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Champaign/Urbana Folk and Roots Festival!

by Rose Price

Enjoy some of the best national, regional, and local folk musicians at the 8th Annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival. Downtown Urbana will be filled with music on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 through Saturday, November 5th, 2016. There will be over 80 folk performances and related activities during the 3 days of festivities. With performances, workshops, dances, jams, singalongs, and more, there is plenty for you and your family to enjoy. This grassroots festival promotes the tradition and history of folk music while celebrating what is new and unique in the genre. Here is all the information you need to make the most of your time at the Folk & Roots Festival:

 

Full Schedule

 

Perfomances!

Your ears will be filled with fantastic musical performances by artists from around the country. A wide variety of folk music will be on display, including blues, bluegrass, alt-country, swing, and more. There will also be Latin folk music, Native American folk music, and music for kids!

 

Workshops!

One of the best things about the C-U Folk & Roots Festival are the workshops that community members can participate in. Whether you are a beginner musician or more advanced, there are great workshops for you. Learn to play the banjo, fiddle or harmonica. Take a workshop about the history of women in blues or on narrative word-craft.

Dances!

Join in more fun by putting on your dancing shoes and participating in the numerous dances going on all weekend long. Learn traditional English and Irish dance. Square dance or try your feet at the contra dance. Whether swing dancing or wanting to participate in the family dance, you will have lots of fun at these activities.

 

Jams, Singalongs, and Other Events!

Musicians can grab their instruments and join in the jam sessions. With a variety of musical genres available to jam out to, enjoy playing with professional musicians and other people from your community. Along with the jam sessions, there are also sing-a-longs available with some of the performing artists, a great opportunity for the kids to join in the musical fun!

 

 

Event Details

Dates: Thursday, November 3rd 2016 - Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Thursday), 4:00 pm - Midnight (Friday), and 10:00 am ~ Midnight (Saturday)

Location: Downtown Urbana - List of Venues

Cost: FREE Admission to many events! $40 Full Festival Wristband, $140 Wristband 4-Pack, $20 Individual Evening Wristband (wristbands get you into all festival activities and events).

Flying the W in Champaign/Urbana?

by Rose Price

After 71 years, the Chicago Cubs are headed back to the World Series! Around the Champaign/Urbana people are showing their support for our team! Will you be flying the W?

 

In their 145th season, the Chicago Cubs are returning to the championships! This storied season began on April 4, 2016 against the Los Angeles Angels and ended on October 2, 2016 against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs ended with the best record in Major League Baseball with a total of 103 wins! They won the National League Central title, winning by a total of 17.5 games. In the National League Championship Series, they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers after 6 games, securing their journey to the 2016 World Series.

 

The Chicago Cubs will be going head to head against the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. Here is the pending schedule of games on FOX so you do not miss out on any of the action!

 

Game 1

Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00 pm - Cubs @ Indians

 

Game 2

Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00 pm - Cubs @ Indians

 

Game 3

Friday, October 28th at 7:00 pm - Indians @ Cubs

 

Game 4

Saturday, October 29th at 7:00 pm - Indians @ Cubs

 

Game 5*

Sunday, October 30th at 7:00 pm - Indians @ Cubs

 

Game 6*

Tuesday, November 1st at 7:00 pm - Cubs @ Indians

 

Game 7*

Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm - Cubs @ Indians

 

*Game played if necessary.

 
 

Congrats to the Chicago Cubs! Bring home the Commissioner’s Trophy!!

It's MIDTOWN SUNDAZE in Champaign!

by Rose Price

Enjoy some frightful fun with the whole family at the 2016 Midtown Sundaze: Halloween Extravaganza! Join the Champaign Center Partnership and area businesses on Sunday, October 23rd, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Boneyard Creek Second Street Basin in Champaign.

Celebrate Halloween early at this great FREE family event. Explore the Midtown Shops and the beautiful Boneyard Creek area at Midtown Sundaze. There are so many fun activities planned for everyone, including games and arts and crafts. Children will receive candy at each station throughout the park!

 

Starting at 2:00 pm, our favorite local storyteller Kathleen Brinkmann will be sharing spooky interactive stories to get you in the Halloween spirit. There also will be face painting by Wild Style Design.

 

Be sure to wear your best Halloween costume! The afternoon of fun will culminate in a kids’ costume contest. There are three categories for judging, including Most Creative, Spookiest, and Best Group costume. Prizes will be awards to the winner in each category! Parents and pets are encouraged to wear costumes too!

 

We look forward to seeing you at the Midtown Sundaze for all the free Halloween fun!

 

Event Details

Date: Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Boneyard Creek Second Street Basin (200 East Stoughton Street, Champaign)

Cost: FREE!!!

