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APRIL 2018

Exploring Life in the Fox




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What’s inside... Dining & Cuisine




Everything Lavendar! – Sara Snelling


Must try appetizers, entrees, desserts or cocktails available at local Fox Valley restaurants.


Run for Wellness in Downtown Batavia at the Race to Market- Opening Day 5K

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Elgin Public Museum April Events


April Happenings- Gail Borden Public Library


Geneva Park District Upcoming Events and Programs


Sci-Tech Hands On Museum “Comet-Y” Fundraiser


Get Down & Dirty on International Mud Day


Michael Phelps and Jason Day Join Forces for a Second Annual Celebrity Charity Event in Historic Saint Charles, Illinois on May 20-21



Featured Dishes




North Central College Calendar of Events for April

Jim Brickman is Coming to the Arcada Theatre Friday April 13th! Interview with Fox Valley Magazine


Arts & Entertainment


Arts and Entertainment around the Fox Valley




Spring in Nashville


Happy Trails with Shay

Out & About



Faces and places from around The Fox

Fox Valley Magazine

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In a large pitcher, combine freshly squeezed lemon juice, lavender mixture and water. Feel free to add a drop of blue coloring and a drop of red to mixture to give it a lovely purple color. Chill for at least 2 hours (or expedite by putting in the freezer for a half hour).

dining & cuisine

Enjoy! LAVENDER NICE CREAM This is a great frozen, guilt-free (vegan!) treat for the summer! You can use blueberries, blackberries, whatever your heart desires! Sara Snelling is an innovative, forward-thinking nutritionist with a food science, food service and food safety background. While earning her bachelor of science in nutrition and dietetics at Northern Illinois University, she did a variety of volunteer work within her community. This includes experience with teaching culinary classes, medical nutrition therapy instruction, public speaking and data analysis and research in nutrition across many demographics. Sara is a regular contributor to

What You Need • 3 1/3 C Coconut Milk • 2 TBSP Culinary Lavender • 2/3 C agave nectar (or honey) • 3/4 C Frozen Blueberries Blackberries • 1/4 tsp vanilla


This spring, find a place for this fragrant, relaxing and gorgeous flower in your kitchen. it will smell- and taste- delicious!

LAVENDER LEMONADE This is so refreshing and not at all overpowering. it’s great on its own, mixed with sparkling water or with some prosecco! You can even make popsicles with it! It’s worth the squeeze! What You Need Lavender Simple Syrup • 2 cups water • ½ cup sugar • ¼ cup agave nectar (or honey) • 3 Tbsp dried lavender Fresh Lemonade


• 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice • 4 cups water • 1 lemon, sliced (for garnish) What You Do To make the simple syrup, combine two cups of water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium high heat, bringing to a boil and whisking until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in agave nectar and dried lavender. Cover for about 15 minutes, allowing mixture to steep. Strain lavender, making sure to release all juices and syrup.

What You Do Heat coconut milk to boiling. Add culinary lavender and remove from heat. Let sit 10 minutes. Strain lavender from milk, and add milk to food processor/blender. Add berries, agave and vanilla- blend. Pour into silicone trays and freeze overnight. When you’re ready for Nice Cream, pop the cubes out into a processor/blender and re-blend. Freeze another hour in glass container, scoop and serve! Suggested garnish: fresh/frozen berries, slivered almonds, shaved coconut, lemon zest, raspberry coulis…use your imagination! LAVENDER BLUEBERRY MUFFINS These are a real guest-pleaser, and they’re vegan (can be made gluten free as well). Have them ready for breakfast, tea or an afternoon snack or glass of bubbly! What You Need • 1 Tbsp. ground flax seed • 2 Tbsp. cold water • 2 cups all-purpose/whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour • 1 Tbsp. baking powder • 1/2 tsp. salt • 1 cup granulated vegan sugar • 1/4 cup vegan butter, melted and cooled slightly • 1 1/4 cups (10 oz.) vegan sour cream • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract • 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries, wild if you can find them • 1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh lavender, minced • extra sugar, for sprinkling on top

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What You Do 1. Preheat oven to 350 F and spray a regular 12 muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. 2. Begin by placing the ground flaxseed in a small bowl and whisking in the cold water. Place in the fridge and let rest until called for. 3. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. 4. In a electric stand mixer bowl or a large bowl add the flax egg and the sugar and whisk vigorously for about 1 minute. Next, add the butter and whisk until combined. Then add the vanilla, and finally add the sour cream in two steps, mixing only to combine. 5. Add the frozen blueberries as well as the lavender to the dry mixture, and toss to coat. Then, gently fold the dry mixture into the wet mixture until they’re just combined. Be very cautious not to over mix. There may even be some sprays of flour and that’s okay. The batter should be very thick. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

6. 6.Drop an even amount of dough into the muffin pan. Do not flatten or arrange the batter and do not overfill. Bake at 350 F for about 30 minutes.Rotate the pan at the 15 minute mark. 7. The muffins should be somewhat firm and a light golden brown around the edges at 30 minutes. 8. Once the muffins are done baking, release them onto a wire cooling rack and stand them up right. Sprinkle with sugar if you like, and allow them to cool for 5 minutes. Store in an airtight container. Try some fresh lemon zest or orange zest for a tart little kick!

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dining & cuisine Falafel

Featured Dishes Must try appetizers, entrees, desserts or cocktails available at local Fox Valley restaurants. Atlantic Salmon

Blackened, sweet chili sauce. Catch 35 Naperville 35 S Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540 1-630-717-3500

Pita bread stuffed with Falafel, spread hummus, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and tahini sauce.

Chocolate Cake

Valrhona Chocolate, Hazelnut Ganache, Vanilla Ice Cream. Pairs with BIN 61: Nightjar Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant 3710 E Main St. St Charles, IL 60174 1-630-940-1000

The Beyond Burger

Chicken Saltimbocca Sandwich

Calling all vegans! We have recently added the Beyond Burger by Beyond Meat to our menu. This delicious plant-based patty is served on a toasted sesame-seed bun with sliced tomatoes, lettuce, and house-made Sriracha mayo. Whether you’re vegan or not, this burger will not disappoint!

Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella, Sage and Bruschetta Mix on Toasted Ciabatta with Red Pepper Aioli and Lettuce. Elgin Public House 219 E. Chicago St. Elgin, IL 60120 1-847-468-8810

Chianti’s 201 S. 3rd St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-232-0212

Tuscan Turkey Club

Roasted turkey, applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onion, avocado, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and pesto mayo all on a toasted tomato ciabatta brad. Colonial Café & Ice Cream 2 St. Charles locations - Algonquin Aurora - Crystal Lake - Elgin - Naperville FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

Eden on The River 1 Illinois St., St. Charles, IL 60174 1-630-945-3332

Lunch Risotto of the Day

Taco Tuesday

Tempura shrimp, apple slaw, pickled shallot and charred corn. Craft Urban 211 James St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-331-248-8161

Dreamed up daily and made fresh for the Fiora’s brunch/lunch menu, Tuesday through Sunday 11am-2pm. Fiora’s 317 S 3rd St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-262-1317

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Chorizo-Stuffed Dates

The perfect combination of savory, sweet and spicy. Dates stuffed with Chorizo, topped with Toasted Almonds, Blue Cheese, Basil Oil and a Sherry Honey Glaze. Now available on Sullivan’s new Bar Bites Menu.

Lasagna Tuesdays

Special house made lasagna Bolognese with house greens and garlic bread for $14.00

Sullivan’s Steakhouse 244 S Main St. Naperville, IL 60540 1-630-305-0230

GIA MIA 13 N 3rd St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-405-5544

Miso Glazed Chilean Seabass

Jasmine rice, napa cabbage, tiny shrimp, broccoli, pickled onions and crushed peanuts.


Spring Meatball Platter

Chicken & lamb blended meatballs + arugula + shredded carrots + pickled onions + honey balsamic vinaigrette + tzatziki sauce. Topgolf Naperville 3211 Odyssey Ct. Naperville, IL 60563 1-630-596-1000

ROX City Grillat Hotel Baker 100 W. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174 1-630-845-5800

Wrap & Soup

Chicken Caesar Salad

Grilled Romaine Hearts, Grilled chicken breast, Pomodoro tomatoes, hardboiled egg, croutons, shaved Parmesan & pickled red onion with Caesar dressing. McNally’s Irish Pub 109 W. Main Street St. Charles, IL 60174 1-630-513-6300 FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

Steak Wrap with Broccoli & Cheddar Cheese Soup Lunch Special for $8.95 Spotted Fox Ale House 3615 E Main Street St. Charles, IL 60174 1-630-584-2239

The Standard Wood-Fired Reuben

House cured corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, served on toasted marble rye bread. The Office 201 E Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174

Misto Di Mare

Pan seared fresh salmon, scallops and shrimp in a garlic scampi sauce, served over pasta. Villa Verone Ristorante 416 Hamilton St, Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-232-2201

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shirts on June 1 at 4p or on-site June 2 at 6:30a.


Register online today at or events/2018/15484/2018-race-to-market This race is made possible by the generous Presenting Sponsorship by Power Moves Yoga.

Run for Wellness in Downtown Batavia at the Race to Market- Opening Day 5K

Batavia MainStreet is a 501Š3 not-forprofit organization working to enhance, promote and revitalize Downtown Batavia as the heart of the community through dedicated volunteer efforts. For more information on Downtown Batavia Egg Hop, please visit downtownbatavia. com or call 630.761.3528.

Batavia MainStreet, in partnership with the WellBatavia Festival and the opening Day of the 23rd year of the Batavia Farmers’ Market will host the 2nd Annual Race to Market- Opening Day 5K in Downtown Batavia on Saturday, June 2nd. Experienced or novice, young or old, walkers or runners- everyone will enjoy this beautiful 5K loop around the Fox River both beginning and ending on North River Street. Prizes will be awarded in the following age categories for best male and female: 10 and under 11-14 15-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50 and above Race fees are $30 pre-registered by June 1 and $35 on race day. There is also a student rate of $25 at any time. T-Shirts will be guaranteed to registrants by April 15. Participants have the option to pick up their race packets and FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

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and Bee Facts. Registration required. Geography Science Night Friday, April 13 6:00-8:00 pm $2 per person, members free For Earth Day, celebrate the geography of our planet! Explore maps and landscapes. Learn about mountain formations and the devastating power of earthquakes. This is a drop-in program – no registration required.


