5 Things to do in Will County: a Hawaiian experience in Plainfield

Plus get ‘Strung Out’ on ‘70s music and ‘Margaritaville’ and head outside for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and volunteer projects

1) Start the weekend early Thursday night with the greatest music hits of 1970s by Strung Out at The Shorewood Party In The Park event. Strung Out will perform from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at 1 Towne Center Blvd. in Shorewood. Bring a chair and pack a cooler. For information, visit facebook.com/strungoutchicago.

2) Jimmy Buffett fans, don’t miss Jimmy Buffett Fest this Friday starting at 5 p.m. and ending 10 p.m. Sunday at Fritz’s Saloon, 225 S State St. in Manhattan, Features include live entertainment, games, food and Buffett-style drinks. For information, visit Fritz’s Saloon on Facebook.

3) Enjoy a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lockport Township Building, 1463 S Farrell Road in Lockport. Friday and Saturday’s performances will be outdoors, weather permitting, so visitors are advised to bring their own camping chairs or blankets for seating. Picnic baskets and coolers are welcome. Sunday’s matinee will be indoors.

Tickets are $10 and can be bought online at eventbrite.com. For information, visit Facebook.com/LimestoneStage or e-mail limestonestage@gmail.com.

4) Get some fresh air and exercise while enjoying the beauty of Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access, Mokena by participating in a volunteer workday event from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Bring friends and family or come alone and make new friends. Registration is required. Call Mary Borgra at 815-722-5913 or email mborgra@fpdwc.org. For information, visit reconnectwithnature.org.

5) Wrap up the weekend with a night of Hawaiian music, dancing and swimming from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ottawa Street Pool, 23820 W. Ottawa St. in Plainfield. Admittance will be free to the public.

A performance from The Barefoot Hawaiian, a Polynesian performing arts troupe based in Des Plaines, will include hulas from Hawaii, Maori twirling poi balls from New Zealand and Tahitian drum dancing. Attendees can make a Hawaiian lei, but craft supplies are limited. Food will be available to buy from the Flyin’ Hawaiian Food Truck. For information, visit plfdparks.org.

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Denise M. Baran-Unland

Denise M. Baran-Unland is the features editor for The Herald-News in Joliet. She covers a variety of human interest stories. She also writes the long-time weekly tribute feature “An Extraordinary Life about local people who have died. She studied journalism at the College of St. Francis in Joliet, now the University of St. Francis.