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Entertainment Guide

Nothing to Fear with Beer

Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre


Sept 2011

Makin’ U Dirty Decatur Jan’s East End Grill

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AND CAN BE FOUND AT ALL OF THESE LOCATIONS! ADM • Aloha • America’s Best Value Inn • An Affair to Remember • Applebee’s • Architectural Expressions • Attitudes Salon • Baker Law Office • Baymont Inn & Suites • Bellasara • Bliss Salon • Blue Connection • Blue Eggs & Ham • Bourbon Barrel • Brinkoetter & Associates • C&K Custom Signs • Carlos O’Kelly’s • Cartridge World • Casey’s General Store - Maroa • Casey’s General Store - West Mound • Caterpillar • Cedar Lake Gardens and Gifts • Children’s Museum • Central Illinois Title Company • Citizens Barnes Building • Clayton Sales • Clockwork Pizza • Coffee Connection • Cohn Furniture • Collect Them • Coney McKanes • Corona’s • Coziahr Harley Davidson • Curly’s Bar • Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy • Days Inn • Debbie’s Diner • Decatur Animal Clinic • Decatur Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau • Decatur Athletic Club • Decatur Beach House • Decatur Civic Center • Decatur Conference Center • Decatur Dental Care • Decatur Jewelry & Pawn • Decatur Mutual Insurance • Decatur Professional Plaza • Decatur Public Library • DECU - North • Del’s Express • Diane’s Mane Strategy • Different by Design • DMH Express Care - Fairview • Doherty’s Pub & Pins • Donnies Homespun Pizza • Dragon Buffet • Dreamers Diner • Dynagraphics/FastImpressions • Earthen Pottery • El Matador • Endless Summer Tanning • Exsalonce Studio & Day Spa • Famous Liquors • Filippo’s Pizza • Firewater Cafe • First Wok • Fox & Hounds • Freedom Gas - Maroa • Fringe Salon • Fuji • Garcia’s Pizza • Gerber State Bank Argenta • Gerber State Bank - Oreana • Giggles • Good Naber Specialty Foods • Goodfellas • Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce • Greater Decatur Y • Guadalajara • Gyro King • Haines & Essick Co. • Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham • Holiday Inn Express • Homeward Bound Pet Shelter • IHOP • It’s a Girl Thing • It’s Just a Little Prick • Jan’s East End Grille • Jimmy Ryan’s • Katz on Merchant • KC Hall • Krekels - Mt. Zion • Krekels - Oakland • Krekels North • Kroger • La Gondola • La Petite Salon • Lana’s Cakewalk • Land of Lincoln CU - Mound • Land of Lincoln CU - Oakland • Leo H. Berger Insurance • Linda’s Music • Lock Stock & Barrel • Love at First Sight • Lyle Campbell & Sons Realty • Macon County Farm Bureau • Madden Arts Center • Main Hangar • Main Street Cafe - Maroa • Mari Mann Herbs Co. • Mary Belle’s • Maustell’s Pizza • McGorray’s Golf & Grille • Merle Norman • Merry Maids • Mi Pueblito • Mike’s Hairstyling • Miles Chevrolet • Millenium Tan • Millie & Bo’s Barkery • Millikin University/ Kirkland • Monical’s • Monical’s - Mt. Zion Rd. • Mt. Zion Chamber of Commerce • Mystic Tan • Neil Tire & Auto Service • Neuhoff Media • Nissan • Nola’s Hair Salon • Northgate Pet Clinic • Nova Framing / Gallery 510 • Old Book Barn • One Main Place • Oreana Public Library • Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Specialists of Central IL • P&G Quickstop - Blue Mound • Paco’s Sol Bistro • Pastabilities • Petals • Pizza Hut • PlaMor Lanes • Play it Again Sports • Pop’s Place • Porter’s on Merchant • Priceless Smiles/Styles & Smiles • Pride Coin Laundry • Pride Coin Laundry • Pride Coin Laundry • Ramada Limited • Regions - Downtown • Renew Total Wellness • Richland Community College • Richland Extension Office • Robbies Outlet • Rock Springs Nature Center • RUSH Wireless • Russ Proesel DDS • Salon 402 • Salon Zen • Shear Learning • Shop on Main • Signature Salon • Sleep Inn • Sloan’s Calzones • Solar Tan • Sound Check Music Center • Soy Capital • Soy Capital • Soy Capital - Forsyth • Soy Capital - Pershing • Spa Villa • Spare Time Lanes • Speed Lube • Speed Lube Total Care • Star Silkscreen • Studio 7 Salon & Day Spa • Subway, West End • Sun & Fun • Swartz Properties • Tasty’s Chicago Grille - West Eldo • Texas Roadhouse • The Chili Bowl • The Decanter • The Decatur Club • The Fox’s Den • The Secret Garden • The Teacher’s Lounge • The Wharf • The Winery • Timbuktu • Tom’s Grill • Tournesol • Triple Dog Dare Ya • Tropix Salon and Spa • Unique Boutique • University Dogs • Up N’ Runnin’ • Veolia Environmental Services • Victory Pharmacy • Wabash Crossing Antiques • Whitestar Home Healthcare Services • Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe • Yoga Hound • Zips Florist by the Gates


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14 on the cover Don’t be fooled, these aren’t just any idiots. They are Idiots Running, a local running group that can be seen out on any and every day, no matter the weather.



August: Out and About


SPOTLIGHT: Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre


cover photo: Alida Duff Sullivan

The Food Dude: Jan’s East End Grill


The Locker Room: M.U.D.D.


September Events Calendar


20 Spot the Difference (answers p.33) 27


Guide to Tattoo Placement


Nothing to Fear with Beer


THRIVE 3Way: Three Ways to Work Out at Home


No Fear Taste testing beers or pairing beer with cuisine should be nothing but fun. Charlie McGorray puts us at ease. photo: Sarah Jane

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Happy Fall Ya’ll! Seriously? The summer is over? Let me check. Yep...sure is! For me, the end of the Decatur Celebration really signifies the fact that I have to close my swimming pool and really get serious about putting away summer clothes. Yes people, I am very organized. It’s absolutely ridiculous. Now...we all know how I feel about cold weather and I can’t help but think about those soon-to-be freezing cold January mornings that I absolutely despise. But for now, I will enjoy all the wonderful things that September brings to the table. Football games on Friday nights, cookouts and bonfires, sweatshirts and jeans, and most importantly…I will get out my snuggie and get it washed and ready to wear at night while watching “iCarly” with my daughters. Fall is here! I can only hope that there are a few more hot days to savor before the real cold weather begins! Editor

