Dundee’s Heritage Fest has expanded kids activities for 2015, and has a rockin’ good time in store for kids of all ages.
Both sides of the river will be rocking when Dundee lights up its annual three-day farewell to summer, that kicks off from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.
Performers on three stages in East and West Dundee will be providing hits from almost every type of music imaginable. At 6 p.m. Friday, East Dundee’s Depot on River Street will present the rockabilly sounds of The Neverly Brothers followed by the Celtic rock of Larkin and Moran Brothers at 9 p.m. West Dundee’s main stage will feature the high-energy sounds of The Student Body at 6p and Hi Infidelity at 9p, playing music from the 80s 90s and now.
On Saturday, Sept. 19, East Dundee’s Depot on River will ease into the day with acoustic guitarist, Dave Byron at 8:30 a.m. followed by the lively German polkas of Die Musikmeisters at noon; folksy rock of Gecko Club at 2:30 p.m.; the rockin’ Belvederes at 4 p.m.; cool jazz of saxophonist Frank Catalano Band at 6 p.m. and rock & blues band Jimmy Nick and Don’t Tell Mama at 9 p.m.
Beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, West Dundee’s Grafelman Park will come alive with the bluesy rock of Nick Cannon followed by folk music for kids presented by Vessy Mink at noon; inspirational blues and ballads of The Experience at 2:30 p.m.; and good old R& B music from Crybaby at 4 p.m. The main stage in downtown West Dundee will feature Garage Orchestra at noon; Bishop Super Band at 1:30 p.m.; Cinful, playing pop country and classic rock hits at 3 p.m.; Controlled Burn presenting alternative country/rock sounds at 4:30p; country favorites, Hilbilly Rockstarz at 6:30p and 7th HeaveN, well-known for their “30 songs in 30 minutes” feat at 9p.
The music continues on Sunday, Sept. 20, when the Starlites begin the fun at 8 a.m. on the main stage in West Dundee, with their energetic Dixieland jazz followed by the rockin’ Terata at 10:30 a.m.; soulful sounds of Matt Vrba & Deanna Brown at noon and The Lennys providing family friendly rock from the ’50s through today at 2:30 p.m. Across the river at The Depot Stage in East Dundee, Gypsy will be performing popular acoustic music at 8:30 a.m.; Die Musikmeisters return with their lively German sounds at 11 a.m.; the old “Rat Pack” will be brought back to life with the Frank Lampere Orchestra at 1 p.m.; blues hits by Blues Heart at 3:30 p.m. with Classical Blast closing down the fest at 5 p.m. with their incredible mix of music from Bach to classical rock.
“If you’re into music, you’re absolutely going to find something to like in this year’s lineup at Heritage Fest,” said East Dundee’s Village President Lael Miller.
Traditionally held in West Dundee, this community-wide FREE event has expanded into East Dundee and takes place in the downtown Dundee location along Route 72. The Village of East Dundee will be focusing on their German Heritage through a joint partnership with Immanuel Lutheran, as they host their annual Deutschfest celebration tent complete with German food and drink. Through a partnership between the villages, visitors will enjoy fireworks, great music, carnival rides, good food, craft and antique fairs, car shows, Kids Korner, magic shows, weekend markets and more. There’s something for everyone.
For a complete list of activities, dates, times and printable schedule, visit wdundeeheritagefest.org.
EAST DUNDEE EXPANDS KIDS ACTIVITIES AT THIS YEAR’S HERITAGE FEST
Kids’ trackless train rides; games; crafts, face painting, silent movies and magic shows will join the ever popular carnival rides and Ferris Wheel in East Dundee during Dundee’s Heritage Fest on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-20.
New this year, Kids Korner, located on the Depot grounds, allows kids to participate in Hula Hoop and Hopscotch contests, play large scale Tic-Tac-Toe, race cars they’ve made themselves, play ring toss, make memory boxes, surround themselves with bubbles, or have their face painted. There will also be a trackless train to ride; silly silent movies to watch (Sat. at 7 p.m.) and a mesmerizing magic show scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Friday; at noon, 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and at noon, 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. To top it off, Windy City Carnival will be offering rides and more on Water Street from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
“We’re bringing back old-fashioned fun for the kids this year,” said East Dundee Village President Lael Miller. “What kid can resist a carnival, magic, or a bubble machine? Heritage Fest is the perfect time for families to come to the Depot and explore our newly renovated downtown area. While the kids are busy, adults can visit our Business Expo; stopover at Deutschfest or kick back and enjoy music on our Depot stage.”
On Saturday, visitors will also be able to visit East Dundee’s Business & Not-For-Profit Expo at 10 a.m. or its regular Depot Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. MIR Appraisal Services, Inc. will be on hand to do Antique Appraisals from noon to 2 p.m. As always, fest-goers will be able to sample different offerings at East Dundee’s Taste of Dundee Food and Drink beginning at noon or at Immanuel Lutheran’s Deutschfest from noon until 11 p.m.
The fun continues on Sunday at the Depot with its Farmers’ Market and music beginning at 8 a.m.; Antique Car Show at 10 a.m.; and Business Faire; Live Music at the Depot; Taste of Dundee Food & Drinks; Deutsch Fest; Kids Korner and Carnival all from 1noon through 6 p.m.
Traditionally held in West Dundee, this communitywide event has expanded into East Dundee and takes place in the downtown Dundee location along Route 72. The village of East Dundee will be focusing on their German Heritage through a joint partnership with Immanuel Lutheran, as they host their annual Deutschfest celebration tent complete with German food and drink. Through a partnership between the villages, visitors will enjoy fireworks, great music, carnival rides, good food, craft and antique fairs, car shows, Kids Korner, magic shows, weekend markets and more. There’s something for everyone.
For a complete list of activities, dates and times visit wdundeeheritagefest.org.
Discover Dundee 2015 Sizzlin’ Summer Events
Each week throughout the summer months, The Depot at 319 N. River St., East Dundee has been host to events held monthly: Motor Mondays, Tail Waggin’ Tuesdays, Wine Down Wednesdays and new this year, Thirsty Thursdays. The Depot Market is held every Saturday, 8a-2p and the Farmers Market is held every Sunday, 9a-1p. To learn more, visit www.discoverdundee.org
About the Village of East Dundee
The village of East Dundee offices are located at 120 Barrington Avenue, East Dundee, IL, which is home to 3,000 residents. Its downtown plan is to create a “culinary” district consisting of the right mix of restaurants, retail and community events to serve as a destination attraction for both residents and regional visitors. For more information on the plan, and all East Dundee events, please visit the community calendar on the village website at www.eastdundee.net.
About the Village of West Dundee
The village of West Dundee, with a population 7,331, offers a small town atmosphere and regional conveniences. The community is showcased by the beautifully maintained turn-of-the-century architecture in the downtown historic district, adjacent to the picturesque Riverwalk. For more information about the village of West Dundee, please visit www.wdundee.org.
SOURCE: Villages of East Dundee and West Dundee press releases