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As I watched the breakfast options in and around Decatur explode, my mission was clear: Grab my bacon and take over an issue. I chose January because who doesn’t like warm comfort food and full bellies in Arctic cold? Dispatching our shorty of an editor was easy (I tucked her in my pocket with a glazed donut to entertain her). The publisher was more challenging, but one hint of a new beer candied bacon specialist on the south side of town, and she was gone. Freedom (and bacon) are mine! I quickly tapped a new friend for a review of our fair town’s breakfast bonanza. New, old and nouveau, the bacon is sizzling, crepes are creping (or whatever they do) and the flapjacks are flipping. There’s a delish option for everyone. Not to be forgotten: the bevy of breakfast favorites burgeoning in small towns all around us. My next mark: the Spotlight, which I took for my very own with a biscuits and gravy throwdown. No you’re not dreaming; I’ve gorged myself to your benefit, with a review of Decatur’s finest favorite comfort food (burp). When the publisher did sneak back, I threw her a bone and told her about the bacon and eggs dog treats at Millie and Bo's Barkery. With three canine kiddos at home it was a fool-proof distraction. The pièce de résistance: Much to my delight, beer candied bacon is a real thing! I made the supreme sacrifice of trying it for you, and even sharing my newfound skills—check out my visual guide! In bacon we trust,

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Out & About

A look back at last month’s happenings

Christmas Walk An unseasonably warm night brought out community members in droves on December 4 for the Destination Downtown Christmas Walk. Men, women, children and even dancing elves filled the sidewalks popping in and out of each storefront with ease. Shoppers could make their way toward Millikin and end the night at Wildflour Artisan Bakery and the Root Cellar with hand-made baked goods and unique gifts.

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Out & About

A look back at last month’s happenings

Story Time

Santa showed off his new spectacles during Story Time every Tuesday and Friday in December at the Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth. Santa shared a story while families enjoyed cookies and milk from Mrs. Fields.

XMAS ARTicles The Decatur Area Arts Council featured original art and fine crafts from over 50 artists during December's XMAS ARTicles event. Shoppers scored affordable, unique gifts while supporting the local art community.

Chamber Breakfast

Three teams of Decatur Leadership Institute members presented at the December 4 Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at the Decatur Club. The DLI teams were charged with creating a social media presence for the City of Decatur, an ilovedecatur.com website and videos to promote Decatur Park District amenities. One team assisted with a business and marketing plan for Macon Resources' urban farm project.

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Greater Decatur Chorale “A Little Dinner Music” Scovill Banquet Facility

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Father/Daughter Dance Hickory Point Banquet Facility

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The Dance Centre Students from The Dance Centre graced the stage at the Masonic Temple for their annual Christmas recital to benefit the Salvation Army tree on Saturday, December 7. The dance program featured Santa Claus reading from 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and dancers of all ages performing to traditional and contemporary Christmas tunes.

Giving Circle On December 2, Giving Tuesday, a grant reception was held at Baby TALK Offices on Lake Shore Drive to present Baby TALK with a check for local programming. Baby TALK was chosen by The Young Philanthropist Giving Circle to receive the funding for their efforts with children aged birth to 3 years old and their families.

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SPOTLIGHT

by T. F. DUDE

Biscuits & Gravy Throwdown: Food Dude Gets Real I never really thought about what qualified a good order of biscuits and gravy until I ventured around town (I guess even I can be accused of bein’ a creature of habit) to find who serves some of the best of one of my favorite breakfast options. I visited eight local hot spots (ha) and of those, I picked my five faves. One of my first stops was Coney McKane’s American Eatery. What’s distinguishing about their biscuits & gravy is the sausage—it’s spicy. Personally, I like my sausage to carry as much flavor as my gravy, so for me this was a bonus. The menu advertises it as an original “from the farm” recipe, and at $3.29 it’s a bargain. What’s great about visiting local restaurants is that you’ll get that sense of homemade or “made from scratch” taste. Since it’s across the street, I also visited The Downtown Café. For me, the biscuits won me over. They’re light and fluffy, not weighed down with too much flour. They were just the right size—not too thin or too thick—so they weren’t drowning in gravy. The taste is mild but flavorful. The sausage is more crumbled than it is bombarded with big chunks, and for the price (just $2.75), I think it would appease even the toughest breakfast critic’s palate. After makin’ my way across town, I grabbed a stool at the Four Star Family Restaurant in Mt. Zion (formerly known as the All Star Diner), and it was like love at first taste. Sometimes the mornings are too early for me to wallow in so much spicy goodness, but their biscuits & gravy helped me make an exception. With Coney McKane’s, you got the sense the wallop was in the sausage, but here, I really tasted the spice throughout the gravy. The gravy is a bit darker in color, too, which lets you know the flavor of the browned sausage really sunk into it. I liked that the sausage isn’t just an afterthought, either. Sometimes it can exist in the gravy like shattered pieces of iceberg in the ocean, never really presenting much of an impact.

But you won’t have that problem if you come here for breakfast, and you’ll only drop $2.99. Another great spot is Jan’s East End Grill, and the price is right at $2.99. You’ll get generously-sized pieces of sausage. They’ve chosen to go light on the pepper, so the gravy and sausage contain just the minimum amount of seasoning. The gravy is a bit thinner, so you really get a taste of the flour and milk, just like homemade. The final gravy boat dock was The Main Hangar. It’s the priciest of the options (a still reasonable $4.29) but well worth it. It tastes more like your typical restaurant biscuits & gravy. Well-seasoned gravy, and the biscuits have a nice consistency, not cakey. The gravy is peppery but not spicy: a step above mild. The sausage isn't too big, but it's not too small, either. And it's not under- or overseasoned. It was deliciously perfect, with all three elements harmonizing wonderfully. Because of the holidays, I feel generous, so I’m torn between two (who only wants to eat one place for breakfast anyway?). My favorites *drum roll, please* would have to be the biscuits & gravy at The Main Hangar or Four Star Family Restaurant. It’s a matter of personal taste, but those two places offer the kinda taste that would get me to come back for more. PS: I do anticipate that the day the Blue Spoon comes out with biscuits & gravy on the menu (I’m salivating already at the thought of the gravy alone), I will be one of the first in line to try it!

