Unfortunately, the fantastic weather is not going to last but the weekend’s lineup of fabulous events should keep you smiling! Choose from perennial favorites including a wine and beer tasting and an eco-film festival as well as some new-to-the-scene events including a trivia night, a special performance by Lake Forest’s own Kathy Sparrenberger and a hands-on story time with celebrated children’s author, Patricia Murphy. Plus the last weekend to catch the captivating, “The Dining Room” at the Oil Lamp Theatre.
Wine and Beer TastingFeb. 24: 6 – 9 pmWinnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka
Attendees can taste a wide variety of more than 80 top shelf wines and 20 craft beers while enjoying an expansive array of passed and buffet hors d’oeuvres & sweets. All wine and beer will be sale-priced plus case discounts and free delivery/pick up in Winnetka. Participants must be 21+. New this year: Purchase an exciting Connoisseur Upgrade to taste an additional 20 Reserve Wines such as Joseph Phelps Insignia, Dominus, Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Cabernet Sauvignon, Caymus, and Inglenook Rubicon Estate. Advanced registration: $75; At the door: $85. The Connoisseur Upgrade is an additional $50 and may be purchased in advance or at the event. The Upgrade grants early admission (6pm) to the event. For more info or to purchase tickets, click here.
Wild & Scenic Film FestivalFeb. 24: 7 pmEvanston Environmental Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston
The Wild & Scenic Film Fest is organized and produced by SYRCL (the South Yuba River Citizens League), and was started in part to help environmental organizations like the EEA grow their membership. The festival offers a line-up of the best in environmental and adventure short films covering a variety of topics relevant to those concerned with our planet. The festival sold out last year. Tickets: $5 EEA members, General Public: $10. For more info and a movie lineup, click here.Trivia Night: A Friendly Battle of Historic ProportionsFeb. 24: 6:30 – 8:30 pmGorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest
Calling all History Buffs! Come to the first-ever Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society Trivia Night. Put on your thinking cap for a fun evening of friendly competition inspired by local history, upcoming programs and the year 1984. Join a team- or round up your own group (up to eight people). Cost: $25 for Historical Society members; $35 for non-members. The price includes wine, beer, pizza and salad. Tickets may be purchased by clicking here or calling 847-234-5253.
The Dining RoomFeb. 24 & 25: 8 pm; Feb. 26: 3 pm (Last weekend)Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Rd., Glenview
These walls can talk – and they tell amazing, beautiful and poignant stories. Set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, where family has assembled for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes—some funny, some touching, some rueful—which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. Admission Fee $20-35 includes cookies and corkage fee. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
Story Time with Patricia Murphy at The Book StallFeb. 25: 3 pmThe Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka
Join award-winning children’s book author Patricia Murphy for a “Mama, Look!” hunt. Search for animals throughout the store with your mom. Then, Patricia will read from her new book, MAMA, LOOK! where curious baby creatures and their mamas discover the world around them. Patricia J. Murphy is the author of over 150 children’s books as well as many poems, magazine and news stories, and programs for children. Her work has received numerous honors including the Learning Magazine’s Teacher’s Choice award, the Illinois Reads award, and inclusion in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. For more information, click here.
Kathy Sparrenberger Presents VIVA LA DIVA! EncoreFeb. 25: 8 – 9:30 pmGorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest
Kathy Sparrenberger, a Lake Forest resident, known for singing on over 1000 national TV and radio commercials, as well as performing with artists including Carole King, Michael Bolton, as well as movie soundtracks and albums, is combining her styles to perform a tribute to her favorite Pop Divas – including Karen Carpenter, Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick, and Celine Dion to name a few! A special video tribute to “Divas At The Oscars” will honor Academy Award winning songs from the past to the present! Tickets: $35.00. For more info or to purchase tickets, click here.