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Block Party. An opportunity for residents to come downtown and enjoy their hometown and win a Block Party for themselves and 50 of their neighbors. All week Geneva merchants, restaurants and eateries open their doors to visitors and offer something special. The evening partying begins at 7:30 p.m. when Mike & Joe, takes Central Stage. Free musical entertainment will be offered Tuesday – Saturday at the stage throughout Swedish Days. Each day the music scene changes in downtown Geneva. Bring a chair or lawn blanket and enjoy an unforgettable five days of music!

It wouldn’t be summer in Geneva without the “Granddaddy of Illinois Festivals,” Geneva Chamber of Commerce’s 63rd Annual Swedish Days Festival presented by Cadence Health. June 19 kicks off this six day festival that continues through June 24. “This fest that is a summer classic. New events like “Geneva’s Got Talent” and Sweden Väg will add a fresh spin to some of the traditions. The volunteers, the parade participants and the food vendors come back each year to create six days of fun. We thank everyone involved for helping our hometown festival, an event we can be proud of,” says Jean Gaines, president of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. Most of the festivities take place on South Third Street, just south of State Street (Route 38) in downtown Geneva and admission is free. The festival also is accessible via Metra’s Union Pacific West Line; Geneva’s train station is on South Third Street just blocks from the hub of activities. Kick off this year’s celebration Tuesday with the carnival, quad power jump, Swedish Cinema ön State and in the evening, a Community

Every day kids can create masterpieces and participate in activities designed just for them, culminating with a day dedicated to all things kids, Kids’ Day on Friday. Velcro walls, photo booths & a zip line add to the extreme fun to be had. For a complete list of events, look in this section and visit www. genevachamber.com/swedishdays.html. If you have any questions, stop at the information booth located at the corner of South Third and James streets near the Kane County Courthouse. We encourage you to spend the entire festival week in Geneva. We are tucked away amid the gorgeous Fox River Valley and offer endless opportunities to reenergize and reconnect. Indoor and outdoor recreational fun coupled with award-winning restaurants and fine accommodations, Geneva supplies many ways to get away in style and still fit your budget. Whether you choose to stay a day or the entire week, we welcome you. — Jean Gaines, President Geneva Chamber of Commerce

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New events join old traditions at Geneva’s BIG fest Bringing the Swedish back to Swedish Days Sweden Väg debuts on Saturday, June 23 and continues on Sunday, June 24. The Väg, meaning path or way, will take place on North 4th Street between State and Hamilton. Purchase Swedish inspired art, taste Swedish delicacies like limpa bread, potato sausage, ligonberry sundaes and of course meatballs. Invite your buddies to a game of Kubb or Skype with friends from Sweden. Join interactive storyteller Paddy Lynn as she tells of Swedish folklore and much more. You may even catch a glimpse of Pippi Longstocking.

Search for Geneva, IL and look for the Facebook page with the Swedish Days logo. Voting opens Tuesday, June 19 at 10 am and closes Friday at 10 am. Don’t let your favorite get voted out! Finalists will compete on Saturday June 23 for a $1000 First Place Prize.

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Are you a “Dancing Queen”? Do you know all the words to “Mamma Mia”? ABBA Salute will entertain you with their music that pays tribute to the 1970’s Swedish pop group. So “Take A Chance”, sing, dance and enjoy the band that from the moment they step on the stage will have thinking you are watching Swedish phenomenon ABBA.

to “lick the competition”. Four different age groups compete and everyone wins a prize. On Saturday zip line down Third Street and then head over to Sweden Väg and take some Swedish Day memento pictures at the photo booth. While there, “stick” around for the Velcro Wall.

First Time Entertainment Some of the best cover bands in the Midwest will be performing for the first time at Swedish Days. 7th Heaven takes the stage on Friday June 22 and Saturday June 23 brings Hi Infidelity to Geneva. On Friday Radio Disney presents a performance by the next teen singing sensation, Shealeigh. Get your autograph books and pens ready for the meet and greet after.

Swedish Cinema ön State Swedish Days is pleased to partner with Geneva Underground Playhouse and offer viewings of two Swedish movies. On Tuesday & Thursday, follow the adventures of a nine-year-old Swedish girl who is unconventional, assertive, and has superhuman strength, being able to lift

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her horse one-handed without difficulty. Shows at 10 am & 2 pm both days. Wednesday at 11 am & 3 pm will have you toe tapping and singing to the music of Swedish pop group ABBA. Relive the story of one girl’s dream to find her father before her wedding day, as three potential dads all arrive for her big day.

