Ellwood Summer Festival

Sunday, August 6, 2017

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

On Sunday, August 6, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., families are invited to the historic Ellwood House Museum campus to enjoy a fun-filled day of art, music, history, and gardens at the Ellwood Summer Festival. The majority of outdoor activities will take place on the grounds of the Ellwood-Nehring House, the Tudor style home at the south end of the museum property near the intersection of First Street and Augusta Avenue.

From 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. 15 artists will exhibit and sell their work in a variety of media including prints, sculpture, pottery, photography, henna, and jewelry.

Kids can enjoy a variety of free programs throughout the day, including hands-on art activities presented by KVAL (Kishwaukee Valley Art League) from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. From 1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M., volunteers from Schnucks grocery store will be on-site to help kids hand-churn their own ice cream.

First-floor historic house tours will run every 45 minutes from 11:00 A.M. until 2:45 P.M. A ticket ($8 for adults and $3 for youth) includes a guided first-floor tour of the Ellwood Mansion and a self-guided first-floor tour of the Ellwood-Nehring House. All tours start inside the Visitor Center.

In the Visitor Center, The DeKalb Area Garden Club will present an exhibit titled “Gardening Feeds You, Body and Soul”. Members will present garden displays and offer a free craft activity for kids. A limited number of plant giveaways will be available on a first come, first served basis. Artwork by KVAL members will also be on display in the Visitor Center, and several KVAL artists will be painting in the gardens. A raffle table in the lobby of the Visitor Center will feature items including art work and live plants. Raffle tickets are 1 for $3 or 2 for $5.

At 2:30 P.M., the DeKalb Municipal Band will present its annual Ellwood House concert. The concert will be located on the lawn near the 1891 ‘Little House’ and feature vocalist Marybeth Kurnat. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the concert. Food will be for sale by Boy Scout Troop 33 from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

For more information visit the events page.

Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Ellwood House Museum
509 North First Street
DeKalb, Illinois 60115