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Up Close From the Publisher... Car Shows bring back Memories

My editor asked me to comment on this issue’s special feature since I have a deep love for automobiles. Before the publishing business, I was a master mechanic by trade. I was only 13 years old when I rebuilt my first transmition. I had no idea what I was doing. But the estimate of having it repaired was more than the original price of the car, so I went to the library and checked out a Chilton Manual and proceeded to fix it on my own on my Mom’s kitchen table. That was only the beginning. I found out I didn’t have the heart to be a hardcore mechanic because I couldn’t charge such high prices for fixing such simple things that cost very little. You don’t have to be a mechanic to enjoy a good car show. For some it brings back good memories of their very first car. For others, it is reconnecting with friends and sharing stories or meeting new friends. Don’t let the lack of knowledge of automobiles keep you from enjoying a good car show. There’s so much there for every age - young and old. You will be astounded by the quality of work people put into their projects. Some for nostalgic reasons and others for the thrill of the hunt or to build that unique one-of-a-kind vehicle that no other has. This issue offers several options across the United States many in conjunction with other town events such as a festival or fair. Of course, there are a lot of other things to do, people to see and places to go. I compliment our staff editors for doing such a fantastic job at finding those hidden gems you might not otherwise find out about. Like the new hobby of painting with a twist. (Page 12) or visiting America’s only Apple Maze (Page 38) or watching the nation’s oldest hydroplane boat race (Page 60). Wherever you choose to go next, I wish you a grand and happy Summer. Sincerely, Michael Barnett Sr. / Publisher

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About the Cover : Car shows bring back good memories for some and introduce new ideas for others, not to mention meeting old friends and meeting new acquaintances. In Hershey, Pa,the AACA Museum hosts several autorelated events throughout the year including the 19th annual Museum Car Show open to all makes, models and years of vehicles. See page 18 for a list of other shows in Pennsylvania.

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Must-see North America tours for summer travelers

(BPT) - From California's Gold Coast to New England's charming seaside towns, and from the rolling hills of Kentucky horse country to the thrilling frontier lands of Alaska, North America is filled from "sea to shining sea" with sights and experiences to thrill travelers of all age groups and tastes. Each region of the continent offers something special for travelers. If you're considering booking a tour of North America this year, don't overlook these must-see destinations in key areas:

New England and the North A New England vacation offers travelers the chance to experience some of America's most engaging history. Whether you choose to explore the seafaring culture of Nantucket, the luxuries of Martha's Vineyard or the extravagance of Newport's Gilded Age mansions, there's no shortage of things to see and do in New England. An eight-day Tauck tour of Cape Cod, the Islands and Newport takes in the most memorable locations of this coastal section of New England. The tour takes travelers from Boston, a key city in the American Revolution, to the salt marshes, beaches and picturesque, yacht-filled harbors of Martha's Vineyard. Indulge in whale-watching off 6 l www.WeekenderExtended.com, Summer, 2014

Provincetown and immerse yourself in maritime lore in New Bedford and Newport. Slightly west of New England, New York provides another great option: an exploration of the scenic, historic towns that hug the banks of the legendary Hudson River. Beginning in Montreal, Canada, and traveling south to New York City, a tour of the Hudson River Valley offers an unparalleled variety of scenery and attractions. Stroll Montreal's 17th-century cobblestone streets. Savor the unique experience of the region's amazing lakes, including Lake George, Lake Placid and


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anta should invest in some sunscreen since he will be making a lot of appearances in July including parades, dropping off presents, and having a jolly old time at Christmas in July festivities throughout the United States.

