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Geneva's 70th Annual Swedish Days Festival is Here!

by The Rullo Team

For 70 years, the start of summer is marked by one of the most beloved community events in the Fox River Valley: the SWEDISH DAYS FESTIVAL!!! Head to beautiful Geneva from Tuesday, June 18th, through Sunday, June 23rd, for a full week of family fun!  There are Kids Events, Food Booths, a carnival and games, music performances, cultural activities, and SO MUCH MORE! Since we could never list everything happening in Geneva over the next six days, check out the Complete Schedule!

 

Live Entertainment!

Musicians, dancers, cultural performers, and more will be entertaining Swedish Fest goers all week long! You do not want to miss these incredible performances! Find live entertainment at the Central Stage (Third Street between James & Campbell Streets) and Courthouse Lawn (100 South Third Street).

Schedule

Wednesday, June 19th

1:00 pm | Cole Brandt | Courthouse Lawn

4:00 pm | Swedish American Children’s Choir | Central Stage

5:00 pm | Geneva Park District Youth Groups | Central Stage

6:30 pm | Geneva’s Got Talent Semi-Finals | Central Stage

Thursday, June 20th

1:00 pm | Kelsey & Owen | Courthouse Lawn

5:00 pm | Geneva’s Got Talent Finals | Central Stage

7:00 pm | Planet Groove | Central Stage

Friday, June 21st

5:00 pm | Dancing Queen | Central Stage

7:00 pm | Semple | Central Stage

Saturday, June 22nd

1:00 pm | Danny O’Brien | Courthouse Lawn

5:00 pm | Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band | Central Stage

7:00 pm | ARRA | Central Stage

 

Sweden Väst!

 At the heart of this festival is a celebration of our community's Swedish heritage. Explore a smorgasbord of traditions of Sweden on Saturday, June 22nd, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, June 23rd, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on the corner of South Fourth & State Streets. Find Konst (art), Nöje (entertainment), Mat (food), and Gåvor (gifts) for the whole family!

Schedule

Saturday, June 22nd

10:00 am | Maypole

10:15 am | Swedish American Children’s Choir

11:30 am | Kubb (Viking Lawn Game Demonstration)

12:00 pm | Swedish Days Stories

3:00 pm | Swedish Folk Music

4:00 pm | Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago

Sunday, June 23rd

11:00 am | Jaerv (Swedish Quintet)

12:00 pm | Chicago Spelmanslag (Folk Band)

Parade!

End the week of fun the 70th Annual Swedish Days Parade. The parade kicks off at 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 23rd, in downtown Geneva. Click HERE for the parade map so that you can find the best spot to see all the fun!

 

The Rullo Team cannot wait to see you all at the Swedish Days Festival 2019 in Geneva! This amazing community event is just one of many that take place throughout the year in the  FOX VALLEY! Follow us on FACEBOOK and check out our WEBSITE so you never miss out on the fun taking place in our cities!



Image Credit: City of Geneva

Spring Gardening Tips!

by The Rullo Team

The first day of summer is right around the corner! Add stunning curb appeal to your Fox River Valley home and create a peaceful space filled with fresh produce and beautiful flowers for your whole family to enjoy. Get your green thumb ready to follow these top tips for gardening success!

1. Map It Out

Start your garden off with a plan. Figure out the layout of your garden in terms of what plants look best near each other, the distance between each of them, where the sunlight hits, and more. The more you can plan out ahead of time, the better your garden will end up!

2. Begin Indoors

Get your plants started inside. All you need to do is fill containers with potting mix, moisten with water, and carefully add your seeds. Make sure to place in a warm spot of your home that receives 12 to 16 hours of daylight. Once your plants have gotten larger, you can transfer outdoors.

3. Prepare Your Soil

Make sure your soil is ready. Purchase a soil kit from your local home improvement store to learn its type and pH level. This information will help you determine what modifications your soil needs in order to grow the healthiest plants.

4. Start Planting ASAP

With our cold winters in the Fox River Valley, you want to make sure that you time out your planting properly so you start early enough to truly enjoy the plant throughout the warmer parts of the year.

5. Prune

Help stimulate plant growth and improve the look of your garden by pruning shrubs and trees. Just ensure that you are only pruning those plants that have bloomed on new growth from this year. If you prune plants that are still on last year's growth, you could cause irreparable damage to the plant.

