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OCTOBER 2018

Bathroom bliss

FALL FASHION

SURAN BUILT

ALL ABOUT FLORALS, FLANNEL & FRINGE

masters art of pampering PAGE 19

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Fixer-Uppers The dream team of home design

PLUS: S’MORE FAMILY FUN PAGE 48

AUTUMN ADVENTURES | HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS | PUMPKIN PATCHES

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McHenry County Clerk Serving McHenry County Since 1837

McHenry County to Roll Out New Voting Equipment In order to ensure accuracy and security combined with the latest technology, the McHenry County Clerk’s office will be introducing new voting equipment for the November 6 General Election. This new equipment will reduce voting time, enhance the voting experience and provide voting access for those who request it. The equipment uses a Touch Screen and /or assistive technology to record voters choices. The system prevents over-votes and can alert voters about under-votes. A “Mock Election” was held last summer to test the equipment before the election to allow staff members of the County Clerk’s office and Election Judges to become more familiar with the process.

Dates to Remember November 6, 2018 -- General Election

Letter from the County Clerk:

One of the most memorable experiences I have had in my life was the day I was sworn in as County Clerk. I have been involved in public service for a number of years, first as a member of McHenry County State’s Attorney office and then as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney and also on the McHenry County Board. I have always found it rewarding to serve the entire county by providing friendly and helpful service to the citizens of McHenry County. It is a rare thing in politics to be proven right. During my election, I ran on the promise that I would update the County Clerk’s office without increasing the budget of this office. I have improved all aspects of the office with new software in the election department and in the delinquent tax department and all vital records. By purchasing new software tax payers have saved thousands of dollars on expenses. I appreciate being your County Clerk, because it’s my job to make the process easier for the community.

For more information, contact: Mary E. McClellan McHenry County Administration Bldg. 667 Ware Road, Suite 107 WOODSTOCK, ILLINOIS 60098 815-334-4242 countyclerk@mchenrycountyil.gov www.mchenrycountyil.gov

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Duties of the McHenry County Clerk’s Office:     

Vital Records: Birth, Death & Marriage/Civil Union

Voter Registration Election: Administration of Federal, State, County & Local Business Registrations (DBA) Notary Public Commission Registry; Real Estate Tax Extensions: Annexation & Disconnection Ordinances, Levies, Extensions & Valuations; Records: McHenry County Board proceedings; Board of Supervisor Records; Appointments; Bonds; Oaths; Payment Records for County Bills; State Prevailing Wage Notices and Resolutions; Jail Inspection Reports; Estray Notices; and Mining Permit Applications

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Economic Interest Statements Delinquent Taxes from Tax Sales Maps As the chief election authority, the County Clerk provides many voter and candidate services and administers McHenry County elections in a fair, unbiased, accurate, efficient, and timely manner.

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Editor's Note I just became a first-time homeowner last year. Since “joining the club,” I’ve detected a natural shift in my topics of conversation. Chitchats between friends and acquaintances center on all things related to interior design and home improvement: Will this wall color bring out the natural tones in my faux-wood flooring? Does this rug really bring the room together? How many throw pillows is too many? And my channel surfing history mirrors my new conversational habits. I’ve memorized the four-digit number for the HGTV channel, and I especially enjoy tuning into “House Hunters International,” where I lament over the fact that I could be living on a lake with white-capped mountain views in Eastern Europe or in a hilltop Medieval village in Italy for less money than I currently pay to live in the cramped suburbs of Chicago.

Together, the McHenry County married couple owns and operates Boxwood Home Design and Cabinetry in West Dundee. Similar to the Gaines, the Perrines launched their home renovation business following the housing market crash. Lauren brings the design-savvy know-how and Rod brings the brawn. “I know what it takes to build something, but don’t know how to make it look pretty,” Rod Perrine says in the story, “Fixer Uppers,” on page 12. “We can help bring the project together.” Within these pages, you’ll also find stories on bathroom makeovers, weekend getaways, fall fashion trends and seasonal fun fit for the family. Thanks for reading,

I also find the cute-as-pie “Fixer Upper” couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines, and their quips and relatable banter to be thoroughly entertaining, all-American family fun. In fact, my affection for the Texas couple may have something to do with the fact that this month’s Homes edition features Crystal Lake’s own genial home-improvement dream team – Lauren and Rod Perrine.

Kara Silva, Editor

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Crystal Lake couple Lauren and Rod Perrine own Boxwood Home Design and Cabinetry in West Dundee. Similar to famous HGTV couple Chip and Joanna Gaines, the Perinnes launched their family-run business during the recession – a risky endeavor that paid off big. Find out more, on page 12. Salon Services by MARIO TRICOCI IN CRYSTAL LAKE Hair – Chanel Makeup – Davina Photos by Ron McKinney

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INSIDE HOMES & LIFESTYLE 8 MOOD ROOMS How to add character with color

12 FIXER UPPERS

BUSINESS & CIVIC 38 AN EMPOWERING ENTITY Life of volunteering leads Erin Smith to take on public service

TRAVEL

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Zippy Shell simplifies the mayhem of moving

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26 BREAST HEALTH

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30 EFFORTLESS FALL FASHION

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MOOD ROOMS How to add character with color By Kelsey O’Connor

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ut of all of the decorating decisions you make in regard to your home, color may have the biggest impact. Your choice of paint can have an effect on how big a room looks, how well a space flows together and even how a person feels when he or she is in it. “There is definitely a connection to color and mood,” says Judy Pelinski, owner of Fresh Look Interiors in Lake in the Hills. “It’s the amount of colors in a space and the saturation of these colors that truly play on our emotions.” So, how do you pick the right paint color for inside your home? There are a few factors to consider, including the purpose of the room and the atmosphere you’re trying to create. “In general, color theory would encourage you to put cool calming tones, such as blues, greens, and purples in rooms where the primary function is relaxation and sleep,” says Angie Gardeck, interior designer and principal at New Perspective Interior Design in Cary.

On the other side of the spectrum, brighter and warmer tones, such as yellows, oranges, and reds are thought to stimulate activity and are great in spaces where you entertain or eat. But not every room is suited for vivid color. “Bathrooms usually look better in softer, lighter colors, staying away from harsh tones that don’t complement skin tones,” says Sherry Staudt, designer at Lloyd’s Paint ’N Paper in Crystal Lake. Besides altering your mood, the color on your walls can also have an impact on how spacious a room seems. A good rule of thumb is that light colors open up a space more than darker shades. “Warm colors advance and cool colors recede,” says Gardeck. “So, lighter, cooler colors will tend to make a room look larger while warmer darker tones will cozy up a space and make it smaller.”

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Fixer Fixer-Uppers

As casualties of Great Recession, Crystal Lake couple now enjoying gains of risky business venture By Elizabeth Harmon

Like the HGTV couple of “Fixer Upper” fame, Rod and Lauren Perrine of Crystal Lake launched their home design and renovation business in the throes of the Great Recession.

