It is shaping up to be a busy weekend in Litchfield, with several events scheduled to take place including Live in Library Park, the About Boating Safely class and the Litchfield Pickers Market.
The weekend will kick off early on Thursday, June 6, with a return of Live in Library Park from 6 to 8 p.m. Each Thursday night throughout June and July, a free musical performance will take place at Library Park, located at 400 North State Street in Litchfield.
This Thursday, June 6, Butch Moore and Alan White will perform as an acoustic duet. Los Rancheros will have a food stand set up at this event.
On Saturday, June 8, the About Boating Safety class will return to Lake Lou Yaeger. The City of Litchfield’s Lake Lou Yaeger has partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to bring a second boating safety class to Litchfield. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lake Lou Yaeger’s Milnot Beach House, located at 4932 Beach House Trail.
The beginners safety course will cover topics including introduction to boating, boating law, boat safety equipment, safe boating, navigation, boating problems, trailers, storing and protecting boats. Following the course, participants will have the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in the State of Illinois and many other states.
This course satisfies Illinois' requirement for a boating safety education course, which is required for those born after Jan. 1, 1998, and is needed to legally operate a boat.
Participants will receive a card and a certificate after passing the exam at the end of the course.
The safety course is open to individuals of all skill levels and participants do not need to own a boat to take the seminar-based class. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch.
This program is suited for individuals of all ages, however students must be at least ten years old to participate. The registration fee is $25 per person. Pre-registration is required. To register contact lake superintendent Eric Lamb at 217-324-5832 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month's Pickers Market will be held on Sunday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The monthly Pickers Market is the largest outdoor vintage and antique market in the region. The market will be open every second Sunday of the month in June, July, August, September and October in downtown Litchfield at 400 North State Street.
In addition to miles of vendors, the Litchfield Pickers Market hosts live musical performances at the Library Park stage. At the upcoming Sunday, June 9, market the Matt Taul Trio will kick off the day with a performance from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Hunter Sharp will take the stage from noon to 3 p.m.
Attendees are encouraged to stop by the tourism information booth, located on State Street in front of the library building. Booth volunteers are able to provide information about Litchfield, answer questions about the market and will be selling Litchfield Pickers Market gear including 2019 commemorative T-shirts, hats and tote bags. Food booths will be located along State Street at each intersection. Food vendors and their locations are listed at the Tourism Information booth as well as on the Litchfield Pickers website.
The following roads will be closed from 4 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 and each following market: State Street from Union Ave./Route 16 to the south entrance of Brown Shoe Apartments, Ryder Street and Kirkham Street from Monroe Street to Madison Street, Edwards Street from Monroe Street to Jefferson Street and Jackson Street from Union Ave./Route 16 to Edwards Street. Any vehicles left in these areas during this time will be towed at the owner’s expense.
There is no cost to enter the market. There are multiple entry points and visitors may park around the perimeter, but are reminded to adhere to all applicable parking signs.
For more information follow Litchfield Pickers Market on Facebook, visit their website at visitlitchfield.com/events/litchfieldpickersmarket/ or call the Litchfield Tourism Office at 217-324-8147, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.