Memorial Day Observance – May 26 – Barry, IL

memorial day veteran militaryBarry American Legion will visit area cemeteries Memorial Day, May 26 and will leave the Legion building no later than 9 am. Ceremony at Kinderhook Cemetery is 9:30; Shearer Cemetery at New Canton 10 am; Taylor Martin Cemetery by El Dara 10:30am; then to Barry to march from Lafayette Park to Park Lawn Cemetery; and leave Lafayette Park 11 am.

Don’t Get Rid of Your Prom Dresses!

Pageant Flyer colorLadies, if we can have your attention for a moment. Please don’t get rid of your gorgeous prom dresses once prom season is over. You can wear it again (your parents will love that they’re getting their money’s worth out of your dress lol)! Keep that dress and wear it in the Pittsfield Fall Festival in August! You know you looked amazing in it once, so make sure to wow everyone one more time before you move onto the next year’s fashion!

Keep an eye on the local papers, Pike County Happenings, the Pittsfield Fall Festival Facebook page, and listen to WBBA to stay up to date on Fall Festival info. This is a great pageant to be a part of, don’t be shy, own that catwalk!

Crime Stoppers – April 16

CrimeStoppers LogoPike County Sheriff’s Department is investigating reports of damaged soda vending machines in Hull, Kinderhook, and New Canton. The damage was discovered between April 9 and April 10 where unknown person(s) attempted to gain access to the vending machines. Damage could have taken place during a 2-week period. If you have information or have seen suspicious activity around the vending machines in the aforementioned towns, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 217-285-1500. Calls are anonymous and if information leads to an arrest, you will be eligible for a cash reward.

Slow Pitch Teams Needed!

local sports buttonLooking for Slow Pitch Teams for a tournament to be held in Memory of Dallas “Beefy” Main on April 18 & 19 at the New Canton ball field. Four teams are needed. Cost is $100 per team. Call or text Carla Erke at 217-430-7898 for more information. Proceeds from this tournament will go towards the concession stand and restrooms at the New Canton ball field.

New Canton Harvest Festival fundraiser – March 18 – New Canton

PCH festivals fairs The New Canton Harvest Festival Committee will hold a soup luncheon and supper on Tuesday, March 18 at the New Canton Community of Christ Church. Lunch is from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and supper begins at 4:30 pm. Menu will be chili, vegetable soup, sandwiches, dessert and drink for free will donation. All donations are greatly appreciated. Proceeds will go to the New Canton Harvest Festival.

City Council Meeting dates for February

Town Government Events buttonWe are granted many civic rights and duties, including the right to attend our local goverment meetings to make sure our elected officials are working in our best interests. Do your civic duty and attend a city council meeting!

Monday, Feb 3:
Barry City Council – 7 pm
Hull Village Board – 7 pm

Tuesday, Feb 4:
Pittsfield City Council – 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Feb 5:
BBA Meeting – 5 pm
Hadley HEA – 1:30 pm
Griggsville Town Board – 7 pm
Pleasant Hill Town Board – 7 pm
New Salem Village Board – 7 pm
Pleasant Vale Township @ New Canton Town Hall – 7 pm

Soup & Sandwich Supper – Jan 25 – New Canton, IL

Church Event ButtonThe New Canton Church  will hold their annual soup & sandwich supper on Saturday, January 25.  Serving will begin at 4:30 pm.  There will be 3 kinds of soup and 2 kinds of sandwiches with homemade desserts.  Carry-outs will be available.  Donations will be accepted.  Proceeds will go to church missions in Chatanooga, TN.

For more information call (217) 440-6610.

Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner – Nov 19 – New Canton

Food buttonThe Community of Christ Church of New Canton will host their 45th annual Senior Citizen’s Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, November 19 at Noon.  Turkey, dressing and all the “fixin’s” will be available.  Carryout is available and all is by donation only.  For more info pleased call Mary Jo Phillips at 217-440-6610.

