a researcher, historian and founding director of the Under Ground Rail Road Committee (UGRR). Art accompanied us on the bus as we learned about the UGRR on our way out to the Duncan Mansion.  I can’t say enough about Art.  He is extremely knowledge and well versed in the local stories of the UGRR.  He has not only done most of the research but is also instrumental in getting grants and government  monies to help establish this wonderful history.

 

On our way to the Duncan Mansion we passed and learned about The Congregational Church, established in 1833, all members were anti-slavery and many members who risked prison and fines by actively providing shelter, clothing, transportation and food to the slaves.  We also saw Beecher Hall on Illinois College Campus.  The Rev. Edward Beecher was the brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe.  The Porter Clay House was also seen, Mr. Clay being the brother of Henry Clay.  His wife, Elizabeth was from Kentucky and brought with her two slaves.  This caused conflict in the community.  Fearing that Mrs. Clay would send them back into slavery, they fled the home and hid with friends in Africa (an area in Jacksonville where the blacks lived). In Jacksonville, there are at least 9 documented sites that were safe places where abolitionists helped runaways, or also called “freedom seekers.”

 

We toured the Duncan Mansion, a 3 story, 17 room Mansion built in 1834 for Illinois Governor Joseph Duncan, his wife Elizabeth and their family.  It served as the official Governor’s Mansion during Duncan's term of office (1834-1838)

 

Lunch was at Lonzerotti’s, a renovated railroad station.  Many of the Italian dishes that were served were recipes handed down from the Lonzerotti Family.

 

Our last stop was Woodlawn Farm.  The farm was settled in 1824 by Michael Huffaker and his wife from Kentucky.  Michael employed four free African-American families for whom he provided cabins. People were used to seeing blacks working on the farm and didn’t suspect that this was a safe house for “freedom seekers.” In 2003, Art Wilson and the UGRR committee with assistance of Morgan County Historical Society purchased Woodlawn Farm, where Art Wilson lived for awhile.  The UGRR Committee is continuing to develop the property into a living history museum.

 

This was a wonderful educational trip that helped to make us more aware of “freedom seekers” and the brave people who were helping to provide safe places as they moved across the country where they could find freedom.

Linda Bergren & Karen Carrigan

 

2014 OCT 9 Fall Trip to GENEVA, IL

Forty three people went on the fall trip to Geneva, IL. – 32 HCE members and 11 guests. First stop was at the Geneva History Center where we were all surprised to learn that Chicago was America’s Candy Capital. We were all familiar with Wrigley, but were surprised to learn about all the other candies made in Chicago, such as Curtiss Candies, Cracker Jacks, Brach’s, M&M Mars, Musketeer, Snickers, Milky Way, Butterfinger, Milk Duds, Red Hots, Fannie May and several more. At one time Chicago was home to more than 100 candy companies. After about one hour we re-boarded the bus along with Heidi our guide from the History Center.  It was just a short distance down Third Street to our restaurant “The Little Traveler”, Heidi pointed out several historical buildings along the way and gave us a short history about Geneva. 

 

We all enjoyed lunch at the charming Café in the historic “Little Traveler”.  It has been a landmark in Geneva since 1922. It all started with Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Raftery.  They purchased this magnificent Victorian home and became friends with Lucy Calhoun whose husband was an important emissary of the United States to the Court of the Last Dowager of China.  Lucy began sending her friend Kate Raftery bolts of silks, fur robes, pewter deer and ducks, as well as jade ornaments. Kate was delighted with the finds and knew others would be too. Soon the collection continued to grow and so did the Rafterys’ reputation.  The small shop expanded into arcades, Victorian corridors, captain’s walks and wings, green gardens and courtyards.  We had ample time to explore all the rooms at “The Little Traveler” and many of the little shops in downtown Geneva before returning to the bus and heading home.

 

It was raining when we left Bloomington but the sun was shining in Geneva which contributed to us having a wonderful day.

Linda Bergren & Karen Carrigan

 

2014 MAY 20 SPRING TRIP

MEANDER SOUTHWEST MCLEAN COUNTY

Forty nine persons boarded a bus on May 20, 2014, sponsored by McLean County Home and Community Education to “Meander Southwest McLean County” with Don Meyer, tour guide.  There were many drive by highlights of the trip.  A few of which were: Mrs. Spencer Ewing home, founder of Home Bureau; Yuton grain elevator; Old Peoria Rd; Dry Grove Township, Interurban RR; 3rd Principle Meridian @ 600 Rd; ghost towns of Wilkesborough, Woodruff, Hamlin/Lilly; Concord (Danvers); north/south corn cribs; Moraines;  Mosquito Grove Township; Mahomet Aquifer; Stanford Cracker Jack Crib; Moore’s Mill; Dixie’s Truck Stop; Prairie and Outlook Homes; several of the former fair grounds.  

 

We were told many agricultural facts, history of homes and areas of McLean County.  Sites visited in Atlanta were Colaw Home, Hawes Grain Elevator, Clock tower, Octagonal library, shops and lunch at Palms Grill. After a wonderful trip the group returned home with our heads spinning with much new information. 

Jane Wood, 2013-14 Special Activities Chairman

 

 2013 HCE Fall Trip to Joliet

October 29, 2013

 

Twenty three McLean County HCE members and 9 guests traveled to Joliet on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.  First stop was the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.   A step on guide told us a few interesting stories about veterans buried there.  The veteran who inspired the movie “Bat 21”  was one of the stories.  It was explained what the qualifications were to be laid to rest at this National Cemetery.  We saw where the memorial services were held and were amazed at the number of services held each day.

