Larry Kanfer is one of Champaign Urbana’s great artists. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1979 and promptly opened his gallery which for many years was in Round Barn Center. The Larry Kanfer Gallery is now at 2503 S. Neil St. in Champaign.
Larry’s photography comes from around the world, but in his six books, there are many that were shot in the Champaign Urbana area.
Now Kanfer has a new book, “Chicagoscapes” and it is the feature of an upcoming show at his gallery. According to 40 North, this new collection of photos carries the grit, sophistication, and friendliness of the Windy City.
The show runs September 17-27 with a launch and book signing at 5p on the 18th.
This is the 39th Annual Urbana Sweetcorn Festival and it is just around the corner: Friday, August 22nd and Saturday August 23rd!
This year’s festival is as usual in the heart of downtown Urbana on Main Street (watch out curbanas!) on Friday, August 22nd, 5:00–11:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 23rd, 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. The draw is expected to be 55,000 corn eaters from Champaign-Urbana and surrounding communities in central Illinois. The festival also serves as the official welcome for incoming and returning University of Illinois students.
This is the 44th annual “Taste of Champaign” and this grand event is a benefit for area youth. Taste runs Friday, August 15, 5-11p and Saturday 11a-11p at Westside Park. The host is the Champaign Park District and all kinds of restaurants, not for profits and performing acts are involved.
Friday you can see Craig Russo Latin Jazz, Beat Kitchen, Prince Night, and 90’s Daughter.
Saturday the main stage features Dreamfakers and Reverend Peyton’s Bi Damn Band among others.
There will be beely dancing, puppets, comedy and lots and lots of food and drink.
There are some great options for seeing forworks all around Champaign County and here are some of the favorites:
Tonight at Lodge Park near Monticello. This is a neat little show and gets rolling at dusk. Bring a blanket and get there early!
The show at the State Farm Center in Champaign is just a part of the Champaign County Freedom Celebration. Things are rolling all day in the area…a 5K run, parade, music and food00be there! The main stage is on Kirby between1st and Oak Streets.
Today is the annual Garden Walk from the U of I Extension. Tickets can be gotten at University of Illinois Extension – Champaign County, 801 N. Country Fair Dr. Suite D, Champaign, IL 61821 or at local garden stores (like Prairie Gardens) today for just $12.
The tour is from 9-4 today and you will support the U of I Extension Master Gardeners by participating. one of the included homes is at 1104 West University, Champaign.
This morning the city workers were in downtown Urbana this am assembling the new “Curbanas” (parklets) in front of Crane Alley with the one in front of Cafeteria and Co to follow pronto. The temporary structures come in a kit and extend the sidewalk into the parking places–like two parking spots will be taken in each location.
So some questions:
Will there be more of these next year?
Are they big enough to actually seat four people at a table?
Willl the loss of parking spots be no big deal for downtown Urbana?
Will they come to downtown Champaign next–and what will we call them–Chamcurbs?
Saturday June 14, 2014 is the premier of a new local festival in Champaign Urbana–and it gets rolling tomorrow in downtown Urbana. The Urbana Business Association is sponsoring the Uncork Urbana Wine Festival and it will likely become one of the most popular local summer events.
Here are some details:
It runs 1-9pm in downtown Urbana–in the Busey parking lot
Admission is only $10–you have to be 21– and includes a commemorative tasting glass and 5 tasting tickets. You can buy additional tasting tickets.
You can buy additional wine or beer –and all from local wineries and breweries
Entertainment will go on all afternoon into the evening
One true strength of the Fighting Illini sports programs is the tennis teams–both mens and womens. Over the past 20-30 years there have been some excellent coaches and players through Champaign Urbana and we have been treated to some high level local tennis. The NCAA regionals were even hosted here two years ago
Local Tennis Camps
Now your child can benefit from this UIUC resource by taking in the Nike Tennis Camps at the University of Illinois. There are both Junior overnight as well as day camps and the location at the U of I Atkins Tennis Center is so convenient. The director is U of I women’s tennis coach, Michelle Dasso and her skilled camp team.
All skill levels are welcome and there is even a section for high school tennis players.
There are two sessions coming up soon. One on June 22-26 and the other July 20-24.