PeoriaMagazines.com - Greater Peoria's resource for business, community, lifestyle and art https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ en Behind the Scenes: June 2021 https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/06/02/behind-scenes-june-2021 <span>Behind the Scenes: June 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-field-lead-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/files/0621-bts-1.jpg" width="851" height="400" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3391" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amanwaring</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/26/2021 - 12:50</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>Above: Giving Voice mentor and photographer David Vernon on stage at the Scottish Rite Theatre. Photograph by Adeline Ferolo</em></p> <p class="dropcap">The Greek philosopher and historian Plutarch once wrote, “For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth.” </p> <p><a href="/pm/2021/jun"><img alt="Peoria Magazine June 2021" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="32b7ab03-d485-46d1-87cc-658f31ad395a" height="262" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/pm_0621_cover-72.jpg" width="204" class="align-right" /></a>That is the essence of mentoring: to help others understand their strengths and to help them grow. This is the driving force behind Big Picture Initiative’s online zine, <em>Giving Voice</em>. Students gain real-life experience working on a publication, all while being mentored and improving their skills. Student writers, photographers and illustrators are paid for what they produce—acknowledging that their creative work is valuable and indispensable. If we want a thriving community, it will require investing in the talent already present.</p> <p>In this issue, we are excited to introduce a new partnership with <em>Giving Voice</em>, in which students will work with professionals who are creating content for <em>Peoria Magazine</em>. <a href="/pm/2021/jun/future-now">Read more about this partnership</a> in this issue, and look for the Big Picture logo next to articles in this and future issues to identify this content. </p> <p>This month, Richwoods High School senior Adeline Ferolo worked alongside two professional mentors. She transcribed Chip Joyce’s interview with Jenny Parkhurst, KDB Group’s executive director of performing arts, for an <a href="/pm/2021/jun/theatre-no-other">article on the Scottish Rite Theatre</a>. She highlighted important quotes and watched the process as I edited. She also joined David Vernon as he expertly photographed the building, and was mentored as she took her own photographs. The result? A fantastic article with stunning photos—check it out <a href="/pm/2021/jun/theatre-no-other">here</a>!</p> <p>This month, I will be stepping up as Big Picture Initiative’s first executive director while maintaining my position at Peoria Magazines. I am excited to grow this and other collaborations locally. After a year of isolation, we are ready to come back together and see our community grow and thrive. Get in touch if you have any “Big” ideas!</p> <p><em>—Mae Gilliland Wright, Director of Business Development</em></p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=16691&amp;2=comment_node_blog_entry&amp;3=comment_node_blog_entry" token="f5bRawkp_DA6K7WLrKoaooSRQRL-uTrPPGJ2bPtteog"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16691/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Wed, 26 May 2021 17:50:04 +0000 amanwaring 16691 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/06/02/behind-scenes-june-2021#comments Peoria Magazine: June 2021 https://www.peoriamagazines.com/pm/2021/jun <span>Peoria Magazine: June 2021</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3391" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">amanwaring</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/26/2021 - 12:36</span> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16689/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Wed, 26 May 2021 17:36:56 +0000 amanwaring 16689 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com Behind the Scenes: May 2021 https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/05/26/behind-scenes-may-2021 <span>Behind the Scenes: May 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-field-lead-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/files/0521-bts-1.jpg" width="851" height="365" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3369" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">agray</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/29/2021 - 13:15</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>Above: Mike Rucker assists with lighting as Jeffery Noble takes the cover photo on the Rock Island Greenway behind Trefzger’s Bakery, April 12, 2021.</em></p> <p class="dropcap">The best part of my job is the variety of opportunities I have to meet so many unique and wonderful people in our community. As we were working on this issue, I had numerous conversations with a man who was quietly, behind the scenes, working to support some of his favorite local causes and nonprofit organizations.</p> <p>A retired Caterpillar engineer, Mike Rucker is truly a remarkable individual. Although I’d heard his name before, and we had even exchanged emails, I didn’t know much about the man. So I turned to Google, as one does, and was astounded by the myriad of activities in which he is involved.