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Out & About A look back at last month’s happenings

The Big Reunion

Although the Celebration’s crowds were surely packed with folks looking to remember past years, the new features were well received. The craft beer sampling and wine garden areas were both a big hit even in this first appearance. The big name headliners did well as always but there were a couple of surprises this year. Here Come the Mummies drew what may have been the biggest crowd the Funfest Stage has ever had and they did not dissapoint. Featuring up and coming artists, The Spotlight Stage is another to keep your eyes on next year. Oh, and by the way... it’s confirmed. We will have a 2012 Decatur Celebration! (above) Shawn jump on the Spotlight Stage with band Icon for Hire

21 Films

The Land of Lincoln Credit Union’s 21 Film Project joined the Celebration this year by screening their festival in the AVON Theatre. They packed the house on Friday, August 5th during their Red Carpet Event with special guests like Tiffany, and the 501st Legion.

photos: Travis Lickey

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Out & About

A look back at last month’s happenings

The Decatur Games

Backpack Attack photos: Heidi Brown

The ten day Olympic-style tourney includes games like Softball, Billiards, Golf, Karaoke, Pictionary, and Washers. When it ends on Aug. 25th, the team with the most points earns Cup!

Backpack Attack!

Over 2,000 school children received a backpack full of supplies thanks to this years Backpack Attack and many local sponsors. ADM and ADM employees were very generous this year with a $25,000 donation of supplies!

75 Years of Glowing Lanterns Lantern parade photos submitted by: Decatur Park District

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Decatur Games photo submitted by: Decatur Park District

This year marked 75 years for the Annual Lantern Parade, which celebrates the end of an an 8-week educational activity program. The last three weeks are spent creating themed floats and lanterns with help from the Park Leaders or “Yellow Hats”.

Ron English photos: Katrina Smalley


(above) Ron English brushes out one piece of the mural puzzle. (top right) Finished mural that can be seen on S. Oakland Ave. in Decatur.

New York-based painter and POP Artist Ron English made a quick, 3 day stop in his hometown of Decatur. On Sunday, Aug. 21st, Donnie’s Pizza held a welcome reception where Ron visited with his High School art teacher Mr. Taylor and brainstorm with friends and fans about a mural. By 8 a.m. on Tuesday he was hard at work on South Oakland across from Lock, Stock & Barrel.

Ralph’s Opens

The Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce helped officially kick off Ralph’s West End Market with a ribbon cutting on August 19th. Located in the West End, Ralph’s offers up fresh, health conscious foods.

photo: Katrina Smalley

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by Joli Hohenstein

Blue Print for Entertainment:

Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre Debuts Fall Season Lineup Like your culture with a little edge? Check out Pipe Dreams Studio, Millikin’s fully student run contemporary theater. “We’re a black box theater, an experimental theater,” says Patrons Manager Wade Tischhauser. “We take four black walls, a flat floor and 90 seats, and we can arrange them in any way, performing all contemporary work.” Get a first look at the docket at The Blue Print, the semi-annual seasonal kickoff and fundraising gala. Set for Friday, September 30 from 8-10 pm, the event will share the Madden Arts Center and Blue Connection, Millikin’s student run art gallery. Stop by and enjoy refreshments, a silent auction and entertainment including live piano and sneak peeks from the first production of the fall.

In addition, this season will offer occasional special events, such as Homemade Fusion, a cabaretstyle concert on Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, that features a collection of songs by the award-winning writing team of Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond. The duo was recently in residence at Millikin and wrote the new musical Golden Gate. Whatever your pleasure, Pipe Dreams is sure to offer entertainment for all. “This year our audience and stage will be set up differently every time,” says Wade. “We’ve tried to select different genres to offer something for everyone in the community.”

The Blue Print signals the start of Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre’s first fully produced season, an exciting milestone for students and the university alike. Specializing in original works and new takes on old favorites, Pipe Dreams promises engaging entertainment for all and produces material from Millikin students, faculty and alumni. “Our first production is an episodic made up of shorter pieces no more than an hour in length,” says Wade. “We’ll show two episodes this season and two episodes next season.” [Editor’s note: Pipe Dreams breaks their seasons into fall and spring.] Titled Careful What You Wish For, the Twilight Zoneesque episodic is written by student Nic Belanger. Catch Episode 1 on Thursday and Friday, October 20-21, and Episode 2 on Thursday and Friday, November 17-18. Also coming up this season: Almost, Maine, a play by John Cariani showing from November 3-6 and Gutenberg! The Musical by Scott Brown and Anthony King playing Thursday-Sunday, December 1-4.

Affinity (top) and Another Day in the Box from spring 2011, Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre

All Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre shows start at 9 pm. Tickets are available at www. (choose to purchase online or reserve and pay at the door). Questions? Visit pipedreams, find them on Facebook or Twitter or e-mail

Joli Hohenstein is a senior contributor to THRIVE. She is an award-winning freelance writer, marketer, and editor. Joli dominates at scavenger hunts where she is the map maker. Get more Joli at 08 | september 2011



by T. F. DUDE

Jan’s East End Grill As one might expect, Jan’s East End Grill is situated on the East side of Decatur. If you follow Brush College down past Richland and ADM, it’s right at the bottom of the hill before William Street. Right where it’s been for as long as I can remember except they upgraded to a new building not too many years ago. And, just to point out another obvious factoid, Jan’s is owned by - yup, you guessed it - Jan. Although they are open every day of the week and start serving at 5 a.m. (6 a.m. on Sunday), I’ve never been in and not at least caught sight of her. Usually, she’s quick to greet you as you come in and get settled. Often you’ll see her sitting and visiting with the regulars. Just this last trip in to Jan’s something really clicked in regards to the “regulars”. I’ve always been blown away by how many chef’s specials they have every day. Seriously. They have so many it’s unbelievable. This could be another obvious fact to all of you, but it just sunk in that you can go back to Jan’s over and over again and not fall victim to the same old “specials” that really don’t seem that special after the second, or third, or fourth time. Just to illustrate my point, here are a few of the recent specials I can recall: Chicken and Noodles, Broasted Chicken, Taco Salad, Chicken Fried Steak, Walleye, Roast Beef, Spaghetti, Tuna Noodle Casserole, Polish Sausage, Meatloaf. I could go on. Plus, add in daily soups, salads and their regular menu. Keep in mind, this is just lunch I’m talking about... wowzers! So, with all that being said, here’s what you need to know when you lunch at Jan’s. If you see the Taco Salad or Italian Beef, think twice before passing it up. These two items above all else come with rave reviews from all my foodie friends. Everything is home made and these two in particular rise above the rest because you can customize. Don’t like