 

Next we drove to Joliet. Our host, Kelly greeted us at the Jacob Henry Mansion and gave us some time to enjoy the beautiful home before lunch was served.  Following lunch Lori Mestas presented a program designed to motivate us to “Make Our Lives Count”.   Then it was Kelly’s turn to tell us about the Mansion, it’s owners and builders.  One last look at the details of the Mansion and we then walked to the Old Central Church which was built by Jacob Henry.  Fortunately one of our group was able to play the 2,000 pipe organ.  What a thrill to hear the organ.  The church is now used for weddings and receptions.

 

Before starting home, we made one last stop at Gji’s Sweet Shoppe.  Of course we all had to make a purchase or have some ice cream.  When our sweet tooth was satisfied it was time for the drive home. Games were played during the drive home and another wonderful trip has gone into the record books.

Jane Wood, 2013 Special Activities Chairman

 

2013 SPRING TRIP REPORT

“The Barn Quilts of McLean County”

22 members and 11 guests boarded an Eloquent Limousine at the FS office, 402 N Hershey Rd, Bloomington for a McLean County Barn Quilt tour.  Kay Henricks was our guide for the day.  As we approached each barn she told us a little about the farm and owners of the barn where the quilt was located.  She, also, included was a description of the quilt design and it’s history.  We learned local poets have written a poem about each quilt and it’s location.  The group enjoyed photographing the barn and quilts while listening to Kay read the poems and tell some history of the location.  After viewing the barn quilts in the Danvers area we arrived in Mackinaw - first stop was the Trafic Jam, a unique boutique.  What fun we had browsing and making purchases.  Next stop was The Depot Tea Room for lunch.  Of course, there was a little more shopping as we waited to be seated.   After a delicious lunch with wonderful desserts we boarded the bus to finish our tour of the barn quilts.  After viewing a total of 10 quilts we arrived back at our cars at 5:30 p.m.

 

Kevin, our driver, did a wonderful job finding his way through McLean County and what a delightful, informative guide we had.   Thank you Kay for a wonderful day.

Jane Wood, 2013 Special Activities Chairman

OCTOBER, 2012

FALL TRIP TO ROCKFORD

The Home & Community Education Fall Trip was a wonderful success!!   On October 3,  8 guests & 24 HCE members departed Bloomington. IL for a trip to explore Rockford IL.  First stop was Tinker Swiss Village.  It is a very unique home of architecture wonders.  Robert Tinker was a talented man and did woodworking & portrait painting to name two.  He traveled the world and his home reflected the things he liked most from his favorite places.   Next we boarded a tour boat to cruise the Rock River and ate lunch while aboard.  Back on land saw us headed to Anderson Japanese Gardens.  There we learned much about what a Japanese Garden must be comprised of.  The trails led to Japanese tea house, guest house, waterfalls, ponds and fall colors.  Final stop was Coronado Theatre.  This is a must see for anyone traveling to Rockford.  We were treated to a recital on a 1926 organ.  We viewed a silent movie which brought many laughs.  Included was a tour of the owners & renters apartments.  It was a long day but very enjoyable. 

Jane Wood, 2012 Special Activities Chairman

 

APRIL, 2012

“The Ottawa Reddick Mansion, Ottawa, & Starved Rock” Spring Trip 

McLean County Home & Community Education had a delightful trip on April 17 to visit Ottawa’s very beautiful Reddick Mansion and then tour the murals on many Ottawa buildings. The Convention and Visitors Bureau surprised us by presenting each person with a red votive candle holder from the Peltier Glass Factory. 

 

Another unexpected treat was an additional tour of the large, older homes of Ottawa and the commentary by the bus driver who grew up in the area.  He told some of his memories, especially buying popcorn from the “Popcorn Wagon”.  On the way to Starved Rock we passed through Naplate where there are many homes converted to restaurants, especially Italian.  In Naplate we saw where white silica sand is mined.  The driver regaled us with stories of his experiences along the river. 

 

At Starved Rock we had a lovely buffet lunch followed by a tribute to Neil Diamond.   As we boarded the bus we experienced another unplanned surprise - the entertainers boarded the bus and spent time telling us about themselves and their musical activities.  These trip “extras” made a wonderful trip even more memorable.

Jane Wood, 2012 Special Activities Chairman

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: ISRAEL

(October, 2010)

Thursday, October 21, was our International Night program.  We were learning more about the country of Israel.  Seventy members and guests sampled foods that were prepared by members of the Units. 

Israeli Sabbath Stew was a main dish we sampled. It contained meat, chickpeas, navy beans, onions, potatoes and spices, and water to cover the ingredients.  Uncooked eggs in the shell were added and the stew was cooked on low for 8 or 9 hours.  The eggs were then shelled and used as garnish.  Another main dish was Israeli Sukkot Stew, and included meat, onions, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, prunes and dried apricots and some spices and water to cover.  This had to cook only 4 hours.

Israeli Vegetable Salad included lots of vegetables that were diced into very small pieces.  It was mixed together with olive oil, lemon juice and salt & pepper.  We had this served in pita bread halves.

Israeli Couscous Salad combined cooked cooled couscous and kidney beans, peppers, onion, chopped cilantro.  It was mixed with lime juice, honey and olive oil and was an interesting salad.

Desserts were Polish Apple Cake and Rugelach, which is a favorite at the Jewish Food Fair. 

After this filling meal, the program about Israel was given by Ted and Donna Loy.  They have done much study about this country and the land around.  In 2005 they toured the country and took many pictures of the places they visited.  They shared some scriptures that related to the spots they showed.  Every country has an interest in what happens in Israel in the past and the future.  We thank the Loy’s for their sharing to help us have a better understanding of the people and their struggles to maintain their country.

Sheila Wells, 2010 HCE Public Information Chairman

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