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Lakeside Living
Residents with homes along its shores say Lake Decatur drifts seamlessly into their lives, filling every season with natural beauty and entertainment, and reflecting waves of local history.

Central Migration
Why is Decatur a magnet for businesses from Springfield? Find out what motivated CherryBerry, Head West, and Friar Tuck to make the move, and whether they're pleased with the results.

The “A” List
Besides their great sounds, performers taking the stage at this summer's Blues in Central Park concerts share another crowd-pleasing distinction: They've all received top awards from the music industry.

For the complete Decatur Magazine Blues in Central Park 2014 Summer Concert Series line-up, click here.

cover illustration by Tronnie Goss

On The Auction Block
This annual event is part auction and part spectacle, giving classic car lovers the chance to bid on the car of their dreams. You'll want to join the fun this fall at Progress City.

1912 Barn
Hank and Aissa Norris had lofty goals when they purchased their Niantic farm in 2009. But the booming business now headquartered in their rustic 102-year old post and beam structure started entirely by accident.

The Way to a Man's Heart
…is through his stomach, as the popular saying goes. Groups of Decatur friends will travel far and wide to satisfy their culinary appetites.




Arts and Entertainment
Travel and Leisure
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Wheels of Justice
Decatur residents react to jury duty with mixed emotions, but their civic service often proves a fascinating experience. Contributor Rena Koontz tracks the process start to finish.

arts & entertainment

Vanishing Americans
Explore Native American culture this summer during special events designed to enlighten and entertain through inspired music, art and storytelling.

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travel & leisure

Art on Fogo Island
Six weeks to create exactly what she wanted to create — that was local photographer Sally Van Natta's charge for her unforgettable residency on Newfoundland's remote and rustic Fogo Island.

home & garden

Green Thumbs
With a passion for digging in the dirt, these local gardeners create landscapes brimming with bright cottage style annuals, blue-green hostas, and every beautiful bloom in between.

Boutique Row
Lined along North Oakland Avenue are a charming trio of locally-owned specialty shops, filled with hand-made and hard-to-find treasures.

Southern Trio Wine Tour
Grapes grown in our state produce wines with unique flavors and characteristics. Columnist Kevin Graham explores three family-owned wineries, all within an hour south of Decatur.


If The Shoe Fits . . .
. . . wear it well! Contributor and personal trainer Sally Betscher shares tips for finding the right footwear for activities this summer from running and lifting to hiking and biking.

The Berry Patch
Now's the perfect time to savor the short and sweet strawberry season. Contributor Pam Smith shares local u-pick spots and storage tips, along with her favorite recipes.

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