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Elkhart's 'Wildflower Weekends' offer special events April 13-15, April 20-22

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[April 03, 2012]  ELKHART -- The weekends of April 13-15 and April 20-22 will be busy in the village of Elkhart as a time to celebrate early spring weather and the beauty of Elkhart Hill. The following is a list of activities for both weekends:

  • Elkhart Public Library will have a special wildflower book display. In addition, the library staff will give tours of the library and have a handout for visitors about the history of the library. They'll be open Fridays, April 13 and 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, April 14 and April 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library, located at 121 Bohan St., was built in 1904, and still includes the original tables, bookshelves and interior woodwork. For more information: http://www.elkhartlibrary.lib.il.us/

  • Dragonfly Art Studio will have an exhibition of student work on display both weekends, highlighting floral painting. The art studio is on the second-floor flat of the refurbished 1889 building at 102 Gov. Oglesby St. in historic downtown Elkhart.

  • Elkhart is a great place to live. Open houses of homes on the market will be throughout both weekends. Look for "Open House" signs in the village.

  • Horsefeathers Antiques and Gift Shop, 104 Gov. Oglesby St., will feature an outdoor antiques and bric-a-brac sale on both Saturdays, April 14 and 21, weather permitting.

  • Looking for something unusual? Everything old is new again at the Elkhart Vintage Market -- April 13, 4-8 p.m.; April 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and April 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -- in the Miss Jessie Building, 103 Gov. Oglesby St. in historic downtown Elkhart. Watch for news that the market may be continued for another weekend, April 20-22.

  • Dinner-lecture, "The Wildflowers of Logan County," Friday, April 13. Guest lecturer: Dr. David Schroder, Lincoln College professor emeritus and Master Gardener. Information and reservation forms: http://www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org/ or http://www.wildharecafe-elk-il.com/

  • Dragonfly Art Studio will offer a class painting bluebells with acrylics on canvas on Saturday, April 14, from noon to 4 pm. Reservations can be made by calling 217-947-2100.

  • Elkhart Historical Society's Wildflower Walks will be on Saturday, April 14, and Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Information and reservation forms: http://www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org/ or http://www.wildharecafe-elk-il.com/

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  • Talk of the Town may be planning something special. Watch for details: http://www.hudsons-talkofthetown.com/.

  • Dragonfly Art Studio is planning a watercolor class painting bluebells or other native wildflowers on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Reservations can be made by calling 217-947-2100.

  • Make it an overnight getaway -- If you plan to enjoy the activities on either weekend, overnight accommodations are available at the Best Western Lincoln Inn, just minutes north of Elkhart on Old Route 66. Call 217-732-9641 and mention your visit to Elkhart to receive a discount on their regular room rates. For more information: http://www.bestwestern.com/. The Best Western is home to the Railsplitter Covered Wagon, the largest covered wagon in the world. The wagon weighs 5 tons and measures 40 feet long, 12 feet wide and 24 feet tall. Abe Lincoln, seated in the front of the wagon reading a book, weighs 350 pounds and measures 12 feet tall. For more information: http://www.abe66.com/coveredwagon/

The quaint village of Elkhart offers unique businesses and quality services in restored structures in its historic downtown. Elkhart is located less than one mile from Interstate 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. For more information, visit http://www.elkhartillinois.us/Events.html and on Facebook at "The Village of Elkhart, IL~ Your Special Event Destination."

[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County]

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