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JUNE 2018

Exploring Life in the Fox



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What’s inside... Dining & Cuisine 6


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Got the Grill Fired up for Summer? Try This! – Sara Snelling Featured Dishes

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

Best of St. Charles Foodie Fest





Fireworks and Family Fun at Pottawatomie Park


Naperville Ribfest


Elgin Ribfest


Geneva Park District June Events


ET Batavia Triathlon helps kids get their feet wet this June


30th Annual Prairie Fest


Sustainable Choices: New visiting exhibit at SciTech


Downtown Aurora Magic Festival


Tour de Cure


Summer Concerts in the Park Series


69th Annual Swedish Days Festival


Spring Caboose Days


Naper Settlements Events

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North Central College Events Second Annual Golf.Give.Gala Celebrity Charity Event Raised $1 Million


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Caring For Our Community Benefit

Arts & Entertainment 52

Arts and Entertainment around the Fox Valley


Travel 66

Feel the Sunshine in Lake Geneva this Summer


7 Things to See and Do in Australia in 2018


Happy Trails with Shay


Out & About 80

Faces and places from around The Fox

Fox Valley Magazine

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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

Got the Grill Fired up for Summer? Try This! BY SARA SNELLING


Not sure how to do this? Here are some tips, and a recipe to follow. Cut Wedges, Not Steaks Watermelon for grilling should be cut into triangles with the rind attached, as steaks of watermelon tend to fall apart when flipped and turned with tongs on the grill. A mini watermelon (something under five pounds) provides the perfect amount of watermelon for four to six people. Sweet and Spicy Seasoning A slightly sweet rub helps give the watermelon beautiful grill marks. Flavor the sugar with salt, some lime zest, and red pepper flakes, and sprinkle this on the watermelon before and after grilling. You can mix up the seasoning however you see fit — brown sugar, lime, and cumin is another one of my favorite combinations. Serving Grilled Watermelon Grilled watermelon alone is a stand-out side dish. Chop it up and toss it with crumbled feta and mint, serve it with thick Greek yogurt for dipping as a side dish, or go completely sweet for dessert with a scoop of ice cream. What You Need • 1 personal-sized watermelon (about 3 pounds) • 1/4 cup granulated sugar • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest (from 1 medium lime) • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes • Lime wedges from zested lime, for serving • Equipment • Knife


• • • •

Cutting board Measuring cups and spoons Gas or charcoal grill Tongs

What You Do 1. Prepare a grill: Heat an outdoor gas grill to high or prepare a charcoal grill for direct heat grilling. 2. Cut the watermelon: Trim the ends off the watermelon. Stand the watermelon on one cut end, cut in half, then cut each half in half again. Cut the quarters into 1/2-inch-thick slices. 3. Season the watermelon: Combine the sugar, lime zest, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Sprinkle the watermelon slices on both sides with the sugar mixture, then rub the sugar mixture in to create an even coating. 4. Grill the watermelon: Grill the watermelon until grill marks appear and the watermelon is warmed through, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. 5. Serve: Serve the grilled watermelon on its own with lime wedges, topped with feta cheese or Greek yogurt

JALAPEÑO TURKEY BURGERS What You Need • 1 pound ground turkey (I prefer 85% lean, it has more fat which makes for a better burger!) If your ground turkey has excess liquid, be sure to set on paper towels to remove the juices. • 1/2-3/4 of one jalapeño pepper, minced(I like it hot so I use 3/4) • 1 medium size shallot, peeled and minced • zest and of one lime, and 2 teaspoon lime juice • 2 Tablespoon chopped cilantro • 1 teaspoon paprika • 1 teaspoon cumin • 1/2 a teaspoon sea salt • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper • guacamole • pico de gallo • poached/fried egg (optional to add to the top!)

HONEY CHILI CHICKEN BURGERS What You Need For the Burgers: • 1 tbsp honey • 1 tsp cayenne powder • 1 tsp chili powder • 1 tsp smoked paprika • 2 tsp dried parsley • 1/4 tsp salt • 1/4 tsp pepper • 1 lb ground chicken (cage free) • 1/4 cup almond meal For the Glaze: • 1 tbsp honey • 1/2 tsp chili powder • 1 tsp red pepper flakes What You Do 1. Make sure your grill is heated up. 2. Make the glaze by mixing the honey with the chili powder and chili flakes, set aside. 3. Add the ground chicken to a bowl and add in the honey, cayenne, chili powder, smoked paprika, dried parsley, salt and pepper, and almond meal and mix well. 4. Form into 5 or 6 balls and roughly flatten, then place on the grill. Brush the glaze over the burgers every couple of minutes or so. Let burgers cook about 5-6 minutes on each side. 5. Enjoy with a salad or in between buns with a plethora of toppings!

What You Do 1. Make sure your grill is heated up. 2. Mix ingredients. 3. Form into 5 or 6 balls and roughly flatten, then place on the grill. 4. Let burgers cook about 5-6 minutes on each side. 5. Enjoy with a salad or in between buns with a plethora of toppings~ like a poached egg! **(Makes about 4 burgers)

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Hint: If you’re having a party and you need to speed the process along, you can boil the sweet potatoes a day in advance, then store them whole in the refrigerator until you are ready to fire up the grill. What You Need: • 4 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed with skin on • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (light or dark) • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper (NOT cayenne pepper. If using cayenne, reduce to 1/4 teaspoon) • Chopped fresh cilantro, optional for serving What You Do: 1. Place the whole potatoes in a large pot of cold water. Add 2 tablespoons salt, then bring to a gentle boil. Let boil until the potatoes are tender, but still quite firm, about 10 to 15 minutes. You should be able to pierce them with a fork somewhat easily, but the potatoes should still be too firm too eat. 2. Drain and let cool slightly. 3. Heat the grill to medium (about 400 degrees F). 4. Slice each potato in half lengthwise, then slice each half into 4 to 6 wedges, depending on the size. Each wedge should be about 1/3 inch thick. As you slice the potatoes, peel off their skins (they should come off easily). 5. Place the wedges in a bowl, then drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with brown sugar, chipotle chile pepper, and the remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Toss to coat. 6. Grill the sweet potato fries on each side until they’re lightly golden brown, have some grill marks (depending upon your preference) and are tender, about 6 minutes total. 7. Remove to a serving platter. Enjoy hot, sprinkled with cilantro as desired. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

Want a fun condiment? Try These!

JALAPEÑO LEMON RELISH! What You Need: • 6 jalapeños, seeded and minced • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil • Julienned zest of 1 lemon • 2 teaspoons kosher salt What You Do: Combine the jalapeños, oil, lemon zest and salt in a bowl. Let stand at room temperature for 6 hours. This is great with chicken, shrimp, sweet potatoes, burgers, portobello burgers…whatever you fancy! The relish can be refrigerated for 2 weeks.


What You Need: • ½ cup cilantro • ½ cup parsley • ¼ cup oregano • 2 tsp red pepper flakes • ¼ cup red wine vinegar • 2 avocados chopped • 1 tbsp garlic • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil • salt and pepper to taste What You Do: To make Chimichurri: combine cilantro, parsley, oregano, red pepper flakes, garlic in a food processor. Chop until small and well combined. Add in red wine vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before using. When you’re going to serve, add in chopped Avocado.

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Featured Dishes Must try appetizers, entrees, desserts or cocktails available at local Fox Valley restaurants. Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi Starter

Sesame seared, wasabi, pickled ginger, and soy sauce. Catch 35 Naperville 35 S Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540 1-630-717-3500

Mediterranean Avocado Toast

Buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, Maldon salt flakes, balsamic glaze, fresh basil & EVOO. Colonial CafĂŠ & Ice Cream 2 St. Charles locations Algonquin Aurora Crystal Lake Elgin Naperville


Penne Pesto

“Penne Pesto. Spinach, Red Pepper, Onion, Carrots, Squash, Zucchini and Seasonal Veggies all tossed with Penne Pasta. Served with Toasted Ciabatta in a Creamy Pesto Sauce.”

Soy Ginger Atlantic Salmon

Wasabi-Buttered Mashed and Asian Slaw

Elgin Public House 219 E. Chicago St. Elgin, IL 60120 1-847-468-8810

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant 3710 E Main St. St Charles, IL 60174 1-630-940-1000

Cinnamon Toast Brunch Cocktail

House made Horchata, rum and coffee liquor. Craft Urban 211 James St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-331-248-8161

Quiche of the Day

A daily creation from the Chef, served with a citrus vinaigrette estate salad. Fiora’s 317 S 3rd St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-262-1317

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Shrimp Bowl Beef Wellington

Certified angus beef, mushroom duxelle, pancetta, wrapped together in a crisp puff pastry. Baked and served with sauteed spinach and a rich demi glace. FoxFire 17 W State St, Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-232-1369

Vegans Rejoice

Impossible patty and rotating toppings on a vegan bun. Gillerson’s Grubbery 33 W. New York St. Aurora, IL 60506 1-630-340-3719


Spicy organic black beans | brown rice | quinoa | hoisin | shrimp | sprouts | peanut sauce | bright vegetables | poblano peppers | mango. Livia Italian Eatery 207 S 3rd St, Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-402-6444

Pork Shank

Served with a fregola pasta, blistered grape tomatoes, corn and arugula pesto. Topped with smoked tomatoes vinaigrette. Osteria Bigolaro 317 W State St. Geneva, IL 60134 1-630-402-0597

Skillet Charred Spiced Dry Scallops

Grilled Flatiron Steak

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

The Finery & Blacksmith Bar 305 W. Main Street St Charles, IL 60174 1-630-940-2380

Snow pea pods, roasted baby carrots, saffron rice arancini and tomato cumin butter.

Marinated in chimichurri, served with Parmesan fondue, crispy garlic potatoes, and pickled red onions.