Technology Forward The Geneva Chamber of Commerce and CGTek, Inc. are pleased to offer the brand new MyFest- Geneva Swedish Days Mobile App. MyFest- Geneva Swedish Days is currently available for use on Android mobile devices and on Apple iPhone and iPad.

Geneva American Legion Post 75 (22. S. Second) Geneva United Methodist Church (3rd & State St.), Illinois Norsk Rosemalers Association (113 S. Third St.), Chianti’s (3rd & Campbell), Grahams Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream (302 S. Third St.), 318 Coffeehouse (318 S. Third St.) Inglenook Pantry Catering & Concessions (Sweden Väg- 4th & State) and Good Templar (Sweden Väg- 4th & State) are scheduled to have Swedish food on their menu. See the Food Booth listings for complete menu. Geneva Lutheran Church, 301 S. Third St., will offer a Swedish Pancake Breakfast from 8 am to noon or until gone, Saturday, June 23. Taste authentic Swedish pancakes served with a choice of toppings, sausage links, juice and coffee. Adults $6, children 12 and under $4. Rain location is the church basement. Proceeds go to Youth Summer Mission Trip. Visit American Legion Post 75, 22 S. Second St., for an all you- can-eat breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday, June 24, featuring Swedish pancakes, fried

herring, bacon, eggs, potatoes, grilled onions, sweet limpa rye bread and beverages. Adults $10, children 12 and under $5. Sponsored by Geneva Vikings Mimer Lodge 33.

Beer gardens Adults can enjoy live entertainment and refreshments amid the fresh air at the various beer gardens open during Swedish Days. The American Legion’s beer garden tent will open from noon-10 pm. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 11 pm. on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 4 pm Sunday. Call 630.232.2171 for details. Gratto Italian Tapas, 207 S. Third St., will host a beer tent behind the restaurant on Friday and Saturday from 8 – 11 pm.

Dine at local restaurants Don’t forget to sample the exquisite cuisine at Geneva’s enchanting restaurants on State Street, Third Street, along the Fox River and those at the Geneva Commons. Take a moment with family or friends, and enjoy the many eateries offering café to fine dining.

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In this its first release, MyFest- Geneva Swedish Days will allow users to review the full lineup of festival events, peruse the menu items of food vendors, and even check the current weather in Geneva. It will also provide links to the Geneva Chamber of Commerce mobile site. Connecting to Google Maps in standard or satellite view will enable the user to center on the either the festival or their current location.

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New Events, Cont. Swedish Food & Beer Gardens


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Schedule of Events Tuesday, June 19 All Day Merchants offer special sales Community Block Party – Downtown Geneva Geneva residents – don’t forget to turn in your Block Party postcard for a chance to win a Block Party in your neighborhood. Specials, events & fun in shops for all. Store hours vary.

USA - discover highlights from girl scouting’s history presented with Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. Interactive self-guided tours available, $4/each. • Greetings from Geneva the awardwinning exhibition which highlights the history of Geneva. • 2nd Annual Community Photo Contest Display - featuring the winners and select entries. Free admission, donations appreciated.

10:00 am-1:00 pm Creation Station - James & 3rd St. North side of Courthouse Make your mark on Geneva 100 years from today. Write a letter or draw a picture for the Shodeen Time Capsule that will be put in the attic at The Herrington Inn & Spa and opened in 2112. Don’t hop away just yet, Mark Nichols’ Puppet Place will present “Peter Rabbit” at 10 am and noon. Sponsored by BMO Harris Bank & Shodeen

10:00 am & 2:00 pm Swedish Cinema ön State – Geneva Underground Playhouse, 524 W. State St Experience the movie that follows the adventures of a nine-year-old Swedish girl who is unconventional, assertive, and has superhuman strength, being able to lift her horse one-handed without difficulty. Free admission; charge for refreshments.

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Exhibitions Geneva History Center, 113 S. 3rd St. Featuring exciting exhibitions and unique “Geneva” gifts in the museum store • Girl Scout Century celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of the

1:00 pm-3:00 pm Concerts on the Lawn Courthouse Lawn, S. 3rd St. Ellus Bellus - With Eian O’Brien’s melodic & heartfelt lyrics, Stephen Froula’s complementing drumming and the rhythmic guitar of Brennan Walls, these three longtime high school friends create

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7:30 pm - Mike & Joe Alternative & modern rock music from the ’90s through today played by one of the most popular cover bands in the Midwest

