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Try your hand at fishing and also learn about owls during the Pere Marquette fall program. Children will have an opportunity to fish in the Bluegill Pond before learning about owls and other creatures you may hear at night in the largest state park in Illinois. A 2-mile night hike will follow. A hot dog and marshmallow roast is scheduled after the walk. Please bring one flashlight per family and refreshments and drinks will be provided. This program starts at 5 p.m. on Oct. 7th and 22nd. For more information, call (618) 786-3323 ext. 1.
Hear some haunting tales from professional storytellers, paint pumpkins and meet a variety of birds from TreeHouse Wildlife Center during the annual Colors Over the Confluence Event. There is no charge to attend but regular Tower tour rates apply. For more information, call (618) 251-9101
Who you gonna call? The Douglas-Hart Nature Center for our most popular event – Haunted Hike! Once again the Douglas-Hart Nature Center will transform the trails into a dark and scary experience for Halloween goers on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 from 5-9p.m. Last year our participants walked with zombies but this year we will be Ghostbusting! We’ve doubled the size of our festival….hikes leave every five minutes. Our guides will escort you through the haunted forest as you encounter many ghostly creatures. We recommend young children walk the trails during our daylight hours, 5-6p.m. Last hike leaves at 8:40p.m.
Bring your family to trick or treat in the safety of Midway Village Museum’s charming Victorian Village! More than 20 village buildings will be specially decorated for Halloween by local community groups, and families can trick or treat in each building to receive candy! There will also be additional children’s activities such as crafts, games and dancing! Starting in mid-afternoon, families can enter the enchanted woods and be transported into the famous adventure of The Jungle Book! Travel along the illuminated path to various scenes from the story and meet famous characters such as Baloo the bear, King Louis, Mowgli, and Shere Khan! Families are encouraged to dress in costume. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the Museum Gift Shop. Admission is also purchased at the gates the day of the event.
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge will hold a Fall Wildlife Festival from 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Festival activities at wildlife refuge visitor center include nature crafts and wildlife photography exhibit, presentation with raptors by Tree House Wildlife Center, citizen science presentation and wildflower seed collection and a Junior Ranger hike for children ages 4-13. Each child will receive a Junior Ranger activity book and badge. The wildlife photography exhibit will highlight local professional and amateur photographers and will be on display at the refuge visitor center Oct. 1-14. This event is free and open to the public.
Experience the tradition of winter visits as practiced by families in this 1846 brick inn. Hospitality, food, music, and a bake sale. Donations accepted.
The annual Halloween Egg Hunt is a twist on an old tradition! Wear your costume, bring your flashlight, a container for eggs, and at 7:00pm, hunt in the darkness for candy-filled eggs! This event is for children 10 and under! For more information please contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department at 630-553-4357!
Kids enjoy Halloween Fun at the historic Lyon Farm the last two Sundays in October. They can Trick-or-Treat in the historic Lyon Farm Village, participate in a costume parade around the square, earn prizes awarded for best costume, play old-fashioned games, take hay rides, and get spooked in the Haunted house! At the 39 acre Lyon Farm, you can enjoy historic buildings such as the Oswego-Fox House, Union School one-room schoolhouse, the Seward Town Hall, Corrigan’s General Store, the 1850 Plano CB&Q railroad depot, a CB&Q caboose, a blacksmith shop and several large buildings containing displays of household, farming and commercial artifacts and archival records.
Plan a fun family night at this spook-tacular event. The evening’s ghoulish activities include wacky games, creepy crafts and trick-or-treating. Don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume! One adult free with every child. Brave participants can buy a $1 ticket for the Haunted House. Space is limited. Please register by 5 p.m. on Oct. 27.
Have you ever met a talking dog, a real talking Dog? Get ready folks because you're going to meet the funniest character on 4 legs! Irving, with a little help from his friend Todd Oliver, is going to talk up a storm. He won't mince words, and if he does it’s Todd’s fault anyways; he's a ventriloquist. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 2 at 10:00 AM. Ticket prices are $19.50 and $29.50 with discounts available for 12 & under.
