GLT's Datebook

GLT's Laura Kennedy highlights a wide variety of events and personalities certain to be of interest to GLT listeners throughout central Illinois.

Debroah Carr Senger

A noted local medium and ghost tour guide has just published a book about the lively dead of the Twin Cities.  Deborah Carr Senger is the author of Haunted Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, just available on Arcadia History Press.

Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Witches and ghosts populate the plays of William Shakespeare, so it's natural that they'll be called upon to headline in what's become a new Halloween favorite in the Twin Cities.

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The Normal Editions Workshop  is celebrating 40 years of work.  A professional print research facility located within the School of Art at Illinois State University, the workshop exists to bring students together with visiting artists so that they may collaborate on projects.

BOjangles / Flickr via Creative Commons

Illinois State University Homecoming is October 3 through 9, with A Normal Tradition as the theme for this year's festivities.  

Nina Gordon

The Downtown Bloomington Artists present the second annual Art Scavenger Hunt for grade school children on Friday, Oct. 7 beginning at 5 PM in downtown Bloomington.  As part of the First Friday festivities, the scavenger hunt encourages kids to learn about art in their own community.

Easter Seals Central Illinois

The Bloomington Country Club hosts the 22nd Annual Grape Soiree, which raises funds for Easter Seals Central Illinois.  It's Saturday, Sept. 24 beginning at 5:30 PM and features art, wine and jazz.

Autism McLean

The annual Peace, Love, Autism Walk is Saturday, Sept. 17 beginning at 9 AM in Bloomington's Tipton Park.

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The Labor Day holiday traditionally signals the end of the summer holidays.  But when something ends, something else begins.  Autumn is fast approaching, and the Illinois State University Horticulture Center invites the community to come out to enjoy the fruits of their harvest and engage in traditional activities of the fall.

Twin City Trivia

You can test your movie trivia mettle each Monday night at 7 PM  at Ovation Cinema in Bloomington as Twin City Trivia hosts a movie trivia night for all ages.  Quiz master Pete Moore said the trivia night has a wide range of questions for both aficionados and for the casual film fan.

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Uptown Normal hosts not-your-average harvest festival, Saturday and Sunday, August 27 & 28.  It's the Sweet Corn Blues Festival, featuring over 20 tons of fresh sweet corn and two days of live blues on the CEFCU stage.

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Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington  and Cargill have teamed up to host the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall August 24 - 28.  The wall will be on display at Evergreen along with other historical displays.

TDN Channel

Although the dog days of August are full of summer fun,school bells will be ringing soon for area young people. Some kids return to the classroom loaded down with fresh supplies for a new year, but others need some assistance in getting ready for another academic year. That's where Tools For School Comes in.

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The Illinois State University galleries in Uptown Normal currently has a show from Rob Swainstone called 'We thought they thought what we thought, but they didn't.'  Curated by Gallery director Barry Blinderman, the show features wood block prints on oversized sheets of fabric and paper.  Swainston uses the ancient technique of wood block printing, but with a modern sensibility. 

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Sunday, August 7 is Friendship Day.  In honor of that, The Tea Ladies have organized a special event at the Vrooman Mansion in Bloomington.  'Treasure Thy Friend - Celebrating the Joy of Friendship' is at 3:30 PM and reveals the special meaning of friendship in the Victorian Era.

Glen C. Davies

A retrospective exhibition that covers 45 years of work by artist Glen C. Davies fills both the Merwin and Wakely Galleries at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.  The retrospective reveals how a particular offshoot of pop art and his work in circuses influenced his highly colorful works.

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The Peoria Riverfront Museum is sending visitors to the moon and beyond this summer with a new exhibit that allows them to experience life as a space explorer.

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Heartland Theater serves up three plays in its annual New Plays From The Heartland:  Midwest One-Act Play Festival.  The plays were chosen during the short play competition open to nine states and highlights the talent thriving in the Midwest.

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Faculty members from Heartland Community College are showing their work in a new exhibition currently up at the Joe McCauley Gallery.

Habitat for Humanity of McLean County

Habitat for Humanity of McLean County and the local chapter of the International Interior Design Association have teamed up for a local fundraiser like no other.  Artiture is the fine art of giving old furniture a new twist, and giving folks a roof over their heads.  

Donna Dickson / David Davis Mansion

The best blooms and more in the Twin Cities are on display in the 20th Annual Glorious Garden Festival.  

Carol Vantlook / Flickr via Creative Commons

First Book McLean County wants to put books into the hands of area at-risk children, and the organization hopes their upcoming fundraiser will fill shelves with Harry Potter, Nancy Drew and The Cat in the Hat.

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The Penguin Project of McLean County takes on a classic of children's literature for their spring show.

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The McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington is currently showcasing the artwork of MFA students from around the state.

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The Normal Public Library offers a wide variety of adventures this summer, from those on the page to those on the stage.

Friends of the Arts

The Friends of the Arts organization is staging an event at the Illinois State University Galleries to raise money to aid students in the ISU College of Fine Arts.

Central Illinois Figure Skating Club

It's heating up outside.  But at the Pepsi Ice Center in Bloomington, everything's cool.

Brian SImpson

Area visual artists strut their stuff as part of Downtown Bloomington's First Friday.

*Artists Brian Simpson and Amy Wolfe have teamed up with the DBA and Connect Transit to organize the Downtown Bloomington Arts Showcase, which  is Friday, May 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

*There are many artist studios and galleries in Downtown Bloomington.  Several businesses will host  the artists, including Specs Around Town, Cravin Donuts (Mmmmm...donuts!) and Crossroads.

Darby Wilde / ISU School of Theatre and Dance

The Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance is holding the Spring Dance Concert on April 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m, and April 23 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.  The show takes place in Westoff Theater on the ISU campus.

*Darby Wilde is the artistic director of the show, and noted that Westoff Theater is a great location for the dance concert because it's a thrust stage, as opposed to a proscenium arch.  The thrust stage means the dancers are visible from three sides, which means the dancers have to dig deep to find their performance presence.

Craig Luchtefeld

It's garage sale season again!

But instead of checking out just any old garage sale, you can visit one with a purpose.  The Seventh Annual Autism Society Garage Sale is Saturday, April 6 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crossroads Center in Normal.

*Organizer Craig Luchtefeld said the event raises funds for Camp Takoda, a summer camp program of Autism McLean.

*Luchtefeld's son, Cooper, said the camp typically will offer a variety of activities, including archery, zip lining, and friendly animal encounters.  He added that camp is a great place to make new friends.

Zorah Olivia / Flickr via Creative Commons

A local photographer is offering her talents to transgender folks in our community to help build their self-esteem and show themselves as they truly are.  

*Erin Bernard says she's all about inclusion and  has dubbed her project #MyNameIs.

*She wants to use her photography to make a difference in the lives of trans individuals.

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