Family Calendar & Concerts
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre presents "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" (Sun. Nov 23, 2014 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
Conklin's Travels Back in Time for "An Old-Fashioned Christmas"
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is thrilled to announce an all-new edition of their annual holiday revue of music, comedy, and merriment, this year entitled "An Old-Fashioned Christmas" opening on November 6 for a seven week run on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunch, playing through a special New Year's Eve performance on December 31. Wednesday evenings are added during the month of December. No performance on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day.
"An Old-Fashioned Christmas" is really two shows in one. The first act is an old-fashioned country Christmas revue featuring terrific country music, along with comedy songs and skits reminiscent of the beloved show, "Hee-Haw," as well as stirring gospel Christmas music in the style of the Gaither Vocal Band and the Statler Brothers. The second act takes the audience back to the WWII era with a USO show, featuring timeless Christmas music that premiered during that era, including "White Christmas," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." It also features classic radio sketch comedy and a tribute to the troops with the company in full uniforms from various branches of the military. As always, audience participation will feature in the fun of the evening.
The Barn's resident company of talented comics and terrific vocalists will be featured including Mary Simon, April Bieschke, Dan Challacombe, Pat Gaik, Chad Kirvan, Jimmy LaHood, Diann Thompson, Terri Whisenhunt, and Dave Windsor. Tamra Challacombe, one fo the most versatile musical theatre performers in Central Illinois and the Barn's resident choreographer and new Group Sales Director also makes a welcome return to the Barn's holiday show after a two-year absence.
The production is directed and staged by Mary Simon with musical direction and arrangement by chad Kirvan and choreography by Tamra Challacombe. Set design is by April Bieschke and publicity is by Pat Gaik. Conklin's Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which on evening performances includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and friend chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting homemade desserts.
Prices for dinner and show are $35.00 on Wednesday and Thursday evening, $37.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $39.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. The Gala New Year's Eve performance which includes a pre-show performance, hats, noisemakers, and a door prize drawing to welcome in the new year, is priced at $125 per couple. No advance payment is required for regular performances. For reservations, call the box office. For more information, visit the Barn on the internet.
Handel's Messiah Performance (Sun. Nov 23, 2014 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)
1325 E Jefferson Street
Morton, IL 61550
The Morton Community Chorus under the direction of Mr. Philip J. Witzig will present portions of Handel's Messiah. The 72-voice chorus is accompanied by an orchestra, piano and organ. No tickets required. A free will offering will be received.
Nature Art Show & Sale at Forest Park Nature Center. (Sun. Nov 23, 2014 2:00 pm)
Forest Park Nature Center
5809 N. Forest Park Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61614
This art show features a diversity of media and unique artwork, all created by talented local artists. Come find original nature-related photographs, woodcarvings, paintings, jewelry, and more while enjoying the wood-burning stove and rustic charm of Forest Park Nature Center. The Nature Art Show and Open House runs November 15 through December 27. Artwork will be available for purchase.
Forest Park Nature Center is open 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday; 1-5 pm on Sunday.
Join us for the Nature Art Show Open House on November 15 from 2-4 pm. Meet the artists, enjoy a seasonal beverage, and tour the wonderful artwork. This event is free, and all ages are welcome.
Hometown Holidays- Festival of Praise (Sun. Nov 23, 2014 3:00 pm)
St. Andrew's Church
708 10th Ave.
Rock Falls, IL 61071
Enjoy musical talents of local churches.
Divorce Care for Adults, Kids, and Teens (Sun. Nov 23, 2014 5:00 pm)
Help for healing from Divorce for adults, children, and teens. This is a 13 week program designed to meet the spiritual and practical needs of families impacted by divorce.
Tim Timmons Worship Concert (Sun. Nov 23, 2014 6:00 pm)
Calvary Temple Christian Center
1730 West Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62702
Come out for a night of worship with Tim Timmons!
Doors open at 5pm.
The evening is free, but a ticket is required.
Get your ticket at iTickets.com or the Calvary Temple Christian Center office.
Community Thanksgiving Service (Sun. Nov 23, 2014 6:00 pm)
Everyone is welcome to join the Tremont community. Pastor Dan Perry, pastor of the Tremont United Methodist Church will deliver the message.
AWANA Bible Clubs (Sun. Nov 23, 2014 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)
Dixon Bethel Ministry Center
131 N. Court
Dixon, IL 61021
Learning and Growing with AWANA:
Awana clubs teach the gospel of Christ to children from preschool through high school. Throughout the program, children are rewarded for memorizing Bible verses and completing character building activities. Younger children learn through games, crafts and puppets -- wonderful learning tools for this age. As they grow, children are introduced to small group interaction, community outreach, apologetics and life application of the gospel.
Dixon Bethel Church's Awana sessions are run by volunteers with a passion for sharing their faith with children.