December 1st, 2018 / 11:00 AM
The Twin Cities’ annual Jaycees Christmas parade ends each year at the doorsteps of one the community’s largest free holiday parties.
Christmas at the Courthouse has become a time- honored tradition. The McLean County Museum of History opens its doors to the entire community each year on the first Saturday of December for a day of family fun and holiday cheer. An architectural gem, the old courthouse on the Museum Square in downtown Bloomington will be decked out in holiday finery including a decorated tree standing in the center of the majestic rotunda.
Visitors can enjoy holiday music, caroling, homemade cookies, cider and a special visit from St. Nick on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
December 11th, 2018 / 11:00 AM
Join Carmen Champion of Main Street Yoga for this 5-part program focusing on the historic principles of yoga.
Originally, yoga looked very different than the Downward Facing Dog now represented on Instagram. Understand how a deeply meditative practice evolved into a workout. Learn how different cultures shaped the modern-day understanding of the practice and why yoga has survived for thousands of years. Build your own meditation or yoga practice by developing a more enriched understanding of yoga culture.This free, public program will be held in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom.
December 13th, 2018 / 12:10 PM
Eva Ferguson, Faculty member, School of Music at Illinois Wesleyan will be our guest speaker. Ferguson, a native of Slovakia, will take you through the past, present and future of Christmas in her home country. How did the pre-Christian pagan traditions era evolve over the centuries? How did Christmas survive the communist anti-Christian ideology? Why are the presents from Baby Jesus being replaced by presents from Santa Claus? Learn about Slovak Christmas traditions, food, and music, and taste some traditional Slovak Christmas cookies called medovníky.