Nonfiction Book Club
Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

Nonfiction Book Club

Join us on Monday, October 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. for our quarterly Nonfiction Book Club at Fresh Digs! As always feel free to bring drinks and snacks.

This quarter we’re reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt.

“Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction.”

Pick up your copy at the circulation desk at the Effingham Public Library.

Registration at the link below.
http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=4680&EventID=386568&PK=

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Downtown Effingham Holiday Open House!
Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

Downtown Effingham Holiday Open House!

I can’t believe it’s time to start thinking about Christmas, but it is.

Get your holiday shopping started early by shopping locally this year at the annual Downtown Effingham Holiday Open House on Friday November 1st, 5pm - 8pm and Saturday November 2nd, 10am - 3pm.

Many of the Downtown retailers, restaurants, and businesses will be rolling out the holiday red carpet for YOU with in-store specials, refreshments, and plenty of holiday cheer.

Fresh Digs will have the shop decorated for the holidays with Christmas trees, locally made ornaments and decor, winter candles and diffusers, vintage Christmas, special snacks and a drink on Friday night. Come and spend the evening shopping locally in downtown Effingham!

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Downtown Effingham Fall Open House
Sep
6
to Sep 7

Downtown Effingham Fall Open House

Fresh Digs is celebrating everything FALL!

Pillows; candles; door mats; kitchen towels; locally handmade felted fall items, furniture, leather jewelry, embroidery, paintings and more; vintage clothes, decor and furniture.

As always at Fresh Digs, there'll be something for everyone!

Plus Effingham Massage Clinic will be offering massages on Saturday (you deserve it) and I'll have a special drink. Come and relax a bit.

Get yourself downtown and support the local shops, restaurants and bars. Many of the downtown shops are participating; check the Experience Downtown Effingham Facebook event page for details.

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Nonfiction Book Club
Jul
29
6:00 PM18:00

Nonfiction Book Club

Join us for our quarterly nonfiction book club!

This quarter we’re reading Educated by Tara Westover.

“Traces the author's experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family's paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.”

Pick up your copy of either the regular, large print or electronic version at the Effingham Public Library.

Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks (adult or otherwise) to share!

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5th Annual Flea Market Anniversary Party!
Jul
26
to Jul 27

5th Annual Flea Market Anniversary Party!

Please help me in thanking you for the past five years of business!

Starting on Friday, July 26 at 10 am, there will be a flea market in very back of Fresh Digs. This year the flea market will be a little different. Instead of random odds and ends, I'll be pulling out all of my curated fall vintage. So consider this a preview of vintage fall clothes, decor, lighting, furniture, bedding, wall decor and more! Don't worry, there will still be a deeply discounted "flea market-style" area as well.

On Saturday, I'll be open from 9 am to 4 pm. The flea market will continue, up front you'll get to draw for a discount, food by Robert Davies, live music by Erin Goldstein (from 1-3 and she's going to feature old school women country singers), a pop-up jewelry trunk show from Kinley Jewelry a lemonade stand by Lemons on the Go and more!

Thank you all very much for making these past five years possible. Without you going out of your way to shop locally and shop locally handmade, we wouldn't have Fresh Digs and we wouldn't have such a vibrant downtown.

**Remember, the Downtown Effingham Summer Sidewalk Sales and EffinghamHam-Jam will be taking place on Saturday, so plan to make a day of it in downtown Effingham!

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Downtown Sidewalk Sales!
May
18
9:00 AM09:00

Downtown Sidewalk Sales!

Plan to stop at Fresh Digs FIRST as we’re going to have one heck of a SPRING SALE!

Then hit the rest of downtown for the Downtown Spring Sidewalk Sale. Come ready to shop and find great bargains. After searching for deals, visit our eateries and shops for lunch or brunch, coffee or adult beverages!

This event is organized and promoted by the DOWNTOWN EFFINGHAM BUSINESS GROUP.

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Characters:  A Family History Exhibit
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Characters: A Family History Exhibit

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If you follow Watson, IL photographer, Tytia Habing, on social media then you were recently privy to some of her great family photo finds as she scanned and saved thousands of old family photos in what she referred to as The Great Scan of 2019.

While she didn’t take these pictures, she did hand-pick them and with her engaging storytelling she filled us in on the rich characters behind these images.

And characters they are.

