Handmade goods. . Local Artisans. . Cultivating Creative Living.
At Art Farm, they believe in “Cultivating Creative Living”, by promoting local artists and artisans and helping you find one-of-a-kind art works for many tastes and budgets.
You can find jewelry, funky lamps, woodwork, home goods, wearables, cool stuff to sit on your shelves or hang on a wall, and of course original paintings and prints. All from local artists!
They have featured artist events and First Friday gallery openings, fun classes for kids and adults, and many other ideas that are taking seed. (They promise not to go to far with the farm puns – but hay, what can you do?)
They are also home to an amazing “ghost wall” – that is the Durham Tobacco mural that they uncovered by accident/luck during the renovation of our space. It pre-dates the building, which was built in 1885, and it was plastered over, so no one had seen this mural that was hidden right downtown for over 132 years!
Located in the heart of Downtown Decatur on the north side of Central Park, Art Farm is within walking distance of some great restaurants, shops, and the arts district.
Board Knight is Decatur’s Friendly Local Game Shop open to all ages! They offer a wide variety of products including board games, collectible card games and any supplies you may need!
In addition to games, events are also held for Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon. They also have a wide array of demo games for customers to try before they purchase.
If you’re not familiar with role play gaming? There are surprising benefits you may not realize. If you bemoan your kids playing video games, consider games the whole family can enjoy! Strip away the facade of monsters and swords, role-playing games revealed themselves to be something far more interesting than other traditional games. Behind the fantasy adventures is a fun social gathering that requires you to think on your toes, solve problems, be creative, and ultimately learn how to become a team player. Sound familiar? Yeah, that’s because it’s like every job out there. It really isn’t about swords, trolls and dragons at all—it’s about thinking critically and working like a team. It’s fun and more importantly, it’s for everybody!
Opened in 2013, Board Knight brought gamers together and created a place for all to feel welcomed. As the number of gamers, grew so did their need for space. In 2014, Board Knight relocated to its current location at 228 W. Main Street across from the Salvation Army.
They are conveniently located in downtown at 228 W Main Street with hours in the evenings and weekends. For a complete schedule of sales and events, check out their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BoardKnight
PEORIA, IL (November 6, 2018) – Inked Entertainment, LLC has announced the first 22 artists that are set to perform for the 2019 Tailgate N’ Tallboys Music Festival. Tailgate N’ Tallboys will be held on the riverfront in downtown Peoria for the third year. In 2019, the series will span 7 dates. June 13, 14, 15 and 16 will be the first set of concerts and July 19 and 20 will follow. There will be a final concert on Saturday, September 14th. In addition to the main stage performances, there will be numerous local and regional performers on the Crusens Side Stage, as well as various festival activities throughout the series. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets!
June 2019 – (More yet to announce including 2 headliners and 2 direct support)
o Headliners (in alphabetical order):Brett Young, Brett Eldredge
o Support (in alphabetical order): Ashley McBryde, Carter Winter, Michael Ray, Mitchell Tenpenny, Muscadine Bloodline, Sweet Tea Trio, Walker McGuire.
o Crusens Side Stage (in alphabetical order): Aileeah Colgan, Devin Clemons Band, Joe Stamm Band, Josh Phillips, and Tasji Bachman
July 2019 – (More yet to announce including 1 headliner and 2 direct support)
o Headliner: AaronLewis
o Support (inalphabeticalorder): Josh Cardand The Steel Woods
o Crusens Side Stage (in alphabetical order): Craig Gerdes and Dallas Moore
September 14, 2019 – (more yet to announce including direct support)
o Headliner: Alabama
o Support (in alphabetical order): The NATU Band and Mason Ramsey
June 13, 2019 will be the Kickoff Party to the music series. Artists announcements for the Kickoff Party will be coming out at a later date. All Ticket holders (including multi day passes and single day passes) will receive free entry into the Kickoff Party.
Inked Entertainment has also been working with the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to set up discounted hotel rooms at many area hotels for concert goers. A link to the reservation system will be located on the festival website: www.TailgateNtallboys.com (under the travel section) when that becomes available. Sign-up for the Tailgate N’ Tallboys Newsletter/Eblast list to receive updates on that.
In addition to the hotel rooms, Tailgate N’ Tallboys has just secured a new camping location for the 2019 June weekend, at the Heart of Illinois Fairgrounds. Full hookup and primitive spots for campers and tents will be available. This will include shuttle service to and from the festival throughout the day. Details are still being worked out. Once available, camping passes will be available at www.TailgateNtallboys.com. Sign-up for the Tailgate N’ Tallboys Newsletter/Eblast list to receive updates on that.
