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Champaign IL It's the Champaign Music Festival Weekend!

by Rose Price

 

WHEN: Saturday, July 11 from 6 pm-midnight

WHERE: Downtown Champaign

Admission is FREE; You'll pay for food, drinks and other vendors

One of the greatest events of the summer, formerly known as Mariposa Music Festival; guests get down to music from nationally recognized musicians.  This year will be an exciting evening with music from Smash Mouth and Toad the Wet Sprocket.  Attendees will also enjoy great food and beverages from local eateries.  So, come ready to rock out with your neighbors and friends!  It's FREE! So, why not?  

Schedule

6:00-6:30pm Brandon T. Washington

 

 

 

 

7:00-7:30pm Curb Service

 

 

 

 

 

8:00-9:30pm Toad The Wet Sprocket

 

 

 


     

10:15-11:45pm Smashmouth

 

 

 

Be a food vendor at our event! Click here!

Sponsor the Champaign Music Festival by clicking here!

Have Questions? Zoe.Stinson@champaignparks.com or call 217-819-3931

 

CELEBRATE FREEDOM IN CHAMPAIGN, IL

by Rose Price

The Fourth of July is a sacred day for our country, we call to mind the blood, sweat and tears that accompanied the founding of this great nation.  We also call to mind the many men and women who still fight to protect our freedom, especially those who've made the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the rights that make America the greatest country on earth.  

Read the Declaration Of Independence here.

Champaign hosts one of the best 4th of July events in the country, with it's 66th Annual Freedom Celebration.  Festivities will start at 7pm. with live music on the main stage, located on Kirby Avenue between First and Oak Street.  There will also be a bounce house and inflatables for the little ones.  After the music will be the singing of the national anthem and retiring of the flag and immediately following, will be the long awaited fireworks show from the pyros Melrose Pyrotechnics. Go here for the full program and map.

 

 

  

OTHER 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS AROUND OUR AREA:
 
Paxton IL July 4th Celebration:  Paxton celebrates with a day of fun! Starting at 9:00 am there will be Live Music, Food, Children's Games- Bounce House, Great Car Show, Tractor Show and even a Watermelon Eating Contest!  Everything will take place at Pells Park, with a grand Fireworks Display at 9:00pm at the Memorial Field.  For more information follow this link:  PAXTON IL 4TH OF JULY 
 
Mahomet IL Freedom Fest 4th of July Celebration- Lake of the Woods Park:  Get set for a day with Family activities, food, and Music in Motion beginning at 3:00 pm!  After a tribute to our military men and women, they will LIGHT UP THE LAKE with a Fireworks Display that is set to music! Admission is $1 per person. Need more information, Follow this link: FREEDOM FEST MAHOMET IL
 
Tuscola IL- Sparks in the Park- 4th of July CelebrationThey don't fool around in Tuscola! The day starts with an early morning 5K run....but then you get to eat! A hearty pancake breakfast follows, then it's a basketball tournament, parade, and so much more!  The day is filled with a family carnival carnival of inflatables, games & food for the kids. Lives Music, food and drinks for Mom's & Dads. Followed by a fantastic Fireworks Display at dusk!
 
 
                                     WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY & SAFE 4TH OF JULY!

9 Tips For Making Your Champaign IL Home Energy Efficient

by Rose Price

Summer is officially here and inevitably your electrical bill is slowly creeping up as the months go on.  We have a few simply upgrades you can make to your home to make it more efficient and help keep more money in your bank account. 

 

Programmable Thermostats

Energy.gov suggests that turning your thermostat down 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day can save you "as much as 10% a year on your heating/cooling."  Save more money; follow the recommended optimum daytime (78 degrees) and night time (70 degrees) temperatures, you can preset these and your thermostat will adjust on it's own.

 

 

Insulate

Adding new or additional insulation to your ceilings, attic and walls along with using caulk and or weather stripping (ensuring windows and doors are properly sealed) will prevent cold drafts and air leaks, keeping warm air inside in the winter.  These same improvements will help trap cold air inside in the summer.  

