Pep Band

The Crystal Lake Central High School Band is rocking the boys basketball pre-game, with a few cool pep tunes!

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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.

Three Oaks Recreation Area – Time Lapse [HD]

I created this twelve hours time lapse video using Quicktime Pro and iMove.

Crystal Lake Fire Rescue – Ladder Truck


The brand new E-ONE truck rolled in this morning to Crystal Lake Fire Station 1.

Bernotas Symphonic Band

This video highlights the 2009 Bernotas Symphonic Band:

The symphonic band & jazz band compete at Music in the Parks in St. Louis, MO.

White Sox game National Anthem audition/demo.

Chicago White Sox game May 22, 2009, events surrounding the National Anthem performance.

This video was part of the year-end band banquet, highlighting final band events leading up to Cynthia Zimmerman’s retirement.

Click here to see the Bernotas band perform the National Anthem at the White Sox game.

Three Oaks Recreation Area – Grand Opening

I attended the dedication ceremony of Crystal Lake’s new park Three Oaks Recreation Area. The 462 acre recreation area opened at 6:30AM on October 1, 2010.

After photographing the ceremony  I spent a few hours exploring and taking photos around the site.

Three Oaks Recreation Area Dedication Ceremony

Copyright © 2010 Ernie Hagenow, All Rights Reserved

City Council members join in unveiling the bronze dedication plaque.


Copyright © 2010 Ernie Hagenow, All Rights Reserved

On the west end of the Lake House is a nice zero-depth splashpark.

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Bernotas Band perform the National Anthem

The award winning Symphonic Band from Richard F Bernotas Middle School in Crystal Lake, IL perform the National Anthem at US. Cellular Field before the Chicago White Sox Game on May 22, 2009.

Band director Cynthia Zimmerman (a huge White Sox fan) was elated to direct the symphonic band at a Sox game. This was the last time after 29 years of service, the retiring band director would direct a performance of the symphonic band.

The Chicago White Sox Defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0.