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Posted On: June 7, 2022

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Local Ice Cream!

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Local Ice Cream!

The sun is out, the temperatures are up, and our ice cream cravings are at an all-time high! The 815 has some amazing local ice cream shops to satisfy your cravings. Check out this list and plan your own ice cream crawl with friends and family.A La Scoop Paleteria Tocumbo Michoacanita121 N State St ste a, Belvidere, IL 61008Benny's Dariette1402 Montague St, Rockford, IL 61102Dairy Depot5413 N 2nd St, Loves Park, IL 61111Dairyhaus113 E Main St, Rockton, IL 61072Dari Fair2813 Kilburn Ave, Rockford, IL 61101Dari Ripple105 S State St, Belvidere, IL 61008 Cattle & Cream105 Cherry St, Cherry Valley, IL 61016 Gelato Joe's5615 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108La Michoacana3840 Broadway ste e, Rockford, IL 61108La Michoacana Homemade Ice Cream609 Kishwaukee St, Rockford, IL 61104La Michoacana Mexican Creamery1714 E Riverside Blvd, Loves Park, IL 61111La Michoacana Tropical Oasis530 Blackhawk Blvd, South Beloit, IL 61080 Lesslys Ice Cream Shop1710 Rural St, Rockford, IL 61107 M&M Dari Ripple470 Blackhawk Blvd, South Beloit, IL 61080 Sam's Drive-In705 West Blackhawk Drive, Byron, IL 61010 Sips and Sprinkles221 W Locust St, Belvidere, IL 61008Sugarjones6336 E Riverside Blvd, Loves Park, IL 61111 The Mix151 Hawick St, Rockton, IL 61072 The Scoop101 S Benton St, Winnebago, IL 61088Zammuto's725 Kent St, Rockford, IL 61102

July 3, 2022

Weekend Roundup July 1 - 3

Weekend Roundup July 1 - 3

Happy 4th of July, Rockford! There are exciting events this weekend honoring the 30th anniversary of the Rockford Peaches for the whole family! A League of Their Own Night at the City Market, a celebrity softball game at Beyer Park, and the Coronado has all kinds of fun lined-up for this Rockford classic. Head to Pig Minds and rock out to Monark, or hit the speedway for a great lineup of races and fireworks on Sunday.FRIDAYRockford City Market - League of Their Own Night! -  It's the 30th anniversary of the movie "A League of Their Own", and we are delighted to help celebrate that at the Market this week! Meet us at the Market on Friday for all things Peaches – we’ll have vendors with peach themed, flavored, and inspired items! We’ll also have representatives with the International Women’s Baseball Center on site with a photo backdrop and Rockford Peaches items. We can't wait to see you there as we celebrate a piece of Rockford history.Starlight Theatre presents- Hello, Dolly!- This show bursts with humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and some of the greatest songs in musical theater history. The romantic and comic exploits of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, turn-of-the-century matchmaker and "woman who arranges things," are certain to thrill and entertain audiences again and again, especially when everything changes when she decides that the next match, she needs to make is for herself!SATURDAYMonark at Pig Minds Brewing Company - Monark is an original rock 'n roll band from Rockford, Illinois, starring Matthew Caleb (vocals, rhythm guitar), Mike Coulahan (bass), Tim Leaf (drums), Ron Rawhoof (vocals, lead guitar), and Helmuth Redschlag (keys and related fine sounds). Join us at Pig Minds Brewing to listen to Monark rock out!Celebrity Softball Game at Beyer Park and IWBC Meet & Greet at Beyer Park - Megan Cavanagh who played Marla 'What a Hitter' Hooch will join a local celebrity team as Manager as her team slugs it out with players on the opposing side from five local softball clubs. Mayor Tom McNamara throws out the first pitch to start a rambunctious, but friendly, game of softball before adoring fans of the movie. Play by Play Announcer Mike Peck, Sr. Director of Marketing & Content for the Rockford IceHogs, and Color Announcer Bob 'Mr. Baseball' Pressman will keep the audience laughing. The Rockford Peaches were expected to wear their makeup at all times, on and off the field. But don't worry. For this game you can come as you are. Heckle the players all you want -- but all in fun. Play ball!The Rockford Speedway Star Spangled 76 is happening here on Saturday night! This is a must see for their Independence Speed Weekend! Sunday night they will be featuring races and fireworks. Choose your night and enjoy with the whole family.On Saturday, July 2, the Coronado Performing Arts Center, will welcome guests for an exclusive sneak peek before the anticipated series debuts on Prime Video on Friday, August 12.Prime Video and the City of Rockford will team up to host a free advance screening of the upcoming Prime Video original series A League of Their Own. The screening is planned as the final event of a weekend celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic film of the same name, based on the beloved Rockford Peaches women’s professional baseball team.Find all the details for these events and more: https://rockfordbuzz.com/events

