Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Plenty of Fall activities set for October's first weekend



Batavia Vikings set annual Chili Cook-off

Batavia’s Viking Ring Lodge 18 will conduct its fourth annual Chili Cook-off at 1 p.m. Oct. 4 at the lodge, 104 N. Van Nortwick Ave., Batavia. The event is open to the public. Tickets for sampling the chili are $5 and can be purchased at the event. Lori and I always enjoy attending the event and sampling the many varieties of chili. I hope to see you there. The cook-off benefits the Batavia United Way and the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Burn Camp.  For more information, call 630-502-8335.

Cantigny Park to host Civil War Reenactment

Cantigny Park will host a Civil War Reenactment Oct 4. and Oct. 5. The event will include a Civil War cannon fire, living history portrayals, and educational activities for all ages. Visitors can watch portrayals of Civil War soldiers, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln and others. The event is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. There is a $5 per vehicle parking fee. The park is located at 1S151 S. Winfield Road, Wheaton. For more information, call 630-668-5161

Holmstad's annual bazaar features crafts and more

The Holmstad will conduct its 37th annual bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4. Shoppers will find hand-made crafts, gently used furniture and other items for the home. For more information, call 630-879-4000.

Elburn Lions Club plans Fall Classic All Wheel Show

The Elburn Lions Club will host its 21st annual Fall Classic All Wheel Show Oct. 5 at Lions Park, 500 S. Fillmore St., Elburn. The show will open at 8 a.m. and will feature 40 classes for cars, trucks, and motorcycles. The event also includes a craft show and children’s activities. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is free for spectators. 

St. Mark's to offer annual Blessing of the Animals
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Geneva will conduct its annual Blessing of the Animals at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 5 on the lawn of the old courthouse on Third Street in downtown Geneva. The public is invited to bring animals of all sizes, including dogs, cats, horses, cows, birds, pigs, turtles, snakes, and lizards. The church conducts the blessing in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
Garfield Farm’s celebrates Harvest Days
Garfield Farm Museum continues its Harvest Days celebration Oct. 5 with continuous demonstrations of 19th century farm skills. The day’s activities begin at 11:30 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. The event also will include period music and food. The museum is located on Garfield Road, north of Illinois Route 38 in Campton Hills. For more information, call 630-584-8485.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Batavia's annual Art In Your Eye Fest opens Sept. 19


The 10th annual Art In Your Eye Festival will open at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in downtown Batavia and will continue through Sept. 21, offering exhibits, live music, and attractions for all ages.

The festival will be open 10 a.m. to 10: 30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For a schedule of events, click hereAdmission and parking are free.

The festival features a fine arts show, an exhibit at Batavia’s City Hall, the Avenue of the Arts, and children’s art activities. The festival also includes a beer and wine tent, and activities at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Food will be available for purchase.

Friday’s schedule includes musical entertainment by Noah’s Arcade at 6 p.m. and Libido Funk Circus at 8 p.m. 

Saturday’s musical entertainment schedule features performances by Spectators at 6 p.m. and Modern Day Romeos at 8 p.m. 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rustic Road Farm offers quality foods

A trio of goats greets visitors to Rustic Road Farm in Elburn.  
                                                                                 (Kevin Botterman photo)

If you are in the market for quality meats, eggs and produce, be sure to visit Rustic Road Farm at 1N292 Brundige Road, Elburn. Lori and I enjoyed our recent outing to the farm and later thoroughly enjoyed ham steak and veggies we purchased. Rustic Road is a GMO-free farm offering pasture-raised pork and sustainably raised fruit and vegetables. The farm also sells terrific raw honey. If you visit the farm, be sure to have a camera at hand. The goats, pigs and chickens provide plenty of photo opportunities. Shoppers can find Rustic Road Farm products at the Batavia Farmers’ Market, which is open 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 18.

Peaceful Parlour to host Twilight on Terrace Sept. 19
Peaceful Parlour in Geneva will host the final session of its Twilights on the Terrace music series from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19. Peaceful Parlour is located at 212 S. Third St. in downtown Geneva. Guitarist Bruce Hecksel and vocalist Julie Patchouli will entertain. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the free event. Food will be available for purchase.

NIU touts Ron Modell, jazz program
The Fall 2014 edition of Northern Now, an NIU Alumni Association publication, features an interesting article about Ron Modell, founder of NIU’s jazz program. Under Modell’s leadership, NIU’s jazz band became one of the finest in the nation. Readers, even those not particularly interested in jazz, will enjoy the article.

