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Business, pleasure in October

by Leah Oathout/Production Manager


Graphic by Leah Oathout

October is a month of change. The leaves will fall, the air will take on an autumn chill and people will begin to spend more time indoors. However, there is still much to do in east central Illinois.

The longest running event this month is from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2, continued from late Sept. Eastern Illinois University is hosting the “”Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper’” exhibit in the Booth Library. Throughout the month there will be several lectures on topics that relate to and inspired the short story. The next lecture will be “Pregnancy Showing: Fictional Pregnancy in the Era of Charlotte Perkins Gilman,” presented by EIU English professor Parley A. Boswell in Writers Conference Room 4440. For a full list of lectures and events, see or call the Booth Library at 217-581-6064.

In addition to the “Yellow-Wallpaper” exhibit, EIU Booth Library will host “Story Time” every Saturday in October for children ages three to seven from 10 to 11 a.m. Each session will have a story and related crafts or activities. The event is free but children must be accompanied by an adult. The sessions will be in the Ballenger Teachers Center of the library. More details can be found at or by calling 217-581-8442.

The Cross County Mall in Mattoon will be filled on Oct. 3 with businesses, delicious food and prospective employers. The 13th Annual Mattoon Chamber Business Expo begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. Taste of the Expo features Mattoon restaurants and catering services that will bring food to sample while exploring the expo. The lunch will start at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Tickets may be purchased upon arrival and are $5 per ticket. A new addition to the expo is the Job Fair. Manufacturing and industrial representatives will be present to recruit employees from 1 to 4 p.m. The Business Expo is an excellent way to discover local businesses and possible find work. For more information on the expo, visit the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce website at

The Effingham Performance Center (EPC) will be very busy in October. Artists Parmalee and Rachel Farley will kick off the month, country-rock style. Parmalee is gaining fame with hits like “Must Of Had A Good Time” and “Carolina” and 18-year-old Rachel Farley, singer of “Ain’t Easy,” will share the stage. Tickets are $40, $31, or $28 depending on the seat. For specific information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the center at 217-540-2788.

October 11 through 13, hot air balloons may be seen in the sky over Lake Shelbyville during the Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest. The first launch will be Friday at 5 p.m. from the soccer fields in Forest Park, mainly for the media and as a practice flight for the pilots. Saturday at 7 a.m., the balloons will launch again from Forest Park. DJ Kerry Campbell of All Kindz of Soundz will be entertaining throughout the morning. An early dinner benefitting a local charity will be held at the Dam West Recreational Area on 9th Street beginning at 4 p.m. At dusk, the balloons will take flight yet again to set the night aglow. The Illinois National Guard will have a rock climbing wall at the rec area and Thunder Hits DJ service will provide entertainment from the late afternoon until the balloons return. At 7 a.m. on Sunday, the pilots will make one last flight, leaving from the beach area. All of this is weather permitting. For lots more information on the event and on the balloons coming to Balloon Fest, see

The Armored Combat League will meet for the Battle of the Nations at the Upstairs Ring of the Livestock Center at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on Oct. 19. The day of Medieval-style fighting in full armor will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Observers are welcome. Adult tickets are $10 and a family pack can be purchased for $25. Find more information at the Illinois State Fairgrounds website.

The Effingham Performance Center will be rockin’ out on Oct. 19 with The Winery Dogs. The band consists of Mike Portnoy on drums, Billy Sheehan on bass, and Richie Kotzen on guitar. Curtain call is at 8 p.m and tickets should be purchased online in advance. More info is available at

Merle Haggard, the 74-year-old country and very influential artist, will get the last gig at the EPC on Oct. 30. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale on the website and listed as $69, $59 and $54.

Again, the Navigator asks that if you attend any of these events that you post pictures on our Facebook page at Lake Land Navigator.


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