Ridott Corners’ Rock-a-Palooza June 15-18

Ballroom dancing, art shows, steam train, roller skating all part of summer fun in northwest Illinois

This weekend is Father’s Day weekend.

If you, your dad, family or friends like good food and great music, take Friday off, and head west after work Thursday for four days of well-deserved recreation and good times.

The owners of Ridott Corners believe having a good time is supposed to be fun, not expensive—that’s why a game of pool still only costs 50 cents, and their monster burgers are only $3.25!

But if you’re into music and like real rock ’n’ roll, then this weekend Ridott Corners’ Second Annual Rock-a-Palooza 2006 and hog roast should be on your “to do” list.

Rock-a-Palooza kicks off at 9 p.m., Thursday, June 15, with the DJ sounds of Timewarp Entertainment. Friday, June 16, Sugar Ghost will rock from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday, June 17, features 10 hours of live music with Renegade Rose’s mix of rock and country from 1 to 4 p.m.; The Hitmen’s rock ’n’ roll from 5 to 8 p.m.; and Jabher Box’s less traditional rock music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Rock-a-Palooza will conclude Sunday, June 18, with Radar playing 2-6 p.m.

Ridott Corners will have a big-top tent over the parking lot and plenty of parking available across Rock City Road courtesy of Stephenson County FS.

Also, Saturday, June 17, participate in an ABATE poker run. Ridott Corners and ABATE encourage responsible drinking; designated drivers receive free soda at Ridott Corners.

For added convenience and safety, consider staying in the area at one of Freeport’s hotels; while there, discover what northwest Illinois has to offer.

Other area attractions and events

At 6 p.m., Friday, June 16, enjoy Praise in the Park at Freeport’s premier Krape Park.

Saturday, June 17, enjoy ballroom dancing at the “The Stateline’s Largest Grown Folks Party II” from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Freeport Plaza Hotel (dressy casual to formal attire). Tickets are $10 per person and are available in advance and $15 per person at the door. A free buffet is included with the cost of the ticket.

This is a new monthly event for singles and couples 25 and older, and offers a chance to dress up for a night of romance and dancing sponsored by DBJ Productions ( www.dbjproductions.com).

And, if you discover you like ballroom dancing, lessons of Chicago Original Style Stepping are also available from DBJ Productions Mondays at the Freeport Plaza Hotel; or, you can dance in the stateline area weekly—these events rotate among Beloit, Rockford and the Quad City area.

Next month’s Grown Folks Party in Freeport will be July 22.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 17-18, attend an art show for free and, for $5 per adult and $3 per child younger than 12, ride a steam train at the Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad (one-half mile south of the Stephenson County Fairgrounds on Walnut and Lamm roads), courtesy of the Stephenson County Antique Engine Club.

Golf at one or all of the many area golf courses in Freeport, Lena and Orangeville.

Bowl at the Four Seasons or practice your golf swing indoors at Eilert’s T-box.

Go to the movies at Freeport’s Lindo Theater.

Roller skate at Skate Station on U.S. Hwy. 20 between Lena and Freeport.

Enjoy mini-golf, paddle boating, swimming, hiking or any one of the other attractions in one of Freeport’s parks.

Sunday, June 18, is the opening concert for Music Under the Stars at Freeport’s Krape Park.

So, if you like music and the outdoors, and are looking for something special to do this Father’s Day weekend, consider making tracks west to make some new Father’s Day memories.

From the June 14-20, 2006, issue

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