Freeport offers music for the entire family

Bluegrass Festival June 10 at Oakdale Nature Preserve

As with good friends, good music can make a good day better or take the edges off a hectic day or week.

When you hear the word “music,” you probably don’t think Freeport, let alone Freeport Park District—unless you live, work or regularly visit the Freeport or Stephenson County area.

When it comes to music, Freeport’s got it going on—especially in the summer and most especially at Freeport’s parks.

Take Saturday, June 10. The Freeport Park District and area donors have co-sponsored the Fourth Annual Cranes Grove Bluegrass Festival with partial support from the Illinois Arts Council.

This year’s festival is hosted by Chris Vallillo ( and will be held rain or shine at Oakdale Nature Preserve from 1 to 7 p.m.

The Park District’s Jennifer Gomolka is excited about the program.

“It’s a great chance to sit back and relax, to breathe in some fresh air while listening to the lively sounds of the acoustic mandolins and fiddles that give bluegrass music its unique sound,” Gomolka said.

While listening to the foot-stompin’ sounds of bluegrass, you can converse with family and friends, dance, play games or meander through the folk artist booths on display. There’s also an activity area where kids can go to make their own fun.

Gomolka wants you to know you can buy a hot sandwich and fixings from VietNow to support local veterans.

General admission for the day is $6 for anyone older than 4, or save $2 when you buy tickets before 4 p.m., Friday, June 9. Group rates for 10 or more are also available by visiting the office or the Web site (, or by calling 235-6114, ext. 0.

Make plans to enjoy Freeport Park District’s other music concerts at Krape Park’s Band Shell as follows:

Praise in the Park Christian music series begins at 7 p.m., Friday, June 9, and runs every Friday through Aug.18;

Music Under the Stars concert band series begins at 7:30 p.m., Father’s Day, June 18, and runs through July 23; and

The Annual Freeport Chorale Society’s Concert July 30.

But it isn’t just the Freeport Park District that offers musical variety west of Rockford—there’s the Music on Chicago series in downtown Freeport the second Friday of June through September, and Ridott Corners’ Rock-a-Palooza.

From the June 7-13, 2006, issue

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