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Party Foods

– Sara Snelling


Featured Dishes


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Taste of Batavia Block Party Held Labor Day Weekend


Aurora Greenfest


Geneva Park District Events


Art and Soul on the Fox


St. Charles Jazz Weekend


Montgomery Fest


First Ever Music Matters Summer Fest on the Batavia Riverwalk


Home Front: Echoes of the Great War Exhibit Opening


Grand Scottish Fare Comes to Campton Hills


Alley Art Festival brings More than 70 Artists to Water Street Mall


St. Charles Sculptor Shares Vision and Inspiration for Park Foundation Fundraiser


Naper Settlements Events and Programs


North Central College Events


An Evening of Random Acts


Largest Bridal Event of the Year comes to Pheasant Run Resort!


Feature 48

Interview with Nick Smith Director of Munger Road and Restauranteur


Arts & Entertainment 54

Arts and Entertainment around the Fox Valley

Travel 70

Lake Geneva Venetian Festival


Out & About 72

Faces and places from around The Fox

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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

Party Foods

Crowd pleasers that don’t break the bank or your back! And there are plenty of ideas here for guests with different dietary needs BY SARA SNELLING


This is a real crowd- pleaser. I had a hard time not eating all last time I made it for a party. It’s so simple but SO delicious! Make sure you sue those garden herbs if you have them! What You Need • 1 1/2 lb baby potatoes (gold or red potatoes), unpeeled • Water • 2 tsp salt • 1/4 cup chopped red onions • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley • 1/4 cup chopped dill • 2 tbsp capers Dijon Vinaigrette • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar • 2 tsp Dijon mustard • 1/2 tsp ground sumac • 1/2 tsp black pepper • 1/4 tsp ground coriander


What You Do Wash and dry potatoes. Slice potatoes thinly using a mandoline or carefully slice by hand. Place potatoes in a pot and add water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil. Add salt and turn to simmer until potatoes are tender about 6 minutes or so. In the meantime, add vinaigrette ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until well-combined When potatoes are ready, remove from heat and drain. Place potatoes on a tray or baking sheet and immediately add the vinaigrette (while potatoes are warm), toss to coat. Let potatoes sit for 10 minutes until flavors meld. Add onions, fresh herbs, and capers. Toss gently to combine. Transfer potatoes to a serving dish or bowl. Serve at room temperature.

MINI BREAKFAST QUICHES! (Gf And Ovo Vegetarian- If Made Without Meat Of Course)

These are tiny little guys but so popular and so satisfying- and you can make them SO many ways! They’re not too expensive and they go FAST! For party-friendly versions try sun-dried tomato and feta, or prosciutto and gorgonzola mini quiche! These are also great for on-the-go breakfast). (Makes 12 large or about 24 -30 mini muffins) What You Need • 12 cage-free eggs • 2 Cups chopped veggies of your choice • 1/4 tsp each of pepper, salt • 1/2 lb meat optional (use only 1 Cup veggies)

What You Do • Preheat oven to 350°. • In a bowl, beat eggs, then vegetables, salt, pepper • Stir in meat (and cheese) • Spoon 1/3 cupfuls into greased muffin cups • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes for large, 10-12 min for small, or until a knife inserted comes out clean

AVOCADO SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE DIP (GF and Vegan) What You Need • 1 large or 2 small avocados (about 1/2 pound total), halved and pitted • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or more if needed • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

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• Pinch of red pepper flakes • Freshly ground black pepper • 1 1/2 cups packed baby spinach (about 1 1/2 ounces) • 1/2 cup well-drained marinated artichokes (from 5-ounce jar) • Serve with homemade pita chips, crackers, or veggies What You Do Using a spoon, scoop the avocado flesh into a food processor. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper flakes, and several twists of black pepper. Blend until smooth, pausing to scrape down the sides as necessary. Add the spinach and artichokes and pulse until they are roughly chopped, 15 to 20 times, pausing to scrape down the sides if necessary. Season to taste with additional salt or lemon juice, if needed. Transfer the dip to a small serving bowl and serve with pita chips, crackers, or veggies. *If you have fresh herbs from a garden, don’t be afraid to use them in here! I tossed in a homemade basil, chive and parsley pesto with garlic. YUM!

“BRING THAT BREAD THAT YOU MAKE” BREAD (Vegetarian) Cheesy. Easy. YUM. Like the movie- gone in 60 seconds. What You Need • 1 oval loaf of hard crusted dense bread • 1 stick of butter • 2 cloves minced garlic • 1 teaspoon dried oregano • 1 tablespoon crushed rosemary • 1 tablespoon dried parsley • 1½ tablespoon pesto • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese What You Do Preheat oven to 350F FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

In a medium pan, sautĂŠ garlic in butter for 2 minutes over medium heat. Add oregano, rosemary, and parsley, stir and remove from heat to cool slightly. Cut the bread on the diagonal into 1 inch diamonds. Do not cut all the way through the bread, just to the bottom of the loaf so it will hold together. Stir in peso to butter herb mixture. Pry open each area of the bread spooning butter mixture through out each slice of the bread. Continue until all butter is used. Stuff shredded cheese into each crack of the bread. Place the loaf in aluminum foil closing tightly creating a tent on the top so the melted cheese does not stick. I found it was easier to spray the foil with Pam so it does not stick after it is melted. Bake in oven for 15 minutes, until cheese is mostly melted. Unwrap foil and bake 5 more minutes Serve immediately with plenty of napkins.

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Featured Dishes Must try appetizers, entrees, desserts or cocktails available at local Fox Valley restaurants. Block Island Swordfish

Blackened with roasted red pepper sauce. *Available for a limited time. Catch 35 Naperville 35 S Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540 1-630-717-3500

Arancia Salad

Enjoy crisp romaine tossed with candied almonds, green onion, and mandarin oranges, served with our housemade, sweet and tangy vinaigrette. Chianti’s 201 S 3rd St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-232-02


Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Chef-inspired red and white Peruvian quinoa, topped with seasoned breakfast sausage, sauteed baby spinach, grilled portabella mushrooms, tomatoes, caramelized onions, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, and topped with two poached eggs. Colonial Café & Ice Cream 2 St. Charles locations - Algonquin -Aurora Crystal Lake - Elgin - Naperville

Napa Chicken

Apple, Goat Cheese, Dried Cherry, Corn, Avocado, Toasted Marcona, Almonds, Cilantro, Tomato, Honey Mustard Vinaigrette. Pairs with our Cooper’s Hawk White. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant 3710 E Main St. St Charles, IL 60174 1-630-940-1000

Summer Berry French Toast

French Toast with marinated berries & lemon crème. Craft Urban 211 James St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-331-248-8161


Pita bread stuffed with Falafel, spread hummus, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and tahini sauce. Eden on The River 1 Illinois St. St. Charles, IL 60174 1-630-945-3332

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Burrata + Roasted Grapes

Toast | charred grapes | Wisconsin burrata | pesto | evoo | sea salt | pistachios

EPH Bison Burger

Locally-Raised Bison with Red Pepper Aioli on a bed of arugula, topped with bleu cheese crumbles and duck bacon.

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Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwich

Chopped breast of chicken, granny smith apples, red grapes, celery,mayonnaise, and onions, on a choice of wheat or croissant. Available for lunch. Fiora’s 317 S. 3rd Street Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-262-1317 FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

Honey Ricotta

Evoo | honeycomb | micro basil | fig mostarda | grilled toast. Livia Italian Eatery 207 S 3rd St, Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-402-6444

Angus Sliders

All natural angus beef topped with Irish Cheddar cheese. McNally’s Irish Pub 109 W. Main Street St. Charles, IL 60174 1-630-513-6300

Cured Duck Leg

Smoked cherry glaze, crispy goat cheese polenta, braised Swiss chard & pickled garlic, pistachio gremolata. Niche 14 S 3rd St Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-262-1000

Filet Mignon

Served with creamy polenta, agrodolce roasted heirloom carrots and beef Demi glacĂŠ. Osteria Bigolaro 317 W State St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-402-0597

Miso Glazed Chilean Seabass

Jasmine rice, napa cabbage, tiny shrimp, broccoli, pickled onions and crushed peanuts. ROX City Grill at Hotel Baker 100 W. Main St. St. Charles, IL 60174 1-630-845-5800

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White Tiger Signature Maki

Shrimp tempura, cucumber, cilantro and spicy crab topped with seared salmon, pico de gallo and citrus mayo. Shakou St. Charles 312 W Main St. St Charles, IL 60174 1-630-444-0850

Braised Lamb Shank

Braised Lamb Shank with roasted root vegetables and a rosemary au jus. The Finery & Blacksmith Bar 305 W. Main Street St Charles, IL 60174 1-630-940-2380 FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

