Arts and Entertainment

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.

Santa Train to make stops in Gibson City, other area towns

GIBSON CITY — Santa’s coming to town.

The 46th annual Canadian National/Illinois Central Railroad’s Santa Train will be in Gibson City from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

As it has in the past, the Christmas Special — with its restored vintage train cars and locomotive — will be stationed next to Specialty Grains, 231 N. Sangamon Ave.

Veterans invited to Wednesday event in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City Rotary Club is looking for a few good men — and women.

The civic organization plans to honor local veterans at their next meeting, to be held at noon Wednesday, Nov. 9, at The Sand Trap in Gibson City.

Moyer District Library news (Nov. 2, 2016)

GIBSON CITY — What does the Moyer District Library do with donations? The library in Gibson City sells donated items at library book sales or through Amazon and donates any that don’t sell to other nonprofit organizations.

Bayles Lake man publishes first book — 'Leaving Bones Behind'

BAYLES LAKE — An area resident has had his first novel published.

Kelly J. McMullin, who resides at Bayles Lake in rural Loda, has written a book titled “Leaving Bones Behind.” The novel is of the mystery/thriller genre and is available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It is available in both paperback and ebook formats.

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