April Events

Bison Feeding in Lords Park Saturday, March 31 7:00-8:30 am $2/adult, $1/child, members free Join us for an up close and personal look at the bison, deer, and elk at the Lords Park Zoo. Meet at the Museum for a short introduction after which we head for the Zoo to assist in feeding these magnificent creatures. Space is limited to 12 people, so please register early! Registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Lords Park Zoo.

Located at: 225 Grand Blvd, Elgin, IL 847-741-6655 Open Saturday & Sunday, 12:00-4:00 pm Admission: $2 adults, $1 children, members free

Portillo’s for Good Fundraiser Monday, April 2 5:00-8:00 pm @ Portillo’s, 1020 S. Randall Road, Elgin Dinner and a good deed! Tell the cashier before you start your order that you are supporting the Elgin Public Museum and 20% of the proceeds will benefit the Museum. Thank you for your support. Story Hour: Spiders Saturday, April 7 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Donations welcome Every first Saturday of each month kids can spend a fun and relaxing hour listening to fantastic stories. No registration required. A Year in the Life of Honeybees & Beekeepers Wednesday, April 11 7:00 pm $7 per person, $5 EPM members Bees are considered a keystone species for many of our food crops. Without them, we wouldn’t have at least a third of the foods we eat. And you can kiss most flowers good bye! Join us as Wes and Jill Nelson from Two Feathers Honey explain the process of caring for honeybees, their hive and the harvesting of honey. Enjoy honey tasting, hands-on observation containers, FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

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a clean Fox River. His activities in support of clean water were covered worldwide. Other themes will feature the history of the Fox River and water safety.


“We are already seeing children working the robotic arm and flying the camera over the model of the Titanic,” said Carole Medal, Executive Director of the Gail Borden Public Library District. “We hope to attract many explorers of all ages to the library so they can engage, learn and read.”

April Happenings Gail Borden Public Library People are invited to swim with the jellyfishes as deep water has enveloped the Gail Borden Public Library at 270 North Grove in Elgin, Illinois. Swimming with the jellyfishes is offered to visitors as a virtual photo op while the Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss exhibit is an engaging, interactive experience that will offer hours of learning fun through August 13, 2018. It is free and open to all when the library is open. Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss offers opportunities for hands-on exploration of life at the bottom of the sea. Presented by Evergreen Exhibitions in collaboration with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Extreme Deep is an interactive exhibit that highlights the adventure of deep-sea exploration and discovery. It depicts the mysteries of the ocean’s greatest depths. Newly discovered life forms, thermal vents, close-up views of deep-sea research submersibles, and shipwrecks, including the Titanic, are among the attractions in this deep-sea adventure. Visitors will observe firsthand the technology that has allowed men and women to travel to the ocean floor. Visitors can fly a remotely operated vehicle over a model of the Titanic ‘s deck. They can also test their skill at manipulating Alvin’s robotic arm by picking up lava rocks and clams from the sea floor while peering through a recreation of Alvin’s four-inch viewport window. With the main library being located on the shore of the Fox River, the library will also highlight the nature, recreation, conservation and history of the river. A fishing boat and several river fishes are on loan from Cabelas in Hoffman Estates. Children can “dive” into dramatic play in the boat with toy fishing poles, vests, compasses and, of course, books. There is even be a beaver den for young explorers to crawl into as well as other interactives. During the month of April, a photo display will highlight “The Fox,” Jim Phillips of Oswego, who was instrumental in bringing awareness to the need for FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

For more information about the exhibit and programs, please visit deep. The Main Library hours are: Monday-Thursday:9 am - 9 pm Friday & Saturday:9 am - 6 pm Sunday:Noon - 5 pm We thank the Gail Borden Public Library District Foundation, the EFS Foundation and the KCT Credit Union for sponsoring Extreme Deep.

“The Legend of the Fox: World Famous Eco-Hero” Thursday, April 19, 7 pm

The friends of the Fox River’s Executive Director Gary Mechanic will lead a discussion following this film screening about James F. Phillips, a.k.a. “The Fox,” who started a covert, one-man campaign to stop pollution from entering the Fox River, ultimately making him an Eco-Hero.

Celebrate Women’s History Main Library Celebrate women’s history when author Bob Kann talks about the Midwestern women who played professional baseball during World War 2 as seen in the movie A League of Their Own. The program will take place at 7 pm on Wednesday, April 18 at the Main Library. His book, Joyce Westerman: Baseball Hero, will be available for sales and signing. Please register for the program at

Meet Midwest Authors, Main Library Meet Midwest authors and find some new reads for yourself at Gail Borden Library’s third annual authors fair from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday, April 22. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The authors fair will be featuring romance writers from the Windy City Writers Association.

The Shape of Our Water, Monday, April 30, 6:30 pm Main Library Elgin Mayor David Kaptain is uniquely qualified to speak about the importance of water in this area. He is a retired chief chemist and director of process control for the Fox River Water Reclamation District and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University. People are invited to come and learn about where the water comes from, what the threats are to the clean water supply and more.

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Open Elgin 2018 Saturday, April 21, 1 - 5 pm The Enhancing Elgin committee invites everyone to discover Elgin’s architectural gems by touring buildings with award-winning architectural features, fascinating histories, and unique and eye-opening elements at the Open Elgin Architectural Tour. The Open Elgin tour will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21 with sponsorship from Triumph Community Bank and the Elgin Development Group. This free, self-guided tour of uniquely Elgin spaces and places will feature schools, churches, downtown office buildings, businesses, and much more. Tour times for each building will vary. Among the historic spaces participants can tour include the legendary U-46 Observatory and Planetarium, which was part of the original Elgin Watch Factory Observatory that is on the National Register of Historic Places, the Old Gail Borden Library that was formerly the Scofield Mansion on Spring Street and the First United Methodist Church, which dates back to just after of

Elgin’s incorporation in the 1830’s. lobby. “Many people came to the first Open Elgin in 2017 to discover the huge variety of remarkable buildings that we have here,” said City of Elgin Mayor David Kaptain. “We hope even more people come to experience this event as there are even more extraordinary buildings on display in 2018. This community offers a wide variety of architecture.” Sponsored by the Elgin Area Chamber and the Enhancing Elgin Committee of the Elgin Development Group, the City of Elgin, School District U-46, Judson University, Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Downtown Neighborhood Association, the Elgin History Museum, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Wings AND Create, Innovate, Ignite and the Gail Borden Public Library District.

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Sunset Community Center or Stephen Persinger Recreation Center. Sunset Pool Opens May 26; Mill Creek Pool, including a NEW sprayground, opens June 2. Visit or call 630-232-4542 for more information.


GENEVA PARK DISTRICT Upcoming Events and Programs

Earth Day April 21, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Peck Farm Park 4038 Kaneville Road Geneva, IL 60134 The Natural Resources Committee of Geneva and the Geneva Park District invite you to an Earth Day Celebration at Peck Farm Park. There will be children’s activities and games, a farmers’ market, bicycle tune-ups, a book exchange, free paper shredding sponsored by KCT Credit Union, rain barrels for sale, and more! Event sponsored by CIBC. For more information, visit or call 630-2324542.

Mom’s Gift April 26-29, times vary Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens Street, Suite P, Geneva, IL 60134 A Playhouse 38 Adult Production In this comedy with a heart, Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Like Clarence in It’s A Wonderful Life, she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings. Only what the task actually is, is a mystery. There are so many things to fix. The problem is complicated by the fact that the only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter who has been ordered by the court to spend Dad’s birthday with him as part of her Anger Management Program. One by one the family’s secrets are peeled away revealing a shocking truth that surprises even our ghost. Tickets are $15 in advance / $20 at the door. Buy tickets at, at Sunset Community Center, at Stephen Persinger Recreation Center, or by calling 630-232-4542.

Stone Creek Mini Golf Opening Day Saturday, May 5, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Wheeler Park, Geneva, IL 60134 Stone Creek Mini Golf opens for the 2018 season at 11:00 am! Bring your friends and family to play a round or two with Buy-One-Get-One FREE admission today only! Stone Creek Mini Golf is open in May on Fridays from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturdays from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, and Sundays from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Regular daily hours start June 2. For more information, visit or call 630232-4542.

Splish Splash, Save Some Cash – Early Bird Pool Passes are available now through April 30. Choose from a Sunset Pool Pass, a NEW Mill Creek Pool Pass, or a GOLD Pass for access to both pools. Get yours at FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

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SCI-TECH HANDS ON MUSEUM “COMET-Y” FUNDRAISER Come see tomorrow’s comedy superstars for a benefit for SciTech Hands On Museum. Award-winning comedy improv theatre company Improv Unlimited will present “Satire Night Live!”, ‘an evening of improv comedy and magic’ at Gallery 1904, in Aurora. Proceeds from the performance will benefit SciTech Hands On Museum, located in a historic post office in the heart of downtown Aurora, Illinois. SciTech Hands On Museum encourages visitors to delve into the concepts of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) in tangible ways. “Improvisational comedy should be accessible to everyone,” said Chris Bell, of Improv Unlimited. “By bringing our show to SciTech Hands On Museum, we make improvisational comedy an economic and geographically viable entertainment option for friends and family.” “We’re very excited to have Improv Unlimited performing in our community,” said Ian McCleary, Specialty Program Manager. “We thought the show would provide an excellent form of entertainment and a way for us to raise awareness of SciTech in the community.” Improv Unlimited’s members hail from all the renowned comedy improv theatres in Chicago, New York, LA and Boston. They are veterans of Chicago’s, LA’s and New York’s improv and sketch theatre scene, dozens of films, television shows and national commercials. “Satire Night Live!” is Improv Unlimited’s signature concert show filled with laughter, audience participation and comedy. The performance is located at Gallery 1904, 1 E. Benton St., Aurora IL 60506. Doors will open at 6:30 pm with cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres the show will begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are $60 and include open bar, raffles and more! Tickets are available in advance by calling (630)859-3434 x210 or order online at: www. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

Swedish Day 5K Lopp Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Geneva Running Outfitters are pleased to announce the return of a 5K run to Swedish Days Festival supported by Northwestern Medicine. The Swedish Day 5K Lopp will commence on June 23 at 7:30 am from Gunnar Forest Preserve in Geneva (behind the Kane County Government Center) at 719 S. Batavia Avenue in Geneva. Located along the scenic Fox River in Geneva, the Swedish Days 5K Lopp promises an unbelievable race experience. We encourage you to tie-in with the Scandinavian theme with your attire. Unique Swedish Days awards to top 3 Male and Female Overall and medals in the following age groups: 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and over. The $35 registration fee includes a t-shirt and pancake breakfast. In order to guarantee a shirt at packet pickup - you must register by June 13. Race day registration is $40. In addition there will be a Kids’ Dash for ages 1-8 beginning at 7:15 am. For more information and how to register for either/both races, look for the Get Involved section at or call Geneva Chamber at 630.232.6060.

