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14 on the cover Thinking of throwing an end-of-the-year, holiday or “just for the heck of it” shindig and want more than peanuts in a bowl and wine in a box? You don’t have to break the bank for ambiance and entertainment. Photo: Sarah Jane
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Wine of a Time
Rachel Stuart gets down to the bottom of the home wine tasting party fad. The folks at Decatur's fine wine shop, The Decanter, tell us how to set the tone and toast to the good times!
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Party people in the house tonight! I’ve always wanted an excuse to use that line or a way to be cool enough to pull it off. I may never be, but YOU could, with the fat lot of tips you’ll find in THRIVE’s party palooza. First, pick the pros’ brains with our guide to party planning. Next (a vino lover’s dream), pop the cork on one of the hottest party styles, wine tasting. Our friends at The Decanter can set you up in your very own home if you choose.
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October Answers: 1. Painting changed 2. Some flames have gone out 3. Shirt is opened 4. Ear is flipped up 5. Fancy hat has changed 6. Lights changed color
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Not so fancy? Hit the lanes at Spare Time for bowling and Decatur’s littleknown Noble Roman’s pizza bistro. (A personal favorite—our posse ditches the kids and hits Moonlight Bowling en masse semiannually.) Or check out the redux on a Decatur favorite. Main Place Bar & Grill (formerly Jimmy Ryan’s) threw off the white tablecloths in favor of business casual, with a tasty new menu to boot. If you try the burger with peanut butter, report back! Whether you’re going for intimate or extravagant, put these tips and tricks to good use at your next bash!
Out & About
A look back at last monthâ€™s happenings
Despite the cold and rainy temperatures, volunteers and donors came out on October 6th in droves to the 11th annual WSOY Community Food Drive at Kroger on Route 36. Donations collected totaled more than 730,000 lbs of food, exceeding the food drive goal by 80,000 lbs. Food and monetary donations benefit the Catholic Charities and Salvation Army food pantries.
Photos: Kim Mangan
Rise & Shine The Community Leaders Breakfast flooded the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel on October 5th. Chris Phillips of Land of Lincoln Credit Union started with an update on Grow Decatur; United Way Campaign Chairman Brett Swallow followed with a program update and request for continued support. Anne Ryder, television journalist turned inspirational speaker, rounded out the morning by sharing personal stories of her interview with Mother Teresa.
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Out & About
A look back at last month’s happenings
Classic good times were had by all who took to the street to cruise "Eldo" last month. Donnelly Automotive Machine, long time resident of Eldorado Street, hosted a concert and food vendors for cruisers and gawkers alike.
Brew Ha Ha October 6th marked the second annual Brew Ha Ha fundraiser for the Decatur Area Arts Council. Event goers were treated to drinking games including beer pong, a stein hoisting competition, costume contest and the musical stylings of local band Imagine That. Scott Busboom, radio personality from Cromwell Radio, was crowned Mayor of Brew Ha Ha.
The Millikin University College of Fine Arts
Department of Theatre & Dance
Macbeth by William Shakespeare Albert Taylor Theatre December 5th-8th at 7:30pm December 9th at 2pm
Tickets • $10 & $12 • 217-424-6318 www.kirklandfinearts.com
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Pinewood Derby The local Boy Scouts 2nd annual Corporate Pinewood Derby at Hickory Point Mall created friendly competition on a small scale. Local businesses designed and raced scale cars for bragging rights and a trophy. Congrats to grand prize winner Rutherford Photo & Video. Best design was awarded to Decatur Electronics for their tube design. For fun, an election forecast race was held between Democratic and Republican parties; see the red and blue cars for results.
Decatur Moms' Sale The 2nd bi-annual family and baby sale at Westminster Presbyterian was a success! Reduce, reuse, recycle and get a little spending money while you're at it! Check decaturilmoms.com for the next event. Note: no families or children were sold at this event.
HBA Tent Party Metro Decatur Home Builders Association hosted Oktoberfest at Lock Stock & Barrel on October 13th. Entertainment was provided by local musicians Scott and Bman (pictured here) and Matt Carter Band.
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by Joli Hohenstein
The Place to Be: Main Place Bar & Grill Mess with an icon, and people around Decatur start to get nervous. Make a new icon, and people start to take notice. It’s all happening right here at Main Place Bar & Grill, formerly the longtime downtown Decatur fixture Jimmy Ryan’s. For all the change, says General Manager Tiffany Jess, the core has stayed the same. “Same employees, same chef, same hours, but the restaurant has been remodeled, and we have a completely new menu with a more casual, laid back, affordable selection,” she says. “With all the changes to downtown, if we were going to do something, this was the time to do it.” Gone are the white tablecloths and dim lighting of yore. The redux sports bright lighting, big picture windows and a totally new layout and flow. The restrooms have been relocated from the front foyer; the bar moved to the former atrium area. The elevated area regulars called “the lift” is gone, in its place a massive high impact wine rack showcasing new and old selections. “We changed the house wine [adding 7 CK Mondavi options] and kept some old favorites,” says Tiffany. “We did the same thing with the menu, kept some old favorites but added all new burgers, paninis and more.” More goodness includes a revamped BLT with avocado and chipotle mayo, refreshed chicken salad with walnuts and apples, bacon-wrapped shrimp and hand cut French fries made in house. The menu will get a refresh every month with the addition of several seasonal sensations, and Tiffany’s latest favorite is
the new fall fun Late Night Burger, topped with an intriguing combination of cheddar cheese, bacon, jalapeños, chipotle mayo, and, of all things, peanut butter. Of course, diners will have the opportunity to round out every meal with a signature delectable dessert, including crème brûlée, peaches Zinfandel and bananas foster, a fan favorite. Something that hasn’t changed: Their well-known bent for hosting the perfect private party. With a banquet room that holds up to 75 people, they feature services including a full bar, appetizer parties, cocktail parties, sit down dinners and more. Design your own menu or let guests order from the menu, according to your size and style of party. In addition, the outdoor patio still offers a great al fresco option for gatherings large and small. With an upgrade on mood and menu, it’s sure to please all. “It’s a completely different restaurant, and people have been very responsive,” says Tiffany.
Get There Main Place Bar & Grill 101 S. Main St., Decatur 422-4700 Monday-Thursday 11 am-10 pm Friday-Saturday 11 am-11 pm email@example.com Find them on Facebook!
