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Miles Nielsen

Miles to go

The rocking Rockford Nielsen family's B-N history continues apace with the return of Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts to their usual B-N haunt, the Castle Theatre, for a T-Day weekend show at 8 p.m. Saturday, along with very special guests The David Mayfield Parade. The Nielsen clan's history here dates all the way back to ’70s, when Miles' dad Rick and a band name of Cheap Trick were regulars at downtown Bloomington's Red Lion Inn. Twenty years later, circa the mid-1990s, Miles was a student at ISU, gigging with his band Girl Friday around the local bar scene and welcoming Dad down for occasional campus visits. And so it goes, and, we hope, goes.

The halls are alive

Nobody did it better than the Victorians. Decking the halls, that is. It’s time to be reminded of that talent anew as Bloomington’s David Davis Mansion festoons itself, a la the kind of mid-1860s Christmas holiday that would have been celebrated by Judge Dave and wife Sarah. Christmas at Clover Lawn will be open for tours beginning Friday and continuing through Dec. 30 at the state historic site, at 1000 E. Monroe Drive. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Call 309-828-1084 for more information.

Around towns

The action is mega-festive around Pantagraphland and beyond this weekend with goodies like the opening of the East Peoria Festival of Lights on Thanksgiving night; Pontiac's Christmas Light-Up Parade at 6 p.m. Friday;  the opening of the DeWitt County Museum's Holiday Candlelight Tours, 5-8 p.m. Friday; Clinton's Christmas Parade, 2 p.m. Saturday downtown; the Light Up Streator Lighted Parade, 7 p.m. Saturday downtown; Paxton's Christmas Parade, 1:30 p.m. Saturday downtown; and Minonk's Community Christmas Tree Lighting, 6:30 p.m. Sunday downtown. 

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