Superbowl Sunday, Mardi Gras, and Valentine’s Day All In One Week?

What a week ahead. Sunday marks the 58th annual Superbowl, which kicked off its first game in 1967. The Kansas City Chiefs face off against the San Francisco 49ers this year. This is the start of a whirlwind week where the stars (and the calendar) aligned to bring us the big game on Sunday, Mardi Gras on Tuesday, and Valentine’s Day on Wednesday.

Ironically, Wednesday is also Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Mardi Gras is the Christian feast of the Epiphany, also known as Shrove Tuesday. It refers to the last night when Christians are supposed to be allowed to eat rich, fatty foods before the fasting begins.

How will we eat those chocolate-covered strawberries, candy, and heart-shaped cookies if we’re supposed to be fasting? Well, it may be a dilemma, but regardless, here are some fun things happening around the area for Valentine’s Day.


Head over to Casey for some Valentine’s treats.

Wildflour Bakery & Candy Co., located at 20 W General Robey St, Casey, IL, is the home of the world’s largest wooden shoes. That is reason enough to drop by, but they also offer a variety of freshly prepared baked goods, novelty candies, gourmet chocolates, fudge, and truffles.


They also have special options for Valentine’s Day, including chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate-covered raspberry cups, a variety of February holiday-themed cupcakes, royal icing sugar cookies, and a heart-shaped box of assorted gourmet truffles. Call in your order asap. All orders must be in by Friday, February 9, so hurry up if you want some Valentine’s Day treats. Pickup for all orders is Wednesday, February 14th( Valentine’s Day) from 9 am-5 pm for this holiday.


Great Valentine’s Day treats here in Marshall.


The GypsyQueen Coffee Bar, located at 522 Archer Ave, in Marshall, celebrates love this month with what they call “That’s Amore.” Chef J. of Red Room Cakery is helping with the baking, and each week, in addition to their usual fresh pastries, they will have two different kinds of Italian baked goods. Visit them for a real taste of Italy.

You love birds can request pink cold foam to top your cold beverages, and they have a variety of holiday-themed hot beverages, too, including a choice of lattes like tiramisu, chocolate-covered strawberry, and almond joy. Some themed gelato flavors include tiramisu, raspberry cream, cherry chocolate almond, and the ever-popular red velvet cake gelato. Stop in often and try them all during this month of “Amore!”



Win Free Valentine’s Day gifts…
Valentine’s Giveaway – Sponsored by the Marshall Chamber of Commerce

You probably have people in your life that you want to get Valentine’s Day gifts, and we know that Marshall has great local stores where you can get everything from flowers to candles, clothes to cookies. The good news is that many of those stores are participating in a way that you might win some gifts. While you are out shopping, visit each of the stores below and enter the drawings.


Each participating business is donating two gift cards – one for each winner. The names for each business will be drawn on February 12. The lucky winners will win gift cards from each of these businesses.

Here is the deal… to win, you must visit the businesses that are part of the holiday event no later than February 12. Each store will have a jar where you will write your name and contact info. Put your entry into each jar in each store and be eligible to win the drawing. Someone from the Chamber will pick up all the jars and draw the winners.


Here are the stores to visit, and remember that they all have great gifts for Mom, Dad, the kids, your significant other, friends, family, and loved ones. There is something for everyone on the Valentine’s Day list right here in Marshall.


Here are the stores participating:

Back in the Woods

Moes Liquors – Bar & Package

Moes On Main Bar & Grill

Tatum’s Place Boutique

Lion’s Den Pizzeria


Clover Field Market

Lisa’s Bakery

Fried Green Tomatoes Shop

R & B Auctions

GypsyQueen Coffee Bar


Pre-Valentine’s Day fun at the Castle Finn Vineyard & Winery, Inc.


The well-known comedian,  Mr. Showtime, will be performing his act for Comedy Night at the Castle Finn on February 10. Showtime is 7 pm, and tickets are $22.00. What a great way to start the Valentine’s Day fun with a bit of levity. Text Sonya at 217-712-0253 to get your tickets

The Winery has some good news regarding serving adult beverages, too. After 13 years in business, they have secured licensing to sell beer on the premises, even on days when no event is happening. Often, the guys seek a cold beer while the gals sip on lovely glasses of wine, but up till now, that wasn’t possible. So, beer lovers rejoice and join the wine lovers at the winery.

The Winery is located at 1288 N 1200th St, Marshall, IL. Visit them and all the shops and restaurants in the great town of Marshall, IL.


Enjoy this February holiday, football, and festivities, Marshall!