Rock Falls sculptures stand tall as Sublette tastes the best of craft beer – Shaw Local

Labor Day weekend is coming and the forecast for Monday is bright with temperatures in the 80s.

Are we sure we want summer to end?

For many people, it’s a chance for that last big barbecue or lazy day spent at their favorite swimming hole.

But if you love the music, the majesty of the carving, a rugged hike, or just a chance to sample the local beers, then this week’s 5 things to do in Sauk Valley are for you.

1 Hit songwriters. The Six One Five Collective will perform Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Timber Lake Playhouse in Mount Carroll. The group’s four Grammy-nominated artists are steeped in the musical blend of Country, Americana, Folk and Pop. The show includes hit songs they’ve written for other artists: Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, George Strait, Lee Brice, Ingrid Andress, Marc Broussard and Sister Hazel. Tickets are $30.

2 Striking sculptures. The eight new sculptures in RB&W Park will be unveiled during the Art in the Park sculpture walk on Saturday at 5 p.m. along the Rock Falls River. These new sculptures can be found among the two permanent ones – “Nemesis” and “Apparition Smoosh”. However, the festivities begin at 2 p.m. Sculptors will be present to discuss their creations. Local artists will also be featured and selling their work. Food vendors are Rustic Oven Woodfire Pizza and Coaches Cookies. The Rock River Jazz Band led by Josh Duffee on drums will perform.

3 Quench that thirst. The Houblon et Harmonie beer tasting returns to Parc du Centenaire Sublette from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Some of Northern Illinois’ top brewers will be attending. Beer tasting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. is $30. The beer garden is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and costs $10. Live music by Irene Entropy and Kirkland.

4 The sun is setting over the square. The latest event for Music at the Square is a performance scheduled for Friday at 5:30 p.m. by Belle Rangers at John Dixon Park in Dixon.

5 Labor Day road trip. Things will be fairly quiet in the Sauk Valley on Monday. Why not plan a road trip? EnjoyIllinois, the state’s tourism arm, suggests the following “hidden gems” as getaways in northern Illinois. First of all, the water is good and there are plenty of hiking opportunities in the Le-Aqua-Na Lake recreation area in Lena. If biking is your thing, then Rock Island Trail State Park should be your destination. As for natural treasures, seek out the limestone caves at Mississippi Palisades State Park in Savanna.

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