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St. Charles IL Scarecrow Fest!

by The Rullo Team

Welcome to the St. Charles Scarecrow Fest! 

October 9 - 11, 2015

Friday & Saturday 10am - 9pm

Sunday 10am - 5pm

 

Only 2 Days til Scarecrow Fest!!! The St. Charles Scarecrow Fest is a tradition for thousands of families, not only from the Fox Valley, but from the entire Midwest. Come and join generations of visitors who flock to this festival every year! The award-winning Scarecrow Fest has brought heartwarming memories to both children and adults for over 25 years!

The Scarecrow Contest, which boasts 100+ hand-crafted scarecrows, is the heart and soul of the festival. Visitors view and vote for their favorite in each of five categories. There's plenty to do all weekend long – which is why so many choose to "make it a weekend" in our charming community. Enjoy live entertainment, a huge arts and crafts show, carnival, and petting zoo – those are just a few highlights! You can even make your own scarecrow to take home. Plus, enjoy plenty of delicious food. 

2015 Scarecrow Fest Signature Events

Scarecrow Contest Displays

Fri & Sat 10-9, Sun 10-5. ROCKET FIZZ ZONE (Main Street between 4th & 5th Streets) and JEWEL-OSCO ZONE (3rd Street bewteen State and Cedar). View and vote for your favorite Scarecrows! Ballots available at the ROCKET FIZZ ZONE Information Booth.

SodaPop Tour and Coca Cola Museum

Fri & Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4Sample over 80 unique and craft sodas, browse the General Store and see Cocoa-Cola nenorabilia at this festival on wheels in the MUNICIPAL CENTER ZONE.

Make Your Own Scarecrow

Fri 11-4, Sat & Sun 10-4. FIFTH THIRD BANK ZONE (3rd Street between Cedar and Main Streets).

Sat & Sun 10-4 MUNICIPAL CENTER ZONE.

 (east side of the Fox River, north of Main)

Stuff and dress your own unique handmade scarecrow to take home.

Autumn on the Fox Arts & Crafts Show

Fri & Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. Pottawatomie Park (just north of MUNICIPAL CENTER ZONE. along the Riverwalk)

Windy City Amusements Carnival

Thurs 6-10, Fri & Sat 12-10, Sun 11-6. 2nd and Cedar Streets. $25 unlimited ride armband special Thurs 6-10, Fri 12-4. Children less than 48" must be accompanied by an adult.

Photo Op Stations - Art by Joseph, The School of Art and Vintage Tractor Fri & Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5. FIFTH THIRD BANK ZONE. Fun photo opportunities for family, friends and social media.

Additional Activities by Zone

R - Rocket Fizz   J- Jewel-Osco - F - Fifth Third Bank - M - Municipal Center

Daily

M - Fest T-Shirts - Button Man Printing, 7 E. Main

M - Make Handbands with Jenny Rotundo of House of Hair

M - Petting Zoo

F - Picasso Coloring Tent

F - Donut Eating Contest sponsored by Windy Acres Farm, 12pm & 2pm. $1 to enter

And: Childrens Craft: St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main Fri & Sat 10am-5pm

Friday, October 9
J- Make your mark in Sidewalk Chalk 10-6pm

M - Balloon Artist 10-4pm

Saturday, October 10
J- St. Charles Gymnastics Performances 10, 11, 1, 2, 3pm

M - Balloon Artist & Stiltwalker Magician 12-3pm

F - Fest Mascots, Chuck & Char 11-3pm

Sunday, October 11
J- St. Charles Gymnastics Performances 11-1:30pm

M - Balloon Artist & Stiltwalker Magician 12-3pm

F - Fest Mascots, Chuck & Char 12-4pm

RIDE THE BIGGEST FERRIS WHEEL IN KANE COUNTY!

Carnival Days & Times

Thursday 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Saturday 12:00am - 10:00pm

Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm

The possibilities are endless. Best of all….admission, parking, trolleys and parking shuttles are all FREE! Come on out and experience why Scarecrow Fest is a four time winner of the "Top 100 Events in North America." For more information, go to: Scarecrow Festival
Just so you don't miss anything, we've included a printable map of the festival. Just Click Here: Scarecrow Festival Map 


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Fox Valley Fun Fall Activities This Weekend!

by The Rullo Team

Student Harvest Days
October 2, 2015 - October 2, 2015
Garfield Farm and Museum
3N016 Garfield Road
Campton Hills, IL 60175

9am-1:30pm.