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ART SPEAK

by Jerry Johnson

Art Is the Bacon of My World This issue of Thrive is dedicated to breakfast. The word “breakfast” literally refers to breaking the fasting period of the prior night. But we all know that breakfast is about more than just filling our empty bellies after a long night’s sleep. It helps us wake up, gives us time to think about the day before us and hopefully gives us new perspective on what is facing us in the new day ahead. Bacon certainly seems to make everything a little better. Since this column is about art, I would contend that, at least for me, art is the bacon of life. Like the aroma of fresh cooked bacon, seeing a photo of a beautiful sunset hanging in your den, hearing a touching song on the car radio or watching an inspiring play at a theatre can help you put life or events in perspective, even if you don’t know how. Engaging in arts activities, like playing music, painting, acting or writing a poem, awakens that part of your brain that may otherwise spend time asleep. Doing new things, creative things, often breaks down the barriers of boredom and fear and inspires you to explore even more new and interesting experiences. The arts are all about new perspectives, new ideas and risk-taking.

Another group helping to create something extraordinary is Millikin University’s New Musicals Workshop. Each January, Millikin’s Department of Theatre and Dance offers students and faculty the opportunity to work with professional writing teams as they develop a new musical intended for commercial production. The students get a firsthand look into the process of developing, writing, re-writing and rehearsing a new musical that might be Broadway bound. This year, the project is BASTARD JONES: A Rock Musical, based on Henry Fielding's TOM JONES. The public is invited to a staged reading of the show on Saturday, January 19, at 6 pm in Kaeuper Hall at Millikin. There will even be a talk-back with the creative team after the performance. Like eating a good breakfast, experiencing art prepares you to take on the world. It opens your eyes to your potential. That’s why everything is better with bacon...and art. Young Artists' Spotlight photo submitted by the DAAC

Many people in our community have “smelled the bacon” and are out exploring their potential and creating new works of art. A couple of examples this January, the month of new beginnings, include the following: Students in and around Macon County will have their artwork on display throughout the month of January in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Decatur Area Arts Council as part of the Young Artists’ Showcase. Coordinated by Gallery 510, this annual exhibit offers approximately 100 5th through 8th grade students the opportunity to show their work in a professional gallery. Put aside your notions of children’s art and prepare to be amazed when you visit the Young Artists’ Showcase. Jerry Johnson is the Executive Director of the Decatur Area Arts Council and may be spotted pretty much anywhere art is happening. 10 | January 2014


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Pick of the Month Just a little something we ran across and wanted to share.

Bacon & Eggs Gourmutt Pet Treats Millie & Bo's Barkery www.millieandbosbarkery.com

photo from: www.millieandbosbarkery.com

Although the Food Dude worked to completely derail this issue all month, I managed to get a great lead on gourmet breakfast treats for my three mutts at home. When I try out the Beer Candied Bacon recipe (check out page 28 for all the details), I expect to see all three eager noses in the air sniffing in the intoxicating beer glaze and premium bacon smells. I don't think I can handle the guilt of putting them through that and not letting them have a taste. But don't you worry, they will NOT eat my bacon. I will have plenty of these bacon and egg flavored Gourmutt pet treats on hand as a distraction so we can all get along. By the way, did you notice they are egg and pig shapes? Best pet owner ever — check!

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Decatur's Breakfast & Brunch Bonanza Written by Heather Meadows | Photos by Sarah Jane Experts claim that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Fortunately, Decatur has an array of delectable restaurants serving up your morning favorites. Some dish it out during typical breakfast hours, and others offer a tasty breakfast for dinner. A few have called Decatur home for a decade or more, and one is finding success after being opened only a few short months. All agree: Decatur loves breakfast! For three years, McGorray’s Golf and Grille has been a popular north end spot for Sunday Brunch, which is served from 10 am to 3 pm. Offered are a fun, golfthemed environment and scrumptious favorites, which include a large assortment of omelets, tasty flatbreads and breakfast sandwiches. McGorray’s credits their success to great food that is reasonably priced. Where else can you get a gourmet omelet for $7.49? 12 | January 2014

Open since mid-September, the Blue Spoon was conceived by owner Donovan Marschner, who moved to the area in 2000 to attend Millikin University…and never left! He recognized the great need for a breakfast/brunch spot on the west end, so he opened the Blue Spoon. A real hit has been the Blue Spoon Shoe, which is a yummy conglomeration of toast, gravy, eggs, and meat if requested. Donovan attributes the popularity to the food being made on site. Even the gravy and fruit spreads are made in house! Located in the same spot for 11 years, the Downtown Café is still going strong and dishing up favorites! Residents love the downtown location and that the café is consistent: always great food and excellent service. Top requests include the Working Man’s Breakfast, which consists of two eggs, any way, with meat, hash browns and toast. Of course, their pancakes are also sure to be a hit.


This page, clockwise: Whiskey Apple French Toast, Breakfast Reuben, and biscuits and gravy from McGorray's Golf & Grille.

Pictured left: Half Shoe from the Blue Spoon at Oakwood.

If you’re searching for an omelet station or made-to-order crepes, then look no further than Benny’s! Opened in 2011, Benny’s offers a delicious, kid-friendly Sunday brunch buffet from 10 am-2 pm. Benny loves what he does, always does the best that he can, and treats his customers and employers right, and he says that is why Benny’s is thriving. For 20 years, Golden Glaze Donuts has been proudly serving Decatur residents. Business has increased since recently moving to Water Street. Golden Glaze offers over 50 varieties of donuts and a full breakfast menu. Residing in the area for two decades has given Golden Glaze insight into what folks here crave. So, what is at the top of the list? Donuts…made fresh every single day! Not only does Coney McKane’s offer breakfast until 11 am, they also dish up breakfast on Monday and Tuesday

evenings to those of us who crave the morning favorites later in the day. They have been in their current location for over 14 years and credit some of their success to the lovely downtown and the fact that people feel a deep sense of community while visiting, eating, or shopping there. All ingredients are fresh, and everyone seems to devour Flo’s Famous Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, which is a family recipe, and the Sunday potatoes with cheese, ham and onion. Are you hungry yet? Debbie Hill of Debbie’s Diner enjoys her repeat customers. For 11 years, she’s been open for breakfast every day and offers it all day on Sundays! She appreciates the loyal patrons who come in eager for her homemade biscuits and gravy, sausage breakfast with Heinkel’s bulk sausage and other tasty favorites. She remains successful because she always has satisfied customers. continued on p. 14

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Decatur's Breakfast & Brunch Bonanza from p13

Are you yearning for a fully loaded and stuffed omelet at dinnertime? Look no further than Clare’s Family Restaurant! They’ll whip up breakfast specialties until 8 pm. They’ve been serving Decatur for 17 years. Due to their food quality, great staff and reasonably priced food, they continue to thrive. Obviously, a breakfast/brunch bonanza is happening in Decatur! What are you in the mood for? Is it traditional eggs and bacon, an array of omelets and crepes, fluffy pancakes, or freshly made donuts? No matter your palate, the breakfast and brunch establishments in the area are sure to please. But don’t take our word for it! Go in and taste for yourself!

