St. Louis-Stuttgart Volksmarch Club
"The St. Louis Walkers"

FUN, FITNESS, & FRIENDSHIP through our planned 5/10K walks

Member of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) and the International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV)

ALERT: GROUP WALKS ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH MISSOURI'S, THE CDC'S, AND AVA'S GUIDELINES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.

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The St. Louis-Stuttgart Volksmarch Club is about
Fun, Fitness, & Friendship! Come Walk With Us In 2020!

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, walks listed below offer both a 5k or a 10k route. $3/walker. Pets are welcome on SOME, but not all the walks. Contact the club to be sure.

All the Missouri County walk weekends are postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can still walk these counties:

The Walk Box for Linn, MO is in place at The Stone Hearth Inn. The address is 1639 Highway 50 East in Linn. Please call the inn before you drive there.

THE SEASONAL WALK IN POTOSI WAS DUE TO OPEN APRIL 1, but the Registration is at the library which may still be closed. The library's days and hours vary, so please call them before you go there to walk. The address for the Washington County Library is High and Mill Streets in Potosi.

THE SEASONAL WALK IN MONTGOMERY CITY WAS DUE TO OPEN APRIL 1, but the Registration is at the library which may still be is closed. The library's days and hours vary, so please call them before you go there to walk. The address for the Montgomery City Library is 224 N. Allen Street.

Marthasville in Warren County has an Online Start Box and can be walked anytime.

The Festival of Flowers has been postponed by the City of Florissant. A future date will be determined by the progress of COVID-19.

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NEW AVA GUIDELINES TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 DURING GROUP WALKS:

REGISTRATION will likely be conducted outside. Line up single file six feet apart. Masks are required at registration. Put $3 cash or a check and your completed Start Card inside a bag that will be nearby. Bring your own pen and hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available at the Registration.

We are required to keep a maximum of ten walkers per group. If we have more than ten, we will need to break up the group and stagger departures by about 5-10 minutes.

Walkers are advised to stay six feet apart on the trail. Masks are optional but strongly encouraged to be worn when around others. Be sure to use your hand sanitizer when using restrooms or porta-potties.

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WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON TREKKIN' TUESDAYS. Diane Prost is coordinating these walks. Click HERE for up-to-the-minute details.

WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON THURSDAY EVENINGS - Three-Mile Thursdays!

Walks are currently being scheduled by Diane Prost. Click HERE for locations and other details. Registration is at 5:45 pm. Step-off is at 6pm.

JULY 25 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN GLEN CARBON, IL. Register in the parking lot of Casey's General Store, 70 W. Main St., Glen Carbon at 8:45 am. Drive to the Glen Carbon Library, 198 S. Main St. to begin the walk. The walk begins from there at 9 am. $3/walker. We'll be having lunch afterwards in the tent outside of The Wooden Nickel, a favorite Milers' lunch spot! For more information, click HERE.

AUGUST 1 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN FOREST PARK, ST. LOUIS, MO. Register at 8:45 in the parking lot across from the Visitors Center, 5595 Grand, in Forest Park. We will have the Walk Box there. We will, as always, follow the AVA Guidelines during this pandemic. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more info, please email deeebee333@gmail.com. We will be bypassing the Zoo because of the need to make reservations to enter. We will add another 1/4 mile along the route to make up the difference in distance. We may have lunch after the walk on the patio of the Boat House.

AUGUST 8 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN WEBSTER GROVES. Register at the Webster Groves Rec Complex, 33 E. Glendale, Webster Groves at 8:45. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.

AUGUST 15 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS AT THE BRAEUTIGAM FARM & ORCHARDS, ILLINOIS. Peaches galore! Information is on the website, www.illinois-trekkers.org. The AVA Guidelines (listed above) will be followed for everyone's safety.

The Illinois Trekkers last did this walk in 2012. Bring the kids because there are animals and farm machinery to check out. Fresh vegetables and baked goods are for sale. Did we mention peaches?

The walk will be two 5-K loops, one in and around the farm (uneven ground) and the other on the road and through a subdivision (good for strollers and wheelchairs). These are group walks so the trails will not be marked. There will be a fast group and a slow group leader for each loop. If you have a group that wants to walk together, the Illinois Trekkers will work with you to make that happen. In fact, it might be best to keep the groups small. To download a brochure, click HERE.

