art & society - jul/aug 2007

Summer is Sizzlin'

Jan Wright Vergon
When we talk about summertime in central Illinois, ballparks and hot dogs, picnics and garden parties all come to mind. Water sports, swimming pools and boating on the Illinois River are fun ways to keep cool on a hot summer day. With all the activities on the Peoria riverfront this summer—concerts, festivals, farmer’s markets and park activities, don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful flowers and foliage along the way. Peoria’s not just the hot spot, it’s sizzlin’ this summer!

Embodying the Heart of a Child

by Sarah Cash
photography by Bob Hunt
Local musician Dave McDonald inspires his students and rekindles our youth with a children's album of Woody Guthrie songs.

Play Ball!

by Andrea Roth
With a handful of minor league ballparks nearby, including the Peoria Chiefs’ away games into the summer family fun is easy!

24 Hours in Peoria

Photography by Dr. Elsburgh Clarke
Text by Jonathan Wright
So just what do people do in Peoria during the day? We attempt to answer that question with part two of 24 Hours in Peoria.

Book Review

by Trisha Noack
Peoria Public Library
Crack out the teapot and cuddle up with the candelabra, Ellie Haskell is back for her 13th mystery!

Free Fridays in Peoria Heights

by Katie Thompson
With Free Fridays, Peoria Heights offers nights of art, music and food for the public every Friday this summer.

Hot Dog!

by Andrea Roth & Jennifer Burns
To celebrate July’s 50th anniversary of National Hot Dog Month, we rounded up some tasty area dogs.

Just How Time Flies

by Andrea Roth
The ease of private air travel has made it more and more popular with business travelers and others seeking an alternative to commercial airliners.