46th Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival set for July 19-20

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Mark your calendar for the 46th annual Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival on July 19-20, when more than 80 Sheffield neighborhood gardens will open for your enjoyment. The wide array of urban gardens in our neighborhood has earned Sheffield the title,  “Garden District of Chicago.”  We encourage everyone to support the neighborhood and display their gardens this year, whether an entire plot or just the front, side, deck, or backyard. To include your garden, please fill out the participation form.  Download the application from our website at www.sheffieldgardenwalk.com

For more information, please contact  Garden Search Managers Laury Lewis at lbl1948@yahoo.com or  Jeannie Lawson at jeanniemlaw@att.net.  The deadline to submit gardens is June 15. Christy Webber Landscapes and Christy Webber Landscapes Farm and Garden Center have again agreed to sponsor the gardens this year.  In addition, there will be special informative garden tours of select gardens given by gardening experts.

The Sheffield Neighborhood Association has partnered with Special Events Management of Chicago to produce this year’s festival.  There will be many new events added to the festival.  The Lincoln Park Craft Beer Festival will be held in the St. Vincent DePaul Church parking lot on Saturday and Sunday afternoon from noon to 4 pm.  Admission will be $40, which includes fifteen 3-oz. tastings from over 75 varieties of craft beer.  Please visit www.chicagoevents.com for more information.

The lineup of food and beverages from local establishments will offer a diverse variety of choices to please everyone’s palette.  The restaurants will be announced in the July issue of this newsletter.  Of course, St. Vincent DePaul Church will offer its fine selection of turkey burgers (which sold out last year), hot dogs, hamburgers, brats, pretzels, and fresh lemonade.  Blue Moon Brewing will be our major sponsor and will provide Blue Moon and Coors Light.

The Kids’ Corner will be filled with family attractions as always:  pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a mini-ferris wheel, musical and theatrical performances.  Home Depot will provide hands-on activities and Lakeshore Sports and Fitness will demonstrate fun physical activities for kids.

The Sheffield neighborhood is a part of the Sheffield National Historic District, listed on the national registry.  Sheffield also includes four Chicago Landmark Districts and other landmark structures.  Polly Kelly, a long-time Sheffield resident and  business owner, and Garden Walk co-founder, will organize guided architectural tours.  These tours are very popular and fill up every year.  The tours will provide an appreciation of our neighborhood’s rich architectural and historical heritage.  If you would like to help Polly lead a tour, please contact her at 773-472-8380 or e-mail her at jpk2200@sbcglobal.net.  Polly will provide the training as well as a detailed script.  Additionally, the historic St. Vincent DePaul Church will provide guided tours on Saturday and Sunday of areas within the Church.

The musical entertainment will again be the highlight for musical festivals in Chicago this summer.  We have added a second stage on Sheffield, north of Belden, to provide continuous music entertainment.  We’ll have more entertainment highlights for you in the next issue of the SNN.  In the meantime, check our website at www.sheffieldgardenwalk.com or www.chicagoevents.com for updates.

Sponsorships and advertising are available.  As a sponsor, your business will benefit from appearing on the official Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival poster, in our ads seen throughout Chicago, and on the Garden Walk website.  For more sponsorship information, please contact Laura Wilke at lwilke@chicagoevents.com.   In addition, advertise in the Garden Walk guide book, which reaches neighborhood residents and thousands of attendees from beyond our boundaries.  Please contact out advertising manager, Rhonda Emrich at Rhonda.sna@att.net.

The suggested donation this year will be $7 from noon to 3 pm and $10 from 3 pm to closing on both days.  Gardens will be open from noon to 5:30 pm both days and Kids’ Corner will be open from noon to 5:30 pm both days.

The Sheffield Neighborhood Association is pleased to bring you another fine neighborhood event that funds the SNA and contributes significantly to neighborhood beautification, local parks, local schools, and many other neighborhood charities and service organizations.   Thank you for your support.

Laury Lewis is co-chairman of the Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival.