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Exciting Events Coming Up In Champaign IL

by Rose Price

Tuesday, March 8

Pogo Studio: Capturing the Sounds of the Champaign-Urbana Music Scene 1985-2014

Sousa Archives & Center for American Music

1103 S. Sixth St. 236 Harding Band Building, Champaign 

The Sousa Archives and Center of Music is known for exceptional exhibits and the preservations of American Music.  This is only one of several special events.  Also of note is the Transient Journeys: The Life and Music of Harry Partch Exhibit that is approaching it's end.  It will be on display until April 29th.  If you haven't seen it yet, get yourself to the center, you won't be disappointed.  Visit their Exhibits Page for information on more upcoming events and exhibits. 

Thursday, March 10

Local Women as Change Agents: Traditions of Philanthropy and Political Action

Student Life and Culture Archives

1707 South Orchard St. Urbana, IL 61801

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Sponsored by the Student Life and Culture Archives of the University of Illinois and the Champaign Country Historical Archives, the Town & Gown Speaker Series highlights local stories through exhibits and events. Join them throughout the year for exciting speakers and stories about Champaign.

Full Schedule

Sunday, March 13

The Illinois Park & Recreation Association’s Teen Committee offers a lot of incredibly opportunities but on March 13 there is a unique opportunity for teen bands throughout Illinois, to play for a crowd and duke it out to see who is truly the best band in Illinois. The event features the talents of young musicians, giving them a chance to play in-front of a new audience, meet other bands and gain great experience on stage. Judges will give feedback at each level of the competition and the top bands win additional chances to play as well as other prizes. The winners move on to regional competitions, and finally advance to the state finals, which takes place each August at the Illinois State Fair.

A great chance to perform at the Fluid Events Center, competing for prizes, local performance opportunities, and a studio recording session. All musical styles are welcome and al

l band members must be between the ages of 12-21 with at least half of the members 19 or under on the date of the
state finals.

PRIZES! 

  • Win a chance for gigs at the Blues Brews and BBQ event for both Friday and Saturday, and at the Taste of Champaign!
  • We also have a two hour recording session from Perennial Sound Studio, owned and operated by Ryan Groff of the band Elsinore
  • Gift cards and other items from local music shops!​​​​​

Thursday, April 7-10 

BONEYARD ARTS FESTIVAL

The Boneyard Arts Festival is presented annually every spring by 40 North | 88 West.  It's a 4-day event showcasing a broad range of the creative activity flourishing in our community.  It's more than your average arts walk, the Boneyard is a unique countywide celebration that takes place in over 90 Venues -- and features the work of hundreds of artists. Sculptors, weavers, painters, photographers and other visual artists come together with musicians, actors, dancers, poets and performers of all kinds for one reason; To share their creativity and celebrate their craft.   The event takes place throughout Champaign, Urbana, U of I Campus, Rantoul, Homer, Mahomet, St. Joseph and Sidney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's finally here! One of Champaign/Urbana's most anticipated events, the Boneyard Arts Festival! I'm even more excited this year because I am sponsoring an event that is near and dear to my heart...the Center City Art Walk Tours          

The City Art Walk Tours will be of select Boneyard Arts Festival venues in Center City as well as Public Art League installations. All Tour participants will have the opportunity to view the art at venues Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, and meet some of the artists that have their work on display.                               

Friday’s tour includes:  the 40North offices, WEFT, Cracked Glass and the Lincoln Building artist studios. Tour participants will meet Kelly Eddington (the Boneyard Arts Festival signature artist) and Lisa Kesler as well as attend the Cracked Glass opening reception for their displaying artists. Saturday’s tour will begin at 2 p.m. and will include visits to Jane Addams Bookshop, Skins n Tins, the Lincoln Building artist studios and Flatland Gallery. Tour participants will meet author, Matt Banach, and artists Lisa Kesler and Dirt Dorner.

The Center City Art Walk Tours are free to the public but registration is required. To register visit champaigncenter.com and click on the Art Walk Tours image on the homepage.

If you've never had a chance to participate in the Boneyard Arts Festival, I'll give you a quick overview: This is a celebration of all the different Arts Genre's, by 100's of local artists and artists from around the state that come to showcase and sell their art at different venue's all around the Champaign/Urbana area.