peppers in with the beef? They can do that. Want extra meat on the Taco Salad? They can do that, too. If you want to skip directly to the best of the best from their regular menu, I suggest the Henny Penny. Basically, think Reuben with Chicken instead of Corned Beef. One of the most interesting things about this sandwich is the bread. A classic Reuben is on Pumpernickel bread, sure. The Henny Penny is on Pumpernickel too, but it was sliced down to about one quarter of an inch. So, right there you aren’t battling too much bread. What I really appreciate is how it was perfectly toasted; buttery and crispy. I can imagine why my dad gets a grilled cheese every single time he goes to Jan’s. Now for the good stuff inside the sandwich. The grilled chicken was in nice, bite-sized cubes so you aren’t accidentally pulling out a giant slab with each bite. The sauerkraut was there, but not too much. There was an abundance of caramelized onions and swiss cheese. For me, this was heaven. Bring it all together with Thousand Island dressing and some lettuce and you’ve got the Henny Penny. It makes this food dude want to do the Henny Penny dance. The breakfast at Jan’s East End Grill is worthwhile too, but there’s certainly not enough room to get into it this time around! Get there early and stay awhile. It’s the kind of place that’s comfortable. Give their Sunday morning brunch a try too, it’s loaded with all the breakfast goodies!

Get there! Jan’s East End Grill 566 Brush College Road 217.428.0094 Hours: Mo-Sa (5a-2p), Su (6a-2p)

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M.U.D.D Makin’ U Dirty Decatur Just when you thought all 5K races were alike, Junior Achievement brings a change to the typical run. M.U.D.D. (Makin’ U Dirty Decatur presented by Ray Eldridge Jewelry) is a 5K with a twist. You’re not just running the distance, you’re also overcoming obstacles along the way. Held at Fairview Park on Sept. 24, there are seven obstacles to maneuver by individuals with help from “teammates” in the adventure run, including a tube crawl, straw bale hurdle, stairway, wall climb, tire maze and a balance beam. The run ends by sliding headlong into a muddy pit and crawling to the finish. The race is individual, but teams are used to help each other through the obstacles. Making costumes is wildly encouraged and there will be prizes for best dressed as well as overall winners. “We hope it’s the beginning of a long and fun tradition,” said Junior Achievement of East Central Illinois president Jill Applebee, whose organization serves nearly 10,000 students in Central Illinois. Junior Achievement helps children of all ages with work skills by utilizing more than 500 volunteers to visit schools

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and provide hands-on programs that teach workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. “We’ve had a great response so far and hopefully it will just continue to grow.” The event will be Junior Achievement’s major fundraiser of the year after the organization stopped putting on their FLOG golf outing. Heather Stachnik and Maggi Lograsso were big fans of the FLOG event so when that folded, they came up with the M.U.D.D. run. The race is inspired by popular races like Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder and Applebee hopes this run will be fun for the serious athlete, the casual runner and all in between. There will also be a youth event. Lil’ M.U.D.D.Y. (Makin’ u Dirty Decatur Youth) is for children ages 6 to 13 and begins at 9 a.m. The adult race will kick off at 10 a.m., and racers will start every 20 minutes until 4 p.m. Applebee is hoping for 500 participants. “It’s a lofty goal, we know,” she said. “But we are really excited about the event and the response we’ve gotten so far.” An after party will be held in the main pavilion where there will be music, food and beer. Sign-ups for the race, which costs $50, continue to the day of the event but the fee increases to $55 on the day of the race. The youth race runs a mile and a half with fewer obstacles and costs $15. To register, contact Junior Achievement at 428-2151 or visit their Facebook page.

Other Decatur Races in September Sept 18 -- Shoreline Classic Sept. 24 -- Fifth Annual Betsy Smith Run

TROY HAYES is a former sportswriter at the Herald & Review and currently is a co-host of “The Aric Lee Show,” heard each weekday from 3-6 p.m. on ESPNDecatur 1050 AM “The Fan” (WDZ). Troy likes TV, the couch and watching exercise. 12 | september 2011

Remember When... Eric and Sydney McRae bought touring bicycles weeks after getting married in 1990. “We thought it would be something to do together and bond.  But then I found a couple guys who got me into racing, and Syd started running…” starts Eric. “…And we spent the next couple of years not seeing each other on weekends,” Sydney finishes.



Living on Cobb Street has its advantages, such as Fairview Park, Millikin performances, and the DISC. “I am completely entertained within a quarter mile of my house,” says Eric.

October 2011

Today... Their athletic tastes have also changed over the years and reunited at triathlons, including Iron Man competitions in Arizona and Switzerland. However, the McRae’s think the future of triathlons is right here in Decatur.

January 2012

“There are very few courses like this one, [Rodney T. Miller Triathlon] completely closed to car traffic,” says Eric. “This is the best organized event we compete at.”

March 2012

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Almost Elton John

Saturday, September 17 - 7:30 p.m. TICKETS: adult $12-$24 child $6-10

2011-2012 SEASON


Sunday, September 25 - 7:30 p.m. TICKETS: $15

Tickets available at or call (217) 424-6318.

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September Events EVERY DAY Danny Pratt Photography Show This display will reveal the beauty of plants and animals throughout central IL. N Wing Gallery, Rock Springs Nature Center (3939 Nearing Ln) Decatur Airport Art Exhibit Michael Delaney, Main Terminal (Decatur Airport), free, 422.1509 Decatur Library Art Exhibit Carol Kessler’s works in oil paint sticks, Decatur Public Library-Art Gallery (130 N Franklin St), free, 422.1509. Duck Stamps and Wetland Conservation Exhibit Explains the benefits of wetlands and existing threats that can cause destruction. Mounted specimens and hand carved decoys will compliment this display. Exhibit Hall, Rock Springs Nature Center (3939 Nearing Ln) EVERY MONDAY & THURSDAY Walk and Talk Beat the heat by walking indoors! Then join us for an optional book discussion and coffee. Mt Zion District Library (115 W Main St, Mt Zion), 8-9a. (except 9.5) EVERY TUESDAY Chess Club, Doherty’s Pub & Pins, 6p Knit Nite $3 non-members, Madden Arts Center (125 N Water), 423.3189, 7-9p

