2015 Elgin Fourth of July Parade ~ American Pastimes ~

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The 2015 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Steps off Saturday, July 4 at 9AM at  the intersection of Slade and Douglas Avenues, then  proceeds south on Douglas thru the NorthEast Neighborhood Association, into the heart of downtown Elgin, and ends at the intersection of Highland and Douglas Avenues.

This year’s theme is “American Pastimes”.  Please join the City of Elgin and the Downtown Neighborhood Association in celebrating those who have served our country and community.

Participants:
For all those participating in the City of Elgin’s 4th of July Parade, complete the 2015 Parade Participant Application and the 2015 Parade Waiver.  We also encourage you to decorate your parade entries in this year’s theme of American Pastimes.

All participants, please read and familiarize yourself of the 2015 Parade Application Guidelines.

 

Sponsorship Opportunities:
The DNA offers businesses, organizations and individuals to take advantage of 2014 Fourth of July Parade Sponsorship.

The Fourth of July Parade is a time-honored tradition in downtown Elgin that enjoys extensive media coverage and more than 15,000 spectators annually, who range in age from young to young-at-heart.

Some benefits include:  Ad space in the DNA’s Top 10 e-news for the month of June, logo and link on DNA website, sponsor representative interviewed on local Channel 17.

Become a City of Elgin 2015 Fourth of July Sponsor today!

 

The DNA is busy planning the 2014 parade, but here are some highlights from 2013:

2013 PARADE ENTRIES:

Over 105 confirmed parade units, more than 100 vehicles and 25 floats, and over 2,000 walkers participating, crowd of 10,000-15,000 parade enthusiasts took advantage of the warm weather to take in Elgin’s annual summertime rite of passage!

Click here to download the 2013 Parade Packet, which includes a complete list of 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital parade participants (with individual staging block listed in parenthesis) as well as the 2013 parade staging map with parade route, shuttle bus drop off points, listing of parking areas and restrooms, and disbandment routes.  Also included is the Parade Waiver which needs to be completed for all those participating in the City of Elgin’s 4th of July Parade.

MARCHING THRU TIME:

2013’s theme for the City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital is “Elgin Marching Thru Time” – a timeline-based, community celebration of the individuals and organizations who have contributed to Elgin’s rich history as well as an acknowledgement of the landmark anniversaries several area businesses and groups are celebrating.

The following 2013 Elgin 4th parade entries participated in the “Elgin Marching Thru Time” parade unit decorating contest:

The Golden Era (Pre 1900′s-WWII)

American Indian Center/Trickster Gallery – Pre-1900′s
Gail Borden Public Library – Pre-1900′s
Fox Valley Libertarian Party – Pre-1900′s
Elgin History Museum – Pre-1900′s
Elgin Police/Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA) – Pre-1900′s
ABODE – 1900-1920′s
Fox Valley Chapter of the Model T Ford Club International, Inc. – 1900-1920′s
Elgin Lions Club – 1930-1940′s
Redmon’s Towing – 1930-1940′s
Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl (BFH) – 1930-1940′s

Back to the Future (1950′s-The Future)

West Suburban Shrine Club Roaring ’57s – 1950-1960′s
St. John’s Lutheran School and Church – 1970-1980′s
Raging Waves Waterpark – 1970-1980′s
Rescue Warriors Corp – 1970-1980′s
Elgin Youth Football League – 1970-1980′s
PLS Loan Store – 1970-1980′s
Spring Hill Gymnastics – 1990-Present
Elgin Medi-Transport, Inc. – 1990-Present
Danny’s Pizza on Douglas – 1990-Present
South Elgin High School Band & Dance Team – 1990-Present
First Congregational Church of Elgin – The Future
MEGA (Midwest Elite Gymnastics Academy) – The Future
Elgin Parent Co-op School – The Future
Dance It Off with Kim – The Future

The parade’s distinguished judging panel, consisting of Elgin’s ghostly historic forefathers from the Elgin Area Historical Society’s annual Cemetery Walk, will name a first, second and third place winner in each of the “Elgin Marching Thru Time” judging categories.

PARADE GRAND MARSHALS

2013 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin. Representatives from the Elgin Woman’s Club, the organization that was instrumental in bringing Sherman Hospital to the Elgin community, will serve as this year’s parade Grand Marshals.