Fall Color Drive – Final Countdown for Booths & Vendors

Pike County Color DriveIt’s our final posting of the booths & vendors that you will find this weekend while traveling & enjoying the #pikecountycolordrive   We plan to tweet LIVE from the towns participating, you might see us at any of these booths!  If you find us, come say hi and get your picture taken, become a Twitter star!  These folks have put a huge amount of effort to create unique and wonderful booths for your shopping pleasure.  Make sure you show them some love.  If you find something unique, or what you think is a “treasure”, let us know!  We’d like to speak with you for our story we will publish next week!

Without further ado, here is the final listing of booths & vendors:

Pleasant Hill:

◊Longaberger Baskets & Home Decor booth in the green building at Pike Co. Fairgrounds in Pleasant Hill. Come see what’s new for fall and the holidays. Lots of cash & carry items, too! Open both Saturday and Sunday. Rain or shine!

New Canton area:

◊Goobies: On Sunday, October 20 be sure to swing by Goobies in New Canton from 1p-5p .  There you will find FREE Mary Kay facials and color consult. Some cash and go items will be available.

Baylis area:

◊Baylis Baptist Church:  Official Color Drive stop.  Many booths/tables will be set up for residents to sell their crafts, etc.  Also available will be soup, sandwiches, desserts & bake sale items.

Rockport area:

◊Rockport will be a busy place for handcrafted items!  While in Rockport, you’ll find Sue’s candy, clothes for American Girl Dolls, Rock Oil Candles, doilies, quilts & throws, backed goods (including some diabetic & gluten free varieties), wreaths, Amish baskets, CaT Creations Jewelry, hair bows & tutus, crocheted items, and pumpkins!  There will also be gorgeous painted/lighted wine bottles & glass blocks.

Danny will be frying fish again, and we’ll also have sausage gravy & biscuits for breakfast, yum!  If that’s not enough to tempt your palate, we’ll also have ham & beans with cornbread, homemade chicken & noodles, and pulled pork sandwiches.

*The Rock Oil Candles are made from natural stones and burn regular lamp oil.  They are beautiful and can be used outside as well, simply changing lamp oil with citronella oil.

Barry area:

◊South Side Shop & Flea Market (1400 S. Rodgers):  Large vendor turnout of 8 to 10 vendors!  Some vendors will start the weekend off early, with booths opening on Friday.  Lots of activities here that you don’t want to miss.   While the grown ups shop, the kids can enjoy the bounce house, and other activities!  If you get hungry, they will be selling BBQ pork sandwiches with baked beans & chips as well as drinks.  Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy their baked goods as well.  Variety is the theme at this site, so many things to list, and not enough space to list them all!

Milton area:

◊Scentsy/OPI Polish/Rainbow Loom Bracelet booth will be set up in Milton on the square.  Come check out all the items and goodies up for grabs, the Rainbow Loom bracelets are just darling and are made of rubber, not latex, perfect for those with sensitivities to latex.  You’ll find lots of bars & warmers. Don’t see what you want? That’s ok, you can place your order too!  Vendor can accept debit cards as well.  Don’t miss the new scent samples this weekend!

◊HEROES AMONG US PROJECT: The Pittsfield FFA Chapter would appreciate support from the community:

• Look for our booth during Color Drive in Milton on the Square
• Serving Chili, Drinks and Baked Goods

This project is to honor PHS graduates who are currently serving in active duty in the military. A 6”x24” metal street sign honoring each member will be hung along Washington Street in Pittsfield. The members name will be written in white on a black background with a yellow ribbon.

Summer Hill area:

◊Kozy Katz Antiques & Collectibles: Located aprox 11 miles SW of Pittsfield in between Summer Hill and Atlas will be open for Color Drive Fri Oct 18th thru Sun Oct 20th *9:00 to 5:00* with vendors setting up in front of the shop. There will be vintage, primitive and collectible items as well as pumpkins, gourds and more. There will also be a food stand serving a variety of foods and beverages. For more info please call 217-285-9808 or get on the Kozy Katz Facebook page @Kozy Katz Antiques & Collectibles.

*These posts will be updated regularly as we obtain new information and updates.  Be sure to check back often.

Color Drive by Town – M through T

ColorDriveFlagWelcome to our 2nd installment of the Pike County Color Drive by Town!

