I live in Belleville, Illinois. I like living here. I’ve lived here since September 2003.
What is it about Belleville, though, that makes me like it here? I wish I knew because then I could tell…though if I told then maybe too many new people would move to Belleville and ruin it. 😉 What a moral quandary! It’s like the situation in Crozet, Virginia in the Mrs. Murphy Mysteries by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown.
One thing I like is Art on the Square. It’s a nationally recognized gathering of artists.
A third thing I like is the Wine, Dine and Jazz Festival in June. Not a lot of people realize that “Yes, YOU can make wine in Illinois and Missouri.” I don’t always sample the wines on offer at the festival but I ALWAYS look.
And of course, there’s also the fact that the majority of my family, albeit on my Mom’s side of the family, lives in Illinois and Missouri.