Wilmington Region

THE CRAFTER’S GALLERY owner Cindy Ross and her furry friend Zoso are the first faces that welcome customers when they enter the new North Water Street store.
Photo by Jennifer Glasscock

07/16/2019 - 8:11pm
A new craft store and a boutique have made their initial soft openings in downtown Wilmington, just in time for Catfish Days. The Crafter’s Gallery will hold its grand opening July 27, while Le Fleur De Lis Boutiques & Antiques plans to hold its...

Coal City Region

LINDA SULA, of Goose Lake, stopped by the first farmers market of the season to pickup some handcrafted items from Apisera Craftworks. The next market is set for Saturday, July 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Campbell Memorial Park.

07/16/2019 - 6:53pm
Locally grown produce, jams, sauces, gourmet popcorn and handcrafted gifts are just a few of the items available at Coal City’s farmers market—Market Fresh on Broadway. The first weekend market of the season is set for Saturday and organizers have...

Braidwood Region

Photo by Jennifer Glasscock
SUMMERFEST STARTS TO come together as workers set up a carnival ride in Old Smokey City Park on a rainy Tuesday. The festival kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday.

07/16/2019 - 6:41pm
Bring your adventurous spirit with you this weekend to “A Safari Adventure” in the Braidwood City Park for the 38th Annual Braidwood Lions Club Summerfest. The carnival, beer garden, concessions and more start Thursday evening. Thursday will also...

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