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The Ellwood House in DeKalb provides an elegant setting for an evening of wines, appetizers and music. Inboden’s of DeKalb, a local specialty food market and wine merchant, is again partnering with the Ellwood House for this event and will serve an array of fine wines and unique appetizers on the Ellwood mansion terrace. As visitors linger on the terrace sipping a selection of wines, they will enjoy music performed by classical guitarist, Quentin Dover. Guests can also take a self-guided first floor tour of the Ellwood mansion.
200 indoor booths of quality hand-crafted items by exhibitors from 7 states. Holiday decor, oil paintings, water colors, yard art, metal work, mosaic art, purses, home decor. A quality show.
More Polish Pottery is the leading Midwest retailer for Ceramkia Artystyczna polish pottery stoneware. Guests can shop a vast selection of thousands of first quality pieces. Whether you just want to browse or shop, enjoy a unique shopping experience at this award-winning specialty shop. Visit during regular hours or schedule an appointment.
The downtown Sycamore shops are once again gearing up for this year’s shopping marathon. Stores will be open late for Moonlight Madness on Friday, November 18. The Moonlight Madness sales will display the best deals of the season! Stroll and shop in our historic downtown and experience one of a kind magical holiday shopping. Watch storefront windows “come alive” as local arts, theater and dance groups perform from 6 to 8pm. Arts and entertainment groups from all over the county will be participating.
A group of Rockford natives made the decision to share their passion for fine beer and food with others in the form of a brewpub. Their home is the historic Prairie Street Brewhouse, an important part of Rockford’s history and currently coming back to life as a mixed-use development. Home to the original Rockford Brewing Company, this building was one of the first breweries in the nation, pumping out over 75,000 barrels a year and its peak. Their shiny new 15-barrel brewery is the backdrop to Rockford’s newest destination for handcrafted beer and food. They are proud and excited to bring this wonderful piece of Rockford history back to life and look forward to exceeding expectations.
Think Floyd USA celebrates the music of Pink Floyd with a full-production tribute performance that showcases an energetic and phenomenally gifted cast alongside mesmerizing lights and video. Featuring nine passionate musicians and vocalists, Think Floyd USA includes several dedicated founding members who began the journey together in 2004. Deemed “absolutely amazing…the best Pink Floyd tribute anywhere” by Full Throttle Magazine and Best Tribute Band by Chicago’s Metromix fans, Think Floyd USA has been featured in Singers & Musicians Magazine, which said, “You don’t have to close your eyes to believe TFUSA is the real thing!”
We focus on Belgian inspired session ales, oak barrel-aging, and alternative fermentation. Our beers are brewed with intention, as part of a ‘beer first’ culture. Our pursuit of balance inspires effort to bring order to random. Our lives are enriched by personal experience, some more common than others, but each as unique as the next. This random collective becomes who we are, what we do, and how we remember. We liken our beers to these experiences.
October 25, 1959 then Senator John F. Kennedy gave a speech here at the Egyptian Theatre in front of a packed house. A recording of this very speech has been found and will be played for the first time on the anniversary of his speech 57 years ago. Following the playing of his speech historian, Jim Gibbons, will present the life of our 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Jim Gibbons, a Marengo, IL resident and historian, has made a name for himself teaching the importance of history. Using his passion for and strong knowledge of history, Jim offers riveting presentations on the historical events and figures.
Steeped in tradition, the YMCA's Rowing Crew plays host to the Head of the Rock Regatta every October. This decades-old race draws more than 2,000 rowers from across the country and more than 5,000 spectators to the banks of the Rock River. The Head of the Rock Regatta is a rowing race of 5,000 meters (3.2 miles) on the Rock River, beginning at Martin Park and finishing at the YMCA. It is a sanctioned event of the United States Rowing Association, requiring the observance of USRowing race protocol. Suggested viewing spots are Martin Park, The Symbol, Sinnissippi Gardens, and anywhere along the east bank of the river between Riverside Boulevard and Whitman Street. Bring picnics, chairs and blankets and get a spot early to enjoy a relaxing event.
This festival, on the Historic Woodstock Square, is organized by Off Square Music and features bluegrass bands, fiddle contest and craft show. The Olde Tyme Fiddle Contest offers levels for even the very youngest fiddler to compete. This year's festival will feature Chicken Wire Empire, Don Stiernberg AllStar Bluegrass Pals and Art Stevenson & High Water playing some of the best bluegrass around. Experience this festival in charming Woodstock -- a small town with a personality all it's own, only 47 miles from Chicago.
Yesterday and Today is the high energy and entertaining interactive Beatles experience featuring brothers Billy, Ryan and Matthew McGuigan with a backing band. No wigs, no accents – the brothers do not try to impersonate the fab four, but rather honor the music and memories that people have attached to the legendary songs. The performers take audience requests before the show and at intermission, which drive the show; no two shows are ever the same. Audience members will be singing along and dancing in the aisles!