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Small Town Breakfast Bonanza Blue Mound

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January Events

Mid State Youth Indoor Soccer (1.13-2.17) Mid State’s indoor soccer programs EVERY DAY EVERY MONDAY are designed to teach fundamentals Decatur Camera Club (Jan-Feb) Mocha Monday Enjoy the beauty of flowers, animals Stay and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and techniques to players aged 5-12. Participants learn passing, and scenic views of central Illinois with a friend or take one to go. It's with this beautiful photography our way of saying we are glad you're dribbling, and team play during display. Rock Springs Nature Center here! Mt Zion District Library [115 W 30-minute training sessions, followed by 20-minute games. $51[Exhibit Hall, 3939 Nearing Ln, Main, Mt Zion] 9a-12p 60, DISC [1295 W Wood, decatur423.7708] 8a-5p (Mo-Fr), 8:30a-4:30p parks.org] 5-5:30p (ages 5-6), Preschool Activity(Sa), 1-4p (Su) 6:30-7:30p (ages 7-9), 7:30-8:30p Young Artist (1.27-2.24) Virginia Kickle (Jan-Feb) (ages 10-12) Your child’s imagination and selfEnjoy beautiful nature photography expression will be inspired through Monday Night Draft featuring wildflowers, birds and painting, sculpting, drawing and landscapes. Rock Springs Nature more! For 18 months to 4 year-olds. Come out and draft Magic the Gathering every Monday! $15, Center [South Gallery, 3939 Nearing Children must be accompanied Board Knight [266 N. Rt 121, Ln, 423.7708] 8a-5p (Mo-Fr), by an adult. $30-35, DISC [1295 W 8:30a-4:30p (Sa), 1-4p (Su) Wood, decatur-parks.org] 10-10:40a Warrensburg, boardknight.com] 6p Art Exhibit Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe [256 W Main, www. wildflourartisanbakery.com]

Art Exhibit Gallery 510 [160 E Main, Suite 100, 422.1509, gallery510.org] Art Exhibit Barbara Dove. Decatur Airport [910 Airport Rd] Art Exhibit Delores Rice Logue. Decatur Public Library [130 N Franklin, www. decaturlibrary.org, 424.2900] Karaoke Josh n Crown (Mo), A Bottle of CT (Tu), Karaoke/Dancing with Jacob (We), Karaoke-rita with CT (Th), Karaoke/Dancing with Jacob (Fr), Danrel & Funk DJ/Karaoke (Sa), Josh in a Bucket (Su). Cafe Brio [2880 N Oakland, 875.2746] 9p-2a

Toddler Tumbling (1.27-3.3) Beginners focus on flexibility and coordination. Youth aged 3-5. $3036, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decatur-parks.org] 4:30-5p

Lady Planeswalker Society (LPS) LPS is an unofficial play group seeking to create a welcoming, friendly environment for women to learn how to play Magic the Gathering. This does not mean the group is exclusively women, either. The primary goal is to teach people who are not comfortable enough with the tournament scene. Board Knight [266 N. Rt 121, Warrensburg, boardknight.com] 6p

Preschool Soccer (1.13-1.27) Children aged 3-4 will learn the basic fundamentals of soccer and work on motor skills, coordination and teamwork. Adults learn ways to help children practice and continue the development of these skills. $42-50, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decatur-parks.org] 5-5:30p Country Line Dance Come join a fun filled evening, meet new people and learn to Country Intermediate Junior Golf Line Dance. No sign up. (1.13-2.17) Great exercise! $6, Knights of Juniors aged 10-13 can take Columbus Hall [520 E North St, their swing to the next level with 764.3070] 7-8p (Class), 8-9p (Dance) assistance from the Park District golf pros! $48-57, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decatur-parks.org] Adult Indoor Soccer Open Play (1.13-2.24) 5:30-6:30p Adult soccer players can enjoy casual matches during this friendly open play session. Must be 18 years or older. No pre-registration is required. $6, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472] 9-10p


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EVERY MONDAY or TUESDAY Beginning Tumbling (1.27-3.4) Beginners focus on flexibility and coordination. Youth in grades K-6. $30-36, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decatur-parks.org] 5-5:45p (Mo), 4:30-5:15p (Tu)