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Best of St. Charles Foodie Fest Over the last three years the St. Charles History Museum has made significant changes in its operations by developing a new permanent exhibition titled The Makings of St. Charles, showcasing the origins of St. Charles and the many components of its growth. The Curious Fox Gift Shop has established itself as a one - stop shop for Uniquely St. Charles merchandise that focuses on working with local businesses and artisans. The museum has also become a strong community stakeholder by working with other community organizations on new programming and events. On June 23 we will be hosting “Best of St. Charles Foodie Fest” featuring food tastings from St. Charles restaurants with a historical twist including activities such as the Tri-Cities 50/50 Community Raffle. As we plan these exciting events, we are looking to you, our valued community partner, to assist our efforts by becoming a sponsor or donor. Ways you can support us: • Choosing one of our sponsorship levels. • Sponsorships $500 or more for “Best of St. Charles Foodie Fest” will be featured on 100+ radio ads on 103.9 The Fox with Eddie Volkman • Becoming an In-Kind Donor for one of the events. • Speak with Museum staff for this option. • Donating items for our live auction that will occur on June 23. • We are looking for items such as: Trips, Hotel Stays, Cars, Tickets, Experiences, Memberships and More.


We hope that we can count on you to support the St. Charles History Museum. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at 630.584.6967.

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Fireworks and Family Fun Abound at Pottawatomie Park Just as it is impossible to imagine celebrating Christmas without a tree, Halloween without a jack-o-lantern, or Easter without some dyed eggs, the 4th of July just wouldn’t be the same without an extravaganza of awe-inducing fireworks. Luckily, the St. Charles Park District in cooperation with the City of St. Charles hosts what is widely acknowledged as one of the best displays in the region on Wednesday, July 4. When the sun goes down, the night sky lights up with an ooh- and aah-worthy festival of colors, lights and sounds. Best viewed from the grounds at either Pottawatomie Park or Ferson Creek Park, the fireworks show is free to the public. Although fireworks have been around since 7th century China, seeing them once a year at the July 4th celebration is like seeing them for the first time. Every year it seems they get brighter, flashier and more dazzling than the year before. But before the boom-and-sizzle of fireworks supply the soundtrack to the 4th of July celebration, the band, Shout Out, will take the stage in the historic pavilion at 6pm until the start of the fireworks extravaganza at dark. Delivering an impassioned show of vibrant, youthful energy and an extensive repertoire of music, you’ll feel like you’re part of something remarkable. Experience sizzling chemistry, incredible energy and irresistible songs from the latest Top 40 hits to classics that are sure to bring you to your feet. Though the pyrotechnics don’t start until dark, Pottawatomie Park opens at FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

dawn for family and friends who want to make a day of it. Picnic tables are available on a firstcome/first-served basis, so it is strongly suggested that patrons bring their own tables, blankets and lawn chairs. And while the 4th of July may be a perfect day for an old-fashioned, homemade picnic, you can also leave the cooking to someone else. Refreshments from hot dogs and bratwurst to popcorn and ice cream are available at the River View Miniature Golf concession stand, which will remain open until 9:15pm that night. While at Pottawatomie Park awaiting the start of the fireworks, take advantage of all the other fun things to do there. With over 90 acres, there’s plenty to explore, from the native plant demonstration garden to hiking and biking trails. Organize a game of volleyball or baseball on the park’s sand lots, or play a round of tennis. Little ones can scramble over the multi-level play area with its tree house, climbing walls and bridges, and covered chutes and slides. An elaborate, par-42, 18-hole course, River View Miniature Golf features an interactive babbling brook, waterfall, sand traps, windmill, lighthouse, and bridges to challenge golfers, and its picturesque setting amid natural landscape on the banks of the Fox River provides a serene and scenic backdrop. The last tee-off time on July 4 is 7pm and adults 16 and older pay only $6 per 18 holes of golf. The cost for children is $5, and those 5 and younger pay only $3. And of course Swanson Pool and Pottawatomie Golf Course are right there, too. The pool will open at 10:30am for park district residents and season pass holders and at 11:30 for non-residents. The daily admission fee is $7 for residents and $11 for non-residents. On the 4th of July, the pool will close early, at 6pm. Ranked the 15th-best 9-hole golf course in the country by Golf World magazine, Pottawatomie Golf Course will open at 6am on 4th of July, with the last tee time available at 4pm. Once the course is cleared of golfers, it is open to the public as one of the best spots from which to view the evening’s fireworks. Fireworks, music, golf, swimming – Pottawatomie Park has everything you need to celebrate our nation’s birthday with family and friends. In the case of inclement weather, the fireworks will be held the next available evening.

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Ribfest 2018 opens Wednesday July 4th, hosting the Stray Cats with guest artist Melissa Etheridge AND fireworks sponsored by MeijerÂŽ. The event continues through the 7th and boasts Pitbull on July 5th, and country stars Jake Owen, Chris Janson and Jordan Davis on July 6th. Powerhouse rocker Steven Tyler and the Loving Mary Band close out the annual music and rib festival on Saturday, July 7th. Tickets Tickets for Ribfest are on sale now through Tickets prices increase June 1st. Patrons are encouraged to buy their tickets now. There are a variety of ticket choices for Ribfest 2018. For the concert lover, options include all Park General Access (which includes the Navistar Main Stage concerts and South Park), Standing Room Only, Skybox, VIP and various combination ticket packs. Every type of ticket is still available although on several days, Skybox ticket supply is very low. The cost effective South Park ticket option does not include access to the Navistar Main Stage music venue. South Park will feature local talent on the South Stage, and host the carnival, family area, and rib vendors, for a low daily admission fee of $5 for ages 12 and older. Children 11 and under are free South FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

Park General Admission every day. On July 4th, South Park admission is free after 5 pm. Veterans are admitted to the South Park for free all day on July 4th. Current Ribfest 2018 Grand Sponsors are ABC7, Navistar, Meijer, Jewel-Osco, Naperville Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community Bank, Great Lakes Coca – Cola, Sunbelt Rentals, Medical Risk Services, Inc., InnoDATAve Solutions, Nathan’s Famous Beef Franks, Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, Guaranteed Rate, D & J Amusements, Miller Lite, Euclid Beverage, Chevrolet, Gnarly Head and Hollywood Casino. Visit and follow us at for all the up to date news.

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Elgin Ribfest is a family friendly outdoor festival in Elgin, IL. For the past 20 years, this festival has grown to feature National Award Winning Rib Vendors from across the United States, Top Entertainment, Kid Friendly Events and things the entire family can enjoy. Part of the proceeds go towards three great organizations: Elgin Boys and Girls Club • Markland at Little Angels of Elgin • Ecker Center for Mental Health Elgin DATES: Friday June 15, 2018, 5:00 PM – Sunday June 17, 2018, 7:00 PM LOCATION: 132 South Grove Avenue Elgin, IL 60120 For more info go to


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June Events at the



Geneva Park District 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva, IL 60134 630-232-4501

MILL CREEK POOL OPENING DAY JUNE 2, 12:00 – 8:00 PM It’s opening day at Mill Creek Pool! This fun 25-meter, 5-lane flat-water pool is perfect for all ages. A second zero depth play pool is also included with a water mushroom and spray bubblers. NEW for 2018 – a sprayground at Mill Creek Pool! Mill Creek Pool also offers concessions, a hospitality room, and locker rooms with showers. For more information, visit or call 630-232-4542.

5 at Wheeler Park, and Justice League on August 2 at Island Park. For more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit Moore Park, Geneva, IL 60134

39W125 South Mill Creek Drive, Geneva, IL

MOVIE IN THE PARK – WONDER JUNE 7, DUSK (APPROX. 8:30PM) Join us under the stars for free Movies in the Park this summer! See Wonder on the big screen at Moore Park on June 7. 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. Plus, don’t miss showings of The Emoji Movie on July FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

NATIONAL GET OUTDOORS DAY June 9, various times and locations Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with a variety of free activities! Visit for a complete schedule. FLICK N FLOAT – THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE- JUNE 15, DUSK (APPROX 8PM) As the sun sets at Sunset Pool, grab

June 15. Please note: Participants must register based on their grade level for the 2017-18 academic school year. One team member must e-mail with the name of the Team Captain and list of 6-8 Team players. For more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit Wheeler Park, Geneva, IL 60134

a floatie or an inner tube and enjoy a cool poolside screening of The Lego Batman Movie! Twilight admission rates apply. Plus, don’t miss showings of Coco on July 13 and Wonder Woman on August 3. For more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit Sunset Pool, 710 Western Ave, Geneva, IL

3 ON 3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT JUNE 23, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Get your team together for the area’s hottest 3-on-3 competition! Each team is guaranteed at least two games. Each participant will receive a dry-fit shirt. Roster is limited to 5 players. Players cannot play on more than one team. Teams will be placed in category of their oldest player. Both boys and girls are welcome! For more information call 630-232-4542 or visit 3rd Street, downtown Geneva, IL 60134


GENEVA’S GOT TALENT SEMI-FINALS AND FINALS, JUNE 20 AT 6:30 PM, JUNE 23 AT 6PM Enjoy the finals of this amazing talent competition, and see the winner take home a prize (courtesy of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce). Geneva’s Got Talent is produced by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and the Geneva Park District. For more information, call 630-2324542 or visit Downtown 3rd Street, Main Stage, Geneva, IL

DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT JUNE 22, 9:00AM Get your team ready for Geneva Park District’s Dodgeball Tournament for 3rd-8th graders! Teams of 6-8 players are guaranteed at least 2 games officiated by All Star Sports Instruction. All participants will receive a t-shirt, and prizes will be awarded to the winning team in each grade division: 3rd - 4th, 5th - 6th and 7th - 8th. Cost is $23 per person. Registration Deadline:

Golf under the stars with glow-in-the-dark golf balls at Cosmic Golf Night at Stone Creek Mini Golf. Cost is $8 per round. Weather permitting. Please note: Last tee-time is 11:15 pm, and alcohol is not permitted. For more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit Stone Creek Mini Golf, Wheeler Park, Geneva, IL

NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY JUNE 27, 4:00 – 6:00 PM Head over to Sunset Pool for games and contests! Win a free pair of sunglasses! For more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit Sunset Pool, 710 Western Ave, Geneva, IL

