Shenandoah Riding Center

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Open Daily
Trail rides and more ALL IN THE GALENA TERRITORY. Only three miles from Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa and 10 miles from Galena, Illinois. The Shenandoah Riding Center is a first-rate equine facility with a top caliber staff. Our location in The Galena Territory makes it unrivaled for scenic trails and tranquil beauty. From seasoned equestrians to beginning horse enthusiasts of all ages, we have something to offer for everyone!

Saddle up at Shenandoah 
 

Native Plant Sale

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PRE-ORDERING begins April 1
The Greenspace Advisory Group is hosting their annual native plant sale.

Trees, shrubs and perennials must be pre-ordered by Wednesday, April 27, and pick up is Friday, May 27 or Saturday, May 28 in the Owners’ Club parking lot near the Farmers Market area.

This event is also an opportunity to swap out potentially invasive landscape species.

Questions can be directed to Natural Resources Coordinator Emily Lubcke at 815-777-2000 ext. 131.

Kentucky Derby Party

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May 7, 2022
From 3-7 p.m.
It's a DERBY Party. Watch the race with us. Plenty of Mint Juleps to enjoy.

   • Cash Bar
   • Don’t Forget Your Derby Hat
   • Our Own Parade of Horses
   • Many Games and Prizes

Must be at least 21 years old to participate. RESERVATIONS  OPEN SOON!

Territory Farmers Market

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EVERY SUNDAY, May 29 through Oct. 9, 2022,  8 a.m. until noon
Fresh produce, flowers, plants, and much more. Sundays, 8 a.m. until noon in the Owners' Club Parking Lot. Find fresh produce and much more.

Join additional arts & crafts vendors on Oct. 2, 2022 for the annual Outside Holiday Market in the parking lot during Farmers Market to get you into the gift-giving spirit.

The Territory Farmers Market is 8 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of The Galena Territory Association (GTA) Owners' Club, 2000 Territory Drive in The Galena Territory, Galena, Illinois 61036. The Territory Farmers Market is an event sponsored by the Greenspace Advisory Group of The Galena Territory Association, Inc. This volunteer group helps oversee the preservation and maintenance of the GTA's 1,900 acres of common grounds, trails, and natural areas located in The Galena Territory.

Belden School

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First and Third Saturdays from June until October
Visit Belden School, 52 Heatherdowns Lane in The Galena Territory, on first and third Saturdays June through October from 10 a.m. until noon. Volunteer docents provide FREE tours. Contact Belden School Preservation Chair Linda Niessner at [email protected] to schedule a private visit or group tour.

Belden School was built in 1859. The school was named after Thomas Belden, an early settler and a school trustee. The stone structure is located on a thickly wooded hillside flanked by a steep gully on the downhill side. There was no electricity, no running water, and no bathrooms until 1880 when two outhouses were built at a cost of $17 each.

One teacher instructed all the students.  All grades were taught at the same time. Often the teacher was not much older than the students. The last classes were held in 1943 when consolidation of small districts occurred. Find out more about the Little School That Taught Big Lessons

Star Gazing

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Public Observation at the Owners' Club
2022 Star Gazing Events
Mary 21 at 8:30 p.m., June 25 at 8:30 p.m., July 30 at 8:30 p.m.,
August 27 at 8:30 p.m., September 17 at 7:30 p.m., and October 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Bring your telescope or share one of ours. Meet in the parking lot of the Owners' Club. Share your knowledge or start your star-gazing adventure. Check out the stars and night objects with a telescope. A clear sky with no prominent moon, once properly dark-adapted, is a beautiful thing. Depending on the time of year, a subtle band of smoky light constitutes the outline of our galaxy, and away from bright town and city lights is a showy splendor with bright spots, voids and intricate rivers of light. People of all ages are invited to attend.

Sponsored by The Galena Territory Association and The Galena Astronomical Society.

