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Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:20 am

Small-town festival offers carnival, parade, pageants, fun

 This June, cruise 20 minutes south down I-55 and enjoy a small-town festival among the cornfields in picturesque Pawnee. This year’s Pawnee Prairie Days will be observed June 22-24. The three-...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:19 am

Two nights, 70 bands, five stages, 10 charities

 The SOHO (Service Organization for Humanitarian Opportunity) Music Festival was a highlight among the central Illinois summer festival scene for 12 years. But earlier this year SOHO’s founder...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:18 am

Creatively decorate your bicycle for a group bike ride

 The health benefits to riding a bike are numerous and include strengthening your hips, thighs and rear end. Because cycling is a low-impact activity, it is gentle on joints, making it an excelle...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:17 am

Food and music festival celebrates the eternal beauty of Springfield

 Although the name “Amaranth Apple Festival” (Downtown Springfield Inc.’s revision of 2016’s Bacon Throwdown) may sound like a celebration of the late summer and early autumn deciduous fr...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:16 am

Car show weekend features a seven-mile cruise, air and ground displays and more

 The Powerlight Abraham Lincoln Super Cruise and Car Show Spectacular is one of the most anticipated car show weekends for automotive enthusiasts in central Illinois. Powerlight weekend presents...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:15 am

The summer mix for Bloomington-Normal

 Holding my nose in the zoo building full of big cats and apes, sampling goodies from laden family reunion tables, anticipating the first July Fourth fireworks bursting over a small lake – that...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:14 am

An 1853 country estate, now in the heart of St. Louis

 Historic houses happen to be one of my favorite things, so when I heard about the beautiful Oakland Mansion in St. Louis, I headed out with Annie Jansen and her sister, Joanie, to check it out....
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:13 am

Make your own summer elixir

 We are lazy.Loathe to get out of our cars, we use the drive-thru – it is too much work to write “through” – when we want a hamburger. Cheese comes already grated. Remote controls are no...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:12 am

Sliders to open season

 With championship aspirations, the Springfield Sliders begin their 2017 season on the road against the Lafayette Aviators on May 30. The Sliders are a collegiate summer league baseball team from...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:11 am

Family fun takes the stage this summer

 Popular musicals abound around central Illinois this summer. Whether you’re into dancing paper boys or have a soft spot for recalcitrant beasts, pack your bug spray and your rosé.New Salem’...

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