July 1, 2022

Cheers to the Churro!

Cheers to the Churro!

This is a food review I have been personally very excited about. As a fan of all things fried, tracking down the La Calle Food Truck has been on my list of things to do for quite some time. I only have one thing to say...Cheers to the Churro!Ok, I have more to say... these fried treats are worth the hunt for the truck. La Calle is dishing up traditional churros made fresh to order, served how YOU like it. The first step is to decide how many you want. Second, pick your filling: chocolate, vanilla, tres leche, or strawberry. Third, add some flair with cereals, sprinkles, or more. Prefer a plain churro? They do those too!We ordered chocolate and a tres leches. Deciding which to bite into first was tough, but I went with chocolate. The melted chocolate was a perfect pairing with the cinnamon sugar crunch of the churro, giving it all the campfire vibes. Next up, tres leches. The creamy, caramelly goodness was overflowing and is now a favorite snack of mine. Next time, I'm going to go wild and get it with sprinkles.Cheers to your next churro!

June 29, 2022

Celebrate Independence Day with the RSO!

Celebrate Independence Day with the RSO!

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) in conjunction with Rock Valley College’s Starlight Theatre will present the Star Spangled Spectacular July 3 at 8 PM. The concert will be conducted by the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Music Director Linc Smelser and will include a variety of patriotic favorites along with the always popular tribute to our community’s Veterans. Also included will be music from the movies Star Trek, Superman and Apollo 13. A highlight of this year’s concert will be Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait featuring State Representative Maurice West who will be narrating this moving work filled with American folk tunes interwoven with narrated passages from some of Abraham Lincoln’s greatest speeches. Food trucks will be available on-site beginning at 6 PM. Tickets are $30 and youth 12 and under $10. Lawn seats are also available for $5 each. Purchase tickets online at rockfordsymphony.com or call the RSO box office at 815-965-0049. The annual Star Spangled Spectacular in the beautiful Starlight Theatre is the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day!