Warm Pretzels Appetizer

Pretzels with beer mustard and home-made cheddar cheese sauce. The Grandstander 507 S. 3rd Street Geneva, IL 60134 1-331-248-0919

Warm Apple Pie

Apple pie with a buttery crust, ice cream, caramel sauce & whipped cream. The Office 201 E Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174 1-630-549-0287

Silver Dollar S’mores

A trio of marshmallow-filled chocolate chip cookie sandwiches. Topgolf Naperville 3211 Odyssey Ct. Naperville, IL 60563 1-630-596-1000

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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Eat Aurora WHEN: Wednesday, Aug 1 through Sunday, Aug 5 2018 WHERE: 14 restaurants in downtown Aurora TIME: Business hours as applicable at participating restaurants Eat Aurora is Aurora Downtown’s first downtown restaurant week from Wednesday, Aug 1 through Sunday, Aug 5. Wednesday, Aug 1 kicks off the inaugural downtown restaurant week that welcomes visitors to enjoy discounts and menu specials at 14 restaurants in downtown Aurora. Patrons need only to mention “Eat Aurora” or downtown restaurant week at participating restaurants to get the offered discounts or menu specials. Tickets or coupons are not needed. Eat Aurora is a way for locals and visitors alike to enjoy downtown offerings while restaurants can thank frequent customers and entice newbies. Discounts and menu specials vary. Please check with participating restaurants for up-to-date information. For more information on downtown events, visit FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018





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Taste of Batavia Block Party Held Labor Day Weekend Stop out for $3 food tastings, live music, a classic car cruise night and more. Batavia MainStreet, in partnership presenting sponsors Xfinity & First State Bank will host the annual Downtown Batavia Block Party – Taste of Batavia will be held Sunday, September 2nd from 4 to 9 p.m. on North River Street and at the Peg Bond Center. The event will be held in downtown Batavia. Batavia restaurants will line Batavia’s Riverwalk during the event for $3 food tastings as well as $6 and $9 larger plate options from your favorites. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

“The Block Party is going to be a great night in downtown Batavia full of music and fun,” states Batavia MainStreet board member, committee chairman and owner of Music Matters School of Music, Jeff Matter. “This is the chance for everyone to enjoy a block party because downtown is everyone’s neighborhood.” There will also be a variety of $3 and $6 alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available and live music from locals Evan Reid and River City Revival with our always engaging headliners Dick Diamond and the Dusters. Join us for a classic car cruise night, pie bake off, twistoff and hula-hoop competitions, and children’s activities area with free bounce houses.

town restaurants participating at their locations. Batavia MainStreet is a 501©3 not-for-profit 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 or call 630.761.3528.

Participating Restaurants: • Gammon Coach House • Team FIB BBQ • Fernando’s of El Taco Grande • Wilson Street Tavern • Pal Joey’s Batavia • River’s Edge Bar & Grill • Bernie’s Bully Dogs • Rivers Edge Bar & Grill • Andre’s Restaurant Make sure to stop at other down-

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Aurora Greenfest There’s Something Green Happening Here! The Aurora GreenFest is moving to September! We want to get the schools and scouts more involved by holding the GreenFest during the school year. We are also hoping to get some milder weather after a few very hot years. We will celebrate our ninth annual GreenFest on Saturday, September 22nd, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will be in our same location, at Prisco Community Center and McCullough Park at 150 W. Illinois Ave. in Aurora. As always, the Aurora GreenFest is a free event, so you can bring the whole family. We are seeking lots of wonderful, sustainability-minded exhibitors, including local non-profits and businesses with a green story to tell. We welcome local farmers, who help us find clean, organic food, that hasn’t flown hundreds or thousands of miles to reach our tables. We also want local artists and crafters with a theme of reusing old or found objects or nature themes. Volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors can sign up on our website, www.auroragreenfest. com. Our theme for this year is “Something Green is Happening Here,” which you may recognize as a take-off on Mayor Irvin’s slogan, “Something Great is Happening Here.” Something Green can include ways to make our food healthier or our homes healthier and more energy efficient. It includes ways to make our transportation use less gas and produce less pollution, including carbon dioxide. That’s why we always have our Green Car Show every year. It can FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

be ways to do the four R’s, reduce, reuse, recycle, and repair. What you repair or reuse stays out of the landfill and reduces the resources we have to take out of the earth. Something green can mean reconnecting to come together to build a sustainable, resilient community. We have kids’ activities for fun and education. Kids are the future. We do this for ourselves and for them. Something green also means connecting with nature. The Chicago Herpetological Society will be back again this year, promoting our connection with nature and the importance of habitat and species preservation. Nature exhibits, featuring bats, eagles, bees, skunks and other creatures are always a big favorite. Loving nature is one way to teach children and grownups to protect the earth. Live music and local food create a festival atmosphere. Green-friendly energy sources show ways to save money and save the world at the same time.

this year’s festival, in accordance with John C. Dunham’s dream of “making the world a more comfortable, safer place for mankind to live and prosper.” Come and volunteer. Or be a sponsor and partner. We still have a few openings for exhibitors to showcase your wares. Please to visit our website at www.AuroraGreenFest. com. Parents bring your kids. Kids bring your parents. Come to the Aurora GreenFest on September 22nd .

Other great exhibits include: • A bike, car and truck show featuring electric vehicles, including a new Tesla, a Nissan Leaf, and a Chevy Volt. • A Kids Eco-village with games, crafts and recycled art projects. Kids teaching kids. • A local market and trade show with more than 100 exhibitors • Local organic farmers • And more! “This year’s GreenFest is going to be the best one ever,” said Mavis Bates, festival founder and organizer. “Now more than ever it’s important that we grow and nurture our local sustainability movement. We love bringing our community together to celebrate our planet.” Aurora GreenLights, an affiliate of The Conservation Foundation, organizes the festival. The Dunham Fund has generously agreed to be a major sponsor of

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GENEVA PARK DISTRICT Concert in the Park – The Ethan Bell Band

August 1, 7:00pm With their skillful instrumentals, creative cover mashups, and new songs that blur the line between country, pop, and hip-hop, The Ethan Bell Band has been humbly compared to their influencers – Zac Brown Band and Florida Georgia Line. Their first single, “Party Bus”, is gaining buzz as the band tirelessly promotes their release at local radio and internet stations. Their first EP will drop next year. NEW FOR 2018 – Each concert will feature food for sale from Deane’s Market & Deli and Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream. Plus, don’t miss the beer tent featuring beer from Penrose Brewing Company. 2018 Concerts in the Park are sponsored by the Shodeen Family Foundation, The Chiropractic People, Graham’s Fine Chocolates and Ice Cream, Penrose Brewing Company, Deane’s Market and Deli, and the Kane County Chronicle. River Park, 101 North River Lane, Geneva, IL 60134


Movie in the Park – “Justice League” August 2, dusk (approx. 8:30pm) Join us under the stars for free Movies in the Park this summer! See “Justice League” on the big screen at Island Park on August 2. Movies begin at dusk, or approximately 8:30 pm. Don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair! Concessions will be available for purchase. Movies in the Park are sponsored by the Kane County Chronicle. For more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit Island Park, Geneva, IL 60134 (location may change due to flooding) Flick n Float – “Wonder Woman”

August 3, dusk (approx. 8:30 pm) As the sun sets at Sunset Pool, grab a floatie or an inner tube and enjoy a cool poolside screening of “Wonder Woman”! Plus, walk the red carpet from 6:00 – 8:00 pm during Hollywood Night. Twilight admission rates apply. For more information, call 630-2324542 or visit Sunset Pool, 710 Western Ave, Geneva, IL 60134