NORTH CAROLINA - Sharing mountain heritage at The Ashe ounty Christmas Tree Festival, better known as the Christmas in July Festival, began promoting tourism in Ashe County, NC in 1987. The event drew thousands to downtown West Jefferson each summer to celebrate the local Christmas Tree Industry. Since its beginning nearly 28 years ago, the Christmas in July Festival has undergone lots of changes, but has never lost its spirit! This year's Festival will feature the following attractions on July 4-5: Food and craft vendors Live country, bluegrass & old-time music A community stage showcasing local talent A giant puppet parade by Elkland Art Center Civil War Re-Enactments 30 l www.WeekenderExtended.com, Summer, 2014

Farmer's Market on Saturday Roving street performers Christmas Tree Grower's competitions Children's activities on Saturday Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus appearances Ashe County Christmas Tree Grower's displays & demonstrations celebrating the local tree industry. For more information, visit www.christmasinjuly.info. OHIO - On July 17th through July 28th, the PutIn-Bay Island celebrates the 12 Days of Christmas “in July.” Started years ago as a party for Roundhouse employees -- it has evolved into the island's biggest summer weekend. Island businesses decorate for the 12 days of Christmas. Food and beverage specials in a Christmas theme are featured throughout the island. Family oriented activites Sunday thru Thursday are scheduled. This event is one of the busiest periods of the year so be sure to make your Put in Bay hotel reservations early! More family-friendly festivities can be found at the Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, which is hosting a Christmas in July art program on Friday and World Ranger Day activi-


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By Kandy Derden Missouri Weekender Editor Looking for a vacation destination without all the traffic and crowds associated with more wellknown locations? If so, check out Rolla, Missouri. Make sure you have a camera with you because the area is full of photo ops. This historic town was the site of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Midwest section of Route 66 in 1931. Rolla is the home of the annual “Route 66” Summerfest, a family friendly festival held the weekend after Memorial Day where you are sure to find something of interest for all ages. Although this event originated with a focus on the downtown area, it is now a citywide affair sponsoring multiple cycling events which attracts nationwide participants. Ready for the best part? Everything is FREE except the entry fee for participants in the car show and food. See www.route66summerfast.com for more information. Once the Summerfest is over, and whatever time of Summer you make the trip, Rolla still offers several interesting places to go, people to see and things to do. Don’t miss Stonehenge. In addition to being a sundial, this amazing structure tracks seasons, moon phases and even eclipses. As a lasting monument to man's drive for knowledge and engineering, it has found the perfect home on the campus of Missouri University of Science and Technology. Leach Theatre is also part of the university campus. While there, we were given the privilege of seeing Say Goodnight Gracie staring Alan Safier as George Burns. This excellent production was just one of many. This year’s lineup includes a wide variety of talented instrumental performers, vocalists, ballet, acrobatics, illusionists, Shakespearian theatre and musicals. The Leach Theatre Box Office may be reached at www.LeachTheatre.mst.edu or (573) 341-4219. 32 l www.WeekenderExtended.com, Summer, 2014

For those who wish to be participants rather than spectators, the Ozark Actors Theatre presents outstanding live theatre in the historic Cedar Street Playhouse. Although some professional talent is brought in from other states, the majority of the showcased talent is local. This 200 seat auditorium is a great place for future thespians to get experience on stage. Because it is located in a former church, there is a good view from every seat, and the acoustics are great, even in the balcony. This is the 27th year for this local institution which is pleased to announce 2014 will be their first time to produce a full-length play by Shakespeare. Each year, a dinner theater is scheduled along with a cabaret which is filmed specifi-

cally for resume purposes, follies in which each performer may select their own act, a regularly appearing improv group, plus a fall program featuring all local children to help them build skills and confidence. The Ozark Actors Theatre is a non-profit organization which operates through grant money from the Missouri Arts Council. Sponsors and supporters are always needed to help preserve this local

