Monday, October 20, 2014

Taste of History Dinner and Owl Creek Gazette Anniversary Open House Recap

Photos from our wonderful Taste of History Dinner
held on Friday, October 17, 2014
and our Owl Creek Gazette Anniversary Open House
held on Saturday, October 18th
show a good time was had by all!

And dinner was served ...
Front: Peppered Slaw, Anadama Bread,  Traditional Beef Stew,
Back: Pumpkin Chowder and Blueberry Pie

Jes Adam, owner of Adam Brothers Music and Coffeehouse  ...
the epitome of service with a smile!

Co-Editor Don Stover serves up the first course of Pumpkin Chowder
to dinner guests.

 Co-Editor Jan Stover shares information on the history of the recipes
chosen from the City Tavern Cookbook.

OCG writer, Keith Ford, shares with dinner guests
how he first became acquainted with the publication.

Jan Stover, at the Open House, poses for a quick pic at the
Owl Creek Gazette counter with the covered wagon
(which serves as an invite for folks to join in the
  Owl Creek Gazette Books and More Club

 starting back up in November) and a jar of honey
(gifted to Don and Jan from an OCG reader as an Anniversary Gift). 

Gift Baskets folks had the opportunity to register to win
during the Open House
-- one from the Sunshine House Health Food Store
and one from the Owl Creek Gazette.

Winners to be announced shortly.

Click HERE to give a listen as Don and Jan
 along with their special guest Jes Adam
recap their Taste of History Dinner adventures on
Creekside with Don and Jan.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Owl Creek Gazette Honored by the Greenville Women's Club with the Hometown Pride Award!

We were truly surprised and so very pleased when we received this letter from the Greenville Women's Club informing us we were recipients of the Hometown Pride Award. The organization recognized our publication for "filling an important gap in the news media, giving an in-depth emphasis to articles about local people and businesses in the area".   

Co-Editors and Publishers, Jan and Don Stover, with the 
Hometown Pride Award.
The Award is now proudly displayed in their office window at
 208 South Second Street in Greenville, IL

We were honored to be among the recipients of this year's Greenville Women's Club Awards. We want to thank the Women's Club and give a mention to the other recipients who were also recognized and pictured here in this photo: (l to r) Don and Jan Stover, owners of Owl Creek Gazette, for Hometown Pride Award; Jeff Leidel, editor of the Greenville Advocate, for Community Appreciation Award; Gayle Wise for Greenville Women's Club Best Member Award; and Greenville Fire Chief Bill Johnston for Community Service Award. Not present were Dan and JoAnne Johnson, owners of Johnson Signs & Designs for Restoration Award. 

Photo courtesy of Greenville, IL Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hot Off the Press and Ready to Read ... the October 2014 issue of the Owl Creek Gazette!

We're pleased to announce the October 2014 issue of the Owl Creek Gazette is available to read in print and online via our
check it out and see what's new in our independent, out-of-the-box, off-the-grid, self-reliant, voluntaryist and kitschy world here at the OCG!  

We also hope readers will enjoy the sepia tone look we've added to the cover (front and back) and the centerspread (pages 10-11) in this month's issue.  We think it gives a nostalgic feel to the publication ... harkening back to an era we fondly refer to as "the good old days".

Happy Reading!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

We're Back From Our Road Trip with Photos and Memories to Share of the Madonnas of the Trail

The Owl Creek Gazette was pleased to feature the Madonna of the Trail (located in Vandalia, IL) on the cover of the September issue with an informative article inside ... and we are equally pleased to share photos of three other Madonnas from across the country as we made our way west on our recent road trip.

Our first Madonna of the Trail stop was in Lexington, Missouri.



Our second stop was in Council Grove, Kansas where we found the Madonna on a beautiful day in a beautiful setting.



We found the Madonna of the Trail in Albuquerque, NM, located at the corner of Marble Ave. and Fourth St. in a small park on the grounds of the Federal Courthouse.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

We're on Vacation...

The Owl Creek Gazette
Don's Uniques & Repairs 
will be closed Wed, Thurs, and Fri
(September 10th, 11th and 12th)
'cause, we're ...

In the mean time, we'll be sharing our travels on the Owl Creek Gazette facebook page at and we invite you to check and see what we're up to! 

Feel free to send us an email with your questions: -- or --

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Information and Inspiration Abound in the September 2014 Issue of the Owl Creek Gazette

Whether you grab a hard copy of the September issue of the Owl Creek Gazette or read it online ... you're sure to enjoy this month's content!

To read online, visit our Current Issue page 

Monday, August 25, 2014

"The House That Called On Us"

Owl Creek Gazette readers will know co-editors, Don and Jan Stover, have been renovating an old farmhouse with the eventual goal to call it their home. In the spirit of practicing what they preach in the OCG,  plans to recycle and repurpose as much of the existing materials being removed during the demolition process is leading the couple down an exciting path of renovating and remodeling.  Below are some pics of the process.

Though this pic is somewhat askew ... the sidewalk gives a feel for the distance the house sits off from the road (which we love) and the huge trees offer up a perfect framing for the house itself.

We see most folks entering the house via this door (which leads into the kitchen) in a "back door friends are best" kind of way.

We can just imagine ourselves sitting on the front porch enjoying the calm.

And now Don and Jan invite you to step inside ...

Don in the kitchen pointing out the area where the recessed shelving/pantry will be installed.

Don stands in the "kitchen" looking into the "bathroom".

Photo taken from the "back porch" looking through the "bathroom" into the bedbroom.