Stevie Ray Kelton HeroClix Sanctioned Lincoln Square Lounge [121 N Main, Tournament Collectible miniatures game that 423.2180] 9p-1a uses the Clix system that centers EVERY TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY around the world of superhero Junior Golf (1.14-2.19) comic books, especially the Marvel Park District pros offer an and DC Comics universes. $15-20, introduction to golf for youth aged The Hidden Lair [320 N St Hwy 121, EVERY TUESDAY 5-12, teaching hitting and putting Mt Zion, 864.1851] 6:30p Intermediate Tumbling fundamentals, golf rules and (1.28-3.4) Mobile Soundz Karaoke etiquette. Clubs are provided for Youth in grades 2-6. $30-36, DISC those who need them. $48-57, DISC Featuring Troy Hayes. Woody's Bar [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decatur[1190 W South Side Dr] 9p-1a [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, decaturparks.org] 5:15-6p parks.org, 429.3472] 5-5:45p (ages Open Mic Night 5-7), 6-6:45p (ages 8-12) Youth Wrestling Donnie's Homespun Pizza [126 S (thru 1.14-2.18) EVERY TUESDAY-THURSDAY Oakland St] 9:30p Amateur wrestlers aged 6-14 will Staley Striders Indoor Track & learn basic fundamentals, rules, and Field Club (thru 2.20) Karaoke & Water Pong skills necessary to gain the winning Youth aged 7-14 may focus on Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] edge. $30-35, Mueller Park Frontier skills mastery within a positive 10p-2a Building 5:30p (beginning), 6:30p atmosphere. $46-55, DISC [1295 (intermediate) EVERY WEDNESDAY, W Wood, 429.3472, decatur-parks. FRIDAY-SUNDAY org] 4-5p Adult Basketball Leagues Club Ice (thru 3.9) (1.7-3.25) Ice skating is going to be more fun EVERY WEDNESDAY Intense, fast-paced basketball Coffee Club (except 1.1) than ever! $6, Decatur Civic Center[1 leagues! Teams play 10 games and Barclay Public Library [220 S Main St, Gary K Anderson Plaza] 4-6p (We), an end-of-the-season tournament. Warrensburg, 672.3621] 9:30a 4-6p & 7:30-9:30p (Fr), 3:30-5:30p & Must be aged 16 or older. DISC 7:30-9:30p (Sa), 1-3p (Su) Toddler Time (begins 1.8) [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, www. Children aged 18 mo-3 yrs are EVERY WEDNESDAYdecatur-parks.org] 6-10p SATURDAY welcome to joins us as we sing, Docta LD DJ/Karaoke Kids Art Classes (thru 1.21) dance, read a story, and more. Curly’s Bar & Pizza [2683 N Water, For students in grades 4-8. Winter Parent or caregiver is asked to stay 875.9800] 9p-2a Pastels. Barclay Public Library [220 S in the room. Please preregister at Main St, Warrensburg, 672.3621] 6p the front desk or call to reserve your EVERY THURSDAY spot. Mt Zion District Library [115 Sleepy Time Tales W Main, 864.3622, www.mtzion.lib. Story Time (begins 1.9) Children 3-5 years old are welcome Children aged 3-5 will enjoy an il.us] 9:30-10a to join us for an engaging story and engaging story and activity with a parent or caregiver just before Stained Glass Class (1.22-2.19) activities. Parent/s or caregiver/s are not required to stay in the room bedtime. Parents are not required The Glass House [2895 N Oakland, for this event but must stay in the to stay in the room but must stay 875.7077] 6:30-9p building. Please preregister at the in the building. Children may wear front desk or call to reserve your Wednesday Night Board pj's to this late evening story time. spot today. Mt Zion District Library Gaming with the Decatur Please preregister at the front desk Gamers [115 W Main, 864.3622, www. or call to reserve your spot today! Mt Zion District Library [115 W Main, Play your favorite tabletop game, or mtzion.lib.il.us] 10:30-11:30a try a new one! Free, Board Knight 864.3622, www.mtzion.lib.il.us] Write Stuff Writers' Group [266 N State Rt 121, Warrensburg, 6:30-7:30p Support, encouragement, and boardknight.com] 6p critiques for writers in all stages Magic Draft Night of development. Wildflour Artisan The Hidden Lair [320 N St Hwy 121, Bakery & Cafe [256 W Main] 3:30p Mt Zion, 864.1851] 6:30p

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January Events Family Fun Night Our demo section is full of tons of fun games free for use. The Hidden Lair [320 N St Hwy 121, Mt Zion, 864.1851] 3-10p

D&D Dungeons & Dragons table game. The Hidden Lair [320 N St Hwy 121, Mt Zion, 864.1851] 5p Preschool Golf (begins 1.9) Youth aged 3-4 can learn the basic fundamentals of golf by focusing on coordination, simple techniques and motor skills. Adults also learn ways to help their child practice and develop these skills. $36-42, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472] 5-5:30 or 6-6:30p Adult Coed Volleyball Leagues (1.16-3.20) These active, fast-paced 6-on-6 volleyball leagues include coed competitive and recreational teams. $175 (team), DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, www.decatur-parks.org] 6-10p Night of the Living Card Game We'll have groups playing the Star Wars: LCG, Warhammer Invasion, Android Netrunner, and more. Board Knight [266 N. Rt 121, Warrensburg, boardknight.com] 6p World of Warcraft: TCG License revoked with no future expansions? So what! We still have players willing to play the

game, and we are happy to continue supporting our local group. Board Knight [266 N. Rt 121, Warrensburg, boardknight.com] 6p Stevie Ray Kelton Sliderz, 9:30p-1:30a Mobile Soundz Karaoke Featuring Troy Hayes. Pop's Place [4335 W Main] 9p-1a DJ David Lee Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 10p-2a EVERY FRIDAY Friday Night Magic Weekly tournament consisting of both standard & modern formats. $5, Board Knight [266 N State Rt 121, Warrensburg, boardknight. com] 6:30p Friday Night Magic Standard and constructed formats available. Prize payout up to 3 packs of boosters per participant, $12 value. $5,The Hidden Lair [320 N St Hwy 121, Mt Zion, 864.1851] 6:30p EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY Wine Tastings The Decanter Fine Wines [215 N Main St, 422.9463] 4-7p (Fr), 1-6p (Sa) EVERY SATURDAY Super Saturday Recess (thru 2.1) Youth aged 4-11 will enjoy an active morning at the DISC with inflatables, scooters, basketball, tumbling, and more! No registration necessary. Need not be a member

of the DISC to attend. Parents must be present. No registration necessary. $3.50, DISC [1295 W Wood, decatur-parks.org, 429.3472] 10a-12p Kaijudo Tournament Card game based on the famous cartoon. Plays similar to Magic the Gathering but great for kids 8+. $10 (includes lunch), The Hidden Lair [320 N St Hwy 121, Mt Zion, 864.1851] 11a Baseball Instruction Clinic (1.18-2.1) Millikin University coaches and players assist players aged 8-14 with throwing, hitting, catching, fielding, and base running techniques. Players are divided into age groups and use the batting cages and full gym. $45-54, DISC [1295 W Wood, 429.3472, www.decatur-parks.org] 1-2:30p Pathfinders Society The Hidden Lair [320 N St Hwy 121, Mt Zion, 864.1851] 2p Jazz Music Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 3:30-5:30p Magic the Gathering Win a box. $10, The Hidden Lair [320 N St Hwy 121, Mt Zion, 864.1851] 5p EVERY SUNDAY Yu-Gi-Oh Win a box sanctioned tournament. First place gets a full box of the current booster set. $10, The Hidden Lair [320 N St Hwy 121, Mt Zion, 864.1851] 1p HeroClix Sanctioned Tournament. Collectible miniatures game that uses the Clix system that centers around the world of superhero comic