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DJ Stevie Ray Kelton Jabroni’s, 9p EVERY WEDNESDAY Mobile Soundz Karaoke AIW Hall (2882 N Dineen St), 8p DJ’s Lookin Good Good Lookin Cornerstone Tavern (1190 Southside Dr), 791.6663, 9p-2a Open Mic Night Tom Johnson. Donnie’s Homespun Pizza (126 S Oakland Ave), 9p-2a EVERY WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY Docta LD DJ/Karaoke Curly’s Bar & Pizza (2683 N Water), 875.9800, 9p-2a EVERY THURSDAY DJ Stevie Ray Kelton Timbuktu (5843 E State Rt 36), 9p DJ David Lee Lock Stock & Barrel (129 S Oakland), 429.7411,, 10p-2a EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY Wine Tastings The Decanter Fine Wines (215 N Main St), 422.9463. Fr 4-7p, Sa 1-6p EVERY SATURDAY Fresh Produce Market Richland Community College (One College Park), 8a-12p Farmers Market Farm fresh produce grown by local farmers. Downtown Decatur (Central Park). 8a-12p

Manley Mallard: Classical Guitar Live on the Patio, Donnie’s Homespun Pizza. 7-9:30p EVERY SUNDAY Jazz Sundays Long Creek Vineyard (7185 E Firehouse Rd), 571.0052, 2-5p Wednesday, 8.31 Rodney Atkins Richland Community College, Farm Progress Show. $15 in advance - $25 at the door, 6p Thursday, 1 Game Night with Decatur Gamers Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe, 5-7p Bike Nite Lock Stock & Barrel, 6-8p The Sugar Prophets Doherty’s Pub & Pins, 7:30p DJ Philbilly Sliderz Bar & Grille, 9p Friday, 2 Blue Connection After 5 Live Featuring Meghan Walsh, Drawings & Ceramics. Complimentary refreshments from Lock, Stock, and Barrel. Free and open to the public. Blue Connection-Downtown (117 N Water St), 5-7:30p

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Artist Reception: The Connellys Madden Arts Center, 5-7:30p Car & Bike Show Hickory River Smokehouse, 5-9p

A Palace of Strangers is No City Faculty instrumental recital and poetry reading. Free. Millikin University Kaeuper Hall, 424.6300. 4p

Saturday, 3 7th Annual IL State Street Stock Championship Macon Speedway, 764.3220 Dulcimer Club Rock Springs Nature Center (3939 Nearing Lane), 10a

First Friday: Gallery 510 Features the works of George Nichols, refreshments, 422.1509. 5:30-7:30p Preschool Peepers, Silly Spiders Ages 3-5 will be caught in a web Shay Thiele, Unplugged! of wonder exploring the world of Long Creek Vineyard (7185 E Firehouse Rd), 571.0052, 6:30-8:30p spiders. $1, Reservations required. Rock Springs Nature Center (3939 Nearing Ln), 10a “Free Music Fridays” on the Patio: Billy Galt There’s no place you’d rather be than Music at the Vineyard Riverbottom Nightmare Band, Long the patio at Jimmy Ryan’s. Join us Creek Vineyards (7185 E Firehouse every Friday for free music, great Rd), 521.6297, 3-7p food & drinks and an atmosphere that can’t be beat. www.jimmyryans. Blues Expression com for more details. 7:30-9:30p Sliderz Bar & Grille, 4p Escaping Neverland Black n Blue Band Sliderz Bar & Grille, 9p Sliderz Bar & Grille, 9p The Stone & Biscuit Band The Stone & Biscuit Band Timbuktu Saloon, 9p Pop’s Place, 9p 9.2-9.29 Sunday, 4 Travel Art: Italy & Beyond Features the art of husband and wife A Kids’ Mystery: Overnight Guests at the Farm duo, Bob and Rosemary Connelly. The Trobaugh Family has two Bob’s photography in tandem with strangers staying the night with Rosemary’s watercolor paintings them at the Homestead Prairie Farm. tell a stunning story of their travels Children are invited to see if they through Italy and beyond. Madden Arts Center(125 N Water), 423.3189. can figure out who the guests are by looking for clues. 1-4p 8:30a-4:30p (Mo-Fr), 10a-2p (Sa)

9.4-9.5 Friends of the Library Book Sale Offering over 60,000 used books, this sale has something for every reader. Sunday, hardback books are $1.00, paperbacks are $.50, and Special books are as marked. Monday, all books 1/2 priced! Or fill a bag for $5. Decatur Civic Center (1 Gary K Plaza) 11a-5p (Su), 9a-3p (Mo) Monday, 5 Labor Day Parade Central Park, 10a 15th Annual Millikin Decatur Symphony Orchestra Labor Day Pops Celebrate the end of summer with one of Decatur’s favorite family traditions. Free admission, a beautiful setting and an hour of great music for everyone. Nelson Park, 6p

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September Events 9.5-9.30 Faculty Art Exhibit Richland proudly presents the talented works of our faculty and staff in the annual Richland art faculty exhibit. Drawing, multimedia, pottery, watercolor, painting. Erlanson Gallery, Richland Community College (One College Park), 10a-3p (Mo-Fr) 9.6-9.7 Furry Fuzzy Animals Fur, fur everywhere! Join us as we learn about raccoons, deer, and squirrels through touch and sight. Ages 1-4 with adult on Tu, Ages 3-4 with adult on We. Rock Springs Nature Center (3939 Nearing Ln) 9a (Tu), 1p (We) Assassins Auditions Auditions from 6-9p at Richland’s Shilling Auditorium. Callbacks are 9.8. Prepare 32 bars of a song from a musical, monologue preferred, cold readings. More info www.richland. edu/theatre. Assassins opens 11.11.11 Wednesday, 7 Chamber Business Breakfast Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gayle Saunders & Dr. Douglas Brauer. Topic: Carbon Sequestration Program. $10/preregister, $15/at door. The Decatur Club (158 W Prairie Ave), 7-8a Books Between Bites Dr. Debbie Slayton will present a program about Henrietta Lacks. Madden Auditorium, Decatur Public Library, 12:15p

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Special Recreation Association (SRA) Dance A night of music, dancing, and snacks!, Knights of Columbus Hall, 6-8p

Vinyl 45 Sliderz Bar & Grille, 9p

Thursday, 8 Last Bike Nite Coziahr H-D, 6-8p

9.9-9.10 Mt Zion Fall Rummage Sale For Info, 864.5424

El Guapo Sliderz Bar & Grille, 8p

9.9-9.11, 9.16-17 The Wizard of Oz Mid Summer Moon Productions, Decatur Civic Center (1 Gary K Plaza), 7p (Fr & Sa), 2p(Su & Sa 9.16)

