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Bluegrass  -  Folk - Blues - Country and more.  Bring your acoustic instrument and join in or just enjoy the entertainment.  For information call 815-456-3030.  Festivities start at 7 PM and continue until the last note is played.  Free will donations accepted.  You can't have more fun for less money.  Freewill donations accepted.


 

 

 

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Village of Franklin Grove

    Mayor's Welcome
    January 2009

    "Without a vision . . . the people perish".

    Dear Friends and Neighbors,

         Welcome to Franklin Grove via our official web site.  Please visit all our links to attractions and activities and follow the links to other interesting sites that will present our community to you. I hope your visit to our website will pique your interest and lead to a visit to our community.  Check our events calendar for a schedule of special events.

         We stand at the threshold of a new era, requiring a new vision . . . a vision to build today, a future for our community and our children, set securely on the solid foundation prepared by generations of predecessors, who instilled within us an heritage of faith, a pioneering spirit, an unwavering patriotism, a solid work ethic, and a desire to do the best we can individually and as a community.

         There is within our village a contagious spirit of volunteerism that has infected many of our own people, and has also effected the involvement a host of volunteers from throughout the surrounding communities of north central Illinois, to assist in the restoration of several historic buildings, create an early 1800's pioneer village, and to organize a number of societies to promote our rural Mid-American natural and cultural heritage. Farming Heritage, Inc. brought a crown jewel to our town when they secured the National Headquarters of the Lincoln Highway Association.

         Five seasonal events make a visit to Franklin Grove an experience you will  remember. In early spring Farming Heritage draws maple syrup from trees from all over town and boils it down to provide the syrup for the American Legion Pancake and whole hog sausage breakfast.

         The 30th Franklin Grove Summer Harvest Festival, one of the premiere small town family festivals held in northern Illinois each summer, will take place over the July 31-August 2 weekend and is held in conjunction with the Living History Antique Equipment Association Show where hundreds of tractors, implements, trucks and tools that were used to build rural mid-America are on display in working exhibits.

         The second Battle of Chaplin Creek, a Civil War reenactment battle will take place in and around Chaplin Creek Village, the time-period village under restoration by the Franklin Grove Area Historical Society. The Rebels and Yanks will fill the country side with black powder smoke during a weekend yet to be determined during the summer.

         Special fall activities bring folks to town for Autumn in the Grove on the third Saturday in September. Virtually the entire business community comes together for Christmas in the Grove on the second Friday of December.

         An independent spirit drives the Franklin Grove business community engine. Economic conservatism shields the community to a degree from outside economic forces, but we expect to face some of the effects of the declining economy.

         The village has recently completed its first Comprehensive Plan and will soon submit its application to be recognized as part of the Illinois Competitive Communities Initiative. Several small businesses have moved to larger premises in order to expand including Atkinson Trucking and From Me to You Gift Shop. Affordable Memories Antique Store opened last summer. The village is served by a host of well  stablished commercial enterprises. The Village Board seeks to create a climate wherein a vibrant business community can flourish.

         There is land currently available on the outskirts of our community for residential, commercial, and with rezoning, parcels that could be zoned industrial. We are here to create situations where private individuals and private enterprise can come build their future with us.

    Sincerely,

     

    Bob Logan 
    Mayor

 

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