Sunset Dance Company Informational Meeting August 5, 5:30 - 6:00 pm Interested in joining the Sunset Dance Company? Come learn about our award-winning group, and how you can become a part of it for the 2018-2019 season. For more information, call 630-232-4542 or email genevasunsetdancers@ Sunset Community Center, 710 Western Avenue, Geneva Geneva Friendly Seniors’ Monthly Luncheon August 8, 12:30 - 3:00 pm Geneva Friendly Seniors is open to those ages 50+ who reside in Geneva or the surrounding communities. Make new friends and have fun! This month, join us for an Ice Cream Social, then play Tripoley and BINGO. $5.00 ($6.00 after August 3). Register at, at Sunset Community Center, or by calling 630232-4542. Sunset Community Center, 710 Western Avenue, Geneva Teen Night – Color War August 9, 8:00 – 10:00 pm Teens, wear a plain white t-shirt and receive a color powder packet to throw at your friends. (You’ll end up with a colorful t-shirt to take home.) Then take a dip in the pool. Weather permitting. $5 (N/R $6) per person. For more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit genevaparks. org. Sunset Pool, 710 Western Ave, Geneva National S’mores Day Campfire August 10, 6:30 - 7:30 pm Fluffy, squishy, yummy, and sticky — no one can resist s’mores! Bring the whole family for fun and dessert around a campfire at Peck Farm Park. $5.00 per person ($7.00 non-resident). Register at Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva

be signed by all participants. For more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit Sunset Community Center, 710 Western Ave, Geneva Sunset Dance Company Placement August 12, 1:00 - 3:00 pm 2018-2019 Sunset Dance Company Placement will take place on August 12, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at Sunset Community Center. Please bring a water bottle to the placement event. Placement is open to dancers ages 5 and up. All levels are welcome. Register at genevaparks. org using registration code 3210334. The Sunset Dance Company offers an inviting atmosphere with affordable instruction for dancers ages 5 and up. Company members study and perform at a higher level of expectation, taking three or more dance classes a week. The Company performs at a variety of events, and participates in competitions. For more information, call 630232-4542 or email Sunset Community Center, 710 Western Ave, Geneva Back to School Festival August 18, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Bring the whole family to Peck Farm Park and have one last fun-filled day before school starts! Enjoy games, activities, crafts, a birds of prey presentation, and more! Food will be available for purchase. Sponsored by Crossland Travel, CIBC Banking Center, Deane’s Market & Deli, Graham’s Fine Chocolates and Ice Cream, Geneva Family Dental, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Kane County Chronicle, and The Safe & Fair Food Company. For more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva

Fitness Demo Day August 11, various class times Try out a variety of FREE 30-minute fitness classes on Saturday, August 11! Demos will be held at Sunset Community Center unless otherwise noted. Classes are open to ages 14 and over. Registration is recommended and can be completed online or over the phone. Waivers must

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AUGUST 4TH AND 5TH Join in the celebration! Art and Soul on the Fox marks the 10th year of this art and entertainment event in Elgin, a hub of creative and cultural activity. The Riverside Drive Promenade in Elgin is once again ‘where the action is’ on the first weekend in August. Stroll along the Fox River and enjoy a variety of artist creations. This juried show is made up a group of very talented artists working in a wide range of mediums. Chat with these artists. They are an eclectic group and are happy to meet you and answer any questions about their work. Search for that special item to get a head start on holiday shopping. Eat a delicious lunch from the expanded food truck area. The KidZone will present spirited expressions of talented Elgin youth. Enjoy live entertainment both on stage and on foot. You will be treated to steel drums and vocals, beautiful harmonies and original songs, Gospel choir music, passionate vocals with guitar, and classical voice performances. Have a Tin Type photo portrait done on site or have a henna artist decorate you.


This event changes and improves from year to year always striving to present a great show. Come and enjoy this terrific arts celebration. Easy access on the bike path, by train, or by car (free parking). Go to for details and a sneak preview.

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St. Charles Jazz Weekend 7th Annual Jazz Weekend to Feature 27 Live Jazz performances including Dana Hall, John Wojciechowski and three-time Grammy Award winning saxophonist Frank Catalano. The Downtown St. Charles Partnership is excited to announce that the 7th Annual St. Charles Jazz Weekend is hosting free, live jazz music on Sept. 6-9 throughout Downtown St. Charles. There are 27 different performances set between 16 different venues for brunch, dinner and late night entertainment. This year’s venues include: ROX City Grill, Francesca’s on the River, Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, The Filling Station Pub & Grill, The House Pub, McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub, First Street Plaza, Vintage 53 Wine Bar, The Wine Exchange, The Finery & Blacksmith Bar, Eden on the River and The Office Dining & Spirits. The venues will host many performances from jazz soloists, quintets and more that cover a range of jazz FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

Jenna Sawicki, Executive Director of the Downtown St. Charles Partnership, said she is excited for this year’s lineup. “We are pleased to feature John Wojciechowski, Dana Hall and Frank Catalano,” Sawicki said. “Our new venues this year, such as Eden on the River, The Wine Exchange and Francesca’s on the River, are terrific, as well as the businesses that we have partnered with in the past like ROX City Grill, McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub, The Office and The House Pub.”

styles complementary for their in-house guests. Three-time Grammy Award winning saxophonist Frank Catalano will headline at The Filling Station Pub & Grill on Thursday evening and play again at The House Pub on Friday and Saturday evening.

The Kane County Chronicle and Shaw Media have again partnered with the Downtown St. Charles Partnership for a weekend dedicated for jazz enthusiasts. This year, Sterling Bank is the Presenting Sponsor for St. Charles Jazz Weekend with Fox Valley Auto Group and The Arcada Theater as Gold Sponsors. For the up-to-date schedule, venues and more, please visit Any questions can be directed to the Downtown St. Charles Partnership at 630-443-3967.

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Montgomery Fest 2018 AUGUST 10 - 12TH The 2018 Montgomery Fest schedule is packed with a wide variety of fun activities and entertainment for all age groups. Whether you are a fan of live music, car shows, parades, carnivals, great food, fishing or fireworks, you will be delighted as you spend the weekend of August 10th to the 12th enjoying the festivities in downtown Montgomery. Food and craft vendors kick off the weekend at 5 pm on Friday in Montgomery Park, with the Montgomery Foundation’s beer booth in the food court open from 5-10 pm. The carnival will be offering a $20 wristband good for unlimited rides from 6-10 pm. The wildly popular country band Back Country Roads takes the stage at 6:30 pm and will perform until 10 pm. If you arrive at the Fest early on Saturday, you can take advantage of the $20 wristband special good for unlimited rides from 11 am to 3 pm, or participate in the Downtown Walking Tour at 11 am. Settler’s Cottage will be open from 11 am to 4 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s Main Stage will host local talent at 12 pm when “Montgomery’s Got Talent” hits the stage. Judge for yourself and expect to be impressed! Fire department demonstrations at 12:30 pm in front of the Village Hall will captivate the attention of the younger kids. You also won’t want to miss the annual Montgomery Fire Department Water Fights at 1:30 pm in front of the Village Hall, or the chance to “Drive a Bot” from 12 -3 pm at the Robotics Scrimmage area in the VFW parking lot. They will also have a T-Shirt cannon demonstration at 1 pm! At 4 pm SciTech will present “What’s the Matter with Chemistry?” in front of the Main Stage. 95.9 The River’s Road Crew will be at the fest from 4-6:30 pm, so be sure to stop by their booth! The beer FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

booth will be open again from noon-10 pm on Saturday. Saturday’s musical entertainment kicks off at 2 pm on the Main Stage with The Rack & The Riddler, a 90’s cover band. You also won’t want to miss the high energy performance at 5 pm by LAVA Rock (Led Zepplin, Aerosmith, Van Halen and AC/ DC), and this day of great music wraps up with Semple performing at 8 pm. This energetic band features the vocals of Keith Semple, formerly with 7th Heaven and a semi-finalist on The Voice, and has performed 150 shows a year around the world since 2013. Sunday, August 12th, will provide a wide range of events and activities sure to please everyone. The day kicks off early with a 6 am start time for the Family Fun Carp Fishing Derby and 8 am registration for the Car Show in Austin Park. Dabylon will kick off the entertainment on the main stage from 11:30-12:30, and then the Montgomery Fest Parade, led by Grand Marshal Gary Beyer, begins at 1 pm on Sunday at Main and Mill Street,

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ing south to Watkins, over to River Street and back up to Mill. This year’s parade will include a performance by the 180-member East Aurora High School Band in addition to other local favorites. Winners of the Car Show will be announced at Austin Park at 3 pm and at 5:30 pm Mr. Freeze will entertain the crowd by freezing and blowing things up in front of the main stage. A highlight of Sunday’s entertainment will be the amazing Mudslingers BMX Stunt Team, with performances at 3 and 5 pm in front of the Village Hall. These stunt riders know how to entertain and keep an audience on their edge of their seats! The Montgomery Foundation’s beer booth will be open from noon-9 pm on Sunday. Sunday’s Main Stage will feature a second show by Dabylon from 2-3pm, followed by the Tin Fiddle Band at 3:30 pm. The fun continues as Whiskeyfist takes the stage at 6:30 pm with their country and rock covers. The fun-filled weekend concludes Sunday evening with an amazing fireworks show beginning at 9 pm. Of course, Montgomery Fest always includes everyone’s favorites: the carnival, food vendors, craft and vendor booths, and petting zoo. Community Christian Church will host a family tent offering diaper changing and rest areas, along with free water. Parking downtown is limited, so take advantage of the free shuttle bus service to downtown Montgomery on Saturday and Sunday from Lakewood Creek Elementary School and from the parking lot in front of UHaul on Douglas Road. Busses will run about every half hour from 11 am until about 10 pm both days. It all adds up to a fantastic weekend you won’t want to miss! You can visit the Village’s website at www. to print a Montgomery Fest brochure. The Village of Montgomery would also like to recognize and thank this year’s Montgomery Fest sponsors who make this community event possible, particularly FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

our Diamond, Platinum and Gold Sponsors: Fox Valley Park District, Aurora University, 95.5 The River, Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete, LRS/DC Trash of Illinois, The Lakone Company, The Montgomery Foundation, Walmart, Aurora Township, Blain’s Farm and Fleet, ComEd, Engineering Enterprises, Engler, Callaway, Bastian, et al., Euclid Beverage, Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi & Andersson, Montgomery VFW, Oswego Ledger and Rasmussen College.