Joli Hohenstein is a senior contributor to THRIVE. She is an award-winning freelance writer, marketer, and editor. Get more Joli at jolihohenstein.com. 08 | november 2012
We’re partying this month,
so we should find out a little more about the sorts of people we’re inviting to the party. A successful party is full of people doing what they do best to improve the scene. So whether it’s a bottle of wine, or the story about the time Eric Clapton sang Happy Birthday to you on stage,
What do you bring to the party? Mike Carr Henderson & Carr Marketing Solutions Decatur Celebration Superfan “Cut up La Gondola sandwiches and a roll of toilet paper usually get me in.” [Editor’s note: And his hair is perfect.]
Justin Edgecombe aka Pimp Daddy E “Twisted steel and sex appeal.” Skip Huston Owner of Avon Theater “We bring our own incredible sense of entertainment, mixed with nostalgia, and the greatest popcorn on the face of the Earth.” november 2012 | 09
THE FOOD DUDE
by T. F. DUDE
Noble Roman’s: Pizza for the Commoners What better party than a party with pizza? What better party than a pizza party? A pizza party with bowling? Yep, two of my favorite things come together at Spare Time Lanes here in Decatur. Little known fact: This bowling wonderland houses a Noble Roman’s Bistro. Available by the slice or fresh baked in full pies, these delicious creations tease taste buds. Sharpeyed tasters will recognize the flavor of this wellloved chain, a favorite and fixture among our Hoosier friends to the east. The crust has a slightly yeasty flavor with a bit of a doughy complement that gives a great bite. (The company bills it as made from “specially milled, high protein flour, flavorful cornmeal and lots of yeast.”) We say it’s good. The tangy sauce (made with the requisite “secret spices”) gives robust flavor, and the unique blend of cheeses (they say not just mozzarella but muenster, too, with a pinch of oregano) adds interest. On the side or as an appetizer, go for the signature Cheesy Sticks, delicious soft bread covered in a blend of cheeses and toasted.
We’re talking burgers, tenderloins, grilled cheese, hot dogs, a full array of sides including regular and waffle fries, a nice assortment of salads, plus a big, hearty breakfast menu served until 11 am every day. Food Dude, doing full due diligence as your head taster, checked out the Frisco melt and was more than a little surprised at the deliciousness. And even more impressed by the curve this one threw. Yes, the traditional elements were there (grilled bread, lettuce, tomato), but it was the sauce that made the difference. Tangy and creamy, the ideal complement for their thick burger. Could be standard, could be their own special recipe. Either way, guud. Of course, for this Dude, the added appeal comes from the chance to bowl a few frames in between snacks. For a kids’ party or an adult outing, bowling always engages, and Spare Time offers a range of party packages. The Dude’s favorite happens to be Moonlight bowling, Saturday nights at 10 pm starting in the fall and through early spring.
Your Food Dude didn’t partake this time, but “meaty buffalo wings”—hot-n-spicy or bar-bque—are also an option that could be in the future.
Noble Roman’s Bistro
Not in the mood for pizza? Spare Time boasts an impressive menu several lanes beyond average bowling alley fare.
In Spare Time Lanes 2870 N. Jasper St., Decatur Admin@bowldecatur.com bowldecatur.com
The Food Dude is not a professional critic. He just really, really likes food. 10 | november 2012
Pick of the Month Just a little something we ran across and wanted to share.
4335 W. Main Decatur,Illinois
PARTY MIXES $12.00 from Giggles on Merchant
Every Friday: Catfish,Cod and Walleye
November Bands Matt Carter Band
Thursday, November 15: 5-8p
Hitmen and a Dame
Saturday, November 17: 8p-12a
Saturday, November 24: 8p-12a
photos: Kat Smalley
This month, I found two pre-mixed party-starters in a bag. First, let's talk about the Chocolate Espresso Cream Cheese Chewies in the "Eat Me" package. Well, there's not much to talk about. These probably won't last until my next party. The second find is the Peach Bellini mix which will come in handy next time I need a fun, casual drink to entertain friends with. All you need is a bottle of Champaign (or you can substitute white wine), and about 3.5 hours to let the slushie freeze to perfection. november 2012 | 11
Be Part of the Irresistible Experience Whenever I go see a theatrical performance, I am struck by how different it is from a movie-going experience. Examples abound on the divergent experience for the audience as well as the actors. The most obvious factor is that theater is live. The audience and actors are right there in the same room. The audience can interact with the actors, consciously or unconsciously, and to some degree influence the show. When audience members laugh, gasp or applaud, they inspire the actors. During a live performance, good actors and good audience members can create a positive feedback loop that brings out the best in both. Movies, on the other hand, are locked in time. No matter how much the audience laughs or cheers, the show, good or bad, will never change. For stage actors, performing live is like performing without a net. Regardless of what distractions the actors are experiencing, they must stay focused and try to deliver the same quality show the audience saw the night before. In film, the director can stop the action at any time and have the actors start over. He can have the actors perform a scene 12 different ways and later, during editing process, choose his favorite one to include in the movie. Many technical things that movies can do are difficult, often impossible, for live theatre. Movies can go “on location” and actually place their actors in a desert, on a mountain, or in a speeding car, changing locales in the blink of an eye. Theater, on the other hand, must suggest its locations with lighting, a prop, a gesture or a line of
by Jerry Johnson
dialogue. The audience must fill in the rest with their imagination. Films can use special effects, music and sounds to enhance the actor’s final performance, refining each element until it is precisely as desired. Most of this enhancement is done after the actors have done their jobs and gone. Theater creates all of its magic on stage as the show is taking place. Movies can bring the audience up close to the actors, where they can see the smallest tear and hear the softest whisper. Stage actors must learn to project themselves physically and vocally across the theatre. In spite of the distance in theater, the sensation of being in the same room with another human being and sensing the vulnerability of a tender or tragic moment can be inspiring. Movies deliver a highly crafted, often biggerthan-life experience based on a specific series of choices, with no direct interaction with the audience. I certainly enjoy a good blockbuster as much as the next guy. However, theater provides, within its limitations, a performance based upon a well-rehearsed plan that often flexes as the audience and actors live from moment to moment. Unplanned moments, both good and bad, can happen on the theater stage. I personally find, though, that being part of that shared experience, as an audience member or an actor, right here and right now, to be irresistible. The Decatur Area Arts Council offers an ongoing calendar of opportunities for you to be part of that irresistible experience. The latest plans include a series of bus trips to St. Louis’ Fox Theatre, where you can see Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (February 7), The Book of Mormon (March 2 or 3), War Horse (March 21) and Anything Goes (June 6). Tickets are on sale now and include bus ride, lunch at the Fox, premium seating for the show and a snack on the ride back. Call the Arts Council at 423-3189 to make your reservations.
