History Is Sweet on the Heritage & Holly Tour

Changes are coming to Decatur’s Heritage & Holly Historic Home tour, but the important things, especially the heritage, are staying the same.

Dove, Inc., is taking over the holiday event from the Near Westside Restoration and Preservation Society, which has organized the tour since 1991. This year’s theme is “Sweet Beginnings.” Dove will share the beginnings of current programs and tie the theme into several stops on the tour.

Visitors will again have the opportunity to learn about Decatur’s heritage through historic homes decorated for the holidays. The telephone room under the stairs of the Vanzetti home, for example, housed one of the first telephones in the area. It will be Santa’s Workshop for the tour.

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The Great Russian Nutcracker

Legendary Moscow Ballet production hits Kirkland stage November 4

Brace yourself, Macon County; all of your holiday dreams are about to come true. Maybe you see The Nutcracker every year or maybe you’ve seen it once, but you’ve never seen it like this – and you’d usually have to travel to a major metropolitan area to experience it. This year, the world-famous Moscow Ballet is ushering in the holiday season for us with the Great Russian Nutcracker on stage at Kirkland Fine Arts Center November 4.

In true Decatur style of course, our production will take it up a notch, with the first-ever joint presentation by Kirkland and Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. “Because we have an amazing new conductor,

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Get Your Smokin’ Hot BBQ Right Here in Decatur

If you love delicious BBQ, car shows and live music, now is your chance to attend an event that features all three! The Decatur Smokin’ BBQ Festival will include a BBQ competition, food vendors, live music and a car show. But wait, that’s not all—the event will also have beer, wine and bourbon tastings.

To start, this is a BBQ competition featuring everything from pit masters to amateurs. “Our goal is to give you the best culinary experience with different BBQ items. With different vendors we will be able to give that incredible experience,” says organizer LaVell Peete. The competition will be broken up into three categories: Pro Division, Backyard and People’s Choice.

Pro Division includes a team or an individual who has competed before or is a restaurant owner.

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