Ceiling Fans 

Now you've programmed your thermostat to the optimum levels, but chances are you may feel a little warm in certain rooms throughout the day.  This is where an energy star ceiling fan can help.  The average central air conditioning unit uses 3,500 watts of energy when running while the average ceiling fan uses only 60 watts, even when running on high!  You could save a lot of money even by running your fan for only half an hour a day.  In order to get the most from your ceiling fan follow these simple ceiling fan hacks from The Simple Dollar.  

 

 

HACK #1  In the summer time you want to adjust your fan so the air blows downward.    

Most fans have both a clockwise and a counter clockwise setting.  There are conflicting theories on what direction to use and when, simply because it is all dependent on how the blades are aligned and this varies from model to model.  Forget the theories, there's an easier way.  Simply stand below your fan and turn it on high, if you immediately feel a breeze, then it is on the summer setting (usually counter clockwise).  During the summer months, your ceiling fans should be running on high, with air blowing down, this will create the most air movement and give you the coveted breeze effect.

HACK #2 Turn the heat up a few degrees in the summertime.  

Sounds crazy right?  But, running your fan on high throughout the day will circulate the air better and create a breeze effect that will make the room feel cooler than it actually is.  

HACK #3  Turn ceiling fans off when you leave your home.

Obviously! Right?! Though running at 60 watts isn't a ton, you are sure to save quite a bit more if you shut your fans off when you're not home.  

 

Check out the video from Home Depot for instructions on how to install a new ceiling fan:

Replace Old Appliances

Obviously, old appliances aren't as energy efficient as newer models.  So, replace these dinosaurs with newer more efficient, Energy Star certified appliances.

For example:

  • A high efficiency on-demand water heater only fires when you need hot water.  It heats it quickly and then stops burning fuel.  
  • Get low flow appliances.  Low flow toilets, shower heads, and washing machines save a lot of water than more traditional models.
  • For the best results, double up.  Combine a low flow shower head with a on-demand water heater and double your savings.    

Window Treatments

Installing blinds, drapes, and shades will reduce the amount of sunlight and heat that enters your home.  Of course, these can be positioned in a way to let light and heat in only when you want it.  

Go Fluorescent

Fluorescent light bulbs last 8-12 times longer than incandescent. Plus they look dynamite in the home!  

Open Your Doors

Keeping your doors closed stops your cooling systems from cooling the entire house and interrupts the flow of air, so open those doors!

Check Those Vents

A lot of homes, especially older ones have vents in strange places like closets for instance.  Go through your home and seal off any vent that is cooling an area that doesn't need cooling.  Even spare bedrooms and little used rooms can be wasted vents; blocking these will save you money. There are a large variety of covers out there, you're sure to find one that suits our vents. 

Last but certainly not least...

Take Advantage of Tax Incentives

The federal government offers a ton of incentives for making energy efficient home improvements.  Recent increases in incentives now allow for up to 30% of the cost of the home improvements, whether its for new windows, insulation, or air conditioning, up to $1,500 back into your bank account. 

 

Champaign IL BLUES, BREWS & BBQ FESTIVAL!

by Rose Price

One of the best events of the summer in Champaign is the Blues, Brews and BBQ festival.  The two day-free event​, the 8th annual blues fest features two stages for musical performances, the 4th annual Dinosores Motorcycle Show and the Orpheum Children's Theatre and it's right in the middle of our vibrant downtown, with more than 90 bars, restaurants and shops within a few blocks of the fest.  The event was always designed to bring families and the community together in a fun and entertaining way.  Last year, nearly 60,000 people attended.  Bring your friends and family and come enjoy Champaign/Urbana the best way we know how, with music, food and beer.  This year the fest is headlined by two of the most talented blues women in the industry.  Check em out below, you won't want to miss these incredible performances. Fluid events is teaming up with Dinosores Motorcycle club once again and the show features cash prizes in several categories.  You'll see a ton of show bikes roll in from around the country, these custom bikes are guaranteed to blow your mind.   

