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Damp weather doesn't dampen fun at Homewood's Giant Block Party

There were sprinkles of rain in the air off and on during the afternoon, but area families forged ahead, enjoying the music, food and activities during Homewood's annual Giant Block Party on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Photos by Marilyn Thomas (MT) and Eric Crump (EC) / H-F Chronicle.

100-plus vendors expected for Homewood’s Artisan Street Fair

The 2019 Homewood Artisan Street Fair is expanding its footprint and boasting more than 100 artists from around the Chicagoland area and the Midwest on June 7 and 8. 
 
The fair also features live music, a food court and food trucks and a maker-space tent packed with activities for all ages. Hours will be from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

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.
 

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