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books, especially the Marvel and DC Comics universes. $15-20, The Hidden Lair [320 N St Hwy 121, Mt Zion, 864.1851] 5p Magic the Gathering Win-a-Box Tournament. Bring your Magic the Gathering deck and play to win a booster box or special prize! $10, Board Knight [266 N. Rt 121, Warrensburg, boardknight. com] 5p Tuesday, 12.31 Pajama Party Mini-Camp What do the animals do in the winter? Furry adventures will be had as we learn about what animals do during the cold months. Participants can join in the fun by wearing their favorite pajamas, which keep us warm just like an animals' fur! Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation.org, 423.7708] 9:30-10:30a (Ages 1-4), 1-2p (Ages 3-4) Happy Noon Year Perfect for those who don't stay up late, the confetti will fly at our balloon drop at noon! Enjoy a dance party, fun photo booth, and festive crafts! $1 (member), $6 (nonmember), Free (under 2), Children's Museum of Illinois [55 S Country Club Rd, www.cmofil.org] 10a-2p

Open Game Night Family-friendly group playing board, card, and role-playing games. Games available or bring your own. Mancinos Pizza and Grinders [2805 N Main, www.decaturgamers.com] 5:30p Great Gatsby Casino Night When the gin was cold and the piano was hot, come ring in the New Year while stepping back in time to the 1920's! Includes casino, band, all-you-can-eat appetizers, cash bar, and raffle. $55, Mt Zion Convention Center [1400 Mt Zion Parkway, Mt Zion, www.mtzion.com] 7p-12:30a New Year's Eve Party $15 (member), $20 (prospective), Decatur Family YMCA [220 W McKinley, www.decaturymca.org, 872.9622] 7p-1a Club Ice New Year's Eve Skating Party Free party hats and noise makers. $8.50 (Entry) $1.50 (Skate), Decatur Civic Center [1 Gary K Anderson Plaza ] 7:30p-12:30a Martin Ellis in Concert Free, Central Christian Church [650 W William, 424.4336] 7:30p LHP Ring in the New Year with your favorite people at your favorite place! Call early for reservations; they'll be gone before you realize this year's over! Paco's Sol Bistro [237 N Main, 330.6483]

2 Miles to MILES The race starts at the Y, winds through the neighborhood and in front of DMH and then onto Miles Nissan, an out and back course. $18-28, Decatur Family YMCA [220 W McKinley, www.decaturymca.org, Hipbone Sam Kitchen open from 11a-8p. Party 872.3835, ext 146] 2p favors and champagne at 12a. Pop's Place [4335 W Main ] 9p-1a NYE Celebration Prime rib dinner (5-7p). Comedians Wednesday, 1 Greg Warren and Henry Phillips (7-9p). Hitmen and a Dame (9p-1a). Fun Shoot-Ham & Beans Decatur Gun Club [61 Faries Park, New Year's Day brunch. Decatur decaturgunclub.com, 877.0400] Conference Center [4191 US 36 W, hoteldecatur.com] 5p

Thursday, 2 READiculous The 45-minute program will include books from all 3 previous shows, plus some new books. Start the New Year right and keep your young readers excited about reading during the holiday break! Decatur Public Library [130 N Franklin, www. decaturlibrary.org] 3p Sangamon Valley Beekeepers Association Keeping honeybees, honey extraction and hive concerns discussed. Decatur Christian School [137 S Grant, Forsyth] 6:30p 1.2-1.8 School's Out Ice Skating Decatur Civic Center [1 Gary K Anderson Plaza ] 11a-1p & 1:303:30p 1.2-1.3 & 1.6-1.8 Winter Break Day Camp Why spend the day at home when you can play games and take great field trips? Kids aged 5-13 will love the Winter Break Day Camp! An 8:1 student to staff ratio means your child will be well-supervised during the camp day. $32-37 (per day), DISC [1295 W Wood, www.decaturparks.org, 429.3472] 6:30a-6p Friday, 3 Wii Games Barclay Public Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg, barclay.lib.il.us, 672.3621] 1p Noah's Back Alley Blues Donnie's Homespun Pizza [126 S Oakland ] 10p Saturday, 4 DISC Open House Enjoy free tours, group fitness classes, DMH health screenings, a MidState Soccer demo and a chance to win a free membership! DISC [1295 W Wood, www.decaturparks.org, 429.3472] 9a-12p

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January Events Dulcimer Club Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation.org, 423.7708] 10a-12p

Into the Wild: Snow-Saving Blanket Enjoy touring the trails on snow shoes. Join the naturalist as you visit baited wildlife areas to see what the wildlife is eating. Animal tracks, wing marks, droppings & other clues will help us to solve the mysteries of the woodland. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation.org, 423.7708] 10a

Dixie Daredevils Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland ] 3:30-5:30p Rock of Ages Sliderz Bar [5995 US 36, www. roaband.com] 4-7p X-Krush Sliderz Bar [5995 US 36, 864.9227] 9p Bro Fist Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland St] 9p-1a

Sunday, 5 Trees and Tracking Ever wonder what left that footprint on the trail? Or what tree is VanGogh Chalk Paint standing tall in front of you? We'll Learn the ins and outs of creating fabulous Shabby Chic finishes. This discover the secrets of trees and tracking on this exciting naturalist technique is easy and fun! Learn how to layer colors, distress and wax lead hike! Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. on samples to reproduce on your own furniture pieces, picture frames, maconcountyconservation.org, 423.7708] 2p garden ornaments, etc. $125, The Perfect Pair [266 N St Rt 121, 1.5-1.28 Warrensburg, 672.8822] 12-4:30p Young Artists Showcase Presented by Gallery 510, this Community Game Day Family-friendly group playing board, exhibit features exemplary art by area students in 5th through 8th card, and role-playing games. Games available or bring your own. grade from Macon County and surrounding towns. The original art This event is open to everyone in the Decatur area who is looking for spotlights diverse subject matter created in varied media. Madden a fun time on Saturday. Salvation Arts Center [125 N Water, 423.3189, Army Community Center [229 W Main, www.decaturgamers.com] 1p www.decaturarts.org] 8:30a-4:30p (Mo- Fr), 10a-2p (Sa) 1.5, 1.19 Cross Country Ski Workshop Did you know that cross country skiing for one hour can burn between 400-800 calories? This activity is a great way to

observe wildlife and explore the outdoors. Sign up for one of these great workshops to learn the basics of cross country skiing. $12, Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation.org, 423.7708] 10a Wednesday, 8 Greater Decatur Chamber Breakfast Keynote speaker: Tom Schneider, Sheriff of Macon County. $10-15, The Decatur Club [158 W Prairie, 217.429.4200] 7-8a Books Between Bites Book reviews and book talk presented by various members of the community. Feel free to bring a lunch. Coffee provided. Registration not necessary. Decatur Public Library [130 N Franklin, www. decaturlibrary.org] 12:15p Wednesday Women at Bizou Set aside some time for yourself as we begin the New Year. Invite a friend or make new ones as we gather for beverages and conversation. Megan has promised a special surprise to start our year off right! We gather the 1st Wed of each month in a different restaurant. Contact Jo Caulkins, 4330834 [Bizou, 259 N Main St.] 5-9p Live Karoake Band Sliderz Bar [5995 US 36, 864.9227] 8p Thursday, 9 Indian Lore-Boy Scout Badge Earn all your requirements including researching Native American leaders, making clothes and learning traditional games. Scouts ages 10+. $12, Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation.org, 423.7708] 5-8p