TEEN NIGHT – GLOW & FLOAT JUNE 28, 8:00 – 10:00 PM Sixth through eighth graders take over the pool for an evening of fun and food. Tonight, get a free glow stick at the door and free pizza! Bring your favorite floatie too. $5 (N/R $6) per person. For more information, call 630-232-4542 or visit Sunset Pool, 710 Western Ave, Geneva, IL

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ET Batavia Triathlon Helps Kids Get Their Feet Wet This June The Batavia Park District is excited to sponsor two upcoming events, the ET Batavia Triathlon’s Youth Splash and Dash and Kid’s Dash this year on Sunday, June 10. The Splash and Dash is a fun youth event that combines running and swimming. The run will be on the Fox River Trail in downtown Batavia. The swim will take place at Harold Hall Quarry Beach, 400 S. River Street. The event will start after the adult triathlon & duathlon athletes have completed the bike portion of the race and cleared out of the transition area. The transition area re-opens at 8:00 am for the Splash and Dash, and the race begins at approximately 8:30 am. The race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon and there are event distance options for ages 7-15. Event fee is only $20. “The focus is on participation rather than competition,” stated Race Director, Coach Joe LoPresto. “It’s an excellent way to expose and educate youth to the multisport lifestyle, all while being involved in a fun, exciting and safe atmosphere.” The Kid’s Dash offers an opFOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

portunity for children ages 3- 8 years old, to run in a non-competitive event. All registered kids get a finisher’s medal and cookie. The Kid’s Dash will take place at 9:30 am and will be located at the Batavia Tri/Du finish line area at the Batavia VFW, 645 S River Street. Event fee is $5. The ET Batavia Triathlon is made possible by over 150 volunteers on the day of the race. Volunteers may help with activities such as pre-race activities, staffing water/aid station, set up for post-race festivities and much more! If you are interested in volunteering your time, please visit the ET Batavia Triathlon’s website volunteer page. For more information or to register for any of the ET Batavia Triathlon races, please visit

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30th Annual PrairieFest This June PrairieFest will bring you “The Festival You Know By Heart!” Presented by the Oswegoland Park District and First National Bank. The theme is in honor of PrairieFest’s 30th Anniversary and the deep rooted traditions of this community’s annual summer celebration that occurs for four days of Father’s Day weekend, Thursday, June 14-Sunday, June 17. Free concerts and performances have always been a highlight of the weekend, so there has been excitement at the reveal of this year’s entertainment lineup. Partnered with free parking and free admission, the PrairieFest schedule fills a great weekend. The festival kicks off with a nod to it’s 30th birthday. Complimentary birthday cake from Meijer will be served. There will also be a TBT Trivia night with an exciting prize. The winning team will have an opportunity to meet Mark McGrath and Sugar Ray on Saturday night. Thursday’s musical celebration begins with the PrairieWinds Community Concert, a PrairieFest tradition for musicians in our area. This terrific performance serves as a great lead in to the Thursday night band, Hi Infidelity. Chicago’s favorite band will play an all 80’s set in honor of the festival’s beginnings. Accomplished Chicago-area musician, Dave Rudolf, will lead our youngest concertgoers on a musical adventure at the Friday Family Concert at noon on the PrairieFest main stage. Local band, Red Woody, kick off the night of Friday, June 15. The band will open for the night’s headliner, Blood, Sweat and Tears. This classic rock band known for FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

“You’ve Made Me so Very Happy” and “Spinning Wheel,” now features lead vocals by American Idol alum Bo Bice. With the help of generous business partners, PrairieFest continues to offer outstanding entertainment for Saturday. Fool House, Chicago-area 90’s cover band will be a rousing lead in for the night’s big act. On Saturday, June 16, as promised, Sugar Ray will be heading back to the PrairieFest stage! Led by energetic frontman Mark McGrath, the group will entertain with songs like, “Every Morning”, “Fly” and “When It’s Over”. Country Sunday will continue in 2018. This year local band WhiskeyFist will open for the extremely popular artist, Keith Anderson. His nationally known hits include Podunk and Pickin’ Wildflowers. PrairieFest is a tradition in the Oswegoland area. An art installation on the festival grounds celebrates all the traditions and celebrations of growing up in this area. Residents are invited to write their answer to “This is My Hometown Where I . . . “ on the festival walls. By Sunday this will be a moving scrapbook of what it means to call the Oswego area home. Throughout the weekend there will be pony rides and petting zoos. The touring group Division BMX Stunt Bikes will have shows three times a day. Folks are invited to participate in the PrairieFest 5k or the One Mile Prairie Dog Jog on Sunday, June 17. Father’s Day Sunday is also the annual PrairieFest Parade down main street. With a slew of firetrucks, shriners, bands, and stilt walkers, thousands can watch a beautiful Sunday afternoon march on by. The 144th Army Band will be in formation for the parade as will both the Oswego and Oswego East High School Marching Bands. PrairieFest weekend is always entertaining and this year’s schedule delivers on the tradition again. Community groups looking to be a part of the Expo Village, present an event, or march

in the parade are encouraged to contact festival coordinator Kristie Vest at 630.554.4425 or by email at You can also get the latest festival information at or follow the PrairieFest on Facebook at See you at the Fest! 2018 Event Highlights Thursday, June 14 • Me Too @PrairieFest Afternoon (a modified carnival experience for special needs families) • Prairie Winds Community Band Concert • Expo Village • PrairieFest Princesses and Pirates • High Infidelity, PrairieFest Main Stage Friday, June 15 • Dave Rudolf, PrairieFest Main Stage • Expo Village • Red Woody and Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice, PrairieFest Main Stage Saturday, June 16 • Fishing Clinic at Chesterfield Park • Expo Village • Sip & Savor PrairieFest Gastropub • Fool House and Sugar Ray, PrairieFest Main Stage Sunday, June 17 • PrairieFest 5K and One Mile Prairie Dog Jog, Prairie Point Center • PrairieFest Parade on Main Street • Rotary Duck Race, Hudson Crossing Park • Expo Village • PrairieFest Car Show, PrairieFest Park • WhiskeyFist and Keith Anderson, PrairieFest Main Stage Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday • Free Pony Rides • Free Miller’s Petting Zoo • Windy City Amusements - Carnival • Community Group Activities

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Sustainable Choices New visiting exhibit at SciTech

SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 West Benton Street in Aurora, is hosting “Sustainable Choices,” a display from NRG! Exhibits. This interactive exhibit explores the concept of sustainability and the choices that each of us make as consumers. Sustainability, or meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, is an increasingly important topic as the world’s population and consumption expands. Opening on June 1 for Downtown Aurora’s First Friday, “Sustainable Choices” will engage visitors through hands-on activities and thought-provoking content. The exhibit describes some of the choices that indiFOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

viduals and families can make every day to live in a sustainable manner. In some cases, there are no clearly correct choices to make; all of the available choices include environmental tradeoffs. “Sustainable Choices” will help visitors make informed decisions. “Sustainable Choices” has several themed kiosks, including electricity, water, transportation, shopping, and the yard. These are presented through the question, “From where did I come and where will I go?” which addresses key topics that are the basis for identifying sustain-

able choices: life cycle assessment, production, consumption, and waste. In this context the exhibit helps the visitor understand his or her role via the familiar and immediate: Choices I make today have a lasting effect. The self-guided exhibit is free with museum admission and open to the public.

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Downtown Aurora Magic Festival Tickets Available The organizers of last year’s popular Harry Potter Festival in Aurora will host a follow-up event June 8-9. Tickets are still available for the follow-up to the wildly successful Aurora’s Harry Potter Festival. Tickets for the Downtown Aurora Magic Festival are $15 online through Eventbrite at: https://DowntownAuroraMagic. Ticketed guests can enjoy classes, games, entertainment, costume and trivia contests, and other activities during the festival. The festival takes place on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Organizers will also host an informal FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

event the evening of Friday, June 8. “The Sorcerer Stumble will be similar to downtown Aurora’s First Fridays - several venues will have magic-themed activities and specials, and people can come and go as they please,” notes festival director Kate Purl. There is no cost to participate. Several area businesses will offer special discounts to guests wearing the Sorcerer Stumble souvenir button. Buttons will be available at the event in exchange for a $5 donation to the festival, the proceeds of which will be distributed to area not-profit organizations. For more information, visit or Downtown Aurora Magic on Facebook.

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ILLINOIS RESIDENTS INVITED TO HELP FIGHT DIABETES AT CHICAGOLAND TOUR DE CURE ON JUNE 10, 2018 The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) invites riders, runners and walkers of all skill levels to join the celebration and be part of the movement to fight diabetes by participating in an all-new Tour de Cure® experience on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at RiverEdge Park in Aurora, IL. This fitness and community event raises funds to support the ADA’s mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Every 21 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. In addition, nearly half of all American adults have prediabetes, which puts them at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes. People with diabetes are at significant risk for serious complications including kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness and lower-limb amputations. As the ADA’s premier fundraising event and one of the nation’s largest series of diabetes fundraising events, Tour de Cure brings together volunteers and participants invested in stemming the diabetes epidemic and funding research to find a cure. “Tour de Cure is more than just a ride, walk, or run―it’s a celebration of the ADA’s mission and a chance to raise critical funds to help fight diabetes. Every mile covered and every dollar raised brings us one step closer in fighting this


disease that affects 1.3 million people in our community,” said Christina Manelli, ADA’s Associate Director of Development. “The prevalence of diabetes is growing each year, and action is absolutely necessary,” she added. In addition to the traditional cycling ride, this year’s Tour de Cure event also features a 5K walk and timed run. The event invites businesses, clubs, friends and families to rally behind one cause, and presents a unique networking opportunity. Men, women, and children of all ages from around the region will form teams and venture through one of six routes to participate in the event. Tour de Cure is designed for participants of all fitness levels, with 10-mile routes for the occasional cyclist, to 100-mile century rides for experienced cyclists, and a 5K that you can walk or run. Routes feature rest stops with food to fuel the journey and volunteers to cheer riders along the way.