Larry Gatlin's career accomplishments include more than 30 Top 40 Hits, a Grammy® Award and a starring role on Broadway. Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers have a signature sound that led to classics like “All the Gold in California” and “Houston.” Gatlin has written songs that were later recorded by Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Elvis. His heroes were in gospel music, specifically RW & James Blackwood of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet.
Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of the duo Switchback have been playing their brand of eclectic Celtic and Americana music at sold-out concert halls, performing arts centers and festivals around the world for over twenty years. Switchback plays an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass and their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel. Humorous, personable, talented, spiritual, and spirited; these all describe the band Switchback.
The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America is proud to present the Freedom Winds. Composed of six virtuoso Airman Musicians, the group adds percussion to traditional woodwind quintet instrumentation. Their diverse repertoire also includes jazz and ragtime classics along with popular themes from Broadway’s hit shows to Hollywood’s greatest films. The Air Force Band of Mid-America’s Freedom Winds deliver a versatile, unique musical product in any performing environment.
Away in the Basement takes us back to 1959 and the day of the Sunday School Christmas Program. In the midst of holiday preparations, the ladies are creating their own memories from Christmases past and present. As the children rehearse up in the sanctuary, several of the ladies of the kitchen are finishing up the treat bags while the others put the final touches on the nativity pieces. Mending old bathrobe costumes and discussing who’s going to play the various roles, little do the ladies know what surprises are in store for them. Known for their hilarious antics and subtle charm, they are once again called upon to step in and save the day!
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."
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.
Supplement and Nutrition store to meet all your supplement needs! Indoor playground, Rock Climbing, and American Ninja Warrior Obstacles! Krush offers a Play Zone for children ages 12 and under. Inside the Play Zone, kids can jump on trampolines, play in the toddler area, slide down multiple slides, and climb up the tires or the alternating steps to reach the fort near the ceiling. There are also kids ninja obstacles. The Warrior Zone allows you to rock climb (ages 8 and up) or test out your Ninja skills on the American Ninja Warrior obstacles (ages 13 and up). The Ninja course contains 20 obstacles from the show including the warped wall, cliff hanger, and salmon ladder.
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.
Sandi Patty will be bringing her Christmas Blessings Farewell Tour this holiday season one last time to Effingham. Accompanied by members of her family and full live band, Sandi will delight audiences with a full evening of music, including her rendition of "Angels We Have Heard On High," "Jingle Bells ala Sandra," and her moving arrangement of "O Holy Night." Her Christmas Blessings Tour will take place in the middle of her "Forever Grateful: The Farewell Tour." Come and enjoy "The Voice" one last time.
Enjoy two heart-warming stories based on true events on each date. The stories are "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" and "The Bells of Charlemont." See these local performance artists live on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. or Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
DrumLine Live, the show stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the hit movies, “Drumline” and “Drumline: A New Beat,” embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band experience. With its riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear grabbing energy, DrumLine Live is a high octane musical roller coaster ride that is guaranteed to touch every emotion in your body. They have a brand new show for the entire family and they promise… you will be on your feet by Halftime!!
No entertainer can move and excite an audience like Tony Orlando.Tony brings to the stage a warmth and exhilarating energy that electrifies an audience. In 1973, he recorded Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree. The song was number one for the year, became Orlando's theme song and grew into an American anthem of hope and homecoming, reunion and renewal. For outstanding achievements to the entertainment industry, Tony was also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The blockbuster Disney movie comes to life in this awe-inspiring Paramount production that is perfect for the young and the young at heart. This is the kind of production that has the Paramount creative team chomping at the bit. Bringing the underwater surroundings to life, creating the costumes that transform humans into creatures, developing a system that will allow mermaids to swim and arranging a score for the Paramount orchestra that will give audiences chills are exactly the challenges they thrive on. No matter your age, no matter your experience with the story, no matter if you believe in mermaids or not, when that curtain goes up, you will want to be in your seats to experience this production.
Charles Ross will stun and amaze you with his fun, energetic and extremely entertaining performance of One Man Star Wars Trilogy. The result of Charles Ross’ ‘misspent’ youth is the creation of his hilarious One Man Star Wars Trilogy show, where Ross single-handedly plays all the characters with spot-on voice impressions, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots of the three films into one hilarious production. Suitable for Star Wars fans from ages 6 to Yoda! ‘The Force’ will definitely be with you!