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A&E calendar: Music, theater and more in Kendall County

Registration is open for Fermilab's Community Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23.
Registration is open for Fermilab's Community Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23.


"Hairspray Jr." in St. Charles: Vero Voce Theater and School of Performing Arts in St. Charles will present "Hairspray Jr." at 7 p.m. Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21 and at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 and Oct. 22 at Vero Voce Theater, 951 State Ave., Suite F, St. Charles. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and may be purchased at For more information, call 630-584-0139 or email

IVT auditions for two shows: Indian Valley Theatre will hold auditions for the next two shows in their season. Auditions for “A Mostly Minnesota Christmas” will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Historic Sandwich Opera House. Auditions for “On Golden Pond” will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. March 2, 3, 9 and 10 and at 2 p.m. March 4 and 11. Auditions will be held in the Community Room at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich, and are open to the public. Be prepared for a cold reading from the script. No appointment is necessary and IVT membership is not required to audition, although it is required if you are cast. Audition forms may be downloaded prior to auditioning on IVT's website, For more information, email or call 888-365-8889.


Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series presents world music virtuosos: South African kora guitarist Derek Gripper and Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhttacharya make their North American touring debut on Sept. 30 at Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium. Showtime is 8 p.m. and ticket are $24 for adults and $12 for those 18 and younger. Ramsey Auditorium is located in Wilson Hall, the central building of Fermilab, which is at Kirk Road and Pine Street in Batavia. For more information or reservations, visit or call 630-840-2787.


Watercolor exhibit at Kishwaukee College through Sept. 30: The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of watercolors by artist Shei-Chau Wang, titled “Reconstructing Landscapes.” The show runs through Sept. 30. There will be an artist’s reception on Sept. 27 that will include a demonstration of Chinese calligraphy and ink painting by Shei-Chau Wang from 1 to 2 p.m. followed by a performance by the Northern Illinois University Chinese Music Ensemble at 3 p.m. in the Art Gallery. Hours for the Kishwaukee College Art Gallery for fall 2017 are from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The gallery and artist’s reception are both free and open to the public.

Air Classics Museum: The Air Classics Museum of Aviation, located at the Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove, is open for the season. The museum features indoor and outdoor displays of aircraft, equipment and memorabilia from the 1930s to the present, including a P-40 Warhawk, P-47 Thunderbolt, and a UH-1H "Huey" helicopter. In addition, the museum has special exhibits honoring local veterans. Organized tours for schools and other groups are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and a Boy Scout merit badge weekend is available with overnight camping. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from April through October (closed major holidays). Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. Children younger than 6 get in free when accompanied by an adult. The museum entrance is a mile west of the main airport entrance at 44W546 Route 30. To learn more, call 630-466-0888 or visit

Geneva replica Norwegian Viking ship tours: Geneva's life-size replica Viking ship, called the Viking, will host tours Saturday, Sept. 16, at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive in Geneva. Guided and self-guided tours will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. The public is invited. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for teens. Parking is free. Thirty-minute guided tours begin every 30 minutes. The last guided tour is at 3:30 p.m. Future visit days are Oct. 21, and Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The vessel is about 78 feet long, 17 feet wide, and 6.5 feet high from the bottom of the keel to the gunwale. Its black oak planks are fastened together with thousands of iron rivets. The boat is an exact copy of the Viking ship Gokstad, built about 850. For more information, call 630-753-9412, email or visit

Oswego History: You’ll find plenty of local history at Oswego’s Little White School Museum at 72 Polk St. (Jackson at Polk), just two blocks from historic downtown Oswego. Regular museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Museum admission is free. For more information on the museum, call 630-554-2999, email or visit The Little White School Museum can also be found on Facebook.

Festivals/special events

Big Rock Plowing Match: Big Rock will play host Sept. 15-17 to the 123rd annual Plowing Match. A traditional competition based on Welsh heritage, this event began in 1894 under the direction of Big Rock farmers S.A. Chapman, W.D. Powell and Walter Scott. Located just west of Aurora on State Route 30, this farm show is one of the longest-running events of its kind. In addition to the plowing contests, there will be carnival rides, a craft show, contests, food and more. For more information, visit

Norwegian genealogy workshop: The Cleng Peerson Lodge Sons of Norway meeting on Sunday, Sept. 17, will be held beginning at 2 p.m. at the Norway Community Center building just off Route 71 in Norway. The presenter will be Dave Johnson, board president of the Norsk Museum. Johnson is leading a "hands-on" Norwegian Genealogy Workshop. Last year he gave a presentation on how to trace Norwegian ancestors. This workshop is a follow-up to that program. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops, family history or notes. This program is free. For more information, contact Johnson at 815-343-5070 or visit