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Final Say Kicks Off The Park District’s Summer Concerts In The Park Series The St. Charles Park District brings the summer Concerts in the Park series to St. Charles’ historic downtown for families and friends to enjoy the great outdoors and some fabulous music! The first concert performance of the season will be Final Say on Thursday, June 7 at 7pm at the Lincoln Park Gazebo, located along Main Street between 4th and 5th Streets. Concerts are free thanks to generous support of numerous local businesses including WBK Engineering, AHC Advisors, Inc., St. Charles Bank & Trust, Marshall Architects, Inc., Banner Up Signs; Culver’s on East Main Street; Minuteman Press; and the Kane County Chronicle. Bring your family and friends for a picnic in the park! Settle in before the concert and enjoy picnic-style offerings at reasonable rates from downtown St. Charles restaurants and local vendors including Kimmer’s Ice Cream, Bernie’s Bully Dogs, Papa John’s Pizza and Muscle Maker Grill. Alcohol is not permitted at Lincoln Park. Guests are encouraged to get to the park early for better seating. Lincoln Park is a smoke free park. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, too. Upcoming concerts include: The Millennials on June 14, Strung Out on June 21, Johnny Russler & Beach Bum Band on June 28, Brass from the Past on July 12, Rockstar Rodeo on July 19, 7th Heaven on July 26, Recycle the Day on August 2, Serendipity on August 9 and Howard & the White Boys on August 16. There is no concert in Lincoln Park on July 5. Instead, enjoy Shout Out on July 4 at 6pm in Pottawatomie Park. In the event of rain, the concert will be cancelled. Musicians are subject to change without notice. For more information about Concerts in the Park, visit or call the Park District at 630-513-6200. To get St. Charles Park District event notices and reminders sent directly to your phone, text stcparks to 223344. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

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Swedish Days Festival A must stop for a summer fun destination is Geneva’s 69th Annual Swedish Days Festival. “The Granddaddy of Illinois Festivals” will run Tuesday through Sunday, June 19-24. More than 200,000 visitors and residents stop by for a variety of activities – combining traditional events and exciting new attractions. Look for more information in our brochure to be distributed mid – late May throughout Geneva. Here’s a sneak peek. Shopping & Treasures Shoppers look forward each year to merchant side-walk sales offering “must have” bargains in Geneva’s 100+ specialty shops. Free Musical Entertainment Free nightly musical entertainment on Central Stage kicks off Tuesday. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons from 1-3 pm relax on the courthouse lawn and listen to featured artists Food Booths Festival goers can feast on traditional Swedish and favorite American and ethnic foods including, brats, ribs, turkey legs, veggie burgers, wood smoked pork sandwiches, meatballs, pizza, garlic crab pasta and burritos to name a few at the many non-profit food booths. Sinfully good desserts will also be available. Restaurants, Pizzerias & Pubs Don’t forget all the fine restaurants in Geneva. From casual bistros to 5-star formal dining, a day in Geneva isn’t complete without sampling one or more of our FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

fine restaurants and eateries. Or stop by one of the beer gardens that will offer good food, drink, and entertainment during the festival. Visit for a listing of our 40+ restaurants, pizzerias and pubs. Activities For Young Visitors Kids will want to be at Swedish Days 2018 every day, but Tuesdays kick-off explodes with activity for young visitors. Creation Station opens at 10 am on Tuesday and continues all week with projects. Swedish Days 2018 is packed with favorites – the Carnival; 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, Quad Power Jump, Fun at the Library Tent and mini golf. June 22 is “Kids’ Day” where from early in the morn to late into the night, kids can stay busy. All Star Sports coaches will try to dodge getting dunked. The Geneva Park District will coordinate games and activities on the courthouse lawn and performances by Sunset Dancers and Angels Cheer & Poms Team. The Kids’ Day Parade invites children through the age of 10 to enter in one of our parade categories. Come for the Run, Stay for the Fun Located along the scenic Fox River in Geneva, the Swedish Days 5K Lopp promises an unbelievable race experience. As part of the Swedish Days Festival we encourage you to tie-in with the Scandinavian theme with your attire. More information available in March at Grand Parade On Sunday, bring some chairs and blankets so the entire family can enjoy the Grand Parade – truly a community parade that over 45,000 will be viewing. Free admission with easy access via the Metra. Events, hours, and schedule available at or call the Geneva Chamber of Commerce at 630232-6060. Brochures will be distributed in Geneva businesses late May. .

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Spring Caboose Days Ride with the conductor in the Big Red Caboose or with the engineer in the locomotive! Sunday, June 3, 2018- 11:00am-5:00pm Fox River Trolley Museum 365 S. La Fox Street South Elgin, IL, 60177 1-847-697-4676


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Naper Settlement 2018 June Events and Programs Victorian Spa Overnight Friday, June 1, 7:30 PM through Saturday, June 2, 8:30 AM Brownies (Grade 3) & Juniors (Grades 4 to 5) Have luxurious fun while you try different methods that ladies used in the 1800s to bring out their natural beauty! This overnight adventure for Girl Scouts includes a visit to the Martin Mitchell Mansion, a nighttime snack, and continental breakfast. Bring your overnight gear and get ready to make lotions and potions to pamper yourself, earning a Naper Settlement patch! The overnight is $45 per Scout and $18 per adult. There is a requirement of 1 adult per 4 Scouts maximum. Naperville residents do not receive free admission to this program. Tosi Architecture Tour Sunday, June 3 • 1-4 PM Join us for our popular annual program and tour houses from the FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

1950s to ‘80s designed by suburban home builder Don A. Tosi. The afternoon begins at Naper Settlement with a presentation on Tosi and his architecture, followed by a guided trolley tour of Tosi homes with a Mid-Century Modern flavor in area neighborhoods. Recommended for ages 13 and up. The tour is $30 per person. Reservations are required. Tyrus, a PBS Documentary Film Sunday, June 3 • 4-6:30 PM Free courtesy of AARP Illinois Tyrus (2017) is an American Masters PBS documentary film funded with major support from AARP. Until his death at the age of 106, Tyrus Wong (1910-2016) was America’s oldest living Chinese American artist and one of the last remaining artists from the golden age of Disney animation. The quiet beauty of his Eastern-influenced paintings caught the eye of Walt Disney, who made Wong the inspirational sketch artist for Bambi. Filmmaker Pamela Tom corrects a historical wrong by spot-

lighting this seminal, but heretofore under-credited, figure. Reservations are required.

4-12). Members and children under 4 receive free admission.

Playscape Readers Wednesday, June 6 • 11 AM & 1 PM Find a seat on the quilt for an engaging story time featuring changing animal themes. Story time for children ages 2-5 is at 11 a.m. and story time for ages 5-7 is at 1 p.m. This program is free with museum admission.

On Friday, June 15, guests will rock out to Wall of Denial, featuring the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and The Pettybreakers, the nation’s premier “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” tribute act. Get ready to move and groove on Saturday, June 16, to the music of Tom Thumb’s Band, playing Bob Dylan classics, and Old Shoe featuring Low Down Brass Band Horns, playing an evening of Paul Simon. Local music school, School of Rock, will showcase their top students’ talent to kick it off each night at 5 PM.

Hometown Picnic and Sweet Treat Sunday Sunday, June 10, 2018 • 1-4 PM Grab some blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic food and get ready to relive the past with the whole family! Enjoy old-fashioned games, contests, and a vintage baseball game between the Lemont Quarrymen and the Chicago Salmon at 2 PM. Treat yourself to ice cream courtesy of Colonial Cafe from 2-3:30 PM, while supplies last. All activities are free with museum admission. Camp Naper: Summer Day Camp June 4 – August 3 • 8 AM–3 PM Is your child an explorer, engineer, scientist, amateur chef or all of the above? Camp Naper offers 13-acres of epic experiences for children in grades 1 to 8. Two-day and five-day camps offer a variety of enrichment activities including STEM exploration, cooking and more. This year’s camp themes range from Incredible Creatures and Invention Dimension to History Mysteries and Survive This! Naper Nights Community Concert Series Naper Nights sets the stage for three summer weekends in June, July and August of nonstop music. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy music under the stars on the beautiful grounds of Naper Settlement this summer. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Gates are open from 5-10 PM. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth (ages

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North Central College Calendar of Events for June June 1-July 8, Art Gallery: North Central College will showcase artwork by Morgan Craig from June 1 through July 8. Craig’s works explore how identity is influenced by architectural structures, and will be on display in the College’s Schoenherr Art Gallery in the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Contact gallery director Nickole Lanham at 630-637-5375 or for gallery hours and more information. June 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, Theatre: Brightside Theatre presents “Hairspray” at 8 p.m. June 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and at 3 p.m. June 9-10, 1617, 23-24 in North Central College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $30 adults and $25 students/seniors. For more information visit brightsidetheatre. com. June 9, Commencement: North Central College’s 153rd Commencement ceremony for undergraduate FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

and graduate students will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, in the Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for guest seating and the processional begins at 9:40 a.m.. Visit for more information. June 11, Visit Day: High school students and their parents or guardians are invited to attend North Central College’s Visit Day Monday, June 11, 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 freshman-campus-visit-opportunities.

June 12-Aug. 13, Summer camps: North Central College offers a variety of summer camps and workshops beginning as early as June 12 with many sessions starting in July. Academic, athletic and fine arts camps are available for kids ages 5 through high school. For more information or to register, visit or call 630-637-5560. June 23, Transfer Information Session: North Central College will host an information session Saturday, June 23, 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 June 27, Graduate School Information Session: North Central College will host an information session for those interested in a specific session for three highlighted programs in business administration, leadership studies and liberal studies. Prospective students will also have the chance to sit in on classes in addition to learning about the graduate program. The open house is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, in Smith Hall at Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. For more information call 630-6375840 or visit https://www. graduate-studies-information-session.

the Wentz Concert Hall lobby at the 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 visit/freshman-campus-visit-opportunities. July 4, College closed: North Central College will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. 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).

