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Chicago's premier a Capella quartet, singing classic rock favorites from the 50's and on in stunning vocal harmony, without instrumental accompaniment.
Almost Elton John
Craig A Meyer is the legendary premier Elton John Tribute act. Celebrating the music, character, charisma and costumes of Sir Elton John.
Canal Alliance Congress
August 24, 2014 marked 30 years since the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor had been signed into existence by President Ronald Reagan. The theme for our 3rd Annual Canal Alliance Congress during this anniversary year is “Looking Back, Looking Forward.” We will be looking back at the founding of the national heritage corridor and past projects and how they are doing today. Then we will look forward at projects in the works and only dreamed of, to envision what the Canal Corridor will be like in the future. There are a variety of sections, including panel discussions, pecha kucha presentations (pecha kucha is a presentation with 20 seconds per slide for 20 slides), and networking breaks, as well as an hour lunch. Reservations required.
Celtic Harpist, Kim Robertson with Brett Lipshutz
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Traditional Celtic and folk music. Enjoy music from Celtic Harpist, Kim Robertson with Brett Lipshutz who will be playing the flute and tin whistle. This performance is supported by Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council.
David Sedaris at the Paramount Theatre
David Sedaris is one of America’s preeminent humor writers. Just check out any of his New York Times bestsellers including Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and When You Are Engulfed in Flames – which is just a partial list of his works that have sold over 7 million copies. But there’s nothing like seeing and hearing this one-of-a-kind artist in person share stories, observations, works-in-progress and readings from some of his pieces.
Planned activities include a craft show, a dance contest, stein holding contests, antique tractor show, races, a church service and delectable international food and much more!
Holiday Lights Train
The Holiday Light Train is Pete's biggest event of the year. The park is decorated for the Holidays. See over 250,000 lights in various displays. Giant toy soldiers, candy canes, cascading snow flakes, flying reindeer, and swans swimming, just to name a few of Pete's displays!
John Lithgow at Paramount Theatre
The Tony®, Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award winning actor offers a touching and humorous reflection on storytelling as the tie that binds humanity. Invoking memories of his grandmother and father before him, Mr. Lithgow traces his roots as an actor and storyteller, interspersing his own story with two great stories that were read to him and his siblings when they were children. STORIES BY HEART provides ample evidence of the power of storytelling, the magic of theatre, and the talents of one of our greatest actors.
Midwest Morel Fest
Learn, hunt and buy morel mushrooms during Ottawa’s Annual Midwest Morel Fest. This unique festival offers ‘everything mushrooms for the morel enthusiast to the curious observer! All events take place at Jordon Block Park (Main & Rt 23/71N). Saturday, enjoy a large variety of handcrafted Vendors, Home Brewers Tasting Tent and Competition, Food and Music. And don’t forget Morel University where you can learn to identify morels then take off for a guided hunt. We have set aside land just for you! Sunday's championship hunt boasts the largest cash purse in the nation. Both hunts have limited availability.
Pamela Welcome as Harriet Tubman
Celebrate Women's History Month - Fundraiser for the Sandwich Opera House Pamela Welcome holds a B.A. degree in Acting and Directing from Northern Illinois University. She has performed in many diverse theatrical productions with roles ranging from 'Mama', in "A Raisin' In The Sun"; 'Sister Margaret', in "The Amen Corner"; 'Jo Jo LaMotte', in "Agatha Christie Made Me Do It"; and 'Mrs. Mercy Croft', in "The Killing of Sister George", to name a few. Mrs. Welcome has also done numerous training films and some voice over and commercial work. She currently performs Black Women In History - featuring Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and a WWII Riveter/Welder. These programs are performed periodically for libraries, women's groups, churches and historical organizations. Pamela is married with two children, Joseph and Briana. General Admission - $10
Paramount Theatrical Production: Les Misérables
This monumental novel comes to life in one of the greatest musicals of all time. It’s the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his journey for redemption. On that road, he encounters the never-wavering love of a mother, the innocence of a child, the steely determination of a hunter and the passion of youthful freedom fighters.
Pilobolus at the Paramount Theatre
You've seen them…you just might not have known it. They stunned the world at the Academy Awards with their shape-shifting performance behind the screen. They've done numerous car commercials that leave your jaw on the ground. They've been on Conan, Oprah and over 100 other TV shows. They’re the dance group that defies gravity, taxes muscles beyond conceivable limits and adds an element of unforgettable beauty through dancing. All of this from a group whose name means “a phototropic fungus that thrives in farmyards.” Seeing is believing. See Pilobolus.
Poi Dog Pondering at the Paramount Theatre
POI DOG PONDERING comes back to their suburban home-away-from-home in Aurora for one night only. It’s Frankie, Susie, Max, Dag, Ted and the rest of the POI family together for a sensory-overload experience. Plus, they’re bringing some very special and talented guests to join them on the enormous Paramount stage. If you've seen POI at the Paramount, then you know exactly why they sell out here every year. If you've never seen POI DOG PONDERING live, then now is the time to experience these amazing artists.
This festival is attended by approximately 50,000 during the course of the weekend. PrairieFest events are held throughout Oswego with the main festival grounds located at PrairieFest Park, 91 Plank Road. The event features main stage entertainment, children's performers, expo village, petting zoos, pony rides, camel rides, children's activities, parade, bed races, touch a truck event and more. The event is free, compliments of our generous business sponsors.
Retrospective - Simon & Garfunkel Tribute Band
AJ Swearingen's warm baritone and Jonathan Beedle's soaring tenor combine to capture the essence and magic sounds of Simon and Garfunkel's classic rock.
Shania Twain & Cher Tribute
She looks and sounds exactly like Shania...but, wait....is that Cher? Kelly Smith is the premier Shania and Cher Tribute artist in the country.
Featuring steel drums, incredible percussion, great vocals, blue man style performance pieces and more high energy fun performed with an exotic twist.
Tumbleweed - Eagles Tribute
A tribute to the Eagles and classic rock from the 60's until today including other legendary artists.
The Warrior Dash in Channahon, IL is the world's largest running series. Held on challenging and rugged terrain, people come from all over to participate in feats of courage and strength; like sprinting over fire, trudging through mud and scaling at least 12 obstacles during this fierce 5K. From couch potatoes to novice runners to extreme athletes, Warrior Dash truly is an event for all athletic abilities.
Wine on the Fox
Don’t miss the opportunity to sample award-winning Illinois wines while enjoying live entertainment and delicious local fare. Free & Open to the Public. Wine Tasting is $15 per day for a souvenir wine glass, a wristband and 5 tasting tickets. An Advanced Two-Day Pass may be purchased for $25 which includes 1 souvenir wine glass and 20 tasting tickets (10 per day). Advanced Two-Day Passes are non-refundable. Additional tasting tickets are $1 each. Must be 21 with proper identification to taste wines.