treasure. For more information go to www.ozarkactorstheatre.org or call (573) 3649523. When you are ready to take a break from sightseeing, stop by Gordoz Steakhouse which has a wide variety of items on their menu. Specialties include signature steaks, seafood, Mediterranean cuisine, delicious pastas, and chicken. Ask about the daily lunch or dinner special. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is lovely. The combination is sure to refresh you both in mind and body and re-energize you for whatever activities are next on your agenda. Reservations are accepted but not required. Call (573)-364-2780 or visit www.gordoz.com for more information. 6Most vacations are not complete without some sort of water activity. The Centre/Splash Zone is an impressive health and recreation complex. In addition to all the usual activities found at a pool, The Splash Zone is home to the world’s largest vortex. With a radius of 25 feet, this spinning water is a favorite attraction for children with inner tubes. The Indoor Aquatic Center is an excellent place to exercise in winter with a smaller version of the vortex, lanes to swim laps, resistance walking against the current, a wading pool and a therapy section with heat, bubbles and waves. The Centre’s 63,000 square foot Health and Recreation Complex also boasts a gymnasium large enough to house two basketball courts, or three volley ball courts. An indoor track is available in all types of weather along with a fitness center where 30 pieces of equipment Please turn to next page Summer, 2014 www.WeekenderExtended.com l 33


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By Kandy Derden Missouri Weekender Editor Looking for a vacation destination without all the traffic and crowds associated with more wellknown locations? If so, check out Rolla, Missouri. Make sure you have a camera with you because the area is full of photo ops. This historic town was the site of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Midwest section of Route 66 in 1931. Rolla is the home of the annual “Route 66” Summerfest, a family friendly festival held the weekend after Memorial Day where you are sure to find something of interest for all ages. Although this event originated with a focus on the downtown area, it is now a citywide affair sponsoring multiple cycling events which attracts nationwide participants. Ready for the best part? Everything is FREE except the entry fee for participants in the car show and food. See www.route66summerfast.com for more information. Once the Summerfest is over, and whatever time of Summer you make the trip, Rolla still offers several interesting places to go, people to see and things to do. Don’t miss Stonehenge. In addition to being a sundial, this amazing structure tracks seasons, moon phases and even eclipses. As a lasting monument to man's drive for knowledge and engineering, it has found the perfect home on the campus of Missouri University of Science and Technology. Leach Theatre is also part of the university campus. While there, we were given the privilege of seeing Say Goodnight Gracie staring Alan Safier as George Burns. This excellent production was just one of many. This year’s lineup includes a wide variety of talented instrumental performers, vocalists, ballet, acrobatics, illusionists, Shakespearian theatre and musicals. The Leach Theatre Box Office may be reached at www.LeachTheatre.mst.edu or (573) 341-4219. 32 l www.WeekenderExtended.com, Summer, 2014

For those who wish to be participants rather than spectators, the Ozark Actors Theatre presents outstanding live theatre in the historic Cedar Street Playhouse. Although some professional talent is brought in from other states, the majority of the showcased talent is local. This 200 seat auditorium is a great place for future thespians to get experience on stage. Because it is located in a former church, there is a good view from every seat, and the acoustics are great, even in the balcony. This is the 27th year for this local institution which is pleased to announce 2014 will be their first time to produce a full-length play by Shakespeare. Each year, a dinner theater is scheduled along with a cabaret which is filmed specifi-

cally for resume purposes, follies in which each performer may select their own act, a regularly appearing improv group, plus a fall program featuring all local children to help them build skills and confidence. The Ozark Actors Theatre is a non-profit organization which operates through grant money from the Missouri Arts Council. Sponsors and supporters are always needed to help preserve this local

treasure. For more information go to www.ozarkactorstheatre.org or call (573) 3649523. When you are ready to take a break from sightseeing, stop by Gordoz Steakhouse which has a wide variety of items on their menu. Specialties include signature steaks, seafood, Mediterranean cuisine, delicious pastas, and chicken. Ask about the daily lunch or dinner special. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is lovely. The combination is sure to refresh you both in mind and body and re-energize you for whatever activities are next on your agenda. Reservations are accepted but not required. Call (573)-364-2780 or visit www.gordoz.com for more information. 6Most vacations are not complete without some sort of water activity. The Centre/Splash Zone is an impressive health and recreation complex. In addition to all the usual activities found at a pool, The Splash Zone is home to the world’s largest vortex. With a radius of 25 feet, this spinning water is a favorite attraction for children with inner tubes. The Indoor Aquatic Center is an excellent place to exercise in winter with a smaller version of the vortex, lanes to swim laps, resistance walking against the current, a wading pool and a therapy section with heat, bubbles and waves. The Centre’s 63,000 square foot Health and Recreation Complex also boasts a gymnasium large enough to house two basketball courts, or three volley ball courts. An indoor track is available in all types of weather along with a fitness center where 30 pieces of equipment Please turn to next page Summer, 2014 www.WeekenderExtended.com l 33


