Monthly Archives: August 2014

Japanese Summer Festival

Join in the fun at our two-day cultural event featuring exhibits, traditional demonstrations and unique performances that appeal to all age groups. The Festival will be held during regular garden hours, Saturday 9am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 4 pm. The Taiko drummers and Candyman, a traditional Japanese street performer, return for multiple performances on both days. Attending a Traditional Tea Ceremony is available for an additional fee; seating is limited and advance registration is required. Please call 815.316.3306 […]

The Jodi Beach Trio Returns Tuesday

We are so happy to again welcome the Jodi Beach Trio to Tuesday Evening in the Gardens. This is their third appearance in as many years, and their performances have never disappointed. Please come out to enjoy the music of this local favorite on Tuesday, August 19. Admissions for Tuesday Evening performances begins at 5 pm; the music starts at 6:30. You can purchase dinner from one of our local food vendors onsite, or bring in a picnic to enjoy […]

The Pines to Perform on Tuesday Evening, August 12

Rising out of the prairies of the midwest, The Pines are one of the most distinct and powerful indie-rock/Americana groups to hit the national scene in years. The Pines have gathered a stunning line up of musical talent that has gained them a faithful and growing following. Coming to us from Minneapolis, a city that has launched many folk and rock acts from Bob Dylan to The Replacements to The Jayhawks, The Pines weave together many musical styles to create […]

Caroline Smith and Olivia Dvorak

Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps is an indie folk band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, with vocal influences ranging from Billie Holliday to Peter, Paul and Mary. Merging ’90s R&B and neo-soul with her indie-rock roots, Caroline Smith‘s new album, Half About Being a Woman, is a record about self-acceptance and growing into your own. With soaring vocals and catchy melodies at the heart of her songs, Caroline has gone back to the roots of ‘feel-good’ music. “I have to […]

Finishing Details on the Restored Gazebo

The Gazebo restoration is down to the last finishing details, including stucco on the upper portions and refitting the stones that sit at the bottom of the posts. The roof decking and shingles are built up to be extra thick, though due to some tricks of carpentry, it does not weigh as much as it would appear. It is, however, quite solid and built to withstand the extremes of Illinois weather. The bamboo benches are in place, creating a sort […]