Friday, 9 Car & Bike Show Culvers, 5-9p

Tympanic Blues AIW Hall, 9p

Sam Lacy, Unplugged Long Creek Vineyard (7185 E Firehouse Rd), 571.0052, 6-8p

Saturday, 10 11th Annual Fido Scurry Everybody, 2-legged and 4-legged, is welcome to run, to walk, or just to come and watch and mingle. Run$25/Walk-$10. Pet Parade/Costume Contest (8:40a), Dog Jog (9a), Doggie Triathlon, Wheels, paws & paddle (9:45a). Refreshments, treats, face painting. 423.PETS, Fairview Park (Pavillion #1),All events 8-11a

“Free Music Fridays” on the Patio: Chris Bradley & Jennifer Hood Join us every Friday for free music, great food & drinks and an atmosphere that can’t be beat. for more details. Jimmy Ryan’s, 7:30-9:30p

All the Time in the World Create a room clock using clayshaped hour numerals selected from various cultures such as Arabic, Suzhou, Maya and more! $20 member, $25 non-member. Grades K-6. Studio, Madden Arts Center(125 N Water), 423.3189. 9-10:45a

Hipbone Sam Band Christine’s (Illiopolis), 8p

A Standard Flower Show Seasons of Life, presented by Garden Club of Decatur. First Christian Church (3350 N MacArthur Rd), Donation $2, 9a-3p

The Curators The Curators play old-timey music, folk, and older country music, but the band members are young and hip, $5 cover, Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe (256 W Main St), 6-8p

LHP Live music in the Back Bar during dinner..Paco said you should be here. Paco’s Sol Bistro, 8-11p

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Barkfest An entire day of fun things for families, kids, and pets alike. There will be games, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, activities, contests and more. $3, all proceeds to benefit Love At First Sight. Forsyth Park. 10a-3p Animal Crackers: Animals Play, Too Ages 3-5 listen to a story, meet an animal, create a craft and snack on animal crackers. 421.7435 to register. Scovill Zoo, 9:30-10:15a or 11-11:45a

GLAD Social and Potluck Dinner Gather for conversation, dinner, and program activity. GLAD socials are held in a safe, accepting environment for all people. For more info, Gather at 6:30p, dinner at 7p Hornet World Championships Macon Speedway (201 S Wiles Macon IL), 764.3220 808 Band Sliderz Bar & Grille, 9p

Signed Story Times Decatur Public Library (130 N Franklin), 11a

England Chambers Band Lock Stock & Barrel, 429.7411,, 10p

Grandparents Day Festival Free family fun. Festival activities include: arts & crafts, inflatable games, face painting, caricature artist, musical entertainment, food vendors, Masons fingerprinting (ICHIP program)! Imboden Creek Gardens (185 W Imboden Dr), 521.2345, 1-4p

9.10-9.11 Special Olympics: Outdoor Sports Festival Equestrian (Big Creek Riding Stables), Softball (Rotary Park), Golf (Hickory Point Golf Course). 309.888.2000, ext 245

Soul Purpose Sliderz Bar & Grille, 4-7p Cruisin’ Nights at Eldo For Info, 972.9049. 6p The Hitmen Long Creek Vineyards (7185 E Firehouse Rd), 521.6297, 6p

Nutcracker Open Auditions Ages 5-Adult. Shilling Lobby (Richland Community College),875.7211 x741, 2-4p Sunday, 11 Cruise 11 for 9.11 Custom Car and Motorcycle Show and Memorial to Remember our Heroes of 9.11, and honor our patriots (registration begins at 11a, 11 mile cruise begins at 1p). Decorated bicycles/tricycles ride around Central Park, 2p. Judging of Cars & Bikes, 2:30p. Blues Brothers Tribute Show, 3p. Memorial Service, 4p. All events free to public. $11 donation to enter a bike or vehicle. Central Park. All events from 11a-5p Bluegrass Music Jams Rock Springs Nature Center (3939 Nearing Lane), 1-4p

Grandparents’ Day Grandparents can bring their families and enjoy a day at Scovill Zoo (71 S Country Club Rd), includes cake walks, Chicken Bingo and more! Prairie Celebration Grandparents enter free with a Get back into the nature and paying child ($3: 2-12; $5: 13-64; history groove as you join us for wagon rides, nature and astronomy $4: 65+), 421.7435. programs, hikes, music, 19th century 1-4p trades people (blacksmith, weaver, potter and others), children’s activities and more! Entry is free. Food and face painting are available for a fee. Rock Springs Nature Center (3939 Nearing Ln). 11a-5p (Sa), 12-4p (Su)

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September Events Rally Day Block Party Games, live music, prizes, fellowship, and food. It’s the church’s “block party” on God. All are welcome. First Congregational UCC (3465 N MacArthur Rd), 454.9558, 1-4p Illinois Nationals All-original indie roots rock band. Nelson Park Amphitheatre, 2p Red, White & Blues Spend the afternoon in our Grand Ballroom with the Decatur Blues Society for a Blues Jam of epic proportion. The Decatur Club (158 W Prairie), 3-7p Ordinary Days Presented by MU Department of Theatre and Dance in conjunction with the University’s remembrance day, 9/11: The Rising Hope. A refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections. It tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and cabs. Kaueper Hall (MU), 2p & 7p

Decatur Blues Society Meeting Doherty’s Pub & Pins, 6p Wednesday, 14 Mt Zion Chamber Luncheon Richland Community College (One College Park), 11:30a Culinary Arts Luncheon Chicken Caesar Wraps or BOHO Sheik Burger. $10. Richland Community College (One College Park), For Reservations: 875.7211, x740. Two Seating Times, 11:30a or 12:30p Faculty Art Exhibit Reception Richland proudly presents the talented works of our faculty and staff in the annual Richland art faculty exhibit. Richland Community College (One College Park), 12-1p Thursday, 15 DPL Book Club Board Rm, Decatur Public Library, 1p

Mom’s Night Out Launch Party. We will be featuring locally owned mom businesses with food and drinks! Come and meet other local Tuesday, 13 Taste of Home Cooking School mom’s while celebrating this great Decatur Civic Center (1 Gary K Plaza), community! $5 for appetizers and 1 drink ticket. First 100 will receive 4:30p goody bag full of over $100 in deals and coupons. Shear Learning D’ Brew Crew Academy of Cosmetology, 6-9p Decatur area home-brewers meeting. Are you a home brewer, or interested in starting? Come check us Matt Carter Trio out, and bring your home-brew with Sliderz Bar & Grille, 8p you. Call or email for location each month. 309.824.8573, dbrewcrew@, 7p