Trick-or-Treating Hours for Champaign/Urbana Communities!

by Rose Price

Halloween is just around the corner! It's time to dress up your little ones as ghosts or goblins, princesses or witches, superheroes or monsters! Be sure to mark your calendar with the neighborhood Trick-Or-Treating hours for these Champaign/Urbana area communities! All trick-or-treating for the listed communities will occur on Monday, October 31st.

 

Champaign: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Mahomet: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Monticello: 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Paxton: 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Rantoul: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Savoy: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

St. Joseph: 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Tuscola: 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Urbana: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

 

It's important to make sure that everyone stays safe this Halloween! Follow these great safety tips during trick-or-treating:

 

  • All trick-or-treaters should walk in groups and not alone.

  • Young children should always be accompanied by their parents or another adult.

  • If you are going to be out after dark, make sure that everyone is visible in your group. Be sure to carry a flashlight. Wear light colored costumes or add reflective tape generously to costumes.

  • Costumes should fit properly to avoid any tripping hazards. Costumes should also not restrict vision.

  • Only walk while trick-or-treating. Stay on sidewalks whenever possible and only cross streets at designated crosswalks or intersections. Leave bicycles or skateboards at home.

  • Review with your children the importance of watching for traffic. If you are a motorist on Halloween night, be on the look out for children.

  • Examine all of your children's candy before letting them eat any. Only keep candy that is wrapped or packaged.

 

 


Champaign Rose wishes everyone a very Happy and Safe Halloween!!!

Curb Appeal for Fall Home Selling In Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

Pumpkin Patches of Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

Time to decorate the front of your Champaign/Urbana home with some great Jack O’Lanterns! There are few things more fun than pumpkin carving with your family during the fall. Need to know where to find the biggest and brightest pumpkins this year? Check out these great pumpkin patches in the Champaign/Urbana area.

 

 

Head to Curtis Orchard (3902 South Duncan Road) in Champaign for all your pumpkin needs. This patch will be open now through the first week of November. Hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 Monday through Saturday and 11:00 am until 4:30 pm on Sundays. This is the perfect spot for Champaign residents who love to pick their own pumpkins. Find a huge variety in the patch, including giant pumpkins, mini pumpkins, pie-making pumpkins, pumpkins for carving, blue pumpkins, white, pumpkins, and MORE! Each pumpkin costs $0.42 per pound, with a minimum cost of $2.50 per pumpkin. Grab your red wagon and stock up on all your pumpkins today.

 

The 200 Acres (1749 A CR 1900 North) in Arthur grows over 300 different varieties of pumpkins from 30 plus different countries! The patch is open everyday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm from now until Halloween. Admission to the patch is $5 per adult, $3 per child (ages 6-12) on the weekdays and $8 per adult, $5 per child (ages 6-12) on the weekends. Along with the ability to pick your own pumpkins, check out the mums for sale, corn mazes to explore, and farm animals to interact with.

 

Rantoul is home to Hardy's Reindeer Ranch (1356 County Road 2900 North). Make a day at the ranch after picking your own pumpkins. Hardy’s is open 7 days a week. Get lost in the 10 acre corn maze. Dine on some delicious concessions such as pulled pork and gourmet hot dogs. Be sure to check out the Jack Splat pumpkin cannon to see pumpkins launched half a mile in the air!

 

Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm (16578 Airport Road) in Clinton is open now through October 30th. Come any day of the week between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm to pick your pumpkin. Take a hayride out to the patch to help you find the most perfect orange pumpkin for you to take home. There are also fun games for you to play with pumpkins including checkers and tic-tac-toe! Pack a picnic and enjoy plenty to do with your family at this great pumpkin farm.


Pumpkin picking at Rader Family Farms (1238 Ropp Road) in Normal is lots of fun. Grab a wagon and walk out to the patch to find the ultimate pumpkin for carving. Rader Family Farms is open through October 30th. You and your family can also check out the corn maze, apple slingshots, and apple cannon blaster for even more fun!

 


It is that spook-tacular time of here! Halloween is just around the corner! Get in the spirit of the season at some of the amazing events planned in the Champaign/Urbana area. Whether you are looking for the ultimate scare at a haunted house or want something tamer, such as a fun, Halloween themed event, check out these great activities going on all month long!  

HAUNTED HOUSES

 

Midway of Madness

The family fun setting of the Champaign County Fairgrounds (1302 North Coler, Urbana) has been transformed into a haunted carnival! Overrun with terrifying zombies, crazy carnies, and scary monsters, the fairgrounds have become the site of the Midway of Madness Haunted Barn! This awesome haunted site is open every Friday and Saturday, as well as Halloween night, from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Tickets are $12 per person.

 

The Freak Show & The Haunt at Bone Saw Mill

Put your fears to the test and check out this great haunted attraction that has two terrifying sites! Check out the all new Haunt at Bone Saw Mill or the chilling Freak Show, a brand new attraction available this year. This attraction is open every weekend now through Halloween. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets for the Freak Show and the Haunt at Bone Saw Mill are $15 for admission to one. If you are truly daring and want to check out both, tickets at $20 for admission to both or get truly festive and pay $28 to also receive a T-shirt and fast pass! Swing by 601 County Fair Drive in Champaign for a night of frightening fun.

