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October 2014

foxoctoberTo everything, turn, turn, turn,
There is a season turn, turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven
- Pete Seeger’s adaptation of the Ecclesiastes
I often break out into song when feeling in love with life. I was walking home through the enchanted dusk late last evening, absolutely in love, and this song kept running through my head. I do love the way the past few days have gone from 100 degrees heat index to frosty nights, summer fun to school days, a field full of flowers to a tinge of autumn color in the forest edges. This autumn is bountiful with new projects, A Harvest Moon, more Ghosts Stories at the Twinflower Inn, another Springdale Cemetery Tour, and an abundance of family stories! Will you join us for the fun?

springdalecemeterytourImagine a walk among the beautiful tombstones and ancient trees of one of the Midwest's largest and oldest cemeteries. As you wander along the road, costumed characters step out of the past to tell you their stories. This year we have chosen all new characters to entertain and inspire you. Join us the next two weekends, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, October 4 & 5, 11 & 12. Tours start promptly at 2:00 & 4:00 pm. Tickets are $5 per child $10 per adult, and the family friendly price of $20.


harvestmoonBring a lawn chair and bring a friend, bring your courage and bring a sense of wonder as we relish the enchantment waiting to be discovered in Bishop Hill. Last year we had more than 100 people join us for a fun evening of ghost stories around the campfire at The Twinflower Inn! This year the entire community is enthusiastic to stay open late on this Friday evening closest to the full moon. Come early to visit with the artists and craftspeople who relish this Utopia on the Prairie. Enjoy dinner at one of three restaurants before the show. Please take a moment, print the poster and share it with your friends... do a little guerilla marketing, put it up at a local school, library or coffee shop.


genealogyThe local genealogy society offers workshop on sharing family stories.
With the Holidays just around the bend and their myriad family gatherings, this is a great chance to get together with all of your relations, collect and record family history. The Henry and Stark County Genealogy Councils are teaming up to host a workshop that I will lead to help you do just that.
I will entertain and inspire workshop participants by telling a few of my family stories and helping folks to write their own at the Bishop Hill Welcome Center from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 22nd.  Read more...



SEEING THE WORLD WITH WILD EYES: When I was a kid our house was a zoo. Even though we lived in a big city, near downtown, we had dozens of pets including several wild animals! We had five to ten dogs at any given time. My dad raised blue ribbon hunting dogs. He trained them to hunt and sold them as a way to make a few extra dollars. We had up to a hundred tropical fish in seven tanks. My dad had a friend who owned a pet store and we sold fish to the pet store! I tell you, my house was a zoo! We raised bobwhite quail that we let loose in the wild to help repopulate this native bird.  Read more...


October 04, 5, 11, 12
October 10, 2014
  • "Native American Ghost Stories" around the campfire at the Twinflower Inn in Bishop Hill, IL.  Ghost stories begin at 8:00 pm
October 15, 2014
  • Fox will perform "Black Jack Logan: Civil War General, Senator, King-Maker" at the Blue Island Public Library in Blue Island, IL at 7:00 pm.
October 18, 2014
  • Fox will be at the Adams Wildlife Sanctuary in Springfield, IL for a "Teaching Science Through Storytelling" workshop.  The workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. and is hosted by the Illinois Audubon Society.
November 22, 2014
  • Fox is teaching a workshop "On Beyond Genealogy: Sharing Family Stories" at the Bishop Hill Welcome Center.  The workshop focuses on researching & writing your family history. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

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