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Get Down & Dirty on International Mud Day Yes, “International Mud Day” is a thing. Created at a World Forum conference as a way to unite children around the world and encourage appreciation of the earth beneath our feet, International Mud Day has been a growing global source of connection and celebration since 2009. This year, Hickory Knolls Discovery Center joins in the fun by hosting its first-ever Mud Day event on Sunday, April 29 from 1 to 2:30 PM. Prepare to get dirty with games and activities that encourage kids of all ages to squish, scoop and slosh their way through mud pits and puddles. Very much a hands-on program, participants are encouraged to bring a change of clothes. Go barefoot or wear rain boots! Bring your cameras for fun photo opportunities! There will be trucks and shovels for digging and building, activity stations to make mud pies and even create your own bit of “mud magic.” Kids, and adults, can learn fascinating facts such as what the state soil of Illinois is and how worms help create garden compost. “You can get as muddy as you want,” said Laura McCoy, Nature Programs Supervisor. “It’s impossible not to laugh and have a good time when you know that you’re actually supposed to get dirty.” The fee is $5 per person. Ages 2 & under are free. Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, contact Laura McCoy at 630-513-4393. Text stcparks to 223344 to receive St. Charles Park District event notices and offers.


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“The St. Charles Aquatic Center will be a great addition to a wonderful community. We are thrilled that the Center will provide services to everyone, including the underserved. We are excited to offer our programming at this impressive new facility and have been looking forward to announcing that the foundation will be providing a grant so that over 1,000 children-inneed can learn to swim.” - Marissa Fortier, executive director, Michael Phelps Foundation


Michael Phelps and Jason Day Join Forces for a Second Annual Celebrity Charity Event in Historic Saint Charles, Illinois on May 20-21

Presented by ALE Solutions, Michael Phelps, world’s most decorated Olympian, and Jason Day, one of the world’s top golfers will join forces again in historic Saint Charles, Illinois to host a Golf.Give.Gala. to raise funds for each of their foundations on May 20 and May 21, 2018. On Sunday, May 20, a star-studded gala, silent and live auction will be held in the historic Hotel Baker with a concert to follow at Chicago’s treasured Arcada Theater. The celebrity golf outing will be held Monday, May 21 at the legendary Saint Charles Country Club, a premier private 18-hole course, founded in 1924.

The Michael Phelps Foundation is focused on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthy and active lives, especially for children. Founded in 2008, the foundation has provided their learn to swim, healthy eating and goal setting curriculum to over 16,000 people around the world by partnering with the Special Olympics and Boys & Girls Club of America. They also support the Level Field Fund – Swimming, because opportunities to pursue excellence in sport should not be limited by an athlete’s financial situation. For more information please visit www. “It’s an honor to participate in Golf.Give.Gala. and use the proceeds to impact life-changing charities in the St. Charles area. This year, Brighter Days Foundation has partnered with Lazarus House, an organization whose work

Net proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Michael Phelps Foundation and Jason and Ellie Day’s Brighter Days Foundation and will benefit causes locally directly through each foundation. “We are excited to give back to St. Charles and the surrounding area by working alongside some great local organizations that share our mission. We have an amazing program for the Boys & Girls Clubs and Special Olympics and can’t wait to reach more children locally with our life-saving initiative.” - Michael Phelps The Michael Phelps Foundation is also pleased to announce their support of the St. Charles Aquatic Center that is expected to break ground in 2019. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

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of providing safe shelter, food, and a range of support services for men, women and children in need of help greatly aligns with our mission and personal values.” –Jason Day

“Brighter Days Foundation is very excited to benefit Lazarus House so this organization can amplify its impact in St. Charles and the surrounding area. In 2017 alone, Lazarus House provided shelter to hundreds of individuals and served nearly 50,000 meals to guests and people in need. We can’t wait to see the great work they will do in 2018.” –Clark Harvey, executive director of the Brighter Days Foundation. The Brighter Days Foundation provides funding and resources to deserving projects, organizations and families in need to ensure everyone has a chance for a brighter day and


a brighter future. Additional information is available at www.brighterdaysfoundation. com For information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.golfgivegala. com or email Christa Landgraf, Co-Chairman at or toll-free number at (855) 802-9842. Limited individual tickets to the gala and concert will be available. About ALE Solutions, Inc. Headquartered in St. Charles, Illinois., ALE Solutions is the nation’s leader in providing temporary housing to policyholders displaced from their homes due to fire, hurricane, tornado and earthquake. Founded in 2001, ALE Solutions receives anywhere between 4,000-6,000 housing requests each month and has provided housing to thousands of families and has been involved in every major disaster across the U.S. More recently, ALE housed thousands of families due Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the recent California Wildfires. ALE Solutions celebrated its 17 year anniversary and moved into their new 40,000-square-foot corporate office in downtown St. Charles, IL. For more information, visit or call (866) 885-9785.

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North Central College Calendar of Events for April Through April 8, Art Exhibit: North Central College presents the LeRoy Neiman Golf Collection on display in the Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The late artist’s work depicts a variety of sports in an eye-catching, pop art style with dramatic brushwork and vibrant color. Call 630-637-5375 for gallery hours and additional information. April 2, Author Talk: North Central College and Anderson’s Bookshops will host Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz for a discussion on his new picture book “Islandborn!” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $20 and available at https://junotdiazandersons.brownpapertickets. com. April 6, Transfer information session: North Central College will host an information session Friday, April 6, for transfer students. Visitors can learn about academic choices, transfer admission process, scholarships and financial aid. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in Smith Hall at Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St., and concludes with a walking tour of campus at 10:45 a.m. For more information or to register call 630-637-5800 or visit transfer-campus-visit-opportunities. April 6, Music: North Central College presents the prolific guitarist, singer


and songwriter Richie Kotzen at 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Kotzen has released more than 20 solo albums, embracing a wide range of sounds from hard rock and blues to R&B and funk. Tickets are $35 and $25; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege. edu/showtix. April 7, Theatre: North Central College welcomes Dallas Children’s Theatre for two performances of “How I became a Pirate” at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 Benton Ave. This swashbuckling musical excursion follows the young Jeremy Jacobs as he joins Captain Braid Beard’s band of comical pirates. Tickets are $12 and $6; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

April 7, Music: Chicago’s Miller Brass Ensemble and Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Choir and Youth Symphony come together for a collaborative concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $25; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit April 12, Presentation: North Central College’s Center for Global Education presents another feature in its “Sustaining the Globe Series” with a presentation by Joey Fine Rhyme: Rap Artist for the Environment. Founder and director of Climate Cycle, an organization designed to inspire “students to green our world,” Joey has helped add solar panels to Chicago public schools and raise $1.3 million for environmental education and school projects. His sound system is pedal-powered and run by audience members. The program begins at 7 p.m. in the College’s Meiley-Swallow Theatre, 31 S. Ellsworth St. For more information, call 630-6375132. April 13-May 25, Art Exhibit: North Central College hosts Jen Dodson’s “ROUSE: A Fashion and Art Installation” exhibit starting Friday, April 13, in the College’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. In her work, Dodson creates an art visualization of the interplay between fashion and music, giving life to her work as a stylist and producer of fashion shows. Call 630-637-5375 for gallery hours and additional information. April 13, Theatre: AlphaBet Soup Productions will present “Peter Pan and the Pirates” at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 13, in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. The musical brings the classic children’s tale to life as Peter Pan and Wendy adventure in Neverland. For tickets and information visit absproductions. com. April 13, TEDx talks: North Central College hosts TEDxNorthCentralCollege Friday, April 13, in the College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. This TED-like event fosters

learning, innovation and wonder, and brings together the community to spark conversation around ideas worth spreading. Focused on this year’s theme, “Know Wonder,” North Central College students, staff, alumni and friends will present their ideas. To learn more about this free event visit https://tedxnorthcentralcollege. com.

April 13, Music: North Central College presents the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at 8 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Composed of seven brothers from the south side of Chicago, this ensemble has created an intoxicating blend of hip hop, soul and funk. The ensemble has played with legendary artists such as Prince, Mos Def, and Mick Jones from The Clash. Tickets are $35 and $25; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit April 17, Music: North Central College’s Sounds of New Music presents Picosa at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Featuring flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano, Picosa performs its signature symphonic sound with innovative programming, bringing the art of virtuosic chamber music to every concert experience. Tickets are $10 per person and free to North Central students, faculty and staff. Call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit April 18, Lecture: The Shimer Great Books

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School and Department of English at North Central College will host Lauren Berlant at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 in Smith Hall, Old Main, 30 N. Brainard Street. Berlant is the George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago. The title of her talk is “Donald Trump’s Humorless Comedy.” Berlant’s lecture is free and open to the public. April 18, Theatre: North Central College alumna Savanna Rae brings to life the stories of three strong Celtic women in “Daughters of Ire” at 7:30 p.m. in the Thrust Theater at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. The event is free and open to the public. April 19-22, Theatre: The North Central College Theatre Department presents Pulitzer Prize winning drama “The Flick” at 7:30 p.m. April 19-21, and 2 p.m. April 21-22, at the College’s Madden Theatre in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E Chicago Ave. This funny and painstakingly realistic play details the lives and labor of a trio of movie theatre employees as their venue converts from film reel to digital. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit April 21, Transfer information session: North Central College will host an information session Saturday, April 21, for transfer students. Visitors can learn about academic choices, transfer admission process, scholarships and financial aid. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in Smith Hall at Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St., and concludes with a walking tour of campus at 10:45 a.m. For more information or to register call 630-637-5800 or visit April 21, Theatre: North Central College welcomes Theatreworks USA for two performances of the children’s production “The Cat in the Hat” at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 Benton Ave. Tickets are $12 and $6; call 630FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege. edu/showtix. April 21, Theatre: North Central College presents Grammy award winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E Chicago Ave. One of the most revered instrumentalists of his time, Marsalis leads one of the finest jazz quartets today. Tickets are $70 and $60; call 630-637SHOW (7469) or visit showtix.