6. Mulch

Save time in the future by adding several inches of mulch around your garden. Mulch moderates soil temperatures, saves water, reduce weeds, and wards of disease. When spreading out the mulch, be sure to water the soil before and after in order to keep the mulch a couple of inches away from your stems. Check out this Guide to Mulch Buying from the Chicago Tribune for more helpful information.

 


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Celebrate Your Dad in the Fox Cities!

by The Rullo Team

This Sunday, June 16th, is Father’s Day! Time to celebrate the dad in your life. No matter what your dad loves to do, there is something for everyone happening this weekend around the FOX RIVER VALLEY. Here are 7 fun ideas for you to show your dad how much you appreciate all that he does!

 

1) FATHER'S DAY BBQ. Treat your dad to a delicious BBQ on Father’s Day at Blackberry Farms in Aurora. After enjoying your lunch, explore the farm or participate in the fishing derby!

2) ST. CHARLES PADDLEWHEEL RIVERBOATS. Take in the beautiful Fox River aboard a Mark Twain era paddlewheel riverboat with your dad. This 50 minute tour will introduce you to the local history of our area. Embark this Sunday, June 16th, on the 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, or 5:00 pm cruises.

3) GOLF AT SETTLER'S HILL. Hit the links with dad at this favorite golf course in Batavia. This unique golf course nestled in a forest preserve showcases the natural beauty of our area. Enjoy quality time with dad outdoors as you work on your swing.

4) FISH ON THE FOX RIVER. Grab your fishing rods and your father and check out on of the many great fishing spots along the Fox River. Catch channel catfish and smallmouth bass as you and your dad enjoy the great outdoors.

5) SWIM AT SPLASH COUNTRY AND PHILLIPS PARK. Dad’s swim for free on Sunday at Splash Country Water Park and Phillips Park Aquatic Center when accompanied by one child. Beat the summer heat and have a day at the pool!

6) FATHER'S DAY BRUNCH AND DINNER. Take dad out for an upscale meal at Wildwood in Geneva (or his favorite spot in the Fox River Valley) on Father’s Day. Arrive between 10:00 am and 2:30 pm for an a la carte brunch featuring all of dad’s favorites. Or, come after 5:00 pm to enjoy dinner and check out the latest items on their menu.

7) ELGIN RIB FEST. Let dad indulge in some delicious ribs at the family friendly Elgin Rib Fest. Enjoy life music, carnival games, and delicious food all weekend, Friday through Sunday!    

 


A big thank you to the dads in our community for all that you do!


Stock Up At These Fox Valley Farmers Markets!

by The Rullo Team

This upcoming weekend marks the return of fantastic FARMERS MARKETS throughout the Fox Valley! You can find incredible local produce, from fruits and vegetables to meat and dairy to baked and handmade goods, in our local communities all weekend long during the summer! Stock up at these markets to put delicious, healthy food on your kitchen table and promote economic development in our area!

 

Wednesdays

Aurora Farmers Market - West

When: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: 2131 West Galena Boulevard in Aurora

 

Fridays

St. Charles Outdoor Farmers Market

When: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Baker Memorial United Methodist Church (307 Cedar Avenue, St. Charles)

Elgin Farmers Market

When: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: South Grove Avenue in Downtown Elgin

 

Saturdays

Batavia Farmers' Market

When: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: North River Street in Downtown Batavia

Aurora Farmers Market - Downtown

When: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: 65 Water Street in Downtown Aurora

Sugar Grove Farmers Market

When: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Village of Sugar Grove Municipal Center (10 Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove)

 

Sundays

Geneva French Market

When: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: South & 4th Street in Downtown Geneva

Oswego Country Market

When: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: North Main Street in Downtown Oswego

 



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Relocate To One Of The Fox Valley's Top School Districts!

by The Rullo Team


With the 2018-2019 school year recently completed, now is the perfect time to think about where you want your child to attend school next fall! The
Fox River Valley is home to some of the highest ranked school districts within the entire state! Set your child up for success with a quality education by relocating to one of the area's best districts!


 

There are so many excellent school districts in the Fox River Valley area to choose from!

Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 | Homes for Sale

Geneva Community Unit School District 304 | Homes for Sale

St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 | Homes for Sale

Batavia Public School District 101 | Homes for Sale

Oswego Community Unit School District 308 | Homes for Sale

 


When it comes to what schools within these districts are the best of the best, you will need to do a little schoolwork on your own! There are several factors to consider when determining the quality of schools. Look beyond test scores. Although this information is helpful, it does not always provide the best indicator of a school's quality. Explore websites such as GreatSchools.org, Niche.com, and U.S. News & World Report for great unbiased data and rankings of local schools. Check out each school's individual website to learn about awards or recognitions received. Do not be afraid to reach out to the schools to ask further questions and request a site visit. Seeing the school in person and meeting with the staff can help you determine whether the school would be the right fit for your child.

