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DANVILLE – Every year the staff of the Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation Festival of Trees tries to bring something new and exciting to the five-day event.
One of this year's new events is the Celebrete in the Vigneto.
"We decided to try the wine-tasting as a way to have something that men might enjoy as well," said Angie Lazzell, development specialist with the foundation. "It seems like all of our events have been aimed primarily at women and children."
DANVILLE – Immanuel Lutheran Church will host its annual "The Drummer Boy" Bazaar and Luncheon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the school gymnasium, 1930 N. Bowman Ave.
The barbecue luncheon with cole slaw, baked beans, chips, beverage and desserts is being served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Farm Bureau is taking orders for fresh Florida citrus as well as specialty nuts and candies for the holidays.
CHAMPAIGN – Keller Williams Realty will host a food drive Monday through Friday to help Salt & Light.
Canned goods and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the office, 821 S. Neil St., C, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
DANVILLE – The North Ridge Middle School show choirs are sponsoring a frozen Beef House rolls sale.
Members of the choirs will take orders for the frozen yeast rolls as well as strawberry jam and apple butter. Delivery is set for Nov. 24.
There are eight days to go before the opening-night party at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Lisa Lillig is at her computer and telephone, taking care of final details.
She calls the eight restaurants that will sell food at the bash Thursday night, discovering, to her dismay, that two planned to bring hummus.
"You don't want that," she says. "You want all the food to be different. You don't want one person to have hummus for $4 and another for $1, and one person's hummus to be better than the other's."
CLINTON – The Apple 'N Pork Festival in Clinton is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 27 and 28 on the grounds of the C.H. Moore Homestead, located on the north edge of Clinton, on U.S. 51.
This will be the 40th festival that began as a source of income for the C.H. Moore Victorian mansion. Over the years the festival has grown to include more than 20 county nonprofit groups raising money to continue their programs.
DANVILLE – The Fairchild School Reunion group will hold its fall wiener roast at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in Ellsworth Park, off West Main Street.
The group will provide chili, hot chocolate, coffee and table service.
As chef Alisa DeMarco rolled the dough for a peach crostata for the first Dinner at the Farm at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery, she said the food would be just half of the experience.
She, along with farm owners Leslie Cooperband and Wes Jarrell, wanted their guests to also enjoy the peacefulness of the land and the diversity of the farm, the sunset and each other.
Except for the sun that bore down on diners until it dipped closer to the horizon the evening of Aug. 16, the experience, with a five-course meal of local and mostly organically grown food, with the emphasis on fresh, was convivial, delightful and memorable.
Last summer, singer Dena Vermette of Champaign had the good fortune to meet actor George Clooney in the lobby of a small hotel at Lake Maggiore, Italy.
They struck up a conversation which quickly turned to jazz. Clooney mentioned that in the late 1960s his father, a jazz buff, had frequented New York clubs where he heard a blind pianist whom he preferred over the legendary jazz pianist George Shearing, who also is blind.
Clooney couldn't remember the pianist's name.
"Donnie Heitler?" Vermette asked.
"That's it," the actor replied.
Vermette, a jazz-turned-cabaret singer, also favors Heitler, with whom she has performed.