Tom Corron over at the Corron Farm Preservation Society recently shared word that the farm will partner with the Elgin History Museum to help tell the history of dairy farming in the Elgin area.
The society will provide documents and photos to the museum’s "Dairies to Prairies" project, a documentary film by the museum and Grindstone Productions. The Corron Farm was established in 1835 and produced milk for decades.
The farm is preserved today to give visitors an idea of how farms operated in Kane County over the years, prior to suburban development. The farm is listed on the Kane County Register of Historic Places, according to information Corron shared.
Plenty of gems to be found in Batavia library’s local history collection
Many Batavia and Geneva residents are familiar with the intense athletic rivalry between the Bulldogs of Batavia High School and the Vikings of Geneva High School. But I’d bet many residents in both towns would be surprised to learn Batavia’s Bulldogs were once known as the Batavia Vikings.
It’s true, and the Batavia Public Library’s local history collection offers a concise history about the era when Batavia athletes competed as “Vikings.” George Scheetz, the library’s director, produced the history in 2011, and you don’t need to be a history buff to enjoy reading it.
I enjoy history in all its forms, from ancient to contemporary. I have a deep interest in local history and like to spend time with the Batavia Public Library’s local history collection. I still get a kick whenever I learn something new and interesting in the old records. You never know what kind of gems you might find.
Shell of Batavia welcomes Dunkin Donuts to Batavia Avenue
Shell of Batavia, 108 N. Batavia Ave., Batavia, recently announced the opening of a Dunkin Donuts store inside the station. The store offers walk-in and drive-through service. The Shell station was renovated inside and out to accommodate the Dunkin Donuts operation. Additional improvements are scheduled, and the station plans to host a grand opening celebration in the coming weeks.
Classic car shows return to Geneva
The Geneva Chamber of Commerce hosts the Geneva Classic Car Show every Thursday at 6 p.m. through Aug. 3 at the James Street parking lot, behind the old courthouse, in downtown Geneva. The show includes a DJ and food vendors. Admission is free.
STC library to host talk about female architects
The St. Charles Public Library will host author Anna M. Lewis at 7 p.m. July 18 as she discusses female architects, engineers and landscape designers from the 1800 to today. Admission is free. The library is located at 1 S. Sixth Ave., St. Charles. For more information, call the library at 630-584-0076.
Batavia library to look at switchels and oxymels
Cooking instructor Mary Krystinak will discuss non-alcoholic drinks that were developed during America’s prohibition era at 7 p.m. July 19 at the Batavia Public Library. The program will feature shrubs, switchels and oyxmels, drinks that were spiked with vinegar. Attendees can participate in preparing the drinks. The program is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call 630-879-1393
Elderday Center sets annual fashion show
The Elderday Center in Batavia will host Caring From the Heart, a fashion show, at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Lincoln Inn, 1345 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. The event benefits the center’s daily programming. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information about the event, call Lori at 630-761-9750
Two final items
• I enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables. I think some of the best produce around can be found at the many farmer’s markets in the Fox Valley areas. I visit at least two each week and enjoy meeting the various vendors. The Kane County Farm Bureau offers the Bounty of Kane, a listing of the area’s seasonal farm markets. I imagine there’s a market near you, so get out and enjoy some fresh produce.
• I heard my first Back to School sale commercial for the 2017 school year on July 2, and I think that’s just too darn early, in my opinion. I won’t mention the retailer that was doing the advertising. I’m not looking for trouble, and I know some folks like to plan ahead and get these things addressed early. But Batavia schools dismissed for the summer just over a month ago. Life moves too fast on its own without us pushing it along. Try to enjoy the summer while it lasts, and enjoy today. Besides, there will be plenty of time in August to buy those supplies.
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