DATEBOOK: May 2008
31, Family Health and Fitness Fair at Midwest Medical Center in Galena. Learn how to lead a healthier lifestyle. Activities include cooking, dance and fitness demonstrations. 815-776-7265 or www.midwestmedicalcenter.org.
31 – 6/1, The Second Annual Kite Festival at the Rec Plex in Pontiac. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Enjoy wonderful free family entertainment featuring a visit from the Chicago Kite/Kite Harbor, Ill. Kite Enthusiast Club. In addition, several national champion winners will be demonstrating their skills. Call 800-835-2055.
DATEBOOK: June 2008
5/30-6/4, Sisters and Friends of Bloomington Fine Art Show at Ewing Cultural Center in Bloomington. 309-663-9395.
6, Farmer’s Market in Elizabeth. Every Friday 3 – 6 p.m. through October. 815-598-3138 or http://elizabethfarmersmarket.com.
6-9, The 21st Annual Brocton Springfest Draft Horse Show in Brocton. Events will include a two-man cross-sawing contest, a parade, a redneck horseshoe contest, a kiddy tractor pull, antique tractors, an amateur horse and mule pull, Jonah Fish Fry, Battle Creek Band and more. 217-385-2450 or 217-385-2473.
7, Dandelion Wine and Fine Art Festival in Waukegan. Artists, music, poetry, Drum Circle and Lake County Art League Art Sale. 847-360-4740 or www.waukeganparks.org.
12-15, The 30th Annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis. Come see a 15-foot Superman statue; the Super Museum; meet celebrities such as Ned Beatty, Allison Mack and Noel Neill, along with Comic Book artists and writers; enter the super costume contest; enjoy music, games and contests for kids and adults; a bike run; a car show; a carnival and much more. 800-949-5740 or www.supermancelebration.net.
13-14, Blues on the Fox in Downtown Aurora by the Illinois Fox River. Each year the city provides top-notch Blues performers from around the country combined with all of the typical elements of a festival—great music, good food, beverages and Blues music vendors. All of this is offered in a beautiful and relaxed setting. 630-844-4FUN or www.bluesonthefoxaurora.
13-15, Naper Days in Naperville. Explore Naperville’s rich heritage and enjoy a variety of food at the Taste of Naperville, listen to musical entertainment, see the bed races and participate in plenty of family activities. 630-420-6010 or www.naperdays.org.
14, The 2008 Garden Tour in Golconda. 618-683-9702.
15, Father’s Day at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington. 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Fathers and grandfathers who are accompanied by a son or daughter will receive free admission to the zoo. 309-434-2243.
20-22, Long Grove Strawberry Festival in Long Grove. This is the granddaddy of Long Grove’s signature festivals, drawing close to 50,000 visitors to the historic business district for the three-day event. It is considered one of the premier outdoor festivals in the Chicagoland area. The pleasures of summer are celebrated with “berry wonderful” strawberry-filled and inspired treats. 847-634-0888 www.longgroveonline.com.
21, Woofstock at Lambs Farm in Libertyville. Bring your pet, admission is free! Pet enthusiasts are sure to love this event dedicated to “man’s best friend.” Exciting activities take place throughout the day, culminating in the Canine Couture Fashion Show. Shop unique pet product and service vendors and even make crafts with your pooch! 847-362-4636 or www.lambsfarm.org/events.
21, Galena Territory Garage Sale at the Marina Pavilion throughout Galena. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Featured as one of the largest garage sales in the area, proceeds will benefit the restoration of the Belden School, built in 1859. A plethora of “treasures” as well as many craft items will be available. 815-776-0433 or 815-777-4825.
21, Shiloh Spurs Women in the Outdoors Event at the Henry White Experimental Farm in Millstadt. Select from a variety of classes including archery, bedding plants, basketweaving, tree ID, our changing weather and more. 618-632-8014 or www.womenintheoutdoors.org.
