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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).

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

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!

Update Your Champaign Home to Sell With These Hot Kitchen Trends

by Rose Price

5 Fall Home Staging Ideas for your Champaign Listing!

by Rose Price

Upcoming Events in the Champaign/Urbana Area!

by Rose Price

The fun in the Champaign/Urbana truly never ends. There are always countless things to do occurring in the communities throughout the area. There are so many to choose from it's truly hard to narrow down which ones to attend. So why not check them all out?! Here are our picks for the events we cannot miss over the next couple of weeks.

 

Friday, September 16th

Allerton Festival featuring Rusted Root: Dance the night away from 6:00 - 9:30 pm at Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello) at the Allerton Festival. Enjoy live musical performances from 3 great groups. From 6:00 to 7:00 pm, blues and folk band Lupe Carroll will be taking the stage, followed by I-Pan, a University of Illinois student run combo steel band. At 7:30 pm, dance the night away to world renowned band Rusted Root. There will also be food and beverage available for purchase at the event. Purchase tickets in advance HERE for $15. Tickets will be $18 at the door. Children 12 and under can attend the festival for FREE!

Saturday, September 17th

Monticellobration 2016: Put on your swing shoes and head down to the Historic Courthouse Square in downtown Monticello from 10:00 am until 10:30 pm. This annual family event celebrates the town of Monticello. Enjoy delicious food as the local restaurants cook our around lunch time. There will be live swing and jazz music throughout the afternoon, with performances from Jim Markum Swing Band and the Night Hawks. Your kids will love all of the great activities including art projects, train pump cars, bubbles, and so much more! Be sure to check out the All Things Wheels car show to marvel at some amazing classic cars on display. More music will carry the festivities into the evening, including concerts from Bad Medicine and Feudin Hillbillies. Admission to this great Monticello festival is FREE!

 

GCC AMBUCS Scarecrow Festival: Celebrate the fall season from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at AMBUCS Park (1200 East University, Urbana). Spend the day at the park with your family while enjoying music and live entertainment and an automobile show. Pick up some unique gifts from the flea market. Join your kids on a hayrack or barrel train ride before heading off to play some games. The festival has no entry free though there will be a small cost for kids games.

Sunday, September 18th

7th Annual Oktoberfest: Dine on some authentic German cuisine at Crane Alley (115 West Main Street, Urbana) from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm for their annual Oktoberfest celebration. All of your favorite traditional German dishes will be served, from schnitzel and brats, to croquettes and braised cabbage. Wash down the food with one of the 6 different beers that will be offered at the outdoor beer truck. You can purchase a glass liter stein for $18 and enjoy subsequent refills for only $11. Wear your best Oktoberfest outfit and eat, drink, and be merry!

 

Urbana Art Expo: Marvel at some beautiful pieces of art during the 2nd annual Urbana Art Expo from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm at Urbana Civic Center (108 East Water Street, Urbana). Support local artists by attending this juried art sale and exhibition.

Saturday, September 24th

Flannel Fest: Pull out your best flannel between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm at Centennial Park (2200 West Kirby Avenue, Champaign) for some fall fun. There will be live music, food trucks, games, crafts, and so much more. Enter the mustache contest! Enjoy the Timberwork’s Lumberjack Show as they showcase their speed carving, log rolling, and axe throwing skills. Be sure to also check out the Human Mattress Dominoes! This day will be filled with lots of family fun. Admission is FREE!

Sunday, September 25th

Midtown Sundaze: Listen to some classic fairytales and fables from 2:00 until 5:00 pm at Scott Park (207 East Springfield Avenue, Champaign). Your children will have the time of their lives at this family friendly event. They can meet their favorite princesses and comic book superheroes. Every half hour, beginning at 2:15, listen to local storyteller Kathe Brinkmann tell a favorite classic children’s story. In addition, there will be face painting, crafts, games, and treats!

 

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! 

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