Though Lauren Perrine was working in retail at the time, she had been doing freelance decorating work for several years, and was eager to give her husband’s idea a try.

In 2010, after Rod Perrine was laid off from his job as a foreman with a large home construction company, he and his wife, Lauren, a design specialist, decided to go into business for themselves.

“We were both already working in the field, but we’d never worked together,” she says.

“I’d always done side work and had a few clients lined up so it helped me to say, ‘yes, let’s do this,’” says Rod Perrine.

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“It just kind of worked,” Rod Perrine adds. Today, the Perrine’s company, Boxwood Home Design and Cabinetry, is a successful renovation and design business with a showroom at 122 W.

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The Crystal Lake residents say that the secret to their harmonious mix of work and marriage is a relaxed mindset and mutual respect for one another’s talents. “I know what it takes to build something, but don’t know how to make it look pretty,” Rod Perrine says. “We can help bring the project together.” Having a design specialist and contractor working closely in tandem has advantages for clients. “We’re turn-key, which means fewer surprises and, unless the homeowner changes something, projects stay on budget,” Rod Perrine says. The Perrines work on homes of all ages, and enjoy the challenge of vintage homes, which often contain plaster walls, outdated wiring and years of do-it-yourself repairs that usually aren’t up to current codes. “They’re really fun, and we feel it’s important that remodels reflect the look of the home,” says Lauren Perrine. “We won’t take a hundred-year-old home and make the kitchen look like something that doesn’t belong there.” But the designer also likes to stay on top of trends and find ways to incorporate new ideas into timeless, classic looks. Her husband adds that kitchen islands and lighting fixtures are good places to try something a little different. “They’re easy to replace, and an island is a focal point of the room,” he says. The Perrines agree that it’s helpful when clients provide photos of their dream homes pulled from the internet,

“People will ask how ‘Fixer Upper’ can renovate an entire house for $60,000, but they have to remember that we’re in the Chicago area, which is a completely different market.” – Lauren Perrine, Owner/Lead Designer of Boxwood in West Dundee

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magazines or TV shows. But having such a wealth of ideas and possibilities can become overwhelming and can also create unrealistic expectations. “People will ask how ‘Fixer Upper’ can renovate an entire house for $60,000, but they have to remember that we’re in the Chicago area, which is a completely different market,” Lauren Perrine says. Lauren Perrine says that she and her husband are sometimes compared to the “Fixer Upper” TV stars, Chip and Joanna Gaines. While Lauren Perrine may be less enamored by shiplap – the Gaines’ go-to design element – the Perrines project similar easy-going warmth and offer comfortable and elegant designs. Their downtown West Dundee showroom opened a year ago in order to be able to display cabinet and kitchen design ideas and retail home décor. “If we’re going to have regular business hours, we should have something to sell, and these are the little details that make a room feel like home,” Lauren Perrine says.

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STORAGE WARS “We bring the storage unit to you, so it cuts the amount of labor in half.” – Ken Wasko, president and owner of Zippy Shell of Northern Illinois

Zippy Shell simplifies the mayhem of moving

A traditional storage unit has the potential to involve a lot of hassle. You have to pack up your things, load them onto a truck, drive them to a storage unit and unload them from a truck. When you want your stuff back, you have to repeat the process. But there’s a better way. Zippy Shell delivers portable storage units directly to your home or business. You have three days to load up whatever you’d like to store, then they’ll come pick up the unit and deliver it to their secure, climate-controlled storage facility. “Our solution is very mobile,” says Ken Wasko, president and owner of Zippy Shell of Northern Illinois, the local branch of the booming moving and storage company that’s been popping up across the country. “We bring the storage unit to you, so it cuts the amount of labor in half.” Using Zippy not only saves on driving time, but it can cut out costs, as well. When people are storing bulky items or a large volume of things, they’ll typically need to rent a truck or van to transport everything to a storage unit. Zippy Shell eliminates that extra step. So, no unloading and reloading a truck at a second location, which minimizes wear

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and tear on your things and the likelihood of damage. Whenever you need your things back, the Zippy Shell team will deliver it directly to your doorstep. Or, if you just need to grab a few items, you can visit the warehouse in Lake Zurich and access your unit yourself. The 15-foot-long container – measuring 7 feet high by 7 feet wide, with 105 square feet of space – can accommodate two to three fully-furnished rooms. Many local families have found that the Zippy Shell comes in handy for seasonal storage. You can pack away your patio furniture to protect it from winter damage or keep your holiday decorations out of the way until it’s time to display them. These movable units can be especially useful during a move. In that case, the locally-owned franchise will load your unit onto a truck and take it anywhere in the country. Every long-distance move includes 30 free days of storage. They also offer the services of professionals to help load and unload your belongings. Another use for the flexible units is using one as an on-site storage center. This can be handy when you just need to clear out a room for a few days, if your home is being painted or remodeled. Wasko, himself, used one when he had to have the hardwood floors in his home redone due to water damage. “There are many solutions that storage can bring to help simplify your life,” he says.

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or most, the day begins and ends in the bathroom.

From that early-morning shower to that late-night bed-readying ritual, bathrooms are used and viewed as utilitarian spaces. Throughout the years, home design trends have favored multiple bathrooms over larger ones, and the best bathrooms were compact, efficient and low maintenance. For a large, bustling family, following this trend may be a household requirement but what if your needs have changed? Luxury is often defined as extravagance, but it’s more about redefining utility. You could cover a combination shower and bath in fancy gold plating but that won’t necessarily equate to feeling comfort or luxury when taking a bath. During a high-design bathroom renovation, how do you make sure that it meets your needs, lifestyle and the aesthetic you’re going for? The design team at Suran Built in downtown Crystal Lake, offers these luxurious tips to rise above utility to make your bathroom renovation dreams a reality.

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Combination showers and baths define utility. Freestanding, soaker tubs are extremely popular and available in a wide range of prices to meet any budget. If taking

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–Continued from page 19 a bath is a means to relaxation and rejuvenation, make the bathtub one that’s deep enough to accomplish the job. When creating a custom, stand-alone shower, a seat can make it both comfortable and safe. Women will especially find a seat a pleasing and convenient spot to shave their legs. Balancing toes on the edge of a bathtub while clinging to a soap dish is an accident waiting to happen. Sometimes, luxury is an overlooked necessity.

RETHINK LINEN CLOSETS

Linen closets often protrude into bathroom space or are, mysteriously, only accessible from an adjacent hallway. These types of linen closets can be both a poor use of space and inconvenient. Think about removing the linen closet and replacing it with additional cabinetry, which will add ample storage while also freeing up space in the bathroom.

