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Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 04:03 pm

Take a day trip to the Jenny Lind Chapel near Galesburg

Though her name is more associated with nursery furniture today, Jenny Lind was without a doubt the most remarkable singer of her day, a celebrity of celebrities whose admirers included Queen Victoria...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 03:28 pm

Bike Club’s 41st ‘Century’ Sept. 8 includes something for everybody

It happens every year on one of the first crisp days that hint of autumn: bicycle riders from near and far converge on Springfield only to disburse into the corn-filled countryside pedaling and eating...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 03:27 pm

While you’re there, enjoy wine, tour a fish hatchery and sleep in a forest cabin

As the temperatures come down, the energy level goes up, making a trek to Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour just right. My friend Rose and I headed south in late July and want to come back in the cool of fal...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 03:27 pm

Take a trip to Quincy

Skip the freeway and take a drive.The trip from Springfield to Quincy via Interstate 72 takes a couple hours, but spend an extra 20 minutes and head out Jefferson Avenue to the hinterland, then take U...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 01:36 pm
Autumn is traditionally a big season for live music, as touring artists make a last major push out onto the open road before winter’s icy finger makes it more or less impassable. The upcoming se...
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 01:14 pm

A season of robust theater in central Illinois

Although summer is drawing to a close, the theater season is still going strong. Springfield and the surrounding region boast some truly impressive talent and mesmerizing productions that can hold the...
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 05:43 pm

Ticket to fantastic and eccentric

Oddball Illinois: A Guide to 450 Really Strange Places, by Jerome Pohlen, is your ticket to the fantastic and eccentric in the land of Lincoln. The book offers interesting information about unusual pe...
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 05:41 pm
As the hot, hazy days of summer are replaced by crisp breezes and bursts of color, area residents can enjoy all that fall has to offer at area festivals.August“Women Who Made History” is t...
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 05:23 pm
Fall sings with color. Besides the glorious riot of the leaves there are the deep reds of the apples, the golden orange of the pumpkins and the muted shades of squash. Fall is all about texture, taste...
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 03:08 pm
It barely snowed last winter. It barely rained this summer. And who knows what fall will bring?Flexibility is key when it comes to autumn in central Illinois. The perfect picnic plan could be scuttled...

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