Founded by more than 30 women in June of 1887, the Elgin Woman’s Club’s very first project was to establish and run a hospital in the booming and prosperous town of Elgin. Henry Sherman, farmer, Elgin businessman, and part-owner of the Elgin National Watch Factory, learned of the club’s plan and agreed to donate a two-story house to serve as the hospital’s site. Thanks to the efforts of the Elgin Woman’s Club, Sherman Hospital opened its doors on July 7, 1888 and the two organizations have been community partners ever since.

PARADE ENTERTAINMENT & SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:

2013’s City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital offered its usual diverse and high energy cast of premiere performers, highlighted by The Jesse White Tumblers; Medinah Motor Corps, Green Thunder Percussion, The Drumline, Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl; Pro Dance Elite; Chicago Metropolitan Brass Ensemble; Elgin, Larkin and South Elgin High School Marching Bands; Kane County Mounted Rangers and more!

Before the Elgin 4th parade steped off, dozens of pretty and patriotic pooches put their best paws forward in the third annual Kountry Pet Resort Pooch Parade, which began at 8:30am at Ann Street and Douglas Avenue.

Just before the National Anthem, to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Elgin City Councilman John Steffen delivered a reenactment reading of this legendary speech to the crowd assembled at the front of the parade route at Slade & Douglas Avenues in the role of President Abraham Lincoln.

This year’s National Anthem was performed by Jeorge Holmes at the front of the parade route at Slade & Douglas Avenues, and by a quartet of Elgin OPERA singers near the end of the parade route at Symphony and Douglas Avenues.

Members of the Elgin Sister City delegation from Cauquenes, Chile also walked with representatives from the City of Elgin’s entry into the parade.

2014 PARADE ROUTE & STREET CLOSURES:

The Elgin 4th Parade route begins at the intersection of Slade and Douglas Avenues, proceeds south on Douglas thru the NorthEast Neighborhood Association, into the heart of downtown Elgin, and ends at the intersection of Highland and Douglas Avenues.

The following streets in downtown will be closed to vehicle traffic from approximately 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM, and vehicles parked along these streets after 6 AM will be towed:
  • Kimball St. from Dundee Ave. to N. Grove Ave.
  • Douglas Ave. from River Bluff Rd. to E. Chicago St.
  • Highland Ave. from Spring St. to N. Grove Ave.
  • Symphony from Douglas Ave. to Spring St.

The following streets in the adjacent NENA neighborhood will be closed for staging and for the parade route from 6AM to Noon. No parked cars will be allowed on these streets during this time. Driveway access will be limited beginning at 6AM.

CARS PARKED ON THESE STREETS ON JULY 4 AFTER 6AM WILL BE TOWED:

  • N. Grove Ave. from Kimball St. to River Bluff Rd.
  • Brook St. from Kimball St. to River Bluff Rd.
  • River Bluff Rd. from Spring St. to N. Grove Ave.
  • Douglas Ave. from River Bluff Rd. to Chicago St.

Parking will be allowed on the east-west streets between Spring St. and N. Grove Ave. though access will be very limited from 9-11AM while the parade is in progress.

MEDIA:

Jeff Myers and Councilman John Prigge will provide play-by-play of the entire City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital from their broadcast position in front of the Elgin Police Department. The Elgin 4th Parade will be rebroadcast throughout the month of July on Channel 17. Kyle Bault will serve as on-site parade announcer over the loudspeakers for parade goers gathered around the performing area near the end of the parade route.

PARADE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

There is still plenty of time to sign up to serve as a volunteer for the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital. Volunteer opportunities include Block Captains, Parade Route Ambassadors and Set-Up and Take-Down Crews. Shifts are from 6:30-11:30AM. All volunteers will receive a parade t-shirt and free breakfast at the volunteer orientation beginning at 6AM. For more information about parade volunteer opportunities, contact the Downtown Neighborhood Association at 847-488-1456 or e-mail info@downtownelgin.com.

POST PARADE FESTIVITIES:

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SPONSORS:

The City of Elgin, Downtown Neighborhood Association, and the Fourth of July Parade Committee wish to thank the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor – Advocate Sherman Hospital

Red Level Sponsor – Alexian Brothers Health System

White Level Sponsors – BMO Harris Bank, Chase, John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.

