IllinoisTimes - Fall Guide http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-93-1-fall-guide.html Thu, 25 Aug 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 For Rt. 66 nostalgia, visit Atlanta http://illinoistimes.com/article-17599-for-rt-66-nostalgia-visit-atlanta.html For Rt. 66 nostalgia, visit Atlanta
 For a quick fix to get your kicks on 66, pile the family or friends into the coupe and head north to Atlanta, Illinois. Fewer than 50 miles from Springfield, Atlanta is chock full of enough Moth...]]>
Farm history at Ryan’s Round Barn http://illinoistimes.com/article-17600-farm-history-at-ryan%25E2%2580%2599s-round-barn.html Farm history at Ryan’s Round Barn
 One of the loveliest places I’ve been in some time is Ryan’s Round Barn. Located six miles from Kewanee on Route 78, the barn is about two hours north of Springfield, near the entrance to Jo...]]>
The stages of fall http://illinoistimes.com/article-17601-the-stages-of-fall.html The stages of fall
 At the Hoogland Center for the Arts, classics abound. First though is A Letter to Heaven, an encore presentation of an original gospel play by local playwright Donna Jefferson about a cancer pat...]]>
Tune in to fall http://illinoistimes.com/article-17602-tune-in-to-fall.html Tune in to fall
 As the echoes of summer fade, autumn brings its own tune. There’s plenty of excellent live music in Springfield this time of year, from thrilling a cappella to the soulful oldies. Here’s the...]]>
Cocktails for fall - Tastes change with the weather http://illinoistimes.com/article-17603-cocktails-for-fall.html Cocktails for fall - Tastes change with the weather
 When it comes to cocktails, fall is a tweener season.Not too hot, not too cold, autumn demands beverages that can, at once, warm and refresh the palate. It’s a time to get reacquainted with li...]]>
Sword play - Timing, athleticism and thinking are all part of the sport Springfield Fencing Club promotes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17604-sword-play.html Sword play - Timing, athleticism and thinking are all part of the sport Springfield Fencing Club promotes
 Many are attracted to the sport of fencing by the love of sword play. Once you pick up a foil, your life will never be the same.Joanne Liu, who has been fencing for more than 20 years, took up t...]]>
2015 fall calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-16058-2015-fall-calendar.html 2015 fall calendar
 AugustLet the Words Fall OutAug 24-Sep 27, 11am-6pm Mon-Thu. Interactive installation by Brytton Bjorngaard, UIS assistant professor of digital media and Springfield graphic designer and artist....]]>
Get ready for a power play in central Iowa http://illinoistimes.com/article-16059-get-ready-for-a-power-play-in-central-iowa.html Get ready for a power play in central Iowa
 If you are into power trips, you won’t find a better place than central Iowa.While presidential candidates lust for political power as they stomp across the state, smart travelers will choose...]]>
Time travel to historic Nauvoo http://illinoistimes.com/article-16060-time-travel-to-historic-nauvoo.html Time travel to historic Nauvoo
 A covered wagon pulled by a yoke of oxen appeared on the path in front of us. Nearby several young children walked by on stilts, a brass band tuned up for an outdoor concert and the Mississippi...]]>
The stages of fall http://illinoistimes.com/article-16061-the-stages-of-fall.html The stages of fall
 In an era where we are increasingly isolated by our technology, the ancient tradition of watching live theater still can unite hundreds of people in a shared visceral experience. And fall in Ill...]]>
Fall rocks http://illinoistimes.com/article-16062-fall-rocks.html Fall rocks
Sangamon Auditorium is the place to be this fall for those who like to jam. And for those who like to sit quietly too. On Sept. 19, Springfield audiences will be privy to the journey of up and coming...]]>
Take a walking tour of Rochester houses - There are many more rewards at the end of the trail http://illinoistimes.com/article-14371-take-a-walking-tour-of-rochester-houses.html Take a walking tour of Rochester houses - There are many more rewards at the end of the trail
 If you’ve long thought Rochester the last exit on the Lost Bridge Trail, the end of the line for your urban adventures on the fringes of Springfield, get off your bike and take a hike. There a...]]>
The charms of St. Charles and Batavia http://illinoistimes.com/article-14370-the-charms-of-st-charles-and-batavia.html The charms of St. Charles and Batavia