</p> <p><a href="/pm/2021/may"><img alt="May 2021 Peoria Magazine" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7e2a4844-2511-40cf-afaf-c636f9c5adc5" height="342" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/0521-cover.jpg" width="268" class="align-right" /></a>Not only is Mike a Civil War researcher and lecturer, he is the author of 20 children’s books and creator of <i>Terry the Tractor</i>, a popular children’s book series inspired by his experiences at Caterpillar. An avid runner and self-described “adventure-seeking grandpa,” he has run marathons on all seven continents!</p> <p>Mike is also highly involved as a volunteer in the community, having served organizations such as Look. It's My Book! and Illinois Valley Wheel M’n. He is an advocate for the Central Illinois Monarch Butterfly Task Force and Peoria Academy of Science, and he currently serves as president of Trail Advocates of Central Illinois (formerly Friends of the Rock Island Trail).</p> <p>An amateur naturalist, Mike also volunteers with Peoria Wilds as steward of the Illinois Natural Heritage Landmark area at Springdale Cemetery, consisting of 20 acres of tallgrass savanna and woodlands protected from development. He led volunteer efforts at Springdale clearing invasive plants to make home for Prairie Gardens, Peoria’s first designated scattering garden. In 2019, he was among the first to memorialize a loved one there, scattering the ashes of his late wife Harriet and her longtime caretaker at a ceremony in their honor.</p> <p>Not only did Mike write this issue’s cover story, “<a href="/pm/2021/may/recreational-trails-make-good-neighbors">Recreational Trails Make Good Neighbors</a>,” he helped coordinate our photo shoot on the Rock Island Greenway.</p> <p>I am truly privileged to meet extraordinary individuals like Mike Rucker, whose sincere humility belies his outsized importance to our community. Thanks, Mike, for all that you do! <i>—Jonathan Wright, Editor in Chief</i></p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=16660&amp;2=comment_node_blog_entry&amp;3=comment_node_blog_entry" token="T79BsvsLX3-HQuc0FQfmXBPHJzlbKTqr1Mu173c_tXg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16660/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Thu, 29 Apr 2021 18:15:32 +0000 agray 16660 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/05/26/behind-scenes-may-2021#comments Peoria Magazine: May 2021 https://www.peoriamagazines.com/pm/2021/may <span>Peoria Magazine: May 2021</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3369" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">agray</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/29/2021 - 13:00</span> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16659/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Thu, 29 Apr 2021 18:00:59 +0000 agray 16659 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com Behind the Scenes: April 2021 https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/04/01/behind-scenes-april-2021 <span>Behind the Scenes: April 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-field-lead-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/files/0421-bts.jpg" width="851" height="385" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3369" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">agray</span></span> <span>Mon, 03/29/2021 - 15:34</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>Above: Alan, Kendra and Mary Ann Knobloch help photographer Jeffery Noble as he takes pictures of Mavis (mare) and Karen (foal).</em></p> <p>Nothing prepares you for an encounter with a Clydesdale foal. As we walk into a barn just outside of Princeville, we encounter a large Clydesdale mare—and behind her, a lanky foal bounds up toward us. “Be careful! She might nip you,” the horses’ owner, Alan Knobloch, warns with a smile. </p> <p><a href="/pm/2021/apr"><img alt="April 2021 cover" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="78758bb5-022b-4ae8-be34-78f5ba10bb8d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/april2021cover.jpg" class="align-right" /></a>Soft and awkward, this beautiful foal stands nearly as tall as me—I assume she is at least six months old. “She’s just 2½ weeks,” Alan says. It was only then that I realize just how magnificent these creatures truly are. After spending a year cooped up in our home offices, heading out to the country is like a trip to another planet. A cold front is moving in, and the sky is filled with clouds as sublime as they are ominous. </p> <p>It is a welcome respite from what otherwise would have been an afternoon filled with Zoom meetings. We watch with delight and laughter as photographer Jeffery Noble contorts and moves around, attempting to get the perfect photo of the foal as it bounds happily, seemingly caught up in the steadily increasing winds. All told, Jeff snapped nearly 5,000 photos that afternoon.  </p> <p>Looking on, I realize just how little I think about the farmland that surrounds us. Having grown up as a proud member of 4-H, you might expect that I would be familiar with the agriculture industry. But as a city kid, my projects were focused on visual arts, journalism and computer programming—leaving me to throw curious glances at the farm kids as they headed off to the barns at the county fair.</p> <p>When I disclose this to Alan Knobloch, a man who has lived and breathed farm life since he was born, he chuckles. “This is the important thing,” he tells me. “The good Lord put Adam and Eve in the garden. He said, ‘You take care of my garden.’ Now, you’ve got a different garden than I’ve got. The important thing is that we take care of it to the best of our ability. You don’t need to know everything about what we do out here, and I don’t need to know everything about what you do! You just need to take care of your garden and I’ll take care of mine.”  <em>—Mae Gilliland Wright, Director of Business Development</em></p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=16607&amp;2=comment_node_blog_entry&amp;3=comment_node_blog_entry" token="JY_nVkINmCxeReYKCZqEYcx3821Yqn5Lzll6SdLinCE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16607/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Mon, 29 Mar 2021 20:34:59 +0000 agray 16607 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/04/01/behind-scenes-april-2021#comments Peoria Magazine: April 2021 https://www.peoriamagazines.com/pm/2021/apr <span>Peoria Magazine: April 2021</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3369" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">agray</span></span> <span>Mon, 03/29/2021 - 15:19</span> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16605/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Mon, 29 Mar 2021 20:19:55 +0000 agray 16605 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com Behind the Scenes: March 2021 https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/03/01/behind-scenes-march-2021 <span>Behind the Scenes: March 2021</span> <div class="field field--name-field-lead-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/blog/files/0321-bts.jpg" width="851" height="465" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3369" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">agray</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/25/2021 - 11:38</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>Above: Jan Wright, Mae Gilliland Wright and Jonathan Wright pose for one of multiple photos stitched together to create this issue’s composite cover, February 8, 2021. </em></p> <p>Planning a photo shoot is always challenging—even more so for a cover. Our current cover image is not what it appears to be, and I want to share the remarkable story of how it all came together. </p> <p>When considering a cover image, you first need to come up with a concept that is both visually appealing and editorially significant. Then you have to explain the concept to your subject(s) and photographer, get their buy-in, and determine the ideal backdrop (considering the weather and time of day, if it’s an outdoor shoot). The photographer may need to scout the location in advance to determine the lighting required and work through any number of environmental variables. You’ll have to coordinate schedules with everyone involved. Then comes the shoot… and you just hope everyone shows up on time and nothing goes awry. Be prepared for something to go wrong; it always does. And always—<em>always</em>—have a backup plan. </p> <figure role="group" class="align-right"> <a href="/pm/2021/mar"><img alt="Peoria Magazine: March 2021" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7dc69ac8-0dd1-4402-b22c-dcb47b7cdc00" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/PM_0321_COVER%4072.jpg" /></a> <figcaption>Peoria Magazine: March 2021 issue</figcaption> </figure> <p>The added dimension of COVID has complicated this process even more over the last year. How do you get the shots you need while maintaining six feet of social distance? Do the subjects wear masks, or not? </p> <p>For this month’s cover, we worked through all of the above with our extraordinarily talented photographer, Jeffery Noble. Jeff suggested we not wear masks, as readers long for some semblance of post-COVID normalcy. But, to safely go maskless with seven people from three different organizations would require a composite—stitching together the final image from multiple photos to make it look like we were all in the same shot. </p> <p>This comes with its own set of challenges. Once in place, the camera cannot be moved. The seven of us, wearing masks, were first posed together and our positions marked on the floor with tape; then we split into groups for the final, maskless shots. </p> <p>Post-production is often as much work as the shoot itself. If one person’s smile or stance is better in one photo, but another person’s eyes are closed, for example, some face swapping might be necessary. None of this would be possible without a talented and tech-savvy artist making it all happen. To that end, we extend sincere thanks and gratitude to Jeff Noble for making the impossible possible! <em>—Jonathan Wright, Editor in Chief</em></p> </div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-112573" class="js-comment"> <mark class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1614741205"></mark> <div> <h3><a href="/comment/112573#comment-112573" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Congratulations </a></h3> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Excellent photo.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=112573&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="QYtv6CgmcdqH0rzsu2b23Q4BxMpKYSwx2hRq_MGhtFo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> <footer> <p>Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Nancy Koch, Broker</span> on Tue, 03/02/2021 - 21:13</p> <a href="/comment/112573#comment-112573" hreflang="en">Permalink</a> </footer> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=16581&amp;2=comment_node_blog_entry&amp;3=comment_node_blog_entry" token="dHVfzpW9T2LYQx3A02hFI5Zz_I-vOb4ss8IuRaN-G0o"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16581/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Thu, 25 Feb 2021 17:38:01 +0000 agray 16581 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com https://www.peoriamagazines.com/ps/2021/03/01/behind-scenes-march-2021#comments Peoria Magazine: March 2021 https://www.peoriamagazines.com/pm/2021/mar <span>Peoria Magazine: March 2021</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3369" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">agray</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/24/2021 - 10:35</span> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16576/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Wed, 24 Feb 2021 16:35:54 +0000 agray 16576 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com EP!C Host Homes Virtual Lunch and Learn https://www.peoriamagazines.com/calendar/event/2021-03-11/epc-host-homes-virtual-lunch-and-learn <span>EP!C Host Homes Virtual Lunch and Learn</span> <div class="field field--name-field-event-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2021-03-11T12:00:00Z">March 11, 2021</time> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span>Tue, 02/23/2021 - 13:08</span> <div class="field field--name-field-event-location field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Location</div> <div class="field--item">Zoom.</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-organization field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Host Organization</div> <div class="field--item">EP!C</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-webpage field--type-link field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Webpage</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="https://epicci.org/programs/host-homes/">https://epicci.org/programs/host-homes/</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>For 35 years, EP!C (Empowering People. Inspiring Capabilities) has been a leader in providing natural living options for people with disabilities through our Host Homes program, and we are excited to share more about the opportunities available to you to empower people and inspire capabilities. </p> <p>EP!C is working to recruit Host Homes Providers that will make a difference in someone’s life through opening their heart and home to someone with a disability. Providers come from a wide range of backgrounds- ranging from teachers, nurses, CNAs, bus drivers, DSP’s from other agencies, and retirees. Whatever your current employment situation, you can continue working while earning a supplemental stream of income.</p> <p>Being a Host Homes Provider offers job security, referral bonuses, 20 hours of monthly relief, 14 paid vacation days per year, and 24-hour support. The best part? EP!C provides all of the training and resources you will need to become a confident and successful Provider, and you can get started from the comfort of your own home! </p> <p>Join us for a virtual Lunch and Learn on March 11 @ 11:30AM to learn more about the program and how you can become a Host Homes Provider with EP!C, or how someone with a disability can be placed in a Host Home. </p> <p>Come with questions- we&#039;d love to answer! To register, please email Hilary at <a href="mailto:hcharlet@epicci.org">hcharlet@epicci.org</a>.</p> </div> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16575/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Tue, 23 Feb 2021 19:08:20 +0000 Anonymous 16575 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com Art, Nature, and People https://www.peoriamagazines.com/calendar/event/2021-03-11/art-nature-and-people <span>Art, Nature, and People</span> <div class="field field--name-field-event-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2021-03-11T12:00:00Z">March 11, 2021</time> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous</span></span> <span>Mon, 02/15/2021 - 14:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-event-location field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Location</div> <div class="field--item">Zoom Cloud Meeting</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-organization field--type-string field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Host Organization</div> <div class="field--item">Fine Arts Society of Peoria</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-webpage field--type-link field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Webpage</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="https://www.FineArtsSociety.net">https://www.FineArtsSociety.net</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre outdoor museum located in New York’s Hudson Valley, where visitors experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under open sky. Since 1960, Storm King has been dedicated to stewarding the hills, meadows, and forests of its site and surrounding landscape. Storm King’s Associate Director of Education and Public Programs, Ellen Grenley, speaks about how the outdoor museum nurtures a vibrant bond between art, nature, and people, and aims to be a place of limitless discovery.</p> <p>Grenley is a museum educator with nearly 15 years of experience working in modern and contemporary art museums. She is committed to providing equitable access to and engagement with the arts for all audiences and communities. Previously she worked as an educator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She holds an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and B.A. from Bowdoin College.</p> <p>Thursday, March 11 at 10:00am, Live via Zoom with Q&amp;A.<br /> Informational bibliography prepared by the Peoria Public Library.<br /> All welcome, and there is no charge, as our gift to the community, made possible by membership dues and donations.</p> </div> <div class="node_view"><ul class="pre_links links"><li class="print"><a href="/node/16574/printable/print" target="_blank">Print</a></li></ul></div> Mon, 15 Feb 2021 20:15:20 +0000 Anonymous 16574 at https://www.peoriamagazines.com