Harvest Days at Garfield Farm will display the nearly complete restoration of the 1842 threshing barn. This past year, the 173 year old structure, which was barely recognizable, was transformed to its original glory.  The missing hewn beams have been replaced, there is now a solid wood floor, the doorways have been re-opened, and it is now on display for the public.

Volunteers will demonstrate the farm skills of the 1840s, stimulating the minds of the young and the old alike, with demonstrations on domestic manufacturing processes such as, spinning wool or rendering of tallow for making candles,  flailing and winnowing wheat, shocking and husking corn and much more. The oxen, sheep, turkeys, geese, pigs, and chickens all add an authenticity to the traditional farm experience.  

Limited to 600 students. $5 students; $4 adults. Reservations required. Call 630.584.8485.

Here Come The Mummies
October 2, 2015 - October 2, 2015
Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
630.962.7000   
8 p.m.

Here Come the Mummies is an exciting-upbeat funk band, consisting of various professional session musicians out of Nashville, Tennessee.  The entire band is completely wrapped in bandages like mummies! It is rumored that there are several Grammy awards among the band members, but no one knows for sure, as the identities of band members are kept "under wraps." Members are believed to be under contract to various record labels, hiding their identities so as to prevent contract disputes while performing.  An absolute must-see for this return Arcada engagement, guaranteed to be a truly memorable night!

 

 

 

 

The Cow Goes Moo and Scarecrows Too

September 12, 2015 - October 3, 2015

Primrose Farm

5N726 Crane Road

St. Charles, IL 60175

630.513.4370

Set among its 100+ acres of open agricultural space, historic farm demonstration plots and restored farm buildings offer an energizing environment where people of all ages can reconnect with some essential and long-lost arts and skills, such as learning how to milk a cow by hand, practicing the forceful art of blacksmithing, or performing other farm chores.  There are also activities for the little ones, ages 1+ can experience the sounds of the farm as parents and toddlers are introduced to farm animals and scarecrows, after there will be snacks and story time in the farm summer kitchen.  

Resident $5; Nonresident $7.50. Advance registration required at St. Charles Parks

ROWAMERICA Regatta
October 3, 2015 - October 3, 2015
Pottawatomie Park 
8 North Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
773.458.3571

Embark upon a majestic paddlewheel boat as you watch aspiring collegiate rowers race down the beautiful Fox River in St. Charles, IL among the fiery fall foliage. Visit Row St. Charles for more info. 

Meet the Artists/ A Gallery of Nature
October 3, 2015 - October 3, 2015
Wasco Nursery and Garden Center
41W781 Rt. 64
St. Charles, IL 60175
630.584.4424

The Nature Artists Guild of the Morton Arboretum Exhibit at A Gallery of Nature will be on display. Meet the artists at a reception on Saturday, October 3rd, 4pm-6pm. Exhibit on display 9-5pm Mon-Sat; 10-5pm Sun.

Scarecrow Making Class

October 4, 2015 - October 4, 2015
Heinz Brothers
2010 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
630.513.6200

1-2pm. For ages 5+. Great way to start off the fall season. All materials-clothes, straw and more supplied. Come join the fun without having to clean up the mess! $15 per child. Advance registration required with Saint Charles Park District.  Check out Hickory Knolls Discovery Center for more fall activities throughout the season.  


We'll be posting more fun Festivals & Events for the Holiday Season on our Facebook, Google + Page & Blog....so check back often! If you have something you'd like us to share, send us an email and we'll be happy to share your event with our community as well (as long as it's appropriate for everyone).

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of homeownership in the Fox Valley Area, please contact a Real Estate professional with the Rullo Team

When to see Fall Colors in Illinois!

by The Rullo Team

Every year, we all wonder, when will the fall colors be at their best?? According to Ron Wolford, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, “predicting peak fall color is very difficult. Normally colors peak in northern Illinois around mid-October, but a few years ago we didn’t get peak color until late October. So peak color varies from year to year. The best fall color occurs when we have bright, sunny days and cool nights with sufficient rainfall.”

