Parks and Recreation

Madrigal Dinners set for Dec. 10-12

Already sick of holiday advertisements? Try singing Christmas songs beginning in August. That’s when a select group of 19 Monticello High School students started rehearsals for the annual Madrigal Dinners, which are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10-12 in the high school auditorium.

Publishing firm picks up local author's book

Monticello author Dick Fox has seen his second book published in the last two years. The author of “The Domestic Vietnam,” the veteran and longtime coach also wrote “Softball/Baseball: The Next Level,” a book that has been updated and recently released by Page Publishing.

'Harvey' up next at MTA

The Monticello Theatre Association is currently rehearsing the comedy “Harvey” for performances in mid-November. Mary Chase wrote “Harvey” in 1944, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945, beating out Tennessee Williams with his play “The Glass Menagerie.”

CrossFit coming to Kirby

The push for wellness continues at Kirby Medical Center. Fresh off the opening of its 1-mile long Wellness Trail, the Monticello hospital has announced plans to open a CrossFit gym (known as a “box” within the CrossFit community).

MHS homecoming activities announced

Monticello High School announces that Homecoming 2015 “When You Wish Upon a Star!” will be celebrated the week of September 28 – October 3.  Many activities are planned for the week.  The Powder Puff Championship will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 1st at the High School Athletic Field.

Viktor Krauss concert at Allerton Music Barn

When double bassist Viktor Krauss is told his music reminds people of a film score, he takes it as a compliment.

Sage Marching Band Invitational is Sept. 19

The 14th Annual Sage City Marching Band invitational will take place at Monticello High School on Saturday, Sept. 19.  A total of 16 bands from around the state will compete and the Monticello Marching Sages will perform in exhibition.

Monticellobration set for this weekend

The organizers of Monticellobration believe they hit on something when they focused on local and area history at last September’s event. The key now? To settle on a vintage theme that resonates with local residents but is also sustainable for the foreseeable future.

Allerton Barn Music Festival cancelled for 2015

State budget uncertainty has prompted the University of Illinois School of Music to put the Allerton Barn Music Festival on “hiatus” for 2015. The annual event has been held around Labor Day most of its eight years, moving to a late-September date two years ago at the renovated barn, located on the southeast side of Allerton Park near Monticello.

Nutcracker tryouts Sept. 12

Champaign Urbana Ballet will hold auditions for its 2015 production of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Champaign Ballet Academy, 2810 W. Clark Road in Champaign. Previous dance training is not required to audition but children must have been born before September 12, 2010.

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