It is almost time to welcome the wonderful Christmas season with the annual Christmas Open Houses in the quaint village of Elkhart! Date?  November 21.  Time?  9 to 5 p.m.  Be sure to put those dates on your calendar!

       Every precaution is being taken to safeguard your visit by having mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizer available while The Wild Hare Cafe is taking every step to insure a worry free and enjoyable holiday experience.   

       Three shops, The Country Bumpkin, Birdsong Books and Vintage, and Horsefeathers Antiques and Gifts will be decked out for the holidays in their own unique styles.  There will be complimentary hot beverages available to shoppers to warm them up while shopping. Each shop has a different look and stock assortment while all enjoy the ambiance of being housed in charming red brick buildings of yesteryear …  all over 100 years old.

       Birdsong Books and Vintage specializes in a comprehensive collection of books covering Illinois history, the arts, biographies, poetry, children's books, and much more.  Their collection of vintage Christmas fare is amazing from paper goods, tree ornaments, ceramic decorative objects, lights, garlands, and other unique items too numerous to list.  There is also a selection of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories.  The rest of the treasures in this wonderful shop are often one-of-a kind including vintage ceramics, glass, kitchenalia, toys, old paintings, cement, metal garden pieces, and lots more.

       The Country Bumpkin has a wonderful collection of estate sale level antique and decorative furniture, lamps, glass, ceramic items, and great pieces to brighten up kitchens and dining areas.  The shop also has a large selection of hand carved wooden figurines made by a local craftsman, beautiful vintage and contemporary jewelry, old books, silverplate, old and new toys, and more.  The shop has a room devoted to items just for men, who are often difficult to shop for, from vintage tools and decorative items for their "man caves” to items to decorate home bars.   The Country Bumpkin is also the Welcome Center in the village with a comprehensive selection of tourist information pamphlets.  As a first, starting this year, there is a plan afoot to sell Christmas trees and pine bow wreaths in the courtyard adjoining the shop.

       Horsefeathers sails on much as they have in the past with a huge selection of antique and vintage depression glass, carnival and pressed glass, McCoy and other pottery works ceramics, old kitchen gadgets and decorative items, teapots, cookie jars, blue and white china, milk glass,  one of a kind objects, paintings, and silk florals.  There is always more coming through the door. There is a very large selection of vintage jewelry, a corner devoted to Route 66 souvenirs and collectibles, great greeting cards, books, and paper goods. A favorite in the kitchen shop is the section loaded with Amish goodies such as jams, mustards, flavored mayonnaise, popcorn, and old-fashioned candy.

       So, come and see us!  Shop until you drop! Enjoy a delicious lunch and yummy homemade desserts in The Wild Hare Café, take a spin around the village and sign up for one big gift hamper valued at $200 put together by the three shops  (tickets available in the shops).  For a worry free and enjoyable experience:  Phone 217 -947- 2100 for info, find us on Facebook, or visit our website. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

       THANKS to our friends from LLABB- they did our bird banding yesterday. No guests this year due to COVID. It was an EPIC day, lots of amazing, beautiful birds, good (socially distanced) conversation with friends. This crew was amazing--I was exhausted at days end and all I did was take pictures! I will post photos of the birds after I get my planting done!

       This tally from Prof. Tony: We ended up banding 52 birds of 25 species ... an excellent day! We also had 2 recaptures of birds banded last year.

       HOPE to see you all here, next year!
p.s. most of the birds are quite calm and like to pose. Prof Tony's a tuff guy!         

feeling thankful with Gillette Ransom, Grace Norris, Tony Rothering, Vern Maas and Samantha Reif.


     The Elkhart Historical Society’s April “Wild Weekends” Wildflower and Bird walks on Elkhart Hill can now be reserved as a kick off for all of your spring activities.  From the earliest flowers to emerge to the finale of the bluebells the spring flower walks have a lot to offer.  Various native American and folklore stories are part of these walks.  Scheduled walks at 10a and 2p every Saturday in April can include lunch, if desired.  Private walks for groups of 10 or more can be arranged for any Wed., Thurs., Fri., by reservation. 

       We are delighted to again have Tony Rothering, biology professor from LLCC and his assistants, to help in the 2nd annual catch-band and release program of birds that are migrating through or living in the Elkhart Hill woodlands.  Last year, the event resulted in the banding and release of 118 birds representing 42 species. Our final Saturday, April 25, will include sighting of birds and a stop at the banding station as a part of our final day of the wildflower and bird walk event.

Event choices
(Flower Walks / Bird Walks / Lunch Options)
can be found here
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Please call 217 947 2238 to finalize your reservations.

C A N C E L L E D !!


     The Elkhart Historical Society is celebrating the Irish -- Sunday March 22 by offering the traditional Corned Beef and cabbage dinner between 11a and 1p at Horsefeather’s Wild Hare Café, followed by Irish, Celtic and Appalachian music at the Gillett Chapel on the Hill.  The cost of this Irish package is $25 per person and can be reserved by calling 217 947 2238.

    This marks the third year Joe Readnour has brought his superb talents to Elkhart.  His musical skills are well known in the area having played with the St. Andrew-Springfield Pipe Band for 10 years.  Not only well versed in the music, Joe also shares his knowledge of the many instruments and songs he brings to us.       

Annual Report Of the Elkhart Historical Society <-- click here