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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!

Fall Home Buying in Champaign-Urbana!

by Rose Price

Spring and Summer are seen as the peak home buying seasons…..but FALL might truly be the ultimate season to buy. With many families settled into their new homes at the end of summer, there are amazing opportunities to find your dream home in a market with less competition and stress. Looking to buy a home in Champaign-Urbana? Use the season to your advantage! Here are the top reasons why you should purchase your new home this fall and not wait until the weather starts to warm up again next year.

 

Sellers with Homes still on the Market are Anxious to Sell

After having their homes listed all spring and summer, many sellers are worn out. Their homes might still be on the market because their asking price was too high during the warmer months. Now, they are looking to make a deal and are often more willing to lower their price in order to do so. As a buyer, use this to your advantage. You will likely have more success offering a lower price on a home in the fall than you would have previously.

 

Sellers in the Fall are Looking to Move

Sellers that leave their homes listed in the fall are doing so for a reason….they need to move. Whether it’s for a new job or because their new home is ready, these sellers are more serious about moving on to their new homes and need to have their current homes sold as soon as possible. They will likely be more open to negotiation in order to close the deal, especially before the upcoming holiday season.

 

You will have less Competition from other Home Buyers

Since fall is considered an off-season for real estate, there tends to be far less competition. The decrease in demand on the buying side does not translate to less inventory, however. There are still plenty of homes on the market! Whether it is new inventory or homes that have been on the market all summer long, buyers in the fall have a ton to choose from and are able to be more aggressive with their negotiations. Fall puts buyers in a great position of power to get exactly what you want! There are some many amazing homes currently on the market. Check out our Current Featured Properties to start the search for your home!

 

You have Lots of Resources at your Disposal

Since spring and summer are the peak real estate seasons, industry professionals such as agents, lenders, and movers, are incredibly busy. When the weather starts to cool and with many clients settled into their new homes, realtors and others have more time time opening up….meaning that you can have more of their undivided attention. This is extremely beneficial when you are looking to buy a home. Take advantage of all of the resources out there. An Experienced Real Estate Agent is dedicated to helping you move into your dream home this fall.

 

Crime Rates Go Down in the Fall

The end of summer tends to be the main months in which home related crimes, such as burglaries, occur. If you are buying your home in the fall, this allows you the opportunity to do more research prior to purchasing in order to find out about crime rates in the area and take precautions in your new home to protect yourself, if necessary.

 

Spruce Up Your New Home With End of Year Sales

The fall months are prime shopping season when it comes to home appliances, decor, maintenance goods, and more. Major retailers always offer these consumer goods at great discounts in the fall in order to prepare for next year’s trends and models. You can outfit your new home with amazing deals! Update your home with fresh paint and carpeting in September, when these goods are often put on sale. Prepare for next spring by purchasing your lawn mower in October. Create your dream kitchen in November with the help of new appliances and cookware at a discounted price.

 

Use Tax Deductions to Your Advantage

Regardless of which calendar month you purchase your home, homeowners can claim deductions on property tax and mortgage interest for your entire year’s worth of income. Payments completed prior to the loan closing will be considered tax deductible, even if they occur in November or December! You can save a considerable amount of money on the taxes you owe by purchasing your home later in the year!

 

Fall is the perfect time to Buy your dream home in Champaign-Urbana!! Call me today or visit my website at http://www.champaignrose.com.



Resource: Forbes

Fun CU Pride Festival Events on September 10th!

by Rose Price

This weekend is the 7th Annual CU Pride Festival! Come celebrate everyone in our community at this great event. Although the festivities will be going on all weekend long, Saturday, September 10th, offers a full day of fun, free activities for you, your family, and your friends! Be sure to head down to Downtown Champaign to join in on all the fun!

 

Visit the Fun and Vendor Area between noon and 6:00 pm on Saturday for tons of awesome activities, vendors, and live entertainment! In the Kid & Family Area, there will be carnival games, a bounce house, and a Touch A Truck area with 7 different cars and 

trucks for the kids to explore. Your children will be able to meet their favorite characters, such as Elsa and Olaf, Cinderella, and Snow White, at the Character Corner. Catch a live musical performance by Chicago favorite Joel Frankel. As you roam the Kid & Family Area, keep a look out for the street performers who are there to provide further entertainment. Bubbles! Puppets! Stilt Walkers! This area of the festival will surely delight kids of all ages! The Vendor Area will feature over 30 different local vendors for you to buy merchandise, get more information, and learn about goods and services in the Champaign area. The Fun and Vendor area will be located in front of the Orpheum Science Museum.

 

Step away from this area for a little while during the afternoon to catch the Pride Parade as it dances its way through Downtown Champaign. The parade will begin at 3:00 pm on Saturday so be sure to scope out your spot along the route. Marvel at spectacular floats, see some great performers, and wave at all of the parade participants.

 

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday, September 10th, at the 7th Annual CU Pride Festival! 

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the Fighting Illini Season Opener!

by Rose Price

Kick off Labor Day weekend with our hometown favorites, the Fighting Illini! On Saturday, September 3rd, don your best blue and orange and head down to Memorial Stadium for the season opener. The University of Illinois will be taking on the Murray State Racers at 2:30 pm.