Wednesday, June 20 All Day Merchants offer special sales

2:00 pm-10:00 pm Carnival/Windy City Amusements Courthouse Parking Lot, James & 4th St. From 2:00-6:00 pm, unlimited rides $20/person 6:00 pm-7:00 pm Ice Cream Eating Contest – Central Stage Colonial Café & Ice Cream challenges all ages to eat as much Colonial Ice Cream as they can in 2 minutes. 4 age groups. Everyone wins with Colonial Ice Cream – prizes for all! Sign up that night. Sponsored by Colonial Café & Ice Cream

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10:00 am-1:00 pm Creation Station - James & 3rd St. North side of Courthouse How sweet it is, stop by, frost and then eat your own sugar cookie. Have fun with other activities. Make your mark on Geneva 100 years from today. Write a letter or draw a picture for the Shodeen Time Capsule that will be put in the attic at The Herrington Inn & Spa and opened in 2112. Sponsored by Shodeen & BMO Harris Bank 10:00 am-2:00 pm Fun at the Library Tent - Geneva Public Library, 127 James St. Fun for all ages; free activities and giveaways. 10:00 am-5:00 pm Exhibitions - Geneva History Center,

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10:00 am-5:00 pm Rosemaling Show Geneva History Center, 113 S. 3rd St. View beautiful decorative Norwegian folk painting. Show includes competition, sales demonstrations, food and raffle.

1:00 pm-3:00 pm Concerts on the Lawn - Courthouse Lawn, S. 3rd St. Dennis O’Brien - A solid vocalist and acoustic guitar player, well-versed in multiple musical genres that include Rock, Blues and Folk. Dennis O’Brien creates a friendly and warm rapport with his audiences. Sponsored by KCT Credit Union

CENTRAL STAGE S. 3rd St. at Courthouse R/J Recording & Sound Sponsored by Geneva Chamber of Commerce

10:00 am-9:00 pm Quad Power Jump - S. 4th & James St. Young & old can defy gravity and experience bounces and flips–all while safely harnessed. $6/person Sponsored by American Bank & Trust

5:30 pm - Swedish American Children’s Choir (In front of Central Stage)

11:00 am-10:00 pm Carnival/Windy City Amusements Courthouse Parking Lot, James St. & 4th St. From 12:00-4:00 pm, unlimited rides $20/person

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Thursday, June 21 All Day Merchants offer special sales 8:30 am-10:30 am Geneva Settler’s Coffee Hour – Geneva Golf Club, 831 South St. Continental breakfast will be served. Prize for longest residency in Geneva (for people who have resided in Geneva 15 years or more). Sponsored by Geneva Place, The Holmstad & CovenantCare at Home 10:00 am-1:00 pm Creation Station - James & 3rd St. North side of Courthouse Hats off to Thursday’s Creation Station, design your own baseball cap. Make your mark on Geneva 100 years from today. Write a letter or draw a picture for the Shodeen Time Capsule that will be put in the attic at The Herrington Inn & Spa and opened in 2112. Sponsored by BMO Harris Bank & Shodeen 10:00 am & 2:00 pm Swedish Cinema ön State – Geneva Underground Playhouse, 524 W. State St Experience the movie that follows the adventures of a nine-year-old Swedish girl who is unconventional, assertive,

and has superhuman strength, being able to lift her horse one-handed without difficulty. Free admission; charge for refreshments. 10:00 am-2:00 pm Fun at the Library Tent Geneva Public Library, 127 James St. Fun for all ages; free activities and giveaways. 10:00 am-5:00 pm Exhibitions - Geneva History Center, 113 S. 3rd St. The Geneva History Center offers three exciting exhibitions - Full details found under Tuesday, June 19 listing. 10:00 am-5:00 pm Rosemaling Show Geneva History Center, 113 S. 3rd St. View beautiful decorative Norwegian folk painting. Show includes competition, sales demonstrations, food and raffle. 10:00 am-9:00 pm Quad Power Jump - S. 4th & James St. Young & old can defy gravity and experience bounces and flips–all while safely harnessed. $6/person Sponsored by American Bank & Trust 11:00 am-10:00 pm Carnival/Windy City Amusements Courthouse Parking Lot, James & 4th St.

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11:00 am & 3:00 pm Swedish Cinema ön State – Geneva Underground Playhouse, 524 W. State St. See the movie that will have you toe tapping and singing to the music of Swedish pop group ABBA. Relive the story of one girl’s dream to find her father before her wedding, as three potential dads all arrive for her big day. Free admission; charge for refreshments.

6:30 pm Geneva’s Got Talent Semi-Finals Come and cheer for the individuals competing for a chance to perform at the Saturday, June 23 finals and a $1,000 cash prize. Vote for your favorite on Facebook. Search for Geneva, IL and look for the Facebook page with the Swedish Days logo.

