4th Friday’s at The Starline Gallery

The Starline Gallery is a block-long factory circa 1883 that was saved from demolition and has been beautifully repurposed. Its aged brick and wooden beam construction is now filled with artist studios, art gallery and even banquet facilities.

Nine months of the year the restored factory is home to 4th Friday’s at The Starline Gallery. People come to an event that’s filled with art and music. Local artists submit their artwork and the exhibition consists of work selected through a juried selection process. Cast your vote on the small paper ballot, to decide the peoples choice for Best of Show.

Music at the event, now on three stages throughout the factory, consist of local bands all the way to solo musicians. Their musical genres are as wide as the artwork on display. Everything from folk, country, honkytonk, jazz and classical.

Roaming volunteers serve trays of light appetizers and there’s a cash bar that serves the full complement of cocktails, beer, wine and coffee drinks. The doors open at 6:00 PM and a modest $5.00 cover charge grants you access. Mark your calendar for the fourth Friday of the month and head on out to 4th Friday’s at The Starline Gallery, 306 W Front St, Harvard, IL.

Friday April 24, 2015 featured the americanna musical stylings of John Ballantyne’s Crazy Heart. Here is there cover of Speed of the Sound of Loneliness by John Prine.

Spring Break Chicago Style

Spring Break Chicago Style

Where’s Your Beach?

Crystal Lake Centennial

Thousands of people enjoyed the Crystal Lake centennial kick off festivities held at Three Oaks Recreation Area. It featured numerous bands, food and drink, a carnival and fireworks. Local music favorites Modern Day Romeos and Libido Funk Circus were headliner acts in the main stage tent. Attendees both young and old were able to meet and get their photograph taken with several entertainers. Wizzo and Cookie the clown, featured on the long-running local WGN TV Bozo Show, and Star Wars characters from the 501st Garrison were some of the crowd favorites.

Area youth attended events on the beach ranging from a Hip Hop dance class, magician, and musicians. A kite building workshop and kite flying demonstration was featured too.

The time lapse video contains 1328 images captured over eight days. It features setup of the carnival, the festival, all the way through take down of the tents. Even the kite flying demonstration can be seen in the sky.

Full Pull

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Walworth County Fair – Truck & Tractor Pulls

I’ve been going to the Walworth County Fair for as long as I can remember. It’s what we do over Labor Day weekend. We meet up with family and friends, eat food on-a-stick, have a cinnamon roll, see the farm animals and look through the 4H buildings.

Over the years we’ve seen numerous bands in concert, demolition derby’s, harness races and truck & tractor pulls. I even remember as a kid going down the zip line that was setup by the Wisconsin National Guard.

The Truck & Tractor Pulls have become one of the “Guy” events we go to. These turbo-charged alcohol fueled tractors are quite fun to watch. They’re loud, powerful, and sometimes close to being out of control. The trucks are just as fun to watch, although the sound they produce is quite different from the tractors. The loud rumble shakes the grandstands! Over the next few days I’ll be posting some photographs from this event.

The fair grounds are located in Elkhorn, WI just north of Lake Geneva and this is their 164th year!

Genie from DirecTV Isn’t Ready For Prime Time!

We recently had a DirecTV Genie HDDVR and 3 client boxes installed at our home. It was replacing our longstanding trouble-free Comcast CATV.
We were rather excited to “upgrade” to satellite TV with a HDDVR. The install went smoothly and the system was working OK.
Several days later the problems started occurring…
Brutally slow navigation of the guide. Restart the Genie.
Client TV’s had white screens. Restart the Genie.
Client TV’s had white screens again, and again, and again. Restart the Genie…
Playback of recorded content, audio & video dropped out. Rewound, played again, same result. Restart the Genie!
Almost every time this occurred I contacted DirecTV customer service. We’re aware of the problems, engineering is working on it, a fix will be coming soon. Coming soon. Coming soon, in 48 Hrs.
Genie isn’t ready for prime time!
Since you can’t seem to solve these problems, we are hopping over to the other satellite TV company.
Disappointed

DirecTV Genie Worst HD DVR

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