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September

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

With its colorful, vintage buildings and structures casting an ideal backdrop, historic downtown Long Grove proudly presented another year of its famous Irish Days festival to kick off September!  All eyes were smiling over Labor Day weekend once again for the 3-day family-friendly celebration of Irish culture, music, merchants, food and of course, beer.  Visitors strolled  the town’s brand new walkways and enjoyed bagpipers, folk bands, and Irish dancers and contests.

This one-of-a-kind St. Patrick’s Day on Labor Day experience took place in the heart of town, Fountain Square, and included some of Chicago’s top Irish musicians and dance troupes, such as: The Tooles, Beamish, The Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band, Trinity Irish Dancers, Academy of Irish Music, and many more.  Thousands turned out to take in the sights and sounds at Irish Days.  Those who attended were even privy to the infamous Irish Dog Competition, where pooches who dressed the part were crowned Irish Doggie King, Queen, Prince and Princess, and the Best-Looking Men’s Legs in a Kilt contest – always a crowd favorite!

Irish food vendors like Celtic Pretzel and Harrington’s Catering and Deli were on hand to fuel visitors with hand-made pretzels, hot corned beef sandwiches, fish and chips, and other traditional foods.  Additionally, there was an area selling freshly tapped Irish-themed beers and non-alcoholic drinks to quench thirsts young or old.  While the “Wee Ones” area hosted Irish-themed crafts and face-painting for kids, the Gaelic Tent promoted awareness of the Irish language and genealogy.

 

 

August

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

While its storied past still radiates, downtown Long Grove’s promising future is now just as evident as the town-wide restoration plan continues.  New roads, sidewalks, and lighted streetscapes are paving the way for a new generation of businesses while rejuvenating beloved mainstays.  Long Grove’s mission of bridging yesterday’s timeless charms with today’s modern conveniences were well represented at the 2019 Vintage Days market.

For the 4th consecutive year, Long Grove Vintage Days showcased all things vintage, reclaimed, hand-made, upcycled, antique and repurposed in an open-air summer marketplace this August.  As always, Vintage Days gave everyone from the vintage collector to the admirer a plethora of enduring products they can’t find anywhere else. This year’s event was showcased along the newly renovated Old McHenry Road in the heart of downtown – giving record breaking crowds a feel for the new digs.

Guests perused 40-plus featured booths that began at Olivia’s Boutique and continued through downtown past the Visitor’s Center.  Attendees also had their choice of vendors serving food, snacks and tasty beverages including local craft beer served by the Long Grove Lion’s Club. Helping set the retro vibe at Vintage Days 2019 throughout the weekend was live music, a penny carnival, complimentary tractor rides and great shopping!

Irish Days 2019 was great!

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