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Local families get a jump on New Year celebrations at Homewood's Noon Year's Eve festivities

There was magic to delight the youngsters, and then at noon, the countdown and balloon drop to welcome the new year. 

The village of Homewood hosted its annual Noon Year's Eve event at the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District Auditorium on Monday, Dec. 31. 

Photos by Mary Compton/H-F Chronicle.

Residents share in holiday festivities at Flossmoor Winterfest

Winterfest in Flossmoor on Dec. 8 seemed to have something for everyone, with activities ranging from Christmas storytime with Mayor Paul Braun to the start of the season’s business scavenger hunt and a tour of local “gingerbread lady” Janet Gustafson’s homemade sugary wonderland.

Holiday Lights winter festival 'magical' despite cold temps

The reindeer were unable to attend, and the temperatures were at least 15 degrees colder than during last year's event, but Holiday Lights in Homewood on Friday night appeared to be a big success nevertheless. 

Homewood celebrates the season with two events, more art and artisans

Homewood's holiday celebration will offer a pair of opportunities for the community to come together and celebrate the season.

Holiday Lights festivities will run from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, and Miracle on Martin Avenue will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Santa parade, holiday hunt highlight Flossmoor Winterfest Dec. 8

Amid all that making lists and checking them twice, Santa is making an early holiday stop at Flossmoor’s annual Winterfest celebration on Dec. 8. The man in the red suit will be on hand for photos at Winterfest and will then lead a parade from the Flossmoor Public Library to Flossmoor Park for the village’s tree lighting ceremony.

Homewood Hobo Night will feature live music, s'mores and hobo stew

The Village of Homewood will  host its annual Hobo Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Homewood Rail Park, Chestnut Road and Park Avenue. 

First time entrant wins Homewood’s chili cook-off

Was it the voodoo that made Dan Taylor’s chili so delicious?
 
Whatever he mixed into the pot, his Voodoo Chili won him first place in the amateur section of Homewood’s annual chili cook-off, part of Fall Fest on Saturday, Sept. 29, in downtown Homewood. It was his first time entering the contest.

Fall Fairy wins the Homewood scarecrow contest

A Fall Fairy made of corn stalks by Jen Sesto of Art4Soul took first prize in the Homewood Beautification Committee’s annual scarecrow contest Saturday. 
 
Second place went to a pumpkin scarecrow designed by Ryan Niksic of The Art Corner. A wolf, made of real animal fur modeled after a wolf in the movie “A Never Ending Story,” won third place for Sharon Munoz of the dog training business Woof in Flossmoor.
 

Newcomer versus regulars in Homewood's annual Chili Cook-off

When the chili contestants face off on Saturday to see who's the best in Homewood's annual Chili Cook-off, there will be a new cook taking aim at the old pros. Homewood's Fall Fest runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. The cook-off contest judging starts at 2 p.m. and community tasting is around 3 p.m. on Martin Avenue in downtown Homewood.  

Fall Fest offers its Chili Cook-off and entertainment in Homewood

Homewood will celebrate the change of seasons with its annual Fall Fest and Chili Cook-off Saturday, Sept. 29. The party starts at 11 a.m. and continues through 10 p.m. with events, the chili tasting and serving, and outstanding musical entertainment. There also will be horse drawn wagon rides between 6 and 9 p.m., and the movie “Coco” will be shown at dusk.

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