April 22, Women’s Half Marathon and 5K: Hosted by North Central College and presented by the Naperville Running Co., the second annual Naperville Women’s Half Marathon & 5k will take place on Sunday, April 22. The run starts and ends on North Central’s campus at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, 455 S. Brainard St. The Half Marathon will start at 7 a.m. and the 5K at 7:30 a.m. To learn more visit April 25 Lecture: The Shimer Great Books School and Department of English at North Central College will host David Koukal at 4:15 in Seybert Hall, 208 N. Loomis Street. Koukal is professor of philosophy, University of Detroit Mercy. The title of his talk is “The Disordered Soul and Presidency of Donald J. Trump: Platonic Reflections on 45.” April 25, Music: North Central College pres-

ents the Concert Winds student ensemble for its Return From Tour Concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E Chicago Ave. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit April 26, Presentation: North Central College’s Center for Global Education presents another feature in its “Sustaining the Globe Series” with a student-led conference, featuring an opening talk by Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Professor Hikaru Kobayashi followed by three sets of concurrent sessions presented by North Central’s faculty, international students, and students enrolled in Sustaining the Globe courses this year. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Judy G. Stevenson Ratio Hall at the College’s Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center, 131 S. Loomis St. For more information, call 630-637-5132. April 26, Music: North Central College presents the Chamber Singers student ensemble for its “Metamorphosis” concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E Chicago Ave. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students. Call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit April 27, Music: North Central College’s acclaimed jazz faculty are featured in “Revenge of the Rhythm Section,” a concert by drummer Jack Mouse and bassist Kelly Sill at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E Chicago Ave. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

at the Fine Arts Center 171 E Chicago Ave. Fortenberry is well qualified to honor the famed Liberace, having been recruited for the HBO film starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon entitled “The Man Behind the Candelabra,” where he was literally the hands for Douglas playing all of the piano music for the film. Tickets are $35 and $30; call 630-637SHOW (7469) or visit showtix. April 29, Music: The Youth Symphony of DuPage presents its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For tickets and more information visit These upcoming events are among many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469). Feb. 19, March 2 and March 28.

April 29, Music: North Central College presents pianist Philip Fortenberry as he performs “The Hands of Liberace” at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in the College’s Madden Theatre

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own unique brand of musical storytelling. Brickman is one of pop-music’s most fascinating success stories. He jumped from a career as a jingle writer of famous tunes for advertising, to reviving the romantic standard of the popular song. His first album release was 1995’s “No Words,” and he’s gone on to sell eight million albums worldwide.

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His star-studded vocal collaborations have crossed genres to feature luminaries like, Martina McBride, Carly Simon, Lady Antebellum, Michael W. Smith, Herb Alpert, Michael Bolton, Donny Osmond, Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Loggins, Jane Krakowski, and a host of country, R&B, Broadway, pop, and jazz musicians.

Jim Brickman

is Coming to the Arcada Theatre Friday April 13th!

He’s written three best-selling books, starred in four TV concert specials, and is in the 20th season of hosting the popular syndicated radio show: “The Jim Brickman Show.” “Hope,” “Faith” and “Peace” are truly at the heart of Jim Brickman’s passionate songwriting. “I write music to be shared — to soothe, to inspire, to celebrate, to love. To me, music is the pure and simple soundtrack to life’s most memorable moments.”

As a true artist that lives and breathes the music he creates, Jim Brickman is thrilled to introduce fans to his most recent songs and perform for them live in concert halls across the world. Fox Valley Magazine: At what age did you start performing publicly? Jim Brickman: Not counting piano recitals which I hated, My first tour was about 25 years ago when I was signed to my first label, Windham Hill.. Fox Valley Magazine: How did the Cleveland Institute of Music prepare you as a musician? Jim Brickman: When I was very young, I had a piano teacher who told my mom that I had no talent because I didn’t want to play the music as it was written on the page. The teachers I had at CIM opened a new world of music encouraging me to find my own sound. It was life changing. Fox Valley Magazine: The music business is very hard. When did you realize or have that “Ah Ha” moment that you could do this as a career?

Interview with Fox Valley Magazine Jim Brickman’s distinctive piano style and captivating live performances have revolutionized the popularity of instrumental music, making him a driving force behind modern American music. The hit-making songwriter is the best-selling solo pianist of our time earning 21 Number One albums and 32 Top 20 Radio Singles in the industry bible, “Billboard Magazine.” He’s garnered two Grammy nominations, gospel music’s Dove Award, two SESAC Songwriter of the Year Awards, and the Canadian Country Music Award. He also has a music scholarship named for him by his alma mater, the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. Born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Brickman began his music training at the age of five. But young James wouldn’t conform to the rudimentary regulations of piano lessons. “He didn’t have the knack for it,’ his first teacher would say. That didn’t discourage the tenacious pianist from creating his FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

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jingles sounded like songs I thought maybe I could write music and songs that were longer than 60 seconds. The live performance was never my intention. My first record company pretty much said “do it.” So reluctantly I did. Now I love it. Fox Valley Magazine: Why do think of yourself as a composer and songwriter first when you are obviously such a great piano player? Jim Brickman: Yes, when I’m asked on an application for my occupation, i write songwriter. Fox Valley Magazine: You have recorded and performed with quite a few celebrities, what have been some of your favorite vocal collaborations? Jim Brickman: I had a “pinch me” moment when I was recording with the great Johnny Mathis. I’ve always admired him and love his voice. Lady Antebellum, Kenny Rogers... and I got to perform with Kermit the Frog which was quite an experience. Olivia Newton-John and I have become good friends since we first worked together. Fox Valley Magazine: Who would you like to record with or write a song for that you haven’t already? Jim Brickman: I don’t think there’s really an ah-ha moment while you are in the depths of find your way. It was a process. But I think when I first heard my music on the radio I realized that there was a chance it might work! Fox Valley Magazine: How did you segue from writing jingles to having a record deal and then becoming a very successful live performance artist? Jim Brickman: The jingle business gave me a chance to write in so many different styles and genres from country to classical. It also taught me how to pound the pavement to be heard. When it was pointed out that so many of my FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

Jim Brickman: I like to find unknown talent so maybe it’s someone we haven’t heard of yet. Fox Valley Magazine: You perform most of your concerts without backup musicians, it’s just you on piano. Do most of the audiences find this surprising and do you think it brings a certain amount of intimacy to your show? Jim Brickman: Yes, solo piano has a unique sound that is intimate and emotional. When I was first starting out, record execs couldn’t understand how solo piano could possibly work. It’s not surprising anymore. Fox Valley Magazine: You are also a successful author with your books Simple Things,

Love Notes: “101 Lessons from the Heart” and Soothe: “How To Find Calm Amid Everyday Chaos”.

person. I love finding out about people, what makes them tick, and what makes them interesting.

How does writing books serve as another creative outlet?

Fox Valley Magazine: Your “Share The Love Tour” is coming to The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles IL on Friday April 13th, what can concert goers expect?

Jim Brickman: There are so many life lessons that are accentuated with music. The books take the reader on the journey I took to learn those lessons. Fox Valley Magazine: You also co-host your own radio show. The Jim, Brickman Show that airs on over 70 radio stations across the country. As a performer you get interviewed quite a lot. How is it different to be on the other side of the table and be the interviewer? Jim Brickman: When I was being interviewed time after time, it dawned on me that I wanted to ask the questions. I’m a naturally curious

Jim Brickman: The concert is an intimate setting perfect for holding hands or just chilling out. I play the hits, new music too.What the audience doesnt expect is that I tell stories about my observations in life... and they are often pretty funny. Jim Brickman Live! The Arcada Theatre Friday April 13th at 8:00 pm You can purchase tickets online at http://www.

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Windy City Elvis Tour The seventh annual competition brings together some of the most amazing Elvis performers in the country!



Arcada Silent Film Night: Pandora’s Box Accompanied Live By Jay Warren On The Historic Arcada Organ Experience the magic of Silent Cinema the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30PM. Live accompaniment by Jay Warren at the historic Arcada Pipe Organ. TUESDAY, APR 10 7:30 PM Ann Wilson Of Heart Live TV Taping

Michael Bolton Michael Bolton, the multiple Grammy Award-winning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist, who has sold more than 75 million albums and singles worldwide, continues to tour the world every year, all while writing, recording and taping for a wide array of projects spanning music, film, television and theater.

Ann Wilson’s musical gifts are legendary. As a songwriter and lyricist, she has created a truly impressive body of work (“crazy on you,” “barracuda,” “magic man,” “dog & butterfly,” “straight on”, “even it up,” “mistral wind,” and many, many more). However, her greatest gift, and first “calling” is singing. Her voice is considered to be among the best ever, with its vast range, amazing power and sheer musicality. It has inspired legions of great singers, across every genre of music.



Upcoming Shows at The Arcada?