USE MORE CABINETS

For decades, bathroom design limited cabinetry use to simple low vanities and barely-functional medicine cabinets for storage, leaving a wealth of dysfunctional cubic space. Explore new cabinetry options and custom drawer inserts to help you organize make-up, sundries, linens, a hair dryer and supplies. Having proper storage eliminates clutter and clutter-free is stress-free – and that’s luxurious.

ADD A SEATING AREA

Whether you are applying make-up or trimming a beard, the task is easier when you aren’t leaning over a deep countertop to complete your grooming tasks. Finding space for a seating area is easier when you’ve expanded storage with tall cabinets. Be sure to consider various mirror solutions to meet your needs and layout. 20 | OCTOBER 2018 | MCHENRY COUNTY MAGAZINE

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EXPLORE NEW TECHNOLOGY

From smart switches and chargers to steam shower fixtures, technological advancements are alive and flourishing in the home-improvement industry. When it comes to extravagant additions for your bathroom renovation, consumers can add self-cleaning and touch-free toilets, towel warmers or TV vanity mirrors (just to name a few). Be sure to do your research before you begin a project, as some of these lavish items require special wiring or installation options.

CONSIDER PROFESSIONAL HELP

The problem with do-it-yourself renovation is that you limit the scope of your project to your own personal knowledge, skill and tools. When you work with professional builders and designers, they specialize in problem-solving and are continually expanding their knowledge of industry offerings, code changes and design trends – all assets that will make your remodeling dreams come true.

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nique, locally-crafted items, seasoned with a generous helping of adult humor and vintage style, is proving to be a winning recipe for Valerie Deegan-Johnson, also known as Ruthie Sudsalot, owner of Jackass Charm Corner Store, 228 Benton St., in downtown Woodstock. The shop, just off of the Woodstock Square, carries barware, pillows, T-shirts, mugs, candles, greeting cards and Deegan-Johnson’s signature line of handcrafted soaps and beauty products, marketed under her Jackass Charm Soap label. The angular space – which she nicknamed “The Wedgie” – emits a vintage vibe, from the 1940s music playing over the sound system to the three Art Deco barber stations that pay homage to the store’s past life as a barbershop.

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“The 1940s were innocent on the surface but have layers that are inappropriate … which is a great representative of us.” – Valerie Deegan-Johnson, owner of Jackass Charm Corner Store in Woodstock

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and George McLellan, which sold cocktail stirs, chocolates, soap and – according to a period newspaper article – “dainty tea towels.” Reading about the Weathervane gave her chills, she says, adding, “We sell tea towels, too, only ours ain’t dainty!” Though open since May, Jackass Charm Corner Store will hold its official Grand Opening on Oct. 10, in honor of the Weathervane, which opened Oct. 10, 1947. Deegan-Johnson is continuing to add consignment vendors, and encourages anyone with locallymade humorous gift items to reach out. She also wants to learn more about the McLellans, the Weathervane and, most of all, loves meeting new customers. “I’m having so much fun, and am incredibly proud,” she says.

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Breast health

– It’s personal By Sue Dobbe-Leahy

Every woman has questions about breast health. So, what better time to educate yourself than in October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The good news is that there are improved outcomes for those diagnosed with breast cancer, especially when treatment begins in the early stages.

According to Brebach, there are three categories of risk:

Vital to positive results is a greater understanding of the disease. There are few physical symptoms, but breast selfexamination can help you find abnormal lumps.

LIFESTYLE – lack of exercise, obesity, excessive alcohol intake and stress, which studies show may lead to physical disorders

For the best in detection, medical professionals recommend annual screening mammograms for all women over 40 years of age.

PRIOR TREATMENTS – such as postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy or radiation therapy

“Knowledge is power,” Brebach says. “Educate yourself However, nationally, breast cancer in women under the age on your family medical history. You cannot prevent breast cancer, but with knowledge of your genetics, you can take of 40 has risen to 11 percent of all new cases. This trend appropriate action for your situation. Early screenings is being addressed through a new high-risk and detection will improve treatment results.” assessment program according to Dr. Elissa Brebach, medical director of Another aspect of breast health is breast radiology at Centegra Gavers Breast density. Women with dense breast tissue Center in Crystal Lake, part of have a higher risk, and detection is more Northwestern Medicine. One in every eight women will difficult. develop breast cancer in the “Younger women may not U.S. Recent trends indicate a Centegra Gavers Breast Center offers be aware that they are at an higher percentage of cases being 3-D mammography screening, which increased risk of breast cancer reported in women under 40 provides a more precise scan for dense due to their family history,” says years of age, according to breast tissue. Patients are encouraged to Brebach. “Centegra Gavers Breast Cancer.org. check with their insurance carrier prior to Center in Crystal Lake has rolled out selecting the 3-D mammogram to be sure it an intake survey to assess risk levels is covered. for younger women.”

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Breast health Educate yourself about your breast health and family history. Regularly self-examine breasts for changes: lumps, tissue abnormalities, discharge or pain. Discuss concerns about breast health with your physician. Schedule annual mammogram screenings. Eat a healthy diet, exercise, drink in moderation. Reduce stress through meditation, yoga and breathing.

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With Centegra dedicated breast screening and diagnostic center collaborating with the surgical center in the same facility, patients are introduced to Karla Tolwinski, breast health navigator, before a biopsy. “Karla is a dedicated nurse with a vital role in the program – to guide each patient through their diagnosis and treatment,” says Brebach. “She is there to help them set up appointments and let them know what to expect before they leave the imaging center.” Part of the treatment program includes the resources of Centegra Sage Cancer Center, offering help needed for survivors and their families. Classes and services include yoga, bra fittings, wig fittings, meditation, group therapy and opportunities to build a support community for longterm personal relationships. Statistics continue to evolve. Cancer.org is a website with breast cancer facts presented by age, ethnicity and geography across the U.S. It’s important to understand your family history. Compared to women without a family history, risk of breast cancer is about two times higher for women with one affected first-degree female relative and three to four times higher for women with more than one first-degree relative.

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Fall fashion trends focus on bold fabrics and florals. This high-low cardi looks great with a cami and distressed jeans. From Aesthetics Boutique. Scan 4 Website

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Fall heralds lots of textures, like this chunky sweater. A flashback to the ’80s is also hitting stores this fall. From Wear Did U Get That

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Bulky sweaters for fall are on trend; pair with leggings and a bootie. From Clothes Gallery

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Tie up this comfy flannel and match it with a gaucho flowing pant and booties for a fun look. From Black Orchid Boutique

Buffalo check tops are perfect for game days and evenings spent around a bonfire. From Elated Boutique

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This mixed-media fabric flannel with corduroy pants and an adorable cross-body handbag is the embodiment of fall fashion trends. From Black Orchid Boutique

This wrap boho-dress with bell sleeves, a cross-body handbag and little booties is always a fun look for going out on the town or hanging out with friends. From Black Orchid Boutique

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8 9 Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services brings encouragement and assistance to families and their loved ones in the McHenry County, Greater Barrington, Palatine, Lake Zurich regions and surrounding communities.