 

 

Once you find the perfect school for your children, work with an experienced realtor to find your dream home within the school's boundaries. Give The Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/ to get started today!

Our Hats Off To The Class Of 2019!

by The Rullo Team

Schools out for summer across the Fox River Valley! Before all students head off for summer vacation, it is time to celebrate all of their academic achievements....especially the Class of 2019! These students are our best and brightest and have helped to strengthen the communities that we live in. Show your support for these incredible young people at these upcoming high school graduation ceremonies!


St. Charles East High School

Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, June 2nd | 11:30 am

Northern Illinois University Convocation Center | 1525 West Lincoln Highway, DeKalb


St. Charles North High School

Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, June 2nd | 3:30 pm

Northern Illinois University Convocation Center | 1525 West Lincoln Highway, DeKalb



We would also like to wish the very best to those who recently graduated from Batavia High School, Geneva Community High School, and ALL the other high schools located throughout our area!



Congratulations to the Class of 2019 on all of your achievements! The Rullo Team wishes you GOOD LUCK on all of your future endeavors!  



The school districts located throughout the Fox River Valley are some of the top ranked districts in the entire state! They are dedicated to academic excellence and provide ample opportunities for extra curricular activities. If you are interested in living within one of these amazing school districts, check out our current Homes for Sale. Give our experienced team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

 

Fox Valley Memorial Day Events!

by The Rullo Team

Although Memorial Day weekend is filled with so much summertime fun, it is important that we remember the true reason for the long weekend. It is the time to Honor our nation's veterans and active military members! Spend some time this holoiday weekend to remember and give thanks for the sacrifices these brave soldiers have made in order to keep us safe and protect the freedoms that we as Americans hold so dear. Honor and celebrate the men and women of the United States armed forces by attending these fantastic Memorial Day events being held throughout the Fox Valley!

UMCG Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: United Methodist Church of Geneva (211 Hamilton Street, Geneva)

Cost: $7 per adult, $3 per child (ages 12 & under)

 

Elgin Memorial Day Programs

Date: Monday, May 27th

Times: 8:45 am | 9:15 am | 9:45 am | 11:00 am

Location: Mount Hope Cemetery (1001 Villa Street) | Lakewood Memorial Park (30W730 US 20) | Elgin Veterans Memorial Park (274 North Grove Avenue) | Bluff City Cemetery (945 Bluff City Boulevard)

*Click HERE for more information*

 

Batavia Memorial Day Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 10:00 am

Locations: Batavia VFW Overseas Post 1197 (645 South River Street)

 

Elburn Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 10:00 am

Locations: Parade - Downtown Elburn (Lions Park to Blackberry Township Cemetery) | Memorial Service - Blackberry Township Cemetery

 

Geneva Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Parade - Downtown Geneva (3rd Street to West Side Cemetery) | Cemetery Service - West Side Cemetery

 

St. Charles Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 10:00 am

Locations: Parade - Downtown St. Charles (6th & Main Streets to Riverwalk Freedom Shrine) | Memorial Service - Riverwalk Freedom Shrine

*Click HERE for more information*

 

Aurora Memorial Day Program & Parade

Date: Monday, May 27th

Time: 10:30 am

Location: Grand Marshall Meet & Greet - Art History Center (20 East Downer Place) | Program - GAR Memorial Hall (23 East Downer Place) | Parade - Downtown Aurora (Click HERE for route)

 



The Rullo Team extends the sincerest THANK YOU to all United States veterans. We wish everyone in the Fox River Valley a Happy & Safe Memorial Day!

 

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Defining 5 Important Closing Terms

by The Rullo Team

If you are in the market for a new Fox River Valley home, we know that the buying process can seem a bit complicated. This is especially true when there are words being used that you don't know how to define! Become a home Buying pro by knowing the definition of 5 important closing terms. Use these simple definitions as a starting off point to understanding the home buying process!

 

1) Down Payment – The down payment requires you to put money up front in order to secure a home loan. In general, mortgage lenders require 3% to 20% of the home value.

 

2) Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) – If you make a down payment that is less than 20% of the price of the home, you will likely have to pay for private mortgage insurance. This insurance protects your lender in case you end up in foreclosure.

