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Exhibit Opening: “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill”

October 26, 2014
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
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An exhibition celebrating the paintings of Illinois’ best-known folk artist, Olof Krans, who documented 19th century life in Bishop Hill, is opening to the public Oct. 11 at Peoria Riverfront Museum. “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill” was created in conjunction with the release of a new book on Krans and his work.
The show will feature more than 20 paintings, as well as several items of furniture and artifacts from the Bishop Hill Colony – some of which have never before been displayed in Peoria. Works include portraits of early settlers, views of the colony’s ocean voyage from Sweden, and scenes of early life in Bishop Hill.
Exhibited works come from the museum's permanent collection, a local private collection and the Bishop Hill Museum – which loaned two large-scale paintings including Krans’ famous self-portrait at age 70. The exhibition is curated by Kristan H. McKinsey.
The exhibit celebrates the release of a comprehensive survey – or catalogue raisonné – of Krans' work and his documentation of life in the Bishop Hill Colony. The fully illustrated hardcover book, The Art of Olof Krans: A Prairie Vision, 2014, is available for purchase in the museum store.
The book features essays on Krans’ legacy by Chicago art historian, Esther Sparks, and Martha Jane Downey, Superintendent of Bishop Hill State Historic Site.
It was published by Peoria Riverfront Museum and sponsored by Illinois folk art collector, Merle H. Glick, with additional funding from the American Folk Art Society and David Connor. Printing was made possibible by a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suesa Foundation of San Francisco, Calif.

Exhibition opening: “Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art”

October 26, 2014 - 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-863-3006
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A new exhibit on the evolution of 20th century American art opens to the public at Peoria Riverfront Museum Sept. 27. “Impressionism into Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art,” is a visual journey through the dramatic transformation of American art from the academic realism of the 1880s to the abstract expressionism of the 1940s and 50s.

Presented within the cultural and historical context of the time, the exhibit showcases modern art – mainly paintings, drawings and prints – made in the United States from 1880 to 1950 by American and foreign-born artists. The story focuses on artists working in Chicago, which became the cultural center for the Midwest following Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Accordingly, the exhibit draws from several Illinois art collections, including those of Dr. William H. and Nancy Marshall, Peoria; Illinois State Museum, Springfield; Richard Norton Gallery, Chicago; and Clifford Law Offices P.C., Chicago.

Among the works included in the exhibit are two paintings which have never before been on public display, on loan from the Clifford Law Offices.

Curated by Kristan H. McKinsey, the exhibit also traces the impact on American art of pivotal historical events, including two world wars and the Great Depression, cultural revolutions such as the 1913 Armory Show, the rapid growth of U.S. cities, scientific discoveries and new insight into human psychology.

New York replaced post-WWII Paris as the world’s cultural capital, and the exhibit also examines the dialogue between U.S. and European artists as they experimented with progressive styles and techniques.

A special interactive allows visitors to explore The Armory Show – the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art – the largest group of modern art ever amassed in one location. The show introduced Americans to the avant-garde art of Picasso and Duchamp. It also featured a small number of revolutionary works that shocked visitors and altered the course of modern art in America and Europe.

Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art runs from Sept. 27, 2014 through Jan. 11, 2015. The museum thanks exhibit sponsors Rennie Atterbury, Thomas and Lois Mayer, and Terry Knueppel. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is the collaborative effort of eight organizations, with nearly 500 years of combined experience educating, entertaining, and supporting our diverse Peoria-area culture. Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all - connecting art, history, science, and achievement through collections, exhibitions, and programs. Visit PeoriaRiverfrontMuseum.org.

