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Suburban House Pays Tribute to Prince with Holiday Lights

For music lovers, one of the toughest blows delivered by 2016 was the death of Prince in April. For the big-time Prince fans out there, it probably seems like it was yesterday. I'm sure that's the case with the homeowners in Park Ridge, Illinois, who are drawing a lot of visitors with their Christmas lights Prince tribute.

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Stroll on State 2016: By-the-Numbers

 

 

By now you may have heard that Rockford's Stroll on State, held on November 26th in downtown Rockford, set a new attendance record of 75,000 people. That's almost 10,000 more people enjoying the night than did last year.

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Maybe Rockford’s Tree Lighting Needs the Latvian Touch

Don't misunderstand me, I think the Christmas tree lighting ceremonies that we do here in Rockford at Stroll on State, Nicholas Conservatory, and several other places are really well done. It's just that a countdown, followed by the tree lighting, has trouble competing with a giant Rube Goldberg machine.

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Tonight is a Great Night to Shop on State in Downtown Rockford

Yesterday in this space, I asked when was the last time that you shopped downtown Rockford. As luck would have it, you've got a golden opportunity tonight (Thursday).

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When Was the Last Time You Shopped Downtown Rockford?

With Stroll on State having taken place a couple of weeks back, the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (RACVB) would love to know what you thought of the 4th annual event. And, while you're at it, when was the last time you headed for downtown Rockford to do some shopping?

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Missed Stroll on State? You Can Still Enjoy Rockford’s River Lights Weekends in December

If you've been kicking yourself because you missed out on all the fun of last weekend's Stroll on State, you can stop now. One of the coolest features of Stroll on State is Rockford's River Lights, and you can still get down to see them Saturdays and Sundays throughout December.

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Light the Tree at the LZ Peace Memorial for Our Military Serving Away From Home

I just got a note from my good friend, Vietnam Veteran Nick Parnello, aka “Blackjack 6.” He asks that I let you know about a special event coming up at the LZ Peace Memorial on the grounds of Midway Village and Museum Center, Sunday, December 11th, at 4:30pm.

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Celebrate the Holidays in Sweden with…Arson?

In the interests of full disclosure, I must tell you that I am married to a woman of Swedish decent (how did I find someone like that in Rockford?). Around holiday time, I've come to expect things like krup kakar, lutefiskvörtbröd, and, if I play my cards right, glögg. At no time, however, in 25 years of marriage, has she suggested we set fire to a goat.

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Some Kids Really Love to Meet Santa, Others…Not So Much

I mentioned in a post yesterday that Santa Claus is coming to Rockford in December to have breakfast at Nicholas Conservatory with his many admirers. As someone who grew up in this area, the highlight for me as a kid was our annual pilgrimage to Colonial Village Mall to meet up with Santa at Weise's

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Santa is Far Too Busy For Lunch or Dinner, But He Has Time For Breakfast in Rockford

As a kid, I looked forward to the holiday season for many of the usual kid reasons: Christmas vacation from school, holiday presents and decorations, and coming up to Rockford to have breakfast with Santa Claus at Chas V. Weise's in Colonial Village Mall.

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