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Fall Is Here and It’s Time Again for Pretzel City Brewfest in Downtown Freeport, Illinois!

 This is a craft beer tasting with food vendors at the corner of Douglas and Chicago (next to the post office). In addition to the beer and food, there will entertainment by Bryan Popp and Corey Jenny. For more information and tickets go to

Have A Great Labor Day Weekend – Enjoy Art In The Park on Sunday, September 6

 From 10 to 5 pm at Krape Park, Freeport, Illinois join the Freeport Park District and the Freeport Art Museum as they welcome back the 8th annual, award winning, Art in the Park. Stroll the walks and view the fine art on display by local and regional artists. Purchase a wonderful new piece of artwork to take home with you! Listen as local performing artists take the stage throughout the day. Partake in creative hands-on activities with the kids, and celebrate with some great food. 

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Enjoy Music on Chicago Tonight, July 10, Downtown Freeport, Illinois


 On Chicago Avenue between Main and Stephenson Street in downtown Freeport from 5:30 pm to 11 pm you can enjoy Freeport’s downtown with music featuring two bands, great food and a beer garden. The concert features “Jazz on Chicago” with the Mary J. Harris Swing Band playing music from the great American Swing Era, past and present. For more information see

The Highland Big Band (Highland Community College) will be the featured band with guest vocalists Quynetta Sanders and Ryan Jensen. For information on the Band see

You can also enjoy the Open Air Market on Chicago Avenue, adjacent to Music on Chicago from 4 pm to Dusk. 


Enjoy Music On Chicago – Starts Tonight June 12 with Mr. Big Stuff!

   Downtown Freeport, Illinois on Chicago Avenue between Main and Stephenson Street, 5:30 pm to 11 pm. Enjoy Freeport’s historic downtown with this music fest featuring two bands, great food and a beer garden. The June concert features “Rock on Chicago” with Mr. Big Stuff, a Rockford, Illinois band. The first band starts at 6 pm and the second band at 8 pm. Also enjoy the Open Air Market on Chicago Avenue, adjacent to Music on Chicago – open 4 pm to Dusk. See their website at

What a Wonderful Way Way to Spend the Evening!  

Don’t miss “Deathtrap” at Winneshiek Playhouse, starting on Friday, March 6, with additional performances on March 7, 12, 13, and 14 all at 7:30 pm at the nation’s oldest continuous amateur theatre located at 228 W. Clark, Freeport, Illinois.   The play is directed by Tom Meyers with talented local actors, Doug Munda, Adam Moderow, Dawn Degenhardt, Lynn Jones, and Shawn Killingbeck.   


Walter Kerr, the Sunday reviewer, for the New Times called the play which is about a once famous writer of stage thrillers trying to regain his glory days, “an absolute knockout of a suspense melodrama.”   The play ran four years on Broadway, so the audiences must have agreed.


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Gobble, Gobble – Have You Had a Bad Day?

IMG_3561.JPGRemember Steve Martin in the scene at the rental counter in the 1987 movie Planes, Trains & Automobiles? He was at wits end and was trying to get a car at the rental counter. We have all had similar experiences and wanted to say just what Steve Martin told the rental agent. Today this is especially true when flying. Passengers are herded around like cattle from the minute you get to the airport. TSA agents direct you to the appropriate security lines. Don’t complain – just smile when they tell you that you have been selected for extra screening. Just smile when they say you have tested positive for explosives and must be subjected to even more screening. Just smile when you are assigned a middle seat at the back of the plane. Just smile when you are now greeted by your new seat mates – on your left is a missionary returning from working in the Ebola wards in Liberia and on your right is a representative from weight watchers who advises you that his goal is to lose 400 pounds in the next year. The plane takes off with you sitting in the lap of the man from weight watchers. The flight attendant finally arrives at the back of the plane with the food cart and you ask for a vodka tonic only to be told all of alcohol in the cabin has been sold, but they do have some gummy bears. You just smile passing on the gummy bears. Then you take out your IPad and show the smiling flight attendant the clip from the movie with Steve Martin. The flight attendant stops smiling, and when you get off the plane you are met by a group of TSA agents. You are told that you are now on the NO FLY list. You just smile and show them the Steve Martin clip as you are escorted from the airport.

For your convenience and future use the clip can be found at

Don’t Miss The Pretzel City Brewfest Saturday, September 13 – It Was Great Last Year and Will Be Even Better This Year!

The event will be held in Downtown Freeport, Illinois from 1 to 6 pm with a craft beer tasting and food vendors at corner of Chicago and Douglas Street across from the Library. It is a fundraiser for Freeport Downtown Development Foundation with four goals – To support downtown Freeport revitalization, bring people to downtown Freeport and to promote craft beer and local foods.

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Don’t Miss the Lena Lions 64th Annual Fall Festival This Weekend!

IMG_3446.JPGThis weekend, September 5 – 6, on Main Street in downtown Lena, Illinois, running Friday 6 pm to 10 pm and Saturday Noon to 11 pm. The festival offers a variety of activities, including carnival rides, games, food, stage entertainment, parade on Saturday at Noon, a bbq on Saturday, and raffle tickets for a new car and ATV.

Featured entertainment on Friday is the Tumbleweed Band (go to at 7 pm and Saturday, Rick Lindy & the Wild Ones (go to at 7 and 9 pm.

For more details on all of the events go to

Enjoy Art in the Park Labor Day Weekend!

IMG_3399.JPGFreeport Park District and Freeport Art Museum sponsor the 7th annual Art in the Park in Krape Park, Freeport, Illinois on Sunday August 31 from 10 am to 5 pm. Enjoy beautiful Krape Park and view the fine art on display by local and regional artists. You can even purchase a wonderful new piece of artwork to take home with you! Local performing artists will take the stage throughout the day, and kids can participate in creative hands-on activities. If you are hungry, you can experience outdoor cuisine at various food vendors on site. It sounds like a perfect day!