Continued... are available including treadmills, stationery bikes, rowing machines, and weights. For the more sedentary, there is a lounge with a TV, reading material and a pool table. Meeting rooms are available to rent for any occasion inside this impressive complex. Each is 1000 square feet with audio/visual equipment, lots of parking, a private entrance and even an area from which food can be served. A birthday party room near the pool is also available as part of a package deal. One of the most unique features of The Centre is the disc golf course. This nine-hole course is played with Frisbees rather than a set of clubs. Not only is use of this course free, it is a good way for someone to play Frisbee as an individual sport by aiming for the baskets rather than another player. For those who appreciate nature, the city of Rolla also promotes physical fitness by providing an exceptional network of pedestrian bike paths and hiking trails. If you enjoy shopping, be sure to check out Red Door Gifts and Red Door 2. Unique home décor, jewelry, kitchenware, handbags, accessories and a bridal registry are available. This is truly a great place to find whimsical necessities! Both are located on Pine Street in Downtown Rolla. For more information, call (573) 364-0016 or visit www.reddoorgiftsrolla.com. There’s nothing I like better during a shopping trip than visiting a local bakery, ice cream shop or 34 l www.WeekenderExtended.com, Summer, 2014

candy store. Rolla didn’t disappoint on this one. A Slice of Pie came highly recommended to us and it didn’t take long to understand why. This home-owned business makes more than 40 flavors of pie all prepared from scratch. Their menu also includes cheesecakes and quiche. It’s a little tricky to find, but worth the effort. Call (573) 364-6203 or visit www.asliceofpie. info. After a fun-filled day full of activity, everyone in your party will need rest. Check out Hampton Inn which has recently been redecorated. The rooms are clean, comfortable and extremely quiet. Amenities include a hot breakfast, snacks in the evening, a fitness room, wireless internet and a pool with full handicapped access. If you are like us, once settled in your room, dinner will be on the agenda. Rolla offers a wide variety of dining options. If you love steak, (and who doesn’t?) don’t miss Matt’s Steakhouse. In the ongoing battle to determine the best cut of steak, it no longer matters because Matt knows how to prepare them all. From sirloin to T-bone, ribeye to porterhouse or filet to prime rib, the steaks are cooked to perfection and so flavorful there is no need for sauce, or even salt. Anyone can bake a potato so we opted for grilled mushrooms and onion rings instead. Delish! Other accompaniments include unlimited salad served family style with breadsticks, and a

large wine selection. I am no wine connoisseur, but any novice will quickly notice something different about Matt’s wine rack: the bottles are all easily accessible for viewing which makes the selection an interactive process. In addition to being convenient for the customer, it is quite an impressive display which serves a decorative function as well. Another trademark feature of this steakhouse is a large fountain fireplace in the center of the main dining room. Yes, that’s correct: a fountain fireplace. This unique focal point was designed and built by the owner, Matt Sanders, for use in any type of weather. On cool days, a cozy fire will warm you and when it is hot outside, a fountain provides a cooling atmosphere. On occasions when both are in play, it creates a distinctive ambiance. Matt’s Steakhouse is located at 12200 Dillon Outer Rd. Visit www.mattssteakhouse.com or call (573) 364-1220. Need a little pampering after a few days of vacation activities? Benton Square is a 100-year-old school house which has been restored and converted into the perfect spot for a day full of indulgence. The transformation of this location took 2 ½ years, but was well worth the wait. It required much planning and great effort to keep as much of the original interior as possible, but the result is quite impressive. Pictures from decades ago have been used to preserve and enhance the historic beauty of this classic brick Mission-style building. The main floor is home to a night club and lounge which has been decorated with a blend of trendy items and antiques, including photos of students from the early days when Benton Square was still Benton School. There is ample bar space, tables and recreation, including a dart room. Benton Square Schoolhouse Grille provides deli-