Check out the facebook page for up-to-date information about the fest.  

Event Schedule:

THE MAIN STAGE PRESENTED BY COORS LIGHT, U.S. 105.9 & CIB BANK

FRIDAY

4:30-5:30 - No Solid State

5:50-7:20 - Upshot

7:45-8:15 - Adrianna Marie

8:40-10:10 - Sena Ehrhardt

10:30-Midnight - Carolyn Wonderland

SATURDAY

12:50-2:20 - Country Showdown

2:40-4:10 - Laura Rain

4:30-5:00 - Motorcycle Awards Show

5:00-6:30 - Joanna Connor

6:50-8:20 - Janiva Magness

8:40-10:10 - Shawn Murphy

10:30-Midnight - Ana Popovic

 

 

The Champaign IL Land Connection Farmer's Market Update!

by Rose Price

                         

It's hard to believe that we are in our inaugural year of the Champaign Farmer's Market because it is going strong already...as if we had been here for years!  The people of the Champaign/Urbana area had been wanting a Farmer's Market that was central to the downtown Champaign area for quite some time, and boy are they showing their support!

Personally, I couldn't be happier. The vendors are all exceptional, the produce is absolutely amazing and all the products that have been brought to the market are truly incredible. Whether you are looking for fruits & vegetables, meats, fish or poultry, or the wares of the many talented artisans that set-up in the market weekly...you will never be disappointed!  The quality and care that is put into every single item in this Farmer's Market is evident at each of the Vendor's booths.

Right now is Strawberry season in Champaign County! Are you a berry lover? You must come on down to the market tomorrow and try some of these scrumptious berries. I take them home and eat them just as they are...although I do know that some people prefer to use them to bake some yummy items or turn them into jellies and jams. I'm all for that too!  And if you'd like to drop some off, I'd be a very happy recipient, I'm just not very good at doing all of that stuff.

Purple Kohlrabi and Tomato's have made a show the last week and are anticipated in larger quantities this week.  All in all, I can't wait to stroll through the market and check out all the goodies that await.  

If you get the chance, make sure to come downtown and take a look.  The Market takes place every Tuesday from 4:00- 7:00 pm in Parking Lot M at 310- 330 N. Neil St, downtown Champaign IL.  If you need directions, give me a call, I'd be happy to help you along your way.

Reminder:  Don't forget to collect all your Farm Fresh Recipe cards when you're at the market!

Farm Fresh Recipe Link

Have a POWERFUL afternoon!

 

It's Champaign/Urbana Summer Fair & Festival Season!

by Rose Price

This is such an exciting time of year for the Champaign/Urbana area!  As summer approaches, so do the events taking place around the area...and that includes the array of fairs and festivals! Starting in June and going through August, here are some of the larger events taking place:

WhatFolk and Roots Friday Concerts

When: Friday, June 5, noon-1 p.m. 

Where: Lake House in Crystal Lake Park, 206 W. Park St., Urbana

How much: Join the Urbana Park District and the C-U Folk & Roots Festival on the first Friday of each month this summer for some great FREE live music!
Highlights: We’re bringing back music at lunchtime. We’ll have boating and drink/snack specials, just bring your lunch and enjoy an afternoon lunch break on the lake.


WhatStrawberry Jam
When: Saturday, June 20, 4-8:30 p.m.
Where: Meadowbrook Park, 2808 S. Race St., Urbana
How much: Free family event
Highlights: Summer is a time to take it slow and easy. There’s no better way to celebrate that feeling than with live music and your favorite summertime treat! Enjoy musical performances and taste fresh strawberries over ice cream (while supplies last).  Visitors can also take guided walks through the prairie, Champaign/Urbana Herb Society Garden and Organic Gardens.  Hay rides will be available to and from the playground.  Visitors are also invited to bring their own picnic dinners and blankets to wrap up the evenings. Stay up to date with everything jam at their facebook page or check out Chambanamoms page for other fun family things to do.  

