Recreation/Hobbies

Wasco Nursery displays half-ton pumpkins

The giant pumpkin at Wasco Nursery in Campton Hills looked every bit of its 1,241 pounds...


Uncorked: Turn of events leads to special vintage of wine

Eleonora Marconi was raised by the sea in the Marche region of Italy. 


Ferrets weasel their way into fans' hearts

ST. CHARLES – Emmy Flinn cuddled Takashio, one of 10 ferrets she brought to the 26th Annual Greatest Ferret Show on Earth on Saturday.


Homeward bound: Paddlers reflect on 69-day voyage

Sixty-nine days was the length of the trip, and surreal was the word used to describe the moment ...


Greatest Ferret Show on Earth set for Saturday

ST. CHARLES – An event, the Greatest Ferret Show on Earth, is set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles.


Fine Line to stage Uncommon Threads fashion show

Uncommon Threads, Fine Line Creative Arts Center’s 28th annual fashion show...


Uncorked: Difference in soil, elevation produces two distinct wines

Pierre Seillan wanted to highlight the unique soils of Mount St. Helena in Knights Valley. 


ECC to present blues and brats during Bratoberfest

The Elgin Community College Arts Center will celebrate Bratoberfest...


Pumpkin Pedal Bike Tour set in St. Charles

Special Olympics Illinois is gearing up for its 23rd Pumpkin Pedal Bike Tour ...


St. Charles library to host Fall Book Sale beginning Friday

ST. CHARLES – The Friends of St. Charles Public Library will host its annual Fall Book Sale beginning Friday, Oct. 3.


Visitors bid farewell to Conley Farm

KANEVILLE – Kris Conley was vacationing in Washington state in 1997 when her now-late husband, Bruce, told her he bought the farm – and he meant it quite literally.


Liberating literature: Banned Books Week celebrates freedom to read

Since 1982, Banned Books Week, which runs through Saturday, Sept. 27, has reminded ...


Elburn Lions Club car show set for Oct. 5

ELBURN – The 21st Annual Fall Classic Elburn Lions All Wheel car show on Oct. 5 is a great event for a great cause, said Jeff Miller, one of the event’s organizers.


Batavia House Walk set for Sunday

BATAVIA – The eighth annual Batavia MainStreet House Walk on Sunday, Sept. 28, will feature five distinctive homes in Batavia and a tea at Water Street Studios.


St. Charles rededicates Civil War training site

ST. CHARLES – As a ceremony began Saturday to rededicate the southern portion of Langum Park as Camp Kane, Capt. Jeff Johnson of the 8th Illinois Calvary noted the history of the 20-acre site.


Planit 5: Things to do in and around Kane County

1. Casey's Safe Haven 'Down on the Farm' fundraiser


Civil War comes to life in Batavia

The Masini family of Batavia got more than they expected when they stopped by a Civil War...


Chit Chat: St. Charles’ Steel Beam Theatre opens 14th season

ST. CHARLES – Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles will open its 14th season Friday, Sept. 12, with the production “Almost, Maine,” a play that explores love and loss in a mythical town called Almost, Maine.


Dog Walk/Fun Run set for Sept. 14

CAMPTON TOWNSHIP – The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization will host its fourth 5K Dog Walk/Fun Run on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Windings Club House, 42W346 Retreat Court, Campton Township, along the Great Western Trail.


Durant House Museum to host Hearth Cooking Day

ST. CHARLES – The Durant House Museum will host a Hearth Cooking Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14.


National Geographic’s ‘Pond Stars’ reality series features local hosts

National Geographic’s WILD is bringing nature back with its new series “Pond Stars,” a show that plucked its title characters right out of Kane County.


Music, storytelling still keep crowds coming to annual folk fest

GENEVA – Though Sunday started out cloudy and drizzly, it did not stop die-hard folk fans from coming to the second day of the Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival at Island Park in Geneva.


Chit Chat: Travel agencies still in demand

Wilson Travel & Cruise President Janet Foster knows how easy it is for people to book airline tickets online these days through the proliferation of such websites as expedia.com and orbitz.com.


National Fallen Firefighters golf outing set for Aug. 9

The sixth annual National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Golf Outing...


Little Traveler to host Literary Evening of Writers and Wine

A Literary Evening of Writers and Wine is set from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at The Little Traveler...


Garfield Farm Museum to host Antique Tool Show

Members of the Early American Industries Association and the Mid-West Tools Collectors Association...


Rover Rescue Garage Sale fundraiser set

The Great Annual Rover Rescue Garage Sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1...


