Arts and Entertainment

'Truly special': Mahomet-Seymour madrigals bring the holiday magic

MAHOMET — Christina Nielsen knew from a young age she wanted to be in madrigals because of family tradition, but when she discovered she also had a passion for singing, there was no doubt about her auditioning for the 42nd annual madrigal dinner performances.

Village Christmas gets Mahomet holiday season underway

Gray skies were no match for the high spirits found during the joyous festivities of Village Christmas last weekend.

"God cooperated again with the weather," said Walter Pierce, director of Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce. "The low was 38 degrees that night and 48 when we started. That's pretty good."

Saint Nick visits downtown Mahomet, hears children's wish lists

MAHOMET — Christmas comes but once a year, but Saturdays are good for research, and Santa knows that.

From his white chair in a building on Main Street, Saint Nick was polling kids about their top wishes, as well as handing out gift bags.

"I'm getting a lot of requests for Legos and LOLS," he said Saturday.

What's an LOL?

"I don't know," Santa admitted.

M-S Christmas play 'Wake up Santa' a 'show for the kids'

The whole storyline of Mahomet-Seymour's Christmas play performances was in the title itself, "Wake Up Santa," but the show was far from a snooze-fest for the audiences.

For Carly Pogue, a senior co-director, the crowd-pleasing moments all came down to the holiday songs from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" to "Jingle Bells" and much more.

"They have high energy," Pogue said.

Let the holiday season begin: Chamber prepares for Village Christmas

The Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off the holiday season with Village Christmas in downtown Mahomet from Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

Mahomet-Seymour's fall play shines a light on 27-member cast

Last weekend, Mahomet-Seymour High School's 27-member performance of "I Don't Have a Clue" left audience members rolling in laughter. The comedic murder-mystery dinner plot left the crowd guessing who were the good guys and who were the bad guys up until the very end.

'It's like kid heaven': Grace Church's Harvest Party puts family fun on display

Families with children of all ages gathered at Grace Church last Friday for the church's annual Harvest Party.

Activities included trick-or-treating, bounce houses, a magic show, a photo booth, raffle and guessing games, a cupcake walk and carnival games.

Mike Case, Grace Church's family life pastor, emphasized the event was free and open to everyone in the community.

Museum of the Grand Prairie’s Halloween celebration is just good old-fashioned fun

The Museum of the Grand Prairie was all abuzz with more than 200 visitors for its annual Old Timey Halloween event last Friday. Mahomet resident Stan Stafford said he discovered the event while searching for Halloween activities for daughters Bianca, 9, and Daisy, 6.

"This was the first thing that popped up," he said.

Burgwald Eye Center's Trunk or Treat pulls Mahomet together

With Main Street's businesses decked out in Halloween hoopla in celebration of Burgwald Eye Center's fourth annual Trunk or Treat last Friday, it's easy to see why Mike and Kayla Smith decided to plant their family roots in Mahomet.

'Practicing for Halloween': Treats in Town a fun dress rehearsal for early trick-or-treating

Mahomet kicked off the first of its Halloween festivities with Mahomet Parents Network's Treats in Town Saturday. The event had businesses in the Commercial Drive, Eastwood Commons, Main Street and Oak Street areas opening their doors to trick-or-treaters and their families.

"It's kind of like a walk through for trick-or-treating," Christopher Whelchel of Mahomet said.

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