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Summer Saturday Fun

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I love  Saturdays!!!

My husband and I start the day at the  Bloomington Farmer’s Market.   It’s just not summer without the sights, sounds, smells and people of this Central Illinois tradition.  We like to support local farmers and eat food grown locally and /or organically.

July  Saturday’s has been filled with local events including :

Sugar Creek Art Festival and the Grand Opening transportation Center.

This week we are heading to Sugar Grove Nature Center for music and blacksmith demonstration.

Blacksmith Demonstration
Saturday, July 21; 10:00 a.m.-noon
On the third Saturday of every month, the public is invited to observe members of the Illinois Valley Blacksmith’s Association as they work at the forge, across the parking lot from the Nature Center.  Watch them bend and twist metal into art!
Free; no registration required.

Acoustic Irish Music Jam Session
Saturday, July 21; 10:00 a.m.-noon
Acoustic musicians of all levels are invited to join an Irish-music jam session at the Nature Center on the third Saturday of each month. Experienced players will be on hand to lead beginners through a couple of tunes at a slow pace to start, then will progress to an up-to-speed session of traditional Irish tunes.  Listeners (and players) are welcome to come-and-go as they enjoy all of the other activities at Sugar Grove Nature Center.  For more details, contact Martha Tyner at
Free; no registration required.

SATURDAY EVENING, we have two great options

1. Back to Sugar Grow for

Twin City Amateur Astronomers Public Viewing Session: Asteroids, Meteors, and Meteorites
Saturday, July 21; 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Presentation will be followed by a sky tour using a night sky laser pointer and telescope viewing.  The program may be cancelled in the event of a cloudy sky.  Phone Carl at 309.830.4085 or Lee at 309.824.2804 to confirm if you are unsure.  For additional information, visit
Free; no registration required.

2. Attend the  Ain’t Nothing but the Blues Festival

Can’t wait for the weekend!  What are your plans?

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