June 29, Visit Day: High school students and their parents or guardians are invited to attend North Central College’s Visit Day Friday, June 29, in

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Second Annual Golf.Give.Gala Celebrity Charity Event Raised $1 Million Michael Phelps and Jason Day Co-Hosted the Event and Give Back to St. Charles Area Groups Rain could not damper the spirit of giving so on May 20-21 Michael Phelps, the world’s most decorated Olympian, and Jason Day, one of the world’s top golfers teamed up for the Second Annual Golf.Give.Gala., presented by ALE Solutions, and raised $1 million dollars for their respective foundations. The Golf.Give.Gala kicked-off on Sunday, May 20, with a star-studded gala, silent and live auction that was held at the historic Hotel Baker with a concert at Chicago’s treasured Arcada Theater. The celebrity golf outing was to be held on Monday, May 21 at the legendary Saint Charles Country Club, but was a rain-out. Activities continued indoors. “We were thrilled to once again to host Michael and Jason for the second annual Golf.Give.Gala. This year was a great success and the St. Charles community will be worthylocal recipients of the charitable donations. Raising funds to benefit these two worthy Foundations touches my heart.” Rowena Zimmers, Founder and President of ALE Solutions Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Michael Phelps Foundation and Jason and Ellie Day’s Brighter Days Foundation as well as support several local causes. The Michael Phelps Foundation will be partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

Elgin and St. Charles Special Recreation to implement the Foundation’s im program, a world-class curriculum for swimming, healthy living and goal setting. In addition, the Foundation has committed to providing support for the upcoming St. Charles Aquatic Center. “Being able to come back together again, to be able to be back in St. Charles, is great,” Phelps said. “We’re able to come together for things that could change people’s lives, which could make a massive impact.” 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. The Brighter Days Foundation will be providing support and a grant to St. Charles shelter, the Lazarus House. “We’re impacting a lot of people, not only here in St. Charles but across America,” Day said. “That’s what we need to do more of. There are a lot of people in need, a lot of people who are struggling and need the help.

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CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITY BENEFIT Local Volunteers Supporting Local Charities


The Geneva Community Chest, in collaboration with Fiora’s Restaurant (voted best restaurant for the last 5 years and counting), and Fox Valley Magazine, are hosting a charity celebration on June 30th at Fiora’s outdoor patio, 317 S. Third Street, Geneva, Illinois. Proceeds from this event will be donated by Fiora’s to the Geneva Community Chest, a local not for profit that raises funds for 25 charities. Mike and Ann Anastasio, owners of Fiora’s, are regular donors to numerous local charities and are pleased to support this wonderful charitable cause. “We believe that giving back to the community is not only the best investment we can make, but also the most rewarding. We love Geneva and the wonderful people of the Fox Valley, and it’s our pleasure and privilege to be able to contribute to the Geneva Community Chest.” Companies or persons that donate $200 or more will have a unique opportunity to reserve an outdoor, full-service dining experience for four from 5:30 - 8:00 pm or 8:00 - 10:30 pm. Live performances will be by Jon Conover (first set) and The Mary Hunt Band (second set). Reservations are extremely limited. Come celebrate with us and enjoy fine food, wine spirits and music in beautiful historic Downtown Geneva.

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Those without reservations can also attend the event, and seating is on a first come, first served basis at the Outdoor Bar and in the Wine Garden. There is no rain date. The event will begin if/when the rains subsides. To reserve your table call Jessica Shockey at 1-630-222-4234 or email her at Help make the community a better place and have fun doing it!


WHAT IS THE GENEVA COMMUNITY CHEST? Since 1970, the Geneva Community Chest is a local not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization benefiting Geneva and other residents in the Fox Valley. The GCC is managed locally by volun-teers who provide time and expertise to raise funds each year for various social service charities in our community. The GCC Board carefully screens and evaluates the charitable organizations that receive its funds.

PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION TO BENEFIT THE NEEDS OF OUR LOCAL CITIZENS To make a donation today visit us at: P.O. Box 441 Geneva, IL 60134

Support all these charities at one time by making just ONE donation to the GENEVA COMMUNITY CHEST TODAY! Your donation will be carefully considered and distributed to the 25 charitable organizations that support the needs of those in our community.

WHY DONATE TO THE GENEVA COMMUNITY CHEST? This is your opportunity to give something back to the community. Since we are an independent fund raising organization without any paid staff, virtually all of the funds we raise go to the charities we support. Our goal is to provide funding for a specific project or program for each organization. Our hope is that this will help to ensure efficient use of the funds we provide and give you, our donors, a better idea of who your donation is helping and how it is helping them. If you review all of these charitable organizations, there is a good chance you will find one that you know, or have heard of someone who has been a recipient of its services.

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The Geneva Community Chest proudly supports these charitable organizations


CASA - Kane County Think First For Kids Injury Prevention (We help fund the purchase of bike helmets for every 1st grader in Geneva) Kristoffer Larsen BIG HEART Foundation


AID-Association for Individual Development Joshua Tree Community Valley Sheltered Workshop

SERVING THE ELDERLY… Elderday Center Senior Services Associates


SERVING FAMILIES AND EMERGENCY SERVICES… American Red Cross Day One PACT Ecker Center for Mental Health Fox Valley Food for Health HorsePower Lazarus House Literacy Volunteers of America Living Well Cancer Resource Center Mutual Ground Northern Illinois Food Bank Renz Addiction Counseling Center Salvation Army Shelter Assistance Committee Suicide Prevention Services TriCity Family Services Tri-City Health Partnership


GENEVA COMMUNITY CHEST BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mark Byars Kristie Dienst Jean Gaines Chris Goulet Jill Johnson Clyde Jones Ed Keating Joe Kelly Dean Kilburg Lori Kohorst Brad Kosirog Steve Lillie Greg Lower Ryan Moen Tara Moen Tim Nelson Bob O’Brien Dan O’Brien Beth Olson Cookie Olson Johanna Patterson Maureen Radecki Jeff Rodewald Tom Sheridan Jessica Shockey Pat Wittenberg Kay Yotz Mary Agnes Zellmer

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Upcoming Shows at The Arcada

YES – 50th Anniversary Tour Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, YES, kickoff their 30-plus date tour celebrating 50 years of progressive rock greatness. An amazing evening with a band rarely experienced in an intimate setting like that of the Arcada Theatre! TUESDAY, JUN 05 and WEDNESDAY, JUN 06 7:30 PM


For tickets, call 630-962-7000 or visit

38 Special A sure sell out! A southern rock spectacular! “Hold On Loosely”, “Caught Up In You”, “Rockin’ Into The Night”! FRIDAY, JUN 08 8:00 PM

Laughs For Lives Let loose and support a great cause with Laughs for Lives on Monday, June 11th! We found awesome local talents and combined them with Camp One Step, an organization in Chicago dedicated to transforming adversity into adventure for young cancer patients. MONDAY, JUN 11 6:30 PM

Arcada Silent Film Night: Manslaughter 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, JUN 12 7:30 PM

Queensrÿche With Guest Michael Angelo Batio A high-octane heavy metal experience featuring some of the biggest rock anthems in history, including: “Prophecy”, “Silent Lucidity” and “Jet City Woman”. Joining the guys will be Michael Angelo Batio and his band, a superstar shredder and inventor of the double guitar! FRIDAY, JUN 22 8:00 PM

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A Ron Onesti Interview: An Evening With “The Celebrity Housewives” Ron Onesti interviews the “Celebrity Housewives” featuring Teresa Giudice of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” and “Celebrity Apprentice”, Brandi Glanville of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”, “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Big Brother”, and Ashley Darby of “The Real Housewives of Potomac” SATURDAY, JUN 23 8:00 PM

Chris & Jack Ruckman Music Scholarship Fund Fundraiser Come join us for a night of music and love to benefit the Chris & Jack Ruckman Music Scholarship Fund Fundraiser. WEDNESDAY, JUN 27 7:30 PM FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

The Wailers The legendary Wailers keep the Bob Marley tradition going with founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, original guitarists Julian Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, and a rockin’ reggae band performing all Bob Marley and the Wailers hits. Fans are still talking about the Rastafarian dance party that occurred the last time the band played at the Arcada Theatre! “Is This Love”, “Stir It Up”, “Get Up, Stand Up”, “I Shot The Sheriff”, “Buffalo Soldier”. THURSDAY, JUN 28 7:30 PM

America’s AC/DC Thunderstruck Striving to stay true to the AC/DC way, Thunderstruck obsesses over the tones and structures of each song’s studio and live versions, also using all the gear necessary to bring the power and entertainment of a genuine AC/DC show. Thunderstruck brings the High Voltage Rock n’ Roll to the Arcada Theatre! FRIDAY, JUN 29 8:00 PM

Uli Jon Roth Triple Anniversary World Tour The Original guitarist of the Scorpions, Uli Jon Roth, celebrates: 40-year anniversary of SCORPIONS - TOKYO TAPES ! 40-year anniversary of the Birth of ELECTRIC SUN !! 50-year ANNIVERSARY of Uli’s first ever stage performance in 1968 !!! SATURDAY, JUN 30 8:00 PM

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Hold on tight, because downtown Aurora’s Blues on the Fox is back for its 22nd year with another killer lineup of longtime favorites and fresh talent. Aaron Neville, Elle King, Sonny Landreth, Samantha Fish, Toronzo Cannon and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer are today’s blues music masters, sure to attract music fanatics from around the globe to celebrate the soul, grit and power of American blues. Dates are Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16, at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway in downtown Aurora, the idyllic venue, serving up two days of jammin’ blues music, cold beer, delicious festival food and a damn good time, all overlooking the gorgeous Fox River. Gates open Friday, June 15, at 6 p.m. for day one featuring an all-ladies lineup – Kansas City blues rocker Samantha Fish at 7 p.m., followed by Elle King of “Ex’s and Oh’s” fame at 9 p.m. Gates open Saturday, June 16, at 2 p.m. for day two. At 3 p.m., 14-year-old guitar phenom Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, who starred on Broadway in The School of Rock, takes the stage. CTA bus driver turned international blues star Toronzo Cannon plays at 5 p.m. Blues on the Fox rocks into the night with FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

slide guitar legend Sonny Landreth at 7 p.m., climaxing at 9 p.m. with three-time Grammy Award winner Aaron Neville. Don’t wait to get your tickets, blues fans. Early bird tickets are only $20 per day if purchased through May 31. Regular tickets are $30 per day starting June 1 and on-site. All tickets are general admission. Ticket fees not included. Children 12 and under are admitted free to Blues on the Fox but must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.

person at RiverEdge’s satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday–Saturday. The RiverEdge box office will also be open on-site both days for day-of sales, beginning at noon.