WeaverRidge Sunday Brunch

October 26, 2014 - 10:00AM to 02:00PM
WeaverRidge Golf Club
5100 N Weaverridge Blvd
Peoria, IL 61615
309-691-3344
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WeaverRidge Golf Club is open to the public. The Brunch features: Champagne, Mimosas, Made to order Omelettes, Belgian Waffles, Carving Station, full array of Breakfast items, Salad Bar, Lunch Entrees, Seafood Display, and a assortment of mouth watering Desserts. Served 10:00am-2:00pm. For reservations call 309-691-3344 x 3

J.K. Williams Distilling Tour and Tastings

October 26, 2014 - Saturdays from 12-5pm, Sundays from 12-4pm
J.K. Williams Distilling, LLC
526 High Point Lane
East Peoria, IL 61611
309-839-0591
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J.K Williams is a family distillery producing high-quality craft whiskey and bourbon in the tradition of our bootlegging great-great grandpa, J.K. Williams.  Stop by for an educational tour and samples of our products Saturdays: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Sundays: 12 pm to 4 pm. Tours every 30 minutes.

The Fox on the Fairway

October 26, 2014 - Doors Open 6:00 P.M. • Buffet 6:30-7:30 • Show Starts 8:00 Sunday Brunch Performances Doors Open 12:00 Noon • Buffet 12:00-1:00 • Show Starts 1:30
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Rd.
Goodfield, IL 61742
309-965-2545
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Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18 for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2.

The Fox on the Fairway By Ken Ludwig: A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930's and 1940's, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with...golf.

Chrysanthemum Show – “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

October 26, 2014 - 12:00PM
2520 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
309-686-3362
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Regular Luthy Botanical Garden Hours & Admission - All Ages Welcome

Bring the kids to enjoy a spectacular showing of fall color, and maybe even spot the “Jack!” Packed with hundreds of mums, this event makes a great escape from the fall chill in the air and offers a peaceful respite before the holiday season begins. The Gift Shop will have selected merchandise marked down and available for purchase.

Collectors Weekend

October 26, 2014 - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday noon to 5 pm
Bishop Hill Arts Council
103 North Bishop Hill Road
Bishop Hill, IL 61419
309 927 3899
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For one weekend only at the Steeple Building museum, antique and vintage items of all shapes, sizes and topics will be displayed by area residents. The Steeple Building museum is located at 103 North Bishop Hill Road in Bishop Hill, IL. For Collectors Weekend, the museum will be open on Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, October 26 from noon to 5 p.m.

EXPERIENCE PIONEER DAYS

October 26, 2014 - 01:00PM to 04:00PM
6329 Koerner Road
(309) 691-8423
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Don’t miss Pioneer Days on October 26, 1-4 p.m. at the Peoria Park District’s Sommer Park. It’s the last Pioneer Days of the 2014 season, and the theme is Butter Churning!
At Pioneer Days, you can experience firsthand the daily life of rural Peorians in the mid-19th century! Activities may include candle making, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, chores, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides and hands-on children’s activities. A wonderful opportunity to have fun and learn history too!
The admission cost is just $2.25 per person (ages 4 and up), and hayrack rides are free. W.H. Sommer Park is located on at 6329 Koerner Road, between Route 150 and Charter Oak Road, west of the Shoppes at Grand Prairie.
For additional information, call (309) 691-8423 or visit www.peoriaparks.org.

Old Time Folk & Country Jam

October 26, 2014 - 03:30PM to 05:00PM
5809 Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
309-686-3360
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All Ages Welcome

Dust off that guitar, fiddle, banjo, or other acoustic instrument and bring it down to Forest Park Nature Center for a jam session! Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come meet fellow musicians, learn new songs, listen and enjoy.

(Second and fourth Sunday of each month)

