HELP WANTED TOUR
May 1 – May 31
Be a CAPTAIN, a DECKHAND, or a MULE-TENDER for the day! During this interactive living history tour, you will get to roll up your sleeves for a first-hand look at life on the canal in the year 1848, the year that the I&M Canal first opened. Reservations required. I&M Canal Boat. (815) 220-1848. www.iandmcanal.org
May 18, May 25
Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner in the Vintage Room at the Lock 16 Café in LaSalle from 5-8pm while hearing a presentation about local and state history. Topics include Illinois agriculture, local historical figures, Mazon Creek geology, and early land and water navigation history. Reservations required. Canal Corridor Association (815)220-1848. www.iandmcanal.org
STEP BACK IN TIME TOUR
May 19, May 26
Step back in time aboard The Volunteer with a 1-hour historic mule-pulled boat ride. Period-dressed crew will take you back in time to life on the Illinois & Michigan Canal. Visit the canal-themed Lock 16 Café & Gift Shop for lunch. Then tour the historic Westclox Museum to view a variety of antiques, documents, and photos about the history of the Westclox Company. www.iandmcanal.org
LASALLE COUNTY HISTORICAL TOUR
May 20 & 21, May 27 & 28
Spend the day at interesting venues and tour a variety of sites and structures along the Historic Illinois & Michigan Canal and the Illinois River. Step back to 1848 and take a ride on the I&M Canal on The Volunteer, a mule-pulled I&M Canal Boat. Meet our guides and hear their stories of life along the canal in 1848, when the I&M Canal first opened and Illinois was a western frontier. Explore Lincoln-related sites with Mary Todd Lincoln. Walk through an amazing 10-room garden and cottage house or a Victorian masterpiece. Visit a lock-tender’s house and the oldest gran elevator along the I&M Canal, as well as a lock and aqueduct. Lunch included with every tour! www.iandmcanal.org
May 20 & 21, May 27 & 28
Climb aboard The Volunteer, a replica 19th century mule-pulled canal boat and ride the route Lincoln traveled! Your guides, dressed as canal era crew, will take you back in time to life on the American frontier and the Illinois prairie. Meet our mules, Moe & Joe, and learn how horses and mules pulled passengers and cargo between Chicago and LaSalle. Group tours & private rentals are also available. 8am-5pm Saturdays and Sundays through October. www.iandmcanal.org
BOATING SAFETY CLASS
May 6 – 8:30am to 5pm
June 24 – 8:30am to 5pm
July 22 – 8:30am to 5pm
Presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Illinois Waterway Visitor Center at Starved Rock Lock and Dam. 950 N. 27th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350. This free IDNR-supported course is recommended for people who are new to boating, families that enjoy weekend boating adventures, or seasoned boaters who would just like to brush up on their safety boating knowledge. You must be at least 11 years old to attend and students younger than 16 should be accompanied by an adult. For more information and to register, contact Illinois Waterway Visitor Center at 815-667-4054 and indicate which class you are registering for.
MULES, MANSIONS & MIMOSAS
May 21, May 28
Combine a mimosa at Lock 16 Café, a historic 1-hour mule pulled boat ride on the I&M Canal Boat, and a tour of the historical Hegeler Carus Mansion. Reservations required. I&M Canal Boat. (815) 220-1848. www.iandmcanal.org
May 21, May 28
Come roam the vendors at our Antique/Flea Market. It’s Burgoo excitement all season long! Branded as “Where the Past Meets the Present,” this market welcomes vendors with quality antiques, collectibles, vintage items, and handmade or homegrown products. Seasonal market will offer both indoor and outdoor spaces and will be held in the same location as the Society’s infamous Burgoo Festival in Utica. Vendors at the summer market will be given preferential booth placement for the October Burgoo Festival. The LaSalle County Historical Society campus is located on the banks of the historic Illinois & Michigan Canal and is situated in the quaint village of Utica, Illinois. Bordering beautiful Starved Rock State Park with an annual attendance of 2.2 million, it sits at the heart of one of Illinois’ top tourism destinations. Utica is easily accessible and conveniently located near where Interstates 80 and 39 meet. The LaSalle County Historical Society is accepting applications for vendors for its Antiques and Artisans Market. 10am-4pm.