Kathleen Madigan is a regular panelist on Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and she was nominated for a 2014 American Comedy Award for "Best Concert Comic." Her third one hour special, Madigan Again, is currently available on Netflix and was named one of iTunes Best Comedy Albums. Her second one hour special Gone Madigan, premiered on Showtime and is also available on Netflix. Previously she's released 5 CDs, 3 DVDs and starred in 2 HBO specials as well as 3 Comedy Central specials.
McHenry County Conservation District manages over 25,000 acres of diverse woodlands, wetlands and prairie. Explore outdoor recreational opportunities, programs and special events at 33 sites.
The Cary Ale House is a gastro pub focusing on high quality food made from scratch daily in our kitchen. All of our signature sauces accompanying the menu items are artfully designed and homemade bringing a unique and wonderful flavor profile for our guests to enjoy. Besides the excellent food, we boast a selection of over 85 beers as well as a fully stocked bar with craft spirits, wine and hand-crafted specialty cocktails.
Come experience the testimony of the Burpo family along with a live Praise Concert. This event talks about the story of Colton Burpo who recounts a near death experience at the age of four and a visit to heaven. Hear about his amazing journey as told by him and his father Pastor Todd Burpo. Presented by: Sycamore United Methodist Church. Two showings 2pm and 7pm
Now in its 39th year, this festival hosted by the McHenry County Historical Society and Museum features Civil War re-enactors along with live music, old-fashioned cider making and barn-raising demo. Bakery items, kettle corn, antique clothing and white elephant items will also be available for purchase. During the festival, the museum, the Gannon 1843 log cabin and the 1895 West Harmony one-room school will be open and free.
STEMfest celebrates innovations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Northern Illinois University STEM departments, student groups, regional corporations, museums, educators, and national labs are joining forces to present hundreds of activities that range in complexity to entertain people of all ages. We hope to increase awareness of the critical role science and other STEM fields play in our world every day.
Off Square Music's Open Mic Nights take place on the second and fourth Fridays of every month (first and third Fridays in August) at the Stage Left Café on the historic Woodstock Square. The evening starts at 7 pm, offering seasoned professionals and up and coming artists an opportunity to showcase their talents. A featured performer anchors each open mic night.
Genoa is thrilled to announce the first ever VolksFest, a weekend-long festival! There will be something for everyone including a Volksmarch, a Craft Beverage Festival, live music at the Lion’s Club Sound Stage and the Great Genoa Duck Race. Everything will take place at Carroll Memorial Park in Genoa.
Whether you’re looking for that perfect art piece or just looking, don’t miss Art at the Barn on the grounds of the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center noon to 4 p.m. Nearly twenty local artists will show and sell their work Sunday. Items include sculpture, jewelry, painting, quilting, fiber arts, and much, much more. The Art Sale is free and open to the public. The homestead will be open for tours as well.
WRO-USA is a rapidly growing competition, with plans to expand to 150 teams across at least 15 states in 2016, culminating in the National Championship at Northern Illinois University. Now in its third year in the United States, WRO-USA is expanding its program to reach even more young people throughout the country. They not only encourages young people to develop the necessary technical skills, but teaches significant life skills as well. Visit the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center on September 4, 2016 to watch the World Robot Olympiad-USA 2016 National Competition. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to come and watch our future STEM leaders compete in exciting robotic competitions!
New local outdoor market featuring locally grown farm produce, meat, eggs, honey, baked goods, gourmet oils, essential oils, body care products, arts, crafts, and much more! With a wide selection of gluten-free, organic, vegan and natural goods. Grassroots Juicery & Cafe will be open and serving smoothies, juices, wraps, soups, salads, teas and more, so you can have lunch while enjoying the market. Serving the Illinois cities of Sycamore, DeKalb, Cortland, Maple Park, Malta, Genoa, and surrounding communities. We are hosting this new Sunday market outside in our parking lot. The market will be open 9 am to 1 pm on these dates: 5/22, 6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24, 8/14, 8/28, 9/11, 9/25, and 10/9.
Crystal Lake's largest one-day event brings families and the community together to celebrate fall. Activities include live music, pony rides, petty zoo, pumpkin train, wagon rides, cider press demos, craft fair, farmers market and the Great Ball Race when thousands of balls race down Brink Street in Downtown Crystal Lake. Meet Johnny Appleseed as he strolls the streets of downtown telling his story.
It has become far too easy in our consumer culture for us to forget that coffee is a crop. This means that coffee is something that is grown by farmers; it requires workers to harvest, to mill, to dry, and a list of other tasks that happen well before those beans ever arrive to us. We believe if handled properly at origin, coffee has the potential to be respected and treated like a fine wine. We aim to bring in coffees that have been grown properly and responsibly. Quality sourcing is just the first step in our journey toward the best possible flavor in the resulting cups of coffee we make.