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Friday, 16 Mt Zion Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing 4 person shotgun scramble. Food, raffle, & prizes after. For info, www. or 855.9368. Lunch at 11:45a, Shotgun start 12:30p. Scovill Golf Course. Car & Bike Show Autozone, South (Decatur), 5-9p Nick Cogan Nick is an 18-year old up and comer who writes his own music and lyrics., Indie Folk, $5 cover, Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe (256 W Main St), 6-8p Ashley Riley, Unplugged Long Creek Vineyard (7185 E Firehouse Rd), 571.0052, 6:30-8:30p Silver Lining Quartet Boody Southern Baptist Church (210 N Main, Boody), 7p “Free Music Fridays” on the Patio: Billy Galt Join us every Friday for free music, great food & drinks and an atmosphere that can’t be beat. for more. Jimmy Ryan’s, 7:30-9:30p The STILL Lock Stock & Barrel, 8p Soy City Stranglers, she rides, Dead Tooth Cornerstone Tavern (1190 W South Side Dr), 9p

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Brushfire Sliderz Bar & Grille, 9p 9.16-9.17 Homemade Fusion Cabaret style concert featuring a collection of songs by Michael Kooman and Christopher Diamond. Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre. Time TBD 9.16-9.18 Arts in Central Park Decatur Area Arts Council and Gallery 510 present this 49th annual juried arts fair, showcasing more than 70 artists displaying original artwork for sale–pottery, jewelry, watercolor, oil, mixed media, sculpture, photography, fiber art, blown glass and more. This family event also features music, food, kids art activities, a kids art shop and entertainment. Friday evening is a sneak peek at the art with music Moroccan Soul, 423.3189. 5-7p (Fr), 10a-5p (Sa), 10a-4p (Su) Saturday, 17 21st Annual Women’s Day 50 different vendors (try, compare and save). Food, entertainment, and fashion. Decatur Civic Center (1 Gary K Plaza), 9a-2p Mt Zion Ladies Day: Family Matters The founder of Baby Talk and “The Frugal Family” coupon blogger teaches folks how to use coupons and save money. Music, skits, and

Meyer’s strong vocals, striking resemblance, and amazing talent on the piano has audiences everywhere remembering when rock was young. $6-$24. Kirkland Fine Arts Center (1184 W Main), 7:30p

luncheon. $7. For reservations, 864.4315, Mt Zion Christian Church (1125 Florian Ave, Mt Zion), Breakfast 8:30a; Program 9a Dulcimer Club Rock Springs Nature Center (3939 Nearing Lane), 10a

Brown Bottle Fever The Winery, 9p

Family Fun-Tree Scavenger Hunt My leaves can look like a mitten or a dinosaur foot. I was once used to make root beer. What am I? Rock Springs Nature Center, 1p

Trash Martini Sliderz Bar & Grille, 9p Sunday, 18 22nd Annual Shoreline Classic Road Race Run along the shores of beautiful Lake Decatur. All runners and spectators will enjoy food and music in the pavilion after the race. Nelson Park. 15K-7:30a; 5K-8a; Tot Trot9:15a; Mighty Tot Trot-9:25a

Mel & Amy Run Coziahr H-D will close at 1p, so employees may participate. Whiskey and a Pickle Long Creek Vineyards (7185 E Firehouse Rd), 521.6297, 3-7p Kidd Cadillac Sliderz Bar & Grille, 4p History Comes Alive Dr. Dan Monroe will discuss former Illinois Governor Richard Oglesby and his family. Gov Ogelsby Mansion (421 W William), 4p

Steven A. Douglas Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival Beautiful Trobaugh Field at Rock Springs Conservation Area (3939 Nearing Ln) Car & Bike Show Timbuktu Saloon, 1-5p

Street Party Saturday Half -Way to St Patrick’s Day. Merchant Street, 5p-12a, Band plays at 7p Almost Elton John Widely considered to be the best Elton John tribute artist in the world,

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September Events Deak Harp- Blues Harmonica Concert Features the smooth sounds of early blues instruments while reflecting on the times of the past. Rock Springs Nature Center (3939 Nearing Ln), 1p Pocket Watches of the 19th and 20th Centuries Local pocket watch collector and volunteer Rich Redden will exhibit some of his collection at the Homestead Prairie Farm Stage and explain the various changes in watches through the years. 2p

Mt Zion Business After Hours Hawthorn Suites, 5-7p Decatur History Club Staley Rm, Decatur Public Library. 6p 9.21-9.22 Ribbits & Hops What is green, slimy, and hops? Frogs and toads! Splash into the world of our amphibian friends during this exciting adventure. Ages 1-4 with adult on We, Ages 3-4 with adult on Th. Rock Springs Nature Center. 9a (We), 1p (Th)

Thursday, 22 Singles/Couples Dance Live Band. Knights of Columbus (520 Getting Started Fall Genealogical Classes, $3, Decatur E North St), 5-8p Genealogical Society Library (1225 West South Side Dr). For reservations Monday, 19 429.0135, 7-9 p Wildflour Book Hour Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe(256 DJ Philbilly Sliderz Bar & Grille, 9p W Main), 5:30p Wednesday, 21 The Many Faces of George Washington Exhibit Opening Explores the breadth of Washington’s leadership abilities. Not only his well-known achievements, but it also highlights many of his accomplishments that prove to be surprising and fascinating. Refreshments served. Gallery (Decatur Public Library), 10a Job Fair Decatur Civic Center, 12-4p Game Night with Decatur Gamers The Decatur Club, 5-7p

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Friday, 23 Concertino MU choirs including Chamber Chorale, Millikin Men’s and Women’s Choirs. Free. 424.6300, Central Christian Church, 6p

Chris Bradley & Jennifer Hood Lock Stock & Barrel (129 S Oakland), 429.7411,, 8p “Free Music Fridays” on the Patio Join us every Friday for free music, great food & drinks and an atmosphere that can’t be beat. for more details. Jimmy Ryan’s, 7:30-9:30p Indagroove AIW Hall, 9p Sugar Prophets Sliderz Bar & Grille, 9p 9.23-9.24 Fall Family Weekend Millikin University Saturday, 24 MUDD Run (Makin’ U Dirty Decatur) The MUDD Run is a mud-crawling, obstacle-conquering, costumewearing, team-building, gutwrenching 5K experience. Be prepared to conquer obstacles like: sliding down a hill into a mud pool, climbing up and over hay bale hurdles, crossing over and under staggering logs, all in the name of good dirty fun! For info, 428.2151. Fairview Park, Registration 7-9a, Lil’ MUDDY (ages 6-13) begins at 9a, MUDD Run begins at 10a

