Colleagues are in and out of the office this time of year on vacation or taking time to enjoy the summer. Just in case can’t get away and are looking for something to do, we’ll listen back to a conversation about where to “staycation” in East Central Illinois. It’ll make you feel like you’re on vacation, even if you’re in staying in the area.
This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation host Jim Meadows had earlier this summer exploring East Central Illinois…from the perspective of a tourist. Sue Post, author of Hiking Illinois, tells us about some scenic, and maybe unexpected, places in the area to enjoy the outdoors and will talk with us about what makes hiking in Illinois unique. Sue also tells us about native wildlife of note.
Then during the second half of the hour, we’ll hear from Heather Wilkins, Director for the Land of Lincoln Regional Tourism Office, about Illinois trails. These Trails don’t have much to do with hiking, but they’re just as scenic. We’ll talk about where you can go to visit every from Illinois’ most historic drive-in movie theatres to the oldest soda fountains and the world’s largest golf tee and covered wagon.
What are your favorite places to go or things to do to “get away” while staying in the area? We want to hear from you this hour on Focus!
Champaign based photographer Larry Kanfer has been developing his own images since he was 10 years old and is well known across the country for his pictures of the prairie. Brian Johnson is a national award-winning photojournalist who has taught thousands of students how to become excellent photographers in his 25 years at the University of Illinois. This hour on Focus, Jack Brighton talks with Larry Kanfer about his work, and about his favorite places to take pictures in East Central Illinois. We'll talk with Brian Johnson about photojournalism, travel photography, and about how to get the best pictures you can of whatever you’re photographing this summer.
Larry Kanfer will be exhibiting his photography at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL August 27th-29th. Find more information at the link below.
Has Rick Steves inspiried you to travel? Maybe you've long used his guide books... During this episode of Focus, Jim Meadows talks with travel writer and broadcaster Rick Steves about his life and career. We ask him about best practices when planning a trip and the best places to go for the first time and the veteran traveler. Steves also tells us his favorite places to visit and why he first started traveling. And of course, we find out more about his next adventure and his upcoming visit to Champaign-Urbana.