Do You Need An Angel? Owners, Sherry and Hugh McGowan are committed to dependable, trustworthy care that families can count on. Everyone is seen as an individual with a customized plan to meet the client’s care needs. They serve from personal experience as caregivers and advocates for their own parents. That journey inspires them daily to help others in difficult seasons. Visiting Angels aims to match each care recipient with an “angel” who can visit bringing integrity, joyful companionship and personal care. When families find they need another layer of support, we are here, just call! We have enlarged our team at a new location; come visit us at 228 Florence Street, Crystal Lake!

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The little black dress with a twist is always fun, like this one by Joseph Ribkoff. It’s a classic look that will be part of your wardrobe for years to come. From Clothes Gallery

This black jumpsuit features side slits up the leg. Pair it with a black and blush two-tone cross-body purse and a long chain tassel necklace. From Black Orchid Boutique

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 SUBURBAN SUPERDAD 

It’s the little things... With JONATHAN BILYK

It certainly wasn’t the proudest moment of my life. But if all of my proud moments assembled for a team photo, it would be there, somewhere in the back, standing in the spot normally occupied by the third string quarterback. Or the punter. “Who did this?” my electrician friend asked, tracing a line with his finger along the conduit pipe running along the rafters in the garage roof, down the wall to the newly installed outlet on the outside of the garage. “Me,” I said, with a little more confidence than I thought might be warranted. “Nice job,” he said. And then he added: “You sure you’ve never done this before?” I don’t think I’d have too much trouble getting nods of affirmation from other homeowners and assorted do-it-yourselfers when I say that these words, “Nice job,” from a skilled tradesman may as well be a medal pinned to the chest. But I still felt compelled to use the next few moments of my acceptance speech to thank Sycamore’s own maker of electrical components and tools, Ideal Industries, and their free tutorial videos for teaching me everything I knew about bending and installing conduit.

transformed from simple, mild-mannered (broke) do-it-yourselfer to a still broke DIY-er ... but with a smartphone in my hip pocket. And it’s obviously borne results, as evidenced by the lack of home improvements that have to be fixed again later (I will neither confirm nor deny the existence of a water pipe with a patched screw hole), and by the lack of laughter at my expense from those who do this sort of thing for a living (to my face, anyway.) But my acceptance speech would be incomplete without reaching back years earlier to thank my dad, father-in-law, uncle, friends and others who helped me gain not only the skills, but also built the courage (or foolishness, depending on who’s asking) to take on projects large and small around the house, and live to tell about it (again and again, because did you hear what the electrician said? Did my puffy chest bump into you again? Sorry.) But recently, as I was huddled over my tool bag, lost in yet another home repair project, looking for an ever-elusive pair of needle nosed pliers, I glanced up to see a pair of inquisitive eyes watching me, as my daughter knelt by the bag, wondering what daddy was doing.

Ever since becoming a homeowner nearly two decades ago, such how-to videos have become required viewing – particularly once I

And in that moment, it became obvious the next great household improvement may only tangentially involve conduit, pipe, ducts, wiring, wood and drywall. Rather, the primary focus in the coming years will center on helping my

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kids build the courage and skills needed to one day feel the satisfaction of staring at a finished project, and perhaps even earn a “nice job” from a skilled trades worker or two. And in the meantime, daddy can get the satisfaction of working alongside his little ones, watching them grow into capable adults, able to tackle with assurance the projects life and an old house may throw at them. So, for that moment, we paused, to allow the little hands to help, as best they can. And we started with the basics, laying out the primary hand tools, learning their names, discussing what they can do, how they’re used and explaining how they differ from toys. Did it take a bit longer? You bet – and it was worth every second. And maybe next week, we can move on to those Youtube videos.

 Jonathan Bilyk writes about the triumphs and travails of being a modernday dad who legitimately enjoys time with his family, while tolerating a dog that seems to adore him. He also doesn’t really like the moniker “Superdad” because it makes it sound like he wants to wear his undergarments on the outside of his pants. (Also, the cape remains on back order.) www.nwherald.com/magazine

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AN EMPOWERING ENTITY Life of volunteering leads Erin Smith to take on public service

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he words community and service go handin-hand for Erin Smith. From the time she was young, Smith was encouraged to help others, from volunteering in the community to taking on various leadership roles for her children. Community service is ultimately what prompted Smith to run for public office as a village trustee, and – later – village president for her hometown of Lakewood in McHenry County, ultimately serving for 12 years, collectively. Smith’s mother, Judy Gallagher, set the example for her and her four siblings, showing them the importance of community service, she says. Her mother’s primary focus was related to issues associated with homelessness. Gallagher was a founder of Home of The Sparrow – a nonprofit that provides transitional shelter, affordable housing and supportive services for the homeless and women of domestic violence – and a board member of McHenry County PADS, which provides emergency and transitional housing, as well as support services for those experiencing homelessness. Smith says she and her husband, Mike, have made a point to promote community service with their own four children, as well. When Smith decided to run for Lakewood village trustee, her husband and the children were always there to support her, she says. “She serves with passion, selflessness and graciously collaborates with everyone,” Mike Smith says of his wife. The couple met in college and recently celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary. Erin Smith says that the strength of their partnership enables their work and community contributions.

“I am very blessed, and I don’t take that for granted,” Erin Smith says. “I was born into a family that surrounded me with unconditional love, support and encouragement every day of my life.” Another important part of Erin Smith’s life has been her father, Dan Gallagher, who encouraged his young daughter in the mid-1980s to consider a degree in computer science. “My dad was very progressive,” Erin Smith says. “He said, ‘A degree in technology will empower you.’” Her father’s advice proved more than true, and with her undergraduate degree in computer science – and later a MBA from Northwestern University – she was able to attain leadership roles in management with the likes of Hewlett-Packard, Motorola and Avanade. Today, Erin Smith is First Vice President, Total Rewards for OCC (Options Clearing Corporation), based in Chicago. In the human resource field, she is an advocate for work flexibility and says her ability to work from home throughout her professional career has been an important element in her ability to balance having a family and career. “I feel grateful every day, so my decision to give back comes from gratitude,” Erin Smith says. She says that her analytical side allows her to enjoy work in village government, where she worked hard to balance a budget, help build reserves, approve work projects in the community and help find new sources of revenue during the economic challenges in the mid-2000s. After leaving behind her work in local government Erin Smith has directed her commitment to service to the Chicago Community Trust as a Disability Advisory

“I feel grateful every day, so my decision to give back comes from gratitude.”

Board member, working to advance educational opportunities and employment for adults with disabilities. She also continues to be involved with the Education to Empowerment women’s scholarship program at McHenry County College, where she continues to feel inspired by the young women pursuing their education and career goals, she says. The financial support of the scholarships provides the foundation for a lifetime of mentoring and career connections that are truly the biggest dividends for the women in the program, she adds.