From a super-buff great grandpa (who “wasted” film on animals) to monkeys in the Rosalyn Cafe to child labor in Indiana and to nuns in wooden speedboats, the characters in these photos all tell her family’s story.

In Tytia’s own words, “Their expressions, the way they're composed, the lighting....they're magical.”

Join Tytia and her family photo and storytelling exhibit at Fresh Digs during Artisan Fair weekend in downtown Effingham on Saturday, May 4 from 10 am to 3 pm.

You may even get to chat with Tytia and her family.

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Nonfiction Book Club
Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Nonfiction Book Club

Join us for our quarterly nonfiction book club!

This quarter we’re reading The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.

“The popular comedic couple trace the story of their relationship, sharing anecdotes, family photos, and secrets that reveal how they overcame considerable social differences through their shared values and mutual love of music and laughter. “

Pick up your copy of either the regular, large print or electronic version at the Effingham Public Library.

Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks to share!

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Celebrating Women - Downtown!
Mar
15
5:00 PM17:00

Celebrating Women - Downtown!

Fresh Digs and the Downtown Effingham Business Group are celebrating women!

Ladies are invited to experience downtown Effingham - through shopping, sipping and eating!

Stop by Fresh Digs from 5 to 7 pm for:

Plan to spend the evening downtown celebrating YOU!

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Nonfiction Book Club
Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

Nonfiction Book Club

Join us for our quarterly nonfiction book club!

This quarter we’re reading I’ll Be Gone In the Dark by Michelle McNamara.

“An account of the unsolved Golden State Killer case traces the rapes and murders of dozens of victims and the author's determined efforts to help identify the killer and bring him to justice.“

Pick up your copy of either the regular, large print or even electronic version at the Effingham Public Library.

Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks to share!

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Nonfiction Book Club
Nov
26
6:00 PM18:00

Nonfiction Book Club

For this quarter's nonfiction book club at Fresh Digs, held in conjunction with Effingham Public Library, we'll be discussing The Light Between Us by Laura Lynne Jackson.  

"The Light Between Us provides guideposts for living a rich and fulfilling life. In her beautiful worldview, Laura Lynne Jackson reminds us that our relationship to those we love endures across space and time; that we are all connected and invested in one another's lives; and that we are here to give and receive love selflessly. Her story offers a new understanding of the vast reach of our consciousness and enlarges our view of the human experience."

Grab your hard copy, large print, ebook or audiobook at Effingham Public Library.  In order to have an idea of how many to expect, you can also register at the library closer to the event date.

Feel free to bring drinks or snacks to share!

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Black Friday/Small Business Saturday 2018
Nov
13
3:00 PM15:00

Black Friday/Small Business Saturday 2018

Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here!?

Believe it. And that means that Black Friday and Small Business Saturday are here, too.

Plan to stay in town and shop locally either next Friday (9 to 5) or Saturday (8 to 4).

I know there are out-of-town and online deals to be had and I get it. Just make a pledge to yourself and your community to spend a good portion of your holiday shopping money here. Right here in your backyard where it will be re-invested in so many wonderful ways.

I'm going to have bacon jam samples, apple cider (with or without caramel vodka : ), gifts while they last and of course, SALES!! Because that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

Stay tuned to the Fresh Digs Facebook page because next Wednesday, Nov 21, I'll announce all of the sales!!

Remember: Shop small, shop local, shop handmade!

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Nonfiction Book Club
Aug
27
6:00 PM18:00

Nonfiction Book Club

Join us for our next quarterly nonfiction book club on Monday, August 27 from 6 to 7 pm at Fresh Digs.

This quarter we're reading Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.  

"Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty."

Grab a copy (regular, digital, large print) at the Effingham Public Library and plan to join us!

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Fourth Annual Flea Market Anniversary Party!
Aug
10
to Aug 11

Fourth Annual Flea Market Anniversary Party!

It's time to celebrate four years of Fresh Digs, so that means it's time for the fourth annual Fresh Digs Flea Market Anniversary Party!!

That's right, Fresh Digs has been around, thanks to you, for four years! This is how we celebrate!

Per usual there will be a flea market in the very back garage area (normally closed to customers) full of all that hasn't been put on the floor, hasn't sold or has just straight up been hoarded. I'm talking about vintage clothes, furniture, discarded art projects, craft supplies, chairs, weird stuff, frames, books, Christmas, new stock that didn't sell and so much more! This is a great big purge, so it'll all be priced to move!