North Aurora Days to kick off Aug. 1

Those who go to Messenger Public Library's annual use book sale on Aug. 1 and 2 ...


Chris Walk sheds light on substance abuse

The Chris Walk Night Out Against Substance Abuse ...


Sugar Grove Corn Boil gets underway

The slogan – “Be nice. Be happy. Be dancing.” – will help the Kindness Campaign get its second year ...


Former Bears player Idonije headed to Geneva Barnes and Noble

GENEVA – Former Chicago Bears player Israel Idonije will be signing limited edition copies of "The Protectors #0" and "The Protectors #1" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Barnes and Noble, 102 Commons Drive, Geneva.


In the write place: Documentary to feature St. Charles Writers Group

Batavia resident Stacy Chambers started reading her short story...


Museum to host Route 66 themed Quilt, Textile Show

Visitors at the Batavia Depot Museum’s eighth annual Quilt and Textile Show will have an opportunity...


Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler, Uncle Kracker revive '90s hits at RiverEdge

Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler and Uncle Kracker performed on July 6 at RiverEdge Park as part of the "Under The Sun Tour."


Fourth of July events in Kane County

Looking for something to do this Fourth of July? Check out this list and map of events in Kane County.


Benjamin Franklin brought to life at Batavia Library program

Benjamin Franklin on Sunday had a warning for those who want to experiment with electricity.


Transcendence about great wine and causes

Joey Gummere manages every detail possible at Transcendence in order to make great wines. 

Coast-to-coast horse ride makes a stop in Kane County

Carrying an American flag and sitting atop one of his horses, Sam Hopkins-Hubbard spoke softly to a small group ...


Farm fresh: Farmers markets offer fresh, locally grown food

Larry Geddes owns Perennial Pleasures Garden Center...


Call of the wild: Aurora Men to set out on 1,000 mile canoe journey

When people learn of Aurora residents Pete Stadalsky and Nolan McClelland's summer plans, the duo said they ...


Druley: McNally’s aims to be local World Cup ‘headquarters’

Moments after host Brazil concluded its World Cup-opening victory against Croatia on Thursday afternoon...


Art is ‘The Wine of Life’

Nineteenth-century novelist Jean Paul Richter once said that, “Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life.” ...


Yellow House Artists to present symphony-themed summer show

Yellow House Artists, an organization of artists who work in oil pastel and/or oil stick, will present “Rhythm in Color” ...


Fine Line to host arts festival in June

Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles will host its Fine Line Arts Festival – formerly Raku Day – in June. ...


Chit Chat: Care to dance?

Mill Creek resident Brittnie Quinn is relocating her dance studio, Dance Dynamics, from Aurora to Mill Creek near Geneva ...


Youths explore science at STEM-O-RAMA

Evan Kamaris of North Aurora stomped on the plastic pop bottle as hard as he could, propelling the rocket ...


Paws & Claws Motorcycle Charity Ride set for June 1

The Wild Fire Harley Davidson Chapter 1084 in Villa Park and South Elgin’s Anderson Animal Shelter will host ...


Author to tell story of Geneva tycoon

The Geneva History Center will present “Geneva Tycoon Who Launched the NSA” with guest author Richard Munson ...


Library coffee shops gaining ‘grounds’?

While sipping a hazelnut macchiato and reading Ernest Hemingway – or a frappuccino with William Faulkner ...


Local lacrosse club to host barbecue fundraiser at fairgrounds

The St. Charles Lacrosse Club will have a Fay's Pork Chop BBQ fundraiser from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1...


Geneva resident to represent Illinois at Mrs. America pageant

Nicole Elizabeth Cook of Geneva will be representing the state of Illinois in the Mrs. America pageant ...


Award-winning poet to visit ECC

Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, will host a Writers Center Reading Series event with Matt Rasmussen...


Planit 5: Things to do in and around Kane County

Five things and events to do in and around Kane County.


Statistician to headline Fermilab art-math exhibit

Statistician Edward Tufte will show that the gap between art and mathematics is smaller ...


Slice of Life: Wine steward's expertise aids Herrington Inn diners

GENEVA – When diners at the Herrington Inn and Spa in Geneva have a question about wine ...


Party in the Park set for May 31 in Batavia

Organizers of next month’s Party in the Park event hope to educate the public about depression. ...


Water Street Studios to present Spring Show

The Water Street Studios Spring Show will open at 6 p.m. Friday, April 11, and run through June 28. ...


'Sharing Color': Artist to exhibit 40 years of painting

"Sharing Color: Forty Years of Painting" will run from April 17 through May 23 in the Kavanagh Gallery at Fine Line ...



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