Wednesday, July 07, 2010

4th of July Parade Float Contest Results & Thank You's

The DNA today announced the judging results from last Saturday’s 2010 Fourth of July Parade’s float contest.

There was a tie for 1st Place between the Elgin Area Historical Society and People Who Make Patriotic Floats. 2nd Place was ABODE (Admirers of Beautiful Old Dwellings of Elgin) and 3rd Place was Spring Hill Gymnastics.

The judges also awarded two special recognition awards open to any parade entry. The “175th Anniversary” Award – reflective of entries promoting or celebrating Elgin’s rich history – went to Judson University.

The “Eco-Elgin” Award – given to the parade entry best reflecting a “going green”/sustainability theme or floats built with eco-friendly materials or processes – was a tie between Danny’s Pizza and Davey Tree Experts “Fit Forest”

The City of Elgin and the DNA would like to thank our Fourth of July Parade judges Connie Patino, Brendan Morse, Sue Moylan and Johnny Placeres for their service.

The 2010 Fourth of July Parade – Presented by Sherman Health, moved to Saturday, July 3rd due to the Fourth of July holiday falling on a Sunday this year, featured over 110 parade entries, 20 floats, and nearly 2,500 parade participants and took the dedicated efforts of more than 50 volunteers to execute successfully.

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Don't forget to upload your best parade photos to our 2010 Elgin 4th of July Parade Album on Photobucket for our "Photographers on Parade" Competition. Submission deadline is Friday, July 9 at 5:30pm. We will then select the top photos which will then be voted on by the general public in next week's DNN/Top 10. Prizes awarded to the winning photo(s).

The City of Elgin and the Downtown Neighborhood Association would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate "Summer in the City" with us this past weekend.

Special thanks to our valued parade sponsors: City of Elgin, Downtown Neighborhood Association, Sherman Health, Daily Herald, Provena/St. Joseph Hospital, Woody Buick, Redmon's Towing, Elgin Community College, The Davey Tree Experts, Insure One and VNA of Fox Valley.

Heartfelt thanks to our crew of volunteers, who gave so generously of their time over the Fourth holiday weekend to ensure the parade went as smoothly as possible.

Thank you to Douglas Street Sports Bar & Grill for hosting our volunteer breakfast, Elgin Public House for hosting our parade committee meetings throughout the year, the Elgin Junior Service Board for providing V.I.P. hospitality, Redmon's Towing for providing the flatbed trailer for our Judges' stand, and to our parade Grand Marshals - Shabbona District, Three Fires Council of the Boy Scouts of America - for helping with our parade food drive.

And well-deserved thanks to our Fourth of July Parade Committee for the countless hours spent organizing and coordinating every last detail of this parade.

Thank you again to everyone for your support and for making this year's Fourth of July Parade a successful one!

This Week at the Harvest Market

The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market continues its landmark tenth season this Thursday, July 8, from 10am-4pm. The Harvest Market runs every Thursday thru October 7 at the Civic Parking Lot at the corner of Highland and Douglas Avenues near City Hall.

This week Rich Wagner from Rediscover Records, located inside Elgin Antiques & Uniques’ brand new sister store Two Doors Down located at 209 E. Chicago Street, will be spinning vinyl and providing the soundtrack for your shopping experience. Representatives from the YWCA Elgin will also be in attendance promoting the 5th Annual Y Walk which takes place this Sunday, July 11 in Festival Park.

While offering a wide variety of fresh, locally grown and produced vegetables, fruits, plants, bread, meats, cheeses, jams and spices, the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market really is much more than just a Farmers’ Market.

On the first Thursday of each new month, the Harvest Market rolls out its special promotional market entitled “First Thursday”. During “First Thursday” the market extends business hours by two hours from 10am-6pm and features cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, art exhibits, health and wellness seminars, guided walking tours of Downtown Elgin and much more.

Our next “First Thursday” market takes place on Thursday, August 5. Among the confirmed attractions for August include:

August 1-7 is National Farmers’ Market Week and we will be celebrating all day with several promotions and giveaways!
Steve Thoren will have his Model T car on display in advance of the 100th Anniversary of the Elgin Historic Road Rally which takes place at Sherman West Court at 1950 Larkin Avenue on Sunday, August 8.
Chef Virginia Lopez will conduct a cooking demonstration.
• Live music performances by Riverside Chorus and The Fox River Trio.
• The Centre of Elgin will conduct live fitness/healthy living seminars.
• Antique treasure hunt with Collingbourne’s Interesting Things, PK’s Antiques, Elgin Antiques and Uniques, Rediscover Records and Two Doors Down.

Nestled in the heart of historic Downtown Elgin within minutes of the Grand Victoria Casino, Metra and the scenic Fox River, and within walking distance from Downtown’s dining and shopping district, the Harvest Market attracts hundreds of local residents and workers each and every week.

For more information about the 2010 Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, please call Jason Pawlowski, Promotions Coordinator for the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, at (847) 488-1456 or e-mail:

Monday, July 05, 2010

Downtown Elgin Live Music & Entertainment Scene - July 6-11

For those of you recovering from the long holiday weekend, welcome back to your work week! Look on the bright side - at least it's a short one! For those of you that decided to take the entire week after 4th of July off as well, you're smarter than the rest of us...and we hate you for it. Kidding!

Lots of great things to do, see and hear this week in Downtown Elgin so without further adieu here is this week's Live Music & Entertainment Scene! Cue what's left of the fireworks:

The Roadhouse/Main Event
200 Prairie Street

Tuesday, July 6

The Veer Union , Framing Hanley and Transmit Now
$13.00 in advance
$15.00 at the door
Doors open at 7pm
Show Starts at 8pm

Sunday, July 11
$10.00 in advance
$12.00 at the door
Doors open at 7pm
Show Starts at 8pm

Mad Maggies
51 S. Grove

Thursday, July 8

August Burns Red with Lookout Giants
All Ages
Doors: 5:00pm
Show: 6:30pm

Friday, July 9

Rookie of the Year with School Boy Humor and After Party
All Ages
Doors: 4:30pm
Show: 5:00pm

Hyperflo with Rocket Science
All Ages
Doors: 9:30pm
Show: 10:30pm

I Saw the Ghost
All Ages
Doors: 6:00pm
Show: 10:30pm (basement stage)

Saturday, July 10

The New Resistance with 3 in Counting and Shadow of a Doubt
21 & Over
Doors: 8:00pm
Show: 9:30pm

Sunday, July 11

All Ages
Doors: 6:15pm
Show: 6:30pm

Gasthaus Zur Linde
15 N. Grove Avenue

Friday, July 9
The Paxton Brothers and The Stork Club

Saturday, July 10
BlackActress and Friends

Elgin Public House/Pub 217
219 E. Chicago Street

Friday, July 9

Saturday, July 10

Also don't forget about the Elgin OPERA's 2nd Annual Summer Music Festival's grand finale this weekend at the Kimball Street Theater, located on the first level of the new Rider Center on the campus of Elgin Academy at 261 Dundee Avenue. This weekend's show is "Dido & Aeneas" by Purcell on Friday & Saturday, July 9 & 10 - 7:30pm and Sunday, July 11 - 3:00pm. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $13 for Seniors and Students and $10 for Elgin OPERA Guild Members. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Elgin OPERA at 847.695.5014, via email:, or visit

Remember that bands, ticket prices and performance times are subject to change so we ask that you please call or visit each venue's website for ticket information, performance times or for any applicable cover charges.