June 26, 2022

Weekend Roundup June 24 - 26

Weekend Roundup June 24 - 26

The ’80s are back! Put on your neon, get your hair as big as possible and get ready for a night of creativity and splatter at Pottery Lounge. If you’re not in the mood to paint for yourself then check out Art’s Happening Downtown with 317 Art Collective for a day of art and a music festival or an art exhibit at Nicholas Conservatory. FRIDAYPottery Lounge 80’s Neon canvas Paint Night- Grab a friend or bring a date to our 80's themed Glow Paint Night! The canvas is blank, 11" x 14" canvas. If you want to pre-sketch your canvas, make sure to arrive 15 minutes early to do so.Be among the first to see DELICATE FORCES, the first US exhibition by Skunk Control, a group of engineers, scientists, and science educators from Australia at the Nicholas Conservatory. The exhibition features immersive artworks that bring a sense of the wonder of nature through pieces uniquely created through science. Colorful dichroic materials and subtle mechatronic movements create a kaleidoscope of colors that delight during daylight hours and illuminate in the evening when darkness descends.Angry Birds, Pokemon, Minecraft, and more! Head to the Discovery Center Museum on Friday, June 24 for Angry Birds, Pokémon, Minecraft, and more! Use everyday materials to examine the science and engineering behind your favorite games. Catapults, pinball, Tetris blocks, pixel drawing, Pokémon scavenger hunt, and more will make for a great gaming adventure!SATURDAYPig Minds Brewing Comedy Night is happening on Saturday, June 25th, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. The host Michael Palmenderi is a Rockford native. He's a regular with Fats Productions Presents and has performed all over the Midwest. Get ready for a show appealing to any demographic setting aside cultural differences and finding common ground through laughter.The goal of Art’s Happening Downtown festival is to bring the community together through art and music and to showcase and celebrate talent from our area and abroad. The Location of the festival is the entire 300 block of Market Street, between Madison and 1st, in downtown Rockford. The event will happen rain or shine.A tributary of the Rock River, Turtle Creek winds its way for over 30 miles from Turtle Lake near Delavan, Wisconsin to the Rock River in South Beloit, Illinois. Don't let the word "Creek" fool you! This scenic waterway offers great opportunities for paddling, tubing, fishing, and wildlife.Learn more at https://rockfordbuzz.com/events

June 24, 2022

ROCKFORD PEACHES COME HOME! JOIN PRIME VIDEO AND THE CITY OF ROCKFORD FOR A SPECIAL 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

ROCKFORD PEACHES COME HOME! JOIN PRIME VIDEO AND THE CITY OF ROCKFORD FOR A SPECIAL 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

Prime Video and the City of Rockford will team up to host a free advance screening of the upcoming Prime Video original series A League of Their Own. The screening is planned as the final event of a weekend celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic film of the same name, based on the beloved Rockford Peaches women’s professional baseball team. On Saturday, July 2, the Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford, will welcome guests for an exclusive sneak peek before the anticipated series debuts on Prime Video on Friday, August 12. “The Peaches are an important part of Rockford’s history, and we are honored that Prime Video has not only created a series based upon the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, but is also hosting the series debut right here in Rockford– weeks before it is available to the public,” says Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara. “I’m excited to watch as the launch of this series, as well as the creation of the International Women’s Baseball Center in Rockford, usher in a new era of AAGPBL fans.” From 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., guests are invited to a pre-screening street fair in front of the historic theater including free ballpark snacks, interactive baseball games like “Throw Like a Girl” Pitching, 1940’s music and cars, a special green carpet photo opportunity, and much more. After the street fair, guests with tickets will enter the historic Coronado Performing Arts Center for a special advance screening of the premiere episode of Prime Video’s A League of Their Own set to begin at 8:00 p.m.Tickets are free to the public and available to claim at: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/04005CD5EA413939. For more information on the weekend events, please visit @ALeagueOfTheirOwn30 and @GoRockford Facebook. ​About A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN on Prime VideoA League of Their Own evokes the joyful spirit of Penny Marshall's beloved classic, while widening the lens to tell the story of an entire generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball, both in and outside of the AAGPBL. The show follows Carson (Abbi Jacobson) and Max (Chanté Adams) and a new ensemble of sharp and hilarious characters as they carve their paths toward the field, along the way finding their teams and themselves.A League of Their Own is from Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television in association with Field Trip Productions. The series premieres on Prime Video on August 12, 2022.Follow A League of Their Own on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LeagueOnPrime, Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/leagueonprime/, and use #FindYourTeam to join the conversation! Find an Instagram Baseball Card AR filter here.

