IllinoisTimes - Summerguide http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-92-1-summerguide.html Thu, 24 May 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Summerguide calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-20022-summerguide-calendar.html Summerguide calendar
MayPressure Canner TestingMay 24, 8am-4pm Thu. Sign-up to have your pressure canner gauge(s) tested to ensure safety during the home canning process. University of Illinois Extension, 700 S. Airport D...]]>
Bicentennial buddies: Union County and Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-20023-bicentennial-buddies-union-county-and-illinois.html Bicentennial buddies: Union County and Illinois
Union County was born the same year as Illinois – and just happens to have some spectacular spots for a 200th birthday party. A popular state park, a giant cross, a significant Lincoln site and an o...]]>
Destination Danville, a city reclaiming its treasures http://illinoistimes.com/article-20024-destination-danville-a-city-reclaiming-its-treasures.html Destination Danville, a city reclaiming its treasures
 Just two hours east of Springfield with plenty of highlights that can be enjoyed in a few hours, Danville is a pleasant daytrip – and a city claiming a progressive new status. A strong foundat...]]>
A Decatur writing professor’s novel about a writing prof http://illinoistimes.com/article-20025-a-decatur-writing-professor%25E2%2580%2599s-novel-about-a-writing-prof.html A Decatur writing professor’s novel about a writing prof
Iced is an engaging novel. It’s set in a fictionalized but recognizable central Illinois town that is known for the strong odor of its grain-processing facilities that some optimistically call “th...]]>
Stained glass, a Springfield tour http://illinoistimes.com/article-20026-stained-glass-a-springfield-tour.html Stained glass, a Springfield tour
 Springfield is home to gorgeous stained glass installations in churches, historic sites and other public spaces. Architect Ralls Melotte, co-founder of Melotte Morse Stained Glass and Melotte Mo...]]>
Playing around - Summer brings a plethora of theatrical pleasures http://illinoistimes.com/article-20027-playing-around.html Playing around - Summer brings a plethora of theatrical pleasures
 Fittingly for a theater situated within a village once called home by the future 16th U.S. president, New Salem’s Theatre in the Park kicks off its summer season with The Last of Mrs. Lincoln...]]>
Sizzling summer of sound http://illinoistimes.com/article-20028-sizzling-summer-of-sound.html Sizzling summer of sound
 So many summer concerts, so little time. From big festivals to tiny venues and from hard rock to bro-country and from new wave to hardcore to hip-hop, here’s an overview of some of the best mu...]]>
2017 Summerlong Summerguide calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-18687-2017-summerlong-summerguide-calendar.html 2017 Summerlong Summerguide calendar
MayIllinois Products Farmers MarketMay 25, Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Jul 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 4-7pm. Every Thursday. Shopping, health and wellness information, special focuses and more in a s...]]>
Sangamon County Fair http://illinoistimes.com/article-18688-sangamon-county-fair.html Sangamon County Fair
 The Sangamon County Fair has made some exciting changes in time for the 2017 season, which runs June 13-18. General admission pricing has been reduced and a new concert ticket price has been int...]]>
Pawnee Prairie Days - Small-town festival offers carnival, parade, pageants, fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-18689-pawnee-prairie-days.html Pawnee Prairie Days - 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-...]]>
Legacy of Giving Festival - Two nights, 70 bands, five stages, 10 charities http://illinoistimes.com/article-18690-legacy-of-giving-festival.html Legacy of Giving Festival - 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...]]>
Wacky Wheelers Parades - Creatively decorate your bicycle for a group bike ride http://illinoistimes.com/article-18692-wacky-wheelers-parades.html Wacky Wheelers Parades - 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...]]>
Amaranth Apple Festival - Food and music festival celebrates the eternal beauty of Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-18693-amaranth-apple-festival.html Amaranth Apple Festival - 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...]]>
Powerlight Abraham Lincoln Super Cruise and Car Show Spectacular - Car show weekend features a seven-mile cruise, air and ground displays and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-18694-powerlight-abraham-lincoln-super-cruise-and-car-show-spectacular.html Powerlight Abraham Lincoln Super Cruise and Car Show Spectacular - 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...]]>
Zoo, Shakespeare and history - The summer mix for Bloomington-Normal http://illinoistimes.com/article-18695-zoo-shakespeare-and-history.html Zoo, Shakespeare and history - 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...]]>
Tour historic Oakland Mansion - An 1853 country estate, now in the heart of St. Louis http://illinoistimes.com/article-18696-tour-historic-oakland-mansion.html Tour historic Oakland Mansion - 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....]]>
Shandy is dandy - Make your own summer elixir http://illinoistimes.com/article-18697-shandy-is-dandy.html Shandy is dandy - 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...]]>