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Thursday "Bored" Game Night Bored on a Thursday night with nothing to do? Join us for an evening of board game fun! Free, Diamonds Family Restaurant [2959 N Oakland, www.decaturgamers. com] 5:30p

Comedy Hour Stewart Huff with Brian Hicks. $10-12, Main Hangar [910 S Airport Rd, mainhangarrestaurant.net, 421.7452] 8:30p

Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Join in the celebration of Downton Abbey's new season with a full English afternoon tea at Wildflour. Seating limited; reservations required. Formal 1.10-1.12 dress encouraged (hats!). $15, Ed Walker Antique Show & Sale Wildflour Tea Room [256 W Main, Working with local estates from Great Dates www.wildflourartisanbakery.com, all around Central Illinois, Mr. A couple's night out with free 422.3300] 10a & 2p Walker has carefully selected a childcare. Join us at 6p for fascinating group of rare, unique, Preschool Peepers-Deer! relationship tips, then plan your and interesting items including fine Oh Deer! own private date from 7-10p. First Join us as we learn all about antiques, estate jewelry, artwork, United Methodist Church [201 W our state mammal, the whiteand collectibles. Millikin University North, 638.5545] 6-10p tailed deer! We'll make crafts, [Kirkland Fine Arts Center, www. The Art of Magic look at pelts, scat replicas and edwalkerfineart.com, 521.4866] For Grades 1+. Registration required. 9a-5p tracks. $1, Rock Springs Nature Space is limited. Barclay Public Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg, A Little Dinner Music maconcountyconservation.org, Enjoy a dinner and show by the barclay.lib.il.us, 672.3621] 6p 423.7708] 10a Greater Decatur Chorale. $22 Friday, 10 Soup's On (dinner/show), $10 (show), Scovill Layering Abstracts To participate, bring a crockpot Banquet Facility [3909 W Main, If abstract art is what catches your of your famous soup along with www.decatur-parks.org, 422.5911] eye, this just might be perfect for Cash bar 5:30p, Dinner 6-7p, Concert the recipe to the library by 10:45a. you. The canvas size is 16x20. $50, Tasting and voting is open to the 7:30p (Fr/Sa); Lunch 12:30-1:30p, The Perfect Pair [266 N St Rt 121, public from 11a-12:30p. The soup Concert 2p (Su) Warrensburg, 672.8822] 6:30-8:30p with the most votes wins Barclay’s Saturday, 11 Golden Spoon! Barclay Public L.H.P. Women's AGLOW Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg, You know the drill, call to reserve Decatur Civic Center [1 Gary K barclay.lib.il.us, 672.3621] 11a your table! Paco's Sol Bistro [237 N Anderson Plaza ] 9a-1p Main, 330.6483] 8-11p Decatur Big Band 2nd Saturday Book Sale Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland ] Full Circle Looking for a hidden gem or a 3:30-5:30p Sliderz Bar [5995 US 36, 864.9227] 9p favorite movie? Check out the Friends of the Library Second Voodoo Lounge 1.10-1.11 Saturday Used Book Sale. Decatur Sliderz Bar [5995 US 36, 864.9227] Decatur Bridal Expo Presents Public Library [130 N Franklin, 4-7p "Like a Diamond Shine Bright" www.decaturlibrary.org, 424.2900] 50 plus vendors under one roof West End Boogie Project 9:30a-12:30p to help you plan everything you Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] need for your wedding. Caterers, Animal Crackers-Think 8-11p florists, photographers, DJs, cakes, Warm Thoughts formal wear, limos, reception Children aged 3-5 listen to a story, .08 & Johnny Vodka halls, etc. Door prizes. $3 (adv), $5 meet an animal, create a craft Sliderz Bar [5995 US 36, 864.9227] 9p (door), Decatur Conference Center with their adult guests and snack & Hotel [4191 US 36 W, www. 1.11, 1. 25 on animal crackers! $9-10, Scovill decaturbridalexpo.com, 428.3481] Cross Country Ski Workshop Zoo [71 S Country Club Rd, www. 5-9p (Fr), Fashion Show 7:30p (Fr) & decatur-parks.org, 421.7435] 9:30Sign up for one of these great 2:30p (Sa), 12-4p (Sa) workshops to learn the basics 10:15a & 11-11:45a of cross country skiing. $12, Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation.org, 423.7708] 4p

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January Events Sunday, 12 Blue Grass Music Jams Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation.org, 423.7708] 1-4p James Armstrong Pop's Place [4335 W Main] 3-6p Monday, 13 Brian Pehr Cooking School You will be treated to a wonderful meal constructed right in front of you. We provide the recipes at the beginning of the evening for you to follow along as Brian puts together the meal for you. Call for details. Reservations required. $20-25, Mari-Mann Herb Farm [1405 MariMann Lane, www.mari-mann.com, 429.1555] 6-8p Tuesday, 14 American Girl Club Join us for our American Girl Club where we introduce the history and culture of America during the different settings of the "American Girl" stories and enjoy fun activities and crafts. No doll required! Ages 7+; please register. Mt Zion District Library [115 W Main, Mt Zion, www. mtzion.lib.il.us, 864.3622] 4:30-5:30p Open Mic Night with Antone & Friends Join us for our open mic night with Antone & Friends. Please bring a dish to share. It's a great time for the whole family. Antioch Christian Church [5409 E US Rt 36, 864.3444] 6-9p