June 24, 2022

Roy Gayle Baseball/Softball 60th Anniversary Celebration

Roy Gayle Baseball/Softball 60th Anniversary Celebration

Drive 815: Encanto and Spider Man No Way Home

Drive 815: Encanto and Spider Man No Way Home

A Family Review of Tavern On Clark

A Family Review of Tavern On Clark

Sometimes we make these food reviews a family affair! So, we headed out to Tavern On Clark to enjoy their dog-friendly patio with Remi. We started with the calamari appetizer. Tavern On Clark offers a sweet chili and a marinara sauce, perfect for a house with divided tastes. The calamari is fried and served crisp with a large lemon wedge. The sauces are dished generously, so you do not have to worry about that awkward dip-to-snack ratio error. Our entree came with soup or salad, and of course, we chose the soup... on a 95-degree day, in the sun. We do this for you, Rockford. And because no one wants to read a food review about salad...We had to sample their house specialty, the baked french onion soup. Served in the piping hot bowl it was baked in, this broth-based soup is loaded with onions, bread, and melted cheese. Definitely worth the experience, even on a hot evening.The soup was followed by another Tavern on Clark specialty, the salmon oscar. A generous portion of salmon with crab, shrimp, and hollandaise sauce, served with asparagus and potatoes. This is a fun way to jazz up a few dishes at Tavern on Clark. Just ask to have it oscar style! The salmon was cooked well and the oscar style toppings were generously applied. As usual, some of us get a little too excited for dessert and take a bite before the work is done... resulting in a food review photo of cheesecake with a missing bite. We decided to add caramel to the cheesecake and we were not disappointed! There was plenty of caramel for every bite of dessert.Special shout out to our amazing server Gabbie! She faced the heat to make our dining experience wonderful and brought Remi some ice to munch on. The food and service were spectacular, and we hope you give them a try for your next dining experience!*Also a special shout out to the bravest bird in town who silently stared down a bird dog, within reach, for much of our meal.

June 22, 2022

Fred VanVleet (FVV) Fest 2022

Fred VanVleet (FVV) Fest 2022

TASTE ON MAIN

TASTE ON MAIN

Affordable Introduction to Fitness

Affordable Introduction to Fitness

Aaron McDaniel, like many of us, was bothered by the lack of positivity coming out of Rockford. Born and raised in Rockford, having graduated from East High School in 2013, Aaron had found his passion in personal training. Always active growing up, Aaron had played football for the E-rabs through high school. However, an injury in his sophomore year is what turned him on to athletic training, and later personal training. His injury wasn’t extreme, but it was painful. JJ, his athletic trainer amongst others, had helped him through his recovery. It was Aaron’s experience with the training staff that led him to pursue his degree in Kinesiology, which he acquired from NIU. Shortly after graduating from NIU, Aaron decided to move to Las Vegas, Nevada. Aaron was looking for something different and the bigger city, along with some family living in the area, is what drew him to Vegas. It was there that he studied and earned his strength and conditioning certification, started his career in personal training, and is currently working at Self Made Training Facility. Aaron would come back to Rockford on occasion to visit family and friends. It was during these trips that he would often be asked for help and advice on matters of health and fitness.  This was the beginning of what’s to come. It was from these experiences that Aaron decided to pour his time and energy into bringing something positive to Rockford.  Aaron will be hosting a one-day fitness event on August 27th. The event will take place at the Northwest Community Center on Johnston Avenue.  Aaron says he’s not trying to be a hometown hero. He just wanted to create an opportunity for people to network and create a community around health and fitness. To help others the same way that people have helped him through his health journey.  The goal for the event is to have 30 - 50 people in attendance and Aaron hopes to bring this type of event to Rockford a few times a year. To learn more about the event and Aaron, or if you have questions regarding fitness and health, you can find him on Instagram at @NLMB.FIT

