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

Sharon Pagoria (Marilena) and William Gillespie (Bud Davis) rehearse for IVT's upcoming production of "Money Matters."
Sharon Pagoria (Marilena) and William Gillespie (Bud Davis) rehearse for IVT's upcoming production of "Money Matters."


"Shrek The Musical": Fox Country Players will present "Shrek The Musical" Oct. 12-14 at Waubonsee Community College, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive in Sugar Grove. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Visit to buy tickets.

"Passengers": Morris Theatre Guild will present "Passengers" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13 and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14. Tickets are $15 pre-sale or $18 at the door, with student tickets at $10. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 815-942-1966. Morris Theatre Guild is located at 516 W. Illinois Ave. in Canalport in Morris.

“Our Town” at Sandwich High School: Sandwich High School's Drama Club invites everyone to a presentation of “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. Set in Grovers Corners, New Hampshire, and centered around the love story of Emily Webb and George Gibbs, “Our Town” is about the beauty of everyday, small-town life. Perhaps the most performed play in America since its premiere in 1938, this is the first time Sandwich High School has produced “Our Town” in more than 40 years. "Our Town" will be performed Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 25-27, in the SHS cafetorium. All performances will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The closing performance on Oct. 27 will be "dessert theater" – tickets will cost $9 for adults and $7 for students/seniors, and desserts and baked goods provided by the National Honor Society will be available at intermission, included in the ticket price. Tickets can be purchased now at or at the door.

IVT will present“Money Matters”: Indian Valley Theatre is in rehearsal for its next production, “Money Matters.” Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St., in Sandwich. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. For questions or more information, email, visit or call 888-365-8889.


Christmas program to benefit Open Door: The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale will perform a benefit concert for the Open Door Rehabilitation Center of Sandwich. This Christmas music program will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Sandwich Opera House. Buy tickets online at or in person at the Sandwich Public Library, 925 S. Main; Just in Time Heating & Air, 115 S. Wolfe St., Sandwich; and Platinum Tan, 1310 E. Church St., Sandwich. General admission prices are $20 for adults and $16 for seniors and students.


“A Fox River Testimony” at Schingoethe Center: A project featuring the Fox River in 73 original oil paintings will be exhibited at the Schingoethe Center at Aurora University, 1315 Prairie St., Aurora, through Dec. 14. The paintings are the work of plein air artist Joel Sheesley, who partnered with The Conservation Foundation for Art of the Fox as part of its Fox River Initiative. Sheesley, an emeritus professor of art at Wheaton College, chronicled his field experiences along with photos of the paintings in a 160-page coffee table book titled “A Fox River Testimony,” which will be available for purchase at the exhibit for $49.95. For information on the exhibit, visit and

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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Museum admission is free. For 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

Mamie Eisenhower “guest” at fundraiser: Mamie Doud Eisenhower, as portrayed by historian and interpreter Ellie Carlson, will bring the presidential campaign of 1956 to Aurora at the Aurora Historical Society’s fall fundraiser from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12. Mamie, known during her White House years as “The Sweetheart of the GOP,” will mingle with guests at the Aurora Country Club as she thanks them for their support of her husband and seeks their votes for his re-election in the 1956 campaign. The event will feature hors d-oeuvres of the period and a full open bar including popular drinks of the 1950s, such as the Mai Tai, the Sea Breeze and the frothy and colorful Pink Squirrel. Bonnie Werthmann of Aurora will provide the cocktail piano music. Reservations are $65 per person, or $60 per person for historical society members, and can be made online at or by calling 630-906-0650.

Yorktober Fest: Join the city of Yorkville, Kiwanis Club, and Knights of Columbus in this year’s Yorktober Fest. Enjoy a day filled with food, musical entertainment, children’s activities, and the Pumpkin Pull. Yorktober Fest will be held from noon to 11 p.m. Oct. 13 at Riverfront Park, 131 E. Hydraulic Ave., Yorkville. Various events are scheduled throughout the day. For a full event listing, visit

Octo Street Fest Oct. 13: Octo Street Fest is a free fall festival for all ages on Oct. 13 in downtown Aurora. Held on Pinney Street behind “Restaurant Row,” Octo Street Fest highlights menu offerings from dining options along West New York Street and pairs them with local music and some magic for an afternoon of wonder from 2 to 7 p.m. The festival will also offer tarot reading, magic tricks, belly dancing, and live music. Pinney Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for the event. Free parking is available in Lot W on River Street north of New York Street. The festival is rain or shine, and will be held indoors at the restaurants in the case of inclement weather. Octo Street Fest is presented by Aurora Downtown. For information, visit

Heart-Healthy Eating: Join U of I Extension in Yorkville to explore ways to improve your health based on your food choices. The Mediterranean Diet is an evidence-based dietary pattern focused on the food of Spain, Greece and Southern Italy, where chronic disease incidence is low. This diet can improve lipid panels and blood pressure for a healthier heart. Register for this Oct. 16 program at

Viking ship tours: Geneva’s life-size replica Viking ship, called the Viking, will host tours at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive in Geneva. Upcoming tour dates include Oct. 20 and Nov. 11. Guided and self-guided tours will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for teens. Parking is free. Thirty-minute guided tours begin every 30 minutes until 3:30 p.m. For information, call 630-753-9412, email or visit

Scandinavian fish dinner Oct. 20: Anderson Tree Farm, located at Route 126 and Ridge Road in Oswego, will hold its ninth semi-annual Torsk (haddock) dinner Oct. 20. Dinner will be served from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The public is invited. The menu includes haddock, potato, onion butter, vegetable, limpa bread, dessert and beverages. Tickets are $15 for adults and teens. Children 12 and younger eat for free. Call 630-896-5449 or 815-436-2140 for information.

"A Visit with Corrie" Oct. 21: The Chapel on the Green in Yorkville will present the program "A Visit with Corrie" at 2 p.m. Oct. 21. Gayle Haas, from Aurora, portrays Corrie ten Boom, who was a Dutch Christian Holocaust survivor who helped many Jews escape the Nazis during WWII. In 1971, Corrie wrote a book, "The Hiding Place," with two other authors. The $5 donation fee for the program helps with the upkeep on the historic 1855 building, which was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 2016. The Chapel is located at the corner of Church and Center streets across from the Town Square in Yorkville, just off Route 47. For information, call Joan at 630-567-6407.

Comedian-juggler at Waubonsee: On Oct. 27, Waubonsee will host comedian-juggler Marcus Monroe. Monroe is a winner of the prestigious Andy Kaufman Award for original and creative performance by combining innovative juggling with high-energy improvised comedy to create a unique experience for each audience. The performance will be in the Auditorium on the Sugar Grove Campus and will start at 7 p.m. Visit for information and to buy tickets.

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