Has the Virginia Theatre announced its upcoming season yet?
Yes, but theater director Steven Bentz said it's just an outline, with additions to come. "That's our nature as a community center. Our facility is open to both community groups and promoters outside the community who want to put on shows here," he said.
The folks who spent the last 11 months planning the 66th Champaign County Freedom Celebration got what they hoped for Saturday: great weather and a great crowd for this year's Fourth of July parade.
Most area 4th of July fireworks fizzle out tonight but other kinds of sparks will be struck Sunday in Mahomet, with the Mahomet Auto Fest taking over downtown. Last year the Fest drew 135 cars. "Each year we go up a little; we're hoping for more this year," said Theresa Berry, director of the Mahomet Chamber of Commerce.
Of all the floats in Saturday's parade at the Champaign County Freedom Celebration, one is sure to stand out: Champaign-based Dreamscape Cinema's Yellow Submarine, which is slotted No. 38 among 88 entries.
The combination of Beatles and bubbles makes it hard to resist.
"Young and old smile when they see it," Dreamscape owner Robin Peters said.
URBANA — In the first-ever food-truck rally Tuesday afternoon in downtown Urbana, the trucks didn't bring enough food.
With about a half-hour left in the four-hour event, the seven vendors began to close up shop because they sold out, said Urbana marketing coordinator Natalie Kenny Marquez.
"We'll bring more food next time," she said.
The monthlong monsoon that's been June in East Central Illinois will be remembered fondly by some, forgettably by many others:
Wynn Cramer, an event producer with Melrose Pyrotechnics in Kingsbury, Ind., recently talked about the fireworks display business and what goes into putting together shows, such as the Fourth of July Freedom Celebration show on Saturday.