I grew up on family farm near Cornell. I pursued a Physical Education major with a minor in Business Administration and Drivers Education. I got my graduate degree and doctorate in Educational Administration from Illinois State University in 1987. With that degree and a little experience in administration, it helped me see the big picture! In 1972, I started to teach PE and drivers education in the Bloomington Public Schools District 87. After 33 years, I decided it was time to retire in 2005.
All those years of being away from the farm, I longed to be in the country again. I love being around the crops, farming, planting and harvest, people waving her nodding if you go down the road. It is very peaceful and neighborly in the country.
I am so blessed to be in the Towanda community. I have met some very wonderful people and look forward to the old rugged Barn being more of a community gathering place for friends, family, neighbors...... well, just about everybody I'd say! I feel like being here and starting this event venue is incorporating all my special areas of interest.
I'm finally back on the farm. I am so passionate about Barns and preservation of such historical sites. I drove old route 66 many times from the farm in Cornell to college at ISU. I grew up with the trumpet and a mom who wanted me to play no matter who stopped by! Here at the barn, I very much look forward to musical events and performances, especially when it involves students and members of our community. I am also very passionate about animals and truly believe that our pets are family. That is why they are always welcome as long as they are on a leash!
Mom was a collector while gramp and dad were the farmers. They all helped me appreciate and respect the importance of good work ethic. I also learned to appreciate the priceless value of tools and farm machinery that were used back in the day compared to the amazing machinery of today!
And last, I was never much of an artist at all! But I learned to love Barn Quilts! I am not an artist, I am a painter. I put together some creativity, a little artistry and some geometry to create my Barn Quilts. At this time, there are 17 barn quilts at the Farm, including what we believe to be the first one in McLean County. There are also some beautiful murals painted on the buildings by the ever so talented barn artist.
I hope you find The Old Rugged Barn and our property a setting that would bring you find memories for years to come. No matter what you want to celebrate, we will do what we can to make it happen for you!