1. Hinckley Fireworks Fest: 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at Hinckley-Big Rock High School, 700 E. Lincoln Ave., Hinckley.
Kicking off this family-friendly festival is the annual Kid’s Bike Parade. Participants should meet at the Hinckley Community Building with their decorated bike, wagon or stroller for an escort by the Hinckley Police Department down McKinley Street to the fest.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Admission is free; donations accepted. There will be plenty of food trucks and food vendors. Activities include a car and truck show, pony rides, face painting, bingo and a 50/50 raffle. The Alika Arlynn Band will take the stage at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the live music. The fireworks show will begin at dusk.
For more information, visit www.hinckleyfestivalassociation.org.
2. A Brother’s Revival: A Tribute to The Allman Brothers Band: 8 p.m. Friday, June 25, at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb.
The Egyptian Theatre will host its first touring show since the pandemic began. The tribute act includes fan-favorite songs in their original format, just as they were performed during the bands’ most iconic years. Songs will include “Ramblin’ Man,” “Melissa,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” “Southbound,” “Whipping Post,” “Blue Sky,” “One Way Out,” “Soulshine,” “Revival” and more.
Ticket prices range from $25 to $55. For tickets, visit egyptiantheatre.org or call 815-758-1215, or purchase them at the door.
3. “A History of Glidden Women and Gardening”: 2 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at the Glidden Homestead and Historical Center, 921 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb.
Joseph Glidden descendants Sarah Glidden DeMink and Laura DeMink Kessel will give a presentation on Glidden women and their relationship to the land and gardens.
In 1896, Mable Carter Glidden married John Glidden, Joseph Glidden’s nephew. They owned the Glidden home after 1910, significantly remodeling the structure. Mable Glidden developed extensive gardens on the property and, in 1936, started Glidden Florist there.
Sarah Glidden DeMink grew up in the Glidden home. She is an avid organic gardener, and Laura DeMink Kessel is a landscape architect and managing partner of Tgda Landscape Architecture in Chicago. Both serve as Homestead board members.
Also, from noon to 4 p.m. that day, visitors can take guided tours of the gardens and grounds, as well as tour Joseph Glidden’s 1861 home, visit a working blacksmith shop, and see the 1870s brick barn.
Admission costs $4 per adult, and is free for children younger than 14. For more information, visit www.gliddenhomestead.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-756-7904.
4. 50th annual Sandwich Engine and Tractor Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26, Sandwich Fairgrounds, 1401 Suydam Road, Sandwich.
Featuring Sandwich engines, equipment, and all related items including New Idea and Massey (Harris, Ferguson, etc.) tractors.
Bring your tractor or engine to display or just come and enjoy the day. This event will feature Sandwich engines and equipment, and all related items including New Idea and Massey tractors.
A tractor parade through the grounds will take place at noon on both days followed by a kid’s pedal pull. There will be a flea market, food onsite, a tractor parade through town on Friday and a 25-mile tractor ride beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday.
5. Howard and the White Boys: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 1, GoodTymes Shelter, Sycamore Sports Complex, 435 Airport Road, Sycamore.
The Sycamore Park District will kick off its outdoor summer concert series with some Chicago blues. This show is presented in partnership with the Sycamore Public Library. The free concerts continue on Thursdays throughout the summer.
Formed in 1988, Howard and the White Boys have been on several major tours with Buddy Guy, and have performed with some of the biggest names in blues: Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, Albert King, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry.
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