You read the dates in the headline correctly and I assure you that including Monday was not an error. This weekend is extended in observance of Memorial Day and I (for one) feel chipper. Can you believe it? Ladies & gents, boys & girls, young folks & old… Summer is finally here.
While there is plenty of excitement surrounding this weekend, I remind you that it is important to remember why we are taking this time away from school and work. At various points these next three days, I will be raising a glass (when I’m drinking) or my tongs (when I’m grilling) to the brave protectors who have laid down their lives for our country. Let’s honor our fallen heroes by enjoying our freedom with our neighbors this weekend.
Memorial Day Ceremony at Scoville Park
Monday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The Village will honor America’s service members with a ceremony at Scoville Park. Featured guests include the History Singers and Oak Park police officers, who will be offering a rifle salute. The ceremony will be held to remember those who died serving our country, honor veterans, and salute active military personnel.
River Forest Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 30, starting at 10 a.m.
Following the ceremony in Scoville Park, the annual River Forest Memorial Day Parade will be starting at the intersection of Division Street and Ashland Avenue. The parade will move south down Ashland Avenue and turn west down Lake Street before arriving at Keystone Park, where a post-parade ceremony will be held. Each year, hundreds of businesses and civic groups participate in the event, drawing thousands of onlookers from Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, and other surrounding communities.
5th Annual Uncork Illinois Wine Festival
Saturday, May 28, from 1-9 p.m.
The Uncork Illinois Wine Festival returns to Oak Park for its fifth year. The event that is sure to draw a large crowd of wine aficionados will be held on Marion Street between Lake Street and North Boulevard. Roughly 15 local wineries will provide patrons with the opportunity to sample over 150 different wines along with locally produced artisan foods. Three live music acts will perform throughout the day. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased with cash. Lastly, we will be volunteering at the water tent from noon to 3 p.m. so be sure to say hi!
Friday or Sunday Night Date Idea – Citrine Café
One of the Village’s newest eateries, Citrine Café, is a Mediterranean restaurant perfect for small plates and wine. Located at 100 S. Oak Park Avenue, Citrine is in a prime location to take a date on a walk around beautiful Oak Park following a meal. To view the menu or make a reservation, visit CitrineCafe.com.
Oak Park Farmers Market
Saturday, May 28, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Oak Park Farmers Market began its 41st annual year last week and they are hoping to replicate the success from opening weekend. Items for sale include locally grown produce, flowers, bedding plants, honey, cheese, frozen meat, bread, and doughnuts. Cash is the preferred method of payment but credit and debit are available depending on the vendor. The Farmers Market is located in the Pilgrim Congregational Church parking lot, 460 Lake Street.