It feels like mid-summer already! There are plenty of summertime activities to choose from in Racine County—live music, car shows and all around fun.
Music on the River. Head to Waterford's Village Hall Park Thursday, June 21, for River Rhythms, a free summer concert series. This week features the rockin' guitar work of the Greg Koch Trio. Food from the Cotton Exchange is available for purchase. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. For the concert schedule, visit www.waterford-wi.org
More music Downtown. Jazz artist Juli Wood is the featured performer at Music on the Monument from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Monument Square in Downtown Racine. Julie, a singer and saxophonist, has performed in the Milwaukee area for nearly 30 years. She'll be joined by Dan Trudell on organ and Dave Bayles on drums. This lunchtime concert is free. More information at: www.racinedowntown.com
Fairies?: Oh yes! Bet you didn't know that Fairy Day is in June. Borzynski's Farm and Floral Market, 11600 Washington Ave., is celebrating with Fairy Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. A fairy workshop, a fairy tea, a scavenger hunt and arts and crafts projects are planned for kids and adults alike. Advance reservations are needed. Call 262-886-2235 for details.
Chess anyone? A brand-new event, the Mayor's Chess Challenge, kicks off from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Monument Square. Anyone, from elementary school through college, is invited come and play or learn the game of chess. Prizes and ribbons will awarded to young players, who get the added benefit of focus and concentration. Yes, Mayor John Dickert plans to attend and play a game or two. The chess challenge is presented by GE Healthcare, Racine Unified School District, Racine Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department and Educators Credit Union. Visit: www.elchessacademics.com
Shish kebob and more. One of the best things about summer in Racine County is the variety of ethnic foods. The annual Armenian Picnic is 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Johnson Park, 6200 Northwestern Ave. Presented by St. Hagop Armenian Apostolic Church, the picnic features Armenian specialties like shish kebob, sarma (stuffed grape leaves), penelee (cheese puffs) and khurabia (butter cookies). There is also music, kids activities and a cash raffle.
A pair of car shows. Classic car and motorcycle enthusiasts have two choices on Sunday. The Wind Lake Lions Club present a car show, arts and crafts fair and chicken barbecue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Meyer Park in Wind Lake. It's $10 to enter a car and free to come and see them. A car and motorcycle show runs from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Eagles Club, corner of Main and Hamilton streets in Racine. Food and beverages will be available. The vehicle display fee is $10; free for spectators.
Get out and celebrate summer! The Real Racine website (www.realracine.com) includes a calendar of events. You’re also invited to like us on Facebook by clicking HERE or follow us on Twitter by clicking HERE.