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First Ever Music Matters Summer Fest on the Batavia Riverwalk Does Music Matter? Music Matters School of Music thinks so, and they will be putting on their first Music Matters Summer Fest on Saturday, August 11th on the Batavia Riverwalk. This family friendly festival has free admission and is open to the public. Events will take place all day, where people can come and celebrate music, food, art and community. When asked, “why a music festival?” Director Jeffrey Matter said, “We think music really does matter, and every day we get to see how much fun our students have. We want to share this experience with our surrounding communities.” Matter went on to say that they are so excited to offer such a wide variety of music to the festival. “We have local bands like Serendipity, Noah’s Arcade, and Good things, which are all Chicago based bands covering the classics as well as original music. Our students will kick off the festival at 9:00am, and our headliner, The Bad Examples, will take the stage at 8:00pm. For the younger music lovers, the Disney sponsored artist, Ralph’s World, will perform at 3:00pm.” FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

Some of the food vendors include Pal Joey’s, Gaetano’s Batavia, El Taco Grande, and Bernie’s Bully Dogs. There will also be a Kid’s Zone, Art Zone, and Cool-off Zone. For a full stage lineup and more information on the festival, you can visit Music Matters mission is to provide all ages and abilities the skills for a lifelong love of music. We teach piano, percussion, voice, guitar, ukulele, bass, and more. Music Matters encourages questions and makes learning, creating, composing, and discussing music enjoyable for everyone. Music Matters School of Music is located at 24 N Washington Ave, Batavia IL 60510. For more information, please contact Jeffrey Matter at 630406-8742 or visit

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events Red Cross Nurses marching in Illinois Centennial Parade, Walking west down Main Street in St. Charles, Stapleton Studio, c. 1918

Home Front: Echoes of the Great War Exhibit Opening August 24, 2018 5pm-7pm High above the trenches, soldiers witnessed the beginning of military aviation, that would forever alter the shape of modern combat and made World War I unlike any other conflict in human history. November 2018, marks the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I. Despite this landmark occasion, the “War to End All Wars,� as it was called at the time, has received very little attention. Many of the St. Charles soldiers trained at Camp Grant in Rockford, though some were transferred closer to the east coast. Trainee George Vanderhoof wrote to his family in Wasco from Camp Merritt in New Jersey and claimed to be in the best health and mood of his life. This positivity exemplifies the experience of many men during their stateside training. St. Charles men and women played a large part in the war effort both in Europe and at home, and this exhibit aims to bring their accomplishments and difficulties to light. Focusing on the local experience of this global tragedy, our Fall exhibition curated by the Amelia Deering (Summer Intern), Home Front: Echoes of the Great War will bring home the reality of a war often forgotten and overshadowed by the many conflicts of the later 20th century. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

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Grand Scottish Fare Comes to Campton Hills Recent Grand Opening of America’s first authentic traditional Scottish dining experience. In Campton Hills. On Monday, July 9, Balmoral Restaurant celebrated its Grand Opening with bagpipers, Scottish dancers, magicians, a $500 giveaway, hors d’oeuvres and an Open House to showcase all that has gone into the creation of this unique culinary concept. The restaurant had a soft opening on June 4, and since then has amassed more than 50 five-star reviews online. The restaurant opened at 11am, but the real festivities began at 4pm, with a quarter-mile bagpipe and Scottish dance processional, ending at the restaurant. From then, dancing and piping will continued into the evening. Owner Colin Smith has strong opinions about what constitutes authentic Scottish food. “Balmoral is the only truly authentic, traditional Scottish food in the United States,” Smith says. But he should know – as he spent years working at, chefing in, and ultimately owning many different restaurants in England and Scotland before coming to the States. Balmoral Restaurant is Smith’s first establishment in the U.S., which he has spent nearly 3 years building in Campton Hills, Illinois – on the western edge of St. Charles in the Fox Valley. The restaurant takes its name from Balmoral Castle, one of the greatest castles still owned by the British monarchy, first purchased by Prince Albert in 1856 for Queen Victoria. Mr. Smith has long fancied it to be an exemplar of Scottish culture and aristocratic flair. For his restaurant, Smith borrowed liberally from the style of place settings, right down to the exact china and crystal used at the castle. In addition, the interior of Balmoral Restaurant features designs and murals and military lore, to evoke the Scottish experience for restaurant-goers. Owner Smith has worked closely with Executive Chef Ryan Kacenjar to create a one-of-a-kind menu. Menu items include pheasant, rabbit, venison, duck – as well as many favorite items prepared with a Scottish twist. With more than 20 entrees, there are plenty of options to choose from. Stop in Balmoral for maybe have a drink or one of the delicious appetizers, or a dessert by in-house pastry chef Rebecca Weaver – if not a full meal of Grand Scottish Fare.



Alley Art Festival brings More than 70 Artists to Water Street Mall Alley Art Festival has become a summer staple in downtown Aurora, bringing dozens of local artists to the pedestrian-friendly Water Street Mall on the last Saturday in August. On Saturday, August 25, the eighth annual Alley Art Festival brings more than 70 artists to sell their art, jewelry, pottery, handmade goods, and more. Set along the recently renovated Water Street Mall, the grassroots festival is an opportunity to meet and support local artists. It is known as a family-friendly afternoon that encourages an arts-forward community. Live music kicks off at noon with The Aviators, then Anderlik, Otto, and Church at 1 p.m., Eastern Fire Belly Dance at 2 p.m., Town Band at 3 p.m., and Olivia Ports at 4 p.m. “Alley Art Festival is going to launch a fun weekend of art and music on Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora. We’ll have incredible artists - some seasoned, and some showing for the first time - with their one-of-a-kind works. There will be food, ice cream, and fun activities for children. It’s a true day of community,” said Marissa Amoni, event coordinator for Aurora Downtown. On Sunday, City of Lights Ukulele Festival, the brainchild of Alderman Mike Saville holds its inaugural event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Water Street Mall. For more information on downtown events, visit WHEN: Saturday, August 25 2018 WHERE: Water Street Mall, downtown Aurora TIME: 12:00PM to 5:00PM

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St. Charles Sculptor Shares Vision and Inspiration for Park Foundation Fundraiser The first time sculptor Douglas Eageny heard St. Charles Park Foundation treasurer, Vanessa Bell-LaSota, speak about a proposed pet memorial fundraiser, he immediately shared her passion for the project. Like Bell-LaSota and Foundation president, Julie Miller-Longo, who had lost treasured pets, Eageny also had a special place in his heart for a dog who meant so much to him and his family, a labrador retriever named Molly. Molly became Eageny’s model for the larger-than-life-sized steel sculpture that is contoured with steel loops of various sizes along the dog’s body upon which pet tags can be attached. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

Anyone who has ever experienced the loss of a pet knows the pervasive sense of grief that never fully goes away. While treasured pets may leave a hole in our hearts, they no longer have to leave a hole in our lives. The St. Charles Dog Memorial is a way for pet lovers to honor those animals who have brought them so much joy. The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for “Timeless Tags” at Delnor Woods Park on Saturday, August 18, from 10am-12pm. Bring a tag memorializing a beloved pet to place on the sculpture and help this unique work of public art grow into a destination for healing and celebrating the role pets play in our lives. The first 100 guests will receive a dog ball and throw toy. “I thought the memorial was a unique idea,” said Eageny. “Families become attached to their companion animals and the memorial will give them something to visit and interact with.” A self-taught artist with more than 10 years’ experience, Eageny’s work has been showcased at least six times at the St. Charles Park Foundation’s annual “Sculpture in the Park” exhibit at Mt. St. Mary Park, and several of his sculptures grace private collections. “My inspiration to create sculpture arises organically through my use of natural materials,” said Eageny. “I want to repurpose the beauty found in nature. No two pieces of my artwork are alike, just as it is in nature.” In keeping with Eageny’s philosophy and to best honor the indelible impact companion animals have on one’s life, the natural environment of Delnor Woods Park was selected by the St. Charles Park Foundation as the site for “Timeless Tags.” Located on Route 25 just north of Main Street, Delnor Woods Park abounds with century-old trees plus native plantings. Paved pathways and a dam with a small waterfall add to the park’s attractions.