Plus the Backroom will get a total makeover with awesome new vintage treasures! If you love vintage, then mark your calendar for this day. Note that that room will be closed from August 6 - 9 and will reopen, renewed at 10 am on Friday, August 10. Plan to be there EARLY for first dibs!

Friday will be the start of the flea market and the reopening of the Backroom plus sales store-wide and give-aways. Pop in anytime between 10 am and 6 pm. 

Saturday we'll open early at 9 am and close at 4 pm. We'll feature live music by The Greyhounds from 11 am to 1 pm and my husband will be grilling up something tasty during that time, as well!

Sales and give-aways as a way to say THANK YOU will also be taking place all weekend. 

Help celebrate four years of Fresh Digs by marking your calendar and joining us!

 

 

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Nonfiction Book Club
Jun
25
6:00 PM18:00

Nonfiction Book Club

Join us for our next quarterly nonfiction book club on Monday, June 25 from 6 to 7 pm at Fresh Digs.

This quarter we're reading Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.  

"Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past."

Grab a copy (regular, digital, large print) at the Effingham Public Library and plan to join us!

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His Glories Farm Perennial Pop-Up at Fresh Digs!
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

His Glories Farm Perennial Pop-Up at Fresh Digs!

Are you ready for color?! Come see all the beautiful early spring perennial colors on Saturday, April 14 from 10 am to 1 pm at Fresh Digs for the His Glories Farm pop-up event!

Vanessa will be bringing bleeding hearts, dianthus, lavender, hyssop, hellebores and lots more for your flower beds! 

Hope to see you there! And we hope it doesn't snow! : )

Then mark your calendar for Saturday, May 5 (Artisan Fair weekend) from 10 am to 1 pm. Vanessa will be back at Fresh Digs with hanging baskets just in time for Mother's Day gift giving!

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Nonfiction Book Club
Feb
26
6:00 PM18:00

Nonfiction Book Club

Join us in reading and talking about our nonfiction pick for this quarter's book club: The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel.

It's almost impossible to imagine living outside and alone, especially at this time of year, but he did it for almost thirty years.   

"In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later.  Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of the why and how of his secluded life--as well as the challenges he has faced returning to the world."

The Effingham Public Library will have copies (print, large print, electronic) available for check out.  Go to your library, folks; it's a great place!

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Artisan After Hours!
Feb
16
6:00 PM18:00

Artisan After Hours!

Show some love to our local artisans this February 16!

I've invited all of the local artisans who supply Fresh Digs and you guys with locally made home and gift options to come and hang out and mingle.  Here's your chance to put a face and maybe a conversation to the creators of some of our favorites like the leather jewelry, furniture, watercolor prints, painted pieces and more!

Follow the Facebook event page to get updates on who will be there and what new goodness they'll be bringing with them!

 

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Weekend of LuLaRoe
Feb
9
to Feb 10

Weekend of LuLaRoe

Join LuLaRoe by Kathy on Friday, February 9 from 5 to 7 pm and then again on Saturday, February 10 from 10 am to 2 pm at Fresh Digs!  

She'll have her special Valentine's Day selection as well as the usual suspects.  Find that perfect outfit for your hot V-Day date or goodies for everyday wear.

If you've not yet tried out LuLaRoe be sure to stop by and try on some pieces.  LuLaRoe sells women's dresses, maxi skirts, pencil skirts, a-line skirts, sheath dresses, tops, leggings and more in an array of vibrant colors and patterns.  Many styles have pockets.  : )  They also offer a kids' line.  

Plan to join us Friday night for a girly evening of after hours shopping, sales and snacks!

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Nonfiction Book Club
Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

Nonfiction Book Club

For this quarter's Nonfiction Book Club we'll be reading Stiff by Mary Roach.  

"Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers-some willingly, some unwittingly-have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them."

Copies of the book will be available at the Effingham Public Library.  

We'll meet at Fresh Digs at 6 pm.  Feel free to bring a snack or drink to share!

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Conscious Creativity Workshop with Kay Metzelaars @ Fresh Digs
Oct
25
4:30 PM16:30

Conscious Creativity Workshop with Kay Metzelaars @ Fresh Digs

I love this quote...