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The GlassHalf-Full Guy:

SOME CANOE CAMPING BASICS With PETER STADALSKY

Living in the Midwest, we get shorted on the snow-capped mountains and salt-water beaches, but there are still plenty of picturesque landscapes to explore. The glacial periods left an array of placid lakes scattered across the central states. Surrounded by high pines, the lakes and river systems provide ample opportunities for the adventurous spirit. Canoe camping combines days of paddling and nights under the stars hanging in a hammock. Here are the basics of planning and undertaking a canoe camping trip:  RIVERS OR LAKES? There are two main types of canoe camping trips, rivers and lakes. River trips have the advantage of a current, which keeps the boat moving irrespective of actually paddling. The one caveat is that most trips can only be taken in one direction. This requires the paddling group to arrange a ride to shuttle the boat and persons back to the car at the launching point. Oppositely, lakes can be done in loops to end back at

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the starting point. There are areas containing multiple lakes that are connected by a portage trail. When portaging, one person carries the canoe and the other person hoofs all the gear. The trade-off to sweating portages between lakes are calm waters and often unpopulated lakes. You can plan on traveling about 1-2 mph on lakes and 2-4 mph on rivers.  KAYAK OR CANOE? Canoes are typically better for trips with portages. In the center of most canoes is a yoke that contours around and balances on the carrier’s shoulders. Carrying a kayak is much more cumbersome. Many people with canoes also prefer lakes to rivers, but I’m not partial to either. Another canoe perk is having more storage space for camping gear. Kayaks have the advantage of better maneuverability and faster speeds. If you desire to take a trip in the great lakes, sea kayaks provide a higher level of stability to waves and winds. Many rivers in the Midwest have a gentler class than whitewater, but kayaks give some extra flexibility to squeeze between rocks or explore water caverns. Both canoes and kayaks offer single or tandem vessels.  HOW TO PACK My philosophy is always lighter is better. The less gear I have to sort through and carry, the less I am bogged down. It’s especially important to pack conscientiously if the trip requires portaging, for making multiple trips down a portage trail can add up miles fast. Otherwise, on a route with no portaging,

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like a large lake or a river, weight is not as much of an issue. With more casual trips, even throwing a cooler is doable. One pro-tip is to purchase dry bags – because nothing is worse than arriving to camp with a wet tent and soggy tortillas. Another useful gadget is a water filter. Instead of packing a hull of drinking water, pick yourself up a high quality camping water filter and clean water as you go. One exception is on waterways trafficked by barges because the water can be polluted.  A GROUP EXPERIENCE The best part about canoe/kayak camping is that it’s typically a group activity. It’s a great opportunity to work together with someone, build team strength, and spend quality time floating along quiet waters. If you don’t own a boat, many areas that are popular for paddling are surrounded by outfitters that rent out boats for days at a time. Paddling is one of the best ways to escape the buzzing of roads and retreat into nature’s best offerings. It doesn’t take much effort to paddle around a few bends into solitude for a legitimate wilderness experience.

u Peter Stadalsky is an Aurora resident and adventurer. He shares his travel experiences with a “glass-half-full” view of the world.

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Weekend

Wanderer Explore wineries, cafés and B&Bs while cycling Missouri’s 240-mile Katy Trail

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ctober is the perfect month to embark on one last outdoor weekend adventure before the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall. For cycling and hiking enthusiasts, a trip to Missouri’s famous Katy Trail is a must-do, and with its beautiful natural scenery, fall is the ideal time to explore all that our neighboring state has to offer. One of the best parts about the trail is that it’s mostly flat, making it suitable for all ages and abilities. The crushed limestone trail is 240 miles long, and it has 26 trailheads, running from the east end of the state northwest of St. Louis to the southwest corner, near Clinton.

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The iconic trail is built on the former corridor of the MissouriKansas-Texas railroad, making the Katy the longest developed rail-trail in the country. While biking the entire trail would take close to a week, exploring shorter sections of the trail would make for a fun-filled, memorable weekend.

variety of dining options. The city also has several bike rental shops, where you also can leave your car for the weekend.

Along the trail, you’ll encounter some of the most picturesque scenery in the Midwest, especially during the fall when the countryside is full of rich color. The eastern section follows the banks of the Missouri River, where majestic limestone bluffs line one side of the trail with the sparkling river on the other. The more central and western parts of the trail wind through prairies and farmland while following the path of historic settlers Lewis and Clark.

In Augusta, which is the gateway to the wine-making region, there are five wineries and breweries, including the Augusta Winery and Augusta Brewing Co. About 35 miles down the trail from Augusta is the historic town of Hermann, which was once one of the largest wine-producing regions in the country and continues to make award-winning wines. The 19th century German village is home to seven family-owned wineries, and – every weekend in October – you can celebrate Oktoberfest throughout the town and tour of one of the village’s historic

All of communities along the trail have their own character and unique shopping and dining opportunities. While camping isn’t allowed on the trail, there are plenty of places to stay and play. Some locations offer camping in city parks or private sites, but you’ll also find plenty of bed and breakfasts, hotels and dining options along the trail.

About 27 miles east of St. Charles is Missouri’s famed wine country, where you’ll find several wineries and breweries just off of the trail.

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“The trail is on a lot of people’s bucket lists,” says Melanie Smith, Katy Trail coordinator at Missouri State Parks. “We see visitors from all over the [U.S.] and from other countries. It’s a gem for our state – and it’s beloved by our citizens – and a must-see stop for visitors to Missouri. … It’s a safe way to explore the state.” One popular option for a weekend adventure is to start at the St. Charles trailhead at mile marker 39, which is just northwest of St. Louis, and cycle about 45 miles to Augusta, which is located at mile marker 66, before heading back. St. Charles has one of the largest trailheads on the eastern end, and features a 16-block historic district decorated with bed and breakfasts, antique and specialty shops, and a wide www.nwherald.com/magazine

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Kansas City and St. Louis and stops in several of the towns along the trail. Reservations must be made in advance, and bicycles are allowed on the trains.

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“The Katy Trail makes Missouri special,” says Liz Coleman of the Missouri Dept. of Tourism. “You can see the history and beauty of the state while riding along the river. The trail is a great place to spend a weekend any time of year, but it’s especially beautiful in the fall.” If you’d like to bike the entire trail, you might want to check out Big BAM on the Katy, an annual five-day event in early October where participants cycle 225 miles from Clinton to St. Charles, or the Katy Trail Ride, held each June, when cyclists ride the entire 240 miles end to end.

