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Welcome to all new members of the Illinois Club! We look forward to meeting you, or getting to know you better, whether you're a brand new or relatively new member, new to the Champaign-Urbana and University community, or just new to the Club.

We are excited to be launching a new effort to help you become more familiar with our Club. Current Club members will serve as mentors to interested new members--maybe with a brief call or email every now and then, asking how you're doing, or going together to a general meeting or interest group session that you will both attend. We welcome support for this promising initiative to help everyone feel more connected to the overall organization.

Kathy Marshak, Newcomers Chair

Next Event(s)

Please stay tuned for new events to be announced for the next academic year!

Recent Events

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 11:45 am-(about) 5 pm

Special Family-Friendly Event
Amish Farm Dinner, Arcola IL
Enjoy hearty country foods served family-style at an Amish farm home, in a community where life continues as it has for many years. We will carpool from Champaign Urbana to meet at the farm. There we'll start with a delicious and filling lunch, followed by optional visits of the home, farm, countryside, and Rockome Gardens' Amish museum.

Lunch is $16.95 for adults, $8.95 for children 12 and under. Additional tours might have added cost, depending on our numbers and the particular farm we are visiting.

Make check out to: The Illinois Club
Mail: Kathy Marshak, 702 Hamilton Drive, Champaign IL 61820
Contact for questions: newcomers@theillinoisclub.org.

Wednesday October 23, 2013, 11:00 am

Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, 600 West Gregory Street, Urbana.
Museum visit, followed by lunch at The Bread Company, 706 South Goodwin.

Thursday September 26, 2013, 5-7 pm

Krannert Uncorked, Krannert Center Lobby, 500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana.
Wine tasting, music, conversation. Co-sponsored with the Wine Lovers' Interest Group.

At 7:30 that evening is a concert, part of the Pygmalion Music Festival, in the Tryon Festival Theater. Tickets for all Krannert events go on sale August 10, and some for this performance may still be available that evening. Light meals are sold at Krannert on performance dates, both at Intermezzo Cafe' and Stage 5 Bar.

Thursday August 29, 2013, 5-7 pm

Home of Kathy Marshak, 702 Hamilton Drive, Champaign.
Informal back-yard welcome gathering.

Past Events

Tour of the U of I Plant Conservatory

March 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Enjoy a fabulous personal tour with curator, Debbie Black, to see and enjoy the very rare Blue Poppies (the only place you can see them after the U of I ACES Open House the weekend before). We will also see rooms of orchids, desert and carnivorous plants, and the lush, tropical 3-story greenhouse. After the one hour tour, we will skip over to nearby Bevier Hall for a 6:30 dinner at the Spice Box. Dinners fill up quickly so we will want an idea of how many will attend as soon as possible. Please notify by emailing to newcomers@theillinoisclub.org

Dinner at the new Inman Place & More Winter Tales

January 17, 2013 at 7 pm
17 E. University Ave., C.

Chef Rick, the new Inman Place chef, will make a personal appearance and share some recipes. We'll see the newly redesigned dining and welcome center, enjoy a fabulous gourmet dinner and get the "inside scoop" on its details from the chef. Afterwards we will sit by the fireplace and be enthralled by a master storyteller weaving tales of winter. A tour of the facility with its beautiful new d├ęcor will be offered also Nominal cost of this fantastic event is $15. RSVP by emailing to newcomers@theillinoisclub.org
Deadline is January 10th. Send checks (made out to The Illinois Club) to:
Stephanie Price, 4303 Curtis Meadow Dr., Champaign IL 61822.

