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Pasta Alley is a small business which employs adults with developmental disabilities in Decatur, IL. As many as 25 individuals currently help with the production process including the mixing, packaging, and labeling of our unique and flavorful pastas, soups, breads, and sauces. We carry 20 flavors of fettuccine and linguine: garlic and herb, sun-dried tomato basil, habanero, spinach, lemon pepper, sweet basil champagne, and many more. We carry five flavors of angel hair, four flavors of whole wheat, seven flavors of glutenfree, ten different sauce flavors, 15 different soups and breads, and eight different dipping oils
Black Jewell Popcorn
Circa 1963 in the small Southern Illinois town of St. Francisville, Black Jewell Popcorn began growing and selling a unique and proprietary strain of black kernel popcorn. It pops snow white and virtually free of hulls. We are a family-owned company, and we’re passionate about and committed to the high quality of popcorns we provide our customers. We believe in the healthy 100% natural grain goodness of our Black Jewell popcorn.
Tour de Chocolat'
Held on the First Friday of the month, this recurring local cultural and social event showcases the visual arts and artists for the purpose of art education, visibility and the opportunity to purchase and collect art. February’s theme is the Tour de Chocolat’, where businesses will provide chocolate goodies at their stores. The culinary cook-off will take place in the BCPA Ballroom. Entries will be accepted in the following categories: youth, amateur, and professional. Celebrity judges will be doing sampling and making determinations at the beginning of the event. You vote, too! Take samples and vote with your dollars! People’s Choice and Celebrity Judge nominations are revealed at the end of the evening.
Coffee, fresh brewed teas, from scratch pastries, crepes, sandwiches, and salads.
Illinois College Fine Art Series: Made in America - Homer Ferguson
Homer Ashton Ferguson III, a 2000 graduate of Illinois College, will return to the Hilltop for a wonderful evening of organ music. Ferguson is currently a doctoral candidate in keyboard performance at Arizona State University from which he received a Master's degree in 2002.
Christmas with the Nelsons at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Matthew and Gunnar Nelson return to the BCPA in this heart-warming holiday throwback. A genuine blend of Everly Brothers-style harmonies and Smothers Brothers-style comedy, the multi-platinum recording artists remind us that the holidays are best spent with family and friends gathered in cozy living rooms with some hot cocoa and meaningful music.
Functional stoneware is the main objective at Kickapoo Pottery. All pieces are handthrown on the potters wheel, lead free, oven and microwave safe.
Christmas at the Mansions Tour
Travel back in time to the late 1800s and early 1900s and experience a traditional Victorian and Edwardian Christmas! Tour Ewing Manor, the David Davis Mansion and a Mystery Mansion in Bloomington-Normal and take in the architecture and history of these homes while they are decorated for Christmas. Tours will be at: 2 pm – 5 pm and 5 pm – 8 pm
Maple Syrup Time
For 4 weekends in February and early March, you're invited to walk with us into the Garden's sugar bush as we tap our maples. Help us collect the sap as it flows from the trees and cook it down to pure maple syrup. A great way to shake the winter blues!
Illinois Fish & Feather Expo
Outdoor sports enthusiasts from across the state travel to Bloomington-Normal for the Illinois Fish and Feather Expo. 120 vendors covering the entire spectrum of the outdoor recreation industry are exhibited.
Last Comic Standing at the Effingham Performance Center
The Emmy-nominated laugh-fest returns with an all new group of the world's funniest comics. Watch the series this summer on NBC, then see the finalists perform live as the Last Comic Standing Live Tour appears at the Effingham Performance Center. This show does contain adult content. It starts at 8 p.m. and doors open early!
Jacksonville Symphony Concert “Family Connections”
Come hear the joyous sounds of the Christmas Season featuring the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, plus the Jacksonville High School Concert Choir.
Illinois High School Association Competitive Dance State Finals
High school dance teams from all over Illinois descend on Bloomington-Normal to compete for the state championship!
The Wizards of Winter at the Effingham Performance Center
Featuring some of the mid-Atlantic's finest rock and progressive musicians, The Wizards of Winter, reprise a few of the greatest hits of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas and Classical catalog. The Wizards of Winter bring their musical intensity, stage theatrics and holiday fun to the Effingham Performance Center at 8 p.m. This 22 member ensemble boasts soaring vocal harmonies, precision string instrumentation, powerful percussion and stunning keyboard work, layered around a rich storyboard that evokes December's past!