Blue Level Sponsors – Armida & Joe Dominguez, Danny’s Pizza on Douglas, Davey Tree Experts, Elgin Academy, Elgin Community College, Judson University, Lamp, Inc., PLS Loan Store, Spring Hill Gymnastics, Redmon’s Towing, Waste Management

Community Level – Midwest Elite Gymnastics Academy

Media Sponsors – Daily Herald, WRMN Radio AM-1410

DNA is looking for enthusiastic volunteers! It’s true!

The Downtown Neivolunteerghborhood Association is currently looking for volunteers for our Promotions Committee.  If you love the downtown Elgin area and want to work on events such as the Fourth of July Parade, Window Wonderland, Pub Crawls, Cruise Nights and the DNA Gala, let us know!  We’d like you to be on the team that creates these successful promotional events that drives individuals to Elgin’s central business district.  With the support and generosity of volunteers, the Downtown Neighborhood Association organizes some of the most popular events in Elgin.  In addition, the DNA partners with other organizations and committees to promote events such as Nightmare on Chicago Street, Next Wave Art Salon and Home for the Holidays.  With your input and assistance, we can build an even greater downtown Elgin.  If you are interested, please send an email to info@downtownelgin.com.  Thank you for your consideration of being a part of the DNA team!

 

Deirdre White Named New DNA Executive Director

DeirdreAN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM DNA BOARD PRESIDENT KARIN JONES:

On behalf of the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin and our Board of Directors, we would like to welcome Deirdre White as our new Executive Director. Deirdre has been a board member with the DNA for the last two and a half years and a volunteer with us for much longer than that. She has served on numerous committees within DNA and we are all very excited to be a part of her next steps with our organization.  She brings with her a love for everything downtown and her ever present, up beat, get it done spirit.

Her official first day will be August 12th. So for those of you who know Deirdre, please congratulate and welcome her in our Downtown Elgin way!  Those of you that have not yet met her, look forward to meeting her soon!

The dynamics at DNA are about to shift yet again as we continue to evolve and change during our 15th year! With the recent hiring of Don Obenauf as our Economic Development Director and now Deirdre as our new Executive Director, we foresee quite the dynamic duo and many exciting things in our future!

And you all know I can’t resist quoting Dr. Seuss so, Deirdre, our advice to you is, “Why fit in when you were made to stand out?”

Welcome aboard! We look forward to seeing you in full swing!

Karin Jones
DNA President

DNA, BMO Harris Bank Announce Additional Link Program Funding

2013_HM_LogoThe Downtown Neighborhood Association is excited to announce that BMO Harris Bank is committing an additional $3,000 towards the funding of the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market’s Link Double Couponing program.

Throughout the 2013 season, Link customers can swipe their Link/EBT cards at the Harvest Market’s information booth to be eligible to receive up to an additional $20 in Link tokens to shop with per week, courtesy of a generous financial contribution from BMO Harris Bank.

“It’s important that we all think about how we can further provide assistance to those with the greatest of needs and being able to provide families with fresh produce that’s so important to wellness is a great benefit to our community,” said Jeff Blanchette, BMO Harris Bank Elgin Market President.

The Link program at the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, one of only two such farmer’s market programs in all of Kane County, is made possible thru a partnership with BMO Harris Bank and Making Kane County Fit for Kids Funders Consortium.

The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market takes place every Thursday thru October 3 from 9am-2pm at 200 N. Grove Avenue, across from the Gail Borden Public Library, The Centre of Elgin and The Hemmens. For more information about the Harvest Market, visit www.ElginHarvestMarket.com.

Elgin Artspace Lofts Grand Opening This Thursday

Elgin Artspace LoftsPlease join us in downtown Elgin for the grand opening of Elgin Artspace Lofts, a new live/work space for artists and their families at 51 S. Spring Street, on Thursday, June 27 from 5:30-8:30PM. Brief remarks from Artspace and representatives from the City of Elgin begin at 6PM.

Guests can tour open studios, enjoy food from In the Neighborhood Deli and The Culinary Fox, as well as live entertainment as we celebrate a bright future for the resident artist community and downtown Elgin.

