Arts and Entertainment

List of upcoming community events (Feb. 15, 2017)

The Ford County Historical Society’s Water Tower Museum, located at 135 S. Market St. behind Paxton City Hall,  is closed for a winter break and will be open next on Saturday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visits to the museum at other times can be arranged by calling 217-379-4111 or 217-379-3723. Admission to the museum, which specializes in Ford County history, is free.


Miller re-elected president of Ford County Fair board

MELVIN — Kirk Miller of Melvin was re-elected president of the Ford County Fair board at its annual meeting on Jan. 14. 

Dallas Meyer of Thawville and Corinne Brown of Paxton were re-elected vice president and secretary/treasurer, respectively.


List of upcoming community events (Feb. 1, 2017)

The Ford County Historical Society’s Water Tower Museum, located at 135 S. Market St. behind Paxton City Hall,  is closed for a winter break and will be open next on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visits to the museum at other times can be arranged by calling 217-379-4111 or 217-379-3723. Admission to the museum, which specializes in Ford County history, is free.


Tours of new Ludlow Community Center offered Sunday

LUDLOW — From 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, area residents will get their first chance to tour the new Ludlow Community Center.

Mayor Pete Walker will speak at 2 p.m. His comments will include thanking those who volunteered, donated to the rebuilding effort or helped in any way.


Tri-County Players to hold auditions for next show on Saturday

PAXTON — The Tri-County Players will hold auditions for their next production at the Market Street Theatre in downtown Paxton on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The title of the show will be determined prior to auditions.


Taylor Swift fan designs book cover, wins $5,000 prize

PAXTON — For a while, Shanna Canarini kept the secret.

The 23-year-old graphic designer, however, was looking for a job — and showing her prospective employer the top-secret masterpiece she created seemed like it might give her a leg up on other candidates.

So, she figured out a way to reveal during the interview process what few others had already seen.


State Rep. Hays to speak at Ford County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner

The 2017 Ford County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Kruse Center, 207 N. Lawrence St., Gibson City.

Chase McCall, chairman of the Ford County Republican Central Committee, said the guest speaker for the dinner will be state Rep. Chad Hays of Catlin, who serves as assistant minority leader of the Illinois House of Representatives.


List of upcoming community events (Nov. 30, 2016)

The Ford County Historical Society’s Water Tower Museum, located at 135 S. Market St. behind Paxton City Hall,  is closed for a winter break and will be open next on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visits to the museum at other times can be arranged by calling 217-379-4111 or 217-379-3723. Admission to the museum, which specializes in Ford County history, is free.


'Messiah' to feature mix of new, returning favorites

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Music Foundation’s annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Gibson City Bible Church.


'Messiah' performance to feature Gail Payne

GIBSON CITY — A professional singer with strong family ties to the Gibson City area will be performing once again as a soloist in this year’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”

The performance will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Gibson City Bible Church, located on the west edge of Gibson City along Illinois 47.


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