Fridays & Saturdays, 8:00 pm; Sundays, 2:00 pm
The Pecatonica Playhouse 314 N. Main St. Pecatonica Illinois
"Abundance" From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Crimes of the Heart comes this poignant but unromanticized story of the hard lives of pioneers on the high plains of Wyoming in the 1860's. Macon and Bess are two mail-order brides, lured to the West by the promise of new beginnings through marriage to men they have never met. While waiting for their respective husbands-to-be, one bubbling with optimism, the other mousy and plain, the two women become instant best friends. As Abundance follows the two women through their friendship and adventures for the next 25 years, this Western epic unearths the dark underside of American mythology. Showtimes Fri and Sat @ 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. For tickets call 815-239-1210 or bu online at www.pecplayhouse.org
Boone County Farm Stroll
Noon - 5:00 pm
Boone County Extension 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 3 Belvidere, IL 61008
Have you ever wondered where goat cheese comes from? Or how wool becomes yarn? Or where all those beautiful vegetables at the farmers market are actually grown? Well, we have a free, family-friendly event where you can satisfy your local food cravings and curiosities! On Sunday, October 5th, 2014, from noon to 5:00p.m., University of Illinois Extension will host the Boone County Farm Stroll, during which more than a dozen highly-diversified family farms producing food, fiber, and fun will all be open to the public! There will be farm tours, demonstrations, and of course fresh local food sampling and sales. Farms on the route raise fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, chicken and duck eggs, pumpkins, grapes for wine, bees for honey, sheep and alpacas for fiber, goats and cattle for milk, a variety of meat animals. Prepared food will be available for purchase at several locations. Pick up your map at the Extension office in Belvidere (205 Cadillac Court, Suite 3, next to Shopko) the day of the event or before to help you plan your relaxing, educational, and delicious Sunday drive with the family through the Boone County countryside. Find more information on Facebook (Boone County Farm Stroll) the Boone County Extension website (web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo), or call us at 815-544-3710. See you on the Farm Stroll!
Autumn at the Arboretum
9:00am - 4:00pm
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St. Rockford, IL 61102
Join us for our annual fall festival! Experience the beauty of fall as we use our entire 155 acre property for family-friendly fun. October is one of the best times to witness trees with their rich autumn colors. Build a scarecrow, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, make a fall craft to take home, and enjoy entertainment and activities for kids of all ages.
And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little
October 2-4, 2014; 7:30 p.m.; October 5, 2014; 2:00 p.m.
Rockford University, Maddox Theatre, Clark Arts Center, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108
The three Reardon sisters have grown up in a house of women, dominated by their mother, who is only recently dead. But time has erased the tender closeness of girlhood; one sister has married and cut herself off; another has begun to drink more than she should; and the third, after a scandalous incident at the school where she teaches, is on the brink of madness. When the married sister comes to dinner to press the need for committing her sibling to an institution, the simmering resentments of many years burst alive and are exacerbated by the intrusion of a well-meaning but boorish neighbor couple, whose unexpected arrival impels the action towards its shattering conclusion—in which all the pathos, humor and searing honesty of the play combine with overwhelming effect.
Single ticket admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors age 55 and up and for students. Group rates are available. For tickets or information, please call the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or visit rockford.edu. Dates and locations are subject to change.
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Janesville Irish Fest
Janesville, WI. For complete details, see www.janesvilleirishfest.com.
History of Irish Fest
Janesville Irish Fest is a four-day celebration of the area’s Irish heritage and culture. It offers a uniquely, nontraditional festival experience through hosting events at multiple citywide locations. Local businesses, organizations and nonprofits collaborate together to present Irish-themed music, dance, food and family activities.
The year 2013 was the inaugural year of the event. The event idea evolved after booking the popular Irish band, Gaelic Storm, on October 5th and 6th in 2013 at the Janesville Performing Arts Center (JPAC). The Irish festival was planned surrounding the popular band’s performance. Several community members from partnering organizations came together to expand on JPAC’s Irish band to expand the event into a citywide festival celebrating Irish culture in Janesville. It was an interesting fact to learn that Janesville has the highest percentage of population of Irish residents as compared to other larger cities in the state of Wisconsin.
The Janesville Irish Fest takes place at several locations throughout Janesville, allowing attendees to experience all that Janesville has to offer. In addition, the festival is family-friendly, setting it apart from other Irish festivals in the state.
The festival is aimed at promoting tourism in Janesville and Rock County, while providing local residents the opportunity to seek out fun, cultural entertainment.
For complete details, including a schedule of events, see www.janesvilleirishfest.com.
Cider n' Cinnamon Arts and Craft Fair
Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Edgebrook Shops, Rockford
Join us for this free event Oct. 4th 10a-5p & Oct. 5th 10a-4p. More than 50 arts & crafts exhibits displaying a variety of art, jewelry, crafts, clothing, refurbished and vintage home decor, and so much more! Get a head start on your unique and local finds for the holiday gift giving season. All Edgebrook merchants will have normal business hours and our eateries will be ready to serve you. For more information including fair events and entertainment, visit edgebrookshops.com
Darcy Hanson 815-398-8957 firstname.lastname@example.org