Follow the activities of Elgin Artspace Lofts on Facebook or sign up for e-mail updates about events at Artspace.org.

Elgin 4th of July Parade Participants

MarchingThruTime_Logo_AdvocateThe following is a complete list of 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital parade participants (with individual staging blocks listed in parenthesis) and sponsoring organizations. Click to Download Parade Staging Packet including route map and staging instructions.

2013 Elgin 4th Parade Participants

A-1 Repair – GROVE E
ABODE – BROOK B
Advocate Sherman Hospital – Presenting Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Alexian Brothers Health System – Sponsor
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Chi Alpha Omega – GROVE E
American Indian Center/Trickster Gallery – BROOK A
American Legion Elgin Post 57 – DOUGLAS
American Taxi Dispatch – GROVE D
Armida and Joe Dominguez – Sponsor
Artie’s Towing – GROVE C
Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl – BROOK A
Bear Family McDonalds – DOUGLAS
Ben’s Global Recycling Inc. – GROVE E
Bethlehem Lutheran Church – GROVE D
BMO Harris Bank – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
CasaBlanca Realtors – COOK
Chase – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Chicago Metropolitan Brass Ensemble – GROVE B
Citizens to Elect Kevin Williams Kane County Sheriff – GROVE E
City of Elgin – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Congregation Kneseth Israel – GROVE B
Dance It Off with Kim – BROOK C
Danny’s Pizza on Douglas – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Davey Tree Experts – Sponsor
Don Kramer for Kane County Sheriff – BROOK E
Downtown Neighborhood Association – Sponsor
Dundee Masonic Lodge #190 – GROVE E
Eastern Groove Studio – GROVE C
Elgin Academy – Sponsor
Elgin Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA) – DOUGLAS
Elgin Community College – Sponsor
Elgin Continental Little League – BROOK C
Elgin Elks Lodge #737 and Ladies of the Elks of Elgin – GROVE A
Elgin High School Band – GROVE A
Elgin History Museum – BROOK A
Elgin International Festival – GROVE C
Elgin Knights of Columbus – GROVE A
Elgin Lions Club – BROOK A
Elgin Medi-Transport, Inc. – BROOK B
Elgin Parent Co-op School – BROOK C
Elgin Parks and Rec Soccer Team Spain – GROVE B
Elgin River Rats High School RFC – GROVE A
Elgin Sharks Track Club – GROVE C
Elgin Summer Theatre/City of Elgin – BROOK D
Elgin Theatre Company – GROVE C
Elgin Township Democrats – GROVE A
Elgin Township Republicans – GROVE B
Elgin Youth Football League – BROOK B
Epworth Church/Christ the Lord Lutheran Church – GROVE C
Extreme Remodeling – GROVE E
First Congregational Church of Elgin – BROOK C
First Presbyterian Church of Elgin – GROVE C
First United Methodist Church – BROOK D
Food For Greater Elgin – GROVE E
Fox Valley Chapter of the Model T Ford Club Int’l – COOK
Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice – GROVE D
Fox Valley Libertarian Party – BROOK A
Gail Borden Public Library – BROOK A
Gifford Park Association – GROVE E
Golden “K” Kiwanis Club of Elgin – BROOK C
Greater Elgin Family Care Center – GROVE C
Green Thunder Percussion – BROOK D
Hanover Township – COOK
Integrity School of Dance – GROVE E
J B Harris Construction, Inc. – BROOK E
Jesse White Tumblers – BROOK A
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
JQ Designs – BROOK A
Judson University – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham – COOK
Kane County Mounted Rangers – COOK
Kane County Sheriff’s Office – GROVE B
Kickers United FC – GROVE D
Kim’s Black Belt Academy – BROOK E
Knights of Columbus & El Cardunal Assembly – GROVE A
Kountry Pet Resort & Training Center – PRE-PARADE
Lamp Incorporated – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Larkin High School Band – GROVE D
Laura Buhmann Ms. Illinois Universal Dream 2013 – GROVE A
League of Women Voters – GROVE E
Leopoldo Ochoa – COOK
Medinah Clowns – BROOK B
Medinah Motor Corps – BROOK C
Midwest Elite Gymnastics Academy – Sponsor – BROOK A
New Generation Drill Team – BROOK D
Next Level BMX Team – BROOK D
People That Make Patriotic Floats – BROOK D
PLS Loan Store – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Pro Dance Elite – BROOK E
Raging Waves Waterpark – BROOK C
Redmon’s Towing – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Rescue Warriors Corp – BROOK C
Safari Childcare – GROVE E
Second Baptist Church Military Veterans Ministry – GROVE D
Shabbona District Three Fires Council Boy Scouts of America – GROVE E
Shared Harvest – Elgin Food Cooperative – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Shriners Big Wheels – BROOK E
Side Street Studio Arts – GROVE E
South Elgin High School Band & Dance Team – DOUGLAS
Spates Temple Church – GROVE E
Spring Hill Gymnastics – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
St. John’s Lutheran School and Church – BROOK B
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ – GROVE E
The Larkin Center – BROOK D
The Pet Squad/F.Y.D.O.Land – BROOK B
VNA Health Care – GROVE A
Walgreens – BROOK E
Waste Management – Sponsor
Watch City Lodge #131 and Fox Valley Chapter #137 – GROVE A
Watch City Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1307 – DOUGLAS
West Suburban Shrine Club Roaring ’57s – BROOK B
Westminster Christian School – GROVE C
Zion Lutheran Church – GROVE B

