art & society - july/august 2016

by Stevie Zvereva

Each year, Veterans’ Memorial Park in Delavan hosts period demonstrations, historical impersonators and full-scale battles for Civil War Days—the kickoff to a full season of reenactment events around the region.

Behind the Scenes

Jan Wright, Publisher, art & society

As we celebrate another Independence Day, I’m excited once again to join thousands of you on the Peoria Riverfront for UnityPoint’s Red White and Boom! fireworks display. 

An Aviator's Feat

by Maegan C.M. Gilliland Wright

A husband and wife cross oceans, mountains and deserts—attempting a feat just 200 pilots have ever accomplished.

Skyway Symphonies

by Stevie Zvereva

Red, White and Boom! got its start as the 1987 Skyconcert—a couple thousand dollars of fireworks synchronized to music from KZ-93. It’s since blossomed into a six-figure pyrotechnic display, headlining a weekend of riverfront events.

Season to Taste

by Maegan C.M. Gilliland Wright

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s music director cooks up another season.

The Will to Inspire

by Stevie Zvereva

A story of survival, a human rights tale and a sports journey

Profiles in Courage

J.R. Biersmith, a Bradley alum, returned to Peoria with Sa’ad and Saadiq in May for a private screening of Men in the Arena. Afterward, they took part in a Q&A session.

Take 10: Sharon Gramm

For just over a decade, Sharon Gramm has been at the helm of the Peoria RiverFront Association.

July/August Arts Calendar

Summer brings many fun activities to the Peoria Area! Festivals, outdoor concerts and special cultural events all take place during July and August!