 

Baldwin Asylum

This top rated haunted attraction is seriously terrifying. Be prepared to scream as you walk through the 10,000 square feet space of terror. Click HERE for dates. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the asylum stays open until 10:00 pm on weekdays and 12:00 am on the weekends. Tickets are $15 per person. Baldwin Asylum is located at 2040 Lon Drive in Rantoul.


EVENTS

 

Zombie Run

Dates: Saturday, October 15th

Times: 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Location: Kaufman Lake (2702 West Springfield Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: $25 per person (Resident), $37.50 per person (Non-Resident)

See if you can survive a zombie apocalypse during this fun run. Brave the 2.5 mile course filled with zombies and obstacles in the dark of the night. Luckily there are safe points along the way for some respite….if you can find them. There are different wave times as participants will be sent in groups of 20-50 throughout the night. Get active and have some scary fun during this great event. Click HERE to register!

 

 

5 Nights of Hitch

Dates: Sunday, October 23rd - Wednesday, October 26th & Friday, October 28th

Times: 7:00 pm

Location: The Virginia Theatre (203 West Park Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: $6 per film, $24 series pass

Watch the best films from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock! This popular film festival will feature screenings of Vertigo (10/23), The Birds (10/24), North by Northwest (10/25), Rear Window (10/26), and Psycho (10/28) in the beautiful Virginia Theatre. By a pass to see all 5 films and your admission to the fifth film will be free!

 

Gruesome, Gory, and Ghastly Ghosts and Ghouls

Date: Saturday, October 29th

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum (600 South Gregory Street, Urbana)

Cost: $20 per person

Your entire family will love listening to ghoulish stories from some of our favorite local storytellers, including Dan Keding and Kim Sheahan as well as storytelling students from UIUC. Your kids will leave with a special bag of candy after enjoying ghost stories from around the world.

Stories from the Other Side

Date: Saturday, October 29th

Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum (600 South Gregory Street, Urbana)

Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for students

If you are looking for a more adult ghost story experience, check out the Stories from the Other Side. This evening of storytelling will feature terrifying tales. Note, you must be 16 or older to attend this event.

 

Laser Show: Fright Light!

Dates: Saturday, October 29th & Monday, October 31st

Times: 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm (Saturday) & 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm or 9:00 pm (Monday)

Location: William M. Staerkel Planetarium (2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: $8 per person

Spend a night “under the stars” at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium for a scary laser show. This fun show will feature music from Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, and more.

 

An Evening with Poe

Date: Sunday, October 30th

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello)

Cost: $20 per person

The works of Edgar Allan Poe are some of the most haunting. Listen to his suspenseful stories and poems while sitting in the mysterious setting of the Allerton Mansion. After the Poe readings, enjoy a candlelight tour of the Mansion. There will be a cash bar available at the event.

 

Enjoy a quiet and luxurious lifestyle in this Tudor Home located in the beautiful Yankee Ridge Subdivision in Urbana, Illinois. With low country taxes and amazing modern amenities, you will experience the best of both worlds in this home. This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home has 5,736 square feet of living space. You and your family will love to call this beautiful house a home.

The main level of this stunning home features all the amenities you could need. You will have ample space for entertaining between the Great Room, featuring a cathedral ceiling, and large living room. Both of these rooms will keep cozy all year round in Urbana with their fireplaces. Your family will love to gather in the amazing open kitchen. The kitchen has been beautifully updated with corian countertops and cherry cabinets. With a built in oven, range, microwave, refrigerator, and TWO dishwashers, cooking in this fabulous kitchen will be a breeze. Your family can gather in the attached sunroom as breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared. The main level of the home also includes a formal dining room and guest bedroom. You will love the stunning hardwood floors throughout the level, plenty of natural light coming through all the windows, and central vac system!

 

 

Walk up the staircase to the second floor where you will find spacious bedrooms. Stay warm on those chilly winter nights by the fireplace in the Master Suite! There are two other large bedrooms on this floor with ample closet space in each. You will also find a spacious bonus room on this floor. Whether for a sewing room, home office, or play room, this space will cover whatever your family needs. The second floor features all new flooring.

 

 

You will love to unwind in the beautiful yard surrounding this Urbana home. The yard has been perfectly maintained with professional landscaping. The property overlooks a wooded commons area in the Cul de sac and is conveniently located near Meadow Brook park. This property is perfect for those that love the peace and spaciousness of the great outdoors while still being close to all the amenities that the Urbana metropolitan area has to offer!

 

For more information about this home located in Urbana, click HERE. Give me a call today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com/ for more information!

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