Family Fun Night Free (members), $5 (prospective), Decatur Family YMCA [220 W Wednesday, 15 McKinley, www.decaturymca.org, Open Game Night Family-friendly group playing board, 872.4294] 6-8:30p card, and role-playing games. Games available or bring your own. Friday Night Live Doherty's Pub & Pins [242 E William, Watch a family-friendly movie, includes snacks and fellowship. This www.decaturgamers.com] 5:30p is a great opportunity for young families to connect with each other. Greg Bickers Come on out and have a great time Sliderz Bar [5995 US 36, 864.9227] with us! Antioch Christian Church 6:30p [5409 E US Rt 36, 864.3444] 6-7:30p 1.15-1.16 Webelos Naturalist W is for Winter Mini-Camp Pin Workshop Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? Have fun and learn all about In the lane, snow is glistening. migration, the nature center A beautiful sight, walking in a and the outdoor world. Register winter wonderland! The sights by noon on January 16. $9 (per and sounds are wonderful as we explore winter and wintry activities. weblo), Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. Dress for hike. Reserv reqd. Ages maconcountyconservation.org, 1-4. $10, Rock Springs Nature 423.7708] 6-8p Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation.org, Brat Pack 423.7708] 9:30-10a (We, Ages 1-4), Sliderz Bar 1-2p (Th, Ages 3 & 4) [5995 US 36, 864.9227] 9p Thursday, 16 1.17-1.18 Book Club Decatur Public Library [Board Room, Mt Zion Show Choir Invitational www.decaturlibrary.org, 424.2900] 1p Mt Zion High School [455 Elm St] 1.17-1.19 & 1.24-1.27 Desperate Affection The man of Maddie's dreams turns out to be more than she imagined. The unhappy New York actress is in love with a man who hides a secret behind his great manners, good Friday, 17 looks, sensitivity & understanding. Community Celebration It's an unlikely love story. $10-13, Chi XI Chapter of Alpha Kappa Richland Community College Alpha-10 year anniversary. Food, [Shilling Auditorium, theatre7.net] music and prize giveaways. Open to the public. $10, The Decatur Club 7:30p (Fr & Sa), 2p (Su) [158 W Prairie ] 6p Saturday, 18 Decatur Barstool Open KC Hall & AIW Hall [www.ucpll.org] 8:30a The Art of Balloon Sculpting For grades 1+. Registration required. Space is limited. Barclay Public Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg, barclay.lib.il.us, 672.3621] 6p


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Central Illinois Chili Cookoff Hickory Point Mall [1146 Hickory Point Mall Dr ] Dulcimer Club Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation.org, 423.7708] 10a-12p Soul Purpose Sliderz Bar [5995 US 36, 864.9227] 4p Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Banquet Featured Speaker: Dorothy Butler Gilliam, the first African-American female reporter to be hired by The Washington Post. Decatur Conference Center & Hotel [4191 US 36 W ] 6p Family Fun-Wolf Moon Hike Native American legends tell the tale of the Wolf Moon. Discover why they called this full moon the Wolf Moon as we journey into the night for a moonlit hike. Reservations required. Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation.org, 423.7708] 7:30p Your Villain My Hero Sliderz Bar [5995 US 36, 864.9227] 9p Riverbottom Nightmare Band Pop's Place [4335 W Main] 9p-1a Sunday, 19 Off-Trail Hike It's time for a little off-trailing! Ever wanted to stray off the beaten path? Well, this is your chance! Join us for a guided, off-trail hike while we look for deer paths, tracks and more! Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation.org, 423.7708] 1:30p

1.23-4.03 Master Gardener Training If you love to garden, have a passion for learning, and want to share your knowledge with others, be a part of the 2014 University of Illinois Extension Macon County Master Gardener Program! Call for Couples/Singles Dance application and details. Macon Live Band. $10, Knights of Columbus Country Extension Office [3351 Hall [520 E North St, 875.3090] 5-8p N President Howard Brown Blvd, 877.6042] 9a-4p Chamber Chorale Tour Finale Central Christian Church [650 W Friday, 24 360 Band William ] 7:30p Sliderz Bar [5995 US 36, 864.9227] 8p Monday, 20 Cheer Camp Thin Ice Show your spirit! Enhance your Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] cheer and stunt skills. Show off your 9p-1a new cheers at one of Millikin’s home basketball games. Bring a sack lunch 1.24-1.25 Refresh Women's Conference and wear comfortable clothing. Participants will receive a t-shirt and Refresh 2014 is a great time to hair bow. For grades Pre K-6. $36-43, get away and hang out with your DISC [1295 W Wood, www.decatur- girlfriends. Brenda Nevitt will be the main speaker, and she will be parks.org] 10a-3p sharing how God has helped her after losing her husband in a tragic 1.20-1.21 Cotton Patch Gospel Auditions motorcycle accident. GT Church Auditioners should bring a song [500 S 27th St, www.gtchurch.com, to sing. An accompanist will be 233.8400] 7-11p provided for playing sheet music. Comedy Hour Singing to instrumental on a cd is Steve Gillespie with Kevin Ruble. acceptable. Be prepared to learn and perform a short dance audition $10-12, Main Hangar [910 S Airport and read from the script. Volunteers Rd, mainhangarrestaurant.net, 421.7452] 8:30p needed. Richland Community College [Shilling Auditorium, Saturday, 25 theatre7.net] Holy Family Auction & Dinner Dance 1.20-2.28 Hitmen And A Dame. Call for more Art Exhibit details. Holy Family Catholic School Jeff Robinson-Painting Exhibition. [2400 S Franklin, www.hfschool.org, Free & open to the public. Millikin University [Perkinson Gallery] 12-5p 423.7049] (Mo-Fr) Wooden Initial Paint Fun for kids; get to create a fun Wednesday, 22 painted wooden letter just like Live Karoake Band Sliderz Bar [5995 US 36, 864.9227] 8p Elizabeth. Letters are approx. 12� tall. Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. $25, The Perfect Pair [266 N St Rt 121, Warrensburg, 672.8822] 10a-12p 6th Annual Festival of Church Choirs The focus of this event is to build community and fellowship with people of all faith expressions. Free, Tabernacle Baptist Church [36W & N Wyckles Dr ] 2p

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January Events Library LEGO Club Play and learn with LEGOs! For boys and girls of all ages! Includes a story, snacks and creative play. Call to register. Barclay Public Library [220 S Main St, Warrensburg, barclay.lib. il.us, 672.3621] 10:30a

Pretty Girl A beautiful canvas created in varying shades of pink, cream, grays, and even a bit of lace. This canvas is absolutely gorgeous. The canvas size is 16x20. $50, The Perfect Pair [266 N St Rt 121, Warrensburg, 672.8822] 12:30-2:30p Hoot-enanny! Owls! Glorious Owls! Whoooo is that staring at me from that tree? Learn all about the owls that live in our backyards right here in Macon County during this exciting program! Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation.org, 423.7708] 2p MU Faculty Jazz Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland ] 3:30-5:30p West End Boogie Project Sliderz Bar [5995 US 36, 864.9227] 4p

