A taste of Tuscany in the square
You can also “dine at home” with their take home option where they do the cooking and you sit back and enjoy a wonderful meal. Check out their menu at https://www.cafeparadisourbana.com/.
The Family Haunt at Piatt Castle
Today, Piatt Castle Mack-A-Cheek is still a museum open to the public. In 2019, the Mack-O-Chee castle was purchased and is currently undergoing renovations. On November 1st, 2022, Piatt Castle is hosting The Family Haunt, and event including stories from family poet Sara M.B. Piatt and more. If you are interested check out their website at https://piattcastle.org/events
Halloween at WEIDMANN
Weidman will be passing out candy during Trick-or-Treat on October 31, 2022 at their location, 700 W. Court Street in Urbana, from 6-8pm.
A history of Trick-or-Treat
Do you remember as a kid, dressing up in a costume, ringing neighborhood doorbells and saying “Trick or Treat”? Thought to begin in the 1920, trick or treating gained in popularity by the 1950’s. With the help of television and comics, dressing up and roaming the neighborhood became a yearly tradition for Halloween. Each region of the country has different spin on this tradition. In recent years, trunk or treat has become a popular alternative for many families. Even the term “trick or treat” has been changed for many to Beggars' Night. In Champaign County, the dates and times may vary, so make sure to check with your local community to find out when your beggars’ night is.
Trunk-or-Treat at Peppercorn's Diner
For $5.00 you can get a hotdog, chip and a drink. And of course, S’mores. Maybe make your weekend breakfast plan while you are there. Enjoy a fun night out with the family tonight
Champaign County haunts
Do you believe in ghost stories? Just about every town has a story of a places thought to be haunted. Champaign County is no different. There are a few legends that have become more popular over the years. Almost every town has a “cry baby bridge”. A bridge where a baby was tragically killed, usually in a car accident, and you can hear the cries of the baby at night. In Cable, there is a such a bridge where you can hear the cries of the baby and her mother if you cross the bridge at midnight. In the Evergreen Cemetery, located in St. Paris, there is a tombstone that mysteriously glows at night. The Champaign Economic Partnership(CEP) has even been told that a ghost haunts the hallways of 40 Monument Square, though it's yet to be seen.
Probably one of the most notable ghost stories is the one of our late President, Abraham Lincoln. It is said every April, the Lincoln funeral train takes a ghostly ride and can be seen on the train tracks in Urbana where the original train stopped. So, this Halloween keep your eye out for those ghosts roaming around, calling Champaign County home.
Local fiber at JRS
JRS leads the way in innovation when it comes to ways to utilize fiber. What started in 1897 as a small mill in Germany, has now grown to over 90 locations with over 3,000 employees. One of those locations is right here in Urbana. JRS takes fiber and uses is as the source for many applications. Through a highly sophisticated process, the fiber is turned into a powder substance that can be used in a variety of ways You consume it often without even knowing. From making Taco Bell meat less greasy, to the medication you take, fiber made at JRS is a part of it. Fiber is used in medicine as a coating, in food as a healthy filler. Fiber is used as a better alternative to many synthetic materials. And the farming community uses it for a more economical feed for animals. The materials made here in Urbana is then shipped all over the country. So, the next time you go to Taco Bell, Thank JRS for your clean napkin.
Hillclimber Stadium Renovation Project
Friday in Champaign County
A look at the history of the Gloria Theatre
Billy eventually started his own performing troupe that would tour, and even had his own rail road car. Although Billy was a world traveler, he always called Urbana home. And when he wanted a place to rehearse with his troupe he looked to his hometown, and his own backyard. In 1905, Billy built the Clifford Theatre here in Urbana. Costing $75,000, the theatre was considered to be very modern for the time, with three floors and seating for 700. Unfortunately, the theatre was destroyed by a fire.
Warren G. Grimes eventually bought the theatre and reconstructed it to what we have today. He renamed the theatre after his daughter, Gloria. The Gloria Theatre is now owned by the Grandworks Foundation and has gone through an extensive remodel, including a café, affectionally named The Clifford Railcar Café. Check out their website to get updates on the renovations and see what’s playing.