 

 

 

What: Heritage Days
When: June 4-6
Where: Downtown Farmer City
How much: Free admission but tickets required for carnival rides.
Highlights: Full carnival, car show, food, live music, and more!

 

 

What: 8th Annual Old Glory Festival
When:
 Saturday, June 13
Where: Bement
How much: Admission is free (fees may apply to special events)
Highlights: Petting zoo, inflatables/kids games, food, music, entertainment, stagecoach rides.

 

 

What: Piatt County Fair
When:
 June 15-21
Where: Cerro Gordo
How much: Admission is free (fees may apply to special events)
Highlights: Tractor pulls, bands, inflatables, fair pageant, and much more!

 

 

 

 

What: Vermilion County Fair

WhenJune 23-27
Where: Vermilion County Fairgrounds, Oakwood
How much: Gate fee for the week is $10/person and lasts all week. Ticket prices vary for grandstand events

Highlights: Queen pageant, truck and tractor pull, bull riding, racing, carnival rides and more. 

 

What: Gifford Community Celebration

When: June 27
Where: Werner Roessler Park, Gifford; Main Street (parade); behind the Gifford State Bank
How much: Free
Highlights: The Gifford Community Celebration is a full day jam-packed with entertainment and fun for all ages. The event is held on the last Saturday in June each year. More details to follow as the date gets closer.

 

What: Ford County Fair
When: June 21-27
Where: Melvin
How much: Season Ticket $20; Most nights entry from 3-9 p.m. $5.  (6 and under free).
Highlights:  This year’s fair will include a horse show on Sunday, queen pageant on Monday, Frankie Ballard & Granger Smith concert on Tuesday, talent show on Wednesday, tractor and truck pull on Thursday, rodeo on Friday, and demolition derby on Saturday.

 

 

 

What: The Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival
When: Friday, June 26, 4 p.m.-midnight.; Saturday, June 27, Noon-midnight
Where: Downtown Champaign at the corner of Walnut and Washington
How much: Free admission; food for sale; other items may be ticketed.
Highlights: Two days of music, motorcycle show, free inflatables, lots of barbeque and beer.

 

What: Tolono Fun Days
When: June 26 and June 27
Where: West Side Park
Highlights:  5K Kracker Klassic on Friday at 7 p.m., movie in the park. More details to come!

(Reminder, Fourth of July info will be in another post.)

 

 

What: Moultrie – Douglas County Fair
When: July 5-11
Where: Located at Jurgens Park in Arthur behind Arthur High School.
How much: Most nights, free gate fee. Grandstand shows vary.
Highlights: A full week of activities such as livestock shows, tractor pulls, demolition derby, horse and pony shows, live entertainment, carnival rides for all ages, and exhibits for the whole family.

 

 

 

What: Fisher Community Fair and Horse Show

 

When: July 7-11
Where: Fisher Fairgrounds
How much: Admission prices vary from $2-$10. Season tickets also available.
Highlights: Scheduled is still being finalized … but you can count on favorites such as the Demolition Derby, Lawn Mower Demolition Derby, the 5K run/walk, car show, live music, queen pageant and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What: Champaign Music Festival
When: Saturday, July 11, 6 p.m.midnight 

Where: Downtown Champaign
How much: Free
HighlightsThe Champaign Music Festival, formerly Mariposa, will feature nationally recognized musicians in Hessel Park. Join us for this exciting night of music, and enjoy food and beverages from your favorite local establishments as we pack the park! The event will feature two stages of entertainment. Check the website for a full band schedule coming in June.

 

What: Champaign County Fair
When: July 24-August 1
Where: Champaign County Fairgrounds, Urbana 
Highlights: County music shows, rodeo, Demolition Derby, motorcycle racing, harness racing, tractor and truck pull, talent Show … plus all of your fair food favorites and carnival rides!