Jerry Johnson is the Executive Director of the Decatur Area Arts Council and may be spotted pretty much anywhere art is happening. 12 | november 2012
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Thinking of throwing an end-of-theyear, holiday or “just for the heck of it” shindig and want more than peanuts in a bowl and wine in a box? You don’t have to break the bank for ambiance and entertainment. Pulling off the season’s coolest party is more about paying attention to the details than shelling out for the shiny things, say today’s professionals. Of course, there’s something to be said for making it happen without making yourself crazy, so we asked a few pros— those zany people who do this every day—to share their top tips with you.
Themes are more prevalent now than ever before, and a theme well done transports guests to another time and place through sight, sound and scent, says Jody Cox of An Affair to Remember. “It’s less about cheesy décor and props than it is about clever use of color, fabrics, textures, lighting and aromas to create an authentic environment,” she says. 14 | november 2012
Think about the vibe of your theme; how do you want your guests to feel? Throwing a Parisian or French themed party? Don’t automatically look to the iconic Eiffel tower centerpiece. Pump French music through your sound system; serve your guests French style cuisine or designate a greeter or emcee/ host who’ll don a passable French accent, she suggests. Focus on the experience—the more interactive the better.
Add a little spice to any party by stepping away from the traditional color palette, says interior decorator Kim Peckert of Floral Designs by Kim. Use your current décor as a starting point; then take it up a notch with key pieces and accents in a mix of finishes and textures. For example, a family room in hues of brown, blue, grey and cream could benefit from adding some silver, crystal, whites and creams with lots of glitter. Include a coordinating centerpiece for the cocktail table and lighted floral pieces for a mantel or staircase. Another quick and easy tip for decorating: add clusters of ornaments to any existing greenery arrangements and consider adding throw
pillows to sofas and chairs with all of the new colors. Small accessory items can be easily changed to match the new decor as well. In the dining room, pull the look together by including coordinating placemats or a runner and accenting with fresh flowers and crystal with glowing candles for a simple but elegant decor. Always feel free to incorporate fresh greens with any artificial products for a more natural look, and the smell of fresh greens is a treat to the senses. “The best advice I can give is to use your imagination, incorporate your own colors and environment into your decor, and most of all have fun!” says Kim.
The most important consideration when planning with food and wine is to have fun, says Stephen Hartman, CCM, general manager/CEO for the Country Club of Decatur. “You’re inviting people into your home to have a good time, first and foremost,” he says. What’s more, contrary to popular belief, don’t try to have something for everyone. “Everybody has a different palate. Wine will play differently for each different person,” says Stephen. “Don’t get wrapped up in the perfect match or the perfect pairing.”
Unless you have a wine of a particular vintage or a special label, the first step should be setting the menu. Then choose wine with nuances that complement the cuisine. That means contrasting specific components of wine and food. For example, if your first course is rich, cheesy and buttery, choose a wine with more acidity to cut the cream. A good example: sauvignon blanc. For a main dish with proteins, such as filet with red wine sauce, integrate the wine you’re serving, such as cabernet sauvignon, into the sauce. “That’s not only going to enhance the flavor profile of the protein but you’ve prearranged that the wine works with the core components on the palate,” he says. For wine with dessert, go the opposite way: Pair sweet with sweet, choosing ports and sherrys. But don’t make the mistake of tasting a dessert wine alone and turning it away for its sticky sweetness. With your sinfully rich chocolate cake on the palate, the two counteract each other and cut the sweetness to tickle the tastebuds.
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Some say the food makes the event. It’s all about what “food mood” you want to create, says Secret Recipes’ AnnaMarie Hanes, but it doesn’t take a white hat to make it happen. First, think about the time of day for your event. Earlier entertaining begets lighter fare; evening soirees can carry something heartier. Type of function also moves the menu. Casual get-togethers keep casual fare going, like pork loin or herb roasted chicken. Up the ante for more formal affairs with the sure fire prime rib, or Cajun salmon with risotto, the hot side of the moment. Worried about how much to have, but don’t want to mess with RSVPs? A good rule of thumb: Count on two-thirds of the people you invite attending, and then plan accordingly. “Whatever the occasion, there’s always a menu that fits,” says AnnaMarie. “If you’re not really sure what type of ‘food mood’ you want to set, ask for suggestions. Caterers love to get creative with you.”
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Wine On: Serving the Masses
Stumped on which wines to serve? Hereâ€™s how Country Club of Decaturâ€™s Stephen Hartman pleases a crowd. Look to whites, fruitful in style. Top picks: Australian chardonnay, California sauvignon blanc, French Vouvray. Built a little more for mass appeal, all are easy drinking wines. Remember reds. Top picks: California zinfandel, California pinot noir. Typically not as robust as the burgundys from France or the California cabernets, they appeal to many palates. What to serve on Turkey Day? To draw out your bird, Stephen suggests pinot noir, especially from California; French Beaujolais; and California zinfandels. If you have white wine drinkers in the house, consider California sauvignon blancs and Rieslings.
