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Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

Food allergies and dietary restrictions do not mean that everyone cannot enjoy the beloved holiday classics. Try these takes of some old favorites.

 You’re hosting a holiday feast and anticipate preparing a mouthwatering spread.But along with your special bread stuffing and your fabulous apple pie, you’re concerned with making appropriat...
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:01 am

Springfield’s Chris Camp and his family of whippersnappers take their show on the road

 Lifelong Springfield resident Chris Camp is one of only four professional whip crackers in the United States. Locals may recognize him from his regular appearances at the State Fair but widespre...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am
Who: Local First SpringfieldWhat: Kickoff Party & Press EventWhere: Isringhausen Imports /BMW StoreWhen: Nov. 13 at 5p.m. The fourth annual Local First Holiday Sweepstakes officially begins on Wed...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

Decking the halls simply isn’t enough when guests are staying over. Give your home a once-over and make these essential repairs – because nothing’s Grinchier than a stopped-up toilet or broken garbage disposal

 Guests will jam your home during the holiday season, many of them staying for a week or longer. You don’t want your furnace to conk out. And you certainly don’t want your toilets to go on th...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

Can you find the bed underneath all that clutter? Organizing experts give tips on how to reclaim your guest rooms

 It’s there, at the end of the hall, tauntingly filled with boxed ornaments, folded tablecloths and holiday-themed towels: The dreaded guest bedroom, holder of all things leftover and misplaced...
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

A fresh effort to care for Lincoln’s river

 Rivers have dictated the history of life itself, drawing to it animals, with humans in their wake. There are celebrated, legendary and notorious rivers – rivers that rage and those that range ...
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 12:01 am

Food and Drink Categories

Illinois Times presents to you, proudly, one more time, the Best of Springfield, as determined by our readers and the friends BOS wannabes recruit to vote for them. We had more than 12,000 votes this year – the largest turnout ever – and 140 categories, a third more than ever before. Thanks to all the voters who worked through a long ballot. We always ask readers to vote local, and...
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 12:01 am

Arts, Entertainment, Business and People Categories

 BEST GAY/LESBIAN BAR, BEST DANCE CLUBClub Station House306 East Washington St., 525-0438If you’re looking to cut a rug, Club Station House is the place to be. (In most circles, people just cal...
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 12:01 am

The Route 66 Film Festival, Nov. 1 and 2, opens a local window on the world of independent movies

For more than 10 years, the Route 66 Film Festival has been screening independent films from around the world for Springfield audiences. Not that local filmgoers have always been aware of it. “I wear my festival button all the time,” says Route 66 executive board member Lana Wildman, “and I almost always have to explain to people what it’s about.”...
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 12:01 am

Visit the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area

Nine cabins at the Prairie Lake Campground have electricity but no plumbing. Each cabin sleeps six and is within walking distance of the campground’s shower house. Go to www.reserveamerica.com to ma...

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