 

 

What: Coles County Fair
When: July 26-Aug. 2
Where: Coles County Fairgrounds, Charleston (map)
How much: 7:00 am- 4:00 pm Admission is FREE!  After 4 pm Adults pay $3.00. Parking is $2.00, or a Parking Permit may be purchased for the duration for $15.00. Grandstand tickets vary per show.
Highlights: Illinois’ Oldest Continuous County Fair, since 1854. Carnival rides, a Western Horse Show, Art Hall, Pro bull riding, Demolition Derby, harness Racing, and truck and tractor pull and more!

 

Reference:

Chambanamoms.com  awesome website & work.

 


YES IT'S BACK!!!

COME TO THE LARGEST SODA TASTING IN AMERICA

The mission of the festival is to expand your taste bud's exposure to flavorful soda pop while providing a unique festival experience with the backdrop of Main Street USA Americana; inviting to young and old bringing generations upon generations back to downtown America 

HOW IT WORKS: Tasting Soda is only a quarter each, but there are VIP tickets available for you Fizz Heads out there.  The ticket includes a commemorative tasting glass and UNLIMITED soda tastings through the day, plus a bag full of goodies from the sponsors!

It doesn't stop at soda.  This fest promises to bring out the inner foodie in all of the attendees, with award winning BBQ, wood fired pizza, all natural meats and more.  There is also a BBQ cook off for the die-hards.  

MORE:  This year there will be 2 Car events, a CU Folk and Roots Festival and loads of kids activities!  The kids will even have inflatable games that are interactive, provided by our very own Orpheum Children's Museum!  Balloon artist- with Massive bubbles,since it was such a huge hit with kids in 2014, even a concert for the kids will be performed. 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAP OF THE FESTIVAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VENDOR LAYOUT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REMINDER: It is a family friendly event and as such the only bubbles for drinking will be of the sweet syrupy kind. 

So, bring your friends and family to one of this year's "can't miss" events!

 

The Champaign Farmer's Market Officially Opens May 5th!

by Rose Price

 

 

 

 

 

It's almost time for the Grand Opening of the much anticipated CHAMPAIGN FARMER'S MARKET!  

When:  Tuesday, May 5th

Time:   4:00- 7:00 pm

Where: Just North of 1 Main Plaza in the parking lot outside of Big Grove Tavern and KO-Fusion & several other area businesses.

This is such an exciting time for everyone in Champaign, especially our downtown residents! We have so many local farmers and merchants that have registered to be part of this incredible new event and even more residents who have wanted a permanent downtown Champaign Farmer's Market for years.

The main mission of the Champaign Farmer's Market is this:

* Healthy Food: increase access & availability of fresh, local produce

* Healthy Farms: Support small family farms with sustainable practices

* Healthy Communities: Connect local food growers & producers with the public

Some Questions you may have....and the Answers that I've been told:

What can I buy at the market:  They want this to be the kind of market where you can do all your food shopping for the week – not just vegetables, but eggs, meat, and bread too. Because these things all have to be grown, raised or produced locally, the food available each week will change as the seasons change.

Will my favorite farmer from the Urbana Market be there?  They are currently recruiting producers. If you have a farmer you’d like to see at the market, please let them know!

Can I bring my dog/cat/iguana?  They are tentatively allowing pets of all kinds for the first season. Please be a good owner and only bring animals who are well-behaved and enjoy being around people, and be considerate of their behavior.

Where will there be bike Parking?  They are currently working with the City of Champaign to finalize details like this.

I’m a farmer. Can I have my CSA pickup be at the market?  Yes! CSA produce may not be on display, however.

Can I use my credit card?  Hopefully! They are working on applying for an EBT machine. Other options, such as Credibles, or card readers like Square, are things vendors must set up themselves.

Can I use my SNAP benefits?  Hopefully! We are working on applying for the machine.

Why shop at the farmers market instead of the grocery store?  Eating locally grown, in season food tastes better! Knowing the farmer that grew your food personally is something many people like

THAT'S IT...I CAN'T WAIT FOR TUESDAY MYSELF!   SEE YOU ALL THERE!

