This week has been stressful both on a personal and national level.  Thankfully, there are many wonderful events going on this weekend to help revive my wary soul and yours too! From a little bluegrass and retail therapy to two powerhouse perennial favorites such as the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival and the Fall Bulb Festival; plus a special blessing for our beloved furry members of the family….the weekend simply can’t get here soon enough.


Bluegrass on the Greens
Oct. 6: 6 pm
Canal Shores Golf Course, 1030 Central St., Evanston 

“Bluegrass on the Greens,” is a family-friendly, Ravinia-style outdoor concert featuring noted bluegrass band Emory Gap (which hails from Evanston). This concert and neighborhood party celebrates the end of the highly successful 2017 golf season. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets, family and friends for this bluegrass music show and lawn party that will be held on the fairways in front of the Canal Shores Pro Shop between Lincoln and Central Streets in Evanston. There’ll be a $25 tax-deductible cover charge ($5 for kids), cash bar, food trucks, and a warming fire in the beautiful new fire pit. For more info: click here.


The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival 2017
Oct. 6: 4 – 10 pm; Oct. 7: 11 am – 10 pm; Oct. 8: 11 am – 9 pm
Downtown Highwood, from Highwood Ave – Webster Ave, along Waukegan and Ave and Sheridan Rd. 

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival is the quintessential kick-off event to celebrate the Fall season! Be a part of history as they attempt to break the Guinness World Record of for the most pumpkins carved and lit at once (30,851) and help raise money for Make-A-Wish Illinois. Come experience a full schedule of family-friendly activities (carnival rides, live music, food vendors, pumpkin carving and so much more) and the charm of a small town that’s bursting with good will and family fun. For more info and a full schedule of events, click here.


Fall Bulb Festival
Oct. 6 – 8: 10 am – 4 pm (Bulb Shopping for members only on 10/6)
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Blvd., Glencoe 

Welcome fall as you plan your spring garden!  Choose from 250+ variety of bulbs to plant now, and your spring is guaranteed to be alive with color. There will also be live music; a harvest market; a straw-bale maze and other family activities, cider, wine, and beer to purchase; and the amazing gourd mountain for selfies! For more info, click here.


Retail Therapy on Central Street
Oct. 6: 6 – 9 pm
Central Street Shops in Evanston, 1800-2100 blocks of Central St., Evanston 

Central Street Evanston, a distinctive North Evanston shopping district presents its semi-annual “RETAIL THERAPY NIGHT”, a tradition for over a decade. Enjoy special discounts, raffles, refreshments and giveaways from participating businesses located just east and west of Green Bay Road on Central Street (1800-2100 blocks of Central Street). Participating businesses include: 9 Round Evanston, Gracie’s, Lois & Co, Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony (open 4 – 7 pm), Notice, Perennials, Simple Grace Designs, Spice House, Stella Boutique and Walsh Natural House.


Light Up The Sky
Oct 6 & 7: 8 pm, Oct. 8: 3 pm (through Oct. 29)
The Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest 

What better way to start their 15th Anniversary Season than with this classic 1948 Broadway smash hit comedy; Moss Hart's valentine to live theatre! The play takes you backstage with a bustling New York theatre troupe on opening night of a new show. The volatile mix of hotheaded diva, nervous playwright and a director perpetually on the brink of tears makes for an evening of theatre-inspired fun. Tickets: $37.50.  For more info, click here.


A Blessing of the Animals
Oct. 8: 2 – 3 pm
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church Courtyard, 1140 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette 

This is a time to celebrate your pets and the gift of companionship they offered you.  Pictures of pets you have loved and have no more are also welcomed as they are remembered in the blessing.  Dog, cat and human treats will be on hand, as well as adoptable pets visiting from Heartland Shelter.  Please contact the Rev. Andrew Suitter at (847) 251.6922 or with any question or for more information.


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