art & society - sep/oct 2006

Changing Seasons

Jan Wright Vergon
Don’t you feel the excitement in the air when the seasons change? One of the positives of living in central Illinois is that we experience all four seasons. I have more fall decorations for my home than for Christmas, and I begin putting out pumpkins by the first of September. I think my habit began when living in the town of Morton, where getting into the spirit of the Pumpkin Festival begins early. And after Halloween, I just replace the goblins with turkeys and continue to enjoy the season for another month.

designs for living

by Marcy Slane
Photography: Studio Cavanah Inc
It seems just about everyone is remodeling their kitchen these days, whether it’s a complete overhaul or just a few additions. With serious planning tips and some design inspiration from local kitchens, you can ensure success for your renovation project.

living well

By Jennifer Burns
Photography by Bob Hunt
Dancing can be an enjoyable activity for everyone—regardless of your skill level or degree of coordination. And besides just having fun, the benefits of dance are immeasurable. Try it for yourself and you’ll see a great body isn’t the only perk involved.

living well

by Jennifer Burns
Are you tired of going to the movies and spending close to $20 per person on admission and greasy snacks, only to sit in a crowded theater with someone blocking your view and people talking loudly right behind you?

40 Leaders Under Forty

There are many awards programs in central Illinois, but few speak to the current—and future—success of the Peoria area more than the annual 40 Leaders Under Forty ceremony each fall.


by Marcy Slane
Photography by Mandy Barrett
The summer and fall months beg for something grilled, and of course, the best kind of grilling is that which you don’t have to do yourself. We decided to sample four notable burger joints in central Illinois—not the greasy chains, but establishments known for quality burgers—to see what all the fuss was about. According to our taste buds, it was well worth our time.

Community Affairs

Start your fall off by attending some entertaining events offered right here in central Illinois!