« Previous Nov/Dec 2009Next »ArchivesAbout art & society Beyond Monopoly Europeans Raise Their Game by Doug Hoepker Eurogames bring to the table a world beyond luck, with all of the sophistication and layers of interaction that traditional American board games lack. Publisher's Note Comfort Traditions Jan Wright, Publisher, art & society I love to decorate for the holidays, and often chuckle to myself about the many seasonal collections I’ve begun over the years. Seven Conductors. One Baton. The Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s Quest for a Leader by Amy Chovan Seven applicants will guest-conduct one of this season’s performances in Peoria. Of those seven, one will be chosen to lead the Peoria Symphony Orchestra in future seasons. The Amber Aristocrat by Jonathan Wright "A noble libation, aged in oak casks and steeped as much in tradition as multi-layered flavor, whiskey takes time—time to make, and time to understand.” Buon Natale! Celebrating Holiday Traditions of Italian Americans by Gina Edwards Friends, family, food and festivities—these common factors are woven throughout generations and tie us together. ’Tis the Season for Simplicity by Melissa Wahl Photography courtesy of Green View Companies & Michele’s Floral Events Each year when the holidays roll around, our thoughts are preoccupied with all the decorations we need to buy to get the house ready for the season. Peoria’s Whiskey Barons by Brian Fox Ellis Boasting over 24 breweries and 73 distilleries between 1837 and 1919, the “Whiskey Capital of the World” was an apt name for Peoria. Event Preview 2009 Spirit of Hope Concert On Saturday, November 21st, OSF Saint Francis Foundation will host the second annual Spirit of Hope Concert to benefit its Radiation Oncology program. Take 10 Hugh Higgins Hugh Higgins is a man of many talents. You might have seen him on stage—in costume or strumming his guitar.