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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!

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

 

 

IT'S FOLLOW THE FARMSTEAD WEEKEND IN CHAMPAIGN IL!

by Rose Price

                

Another summer weekend is upon us in Champaign IL and it's a very special one!  It's Follow the Farmstead and the kids can't get enough!!

June 12-13- FOLLOW THE FARMSTEAD!

This is such a cool trip!  It's a tour of farms in the southeast quadrant of Champaign County. Farms, both large & small will be highlighted and you will see new technology as well as centennial farm tours, interact with animals, learn about & be able to try out some farm equipment, and learn about farming in general.

This is going to be a fantastic day with many opportunities to learn about the farms that sustain this area! NO TICKETS ARE NEEDED.  Join in at any time during the event at HALE PARK in PHILO.

Kids activities, food trucks and a variety of information will be available from the Champaign County Farm Bureau and Visit Champaign County- including Tour Maps.  Because this is a Free Event,  they will be collecting non-perishble food for the Easter Illinois Foodbank.  More information can be obtained at this link:  FollowTheFarmstead

​Participating Farms are as follows:

  1. 7 Sisters Farm | 1123 County Road 2300 E., Sidney | Visit website
  2. Bane Family Meats | 1062 County Road 2125 E., Sidney | Visit website 
  3. Hastings Crest Creek Farm | 1947 County Road 1100 N., Sidney | Visit website 
  4. Herriott Farm | 1926 County Road 800 N., Sidney 
  5. Rice Farm | 786 County Road 1800 E., Philo
  6. Rund Farms | 73 County Road 1300 E., Pesotum

​​​It's going to be a fantastic family day!     Enjoy!

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!

 

Mother's Day Brunch in Champaign/Urbana IL

by Rose Price

It's the BEST TIME OF YEAR...because Mom is the most important person in the family, right?  For Mother's Day she is absolutely the Queen for the Day!  This is the day we make Mom feel extra special for everything she does for us all year long, and will continue to do for us every day going forward!  Mom is the person that makes our lives run smoothly, she cares for us when we're ill,  is our shoulder to cry on, always our biggest cheerleader for anything we are doing. and our fiercest defender (whether we need it or not ).  For all these things, we want to say "Thank You" and make her day special. Like many of you that starts with a FANTASTIC MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH at one of Champaign/Urbana's wonderful restaurants.

Here are a few selections, out of the many fabulous restaurants that we have in our neck of the woods, to take Mom to have an unforgettable MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH to kick her special day off right!

1. SILVERCREEK- 402 N.Race St., Urbana IL  61801   217-328-3402

Time: 10:00- 2:30 pm

Cost: $20.95 Adults, $7.95 Children 12 and Under

Serving: Their regular fabulous Brunch Menu plus a few Incredible Selections especially prepared for Mother's Day! Reservations need to be made by phone.

2. BIG GROVE TAVERN- One Main St., Champaign, IL 61820       217-239-3505

Time:  10:00 - 2:30 pm

Cost:  Menu Based Items

Serving:  A wide based Brunch menu, ala-carte based.  Scrumptious choices by award winning Chef's. Mom will be able to put together a variety of choices to her hearts desire.

3. Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works- 301 N Neil Street, Champaign IL 61820     217-356-0301

Time:  10:00 - 9:00 pm

Cost: Menu Based Items

Serving: Everything on their Regular Sunday Menu plus some additional inspired items especially for all the lovely Mother's for Mother's Day! Check out the Menu at this link:  Destihl menu

4. Dublin O'Neil's-  301 N. Neil St., Champaign, IL 

Time: 11:00 - 2:00 pm

Cost:  Menus Based

Serving:  Menu Based Items

** Walk-Ins ONLY- RESERVATIONS not accepted

With the University of Illinois having Graduation on Mother's Day there will be a very difficult time getting reservations at many places, and some venue's are not accepting any reservations.  Make sure you are making all your plans in advance.

I want to wish all the MOM's....a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY & MANY BLESSINGS IN THE YEAR AHEAD!

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!

I'm so excited about my new Walking Tours of Champaign City Parks, along with my favorite pals...Simon & Pharis;  my two Spaniels! 

Springtime in Champaign is just lovely, and having the company of you and your pups along with us in the fresh morning air in the awesome city parks is such a treat.  And, we all get to spend some quality time with our pets, getting to know more of our Champaign neighbors, and seeing more of the beautiful parks that our great city of has to offer.  Doesn't get much better than that!

This week we'll be meeting on Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 am at West Side Park, northeast corner. I'll be giving a little history and some background information on the park as we walk and then we can stop for coffee and something to eat when we are finished.  Of course we'll find one of the wonderful area restaurants that accepts our furry friends on their patio too.

I look forward to seeing you Monday!  ( I'm getting the..."WOOF, WOOF" from Simon & Pharis too!)

Calling all Dog Owners! It's a beautiful springtime in Champaign and I'd like to invite you to bring your lovable furry family members and walk with me through our wonderful city parks!  It will give you  a chance to get some great bonding time in with your doggies, a bit of fresh air and exercise and learn some history about the fantastic Champaign City Parks!

I'm so excited for these walks with my Spaniels Simon and Pharis, so they can meet other buddies, and I can share my love of the city of Champaign!  We'll meet once a week at a City Park to go for our walk, and can stop at a Coffee Shop that allows for dogs on their patio for food and drink afterward.  The first walk is scheduled for Monday, March 16th at 7:00 am at West Side City Park in Champaign.

Hope you and your doggies will join me!  For more information just follow this link:  

ChampaignRose Walking Tours

As always, if you're interested in becoming a homeowner in the Champaign/Urbana area, please contact me or visit my website at www.champaignrose.com!

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