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Walnut Street Tea Company has festive advent tea boxes

Walnut Street Tea Company has a fun Christmas countdown with twenty-five surprise flavors of regular and seasonal tea blends in numbered envelopes. The collection of tea comes in a holiday advent tea box, and the quantity is limited.

In a paper box, there are brown numbered envelopes with circle stickers with a number. The top envelope has a sticker with the number 1 on it. Photo from Walnut Street Tea Company's Facebook page.Photo from Walnut Street Tea Company's Facebook page.

Order yours for $35 at the tea shop's online store.

Want to learn more about Walnut Street Tea Company? Read Matt's interview with the owner.

Walnut Street Tea Company
115 S Walnut St
M+T 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Th+F 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sa 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Top image from Walnut Street Tea Co's Facebook page.


Last chance to order your Delight Flower Farm holiday wreath

Delight Flower Farm is selling holiday wreaths (built on an 18” frame) for $50. You have to pre-order these beauties by 5 p.m. Thursday, November 25th. You can do that online. Pick up is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 27th on the farm at 1472 CR 500 E Champaign. 

Check them out below. 


Top image screenshot from Delight Flower Farm Instagram page.


Listen to “A Seasonal Delight” by the Parkland Concert Band on December 5th

Parkland College Concert Band’s next free, live streamed concert is at 3pm on December 5th. The concert will feature “seasonal” music (i.e., mostly Christmas stuff). Check out the description:

"A Seasonal Delight" A Concert by the Chamber Singers and the Concert Band. The Parkland Concert Band, directed by Dr. Matthew Dixon, will perform "Mayflower Overture" by Ron Nelson; "Suite from the Nutcracker" by P.I. Tchaikovsky, arranged by James Curnow; "Jingle Bells" by J.S. Pierpoint; and "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson, in addition to others.

The Parkland Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Franklin Gallo, will perform "The Gift to Sing" by Marianne Forman; "The Great Clear Twilight" by Austin Schend; and "Tshotsholoza," a traditional South African song, adapted by Jeffrey Ames, among others.

Watch the concert on Parkland’s YouTube channel

A Seasonal Delight
Parkland College Concert Band
December 5th, 3 p.m.
Free and available on YouTube

Top image from the Parkland College website.

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Get ready to shop the Hooey Home Show December 3rd and 4th

The Hooey Holiday Show is coming soon to meet your holiday shopping needs with art, ceramics, jewelry, and other handmade goods created by some of C-U's finest, including Lisa Kesler Studio, Hooey Batiks, Lydia Puddicombe, ACME Elfworks, Soap by Felice, Kim Caisse Art, Cory Mccory Pottery, and Amy Taylor Jewelry. 

Hooey Home Show at
Lisa Kesler Studio
December 3rd, 5-8 p.m.
December 4th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Masks required

Top image from the Hooey Home Show Facebook event page.


U of I prof pens study that finds older couples’ heart rates synchronize

Brian Ogolsky, University of Illinois professor of Human Development and Family Studies, has completed research — and published a research paper — that has found that “when partners are close to each other, their heart rates synchronize in complex patterns of interaction.”

How cute is that? 

Of course, it’s more complicated and I suggest that you read the paper or the ACES News article (both linked above). 

From the ACES News article:

The study included 10 heterosexual, married couples, ages 64 to 88, who had been in their relationships from 14 to 65 years. The researchers followed the couples for two weeks, continuously tracking their heart rates and their proximity to each other when at home.

The findings indicated a lead-lag relationship in heart rate synchronization, where one partner leads and the other follows. Sometimes the wife’s heart rate would lead the change and other times the husband’s heart rate would change and the wife’s would follow.

Top image of Brian Ogolsky from the ACES News website.


Elf The Musical is headed to the The Historic Fischer Theatre this month

If you can't get enough of Buddy the Elf, the Historic Fischer Theatre's got you covered with DLO's upcoming live production of the musical. So don’t be a cotton-headed ninny muggins. Get your tickets today. See details below.