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113 S. 3rd St. The Geneva History Center offers three exciting exhibitions - Full details found under Tuesday, June 19 listing.


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1:00 pm-3:00 pm Concerts on the Lawn Courthouse Lawn, S. 3rd St. Swings n’ Arrows- Swing through time listening to a jazz sextet led by trumpeter John Lash. Get hip to the sweet sounds of 40’s swing, 50’s bop, and 60’s cool jazz. Sponsored by KCT Credit Union

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5:00 pm-9:00 pm Geneva Public Library, 127 James St. Annual Used Book Sale; numbers for first admittance will be distributed beginning at 9 am at the Check-in Desk just inside the library entrance

CENTRAL STAGE S. 3rd at Courthouse R/J Recording & Sound Sponsored by Geneva Chamber of Commerce 6:30 pm - Battle of the Bands Winner Performance by the first place winner of the Geneva Park District Battle of the Bands held Monday, June 18 7:30 pm - The Moods The Moods are a singing group consisting of four guys dedicated to the fine art of harmony and

choreography. Performing Motown, blues, pop, jazz, doo-wop and rock n’ roll – they are not to be missed.

Friday, June 22 All Day Merchants offer special sales 9:00 am-5:00 pm Annual Used Book Sale Geneva Public Library, 127 James St. 10:00 am-1:00 pm Creation Station - James & 3rd St. North side of Courthouse Make your mark on Geneva 100 years from today. Write a letter or draw a picture for the Shodeen Time Capsule that will be put in the attic at The Herrington Inn & Spa and opened in 2112. Sponsored by Shodeen & BMO Harris Bank 10:00 am-2:00 pm Fun at the Library Tent Geneva Public Library, 127 James St. Make a sidewalk masterpiece! Chalk will be provided. 10:00 am-5:00 pm Exhibitions Geneva History Center, 113 S. 3rd St. The Geneva History Center offers three exciting exhibitions - Full details found under Tuesday, June 19 listing.

10:00 am-5:00 pm Rosemaling Show Geneva History Center, 113 S. 3rd St. View beautiful decorative Norwegian folk painting. Show includes competition, sales demonstrations, food and raffle. 10:00 am-9:00 pm Quad Power Jump - S. 4th & James St. Young & old can defy gravity and experience bounces and flips–all while safely harnessed. $6/person Sponsored by American Bank & Trust 11:00 am-10:00 pm Carnival/Windy City Amusements Courthouse Parking Lot, James & 4th St. From 12:00-4:00 pm, unlimited rides $20/person

KIDS’ DAY Friday, June 22 S. 3rd St. at Courthouse Sponsored by St. Charles Bank & Trust 11:00 am-12:00pm Radio Disney Road Crew – Central Stage - Music, Interactive Games, Dancing & Prizes 11:00 am-3:00 pm St. Charles Bank & Trust – Courthouse

Lawn St. Charles Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community Bank, is your full service bank. Stop by our booth to play Wheel of Fun and pick up your $25.00 coupon good when you open a Junior Savers Club account *. Join us on Saturday, June 23rd from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at our Geneva location, 2401 Kaneville Rd. for fun activities, including a chance at a money machine! Member FDIC. * No Minimum deposit required to open account and receive the $25 bonus. The Annual Percentage Yield (APY) of 0.50% is accurate as of 04/25/12 and is subject to change at the bank’s discretion. The $25 bonus will be credited at account opening. Bonus is subject to IRS 1099 reporting. Fees may reduce earnings.

11:00 am-3:00 pm Kyuki-Do Martial Arts of Geneva, Inc. Courthouse Lawn Kyuki-Do Martial Arts of Geneva, Inc. (KMAG) will be hosting Interactive Demonstrations for all to participate in. Come and join in the fun! They will also be holding chances to “spin & win” FREE Memberships, FREE Birthday Parties and other activities! Po the Kung Fu Panda will also be making an appearance, so make sure you don’t miss it! 11:45 am-12:30 pm Check In for Kids’ Day Parade – Geneva Public Library Lawn, 2nd & James St.

The Geneva History Center is asking the community to collect “Pocket Change” and donate it to take part in preserving local history. Stop in during Swedish Days and pick up your canister to start collecting!

