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by Kaitlyn Conrad/Photo & Web Editor

February may still be rearing its cold face on us, but East Central Illinois has some great events to warm you up on the inside.

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Hatch: A Creative-Reuse Art Festival opens on Friday, February 28 and will continue though Saturday, March 15.
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On February 1 at the Mason Civic Center in Effingham, the Tri-County Players will be performing from 7-10 p.m. Other events there will include music, dancing, 50/50 drawing and concession. For more information, call (217)-857-3145.

Also on Feb. 1 in Charleston, the Charleston Challenge Mid-Winter Classic will be held at Carl Sandburg School. This 5k-10k-15k race begins with registration at 8 a.m. Register online at and you can get more information at or by calling (217)-348-0430.

Taste of Jasper County will be going on in Newton on Feb. 7. There will be a showcase of flavors, favors and aromas from Jasper County businesses. You can check this out at the Quail Hollow Banquet Hall from 5-8 p.m. Call (618)-783-3399 for more information.

From Feb. 7-9, you can check out the 18th Annual Midwest Tribute to the King Competition in Springfield. Elvis tribute artists from around the country will compete for $10,000 in cash prizes with live band. You can enjoy the songs we all have come to cherish be performed live.  This will be going on at the Hilton in Springfield.

REO Speedwagon will be performing at the Effinghman Performance Center on Feb. 8. This hit-filled night will be going on from 8-10:30 p.m. You can get more information by visiting or by calling 217-540-2788.

If you are looking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift you can hire a quartets from the Coles County Barbershop Chorus. They will deliver a box of chocolates and sing a romantic song for your loved one in the Charleston/Mattoon area. Proceeds will benefit area high vocal music programs. For details and to order you can head over to

On Feb. 14, you can also see a Valentine’s Day Dinner Theater Production called “Murder Takes Two” at Your LifeSpan Center in Charleston. This night of performing arts, laughter, and delicious food will start 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets for this one time event are $35 for singles and $65 for couples. These tickets include dinner and a performance and are available at your LifeSpan Center. They can be purchased in advanced or at the door. To order tickets in advanced, call 217-639-5150 for more information.

Red Skeleton-The Legend Continues will be performing on Feb. 15 at the Effingham Performance Center. From Freddy the Freeloader to Clem Kadiddlehopper, Tom Mullica pays tribute to his friend. His is a living, breathing, giggling portrayal of  “America’s Favorite Clown.” This gut busting time will be happening from 7:30-9:30 p.m. You can get more information about this event and other events by visiting or by calling (217)-540-2788.

The Annual Field & Stream 2014 Deer & Turkey Expo will be going on in Springfield Feb. 21-23. This expo will feature trophy deer contests, photo contests, turkey calling championships, new products expo and trade show. Times for this event are Friday 2-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call (217)-788-8800 or visit to find out more.

From Feb. 28 to March 1, you can check out the Rural Life Antique Show in Tuscola. Presented by Winterberry Store & Antiques in the Douglas County Museum and Community Building, dealers from all over the country will be representing fine antiques and Americana. Going to can let you more about this event.

Hatch: A Creative-Reuse Art Festival opens on Friday, February 28 and will continue through Saturday, March 15. The I.D.E.A Store is producing this juried artists’ festival that focuses on high quality, repurposed craft and fine art from artists all over the Midwest. This festival is being held at Indi Go Artist Co-Op in Champaign. You can get more knowledge on this event at or by calling (217)-352-7878.

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