Brianna's Pancake Cafe serves up hearty meals
I recommend visiting Brianna’s Pancake Cafe, 151 Illinois Route 38, Elburn. Diners can enjoy some pancakes, as I did, or a steak omelet, which I also sampled. Lori and I visited Brianna’s on a recent Saturday afternoon. We selected items from the breakfast menu, but Brianna's also offers sandwiches, burgers and entrees. We enjoyed the meal, liked the service, and look forward to our next opportunity to dine at Briana’s.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Elburn Days Festival celebrates 85th anniversary


One of Kane County’s oldest summer festivals will take place Aug. 15 to 17 in Elburn.

The Elburn Lions will host the club’s 85th annual Elburn Days Festival, offering a parade, rummage sales, mud volleyball, musical entertainment, a carnival, and a variety of activities for all ages.

The festival takes place at Elburn Lions Park and related activities will take place at locations in downtown Elburn. The park is located at 500 S. Filmore St. Here are some highlights from this year’s schedule:

Aug. 15: 
St. Gall Catholic Church,  will conduct a rummage sale and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Community Congregational Church, located across Route 47 from St. Gall, will host a community rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Town and County Public Library, 320 E. North St.,  will conduct a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rummage and book sales will continue Aug. 16.  The 85th annual Elburn Days parade will begin at 6 pm. in downtown Elburn. The festival will open at 6 p.m. at Elburn Lions Park and will offer carnival rides, a craft show, and food stands. The music schedule will include The Relics at 6 p.m. and Back Country Roads at 8 p.m. The beer garden will be open 5 to 11 p.m. 

Aug. 16: 
A 5K run will begin at 8 a.m. The 4-H Livestock judging will begin at 8 a.m. The truck and tractor pull will begin at 11 a.m. The carnival will open at noon. Musical entertainment will begin at 1 p.m., and the lineup includes performances by Next Tuesday, and ARRA.

Aug. 17: 
A community worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m. The mud volleyball contest will begin at 11 a.m. The Elburn Lions Club will host a pork chop and chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. An ice cream eating contest begin at 2:15 p.m. The musical entertainment includes performances by Ty and Guy, Stroker Red, and Mike & Joe. The festival will close at 10 p.m. 

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Batavia celebrates summer with Windmill City Fest


Batavia’s annual Windmill City Festival begins July 10 and continues through July 13 at the Riverwalk in downtown Batavia. The fest will offer a carnival, musical entertainment, food vendors, a beer tent, and activities for all ages.

Schedule highlights include:
July 10: The festival will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. The band Back Country Roads will perform starting at 7:30 p.m.

July 11: Food booths and the beer garden will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. The Windmill Whirl 5K run will begin at 7 p.m. at the Batavia City Hall Plaza. Midwest Dueling Pianos will provide entertainment from 6 to 8 p.m. Arra, a classic rock cover band, will perform from 9 to 11 p.m. 

July 12: The Batavia Farmer’s Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on River Street. A craft show featuring more than 30 vendors will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children can explore various vehicles from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. A pet parade will begin at 10 a.m. Food booths will open at 11 a.m. The carnival will open at noon and will feature $20 wristbands for unlimited rides. The beer garden will open at noon. Entertainment and demonstrations also will begin at noon. A bags tournament will begin at 6 p.m. The bands Gallery and Modern Day Romeos will provide musical entertainment from 6 to 11 p.m.

July 13: The festival will open from noon to 6 p.m. The carnival will offer a $20 wristband for unlimited rides. Entertainment will begin at 1 p.m. and will include the bands Student Body and Hillbilly Rock Stars. The schedule also will include an ice cream eating contest at 2 p.m. and a fire hose challenge at 3 p.m.

The festival is organized by the Batavia Park District, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Batavia.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kane County Audubon to host bird walk


Visitors can join the Kane County Audubon Society for a bird walk at 8 a.m. July 5 at Nelson Lake in the Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia. 

Participants will meet in the parking lot near the Nelson Lake Road entrance to the preserve. The event will include a three-mile hike through the forest preserve. Participants are encouraged bring binoculars, wear appropriate clothing, and wear comfortable shoes. 

The event is free. The society conducts a bird walk the first Saturday of each month at Nelson Lake. For more information, call Terry Murray at 630-896-3129.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cougars continue home series with Peoria


The Kane County Cougars will continue a three-game home stand with the Peoria Chiefs at 6:30 p.m. July 2, Military Appreciation Night,  at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

The Cougars will offer a salute to America’s military, including a post-game fireworks show. The night also will include a T-shirt giveaway for the first 1,500 fans ages 21 and older, and live musical entertainment after the game.

The Cougars defeated Peoria, 6-1, in the series opener July 1. The Cougars lead the Midwest League, 54-27 and are 34-9 at home.

The third-game in the series will be played at 6:30 p.m. July 3. The Cougars will then begin a road trip that will include a three-game series in Clinton, Iowa, followed by a four-game series in the Quad Cities. The Cougars will resume play in Geneva July 11 with a four-game series with the Beloit Snappers.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 630-232-8811.

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