Sugar Maple Festival outside Marengo, vintage shopping – Shaw Local

1. One Girls night out for a cause Thursday evening will benefit the Crystal Lake-based Aged Care Volunteer Network.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the event, which will include hot and cold appetizers, dessert, cash bar, door prizes, vendor purchases, wine raffle, and a traveling House of Betty Jane fashion show .

It will run until 9 p.m. at Hickory Hall, 406 W. Woodstock St. in Crystal Lake.

Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at

2. The sugar maple festival at Coral Woods Conservation Area begins this Saturday, continuing through Monday, then again next weekend.

This long-standing event offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of maple syrup production and the evolution of the sap collection process. Tours last about an hour and involve a half-mile hike through a potentially snow-covered wooded trail.

Wisconsin and Vermont maple syrup, maple candy, maple syrup straws and fresh maple cookies from Kay and Jo’s Bakery in Marengo will be available for purchase at the sale. For those looking to tap their own maple, get a spile with instructions on how to make syrup.

The festival takes place at Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset Drive in Marengo. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and pets are not permitted.

To register for a free slot, go to Registration is mandatory.

3. Businesses from across McHenry County and beyond will participate in the Vintage Hop Shopa self-guided road trip of vintage shopping and boutique.

More than 400 antique and vintage stores, as well as women’s boutiques and home decor stores in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin will be offering a variety of promotions – such as discounts, demos, on-site performers, raffles, treats, wine tastings, entertainment, punch cards or parking lot sales – as part of the weekend-long event.

Participating McHenry County businesses are located in Cary, Crystal Lake, Harvard, Hebron, Marengo, McHenry, Richmond, Spring Grove, Union, Woodstock. A full map is available at

For more information, visit

4. Scorched Earth Brewing is launching a special beer, Fierce Female IPA, which was brewed in honor of International Women’s Day and to raise money for local non-profit girls on the run in northwest Illinois.

To celebrate, Scorched Earth will host a launch party from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at its faucet room, 203 Berg Street in Algonquin. The event will feature live music from Lara Bell and food from the women’s restaurant Fork N Fry.

Attendees can purchase a ticket that includes a beer, food tasting, donation to Girls on the Run, and entry into a raffle to win a bundle of prizes. Girls on the Run will receive 10% of all profits from Fierce Female sales.

To purchase a ticket for the release party, go to

5. The Richmond-Spring Grove Area Rotary Club will host a spaghetti dinner in car Wednesday to raise money for the Richmond-Spring Grove Food Pantry.

It will take place on Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Richardson Adventure Farm, 909 English Prairie Road, outside Spring Grove.

Tickets are $14 and include spaghetti, bread, salad, and dessert.

To order a meal and set a pick-up time, go to

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