in this issue: August-September 2015



ON THE COVER – All Access Pass –
Insightful interviews, studio tours, and main stage shows are all part of the package in this issue, as we take you behind the scenes for an intimate look at the arts in Decatur.  

Cover Illustration by Tronnie Goss  


Behind The Camera 
Get an insider’s take on the creative process and production of the City Limitless video and meet the crew who brought new life to Decatur’s image.



Main Stage
Local theatre directors recommend their favorite upcoming shows this season with concerts, comedies, musicals, and more topping their list of must-see performances.

contents-aug-sep-2015-4Passing The Baton
Retiring in 2016 after twenty years behind the podium, Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra Director and Conductor Michael Luxner reflects on his career and plans for the future.


contents-aug-sep-2015-5Opening Nights
Contributor Patricia Lathrom leads a virtual tour of First Friday Gallery Walks, where new exhibits are unveiled during opening receptions at downtown Decatur’s three art galleries.

contents-aug-sep-2015-6The Season
Your guide to great entertainment is tucked inside this issue on page 17 with show descriptions for all six theatre venues in Decatur, how to order tickets and a handy 12-month planning calendar.




Under New Management
After 100 days on the job, Decatur City Manager Tim Gleason takes time to chat with Contributor Zach Shields about schools, restaurants, family history, and his first impressions of our city.

Prime Assets
Find out why owners of a new $7 million manufacturing facility envision Decatur as an emerging leader in the specialty food and beverage industries.


arts & entertainment


History Of Influence
Renovation continues on the Staley mansion, which re-opens in April 2016 as the Staley Museum — a local treasure that chronicles one family’s impact on Decatur and the world.

Celebrate Good Times
It’s the unofficial theme song for the Decatur Celebration, and Kool & the Gang will be here to sing it during the first weekend in August. Decades after local visionaries planned our first street festival, we’ve learned how to throw a great party!


travel & leisure


Mom’s Favorite Day Trips
Mom tested and kid approved, these unique adventures range from rare animal sightings to giant mining machinery — and the smiles they bring are well worth the miles.

Fit For Life
Applying what they learned through sweating it out at a CrossFit Enhance Level One training seminar, some local physicians are writing new prescriptions for lifelong fitness.


home & garden


Repurpose And Refresh
“Challenge me to create something you’ve never seen before” is the mantra for several local retailers, who transform mundane and overlooked items into fabulously functional furnishings.

Start with basics, mix-and-match patterns, choose a theme, and get creative! Local sources share tips for designing tables to fit themes from tacos and sports, to back-to-school and seasonal.

End-Of-Summer Soups
Whether you harvest from a garden or stock up at local farmers markets, nature’s bounty provides the best fresh ingredients for simply delicious soups.




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