Check out these websites to help in the search for the best fall color:

By U of I Extension, a comprehensive fall foliage website with fall color updates for states across the United States. Also listed are many major trees and shrubs with pictures of their fall color. How cool to watch the changing leaves on the webcams.

Take a virtual walk through the woods with this website, also from U of I Extension. Learn tips to make your walk safe and fun. Learn all about the wonders of nature!!

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area, please contact a Real Estate professional with the Rullo Team.

Best Pumpkin Patches in the Fox Valley!

by The Rullo Team

Autumn in the Fox Valley is the time of year when we fall in love with our community all over again; the cool sunny days, the crisp air, sweaters, the fiery changing of leaves, the amazing buzz of energy as the new season takes off and of course..... PUMPKINS. Below, we've made a list of the best Pumpkin Patches in the area to help get your fall activities off to the right start.

 

Windy Acres
Address: 37W446 Fabyan Parkway
Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: 630-232-6429
Fax: 630-232-6459
Website: Windy Acres
Email:
[email protected]

 


Kuipers Family Farm
Address: 1N318 Watson Road
Maple Park, IL 60151
Phone: 815-827-5200
Fax: 815-827-4100
Website:
Kuipers Family Farm

Norton's Produce
Address: 39 W 369 Illinois Highway 64

Saint Charles, IL 60175
Phone: 630-377-8118
Website: Norton's Produce
Email:
[email protected]
 

Sonny Acres Farm
Address: 29W310 North Avenue
West Chicago, IL 60185
Phone: 630-231-3859
Website:
Sonny Acres Farm
 

Abbey Farms
Address: 2855 Hart Road
Aurora IL, 60502
Phone: 630-966-7775
Website:
Abbey Farms

Now you know where to find your pumpkins, now lets talk about picking the perfect pumpkin.

HOW TO CHOOSE A PERFECT PUMPKIN FOR HALLOWEEN:

It's a piece of cake!...I mean pie!

First, determine the purpose of this pumpkin; party, decorating or eating? 

                                                                 CARVING & DECORATING YOUR PUMPKIN

Your goal here is aesthetics.  

  • Look for pumpkins that are visually appealing, evenly a deep orange, the shape is whatever appeals to you, pumpkins that are a little lopsided and un-even can make the coolest looking pumpkins, be creative! For instance, if it grew on its side and has a flat spot, you can either make that the back or use it as part of your design!
  • Make sure your Pumpkin is free from cuts, soft spots, bruises. The flesh should feel hard, and not give easily. You do not want to buy a rotting pumpkin!!!
  • Lastly, make sure the stem is attached.

Now, store it carefully, especially if you pick it from the vine yourself. Cure a fresh-picked pumpkin by keeping it in a dry place. Don't handle or disturb it. Curing toughens the rind, making it less prone to rot. Pumpkins will keep for months in a cool (50 F to 65F dry, low humidity environment; such as a cool, dry basement or porch. 

 

Tip: One of the best parts of carving a pumpkin is obviously the baking and eating of it's seeds. Save your seeds for a nice fall snack! Here is a simple pumpkin seed recipe from the Food Network!

                                                                             Picking a Pumpkin for Pie

You'll want a small, sweet type of pumpkin that has been developed for eating. These are smaller (typically about 8" to 10" diameter.) The meat is much less stringy and smoother than a decorative pumpkin. Pumpkins are rich in vitamin A and potassium. One-half cup of cooked pumpkin provides more than the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains only 81 calories. It's low in fat and sodium! ***Be sure to tell them that you intend to use it for a pumpkin pie, they will help you pick the right one. Again, look for firm, no soft spots, or signs of any rot. Here is a step-by-step guide to making fresh pumpkin pie from hand picked pumpkins.

 

 

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HAPPY AUTUMNAL EQUINOX!

by The Rullo Team

 

 

Fall began today, September 23, early this morning at 4:21 A.M. The word equinox means "equal night"; night and day are about the same length of time.  From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter than the nights (i.e., hours of daylight decline).

