Things To Do This Weekend May 15-17

We’re back folks, with a new installment of things to do this weekend May 15-17.

As we continue to shelter-in-place to flatten the curve, we encourage you to keep exploring dreaming and make plans through our Lake County @Home page. Continue here to learn more.

So whether you’re a composer in your symphony, an iguana feasting on cricket legs, learning about the life and the rich and famous in the city of progress, creating a watercolor landscape or getting outside of the house on a Lake County trail, the land of lakes has the perfect schedule to unwind this weekend.

Don’t forget to treat yourself this weekend with curbside pickup, delivery or takeout from one (or more) Lake County eateries.

Here are your top things to do this weekend May 15-17.

Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” at Ravinia Festival on PBS

In 2018, Ravinia Festival did an ode to Leonard Bernstein centennial born day season. Many shows featured the musical mastermind’s work. Bernstein’s “Mass” is composed by renowned composer, lyricist “Godspell.” “Mass” is a musical that took multiple elements from the scripture and created a piece when there was much social unrest in the 1970s as individuals questioned religion and authority amid the Vietnam War. The 2018 performance was picked up by PBS in which the Chicago Tribune raved about how stellar this performance was. See it in all of its glory this weekend on WTTW, Channel 11. The legendary performance will be preceded by a virtual panel discussion live streaming on Ravinia’s Facebook page. The conference includes guest personalities, including Tony Award-winning PauloSzot, Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman, Chief Conductor of Curator Marin Alsop, Chicago CHildren’s Choir Director Josephine Lee, High School Marching Band Director Joshua Chodoroff and more. Don’t miss this show!

Friday, May 15; Virtual Panel Discussion 8:15, “Mass” Performance 9 p.m. Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on their Facebook Live and WTTW Channel 11.

Take A Hike, Bike or Run in Lake County

Lake County is all about the great outdoors.  With more than 30,000 acres of forest preserves to explore, it can be pretty hard to do it on foot. Hiking and biking in the land of lakes is a great way to explore more of our nature, and with so many miles of trails, you can forget that you’re just north of Chicago. The Des Plaines River Trail runs north and south while passing through several Lake County Forest Preserves like Van Patton Woods, Wadsworth Savanna, Sedge Meadow, Lake Carina, Independence Grove and Wilmot Woods (to name a few). To follow the CDC guidelines and safe social distancing, public buildings, restrooms, playgrounds and dog exercise areas are closed until further notice. The Lake County Forest Preserves will remain open from 6:30-sunset. Here’s where to hike and bike while practicing social distancing in Lake County and remember, keep it six feet apart.

Friday-Sunday; Dawn-Dusk. Multiple locations in Lake County.

Wildlife Discovery Center’s Facebook Live in Lake Forest

It may be a strange time for your youngsters, and now is an important time to remind them not to be so cold-blooded. The Wildlife Discovery Center has plenty of critters to keep your chitlins occupied, educated and wowed from the safety of your home. Lizards, snakes, sloths, eagles, bobcats and a slew of other mammals, fish and cold-blooded creatures on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays hosted by the facilities curator, Rob Carmichael. Your mini-mes will be mesmerized on their nature calls about where the wild things are.

Friday-Saturday, May 15-16; Beginning at 11:30 a.m. Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest’s Facebook Page.

Famous Visitors to Waukegan Facebook LIve at Waukegan History Museum

Many famous folks have graced the land of lakes. From honest Abe to Amelia Earhardt, to Ray Bradbury to Jack Benny, Lake County is a hub for renowned visitors and residents. Take your mind off of this “stay-at-home” order compliments of the Waukegan History Museum as the facility’s manager of cultural arts Ty Rohrer brings you on a journey to the City of Progress’s past. The Facebook Live event showcases historical images brought to you by the museum as mentioned earlier, Waukegan Historical Society and the Waukegan Park District.

Friday, May 15; noon-1 p.m. Waukegan History Museum’s Facebook page.

At Ease: Focus on Joy Virtual Art Class for Vets/Active Military at the Brushwood Center

“Red and yellow and pink and green. Purple and orange and blue. I can sing a rainbow,” the Dells. Brushwood Center Instructor Maureen Claffy is hosting painting workshops via Zoom for veterans, active service members and their families. This four-week series (which is in week two) is a way for these brave women and men to find peace and artistic expression through this crisis as we’re social distancing. Each class (running on Fridays through May 29) focuses on a positive attribute of the human spirit that is illustrated in the world of nature. This week’s theme is Washing Way the Past: Rain and the Power of Water. Expression and Release through Watercolor.

Friday, May 15; 2-3 p.m. Your Home from Brushwood Center at Ryerson Conservation Area.

For more things to do this weekend May 15-17, click here. Continue here to learn more about Lake County @Home.

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