At the Curb: New Literary Magazine based in Waukegan!

At The Curb

What’s new and exciting in Waukegan you ask?  At the Curb, the new quarterly literary magazine.

At the Curb is just getting off the ground and is currently accepting submissions for the first and second issues. Submissions of poetry, short stories, non-fiction observations and black & white art sketches are all welcome. According to Editor, Bill Paterson, “The first few issues will focus on Waukegan. We desire pieces that reveal this city of ours. Whether you walk, bike or just ramble through this most unique city, we know it can inspire your itchy, typing fingers. And, we want to read what you see and feel. Join us as we put together something that is: ‘graced with guts and gutted with grace‘ which is from “let’s start a magazine” by e.e. cummings.”

All submissions will be subject to editorial changes. Submission information is:

  • Poetry submissions: please limit poetry submissions to three poems of two or less pages.
  • Short Story submissions: Limit stories to 2000 words or less. Two story submissions per author.
  • Non-fiction piece (observations): Limit pieces to 2000 words or less. Two non-fiction submissions per author.
  • All written submissions must be typed in Microsoft Word or Notepad and sent via email to:  atthecurbmag@gmail.com. Author’s name and contact info must accompany each submission.

At this time, At the Curb will not be able to pay for published work.  However, creators of published works will receive invitations to gatherings hosted at various venues in Waukegan and several copies of At The Curb.

HolidayWauk a Hit!

Despite the cold weather this Saturday, HolidayWauk was a hit.  In fact, one of the biggest draws was the s’mores-making at Jack Benny Plaza – yes, outside!

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We had plenty of indoor activities, too, from making your own antlers to writing holiday cards to veterans to making frames and ornaments.

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And, if all those things didn’t get you in the holiday spirit, Waukegan High School’s Tri-M Honor Choir caroled throughout the Main Street District, City Clerk Artis Yancey read holiday stories on the stage of the Genesee Theatre and Mayor Wayne Motley lit the tree to much applause!  Click here to see the tree come alive with lights.

Much thanks goes to our hardy volunteers who help decorate storefronts, staffed craft tables and stoked fires to keep the holiday atmosphere alive.  And thanks, too, to Waukegan Main Street’s Juan L. Garcia for documenting the day in pictures – including those seen here – and video, all readily available on our Facebook page.

For more information about the event, check out these articles featured in the Lake County News-Sun.
~Jane Ferry
Executive Director

HolidayWauk Schedule of Events

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Our Waukegan Main Street elves and the downtown business have been working hard to put together a great day of activities, entertainment, shopping, and dining for HolidayWauk.  Whether you say, ‘Buon Natale’, ‘mele Kalikimaka’, ‘feliz Navidad’, or ‘Merry Christmas’ we know you’ll have a great time!  Here’s the list of events, in general time slots:

FREE PARKING in all city-owned street parking spots and parking lots all day (except the parking structure at County and Clayton).

Everything is free, unless otherwise noted.

Activities

10AM – 4:30PM – Check-in/Information Booth at Urban Edge
10AM – 4PM – Decorate cookies with Nettie. Bring a non-perishable food item. Nele’s Art Gallery
11AM – Create holiday ornaments with Patrick, Tufo Galerie
11am – 5PM Holiday Coloring Contest. Bags containing a holiday coloring sheet, a set of crayons and a coupon. Return completed sheets for judging according to age category for cash prizes. Your This And That Shop
11AM – 4PM – Holiday Cards for Veterans. Create cards for veterans at Lovell Medical Center, State Rep. Rita Mayfield’s office
Noon – 4PM – Pre-Kwanzaa Demonstration, Crafts and Marketplace, with crafts for children. College of Lake County
Noon – 3:30PM – Snowman frame and snow measuring tool projects, sponsored by the Waukegan Park District. Lake Surf Designs
Noon – 4:30PM Make a paper Christmas chain, button wreath or ornament. Starlight Room (upstairs) at 17 North
Noon – 6PM Holiday Pet Photos, sponsored by WAGS. Participation fee required. Karcher ArtSpace
Noon – 6PM Karcher Kinder Fest, child-friendly creative craft workshop. Karcher ArtSpace
Noon – 6PM Create your own wrapping paper. Dandelion Gallery
1 – 2PM Caroling led by Waukegan High School Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter. Your This And That Shop
1 – 4PM – Free cupcakes and affordable art at Backroom Gallery
1:30 – 4PM – Pictures with Santa, for children of all ages, hot chocolate and crafts for kids. Genesee Theatre
3 – 6PM – Adoption Dog Petting Zoo at Clockwise Theatre
4:15 – 4:45PM – Holiday Story Time with free cookies. Genesee Theatre
5PM – Holiday Tree Lighting, featuring Mayor Wayne Motley. Jack Benny Plaza at the corner of Clayton and Genesee