Youth Volunteerism Alive & Well in Downtown Elgin

DSC_0030What can today’s youth accomplish thru volunteerism if they put their minds to it?

That question was answered as 42 high school seniors and youth leaders from Minneapolis-based Students Today Leaders Forever brought their volunteer bus tour to downtown Elgin on a rainy Friday afternoon.

Among the projects the students tackled included folding, addressing, stuffing and stamping over 750 letters to local residents for the City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital; delivering over 200 posters and memos to downtown businesses, preparing over 250 Downtown Elgin gift certificates; and folding 300 brochures for the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market. They also consumed 5 large Danny’s Pizzas as a token of DNA’s appreciation for their volunteer efforts..

After posing for a group photo outside the Elgin Tower Building and before departing for their next volunteer project in Schaumburg, the student leaders lead the entire group of students an impromptu “Yeah Buddy” cheer for DNA staff and the businesses of Downtown Elgin.

Thank you to YWCA Elgin Events Coordinator and DNA Board Member Deirdre White for coordinating the students’ visit. For more information about Students Today Leaders Forever, visit www.stlf.net.

Elgin Woman’s Club Named Grand Marshals of Elgin 4th Parade

MarchingThruTime_Logo_AdvocateThe City of Elgin and the Downtown Neighborhood Association, in conjunction with presenting sponsor Advocate Sherman Hospital, announced today that the Elgin Woman’s Club will serve as Grand Marshals of the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade.

Representatives from the Elgin Woman’s Club will ride in a vintage convertible to kick off this year’s parade on Thursday, July 4 at 9AM, beginning at the intersection of Slade and Douglas Avenues.

The theme of this year’s Elgin 4th Parade is “Elgin Marching Thru Time” – a timeline-based, community celebration of the individuals and organizations who have contributed to Elgin’s rich history as well as an acknowledgement of the landmark anniversaries several area businesses and groups are celebrating.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Advocate Sherman Hospital’s founding, of which the Elgin Woman’s Club was instrumental in orchestrating.

Founded by more than 30 women in June of 1887, the Elgin Woman’s Club’s very first project was to establish and run a hospital in the booming and prosperous town of Elgin. Henry Sherman, farmer, Elgin businessman, and part-owner of The Elgin National Watch Factory, learned of the club’s plan and agreed to donate a two-story house to serve as the hospital’s site. Thanks to the efforts of the Elgin Woman’s Club, Sherman Hospital opened its doors on July 7, 1888 and the two organizations have been community partners ever since.

For more information about the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital, please contact DNA Managing Director Jason Pawlowski at 847-488-1456 or e-mail jpawlowski@downtownelgin.com.

