Quick Kicks: Celebrate and remember this weekend

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Ann Fiore
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Here is this week's roundup of entertainment news and events for our area.


Memorial Day kick-off

Memorial Day weekend jump-starts the summer season while remembering those who died serving our country.

Among the more somber events is Janesville's annual Memorial Day parade, which starts at 11 a.m. Monday at Milwaukee and High streets. A ceremony honoring veterans will be at 8 a.m. Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery, 1725 N. Washington St.

Also on tap this weekend is Burlington's ChocolateFest, which runs Friday through Monday on the festival grounds off Highway 36. Among the highlights: chocolate-eating contests, chocolate vendors, chef demonstrations, a carnival and live entertainment. Fireworks will be shot off at 9 p.m. Friday. Visit chocolatefest.com.

Folks can get their first taste of sweet corn at the East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce's Corn & Brat Roast, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday on the village square. The roast coincides with the village's annual rummage sale Saturday and Sunday.

Albany will kick up its heels at the Yesteryears Street Dance, starting at 8 p.m. Friday downtown. Local recording artist Snuffy Smith & The Dime a Dozen Band will perform country favorites. Admission is $5.

Water ski shows canceled

The Rock Aqua Jays have canceled their water ski shows Sunday and Monday due to high water.

Show director Aaron Schoelzel will evaluate the situation Monday and decide if the show schedule will resume Wednesday, May 28. The bi-weekly shows begin at 7 p.m. through Aug. 6 and at 6:30 p.m. starting Aug. 13 in Janesville's Traxler Park.


Author launches mystery

Janesville author Jerry Peterson will introduce his latest mystery, “Capitol Crime,” at a book launch at 6 p.m. today at Raven's Wish Gallery and Studio, 101 W. Milwaukee St., Janesville.

Set during Prohibition, the book follows a Tennessee sheriff who hijacks tanker trucks to try to take down a bootlegging ring.

Guitarist Ken Curtis will provide music, including the song “Wabash Cannonball,” which is featured in a scene in the book.


Wanted: Crafters, artists

Beloit's Sun Valley Presbyterian Church needs crafters and artists to display their work at its annual Strawberry Festival on June 21.

Booths are available for $30 on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must be set up by 9 a.m. and cleaned up by 3 p.m. The registration deadline is June 1.

For more information, call Edie Porter at 815-624-4867 or email crafters@sunvalleystrawberryfest.com.

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