An Historic Christmas Holiday House Walk
Ring in the holidays at six historic sites in one fun-filled day. Step back in time and admire the beautiful decorations of holidays past at Edwards Place, the Lincoln Home, the Governor’s Mansion, Elijah Iles House, the Old State Capitol, and Vachel Lindsay Home. At each home, visitors can listen to 19th century Christmas carols and visit with the Lincolns. There is no charge for admission to any of the houses, and the sites may be visited in any order.
Poss Family Jamboree Holiday Show
The Matt Poss Band is steadily proving that an “overnight success” can take a while to accomplish. Mixing elements of country, bluegrass, rock and blues, MPB has earned a passionate and diverse fan base that continues to grow. Cowboys, bikers, hippies and yuppies can be found arm-in-arm singing along to favorites like “Three Bricks Shy” and “Jack Rabbit.” Each fan is won by live performance and good old word of mouth. With their sixth studio album, Beans And Bullets, looming large over 2015, MPB is poised for the next level. Now is your chance to experience the MPB Holiday Homecoming Concert 2015 as the boys return home to the EPC at 8 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the Holiday Homecoming 2015 will go to "I Support," which benefits Illinois military families who are struggling financially.
Visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House as the exterior of the home will be lined with 1,000 candles and guests can take a silent tour of the beautiful interior accompanied by holiday music.
Scott Wattles: Blue Suede Christmas
Join Scott Wattles and the Blue Suede Crew as they celebrate the holidays with their sensational Rock'n'Roll Christmas Show. This musical journey down memory lane is packed with the true Christmas classics. From the moment the curtain opens you will find yourself singing right along with the Blue Suede Crew on such classics as "Jingle Bell Rock," "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree," "Silver Bells," "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" and many more!! Don't miss this show at 7 p.m. and a chance to get in the mood for the holiday season.
Vespers at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center
One of Millikin University's most popular events, Vespers (which means "evening prayers") provides the context for a seasonal concert that has become one of the University's beloved traditions. Performed by 350 singers and instrumentalists, the concert features traditional and new music for choirs and brass.
Lee Greenwood Christmas at the Effingham Performance Center
"A Tennessee Christmas" with Lee Greenwood is a celebration of traditional and popular carols guaranteed to put the entire family in the spirit. This two-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year has scored 19 Top Ten singles and seven number 1 hits, including his best-loved "God Bless the USA." Share an evening of heartwarming music-from "I'll Be Home for Christmas" to his enduring chart-toppers.
First Night Springfield
Head on out to the 29th Annual First Night Springfield! This family-friendly, alcohol-free event is a Springfield area tradition. Free children's activities from 1 - 4 PM at Springfield High School Commons. Fireworks at 8 PM. Over 30 performances around Downtown Springfield from 6 PM-11:15 PM.
Christmas with the Lincolns
Discover how the Lincoln family celebrated the holiday by taking a tour through the Lincoln Home, with period decorations.
Jim Brickman: Comfort & Joy- The 2015 Holiday Tour
This year, Jim Brickman will bring together the sounds of the season with Comfort & Joy, the 2015 Holiday Tour. Hailed by the Boston Herald as a ‘crowd-pleaser,’ Jim celebrates this in a one-of-a-kind concert event filled with lush instrumentals and soaring vocals. As he marks this 19 year tradition from coast to coast, Jim will showcase new music, along with holiday favorites and the hits that made him the most charted (30) Billboard Adult Contemporary artist earning him two Grammy nods and four gold albums. With featured musical guests, feelings of comfort and joy are fused together with Jim’s most beloved hits like ‘Valentine,’ ‘If You Believe,’ ‘The Gift,’ ‘Angel Eyes,’ and ‘Sending You A Little Christmas.’ You’ll be reminded of what we cherish during this most wonderful time of the year…Togetherness.
Three Chicks & A Stage: A Candle in the Window
A small group of weary travelers discover the power of the season while trapped in a lonely train station on Christmas Eve. As a blizzard rages outside, the troubled people are forced to turn to each other for companionship. Be sure to catch this heartwarming play at 7 p.m. on December 5th and if you miss that day you can catch it at 2 p.m. on December 6th.