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.
But when it comes to the little bunnies eating our Central Illinois gardens that we all slave over to produce some greenery for our tables, love becomes a non-issue. We want rid of those “silly wabbits”!
Recently one had some prize kale and young lettuce that disappeared over a period of a few days due to a growing young eastern cottontail in Champaign.
The University of Illinois Extension gives some passive approaches to the issue of these garden bandits. They suggest plants they don’t like and other forms of environmental modification. Usually the way we feel though is that we would like to take more direct means.
One of the best solutions is to use the time honored “Havahart” trap. These can be had for $40-50 and the off brands (pictured above) will run half of that–and they obviously work!
You may ask “What kind of bait did one use to catch the furry little guy?” Did I use his favorite lettuce? Or some rabbit food?
The best bait seems to be some apple juice, apple sauce, and a little carrot-gets them every time
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.
This lovely little Champaign area blog is written locally–well in Birdland a few miles away by a woman with an eye and a heart for quiet moments on important things. Things that get lost in the clutter and noise of life.
Recent Letter From Birdland blogs are on milkweed–you know we need them in order for the monarch butterflies to survive.
Another was reprinted in the News Gazette and featured the Indianapolis Cultural Trail–didn’t even know it existed.
Mary Lucille Hays is the aiuthor of this fine site and periodically does writing workshops.
Today is the day as 21,000 runners take to the streets of Champaign Urbana for the running of one our area’s biggest events. Tons of info is available on the race website and you can even watch updates on local TV WCIA. it is called “The Extra Mile“.
If you are new to race day here are some pointers:
If you want to watch downtown Champaign is a good spot or just go to Memorial Stadium on the U of I campus
Watch out in traffic and relax. Look for a Illinois Marathon map and avoid those areas
Make a note to volunteer next year. The marathon site has an interactive map so you can volunteer in or near your neighborhood.
Yesterday at Busey Bank’s annual seminar, Phyllis Wise introduced this crisp new video on the vision for Champaign Urbana. Coming on the heels of the micro-urban video that introduced the concept, this one is more concrete and describes many of the plans and ideas that we will see take shape here in the years to come.