Congratulations DNA Managing Director Jason Pawlowski

DNA logoDNA Members, Partners and Friends:

On behalf of the Downtown Neighborhood Association Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate Jason Pawlowski, our DNA Managing Director, who will be leaving our organization to pursue his next adventure. Jason has accepted a position as Marketing Manager with the St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau. His last day with us at DNA will be at the City of Elgin’s July 4th Parade.

We have been blessed to have Jason as a part of the DNA for three years, first as our Promotions Coordinator and most recently as DNA’s Managing Director. It was an honor to watch him evolve in those positions within our organization and we have learned much from him as a part of our DNA family. It is with a heavy heart that we bid him farewell, but also excitement as we embrace the next chapter for DNA and Downtown Elgin. As with Jason, Don, Suzan, Jennifer, and many other staff members, we welcome the opportunity for change and are receptive to the opportunities the DNA will address in 2013.

So please help us celebrate the time we have had with Jason over these next few weeks! Stop by the office and wish him well. If you have a positive story to share about your dealings with Jason, please share it. If you would like to show your appreciation, I’m sure he’d love for you to buy him a drink (or perhaps some Star Wars memorabilia or a Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory) at our “Not Goodbye-Just Good Luck” party for Jason at Villa Verone, 13 Douglas Avenue, on Thursday, June 27 starting at 7PM.

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

Thank you, Jason! It has been a pleasure.

 

Karin Jones
DNA President

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JasonPDear DNA Friends & Family:

It is with a profound sense of excitement tempered with some sadness that I announce this move. Even though I’m not an Elgin resident, the people of this City have adopted me as one of their own and after three years of seeing the impact the Downtown Neighborhood Association can have on revitalizing our downtown, I have never been more proud to call myself an Elginite.

This new position would not have been possible without all that the DNA has provided me in the way of experience, skills building, community connections, teaching moments, and opportunities for personal and professional development. I have the utmost gratitude to the DNA Board, volunteers and staff – past and present – for your support and confidence in me. I would also like to thank the City of Elgin, Mayor Kaptain, City Councilmembers, and the hard-working City Staff for all that you do to help us make Downtown Elgin a great place to live, work, and enjoy.

I am also grateful for the many professional connections, personal relationships and treasured friendships I have gained thru my position with DNA that I will carry with me long after I leave.

While I’m looking forward to writing this next chapter in my professional life, rest assured my heart will always be with the wonderful people and businesses of Downtown Elgin. Please continue to support the DNA, whether as a Community or Business member, volunteer, or as a regular patron of all of our downtown shops, eateries and special events.

And you’re not getting rid of me that easy. You’ll be seeing me around at plenty of downtown Elgin events like the Pub Crawl, DNA Awards Gala, and others. After all, you can take the boy out of downtown, but you can never take downtown out of the boy. I ♥ Downtown Elgin!

 

With Sincere Gratitude,
Jason

New 9-Week Kids Program Launches at Harvest Market

RainbowlandThe Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin, with assistance from community partners, is excited to launch the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market’s new kids program called “Rainbowland: An Adventure at the Market”. This nine-week kids program runs each and every Thursday from June 13 thru August 15 (excluding July 4), at the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, 200 N. Grove Avenue.

“This is an effort to promote and educate students (K – 6) about healthy eating, being active, and related activities with additional focus on sustainability and agriculture, plus time to shop and talk with vendors,” says Harvest Market Manager Jennifer Benson.

“Rainbowland will feature three 20 minutes sessions from active fitness fun, to cooking demos, to an interactive activity, as well as fun stuff to bring home.”

Rainbowland: An Adventure at the Market starts at Noon each week and is open to children at the market either supervised by adults or in organized kids groups. Currently dates available for larger kid groups of 15 students or more include June 20, 27, and August 8.

The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market’s “Rainbowland: An Adventure at the Market” is sponsored in part by Bright Horizons and organized by Boys & Girls Club, Centre of Elgin, Chef Quincy & Northern Illinois University students, Elgin Area History Museum, Elgin Public Museum, Greater Elgin Family Care Center, Side Street Studio Arts, and YWCA Elgin.

For more details about weekly events, vendor information, live entertainment and attractions at the 2013 Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, visit www.ElginHarvestMarket.com. To sign up or volunteer for the kids program please contact Harvest Market manager Jennifer Benson at 847-488-1456 or email elginharvestmarket@gmail.com.