“A creative person is one who has insight, who can see things nobody else has ever seen before, who hears things that nobody has heard before—then there is creativity.” 
― Osho, 

Kay Metzelaars, a.k.a. The Chakra Lady, and I are pleased to bring you a night dedicated to exploring your creativity.  Kay will lead the class and during the first half she will teach us meditation - chakra balancing meditation and gazing meditation.  

The second half of the class will be dedicated to creative self expression.  

Check her website for all of the details and to register.  Early registration ($44) ends September 30.  Hurry as space is limited!

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Chili Fest in Downtown Effingham!
Oct
13
4:00 PM16:00

Chili Fest in Downtown Effingham!

When fall is in the air that means Chili Fest is right around the corner!  

Get ready for a great evening of festivities and fun for the entire family as the Downtown Effingham Business Group hosts the 5th annual Chili Fest 2017 on Friday, October 13th, from 5-8pm. The central location for Chili Fest will take place in downtown Effingham, IL along Jefferson Street and around the old Courthouse Square.

Nearly two dozen businesses will offer a chili tasting or other food and refreshment throughout the evening. Chili team participants will be vying for the “Judge’s Choice”, “Spiciest” and the “Most Original” awards. You can also do a little late night shopping and see what the great stores in the Central Business District have to offer! Many family friendly activities are also planned throughout the evening including inflatables and activities for children. 

Tasting tickets are $5 for 10 tickets and will be available for sale at the event only. Ticket tasting stations will be located at the intersection of Jefferson and 4th Street, Jefferson and Fifth Street, west of Jefferson and Banker. 

Live entertainment kicks off at 5pm on the Jefferson Street Central Stage.

Bring the entire family and Experience Downtown Effingham!

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The Portrait by Tytia Habing Photography @ Fresh Digs
Sep
30
9:00 AM09:00

The Portrait by Tytia Habing Photography @ Fresh Digs

Have you dreamed of having Tytia Habing take your photo but just haven't taken the time to seal the deal?  Well, now is your chance.  

Tytia will be offering 20 minute sessions in a pop-up studio in Fresh Digs on Saturday, September 30 starting at 10 am and running until 2:30.  

Here's what you'll get:

- Eight beautiful, individually edited, high resolution digital files
- 4x6 proof prints for the eight images chosen
- An online gallery to view and choose your files
- Option to purchase all digitals, as well as prints and other products

For more details and to register go to her website.  Don't dawdle, there are only 10 spots!

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Beginner Watercolor Class
Sep
16
9:00 AM09:00

Beginner Watercolor Class

Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint using watercolors?  Now is your chance to learn the basics AND get a set of paints and brushes to take home with you!  

The class will be taught by Whitney Ruger and will take place on Saturday, Sept 16 from 10 am to noon.  Cost is $45.  

Click this link for all of the details and to register.  

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Hobnob Harvest Market
Sep
8
to Sep 9

Hobnob Harvest Market

Fresh Digs is pleased to not only set up at the Harvest Market but to also sell tickets for it!

If you're not familiar with the Hobnob Harvest Market it's a happy harvest market full of crazy-good vintage & handmade vendors. Fun stuff everywhere you look plus delicious food, a cash bar, live music, and more!  All of the fun takes place at the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont, IL.

Prairie Moon Party
Earlybird shopping at its best!
Friday, September 8
2-7 pm

Tickets:
$10 per person online through the event link or at Fresh Digs until Thursday, Sept 7 (this ticket will get you into Saturday as well) 
$15 at the gate

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Market Day
Shop. Laugh. Eat. Repeat!
Saturday, September 9
9 am - 4 pm

Admission:
$5 per person at the gate
or FREE with your Friday night party ticket

Kids 12 & under free Friday night & Saturday

Grab your girlfriends, leave your husband at home, and join us!  : )

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Nonfiction Book Club
Aug
28
5:00 PM17:00

Nonfiction Book Club

Our quarterly nonfiction book club in partnership with Effingham Public Library will meet a tad sooner this quarter as the Library will be celebrating banned book week with a selection of book discussions around banned books.

The next nonfiction discussion will be on The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson.

"Traveling about Britain, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that is Britain."

If you've never read Bill Bryson you're in for a treat! 

Grab your copy in regular, large, audio or even ebook at the Effingham Public Library.    

 

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