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by: Leah Oathout/Production Manager

areanews-novAs the hectic transition from one holiday to the next begins, there are many smaller, community-oriented events happening. However there are still some large shows and concerts that are worth braving the weather.

This month’s events kick off with the Country Spirit Antique Show in Arcola. On Nov 8 and 9, the Arcola Center and the Best Western Plus Hotel will fill up with dealers specializing in “authentic American antiques.” According to the event’s website, there will be 41 sellers this year from both Illinois and neighboring states. The show begins on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Arcola Center then moves to the Best Western Plus Hotel at 5 p.m., wrapping up around 9 p.m. Both locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. As this is a unique show, tickets are $8 apiece. Those that pre-register on the website will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate for the show. For more information on the dealers and past shows, visit

Famous for hits such as “Honky Tonk Badankadonk,” “You’re Gonna Miss This,” “Songs About Me” and “Ladies Love Country Boys,” country legend Trace Adkins kicks off the holiday performances at Effingham Performance Center on Nov 15 from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Adkins will perform many classic Christmas carols as well a few of his biggest hits. Tickets will be $85 for top tier, $75 for class A seating and $70 for class B seating. It is highly suggested that tickets be purchased as soon as possible. For more information, visit or call 217-540-2788.

For those who enjoy chili, the CCDC Annual Chili Cook-off and Auction at the Toledo American Legion on Nov. 16 is the place to be. Doors open at 3 p.m., shortly followed by a kids’ Basket Bingo at 3:30 p.m. the cook-off begins at 5:30 p.m. and the auction will commence at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 at the door. For more information, call 217-849-2359.

The annual Festival of Trees fundraiser for the Memorial Medical Center will be Nov. 23 through December 1 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in the Orr Building. Hundreds of designers create masterpieces of lights and decorations on the green canvases of trees, wreaths and slags or create an entire Christmas scene. This event will be enjoyable for all ages with the Candy Cane Express train, performances from amateur and professional singers, dancers and musicians, the edible Gingerbread Village, the Little Elves’ Workshop and the gingerbread bakery. Admission is $3 for children ages 3 to 12 (children 2 and younger are free) and $5 for adults. On Tuesday, Nov. 26, seniors 65 and older only pay $3. For hours of operation and more information, please call the Festival of Trees office at 217-788-4301 or visit and keyword search “Festival of Trees.”

Enjoy the beginning of the holidays with one or more of these events and be sure to post pictures to the Lake Land Navigator Facebook page.

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