21-22, Happy Birthday Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington. 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Help the zoo celebrate its 117th birthday! Visitors will enjoy free Papa Murphy’s pizza slices and birthday cake, free carousel rides, games, face painting by The Zoo Lady, up close animal encounters and more. This event is free with paid zoo admission. 309-434-2243.
24, Symphony Garden Tour in Rochester and Lake Springfield area. 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. A beautiful topiary garden in Rochester will be featured and refreshments will be served. 217-522-2838.
27, 28 and 29, Havana Catfish and Waterfowl Festival at Riverfront Park in Havana. Festivities start Friday at 3 p.m. Catfish cooking contest at 4 p.m., serving catfish and walleye. Live music 5 – 8 p.m. Saturday Catfish Tournament from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. Festival 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., serving catfish and walleye. Live music 5 – 8 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. Duck Calling and Goose Calling contests for prizes and trophies, serving catfish and walleye 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Exhibitors, boats, ATV’s crappie equipment, rods and reels, duck calls, hunting and fishing equipment and raffles. Kids’ catfish pond, kids’ casting contests for prizes, kids’ catfish coloring contest with winner to go to national finals to win $5,000 scholarship. 309-452-9646.
28, The Third Annual Mechanicsburg Magic Car and Truck Show in Mechanicsburg. Awards will go to the top 50 Best of Show. Dash plaques will go to the first 100 cars. Other events include a 50/50 drawing, a flea market, carnival rides, a craft show, food and more. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 217-364-4888.
28-29, Saybrook Freedom Festival in downtown Saybrook. Parade, fireworks, wine tasting, musical entertainment and many other activities. 309-475-6951.
28, Hunter Fuerste and His American Vintage Orchestra at Grant Park in Galena. 6 – 8 p.m. An authentic recreation of the big band era, the music of 1935 to 1945. Performance includes the hits of Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Count Basie and many others. Music arrangements have been painstakingly transcribed from the original 78 records in an effort to get the vocals as accurate as possible. Event is a fundraiser for The Galena Foundation. Donations appreciated. 815-377-7070.
28, Dimmitt’s Grove Neighborhood Association’s Day at the Vrooman Mansion in Bloomington.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy house and garden tours, a luncheon in the Vrooman Mansion (includes a mansion tour) and historic walking tours. Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln will be here to celebrate his 200th birthday. Music will be provided by the Thirty-Third Regimental Band. There will be several vendors offering art, plants, crafts, face painting and other children’s activities. Antique cars will be parked around the mansion.
28 – 29, The 29th Annual Fountain Square Arts Festival in Downtown Evanston. More than 250 fine artists show and sell their work to an audience of art aficionados and collectors. The festival is located on six city blocks amid restaurants, a bevy of coffee cafés, stores and hotels. Free admission. 773-868-3010.
DATEBOOK: JuLY 2008
5-27, The 27th Annual Mill Road Threshermans Show at the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont. Antique Tractor pull Friday at 6 p.m., Garden Tractor pull Friday 7 p.m., Train Show Saturday and Sunday, Flea Market all weekend and much more. Admission is $4 per adult, 12 and younger free with paid adult. 217-536-6400, 618-483-5201, or 217-342-6861.
3, Mississippi Fireworks Festival in Alton. Great food, merchandise vendors, entertainment, carnival rides and fireworks at 9 p.m. 618-463-3526.
3-6, Eyes To The Skies Festival at Community Park in Lisle. Providing a family-oriented regional festival with nationally known entertainment, food, carnival, craft fair, parade, spectacular fireworks and other attractions all focused around hot air balloons. Honoring America and our armed forces and donating surpluses from the festival to local service organizations and other charities. 630-963-4280 or www.eyestotheskiesfestival.com.
4, July 4th at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington. A special late night celebration! Enjoy zookeeper talks about several zoo animals and learn how they stay cool during the summer. The admission window will be open until 6 p.m. and the grounds will be cleared at 7 p.m. 309-434-2250 or www.millerparkzoo.org.
4, Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks in St. Charles. Family fun along the Fox River including mini-golf, food concessions, music, swimming and picnicking, evening entertainment, fireworks at dark. 630-513-6200 or www.st-charlesparks.org.
8-16, Jersey County Fair at the Jersey County Fairgrounds in Jerseyville. Monday - Friday: 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday: 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday: 5 to 10 p.m. A week-long annual county fair offering tractor and truck pulls, a rodeo, a demolition derby and queen competitions. www.jerseycountyfair.com
10-13, Palos Friendship Festival in Palos Hills. This free event features fireworks, a carnival, food, crafts, a car show, entertainment and more. 708-430-4500.
19, Year of the Frog Celebration at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington. 1-3 p.m. Meet storybook characters Frog and Toad, and learn more about frogs and the environment through games, crafts and-up close animal encounters. This event will take place indoors if weather is inclement and is free with paid zoo admission. 309-434-2250
11-12, Scoopin’ Genesee in Downtown Waukegan. Rock N’ Roll and Hot Rods. More than 1400 cars cruise the route each night. Car Show includes street rods, classic, muscle, antique, trucks and hot rods. Live DJ both days, vendors, refreshments and dancing. 847 599-2949 or www.waukeganweb.net.
12, Good Shepherd Manor Summer Festival in Momence. Enjoy a mud volleyball tourney, crafts and antiques, bingo, live music and fun for whole family. 815-472-3700.
12-13, Lincolnshire Art Festival in Lincolnshire. In its 10th year, this festival features 160 artists showcasing all types of art: sculpture, mixed media and more. The grounds surround a beautifully serene fountain and 300-year-old majestic oak tree, both landmarks in Lincolnshire. Free live music. 847-478-5160 or www.amdurproductions.com.
12-13, Catsup Bottle Summerfest in Collinsville. Celebrate with party games, crafts, food and drinks, live music, a car show and cruise, a ketchup tasting contest and more! 618-344-8775.
12 -13, The 45th Annual Fine Craft Exhibition in Oak Brook. A summer tradition continues at Oakbrook Center where nearly 100 artists return for one of the Midwest’s largest open-air fine craft exhibitions. Brilliantly colored fibers and furniture, uniquely erected sculptures of glass, clay and bronze and delicately handcrafted jewelry will be interlaced through the 100-plus specialty shops, lush gardens and landscapes of Oakbrook Center. The atmosphere and artwork are wonderful sights to be seen and should not be missed. 630-573-0700 or www.oakbrookcenter.com
17-20, Antique Tractor and Steam Engine Show “Prairie Gold Rush” in Minooka. An event complete with tractor shows, tractor parades daily and steam engine demonstrations. 815-467-4698 or www.dollingerfarms.com.
20, The Third Sunday Market in Bloomington. Thousands of midwestern collectors to show the finest in antiques, collectibles and crafts. The indoor/outdoor sale features more than 450 top dealers, representing 17 states. Whether you’re looking for the finest in antique furniture, Americana, folk art, vintage advertising, sport memorabilia or antique linens and clothing you’re likely to find it here. 217-202-2847.
29, Block Party: Parrothead Party in downtown Alton. 4 to 10:30 p.m. Enjoy live music and dancing in the streets. Downtown area restaurants and bars will offer festival-goers a wide variety of food and drink - Mexican, American, Italian and seafood. Kid’s activities begin at 4 p.m., adult fun and a band at sundown. 618-465-6676.
26-27, Civil War Living History Days in Glenview. This event showcases authentic Union and Confederate encampments with blue verses gray skirmishes daily at 2 p.m. Visit the field hospital, enjoy refreshments at the camp kitchen and shop at the Suttler’s for Civil War era articles. Sunday morning vintage baseball game. Admission: $5/adults, $1/child 12 and under, free parking. 847-299-6096.
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