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Fest-Tober-Fest
Sep
21
12:00 PM12:00

Fest-Tober-Fest

Join us on Saturday, September 21st, as we celebrate one of the globe's greatest beer festivals and a huge inspiration to our head brewer and ownership team here at Riverlands: Oktoberfest!

All day long, we'll be serving $4.00 pints of Scarecrows in Lederhosen, our version of the famous Bavarian lager. Without being overly sweet, this beer still highlights the Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich malts we used, giving it an enjoyable breadiness while keeping it crisp and clean.

Meanwhile, ACE: A Culinary Experience will be on site serving up traditional brats, apple brat patties with beer-braised mustard onions, potato pancakes, and more from 1pm - 8pm (or until they run out). And of course, we'll be playing all of your favorite traditional German music throughout the day.

No tickets needed, but dressing in your lederhosen or dirndl will win you a bonus prize! Just ask one of our bartenders for details when you arrive.

NOTE: While this is a family-friendly event, all children must remain seated with an adult for their safety and the comfort of our guests. Food truck schedule subject to change.

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Arts & Drafts - Ken Simonsen
Sep
19
5:00 PM17:00

Arts & Drafts - Ken Simonsen

For our September edition of Arts & Drafts, we welcome Ken Simonsen of Psymonsen Studios to the taproom for a brand new exhibit of his killer airbrush artwork. We'll have a gallery of Ken's eye-catching and mindbogglingly surreal works displayed along our walls, and Ken will be available to discuss his art while doodling away at the Artist's Table.

Speaking of doodling, we'll have our coasters available to sketch on, so bring your favorite drawing utensils. Feel free to buy, sell, and trade your creations with other artists. All ages and skill levels welcome! We'll pick our favorites and post them in our Arts & Drafts Facebook gallery.

Fire & Smoke BBQ Company will be serving up their mouth-watering BBQ starting around 5pm, so get in early for some bites before they're gone.

About the Artist:

"My name is Ken Simonsen and I’ve been airbrushing since 1988. I launched my official art career as the Art Director of Pool & Billiard Magazine, creating numerous cover and editorial illustrations in addition to magazine layout and design for several national publications.

Beginning in the mid-90s, I began freelancing as an illustrator/designer while mastering digital illustration via Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

In 2001, I returned to my airbrushing roots and opened a studio in Elgin, IL, painting everything from motorcycles and helmets to cars, trucks, guitars, and murals, and even the occasional airplane.

In 2012, I brought my airbrush skills to the canvas and started to show my work at local galleries.

My work has appeared in several publications, including “Airbrushing 101” and “The Airbrush Bible.” I am also a founding member of the non-for-profit “Oddball Art Labs,” devoted to expanding and promoting the arts in the greater Chicagoland area."

NOTE: While we are family friendly, all children must remain seated with an adult for their safety and the comfort of our guests. Food truck schedule subject to change.

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Pierogi Jo's Pop-Up
Aug
17
5:00 PM17:00

Pierogi Jo's Pop-Up

We don't know about you, but we already miss Pierogi Jo's little pillows of flavor. Luckily, they'll be back in the taproom serving up their tasty pierogis and more on Saturday, August 17. Load up a plate or two and settle in for an evening full of yum. Service starts at 5pm and goes until they run out.

NOTE: While we are family friendly, all children must remain seated with an adult for their safety and the comfort of our guests. Food truck schedule subject to change.

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Arts & Drafts - Gallery & Coaster Art Jam
Aug
15
5:00 PM17:00

Arts & Drafts - Gallery & Coaster Art Jam

Supporting local artists and creators is something we've always wanted to do at Riverlands. And thus, Arts & Drafts was born.

Each month, we'll feature a local Fox Valley artist with a gallery of their work and an opportunity to meet and discuss their pieces. In addition, we'll host local artisan pop-ups and a food truck to keep hunger at bay.

Artists of all skill levels are invited to join in with our coaster art jam as well. We'll have blank coasters at each table to doodle on, just bring your own drawing tools, whether they be colored pencils, pen and ink, Sharpies...you name it. We'll photograph them and share on our social channels as well. Spread the word and invite all your artsy friends.

August Details

- Food Truck: Stix and Noodles Filipino Style Home Cooking

- Featured Artisan: Pamela Marck

Pam Marck, wife and mother to three of our owners here at Riverlands, creates beautiful handmade jewelry in her spare time. We will be featuring a pop-up show of her work, available for purchase to take home with you.

- Featured Artist: Chris Palm

Chris is a lifelong resident of Elgin. He graduated in 1984 from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in illustration. His past freelance credits include FASA Corporation, World Book and Janus Theater.

For fourteen years he supplied the bulletin cover art on a weekly basis for First United Methodist Church in Elgin. He has exhibited work at both Side Street Studio Arts and Artspace.

His influences run the gamut from Albrecht Durer to Virgil Finlay to Robert Crumb to Chuck Jones cartoons. He has been happily married to his wife Cindy for 27 years and counting.

NOTE: While we are family friendly, all children must remain seated with an adult for their safety and the comfort of our guests. Food truck schedule subject to change.

Event cover art courtesy Chris Palm.

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Pop-Up Jewelry Shop
Jun
13
5:00 PM17:00

Pop-Up Jewelry Shop

During our Pints & Points Game Night, we'll be featuring a pop-up jewelry shop by our own Pam Marck. Bring cash and find a perfect, one-of-a-kind piece from her collection of hand-made jewelry items.

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