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

November 1, 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.

Hopewell Grange Fall Vendor Fair

November 1, 2014 - 09:00AM to 03:00PM
Washington Chamber of Commerce
Grange Road off Rt 24
Washington, IL
309-361-0006
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Hopewell Grange is a non-for profit organization that is community service oriented. We have started a program where we supply food products to the local food pantry. We rely on fundraisers to make this and other projects a possibility. 

Methodist Wellmobile will be there from 9am-noon.

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

November 1, 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.

Scarecrow Festival-Fundraiser Tazewell County Resource Ctr

November 1, 2014 - 11:00AM to 04:00PM
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard
33633 State Route 9
Mackinaw, IL 61755
309-359-9463
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Start a new Fall Tradition by building your own Scarecrow and support TCRC. Fee for building is $10 per scarecrow with all materials provided. There will be prizes for the two categories:Family or Friends Teams. Scarecrows displayed at the vineyards during November. The Scarecrow building will be from 11am to 3pm, with judging at 3:30pm and the event will be held RAIN OR SHINE. No admission except for building. Call 309-925-2061 or email-deanie@tcrcorg.com for information.Rain or Shine.

Chrysanthemum Show – “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

November 1, 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.

Proctor Youth Basektball Camp

November 1, 2014 - Times will vary according to age groups: 4-6 year olds, 10:00-10:45 am; and 7-9 year olds, 11:00-11:45 am
309 S. DuSable
Peoria, IL 61605
309-673-9183
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Proctor Recreation Center will hold the "I Got Game" Basketball Camp for boys and girls who love to play basketball and are not quite old enough to be part of a league. The co-ed camp, which teaches fundamental skills such as passing, shooting and dribbling, is for ages 4-9 and will be held on Saturdays, October 11 through November 1. Times will vary according to age groups: 4-6 year olds, 10:00-10:45 am; and 7-9 year olds, 11:00-11:45 am.

In addition to teaching the game of basketball, the camp will emphasize sportsmanship and the importance of teamwork. The camp is taught by Jonelle Polk McCloud, former professional player and college basketball coach. All participants will receive a t-shirt.

The Fox on the Fairway

November 1, 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.

CT'S Day Of The Dead Concert with Big Data & The Last Internationale

November 1, 2014 - Doors Open 6:00PM | Show 8:00PM
Limelight Eventplex
8102 N. University St.
Peoria, Il 61615
3096931234
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Big Data is a paranoid electronic music project from the Internet, formed out of a general distrust for technology and The Cloud (despite a growing dependence on them). Helmed by producer, Alan Wilkis, Big Data aims to explore the relationship between man and machine, and how the internet has reshaped the human experience.

The Last Internationale quickly forged a reputation for poetic, socially conscious songs and explosive live performances.

J.K. Williams Distilling Tour and Tastings

November 1, 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.

Clay Whistle Making Workshop

November 1, 2014 - 01:00PM to 03:00PM
Bishop Hill Arts Council
410 North Erickson Street
Bishop Hill, IL 61419
309-927-3899
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On Saturday, Nov. 1, potter Lou Hanson will be conducting a pipspel making workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Dairy Building in Bishop Hill, Illinois. Participants will learn to make a red clay whistle...that works, called a pipspel. A pipspel is a clay whistle shaped like a bird, commonly used as a child's toy in Sweden. Space for the workshop will be limited to 15 adults. To reserve your spot, call 309-927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net. The cost is $20 per person. However, if you are a member of the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, the cost is only $15. All clay, tools, materials and kiln firing are included in the fee. You may pick up your pipspel two weeks after the workshop.

Halloween Science Spook-tacular Show

November 1, 2014 - 01:30PM to 02:15PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-686-7000
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Science becomes scarily fun, as the Museum’s very own mad science instructor, Nick Rae, hosts a family friendly Halloween wrap-up of spooky lab experiments. Children and adults will learn what actually happens when pumpkins ooze, drinks glow, potions bubble and ghosts dance. The show will feature dry ice, liquid nitrogen, real pumpkins, and an electrifying Van de Graaff generator.

International Chillers Halloween film festival

November 1, 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.)
 

Spider Hill Haunted Attractions

November 1, 2014 - 07:00PM to 11:00PM
17201 N. Route 29
Chillicothe, IL 61523
(309) 274-8837
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The biggest haunted house festival in Central Illinois features three haunted attractions.

The Massacre Mansion haunted house, the Trail of Terror walking trail and the Haunted Express wagon ride - plus the family-friendly Boo Barn.

Fri. & Sat. nights in October.

the Rocky Horror Picture show with DJ Ace Entertainment

November 1, 2014 - 08:00PM to 12:00AM
New Amsterdam
120B SW Water Street
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 439-9099
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New Amsterdam's first Saturday of the month party features the Rocky Horror Picture show with DJ Ace Entertainment.  Come dressed as your favorite character for fun, prizes, dancing and music from 8 till midnight.  Halloween doesn't end October 31st! NO COVER!!!
Get down to New Amsterdam!!

 

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

November 2, 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.

The Edge 5K Run/Walk & 10K Run

November 2, 2014 - 08:00AM to 12:00PM
Methodist College
415 St. Mark Court
Peoria, IL 61603
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Join us for our second annual Student Government Association’s event to help fund scholarships to train tomorrow’s healthcare professionals.

Be sure to stay for food, refreshments and awards!

Registration: Regular: July 1st - October 14th - $35 (Oct. 14th is also the cutoff for guaranteed hoodies and sizes) Late: October 15th - November 2nd - $40

KIDS’ RUN (approximately 1/4 mile)

Ollie the Owl, Methodist College’s Mascot, will be there to race with the kids!

Registration: Regular:

July 1st – October 14th - $5

Late: October 15th – November 2nd - $10

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

November 2, 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

November 2, 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

PEORIA PARK DISTRICT HOSTING SPORTS AUCTION & CARD SHOW AT THE RIVERPLEX

November 2, 2014 - 10:00AM to 03:00PM
309-681-2868
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Come check out the biggest sports collectible show of the year! The Peoria Park District will host the 17th Annual Sports Auction & Card Show on Sunday, November 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the RiverPlex.
Sports card vendors will be set up to buy, sell, or trade sports cards and collectibles starting at 10:00 a.m. Silent auction items will also be open for bids. A LIVE auction will take place at 2 p.m., featuring rare sports memorabilia such as autographed footballs from Chicago Bears greats Jim McMahon, Dan Hampton, and more.
This event will also feature a raffle with opportunities to win autographed jerseys from Stan Musial and Ernie Banks and an MLB baseball signed by Frank Thomas. Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the Peoria Park District’s Noble Center and will be available for purchase at the auction. Raffle tickets are $10 each. Winners will be drawn at the end of the live auction and do not need to be present to win.
Admission for the Sports Auction & Card Show is $1; children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door.
All proceeds from the Sports Auction & Card Show benefit youth sports in Peoria.

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