cious food to the lounge, but also has separate seating in a casually elegant dining room. This is a great place for family gatherings or business lunches. An upscale menu includes some standard favorites, a few variations of familiar items and some creative new dishes you’re sure to love. When weather permits, seating is available on the patio which is also a perfect spot for wedding receptions, prom or any type of party. Restaurant service is available to the entire building. A full service spa is located upstairs where you can relax with a massage or visit the newest addition to the Benton Square family: a chiropractor who can provide sports rehab. Visit the salon where you can have your hair done and don’t forget a manicure and/or pedicure. If a makeover is something you enjoy, visit the beauty supply shop for quality cosmetics from brands you know and trust. After all this, a new outfit is always fun. Be sure to visit the boutique for stylish clothes, fashionable accessories and chic décor. With all this to offer, what could possible make it better? Flowers! Don’t miss the flower shop located in the basement area. Handicapped access is available to all levels. For all your entertaining, decorating and catering needs, call Benton Square at (573) 426-4800 or visit www.bentonsquare.com. Yes indeed, Rolla has a lot to offer so be sure to see it all. The best way to do this is by making your first stop the Visitor Center located on the historic Mark Twain National Forest Head-quarters. Inside you’ll find a friendly staff ready to provide data about the rich history associated with Rolla and offer information concerning what’s new in the community. While there, be sure to check out the giant camera. It will make you thankful for whatever model you own. Go to www.visitrolla.com or contact Aimee Campbell, Tourism Director, at (573) 364-3577 or aimee@rollachmaber.org. Summer, 2014, www.WeekenderExtended.com l 35


Continued... are available including treadmills, stationery bikes, rowing machines, and weights. For the more sedentary, there is a lounge with a TV, reading material and a pool table. Meeting rooms are available to rent for any occasion inside this impressive complex. Each is 1000 square feet with audio/visual equipment, lots of parking, a private entrance and even an area from which food can be served. A birthday party room near the pool is also available as part of a package deal. One of the most unique features of The Centre is the disc golf course. This nine-hole course is played with Frisbees rather than a set of clubs. Not only is use of this course free, it is a good way for someone to play Frisbee as an individual sport by aiming for the baskets rather than another player. For those who appreciate nature, the city of Rolla also promotes physical fitness by providing an exceptional network of pedestrian bike paths and hiking trails. If you enjoy shopping, be sure to check out Red Door Gifts and Red Door 2. Unique home décor, jewelry, kitchenware, handbags, accessories and a bridal registry are available. This is truly a great place to find whimsical necessities! Both are located on Pine Street in Downtown Rolla. For more information, call (573) 364-0016 or visit www.reddoorgiftsrolla.com. There’s nothing I like better during a shopping trip than visiting a local bakery, ice cream shop or 34 l www.WeekenderExtended.com, Summer, 2014

candy store. Rolla didn’t disappoint on this one. A Slice of Pie came highly recommended to us and it didn’t take long to understand why. This home-owned business makes more than 40 flavors of pie all prepared from scratch. Their menu also includes cheesecakes and quiche. It’s a little tricky to find, but worth the effort. Call (573) 364-6203 or visit www.asliceofpie. info. After a fun-filled day full of activity, everyone in your party will need rest. Check out Hampton Inn which has recently been redecorated. The rooms are clean, comfortable and extremely quiet. Amenities include a hot breakfast, snacks in the evening, a fitness room, wireless internet and a pool with full handicapped access. If you are like us, once settled in your room, dinner will be on the agenda. Rolla offers a wide variety of dining options. If you love steak, (and who doesn’t?) don’t miss Matt’s Steakhouse. In the ongoing battle to determine the best cut of steak, it no longer matters because Matt knows how to prepare them all. From sirloin to T-bone, ribeye to porterhouse or filet to prime rib, the steaks are cooked to perfection and so flavorful there is no need for sauce, or even salt. Anyone can bake a potato so we opted for grilled mushrooms and onion rings instead. Delish! Other accompaniments include unlimited salad served family style with breadsticks, and a