“I like the thought of families who perhaps once walked their dog in this park visiting the sculpture as a way of reconnecting to those memories,” said Eageny. As the centerpiece of a dedicated, landscaped plaza, the “Timeless Tags” sculpture will stand upon a concrete pedestal, which can hold nearly 100 durable bronze plaques of various sizes, making it an ideal way for veterinarians, groomers, trainers, animal shelters, pet stores, pet sitters and, of course, pet lovers, both past and present, to show their support for this engaging tribute to the beloved family pet. A resident of St. Charles for more than 40 years and a graduate of St. Charles East High School, Eageny is married with one daughter. “St. Charles is my home and I am honored to be able to be part of this project that I hope will bring comfort to those who have been lucky enough to share their lives with a special pet,” said Eageny. Sponsorship levels cleverly reflect the dog memorial’s theme. One can contribute at the “Grand Champion” level by purchasing a 20”x16” plaque for $5,000, or at the “Top Dog” level by purchasing a 20”x8” plaque at $2,500. Sponsorship opportunities are also available at the “Fur-lanthropist” level at $2,000 for a 12”x12” plaque; a “Pick of the Litter” level contribution of $1,000 secures a 10”x10” plaque; or $300 “Bark-e-Factor” contribution purchases a 7”x4” plaque. More information on the “Timeless Tag” sponsorship and donation opportunities benefitting the St. Charles Park Foundation can be found on its web site at In the words of Roger Caras, “Dogs are not our whole life; but they make our lives whole.”

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August Events and Programs Naper Settlement is pleased to present the following events and programs during July 2018. General museum admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) and $8 for youth (4-12). Naperville residents with proof of residency, children under 4 and members are free. For more information about a specific event, please visit our website at Happy Birthday, Illinois! And Sweet Treat Day Saturday, August 4 • 11 AM–4PM Celebrate Illinois’ 200th birthday! Dance the Virginia Reel, vote for your favorite Illinois president, see a historic fire pumper work, and learn about our state’s history. Join us for timed activities throughout the day, plus FREE ice cream from Colonial Cafe from 2-3:30 PM, while supplies last. This program is free with general admission. Cub Scout Overnight Friday, August 10, 5:30 PM through Saturday, August 11, 8:30 AM $48/Scout, $20/Adult • 1 adult per 4 Scouts maximum Pitch your tent among Naper Settlement’s historic buildings and learn to rough it using techniques from the past. Cook over an open fire, put together a survival kit, and learn how to live and play “off the grid.” Bring your overnight and basic camping gear. Naper Settlement patch is included in the price. Webelos (Grades 4 to 5) Third Thursday Thinkers Thursday, August 16 • 10:30–11 AM (ages 2–5); 2–2:30 PM (ages 5–7) Take your young thinker on a museum adventure! Our final Third Thursday Thinkers is all about animal movement. We’ll get active as we stomp like elephants, jump like kangaroos, and hop like frogs. This program is free with general admission. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

time featuring changing animal themes. This program is free with general admission.

Naper Nights Community Concert Series -Friday, August 17 & Saturday, August 18 • 5-10 PM Naper Nights rocks out for one final weekend of nonstop music. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy great food, cold brews, and amazing music under the stars on the beautiful grounds of Naper Settlement. Children’s activities are available. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Gates are open from 5-10 PM. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 4-12). Members and children under 4 receive free admission.

Night at the Museum Thursday, August 23 • 7–8 PM Come experience curator-led tours of our 2018 signature exhibits, “ME=WE” and “Come As You Are”, followed by a unique experience encompassing exhibit themes. In August, patrons will enjoy a tea class from Adagio Teas. Taste the fine aromas of Indian and Chinese teas with a tea sommelier, explore fusion Indo-Chinese cooking traditions with Cuisine of India chef, Rahul Singhal, and watch the beautiful story of “The Giving Tree” come to life in the form of dance with Sutikshna Veeravalli. Naper Settlement is open late from 4-8 PM. This program is free with general admission and is available at our winter rate admission price.

On Friday, August 17, guests will rock out to Rose Hill Revival, featuring the music of The Allman Brothers Band, and Chicken Fried, a tribute to Zac Brown Band. Get ready to move and groove on Saturday, August 18 to the music of Planet Groove, playing classics from the 60s to today, and Bluffett, playing an evening of Jimmy Buffett. Local students from School of Rock will showcase their talents to kick off each night. Tips from the beverage tent will benefit a local non-profit each evening– Naperville Woman’s Club on Friday and Operation Support Our Troops America on Saturday. Playscape Readers Wednesday, August 22 • 11 AM (ages 2–5); 1 PM (ages 5–7) Find a seat on the quilt for an engaging story

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North Central College Calendar of Events for August August 5, Book Signing: Partnered with Anderson’s Bookshop, North Central College will host #1 New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Hoover for a book-signing of her most recent novel, “All Your Perfects” at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 5 in the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $19 and include a copy of the book, visit https://www. for more information.


August 13, Visit Day: High school students and their parents or guardians are invited to attend North Central College’s Visit Day Monday, August 13, in the lobby of the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The day begins with check-in at 9:15 a.m. and concludes at 12:30 p.m. with lunch at Kaufman Dining Hall. Visitors can take a walking tour and attend informative sessions on financial aid, academic highlights and student life. An optional event for high-achieving students is set for 9 a.m. For more information and registration, call 630-637-5800 or visit August 17, Transfer Information Session: North Central College will host an information session Friday, August 17, 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.

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An Evening of Random Acts Kindness matters – Local St. Charles IL nonprofit organization Random Acts Matters will host An Evening of Random Acts on September 9th 2018 in Mount Saint Mary’s Park near the heart of downtown St Charles. This Ravinia style event will host six musical acts this year including; Diva Montell, Guitarra Azul, Elgin Youth Symphony, the St. Charles North Jazz Combo, Alex Murphy Jazz and Jazzy & Band of Brothers. Added this year are expanded menu options including gluten-free and vegetarian from top local food suppliers like Blue Goose, Smitty’s on the Corner, and Vintage 53. Alternatively, please feel free to pack your own picnic. Celebrity bartenders will be on site serving beer and wine. Outside alcohol is prohibited per City of St. Charles Ordinance. Random Acts Matters will provide the entertainment, chairs and tables, water, lawn games as well as optional food and beverage available for pre-order FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

through our website. This year, enter your group in a table-decorating contest voted on by attendees as best decorated. You bring family, friends, neighbors and table decorations and a plan to enjoy a lovely evening in the park! Random Acts Matter, mobilizing community to provide care and compassion through random acts of kindness throughout our community. Tickets are available at

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Largest Bridal Event of the Year comes to Pheasant Run Resort!

Join us for a day filled with wedding planning and visit with over 100 of Chicago’s top wedding professionals including Photographers, DJ’s, Limos, Florists, Jewelry and much more. There will be a Designer Fashion Show showcasing the top trends in bridal for brides, brides maids, mothers dresses and grooms attire. Relax in one of our cocktail lounges while enjoying Hors D’oeuvres and sweets by the top caterers in the Chicagoland area along with complimentary Champagne by Binny’s Beverage. Prizes totaling more than $20,000 will be given away by vendors during the show along with the Ultimate Bridal Giveaway from The Complete Wedding Expo. Meet Shuki Moran from Exceptional Events by Shuki, Chicago’s top celebrity FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

WHEN: Sunday, August 26, 2018 WHERE: Pheasant Run Resort’s Mega Center in St. Charles TIME: 11:00AM to 4:00PM

event planner. From small to large, or simple to elaborate, Shuki is sure to reveal your personality and style into a Unique Exquisite Unforgettable Dream Wedding. Get your tickets now! Brides receive 4 complimentary tickets while they last! For more information on this event, visit or call 847-254-0621.