 When thinking of heading north, often we think of Chicago. The suburbs get lost in the plans. A recent trip reminded me that there is a lot of beauty and history outside the urban sprawl. This f...]]>
Explore southern Illinois on the Ohio River scenic byway http://illinoistimes.com/article-14372-explore-southern-illinois-on-the-ohio-river-scenic-byway.html Explore southern Illinois on the Ohio River scenic byway
 Once upon a time in far, far southeastern Illinois there lived slaves, outlaws, miners, explorers, soldiers and river travelers. If you meander along the Ohio River from Shawneetown to Cairo, yo...]]>
Fall curtain call - A season of robust theater in central Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-14373-fall-curtain-call.html Fall curtain call - A season of robust theater in central Illinois
 A good actor isn’t afraid to be emotionally naked in front of an audience. From the silver screen to Broadway, talented thespians figuratively bare themselves to the public. But how much more...]]>
Lots of good music coming this fall http://illinoistimes.com/article-14374-lots-of-good-music-coming-this-fall.html Lots of good music coming this fall
 As reliable as the leaves donning their brilliantine colors and that familiar chill exiling the once seemingly interminable humidity, music is once again in the air as autumn gets underway. This...]]>
2014 Fall Calendar http://illinoistimes.com/article-14396-2014-fall-calendar.html 2014 Fall Calendar
 AUGUSTPittsfield Fall FestivalAug 28-31, 6pm Thu-Fri, 9am Sat, Food vendors, crafts, carnival and many activities. Parade on Saturday. Free. 217-617-2656. Pike County Courthouse, 100 E. Washingt...]]>
Zip through the Shawnee National Forest - While you're there, enjoy wine, tour a fish hatchery and sleep in a forest cabin http://illinoistimes.com/article-12764-zip-through-the-shawnee-national-forest.html Zip through the Shawnee National Forest - 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...]]>
The Nightingale of Andover - Take a day trip to the Jenny Lind Chapel near Galesburg http://illinoistimes.com/article-12765-the-nightingale-of-andover.html The Nightingale of Andover - 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...]]>
Down by the river - Take a trip to Quincy http://illinoistimes.com/article-12766-down-by-the-river.html Down by the river - 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...]]>
A magical ride - Bike Club's 41st ‘Century' Sept. 8 includes something for everybody http://illinoistimes.com/article-12767-a-magical-ride.html A magical ride - 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...]]>
Fall curtain call - A season of robust theater in central Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-12768-fall-curtain-call.html Fall curtain call - 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...]]>
Variety is key in a season of exciting music http://illinoistimes.com/article-12769-variety-is-key-in-a-season-of-exciting-music.html Variety is key in a season of exciting music
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...]]>
Oddball Illinois - Ticket to fantastic and eccentric http://illinoistimes.com/article-10415-oddball-illinois.html Oddball Illinois - 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...]]>
Let’s go to a show - Fall is theater season in central Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-10416-letrss-go-to-a-show.html Let’s go to a show - 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...]]>
Autumn means music in central Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-10419-autumn-means-music-in-central-illinois.html Autumn means music in central Illinois
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...]]>
Fun at fall festivals http://illinoistimes.com/article-10422-fun-at-fall-festivals.html Fun at fall festivals
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...]]>
Eight fun things to do http://illinoistimes.com/article-10425-eight-fun-things-to-do.html Eight fun things to do
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...]]>
Apples, pumpkins and more fall produce http://illinoistimes.com/article-10427-apples-pumpkins-and-more-fall-produce.html Apples, pumpkins and more fall produce
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...]]>
Quad Cities, a great place to go http://illinoistimes.com/article-10430-quad-cities-a-great-place-to-go.html Quad Cities, a great place to go
With the heat of summer in the rear view mirror, it is time for a fall adventure. Head to the Quad Cities along the big Ole Mississippi. There is a lot to do in the Quad Cities and on the way there an...]]>