Sunday, October 26, 2014

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Midwest travel: Christmas trees, film festivals and more" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Midwest travel: Christmas trees, film festivals and more" from the Chicago Tribune

Editor's Note: The Chicago Tribune's Life & Style section/website is a FANTASTIC resource for Midwest travel (even makes me a little jealous!).  Updated each week the column provides info on upcoming events throughout the region - Iowa to Ohio, upper Wisconsin to southern Indiana.  Link at the bottom of this post.


Nov. 15-19: Festival of Trees, Danville. This annual events draws more than 10,000 visitors to see decorated Christmas trees and wreaths and experience other holiday-related activities and entertainment. 217-431-2424, Miles from Chicago: 150

Nov. 21-22: Galena Cellars 30th Annual Nouveau Wine Weekend. The Galena winery releases its Nouveau wines with this celebration that includes tastings from a variety of vintners, winery tours, special dinners, live music and more. 815-777-3330, Miles from Chicago: 165


Nov. 14-15: 26th Annual Holiday Handcrafters' Showcase and Marketplace, Muncie. This holiday crafts show presents arts, crafts, collectibles, antiques, home and personal items and gourmet gift foods. 419-436-1457, Miles from Chicago: 230

Nov. 8-March 29: "William Forsyth: Only the Strong Persist," Indianapolis. The Indiana State Museum presents this exhibition of important works of the Hoosier artist who was closely associated with early Indiana impressionists. Miles from Chicago: 185


Nov. 14-15: Muscatine Independent Film Festival. Short films from across the country will be screened, along with student films. There's also networking and social activities. Miles from Chicago: 205


Nov. 7-14: Traverse City Beer Week. A big dose of beer-related events, including tastings, demonstrations, special dinners, food pairings and more. Miles from Chicago: 320

Nov. 9: Model Train Show and Sale, Lansing. There will be model trains in a variety of scales running on 10 layouts. More than 500 vendors will be set up offering trains, rail collectibles, books and more. 517-648-0628, Miles from Chicago: 220


Nov. 8-9: Columbus International Festival. Nearly 200 booths will be set up representing scores of cultures. Enjoy ethnic foods and cooking demonstrations, live cultural entertainment and shopping. 614-735-2848, Miles from Chicago: 360

Nov. 14-16: Fabulous Food Show, Cleveland. There will be more than 100 demonstrations from culinary professionals such as Tyler Florence and Carla Hall, wine and spirit tastings and hundreds of vendors. 216-676-6000, Miles from Chicago: 345


Nov. 7-9: Big Water Film Festival, Ashland. View a variety of films ranging from shorts to feature-length. Rewards will be presented the final afternoon. Miles from Chicago: 435

Nov. 18-20: STEP AFRIKA! (African-American Stepping), Sheboygan. The professional company from Washington puts on a lively performance of the dance style linked to African and modern dance. 920-458-6144, Miles from Chicago: 145

Nov. 21-23, 28-30, Dec. 3-7, 9-14, 16-22: Polar Express Train Ride, Middleton. The Wisconsin & Southern Railroad brings the classic movie to life with one-hour round-trip journeys to the North Pole. During the trip the story is read, and hot chocolate and cookies are served. Early advance registrations are a good idea since this sells out fast. 855-487-1430, Miles from Chicago: 155


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