You can make a whole day of it by tailgating at Grange Grove before the game. Enjoy food trucks, live music, and lots of games. And, be sure to check out the Illini Walk at noon, in order to give support to your team as they head to the stadium.

 

Can’t make it to the stadium for the game? Host a party at home with the other Illini fans in your family and catch the game on BTN.

 

Saturday’s season opener for the Fighting Illini marks the 127th year of football at the University. We are incredibly proud of this tradition in our Champaign/Urbana community.

 

There are so many exciting things to look forward to this football season for UI from the coaches to the players. It is the debut of Lovie Smith as the head coach. He brings years of college and professional experience to the team and leads a dedicated coaching staff. We are also keeping our eye out for several key players. As it is his last season in orange, quarterback Wes Lunt is sure to lead his team to victory. Defensive end Dawuane Smoot will be making big plays on the field this Saturday and in the future games to come. He is a preseason All-American and was named by Pro-Football focus as one of the top 20 best college football players in the country! With this winning combination, we are certain that the Fighting Illini will have their 19th consecutive win in a home season opener!

 

Whether you are catching the game or enjoying the last weekend of summer celebrating with friends and family, we wish you a very safe and fun Labor Day Weekend! 

Home maintenance is considered a chore for a reason. Between work, taking care of the kids, and other cleaning that needs to be taken care of around the house, it often gets pushed to the side. It’s something that no one wants to spend their free time doing and can seem tedious. However, it can help cut energy costs and preserve your Home's Value the future. By doing regular, easy home maintenance tasks you can keep your Champaign/Urbana area home in tip top shape! Follow these Top 10 Tips for simple home maintenance.

  1. Do a Deep Clean

Perform a deep clean on everything inside of your house. Remove accumulated dust, dirt, and grime buildup throughout the rooms in your house. Clean appliances. Get rid of any mold and mildew buildup in rooms where moisture accumulates. Not only will this clean help your home looking its best but it will also allow to identify any potential problems in your house that might need further attention and repair.

  1. Clean Your Dryer Vent

A clogged dryer vent is one of the leading causes of house fires. Ensuring that this does not happen is incredibly easy to do! Along with cleaning out your dryer lint trap every time you use the dryer, you should regularly clear the dryer connection. The dryer connection is the tube/pipe that attaches the appliance to the outdoor vent. Pull the tube out and vacuum it clean of all the lint that has been accumulating within the pipe and the pipe connection. After cleaning it out, reattach the pipe to the dryer and make sure that it is properly connected.

  1. Clear Out Your Drains

No one wants to shower while standing in water up to your ankles. Make sure to keep your drains cleared out to avoid more serious problems such as a sewer backup. For less severe drain clogs, pouring boiling water down the drain can fix the issue. If that doesn’t fully clear it up, use a snake to remove the blockage. Always keep your plumber’s phone number handy if problems persist. Purchase a hair strainer to prevent the issue in the future.

  1. Replace Your Toilet Flapper

A leaky toilet tank can prematurely wear out the toilet and cause water damage to the bathroom floor. If you notice that your toilet is leaking, the flapper needs to be replaced. After turning off the water supply to the toilet using the valve in the back, empty the tank by flushing the toilet. Remove excess water left in the tank and the flush chain from the lever. You can then slide the existing flapper off and replace it with the new one. Reconnect the chain and turn the water supply back on.

  1. Fill Holes and Cracks in the Wall

There are very simple and cheap fixes to cover small holes and cracks in your drywall. A cosmetic sponge can be used to fill those holes. Cut it down to size, push it into the hole, and spackle over it. For those small cracks, add a bit baking soda to strong, fast acting glue and spread the mixture over the crack. This will create a strong surface that can easily be smoothed down by sanding it.

  1. Fix Your Windows

Avoid high energy bills by ensuring that your windows are keeping in the cold air or heat. With the cold winter months approaching in Illinois, you want to make sure that heat does not escape your home. Check the caulking around your windows. If there are any cracks or holes, remove the existing caulk with a box cutter and then apply a new line of it along the seam. To get a straight line of caulk, use painter’s tape. Remove the tape while the caulk is still wet. You can also fix a drafty window by applying an inexpensive insulating window film to the glass. Find a tiny hole in the glass? You can repair it with clear nail polish! Allowing the nail polish to dry in between applications, keep adding layers of the polish until it is flush with the glass.

  1. Get Rid of the Squeak Below Your Feet

Do you hardwood floors squeak when you walk of them? There is an easy fix for that. The culprit of the creak is moisture. Identify the floorboards that are creaking and sprinkle talcum powder on them. Take a makeup brush and sweep the powder in the cracks between the boards. This will help to soak up the moisture and remove the noise.

  1. Clean Your Fridge Coils

Your refrigerator is one of the items in your home that uses up the most energy. To help cut your utility costs, there is a simple fix. By vacuuming the coils underneath or in back of your fridge, you will keep it running as efficiently as possible.

