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Surely you've seen the hit television show "Top Chef"? Well a similar concept is coming to Champaign! The Artisan Cup & Fork will bring together 8 locally acclaimed chefs, 8 produce farmers, 8 protein farmers, and several brewers and vintners from as far south as Cobden, IL and as far North as Geneva, IL in a food competition! Each chef will prepare a signature dish from the ingredients provided from their paired produce and protein farmer. What's a signature dish without a signature artisan brew or cider? Every detail has been thought out with this food competition meant to champion local farmers and artisan creations, all the while enveloping local taste buds!
Timber Terror, a bone chilling experience that recreates and relives the Witter Hills Asylum. Patients experienced a macabre, sadistic torment while housed at the facility. A patient revolt took place and the Witter Hill Asylum was burnt to the ground. Survivors had not where to go and hid in the woods for years. The patient's spirits lurk in the woods and become vocal each October with unsettling noises and vibes coming from the area which once was the Witter Hills Asylum. Hours: 7pm to 11pm, Fridays and Saturdays. Admission: $10
The Prodigal Tour is designed to be an innovative and immersive concert experience hosted by Sidewalk Prophets. The 2010 Dove Award Winners for New Artist Of The Year will perform their new single “To Live Is Christ” currently impacting radio. Join the band as they play the the hit songs you love along with brand new songs from their critically acclaimed new album Something Different. This is a night like no other... full of great music, unforgettable memories and some surprises too.
Dan St. Paul has been chronicling his life on stage for 30 years. After turning fifty, he discovered his body changing (“I’m a cylinder now. I can wear a belt anywhere on my body.”), his memory faulty (“I have eight pair of reading glasses and I have no idea where they are.”), and dealing with a teenager more challenging (“I have a bumper sticker that says ‘My Son’s Just Getting By At Hillsdale High’.”). Instead of moaning about it, Dan developed it into a show that leaves baby boomers and more rolling in the aisles. Dan has been a national headlining comedian at some of the top comedy clubs in the country. His “The First Baseball Game” is one of the most requested comedy pieces on the syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show.
200 indoor booths of quality hand-crafted items by exhibitors from 7 states. Holiday decor, oil paintings, water colors, yard art, metal work, mosaic art, purses, home decor. A quality show.
One of the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill is famous for his top-notch songwriting, world-class guitar playing and warm, soaring tenor, all wrapped up in a quick and easy wit. Gill achieved his big breakthrough in 1990 with “When I Call Your Name,” which won both the Country Music Association’s Single and Song of the Year award as well as a Grammy. Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
The Matt Poss Band is a Midwestern group that sounds like the Mississippi Flyway they grew up in. Twang collides with soulful Blues and Rock to create an explosion that is at once fresh and familiar. The listener can hear hints of Mellencamp and Springsteen, yet there is also Bluegrass, Southern rock and Outlaw Country, constantly laying down the backdrop for all those blue collar, hard knock and hard luck story songs. MPB is always on tour, and they come home to the EPC once a year for their annual "Holiday Homecoming". The Chicago Tribune says MPB is a "High octane Americana show with the grit of a Texas roadhouse and the soul of a Southern tent revival."
Ironclad Art: The Motorcycle is a family friendly event using the outdoor Sculpture Park at Cedarhurst as an exhibition area to recognize the motorcycle as a sculptural object and a vehicle for self-expression. This event is unlike any other bike show in southern Illinois as it strives to capture the history and culture of motorcycling.
This live concert show combines the comedy and hits from the original movie and pays homage to Chicago's rich history of blues, gospel and soul. Hear all the Blues Brothers classics such as "Soul Man" and "Sweet Home Chicago".
Bring the family for a beautiful day at the Lodge and enjoy the stunning fall scenery of the River Bend. Enjoy live music in the Great Room and then join us for our traditional everything you could possibly want to eat super buffet. We accept reservations for parties of six or more. Children 0-3: Free Children 4-11: $9.95 Adults 12 & Up: $19.95 For more information, call (618) 786-2331 ext. 502.
Family-friendly concert celebrating all things British, from music to literature, the Beatles to James Bond, and Roald Dahl's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang screenplay to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The museum opens its doors for haunted tours of some of it scariest artifacts. If you are interested in more details visit the Western Illinois Museum’s website at http://www.westernillinoismuseum.org/
The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "Come On Down" to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show from Plinko™, to Cliffhangers™, to The Big Wheel™, and even the fabulous Showcase. If you enjoy the rush of emotions experienced while watching the show on television, just imagine the possibilities if you were actually in the audience watching it live.
Come watch as competitors at The World FAI Parachuting Champaionship try to establish new world records while competing towards the International World Ranking Lists.
Come celebrate Halloween at the EPC with the film screening of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This bizarre comedy developed its famous cult following at the Waverly Theater in New York, where the fans began to dress as the characters and recite dialogue with the film, turning the show into what it is today: an offbeat, interactive show bringing the audience into the film and inviting them to play a part themselves.
This festival, on the Historic Woodstock Square, is organized by Off Square Music and features bluegrass bands, fiddle contest and craft show. The Olde Tyme Fiddle Contest offers levels for even the very youngest fiddler to compete. This year's festival will feature Chicken Wire Empire, Don Stiernberg AllStar Bluegrass Pals and Art Stevenson & High Water playing some of the best bluegrass around. Experience this festival in charming Woodstock -- a small town with a personality all it's own, only 47 miles from Chicago.
Watch as intricate rod puppets perform A Halloween Spooktacular. Featuring a collection of haunting classics from musicals. Reservations are required.
Come and enjoy the thrill of watching a movie under the stars in historic downtown Alton at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater. Don't forget to bring your blanket or chair! The movie will begin at dusk. Concession stands will be open. For more information, call (618) 463-3580. Schedule of Movies Aug. 19: Zootopia Sept. 23: TBA Oct. 21: TBA
Celebrate the cool crisp weather and the changing of the seasons in nature! Fall Color Fest at The Morton Arboretum is a festival of activities to entertain the entire family. One of the most anticipated events is the Glass Pumpkin Patch. Each piece is unique and each particular glass pumpkin has been made exclusively for this event at The Morton Arboretum. Don't miss your chance to take home one (or more!) of these exquisite pieces of art. Fun is nestled in a radiant nature show of reds, golds, and oranges. All ages.
The Candlelight Walk offers the only opportunity to see the village at night. Period clothed interpreters will be inside many of the log homes and shops in the village to talk about life in 19th century Illinois. Gingerbread and cider will be served in the Rutledge Tavern.
In a new Halloween event called Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Replacing HallowFest, Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns is the only event of its kind in the Chicago area. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, and find seasonal light food and drink, such as apple doughnuts, cider, and ale, for sale.
Come to the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower and enjoy free live music in the new outdoor amphitheater. Well known musicians from around the region will be featured during this fall's "Rockin' on the Rivers" Concerts at the Confluence. The concerts will be held for seven consecutive Sundays, beginning Sept. 4 and running through Oct. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available.
Enjoy fast-paced action and non-stop thrills of national level motorcycle racing at its best. Gates Open: Sa: 4 pm; Su: 9 am. Races Start: Sa: 7 pm; Su: 1 pm.
Now in its 39th year, this festival hosted by the McHenry County Historical Society and Museum features Civil War re-enactors along with live music, old-fashioned cider making and barn-raising demo. Bakery items, kettle corn, antique clothing and white elephant items will also be available for purchase. During the festival, the museum, the Gannon 1843 log cabin and the 1895 West Harmony one-room school will be open and free.