Oktoberfest at Marmion Academy: Celebrate Oktoberfest from 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 30 at Marmion Academy, located at 1000 Butterfield Road in Aurora. Gather your friends and family for a fun-filled evening with delicious German food (provided by Belgio's Catering), Oktoberfest-style beers, wine and live music featuring dueling pianos from Howl at the Moon. The festivities will take place outside under the stars on Marmion's campus. The all-inclusive admission is $40 per person (21 and older) and tickets can be purchased at

Junk in the Trunk Sept. 17: Junk in the Trunk Charity Flea Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, in Morris. Crafts, collectibles, antiques, tools and household goods are some of the things visitors will find. The market runs on the third Sunday of each month from April to October. It is held at 100 Commercial Drive in Morris. Vendor spots are $10 each and all money raised is donated to local charities. An additional Junk in the Trunk event is planned for Saturday, Sept. 30 during the Grundy County Corn Festival. Junk in the Trunk will take place at Honest Abe's Restaurant on Route 47 just south of the Illinois River bridge. For more information, call Ken at 815-942-2032 or email

Fern Dell Historic Association upcoming events: Fern Dell Historic Association in Newark will host several upcoming events.The first is a drive through chicken or pork chop BBQ on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Fern Dell Museum, 9 Front St., Newark. One half chicken or two pork chops with sides will cost $12. Just drive up and place your order. The next event will be the association's annual meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at Fern Dell Museum. Norm Meier and Vic Stott will speak on their experiences in Vietnam. Refreshments will be served and a regular business meeting will follow. All members and interested person are invited to attend. Fern Dell Historic Association will also participate in the annual Winterfest (date to be announced). Both Fern Dell Museum and the Annex will be open to the public. Christmas cookies will be served.

Aurora Historical Society fall fundraiser Sept. 22: Aurora Historical Society's fall fundraiser, "Aurora By Lamplight," will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Early Streets Museum at Blackberry Farm. Guests can window shop and bar hop along the lamp-lighted streets of the museum, which feature recreations of actual Aurora businesses during the era 1900-1910. Hors d'oeuvres will be catered by a historic Aurora business, Reuland Food Service, and there will be dancing to the eight-piece John and Lori Klatt Dance Band. Cost is $55 per person (members $50). Cash bar will be available. Reservations are required and may be made online at or by calling 630-906-0650 and leaving a message.  

Alcohol ink painting workshop: The Sept. 26 meeting of the Kendall Arts Guild will feature a workshop on alcohol ink painting at Studio 60 in Oswego. The workshop will start at 7 p.m.; cost is $10. Email to register by Sept. 18. For more information, call Joan at 630-567-6407.

HCE Victorian Tea: "Hats From Yesterday and Today" is the program for the Kendall County Association for Home and Community Education's 19th annual Victorian Tea, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Cross Lutheran Church on Route 47 in Yorkville. Reservations can be made by calling Beverly Scott at 630-554-1530. Adults pay $15, and children 12 and younger pay $8. This fundraiser is used to support educational programs and outreach of Extension and 4-H in Kendall County.

Fermilab's Community Open House: Fifty years of scientific discovery is a good reason for a celebration. And that’s just what the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has in store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. Registration is open for the largest open house Fermilab has hosted in 20 years. Intended to mark the lab’s 50th anniversary, the Community Open House offers a rare opportunity to see the science of the laboratory up close and to tour areas not normally open to the public. This event is family-friendly. Everyone is welcome. Attractions will include behind-the-scenes tours, science demonstrations and hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Parking and admission are free. Registration is available on Fermilab’s website at


Summer’s End Used Book Sale: The Friends of the Yorkville Library are having an after-the-sale book sale. Gently-used books left from the Labor Day weekend sale have been marked down in price to 25 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardcover books. The Summer’s End Used Book Sale will be held during regular Yorkville library hours through Friday, Sept. 15. Enter through the library’s main entrance. Cash and checks only. All profits from the sale go directly to support and fund Yorkville library programs and services. The Yorkville Public Library is at 902 Game Farm Road in Yorkville.

“Threads” and More Group: The “Threads” and More group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in the Historical Room of the Yorkville Public Library, 902 Game Farm Road, Yorkville. This group is a combination of people who like to knit, crochet, quilt, sew or needlepoint. No registration needed, just bring your unfinished project to work on during the meeting.

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