art & society - nov/dec 2012

Judge a Book By Its Cover

by Gabrielle Balzell

Whether piqued by TV shows like Antiques Roadshow and Pawn Stars, or a lifetime love of reading, interest in book collecting is becoming more widespread—and easier—than ever before.

Something About a Train...

by Jonathan Wright

You wouldn’t know it was there. No sign alerts you to its presence. But for more than 30 years, this basement in Pekin has been home to a small group of model train enthusiasts—the headquarters of the River City Model Railroad Club.

Dancing for a Cause

by Gabrielle Balzell

Several well-known community figures will soon salsa, tango and waltz their way across the dance floor to help abused and neglected children.

Healthy Holiday Home Cooking

by Gabrielle Balzell

With tasty temptations lurking around every corner, by the time the new year arrives, it may be time for a new—and larger—pair of pants.


Work Hard, Play Well

by Sara Browning

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony offers a chance for students to engage their musical talents while giving back to the community.

Take 10: Jason Boerger

A newcomer to the region, Jason Boerger is drawing on 15 years of park experience as the new executive director of Wildlife Prairie Park.