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Entertainment

Peoria's Fine Art Fair is Golden

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What's so special about the Fine Art Fair?
The answer might surprise you

The Peoria Art Guild, one of the oldest art organizations in the country, will again host one of the longest-running fine art fairs in the country when the 50th Annual Fine Art Fair is held the last weekend in September.

Not many art institutions can boast that they have existed for 134 years, but the Peoria Art...

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Summer Camp Music Fetival 2012

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Photos by Michelle Reed

Throughout the years I've seen Summer Camp grow from a few hundred in the crowds to thousands. No matter the number in attendance, there always seems to be a common theme. A congregation of the masses all for one purpose:
Having fun.

Summer Camp is consistently a physical struggle. From random gatherings in the parking lot, to the moment when you're at the show with your best friends, to when...

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Hotel Art

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Hotel purchase translates into business op for art fair artist

Seek art and find what you love in your own backyard.

That was the sentiment of Kristen Charlton, former general manager of the Mark Twain Hotel in Peoria, when she learned that a particular Chicago artist would be exhibiting at the Fine Art Fair in 2008. Familiar with Dolan Geiman's work via her artist brother, the fair gave her the opportunity to investigate...

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Artist in Residence: Sylvia Shults

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From love stories to ghost stories, books are a way of life for author Sylvia Shults

Sylvia Shults was always fascinated by history and by the stories brought forth by historic events.

She graduated from Monmouth College with a degree in history that had a concentration in Roman history and has a master's degree in history from Illinois State University. "I was always fascinated with the idea that people...

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On Your Toes

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Ballet, other dance styles prevalent in central Illinois

We asked one of the top experts in the nation whether it was unusual for a city the size of Peoria to have more than one dance company dedicated to ballet.

Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts didn't hesitate. "It is extremely unusual for a city of Peoria's size to have one ballet company, let alone two. But given the passion...

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From Cocktails to Dessert

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Books of a culinary nature

This month in the Literarea, we're combining our love for all things literary and all things culinary and taking a look at books of a culinary nature: one new, one old and one classic (all of which are in print and available).

"RESTAURANT MAN"
By Joe Bastianich

The new book is "Restaurant Man" by Joe Bastianich. There are three ways you...

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Music to Your Ears

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Region boasts several outstanding orchestras for our listening pleasure

It is rare for a community the size of Peoria to have even one symphony orchestra that can attract nationally known conductors and produce such professional excellence as the Peoria Symphony has for some many years.

Peoria has two such orchestras and it also has several other concert bands that local musicians can audition...

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Forever

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Forever

by Anne Peterson

Wasn't it just yesterday,
they placed you in my arms
and silently you slipped into my heart?
I'd sit and stare for hours
at all your little features
and marveled at each precious little part.
But time continued moving,
and you continued growing
until one day you stood...

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Love to Sing?

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Many Opportunities Exist in Region

It isn't common today to hear a choir with four-part harmony that doesn't include a female voice. All-male choirs aren't common.

But Peoria still has the Orpheus Club, which was formed more than 100 years ago and today is one of the oldest four-part male choruses in the country.

The club formed when 10 young men who enjoyed singing met with voice instructor E....

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