Each year Pike County hosts their annual Fall Color Drive on the third weekend of October.  This is a time to reconnect with community, and see the county in all it’s autumn glory!  Pike County Happenings is happy to help you plan your route this weekend by giving you a brief overview of what each town has to offer.  We encourage you to swing by the Pike County Community Center just west of Ayerco and grab yourself a map!

Visit for more details on each town’s offerings.

Be sure to watch for this sign, as it signifies an official stop on the Color Drive.


Welcome booth located in the historic bandstand on the square.  East Pike Fire Protection District will be serving delicious pork sandwiches, award winning BBQ brisket sandwiches & more.  While you’re eatting, watch the Eagle Creek Carving Company’s chainsaw carving demonstration!  Shop for Native American crafts, gifts, antiques, collectibles, etc.


Lots of family fun in Nebo throughout the weekend.  Kids will love the petting zoo, pony rides & hay scramble.  Grownups will love the flea market vendors & yard sales in the community.  On Saturday the Nebo Baptist Church will have a quilt show & demos, homemade breads, coffee, tea, & cider with live gospel/bluegrass music & Anniversary cookbooks for sale.  Sunday the church will have a special worship service in observance of their 150 years as a congregation. Service starts at 11am.

New Canton:

Antiques & collectibles, flea markets & yard sales.  These are just a few of the offerings New Canton has for you this weekend.  Satisfy your hunger with bake sale items, and a large fish sandwich!

New Hartford:

Swing by Ackles Farm Market (since 1967) while in town and grab your own cider (no one says you have to share).  While buying your Amish chocolate, apple butter and fresh veggies, let the kids have some fun running off that extra energy in the Castle & Straw Maze!

New Salem:

Do you know how to make a knife? We don’t, but we are going to make sure to catch the knife making demonstration! While in town, you’ll also find antiques, Honey bee products and food such as butterfly hops, homemade pies (sold by the slice or whole).


This is the first town you’ll encounter as you enter Pike County on Route 100. Here you will find flea market items, fall produce, fish sandwiches, homemade bake sale items & their annual collectible post card (including past years)!


No matter the weather, you can enjoy yourself at the Perry Fire House where you can shop for Christmas crafts, pottery, handmade duck decoys, and much more!  Don’t forget to stop by the Dexter One Room School House & the1878 Church of Christ (National Register of Historic Places) for tours.  The 1800s Log Cabin will be open too.


Pittsfield’s activities will be centered around the beautiful Pike County Courthouse, which is over 100 years old! Stop by the Welcome Booth where you can get a complete listing of all the vendors in town.  Our own Bill Beard will be doing cartoon portraits.  Fall produce will be available on the courthouse lawn, as well as various craft/antique vendors.  Lots of Lincoln sites and wayside exhibits to visit while you’re here.

Pleasant Hill:

Our town on the hill has many offerings for it’s visitors.  Check out the vendors and sales around town, there’s just too many to list!  The food will keep you satisfied as you traverse the hill in search of great deals.  Fill up with Buffalo & Elk sandwiches, pork chops, ribeyes, fish and more.

Summer Hill:

Lose yourself in the Summer Hill antique & collectibles mall which features over 40 vendors in a late 1800s General Store.  This store is sure to have something for everyone, and it’s so much fun to browse through!  There will be activities in the park, and a large garage sale.  After having fun in the antique mall, drive one half mile west of town and have a glass of wine & enjoy some music at the Hopewell Winery.  Don’t forget to visit the Kozy Kat Antique Mall only 1 mile west of town where you will find lots of goodies, and many vendors set up as well!


Have you ever wanted to visit Time’s Square?  Bet you didn’t know you can do that in Pike County, IL!  This quaint little village has lots to offer, including demonstrations by the Village Blacksmith, pottery making & wool spinning, as well a horse & buggy rides (how fun!!).  Come roast your own hot dog over a warm fire, have a bowl of chicken & noodles, indulge in a delicious apple dumpling, and try a fried pickle.  You’re invited to attend the Church Service at 9am on Sunday.

This wraps up our brief overview of each town’s offerings.  Be sure to stay up to date on sales, booths, vendors, and more on our other postings!  Leave us a comment, let us know how your experiences went.  We love to hear from our readers!