art & society - Nov/Dec 2010

by Kaylyn Kuzniar

One night, I heard a loud cracking noise. I hopped out of bed thinking the Grinch had slithered into our house and stuffed our tree into his oversized bag, just like he did to Cindy Lou Who. I tiptoed down the hall to catch the green monster red-handed.

It’s the Little Things…

In today’s “go-go-go” world, it’s so easy for the little things to get lost in the nonstop rush of activities—making it even more important to take a step back and enjoy the close fellowship of friends and family.

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When alphabets were first developed, very few people knew how to read or write them. For a thousand years, writing was in the hands of specialists, whose emphasis on the decorative aspects elevated calligraphy to an art form.

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In August, friends, family and fans of Dan Fogelberg came from all over the country for a series of events to honor the Peoria native. Jean Fogelberg, wife of the late singer/songwriter, reflects on a "magical weekend."

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It seems that there is always at least one person on every list who is impossible to buy for. We asked a few local shops for some ideas for one-of-a-kind gifts that are sure to surprise and please your Christmas list troublemakers.

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Shawn Borri of Rantoul has an anachronistic obsession. He uses hand-cranked cylinder phonograph technology more than 100 years old.

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Dancing with the (Local) Stars

Step out on November 6th and help CASA give abused children a voice in the court system.

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Shawn Degenhart is keeping alive an important musical tradition and leaving his mark on the music he loves.

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Lyle Cunningham

Ever wonder who’s behind the beard in Peoria’s annual Santa Claus Parade?

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