Maxwell: Centennial closing festival draws near

The year-long Crystal Lake centennial celebration is coming to a close.

The closing festival will be Sept. 14. This free, family event takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. in downtown Crystal Lake. The festival, along Williams Street near the Raue Center for the Arts, will offer fun activities for the whole family. Music, dance, entertainers and cupcakes will be part of the birthday celebration.

The main stage outside of the Raue Center will have fun and exciting entertainment all afternoon. The day kicks off with the popular Hip Hop Explosion. Learn a short and exciting new routine from some of Chicago’s hottest dance instructors.

At 1 p.m., the final Crystal Lake Centennial Speaker Series – Union Cemetery’s Symbolism – will be inside the Raue Center theater. Mind reader Joe Diamond will then take the stage and amaze you with his talents. Mayor Aaron Shepley will be on hand to give some final remarks about our centennial year and dedicate the centennial time capsule.

Finally, Felix and Fingers, featuring “American Idol” finalist and Crystal Lake native David Radford, will take the stage with their raucous dueling pianos.

Along Williams Street, there will be more fun for the whole family, with a face painter, a stilt-walking juggler and a balloon artist. There will be food vendors and local downtown restaurants, featuring a variety of popular downtown Crystal Lake eats. Come test your skills at our baggo tournament or casually play against your friends.

All afternoon, Lego master model builder and Crystal Lake native David Howard will demonstrate his skills and have something set up for the kids. Also inside the Raue Center will be a photo booth and crafts stations presented by Creative Arts Inc.

For information on the city’s centennial celebration and the full schedule and times of events, see www.crystallake100.com.

Paddle auction
at First Friday

Lakeside Legacy Arts Park holds its monthly art show on the first Friday of each month. On Friday, the centennial paddles will be displayed, and many of them auctioned for charity. This will be a great opportunity to see the local artists at Lakeside and view all the paddles in one location.

School District 47 art classes and many businesses in Crystal Lake decorated paddles for the paddle event. The paddles are decorated with a unique style by each of the participants. Thank you to everyone who participated.

• Elizabeth Maxwell is a planner with the city of Crystal Lake.

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