Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Top of the Morning, July 20, 2017

GINNY EASTON has yet to take a seat on the memorial bench she helped bring to Tolono's East Side Park.

"I was afraid to," she said. "It looked too dusty at the time."

Time for a heat check

Break out the sunscreen, crank up the A/C and remember to replenish Fido's water bowl. A heat wave like none we've seen in recent Julys is about to suffocate Champaign-Urbana — if we're to believe meteorologists, whose forecasts so far this summer have been hit-and-miss. A few numbers around the forecast:

Top of the Morning, July 18, 2017

ALISON KRAUSS still holds the record for quickest sellout at the Virginia Theatre (20 minutes in 2011). But the interest in ZZ Top has been impressive.

It didn't take long for the veteran Rock and Roll Hall of Famers to pack the place for their Sept. 12 show at the Champaign. Individual tickets for the Virginia's 2017-18 season went on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Weekend Planner: Party in the streets

The Champaign Park District will bring live music back to downtown for the second StreetFest of this summer, from 7 to midnight at Walnut Street and University Avenue.

Marcus Jackson: It's not so bad 1,500 feet up

DANVILLE — If you're reading this, I didn't die.

That's not to say that there weren't some precious moments when my feet were still on the ground and my knees weren't knocking against one another that I questioned why in the world I'd leave the comfort of land to fly 1,500 feet above Vermilion County in a basket being lifted into the sky by a giant balloon filled with hot air.

Top of the Morning, July 15, 2017

Pilots and organizers at Balloons Over Vermilion in Danville paid tribute Friday night to Bob Gagnon, a U.S. Marine and longtime director of the Vermilion Regional Airport who was instrumental in bringing the first hot-air balloon festival to Vermilion County nearly 30 years ago.

Musical acts announced for Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

URBANA — Local and regional acts will entertain during the 43rd annual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival on Aug. 25-26.

Love Sign, which performs modern and vintage country, pop, and rockabilly songs, will kick off the Friday Main Stage festivities, followed by ESP, the area's premier arena-rock act, performing top hits from artists such as Journey, Boston and Kansas.

Entertainment listings, July 13-20, 2017

EVENTS

THIS WEEKEND

HISTORIC FARM DAYS

The folks behind your fair food

Do you ever wonder about the people behind the tasty, not-good-for-your-diet festival and county-fair food? Where do they come from? What are their stories?

We spoke with five vendors, some of whom are on the road right now and who will be at the Champaign County Fair July 21-29:

Vermilion County's favorable weekend forecast calls for sun, balloons

DANVILLE — As balloonmeister of this weekend's Balloons Over Vermilion event, Joe Vincent doesn't dwell too much on the weather forecast.

The former balloon pilot makes the final call on whether the field of 34 hot air balloons fly, and he cautions that conditions can change quickly.