Christmas at Walnut Grove Farm Celebrates Local Art & Small Businesses

Knoxville, Illinois.  Walnut Grove Farm, a National Historic Register farmstead, is hosting its 26th 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, Illinois on Carr Street, and will be open 10 AM to 4 PM on Friday and Saturday, November 24th and 25th; and 11 AM to 3 PM on Sunday November 26th.  Admission is generous gift of food items for local charity Christmas baskets.

Walnut Grove Farm has showcased fine artistic talent from people who are some of the most creative business entrepreneurs of West Central Illinois for 26 years.  At this juried show, artisans will be offering a diverse range of one-of-a-kind items from pottery to gourmet chocolates; paintings, photography, folk art and jewelry to weaving, intarsia, wood carving and polymer clay vases; hand-felted and crocheted wearable art and handmade furniture.  Linda’s Salsa and Pilot Knob Comforts add special interest for shoppers.  The café will serve a hearty lunch and desserts by Chef Laura Lytle.

This year’s featured artist is Luis Villa, a Peruvian jewelry maker who with his wife Jennifer McKenna is also a new Galesburg business owner.  Luis began learning macrame from his grandfather as is common in Andean culture.  As he learned from his neighborhood artisans and traveled throughout South America, Luis mastered traditional Andean styles of metal, macrame, and leather.  He incorporates new techniques and trends to create one of a kind jewelry pieces that are inspired by the beautiful stones that he uses.  You can buy his art at this Walnut Grove Farm event as well as at their new store on Seminary Street in Galesburg.

Horse-drawn carriage rides, warm food, festive music and meeting the artists are a staple at Walnut Grove Farm.  Chat with Old World Saint Nicholas who will arrive daily at 11 AM.  Families can kick-off the holiday season by selecting natural designer wreaths and greens to “deck the halls.”

“Christmas at Walnut Grove Farm is truly a holiday homecoming.  Extended family celebrations have grown to include a visit to this barn festival.  Coupled with meaningful gift-giving and opportunities to support local artisans, the barn is always about celebrating quality.  Come see us!” states Jan King, event coordinator.

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Community News and Calendar of Events Bulletin:

Christmas at Walnut Grove Farm is celebrating 26 years during Thanksgiving weekend Friday and Saturday, November 24th and 25th from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Sunday, November 26th from 11 to 3. Walnut Grove Farm is located ½ mile north of Knoxville, IL on Carr Street.  Call (309) 289-4770 or visit www.WalnutGroveFarm.com for details.

Begin your holiday season on a National Historic Register farmstead.  Gifts, hand-crafted by the artisans at the barn, make gift giving a genuine personal experience.  Deck your home with fresh designer wreaths and holiday trim.  Visit St. Nick, sip hot soup, take a horse drawn carriage  ride.

Admission:  a generous gift of non-perishable food items for Knoxville Council of Churches’ Christmas baskets.