All donations support the Geneva History Center and are tax deductible. 113 S. THIRD ST., WWW.GENEVAHISTORYCENTER.ORG


12:00 pm-12:30 pm Judging of Parade Entries 12:30 pm Kick off – Kids’ Day Parade Line of March: W. on James St. to 3rd St., S. to Campbell St., disperses at 3rd St. & Campbell St. 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Kids’ Day Performances and Activities – Central Stage and Courthouse Lawn Performances by Sunset Dancers, Geneva Gymnastics and Geneva Angels Cheerleading followed by “Sports Frenzy”- fun activities on the courthouse lawn; all coordinated by the Geneva Park District. Dunk Tank and Hoop It Up coordinated by All Star Sports Instruction. Juggler Jason Kollum entertains young and old, courtesy of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce.

9:00 pm-Midnight Twilight Golf Night - Stone Creek Miniature Golf Course, Wheeler Park (Rt. 31) Presented by Geneva Park District. Wheeler Park, Rt. 31. Play miniature golf ... in the dark! Glow-in-thedark golf balls will be provided. No preregistration. Ages 13 and older. Last tee time 11:15 pm. $8 per round. Information: 630-232-4542.

CENTRAL STAGE S. 3rd St. at Courthouse R/J Recording & Sound Sponsored by Geneva Park District 4:00 pm - Radio Disney Road Crew featuring N.B.T Winner, Shealeigh

8:00 pm - 7th Heaven Dead on renditions of Def Leppard, The Beatles, Bon Jovi, Journey and even U2 are delivered at a frenetic pace driving audiences to literally be dancing in the streets. Musicianship, theatrics, and that unmistakable Irish brogue fuel original songs that came straight from the radio play-list.

Saturday, June 23 All Day Merchants offer special sales 8:00 am-12:00 pm Geneva Lutheran Church Breakfast 301 S. 3rd St. Authentic fresh-off-the-griddle Swedish Pancakes served with a choice of toppings, Sausage Links, Coffee or Juice. Rain location - Church basement. $6 Adults, $4 Children under 12. Proceeds go to Youth Summer Mission Trip 8:00 am-5:00 pm 42nd Annual Granquist Music Competition - Geneva High School, 416 McKinley Ave. Hosting over 2,000 musicians from age 4 through adult. All types of instruments are represented as well as vocal entries. To learn more about the competition, visit www.genevachamber. com. Sponsored by Geneva Chamber of Commerce & Gerald Nissan Subaru Hyundai 9:00 am-3:00 pm Annual Used Book Sale - Geneva Public Library, 127 James St. Beginning at noon, bag of books for $5.

9:00 am-5:00 pm 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament - 3rd St. Hosted by the Geneva Park District Ages 10-11 (9 am-1 pm); 11-13 (9 am-1 pm); 13 – 15 (9 am – 1 pm) High School 14-18 (9 am-1 pm); Top Flight 18+ (12:30 pm – 5 pm); Rec. 18+ (12:30 pm-5 pm); 3rd St. at Central Stage. Each team is guaranteed two games. Roster is limited to 5 players. Two Geneva residents are required on your roster to receive the resident rate. Players cannot play on more than one team. Awards will be given to the top teams in each division. Preregistration required by 6/20. Residents: $50/team; Non-residents: $60/team. Sponsored by Fox Valley Orthopedic Institute Slam Dunk! Want to learn to Be Unstoppable? Stop by and talk to our Sports Medicine Team during the 3 on 3 basketball tournament sponsored by Fox Valley Orthopedics. We help athletes stay in the game for life. Go to www.fvortho-goplay.com. 10:00 am-1:00 pm Creation Station - James & 3rd St. North side of Courthouse The Home Depot Kids Workshop and make your mark on Geneva 100 years from today. Write a letter or draw a picture for the Shodeen Time Capsule that will be put in the attic at The Herrington Inn & Spa and opened in 2112. Sponsored by The Home Depot, BMO Harris Bank & Shodeen 10:00 am-4:00 pm Swedish Cottage Walk & Viking Ship Tour – Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive. View Swedish Stugas (Cottages) on guided tours. Moderate activity level - uneven ground. $10/ person, children 11 & under are free. Free parking. Allow 1 – 1 ½ hour for tour. Information: (847) 845-2640. 10:00 am-5:00 pm Exhibitions Geneva History Center, 113 S. 3rd St. The Geneva History Center offers three exciting exhibitions - Full details found under Tuesday, June 19 listing.

