Get Out: Flutopia, Farmers Market, Holiday Chorus

It's Thursday and you have no idea what you're going to do this weekend. Libertyville Patch is coming to the rescue.

We've got the best bets for your done-with-work-outta-here time. Check out our picks for the activities to hit and new places to explore this weekend.

  • Where/When: , 219 W. Maple Ave., Libertyville, 3 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 18).
  • Why Go: Flutopia, an award-winning flute choir, will perform their annual Christmas Concert. The full choir includes piccolo, C-flute, alto flute and bass flute. Directed by Laurel Ann Kaiser, Flutopia rehearses weekly and has performed throughout the suburbs. Kaiser is the Orchestra director at in Lake Forest and arranges music for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal groups. The free concert, A Festive Flutopia, will perform both sacred and secular carols from around the world. Flutopia has performed at the St. Mary of Vernon Dedication Ceremony in Vernon Hills, the 75th Anniversary Celebration at Santa Maria del Popolo in Mundelein and the Sherwood Conservatory Flute Festival Honors Recital. Performances have also been given at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Fremont, the Community Presbyterian Church of Mount Prospect and the Deerpath Inn in Lake Forest.
  • Pricing: free

  • Where/When: , 29700 N. Saint Marys Road, Libertyville, 7:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 16).
  • Why Go: The Green Oaks Holiday Chorus will present its 22nd annual Christmas concert. The chorus will perform seasonal choral selections, popular Christmas songs and carols. This concert has just the right dose of Christmas cheer to get you and your family infused with Christmas spirit. Donations to Lake County PADS are appreciated.
  • Pricing: free

  • Where/When: David Adler Music and Arts Center, 1700 N. Milwaukee Ave., open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday (Dec. 16) and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 17).
  • Why Go: The Adler Exhibition Series, featuring Chicago artist Robert Klunk, whose original works can be seen in the historic Adler Ballroom with items available for purchase through the Adler Center main office.
  • Pricing: free

The Nutcracker by the Civic Ballet of Chicago

  • Where/When: College of Lake County, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 17) and 3 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 18).
  • Why Go: Toys come to life and children believe in the magic of Christmas in this enchanting holiday ballet classic. Originally presented in the Arie Crown Theatre until 1997, this performance by the Civic Ballet of Chicago, recreates Ruth Page’s beloved original full-length staging of The Nutcracker, featuring choreography inspired by the experience of Delores Lipinski and the late Larry Long.
  • Pricing: Pricing for adults ranges from $22-$30; Seniors, Staff and Alumni, $22-$30; CLC Students/Teens, $15, Children under 12, $12.

  • Where/When: Center Street in downtown Grayslake, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays (Dec. 17).
  • Why Go: The market offers wine, fresh baked goods, appetizers, gourmet cheeses, organic meats, floral arrangements and even homemade candles in addition to local produce. A Farmers Market Cookbook, which provides local recipes and is an ideal gift for food lovers is also available for purchase.
  • Pricing: free.


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