Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!


Just a Reminder

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The November 2015 Issue of the Owl Creek Gazette is Out in Print and Online.

Just click on the Current Issue Page for the November issue

We invite you to sit a spell and enjoy the read!  ~ Don and Jan Stover

The Autumn Lane photo on the cover of this month's Owl Creek Gazette
was taken by Barb Chancey of Mulberry Grove, IL

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Hempster Cannabis Car Sustainability Tour Visits the Owl Creek Gazette

Owl Creek Gazette co-editor Jan Stover had been conversing with Bruce Dietzen, creator of the Cannabis Car, and Diana Oliver, director of the Hempsters documentary series, about a possible visit from the Hempsters Cannabis Car Sustainability Tour to Greenville, Illinois when lo and behold ... Tuesday morning, October 20th, the Tour arrived in Greenville with Bruce paying a visit to the Owl Creek Gazette office.  While in town he also participated in a video shoot, a Creekside with Don and Jan interview, and conversations with folks in the community about the strength, durability and versatility of industrial hemp (cannabis) !

Don Stover and Bruce Dietzen pose with the sharp-looking and attention-getting Cannabis Car parked outside Owl Creek Gazette office and Don's Uniques & Repairs.

Don and Jan Stover pose for a parting pic with Bruce Dietzen outside the Owl Creek Gazette office before Bruce and the Tour had to head on to Kentucky.

Don and Jan are hoping Bruce and the Hempsters Cannabis Car Sustainability Tour will be able to return to Greenville for the 3rd Annual Owl Creek Gazette Self-Reliance Expo in April 2016.

In the mean time, tune in to Episode 143 of Don and Jan's podcast HERE to hear their interview with Bruce ... 

and be sure to pick up a copy of the November issue of the Owl Creek Gazette (coming out soon) for more info on the Hempsters Cannabis Car Sustainability Tour. 

Also, give a listen HERE to WGEL's interview with Bruce Dietzen.

Plus learn more about the Cannabis Car via the website 
and learn more about hemp, via the Hempsters movie

A Recap of Our Owl Creek Gazette "Little House on the Prairie~Laura Ingalls Wilder" Autumn Dinner

Recipes for our "Little House on the Prairie~Laura Ingalls Wilder" Autumn Dinner came directly from or were inspired by the Little House Cookbook.  The menu included baked turkey, mashed 'taters and turnips, fried apples 'n onions, corn bread muffins and pumpkin pie and was prepared under the direction of Head Chef Roxanne Bare.  
Nearly 50 folks joined us for the dinner. 

We chose eco-friendly place settings for our Sunday, October 18th.  The dinner plates were 100% tree-free, made from unbleached, chlorine free, pesticide free, dye free, natural discarded wheat stalk and bagasse (sugarcane fiber), and contain no plastic or wax lining. The cutlery was  made of smooth birchwood, is 100% compostable, and a great alternative to plastics.  

All five turkeys went into the ovens around 11am.

Here's a glimpse of the evening before the dinner got fully underway with several folks already at their tables, enjoying conversation with new and long-time friends!
Taylor Steele was busy serving tea to folks as they visited and later helped bring the family-style servings of prepared dishes to the tables.

The plates were filled with the hearty fare!
(It seems the pumpkin pie, made by Jes Adam, was gobbled up and enjoyed without a single photo being taken ... trust us, it was tasty too!)

Storyteller Linda Dust treats folks to stories and ballads of the period utilizing her dulcimer and guitar too.

These Little House on the Prairie books served as door prizes for the evening and were graciously donated by Sherry Smith-Stanford, owner of Ocean To Ocean Antiques in Newton, Illinois! 
Later, in the kitchen, Roxanne Bare and crew member, Becky Tracy, took the first turkey out of the roaster. Sheila Williamson looked on, ready to take on the next task that needed to be done while Venus Arnoldy (not pictured here) was working in the dining area.