Father/Daughter Dance The Park District's annual Father/ Daughter Dance is the perfect special occasion for young ladies aged 5-12 and their dads. 5-6p Dinner, 6-9p Dance. $25 ($10 addl sibling), Hickory Point Banquet Facility [727 Weaver Rd, www. decatur-parks.org, 422.5911] 5-9p Groove Avenue Lock Stock & Barrel [129 S Oakland] 9p-1a Sunday, 26 Cold Days for Cold-Blooded Brrr! Join us inside our Nature Center to discover how the cold-blooded stay warm on cold winter days. You may even get to meet some of our cold-blooded residents! Rock Springs Nature Center [3939 Nearing Ln, www. maconcountyconservation.org, 423.7708] 2p University Chorale Tour Finale St Patrick Church [407 E Eldorado ] 4p

The Sky's the Limit Explore the wonders of science and technology in a fun way. Ages 7+; please register. Mt Zion District Library [115 W Main, Mt Zion, www. mtzion.lib.il.us, 864.3622] 4:30-5:30p Open Game Night Family-friendly group playing board, card, and role-playing games. Games available or bring your own. Mancinos Pizza and Grinders [2805 N Main, www.decaturgamers.com] 5:30p Thursday, 30 Culinary Arts Dinner $15, Richland Community College [Shilling Center, 875.7200 x740] Seating from 6-6:30p Friday, 31 Jesse Hite Reserve your spot for all the acoustical goodness happening tonight! Paco's Sol Bistro [237 N Main, 330.6483] 8-11p

1.31-2.2 39th Central Illinois Jazz Festival The Chosen Ones A fun, music filled weekend Campwilson Foursquare Church featuring Dixieland Jazz, Chicago [7570 W Main, Harristown] 6p and New Orleans styles, Swing, Ragtime, Zydeco and Gypsy Jazz. Tuesday, 28 Nonfiction Book Club Multiple venues all under one roof. Decatur Public Library [Board Room, $30 (per session), $25 (per session www.decaturlibrary.org, Sunday), $150 (patron package), 424.2900] 1p Decatur Conference Center & Hotel [4191 US 36 W, www.juvaejazz.com, 454.2709] 5p-12a (Fr), 10a-2a (Sa), Jazz Gospel Service 10a (Su),Jazz Brunch 11a-1p (Su) Sessions 11a-5p (Su)


Main Hangar

Stewart Huff with Brian Hicks Friday, Jan 10 Saturday, Jan 11 8:30 p.m. both nights

Comedy Hour - PRESENTED BY -

Steve Gillespie with Kevin Ruble

Friday, Jan. 24 Saturday, Jan 25 8:30 p.m. both nights

Charlie Wiener

Limited seating-only 100 tickets sold each show!

with: to be announced

$10 in advance, $12 day of show Tickets are available at the Main Hangar Restaurant, by calling 217-421-7452, or online at mainhangarrestaurant.net Seating is determined on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend making reservations for 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7 Saturday, Feb 8 8:30 p.m. both nights The Main Hangar

Serving Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & All You Can Eat Sunday Brunch Buffet

FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTHY LIVING FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

NEW YEAR NEW OU THE ONLY THING MISSING IS THE Y

DECATUR FAMILY YMCA decaturymca.org | 217.872.9622

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VISUAL GUIDE

NEW YEAR'S EVE / Hip Bone Sam

kitchen open 11a-8p, party favors, champaign at midnight

Tuesday, December 31, 9p-1a

James Armstrong - Sunday, 1/12, 3-6p Riverbottom Nightmare Band Saturday, 1/18, 9p-1a

Join us for FAFSA Frenzy! Get Help With Your

Free Application for Federal Student Aid! Saturday, February 8, 2014

Stop in between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fairview Park Plaza, 1500 West King St., Decatur, IL 62521 Participants will need to bring: • 2013 Tax Returns – 2013 W-2 Forms – 2012 Tax Returns if 2013 tax return not completed • Records of untaxed income (child support paid/received workers’ compensation) • Dependent students will need to bring the above items for their parents (including dates of birth)

Refreshments provided. Chance to win a $50 door prize!

Questions?

Please contact 217.875.7211, ext. 274 or email: financialaid@richland.edu

217.875.7200 | richland.edu 26 | January 2014


A Guide to making

Beer Candied Bacon words and photos by T.F. Dude

When I sent the Publisher on a wild goose chase to find a "Beer Candied Bacon specialist," I hadn't even dreamed bacon candy might really exist. Where would my mind have come up with the concept, though? The universe, man. The universe. I was listening to the vibes, and people are out there making this stuff! When Kat came back empty handed as far as the "specialist" goes, but with recipe in hand, I heard my calling. A batch of Beer Candied Bacon would be mine! Here's how I whipped up my batch of pure awesome. 1. Start with great bacon. I picked up a half pound from Jeffrey's Meat Market (135 S. Oakland Ave., Decatur). Nothing fancy, but thick cut is a MUST. Thin = burnt candy. Also, if you only get a half pound, you'll regret not getting more. I speak from experience here, folks!

continued on p. 29


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Beer Note:

Beer Candied Bacon from p. 27

2. Mix your glaze. For one pound of bacon use

• 1/2 cup brown sugar • 1/4 cup beer

Combine the sugar and beer in a bowl and whisk the heck out of it. You'll be amazed at how great just the glaze smells.

Anything but an IPA should work for this recipe. I went with a homebrewed American brown ale that was awesome. Thanks, Rob Zimmerman!

3. Preheat the oven. Bring your oven up to 400˚F.

4. Glaze the bacon. Glaze both sides and place on a wire rack. Feel free to overlap if needed. It's also important to place the rack on a baking pan that's lined with aluminum foil because you won't want doing dishes to get in the way of eating bacon. As you can see to the left, I cut the bacon into half thinking it would be easier to share. You can skip that step, though; you won't want to share anyway.

6. Eat bacon candy. 5. Bake and re-glaze. Place your bacon in the 400˚F oven and set your timer of choice. I marked my beer bottle, but you may want to be more scientific and try to hit 10 minutes right on the dot. At 10-minute intervals, remove, glaze both sides, and bake again. My batch went through only 2 intervals and transformed into pure awesome! Next time around I plan to shoot for 4 shorter intervals in hopes of an even thicker candy coating.

To dress the bacon up even more, dredge it in brown sugar while still a bit warm; then brush off the excess to leave a nice texture.

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