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DIRECTOR OF MUNGER ROAD AND RESTAURANTEUR Nick Smith is the owner and operator of Alexander’s Cafe in Saint Charles and Old Republic [Kitchen+Bar] in Elgin. After graduating from Saint Charles North in 2003 he studied film at Columbia. Taking a break from the restaurant business; He wrote and directed the 2011 feature length film, Munger Road. Nick, his wife Eleni, and their two daughters Evie & Iris, live in Saint Charles. Fox Valley Magazine: When did you first start working in restaurants? Nick Smith: I actually got my start in this business at Salerno’s on the Fox in Saint Charles. I was very lucky to work for Adam and Joe Salerno for a number of years during high school and college. I started as a server and eventually wanted to learn as much as I could and had great experiences there. They have been in business over four decades; I loved their passion for it. Fox Valley Magazine: Alexander’s Cafe in St. Charles was opened in 2016 as a FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

sister eatery to the one in Elgin but how is it different than the first location? Nick Smith: Alexander’s in Saint Charles focuses on breakfast and lunch (with some ‘supper’ fare sprinkled in) and gave us a chance to do things a little differently. It was our first opportunity as a company to work with local businesses such as Oberweis and Ream’s Meat Market. Offering our guests creative dishes made with the best ingredients was and still is our mission. Same thing with our drinks – we squeeze fresh oranges every day from either Florida or California and feature Intellegentsia Coffee. Fox Valley Magazine: Will you be adding any more locations? Nick Smith: I think adding locations is driven by opportunity. Alexanders Café in Saint Charles was an opportunity to take a shuttered building and fill it with good people. We’re very happy to be apart of a rebounding west corridor. Bob Karas and I knew Saint Charles very well (he has owned Rookies across the street since 1998) and we had a strong conviction about that location. Turned out for the best. Old Republic [Kitchen+Bar] was a pretty similar opportunity in that there was an empty building that was looking to be filled with great people. I really saw potential there. Eleni and I lived in Elgin for a time near that location and felt the area warranted a nice place people could come, sit down, take a load off and enjoy themselves. Later this summer, our family is opening a new Rookie’s Sports Pub in Roselle. It was a former Tilted Kilt and again… we take a lot of pride in putting the work, time, and effort to “turn the lights on” and fill these empty spaces with great people. The new Rookie’s will

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be our 12th restaurant in the area. Fox Valley Magazine: You took time off to do the 2011 feature film Munger Road. How long did it take you to write the script? Nick Smith: Munger Road was a long road. Sorry for the pun. It was about a year to write the script and develop it. I Haven’t told this story very often but the first script for Munger Road was very different than our actual shooting script. It had a ton of locations, actors, action it was a great script but we could not afford to make it. The first 10 pages of that script was

4 teenagers taking a video camera out to the haunted Munger Road – subsequently being attacked and disappearing. It was then that I realized to expand upon those first 10 pages and make a movie based on those characters. We spent the majority of 2010 setting up Munger Road to shoot in the fall on location in Saint Charles. We had tremendous support from local businesses (including Colonial Café, Smitty’s on The Corner, and more) and the city. With a very tight schedule we shot for 16 nights in the month of September and had the movie in the can… as they say. The rest of 2010 and 2011 was spent on post production of the movie… recording the score, editing, special effects, sound design and promotion. We opened the movie at the Charlestowne theater in late September to tremendous success. Munger Road had the highest per theater gross of any movie in the entire country our opening weekend. Really fun stuff. Fox Valley Magazine: How hard was it to get academy award nominee and golden globe winner Bruce Davison to commit to the project? Nick Smith: Bruce was great. Everybody that worked on Munger Road signed up because they really liked the script. I wrote the script to feel like a suspense novel that you could not


stop reading. He really believed in the project and I was honored that he would work with our team and crew who were basically just out of college. Fox Valley Magazine: It was shot over 16 nights in Bartlett, St. Charles, Elburn, Geneva and Sugar Grove. What were the hardest and best moments of filming? Nick Smith: The hardest night for us was shooting in Geneva. We had a tight location to shoot at and due to some sort of breakdown in communication we actually almost got shut down. We shot on Munger Road for three nights and I often get asked if I believe in ghosts or if the train tracks are haunted. I had spent many a night growing up in St. Charles traveling down Munger Road and found it to be a creepy place. But each night we shot out there something weirder happened. On our last night, at 3am in the morning, Trevor Morgan (Jurassic Park 3, The Patriot, The Sixth Sense) was mic’d up for a

scene in the woods. As we were getting ready to shoot we picked up on our headphones a very eerie noise from his mic… it was a baby crying. In the middle of the woods. In the middle of nowhere… at the dead of night. We were all happy to move on to the next shooting location. I really enjoyed shooting in St. Charles. Closing Main Street was a big production and it was fun to drive the police cars. I actually got to drive at one point with the sirens and lights on and remember vividly that civilian cars were actually pulling over for me. Fox Valley Magazine: How often are you still asked about the movie? Nick Smith: Just about everyday. Haha. Which I love – I had such a blast making the movie and it is really fun to talk about it with everybody. Fox Valley Magazine: Could you tell us a little about the concept of your new restaurant Old Republic Kitchen & Bar.

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“Try the Minnesota Walleye which is a large sized portion and comes with 2 sides (I had the Mac n Cheese and French Fries). “

We designed the space to be a sort of upscale train station that has a transient feel. There are a lot of great restaurants in the area and we’re happy to have a menu with traditional fare and some specialties you can’t get anywhere else. For instance we smoke our Ribs, Turkey, and Brisket in house everyday. We have twenty four beers on tap with a lot of craft and local breweries. Great selection of house drinks including our families’ ever popular mai tai and the new Ecto Cooler (Ghostbusters Edition). Fox Valley Magazine: It’s is located at the previous Lonestar Steakhouse at 155 S. Randall Rd. in Elgin, how long did it take to transform the building?

Nick Smith: We thought it would be really fun to do something new and refreshing. I always really liked the idea of an American kitchen that offered menu specialties from different regions of the country. Wisconsin, Kansas City, Minnesota, The Bayou, Nashville, Chicago, California, and more are all featured in our food and drink selection. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

Nick Smith: The whole process was about nine months. We totally gutted the former Lone Star dining room, bar area, and bathrooms. There was a lot of work on the outside including painting, driveway, roof work, and new signage. It is always more work to transform an existing building (like Alexanders in St. Charles) but it’s a really good feeling to see it filled with people instead of an empty, shuttered building. Fox Valley Magazine: What are your favorite menu items and those of your customers?

Nick Smith: Our Brisket Sandwich is our #1 seller. It’s really, really tasty and also a menu item that is hard to find in the area. I really love our Minnesota Walleye available every Friday, thin crust Republic pizza, and Mac and Cheese. We offer our burgers in two sizes (Big and Little) depending on hunger level and like giving our guests the option of a quarter pound burger or half pound. We use locally sourced, CAB beef from Bravehart. I also really enjoy our smoked turkey club, ribs and I have been told numerous times that we have some of the best chicken fingers in the area. Fox Valley Magazine: Of course I have to ask, are you going to do a sequel to Munger Road? Nick Smith: We’ll see. It’s a great script.

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Upcoming Shows at The Arcada Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent – Top 10 Come support some of the suburbs’ best upcoming musicians at Arcada Theatre! The talent competition, now in its seventh season, attracted an initial field of 95 acts. Auditions were held earlier this month and the field has been narrowed down to 10 finalists who will compete live at the Little Italy - Addison Festival! SATURDAY, AUG 4 3:00 PM Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers have been dazzling audiences for more than 60 years. “Broken Lady.” “All the Gold in California,” “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You).” “I Don’t Wanna Cry,” “ I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love,” “Statues Without Hearts,” “Love is Just a Game,” and “Night Time Magic.” SUNDAY, AUG 5 5:00 PM


For tickets, call 630-962-7000 or visit

The Devon Allman Project. Guitarist Duane Betts, son of Allman Brothers Band co-founding guitarist Dickey Betts, will be one of the group’s special guests on tour! Arcada Silent Film Night: The Bells Accompanied Live By Jay Warren Experience the magic of Silent Cinema the on most Tuesdays of every month at 7:30PM. Live accompaniment by Jay Warren on the historic Arcada Pipe Organ.


