2015 Midwest Wanderer Year in Review

2015 Midwest Wanderer Year in Review

2015 has been another great year of firsts for us. We’ve visited new destinations, enjoyed new experiences, and had several “who knew?” moments.

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Beloit International Film Festival: What to Expect

Beloit International Film Festival: What to Expect

The term “film festival” always brought a picture to my mind of a series of artsy films with deep meanings I didn’t understand, mostly in non-English languages with subtitles. When I was invited to the Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF), I thought why not? I’m always up for a new adventure, I was curious, and I saw there was going to be a Grease sing-along on Saturday night.

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Here ‘n There in the Midwest: Keep Warm Inside or Embrace Outdoor Winter Activities

Here ‘n There in the Midwest: Keep Warm Inside or Embrace Outdoor Winter Activities

Winter has hit us hard in the Midwest this week, closing schools and making a mess of traffic. It looks like, at least here in the Chicago area, temps will be up and down for a while. There may be some days warm enough to get outside and embrace winter activities and other days that you’ll want to stay indoors. Luckily, there is plenty to do around the Midwest for both indoor and outdoor fun.

Eagle Watching Along the Mississippi River
Bald EagleCities along the Mississippi River celebrate eagle watching this time of year as bald eagles migrate down the Mississippi Flyway. Both indoor and outdoor activities take place at the Quad Cities Bald Eagles Days expo January 9-11 and during Great River Eagle Days in Quincy, Illinois, January 17. Download the 2015 Eagle Guide from the All Around Alton web site for information about eagle-related activities throughout the season in the Meeting of the Great Rivers area.

Restaurant Weeks
Plan your Alton eagle-watching trip the week of January 16-25, and you can take advantage of Alton Restaurant Week. Meals at 16 restaurants are $10 for lunch and $25 for dinner. Some meals are for one person and some for two.

If you miss restaurant week in Alton, you can catch the first ever Geneva Restaurant Week January 26 through February 1. Twenty Geneva, Illinois, restaurants will offer lunch and dinner priced at either $19 or $39, and again, meals may be for one or two people. Offers for each restaurant are on the web site.

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Beloit International Film Festival
Like films? Visit Beloit, Wisconsin, for the Beloit International Film Festival, February 20 to March 1. In its tenth year, 192 different films will be featured, from shorts to feature films, in genres from documentaries to romances and comedies. The films will be shown in ten Beloit venues. BIFF has been called the “next big thing” by Moviemaker Magazine and has been listed as one of the alternatives to “Sundance” by the New York Times. Events like the Opening Night Block Party and the Grease Sing-a-Long promise a lot of fun.

Wisconsin Promo Ad
Speaking of fun, check out Wisconsin’s Winter Wonderland travel ad starring the “Airplane!” cast.

Stay in Your Jammies
Have you ever felt like staying in your warm pajamas all day? You can without having to stay home to do it—and no one will look at you funny. In fact, everyone else will be wearing their pajamas too during the 18th Annual Shipshewana Pajama Day Sale on February 1, 2015. Most stores will open at 6 a.m. or earlier and offer deep discounts, giveaways and drawings.

St. Joseph, Michigan, Giveaway
You don’t even have to leave your computer to enter the giveaway from St. Joseph in West Michigan. Simply enter online for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate towards area shops and restaurants tokens to the Silver Beach Carousel, Passes for the Curious Kids’ Museum and a two-night stay at an area hotel. The winner will be drawn on January 30, in time to make it to the February 6-8 Magical Ice Fest.

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