Elf The Musical
November 19th, 7 p.m.
November 20th, 2 p.m & 7 p.m.
November 21st, 2 p.m.
Historical Fischer Theatre
158 N Vermilion St, Danville
Get tickets here

Top image from the Historic Fischer Theatre's Facebook page. 


Parable Path C-U continues into 2022

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and several area libraries have partnered for an academic-year-long program organized around Octavia Butler’s novel Parable of the Sower. From the website:

Parable Path CU community events and activities will take place through the spring of 2022 and will explore the themes and story of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower. Published in 1993 with a setting that begins in 2024, Parable of the Sower is a dystopian science fiction novel centered around the physical and spiritual journey of African American teenager Lauren Oya Olamina, searching for freedom as she navigates an unstable society devastated by climate change, social inequality, drugs, disease, and greed.

Right now you can check out Future Spaces in Community Places at the University YMCA and read the novel to participate in discussions (find the calendar for those here). 

Champaign Public Library is hosting a Foraging for Fun Zoom workshop today, November 16th.

The culminating event is the opera version of Parable of the Sower, February 25-26, 2022. 

I also suggest the graphic novel version of the book, penned by C-U’s Damian Duffy and illustrated by University of Illinois alum and former professor John Jennings.

Additional information, including all of the dates, times, and locations of forthcoming programs are available on the Parable Path C-U website

Top image by Stacey Robinson.

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Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company joins global celebration of local theatre on November 12th

On Friday, November 12th, the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company will take to the stage of the Virginia Theatre to join a global celebration of local theatre. All Together Now!, which will be performed at 2,500 theatres across the globe, features musical numbers from Music Theatre International's best and most beloved shows.

All Together Now! A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre
Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company
Friday, November 12th, 7:30 p.m.
The Virginia Theatre
203 W Park Ave., Champaign
Get ticket information here

Top image from the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company's Facebook page.

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A documentary on Jay Bennett is coming to the Davis Theater in Chicago

A new documentary on Jay Bennett is premiering this Monday, November 15th. The musician was known for his seminal work in the band Wilco. He also lived and worked in Urbana for a period. He tragically passed away in 2009

The documentary, titled Where Are You, Jay Bennett? will be shown at The Davis Theater in Chicago at 7 p.m., with a later physical and digital release in 2022. You can find tickets here.

Check out the poster below.

Poster image by Paul Beaty, borrowed from whatwerewethinkingfilms event page. 

Top photo by Rob McColley via Wikipedia Commons.


Champaign Center Partnership is making your holiday shopping easier

Champaign Center Partnership now has a shopping hub where you can find gift cards for several Downtown, Midtown, and Campustown businesses all in one spot. You'll find options for Farren's, Golden Weather Goods, Plantify, Illini Union Bookstore, Watson's, Ippatsu Salon, and more. You can even make a donation to the New American Welcome Center. 

Order whatever cards you'd like from the site, and they will be delivered to your home within 5-7 business days. 

Kind of a brilliant idea, really. 

Top photo from Champaign Center Partnership.

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Check out Tasty Tart’s new espresso bar

Tasty Tart, the little tart shop on Neil Street, has added espresso to their menu. The coffee can be enjoyed at one of the tart shop's indoor tables (with wifi!) or ordered to-go. 

A cup of coffee is $2.49, and Tasty Tart gives free refills of brewed coffee to guests who dine in. The new espresso machine can make Americano, latte, cappuccino, mocha, latte drinks, hot chocolate, and seasonal hot marshmallow chocolate. The drinks are all $5 or less — except the large Americano with four shots of espresso which is $5.50.

When you order Tasty Tart drinks online, you can customize the sweetness level and the amount of ice for each drink. Don't forget to add tarts or one of the cloud drinks to your order. You can also just call or text 331-303-2477 with your order as well. 

Tasty Tart
405 S Neil St
T-Su 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Photo from Tasty Tart's Facebook page.