Los Gringos del Corn Dave Burdick and Travis Stimeling weave a tapestry of old-time country, bluegrass, and folk music that brings the riches of American roots music to life, $5. Wildflour Artisan Bakery & NAACP Soul Food Festival Cafe (256 W Main), 6-8p Decatur Civic Center (1 Gary K Plaza) Nick and Tyler, Unplugged Long Creek Vineyard (7185 E Firehouse Rd), 571.0052, 6-8p

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Betsy Smith Memorial 5k Run/Walk St. Mary’s Hospital/Lake Decatur. 620.2555 or, 8a Hooray for Clay! It’s all about clay...including the history of clay in all cultures, the properties of clay, and the exploration of modern day clays. Students will create a keepsake from each type of clay. $20 members/$25 non-mem. Grades K-6, Studio, (Madden Arts Center), 423.3189. 9-10:45a Over The River & Through The Woods Join us for a hike over the Sangamon River and through the wooded landscape as we learn about the natural history. Rock Springs Nature Center, 10a 3rd Annual Tommy Morrissey Poker Run for CASA Sign up from 12-1p at Coziahr H-D. No motorcycle? That’s ok come out and support CASA. All vehicles welcome. 12-3p American Girl Tea Party Mt Zion District Library,1-2p

Oakwood Street Festival Alligator Wine, Matt Livasy, England Chambers Band, Verona Red, Cal Street Band. Live Music & Great Food. Lock Stock & Barrel, 3-10p The STILL Long Creek Vineyards (7185 E Firehouse Rd), 521.6297, 3-7p Soul Purpose Sliderz Bar & Grille, 4-7p Howie’s Ride Leave Coziahr H-D at 4:30p Argenta/Oreana High School Class of 1961 Reunion Reservations Due by 9.17, 304.0496. Main Hangar Restaurant, 5p

Astronomy Jamboree A guest speaker, star crafts, storytelling, star gazing, telescopes, door prizes and marshmallow roasting will make wonderful memories for all ages. Free. 423.7708. Friends Creek Conservation Area (13734 Friends Creek Park Rd, Cisco), 7-9p Collage Concert Showcases MU’s leading performing ensembles in a delightful evening with University Choir, Symphonic Wind, String Arts, One, Jazz Band I, Guitar Ensemble, and Percussion Ensembles. $9, Kirkland Fine Arts Center (1184 W Main St), 7:30p Whiskers and Tails Gala Decatur Country Club,

8th Annual Mt Zion Marching Music Games Bands from across the Midwest will travel to Mt Zion to compete in parade and field show competitions. Mt Zion High School, Parade-4p (Downtown Mt Zion), Field Show-7p (Football Field)

Afterglow Sliderz Bar & Grille, 9p

2nd Annual “The Road to Memphis” Blues Challenge Starting time will be determined by number of entries. Please see www. for info & entry form. The Bourbon Barrel, 5-10p

Verona Red Lock Stock & Barrel, lockstockdecatur. com, 429.7411 10p

Central A&M High School Post Prom Golf Tourney 4 person scramble, shotgun start. POWRi Midgets & Micros $50 per person includes golf, cart Macon Speedway (201 S Wiles rental, dinner, and prices. Proceeds go to Central A & M High School Post Macon, IL), 764.3220 Prom. 768.3411, Moweaqua Golf Course, 1p

Soul Creek Come help Paco celebrate the anniversary of his know you want to! Paco’s Sol Bistro, 9:30p-1a(ish)

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September Events Vintage Baseball in Macon County Join Lee Slider (the father of vintage base ball in IL) and Bob Sampson for an intro to base ball that is not only spelled with two words but played with no gloves. Learn about base ball in the 1840s, 50s, and 60s and the 200+ teams today keep it alive. Decatur Genealogical Decatur is home to the first vintage Society Meeting Following Mr. Beidler’s (Commodore team in IL and has colorful characters such as “C’mon Mamma,” “Paydirt,” Stephen Decatur) talk there will be a short open general meeting of the “Go Daddy,” and “Rosey the Behind.” membership. Refreshments avail., as Decatur Public Library, 6p well as free research time. 429.0135, Decatur Genealogical Library (1255 W 9.28-9.30 Moweaqua Fall Community South Side Dr), 1-4p Rummage Sale Maps available at Moweaqua Foods. Seedy Business Hike 4-7 (Th), 9a-5p (Fr), 9a-12p (Sa) Fall is a time for bountiful harvest of seeds. We’ll look for seeds that Thursday, 29 fly, stick, and float and learn the importance of seeds and seed dispersal. Bar Bingo On the Patio: The Finale! Rock Springs Nature Center, 2p All bingo winners (including 9.29) will be entered to win the iPad2, Cantus winner announced at the end. Must Performed and programmed by be present to win. With 30% bingo nine self-led vocalists. Cantus has established a reputation for creating and 70% trivia, it’s bingo like you’ve never played before! jimmyryans. innovative concerts, often tying together works of numerous genres com for details. 6:30-8:30p to explore a selected theme. $6-$15, Local & County Records Kirkland Fine Arts Center (1184 W Fall Genealogical Classes, $3, Decatur Main St), 7:30p Genealogical Society Library (1225 W South Side Dr). For reservations Tuesday, 27 429.0135, 7-9p Non-Fiction Book Club “Salt: A World History” by Mark LHP Acoustic Kurlansky. Board Room, Decatur Sliderz Bar & Grille, 8p Public Library. 1p Sunday, 25 Sports Card, Collectible and Memorabilia Show Free Admission, Hourly Door Prizes, Live Auction from 1-3p. Decatur Conference Center & Hotel (4191 US Hwy 36W), 9a-4p