Shopping
8AM – Ace Hardware has seasonal sales to set your spirits soaring.
10AM – Horsefeathers is holding its winter sale with 20% off full-priced merchandise and special offers on body jewelry.
11AM – Your This And That Shop offers unique gifts for the holidays. Free light beverages to keep warm.
11AM –Tufo Galerie has original art and prints for sale.
Noon – The Gift Cellar celebrates its ninth anniversary with seasonal sales, hot soups and ciders and much more.
Noon – Federal Supply, 116 Washington St., offers seasonal snacks and sales. Check their Facebook page for a 10% off coupon!
Noon – Dandelion Gallery will be open for shopping with plenty of unique gift ideas.
Noon – 6PM Karcher ArtSpace Lofts presents area artisans demonstrating their talents; wares for sale.
Noon – Big Ed’s, 30 N. Genesee St., will host a Scentsy rep.
Noon –6PM Waukegan Arts District will be selling Saturday Summer Concert Series tickets and taking orders for Waukegan calendars, Water Street Gallery

Dining Specials
10:30AM Big Ed’s is offering a special on their famous pulled pork sandwich.
11AM – Fong’s is offering a HolidayWauk of 10% off your bill.

Entertainment
10AM – Three Bully Goats Gruff (live theatre) at Three Brothers Theatre. (Cost)
Noon – 1:30PM – Winter concert performances by Glen Flora Elementary School, Jack Benny Middle School and Abbott Middle School at Genesee Theatre
Noon – 4PM – Accordion-playing Santa Claus accompanied by equally talented elves at Family Piano
1:30 -5PM – Salvation Army Band, in front of the Genesee Theatre
1PM – Three Bully Goats Gruff (live theatre) at Three Brothers Theatre (Cost)
1:30PM – “The Santa Clause” (movie) at Waukegan Public Library
3PM – Readings of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Mason Absher every 15 minutes or so. Clockwise Theatre
4:15 – 4:45PM – Holiday Story Time and free cookies. Genesee Theatre
5PM – Holiday Tree Lighting, featuring Mayor Wayne Motley, at Jack Benny Plaza at the corner of Clayton and Genesee
7PM – “White Christmas” (movie) at Genesee Theatre (Cost)
7PM – Chris Greene Quartet at Big Ed’s Bar & Grill
8PM – “Side Effects May Include…” (live theatre) at Clockwise Theatre (Cost)

Make Memories to Cherish at Waukegan HolidayWauk

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WAUKEGAN, ILL. Nov. 25, 2013—Few memories endure like the ones you make while celebrating the year-end holidays with family and friends. You can make new memories to cherish while enjoying familiar traditions—or learning about traditions from other cultures—during HolidayWauk in historic downtown Waukegan on Saturday, Dec. 7. The event offers movie screenings, art activities and more for children and adults of all ages.

Highlights of the daylong event include photographs with Santa Claus on the stage of the Genesee Theatre, seasonal melodies from the Salvation Army Band and the lighting of the holiday tree in Jack Benny Plaza.  Free parking will be available on the streets and all surface lots.

Family-friendly activities begin at 10 a.m. and run through 5 p.m.

“HolidayWauk gets everyone into the spirit of the season. It’s fun to see the decorated storefronts and to take part in craft activities throughout the Main Street District,” said Jane Ferry, executive director of Waukegan Main Street.

