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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...
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 11:59 am
Summer may be drawing to a close, but the music scene in central Illinois is as vibrant as ever. From cutting-edge electronica to old-time a capella, Springfield and other central Illinois cities offe...
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 02:56 am

Fall is theater season in central Illinois

As summer comes to a close, the overwhelming heat and touristy jaunts are becoming distant memories. The sunscreen is being packed away, and you’ve enjoyed yet another summer of stimulating acti...


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