Looking for something to do this weekend? No need to look far, because there’s a lot going on at our end of the North Shore. Here’s a sampling of events to check out; and for more ideas, visit the GazeboNews Calendar. And please keep posting your events on this free and super-easy calendar!
The final Lake Forest Farmers’ Market of the season will be held on Sat., Oct. 20, from 8 am. to 12:30 p.m. at the East Lake Forest Train Station south parking lot. “Our farmers have so much produce to share,” says City of Lake Forest Economic Development Coordinator Susan Kelsey. “The tomatoes are outstanding, as are the squash, apples and bread. We also have a lady selling woodland tablescapes.”
Experience the magic of theater amidst the gorgeous fall backdrop of Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve with Lake Forest Open Land’s “The Witch’s Brew” performed by Citadel Theatre. A local witch gathers the children to help solve the missing portions of a long lost recipe meant to protect the woodland creatures. If the proper potion is not concocted, all will be lost. At each station a clue will be revealed during the story. This unique production gives you the chance to watch a story unfold as you walk the preserve trails and see a new side to the wildlife animals found in Lake Forest Open Lands. Snacks provided by Whole Foods-Deerfield. Performances are scheduled for Oct. 19 to 21 at 4 p.m. at Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve, 1401 Middlefork Dr., Lake Forest. In case of bad weather, the performance will move to the West Campus Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd. For detailed information and ticket reservations, visit www.citadeltheatre.org.
The City of Highwood is going for its own Hat-Trick (or Treat!) during the 3rd Annual Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest, breaking the world records for most jack-o-lanterns lit in one location, the longest line of pies and the most people carving simultaneously. The Fest’s attempt to set a new record for the most pumpkins carved simultaneously will take place on Fri., Oct. 19th at 6 p.m., with $10 all-you-can-carve pre-gutted pumpkin wristbands, including Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest Carving Knife and certificate. The free, three-day event will also offer a 5K Pumpkin Run and Kids’ Dash, a Pumpkin Land Regatta, a Pumpkin Parade, live music, artisan foods with pumpkin flare and children’s activities. Walls of jack-o-lanterns, up to 30 feet high, line the streets of downtown Highwood. The family fun festivities offer plenty of opportunities for people to come together, carve pumpkins and place them on one of the Great Pumpkin Walls for display, and then take them back home after the record-breaking attempt on Sat., Oct. 20th is completed. The schedule for the three-day festival is as follows: Thurs. and Fri., Oct. 18-19, from 3-8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 20, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and a rain date on Sun., Oct. 21, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information, visit www.highwoodpumpkinfest.com.
The Lake Forest Symphony’s October concert will feature composer-in-residence Jim Stephenson’s Trumpet Concerto No. 1 with soloist Jeffrey Work for whom the piece was written. Also on the program will be Rimsky-Korsakov’s Overture on Russian Themes and Brahm’s Symphony No. 4. Sat., Oct. 20, 8 to 10:20 p.m. at the James Lumber Center on the campus of the College of Lake County. Click here for more information.
The League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood will host the second of its nonpartisan public candidate debates on Sun., Oct. 21 starting at 1:30 p.m. at Dickinson Hall, 100 E. Old Mill Rd. in Lake Forest. Candidates for the following county offices will participate: States Attorney, Circuit Court Clerk, Recorder of Deeds, and Coroner. For more information, visit http://lwvhp.org.
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