Stories from the Big House

20 August 2011

Last Call Rocks the House!

On Friday, August 19 the grounds of the Hegeler Carus Mansion were transformed into "Hegeler-itaville" for our annual Buffett on the Balcony Summer Beach Party."

Last Call on the Balcony
When it was Five O'Clock Somewhere "Last Call" took to the stage on our balcony and performed the music of Jimmy Buffett for our Outdoor Sunset Summer Concert Series. 

Parrot Heads!
Guests dressed in sunglasses, flip flops, hawaiian shirts, sundresses, parrot hats and other beach attire, danced and sang along as the band performed many favorite Songs You Know by Heart.

Almost 200 guests enjoyed great weather and a beautiful night of music, food and friends.

The proceeds for this concert will go towards necessary repairs and renovations on the Julius W. Hegeler 1 Home, Center for Community Art and Education.

Many local people remember that the Illinois Valley YMCA and Stage 212 both began in the Julius W. Hegeler 1 Home.
The Hegeler Carus Foundation intends to continue that legacy of community when the Hegeler Center for Community Arts and Education is completed.

The Foundation has already started expanding educational and literacy programs for children which we will move across the street to the Hegeler Center when the renovation is finished.

In addition to playing the concert, "Last Call" also donated a gig with the band which was auctioned off at the concert.  Our thanks and congratulations go out to Kevin Mason who made the winning donation.

Lily Pad Catering
The Mansion's outdoor concerts are "Ravinia Style."  This means guests are allowed to bring food and Boat Drinks to the grounds.  This year we also were fortunate to add Lily Pad Catering from Mendota who provided wonderful Cheesburgers in Paradise walking tacos, taco salads, Key Lime Parfait, Margaritas and Lemon Shake-ups.