Season 5 - 2007
Episode 501 - Feb. 2
See how the small town of Arthur, IL puts on a fireworks extravaganza like none other. This show utilizes the talents of both professional and local pyro-technicians. Visit a certified organic dairy farm in Zionsville, IN and meet the Traders Point Creamery herd of Brown Swiss Cows that are 100% grass fed.
Episode 502 - Feb. 9
Watch sheets of stained glass being made at Kokomo Opalescent Glass in Kokomo, IN. Meet a Paris, IL couple who have restored an 1800's home into the restaurant known today as "Andrews at the Westbrook". Sit down with photographer Ken Kashian, whose work is inspired by the rural landscape and people of Illinois.
Episode 503 - Feb. 16
Meet a father and son team from Neoga, IL, who specialize in restoring British motorcycles. Visit a museum in Arcola, IL, which commemorates Raggedy Ann's creator Johnny Gruelle. See how weaver Sharon Rapp takes 17th and 18th century patterns and makes them into beautiful, wearable shawls and scarves.
Episode 504 - Feb. 23
This week we return to Crosswinds Equine Rescue in Tuscola, IL to see how this horse rehab and adoption facility has changed since our first visit in 2004. Then visit a farm in Atwood, IL that raises miniature horses and donkeys and meet Bogie, one of the smallest horses in the world. Spend the day at Eckert's Country Store and Farm in Belleville, IL, the nation's largest pick-your-own orchard.
Episode 505 - March 2
Take a tour of the magnificent gardens and grounds of the historic Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis. Known as the toy maker, Richard Gard from Casey, IL shares with viewers the process of hand carving a wooden music box. In Decatur, IL, take in a game of vintage baseball and watch as teams like the Rock Springs Ground Squirrels play in the Douglas Cup Vintage Baseball Festival.
Episode 506 - March 9
Check out Dale Haymaker's unbelievable collection of everything Allis Chalmers from tractors to chain saws. Meet a Champaign, IL couple whose business is restoring lost music from the early acoustic period. Learn how Y-Flyer sailboats are made by Chet Turner and take in an annual sailboat race held on Lake Mattoon.
Episode 507 - March 16
Meet a husband and wife blacksmith team from Farmer City, IL and tour their shop called Flood Plain Forge. Visit a butterfly house in Chesterfield, MO where thousands of tropical, free flight butterflies are kept in a glass conservatory. Check out one man's growing collection of vintage and sought after pinball machines.
Episode 508 - March 23
Meet Charlie Glick of Paris, IL who builds historic replica cars from the ground up, many of which compete in "The Great Race". Visit a hardware store in Hidalgo, IL that's become the local hangout for the townspeople. Learn more about the efforts of PACA, a preservation group who works to save historic buildings in Champaign County.
Episode 509 - March 30
All Aboard! We're headed to the Monticello Railway Museum. In addition to a train ride, we'll spend some time with "The Thursday Boys", volunteers who restore and maintain the museum's impressive train collection. Meet an artist in Champaign, IL who sculpts large stone animals including an impressive tortes and hare sculpture on display at the Urbana Public Library.
Episode 510 - April 6
With just a handful left in the U.S. the newly restored Chautauqua Auditorium in Pana, IL remains a treasured community icon, see what when into the restoration. Travel to Makanda, IL also known as "The Valley of the Artists" and meet some of the artisans who reside there. Then take a seat at first ever Root Beer Saloon located in Alto Pass, IL.
Episode 511 - April 13
Meet some of the members of the "The Gunny Sack Review", a group of relatives and friends who enjoy playing bluegrass, country and old time music. Spend some time with a clay sculptor in Auburn, IL who specializes in exact replicas of famous houses in Illinois. Grab your hammer and anvil, because we're headed to a gathering of folks who are members of the Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association.
Episode 512 - April 20
Meet a family from Atwood, IL who's developing a unique getaway in the heart of the Illinois countryside called the Atwood Retreat Center. Tour the magnificent and awe inspiring Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis, once voted one of the 10 most beautiful buildings in the world. See the work of talented clock maker from Savoy, IL.
Episode 513 - April 27
Learn more about The National Wild Turkey Federation's "Women in the Outdoors" program and see what's in store for ladies looking to explore the great outdoors. Meet Gretchen Potter, a prolific hat collection who loves to share her passion for hats with others. Check out a historic, two-story outhouse in Gays, IL and go behind the scenes of Heartland Highways to see what goes in to making the show.