“At this year’s HolidayWauk, we want to celebrate the true spirit of the season by encouraging visitors to ‘give back’ to those who are less fortunate. For example, you may donate new toys to Toys for Tots at Your This And That Shop, or non-perishable food items for local families at Nele’s ArtGallery. In addition, kids can stop by State Rep. Rita Mayfield’s office to make cards for veterans staying in the LovellMedicalCenter over the holidays.”

All HolidayWauk events are free, unless otherwise noted. Here’s the rundown so far:

  • Decorate cookies with Nettie Mojarro. If you’d like to participate, please donate a non-perishable food item. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Nele’s ArtGallery, 106 S. Genesee St.
  • Create holiday ornaments with Patrick Tufo. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tufo Galerie, 116b N. Genesee St.
  • Holiday Coloring Contest. Bags containing a holiday coloring sheet, a set of crayons and a coupon will be available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Return completed sheets for judging according to age category for cash prizes. Your This And That Shop, 114 N. Genesee St.
  • Performances by choirs from GlenFloraElementary School, JackBennyMiddle School and AbbottMiddle School. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St.
  • Pre-Kwanzaa Demonstration, Crafts and Marketplace, with vendors offering crafts and light refreshments. Free craft activities for children. Noon to 4 p.m., College of Lake County, 33 N. Genesee St.
  • Holiday Cards for Veterans. Children can create cards to send to veterans at LovellMedicalCenter in North Chicago. Noon to 4:30 p.m., State Rep. Rita Mayfield’s office, 120 S. Genesee St.
  • Free family art projects, sponsored by the Waukegan Park District. Noon to 4:00p.m.  Lake Surf Designs, 118 S. Genesee St.
  • Holiday Pet Photos, sponsored by W.A.G.S. Participation fee required. Noon to 6 p.m., Karcher ArtSpace, 405 Washington St.
  • Kinder Fest, featuring child-friendly activities such as making jewelry and baking cookies. Participation fee required. Noon to 6 p.m., Karcher ArtSpace, 405 Washington St.
  • Caroling led by Waukegan High School Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter. 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Your This And That Shop, 114 N. Genesee St. Hot chocolate, cider and coffee will be available.
  • Salvation Army Band. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., in front of the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St.
  • Screening of “The Santa Claus,” the 1994 Tim Allen comedy about an ordinary man who must take over Santa’s job when the jolly old elf is killed in an accident. 1:30 p.m., Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St.
  • Pictures with Santa, for children of all ages. Starts at 1:30 p.m., Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St.
  • Holiday Story Time, featuring readings by City Clerk Artis Yancey plus free cookies. 4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St.
  • Lighting of the holiday tree, featuring Mayor Wayne Motley and music by the Salvation Army Band. 5 p.m., JackBennyPlaza at the corner of Clayton and Genesee Streets.

Many downtown stores and galleries will offer seasonal sales and refreshments. Among them:

  • Horsefeathers, 129 N. Genesee St., is holding its winter sale with 20 percent off full-priced merchandise and special offers on body jewelry. The store opens at 10 a.m.
  • Your This And That Shop, 114 N. Genesee St., offers unique gifts for the holidays—and staff members are willing to haggle. Visitors can enjoy free light beverages to keep warm during HolidayWauk. The store opens at 11 a.m.
  • The Gift Cellar, 7 N. County St., celebrates its ninth anniversary with seasonal sales, hot soups and ciders to taste and much more, starting at noon.
  • Federal Supply, 116 Washington St., offers seasonal snacks and sales starting at noon.
  • Big Ed’s, 30 N. Genesee St., will host a Scentsy representative starting at noon.  Big Ed’s will also be offering a special on their famous pulled pork sandwich.

For more information, visit WaukeganMainStreet.org or call 847-623-6650.

Event Summary

What: HolidayWauk
Where: Downtown Waukegan, Genesee Street between Lake Street and Grand Avenue
When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About Waukegan Main Street

Waukegan Main Street is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to rebuilding and reinventing Waukegan’s historic downtown business district by partnering with residents, small-business owners, property owners, developers, the City of Waukegan and entities such as the Waukegan Park District, the Waukegan Port District and the Waukegan Public Library. With programs that help small businesses thrive and events that bring people of all ages downtown, Waukegan Main Street is a driving force in creating a more vibrant downtown.