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Best School Districts In Illinois...See How The Fox Valley Ranks!

by The Rullo Team

I am so happy to live in the Fox Valley.  3 of our major areas school districts have made NICHE'S Top 100 Public School Districts in Illinois.  Best Public School Districts ranks 8,738 school districts based on dozens of key statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents. A high ranking indicates that the district contains great schools with exceptional teachers, sufficient resources, and a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experiences very highly.  

So, lets have a closer look at these 3 stellar school Districs:

Geneva Community Unit School District # 304 Ranked #12


St. Charles Community Unit School District # 303 Ranked #13

St. Charles Community Unit School District No. 303 is centered in St. Charles Township, Illinois. It has 13,464 students attending 17 schools in grades PK and K-12. According to state standards, 78% of students in this district are considered proficient in math and/or reading. The district has an annual budget of $183,840,000, spending an average of $13,446 per student. There have been 575 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

Batavia Unified School District #101 Ranked #35

Batavia Unified School District No. 101 is centered in Batavia Township, Illinois. It has 6,273 students attending 8 schools in grades PK and K-12. According to state standards, 77% of students in this district are considered proficient in math and/or reading. The district has an annual budget of $84,032,000, spending an average of $13,324 per student. There have been 303 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

Want to live in one of these impressive school districts?  Check out some of our featured homes below:

Must see quality built, immaculately maintained 5 bedroom, 4 ½ bath home on a lush 1.5 acre beautifully landscaped lot! 

6N731 Henricksen Road, St. Charles IL

$599,500


For More Information and Pictures Visit The Rullo Team

 

Quality built, exceptionally well kept, lovely 4 bedroom, 2 ½ bath home in a special in-town location

600 Gray Street, Geneva IL

$489,000

For More Information and Pictures Visit The Rullo Team

 

Total and beautifully updated vintage home, with all the original charm & character of yesteryear!

415 Main Street, Batavia IL

$425,000

For More Information and Pictures Visit The Rullo Team

Whether you are considering buying a home, selling a home or both, we know Fox Valley real estate inside and out. The Rullo Team wants to help you find your Fox Valley Dream Home!

Geneva IL 10 Fall Maintenance Projects for your Home

by The Rullo Team

1. Time to Stow the Mow...errr!

Two Words: Fuel Stabilizer.  If your mower sits for months at a time with gas in the tank, it will start to deteriorate and damage the internal parts of the engine.  You can protect the your mower from this with a $10 bottle of stabilizer.  This way you can keep gas and your mower in good condition over the winter.

Another mower tip is to cool and remove the spark plug the pour a capful of engine oil into the spark plug hole. Then pull the Starter cord a couple times to distribute the oil.  This will keep the pistons lubricated and ensures an easy start to spring. Lastly, turn the mower on its side and clean out the grass and junk from the mower deck.

2.  Hoses Out!

Remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets.  Leaving hoses attached can cause water to back up in the faucets and plumbing.  If this water freezes, it can expand and crack the pipes.  Do this early, so a sudden cold spell doesn't surprise you with unnecessary damage.

3. Give your sprinklers a Long Break...

Drain your irrigation systems.  Even deep buried systems can freeze, which again, leads to broken pipes and sprinkler heads.

Turn off the water to the main valve then shut off the automatic controller. Next open the drain valves to remove water from the system and remove any above ground sprinkler heads and shake the water out.  If you don't have valves, then you may need to hire a pro to blow the pipes with compressed air.  This is well worth it.  

4. Caulk your Cracks

Get a couple of tube of colored caulk to match your exterior. Go around your home and seal the cracks between the trip, window frames, door frames, pipes, basically anywhere you see a crack.  This is one of the simplest and most important jobs you can do to ensure you're not wasting energy this winter.

 

5. Get your head in the gutter 

clogged rain gutters can cause ice dams which often lead to expensive repairs.  After all the leaves have fallen, remove them from your gutters. Make sure your gutters aren't sagging; tighten gutter hangers and downspouts.  If you find any colored sand or grit it is most likely from your shingles.  If you find enough of this, it may be time to replace the roof.  

*Your downspouts should extend atleast 5 feet from your home to prevent foundation problems

6. Raise the Roof!

Look for warning signs of damage or any loose or missing shingles.  If shingles are missing, you should replace immediately.  Black algae stains are normal, but masses of moss could mean that your roof is decaying underneath.  If you do find moss, call a roofer for an evaluation. 