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November Events EVERY DAY
Barn Colony Art Show Discover portraits, nature scenes, flowers, wildlife and a few surprises that you will find very appealing. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln] Art Exhibit Decatur Airport Art Exhibit Decatur Public Library [130 N Franklin]
Mocha Monday Coffee & tea available. Stay and enjoy a cup with a friend or take one to go. It's our way of saying we are glad you're here! Mt Zion District Library [115 W Main, Mt Zion] 9a-12p Preschool Soccer (thru 12.10) Interactive class for 3 and 4 year-olds, accompanied by an adult. Kids learn the basic fundamentals of soccer and work on motor skills, coordination and teamwork. $40, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472] 5-5:30p Youth Indoor Soccer (thru 12.10) Participants learn passing, dribbling, and team play during 30-minute training sessions, followed by 20-minute games. $49, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, www.decatur-parks.org] Varies Adult Indoor Soccer (thru 12.17) 7-week, friendly open play session. $6, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472] 9-10p
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EVERY MONDAY & THURSDAY
Walk & Talk Beat the cold by walking indoors! You can cover quite a distance walking inside of the library! Mt Zion District Library [115 W Main, Mt Zion] 8-9a
Story Time For 3-5 year olds. Story time includes stories, snacks, and a craft. Barclay Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg] 10:30a Chess Club Doherty's Pub & Pins [242 E William St, www. decaturchessclub.com] 6-10p Men's & Women's 3:3 Basketball Leagues (thru 12.11) Teams of up to 5 players will play 2 games per night, with tournament play on the last evening. $110/team, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472] 6-10p Stevie Ray Kelton Lincoln Square Lounge [121 N Main, 423.2180] 7:30p-12a
Homestead Holiday Partnership of Shop On Main and the James Millikin Homestead. The home will be filled with holiday decorations, accessories and gifts and much more! A portion of proceeds benefit the Homestead as you experience the skills and creativity of Shop On Main throughout the home. James Millikin Homestead [125 N Pine, 233.3391] 12-5p (Tu-Fr) & 12-4p (Sa)
Coffee Club (thru 11.14) Barclay Public Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg, 672.3621] 9:30a
Story Time (thru 11.14) Stories, crafts, and food. Ages 2+. Blue Mound Library [www. bluemoundlibrary.lib.il.us, 692.2774] 10:45a-12p Karaoke & Water Pong Lock Stock & Barrel, 10p Mobile Soundz Karaoke Featuring Troy Hayes. Woody's Bar [1190 W South Side Dr] 9p-1a Open Mic Hosted by Matt Skinner. Donnie's Homespun Pizza [donnieshomespun.com] 9p-2a
EVERY WEDNESDAYSATURDAY Docta LD DJ/Karaoke Curlyâ€™s Bar & Pizza [2683 N Water, 875.9800] 9p-2a
Story Time (thru 11.15) Ages 3-5. Mt Zion District Library [115 W Main St, Mt Zion, www.mtzion.lib.il.us] 10a National Novel Writing Month Coming! Table set aside for you to chip away at the 50,000-word goal. All ages are encouraged to attend. If you've been thinking that one day you would like to write a novel, let this be the day. Decatur Public Library [www.nanowrimo.org] 5p
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Preschool Golf Children ages 3-4 will learn the basic fundamentals of golf by focusing on coordination, simple techniques and motor skills. $36, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472] 5-5:45p & 6-6:45p High School & Adult Indoor Rec Soccer League (thru 12.17) The MidState recreational soccer leagues are designed for players who prefer casual matches rather than those that are intensely competitive. Games are 6 v 6. DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472] Time TBD Adult Volleyball League Sign up for these fun, recreational volleyball leagues for co-ed teams. $125/ team, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472] 6-10p Stevie Ray Kelton Timbuktu, 9p-1a Mobile Soundz Karaoke Featuring Troy Hayes. Pop's Place [4335 W Main] 9p-1a Throwed Thursday Featuring DJ Calieo. Woody's Bar [1190 W Southside] 10p DJ David Lee Lock Stock & Barrel, 10p-2a
Toddler Time (thru 11.16) For 1-3 year olds. Stories and finger plays serve as a first step into reading for your child. Barclay Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg, 672.3621] 10:30a
EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Lego Club Great after-school activity and be sure to bring your own Legos. Mt Zion District Library [115 W Main St, Mt Zion, www. mtzion.lib.il.us] 4:30-5:30p
DJ David Lee (11.2-11.3, 11.16-11.17, 11.30) Katz [112 Merchant St] 10p
Matt Carter Band Space fills quickly. Paco's Sol Bistro [237 N Main, 330.6483] 7:30-10:30p
Wine Tastings The Decanter Fine Wines [215 N Main St, 422.9463] 4-7p (Fr), 1-6p (Sa)
DJ David Philbilly (11.9-11.10, 11.23-11.24) Katz [112 Merchant St] 10p
Super Saturday Recess Kids aged 4-11 will enjoy an active Saturday morning at the DISC with activities including an open gym with inflatables, scooters, basketball, tumbling and more! $3.50, DISC [1295 W Wood, www.decatur-parks. org, 429.3472] 10a-12p Indoor Soccer Leagues (thru 12.15) Soccer players aged 7-13 can extend their season with a 7-week indoor soccer league at the DISC! Teams play two 24-minute halves each weekend, with 7 players and a goalie. $52. DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472] TBD
Pride of the Prairie Marble Show Displays, trading, buying and selling. Free, Country Inn & Suites [5150 Hickory Point Frontage Rd, 422.8454] 9a-2p
Fall Fish Fry Famous fish frys are back. Our Lady of Lourdes [3850 Lourdes Dr, www.ololschool.com, 877.4408] 4:30-7p After 5 Live Carriage House Press, Millikin's student-run fine art press, takes over Blue Connection for a special exhibit depicting "The End of the World". Blue Connection Art Gallery [117 N Water, 428.0112] 5-8p
Book Discussion Grades 3-5. War Horse. Barclay Public Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg, barclay.lib.il.us, 672.3621] 3:30p
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November Events First Friday Gallery Walk Enjoy an evening of unique art, artist talks, live music, hors dâ€™oeuvres and beverages. Visit all four downtown Decatur galleries. Downtown Decatur [423.3189] 5-8p Gallery Walk Seth Casteel, unique canine photos. Casteel will be signing his book and speaking about his work. Madden Arts Center [125 N Water, 423.3189] 5-8p Latin Jazz Project Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 5-7p First Friday Diana Manning. Gallery 510 [160 E Main, 422.1509] 5:307:30p Early Black Friday So you think you can shop? Come out and enjoy an evening of art, friends, food, fun and shopping to support THE ARTS at the Decatur Park District. Free, Poage Arts & Recreation Center [2020 N Oakland] 6-9p Shrimp Boil All You Can Eat. Open to public. $25, KC Hall [520 E North, 422.2624] 6:30p Decatur Underground Theatre Murder Mystery Dinner Class of 1954 Reunion. Who killed former classmate Rock Roley? Appetizers, meal, and dessert. $20, Masonic Temple [224 W William, 791.1966] 7-9p Point of Grace Grace United Methodist Church [901 N Main] 7p