AUGUST 22 - WALK WITH ST. LOUIS-STUTTGART ALONG THE GRAND SOUTH GRAND AVENUE. This has become an annual walk, but this year is different due to the effect of COVID-19 and the need to socially distance. The Festival of Nations in Tower Grove Park is virtual this year, but that gave us the opportunity to rent a picnic pavilion. We have reserved the Humboldt South Pavilion, 4144 Main Drive in Tower Grove Park. Register there between 8:30 and 11. The walk will be different this year (and mostly bypass South Grand Avenue!) but will still pass the Tower Grove Creamery. (Sadly, it doesn't open until 2 on Saturday, but you can drive there after lunch and order ice cream.) Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy around noon. Alcoholic beverages are permitted, but not in glass bottles or kegs. Stuttgart will have a cube of Merlot available to members. After the picnic, St. Louis-Stuttgart will have a meeting. Any questions, please email DeAnne at deeebee333@gmail.com. We will follow the AVA Guidelines as listed above during this pandemic for everyone's safety. The brochure is available here.

AUGUST 29 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS AT OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS SHRINE. Register at the Shrine Motel, 451 S. De Mazenod Drive in Belleville, IL at 8:45. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE. Sadly, the Shrine Restaurant has closed permanently.

SEPTEMBER 5 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN RICHMOND HEIGHTS. Register at the Richmond Heights Community Center, 8001 Dale Avenue, Richmond Heights, MO at 8:45. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 12 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN GLEN CARBON. Register at Casey's, 70 W. Main Street in Glen Carbon, IL at 8:45. Walk at 9. $3/walker for more information, click HERE.

SEPTEMBER 19 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS. Register at the Pear Tree Inn by Drury, 2211 Market Street, St. Louis, MO at 8:45. Walk at 9. $3/walker. For more info, send an email to deeebee333@gmail.com.

SEPTEMBER 26 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN ST. PETERS. A new walk! Register at the City Center Park Pavilion, City Center Park Drive, St. Peters MO for the St. Peters Parks and Neighborhoods Event Walk. Registration is 9-11:30. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

OCTOBER 3 - WALK WITH ST. LOUIS-STUTTGART IN TRUMAN PARK IN HAZELWOOD, MO. This is a brand-new walk, paved for about a mile with some gentle hills through woods on a dirt trail. It's mostly level. The 5K does an out-and-back. The 10K continues along the dirt trail through a little more challenging terrain until exiting at a subdivision, continuing to Koch Park, and then returning to the Start. We have reserved a picnic pavilion. Pack your own picnic lunch to eat whenever it's convenient, whether before or after the walk. $3/walker. For more information, please send an email to deeebee333@gmail.com.

OCTOBER 10 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS AT THE NATURE INSTITUTE IN GODFREY, IL. Register at The Nature Institute, 2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey, IL between 9 and 11 am. This is the Fall Foliage Event Walk. The Milers are celebrating their 5th anniversary here! $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.

OCTOBER 17 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS AT CAHOKIA MOUNDS. They are celebrating their 40th anniversary with this popular walk and a picnic. Register at the Intrerpretive Center, Cahokia Mounds, 30 Ramey Street in Collinsville, IL between 9-11. $3/walker. For more information please click HERE.

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REGIONAL TRIPS

THE "WALK THE 114 MISSOURI COUNTIES" PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. WE WILL PLAN FOR THIS PROGRAM AGAIN IN 2021.

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This weekend will be rescheduled September 11-12-13.

Walks in Memphis are planned for March 27-29. One walk will be a Border Crossing. Three walks are traditional and two are OLSB events, but the club will have the stamps for that weekend so that you will not have to register online.

The two new YREs are Rollin' on the River and Best Main Street in USA-Collierville. Routes will encompass Germantown, Shelby Farms, and one other. Stay tuned!

Lodging is at Homewood Suites, 7855 Wolf River Blvd, Germantown TN 877-214-6722. This is where registration takes place for all walks.

For more information, please contact DJ Moore, dj.tye1949@gmail.com or Patricia Edmondson, LazyD@att.net. A flyer is in production.

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Please join The Dogwood Trailblazers Saturday, May 2 as they walk Ozark, Missouri AND join the Ozark Hill Hikers that same weekend, Sunday, May 3, as they walk Harrison, Arkansas! Two walks, two days, two clubs, two states!

These walks have been postponed to July 18.

For more information on the Ozark walk, contact Glen Conyers at 417-434-0977 or email glenconyers@sbcglobal.net

For more information on the Harrison walk, contact Pat Golden at 479-381-9366 or email pa4golden@gmail.com

CHECK THAT THESE WALKS ARE STILL HAPPENING. TO DATE, WE HAVEN'T HAD A CANCELLATION.

