In front of stores, on wagons at local nurseries, and on tables at roadside stands pumpkins are everywhere at this time of year. Late last month a number of specialized pumpkin growers got together in Minooka for the annual Illinois Giant Pumpkin Growers Association weigh-off. With a 1,258 pound pumpkin Wheaton’s Joe Adkins retained the title for the state’s biggest pumpkin for the fourth year in a row. A couple years ago, First Light host Brian O’Keefe visited Joe at his home a few blocks west of downtown Wheaton
When First Light host Brian O’Keefe visited the Galloping Ghost arcade last year, the sound of hundreds of vintage video games was overwhelming. This week Brian visited a new arcade and had the exact opposite experience. The only sounds at Arcade-V are in the headphones of the people playing the virtual reality games.
If you’re looking for an unusual toy, game, or puzzle this holiday season, specialty toy stores are ready to help you check another item off your gift list. There is a wide variety of kid-friendly, family friendly, and even some adult only games at Moore’s Toys and Gadgets in downtown Wheaton. First Light host Brian O’Keefe stopped by the store earlier this week
Some businesses stand out more than others, and some you might walk by repeatedly without really noticing. Westside Improv in downtown Wheaton is a little of both. First Light host Brian O'Keefe visited with the founder of the theater as an introductory class was meeting for the last of an eight session
If there’s a record store in your community, you can expect there will be big crowds at it next Saturday. In fact, there may be people lined up in the early morning hours waiting for the doors to open for the start of the 10th annual Record Store Day. In 2007, a group of independent record store owners and employees hatched the idea of a special day to celebrate the special culture associated with record stores and to role they play in so many lives. First Light host Brian O'Keefe has this story
Just west of downtown Wheaton there's a house that has more than 3,000 pounds of pumpkins on display. First Light host Brian O'Keefe visited with the state's 'Pumpkin King'