TUESDAY, AUG 7 7:30 PM Classic Korea – A Good Will Concert Tour Sponsored by Korea Foundation. Featuring talented artists performing beautiful arrangements of heartwarming music. WEDNESDAY, AUG 8 7:30 PM

The Devon Allman Project With Special Guest Duane Betts Accomplished singer, songwriter, guitarist Devon Allman, son of the late great Gregg Allman, has formed a new six-piece ensemble dubbed

Slaughter // Autograph Slaughter has sold more than 5 million records worldwide. The group has numerous top hits on the Billboard charts such as, Fly To The Angels, Up All Night, Spend My Life, and Mad About You. They also won the 1991 American Music Award for “Favorite New Artist.” SATURDAY, AUG 11 8:00 PM

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Rebel Rebel Salute To David Bowie REBEL REBEL “The Many Lives of David Bowie” The Concert is the ultimate experiential journey through the many sides and arousing sounds of David Bowie. THURSDAY, AUG 23 7:30 PM

Eric Martin Of Mr. Big Feat. Steve Brown & PJ Farley Of Trixter! Eric Martin is still alive and kicking, touring regularly as a solo artist and with his new celebrity rock group, Scrap Metal, in Europe, North and South America, Australia, India and Japan. In 2008, Eric signed a deal with Sony Japan to do a series of albums containing domestic and international hits. Sony brainstormed a concept that allows the rock singer’s alter ego to come forth and sing the ballads that his fans have always loved. ... FRIDAY, AUG 24 8:00 PM FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

Jay And The Americans + The Vogues Jay and the Americans started with four teenage boys in Sandy Yaguda’s Brooklyn basement fifty years ago, and today they are one of the lasting success stories in Rock ‘n Roll history. SATURDAY, AUG 25 8:00 PM

Jan & Dean’s Beach Party Starring Dean Torrence The Jan and Dean Beach Party starring Dean Torrence – From Jan and Dean, the legendary top selling artists of the 60s, comes a Beach Party like no other. SUNDAY, AUG 26 5:00 PM

Zebra! Zebra is a hard rock band founded in 1975 in New Orleans, Louisiana. It features Randy Jackson (guitar and vocals), Felix Hanemann (bass, keyboards and vocals) and Guy Gelso (drums and vocals). FRIDAY, AUG 31 8:00 PM

Faces Of The King – #1 Elvis Tribute Elvis Presley lives on as one of America’s biggest musical legends. Now, 3 Faces of the King shows you what it would be like if Presley himself returned to the stage to perform a show of all his career highlights. SATURDAY, SEPT 1 8:00 PM

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ESO to Open 2018-19 Season Sept 15 & 16 with Music by Stravinsky, Debussy, Chopin and Mason Bates’ Cello Concerto ESO Fundraising for 2018-19 Continues with a CrowdRise Online Giving Option The Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) is set to open its exciting 2018-19 season with concerts September 15 & 16 featuring Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Debussy’s famous Clair de Lune, Chopin’s Grand Valse Brillante and Cello Concerto by modern composer Mason Bates, who is also a DJ, curator, and advocate for bringing new music to new spaces. The concerto, an ESO premiere, will be performed by cellist Joshua Roman. Bates wrote the piece specifically for the talented Mr. Roman: “The piece begins plaintively, with Josh floating over a restless orchestra, and the lyricism only expands in the central slow movement. But by the final movement the rhythmic energy wins the day, and at one point Josh even plays with a guitar pick. This is, after all, the same fellow who played arrangements of Led Zeppelin..., so I had to send him out with a bang.” For tickets, which start at just $30, call 847.888.4000 or visit ElginSymphony.Org. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) has launched an online CrowdRise fundraising campaign at, to raise money for the 2018-19 season. Donations can also be made by texting “ESO18” to 41411. To keep the music accessible to all, ESO ticket prices cover only 35% of costs. The rest comes from the generous support of donors. Donations help the ESO produce spectacular live musical experiences, and promote music education and outreach. The award-winning ESO & acclaimed music director Andrew Grams provide electrifying live concerts to thousands each season featuring the region’s best musicians. The nationallyrenowned ESO enhances the reputation of the area as an entertainment destination and great place to live and work. The ESO impacts the northwest suburbs in many ways through life-long learning, outreach and by partnering with schools, hospitals, business and service organizations. A 68-yearold cultural gem of the Fox Valley, the ESO also offers free programs, including open rehearsals, masterclasses, pop-up concerts, orchestra clinics and more. To learn more about donation options, including a monthly automatic debit program, call 847.888.4000 or 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. Grams was a protégé of Franz Welser-Möst and served as assistant conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra for three years. 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. He has extended his contract with the ESO through 2021. To learn more about Andrew Grams, visit and https://

Cellist Joshua Roman has earned an international reputation for his wideranging repertoire, a commitment to communicating the essence of music in visionary ways, artistic leadership and versatility. As well as being a celebrated performer, he is recognized as an accomplished composer and curator, and was named a TED Senior Fellow in 2015. Before embarking on a solo career, Roman spent two seasons as principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, a position he won in 2006 at the age of 22. Since that time he has appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, New World Symphony, Alabama Symphony, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador, among many others A native of Oklahoma City, Roman began playing the cello at the age of three on a quarter-size instrument, and gave his first public recital at age ten. Home-schooled until he was 16, he then pursued his musical studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Richard Aaron. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance in 2004, and his Master’s in 2005, as a student of Desmond Hoebig, former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. CrowdRise is an innovative, cost-effective online fundraising website for personal fundraising pages, non-profit fundraising and event fundraising. It is the world’s largest and fastest-growing fundraising platform dedicated exclusively to charitable giving. The platform is used by millions of individuals to raise money for their favorite charitiesand causes. Tens of thousands of charities and events, and many of the most famous artists and athletes in the world use CrowdRise to creatively unlock the power of their crowd and raise hundreds of millions of dollars to support positive social missions. See

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Vero Voce presents Cry-Baby The Musical! Vero Voce presents CRY-BABY THE MUSICAL, July 27-29 & Aug 3-12, 2018, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 6 pm at Vero Voce Theater, located at 951 State Ave, Ste F, St. Charles IL 60174. This jumping, jiving Tony nominee is a rebellious teen comedy event! Based on the cult classic, 1990 John Waters film, Cry-Baby features a delightfully demented book from the writers of Hairspray and a rockabilly score from the co-founder of Fountains of Wayne and the executive producer of “The Daily Show.” It’s 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism and Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker is the coolest boy in Baltimore. He’s a bad boy with a good cause – truth, justice and the pursuit of rock and roll. Cry-Baby and the square rich girl, Allison, are star-crossed lovers at the center of this world. Fueled by hormones and the new rhythms of rock and roll, she turns her back on her squeaky clean boyfriend, Baldwin, to become a “drape” (a Baltimore juvenile delinquent) and Cry-Baby’s moll. At the other end of the topsy-turvy moral meritocracy of 1954 America, Baldwin is the king of the squares and leads his close-harmony pals against the juvenile delinquents, who are ultimately arrested for arson, sending the drapes all off to prison. It’s Romeo and Juliet meets High School Hellcats. Filled with unforgettable songs and a truly unique and fresh story, Cry-Baby,


by calling (630) 584-0139. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended due to limited seating availability. Vero Voce Theater was established in 2012 drawing some of the best non-equity actors in Chicago and the Western Suburbs. More information about the many offerings at Vero Voce can be obtained by visiting the website:, or calling (630) 584-0139.

Allison and Baltimore’s energetic juvenile delinquents will dance their way right into your heart! The production staff includes Director Dennis Brown (Vero Voce Co-Owner), Music Director Dawn Harkins (Vero Voce Co-Owner), and Assistant Director Paige Lindsay, with Choreography by Alyssa Calvano. The cast includes Kyrsten Ostrom (Elburn), Brynn Mitchell, Katie Ofenlock , Austin Walker, Kody Walker (Elgin), Gwen Collins, Aaron Delaney, Ryan Forde, Reed Hickerson, Stephen Hommowun, Malea Kinnison, Molly Kinney, Sarafina Monteleone, Jayd Steinke (St. Charles), Meghan Kiefer (West Chicago), Joshua Newburn, Will Teets and Timmy Gustin (Batavia). Katelyn Jassoy (St Charles) will be playing the role of Pepper Walker on August 4, 2018 The production will be performed with a live band featuring Tim Hommowun (Reeds), Richard Trost (Piano), Egan Franke (Bass Guitar), Jakob Moberly and Dylan Duffy (Drums). Tickets are $15 for Adults and $12 for Students/Seniors and may be purchased online at or

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AUGUST CONCERTS GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS AND FOGHAT A Classic Rock Dream Double Bill Saturday, August 4 A classic rock dream team – George Thorogood & The Destroyers (“Bad To the Bone,” “Who Do You Love,” “Move It On Over”) with special guest Foghat (“Slow Ride,” “I Just Want to Make Love to You”) – will perform live at Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park in downtown Aurora on Saturday, August 4. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$155. Options include reserved and lawn seating. Fees not included. COUNTING STARS” ROCKERS ONEREPUBLIC Saturday, August 11 OneRepublic, the American pop rock band best known for their ubiquitous 2013 single “Counting Stars,” and fresh off their live performance on NBC’s Today Show, will make their debut at Aurora’s Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park on Saturday, August 11. Gates open at 6 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $43-$395. Options include general admission and reserved seating. Fees not included. COUNTRY MUSIC STAR CHRIS YOUNG Friday, August 17 ACM and Grammy-nominated multi-platinum country music star Chris Young will headline Aurora’s outdoor summer concert venue on Friday, August 17. In addition, special guests country-pop duo Brown & Gray and Georgia-born


Southern rocker Travis Denning will join in concert.

with the same electrifying energy they’ve had for over 50 years.