Game Night with Decatur Gamers Godfather’s Pizza, 5-7p

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The Coronation of Poppea A production by the Millikin University School of Music Opera Theatre. 424.6300, Kaeuper Hall, 6p “Free Music Fridays” on the Patio: Billy Galt Join us every Friday for free music, great food & drinks and an atmosphere that can’t be beat. www. for more details. 7:30-9:30p Soy City Rollers v McLean County Missfits Decatur Civic Center (1 Gary K Plaza), $15. Bout starts at 7p Swing Night Swing into fall with Swing Night! All ages can join in the fun at the Decatur Airport Gaitros FBO Hangar, as Decatur’s own Sande Hackel Orchestra performs (7-10p). 422.5911. Free lessons, 6-6:45p. Dance Contest, 8:30p Cars 2 Free Indoor Movie with Popcorn. Mueller Student Center (RCC). 7p S.S. Web, Ghost Hollow Road Cornerstone Tavern, 8p The Blue Print Semi-annual seasonal kick-off and fundraising gala for Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre. Refreshments, silent auction, and entertainment. Madden Arts Center & Blue Connection (Downtown). 8-10p

Friday, 30 Jury’s Out Navigator Bingo Mt Zion District Library (115 W Main Sliderz Bar & Grille, 9p St, Mt Zion), 6-7p

Welcome Party for New York artist Ron English at Donnie’s Homespun Pizza

hen thinking about getting a tattoo, it’s good to think about placement. Local tattoo artist Jesse Blunt from It’s Just A Little Prick Tattoo, Co., gives us some helpful tidbits on where you should put your tattoo, and why.


Written by Jesse Blunt

Up or Down?

Believe it or not, there is a definite up, down, forward and backward to the game of tattoo design and placement. As a general rule of thumb, your tattoos should “face” or “look” the same direction you do. The eagle above, for example would be perfect for a right bicep. Text should always face right-side-up for the viewer, not the WEAR wearer!

Where Exactly?

Your final tattoo design and the location you get it inked should be a perfect match. Use your body’s natural “S” curves as a guide. Follow your muscle definition and imagine how a banner, vines, script or even a dragon can fit organically into these shapes. Symmetrical pieces are a nobrainer that can fit just about anywhere.

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Symbols these days can mean just about anything, so ask about the history of the designs you like. For instance, the nautical star has maritime origins as a representation of the North Star. Sailors would place these on their forearms or hands for protection and good luck with finding their way home. There are hundreds of historyrich icons that were truly used as amulets or talismans to protect the wearer. Sparrows, Pigs, Roosters, Anchors, Dragons, Ropes and Daggers are but a few.

FACE VALUE Sometimes meaning is only skindeep. Tattoos can be chosen just as powerful, graphic images.

PAIN Beginners often wonder about where tattoos hurt most. While all tattoos hurt, and pain is subjective, here are some general pain ratings. tattoo designs by

Sailor Jerry painted by Jesse Blunt

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Find your perfect match with Charlie McGorray’s simple recipe

Many’s the time restauranteurs hear the blanket statement “I’m not a beer drinker,” but few and far between were the conversions, until the craft beer craze swept foodies. “Pairing beers with foods is very similar to pairing meals with wine,” says Charlie McGorray, beer aficionado and owner of McGorray’s Grill, which offers more than 119 craft beers. In other words, it’s about finding the beer for you, not finding the beer you should drink. And part of the appeal, says Charlie, is in the way the beer plays off the food, or vice versa.

double duty as dessert beers, says Charlie. They really bring out the fruity flavors of foods. A couple of Charlie’s favorites, Karma and White Rascal, happen to be from St. Theresa graduate Adam Avery’s Colorado brewery. Charlie’s other picks for dessert beers: porters or stouts, which often sport chocolate, coffee or toffee notes that perfectly pick up, say a double chocolate mousse, devil’s food cake or German chocolate cake. Hankering for a hunk of meat? Pair your sirloin, ribeye or flatiron steak or even pork with a heavier beer with more malty flavor. A nice dark brown ale or a porter or stout perfectly sets off great cuts of meat. “Dirty Bastard pairs really well with beef steak,” says Charlie.

If you like spicy food, go for a beer with a bit of a bitter effect, like a pale ale or India pale ale, also known as IPA. “They have more hops in them for more flavor,” One thing to note here: Charlie is not says Charlie. Great for quesadillas, Thai of the school that suggests marrying chicken and other fully flavorful foods. opposite foods and flavors. “Some For lighter fare such as salads, choose a people say you should have contrasting beer with a more floral note, flavor and flavors to better bring out the food,” aroma. “A Belgian-style beer with a little he explains. “I think they should be more delicate fruity flavor goes great complementary, so the flavors really with a Waldorf salad,” he explains. come through in both.” Few of these beers are one-shot And forget hard-and-fast rules set by wonders though (excuse the pun). cuisine, like drink a lager with Mexican Belgians, for example, can easily do food. Pay attention to how the food is 30 | september 2011

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prepared rather than its origins. After all, every cuisine runs its range of tastes from bland to spicy, simple to complex. Looking for the perfect beer to put with today’s catch? Light style beer usually has a fresh, milder flavor. “A lager style or light golden ale that has a nice floral, somewhat fruity bouquet goes with any type of fish,” says Charlie. Right now he particularly likes one from Capital Brewery out of Wisconsin. “It’s more flavorful than say a Bud or Miller but not overpowering.” Another fresh fish friend? Hefeweizens, those German-style full-bodied beers with sweeter, fruitier notes. They’re also excellent with chicken dishes like Florentine, baked and Alfredo. “They’re great with the pasta and wheat flavors,” says Charlie. Of course, not to be missed are the seasonal brews that rotate with the weather. For fall, Sierra Nevada’s Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale is a “really delicate light brown full seasonal beer,” he says. And of course the Oktoberfests are on their Continued on p.32

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way, like Avery’s Kaiser, which Charlie describes as a very full bodied imperial (translation=extra alcohol), and of course Sam Adams Oktoberfest.

brewed specifically as a crossover beer. (Think crossover SUV, not so much one style or the other, but mild enough to appeal to multiple crowds.)

Still not convinced? If you’re looking to explore the beer world, or your beer drinking friends have heckled you into tasting, he suggests dipping a tastebud in with Capital Brewery’s Supper Club,

Above all, says Charlie, don’t be afraid! Experiment on your own and see what you like. There’s a beer for every fear.

Yes! Decatur has the necessities also lots of pleasures Parks, bands, theatre, to mention few of the treasures Industry, college, and shopping galore Bistros, hospitals, who needs more You can hit a golf ball, swing a bat Check out Merchant Street for this or that Sing, politics, ride a bike Go fishing or take a hike Hey, it’s not Boston, not San Francisco Sure not Denver or Chicago Search those cities, it won’t be found What Decatur is? It’s “My Kind of Town”

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