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Parmalee Hit Single Musta Had a Good Time. $12, Sliderz Bar & Grille [5995 US 36] 8p Better Late than Never Halloween Bash No cover, prizes, bands, dj, and specials. Woody's Bar [1190 W Southside] 9p
DOGS: Photographs by Seth Casteel Decatur Area Arts Council presents the unique canine photos of Seth Casteel, whose underwater dog photos went viral! Be one of the first to get his newly-released book. Madden Arts Center [125 N Water, 423.3189] 8:30a-4:30p (Mo-Fr) & 10a-2p (Sa)
Bazaar and Bake Sale Prairie Avenue Christian Church [2201 E Prairie] 9a Birds Can Be Picky, Too You will be surprised to see who comes to dinner if you place a bird feeder in your own backyard. Join the naturalist as you discover who eats what and how they like to be served. Binoculars provided. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 10a Preschool Peepers-Going Quackers Join us as we take a look at eggs, feathers, and much more. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 10a
Holiday Express Vendor Show Great gift giving ideas & specials. Sliderz Bar & Grille [5995 US 36] 11a-3p National Gaming Day @ Your Library Players can compete in a nationwide tournament of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Qualifying starts at 11:30a, and participants in the tournament must pre-register. Decatur Gamers will host a variety of board games for all ages and levels of gamers! Decatur Public Library [130 N Franklin] 11a Perform! Audition Workshop Learn different performance skills and techniques that can help actors during the audition process. Free, Poage Arts & Recreation Center [2020 N Oakland, www. decatur-parks.org, 422.5911] 11a-12p (Grades 6-12), 1-2p (Grades 1-5) Chili Challenge Long Creek Vineyards [7185 E Firehouse Rd, www. longcreekvineyards.com] 1-5p Community Gaming Day: Decatur Gamers Family-friendly group playing board, card, and role-playing games. Games available or bring your own. Salvation Army [229 W Main, www. decaturgamers.com] 1p
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Taste of LSA Bring your appetite and enjoy an evening of great fellowship and even greater food prepared by our many outstanding LSA chefs. $15 at door, $10 adult, $40 family, $8 seniors, Lutheran School Association [HS Gym: 2001 E Mound Rd, www.lsadecatur. net, 233.2001] 6-8p Hitmen and a Dame Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 8-11p Autumn Zero AIW Hall [2882 N Dineen] 9p
Millikin Children's Choir Concert Free, Decatur Public Library [130 N Franklin] 2p
Books Between Bites Decatur Public Library [Madden Auditorium] 12:15p Wii Games Join us for some Wii gaming on the BIG screen. Barclay Public Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg, barclay.lib.il.us, 672.3621] 2-3:30p
Jazz Combos Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 6p
A.C.E Art Exhibit Perkinson Gallery [1184 W Main, 424.6227] 12-5p (Mo-Fr)
Your Villian My Hero Sliderz Bar & Grille [5995 US 36] 10p
SleepyTime Talks Ages 3-5 and their families (evening StoryTime). Mt Zion District Library [115 W Main St, Mt Zion, www.mtzion.lib.il.us] 6:30-7:30p
Autumn Spectacular Cross Country Meet Children aged 7-14, who are interested in distance running. Awards will be given to the top ten finishers in each group. $6, Fairview Park [www. decatur-parks.org, 429.3472] 12:30p (Registration), 1p (Walk), 1:30p (Race) Wings of Autumn Join the naturalist to learn some fun and interesting facts about bird migration. Then hike to spot some fall migrators. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 2p Los Gringos Del Corn Kaeuper Hall [Millikin University] 2p
Greater Decatur Chamber Breakfast Speaker: Mirinda Rothrock, President of the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce. The Decatur Club [158 W Prairie] 7-8a Toddler Time Ages 18 mo-3 and their families. Mt Zion District Library [115 W Main St, Mt Zion, www.mtzion.lib.il.us] 9:30-10a Wednesday Book Club We get the books and you read them! To register contact library. Barclay Public Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg, barclay.lib.il.us, 672.3621] 10:30a
Culinary Arts Dinner Plated Harvest Dinner. $15, Richland Community College [Shilling Center] 2 Seating Times: 6p & 6:30p Astronomy Public Observation Night Cancelled if cloudy. Sights may include Mars, the Moon and your favorite red giants, blue giants, and binary stars, etc. Requarth Observatory [Leighty-Tabor Science Center: 5th Floor (MU)] 7-9p
American Girl Club Meet Samantha, an "American Girl" from 1904. Learn about what life was like for her at the time and do a Victorian craft as well as enjoy a special treat that was brand new during her era. Mt Zion District Library [115 W Main St, Mt Zion, www.mtzion.lib.il.us] 4:30-5:30p
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November Events Decatur Gamers Family-friendly group playing board, card, and role-playing games. Games available or bring your own. Mancinos Pizza & Grinders [2805 N Main, www.decaturgamers.com] 5:30-9:30p Kitchen Warriors Don't miss this incredible, edible evening where recipes are on the line, and you are the judge. Cash bar, casual dress. $25, Shilling Center [Richland Community College, 875.7211 x740] 5:30p ARTini Gallery 510 Fundraiser. Featuring hand painted martini glasses, silent auction, music, and potato bar. $30-35, Paco's Sol Bistro [237 N Main, 422.1509] 6-9p Book Club Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Mt Zion District Library [115 W Main St, Mt Zion, www.mtzion.lib.il.us] 6-7:30p Forget the turkey, forget the ham. Bring on the beef! Featuring a dry aged rib roast, Yorkshire pudding, au jus and roasted Brussel sprouts. And what would be an English Christmas without Trifle. $40, The Gathering Place [Haines & Essick: 130 E William, 429.4374] 6p MU Comedy Night Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 8:30-10p
Fall Fish Fry Famous fish frys are back. Our Lady of Lourdes [3850 Lourdes Dr, www.ololschool.com, 877.4408] 4:30-7p
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Night in the Islands Music, appetizers, celebrity bartenders. Guests may purchase a â€œBoarding Passâ€? to win an all expenses-paid trip to the Dominican Republic or one of nine additional prizes. Free to attend, The Decatur Club [158 W Prairie, www. bbbscil.org, 428.4240] 6p The Hush Sound 4-piece ensemble that brings bouncy, pop melodies to accompany Greta Morgan. $10 public, MU Stu free, Richards Treat Center [Millikin University] 7:30p LHP Space fills quickly. Paco's Sol Bistro [237 N Main, 330.6483] 8-11p Thousand Yard Stare Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 8-11p RukaPuff $5, Woody's Bar [1190 W Southside] 9p Soy City Stranglers CD Release Party Donnie's Homespun Pizza [126 S Oakland, www. donnieshomespun.com] 9:30p-12a
Mt Zion Christmas Craft Show 70 vendors and food for purchase from Secret Recipes. Mt Zion Convention Center [1410 Mt Zion Parkway, Mt Zion, 864.2141] 7-9p (Fr), 9a3p (Sa)
Cinderella The timeless enchantment of a classic fairy tale is reborn with Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. $12-19.50, Kirkland Fine Arts Center [Millikin University] 7:30p (Fr & Sa), 2p (Su)
11.9-11.11 & 11.1611.18