10:00 am-5:00 pm Rosemaling Show - Geneva History Center, 113 S. 3rd St. View beautiful decorative Norwegian folk painting. Show includes competition, sales demonstrations, food and raffle. 10:00 am-7:00 pm Sweden Väg – N. 4th St. b/t State & Hamilton Bringing the “Swedish” back to the Swedish Days Festival presented by Cadence Health in this block of all things Swedish. Enter through the Swedish Cottage and experience art, music, food, games as you would in Sweden. www.genevachamber.com/ swedishdays.html for complete listing of events. Sponsored by I.B. Quality Cabinets 10:00 am-9:00 pm Quad Power Jump - S. 4th & James St. Young & old can defy gravity and experience bounces and flips–all while safely harnessed. $6/person Sponsored by American Bank & Trust 11:00 am-10:00 pm Carnival/Windy City Amusements Courthouse Parking Lot, James & 4th St. From 12:00-4:00 pm, unlimited rides $20/person 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Concerts on the Lawn - Courthouse Lawn - S. 3rd St. The Wandering Endorphin - The Wandering Endorphin is the musical alter ego of American Singer/ Songwriter Jim Green. Not bound by the usual sonic possibilities of the acoustic guitar, Green creates enchanting soundscapes to percussively fingerstyle songs that fully illustrate his uniqueness in the world of guitar players. Sponsored by KCT Credit Union 2:00pm Radio Disney Road Crew – Campbell at 3rd St. Music, Interactive Games, Dancing & Prizes

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3:00 pm-7:00 pm Kids’ Day Mini Golf - Stone Creek Miniature Golf Course, Wheeler Park (Rt. 31) Ages 3-15. $2 per child (children under 10 must be directly supervised by an adult). No registration necessary.

Radio Disney AM 1300 will join in on the fun hosting a concert with Chicago (Bartlett)-native Shealeigh, Radio Disney’s Season Four “N.B.T.” (Next BIG Thing) winner. The Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew will provide interactive entertainment and prizes at 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Shealeigh will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. followed by a public meet and greet session* with fans. *Talent can only meet as many fans as time permits.

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4:00 -8:00 pm Zipline – 3rd St b/t State & James Experience a high speed ride and some extreme fun 28 feet in the air! Harness up and zip line down Third Street. $10/person per ride Sponsored by Geneva Chamber of Commerce & Geneva Eye Clinic 7:00 pm-9:00 pm Firefly Roundup & Campfire – Peck Farm Park Join us as we go in search of the glowing fireflies. Discover why and how they glow. We will create firefly containers and then roundup a few fireflies. Afterwards, gather around the campfire to roast marshmallows. Registration. $20/family of 4; $4 each add’l child. Hosted by Geneva Park District 9:00 pm-Midnight Twilight Golf Night - Stone Creek Miniature Golf Course, Wheeler Park (Rt. 31) Presented by Geneva Park District. Wheeler Park, Rt. 31. Play miniature golf ... in the dark! Glow-in-the-dark golf balls will be provided. No preregistration. Ages 13 and older. Last tee time 11:15 pm. $8 per round. Information: 630-232-4542.

CENTRAL STAGE S. 3rd St. at Courthouse R/J Recording & Sound Sponsored by Kane County Chronicle 5:30 pm DancEncounter - Geneva’s longest serving dance studio for almost 2 decades, is delighted to present a selection from this season’s main stage production of “ When I Grow Up” in celebration of 10 years of ownership by director Tracy Adams. Come share the joy of dance glimpsing into the world of careers and growing up, through the eyes of our beautiful children! (In front of Central Stage) 6:30 pm - Geneva’s Got Talent Finals Finalists chosen from Wednesday night’s competition will compete for First Place and a $1,000 cash prize. 8:00 pm - Hi Infidelity Going to a Hi Infidelity show is a total concert experience from start to finish, with great vocals and harmonies and a wide variety of songs, ranging from 80s Rock to the best new music.

Sunday, June 24 7:00 am-11:00 am All-You-Can-Eat Parade Day Breakfast – 22 S. 2nd Presented by Geneva Vikings Mimer

Lodge #33 (American Legion Post 75 tent). Swedish Pancakes, Fried Herring, Bacon, Eggs, Potatoes, Beverages. Adults-$10, Kids 12 & Under- $5. 10:00 am-4:00 pm Swedish Cottage Walk & Viking Ship Tour – Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive View Swedish Stugas (Cottages) on guided tours. Moderate activity level - uneven ground. $10/ person, children 11 & under are free. Free parking. Allow 1 – 1 ½ hour for tour. Information: (847) 845-2640. 10:00 am-5:00 pm Sweden Väg – N. 4th St. b/t Hamilton & State Bringing the “Swedish” back to the Swedish Days Festival presented by Cadence Health in this block of all things Swedish. Enter through the Swedish Cottage and experience art, music, food, games as you would in Sweden. www.genevachamber.com/ swedishdays.html for complete listing of events. Sponsored by I.B. Quality Cabinets

safely harnessed. $6/person Sponsored by American Bank & Trust 11:00 am-8:00 pm Carnival/Windy City Amusements Courthouse Parking Lot, James & 4th St. From 12:00-4:00 pm, unlimited rides $20/person 1:00 pm 63rd Annual Swedish Days Parade Line of March: Anderson Blvd. and Center, south to State, east on State to 3rd, south on 3rd to Metra Train Station. Marshaled by the Viking Service Organization and coordinated by Geneva Chamber of Commerce.