large wine selection. I am no wine connoisseur, but any novice will quickly notice something different about Matt’s wine rack: the bottles are all easily accessible for viewing which makes the selection an interactive process. In addition to being convenient for the customer, it is quite an impressive display which serves a decorative function as well. Another trademark feature of this steakhouse is a large fountain fireplace in the center of the main dining room. Yes, that’s correct: a fountain fireplace. This unique focal point was designed and built by the owner, Matt Sanders, for use in any type of weather. On cool days, a cozy fire will warm you and when it is hot outside, a fountain provides a cooling atmosphere. On occasions when both are in play, it creates a distinctive ambiance. Matt’s Steakhouse is located at 12200 Dillon Outer Rd. Visit www.mattssteakhouse.com or call (573) 364-1220. Need a little pampering after a few days of vacation activities? Benton Square is a 100-year-old school house which has been restored and converted into the perfect spot for a day full of indulgence. The transformation of this location took 2 ½ years, but was well worth the wait. It required much planning and great effort to keep as much of the original interior as possible, but the result is quite impressive. Pictures from decades ago have been used to preserve and enhance the historic beauty of this classic brick Mission-style building. The main floor is home to a night club and lounge which has been decorated with a blend of trendy items and antiques, including photos of students from the early days when Benton Square was still Benton School. There is ample bar space, tables and recreation, including a dart room. Benton Square Schoolhouse Grille provides deli-

cious food to the lounge, but also has separate seating in a casually elegant dining room. This is a great place for family gatherings or business lunches. An upscale menu includes some standard favorites, a few variations of familiar items and some creative new dishes you’re sure to love. When weather permits, seating is available on the patio which is also a perfect spot for wedding receptions, prom or any type of party. Restaurant service is available to the entire building. A full service spa is located upstairs where you can relax with a massage or visit the newest addition to the Benton Square family: a chiropractor who can provide sports rehab. Visit the salon where you can have your hair done and don’t forget a manicure and/or pedicure. If a makeover is something you enjoy, visit the beauty supply shop for quality cosmetics from brands you know and trust. After all this, a new outfit is always fun. Be sure to visit the boutique for stylish clothes, fashionable accessories and chic décor. With all this to offer, what could possible make it better? Flowers! Don’t miss the flower shop located in the basement area. Handicapped access is available to all levels. For all your entertaining, decorating and catering needs, call Benton Square at (573) 426-4800 or visit www.bentonsquare.com. Yes indeed, Rolla has a lot to offer so be sure to see it all. The best way to do this is by making your first stop the Visitor Center located on the historic Mark Twain National Forest Head-quarters. Inside you’ll find a friendly staff ready to provide data about the rich history associated with Rolla and offer information concerning what’s new in the community. While there, be sure to check out the giant camera. It will make you thankful for whatever model you own. Go to www.visitrolla.com or contact Aimee Campbell, Tourism Director, at (573) 364-3577 or aimee@rollachmaber.org. Summer, 2014, www.WeekenderExtended.com l 35


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McHenry County Festivals McHENRY COUNTY, ILL. Suddenly, it's summertime and communities throughout McHenry County are in full festival mode. Some have been entertaining crowds for many generations. All are within a short drive of Chicago and several are accessible by Metra (www.metrarail.com), too. July 10-13/Lake in the Hills Rockin' Rotary Ribfest Mouth-watering barbecue served up by nationallyrenowned professional grillers, plus the swinging sounds of 11 of the best bands in the Chicagoland area. Ribfest is a family-oriented event sponsored by the Lake in the Hills Rotary Club and held in beautiful Sunset Park. Visit www.rockinrotaryribfest.com for gate times and band schedules. July 11-20 /65th Annual McHenry Fiesta Days - This 10day mid-summer blowout is the granddaddy of McHenry celebrations and one of the oldest and largest summer festivals in Chicagoland. Held in Petersen and Veterans Parks, at various locations in downtown McHenry and at McCullom Lake, Fiesta Days has carnival rides, concessions, beer tent, fun runs, Harley motorcycle show, ice cream social, gala parade, Shakespeare in the Park and live bands nightly. Check www.mchenryfiestadays.com