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead An absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy by Tom Stoppard, which expands on the exploits of two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet. Shilling Auditorium [RCC, One College Park, 875.7200] 7:30p (Fr & Sa), 3p (Su)
Harley's Heroes Honoring current and past military. DAV representatives will be on hand to help veterans realize benefits they may not know they are entitled to. Coziahr H-D [150 W Marion Ave, Forsyth] Indoor Craft & Flea Market Masonic Temple [224 W William] 7a-4p Pancake & Sausage, Biscuit & Gravy Breakfast All you can eat. $5 adult, $2.50 child, Dalton City United Methodist Church [200 N Water, Dalton City, 620.5500] 7-10a 8th Annual Holiday Bazaar Vendors, crafts, and food. First Church of the Nazarene [1177 W Hickory Point Rd, 875.0616] 8a-3p
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Turkey Dinner & Bazaar Bazaar 8a-7p. Dinner Seatings 4:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p. $8 dinner, $3 child, Mt Zion Presbyterian Church [345 Main St, Mt Zion, 864.2528] 8a-7p Gettin' On Track 5K Run/Walk, 1 mi fun run. $18 knit beanie, $10 no beanie, 1 mile fun run free, Mt Zion High School [305 S Henderson, Mt Zion, www. mtzbackontrack.com] 9a Holiday Walk Annual Holiday Bazaar. First Baptist Church [1320 Arbor Dr] 9a-3p Animal Crackers Class Ready for winter. Children aged 3-5 can listen to a story, meet an animal, create a craft with their adult guests and snack on animal crackers! $9, Scovill Zoo [71 S Country Club Rd, www.decatur-parks. org, 421.7435] 9:30-10:15a & 11-11:45a Second Saturday Book Sale Decatur Public Library [130 N Franklin] 9:30a Dulcimer Club Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 10a Saturday Book Club We get the books and you read them! To register contact library. Barclay Public Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg, barclay.lib.il.us, 672.3621] 11a
Veterans' Day Parade A-O High School [Argenta] 11a Adventures in Zambia Join Millikinâ€™s International Business Consulting class as they share photos and stories from their experiences in class and in Africa. Decatur Public Library [Madden Auditorium] 2p Second Saturday Sow Music, fun, games, prizes, giveaways, and inspirational messages to jump start the school year. Free, Wildflour Artisan Bakery & CafĂŠ [256 W Main, 260.804.0049] 5-7p Celebrate! The Legacy of Learning Formal reception and dinner honoring outstanding Decatur Public Schools alumni. Proceeds benefit students of Decatur Public Schools through grants to teachers for enhanced and enriched projects. Dinner attire. Richards Treat Center [Millikin University, 424.3300] 6p (Reception), 7p (Dinner)
GLAD Social Fellowship, Potluck 7p followed by program. TBD [TBD, www.gladdecatur.com] 6:30p Hell's Bells AC/DC tribute band. AIW Hall [2882 N Dineen] 7p X-Krush Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 9p-1a
Cinderella Tea Party Tea for children accompanied by an adult. Feel free to come dressed in your princess or prince costume. $12, Richards Treat Center [Millikin University, 424.6318] 12p Bluegrass Music Jams Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 1-4p OneVoice St Paul's Lutheran Church [1 Bachrach Ct] 2p
Candlelight Tour View history in a new light! Guides in period clothing give you insight into the past by lamp and candlelight. Free refreshments. Free, Homestead Prairie Farm [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 6:30-8:30p
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November Events Temple B'Nai Abraham Deli Dinner Matzo Ball Soup, a real Kosher corned beef sandwich, Kosher dill pickle, chips, drink and dessert. $15, Temple B'Nai Abraham [1326 W Eldo, 429.5740] 5:30p
Latin Jazz Project Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 5-7p
Thanksgiving Dinner Everyone is invited. Lampstand Presbyterian Church [655 S Airport Rd, 428.8839] 5p
DPL Book Club "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosnay. Decatur Public Library [Board Room] 1p
The Symphony Holiday Cabaret A festive symphony cabaret show. Reception & Silent Auction 6p, Dinner Show 7p. $100, The Decatur Club [158 W Prairie, 433.0356] 6p Soul Purpose Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland, soulpurposerocks. com] 8p-12a
Lego Club Great after-school activity and Tuesday, 13 be sure to bring your own Hipbone Sam Christmas Scrapbooking Legos. Mt Zion District Library Timbuktu [5843 Rt 36 E] 9p Create a 12x12 full-page [115 W Main St, Mt Zion, www. layout using Christmas stamps mtzion.lib.il.us] 4:30-5:30p Justin Torres Loop Project and papers. Pre-register by Donnie's Homespun Pizza 11.11. $10, Wildflour Artisan Matt Carter Band [126 S Oakland, www. Bakery & CafĂŠ [256 W Main, Pop's Place [4335 W Main] donnieshomespun.com] 422.3300] 5:30p 5-8p 9:30p-12a D' Brew Crew Decatur area home-brewers meeting. Are you a home brewer, or interested in starting? Come check us out, and bring your homebrew with you. Call or email for location each month. email@example.com. TBD [309.824.8573] 7p
Mt Zion Chamber Luncheon Speaker: Ameren; Exhibitor: Air Choice One. Main Hangar [910 S Airport Rd] 11:30a -1p Decatur Genealogical Society Annual Dinner Meeting Mr. Adam Henderson, the Sexton of Greenwood, Spangler, and Sharon Cemeteries in Decatur. Hear the history, updates, and future plans on these cemeteries. Enjoy the program, food, fellowship with other genealogists, and further entertainment. $17.60, Scovill Golf Club Banquet Facilities [3909 W Main] 6p 24 | november 2012
Open House 2 locations: RCC & Tech Academy Automotive Annex (566 N Jackson). Learn about programs & see lab facilities. Richland Community College [One College Park, www.techacademy.org, 872.4057] 5-7p MoTown Tribute featuring Glenn Leonard A full Motown Revue with Glenn as its star with a cast of 9 performers who pay tribute to all the Motown Hit makers including Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, The Temptations and more. $16, Lincoln Square Theatre [141 N Main, 972.8606] 8p Lederhouse, The Martian Mellows, Kelsey Christian Donnie's Homespun Pizza [126 S Oakland, www. donnieshomespun.com] 10p-2a
Aerocommanders R/C Club Swap Meet Coffee & donuts, BBQ or hotdogs. $5, Macon County Fairgrounds [3700 N Westlawn Ave, 877.7066] 9a-1p Turkey Trot Enter the 5K or 10K or the 5K recreational walk in Fairview Park! A minimum of three awards will be given per age group. $19-23, Fairview Park [www.decatur-parks.org, 429.3472] 9a Winter Craft Show Breakfast with Mr/Mrs Claus, vendors. St Patrick Church [407 E Eldo, 855.9961] 9a-2p
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Hand-stamped Christmas Cards Support the museum and create 6 hand-stamped Christmas cards. Pre-register by 11.14. Macon County History Museum [5580 N Fork, 422.4919] 10a Lego Club Includes a story, a snack and creative play. The creations will be on display at the library. Pre-register. Blue Mound Library [213 N St Marie, Blue Mound, www. bluemoundlibrary.lib.il.us, 692.2774] 10-11:30a Holiday Vendor Fair Cookie Lee, Thirty One, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Avon. Come for great holiday deals! South Wheatland Twp Building [Elwin Rd, Elwin, 433.8543] 1-4p Throttle Junkies Bourbon Barrel [1355 IL 48 #7] Time TBD Soul Purpose Sliderz Bar & Grille [5995 US 36, soulpurposerocks.com] 4-7p 65th Annual Lights of Christmas Parade Downtown [Decatur] 5:306:30p Family Fun-Into the Night Hike Donâ€™t be afraid of the dark! Take this evening hike with a naturalist and discover what is really out at night. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 6:30p
