Sidetracks 10: Stuff to do June 6-13 in & around the county
Looking for something to do this weekend? We have 10 suggestions.
WHEN: June 8-9
WHERE: McHenry County Fairgrounds, 11900 Country Club Road, Woodstock
INFO: A music festival featuring C-Factor, Dick Holiday and the Bamboo Gang and Buckwheat Zydeco on Friday. Saturday includes Cassandra and the Gravel Road Band, Archie Powell and the Exports and The Right Now. McHenry County Idol competition takes place Saturday. Food available. Hours: 6 p.m. to midnight Friday (ages 21 and older only event), 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday (all ages welcome). Sponsors: Woodstock Chamber of Commerce, Clausen Pickle and Kraft Foods. Free admission. Information: 815-338-2436 or www.woodstockpicklepalooza.com.
“PHANTOM OF THE OP’RY”
WHEN: June 8-16
WHERE: Theatre on the Green Hut, 15314 St. Patrick Road, Woodstock
INFO: A full-length comedy version of the classic show presented by Theatre on the Green. Forget Paris! This flaky Op’ry House is located in Skunk Creek, Nev. Schedule: 7:30 p.m. June 8-9; 2 p.m. June 10; 7:30 p.m. June 15; 2 & 7:30 p.m. June 16. Tickets: $8 adults in advance, $10 at the door; $4 seniors and students in advance, $5 at the door; free for veterans, military personnel and children age 5 and younger. Proceeds benefit paralyzed veterans of America. Tickets and information: 815-354-7435.
McHENRY CITY BAND CONCERT
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. June 7
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Park, 1450 N. Court St., McHenry
INFO: McHenry begins a series of one-hour weekly outdoor summer jazz concerts. Admission is free. Schedule: June 7, Swing into Summer; June 14, Musician Favorites; June 21, Audience Request Night; June 28, Audience Request Night II; July 5, Patriotic Night; July 12, Family Night; July 19, Fiesta Days; July 26, Summer Fun; Aug. 2, Season Finale. Information: www.mchenrycityband.com.
WOODSTOCK SQUARES DANCE
WHEN: June 8
WHERE: McHenry Township Senior Center (behind the Moose lodge), 3519 N. Richmond Road, Johnsburg
INFO: Rounds start at 7:45 p.m. and Squares at 8:15 p.m. Caller will be Jim Logan and the cuer will be Leta Thomas. Information: 815-344-8648 or 847-625-2757.
WHEN: 6:30 a.m. June 10
WHERE: Indian Trail Beach at Ken Carpenter Park, Miller and Randall roads, Lake in the Hills
INFO: A swim, bike and run event sponsored by Lake in the Hills Parks & Recreation Department. Registration fee: $60. For triathlon details and to register online, visit: www.signmeup.com/79515 or www.lith.org. Information: 847-960-7460.
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9
WHERE: downtown Marengo
INFO: Downtown will be turned into a giant mini-golf course for the sixth year in a row. Play all day for $2 on holes uniquely created by local organization and businesses. For information, call the Marengo Main Street Office at 815-568-8440.
RAILWAY POST OFFICE WEEKEND
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9-10
WHERE: Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, Union
INFO: Weekend operations and demonstrations of Railway Post Office railway cars with on-the-fly mail pickups. Grounds hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $14 adults, $10 children. Information: 815-923-4000 or www.irm.org.
PEDAL-PADDLE THROUGH THE PRAIRIE
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. June 10
WHERE: Glacial Park, 6316 Harts Road, Ringwood
INFO: Paddlers will enjoy a scenic trip along Nippersink Creek and a bike ride. Finish with a pasta feast and listen to live music. Registration and information: 815-338-6223 or www.mccdistrict.org.
CRYSTAL LAKE COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT
WHEN: 7 p.m. June 12
WHERE: Crystal Lake Main Beach, 300 Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake
INFO: As part of the Concerts in the Park series sponsored by the Crystal Lake Park District. Free. Information: 815-459-0680 or www.crystallakeparks.org. Upcoming concerts: June 19, Stagecrafters; June 26, Voices in Harmony; July 3, Georgia Rae Band (bluegrass); July 10, AC Rock (a capella oldies to today); July 17, CW Wilde (rock, blues & country); July 24, Diving for Dynamite (1960s to today); July 31, White Saddle; Aug. 7, Vito Buffalo Orchestra; Aug. 14, Billy Croft & The 5-Alarm Band (country).
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. June 7
WHERE: Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan
INFO: Legendary singer is on tour in support of his new album, “Heroes.” Tickets: $42.50 to $85.