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Author: Elizabeth Miller

Liz is the Creative Services Manager for the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

2017 4th of July Cheat Sheet

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 11:00 AM by Elizabeth Miller

Where did June go?? I blinked and all of a sudden, we're coming up to 4th of July festivities in the Rockford region! I won't complain...it's a fun holiday in the area! It's an easy holiday to love. Cookouts, parades, live music, being surrounded by friends and family...plus one of the only holidays where it's totally normal to wear a suit that looks like an American flag (yes, I know people that have worn this).

No Snow? No Problem!

Thursday, January 12, 2017 3:00 PM by Elizabeth Miller

Winter birthdays in the Midwest can be difficult. I should know...my birthday is in January. You can't have outdoor parties (unless you want to freeze) and you can't ask for fun pool toys or cute summer clothes because you won't use them for 6 months! There is one good thing about winter birthdays though...snow!

Around my birthday in particular, the Rockford region also gets to celebrate the annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition!

Last Minute Shopping List

Monday, December 19, 2016 2:00 PM by Elizabeth Miller

We are less than a week away from Christmas! Usually this creates feelings of joy and excitement...unless you haven't finished all your Christmas shopping yet. We're cutting it a little close to Christmas, but I'm going to give you some tips on awesome, local gift ideas you can get quickly right here in the Rockford region!

Escaping Laser Quest

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 10:54 AM by Elizabeth Miller

Last year, my older sister and brother-in-law took a trip to Minnesota. While they were there, they mentioned that they were going to be doing an "escape room." Awesome!....what is an escape room?? Apparently you're put into a room with a group of people and you have to search the room to find clues and crack codes in order to escape the room. If you can do it during a certain amount of time, you win! If you don't you lose. 

Fun at the Festivals

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 10:25 AM by Elizabeth Miller

I've had my fair share of swimming pools, frozen beverages and layers of sunscreen this summer already, but there's one thing in summer that I haven't enjoyed yet: a good old Midwestern festival. Lucky for us here in Rockford, August is FULL of festivals each weekend! These events have pulled out all the stops. There are carnival rides, deep fried food, games with prizes and of course, live music. Here is a rundown of festivals during the month of August here in the Rockford region. Have fun!!

Marching Bands and Phantoms

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 4:00 PM by Elizabeth Miller

Imagine standing in an open field with a group of other people, and you're told to move from one spot to another. Sounds easy, right? Now imagine that it's 90 degrees out, you have to move your feet at the EXACT same time as everyone else, you can't bounce when you walk, you can't look down, you might be moving backwards...oh yeah, and you're playing songs from memory on an instrument. Not so easy anymore! This is just the tip of the iceberg of what members of the Phantom Regiment do for every practice and performance!