May 14 – May 20
Book by George S. Kaufman Morrie Ryskind. Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby. Directed by Dan McKenzie. The well-known explorer and hunter Captain Spaulding has just returned from Africa, and is being welcomed home with a lavish party at the estate of influential society matron Mrs. Rittenhouse when a valuable painting goes missing. The intrepid Captain Spaulding attempts to solve the crime with the help of his silly secretary Horatio Jamison, while sparring with the anarchic Signor Emanuel Ravelli and his nutty sidekick The Professor. Animal Crackers is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French. 12pm-7pm.
4TH ANNUAL BREWS, BUDS AND BLOOMS BEER TASTING
Herman’s Package Store – 504 West Main Street, Ottawa, IL 61350. 6pm – 8pm. Event will again be held behind Herman’s in the “salt mines”. Over 100 Beers and a few other special products will be available to sample. Special Guest Tangled Roots Brewing will also be on hand so that you may try their amazing brews.
SALUTE TO VETERANS
FREE ADMISSION AND FREE PARKING. This all-day event will feature TBM Avengers, and many other warbirds, gathering to honor and pay tribute to veterans of all conflicts. This event will feature flight demonstrations, formation flying, and simulated torpedo runs. BRING YOUR CAMERA! WHEN: Saturday, May 20th, 2017 – this is an all-day event. There are hotels near the airport in Peru and additional hotels in the surrounding area. Local hotels sold out last year. Food and refreshments will be made available for purchase on the airport grounds.
OTTAWA’S OLD TOWN FARMERS MARKET
May 20, May 27
Saturdays until end of October. 8am – 12:30pm. Come to Ottawa’s Old Town Farmers Market to purchase freshly picked, home-grown vegetables and fruits! Also featured are home baked goods, jams and jellies, dog treats, handmade soaps and fresh roasted coffee. With a motto of we BAKE it, we GROW it, we SELL it FRESH, you’re sure to find something FANTASTIC!!!
KIDS FISHING EXPO AT BAKER LAKE
FREE beginning fishing how-to clinic for boys and girls ages 6 and up. 8 AM – 2 PM • Baker Lake in Peru. www.better-fishing-assoc.org
MARSEILLES SPRING RUMMAGE SALE
Saturday, May 20, 2017. 8am to 3pm. Last day to sign up at City Hall, Lincoln St. is on Friday, May 12th. $5.00 to be on the map of sales. Maps will be at various sites in town. For more information call 815.795.2414
FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL
Food, vendors, music, and beer garden. 12-7 PM. Downtown Streator.
EARLVILLE’S CRUISE NIGHT
DJ, food, playground, 50/50 raffle, booths& more, Dash plaques and goodie bags for the 1st 200 vehicles. Free NSRA safety inspections. Pin striper available. 5:30pm-8:30pm Downtown Earlville. www.lasallecountycruisers.com
SCCR CELEBRATION CAR SHOW & FLY-IN
Sports Car Club of Rockford Car Show on the grounds with skydivers flying into the event as well. Skydive Chicago • Ottawa • 815-433-0000 • www.skydivechicago.com
May 26 – May 28
The fest is held in the City Park and will feature music, vendors and family fun. For more information contact the Streator Community Center. Streator City Park • 815-257-5113 • www.streator.org
STARVED ROCK COUNTRY CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
New addition to the Ottawa Festivals this year will be Starved Rock Country Brew Festival. City will be co-hosting this Festival with Lou Dog Events that specialize in Craft Brew Festivals. This years event will include 30 Breweries from all over Illinois. Tickets will be available shortly! The $30 cost will include glass and 20 3oz tastings. Gates open to everyone at 1pm with and early admission option for an additional charge of $10 at noon!
MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION ON THE LASALLE CANAL BOAT
Join us on the historic I&M Canal and take a tour on “The Volunteer”, a 1848 replica packet boat as we celebrate Memorial Day. That Illinois is now the most populous inland American state, and Chicago the greatest city of the American heartland, is directly traceable to the 96- mile canal that linked the Great Lakes to the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. To celebrate All veterans will receive a FREE Lock 16 Gift with the purchase of a I&M Canal Boat Ticket. Call 815-220-1848 for boat schedule and reservation.
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Join us for the annual Utica Memorial Day Parade! 9am-12pm.