Jim and Neva Fulton from Sacramento, California attended the dinner. The couple have a second home in Southern Illinois and were visiting the area for the month of October. The Fultons, pictured here with Don and Jan Stover, also subscribe to the Owl Creek Gazette  ... and it was a real treat to have them make their way to Greenville  and join in the fun!

Tune in HERE to give a listen to Owl Creek Gazette co-editors, Don and Jan, give a lively recap of the event on their podcast, Creekside with Don and Jan!

Friday, October 2, 2015

The October Issue of the Owl Creek Gazette is Available In Print and Online

We kick off our 5th year in publishing with our October 2015 issue ... 
gracing this month's cover is an original photograph by 
Gary Adolf of Highland, Illinois.

To read, the October issue of the Owl Creek Gazette, 
visit our Current Issue page

Gary's original photograph

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Updates on Our Little House on the Prairie ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder Autumn Dinner

Be transported back in time, 
with the food, stories and music of the beloved
Little House on the Prairie books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. 

WHEN: Sunday, October 18th from 6pm-8:30pm
WHERE: St. Lawrence Catholic Church Posch Center 
420 South Prairie Street, Greenville, IL

Meet our Autumn Dinner Storyteller, Linda Dust:
After years of dabbling in folk music, Linda Dust became a fan of storytelling and began attending concerts and festivals.  It wasn't much  of a leap from singing Folk Ballads to telling Folk Tales.  The opportunity presented itself for her to take to the stage at an open mic event at the Prairie Tales Storytelling Festival at Lincoln's New Salem State Park. She told her first story and sang a ballad.  That was the beginning of a journey that has led to many and varied performances in front of small and large audiences as far away as The Bitter End in Greenwich Village, New York.  She has told stories at festivals in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Peoria, Illinois,   doing concerts in front of audiences of all ages.  Her stories include folk tales from a variety of cultures and personal and historic tales of her family. Linda has titled the presentation she will be bringing to the dinner, 
"From Ballads to Stories ...  Little House on the Prairie Style".

Posters for the event are going up! 

Tickets for this unique dinner and storytelling event are $20 per person and on sale now at the Owl Creek Gazette office and Terra Mater Botanicals in Greenville, IL, at the Sunshine House Health Food Store in Vandalia, IL and via this website (see right hand side of homepage).
NOTE:  Tickets must be purchased in advance of the dinner.
The last day to purchase tickets is Wednesday, October 14th.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Greenville's Bicentennial Celebration,"A Party 200 Years in the Making", was a HUGE Success!

We were happy to be a part of this great weekend ... and how nice it was to have "front row seats" to so many of the activities as they took place on Second Street!  Below are a few photos from the Bicentennial weekend starting with the Owl Creek Gazette office (and our sister shop, Don's Uniques and Repair) getting all decked out for the occasion)!

Festive bunting graced businesses throughout the town.

Our OPEN sandwich sign invited folks to come on in (as well as advertising our upcoming Little House on the Prairie ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder Autumn Dinner) and our handy rack holding issues of the Owl Creek Gazette (April through September 2015) was set up for passers by to pick up and enjoy any or all of the issues we've published and distributed over the last six months!

As part of our window display, we set up these owls, cooking with their cast iron kettle over an open fire (in honor of the Cast Iron Cooking contest going on during the Bicentennial and as a hat tip to the Little House on the Prairie Series too)!

Mark and Debbie Gasser of Greenville, and friends of the Owl Creek Gazette, entered the Bicentennial Cast Iron Cooking Contest and dropped by the office to say "Hello" in their period attire.  Mark has offered to share some of his cast iron cooking recipes in the October issue of the OCG!

The Clydesdales were gorgeous ... what a great addition to the Greenville Bicentennial parade!

We also ran this ad in the local newspaper, the Greenville Advocate, inviting folks to drop in and see the 1938 Greenville movie we were showing over the weekend ...
lots of great images of faces and places from days gone by!

A special thanks to Hope Walker for sharing this film with us and allowing us to share it here in the office/shop during the Bicentennial!