Black Star Riders – Former Members Of Thin Lizzy Black Star Riders is a hard rock band formed in December 2012, when members of the most recent line-up of Thin Lizzy decided to record new material, but chose not to release it under the Thin Lizzy name. The band is fronted by Ricky Warwick, and features guitarists Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, bass guitarist Robbie Crane, and drummer Chad Szeliga. FRIDAY, APR 6 08:00 PM

Ann Wilson Of Heart Ann Wilson’s musical gifts are legendary. As a songwriter and lyricist, she has created a truly impressive body of work (“crazy on you,” “barracuda,” “magic man,” “dog & butterfly,” “straight on”, “even it up,” “mistral wind,” and many, many more). However, her greatest gift, and first “calling” is singing. Her voice is considered to be among the best ever, with its vast range, amazing power and sheer musicality. It has inspired legions of great singers, across every genre of music. SUNDAY, APR 8 7:00 PM

Andrew Dice Clay Andrew Dice Clay, Is proud to be one of America’s most controversial and outrageous comics. Having sold out numerous arenas including Madison Square Garden. He has starred in featured films, HBO & SHOWTIME specials and released many multi- gold and platinum selling comedy albums. DICE remains The Undisputed Heavyweight King of Comedy. ... THURSDAY, APR 12 8:00 PM


For tickets, call 630-962-7000 or visit

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Jim Brickman Grammy Nominated Songwriter, Chart-Topping Performer, World-Class Pianist, Radio Show Host, Author and More! FRIDAY, APR 13 8:00 PM Poi Dog Pondering Poi dog pondering keeps thriving because their ethic has always been about following their musical heart. Their steadfast independence has allowed them to perennially bloom. Multi Racial, Omni sexual, and unafraid to be themselves, they prowl the musical landscape with a hungry belly. They seem to live in a frame of mind more akin to the 30’s and 40’s Bohemians. SATURDAY, APR 14 8:00 PM Bobby Rydell And Lou Christie Lou Christie’s chart topping, multi-million selling career as a songwriter, recording artist, and performer started in a two-track studio in Glenwillard Pennsylvania, his rural hometown near Pittsburgh. Lou’s first million selling song, THE GYPSY CRIED, transformed a local choirboy, Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco, into LOU CHRISTIE - national teen idol, while still a teenager himself. SUNDAY, APR 15 3:00 PM

An Evening of Luther Vandross With Ruben Studdard In the 13 years since he brightened the world of pop music with his American Idol-winning romantic balladry, Ruben Studdard has warmed the hearts of his huge fan base with five albums and touring with the varied likes of Peabo Bryson, Melissa Manchester, CeCe Winans and David Foster. His smooth voice has earned him accolades and the nickname “The Velvet Teddy Bear” (from Gladys Knight, no less). Enjoy this special evening as Ruben sings a selection of Luther Vandross songs including some of the late R & B artist’s greatest hits such as “A House is not a Home,” “Superstar,” and “Here and Now.” FRIDAY, APR 20 8:00 PM Mathemagic! With Bradley Fields Internationally acclaimed magician and educator, Bradley Fields, captivates students with his famous magic illusions, and turns them on to the history, the power, and the beauty of the language of Math! SATURDAY, APR 21 11:00 AM Last In Line With Special Guest Michael Angelo Batio Former Members of Dio Featuring Vivian Campbell from Def Leppard and Vinnie Appice of Black Sabbath.

An Evening With Lori Lyle Films! A look inside the film world featuring Lori Lyle writer for movies like Gallup, Glass Cages, and Permitted! WEDNESDAY, APR 18 7:30 PM



Engelbert Humperdinck English pop singer Humperdinck has been described as “one of the finest middle-of-the-road balladeers around.” His singles “Release Me” and “The Last Waltz” both topped the UK music charts in 1967, and sold more than a million copies each. He also had chart successes with the classics “After the Lovin’” and “This Moment in Time”. He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide. SUNDAY, APR 22 4:00 PM The Clairvoyants The Clairvoyants are a magic duo from Austria. Their real names are Thommy Ten and Amelie van Tass. They achieved world fame when they appeared in 11th season of the TV show America’s Got Talent where they reached an amazing 2nd place in the finale. THURSDAY, APR 26 7:30 PM A Salute To Prince With Marshall Charloff & The Purple Xperience! The Purple Xperience is the best Prince Tribute show in the world, true to the originial, hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have been touring around the country since 2011, bringing the memories of Prince and the Revolution to audiences of all generations. The Purple Xperience embodies the spirit and sounds of Prince, with front-man, Marshall Charloff channeling the vocals and movements from the icon himself. FRIDAY, APR 27 8:00 PM The Oak Ridge Boys Their sound is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge

Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. SATURDAY, APR 28 5:00 PM Mark Farner’s American Band Mark Farner IS the engine that took the original Grand Funk Railroad, one of rock music’s most successful groups, to the top of the charts, and he is back again at the Arcada! ... SATURDAY, APR 28 8:00 PM Garage Rock Kings: The Buckinghams, The Ides Of March, The New Colony Six, The Cryan’ Shames, And The Shadows Of Knight Cornerstones of Rock featuring The Buckinghams, The Cryan Shames, The New Colony Six, The Shadows of Knight, The Ides of March and other surprise guests!!! The first special in the series will bring together Chicago area’s iconic rock groups of the 1960s and ’70s for a once-in-a-lifetime concert special. SUNDAY, APR 29 5:00 PM Gene Simmons Band Brace yourself, America: Gene Simmons is going solo. The provocative and over-the-top showman is famous worldwide for his on and off stage antics as a member of KISS, where he became notorious for his fire-breathing, tongue-waggling performances as his rock alter ego The Demon and sang lead vocals on hits like “Rock and Roll All Night,” “Calling Dr. Love,” “I Love it Loud” and “A World Without Heroes.” Now out of makeup, Simmons is embarking on his first-ever solo tour with a red-hot backing band to perform some high-octane rock hits. THURSDAY, MAY 3 7:30 PM

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week in Dublin as they write, rehearse and record songs from which their beautiful love story unfolds. Barry DeBois and Tiffany Topol, both nationally acclaimed actor/musicians, will play the leads, surrounded on Paramount’s glorious stage by fantastically talented co-stars and topnotch production values.



Upcoming Shows at The Paramount Theater Jay Leno America’s favorite late-night TV funny man is coming back to the Paramount for another evening of non-stop laughter! For more than two decades Jay Leno dominated the airwaves, winning an Emmy and a slew of other awards, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. From late night TV, to writing, to his voiceover work in TV and movies, Leno has done it all, and we can’t wait to see what he does next.

Grand in its themes of love and longing, yet simple and subtle in its execution, Paramount’s new production of Once will remind people that in today’s world where we’re all struggling to connect, often the simplest way is through song. Previews of Once begin April 25, 2018. Press opening is Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m. Once runs through June 3: Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Single tickets to Once are $36 to $64. For tickets, visit, call (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount box office Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and two hours prior to evening performances. The Paramount, located at 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, is surrounded by affordable parking and a variety of restaurants. Once is rated PG-13 for some four-letter words and mild sexual innuendo.

Friday April 13 8:00 pm

Once Aurora’s Paramount Theatre - Chicago’s most decorated theater at the 2017 Jeff Awards with the third largest subscriber base in the nation - is excited to present the first Chicago-area regional staging of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Once to close its 2017-18 Broadway Series. Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti and Music Director Tom Vendafreddo, who together helmed the Jeff Award-winning Best Production-Musical-Large for the past three seasons, are teaming up again to stage this modern-day musical about an Irish busker (Guy), his immigrant fan (Girl) and their eventful FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

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Food, Music and Fun featured at the ESO Hidden Treasure Auction and Fundraiser April 29 St. Charles Country Club The Elgin Symphony Orchestra presents its Hidden Treasure Auction and Fundraiser on Sunday, April 29, 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm at the St. Charles Country Club. Tickets are $75 each. The afternoon features brunch, live music, silent and live auctions, raffles and other surprises. Meet Music Director Andrew Grams and other ESO musicians! The fundraiser helps cover costs associated with the ESO’s outreach and community programs like Musicians Care, Ainsworth Concerts for Youth, ESO Traveling Ensembles, Masterclasses and more. ESO ticket sales cover only 35% of costs. The rest of the budget comes from generous donations from businesses, corporations and individual donors. Brunch is sponsored by Ram and Nancy Ramanandan. The event is also sponsored by Carnow, Conibear & Associates, Cook Street Plaza, Beverly Hoffman, David and Sandra Kaptain, Northern Trust, Rosmarie Phelps, Rev. Arlyn and Jeanne Tolzmann, Quintessential Barrington Magazine and Wolko Design Group. Other sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Emily Brownfield at e.brownfield@elginsymphony. org or 847.888.0404 for information. For Hidden Treasure tickets, see ElginSymphony.Org. Andrew Grams became music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in June 2013 after an international search. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, he holds degrees in violin performance and conducting and has appeared with many of the great orchestras of the world to critical acclaim. Grams was a protégé of Franz Welser-Möst and served as assistant conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra for three years. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

Named 2015 Conductor of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, his charismatic conducting and easy accessibility have made him a favorite of Elgin Symphony audiences. Grams’ contract with the ESO runs through 2021. To learn more about Andrew Grams, visit and https://www. Now in its 67th season, the ESO offers programming unmatched for an entertaining, informative and relaxing cultural experience. The ESO has won Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year an unprecedented four times - in 1988, 1999, 2005 and 2016 - and works to create an enjoyable entertainment experience that goes beyond the magnificent music performed by some of the best musicians in the region. There is accessible, free parking around the Hemmens Cultural Center and valet service available. Area musicians often perform in the lobby before concerts and patrons can purchase gifts at the Elgin Symphony League Boutique. Pre-concert chats are given by Andrew Grams, guest artists and others one hour before Classics Series performances and Saturday night patrons are invited after concerts to Mingle with the Musicians at area restaurants. In addition, free Listeners Club lecture/discussions presented by music historian Jim Kendros are offered before ESO Classics Series concert weekends on Wednesdays at 10 am at GreenFields of Geneva and 1 pm at the Gail Borden Public Library. Flex passes are available for purchase so that you can choose

your concerts at a later date based on your own schedule. And if a patron can’t make a concert, the ESO offers free exchanges to subscribers and to single ticket buyers for a small fee. The ESO is a world-class orchestra providing quality musical explorations that are entertaining, hassle-free and conveniently located close to home in the western suburbs. Get to Know Your ESO! For more information, see ElginSymphony.Org.

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Chris Kattan & Friends Friday, April 20 8:00 PM


April at Zanies

FOR INFO: (630) 524-0001

John Caponera Thursday April 5 8:00 pm


JOHN always knew he wanted to be in show business but in what dimension was undetermined until the summer of 1979 when JOHN entered a talent show at a local bar in Chicago. After doing several impressions, he walked away with the five hundred dollar winner’s pot and a realization that he might have something to offer in the world of comedy. CAPONERA’S instincts proved right and after two years working the Chicago comedy club circuit, JOHN took his act on the road where he was immediately accepted . He has honed his act over a thirty year career performing to audiences all over the world. CAPONERA is considered a comic’s comic, a true professional offering a mix of material from topical to impressions to characterizations to stories and one liners. Michael Paskevich of the Las Vegas Review-Journal writes:”Unafraid of letting a room grow quiet, Caponera sets his own intentionally erratic pace, pausing to perfection to complement his oddly timed but rewarding comic insights. The jokes are further bolstered by his talent for facial gestures that range from goofy to arrognat, making Caponera arguably the hottest club headliner going at present.” Howell J. Malham Jr. of the Chicago Tribune writes: “Every so often, the kingdom of comedy is graced with a gifted, naturally refined performer who can effectively demonstrate the transcendental powers of the medium while making it look deceptively easy.” You may recognize John as the star of his own sitcom called “The Good Life” or as the host of Comedy Central’s sport show “Jocks” and ESPN’s “Talk II”. Other credits include guest star appearances on “ER”, “Love & War”, “Blossom”, “Tales From The Crypt”, “The Tonight Show”, “The Dennis Miller Show”, “L.A. Law”, “NBC’s Miniseries Drug Wars”, “The John Laroquette Show”, “The Drew Carey Show”, “The Crew” and the “Espy Awards”.