You'll also want to check your plumbing vent stack, which is usually lined with a rubber collar (called a boot) that may crack or loosen over time. They will definitely wear out before your roof does, so check it out annually.  

  

7. Drains

Look at the soil around your foundation and make sure it slopes away from your home atleast 6 vertical inches and ideally over ten feet away.  This way, you'll keep water from soaking the soil around the foundation, which often leads to cracks and leakage.   

8. Check your furnace

Schedule an appointment with a heating and cooling professional before winter.  These checks really should take place annually.  Make sure to check the filters.  This should take place every two months anyway.  If your HVAC includes a humidifier, make sure to replace this filter as well.

9. Prune plants

Late fall is the best time to prune your plants.  The goal is to keep limbs and branches 3 feet from your house, so moisture doesn't continually drip on your roof and home during the winter and to prevent damage from strong winds.  

10. Check your fireplace

This is an important safety check.  Grab a flashlight and take a peek inside.  Make sure the damper opens and closes properly.  Look into the flue to make sure it's free of birds, nests, branches and any other obstructions.  Check for missing or cracked bricks and if you find any damage, call a fireplace and chimney inspection service, which will cost anywhere from $79-$500.  Make sure your fireplace is free of creosote buildup.  It is a good idea to get a professional chimney sweep every two years.  

 

 More Winterizing Tips Below from 

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Pumpkin Patches in Illinois!

by The Rullo Team

St. Charles Downtown Phase III of the 1st Street Project Is Underway!

by The Rullo Team

PHASE III of the 1st Street Project is Underway!

New construction can sometimes be frustrating, but the new developments on first street will be well worth the inconvenience.  The latest developments are part of Phase III of the the 1st Street Project, which includes construction of three mixed use buildings and a two-level public parking deck.  Building 1 will be located on the northeast corner of Illinois and 1st street.  It will contain an upper level office space, street level retail space and private underground parking.  Building 1 and the public parking deck will be the first structures constructed on the site, so while it may be inconvenient for the winter, there will be even more parking in the future.  Not to mention new businesses added to our bustling downtown. Work should be completed by summer 2016.  Community and Economic Development Director Rita Tungare said "We will do our best to leave as much parking available as possible." They will continue to work with the community to make the construction process as convenient as possible.  After the fencing goes up, represented by the yellow line below, there will no longer be parking on the surface lot or some of the spots around the perimeter of construction, though spots may open intermittently, as safety allows. Check out the websites listed below for additional information & parking areas.

Check out the 1st Street Project Website for more information.

Look at the Downtown Parking Map for alternative parking spots.

The St. Charles downtown area is going to be looking better than ever in a short time. Putting up with a little construction traffic and re-routing will be a small price to pay for the beautiful developments that we will all enjoy when the construction is complete.  

If you'd like more information on the St. Charles area, or are interested in looking at homes available in the Fox Valley communities, please give us a call at 630-513-1771 or visit our website at www.therulloteam.com

Geneva IL Festival Of The Vine!

by The Rullo Team

Presented By: The Geneva Chamber Of Commerce

"Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy." -Benjamin Franklin

I shall drink no wine before it's time.  OK, it's time. -Groucho Marx

"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink, I feel shame! Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams.  If I didn't drink this wine, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered.  Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true, than to be selfish and worry about my liver." -Jack Handey 


September 11-13
Geneva's 2015 Festival Of The Vine promises to be a foodie and wino favorite.  The expansive aromas and variety of tastes at the flavor fare are all available to sample, but the true star of any Vine Festival is the Wine, and that's where Festival Of The Vine shines.  Attendees will learn about, sample and buy unique wines from around the world as they expand and educate their palates. Attendees can also find unique gifts at the Arts and Crafts Show.  This event is truly one of the greatest fall festivals and fun for the whole family.  So, come celebrate the old tradition of wine and enjoy one last hurrah before winter's hibernation.  


Wines In Attendance

Flavor Fare

Entertainment and Music Schedule

Special Events

Check out past Festivals Below

Festival of the Vine: Geneva, Illinois from Chamber on Vimeo.


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