June 19, 2022

Weekend Roundup June 17 - 19

Weekend Roundup June 17 - 19

Old Settlers Days is here! The Rockton Lion's largest event will feature carnival rides for everyone, vendors galore, big-time musical acts, 50/50 raffles, and the beloved beer tent. Also kicking off this weekend, celebrating the longest day of the year is the annual Midsommar festival. Enjoy a day of dancing, music, shopping, and of course the Swedish pancake eating contest. Disaster the musical, guitar phenom Paul Bronson and an ABBA solute round out this weekend full of music. Stop by the Juneteenth Celebration for a whole weekend of activities. Vinyl, vintage shirts, live music, snacks, and killer deals will all be at Culture Shock celebrating 16 years of business!FRIDAY Old Settlers Days- Concerts, vendors, midway rides. The largest fundraiser of the year for Rockton Lions charities. Large musical acts, beer tent, carnival, 50/50 raffle. Parade on Saturday on main st. rockton. Once again we welcome back the “Cadillac of Carnivals,” Skinners Amusements. DRS Skinners’ Amusements Inc. is a family owned and operated carnival, founded in 1910. Their rides are fully insured and state inspected, maintained monthly and checked daily for safety.Welcome back all you DANCING QUEENS! Midsommar Natt returns featuring live music performed by Dancing Queen: ABBA Salute. Join us with your best dance moves and beautiful voices on Friday, June 17th at 6:00 PM.  The Listening Room welcomes Rockford's celebrated guitar phenom Paul Bronson to the stage. The concert is an Inscape Collective production, presented by Rockford Urban Ministries. There is no admission charge. Free-will donations will compensate Paul. On this special day, the Inscape Collective store will be open from 6:00pm on; concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early and see the wonderful merchandise. The store will be open until 9:00pm, so listeners may also shop after the concert.  SATURDAY The 15th Annual Record Store Day Drop Deux & Culture Shock's 16th Anniversary is on Saturday, June 18th and we are pumped to share all of the details and celebrate with you! They will also be hosting some live music in the afternoon from their friend and talented musician Andrew Robinson from Noon-2pm.  Starlight Theater presents…It's 1979, and New York's hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. What begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves, and infernos. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love that they've lost...or at least escape the killer rats. The Rockford Juneteenth Celebration is a celebration for all races commemorating the day the slaves were freed in the south. Featured events include a community cookout, Chautauqua, Juneteenth Queen competition, community church service, all-black graduation, and Sunday's Best competition. Learn more at https://rockfordbuzz.com/events

June 17, 2022

Juneteenth Weekend Celebration

Juneteenth Weekend Celebration

Dinner at Greenfire

Dinner at Greenfire

Greenfire Restaurant has a pretty well-known menu. I’m not sure I can ever remember a visit to Greenfire being in any way disappointing. It’s a solid go-to for an excellent meal, a fabulous glass of wine, and desserts that will knock your socks off.We stuck with a seafood theme for this evening, but please take the time to explore the land options on their menu… you won’t be disappointed!  First up was the Seafood Crepe, a baked crepe with Maine lobster meat, wild mushrooms, shrimp, creamy tomato sauce, and parmesan. I have been a die-hard fan of the Chicken Crepe for many years, so I was excited to try its seafood sister entree. The crepe meals are so unique. You get the sweet flavors from the crepe that are complemented by the savory fillings. The lobster was generously portioned and cooked perfectly. The sauce was a flavorful medley that really complimented the seafood well. These crepes are filling, so come hungry!Next, we tried the Cedar Plank Scottish Salmon, an 8 oz salmon with herb butter and black Hawaiian sea salt, served with citrus rice and farm roasted vegetables. I cannot express my love for this dish enough! The herb butter and sea salt on the salmon is delicious and make this healthier choice feel a little more sinful than it really is. If you are a roasted veggie fan, this is going to be your new go-to location. Greenfire’s medley includes root veggies, squash, broccoli, and more. All roasted to a crunchy tenderness that makes you enjoy your vegetables.We couldn’t go to Greenfire and neglect the dessert menu. Actually, we picked out dessert before our entrees because… priorities. We decided on the Chocolate Ecstasy, because that’s a fabulous name. It’s a molten chocolate cake that is shareable if you are stuffed from dinner, but bigger appetites may want to order their own. The chocolate cake shell comes to your table warm, and when you dive in the delicious melted chocolate floods your plate, making for a perfectly messy and decadent dessert. Served with a petite scoop of vanilla ice cream, this was a wonderful ending to a fabulous meal.

June 15, 2022

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