Arts & Entertainment in Loves Park

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A multi-faceted paradise for record collectors, audiophiles, film buffs, bibliophiles, and comic-book lovers, Toad Hall has a little bit of everything for enthusiasts of all kinds. Amidst the many shelves, dig through stacks of LPs, vintage comics, and DVDs, an acronym for “Dude, Videos, Dude!” Almost every day, Toad Hall receives and sets out a huge selection of media, Blu-ray and an entire floor of books, and often stocks audio equipment such as speakers, record players, and receivers.

2106 Broadway
Rockford,
IL
US

Aristotle's Corner offers people a stress-free place to relax at desks or on a couch, listen to music, read a book, or just think. They can also browse its collection of new and used books, LPs, CDs, and DVDs?most of which are priced at less than $4. Besides these items are various antiques and collectibles, including vintage radios and fine jewelry. Aristotle's Corner is open from 10 a.m.?8 p.m. Monday?Saturday.

3845 E State St
Rockford,
IL
US

The Glass Garden's 3,600-square-foot space is an incubator for multicolored mosaics, stained-glass artwork, decorative lamps, and translucent art of all sorts. In the spacious studio, students learn how to craft their own stained-glass pieces during beginners' classes led by knowledgeable instructors. They're taught how to design patterns, cut glass, and solder it all together to create a window panel with colors that play with the light like an interrogator plays with a neurotic suspect. They can advance their skills during continuing classes and purchase materials from The Glass Garden's in-house shop. The facility also offers completed art for sale, including lamps, panels, and custom-made pieces.

25 W Milwaukee St
Janesville,
WI
US

Judy's Quilt n' Sew is located in a 100 year old Dutch Colonial home in the small farming community of Hampshire, Illinois. We offer knowledgeable, friendly staff, 2500 bolts of quilt-shop quality fabric, patterns, supplies and a wide variety of classes. Authorized Bernina and Pfaff sales and service.

290 S State St
Hampshire,
IL
US

Tim and Bobbi Paul deploy decades of tune savvy to helm Piano Trends, which was voted best music store and instruction studio in the Northwest Herald's Best of the Fox in 2011. The family team wrangles more than 20 voice and music instructors to bolster musicality in local schools, with established performance groups and one former American Idol finalist. In classes for every skill level from novice to megawizard, instructors teach piano, guitar, violin, and a variety of brass and woodwind instruments, and voice lessons range from Broadway training to avant-garde birdcalls. Lessons for children under the age of 6 are available, based on the child's attention span, maturity level, and desired instrument; interested customers should call ahead for more information. Piano Trends can also cater to musical needs with instrument rentals and repairs.

35 Berkshire Dr, Ste 5
Crystal Lake,
IL
US

Being recruited by the New York Yankees in high school and winning the Heisman Trophy for football in 1985 predictably foreshadowed a successful sports career for Bo Jackson. In addition to achieving All-Star status as a major league baseball player for New York, Kansas City, California, and Chicago, he became an NFL MVP for The Raiders in 1987, forever cementing himself in the pages of sports history books. Today, the multitalented athlete celebrates his career of swinging bats and hurling balls by personalizing Oakland Raiders and Chicago White Sox jerseys for his enduring legion of fans. These enthusiasts also get to meet the man himself as he adds his signature to the shirts sporting his name and number. The folks at Sideline Marketing organize the event. In addition to Bo, they represent a whole host of athletes, creating countless opportunities for fans to meet and critique the penmanship of their personal heroes.

3309 Route 31
Crystal Lake,
IL
US