For tickets and information, visit, call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666, or stop by in-

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Elgin Theatre Company presents Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café, an innocent, well-intentioned stranger at the next table, and a dead man – with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl. A work about how we memorialize the dead – how remembering changes us – and it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about mortality, morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Dead Man’s Cell Phone, to be presented by the Elgin Theatre Company in June, 2018, is a thought-provoking play that may lead viewers to question their own reliance on technology. There are two important themes that arise in Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone. Cell phones have become an integral part of modern society, and we live in an age with these seemingly magical devices that promise constant connection yet leave many of us feeling stranded (especially if you forget your charger cord). Beyond the role of technology in our lives, this play also reminds us about the very real issue of fortunes that are made with the often-illegal sale of human organs. Though a secondary theme, it is one that cannot be overlooked because it profoundly affects the main character in this dark comedy. Jean, unmarried, no children, approaching 40, and an employee of the local Holocaust museum, is innocently sitting at a cafe when a man’s cell phone rings. And rings. And keeps on ringing. The man doesn’t answer because, as the title suggests, he’s dead. Jean, because of her guileless nature, does pick up, and when she discovers that the cell phone’s owner has quietly died in the café, she not only dials 911, she keeps his phone (and his charger cord) in order to keep him alive in a strange yet significant way. She takes messages from the dead man’s business associates, friends, family members, even his mistress.


Things get even more complicated when Jean goes to the funeral of Gordon (the dead guy), pretending to be a former coworker. Wanting to bring closure and a sense of fulfillment to others, Jean creates confabulations (let’s just call them lies) about Gordon’s last moments. The more we learn about Gordon the more we realize he was a terrible person who loved himself far more than anyone else in his life. However, Jean’s imaginative reinvention of his character brings peace to Gordon’s family. The play takes its most bizarre turn when Jean discovers the truth about Gordon’s career: he was a broker for the illegal sale of human organs. At this point, a typical character would probably back off and say, “I’m in way over my head.” But Jean, bless her virtuous heart, is far from typical, and so she flies to South Africa in order to donate her own kidney as an offering to

atone for Gordon’s sins. A truly unique and hilarious look at today’s culture. Don’t miss this amazing production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone. DIRECTOR: Dead Man’s Cell Phone is being directed by Linda Collins of Elgin. PERFORMANCE DATES: Performances of Dead Man’s Cell Phone will be held on June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16, 2018, at 8:00 PM, and on June 3, 10, and 17, 2018, at 2:00 PM. All Sunday performances will be interpreted for the Deaf and hard of hearing. PERFORMANCE LOCATION: All performances will be held at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St, Elgin, IL 60120, on the 8th floor of the Elgin Professional Building in Downtown Elgin. TICKETS: Tickets for Dead Man’s Cell Phone are priced at $18.00 for adults and $15.00 for seniors and youth. Group rates for this production of the Elgin Theatre Company are also available. RESERVATIONS: For reservations or more information call: (847) 741-0532, e-mail:, or see the ETC website:, to purchase tickets online. PARKING: Some parking is available on Division Street in front of the theater. Plentiful parking is available in the City of Elgin parking lot located on the corner of Division Street and Douglas Street.

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The Broadway Musical


June 8-24, 2018 BrightSide Theatre, Naperville’s only professional theatre performing in the historic downtown district, wraps up their 7th Season – Cinema on Stage - with the big, fat and Tony Award winning Broadway musical Hairspray the Broadway Musical. Performing at the Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Street in Naperville June 8-24, 2018. Tickets are on sale now at, or by phone at 630447-TIXS (8497). The press performance is Friday, June 8 at 8pm. A talented ensemble of actors make up the Cast of Hairspray the Broadway Musical: Michelle Bolliger, Jeffrey Cass, Melissa Crabtree, Charlet Dupar, Joey Fatigante, Logan Friese, Sara Haverty, Kennedy Hayes, James Heatherly, Tony Lage, Rich Adrian Lazatin, Paige C. Matteson, Qiana C. McNary, Connor Murray, Jenna Payne, Ben Paynic, Deshaun Peters, Karla A. Rennhofer, John Salomone, Levi Skoog, Shaina Summerville, Cydney Washington, Emma Widloski, Andreece Williams, Sean Michael Williams, and Katie Zarletti Our final production of our season of celebrating stories that have been adapted to the stage from the cinema has had a long journey starting out as a cult film, adapted to the stage as the Broadway Musical, then to a Major Motion Picture and then presented in its stage version live on NBC now finds itself on our stage. The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Based on the 1988 John Waters film and then inspiring a return to the big screen in 2007 Hairspray, a winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable, pleasantly-plump teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. Can she use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network… all without denting her hairdo?



June 8 - June 23, 2018 A psychiatrist and a journalist travel to Bosnia to interview and try to help women refugees. Through their struggles witnessing violence and unimaginable terror, the survivors of war must find their strength to keep each other afloat and alive. (Performances Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets $20/$15).

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June at Zanies June 1 & 2...Vince Maranto...a Zanies favorite. Has appeared on Comedy Central, TBS & the original movie “Meet the Parents.”

June 7-9...TBD

June 14-16...Michael Palascak...has appeared on the James Corden show, the Tonight Show, Letterman, Conan, Comedy Central & more

June 21-23...Brad Wenzel...has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central & many festivals around the world.

June 28-30...TBD


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The 3rd Annual Blues & Roots on Water Street Festival Cooks Up Some Tasty Talent

The 2018 Blues & Roots on Water Street Festival is set for Saturday, June 9th from 6:00 pm to midnight. The event will take place at the Kiss the Sky and Water Street Studios complex, 160 S. Water St, Batavia, IL. The festival is a one-day, two-stage, fiveact, indoor, limited-ticket, intimate festival featuring some of the finest in Roots, Americana and Blues that the Chicago area, and Austin, Texas have to offer! The headliner on the Blues Stage will be Alligator recording artist, The Cash Box Kings. Immediately prior to the Kings, Delmark Records recording artist Dave Specter, just coming from his Chicago Blues Festival performance, will be setting the mood and tone on the Blues Stage located within the friendly confines of Kiss the Sky.


Multi-genre three-piece virtuoso musicians, Anderlik, Otto & Church will kick things off in the Roots Lounge located in the Dock Room of Water Street Studios. Austin, Texas roots band Beth Lee and the Breakups will follow while Chicago’s very own and notorious Devil in a Woodpile will close out the evening in hoedown fashion in the Roots Lounge located in the loading dock area adjacent to Water Street Studios. Schedule as follows:

Tickets for the festival are limited to 300 and are available online via Eventbrite - https:// Tickets may also be purchased at Kiss the Sky and Water Street Studios. Tickets purchased in advance are $25 and $35 at the door. River Edge Bar & Grill in Batavia will be serving food and all beer will be from Solemn Oath Brewery. FreshGround Roasting will be serving coffee and selling beans.

6:00 pm Doors Open 7:00 pm Anderlik Otto & Church (Roots Lounge) 8:00 pm Dave Specter (Blues Stage) 8:45 pm Beth Lee & The Breakups (Roots Lounge) 9:45 pm Cash Box Kings (Blues Stage) 10:30 pm Devil in a Woodpile (Roots Lounge)

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Feel the Sunshine in Lake Geneva this Summer Between special occasions to celebrate, July 4th and summer Friday’s, there are so many opportunities to get away this summer. Make the most of your time off and book a trip to feel the sunshine in Lake Geneva. With so many events, activities and entertainment options to enjoy, you will want to visit more than once this summer. Beach, tan, relax, repeat Soak up the sun and enjoy the pristine waters of Geneva Lake at the area’s four beaches open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Riviera Beach in downtown Lake Geneva, Williams Bay Beach, and The Village of Fontana Beach have bathhouses and lifeguards on duty. The beach at Pier 290 restaurant in Williams Bay is another place to relax and soak up the sun. Golf, dine, entertain, repeat Whether you are a serious golfer or a beginner, there are 11 courses ranging from championship to par-3 level experiences. Summer golf in Lake Geneva offers warmth and sunshine with lush vegetation, filled woodlands, and beautiful landscaping. Geneva National Resort & Club features 54 holes of legendary golf, The Brute at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is one of the most challenging layouts in the Midwest, and Lake Lawn Resort’s FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

Majestic Oaks championship golf course offers scenic views of Delavan Lake. Beginners, families and kids enjoy a walkable par-3 experience on the Barn Hallow course at Hawk’s View Golf Club. After golf, plenty of dining and entertainment options await. Waterfront dining options include Café Calamari, Gordy’s Boathouse, Oakfire, and The Geneva Inn Restaurant. Or consider a downtown restaurant such as Carvettis, Sopra, or Tuscan Tavern & Grill. Live entertainment is easily found at area hotels and restaurants, with free concerts at Flat Iron Park, Music by the Lake concerts at George Williams College, Rosewood, Fireside Dinner Theater, and the Tristan Crist Magic Theatre.

loon with Lake Geneva Balloon Company for a ride over the scenic Lake Geneva area. Great firework displays aren’t only reserved for Fourth of July weekend in the Lake Geneva area. Every Sunday between Memorial Day and Labor Day, guests of the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa are treated to a Sunday evening fireworks show. The annual Venetian Festival, August 15 – 19, culminates with a beautiful fireworks display high above Geneva Lake. Cruise, kayak, sunset, repeat Be sure to take a boat tour with Lake Geneva Cruise Line, which

