Chicago's Downton Abbey, Nickerson family living history at the Driehaus museum and spectacular live music by the Neverly Brothers at Taltree Arboretum, Sanctified Grumblers at County Line Orchard and The Crane Wives at the Livery in St. Joe.
Something Completely Different at the Driehaus Museum: The living history tour of the Samuel M. Nickerson mansion is one of the most popular at the newest museum in Chicago and it's advisable to purchase tickets in advance. The story on the web site sets the stage: “The year is 1899, and the Nickerson family is away spending the summer season at their Cape Cod estate. Due to a recent mysterious 'incident' that resulted in the dismissal of most of the household staff, the fastidious English housekeeper Mrs. Williams is conducting special interviews with prospective candidates in their absence.
As a tour participant, you are one of those prospective candidates. During this unique living history experience, guests explore the mansion’s back staircases and servants’ quarters as they discover the true historic inspiration for the 'incident,' what life was like for an American servant in the Gilded Age, and how the Nickerson family’s real servants would have cared for their distinguished employers.
The approximately one-hour Summer Servants’ Tour is suitable for ages eight years and older. Please note that the ‘back of the house’ is explored via several staircases. For questions about accessibility during the tour, please call 312 482 8933, ext. 21 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Summer Concert Series: The first outdoor concert in a series of three, will feature the Neverly Brothers playing hits from the 1950s American rockabilly and rock and roll on Friday. Ticket price ranges from $25-$30 in advance or at the gate.
Dunes Learning Center Benefit on Friday: Formerly known as "Black Tie & Barefoot," Frog in the Bog: A Dunes Affair will be held on Friday, July 26 at County Line Orchard in Hobart. Featuring the presentation of the 2013 Green Apple Award for excellence in environmental education, the night will include dinner, a silent auction, camp games, stargazing in the orchard and live music by the Sanctified Grumblers. The event is sponsored by ArcelorMittal, Lee Botts, Bowlerman Confections, BP, Enbridge, Friends of Indiana Dunes, Lakeshore Public Television, MonoSol, NIPSCO and Vector Pipeline.
The Livery Hosts Grand Rapids' Fave The Crane Wives: First up is Slim Gypsy Baggage and their soulful American music followed by ab indie-folk band that wows audiences with complex harmonies, eclectic instrumentation in accessible and innovative music on Friday, July 26, at 9 pm (ET) in St. Joseph. Tickets are $8. And on Sunday, an Irish music session hosted by Rick Willey and Katie Montoya. The show is free and you can bring your favorite musical instrument and enter into the performance on Sunday from 2pm-5pm.