Holiday Homecoming Features Art, Heritage and Family Traditions

Knoxville, Illinois.  Walnut Grove Farm, a National Historic Register farmstead, is hosting its 21st annual “Christmas at Walnut Grove Farm.”  Featuring gifts from regional artisans, wreaths, simmering foods and family fun, the event has become an established tradition during Thanksgiving weekend.  Walnut Grove Farm is located ½ mile north of Knoxville, IL on Carr Street, and will be open from 10 AM to 4 PM from Friday, November 25th through Saturday the 26th, and 11 AM to 3 PM on Sunday, November 27th.  Admission is food items for local charity Christmas baskets.

 Walnut Grove Farm showcases fine artistic talent of West Central Illinois while giving guests an opportunity to continue family traditions with a trip to the farm.  Horse-drawn wagon rides, warm food, festive music and meeting the people who create one-of-a-kind gifts have been a staple at Walnut Grove Farm for 21 years.  Chat with Old World Saint Nicholas who will arrive daily at 11 AM.  Families can kick-off the holiday season by selecting natural wreaths and greens to “deck the halls.”

 Christmas at Walnut Grove Farm is sponsored by the event’s local artisans and takes place in an 1860’s barn, which has received national recognition for historic preservation.  The unique quality of this event comes from the group of artists who make original gift items and present their wares in the barn.  Over 20 artisans from the region will be represented in this juried show.  The diverse offerings range from gourmet chocolates to woodcarvings, paintings, folk art and jewelry; from herbal soaps and candles to weaving, intarsia, re-purposed glass and photography to designer pens and pottery.  The café will serve festive foods by Chef Laura Lytle.

 The Barn’s Gallery will feature Ric and Zach Larson, a father-son duo who exemplifies the diverse talent of Knox County.  Ric’s art career has spanned over 30 years.  He is a multimedia master who continues to experiment as his love of art develops.  He has worked with wood, metal, resin and stone as well as painting, drawing and photography.  Son Zach, who is a software developer for Pioneer, learned to love working with clay as a medium in college and has developed a unique line of pottery as a creative outlet.  It is a functional and artful expression of Zach’s passion.

 “Christmas at Walnut Grove Farm is truly a holiday homecoming.  Extended family celebrations have grown to include the barn artisans and friends. Coupled with meaningful gift giving and opportunities to support the local art community, it’s exciting!  The barn is a joyful expression of our region’s talent.  Join us!” states Jan King, event coordinator.

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Walnut Grove Farm
1455 Knox Station Road, Knoxville, IL 61448
(309) 289-4770