The real summer (heat) has arrived.
On Monday they served hush puppies in our retirement center
dining room and I could almost hear them barking.
dog days of summer are here.
But only a month away is the start of school, and if you
blink twice Labor Day weekend will be upon us. Then the last
vestige of the season in DeKalb County is the Sandwich Fair,
always the weekend after Labor Day.
Too often we procrastinate over what to do or where to
go in the lazy, hazy days of summer. So sit right
down and write yourself a letter: This is where I (we) would
like to go and what I (we) want to do sometime before the end
Enjoy fishing on the lake at sunset. (Schrader photo
Wouldnt it be fun to draw a circle on an old-style
paper map about 100 miles around and see what you can find there
Have you ever been to the train museum at Union, the Platen
Press Printing Museum at Zion (call 847-731-1945 for an appointment),
or the fantastic Historic Auto Museum in Roscoe? Closer to home
there are museums all around us. Just go online to dekalbcountyhistory.org
to find a list.
If you like being outdoors, then consider these: fishing
or a boat ride on Lake Shabbona, a dinner cruise on the Rock
River near Oregon (Maxson Manor), all kinds of places to visit
at Galena or a little farther to Wisconsin Dells (which may require
an overnight stay), nearby state parks such as White Pines and
Starved Rock, or even our county forest preserves, including
the 1835 Miller log cabin between Genoa and Kingston (call 815-895-7191
for access hours).
You might prefer special events such as the Kishwaukee
Fest on July 24 to 29, DeKalb Corn Fest, Waterman Summerfest,
Antique Tractor and Truck Show and Soybean Adventure (this Saturday
only), Hopkins Park band concerts, Ellwood House Music on the
Porch, weekly famers markets, or the Sycamore Park summer concerts.
July 27 is Sycamore Cruise Night, then July 28 is the Turning
Back Time Car Show. In August you can go to the Northern Illinois
Steam Power Show off Plank Road north of Sycamore Aug. 8 to 11,
or take the south county Barn Tour with the DeKalb Area Agricultural
Heritage Association Aug. 10.
I apologize to the various Chambers of Commerce and special
events coordinators for not mentioning all the other attractions
available around the county, but they are too numerous to list
here. Watch the calendar and articles in upcoming Daily Chronicles
and The MidWeek for more complete information.
I hope to see you out and about during dog daze.
Kay and I will be volunteering at the Soybean Adventure tent
Saturday in Waterman, plus watching Max Armstrong and Mark Tuttle
announce the noon tractor parade.