International Chillers Halloween film festival

October 26, 2014 - 07:00PM to 12:00PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309.686.7000
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This coming Halloween week, moviegoers will discover that fear is universal. Beginning Sunday Oct. 26, it’s “International Chillers” week at Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater. The theater will show one creepy-but-classic international movie per night Oct. 26 and Oct. 28 through Nov. 1.
The freaky film fest begins Oct. 26 with “Pan’s Labryinth,” a popular dark fantasy set in Spain in 1944, by renowned Mexican film director-writer Gullemor del Toro (released in 2006).
Other films in the line-up include: Oct. 28: “The Descent” (2005), a British caving-gone-wrong film, written and directed by Neil Marshall; Oct. 29: “Let the Right One In” (2008), an award-winning Swedish vampire film directed by Tomas Alfredson; Oct. 30: “The Blair Witch Project” (1999), the critically acclaimed US horror film written and directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez; Oct. 31: “The Orphanage” (2007), an award-winning 70’s Spanish cinema-style film, directed by J. A. Bayona; Nov. 1: “Thirst” (2009) – originally titled Bakjwi (Korean for “bat”) – a Cannes Film Festival winner, written and directed by Park Chan-wook.
International Chillers run every night (except Monday) at 7 p.m., Oct. 26 through Nov. 1, at the Museum’s Giant Screen Theater; tickets are $7 for adults. (Note: all International Chillers movies are rated R and are not suitable for young viewers.) (Museum is closed on Monday.)
 

Exhibit Opening: “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill”

October 27, 2014
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
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An exhibition celebrating the paintings of Illinois’ best-known folk artist, Olof Krans, who documented 19th century life in Bishop Hill, is opening to the public Oct. 11 at Peoria Riverfront Museum. “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill” was created in conjunction with the release of a new book on Krans and his work.
The show will feature more than 20 paintings, as well as several items of furniture and artifacts from the Bishop Hill Colony – some of which have never before been displayed in Peoria. Works include portraits of early settlers, views of the colony’s ocean voyage from Sweden, and scenes of early life in Bishop Hill.
Exhibited works come from the museum's permanent collection, a local private collection and the Bishop Hill Museum – which loaned two large-scale paintings including Krans’ famous self-portrait at age 70. The exhibition is curated by Kristan H. McKinsey.
The exhibit celebrates the release of a comprehensive survey – or catalogue raisonné – of Krans' work and his documentation of life in the Bishop Hill Colony. The fully illustrated hardcover book, The Art of Olof Krans: A Prairie Vision, 2014, is available for purchase in the museum store.
The book features essays on Krans’ legacy by Chicago art historian, Esther Sparks, and Martha Jane Downey, Superintendent of Bishop Hill State Historic Site.
It was published by Peoria Riverfront Museum and sponsored by Illinois folk art collector, Merle H. Glick, with additional funding from the American Folk Art Society and David Connor. Printing was made possibible by a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suesa Foundation of San Francisco, Calif.

Exhibition opening: “Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art”

October 27, 2014 - 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-863-3006
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A new exhibit on the evolution of 20th century American art opens to the public at Peoria Riverfront Museum Sept. 27. “Impressionism into Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art,” is a visual journey through the dramatic transformation of American art from the academic realism of the 1880s to the abstract expressionism of the 1940s and 50s.

Presented within the cultural and historical context of the time, the exhibit showcases modern art – mainly paintings, drawings and prints – made in the United States from 1880 to 1950 by American and foreign-born artists. The story focuses on artists working in Chicago, which became the cultural center for the Midwest following Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Accordingly, the exhibit draws from several Illinois art collections, including those of Dr. William H. and Nancy Marshall, Peoria; Illinois State Museum, Springfield; Richard Norton Gallery, Chicago; and Clifford Law Offices P.C., Chicago.

Among the works included in the exhibit are two paintings which have never before been on public display, on loan from the Clifford Law Offices.

Curated by Kristan H. McKinsey, the exhibit also traces the impact on American art of pivotal historical events, including two world wars and the Great Depression, cultural revolutions such as the 1913 Armory Show, the rapid growth of U.S. cities, scientific discoveries and new insight into human psychology.

New York replaced post-WWII Paris as the world’s cultural capital, and the exhibit also examines the dialogue between U.S. and European artists as they experimented with progressive styles and techniques.

A special interactive allows visitors to explore The Armory Show – the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art – the largest group of modern art ever amassed in one location. The show introduced Americans to the avant-garde art of Picasso and Duchamp. It also featured a small number of revolutionary works that shocked visitors and altered the course of modern art in America and Europe.

Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art runs from Sept. 27, 2014 through Jan. 11, 2015. The museum thanks exhibit sponsors Rennie Atterbury, Thomas and Lois Mayer, and Terry Knueppel. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is the collaborative effort of eight organizations, with nearly 500 years of combined experience educating, entertaining, and supporting our diverse Peoria-area culture. Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all - connecting art, history, science, and achievement through collections, exhibitions, and programs. Visit PeoriaRiverfrontMuseum.org.

Contain the Gain

October 27, 2014 - ondays and Wednesdays at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
600 NE Water Street
Peoria, IL
309-282-1543
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Worried about gaining weight during the upcoming holiday season? Join us October 27-January 7 for Contain the Gain at the Peoria RiverPlex! This 10-week weight management program consists of weekly workouts led by RiverPlex Certified Personal Trainers, cooking demonstrations with OSF Registered Dietitians, online discussion boards, and weekly health tips and recipes.
Each week, participants weigh in and log progress online for points. Extra points are earned for interacting on the online discussion board and participating in the cooking demonstrations.
The three participants with the most points at the end of the program will win their choice of a gift card from Amazon.com, Best Buy, Kroger, or a local gas station. The first place participant will receive a $150 gift card; second place will receive a $100 gift card; and third place will receive a $50 gift card.
Contain the Gain training will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (There will be no workouts on 12/24 or 12/31.)
Cost for members: $99 for 1 workout/week; $160 for 2 workouts/week
Cost for nonmembers: $125 for 1 workout/week; $215 for 2 workouts/week
 

Chrysanthemum Show – “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

October 27, 2014 - 12:00PM
2520 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
309-686-3362
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Regular Luthy Botanical Garden Hours & Admission - All Ages Welcome

Bring the kids to enjoy a spectacular showing of fall color, and maybe even spot the “Jack!” Packed with hundreds of mums, this event makes a great escape from the fall chill in the air and offers a peaceful respite before the holiday season begins. The Gift Shop will have selected merchandise marked down and available for purchase.

International Chillers Halloween film festival

October 27, 2014 - 07:00PM to 12:00PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309.686.7000
Add to Itinerary

This coming Halloween week, moviegoers will discover that fear is universal. Beginning Sunday Oct. 26, it’s “International Chillers” week at Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater. The theater will show one creepy-but-classic international movie per night Oct. 26 and Oct. 28 through Nov. 1.
The freaky film fest begins Oct. 26 with “Pan’s Labryinth,” a popular dark fantasy set in Spain in 1944, by renowned Mexican film director-writer Gullemor del Toro (released in 2006).
Other films in the line-up include: Oct. 28: “The Descent” (2005), a British caving-gone-wrong film, written and directed by Neil Marshall; Oct. 29: “Let the Right One In” (2008), an award-winning Swedish vampire film directed by Tomas Alfredson; Oct. 30: “The Blair Witch Project” (1999), the critically acclaimed US horror film written and directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez; Oct. 31: “The Orphanage” (2007), an award-winning 70’s Spanish cinema-style film, directed by J. A. Bayona; Nov. 1: “Thirst” (2009) – originally titled Bakjwi (Korean for “bat”) – a Cannes Film Festival winner, written and directed by Park Chan-wook.
International Chillers run every night (except Monday) at 7 p.m., Oct. 26 through Nov. 1, at the Museum’s Giant Screen Theater; tickets are $7 for adults. (Note: all International Chillers movies are rated R and are not suitable for young viewers.) (Museum is closed on Monday.)
 

Jason Ackman, Susan Emmerson, Khara Koffel

October 27, 2014 - 08:50PM
Peoria Art Guild at the Foster Art Center
203 Harrison St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-637-2787
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October 11-November 5, 2014

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Exhibit Opening: “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill”

