July 4 barbecue off; Historical Museum reopens

Staff report

The latest event cancellation due to COVID-19 is the Urbana Rotary Club’s Chicken Barbecue, held every Fourth of July at Grimes Field.

Recently, it was reported that Rotarians would not light the skies with fireworks this Fourth of July and that the Arts Council would not welcome The Shifferly Road Band to the Grimes Field stage on the Fourth. Rotarians had hoped they still could serve their annual barbecue fare, but that also has been cancelled. Rotarians say the event will return July 4, 2021.

At nearby Skelley Lumber, there will be no antique cars and trucks to see on July 4. The Champaign Cruisers cancelled this year’s Firecracker Car & Truck Show.

When the Arts Council cancelled the July 4 concert, it was hoped that two August concerts scheduled in St. Paris still would be held, but those concerts also have been cancelled.

Historical Museum reopens

Although events keep being cancelled, some good news is that the Champaign County Historical Museum is reopening. Closed more than three months due to COVID-19, the East Lawn Avenue museum is reopening today, according to museum officials, who say the facility has been cleaned and sanitized and that social distancing standards will be maintained.

Museum officials also say that while the museum was closed to the public, the War Room was repainted and redesigned; museum policies and procedures upgraded; and ideas to raise funds and community awareness discussed.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Staff report