The Goals of the Festival are:

  1. Provide opportunities for artists of all disciplines, media and levels of expertise to share and sell their work with the greater community and its visitors 
  2. Demonstrate the value of collaboration among individuals, organizations and businesses 
  3. Illuminate the economic impact of the arts on local business 
  4. Demonstrate the effectiveness of utilizing art to increase foot traffic in and around participating venues, as well as to enhance the environment in public and private spaces 
  5. Promote the cultural vibrancy of our community -- a great place to live and visit
  6. Bring students, residents and visitors together through the arts 
  7. Provide an occasion, through the arts, to both express and reflect upon who and what we are as individuals and as a community 
  8. Celebrate the many unique cultural traditions within Champaign County​

​​So you see, this is a spectacular community event you won't want to miss! Pick a day, or go to both...but don't miss what this fantastic event has to offer!

September Events for Champaign/Urbana IL

by Rose Price

It's still hard to believe summer is really behind us now. But the kids are back to school and that means busy schedules for everyone in the family. It’s sometimes easy to forget to relax and add a little fun to our busy weeks once we get into these routines.  But September in the great Champaign/Urbana area has some great activities and events you won't want to miss!  Take a look and add them to your calendar:

Labor Day Parade & Picnic

Say a final farewell to summer at the annual Labor Day Parade and Celebration.  All of those wonderful people who keep the community running will be floating through the streets of Urbana on Monday September 1st. This year’s theme is “The Living Legacy of Labor.” After the parade, head over to Prairie Park for free food, games and entertainment.

Jazz Walk

Whether you are looking for that perfect first date, or need a night away from the kids, mark down September 5th on your calendar. Walk through the candlelit paths of Meadowbrook Park while listening to live Jazz and local musicians.  The Jazz Walk will feature a variety of jazz soloists and small combos throughout the Wandell Sculpture Garden.

Illini Football vs. Western Kentucky                                                                                             

Are you ready for some football?? The Fighting Illini are back and ready for action. Come on out for a full day of fun and football at Memorial Stadium on September 6th. Experience the Illini Walk, take a stroll through Street Fest, and watch the Marching Illini Public Warm-up. Check out the full game schedule and make sure you don’t miss out.

Whiskey & Whiskers

Whiskey & Whiskers is the perfect night out for any gentleman. Kühl and Champaign Surplus are sponsoring a night full of food, music, whiskey and spirits. Throw in some cornhole, contests, and free giveaways and you have yourself a wonderful evening. Firehaus Bar & Grill will be providing beer, whiskey, and appetizers all night long. The event begins at 5:00pm on September 18th

Memorial Day in Champaign/Urbana IL

by Rose Price

Memorial Day weekend is officially the first weekend of summer and an important weekend to remember and honor those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom and safety.  Here in the Champaign/Urbana area there are many events taking place:

First off there are opening days for many of our beloved Parks & Pools!

Saturday's Events:

The Sholem Aquatic Center in Champaign are having Opening Day celebrations. Check schedule for times and events.

Urbana Aquatic Center- See Schedule for Opening Day events.

Prairie Farms has Opening Day which includes the petting zoo of all their farm animals.

Champaign Public Library is having their "Be Kind Illinois Craft" Day

                                                                                            

Monday, May 26th- Memorial Day:

10:00 am- American Legion Post 71 Memorial Day Ceremony at Eastlawn Burial Park- Urbana

11:00 am- American Legion Post 1492 Memorial Day Ceremony at The Memorial Wall- Savoy

12:00 pm- American Legion Post 559 Memorial Day Ceremony at Lincoln Memorial Garden on Lincoln.-Urbana

2:00 pm-  American Legion Post 24 Memorial Day Ceremony at Mount Hope Cemetery & Mausoleum.-Champaign.

I want to take this time to remember, honor and thank all our veterans, military and their families for their service and the sacrifices that have been made on behalf of our country.

Have a Happy & Safe Memorial Day.

 

Champaign Illinois your Weekend Destination

by Rose Price

Come visit this vibrant city! Champaign IL has so much to offer........................

This weekend is our BLUES,BREWS and BBQ festival! What's better than a little BBQ in fabulous Champaign IL,  with the Blues playing all weekend!

Champaign Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival

Then on Saturday, June 29th, our Bloomington Gold Corvette show Road Rally! Always fun to see all these great vehicles, and don't forget the GoldSchool Seminars will be held on Friday, June 28th from 8 am - 4 pm at the I-Hotel.

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