Downtown Urbana Festival to Defeat the Winter Blues

Downtown Urbana Festival to Defeat the Winter Blues

Five days packed with entertaining activities and sales – March 6-10 – have been planned by Monument Square District to help local residents and visitors chase the winter blues and celebrate historic downtown Urbana’s diverse array of retail businesses and restaurants. 

Tuesday, March 6

·        Pamper the Blues Away, noon-4 p.m.: Hair Co. The Salon and Spa, 207 N. Main St., is offering a sale of select services, plus a free paraffin hand treatment to visitors who mention the Pamper the Blues Away Event. 

Specials include: Manicure $20 ($22 value), Pedicure $36 ($40 value), CND 14-day Wear Manicure $30 ($33 value), Elemental Nature Facial $50 ($55 value) and free gift with spa service. 

Schedule service by calling before the day of the event, 937-652-2040. Some restrictions apply; quantities are limited. Visit Hair Co. at 

·        Hot Dish Cook-off, 5-6:30 p.m.: Includes a professional category for restaurants and an amateur category, with one winner from each, at Mike Major’s studio, 119 Miami St. Judging by the public, 5-6 p.m., with proceeds going to the Champaign County Arts Council. $5 fee to judge.


Wednesday, March 7

·        Wonder Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Downtown businesses will offer hands-on workshops, demonstrations and more. They include:

       o   “Wonder how to select fabrics and coordinate patterns for your home?” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every hour  on the    

                      hour at Guild Galleries, 118 N. Main St., Urbana

o   “Wonder what will be happening during Pioneer Days?” all day at The Boston, 121 N. Main St.

o   “Wonder how to make your old furniture look new?” 1 p.m. at Absolute Floral and Unique Boutiques, 112 N. Main St.

o   “Wonder how to taste as many teas as you can?” 10 a.m.-noon at the Depot Coffeehouse, 644 Miami St.

Thursday, March 8

·        Kids’ Day, 1-5 p.m.: Stores will offer arts and crafts, puzzles, scavenger hunts, story time and more, including:

o   How to make handmade paper flowers, 1 p.m. at Absolute Floral

o   Kids Pioneer Come and Go Craft, 2:30-3:30 p.m. at The Boston

o   Story time by Pam Gibson of the Champaign County Library, with a craft following, 4-5 p.m. at the Monument Square District office

·        Champaign’s Got Talent, 7-9 p.m.:  Contestants must enter in advance at Hometown Music, 237 N. Main St., as individuals or groups. For kids and adults. The show will be held at the Urbana United Methodist Church, 238 N. Main St. Winners will compete in the finals to be held July 5 at Grimes Field.


Friday, March 9

·        Dress Blues, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Featuring live mannequins, showing off the latest in “blue” fashions, this progressive fashion show will stop at downtown shops that carry clothing. Refreshments will be served. Absolute Floral fashion show, 1-2 p.m. At ben and me, 18 Monument Square, 2 p.m., bring your favorite outfit and turn it into a room design.

·        Chase the Blues Poker Walk, 4-7 p.m.: Walkers start at the Depot Coffeehouse, 644 Miami St., collecting a poker card at each stop, which also include The Chocolate Shop, The Boston, Main Street Tattoos and Absolute Floral. The best three hands win prizes, including a basket of gifts from downtown businesses. Entry is a donation of a coat, hat, gloves, mittens, scarf or blanket for the Caring Kitchen.


Saturday, March 10

·        Snowman Building Contest, noon-1:30 p.m.:  Free individual and team competition in the gravel lot on Monument Square to build snowmen with whatever is available at the time – if not snow, materials provided by Monument Square District. Categories include Most Creative, Coolest Shape and Urbana Themed. Most Creative will win a family fun prize.

·        Winter Ball, 7-11 p.m.: An evening of music and fun hosted by Monument Square District at Roberts on Miami, 116 Miami St. Tickets are available at Guild Galleries, 118 N. Main St. This formal event will include light hors d’oeuvres and door prizes of gift certificates from local stores.