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Spotlight on Arts: July & August

Jul 05, 2017 08:30AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

The River Rhapsody Concert Series continues in July and August

This summer, a cultural arts concert series emerged once again at the Batavia Riverwalk. During the months of July and August the series continues, featuring a variety of lively, eclectic musical acts showcasing a diverse range of tunes. Upcoming concert dates are July 5, 19 and 26 and Aug. 2. The River Rhapsody Concert Series is presented by the Batavia Park District and the Batavia Rotary Club. For more information and a lineup of musical acts, visit

Windmill City Festival entertains with live music

The Windmill City Festival runs from Fri., July 14–Sun., July 16. A variety of musical acts will perform throughout the three and a half days.

Main Stage Schedule

Fri., July 14

6–8pm, New Invaders

9–11pm, High Infidelity

Sat., July 15

3–5pm, DIVA

6–8pm, Fool House

9–11pm, 7th Heaven

Sun., July 16

1–1:45pm, Miss Jamie’s Farm

2–2:45pm, Istvan & His Imaginary Band

4–6pm, Hillbilly Rockstarz

Geneva Arts Fair features over 155 artisans

For 16 years, the juried Geneva Arts Fair has risen in attendance and notoriety. The fine arts show takes place July 22–23 from 10am–5pm on S. Third Street and showcases over 155 fine artisans from around the country in a host of mediums. This prestigious show includes free art activities for children of all ages. Thanks to the support of generous sponsors, visitors can enjoy stunning displays of artistry for free. Geneva merchants and restaurants will also be providing guests with sales, food and wine specials, creating two full days of sensory pleasure. For more information, call the Geneva Chamber of Commerce at 630-232-6060 or visit

Elgin Summer Theatre presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Elgin Summer Theatre (EST) presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee which will run at The Hemmens Cultural Center July 14–16 and July 21– 23.

This Tony-award winning musical has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor as it follows a group of eccentric adolescents in their quest for 1st prize in the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words, hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake.

Show times are 8pm July 14, 15, 21 and 22, with 3pm matinees on July 16 and 23. $15–$20 reserved seating. Tickets are available at The Hemmens Box Office, by phone at 847-931-5900 or by going to

Get the Led Out at RiverEdge Park August 25

Since 2015, Get the Led Out has been rocking audiences at RiverEdge Park, and this summer the boys are back on Fri., Aug. 25 at 6:30pm. The songs you know and love will be played to perfection and as you remember them, but don’t worry, these incredible rockers never repeat a show. Using six guys instead of four, Get the Led Out does something even Led Zeppelin couldn’t do: perform their songs live as they were heard on the studio albums. They are the only cover band out there that’s trying to “replicate those records,” lead singer Paul Sinclair said. Get your tickets now for a musical experience you’ll never forget.

Batavia Arts Council holds polo fundraiser

Bring the family and dress up for an afternoon of all things OZ and polo on July 16. Polo teams from around the country will be represented at the Sunday championship game that benefits the Batavia Arts Council and Shakespeare at the Centre.

Meet Dorothy, the Lion, the Tinman, Glinda and the Munchkins while you tailgate to the theme of the Emerald City. There will also be plenty of games and activities for little ones.

Festivities begin at 12pm at the Blackberry Polo Club (Bliss Rd., 1/2 mile south of Main St.). Visit for tickets, more information and to donate items for the auction table. All revenue from the fundraiser is shared between the Batavia Arts Council and Shakespeare at the Center.

Shakespeare at the Centre returns

Batavia’s own summer Shakespeare festival returns July 28–Aug. 6 with a production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. Performances are Fridays through Sundays at 7pm in the courtyard at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre.,

Enjoy downtown Batavia on Second Fridays

Engage with and enjoy downtown Batavia during Second Fridays, a night full of food, art, music, fun and so much more! On Second Fridays, businesses within the downtown area will offer nontraditional programming in their spaces on every second Friday of the month from 6–9pm to compliment the monthly art gallery opening at Water Street Studios. Whether it is a live performance, crafting demo, a book signing or one of the many other programs being presented around town, there is something for everyone at Second Fridays.

The next Second Friday in downtown Batavia will be held on July 14. Businesses will be hosting different interactive happenings including art displays, music, crafts, kid friendly activities and more.