Woodland Fairy Garden Walk

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June 18, 2022
The Woodland Fairy Garden Walk, June 18, features handcrafted Fairy Garden Houses created from the surrounding woodland materials from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the trails of Belden School, 52 Heatherdowns Lane in The Galena Territory.

Don’t miss the special tent for children to create their own fairy wand. Participants will have to walk moderately uneven and mulch-covered trails. Please wear appropriate shoes. Suggested donation $5 per person (children 10 years and younger FREE). 

Belden School Preservation Committee will host an open house at Belden School during the walk. Volunteer docents will greet visitors with stories of the one-room schoolhouse.

Shenandoah Pro Rodeo

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FREEDOM REINS July 1-2, 2022
The Shenandoah Riding Center goes out west for two nights featuring bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, bull riding, and women’s barrel racing … all of the fan favorites. 

The evening ends with a firework spectacular!! Don’t miss it!

Kayak 5K Fun Paddle

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August 13, 2022
Flatwater event, Fun for everyone! Everyone is invited to come to visit Lake Galena for a day of fun and competition. The day includes the signature Kayak 5K, as well 360-meter and 720-meter sprints for single and tandem kayak and single and double canoes for adults and youth.
 
Outside kayaks and canoes are welcome on Lake Galena but must be registered in the owner’s home state and free of any aquatic invasive species. The GTA Marina and Fever River Outfitters, Galena, have a limited number of canoes and kayaks available for rental. Call 815-777-2000 to RSVP or for more information.
 
The Kayak 5K Fun Paddle is sponsored by the GTA Lake Management and Ecology Advisory Group. All proceeds will be donated to the Galena Food Pantry.
 

Holiday Farmers Market

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2022, 8 A.M. UNTIL NOON

Join additional arts & crafts vendors on Oct. 2, 2022 for the annual Outside Holiday Market in the parking lot during Farmers Market to get you into the gift-giving spirit.

The Territory Farmers Market is 8 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of The Galena Territory Association (GTA) Owners' Club, 2000 Territory Drive in The Galena Territory, Galena, Illinois 61036. The Territory Farmers Market is an event sponsored by the Greenspace Advisory Group of The Galena Territory Association, Inc. This volunteer group helps oversee the preservation and maintenance of the GTA's 1,900 acres of common grounds, trails, and natural areas located in The Galena Territory.

Recycling Day

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Hazardous Household Waste,
Personal Document Shredding and
Electronics Recycling
October 8, 2022 from 9 a.m. until noon at Lake Galena Marina. Household hazardous waste consists of products usually labeled “caution” or “warning.” Watch your confidential materials shredded. Bring your electronics. (Fee for televisions and monitors.)

Call 815-777-2000 ext. 131 for more information.

Firemen's Pork Chop Dinner

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October 8, 2022
The Galena Territory Fire Department hosts their annual Firemen's Pork Chop Dinner in the Owners' Club Social Hall from 5-8 p.m. $15 for Adults, $6 for Children, Take Out Available.

Dinner tickets and raffle tickets are available at the door!

Some of the proceeds from the event benefit the Richard Peterson EMT Endowment Fund which provides financial assistance to help cover the costs of training local Emergency Medical Services personnel.

 

Holiday Market

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December 3, 2023

Join us 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Social Hall at the Owners’ Club to welcome the holiday season. 

Decorations, gift items, art, baked goods, and much more.

The Territory Holiday Market is an event sponsored by the Greenspace Advisory Group of The Galena Territory Association, Inc. This volunteer group helps oversee the preservation and maintenance of the GTA's 1,900 acres of common grounds, trails, and natural areas located in The Galena Territory.


Holiday Housewalk

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December 3, 2022
Enjoy Christmas in The Galena Territory

Visit five beautifully decorated homes 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in holiday style on tour. Tour begins at The Galena Territory Association Owners’ Club. Ticket sales end at 2:30 p.m. Adults $12.

Proceeds benefit various Jo Daviess County charities.
 

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