Jim Potter's Elvis & Friends 50's Elvis (Kavan), 70's Elvis (Jim Potter), Tom Jones, Roy Orbison and the Blues Brothers! In addition to the line-up Steve Bobbit will be returning as Rod Stewart. $20, Lincoln Square Theatre [141 N Main, 972.8606] 7p
the cold winter months. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 2p Super Kids' Club Spend your Sunday afternoon on this special Thanksgiving weekend show. Games, puppets, prizes and an old fun movie. $5 adult, free child, Lincoln Square Theatre [141 N Main] 2-3:30p
Acoustica Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 8-11p Hitmen and a Dame Pop's Place [4335 W Main] 8p-12a Paperboyz $5, Woody's Bar [1190 W Southside] 9p
Christmas on Vinegar Hill Seasonal/Holiday, Arts/ Crafts, Antiques. Mt Pulaski [Junctions Rt 54 & 121, Mt Pulaski, www.mtpulaskiil.com] 8a-5p (Sa) & 12-4p (Su)
Kent Renfro Cancer Benefit Spaghetti dinner, sandwich, dessert and drink. Live music, silent auction, 50/50. $5 (food), Macon Community Center [1039 Woodcock Rd, Macon, www.facebook.com/ kentrenfrocancerbenefit, 521.9957] 4-8p Singles/Couples Dance Live Band. $10, KC Hall [520 E North, www.dancingdates. com] 5-8p
Midwest Open Taekwondo Championship Decatur Conference Center & Hotel [4191 US Rt 36, www. midwestchampionships.com] 10a
Culinary Arts Luncheon Richland Community College [Shilling Center] Two Seating Times: 11:30a & 12:30p
Fur, Fat & Feathers How do you keep warm in the winter? All ages are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center to learn how birds and mammals keep warm during
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November Events Meditation Join a Buddhist student to learn more about meditation and how you can take advantage of the many benefits of this practice. Decatur Public Library [Madden Auditorium] 7p
Open Auditions for Leaving Iowa Leaving Iowa is a hilarious, yet touching comedy about the classic American family road trip, shifting smoothly from the present to past. Theatre 7 Headquarters [135 N Water] 6:30p
60th Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon Decatur Civic Center [1 Gary K Anderson Plaza] 12-1:30p Christmas Card Create 4 different handstamped Christmas cards. Pre-register by 11.18. $10, Wildflour Artisan Bakery & CafĂŠ [256 W Main, 422.3300] 5:30p
Kids Movie Join us for a free movie and popcorn. Barclay Public Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg, barclay.lib.il.us, 672.3621] 1p Decatur Gamers Family-friendly group playing board, card, and role-playing games. Games available or bring your own. The Decatur Club [158 W Prairie, www. decaturgamers.com] 5p
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Barstool Open Kick Off Party Sign up your team to get first pick of course, chance to win a free team, food & drink available. $5, KC Hall [520 E North] 6-9p
Decatur History Club Free, Decatur Public Library [Staley Room] 7p
Turkey Trot Hike Did you eat too much at Thanksgiving? Come to the Rock Springs Conservation Area to burn a few calories and possibly spot a wild turkey. All ages and families welcome. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 2p
DJ David Lee Katz [112 Merchant] 10p
Elf Workshop Bring your kids in for fun while you shop on Black Friday! Children will make a holiday gift and explore the museum. Pre-register and pre-pay. $15 member, $18 non-, Children's Museum of Illinois [55 S Country Club Rd, www.cmofil. org, 423.5437] 9a-1p Purple Friday Winemakers Walk. Long Creek Vineyards [7185 E Firehouse Rd, www.longcreekvineyards. com] 12-5p Neverland Unplugged Black Friday special. Paco's Sol Bistro [237 N Main, 330.6483] 8:30-11:30p Metal & Rap Show Woody's Bar [1190 W Southside] 9p Chris Bradley & Jennifer Hood Donnie's Homespun Pizza [126 S Oakland, www. donnieshomespun.com] 9:30p-12a
Dulcimer Club Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 10a
Icon for Hire Doors open at 6p. $15 General, $40 VIP, Lincoln Square Theatre [141 N Main, 972.8606] 6:30p Fury Pop's Place [4335 W Main] 8p-12a .08 & Thousand Yard Stare $5, Woody's Bar [1190 W Southside] 9p Matt Carter Band Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 9p-1a The Goetter Brothers Donnie's Homespun Pizza [126 S Oakland, www. donnieshomespun.com] 9:30p-12a
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Home for the Holidays Winemakers Walk. Long Creek Vineyards [7185 E Firehouse Rd, www.longcreekvineyards. com] 12-5p (Sa), 2-5p (Su)
Snack & A Movie â€œEyewitness: Dinosaur.â€? All ages are invited to attend this showing in the Bluestem Theater while snacking on popcorn and lemonade. Reservations required by 11.21. $1, Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation. org] 1p
Millikin Student Business Tradeshow Millikin's student-run ventures and businesses currently operated by Millikin students will be open to the public for holiday shopping. Learn how students got their start as business owners and support them as they start their selfemployed careers. Richards Treat Center [1184 W Main] 4-7p Decatur Gamers Family-friendly group playing board, card, and role-playing games. Games available or bring your own. Godfather's Pizza [4829 E Us Route 36, Mt Zion, www.decaturgamers. com] 5p
Open House $2, Governor Oglesby Mansion [421 W William, www. Opus 24 Fall concert features choral maconcountyconservation. music from the Renaissance org] 2-4p to contemporary literature. St Paul's Lutheran Church [1 Shape Note Singers Bachrach Ct, 422.1422] 7:30p Experience the traditional singing style of the Friday, 30 Charleston-Mattoon Sacred Darren Miller Trunk Show Harp Singers. Shape note Gallery 510 [160 E Main] 5-7p singing is a traditional style that was popular in Xmas ARTicles Opening the 1800s to teach music. Get first pick of original art Rock Springs Nature Center and fine craft gifts by over 50 [3939 Nearing Ln, www. area artists! Affordable prices maconcountyconservation. and unique jewelry, baskets, org] 2-4p wood, textiles, purses, wall art, photography and more. Tuesday, 27 Madden Arts Center [125 N Nonfiction Book Club Water, 423.3189] 5-7:30p "Divided Highways" by Tom Lewis. Decatur Public Library [Board Room] 1p
All About Country Dance Food served til 6:30p, free dance lesson 7-7:30p. $6, Moose Lodge 684 [3190 N Woodford, 836.1438] 7-10p Altered Ego Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 8p-12a Grim, Suspended in Black, Orion's Demise, Witchweed Woody's Bar [1190 W Southside] 9p
Ladies Days Coziahr H-D [150 W Marion Ave, Forsyth] A Christmas Carol $7 adult, $5 children, Decatur Civic Center [1 Gary K Anderson Plaza, 468.2658] 7p (Fr & Sa), 2p (Sa), 3p (Su)
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Four Ideas for Fun Favors at Your Wine Party
by Joli A. Hohenstein photos by Robin Walters
1. Bottle Card Holder
Place cork in clean, rinsed out dark glass wine bottle. (Feeling creative? Fill a clear bottle with something fun like beads or tulle.) Using a Stanley knife, cut a small channel in the top of the wine cork. Scrape out excess cork. Insert place card or wine label in channel.
