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July 25, 2022
Art is not a thing. It is a way. The Next Picture Show (TNPS) is a non-profit community fine arts center that opened its doors in February 2004 after a…
April 20, 2022
Planning an event is a lot of work. Planning a wedding is all that and more. Barn at Allen Acres enables you to create a special, memorable event and actually…
April 6, 2022
A dining tradition since 1934 Residents in and around Whiteside County cherish the Forest Inn. Many travel the roads to Morrison, Illinois, weekly for a dinner menu that harkens back…
March 17, 2022
Innkeeping is more than a business. It's an art form. Building upkeep, marketing, customer service, and personal time must all be balanced. Bill and Stephanie ("Steph") Nelson embody the ideal…
March 1, 2022
It all began simply enough. A casual remark about an antique shop "that had to be seen to be believed" led to a weekend spent traveling throughout Carroll County in…
February 15, 2022
Since 2009 In a charming, cozy 1850s building, Basil Tree Ristorante serves outstanding Italian cuisine in Dixon, Illinois. The restaurant's core style embraces southern Italian dishes. The wine list provides…
January 20, 2022
It was an honor and a real treat that the original owner, Dick Little, sat in on the interview with his daughter, Andee. He’s 96-years-old and was a delight. Much…
December 22, 2021
Visit the market all year. When the cold winds start blowing, most farmers' markets close up shop for the winter season. Our area is lucky to have a farmers' market…
November 15, 2021
Three hops, two skips, and a jump… If you choose to spend some time in the Mississippi River town of Savanna, Illinois, staying at The Dragonfly will be one of…
November 4, 2021
Ogle County sweet spot Something very sweet happened this summer. SparkleFox Confections celebrated its grand opening in August 2021 in the very heart of Oregon, IL. It is located on…
October 19, 2021
Train stations were commonplace. American railroad stations used to be a common sight throughout the country as nearly every town, large or small, contained at least one. During a bygone…
October 5, 2021
You learn something new every day. Settled on the banks of the Mississippi in 1835, Fulton’s past is rich in its river town history and Dutch heritage. The windmill, nicknamed…
September 16, 2021
Original art on Main Street On a hot September morning, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Sharon Boyles. Sharon has been The Loft on Main’s primary volunteer since…
September 6, 2021
It’s your turn to plan the family reunion. Just the thought of finding just the right place to accommodate an upcoming girls’ weekend, family reunion, or holiday get-together will make…
August 24, 2021
Why the name “White Pelican?” Each summer, flocks of white pelicans--Pelecanus erythrorhynchos--alight on the Rock River in Oregon, IL. With wingspans of up to 12 feet, these majestic, prehistoric-looking birds…
August 6, 2021
Ask, and you shall receive. When one door closes, another opens. The River’s Edge Farmers Market is not Oregon’s first outdoor market. The Oregon Park District (OPD) ran a farmers…
July 25, 2021
Earning a place in the hearts of Dixon Walking from the parking lot behind the 99-year old Dixon Historic Theatre through the alley, the sounds of workers constructing and renovating…
July 1, 2021
A little bit of Sturgis in Illinois Savanna has always been known as an outdoor paradise, but did you know that it is also a paradise for bikers? Located along…
June 17, 2021
It’s all in a name The name “Somkit” translates to English as “Wish Fulfillment." After 14 years in the business, a Thai and sushi bar in downtown Dixon has achieved…
April 21, 2021
Drive-in movie theaters made a comeback In the wake of a pandemic, modern indoor cinemas became ghost towns. Not true for the Midway Drive-in located on 91 Palmyra Road--between Dixon…
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  • The Next Picture Show | Art is for Everyone

    July 25, 2022
    Art is not a thing. It is a way. The Next Picture Show (TNPS) is a non-profit community fine arts center that opened its doors in February 2004 after a complete renovation of the building. Visitors and locals alike visit TNPS in downtown Dixon at 113 W. First Street to…
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