Memories of early Start of Summer

NEW TO SEE AND DO—There will be plenty of repeat favorites such as tours of the Little Red Schoolhouse (Saturday from 12:30 to 3 p.m., it's free) and the band Outer Vibe (Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion) at Start of Summer. Among the new events this year is a visit by Elvis to the new American Legion hall, 330 Rockford Park Drive (off Northland Drive). Elvis—with special guest Tom Jones—will appear on Friday, June 12, with doors to open at 7 p.m. and show time at 8 p.m. (for the two-hour show). Karaoke to follow in lounge. Prior to show enjoy a patio barbecue at the lounge, open to the public all day. Tickets are just $10.

by Tom Lindquist The Start of Summer celebration is in its 41st year this year and is undeniably one of the most popular downtown annual events. It was not always the power-packed event we will see this weekend.  In the 1950s Rockford’s had a row of booths and about four rides on Squire Street and […]