One of the best aspects about living in Edwardsville, Illinois and its surrounding communities is the many activities that “spring-up” during the spring and summer months. There is so much to do locally when the weather is nice you may not ever have to cross the river into downtown St. Louis! I thought it would be fun to share a sampling of the fun events in this great community. Start planning your weekends now and experience everything there is to love about livin’ la vida local!
Goshen Market, May-October. Love fresh produce and veggies, arts and crafts? Then you don’t want to miss the Goshen Market in Downtown Edwardsville on Saturdays, May through October. At the market, you’ll find fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, farm fresh eggs, naturally raised meats – beef, pork and poultry – along with baked goods, pottery, jewelry, other fine arts, honey, soaps, seedlings, cut flowers and more. Located in green-space adjacent to the courthouse downtown, you’ll love the energy and the family-friendly fun that Goshen Market has to offer. The market fills downtown Edwardsville with a little something for everyone on Saturday mornings, rain or shine. Learn more by visiting there website at http://www.goshenmarket.org/.
9th Annual Taste of Edwardsville, Saturday, May 13. This great event is the biggest fundraiser for Edwardsville Neighbors in Need, an organization that raises funds to ease the financial burdens of local families with various needs. Over the years, Taste of Edwardsville has grown to include 20+ local eateries, live music, and a fantastic silent auction. Money raised goes to local families facing a medical or emergency hardship whether it’s an illness or an injury and helps pay for things like medical bills, mortgages, food or gas cards. Tickets for the event include unlimited food tasting and drink specials. Want to mix and mingle in the community? Don’t miss this delicious affair, with tickets going on sale April 13, 2017. Last year tickets sold out in 24 hours so don’t delay.
Next up, Bonifest! The St. Boniface Bonifest has been a Memorial Day Weekend tradition for over 30 years. Another family-friendly event, Bonifest is filled with carnival rides, food, music, raffles and fun. The 5k run is a favorite for the community and happens Saturday morning of the festival. A great 5k for all ages and abilities, it takes runners through historic Leclaire Park and many other wonderful, tree-lined streets in Edwardsville. The activities are located at the church at the intersection of Vandalia and Buchanan in downtown Edwardsville. It’s a great way to “kick off” the summer months in Edwardsville and Glen Carbon!
Get your “kicks” at Route 66. Celebrating its 20th year in 2017, the Edwardsville Route 66 Festival is one of the best ways to experience the community, offering a classic car show, great food, drinks, vendors and history. Headlining acts rock the stage at City Park, adjacent to the Edwardsville Public Library downtown. There are bounce houses for the kids, crafts in conjunction with the Edwardsville Art Center and more. This year will even be more exciting with 20th Anniversary “surprises” that will surely knock your socks off. Block of your calendar now for June 9-10, 2017 and learn more about the festival at http://www.edwardsvilleroute66.com/.
Glen Carbon Homecoming – Father’s Day Weekend. A great way to spend time with dad is at the Glen Carbon Homecoming that happens every Father’s Day Weekend. This year, June 16-17, Main Street in Glen Carbon, Illinois is blocked off and filled with food, carnival rides and fun. The homecoming parade kicks off the festivities on Friday night, with back-to-back activities to follow for all ages. Whether you enjoy local music or a night out to catch up with friends, the Glen Carbon Homecoming is another tradition you don’t want to miss. They also offer a 5K Covered Bridge Run on Saturday morning that people flock to.
There are so many fun things to do with friends and family in the Edwardsville and surrounding areas in the spring and summer, it’s difficult to list them all. The City of Edwardsville also offers the Edwardsville Municipal Band weekly summer series, a variety of movies shown outdoors at City Park as well as musical entertainment, great shows at the local Wildey Theater, and a vibrant downtown experience filled with top-notch restaurants, boutique shopping and more.
If you or a loved one is looking to relocate to the Edwardsville or Glen Carbon area, please contact me for all of your real estate needs at 618-978-2384. I’d be happy to share more information on the abundance of wonderful places to go and things to do in the area. Springtime brings with it even more to do in the thriving community of Edwardsville!
All of us know that change can be hard, especially if it involves uprooting our families and moving them into an entirely new town, with new schools and unfamiliar surroundings. There may be mixed emotions filled with excitement about the new opportunity, but also likely some fear of the unknown. Of course, it’s important to find a new home that you love, making you feel comfortable as you adjust to the new environment. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a list of reputable resources that could help acclimate you and your loved ones to this new community? Well, I’ve compiled a list of resources to help navigate you through the beloved communities of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon, with the hope of making the transition even easier (and more fun, too).
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce. In our community, there are many, many small and large businesses alike that have joined the local chamber. It’s a wonderful organization filled with good people and great resources. There’s a tool on their website that offers ways to search businesses, places and things. Looking for an area restaurant? Most likely, they are a chamber member and are listed on this website with a link to the actual business. Fortunately, most businesses have some sort of web presence today so you can always find more about them online. Learn more about the Ed/Glen Chamber here http://www.edglenchamber.com/home.htm.
Edwardsvilleonline.com. This handy website is another “go-to” resource for people relocating to the Edwardsville area. Residents of Glen Carbon and Edwardsville, as well as surrounding communities like Troy and Maryville, can also go to Edwardsvilleonline when searching for local events, new businesses that are opening in the area, and more. Local organizations can also submit their own events to the website, so you can find a number of things to do, whether it’s a church craft fair, local 5k, or a larger-scale community-wide event in the area. Here’s the link to Edwardsvilleonline: http://www.edwardsvilleonline.com/. It also offers an easy-to-use search engine if you are looking for a specific business.
Both communities have their own websites. Edwardsville’s can be found at http://www.cityofedwardsville.com/ and Glen Carbon’s link is http://www.glen-carbon.il.us/. City business information is available at both sites, including information on administrative services, public works and parks and recreation. If you are on Facebook, you can also follow both community Facebook pages for up-to-date events as well as other newsworthy information.
District 7 is a wonderful, award-winning school district, and if you are relocating with school aged-children you can find more information about the district by visiting the website http://www.ecusd7.org/. For children aged pre-K through 12th grade, District 7 is known for top-notch education as well as extra-curricular activities, including a variety of team sports. Locally, the area also offers private schools for children, including a recently built Catholic High School in Glen Carbon (http://mcgivneygriffins.com/).
Other resources include the Edwardsville Arts Center, located attached to the Edwardsville High School, offering wonderful, affordable art classes for the community as well as a gallery and gift shop you won’t want to miss. The local YMCA offers not just one but TWO locations (Esic Center and Meyer Center), filled with so many classes it will be hard to choose your favorite. An indoor pool, outdoor pool, tennis courts, gymnasium and fitness centers at both locations make it easy to stay healthy. A class catalog and more is available online at http://www.edwardsvilleymca.com/.
Edwardsville and Glen Carbon offer a perfect combination of small town warmth with all of the amenities you’d find in a larger city. Conveniently located just 20 minutes away from St. Louis, you’ll enjoy the short drive to a larger metropolis but will also soon learn that wonderful dining, shopping and activities are available right here, without having to cross the river! I am happy to answer more questions you may have about the area or offer advice. Contact me here or call me at 618-978-2384 with your relocation inquiries. Happy New Year!