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Music by the Lake offers reserved seating under the covered Ferro Pavilion, as well as terrace seating (chairs provided) and lawn seating (BYO blankets/lawn chairs) for general admission. The venue attracts top artists, such as Michael Bolton, shown here in his 2009 performance.
Music by the Lake: Eleven Seasons Strong, and Still Growing

Broadway musicals and big-name acts are just part of the amazing lineup visitors will find at this outdoor concert venue. Meet the big-city personality behind the summer spectacular.

Leah Baskin, with the Rock Valley Children's Choir. (Dustin Waller photo)
Rock Valley Children’s Choir: Where Children Explore Their Talents

Discover a unique organization that helps local youngsters to unlock new talents and an appreciation for music.

“Coriolanus,” 2009, with actors Christine Garner, Samantha Hein, Miranda Hamand, Christopher D. Brady and Rachel Bonacquisti. (Mike Webb photo)
Putting Shakespeare On Stage, ‘Where He Belongs’

This dedicated director of the theater has staged all 36 of Shakespeare’s original collection. Meet the man who spent 22 years chasing The Bard.

BIFF’s feature film is “A Lonely Place For Dying,” set in 1972 in an abandoned prison on the U.S./Mexican border. A KGB agent with Russian intelligence about CIA spies awaits a press contact, who will give him asylum in America. But will the CIA’s assassin arrive first?
BIFF: Where It’s Lights, Camera, Audience Reaction!

Every year, hundreds of filmmakers and cinema buffs converge on Beloit for a film festival of international scale. Find out what’s coming up in this year’s lineup at the Beloit International Film Festival.

Artist Barbara Buck, surrounded by just a few of the myriad characters she creates.
Passion For Her Craft Spans the Seasons

Meet a Freeport, Ill.-area artist who’s made a hobby – and now a living – of showing Jolly St. Nick in all sorts of year-round attire.