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Awesome Arlington

Warm up to Texas hospitality with a holiday-inspired getaway By SHERRI DAUSKURDAS

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rom its roots as a small cotton-ginning and farming community to one of the largest cities in Texas, Arlington always has been a destination, whether it was to partake of the “healing waters” of Arlington’s famed mineral well in the first half of the 20th century, or the more modern pursuits of rollercoasters, art exhibits, or live music. But this time of year, the draw may very well be the assortment of holiday-inspired things to see and do, complemented by the warm breezy air of late autumn in Arlington. From classic holiday celebrations of music and lights, to historic venues and festive activities, there’s no place with a warmer holiday spirit than Arlington, Texas.

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 SIX FLAGS HOLIDAY IN THE PARK November 17 - January 7 www.sixflags.com/overtexas It's the most magical time of the year filled with enchanting experiences that will help create those special family fun outings again and again. Catch millions of lights lighting up the Arlington sky at Six Flags Over Texas’ Holiday in the Park . The breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit.  ENCHANT CHRISTMAS November 23 - December 30 enchantchristmas.com/arlington Back by popular demand, Enchant Christmas illuminates North Texas skies with its World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market. Last year, more than 250,000 people unwrapped a new holiday tradition at the most scenic wonderland in Texas. This year, the family tradition will move inside Arlington’s Globe Life TRAVEL

Park, with an ice-skating rink and more than 2 acres of lighted Christmas Mazes and displays. Also this year, an Arlington favorite, the Texas Christkindl Market will take place inside Enchant, as the new Texas Christkindl Market Lane! This family-friendly German-inspired market features holiday gifts, decorations and other traditional festive goods, as well as live entertainment. Kids will enjoy catching a glimpse of the Christkindl Angel and holiday shoppers will want to look for exclusive Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas decorations and designs from the renowned Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Village in Germany.  CHRISTMAS AT KNAPP HERITAGE PARK Early December dates TBD www.historicalarlington.org For a holiday celebration worthy of Arlington’s rich history, join the Arlington Historical Society from 6 to 8 p.m Dec. 2, as it kicks off the holiday season at Knapp Heritage Park. Children can visit with Santa, ride in a Christmas carriage, join in carol singing and watch resident artisan blacksmith James Ryan in action at this quaint pioneer village. Then, the following day, there will be vintage children's activities, like making corn husk dolls and pine cone bird feeders, from noon to 4 p.m. Also enjoy corn grinding, blacksmith demonstrations and old-fashioned tree decorations. Both events will have refreshments available for purchase. www.nwherald.com/magazine

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 HOLIDAY LIGHTS PARADE December 8 holidaylightsparade.com Kick off the holiday season at the annual Arlington Holiday Lights Parade in the Downtown/University District. Thousands of festive parade-goers come out each year to catch the show, and the ceremonial tree lighting on the steps of Arlington City Hall. Santa attends as well, at the ready for photos and Christmas lists from good boys and girls.  SPECTACULAR CHRISTMAS December 8-9, 15-16 arlingtonmusichall.net For a night (or an afternoon) that really gets you in the spirit of the season, head to Arlington Music Hall for its Spectacular Christmas event. AMH Spectacular Christmas showcases sensational singers, dynamic dancers, charming children, a kick-line of lovely young ladies, colorful costumes, sparkling special effects and tops it off with a visit from Santa himself! Don’t miss the Texas talent on display during a beautiful holiday show at the historic Arlington Music Hall.  MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET AT THEATRE ARLINGTON November 30 – December 16 www.theatrearlington.org Experience the wonder of this classic tale that makes us all want to believe. By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris sent to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. In a dramatic decision, the court confirms Kris as the true Santa, allowing Susan and countless other children to experience the joy of childhood fantasy. Appropriate for ages 6 and older.  DECORATORS WAREHOUSE www.decoratorswarehousearlington.com If you’re one of those people who just cant get enough Christmas, you need to check out Texas’ best Christmas store, Decorators Warehouse in Arlington. With more than an acre of holiday décor and whimsical Christmas displays, its one of the biggest in the shops of its kind in the world. Pre-lit lifelike Christmas trees, garlands, ornaments, ribbons, wreaths, life-size display pieces and more. After a morning of shopping, have lunch in the Rose Garden Tea Room, and make a day of it. Whatever you decide to do in Arlington this season, you’re bound to have a historically holiday-inspired time.

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Don’t miss Northern Illinois’ premier green event—The Green Living Expo!

November 3, 2018 10 a.m.–3 p.m. | FREE McHenry County College 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14, Crystal Lake, IL Featuring over 100 area businesses, organizations and artists that offer green products, services, and unique education opportunities. Come see the 2,500-gallon fish tank with many different species of Fox River Fish. Check out the website for the latest list of vendors and exhibitors at www.mchenry.edu/green.

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S’more fall fun Autumn adventures and Halloween happenings for the whole family

By Allison Horne

From pumpkin patches and hayrides to spooky seasonal fun and trick-or-treating, there are plenty of autumn events for the entire family to enjoy throughout McHenry County.

FAMILY WAGON RIDES

Nothing says fall like a wagon ride through the woods. Enjoy a group wagon ride and a campfire after a beautiful drive through the autumn scenery. No alcohol is permitted, but participants are welcome to bring treats to roast over the fire. WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesdays; Oct. 2 through Nov. 6 WHERE: Sterne’s Woods, 5617 E. Hillside Road, Crystal Lake COST: $10; $7 for residents; and $100 to $130 for a group MORE INFO: crystallakeparks.org; 815-459-0680

FLAVORS OF FALL TASTE FEST

Bring the whole family for food, fun and special discounts at all of the downtown McHenry businesses at the Flavors of Fall Taste Fest. Participating food and beverage establishments will be offering taste tests of food for $1 to $3, and families can vote for their favorite scarecrow along the way. WHEN: 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 WHERE: Downtown McHenry COST: $1-$3 per taste MORE INFO: mchenrydowntown.biz; contact@ mchenrydowntown.biz

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41ST ANNUAL CIDER FESTIVAL

While fall has always been about the changing leaves and the impending winter, it wasn’t always an easy transition. The McHenry County Historical Society’s 41st annual Cider Festival shares the best things about fall (including apple pie and kettle korn) but also shares some of the history of the season, including blacksmithing, sewing and cider demonstrations. WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 WHERE: Museum Campus, 6422 Main St., Union COST: Free MORE INFO: gothistory.org; 815-923-2267

AUTUMN DRIVE

There’s something for everyone during the 31st annual Autumn Drive in Woodstock. Held throughout rural Woodstock, the Autumn Drive features 30 different shops and businesses offering a variety of fall treats throughout the weekend. Choose your own route and plan a day full of donkeys and antiques or U-Pick orchards and patches. WHEN: All day Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 21 WHERE: Around Woodstock COST: Free MORE INFO: autumndrive.net

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PUMPKIN TRAIN

The whole family can enjoy a new way to gather pumpkins – via train. The Illinois Railway Museum will host some family-themed Halloween fun, and kids dressed up in costumes will get a special treat. WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 WHERE: Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, Union COST: $11 children; $15 adults; and $13 seniors MORE INFO: irm.org; 815-923-4391

HAUNTED HOME DECORATING CONTEST Dress your house to impress (and scare) during the Crystal Lake Park District’s Haunted Home Decorating Contest. The spookiest house will win a trophy. The judging is limited to 20 houses, so register early and put the whole family to work decorating the house. WHEN: Judging will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Wednesday, Oct. 24 WHERE: Your home COST: $5 MORE INFO: crystallakeparks.org; 815-459-0680

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CHECK OUT WHAT’S NEW AT LOCKED IN THE LIBRARY – Zombies!