Springfield’s Boys of Summer - Sliders to open season http://illinoistimes.com/article-18698-springfield%25E2%2580%2599s-boys-of-summer.html Springfield’s Boys of Summer - 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...]]>
Arsenic and old musicals - Family fun takes the stage this summer http://illinoistimes.com/article-18699-arsenic-and-old-musicals.html Arsenic and old musicals - 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’...]]>
Sounds of summer http://illinoistimes.com/article-18700-sounds-of-summer.html Sounds of summer
There are too many exciting concerts scheduled to hit central Illinois stages in the coming months to fit in this humble space. From big festivals to tiny venues and from classic rock to boot-scootin�...]]>
Bursting with Pride - Sixth annual Pride festival features live music, drag show, free HIV testing, more http://illinoistimes.com/article-17216-bursting-with-pride.html Bursting with Pride - Sixth annual Pride festival features live music, drag show, free HIV testing, more
 Celebrate “the gayest day in central Illinois” by attending the sixth annual Springfield PrideFest on Saturday, May 21, from noon to 10 p.m., on Capitol Avenue between Fourth and Sixth stree...]]>
SOHO Music Festival - Rock, run, disc golf to support 10 charities http://illinoistimes.com/article-17217-soho-music-festival.html SOHO Music Festival - Rock, run, disc golf to support 10 charities
 What started as a community outreach project in 2005 has grown to include a two-day outdoor street festival which features live music, vendors, food and kids’ activities plus a 10K walk/run an...]]>
International Carillon Festival - Annual festival of the bells draws world’s top carilloneurs http://illinoistimes.com/article-17218-international-carillon-festival.html International Carillon Festival - Annual festival of the bells draws world’s top carilloneurs
 This summer, attend a different kind of music festival, one without the high ticket prices, long lines, dirty facilities and drunks. Substitute the serenity of Washington Park, the company of fr...]]>
Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series - New family-friendly outdoor music series comes to Jacksonville this summer http://illinoistimes.com/article-17219-levitt-amp-jacksonville-music-series.html Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series - New family-friendly outdoor music series comes to Jacksonville this summer
 Remember last year when we asked you to vote for Jacksonville in the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Award contest? Your votes paid off, as the city of Jacksonville was selected as one out of 15 fi...]]>
Bring on the bacon - DSI’s bacon bash partners with Bedrock 66 Live! concert series to feature top-notch musical talent http://illinoistimes.com/article-17220-bring-on-the-bacon.html Bring on the bacon - DSI’s bacon bash partners with Bedrock 66 Live! concert series to feature top-notch musical talent
 On July 22 and 23, Downtown Springfield, Inc. and Isringhausen Imports plus other festival sponsors will transform downtown Springfield into a bacon-lovers paradise for the second year in a row...]]>
Insane Inflatable 5K - Climb and bounce your way through the largest inflatable obstacle course of its kind http://illinoistimes.com/article-17221-insane-inflatable-5k.html Insane Inflatable 5K - Climb and bounce your way through the largest inflatable obstacle course of its kind
 This summer, get pumped for a wacky obstacle course unlike anything central Illinois has seen before. The Insane Inflatable 5K bounces into Centennial Park on Saturday, Aug. 6. Race waves begin...]]>
Reading, writing and baseball - Rotary’s local literacy campaign heads to Busch Stadium May 23 and 24 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17222-reading-writing-and-baseball.html Reading, writing and baseball - Rotary’s local literacy campaign heads to Busch Stadium May 23 and 24
 Soon area baseball fans will head south for local Rotary clubs’ 14th annual literacy fundraiser baseball games in beautiful Busch Stadium. Springfield-based watercolor quilt artist Rod Buffing...]]>
A hiker’s paradise - Enjoy varied hiking terrain close to home in the Sangamon River Valley http://illinoistimes.com/article-17223-a-hiker%25E2%2580%2599s-paradise.html A hiker’s paradise - Enjoy varied hiking terrain close to home in the Sangamon River Valley
 You don’t have to leave central Illinois to have an enjoyable, authentic hiking experience. This summer, get close to nature and have fun with friends and family by hiking these and other park...]]>
Can we just ride worry-free? - ABATE’s safety slogan: ‘Look twice to save a life’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-17224-can-we-just-ride-worry-free.html Can we just ride worry-free? - ABATE’s safety slogan: ‘Look twice to save a life’
 For bikers like Phil Cornell, longtime motorcyclist, a fun summer is a safe summer. “I do this because I love to ride,” said Cornell. “But I’m sick of burying my brothers and sisters as...]]>
I thirst, therefore I am - Summertime cocktails deliver http://illinoistimes.com/article-17225-i-thirst-therefore-i-am.html I thirst, therefore I am - Summertime cocktails deliver
 Ahhhh – the summer cocktail.Both refreshing and teasing, the perfect elixir for summer’s dog days evokes a happier time of spring, with cherry blossoms bursting and everyone’s team with a...]]>