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The Local Scene: Skip Griparis returns to Joliet Bicentennial Park

Here are 5 things to do this weekend

Skip Griparis – expert guitarist, impressionist and comedian (left) – and his Big Little Band, which includes Jim Alberico (right) and J Hilton, will perform Saturday at the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theatre in Joliet.

1. Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames concert at the Museum: 7 p.m., Friday, Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet. High energy show featuring houserockin’ blues, blues rock, funk, boogie and soul. Doors open 6:15 p.m. Additional features include beverage bar, snack vendor and access to museum galleries and exhibits. Tickets are $10 for museum members and $12 for the general public. For tickets and information, visit or call 815-723-5201.

2. Veggie Fest: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Temple of Harmony Monastery, 3400 Earl Drive, Joliet. More than 30 vendors in the outdoor farmstand: fresh produce, honey, beekeeping, plants, seeds, gardening, home cooked foods, jams, handmade delights, breads and desserts. Veggie Fest also features two educational tents (gardening and cooking), a free energy healing tent, interactive games, garage sale, kids corner, meditation classes and food trucks: Trukin’ Delicious (Korean fusion), Elisa’s Angels and a Dosa Stand. For information, visit or contact Rachel Claver at or 913-280-7010.

3. Will County Model Railroad Association Swap Meet and Free Open House: The free open house is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the association clubhouse, 2175 Oneida St. in Joliet. The swap meet is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Stone City Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2199. Model trains will be running at the open house, and members can answer questions. The cost of the swap meet is $5 for adults. Children enter for free. For information on both events, email or call Len at 815-485-8977.

4. Taylor Swift Eras Party: 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Joliet Public Library, 150 N. Ottawa St., Joliet. Dress to the nines and then come out to sing and dance, make friendship bracelets and taste Taylor Swift-inspired snacks. All attendees (adults and children) must register. To register and for more information, visit or call 815-740-2660.

5. Skip Griparis-Elvis, Buddy, Roy & Ricky!: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday, Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theatre, 201 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. A lively tribute to the Rockabilly heroes featuring hits, humor and history. Performers are Skip Griparis, expert guitarist, impressionist and comedian, and his Big Little Band including J Hilton (bass and vocals) and Jim Alberico (percussion and vocals). Lobby opens 6:30 p.m. Bar and light concessions available. Tickets cost $20. To purchase tickets and for information, visit or call 815-724-3760. For information about Skip Griparis, visit

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Denise  Unland

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.