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Madden Turns Ten
Inspired by a shared dream to create a visual presence for arts in downtown Decatur, the Madden Arts Center celebrates its tenth anniversary as a magnet for artists, activities, programs, and partnerships.

In Art We Trust
At home in a former 1800's- era bank building, members of The Vault Arts Collective showcase each other's original works — expanding the regional arts scene and attracting customers statewide.

Arts For All
A mantra repeated often by those associated with the Decatur Area Arts Council, and for the people who live here, this phrase invokes a sense of pride – reminding us of Decatur's long history as a strong arts community.

cover illustration by Tronnie Goss

Mystery of the Old Fur Stole
Elegant and embroidered with the initials “WHF,” this '50s-era Singer and Lucas fur was found in an Ohio thrift shop. Hopefully, clues will lead to its original owner . . .

Cooking Alfresco
Decatur homeowners McKenzie and Jeff Sloan took the culinary arts to a new level by converting part of their backyard to an outdoor custom kitchen, complete with utilities, task lighting and custom cabinetry.

Season Guide to Performing Arts
The Season Guide returns for its 15th year. Tucked inside this issue on page 17, our Guide features performance summaries and information on how to order tickets for the best seat in the house at all six Decatur venues. Includes a handy monthly calendar to help plan your entertainment all year!




Arts and Entertainment
Travel and Leisure
Home and Garden


The French Connection
A one-year Rotary International exchange student program brought her to Decatur, but decades later, enduring friendships and opportunity brought Lyon native Florence Galy Lebois and her family back.

arts & entertainment

Season Sneak Preview
From symphonies to “Spamalot,” Decatur's performing arts season promises something for everyone. We've got highlights, plus a complete performance schedule
in our “Season Guide to
Performing Arts.”

travel & leisure

Exotic India
For Decatur residents Terry and Heather Stoa, attending a friend's Hindu wedding set the stage for an unforgettable Indian adventure through mountains, museums, and historic sites.

home & garden

Triple D Decatur
In the spirit of the Food Network's “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” this trio of local restaurants perfects the drill by serving original homemade specialties that combine unexpected flavors and unique personality.

Let's Make A Deal
The price is always right at local rummage sales and thrift shops, where those looking for bargains can find everything from a $5 composter to
50-cent jeans.

Road Warriors
Lace up your shoes or pack your helmet: This fall's Shoreline Classic run and Bob Galloway Memorial Bike Ride feature some of the most scenic, family-friendly routes in central Illinois.

Glory Days
Decatur resident Joyce Sternaman Howe, daughter of Bear's first quarterback Joe Sternaman, recalls her father's link to football's early Golden Age — from the Staley Bears to formation of the NFL.

Lightweight Wines
When temperatures peak, these light whites and reds provide the perfect chill. Columnist Kevin Graham shares his best picks for Decatur's “dog days.”




Corner Taverns
They're some of the friendliest watering holes in town, and you'll find them at every point on the compass — hometown bars where “everyone knows your name.”






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