Festival, fly, fireworks, repeat With festivals featuring the stars (Starlight Festival at Yerkes Observatory), chocolate (Burlington Chocolatefest), music (Shake the Lake Music Festival at Lake Lawn Resort and Country Thunder Music Festival) and a carnival (Venetian Festival), there is something for everyone. Or should you like to fly high, consider Lake Geneva Canopy Tours or Aerial Adventures for ziplining, or climb aboard a hot air bal-

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offers sightseeing and dining cruises such as the popular Black Pointe Estate and the Mailboat tours. Or rent a speedboat, jet skis, kayaks or stand up paddleboards available Clear Water Outdoor, Elmer’s, Gage Marine and other watercraft rental businesses in the area. Don’t miss the beautiful sunsets that may be enjoyed from a beach, boat, or restaurant with a view. At Rosewood, Sunset on the Patio events held on Sunday’s come with beautiful Wisconsin countryside views. Stroll, shop, spa, repeat Take a stroll along the 21-mile Geneva Lake Shore Path for close up views of multi-million dollar estates with beautiful landscaping followed by some shopping and a spa treatment. Downtown Lake Geneva’s shops and boutiques offering antiques, apparel, art, gifts, home décor, toys and more are filled with special items each new season. After shopping, treat yourself to a spa treatment or two at one of the boutique or full service spas in the Lake Geneva area. DenayCocoBay is the newest luxury nail and make up spa located in downtown Lake Geneva. Clear Waters Salon & Day Spa has two locations, one in downtown Lake Geneva and one in Williams Bay. The Avani Spa at The Abbey Resort, Calladora Spa & Salon at Lake Lawn Resort,

and The Well Spa + Salon at Grand Geneva Resort will also have you relaxed and ready to enjoy more of the Lake Geneva area. From luxury resorts to quaint bed and breakfasts, planning your summer visits to Lake Geneva are made easy with the help of VISIT Lake Geneva: (800) 345-1020, and the VISIT Lake Geneva app. Should you wish to plan your visit around a special event, let this events calendar be your guide. Taste of Lake Geneva & Restaurant Week: June 2 – 10 - Lake Geneva Restaurant Week returns for its fourth year with more food and fun. New this year, the Taste of Lake Geneva, held on Saturday, June 2, will kick off this celebration of food that runs through Sunday, June 10. Moonlight Movies on the Beach: June 6, July 11, & August 8 - Grab the family, bring a blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars for free at Riviera Beach. Popcorn, candy and beverages will be available for purchase. Moonlight Movies on the Beach is happy to partner with the Geneva Theater for this new event. Music by the Lake: June 24 – August 11 From classic rock to orchestral works, the Music by the Lake series on weekends offers outdoor entertainment overlooking beautiful Geneva Lake. Bring your own picnic or purchase food at the College Inn. All performances occur rain or shine at the Ferro Pavilion overlooking Geneva Lake on the George Williams College Campus. 4th of July Fireworks: Grand Geneva Resort


and Timber Ridge Lodge explodes with fun for all ages on July 3. The day includes carnival games, inflatable fun, face painters, picnic food and the Grand Fireworks display at dusk. Geneva National Resort & Club’s red, white and barbecue heats up at 5:00 p.m. with food, drinks, carnival games, inflatables and live music. The Resort’s fireworks display (on July 3) over Lake Como is a spectacular show. Golfers will want to take advantage of special July 4th weekend rates. Village of Fontana: Head to Fontana Beach to see the fireworks on July 4th. This fireworks show begins at 9:00 p.m. Concerts in the Park: July 5 – August 23 Bring a picnic or purchase some street food while taking in the music at this free concert series. Concerts take place every Thursday, 6 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. throughout July and August at Flat Iron Park, a lakeside location in downtown Lake Geneva. Cars Time Forgot Show: July 7 & 8, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Rev your engines for the Cars Time Forgot Show held at Lake Lawn Resort. Overlooking Delavan Lake, this show attracts thousands who will admire custom cars, trucks, motorcycles and vehicles of special interest from across the country. Don’t forget to ask for the Show package starting at $479 that includes accommodations for two nights plus much more. Shake the Lake Music Festival at Lake Lawn Resort: July 27 - 29 - This three-day festival kicks off Friday with a lineup of retro rock, food, fun, and drink. Along with amazing

tunes, activities include a KISS inspired costume contest, the 3rd Annual Walworth County Bags Championship, carnival games, food trucks, kids’ activities and much more. Art in the Park: August 11 - 12 - Take in views of Geneva Lake while enjoying Art in the Park, a juried fine art exhibition featuring pottery, glass, wood, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture and more. This event is held at Flat Iron Park from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Venetian Festival: August 15 - 19 - Highlights of this five-day festival include a carnival, water ski show, live music, craft fair, lighted boat parade and the areas largest fireworks display over Geneva Lake. Enjoy local faire at the brat stand and beer tent. Maxwell Street Days: August 24 – 26 - Hit the streets of downtown Lake Geneva for the largest sidewalk sale of the year. Shoppers won’t want to miss the bargains and specials offered by the area’s stores during Maxwell Street Days. When it’s time for a shopping break, the downtown area has plenty of coffee spots, pubs, grills, and ice cream must stops.

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Things to See and Do in

Australia in 2018

Whether you are into fabulous dining and art, outdoor lifestyle, or natural wonders and unique wildlife, Australia has exciting new things to see and experience in 2018. Wine + Design Experiences A series of high-end conceptual art and design experiences is currently sweeping Australia’s vineyards, including the avant-garde d’Arenberg Cube in South Australia’s McLaren Vale wine region. Opened early 2018 at the d’Arenberg winery, this multi-story feat of architecture houses public and private tasting rooms, virtual fermenters, bars and a restaurant in a structure resembling a half-solved Rubik’s cube. The cube is crowned with 16 hydraulic umbrellas - 15 black and one red - which open in a playful, choreographed sequence of movement. The d’Arenberg Cube joins several other “wine + design” experiences around the nation, including the brand new, $50 million sculpture park, cellar door and fine dining restaurant at Point Leo Estate vineyard, on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula. Featuring over 50 large-scale contemporary works from sculptors such as Tony Cragg, Zadok Ben-David and Inge King set against ocean views, vines, cattle and native gardens. Mornington Peninsula is also home to Australia’s hottest new vineyard hotel, the whimsical 46-room Jackalope. Named after a mythical creature, the hotel fuses art, design, food and storytelling in a visually stunning experience. Many more new and innovative wine + design experiences, such as MONA’s “Moorilla sleepover” and Leeuwin Estate’s Art Series Dinner can be found at Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia. FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

Cafe Calamari outdoor seating with lake views

Spotlight on Perth: A new global city With increasingly sophisticated dining and arts scenes, and several major new openings and developments slated for 2018, Perth is in the grips of a rapid evolution from laidback remote city to innovative global hub. The city is experiencing three major cultural trends at present: firstly, its street art has flourished, with more than 80 city laneways, buildings and walls now covered in visually captivating works (viewable on this interactive map). Secondly, its small bar scene has exploded. The city has embraced over 100 new openings since last year, many of which champion the exquisite local, natural and organic wines of Western Australia such as New Normal, which opened 2017. Finally the city is experiencing a major hotel ‘room boom’. Design-led luxury brand QT Hotels will open QT Perth mid-2018, The Westin opened an ambitious city hotel on April 27, the Hilton will open

three DoubleTrees by 2019 and a Ritz Carlton will open next year at the new Elizabeth Quay precinct. The newly launched Intercontinental Perth also has 300 pieces of commissioned art throughout public spaces and in guest rooms. Additionally the city is experiencing major urban redevelopment, with large-scale changes including the $100 million foreshore redevelopment of Scarborough Beach, a popular white-sand surf beach set to open in April. The new-look foreshore incorporates a beach pool, cafes, restaurants, kiosks, public art and a skate park. Yagan Square, opened this year and connects Perth’s city center with the buzzing nightlife district of Northbridge. It will feature Aboriginal artworks, hospitality and retail outlets and gardens of native Australian wildflowers.

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Wildlife without walls: the ‘Un-zoo’ A new “cage-free” wildlife experience is set to open in late 2018 in western Sydney. The private $36 million Sydney Zoo will feature 30 animal exhibits. Visitors can view the native and exotic species from elevated boardwalks. The zoo signifies another major trend happening across Australia: wildlife experiences “without walls”, offered in intimate, natural and wild settings.

one-stop shop for visitors who want to see Australia’s extraordinary native animals in their natural habitat.

At the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, an hour’s drive from Hobart, guests can experience animals (such as Tasmanian devils, golden possums, kangaroos and eastern quolls) in natural habitats in which barriers are removed or concealed. Other ‘un-zoo’ experiences are on offer at the world’s largest open-range zoo, Monarto Zoo (near Adelaide), Werribee Open Range Zoo in Victoria and Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. New wildlife experiences in Australia can also be found at Wilsons Promontory, where Wildlife Coast Cruises has launched a new six-hour whale cruise departing from Port Welshpool. An additional cruise experience by award-winning operators Pennicott Wilderness Journeys will also commence tours to the area’s colony of Australian Fur Seals, in the second half of 2018. Finally a new industry collective, Australian Wildlife Journeys has been created to offer a FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

The Great Barrier Reef’s Great Eight Africa might be home to the Big Five but Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef now boasts The Great Eight – a list of weird and wonderful marine creatures to tick off while on an underwater safari. Making the list is the clown-

fish, giant clam, manta rays, Maori wrasse, potato cod, sharks, turtles and whales. Seeing clams and clownfish can be as easy as taking a day trip out to Green Island off Cairns. Port Douglas-based vessel Silversonic offers trips that may include swimming with dwarf minke whales. Lady Elliot Island, in the Southern Great Barrier Reef near Bundaberg, is known as the home of the manta ray. Reefworld, a pontoon permanently moored at Hardy Reef in the outer reef near the Whitsunday Islands, offers guided diving and snorkelling trips that offer easy viewing of charismatic Maori wrasse. Landlubbers can see turtles nesting, and baby turtles hatching, at Mon Repos on the mainland near Bundaberg. The complete Great Eight can be experienced in the Southern Great Barrier Reef region, including the iconic manta ray experience at Lady Elliott Island. Many of the Great Eight, including sharks, are also in residence at the brand new, multi-million dollar Cairns Aquarium. The attraction includes a deep-reef exhibit, 10 eco-systems and 71 habitats. Canberra: The new capital of cool Australia’s capital, Canberra, was once one of the country’s lesser known destinations - but not anymore. As new boutique precincts and innovative ventures have blossomed, Canberra is now the epitome of cool – so much so that Lonely Planet just named it the world’s third-best city to visit in 2018.