Think you have what it takes to handle zombies? Gradeschool aged children are invited to fight the zombies at this month’s edition of Locked in the Library. Pizza and snacks will be served. WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 WHERE: Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Dr., Algonquin MORE INFO: aapld.org; 847-458-6060

PUMPKIN AND PIZZA PARTY

Chow down on pizza and decorate your very own pumpkin at McHenry’s own Pumpkin and Pizza Party. Kids also can explore the Halloween activity stations for endless entertainment all evening. The event is designed for children under 10 years old. WHEN: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 WHERE: McHenry Recreation Center, 3636 Municipal Dr., McHenry COST: $10 child; $3 adult MORE INFO: ci.mchenry.il.us; 815-363-2100

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Spend your Saturday afternoon in Lions Park with the entire family enjoying games, prizes and more at the Cary Park District’s Trick or Treat Trail. Children are welcome to dress up in costume. WHEN: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 WHERE: Lions Park, 1200 Silver Lake Road, Cary COST: $5 per child MORE INFO: carypark.com/rccms; 847-639-6100

HOGWARTS AFTER SUNSET HALLOWEEN DINNER

Calling all Harry Potter fans! Join a slew of other Harry Potter enthusiasts at the After Sunset Halloween Dinner. Each guest will get sorted into their house, enjoy brews and potions from the bar, and head to the Great Hall for a feast. All participants are invited to dress up for this event, and both adults and children are welcome to partake in the themed adventure. WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 WHERE: The Shores of Turtle Creek, 7908 Winn Road, Spring Grove COST: $55 MORE INFO: shoresofturtlecreek.com; 815-675-0001

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HOWL-O-WEEN DOG PARADE

Even your dog can get in on the fun this Halloween at Algonquin’s seventh annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade. Both owners and their dogs are invited to dress up and partake in the parade, which will run from the Ganek Municipal Center to High Hill Park. Prizes will be awarded for the best dog costume and the best theme. All dogs must be leashed at all times. WHEN: 1:20 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 WHERE: Begins at the Ganek Municipal Center, 2200 Harnish Road, Algonquin COST: Free to attend MORE INFO: Algonquin.org; 847-658-2700

TRUCK OR TREAT

Dress your best and head to Crystal Lake’s Main Beach for a day of Truck or Treating. The event will feature monster bash games and free candy for all of the trickor-treaters. The event will take place rain or shine. WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 27 WHERE: Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr., Crystal Lake COST: Free MORE INFO: crystallakeparks.org; 815-459-0680

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FAMILY HALLOWEEN STORYTIME

Listen to some seasonal stories and classic Halloween tales with the family while dressed up in Halloween costumes. Storytime will conclude with a parade and giveaways. WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 WHERE: Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Dr., Algonquin MORE INFO: aapld.org; 847-458-6060

HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY

Kids in costumes can come to the library for an epic Halloween dance party to some Halloween songs. This is a drop-in program and does not require registration. WHEN: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 WHERE: Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Dr., Algonquin MORE INFO: aapld.org; 847-458-6060

ZOMBIE BARBIES

Not all gory Halloween events have to be just for boys. Girls between grades four and eight can bring their childhood Barbie doll and transform it into a zombie! Barbie will get dressed up with spooky LED infused clothing. WHEN: 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 WHERE: Algonquin Area Public Library, 2600 Harnish Dr., Algonquin MORE INFO: aapld.org; 847-458-6060

PUMPKIN PUMP

Pumpkins are known for being fun to carve at Halloween, but they can also help keep off those extra candy pounds thanks to this year’s Pumpkin Pump. Get a full body workout using only a pumpkin. This event is intended for those ages 14 and older. WHEN: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 WHERE: McHenry Recreation Center, 3636 Municipal Dr., McHenry COST: $6 residents; $9 non-residents MORE INFO: ci.mchenry.il.us; 815-363-2100

HALLOWEEN HANDOUT

Kids can take their trick-or-treating to downtown Crystal Lake, where participating merchants will be handing out candy to costumed kids under the age of 12. Businesses participating will have an orange “Halloween Handout” flyer in the window, and merchants displaying a teal pumpkin will have other treats for kids with various food allergies. WHEN: 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 WHERE: Downtown Crystal Lake COST: Free MORE INFO: downtowncl.org; 815-479-0835

PUMPKIN ROLL AND PUMPKIN SMASH

Don’t let your family’s carved pumpkins rot on the porch or wind up in the trash – instead, smash ’em! The entire family can attend the Cary Park District’s Pumpkin Roll and Pumpkin Smash, which consists of a day of destroying pumpkins and rolling pumpkins down a hill. WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 WHERE: Lions Pavilion, 1200 Silver Lake Road, Cary COST: Free MORE INFO: carypark.com/rccms; 847-639-6100 50 | OCTOBER 2018 | MCHENRY COUNTY MAGAZINE

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RICHARDSON ADVENTURE FARM

(Oct. 1-Nov. 4) 909 English Prairie Road, Spring Grove richardsonadventurefarm.com | 815-675-9729 WHY GO: The world’s largest corn maze, a zip line, pig races, wagon rides and campfires

ALL SEASONS ORCHARD

(Oct. 1-Nov. 4) 14510 IL Route 176, Woodstock allseasonsorchard.com | 815-338-5637 WHY GO: 10-acre pumpkin patch, apple-picking from 15,000 trees, pony rides, an apple cannon, petting zoo, corn maze, apple cider donuts, caramel apples and kettle corn

DAVE’S PUMPKINS

(Open daily) 9112 Algonquin Road, Huntley davespumpkins.com | 847-217-7767 WHY GO: haunted hayrides, antique pedal tractors, a sunflower maze, pumpkin bowling, homemade pumpkin pie donuts, cider donuts and pumpkin donuts.

STADE’S FARM AND MARKET

(Oct. 1-Oct. 28) 3709 Miller Road, McHenry stadesfarmandmarket.com | 815-675-6396 WHY GO: Farmtractions Theme Park, a corn maze, hayrides, giant slides and petting zoo

VON BERGEN’S COUNTRY MARKET

9805 IL-173, Hebron vonbergens.com | 815-648-2332 WHY GO: Fresh vegetables, sweet corn and some of the finest pumpkins in the area

ROYAL OAK FARM ORCHARD

(Oct. 1-Oct. 31) 15908 Hebron Road, Harvard royaloakfarmorchard.com | 815-648-4141 WHY GO: Pre and U-pick pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, apple cider donuts, train or carousel rides, hayrides and an apple tree maze.