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The Mid-America Regional Conference in Dayton, Ohio has been postponed until 2022.

For more information, please go the Gateway Milers' website, www.gatewaymilers.org or to the Illinois Trekkers' website, www.illinois-trekkers.org.

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Iowa's Walking Club has invited us to join them for a "20 Iowa Parks in 2020" walking initiative. The club has planned a 7-day, 7-park bus tour for September 10-16. Participants will walk one park each day and enjoy picnic lunches and yard games. The bus will transport the group each evening along many scenic by-ways of rural Iowa.

The trip includes: 7 walk fees of $3 each, 6 breakfasts, 7 box lunches, 1 dinner, 6 nights of lodging, motorcoach transportaion and tip for driver, and all the water you can drink for $1,289/person based on double or twin occupancy. More for singles, less for triple or quad occupancy.

For more information, email walk20in20@gmail.com or peggywatts@mchsi.com

or call Peggy Watts at 515-708-0405.

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The Dogwood Trailblazers are sponsoring two Autumun Events on Saturday, October 3:

Oswego, Kansas - 8-10:30, finish by 12:30 Columbus, Kansas - 12:30-2, finish by 4:30

For more information, contact Doris Conyers at 417-434-0977 or email her at dconyers43@gmail.com

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Join the Wandering Wheels Club for their "Historic San Antonio Trip" - 10 days, 9 events plus one optional walk, 4 states, 1 capital and 1 botanical garden!

September 23-October 2, $1,140/person - double occupancy CANCELED!

For more information, contact Jim at 937-435-0469, jmedz@aol.com or Bob at 513-863-8358, bomed2015@gmail.com or Shane at 937-416-8059, conleyshane1@gmail.com

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR OUR GREAT SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL ROUNDUP, OCTOBER 23-25 IN BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS. This event is hosted by the Ozark Hill Hikers Volksmarch Club. Regional Roundups are held every two years. They feature really good walks and are a lot of fun!

Four walks are planned:

Lake Fort Smith, October 23 - 9:30-noon, finish by 4pm

Gravette, October 24 - 8-10:30, finish by noon

Bentonville, October 24 - noon-2:30, finish by 5

Rogers, October 25 - 8-10:30, finish by 1

The host hotel is the Element Hotel (Marriott) located at 3401 Medlin Lane, Bentonville, Arkansas.

For more information, contact Pat Golden at 479-381-9366 or email at pa4golden@gmail.com

Events updated on July 24, 2020

Brochure VM GRAND S Grand 2020.pdf

Brochures Are Available!

We have brochures available for St. Louis-Stuttgart's Traditional Walks! Please specify which brochure you'd like.
Or...walk our **Year-Round Events (YREs), solo or with your family/friends whenever you want. Go to the locations below and ask for the Walk Box. Sign in, take the map. $3/walker

Belleville, Downtown, Historic District & Richland Creek Greenway - Register at Balance Coffee, 732 S. Illinois St, Belleville, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. OPEN

Belleville, IL - Register at BEYMCA, 2627 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, IL - Walk or Bike - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. The YMCA is open. The Walk Binder is at the desk.

Belleville, IL, The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. ALERT: The Shrine Guesthouse is closed because of the coronavirus. Contact Trudy at 618-670-6920 if you would like to walk there. She has the Walk Binder. The Shrine Restaurant has closed permanently.

Belleville, Oakland Historic District - Register at the YMCA, 200 S. Illinois Street, Belleville - ALERT: Open to members only. Sponsored by The Gateway Milers.

Central West End, St. Louis - Register at the Forest Park Visitors Center, 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park, St. Louis - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. ALERT: The Visitors Center is open only for restroom use. You MAY be able to ask for the Walk Box which is kept at the desk. Or send an email to me at deeebee333@gmail.com (linked at the end of this site) and I can email you the map. Pencil the walk in your book to stamp and pay at a later date.

Columbia, IL Downtown - A Walk in Historic Columbia. Register at Cafe on the Abbey, 340 S. Main Street, Columbia, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. A new trail and Start Point will open soon!

Creve Coeur Park - Register at Schnucks Courtesy Counter, 2030 Dorsett Rd., Maryland Heights - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. ALERT: The Customer Service counter is closed for now but the park has reopened. Restrooms and porta potties are available in the park. Use hand sanitizer. Pencil the walk in your book so it can be stamped and paid for at a later date. Walk around one lake for a 5K, walk around both lakes for a 10K. No need for a map, but if you'd like a map, send me an email: deeebee333@gmail.com. Scroll all the way down to find a link to my email.

