Friday, October 30, 2015

Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm

Twenty-one years ago we made our first trip to Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm when my son was a baby. We went for several consecutive years and missed the past three years, so I thought it was time that we return to the place that held so many fall memories for our family. My in-laws went with us every year and two years ago my father-in-law passed away and last year my mother-in-law moved to Missouri to live near her sister and mother, so this was the first trip without them, which made it kind of bittersweet. I look forward to one day bringing grandkids of my own there.

The place is such a fun magical place, especially when you have very little ones. Every year the kids looked forward to returning to the haunted house and the fun barn, taking a hay ride and watching the pig races. It's expanded a bit in recent years and now has rides, a petting zoo and more. It's a great way to spend a fall day.

There are still a few days left in the season, so if you have yet to pick out pumpkins or you're looking for an alternative to trick-or-treating this weekend, make plans for a visit. Visit for more information.

The pig races are always fun to watch.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Get your Cubs haircut at ACME Hotel

Chicago is an exciting place to be this October as the history-making Chicago Cubs team has made its way to the NLCS. And as the city looks to welcome the team back for a three-game home stretch in the series before heading back to New York, ACME Hotel is offering up something for those who bleed Cubbie Blue. 

There are Cubs fans. And there are Cubs fans who get an image of Jake Arrieta shaved into their head. Miguel Rosas, whose cut went viral earlier this month will be available for cuts before the big games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Rosas' Jake Arrieta haircut became world famous during the Cubs postseason. He'll be at the hotel for a pop-up barbershop on October 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fans can stop by the hotel to get their own Cubs-themed haircut from Rosas before heading out to watch the Cubs take on the Mets in the NLCS. Rosas is owner of Moline's  New Style Barbershop

The famous haircut that set social media abuzz belongs to Isaiss Duarte, the son of one of Rosas' close friends. Duarte will also be there for the event.

Rosas will offer Cubs-themed haircuts from his custom barber chair at ACME. Appointments are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

"Our whole motto at ACME is Do Your Thing, so when we saw Miguel's photo we were so impressed with his individuality and artistry that we had to reach out and see if we could do something fun and creative together," says Brent Hinton, Director of Sales and Marketing for ACME. For more info on ACME Hotel, 15 E. Ohio Street, visit or call 312-894-0900.

Prairie Guest House, Fishers Indiana

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