Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from a competitive regatta pitting cardboard against water to outdoor concerts and theater, a cemetery walk telling tales of local Civil War residents to an art exhibition.
ART SHOW PREVIEW
WHERE: Bartlett Village Hall, Second Floor Gallery, 228 S. Main St.
WHEN: Now through June 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays
COST & INFO: Free; 630-372-4152, www.artsinbartlett.org
Arts in Bartlett features nine artists in the Bartlett Festival of the Arts Preview Show, who are among the nearly 50 artists who will participate in the annual Arts Festival in Bartlett Park the final weekend of June. Artists in the current exhibit include Linda Kinnaman, mixed media artist from Bartlett, and Joanne Barsanti, photographer from Roselle, along with Keri Ippolito, oil and acrylic; watercolorists Susan List, Susan Plum and Sylvia Tester;Terry Shevelenko, mixed media; and photographers Heather Drake and Deborah Smolenske.
WHERE: Outside Cantigny Park's First Division Museum, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton
WHEN: Symphonies at 8 p.m., beginning Saturday, June 22
COST & INFO: $12 in advance or $18 on concert day; free for children younger than 8; parking fee waived for ticket holders; cantigny.org or 630-260-8162
Tickets for outdoor summer shows have gone on sale for symphonies, Shakespeare in the Park and a rock concert by Infinity. The series kicks off with Elmhurst Symphony brass and percussion in “Brass Bonanza,” featuring music by composers from Elgar to Copland, Sousa, Mancini and Gershwin. Next up are the West Suburban and DuPage symphony orchestras. Seating is on the lawn, so guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs, with picnic baskets welcome. Infinity stars Saturday, July 6.
HISTORY BROUGHT TO LIFE
WHERE: Forest Hill Cemetery, Riford and St. Charles roads, Glen Ellyn
WHEN: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 23
COST & INFO: $10 for GEHS members, $15 for adults, $5 for students, available at Stacy’s Corners Store, 800 N. Main St., and at the event; 630-469-1867, www.glenellynhistory.org
Stroll through Forest Hill Cemetery and hear stories dating back to the Civil War in “Spirits of the Past: Danby Goes To War.” The Glen Ellyn Historical Society’s cemetery walk focuses on Danby in 1860, before it was renamed Glen Ellyn. To interpret the lives of people affected by the Civil War in Danby, the GEHS has gathered volunteers. In character, they'll share the story of life both on and off the battlefield. Volunteers include Joseph and Meredith Salamunovich, Mark Pfefferman, Sarah Anderson, Russ Nelson, JP Anderson and Abryanna Ward.
WHERE: Lake Ellyn Park, Linden Avenue and Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn
WHEN: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 29
COST & INFO: $50 entry fee for residents, $75 for nonresidents by noon Friday, June 28; 630-858-2462, www.gepark.org
It's a one-of-a-kind spectacle as the Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta sails into view to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The display of ingenuity begs the question of each vessel: Will it float? Entrants construct boats built only from corrugated cardboard. Spectators also can watch a new contest, a paddleboard race, with competitors standing atop cardboard to travel 50 feet out and 50 feet back. A children's coloring contest, food and T-shirt sales complement festivities.
WHERE: Coral Cove Water Park, 849 W. Lies Road, Carol Stream
WHEN: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday through Monday, June 28 to July 1
COST & INFO: Included with regular admission; www.csparks.org, 630-784-6100
Swimming and summer always go hand-in-hand, but you can dive deeper into fun with Coral Cove Water Park’s four-day Take the Challenge. Instead of simply swimming laps, compete with your friends at events including aqua ping-pong, 60-second circle, and defying gravity.