Enjoy Swedish Days and Geneva after the parade. Many events, food booths, shops & restaurants will still be open.

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For more than two hours, the city will echo with the beat and sounds of drum corps, drill teams, marching bands, pipers, Shriners, color guards, choruses, horses, vintage cars, tractors and fire trucks. Parade watchers will

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Marshaled by the Viking Service Organization and coordinated by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, the parade steps off at 1 pm. Sunday, June 24, and winds through downtown Geneva. Leading off the parade will be the Grand Parade Marshal.

The parade path starts from the high school area at Center Street and Anderson Boulevard and continues south on Anderson turning east onto State Street. In the center of town the march will continue south on Third Street and disband at the Metra train station. Parade programs will be handed out by parade ambassadors from the Cultural Arts Commission.

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Stage is set for musical feast Summertime and great music are perfect companions to the Swedish Days Festival presented by Cadence Health. Pop, Motown, Classic Rock and even music from Swedish phenomenon ABBA –all have a place on this year’s slate of artists. The live music can be enjoyed in two spots — on the Central Stage and the Courthouse lawn both located on Third Street. Performances run Tuesday through Saturday, June 19-23, during the festival. Again this year the superb talent of Richard Peck from R/J Recording and Sound will provide the sound and lights for Central Stage located directly across from the front of the historic Kane County Courthouse.

Tuesday evening At 7:30 p.m. welcome back Mike & Joe proudly presented by Inland Bank. The vocal four-piece cover band performs alternative and modern rock music from the ‘90s through today. Mike & Joe have successfully pleased more festival audiences than most bands in the country. With a new set list for every performance, the excitement level Tuesday evening on Third Street will be contagious.

Wednesday evening Wednesday’s Central Stage entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m. as the Swedish American Children’s Choir takes the stage to perform songs from Sweden with sweet sounding voices. The group is Illinois’ largest Swedish Children’s Chorus for ages 5-14. At 6:30 the semifinalists from “Geneva’s Got Talent” will perform. Cheer on these talented individuals and help carry your favorite to the Saturday night finals, by voting on Facebook. Stick around after, for some “Dancing Queen” and “Waterloo” as ABBA Salute closes out our Wednesday night entertainment. The music of ABBA comes to life in a Las Vegas type show that mesmerizes the viewer, both young and old alike. Starting at 8 p.m. enjoy the recreated ABBA experience that won’t soon be forgotten.

Thursday evening Performing at 6:30 p.m. is the winner of the Geneva Park District’s “Battle of the Band” contest held Monday. At 7:30 p.m. make your way Downtown for the Motown of the awardwinning band, The Moods. This singing

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Friday evening The “evening” starts at 4 p.m. when Radio Disney AM 1300 will join in on the fun hosting a concert with Chicago (Bartlett)-native Shealeigh, Radio Disney’s Season Four “N.B.T.” (Next BIG Thing) winner. The Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew will provide interactive entertainment and prizes from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Shealeigh will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. followed by a public meet and greet session* with fans. *Talent can only meet as many fans as time permits. Your eyes won’t believe your ears as 7th Heaven gets the crowd jumpin’ at 8 p.m. Setting attendance records across the tri-state region, 7th Heaven started in 1985 and is one of the biggest and busiest indie bands in the world. Enjoy a non-stop, high-energy, hands-in-theair party. Geneva Park District is pleased to sponsor the band that your neighbors will be buzzing about for the rest of the summer.


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This ever popular midday musical event held Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, is back. The lunchtime crowd will enjoy many different types of music from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring your lunch or grab a bite from one of the numerous food booths or restaurants around town and delight in four unique musical styles. Start the festival Tuesday with three longtime high school friends creating a musical

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experience as Ellus Bellus. Get ready on Wednesday for Dennis O’Brien, a solid vocalist and acoustic guitar player, well-versed in multiple musical genres that include Rock, Blues and Folk. On Thursday, six young men from Geneva High School known as Swings n’ Arrows present authentic jazz and on Saturday, welcome back the acoustic guitar styling’s of The Wandering Endorphin, the musical alter ego of American Singer/Songwriter Jim Green. Concerts on the Lawn sponsored by KCT Credit Union.