There will be multiple new amenities and logistical changes in 2019. The stage will now be south facing with the stage facing bridge on what was the backend of Festival Park (venue). This allows for more room for those with chairs and allows for the growing attendance that the festival has experienced over the past few years. The VIP section will have a full-service bar, air-conditioned restrooms and more amenities added later.
The new NASH Pass will be available for all three weekends. Included in this pass is secure gated parking, a pre-show reception at Cumulus Studios (with drinks and food), weekend VIP Passes, entry through a special VIP entrance that is close to parking and leads right into the VIP section.
The 6 Pack Pass will once again be available for the festival. This allows purchaser entry into all dates of the series for a deeply discounted price.
6 Pack Passes, June Weekend Passes, July Weekend Passes, September Single Day Passes go on sale November 6, 2018 at 10AM and will be available at discounted prices until November 27, 2018 at 10AM, at which time prices will increase.
Single Day tickets will become available in early Spring, when more artists are added to the schedules.
There are many more announcements in the works, so keep up with the latest by following Tailgate N’ Tallboys on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or by visiting the official website at www.TailgateNtallboys.com.
About Tailgate N’ Tallboys
Tailgate N’ Tallboys is Central Illinois #1 Country Music Festival. The Music Series is designed with the true Midwestern summer concert goer in mind. Boasting top country acts to span over the summer months all at one low cost ticket price. Our 6 Pack Pass allows entry to 6 concerts for practically the cost of one concert. This allows our Midwestern country music lovers the ability to attend one or all six shows on the calendar to keep the party going all summer long.
Media Contact for Inked Entertainment / Tailgate N’ Tallboys Leon Edwards, Vice President of Marketing Leon@inkedent.net
Located on William Street, Doherty’s Pub is a taste of Ireland in Downtown Decatur. They feature a full menu of appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches, entrees and desserts. They also offer a traditional Irish specialty menu. Including hand dipped cod in Harp beer batter served with “Chips”, a traditional Irish shepherd’s pie and Irish stew. They also serve the ultimate comfort food, corn beef and cabbage with red potatoes.
A local favorite is the Irish Nachos! Waffle fries smothered in seasoned ground beef, covered in house cheese sauce.
For Beer lovers, Doherty’s is home to more than 13 specialty draft beers, including traditional staples Guinness and Smithwick’s Irish Ale.
Doherty’s is the perfect location for your holiday work gatherings with 2 large separate banquet rooms. Check out their website for Daily specials and their soup of the day at dohertyspubandpins.com. 242 E William Street, (217) 428-5612.
Situated between the city’s center and it’s historic near-west neighborhood, Wildflour offers the charm of a neighborhood bakery/coffee shop within walking distance of downtown businesses. Their cozy ambiance and creative menu options invite patrons to sit and savor the holiday season, but when slowing down is not an option, Wildflour offers call-ahead carry out service and caffeinated beverages.
Let Wildflour be your partner for holiday hosting! They can custom cater your gathering or provide scratch-made items to fill the gaps in your holiday entertaining menu. From biscuits and gravy through dessert, Wildflour can make your event stand out morning, noon, and night.
Whether you are stopping in for a quick bite or reserving a private dining room for 16, Wildflour offers you a warm welcome and a delicious house-made meal.
Wildflour offers a limited breakfast menu and scratch-make lunch options including soup, salad, sandwiches, quiche and spanakopita. They specialize in out-of-the-ordinary desserts and gourmet drinks.
Check their website at wildflourartisianbakery.com for the latest weekly specials. Or visit them on Facebook at Wildflour256.
The Decatur Area Arts Council is all about inspiring creative experiences that transform our community!
Visit the Madden Arts Center in downtown Decatur to experience one of their many exhibits, events, classes, or programs designed to entertain and educate.
Right now, until December 29, the Anne Lloyd Gallery has been transformed into a holiday shop with Xmas ARTicles! Make a gift purchase from an array of original art and fine crafts, including jewelry, purses, decorative items, paintings, photography, ceramics, woodworking, baskets, ornaments, and more! All for very affordable prices! Hours for the Xmas ARTicles holiday shop are M-F, 8:30am to 5:30pm and Saturdays, 10am to 4pm!
Throughout the year, treat yourself to a wide range of programs and classes for kids, adults, seniors, and groups – from beginners to experts!
· Visit one of the monthly gallery exhibits.
· Arrange an Arty Party of your kids or adult friends.
· Attend an arts events, like Mid-Day Music or MembersPlus.
· Take a bus trip to see a Broadway show in St. Louis.
· And much more!
But the perfect gift this holiday season is a membership with the Decatur Area Arts Council! As a donor/member of the Arts Council, you not only provide support for the arts in our community, but you also receive discounts on class and program, as well as personal invitations to special events and programs!
Learn more about the arts in Decatur or become a member of the Arts Council at DECATURARTS.ORG.