CHRIS KATTAN is best known as one of the longest serving cast members on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live.’ In the 8 years CHRIS starred in the landmark late night program, he became best known for his characters ‘Mango,’ ‘Mr Peepers,’ and one of the ‘Butabi Brothers’ in the ‘Night at the Roxbury’ sketch alongside Will Ferrell. CHRIS starred with Ferrell in a 1998 movie adaption of the sketch. Since his time at SNL, CHRIS has worked as the series regular ‘Bob’ on ABC’s ever-popular ‘The Middle’ as well as had memorable appearances in the recent hit features ‘Hotel Transylvania’ and ‘The Ridiculous 6.’ CHRIS trained at Los Angeles’ The Groundlings Theater is one of its most famous alumni. He currently tours the country with his extremely popular stand-up act. Jared Freid Friday, April 27 8:00 PM JARED FREID is a NYC based comedian. He has been featured on Tru TV’s “NFL Full Contact,” MTV’s “Failosophy,” and more recently on AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live.” He is also a writer for TotalFratMove, BroBible, and HeTexted. Each week you can find a new original column on TotalFratMove. com and his dating advice column on In addition to writing he is also the host of the JTrain Podcast and the creator of the “Frat Dude Goes To” series where he travels the country interviewing “Bros” at wild events like the Carolina Cup and the AVN Awards. Follow him on twitter @JTrain56 for all of his weekly content.

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Also, performing for the first time at RiverPark is the Steel Crazy Steel Band on July 22. Dave Seagren and his 10-piece Steel Band brings the spirit of the Caribbean Islands to life with tropical musical styles including reggae, calypso, socca, Latin and pop. Our final program is Miscella’s Sweet Melodies. Professional vocalist, Deborah Powel, with Dan Anderson on bass and Scott Reed on keyboard perform a variety of Jazz, Gospel and R & B. All performances are free of charge, but donations to the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission are always welcome. In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved inside to the Geneva United Methodist Church at 211 Hamilton Street. For more information, contact Carolyn Hill, Commissioner of GCAC at 630-232-8313 or visit https://

2018 River Park Summer Series Brings Family Fun To Geneva Grab a lawn chair, blanket or even bring a picnic dinner to enjoy four free nights of entertainment along the Fox River during the RiverPark Summer Concert Series. The tenth annual Summer Series will be held at 6:00 p.m. Sundays July 8, July 15, July 22, and July 29 at RiverPark located at North River Lane and Peyton Street just north of State Street. The programs, which take place at the park’s stone amphitheater, are sponsored by the City of Geneva’s Cultural Arts Commission. The series begins July 8 with Lee Murdock noted as a fluent instrumentalist on six and twelve-string guitars. Lee’s musical influences span fifteen generations, from 17th century Irish harp music to Scott Joplin guitar rags and embracing the blues, freshwater shanties, original songs and ballads. On July 15, the Illinois Brass Band will perform for the first time at RiverPark. Thirty band members will astonish audiences with the power, virtuosity, and beauty of the British-style brass band and breadth of its repertoire. Selections include patriotic, show tunes, Broadway, marches, pop tunes. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

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Three The Hard Way The Albright Theatre Batavia Presents Of Good Stock The play centers around three sisters, and the men in their lives, who gather at their family home for a summer weekend. Their reunion ignites passion, humor and unanticipated upheavals. Weekends -April 27-May 12th Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 pm Sunday’s at 2:00 pm $20 for adults $15 for students and seniors Call 630-406-8838 for reservations

Steel Beam Theatre announces Three the Hard Way by Lisa Eisenstein as the next offering at the downtown St. Charles location. Directed by Ann Keen of St. Charles, Three the Hard Way asks the question how far must sisters go to finally come together around memories, grievance and the sudden death of their gambler father? About as far as a Reno, Nevada motel room it seems. Three strong sisters take steps to reconnect, grieve and reframe their past - and future - in this surprising comedy with a full-on heart tug all the way through. Featuring Amanda Tomczak of Griffin, IN; Jessica McCartney of Chicago; Georgann Charuhas of LaGrange and Larry Boller of Elgin, Three the Hard Way is the winner of the Gilmore Creek Play Competition, is a Midwest premiere. Three the Hard Way opens February 23 and runs through March 18-- Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Steel Beam Theatre is located at 111 W Main Street in the heart of downtown St. Charles. Free parking and many restaurant locations abound and the theatre is handicappedaccessible from its Main Street entrance. Tickets at or by leaving a message at the box office at 630.857.8521.


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…a one day tour of arts in the valley


Over 40 locations from Aurora to Elgin

Inaugural Event

Saturday, April 21 | 10 to 5 p.m.

Coming to the Valley April 21 Fox River Arts, an arts collaboration, announces the Inaugural Fox River Arts Ramble, a one day self-guided tour of art in the valley. The Ramble (a collaborative effort of the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, the St Charles Arts Council, and Water Street Studios) is coming to the Fox Valley on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. , with some musical performances in the evening. The Event Sponsor is Colonial Café. In-kind sponsors are Fast Color and Cooper-Hong. We thank them for their support of this event and the arts. The Inaugural Ramble features multiple artistic disciplines in over 40 locations in Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and Elgin, including Open Studios, Galleries, Art Schools, Museums, Public Art Venues/Tours, and Creative Spaces. There will be nearly 20 Art Galleries and 15 Open Studios to visit. In addition to these locations, “Ramblers” can explore the Art in Public Places project, which includes a web site and an Art Tour app that will allow cultural tourists to see and learn about over 170 pieces of art in public places in St. Charles. The event features over 50 participants, in a broad array of media and location, including a number of collaborative programs. They include: AURORA The Aurora Art League will have over 75 pieces of art on display at the Batavia Library, including drawings, oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, mixed media, and photography. Cheryl Holz and Anne Von Ehr | Aurora Artists Studios overlooks the Fox River in downtown Aurora. Holz’s nature inspired work will be on display, and if weather allows her new mural /installation on back of the building. Von Her will be offering some “starving artist” pieces only available at this event. Gallery 1904 is located in the newly renovated, former Aurora Carnegie Library. The Gallery hosts artists from the Aurora area and beyond whose exhibitions explore a variety of themes in many mediums extending beyond paint and photography. BATAVIA NANCY NEILL DESIGNS is inside the Challenge Windmill factory buildings near FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

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the Batavia Dam on N. River Street. The loft style studio features a handmade jewelry studio and showroom and a stunning river view. Nature inspired pieces are a specialty. Water Street Studios (a headquarters locations) will feature an artist talk with exhibiting artists Jim Jenkins, Lindsay Olson, and Georgia Schwender, print demos by Fast Color Print, Open Sketch, art class demos, gallery tours, and an opportunity to meet their 30 resident artists in their studios. Steve Sherrell, Studio 23 at Water Street Studios, (and also in the WSS Artists Collective) is also participating in the Ramble. He is a career painter from the Chicago school of art. Plus Waterline Writers in the evening. GENEVA Beech Tree Studio offers education in the fine art of colored pencil as well as an intensive curriculum in drawing. The new studio location on Third Street in Geneva will introduce visitors to their instructors and other Beech Tree Studio artists as they demo various colored pencil techniques throughout the day. Republic of Letters is a new literary center, bookstore, and publisher. They invite “Ramblers” to come by their store to peruse their curated selection of books, as well some art and poem pairings. They will also be offering seminars during the day. School of ART believes that everyone has something to gain from learning and practicing art. The school is designed to teach all ages a variety of mediums – everything from basic drawing and painting through full interactive animation and robotics. ST. CHARLES Fine Line Creative Arts Center (a headquarters location) has two galleries with local artisan pieces and a supply shop. They’re also featuring demonstrations in their teaching studios and local artists showing their work. They invite “Ramblers”


to come out, take a stroll in their prairie, and enjoy the day. Artists Amy Simpson, Nancy Krahn, and Carol Kazwick will also be showcasing their art at Fine Line. Fox.Build featuring Hollis Levine showcases both the brand new home of this creative co-working space as well as space that they have set aside for quarterly rotating art displays, which, during the Ramble will feature the work of Hollis Levine. Fuseneo, The Keep, and the St Charles Arts Council’s Ramble Pop-Up Gallery are all clustered in the North 2nd Street area of St. Charles. Fuseneo and The Keep are two more creative co-working spaces in STC, and the Pop-Up Gallery is one of two juried galleries that the SCAC is operating for the Ramble. St Charles Arts Council and Pheasant Run Resort, (a headquarters location) will include the SCAC’s 6th Annual Student Art Gallery and one of the resort’s musical shows in their beautiful auditorium, a Garth Brooks tribute concert in the evening. ELGIN Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s offices will be open for visitors with a gift, candy, and an exclusive half-price offer for their season finale concerts May 5 & 6. Side Street Arts in Elgin will feature seven artists who have taken over the Gallery. Each has been assigned an area to create and exhibit within, from the basement to the AV closet, turning that space into their own.

arts and creatives. Some of those projects include: Collaborative Projects AHC Advisors (Wealth management practice collaborating with the St Charles Arts Council and Carole Sluski) American Legion Post 75 (Greater Geneva Art Guild) Aurora Fastprint (Cheryl Holz) Aurora Regional Fire Museum (Randy Benzie and Chris Hodge) Balance Bodyworks (gallery) Fox.Build (Co-working space for creatives collaborating with the St Charles Arts Council and Hollis Levine) Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau (St Charles Arts Council Pop-Up Galleries) Mixology Salon and Spa (116 Gallery) Pheasant Run Resort (St Charles Arts Council Pop-Up Galleries) SciTech Hands On Museum (Timothy Schlapp, Laura Lynn Art, Wheatley Design) The Keep (Co-working space for creatives) Wasco Nursery and Garden Center (A Gallery of Nature) Join us for the Fox River Arts Ramble. From Aurora to Elgin – Up and Down the Fox – residents and visitors will be treated to an incredible array of arts programming. For more information about this fantastic Day Of Art, including details about each participants’ program, visit the FRAR’s web site –

OPEN STUDIOS – artists Peggy Sue Seehafer, Feng Biddle, Julie Auble (Aubles Baubles), and Sally Smith are opening up their home studios in St. Charles. Felicia Faschke is opening her home studio in Batavia. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the Business and Civic entities working with artists and art organizations to provide non-traditional space for the visual

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and ethical relationships with the natural systems that sustain life.