Young, who recently became a member of the Opry and scored his 10th #1 single with “Losing Sleep,” has been hailed by the Associated Press as “one of this era’s finest traditionalists.” The live, open-air concert will take place on the banks of the beautiful Fox River. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30$200

GET THE LED OUT: THE AMERICAN LED ZEPPELIN Friday, August 24, Gates open 6 p.m.; show 8 p.m. From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album, GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.

GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE O’JAYS Saturday, August 18 Gates open 5:30 p.m.; show 7:30 p.m. Take the midnight train to Aurora and see the incredible, incomparable and legendary Gladys Knight. This seventime Grammy winner has had hits in pop, gospel, R&B and adult contemporary music, proving she’s a woman that transcends genre. The Georgia-born singer began performing gospel music at the age of 4, and her remarkable talent soon led to the creation of Gladys Knight and the Pips, which debuted its first album when Gladys was just 16 years old and is responsible for a string of hits including “Every Beat of My Heart,” “Letter Full of Tears,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and of course “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Only the greatest musicians endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of them. Get ready ‘cause here they come. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, the legacy of The O’Jays began in 1963, and soon hits like “For the Love of Money,” “I Love Music” and “Love Train” began pouring out of them. The O’Jays are touring history and remain popular, with many of their songs still being used in movies, commercials and TV shows. Despite a career spanning decades, they still hit the stage

Dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever, heard in concert. GTLO also includes a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band. GTLO has amassed a strong national touring history, having performed at major clubs and packed venues across the country. GTLO’s approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. “Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock,” says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. “I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless.”

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Happy Together Tour

Returns to Aurora’s Paramount theatre on August 17 Offering Countless Top 40 Solid Gold Hits in One Great Concert Event Rock back in time with The Turtles, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders) and The Cowsills Annual Season Kick-Off Party in Meyer Ballroom precedes concert, proceeds benefit Paramount’s Dreams Do Come True campaign Music fans have been enjoying the hits of the sixties and seventies since the Summer of Love and beyond. Relive those cherished moments when the renowned Happy Together Tour 2018, going on its ninth consecutive year, returns to Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, on Friday, August 17, at 8 p.m. Six headline artists who delivered the biggest hits of the era - The Turtles, Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders and The Cowsills - promise to make audiences happy together at Paramount. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

Don’t wait – the Happy Together Tour is an end-ofsummer tradition in Aurora and plays to a capacity crowd every August. Tickets are $59.50. Tickets go on sale to subscribers only today, Thursday, May 3 at 10 a.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, May 7 at 10 a.m. To purchase, visit, call the box office at (630) 896-6666, or stop by the Paramount Theatre box office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Before Happy Together, join Paramount Theatre’s 2018-19 Season Kick Off Party with food, drinks, auctions and fun, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Paramount’s Meyer Ballroom, 8 E. Galena Blvd., directly across the street from the theater. Tickets are $25. Proceeds benefit Paramount’s Dreams Do Come True program, which helps children and families from economically challenged situations to see a Broadway Series show for free. Space is limited, and this too is always a sell-out event.

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August at Zanies


August 2-4... Michael Issac Good. Clean. Funny. Has appeared in national commercials for McDonalds, Old Navy & more

August 9-11 Tim Walkoe...HBO, Showtime, TNN, PBS, ABC, Fox

August 16-18 Dr. Bill actual doctor, proving that laughter is the best medicine

August 23 & 25 Mike Toomey...from the WGN TV Morning News

August 24...A Night of WGN featuring WGN radio’s Steve Cochran & John Dacosse & WGN TV’s Mike Toomey

September 7...Josh selling author, regular on Chelsea Lately


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Water Street Studios New Exhibitions “The Collective Group Show” & “From the Heartland” by Rita Brace Dempsey Family Gallery Water Street Studios’ Dempsey Family Gallery will be hosting the work Water Street Studios’ Artists Collective. The fourteen-member collective will be displaying work in a variety of media, including painting, photography, mixed media, scratchboard, assemblages, and sculpture. Artists Collective members include: Richard DeVeau, Lisa Goesling, David Hauptschein, Chris Hodge, Anke Korioth, Kathy McDonald, Bill McGrath, Janice Meister, Joe Milosevich, Colin Sherrell, Steve Sherrell, Carol Weber, David Wensel, and Angela Wilson. Water Street Studios Artist Collective is a group of established artist members working in a range of contemporary art styles and media. Formed in 2016, the Water Street Studios Artist Collective aims to foster a mutually supportive environment of collaboration and professional growth, while contributing to the success of Water Street Studios’ Gallery program. The Water Street Studios Artist Collective Group Show will be on display from August 10th through September 9th. 2nd Floor Gallery Rita Brace will be exhibiting a number of her oil paintings in a show titled, “From the Heartland.” Rita lived on Cape Cod for forty years and recently moved to Oklahoma. Her work is inspired by both of these diverse locations. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

Opening reception will be held Friday, August 10th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The artists will be present at the reception to discuss their work and answer questions. In addition, appetizers will be provided by Gaetano’s Restaurant in Batavia, cash bar featuring beer from Solemn Oath Brewery and wine will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. We encourage all visitors to make a $5 donation at the door to support arts programming at Water Street Studios. A special thank you to event sponsor, K. Hollis Jewelers. Both gallery exhibits will continue to be on display until September 9th, 2018. The exhibits in both galleries can be visited during regular public gallery hours: Friday, 2 to 6 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. at 160 S. Water Street in Batavia.

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Visit Lake Geneva for Venetian Festival

The 56th annual Venetian Festival, sponsored and run by the Lake Geneva Jaycees, is being held in Lake Geneva August 15-19. The festival draws tens of thousands of people throughout the five-day event. Festival highlights include a water ski show, live music, craft fair, lighted boat parade, a carnival and a fireworks display over the lake. And plenty of food and beer are available. Spread across Flat Iron, Library and Seminary Parks in downtown Lake Geneva, Venetian Festival is open Wednesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from noon to midnight. Check out the schedule and plan a visit around this family friendly festival that offers something for all ages and interests. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

Live Music

The festival features live music all five days with performances in the entertainment pavilion beer tent (must be 21 to enter). The schedule is: Aug. 15: Bella Cain (8 p.m.) Aug. 16: Hairbangers Ball (8 p.m.) Aug. 17: Too White Crew (8 p.m.) Aug. 18: Boy Band Review (12 noon); Dirty Canteen (3 p.m.) Aug. 19: Lake Geneva House of Music (12 noon); Jimmy Nick and Don’t Tell Momma (8 p.m.)

Arts & Craft Fair

The 24th annual Venetian Festival Arts & Crafts Fair is held Aug. 18 and 19 at Library Park, just west of downtown Lake Geneva on the lakefront. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Browse 110 art booths with FREE admission and grab a brat at the Jaycees Brat Stand located in Library Park and open during the Arts & Crafts Fair.


Lake Ski Team performs at 6 p.m. on Geneva Lake and may be viewed from the shoreline at Library Park and The Riviera.

Located in beautiful Flat Iron and Seminary Parks in the heart of downtown Lake Geneva, the Venetian Festival Carnival offers family fun for everyone. Great rides for all ages, games, entertainment and food will bring smiles to all. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday feature ride specials!

The lighted boat parade, themed “Viva Las Vegas” this year, starts right at dusk in front of Library Park in Lake Geneva and The Riviera. Fireworks are shot off in Geneva Bay and can be viewed from Library Park, the lake front, Riviera Beach, and Flat Iron Park in down town Lake Geneva.

The carnival ground are open Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 10:30 p.m. Ride specials include $20 wristbands Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

Beer Tent

The Entertainment Pavilion located in Flat Iron Park offers beer (must be 21 to enter) and is open Wednesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from noon to midnight. Beverages may be purchased in the beer tent only with tokens sold in the beer tent.

Water Ski Show, Boat Parade & Fireworks

Held on August 19, the water ski show, boat parade and fireworks are a must. The Wonder The Brute at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa

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

Kane County Fair


Unwind Wednesday in Downtown St. Charles

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Aurora Ribbon Cuttings

Banana Split

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

Fundamental Health

Treasure’s Paradise FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / August 2018

Geneva Ribbon Cuttings

McCann Window & Door

Alpaca to Apparel


Business After Hours co-hosted by US Bank and Galena Cellars

Golf outing

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