Sweet September, Oregon Illinois

Summer is coming to a close, but we don’t let that slow us down!

From Family Weekend at White Pines Ranch to a one-of-a-kind grilled cheese contest at Jamfest, our area has everything you are looking for to beat the back to school blues! Whether you are from Oregon or visiting from afar, find out for yourself what makes us uniquely Oregon by exploring the activities below.   Click HERE to learn more of what Oregon offers.

Family Weekend at White Pines Ranch

September 2-4, 2017     3581 W Pines Rd, Oregon, IL 61061   Phone: (815) 732-7923

The entire family is invited to experience western-style dude ranching for a weekend.  White Pines Ranch has created an end of summer family weekend – for the kid in all of us! The goal of the weekend is for your family to focus on enjoying the time together – we take care of all the cooking, cleaning, activity leadership, and other preparations!

Pack up the minivan and head out to beautiful Oregon, IL (just 90 miles west of downtown Chicago) and enjoy horseback riding, hiking, fossil hunting, grooming and saddling horses, meeting new friends and much more. Enjoy evenings with hayrides, country line dancing, bingo and singing around the campfire.


21st Annual Mark Twain Days

 September 9, 2017 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Maxson’s Restaurant and Riverboat 1469 IL Rt 2 N. Oregon, Illinois 61061

A special night out for families, couples, friends.


Sponsored by the Oregon Rotary Club, this evening promises unique entertainment that you won’t find anywhere else! Included in the price of the ticket are the following:

Old fashioned hog roast.

Corn on the cob, home made pies, ice cream

Dinner on the deck overlooking the Rock River

Live Music in the gazebo,  50/50 raffle drawing.

MEET MARK TWAIN, who will also be joining us.

…and…ride authentic paddleboat through the deep and scenic Rock River Valley

Tickets are $15 for kids 6-12/$30 for adults and can be purchased at the door …or in advance at:  Maxon’s Manor, State Farm Ins., Country Companies Ins., and Edward Jones Investments in Oregon.    All proceeds from this event go to “Keep Kids Warm”, a charity function providing winter coats and boots to needy kids in our local schools.



69th Annual Grand Detour Arts Festival

September 10, 2017 John Deere Historic Site 9:00 AM -4:00 PM Free Admission/Rain or Shine

Presented by the Grand Detour Arts Festival Committee in partnership with The Next Picture Show, this juried Art Festival is sure to have a piece you connect with. The entire family is welcome to come out and enjoy one of the oldest art festivals in Illinois, set on the Historic John Deere site at 8334 S Clinton St., Dixon, Illinois. The arts fest offers live music, food vendors, artist painting demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations, historic site tours, and student art show.

Check out this link for a sneak peek of local art that will be available for purchase and other updates on the Festival


Autumn on the Prairie

Saturday, September 16, 2017     10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Nachusa Grasslands


Come on down to the prairie to enjoy this annual event open to the public. Put on your sunscreen to prepare for guided walking or riding tours with experienced guides leading tours of Nachusa’s bison, prairies, woodlands, and wetlands. And the fun doesn’t end there! Munch on Kettlecorn while you experience the rest of the festivities, such as learning Native American skills, enjoying live music, and so much more! Visit their website for a full schedule of events and parking information.  Learn more about the 100+ Bison heard here.


Encore! Mt. Morris Presents Jam Fest 2017

September 23, 2017 1:00PM Downtown Mt. Morris

Calling All Pickers and Strummers! You are invited to join fellow musicians and music lovers for the launch of Jam Fest 2017. The day features acoustic string band music as groups and individuals connect organically for impromptu performances. A kids play area, complete with a bounce house and games will be available on the campus for the smaller set of music and grilled cheese lovers.

The “Cheese and Jam Slam” is a culinary competition that takes a childhood comfort food to a whole new height. Sample each gourmet grilled cheese and see if your favorite agrees with the judges’ decision. Better yet, grab your friends and create your own “not-your-mama’s grilled cheese” entry! Of course, every recipe must include jam!

The Discover Market will showcase Ogle County artisan baked goods, berry treats, coffees, and many other locally made products. Jam Fest is a laid back harmony of string music, simple food, beautiful art, support of local artisans, and good old-fashioned family fun. You are invited to join the celebration!

Visit HERE to find a complete schedule of events.


TOSOC Bike Ride for All Ages

September 23rd, 2017    pre-register online or onsite at 7:30 at Village of Progress at 710 South 13th Street, Oregon, Illinois

Join us for our annual Tour of Scenic Ogle County (TOSOC).

Enjoy quiet and paved country roads with mostly rolling hills and some flat stretches. Be prepared to take in the stunning scenery, including possible wildlife sightings of eagles, red-tailed hawks, great blue herons, and bison.  Multiple rest stops and sag support provided.

Choose from three different rides:

  • 32 Mile Route: Includes John Deere Historic Site, Rock River at Grand Detour, Nachusa Grasslands (bison herds)
  • 62 Mile Route: Includes above trail plus historic Mt. Morris and riverside riding along Rock River.
  • 10 Mile Route: Family Fun Ride through Park West & Fairgrounds Park. This is an easy ride suitable for 3 wheelers & kids (child riders under 18 must be accompanied by adult)

Lunch is included with registration. Additionally, ride refreshments, including delicious baked goods and fresh fruit will be available at rest stops. Request a registration form by emailing tosoc@villageofprogress.org or register online HERE.    Visit BikeOgle to learn about all of our county cycling routes and activities.

All proceeds go to Village of Progress, a non-profit that provides work-training services for adults with disabilities in Ogle County.

Find photos and more details  by searching for TOSOC Bike Ride on Facebook!


Good ol’ fashion Roller Rink Fun

White Pines Roller Rink  6929 W. Pines Rd.  Mt. Morris IL      ph: 815-946-9988


Out camping and the kids getting restless?   Running out of things to do on a rainy day?   Check out White Pines Roller Skating Center.  Over 65 years of operation, and still going strong.  This place recreates the feel and memories of roller rinks of the past, but with updated facilities, table games, jammin’ music, snack bar, and all around good vibes for young people of all ages.    Your kids will never forget it.   Adults will relive it.


Less than a mile from White Pines State Park and Lodge, 15 minutes from Mt. Morris, Oregon, Polo and Dixon.