Sunday, September 5, 2010
U-Pick Farms I was surprised and delighted to get a message from a friend who had just started her own raspberry U-Pick farm. She suggested we come up on Sunday, there was a pioneer festival in nearby Genoa, IL that she particularly enjoyed...with homemade pie! Since Monday was Sparky's first day at school, I thought this would be a great send-off to the summer, not to mention a nice distraction. So we piled another Mom and a buddy for Sparky into the car, and off we went.
The Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society on the last Sunday in August. Genoa, apparently, was about the mid-way point in the Chicago to Geneva stagecoach run, and the festival celebrates that time, with a large group of Civil War reenacters, along with various townsfolk, offering a peek back in time. After being totally misdirected to a park in the industrial side of town by my GPS, we happened upon the festival just off of Rt. 72 and Main St - read "happened upon" for "got stuck in the gaper's block caused by the stagecoach as it entered and drove on Rt. 72 for a short jaunt. Not a sight you see every day!
The festival is a lot of fun, very homespun: Sparky and his friend were first entertained by some girls from the local brownie troupe who were teaching kids to play historical games like marbles and jacks, and then became infatuated with the "corn shucking" machines. They each shucked about 10 ears of corn, and then had handmade corn bean bags made by the pioneer ladies at the treadle sewing machines. Behind them, they totally ignored the fascinating process of spinning rope, and the blacksmith making nails and horseshoes.
We then left the relative mayhem of the festival and drove a couple of miles west to Kingston, IL. UPberries is located just after the turn of a gravel road, just off of Kingston's Main St.
A highly, highly recommended way to end your summer.
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