CODY’S FARM AND ORCHARD

(Weekends Oct. 1-Oct. 28) 19502 River Road, Marengo codysfarm.com | 815-568-7976 WHY GO: Pumpkin-picking hayrides, rubber duck races, a corn maze, apple cider donuts and cider

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CALENDAR OCTOBER 2018

‘BOMBER’S MOON’ AT RAUE CENTER WHEN: Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, running Oct. 5 through Oct. 21 WHERE: Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake The Williams Street Rep will present the world premiere of “Bomber’s Moon,” written by Deborah Yarchun and directed by Michele Vazquez. The play tells the story of two lives that are forever changed. On the eve of the London Blitz, in September 1940, London, an air raid siren pierces the night. After a devastating discovery, Katrin, an American socialite, seeks shelter in the basement of an abandoned music shop during an air raid. There she meets Lloyd, a displaced, working-class East Ender. For more than four charged, complicated nights sheltering in the music shop, Lloyd and Katrin find themselves connected in ways they never imagined. Tickets cost $35.50 and $6 for students (ages 18 and younger). The plays is rated PG-13 for strong language and mild sexual content. The play runs 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission. For more information or tickets, visit wsrep.org. ASTRONOMY NIGHT WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 WHERE: Cary Public Library, 1606 Three Oaks Rd., Cary The Northwest Suburban Astronomers will return with high-tech telescopes to offer participants a glimpse of the moon, Saturn and Mars, along with some deep sky objects. Telescopes will be set up in the field behind the library. Each telescope will have a different view. No registration is required. The event is free. For more information, visit www.caryarealibrary. org.

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‘DEARLY DEPARTED: A ROYAL AFFAIR’ MURDER MYSTERY THEATER WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13 WHERE: Colonel Palmer House, 660 E. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake Join CLHS Studios for a true tale of adventure and mystery from Crystal Lake’s past. Ripped from the pages of history, “Dearly Departed: A Royal Affair” will follow several decades in the life of a debonair and successful businessman. Participants will experience his intrepid life and his untimely death – meeting his friends, foes and fascinating family along the way. The event will feature dramatic sets and elegant costumes. Each program lasts about 45 minutes. Tickets cost $10. For more information, visit www. crystallakeparks.org or contact Ashley Palazzo at palmer@crystallakeparks.org or 815-477-5873. HAUNTED HAYRIDE WHEN: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 and 19, and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 20 WHERE: Petersen Park, 4300 Petersen Park Road, McHenry Attendees will take a hayride through the Peterson Park woods with the Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team. Throughout the woods, there will be a series of scary scenes and guests will learn about Henry Deadwood, who haunts Peterson Park. Parking is free and refreshments will be available. All proceeds will support the nonprofit Wonder Lake Waterski Show Team.

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ART AND DESIRE: A WOMEN’S SELF-CARE CREATIVE ART WORKSHOP WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 WHERE: Radiant Art Therapy Studio, 600 Dakota St., Suite B., Crystal Lake The creative art workshop will teach attendees a self-care practice to follow using different art media for self-reflection and stress management. The practice combines quiet art-making and reflective journaling. Media to be explored may include chalk, oil pastels, markers, colored pencils, watercolors, collage and mixed-media. Linda Ziert, a registered art therapist with more than 15 years of experience leading creative art groups, will lead the workshop. The cost is $60. All art supplies are included. For more information, visit radiantarttherapystudio.com. RUN AND ROLL AT THE DOLE WHEN: 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 WHERE: Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake The 10th annual Run and Roll at the Dole, presented by KJ Multisport, Inc., is one of the areas’ most competitive duathlons. The start and finish will be at the iconic Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake. The run is through residential areas and pathways in Crystal Lake, while the bike course traverses through the hillier sections of Crystal Lake, Lakewood and Lake in the Hills. The 2-mile run will start the race followed by a 13mile bike ride, then the same 2-mile course in reverse. For more information, visit lakesideartspark.org.

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CREATIVE LIVING SPEAKERS SERIES: THE MAKING OF THE SIMPSONS BY BILL ODENKIRK WHEN: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 WHERE: Woodstock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock How does “The Simpsons,” named the best TV show of the 20th Century by Time, stay relevant? Writer and executive producer Bill Odenkirk will give event attendees a snapshot of the production process of the critically acclaimed series. Tickets cost $25. For tickets or more information, visit www.woodstockfinearts.org.

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY FALL BOOK SALE WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 WHERE: McHenry Public Library, 809 Front St., McHenry The library’s Fall Book Sale will feature hundreds of bargains in books, CDs, DVDs and more. The Friends of the McHenry Public Library host the event. The sale will be held in the library’s warehouse. Visitors should use the north parking lot toward the rear of building. For more information, visit mchenrylibrary.org. USED BOOK SALE WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 WHERE: Cary Public Library, 1606 Three Oaks Rd., Cary Find bargains on books and AV for all ages during the Friends of the Cary Area Library Fall Used Book Sale. Teachers who bring an ID will receive half-off their purchases. Sunday’s bag sale is $5 per supplied bag. For more information, visit www.caryarealibrary.org. 31ST ANNUAL AUTUMN DRIVE FALL FESTIVAL WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 21 WHERE: Rural Woodstock and Marengo Enjoy the colors of fall during Autumn Drive, when various homes and farms in rural Woodstock and Marengo will open their doors to offer visitors antiques, arts and crafts, garage and barn sales, food, music and more. The event also will feature pumpkin patches, apple picking, tractor rides, petting zoos and corn mazes. For a list of participants, visit www.autumndrive.net. SANFILIPPO FOUNDATION HALLOWEEN SILENT FILM GALA WHEN: 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 WHERE: Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills The 10th annual Halloween Silent Film Gala will begin with an hour-long tour of the home’s collection before the theater screens some of the greatest black-and-white silent films ever made. The master organist, Jelani Eddington, has prepared an original soundtrack with sound effects for the film-viewing experience. After the movie, guests will convene in the Carousel Pavilion for libations, socializing and an elegant sit-down dinner, followed by dancing the night away with period band Paris Swing. Costumes are optional, but encouraged. Proceeds from the annual event help to assist more than a dozen charities annually. Tickets cost $130 each. For more information, visit www. sanfilippofoundation.org.

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FOOD-AND-WINE PAIRING – GERMAN BEER & WINE FEST WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 WHERE: Loyola Retreat and Ecology Campus, 2710 S. Country Club Road, Woodstock Traditionally a beer festival, the evening will start with a German beer reception with appetizers and will proceed with a five-course authentic Octoberfest dinner paired with German wines. For more information, visit www.luc.edu/ retreatcampus.

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