  1. Inspect the Safety Features in Your Home

Make sure you and your family stay safe in your home by inspecting your fire extinguishers and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. For the fire extinguisher, make sure that it is in an easily accessible spot, check for adequate pressure, and ensure that no wear and tear has occurred. For the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, dust them off, ensure that they are working properly by pushing the test buttons, and replace batteries if necessary.

  1. Take Care of Your Gutters

Protect the exterior of your home and avoid more serious damage by regularly clearing your gutters of debris and buildup. If your home isn’t too tall, you can safely clean the gutters yourself by using a ladder. Remove all the muck that has been accumulating in the gutters. Then, take your garden hose to flush any remaining debris out and to make sure that water flows properly through them. If you notice that your gutters are sagging or pulling away from the house, replace the fasteners and hangers. As the leaves begin to fall this Autumn, it is important to make sure that your gutters are ready for any weather that comes our way. 

Come to Taste of Champaign-Urbana 2016 This Weekend!

by Rose Price

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fill your bellies with delicious food and your spirits with good cheer at our favorite Champaign-Urbana summer festival…..the Taste of Champaign-Urbana 2016. Head down to West Side Park this Friday and Saturday for the ultimate celebrate. Enjoy delicious food from the finest Champaign-Urbana restaurants, quench your thirst with craft beer, dance to live music, and pick up some unique arts and crafts from local artisans! Not only will you have endless fun, but by coming to this festival, you are supporting the youth in our great community! All proceeds from Taste of CU fund scholarships for local youth to learn to swim, take dance lessons, plays sports, attend camp, and so much more! Here is all the information you need to make the most of your time this weekend at Taste of Champaign-Urbana:

 

Full Schedule and Map of Park

 

Food and Beverages!

The star of this festival is truly the food! Dine on delicious menu items from 13 local restaurants and 11 food trucks! Whatever your taste buds fancy, from pizza and Chinese to burritos and BBQ, there is a food vendor that you will love! For those 21 and over, wash all the amazing food down with domestic Miller beers or beers from our favorite local brewers including Destihl, Tryptych, and JT Walker’s. Craft beer enthusiasts should be sure to hit the beer tent on Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm when local breweries will be sharing the special beers that they created specifically for this year’s Taste of CU.

 

Live Entertainment!

Head over to the Illinois American Water Stage for incredible performances by talented musicians and bands!

 

Friday, August 19th

5:30 - 6:30 pm - Alex and the XOs (Indie-Pop)

7:00 - 8:00 pm - New Souls (R&B/Hip Hop)

8:30 - 9:30 pm - Tell Mama (Soul, Funk, Jazz, R&B)

10:00 - 11:00 pm - Kurtis Blow (Rap/Hip Hop) *Friday’s Headliner*

 

Saturday, August 20th

3:30 - 4:30 pm - CUperStars

5:00 - 5:45 pm - Katie Flynn (Cabaret)

6:15 - 7:15 pm - Elsinore (Pop/Rock)

7:45 - 8:45 pm - Dirty Feathers (Alternative Rock)

9:15 - 11:00 pm - Vertical Horizon (Pop/Rock) *Saturday’s Headliner*

 

Kids Activities!

Your children will enjoy endless entertainment and activities in the kids zone! There will be inflatables, paintball, face painting, balloon animals, bubble demos, crafts, and so much more!

 

Pie Run!

Registration for the Pie Run might be over but you can cheer the runners on along the 3.14 mile course starting at 6:00 pm on Saturday! Make sure you are there at the end line to see those participants who brave the Flying Pies finishing lane! Additional Pie Run Information.

 

Monarch Summer!

Visit the butterfly booth to learn all there is to know about monarch butterflies! There are plant giveaways, activities for children, and great information butterfly migration and pollination.

 

Event Details

Date: Friday, August 19th, 2016 - Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Friday) and 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: West Side Park (400 West University Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: FREE Admission! Taste Tickets are $5 for 5 (needed for food, beverages, and activities)

Illinois Named Top 10 State to Make a Good Living!

by Rose Price

There are many reasons to choose a state to move to. A great educational system, climate, and access to amenities are all important considerations when house hunting. One of the most important factors, though…..your ability to make a living. Personal finance website MoneyRates.com recently ranked the top ten states to make a living in 2016. We are proud to announce that Illinois made it to this elite group of states at #9!!

 

 

To find these rankings, MoneyRates.com compared all 50 states based on several key factors that help determine the ability for residents to make a good living. These factors included average wages, state tax rates, cost of living, state unemployment rate, and workplace safety.

 

 

Illinois made its way to the number 9 spot due to its above average wages, with a median income at $37,320, and low cost of living. That winning combination allows for workers to keep more of their income for other necessities. The state also did well with relation to workplace injuries, illness, and fatalities, ensuring that employees in Illinois have safe working environments.

 

 

If you’re thinking of moving to Illinois, Champaign/Urbana is a great place to call home. With a thriving art and educational scene, access to great medical facilities and amenities, and low median house prices, there are many reasons to move to the area. Check out my Current Homes for Sale. Contact me today to help you find your dream home or visit my website at www.champaignrose.com/.

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