Edwardsville, IL - A Walk to Edwardsville Parks (Walk/Swim) - Register at the YMCA, 1200 Esic Drive, Edwardsville, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. ALERT: The YMCA is open only to members, but the POC has the Walk Binder. Call Vickie at 618-792-3881 to make arrangements.

Edwardsville, IL - Register at the Edwardsville Library, 112 S. Kansas St, Edwardsville, IL - Sponsored by The Gateway Milers. ALERT: The library may be closed. Please call first.

Fairview Heights, St. Clair Square Mall, IL - Register at Walgreens, 6505 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights. Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. ALERT: The Mall is OPEN but has limited hours. Call the mall for up-to-date info on their hours. Right now, the hours are: 11am-7pm M-S and noon-6pm on Sunday.

Forest Park - Register at the Forest Park Visitors Center, 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park, St. Louis - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. NOTE: Do not bring your dog. Our route goes into the Zoo. Dogs are not permitted in the Zoo. However, if you avoid the Zoo (Covid restrictions on entering, detailed below), you can bring your dog as long as it does not enter buildings. ALERT: The Visitor Center IS ONLY OPEN FOR RESTROOM USE. You MAY be able to ask for the Walk Box which is kept at the desk. Or send an email to me at deeebee333@gmail.com (scroll to the bottom for the link) and I can email you the map. Pencil the walk in your book to stamp and pay at a later date. NOTE: Part of the 5K and the 10K goes into the Zoo to pass the carousel (for a Special Program stamp), BUT the Zoo now requires reservations ahead of time. If this is inconvenient, please feel free to walk about a quarter mile longer wherever you wish to make up the difference.

Glen Carbon, IL - Register at Casey's General Store, 70 W. Main St, Glen Carbon, IL - Register at Casey's and drive to the Start, which begins outside the Glen Carbon Centennial Library, 198 S. Main Street. Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. Because registration is at Casey's, you can register there and drive to the Start. Park at the library. Call Casey's to verify their hours before you drive there.

Hartford's Lewis & Clark, IL - Register at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, Interpretive Center, 1 Lewis & Clark Trail, Hartford, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. they are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. ALERT: This may be closed due to COVID-19. Please call before you go. 618-251-5811.

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery and Park - Register at Walgreens, 2700 Telegraph, Lemay, MO - Sponsored by the Lebanon Cedar Cruisers. NOTE: Do not bring your dog. Dogs are not allowed in National Cemetery. OPEN

Jefferson City, MO, Capital Walk - This walk has an ONLINE START BOX (OSB). - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. For information on how the OSB works and how to register, please click HERE.

Kirkwood, MO - Register at the Kirkwood Library, 140 E. Jefferson Ave, Kirkwood, MO - Sponsored by The Gateway Milers. ALERT: The POC has the Walk Box. Call Cindy at 636-208-3425.

Marthasville, MO - ONLINE START BOX. Seasonal walk, May 1-December 31. Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. See the above link under Jefferson City for instructions on how to register online.

Maryville, IL - Register at CMT YMCA, 1 Town Center Drive, Maryville, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. ALERT: The YMCA open only for members. The POC has the Walk Binder. Call Vickie at 618-792-3881.

Mascoutah, IL - Register at St. Louis Coffee World, 200 E. Main St, Mascoutah, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. OPEN

O'Fallon, IL - Register at the YMCA, 284 N. Seven Hills Road, O'Fallon, IL - Sponsored by The Gateway Milers. ALERT: The walk is temporarily suspended.

O'Fallon, IL - Walk in the Parks - Register at Schnucks, 907 E. Hwy 50, O'Fallon, IL - Sponsored by The Illinois Trekkers. ALERT: Schnucks' Customer Service Counter is closed, but the POC has the Walk Binder. Please call Vickie at 618-792-3881.

Richmond Heights, MO - Register at Richmond Heights Community Center, 8001 Dale Ave, St. Louis - Sponsored by the Lebanon Cedar Cruisers. ALERT: The Rec Center is closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

St. Charles, MO - Register at the Comfort Suites, 1400 S. Fifth Street, St. Charles - Sponsored by the Sunflower Sod Stompers of Topeka, KS. ALERT: The Comfort Suites is closed until August 1, and the Walk Box at the Front Desk is inaccessible. You can still walk the route from memory without using the Walk Box. Just pencil the walk in your book to be stamped and paid for at a later date. Many restaurants and most shops on Main Street are open.