2. Cork Card Holder
Make place cards with guest names or cards with wine names. Size approximately 4”x3”.
Choose six corks of similar size (length and width). Place in two rows of 3 side by side. Wrap with brown twine or thin rope until stable and corks do not move. Insert place card or wine label in space between two rows of corks.
The Millikin University College of Fine Arts
Department of Theatre & Dance in association with the Millikin Decatur Sypmphony Orchestra presents:
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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s
Music by Richard Rodgers Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Kirkland Fine Arts Center November 9th & 10th, 2012 at 7:30pm • November 11th, 2012 at 2:00pm Tickets • $12-$19.50 • 217-424-6318 • www.kirklandfinearts.com
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3. Candle Holder
Fill a square, clear glass container half full with wine corks. Nestle a small, clear glass votive candle holder in the center of the container. Surround the votive holder with more corks, to the top of the square container. Place votive candle in holder; light and enjoy your ambiance!
Cork Cutting Tip: Are your corks crumbling and difficult to cut? Just boil them in water for 10 minutes!
3. 4. Simple Centerpieces
A striking centerpiece is as easy as a large piece of shimmery tulle artfully arranged underneath clear glasses and containers of varying sizes (filled with corks, of course). Or get in the spirit with a beaded square placemat topped with accessories in metallic tones, our cork candle holder and beautiful etched glasses filled with more corks. Keep the feel elegant by staying largely monochromatic (here we went with champagne/ gold with a pop of silver and red for interest).
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A Fine Wine of a Time
Home wine tasting parties bring the entertainment to you by Rachel Stuart Whether youâ€™re a seasoned wine connoisseur or more of a vino novice, hosting a home wine tasting party is the perfect way to warm up this fall. Not sure where to begin? Take a trip downtown to visit the guys at The Decanter Fine Wine & Spirits, 215 North Main Street, whose wine expertise and expansive fine wine collection will provide you with just the right ingredients to make your home tasting a night to remember. First and foremost, wine tasting should be a fun and enjoyable experience, so make the party your own. The three minds behind Decaturâ€™s fine wine shop, Kevin Graham, Jay Emrich and Mike Delaney, have the art of home tasting down to a science, and with their tips, you and your guests will be sipping away in no time.
Set the tone
Start your evening by establishing your approach. Are you looking for an educational affair that’s anything but stuffy? Then maybe a formal yet fun approach is what you need. Do homework on your wine selections beforehand, provide pad and pencils for your guests to take notes and open the floor for lively discussion. Maybe you’re leaning more on the casual side? Kick your shoes off, have guests bring complimentary appetizers and just enjoy trying new wines together. Choosing a theme is another great way to let your personality shine through and to customize a home wine tasting that’s distinctively yours. Old World wines, South American wines, all cabernets – the choices are as endless as your creativity.
Pick your price point
“Typically our wines start around $10 a bottle, with the bulk of our selection being in the $10-$30 range,” says Jay. For those keeping their party on a budget, the guys suggest having guests bring a bottle of their favorite wine to share, keeping costs minimal and options plentiful. A typical home tasting consists of approximately six bottles of wine, so keep that in mind when establishing a price point.
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Craft your menu
“The tasting experience is best when wines are paired with complimentary food options,” says Kevin. The experts at The Decanter can guide you toward your best wine options when you have a good idea of what you’re planning to serve your guests. For any Italian dishes, steak or foods with BBQ sauce, Kevin suggests a red Zinfandel. For a meaty menu, a bold Shiraz would be a good choice. Thinking of a lighter, salad menu or a chicken dish? Grab some Pinot Grigio or a sparkling wine, which also goes great with seafood and desserts. Another crowd favorite is the chardonnay, which pairs well with a broad range of dishes with pork, chicken or seafood. For added seasonal appeal, ask for a popular spiced pumpkin apple variety that when served warm would deliciously complement any of your favorite fall foods.
Toast to the good times
When serving your wines, prepare 1-2 ounce pours for your guests to sample. “Start the evening off with your lightest wines, like any sparkling or white varieties, then move in to your heavier, drier reds and round out the evening with your sweetest variety,” says Kevin. Take at least 5 minutes between tastings. Between samples, it’s important to cleanse the palate with water, bread or unsalted crackers to experience fully the flavor of each of your options. “Hosting your own home wine party is more intimate than a night out on the town, and it allows you to really focus on something together while learning something new and having fun,” says Jay. “A home tasting brings people together and is great for so many groups of people – singles, couples, families with small children – and it can all be done in the comfort of one’s home.” Uncork a bottle and get to sharing with a little help from the guys at The Decanter. Hosting an evening of international wine flair right here in Soy City, USA, has never been easier, so cheers to serving up good times and good wines, whatever your style or wine expertise. 32 | november 2012
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