Season 4 - 2006
See the amazing restoration of the elegant West Baden Hotel in Southern Indiana. This 100 year old hotel was saved from the wrecking ball and is now back to its former glory both inside and out. Then, spend the day in Elsah, Illinois, a quaint, historic village located along the Mississippi River.
Meet a folk artist who makes large scale sculptures out of car bumpers, machinery parts, chains and just about everything else. See how custom tour buses are made by Diamond Coach of Toledo, IL. Tour a unique park in Urbana, IL where art and Illinois Prairie come together.
Tour Grissoms Lost Creek orchard of Greenup, IL where they grow hundreds of apple varieties, many of the heirlooms. Learn more about the art and symbolism of the Japanese Tea Ceremony with a visit of the Japan House in Champaign, IL. See how life size dinosaurs are made by the creative team at CM Studios in Beneld, IL.
Spend the day in Indianapolis touring three unique museums. The Eiteljorg Museum of Native American and Western Art, The Indianan State Museum and the NCAA Hall of Champions are all located within walking distance of one another. Get a preview of each.
See how magnificent pipe organs are created from the ground up with a visit to John-Paul Buzard Organs of Champaign, IL. Learn more about the role of fences in history through the traveling Smithsonian exhibit, “Between Fences”. Take in a movie under the stars at the Fairview Drive In of Newton, IL.
See how Illinois soybeans become fragrant candles at the Astoria Candle Company in Decatur, IL. Take a closer look at the history of Eastern Illinois University’s grounds and meet the people who maintain them. Visit a galley that features the original works of artists from around the country at Wind Water and Light of Champaign, IL.
Canoe the waters of the Vermillion River System with the owners of Middle Fork Canoe Outfitters of Danville, IL. Meet a man who collects and restores Cushman Trucksters. Harold Bradford uses these utilitarian vehicles not for work but for fun. See how wheat becomes flour at Siemer Milling in Teutopolis, IL.
Visit Thompson’s Grocery Store in Camargo, IL, owned by the same family for over 60 years. See how Taylor’s Mexican Chili of Carlinville, IL is made from the same one hundred year old recipe. Tour the Hippodrome Theater in Terre Haute where stars such as Will Rogers, Bob Hope and George Burns once performed.
Spend a day at the tranquil National Shrine of our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL. Meet marionette makers in St. Louis and take in a live show. See how bricks are made in coal fired beehive kilns at Colonial Brick Corporation of Cayuga, IN.
Visit the Little Theater on the Square in Sullivan, IL, voted one of the best small theaters in the U.S. Meet Kirby and Cindy Pringle who’s loveable dogs are the stars of their latest book. Travel to Cameo Vineyards in Greenup, IL to see how their family business has grown over the last four years.
Meet four very talented sisters who make up the Daughters of the King string quartet.Travel to a farm in Atwood, IL that breeds miniature horses.Sit down for tea in Decatur, IL, in a restored old home now called the 1860 Tea Room.
Spend a day or two in the town of Greenup, IL. See how this small community has come together to become an enticing place for tourists. We’ll check out some of the places to shop, eat and tour as well as meet the people who call Greenup home.
See how porcelain on steel cookware is made at Columbian Home Products of Terre Haute, IN. Travel to a goat farm to learn how artisan cheese is made. Meet two friends who have combined their artistic talents of pottery and woodworking into a business in Marshall, IL.