Dessert Potluck and Theater

Friday October 19, 2012
4303 Curtis Meadow Dr., Champaign
2400 W. Bradley Avenue, Champaign

6:00 pm - Dessert Potluck at Stephanie Price's. Bring a dessert to share and please label for common allergies.
7:30 pm - Show of Champaign Urbana Theatre Company's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Parkland Theater
Individual Tickets: (prices may be lower with group discounts)
  • Adult $16
  • Senior (60+) $12
  • Student (through college) $12
  • Child (12 & under) $8

Please RSVP by email to newcomers@theillinoisclub.org

Newcomer / Illinois Club Board Member Wine and Cheese Mixer

Friday, September 28, 2012 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
711 S. Elm Blvd., Champaign

At Alma Bellafiore's home.

Please RSVP by email to newcomers@theillinoisclub.org

Newcomers Special Invitation to Wine Lover's Group

Friday, September 14, 2012 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
21 Greencroft Drive, Champaign

Outdoor Garden Party featuring Argentinean wine, at Cinda & Jim Pettigrew's home. Bring a bottle of Argentinean wine.

Please RSVP by email to newcomers@theillinoisclub.org

Newcomers @ Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 from 4pm - 6pm
4410 North Lincoln Avenue, Champaign (map)

This event is free to newcomers (members of the club for 3 years or less)! Learn all about this very special and unique farm which is a goat dairy, creamery, and fruit and berry farm. Maybe you have even had some of their delicious cheese or gelato, found in local groceries and at the Market at the Square on Saturdays.

Please RSVP by email to Stephanie at newcomers@theillinoisclub.org

Directions to the farm may be found here: www.prairiefruits.com/direction-to-the-farm

Planetarium Event - Open to all Members & Guests!

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
March 29, 2012 with Refreshments at 6:30 pm, Show at 7:00 pm
William M. Staerkel Planetarium
Parkland College
2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign

Newcomers' Group is hosting a show at Parkland's Staerkel Planetarium. We'll begin with a social reception in the lobby with non-alcoholic beverages and light refreshments, followed by a short introduction by Donna Cox, Director of the Illinois eDREAM Institute, as well as the producer and art director of this gem, who will point out interesting things to watch for in the film. We will then get to see this spectacular 30 minute show on the Planetarium's state-of-the-art Digistar 4 full dome projection system.

This is indeed a rare opportunity only available to our group!

All members and their guests are welcome to join us at this fabulous event. Guests do not need to be prospective members to come. Newcomers (members of 1, 2, or 3 years) and prospective members may come for free. All others will pay a small $5 advance reservation fee or $7 at the door. Please RSVP to Stephanie at: newcomers@theillinoisclub.org by March 26th

If payment is required, please dowload this form

The Planetarium is on the western side of the Parkland College campus. There is a (sort of) circular drive near the entrance where you may drop people off. Some handicap-accessible parking is also nearby.

Driving directions to Parkland may be found here: www2.parkland.edu/planetarium/directions.html

Parkland map: www.parkland.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDF/maps/parkinglots.pdf

A Winter's Tale

February 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm

To celebrate leap day, Newcomers' would love for you to join us for a Hearth and Home Gathering. We will have fantastic food, excellent conversation, and best of all, an awesome special speaker, Storyteller Kim Sheahan, from the Spurlock Museum. Kim will delight us with winter stories as we sit by the fire and sip hot chocolate and cider and munch on tummy-warming goodies. What better way to spend a leap day evening?

Come at 6:30, mingle and nibble, then find a place to nestle and listen to some wonderful, soul-enriching tales to warm your heart in the winter weather.

Open to all Newcomers (in The Illinois Club 3 years or less) and being held at Stephanie Price's home.

Space is limited, so e-mail now to reserve your cuddly seat at newcomers@theillinoisclub.org

Larry Kanfer Gallery - Open House

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
2503 South Neil Street, Champaign

Newcomers will host a visit with the Kanfers at their studio on Neil Street. Popular local artist, Larry Kanfer, and his wife, Alaina, will talk about their art. There will be light refreshments with non-alcoholic beverages, lively conversation, and the wonderful Kanfer photography. There is limited seating for this free event. Please RSVP to Stephanie at newcomers@theillinoisclub.org