What a great community we live in!  You Rock Champaign!

Champaign IL It's the 17th Annual Roger Ebert Film Festival!

by Rose Price

The College of Media at Illinois presents:

The 17th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival!

April 15th-19th

Held every April inside downtown Champaign’s Historic Virginia Theatrea restored movie palace with state-of-the-art 35/70mm and digital projection.  REFF celebrates films that haven’t received the recognition they deserved during their original runs, giving these films and their filmmakers a well-deserved second look.

Staying true to Roger’s vision, the twelve films screened during the five day event represent a cross-section of important cinematic works overlooked by audiences, critics and/or distributors. Some of the films come from lists Roger drew up over the first 15 years of the festival.  Additional films are selected based on Roger’s established criteria for an Ebertfest film. 

You can also watch the film panel discussions live.  How cool is that?!

Patrons buying a festival pass will receive a confirmation ticket for each pass they purchase. Confirmation tickets must then be exchanged for an actual pass – the ones you wear on a lanyard around your neck. The actual festival passes will become available for pick up at the Virginia Theatre box office beginning Monday, April 13, 2015.

Seating: General Admission

Tickets: Festival Passes – $145 (available 11/1/14) Additional per pass processing fees apply (online, phone or box office)

– $2.75 service fee (per festival pass)

– 2.5% credit card fee (per festival pass)

Individual Film Tickets (available 4/1/15)
– $14 Regular Admission
– $12 Senior
– $12 Student

FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO BUY TICKETS OR PASSES 

PLEASE VISIT THEVIRGINIA.ORG

This festival is part of what makes the Champaign/Urbana community such an awesome place to live, work, attend college and raise our families. If you find yourself looking for a home in our little neck of the woods, give me a call. I'd be honored to show you around the area and partner with you to find the home of your dreams.

Santa Claus and the Magic Champaign/Urbana Key!

by Rose Price

"You better watch out, You better not cry, You better not pout, I'm telling you why.....Santa Claus is Coming to Venice!"

Yes, that’s right! The countdown to the arrival of Santa Claus is quickly winding down and that means one thing to us! We MUST be on our BEST BEHAVIOR if Santa Claus is to shimmy down our chimney with his enormous red velvet bag of wonderful toys.

While you are decking the halls, and hanging the mistletoe, you may be wondering how Santa is going to be dropping off your presents if you're part of the 55% of homeowners without a fireplace. With only 45% of homes in the U.S having a fireplace, according to the Hearth and Home, it looks like good ole' Mr. Santa Claus needs an alternative entry point into 55% of the homes in Champaign/Urbana on Christmas Eve this year!

No need to fret, Champaignrose believes in the Magic of the Home & family, especially around the holidays! I knew Santa had to have a very special way of getting to all those good children in all the homes that didn't have the Fireplace for him to come down.....so I asked his head Elf. "How does Santa get into a home that doesn't have a chimney for him to get in?" 

He looked up at us with his snow, sparkling face, smiled and said.....that's easy!  Magic and his special Champaign/Urbana Key!

Santa’s Magic Key Poem                                                                      

Dear Santa, we have no chimney                                                                                                                                                                                       as you can plainly see,

And I was terribly worried

that you would pass over me.                                                                                                                

We hung this very special key

right by the door.

Then Mom told me to jump into bed;

and not to worry anymore.

Your magic will make this key fit,

to open our door.

So you can come in tonight

and tip-toe across the floor.

So you see, Santa has his special key he uses whenever he can't get in a chimney, or if a chimney is a little too small from all the Christmas Cookies Santa has eaten at the houses he has already visited. So little ones rest assured that Santa will always be able to bring you your presents wherever you may be. Just remember to leave him some cookies and milk...... and maybe some carrots for the Reindeer too.

If you'd like to become a homeowner in Champaign/Urbana IL, please give us a call or check out our website at www.champaignrose.com

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