What a lucky break in the weather! After a week of rainy days, we woke up early on Saturday morning to delightfully dry weather. All week we had been looking forward to a relaxing day in the country. We were on a treasure hunt and my husband and I each had one small thing on our ‘wish lists’ for the day. Oldies on the radio, sunshine, and blue skies made the hour-long drive fly by. By 8 o’clock, we arrived in the small, friendly town of Morris, Illinois.
It was time for the 3 French Hens French Country Market. This popular event is held on the second Saturday of each month, from May through October, in Canalport Park along the banks of the historic I & M Canal. It’s always one of our favorite antiquing destinations!
Saturday’s market was bustling with happy shoppers and friendly vendors when we arrived for the 8 o’clock opening. There were 143 booths filled with antiques, vintage treasures, flower-filled baskets, farm fresh vegetables, artwork, and repurposed one-of-a-kind items.
There were several growers selling flowering plants.
Of course, I couldn’t walk by without stopping to admire the colors of summertime!
Painted furniture of all kinds filled the park that morning.
I love looking at all of the vintage tins and wooden boxes.
Oh, my! Take a close look at these boxes. (I guess there is something for everyone here.)
Red, white, and blue were definitely trending
on a hot, June day in the Midwest.
Here are just a few of the patriotic displays that caught my eye.
After looking at all of the displays, I walked back to buy what I had come in search of that morning.
I bought a vintage, enamelware colander. It’s exactly what I need for a special project!
Can you guess how I will use this old colander?
I promise to show you soon…
My husband was happy to find some old Greek drachma coins.
He made a very unexpected discovery that morning, too!
He took a walk down the wooded path (while I took one more walk past the vintage treasures).
Right there, in the middle of the path, he spotted two very large hens meandering ahead of him!
Perhaps they were on their way to the French Country Market, too!
It certainly was a good morning to hunt for treasures!
It was time to explore the path along the peaceful canal.
While today this sleepy canal is a quiet, peaceful place, for many years it was the busy 96-mile long Illinois & Michigan Canal. Irish immigrants, working under very dangerous conditions, dug the canal by hand from 1836 to 1848 to create a water highway. Water was pumped into the canal from rivers in the area. Towpaths were constructed on both sides of the canal to allow mules to walk along and pull barges through the canal.
The I&M Canal helped to connect the The Great Lakes to the Mississippi River and on to the Gulf of Mexico. This made Chicago a great inland shipping port and helped agriculture flourish in Illinois. Later replaced by larger man-made waterways, railroad tracks, and highways, the I & M Canal closed in 1933. Although much of the canal has been filled in, portions of the canal have been preserved in this historic corridor. Today footbridges and the walking path along the canal remind us of the canal’s long history.
We walked beyond the canal to see the fast-moving water of the nearby Illinois River. Recent heavy rains have made the river swell beyond its banks. Trees surrounded by water showed the flooding conditions on Saturday morning.
We walked through downtown Morris exploring the shops and had a picnic lunch nearby. Then it was time for the next part of our adventure. We drove to the small town of Wilmington, on historic Route 66, to visit a big antique mall. As we wandered amongst the antiques and vintage treasures, we saw so many memories of our childhood. Have you noticed that your childhood toys and family housewares now fill the antique malls? We have become very trendy ~ Mid-Century Modern!
Dark, threatening skies overhead soon told us that it was time to end our adventure and head for home. Saturday evening, rainstorms brought over 5 more inches of rain to the Morris area! Flooding along Illinois River has grown much worse since our visit yesterday. We are thinking of the people living in all of the small towns along the swollen rivers. I really wish we could send them some dry, sunny days!
Hope you enjoyed a nice weekend filled with some of your favorite activities!
I’m looking forward to another busy week in the garden, in between the rainstorms.
Can’t wait to get started on a fun project using a vintage colander!!
Think sunny thoughts!