 

3) Annual Percentage Rate (APR) – The APR covers all the finances and credit costs you will incur from taking out a loan. These costs include the interest rate, broker fees, points, and other credit charges.

 

4) Closing Costs – Buyers and sellers both pay closing costs based on the agreement reached during price negotiations. These costs includes application fees, property fees, attorney charges, settlement documents, title examination, and title insurance.


5) Loan Estimate (LE) – The LE includes every detail of your loan agreement terms, including the estimated closing costs.



Let us help you close on your very own dream home! Check out our current Homes for Sale . Give the Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/ today!

Budget For These Home Maintenance Tasks When You Buy!

by The Rullo Team


There are some costs that homeowners know the budget for when buying their
Fox River Valley home. These include down payment, closing costs, and moving expenses. But, what about home maintenance? Just because the home inspection came up squeaky clean doesn’t mean that you don’t need to make any repairs or changes to the home.

 

In fact, the first year of ownership tends to be the most expensive, as you fill the home with new furniture and appliances, add personal touches, and complete those repairs that you find are needed. It can be hard to know exactly how much you need for home maintenance as you put together your budget for buying a new home.

 

Here are some immediate home maintenance costs that you should set aside money for:

 

  1. New Locks - You have no way of knowing who has a key to your new home. Be sure to install new locks on every exterior door.

  2. Fire Extinguisher - For the safety of you and your family, your home should have at least one fire extinguisher. If there isn’t one left at the property, purchase one for your kitchen.

  3. Chimney Sweep - It may have been years since the fireplace and chimney in your new home were properly cleaned. Before using it, be sure to hire a professional to come in and clean everything out of it.

  4. HVAC Maintenance - While the HVAC system might seem to be running properly, you can’t be certain when the last time it was maintained professionally. Have someone come inspect it and make any necessary repairs as soon as you move in to avoid pricey repairs in the future.

  5. Trimming Trees - The trees outside were not part of your home inspection and some could cause issues in the future, especially if they are older. Be sure to have the trees trims to avoid any potential damage to your home.

 

While these are the key maintenance areas to focus on upon moving in, you should not stop budgeting for home maintenance. Be sure to always keep some savings aside for issues that may arise with your home. A general rule of thumb is to budget for 1% of your home’s purchase cost every year for emergencies and repairs. Note, if your home is more than 10 years old, you might want to budget for more.


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Celebrate Mom in the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

It's time to celebrate that most special woman in your life.....MOM! Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12th. Thank mom for all that she does at fantastic holiday events hosted throughout the Fox River Valley. Whether it is a delicious brunch at one of your favorite local restaurants, finding the perfect Mother's Day present at one of the unique stores in our areas, or taking her out for a fun evening of entertainment, you can find the perfect way to show your mother how much you appreciate her! Here are our recommendations for this Mother's Day in the beautiful Fox River Valley!

 

 

Mother’s Day Brunch

Atwater's Restaurant | 15 South River Lane, Geneva

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Cost: A la carte

Reservations: (630) 208-8920


Hotel Baker | 100 West Main Street, St. Charles

Time: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Cost: $55 per adult | $27 per child (ages 4-12) | FREE for children 3 & under

Reservations: (630) 584-2100


Pheasant Run Resort | 4050 East Main Street, St. Charles

Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Cost: $42.95 per adult | $19.95 per child (ages 5-12) | FREE for children under 5

Reservations: (630) 584-6300


Wildwood Restaurant | 477 South Third Street, Geneva

Time: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Cost: $50 per adult | $25 per child (ages 5-11) | FREE for children under 5

Reservations: (630) 377-8325


Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago Northwest - Elgin | 495 Airport Road, Elgin

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cost: $29.95 per adult | $15.95 per child (ages 6-11)

Reservations: (847) 488-9000


Niche Restaurant | 14 South Third Street, Geneva

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Cost: $48 per adult | $24 per child (ages 12 & under)

Reservations: (630) 262-1000


Francesca's By The River | 200 South Second Street, St. Charles

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cost: $42 per adult | $16 per child (ages 12 & under)

Reservations: (630) 587-8221


The Oscar Swan Country Inn | 1800 West State Street, Geneva

Time: 11:30 am OR 2:30 pm (2 seatings)

Cost: $49 per adult | $20 per child (ages 2-7) | FREE for children under 2

Reservations: (630) 232-0173


 

The Rullo Team wishes all the moms throughout the Fox River Valley a very happy Mother's Day!!!

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