October 28, 2014
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
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An exhibition celebrating the paintings of Illinois’ best-known folk artist, Olof Krans, who documented 19th century life in Bishop Hill, is opening to the public Oct. 11 at Peoria Riverfront Museum. “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill” was created in conjunction with the release of a new book on Krans and his work.
The show will feature more than 20 paintings, as well as several items of furniture and artifacts from the Bishop Hill Colony – some of which have never before been displayed in Peoria. Works include portraits of early settlers, views of the colony’s ocean voyage from Sweden, and scenes of early life in Bishop Hill.
Exhibited works come from the museum's permanent collection, a local private collection and the Bishop Hill Museum – which loaned two large-scale paintings including Krans’ famous self-portrait at age 70. The exhibition is curated by Kristan H. McKinsey.
The exhibit celebrates the release of a comprehensive survey – or catalogue raisonné – of Krans' work and his documentation of life in the Bishop Hill Colony. The fully illustrated hardcover book, The Art of Olof Krans: A Prairie Vision, 2014, is available for purchase in the museum store.
The book features essays on Krans’ legacy by Chicago art historian, Esther Sparks, and Martha Jane Downey, Superintendent of Bishop Hill State Historic Site.
It was published by Peoria Riverfront Museum and sponsored by Illinois folk art collector, Merle H. Glick, with additional funding from the American Folk Art Society and David Connor. Printing was made possibible by a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suesa Foundation of San Francisco, Calif.

World Explorers!

October 28, 2014 - 09:00AM to 09:45AM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-863-3034
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Ages 3-6

The world around us is a BIG place, especially for our littlest explorers! In this fun four-week class, brave adventurers will don exploration gear and travel to far off lands, with passports in hand, to learn about new cultures through stories, activities, and crafts. In addition to their projects, at the end of the class each student will get to take home a special passport and their very own pith hat and binoculars so they can continue exploring their own big world!
Janea Beakley: MA, Education
 

Exhibition opening: “Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art”

October 28, 2014 - 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-863-3006
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A new exhibit on the evolution of 20th century American art opens to the public at Peoria Riverfront Museum Sept. 27. “Impressionism into Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art,” is a visual journey through the dramatic transformation of American art from the academic realism of the 1880s to the abstract expressionism of the 1940s and 50s.

Presented within the cultural and historical context of the time, the exhibit showcases modern art – mainly paintings, drawings and prints – made in the United States from 1880 to 1950 by American and foreign-born artists. The story focuses on artists working in Chicago, which became the cultural center for the Midwest following Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Accordingly, the exhibit draws from several Illinois art collections, including those of Dr. William H. and Nancy Marshall, Peoria; Illinois State Museum, Springfield; Richard Norton Gallery, Chicago; and Clifford Law Offices P.C., Chicago.

Among the works included in the exhibit are two paintings which have never before been on public display, on loan from the Clifford Law Offices.

Curated by Kristan H. McKinsey, the exhibit also traces the impact on American art of pivotal historical events, including two world wars and the Great Depression, cultural revolutions such as the 1913 Armory Show, the rapid growth of U.S. cities, scientific discoveries and new insight into human psychology.

New York replaced post-WWII Paris as the world’s cultural capital, and the exhibit also examines the dialogue between U.S. and European artists as they experimented with progressive styles and techniques.

A special interactive allows visitors to explore The Armory Show – the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art – the largest group of modern art ever amassed in one location. The show introduced Americans to the avant-garde art of Picasso and Duchamp. It also featured a small number of revolutionary works that shocked visitors and altered the course of modern art in America and Europe.

Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art runs from Sept. 27, 2014 through Jan. 11, 2015. The museum thanks exhibit sponsors Rennie Atterbury, Thomas and Lois Mayer, and Terry Knueppel. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is the collaborative effort of eight organizations, with nearly 500 years of combined experience educating, entertaining, and supporting our diverse Peoria-area culture. Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all - connecting art, history, science, and achievement through collections, exhibitions, and programs. Visit PeoriaRiverfrontMuseum.org.

Chrysanthemum Show – “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

October 28, 2014 - 12:00PM
2520 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
309-686-3362
Add to Itinerary

Regular Luthy Botanical Garden Hours & Admission - All Ages Welcome

Bring the kids to enjoy a spectacular showing of fall color, and maybe even spot the “Jack!” Packed with hundreds of mums, this event makes a great escape from the fall chill in the air and offers a peaceful respite before the holiday season begins. The Gift Shop will have selected merchandise marked down and available for purchase.

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