Cartier: The Exhibition is on show until 22 July 2018 at National Gallery of Australia – a breathtaking collection of the world’s most exquisite jewels showcasing more than 300 items. Featuring loans from royal families, never before will so many incredible diamonds, emeralds and other precious stones, in exquisite settings such as royal tiaras, have come to Australia. Canberra is also home to Gourmet Traveller’s 2018 Australian Bar of the Year – Bar Rochford – and a range of hot new bars including tropical themed Kokomos, Cuban themed The Highball Express, the Alice in Wonderland inspired White Rabbit Cocktail Room and Black Market in NewActon. For eats, head to edgy A. Baker with its ash-blackened walls. Dessert lovers should explore Braddon’s Lonsdale Street, home to Frugii Dessert Laboratory where the avant-garde ice-cream and sorbet flavours (think gingerbread, lemongrass, roast potato, black garlic and butter chicken) change regularly. The Kingston Foreshore is also a buzzing dining precinct – try wholefoods specialist Local Press Café for a savoury pancake or breakfast tortilla meal that’s worthy of an Instagram post.

One of the most cutting-edge precincts is NewActon, home to Hotel Hotel that’s billed as “a collaboration between designers, artists, artisans and fantasists”. The hotel’s sculptural timber lobby won World Interior of the Year in 2015. In a Canberra exclusive,

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Haute dining hubs Sophisticated dining experiences aren’t confined to Australia’s big cities - they’re also popping up in self-contained regional hubs around the nation. In 2017, two Australian restaurants made The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list: Melbourne’s Attica (No 32) and, at No 44, Brae in a town of less than 1000 residents called Birregurra, 130km (80 miles) from Melbourne. Diners can also overnight in Brae’s avant-garde six-room hotel. In 2017, Hunter’s former hotel restaurant metamorphosed into Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel. Guests now stroll along a path, listening to recorded birdsong, to reach the new restaurant space. Chef Robin Wickens sources


100 percent of his produce from the kitchen garden. In Tasmania’s Derwent Valley, The Agrarian Kitchen cooking school opened a nearby restaurant spin-off, The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery & Store, a 60-seat restaurant and kitchen shop tucked within a former mental asylum in New Norfolk, a 35-minute drive from Hobart. Other notable recent openings include Paper Daisy, the onsite restaurant Halcyon House (overseen by one of Australia’s most talented young chefs, Ben Devlin), The Enchanted Fig Tree outdoor dining experience on Kangaroo Island, and Jackalope Hotel’s luxury restaurant, Doot Doot Doot.

Beauty from the bush: Aboriginal wellness treatments Australia’s most luxurious desert resort, Longitude 131, reopened in August last year following a $6 million transformation that added a two-room spa to the remote lodge where Oprah Winfrey stayed on her 2010 Australian tour. Spa Kinara, with a design inspired by a traditional shelter known as a wiltja, offers treatments inspired by local Aboriginal Anangu culture. Native ingredients such as scented emu bush, Kakadu plum, quandong, desert lime, yellow clay and nutrient-rich desert salts are incorporated into the range of facial and body treatments.

uses bush ingredients such as eucalyptus, pepperberry and banksia flowers. In Tropical North Queensland, Daintree Eco Lodge’s spa incorporates indigenous traditions. Wawu Jirakul (which means ‘your spirit cleansed’) is a massage performed by a waterfall within the World Heritage-listed Daintree rainforest. At Sydney’s Shangri-la hotel, CHI, The Spa’s Australian Botanical Retreat treatment includes wattleseed and sandalwood exfoliation, a green clay body wrap and a massage with eucalyptus and honey myrtle-infused oil.

Aboriginal wellness concepts and native ingredients are increasingly being integrated into Australian day spas: Southern Ocean Lodge on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island,

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Happy Trails with Shay Manchester airport 6:30 AM and I’m waiting for Barleyjuice to arrive with friends, family and fans from Philadelphia, to begin a magical mystery tour which will take them to Liverpool, Belfast, Galway, Dublin and all points in-between. Barleyjuice are one of America’s foremost Celtic rock bands and I have been a huge fan of their music for many years, if you are not familiar with them, you should check them out at and listen to their music on YouTube. Our first destination is Liverpool and all things Beatle related. We have lunch and explore the Albert dock area, then back on the coach for a short tour of Liverpool’s sites, two famous cathedrals and two even more famous football grounds, Anfield and Goodison Park. Liverpool is a wonderful city and the people are as friendly as the Irish, most of them will tell you they are only a few generations removed and as a city it has often been referred to as “the real capital of Ireland.” Our hotel for the next few nights is, The Hard Days Night Hotel in the City Center, right on the same block as the famous Cavern Club where the Beatles and all of the Liverpool Bands of the 60’s were busy planning the FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

British invasion. We are now, all 40 of us, creating our own American invasion and with dinner behind us and the pubs and clubs of Mathew Street hopping with energy, our group vanish into Liverpool’s nightlife. Our motley crew have overnight become a Band of Brothers and the stories of the night before tell stories of debauchery and Craic in The Cavern, Sgt. Pepper’s, The Grapes and other dens of iniquity but enough said, as Day 2 in Liverpool begins with a four hour Beatle Tour. We visit the boyhood homes of John, Paul, George and Ringo, we visit their schools and we see the places that inspired their songs, the places they hung out. The leafy suburb of Woolten where they first played together as the Quarrymen. Mercifully for most of us we stopped at a lovely pub called the Cock and Bottle where we had a few adult beverages in great company, the barmaid was brilliant and was well able for 40 of us just dropping in and she poured a great pint of Guinness. I had scouted the tour months before and had planned this little interlude knowing some of the cast of characters I was travelling with would need the “hair of the dog”. I also wanted to introduce our Beatle Guide, Jay Johnson to the group as he is a brilliant historian, he is also the younger brother of Holly Johnson of Frankie Goes To Hollywood fame. I have taken many Beatle Tours over the years and Jay is certainly the best I have toured with. The stories and anecdotes flowed seamlessly as we visited Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and even Eleanor Rigby‘s Church. It was shaping up to be a great day and the best was yet to come. That evening Barleyjuice took the stage at The Cavern around 9:30 and were welcomed by the crowd, many who had come specifically to see them. They played to a standing ovation and were told that they are welcome back to The Cavern any time. I’m not really sure what happened after that but the following morning we departed Liverpool airport for Belfast where we were met by the

rain and our Irish driver Luke Shanahan, who would be with us for the remainder of the tour.

In Belfast we stayed at the Europa Hotel, one of my favorites. It is located in the City center, right across the street from two of the most iconic pubs in Ireland, The Crown and Robinson’s. We visited Titanic Belfast and even on my fourth visit I was still not tired of it, it’s a most excellent experience. My son James had come to visit us in Belfast and after a fabulous dinner at the Europa it was across to the Crown to enjoy a few pints and I’m sure all of our people had a ball that night, they all loved Belfast. The following day was a tour of the North

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Antrim coast, where we visited the Giants Causeway before returning to Belfast via the beautiful Glens of Antrim, Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the beautiful towns of Cushendun and Cushendall. We were back into Belfast with enough time to visit the Peace Wall, a quick drive up the Falls Road and back down through the Shankill Road. I noticed that there are fewer flags flying in this once troubled area and I took that as a sign of healing, I hope I’m right. Game of Thrones fans were really looking forward to our evening’s private banquet at Winterfell Castle and it was, as always, a huge hit. We ate heartily, drank lustily and practiced with our longbows before being entertained by Barleyjuice in an amazing imprompFOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

tu set that those present will never forget. We were a dozy lot when we left Winterfell on our short trip back to Belfast and, as it was an early start the following day, some of our crew faded off to bed. It had been another long day. The following morning the Tour headed for Galway via Enniskillen and myself and James headed for Dublin. I was escaping to see my Mum and family for a few days and I knew that I would pick up the Tour again when they

got to Dublin. In Galway, Barleyjuice played The Quay’s and photos tell me that they also did The Quiet Man Tour in Cong. They had also stopped at Drumcliffe Churchyard in the shadow of Ben Bulben to say a prayer at the grave of W.B. Yeats. It was fun to catch up with the band in Dublin and to see the photos of the few days that I had missed. I heard the adventure stories and enjoyed the fact that by the time the tour was done they were like a family.

betting man but I doubt that there is a Band in the World who have played The Cavern, Winterfell Castle, The Quay’s Bar and The Irish House Party in the same week. A tour to remember, an epic adventure and I’m doing it again in October if you would like to come along. Check out and see featured tours.

On the last night the farewell dinner was at The Irish House Party and again Barleyjuice were welcomed to the stage to play. I’m not a

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out & about Snapshots of what’s going on around The Fox. Dr. Anita Dickerson at the Health and Wellness Fair

Katie and Foodie - Artist Katie Drum’s Foodie Bulldog

Ribbon Cuttings Batavia Woman’s Club

Diamond Rigging celebrate their 30th Anniversary with a Ribbon Cutting! FOX VALLEY MAGAZINE / June 2018

Batavia Family Dental

Eden on the River’s “Party On The Patio” event

Golf Give Gala at Hotel Baker

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