for event and band schedules. July 18-20/Woodstock's Summer in the Park - New this year, Summer in the Park is a three-day family party with carnival games, adult and kid's entertainment stages, food court, bingo, live bands, beer garden and more, along with reduced admission at Woodstock Water Works Aquatic Center on Saturday. See www.woodstockfestivals.org for details. July 20/ 29th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival - A great afternoon of entertainment featuring a variety of folk music ranging from traditional to contemporary blue grass by local, national and international entertainers. There are three arenas the main and children's stages within the square, and an open mike stage at Stage Left CafĂŠ, next door to the Woodstock Opera House. www.woodstockfolkmusic.com/folkfestival. July 24-7/55th Annual Algonquin Founders' Days Family-friendly event including a special needs carnival, cardboard boat regatta, children's games, market and bazaar, bake-off, main stage music, one of the longest standing parades in the state and a spectacular fireworks show over the Fox River. Visit www.algonquinfoundersdays.com July 24-Aug. 10/28th Annual

Woodstock Mozart Festival Featuring orchestral concert programs presented on three consecutive weekends in July and August in the historic 1880's Woodstock Opera House and at the fabulous Place de la Musique on the Sanfilippo estate nearby. In addition to symphonies and concertos by Mozart there are compositions by Rossini, Hayden, Mendelssohn, Warlock, Piazolla and Vivaldi featuring internationally-renowned conductors and soloists. Check www.mozartfest.org. MORE FUN IN THE SUN (and UNDER THE STARS) Turn any McHenry County summer festival into a family weekend. Go to www.VisitMchenryCounty.com for complete listings of fun things to do, interesting eateries, hotels and unique bed & breakfasts. Did you know that McHenry County has one of the nation's few remaining outdoor drive-in theaters? Pack the kids in their pajamas into the car and treat them to time-honored American entertainment. The McHenry Drive-In (www.goldenagecinemas.com/McHenry_Outdoor_Th eater.html) offers family-safe double features (including firstrun) al fresco, complete with playground toys and the smells of hot dogs and popcorn wafting from the concession stand.

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July 12-13/LAPEL - Town wide rummage sales are scheduled in conjunction with the annual Lapel Village Fair on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th. Craft and food booths along Main Street should also be visited before live entertainment under the tent begins. A cruise-in car show is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a parade afterward. This festival is is an event started by the Lapel Community Association many years ago and has grown through the years to being a major attraction to both the local area and Madison County. Each year more and more people attend the fair, more vendor booths are displayed, more vehicles enter the parade and many miles of asphalt are walked. Information and vendor applications can

be found at www.lapelvillagefair. com or call 765-6434112 July 1213/FORT WAYNE - At the annual Three Rivers Festival, a Crafters' Market on Freimann Square provides a wonderful opportunity to shop for affordable, quality hand-made crafts; venue is adjacent to Art in the Park, TRF's fine art show. Other activities include amusement rides, concertts and fireworks. As many as 20,000 visitors are expected to attend this popular event. July 12-19/PERU - Ladies, gentlemen and children of all ages! Come one, come all, to the Circus Capital of the World and home to the Peru Amateur Youth Circus and Circus City Festival. During the festival, you will not only find a great circus performance to attend, but also arts and crafts vendors will line the downtown streets with their wares. along with rides, games and food. You can visit the Circus City Museum and gift shop year round. For more informaiton, visit www.perucircus.com. Aug. 1-3/PERRYSVILLE - At Perrysville Fun Days, town-wide rummage sales are organized along with a car show, street dance, softball tournament, a parade and bounce houses for the kids. There is no admission charge to the event held at the Perrysville City Park where craft vendors are

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