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Swedish Days 2012 brings an array of special activities dedicated to young visitors.

Creation Station features a new event each day. Starting Tuesday and continuing through Saturday, make your mark on Geneva 100 years from today by writing a letter or drawing a picture for the Shodeen Time Capsule that will be put in the attic at The Herrington Inn & Spa and opened in 2112. Don’t hop away just yet, Mark Nichols’ Puppet Place will present “Peter Rabbit” at 10 am and noon. On Wednesday how sweet it is, stop by frost and then eat your own sugar cookie and have fun with other activities. Hats off to Thursday’s Creation Station, design your own baseball cap. On Saturday, The Home Depot is back with their kids’ workshops.

Children ages 3 to15 can head to Geneva’s Wheeler Park for mini golfing from 3 to 7 p.m. Teens 13 and older can play mini golf with glow-in-the-dark golf balls until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

The Geneva Public Library District will host “Fun at the Library Tent” Wednesday through Friday. From 10 a.m. to noon Friday participate in the chalk art display. June 23 is “Kids’ Day” where from early in the morn to late into the night, kids can stay busy. All Star Sports coaches will try to dodge getting dunked. The Geneva Park District will coordinate Sports Frenzy - games and activities on the courthouse lawn and by Sunset Dancers, Geneva Gymnastics and Geneva Angels

Cheerleading will perform. The Kids’ Day Parade invites children through the age of 10 to Go for the GOLD and enter in one of these parade categories: Anything Goes, Decorated Wheels, Fun with Duct Tape, Olympic Sports and Swedish Costumes. Decorate a bike, decorate yourself or do both. Participants should stop by the Chamber office at 8 S. Third St. to pre-register, or call 630-2326060. Step off is at 12:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday transforms North 4th Street into Sweden Väg, a block of all things Swedish. Kids of all ages can experience the Swedish game Kubb. Or color a Dala horse. Turn their face into a Swedish Flag. Listen to a story about the beloved Pippi Longstocking (she may even make an appearance) or try and stick to the Velcro wall. And don’t leave without a picture, from the photo booth, to remember your trip to Sweden Väg. Many activities are free, fee for some. The popular 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament returns on Saturday where players ages 10 and older can put their hoop skills to the test during the tournament. Pre-registration is required by June 20. There is a fee. Call Mike Contreras at the Geneva Park District, 630- 262-2212. ….and Sunday brings the Grand Parade.

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A Legacy of Family Fun on Sunday, June 17 For 101 continuous years the Swedish Midsommar Festival has been offering up a smorgasbord of family entertainment and cultural activities, including music, dance, and the largest maypole celebration in the country. Located in Good Templar Park on Geneva’s East Side Drive, the 101st Annual Swedish Midsommar Festival celebrates the traditions and accomplishments of Americans of Scandinavian heritage. Returning to the festival this year will be the popular interactive group seen on America’s Got Talent - Those Funny Little People. Other festival favorites who will perform include the Nordic Dancers of Chicago, the Viking Living History Encampment, the Swedish American Children’s Choir, Magic Dave, Ernie Sandquist, the Swedesong Girl’s Ensemble, and Marguerite Karl, Swedish soprano. There will be pony rides, games for children and families, crafts, and a non-denominational worship service.

And food to feast in Valhalla on! The day begins at 10 am with two traditional Swedish breakfasts – either the Swedish pancake breakfast or the Swedish herring breakfast. Other food includes Swedish meatball dinners, delicious traditional pastries, plenty of Swedish coffee, and American fare for the kids. Traditionally a Swedish Father’s Day event (to celebrate the longest day of the year), the 101st Swedish Midsommar Festival in located at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive, in historic Geneva, IL. Admission is $5.00 for adults and youth over twelve years. Children 12 and under are free. Parking is free. People in Traditional Scandinavian Folk costumes will also be admitted free. For further information contact swedishday@gmail.com or call 847-845-2640. Like Swedish Day Midsommar Festival on Facebook.

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Tours of the charming Swedish cottages or stugas that dot the 60 acre park will take place throughout the day for an additional fee. There also will be tours of the 1893 Viking Ship for $3.00. This fee goes to the Viking ship preservation fund. The Viking ship was Norway’s contribution to Chicago’s Columbian Exposition, and sailed across the Atlantic and through the Great Lakes to Chicago, handily beating the fastest sailing ships of the era.

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