Column: Celebrating the last days of summer

• Originally published in the Kane County Chronicle on Sept. 7, 2010

Labor Day weekend is the most bittersweet of weekends.

It’s a time for family, food, festivals and fun – all generally accepted as good things in life. (Depending on the family, of course.)

But it’s also the ultimate reminder that the most evil of seasons is drawing nigh – icy road season.

Most of us tried not to think of that, though, as we enjoyed ourselves at the various last flings of summer throughout the area.

Photo stringer Wendy Kemp was at the Maple Park Fun Fest on Saturday.

Reporter Jonathan Bilyk was at the Sheriff’s Charity Car Show in Elburn on Saturday.

Reporter Ashley Rhodebeck was at Batavia MainStreet’s Downtown Batavia Block Party on Sunday.

And I was at the Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival in Geneva on Monday.

And everywhere we went this weekend, people were outside enjoying the last unofficial weekend of summer. (We still have a few weeks left of summer, but they don’t really count. When most of the pools close, summer ends. That’s just the way it is.)

In today’s edition of the Kane County Chronicle, we have photos and stories from these various events.

But even though we were out covering these events, we also welcome any photos or thoughts you would like to send us of the events – either for our Neighbors section or for our reader submissions gallery. We love to showcase reader photos in both these places.

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For those of you with smart phones and other similar digital devices, I’d like to encourage you to visit our new mobile site at, a great way to view our website with your phone.

You can drop us a line on what you think of it at

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Finally, this will be the third week of our new weekly football prep show we’re collaborating on with BATV. Sports editor Jay Schwab and sports reporter Kevin Druley catch up on what happened the week before in one show and preview the upcoming games in the next show. Be sure to watch for the videos on Thursday at

Joe Grace is the editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at or call him at 630-845-5368.


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