Everyone is invited to attend the opening reception on April 6 (68pm). Wine and nibbles will be served during the evening. Many of the artists will be there and some may speak about their art.


The exhibition runs from April 2 until May 12. Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm


Fine Line Creative Arts Center New Exhibition at Fine Line The Kavanagh Gallery at Fine Line Creative Arts Center has hosted many amazing gallery shows. April will see “Biomimicry- Redefining Nature Through Art” grace the walls and pedestals of this light-filled gallery. This juried exhibition has drawn over twenty five artists both local and out of state. One such artist is Sharon Wright. Sharon is an Illinois fiber artist whose work is based on examination and analysis of bird pelts and flora in her studio. Hands-on research and collection of specimens play a key role in her design and composition. Thus, with a deep sense of respect for the materials, choice not chance determines the outcome of her work. Birds threatened by habitat loss, commercial harvesting and illicit trade have been a theme echoing throughout her pieces. Another artist showing in this exhibition is Sarah Misa from California. Sarah’s work is imagined species of plants, using contemporary technology (digital image manipulation of historical illustrations) and the rudimentary tools of the early botanist (scalpel, tweezers, dye). The three-dimensional collages are new hybrid species of non-existent flora presented in the aesthetics of the early specimen case. Some of the plants fade away to monochrome, questioning what is gained and lost as biodiversity ceases to become a natural phenomenon and instead becomes a manmade institution. Herbaria have always been invested with human passions and biases - now natural collections are laden with a contemporary urgency as ecological literacy requires embodiment, empathetic FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

Fox River Arts Ramble The Fox River Valley has a rich history of arts. We even have our own Art Hall of Fame which now, with this year’s inductees, has 62 members. As part of the Fox River Valley, Fine Line Creative Arts Center has teamed up with the St Charles Arts Council and Water Street Studios to spearhead the first Fox Rivers Arts Ramble. This one-day event will take place on April 21st between 10 am and 5 pm, and will feature multiple artistic disciplines in over 40 locations. In Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and Elgin, there will be Art Schools, Galleries, Open Studios, Museums, Public Art Venues/Tours, and Creative Spaces.

Saturday, April 21st from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm | Communities Along the Fox River, Elgin to Aurora ELGIN n 1. Side Street Studio Arts 15 Ziegler Court | Elgin

n 2. Elgin Symphony Orchestra 20 DuPage Court | Elgin www.ElginSymphony.Org

n 3. Art for All – Elgin Artspace Lofts

n 12. The Keep

220 North 4th Street | St. Charles

34. Water Street Studios 160 South Water Street | Batavia

n 13. 116 GALLERY

116 West Main Street | St. Charles 630-549-6870

n 14. Laura Stoecker Photography LTD

Steve Sherrell

GENEVA n 23. Good Templar Park

51 South Spring Street | Elgin

1020 Cedar Avenue, Suite 2B St. Charles


n 15. Balance Bodyworks Gallery n 24. Gallery 28

4. Fine Line Creative Arts Center

37W570 Bolcum Road | St. Charles Carol Kazwick Nancy Krahn Amy Simpson AmySimpsonGlass Come enjoy two galleries, demonstrations in our teaching studios, artists’ trunk shows, and prairie strolls.

n 5. Sally Smith

4N817 Crane Road | St. Charles

n 6. Aubles Baubles

41W091 Colson Drive | St. Charles

n 7. A Gallery of Nature

Wasco Nursery – 41W781 Route 64 St. Charles – 630-584-4424

n 8. Peggy Sue Seehafer

4N115 Trotter Lane | St. Charles

1120 East Main Street | St. Charles

16. St. Charles Arts Council Pop-Up Gallery at Pheasant Run Enjoy all of our Pop-Up Galleries –

and our Public Art Celebration Project – Student Show in the Pop-Up Galleries at Pheasant Run 4051 East Main Street | St. Charles

628 East Side Drive | Geneva

28 North Fourth Street | Geneva

n 25. Proud Fox Gallery

213 West State Street | Geneva

n 26. Republic of Letters

1 West State Street, Suite 103 Geneva –

n 27. Greater Geneva Art Guild

American Legion, 22 South 2nd Street Geneva

Join us for art demos and exhibitions, and explore 26 artist studios.

n 35. Waterline Writers

160 South Water Street | Batavia

n 36. Felicia Raschke

550 Wind Energy Pass | Batavia

AURORA n 37. Aurora Regional Fire Museum

53 North Broadway | Aurora

n 38. Aurora Artists Studios

50 East Galena Boulevard | Aurora Cheryl Holz Anne Von Ehr

Enjoy all of our Pop-Up Galleries – -run-galleries

n 28. Beech Tree Studio

n 39. Aurora Fastprint

500 South Third Street, Suite 117 Geneva –

54 East Galena Boulevard | Aurora

n 17. Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run

n 29. Chilled Palette

n 40. If These Walls Could Talk

500 South Third Street, Suite 117 Geneva –

32 South Stolp Avenue | Aurora

n 30. School of ART

n 41. Zen Loft Wellness Center

4051 East Main Street | St. Charles 8 p.m. performance

n 18. St. Charles Public Library 1 South 6th Avenue | St. Charles

n 19. Fox.Build with Hollis Levine

11 East Main Street | St. Charles

1772 South Randall Road, #220 Geneva

BATAVIA n 31. Nancy Neill Designs

Challenge Properties, 335 North River Street, #208 | Batavia

6 West Downers Place | Aurora

n 42. Aurora Public Art Commission

20 East Downer Place | Aurora

n 43. Gallery 1904 1 East Benton Street | Aurora For its part on the day, Fine Line n 9. Art Box n 32. Batavia Arts Council n 20. AHC Advisors with 720 North 17th Street, Suite 5 will open its doors for studio 11 East Wilson | Batavia Carole Sluski St. Charles – n 44. SciTech Hands On Museum 380 South First Street | St. Charles demonstrations and tours 18 West Benton Street | Aurora n 10. St. Charles Arts Council Laura Lynne Art n 33. Aurora Art League of the facilities. We will have Pop-Up Gallery Batavia Public Library n 21. Sculpture in the Park 311 North Second Street , Suite 100 10 South Batavia Avenue | Batavia Mt. St. Mary Park | St. Charles Wheatley Design Prints Blacksmithing, Weaving, Basket St. Charles, Indigo Dyeing and Pottery St Charles Arts Council art-galleries/ Short Bench Woodworks n 22. Feng Biddle Studio Art in Public Places Project 506 South 14th Street | St. Charles Wheel Throwing. There will be a n 11. Fuseneo Visit for stories, 309 North 2nd Street | St. Charles n 45. Santori Public Library info, and images of 170-plus works of trunk show by three local artists. 101 South River Street | Aurora public art in STC. Get the Otocast app to hear artists talk about 25 pieces sited all Carol Kazwick a mixed media around the city. artist who produces unique cards and pictures. Her work explores the natural world, texture, and color. Nancy A special thanks to Colonial Café, Fast Color Krahn an original jewelry artist, who has been Printing, and Cooper Hong Inc., who provided exhibiting at regional and national art shows sponsorship for this, this First Fox Valley Arts for over 20 years and Amy Simpson a fused Ramble. glass artist who creates amazing colorful glass pieces. So shake off those winter blues, stop by Fine Line where you can grab refreshments and a It’s a wonderful opportunity to purchase a gift map of the day’s activities. ahead of mother’s day! These locations are Fox River Arts Ramble Headquarters and will provide maps, refreshments and bathrooms.

Sharon Wright - Rusted Away, Sarah Misa - Amaryllis Fomossissima Hybrid

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the rich and mind expanding possibilities of examining the history of the lab, it’s unique setting, personalities past and present and experimental future. My hope is that unexpected cerebral, visual and auditory inputs will result in experimental explorations into intersecting nodal ambiguities.


Upstairs in the Kane County Chronicle Gallery located on the second floor of Water Street Studios Georgia Schwender will exhibit cyanotypes of the native prairie created during her artist-in-residence at Homestead National Monument in Beatrice Nebraska.


Water Street Studios Gallery new exhibits:

‘Fermilab’s artist-in-residence: Lindsay Olson & Jim Jenkins” and “Homestead National Monument artist-in-residence: Georgia Schwender” Water Street Studios’ Dempsey Family Gallery will display the work created by two of Fermilab’s artist-in-residence, Lindsay Olson and Jim Jenkins. Fermilab is America’s national laboratory dedicated to particle physics research. To initiate and stimulate communication and interactions among scientists, artists and the public, the Artist-in-Residence program was founded in 2014.

The opening receptions will be held on April 13th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. In addition to viewing the work and meeting the artists who created it, there will also be small selection of appetizers by Gaetano’s Batavia, a bar featuring beer from Solemn Oath Brewery and wine. All proceeds from bar sales go to support arts programming at Water Street Studios. All exhibits continue until May 5th, 2018. Thank you to event sponsor, K. Hollis Jewelers. Opening receptions will be held Friday, April 13th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The shows in both galleries will be on view during regular public gallery hours: Friday, 2-6 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. at 160 S. Water Street in Batavia. Enterprises Inc. If you are interested in performing at Water Street Studios for our Live Art Series please apply online at:

Lindsay Olson writes, “I am fascinated by the behavior of natures’ fundamental building blocks. As the first artist-in-residence with Fermilab, I use my art to invite others with little or no technical background to explore the elegant world of particle physics.” Jim Jenkins writes, “as the 2017 Fermilab Artist-in-Residence, I was open to FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

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before mortgages and family demanded a more “regular” profession. Anyway, here I am years later back in business of organizing and guiding tours to Ireland and Europe and beyond and I’m loving every minute of it.


The big difference of course is that apart from being older and wiser, I now get to bring tours to my native Ireland as well as to my favourite destinations in Europe. I had no idea as I drove the highways and byways of Ireland’s provinces that I would be inviting visitors to come to Ireland with me. The years of experience, the memories, the history, geography, culture, language, art, and literature, all the things we immigrants hold dear, I can now share with those who travel home with me. I have never really left the travel business behind as I have been putting together Irish tours and itineraries for friends during most of the 30 years that I’ve been in America. It’s only last year when an annual Irish Tour became 3 tours that I realized I have been heading in this direction for some time.

Happy Trails with Shay I retired from McNally’s Pub on New Year’s Eve and began another chapter in this adventure of life. You might say that I’ve come full circle as I am back in the travel business where I began my working life back in 1968 with Ireland’s leading tour operator, Joe Walsh Tours. I took to it like a duck to water and traveled extensively through the resorts of Europe and further afield. Spain’s Balearic and Canary Islands, Italy’s Amalfi and Adriatic Coasts, the Greek Isles and the North African beaches of Tunisia were my playground for some great years FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

My years at McNally’s Irish Pub were among the happiest of my life and even though I had semi-retired early last year, I knew that my days were numbered and that I needed to find another income stream that would be both less demanding and less stressful. One that would use my experience while allowing me be independent. The opportunity for change presented itself in the person of David House, an “old school” tour operator that I took to the moment I met him. He has

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become a friend and mentor. His company InterTrav Corp, a family operated company in St. Charles IL specializing in group tours for over 45 years is now my new headquarters. This year I have 5 tours going to Ireland including a walking tour and a foodie tour, 2 to Italy, one to Spain, one to Germany for Oktoberfest, and in December a tour to the Christmas markets in Austria, Germany and Italy.


Intertrav has an incredible network of drivers, guides and hotels all over the world with the in-house expertise to coordinate and design custom tours for any occasion. So, why not put your own group together and travel free as a group leader. That’s what we do. We plan it all for you including brochures and promotional material. It’s all on our website, or call me at 1-847452-7764 and I’d be delighted to tell you all about it.

This year I have 5 tours going to Ireland including a walking tour and a foodie tour, 2 to Italy, one to Spain, one to Germany for Oktoberfest, and in December a tour to the Christmas markets in Austria, Germany and Italy.

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Spring in Music City Flowers begin blooming and the sounds of music fill the air. It can only mean one thing: spring has arrived in Music City. The changing of weather provides an opportunity to get outside and mix it up. Music City has indoor and outdoor offerings to satisfy all interests – from music and art, to sports and adventure. MUSIC Around Town Nashville’s weather isn’t the only thing heating up this spring. Music City is home to over 180 live music venues and numerous musical attractions featuring new exhibits and interactive tours. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum houses over 2.5 million artifacts including, stage costumes, musical instruments, the Wall of Gold Records, and more. Opening on May 25th is the “Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ‘70s” exhibit which features untold stories and artifacts from “outlaws” such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Jessie Colter, and more. Other notable musical attractions in town include the Ryman Auditorium, Historic RCA Studio B, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. For a taste of Nashville’s flipside, stop by Jack White’s Third Man Records, which houses a record store, record booth, and live music venue. Recently, Third Man FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

Records has added studio tours on Fridays and Saturdays. Looking for live music to satisfy a lower budget? Music City’s honky tonks line Lower Broadway and feature live music 7 days a week with no cover charge, starting at 10:00am. Nashville is also known for our creative songwriting community, and Music City offers a variety of places you can experience songs performed by the people who wrote them. Check out the Bluebird Cafe, Listening Room Café, or 3rd and Lindsley for a genuine Nashville singer/ songwriter experience in an intimate setting. Looking for rock, Americana, alternative, hip hop, or other genres? Check out Exit/In, Mercy Lounge, The Basement, Marathon Music Works, and more for a range of performances around town. Ascend Amphitheater The state-of-the-art Ascend Amphitheater is located in Nashville’s SoBro district not too far from Downtown Broadway. Ascend is kicking off their 2018 lineup on May 2nd with Jack Johnson and Fruition, and will also host Brantley Gilbert, Vance Joy, Willie Nelson, and

more during the spring and summer months. Rolling Stones Exhibit Need to duck inside to avoid a springtime shower? You’re in luck. Stop by the Rolling Stones Exhibit at the Musician’s Hall of Fame and Museum. The Rolling Stones Exhibit has stopped in London, New York City, Chicago, and Las Vegas. And it’s making its final stop in Music City at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. The Rolling Stones Exhibit tells the story of the most influential rock band in history through more than 500 artifacts and memorabilia from the past 54 years. OUTDOOR ATTRACTIONS Cheekwood Estate & Gardens Enjoy the outdoors and arts at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Cheekwood in Bloom marks the beginning of spring when over 150,000 spectacular blooms take over at the estate. The event lasts through April 15th and hosts family-friendly programming, live music, and a beer garden

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every Saturday and Sunday.

taking in a Nashville Sounds game.

Visiting after the end of Cheekwood in Bloom? No worries, Cheekwood has plenty of additional spring activities, including Australian artist Amanda Parer’s Intrude exhibit featuring larger-than-life glowing inflatable rabbits on Cheekwood’s scenic landscape, which will be on display from May 1 – May 27.

The Sounds Fun Zone is located in the Plaza is perfect for children and families. The area features a large slide, a giant blow up chair, a speed pitch, and more.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere Take a stroll through the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere and experience over 370 different animal species. Recently, the zoo has added four new exhibits, including Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear, which opened on March 15th. The exhibit features an unobstructed view of the Andean Bear from a Peruvian lodge. The lodge will also contain educational displays and feature a 16-foot aquarium with fresh stingrays and other species from the Peruvian Amazon Basin. Once leaving the exhibit, visitors will be greeted with the world’s smallest deer, the pudu, and the viscacha, a cute rodent. Other new exhibits that can be found at the Nashville Zoo include a Spider Monkey Exhibit, Sumatran Tiger Exhibit, and White Rhinoceros Exhibit. Or, you can check out the zoo from an elevated angle on the Soaring Eagle zip line. Nashville Sounds & First Tennessee Park Whether you’re a baseball-fan or not, everyone can enjoy a night out at First Tennessee Park. Home to the Nashville Sounds, AAA Affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, First Tennessee Park has top-notch food and drink offerings at multiple vendors or at The Band Box. The Band Box in right field features several entertainment options including ping pong, cornhole, putt-putt, foosball and shuffleboard, with the baseball field serving as the primary backdrop. With a laid-back atmosphere, this outdoor bar and restaurant is ideal for socializing with your friends or colleagues, while FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

NASHVILLE PARKS Springtime in Nashville is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the warmer weather in the urban and rural green spaces that the city has to offer. Nashville is home to many public parks and Greenways which connect to neighborhoods, shopping areas, open spaces, and other points of activity. Centennial Park is 132 acres and features The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the Athenian original. Centennial Park also has a one-mile walking trail, and many other historic shrines to see. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, in Germantown, is a great area to enjoy the outdoors and discover Tennessee’s rich history. While you’re there, make sure to stop by the Nashville Farmers Market which features 19 restaurants and shops, farmers, artisans, crafters, and specialty merchants in season. Take a walk through Music City Walk of Fame Park to see the stars from different genres who have contributed to the music industry, and hold a special connection with Nashville. Inductees include Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Reba McEntire, Emmylou Harris, Little Richard, Hank Williams, Vince Gill, Kings of Leon, Keith Urban, and more. The Warner Parks (Edwin and Percy), in West Nashville, combine to make 2,684 acres to include picnic areas, hiking trails, running courses, and so much more. Other suggested parks in Nashville include Eastlast Park, Shelby Bottoms Park, Fannie Mae Dees Park, Cumberland Park, and Riverfront Park. Nashville B-Cycle is another fun way to explore

the city of Nashville and get outdoors. B-cycle is a fee-based bike-share program where bikes can be rented at 36 B-stations throughout the city for a minimal cost. Looking for a dog-friendly park? Warner, Shelby, and Centennial Parks are dog-friendly. FESTIVALS AND EVENTS Cherry Blossom Festival The 10th Annual Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival will celebrate springtime and Japanese culture on Saturday, April 14th at Nashville’s Public Square Park. It kicks off with a Cherry Blossom Walk, followed by festivities that include demonstrations and exhibits of Japanese culture, the Ginza Marketplace with Japanese products, Taste of Japan with food from local Japanese restaurants, youthful Japanese culture, and live entertainment. Nashville Comedy Festival Experience Nashville with a laugh. The Nashville Comedy Festival, featuring some of the funniest comedians in the world, takes place in Music City April 16-22. This year’s lineup includes Jeff Dunham, Tim Allen, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and more. St. Jude Rock n Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon In April, more than 30,000 runners, walkers, and wheelchairs will attempt the annual Rock ‘N’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon through the streets of Music City lined with 26 stages as live bands perform the soundtrack of the day. The main marathon will take place on April 28, with a KiDS Rock race on April 29 and a 1-mile race happening April 26.

Craft Fair at Centennial Park is the place for you. Kicking off on May 4th, the annual crafts fair serves as a market for fine crafts, a conduit for demonstrations and hands-on opportunities, and also offers the chance to meet and talk with professional craft artists. The three-day crafts festival attracts more than 45,000 people to view the craftsmanship of more than 200 exhibitors. Nashville Film Festival The 49th annual Nashville Film Festival will showcase over 300 films from across the globe from May 10th-19th at the Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 in Nashville. Festival-goers enjoy a plethora of works including documentaries and narrative features, as well as animated and experimental shorts. Panels and workshops are also offered for those looking to enrich their knowledge beyond the screen. Iroquois Steeplechase Benefitting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Iroquois Steeplechase is the premier spring race meet in American steeplechasing and Music City’s traditional rite of spring. Seven races are held throughout the day and the event typically attracts more than 25,000 spectators decked out in their finest spring wardrobe, including the biggest and best hats in the South.

Tennessee Craft Fair Interested in arts and crafts or want to do a little shopping? The Tennessee

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out & about Snapshots of what’s going on around The Fox.

Fox Valley Dining & Social Club’s First Event at All Chocolate Kitchen Store/ PRIMO Restaurant

Valley Vision Center in Geneva

Balloon Creation by Midwest Fun Factory

Salsa Verde in Batavia FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

The Republic of Letters in Geneva

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Fireworks in Dundee on St. Patrick’s Day

Happy Hour at Eden On The River

Shay Clarke emceeing the St. Patrick’s Parade in St. Charles

Irish Marching Band in St. Patrick’s Parade

Paul Lencioni kicks off 90th Anniversary Celebration FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / April 2018

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