St. Louis - Downtown - Register at the Pear Tree Inn by Drury, 2211 Market St., St. Louis, MO - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. NOTE: Please DO NOT bring dogs. They are not allowed in the buildings that we pass through on the trail. The Pear Tree Inn is STILL OPEN, but buildings on our route that we pass through as part of our route are closed. Walkers can creatively design their own detours to avoid those closed areas. Please call the Pear Tree Inn first to make sure you can enter the lobby. Our Walk Box is at the front desk. Although the Lumiere Casino has opened, the last we heard, the tunnel is still closed. This is part of our route. Sorry, but you'll have to cross all those busy streets without the tunnel to make it fun. If the Union Station area is still closed, just walk to Market Street and head west to return to the Pear Tree Inn. The Arch grounds have been open all the while, but the Arch Museum (free) just recently opened. Tram rides are available to the top of the Arch beginning July 8 at 9am. Documentary movies will be shown starting July 8. The phone number for the Pear Tree Inn St. Louis Near Union Station (their listed name) is 314-241-3200.

University City, MO - Register at the University City Library, 6701 Delmar, St. Louis, MO - Sponsored by The Gateway Milers. The Walk Box is at the front desk. The Library is open, but the hours are limited to 11am-5pm M-F and 1pm-5pm Saturday. Masks are required in the Library. ALERT: The Washington University campus is closed, BUT you can enter the campus to walk around. No buildings (no restrooms) are open on campus, however.

Washington, MO - Register at the AMTRAK station, 301 W. Front Street, Washington. (The Walk Box is on the floor, left corner of the station as you enter.) - Sponsored by St. Louis-Stuttgart. This is a seasonal walk, April 1-December 31. Good news! The Amtrak station just opened in June, the Walk Box is in place, and the walk is lovely.

Webster Groves, MO - Register at the Webster Groves Parks and Recreation Center, 33 E. Glendale, Webster Groves, MO - Sponsored by the Lebanon Cedar Cruisers. ALERT: The Rec Center is closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

What some walkers say about walking with the AVA clubs:

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We walk because it is good for us and AVA makes it fun. We meet people and see things we wouldn't see otherwise. We walk mostly for our health--we can eat more!

David Bonewitz, PhD, AVA Board President


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I controlled my diabetes and lost weight. I kept my blood sugar down. I have seen so many interesting and historic places all around the country. I have explored and hiked with my own family. There are so many wonderful sights to see!

Nancy Wittenberg, AVA Vice President
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Volkssporting is an important part of my life. I learned a lot traveling, walking in new places. I get to walk in the country and in the cities. All over the world, I have Volksmarched. It is important to keep a healthy balance and Volksmarching does that.

Ellen Ott
President of the Randolph Roadrunners
Volksmarching Club

Contact us
Feel free to send us an email with your questions or comments.

OFFICERS OF ST. LOUIS-STUTTGART VOLKSMARCH CLUB:

DeAnne Brown, President - deeebee333@gmail.com - 314-878-8647

Dee Wojtysiak, Vice President - drw488@gmail.com - 618-530-3325

Leonard Wojtysiak, Secretary - lpw466@gmail.com - 618-530-3211

Gordon Brown, Treasurer and TrailMaster - brownstl@swbell.net - 314-878-8647

Membership is $6/year/walker or $12/family. Be sure to include your address, phone number, and email, list the members of your family, and send a check for $6 or $12, payable to St. Louis-Stuttgart Volksmarch Club to: Gordon Brown, Treasurer, 12448 Glenbush Drive, Maryland Heights, MO 63043.

Click this link to download a Membership Application.

UPCOMING MEETINGS IN 2020:

We will have a picnic and a meeting in Tower Grove Park, August 22. This will be after our GRAND South Grand walk. We have reserved the Humboldt South Pavilion, 4144 Main Drive, Tower Grove Park. The Club is providing wine NOT in glass bottles. Glass is not allowed. Bring your own picnic lunch. Leave your coolers at the pavilion while you walk. Bring your own food, napkins, plastic ware, plastic cups, and anything you'd like to drink, if they're not in glass containers. Masks will need to be worn when in the pavilion. We follow the AVA Guidelines, listed above under WALKS.

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Hours
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    9:00am
    10:00pm
  2. Tuesday
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    9:00am
    10:00pm
  5. Friday
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  6. Saturday
    9:00am
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  7. Sunday
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