Media Contacts: Jane Ferry, 847-623-6650, jane@waukeganmainstreet.org.

Pictures from last year available upon request.

RELATED LINKS
www.WaukeganMainStreet.org

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Chase Mission Main Street 2013 and our Downtown!

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Four downtown businesses are working toward a Chase Main Street Mission 2013 Grant to be awarded in January 2014 and they need your help!   The grant is worth $250,000 and you can vote for all of them to get them to the next round in the award process.

Here’s the link to vote: https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/search/businesses

Type 60085 in the Business Name or Zip box in the middle of the screen then vote. Voting requires authorization from a Facebook account.

The businesses going for the award in our Main Street District are:
Big Ed’s Bar & Grill – wants to grow so we can have more exceptional BBQ
Green Town Tavern – wishes to expand their offerings including pizza
Little Fort Media – wants to enhance their design and printing capabilities
Rhythm Academy of Dance – lost their lease and need to relocate

We’d love to see all four of the businesses in our Main Street District win so share the link with your friends! If you have questions about the Grant or the process, click here.

How would you like to own a piece of history?

This Friday, October 25th, is the eighth annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival sponsored by our award winning Waukegan Public Library and held at the beautifully renovated Genesee Theatre. If you are one of the first 100 people attending the Storytelling Festival, you will receive a copy of Fahrenheit 451 from Ray Bradbury’s estate!  Doors open at 6:30pm.

The Waukegan Public Library was named in Bradbury’s estate, offering members of the Library staff, including Director Richard Lee, a chance to travel to Bradbury’s home in Los Angeles. The end result? A 53-foot trailer loaded with Bradbury’s personal collection of books and manuscripts, one of Ray’s typewriters, posters from his home, a large portrait of Ray, bottles of Dandelion Wine, and a garage full of overstock Bradbury paperbacks.

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The Storytelling Festival features renown professional storytellers Megan Wells, Jim May and Jay O’Callahan performing stories from banned books, including Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury’s famous novel about a future with no books. A mock book burning will be held before the Storytelling Festival begins.

I haven’t missed a Bradbury Storytelling Festival yet and don’t intend to miss this one.  There’s nothing like sitting in a darken (possibly haunted) theatre, listening to scary stories to set the Halloween mood. Join me!

~Jane Ferry
Executive Director

ZombieWauk – A Success!

Despite the chill in the air and the intermittent rain, the ZombieWauk participants had a great time. Much thanks goes to Waukegan Arts District for all their effort! A big thank you goes to all the Waukegan Main Street volunteers who cleaned the street, decorated and were information ambassadors.

Katherine Hughes, protecting us all from zombies.
Volunteer Katherine Hughes, protecting us from zombies.

Read the whole story in the Lake County News-Sun and plan on being part of the fun next year.

~Jane Ferry
Executive Director

Weekend Entertainment from Z to A

We’ve got you covered for entertainment this weekend!  Saturday is full of fun and adventure as ZombieWauk runs from 1pm – 2am and our monthly ArtWauk goes from 5 – 9pm.  Let’s start with ZombieWauk.  Here’s the line up of things to do – and, thanks to the hard work by Waukegan Arts District, all activities and events are FREE unless otherwise noted.

ZombieWauk 2013 Schedule

ZombieWauk has been growing in popularity over the years.  This year, the third annual ZombieWauk, was rated #4 in the 5 Things to do in the Lake County News-Sun and #2 in the Daily Herald Weekend Watch, Things to do around Lake County!

Zombies aren’t your thing?  ArtWauk will keep you busy, too.  Here’s the ArtWauk Schedule.  Sunday the entertainment continues with a matinee of witty comedy “Carnegie Hill” at Clockwise Theatre located at 211 North Genesee Street, tickets are $20, and Jazz Wave at Three Brothers Theatre, 115 North Genesee Street, at 6pm for free.

Haven’t been to downtown Waukegan in awhile?  Make it your destination this weekend.

~Jane Ferry
Executive Director