Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | December 20, 2019

Hey Huskie Fans –

We are REALLY BACK HOME!  Please join us Thursday and Friday for some great basketball.

Can’t wait to see you all!

  • COMPASS CHALLENGE (Game 1 at 4:30 / Game 2 @ 7:00)
  • Star Wars Night
  • Toy Drive

NIU

NIU starwars

Go Huskies!

Lisa Carlsen

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | August 22, 2019

Kiwanis Annual Draw Down & Silent Auction

Kiwanis

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | July 31, 2021

Sycamore Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry Patient Appreciation Day

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | July 29, 2021

STAGE COACH PLAYERS TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR THE FAMILY HOLIDAY ELF THE MUSICAL

Stage Coach Players (SCP) announces auditions for its holiday production of Elf The Musical.  The musical, based on the beloved 2003 film is guaranteed to make you smile so why not audition for a role that will help others find their smiles this December.

Elf The Musical will be directed by Jan Kuntz.  Auditions will take place Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and August 15, 2021 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. and on Monday, August 16, 2021 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m..  Auditions will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church located at 511 Russell Road in DeKalb.  If necessary, callbacks will be Tuesday, August 17, 2021. 

Needed are men and women and kids ages 8 – 80.  Please prepare a Christmas song of 24 measures to sing and bring sheet music.  Be prepared to dance and possibly do a cold reading from the play.  You may be asked to sing a song from the show so if possible, familiarize yourself with the music from the show.  Current CDC guidelines will be followed.  Those who are not vaccinated will be asked to wear a mask. 

Performances for Elf The Musical will be held at the historic Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb during the second weekend in December.

For more information on SCP, including upcoming performances, past productions and future community outreach efforts, please visit our website www.stagecoachplayers.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | July 17, 2021

DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC to Host Pre-Party Car Show

DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC is excited to announce the return of the 7th Annual Pre-Party Car Show! DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC has invited the community and attendees of the Fizz Ehrler Memorial Turning Back Time Car Show weekend to stop by their location for some amazing food and fun prior to the Sycamore Cruise Night!

The Pre-Party Car Show will take place on Saturday, July 24th from 9am – 3pm at DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC located at 1925 Mercantile Drive in Sycamore. No pre-registration is required, and all makes/models are welcome! Registration starts at 7am.

This is a family-friendly event featuring food trucks, free ice cream, a Dyno Machine, Mr. D’s Magic Show, live music by DJ Dave, giveaways (including Cubs tickets! No purchase necessary to win). Butch Patrick, aka Eddie Munster, along with the Munster Coach will also be on site! Don’t forget all of the classic cars will be on display, including The Grumpy’s Toy Pro Stock Vega!

DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC would like to extend an invite to everyone to come out for a good time to be had by all!

For more information please contact:

Dan Jordet

DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC

(815) 748-0930

danjordet@dekalbmotors.com


Dekalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac is a new and used Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac dealership located in Sycamore, Illinois. They are a premier Chicagoland dealer and the largest GM dealership in DeKalb County. At DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac, customers are the top priority, which is why you findOne Low Price, Plain & Simple… Always. For more information visitwww.dekalbmotors.com

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | July 16, 2021

Prairie State Water Solutions – Now Hiring!

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | July 15, 2021

DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC to Host Pre-Party Car Show

DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC is excited to announce the return of the 7th Annual Pre-Party Car Show! DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC has invited the community and attendees of the Fizz Ehrler Memorial Turning Back Time Car Show to stop by their location for some amazing food and fun prior to the Turning Back Time Car Show!

The Pre-Party Car Show will take place on Saturday, July 24th from 9am – 3pm at DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC located at 1925 Mercantile Drive in Sycamore. No pre-registration is required, and all makes/models are welcome! Registration starts at 7am.

This is a family-friendly event featuring food trucks, free ice cream, a Dyno Machine, Mr. D’s Magic Show, live music by DJ Dave, giveaways (including Cubs tickets! No purchase necessary to win). Butch Patrick, aka Eddie Munster, along with the Munster Coach will also be on site! Don’t forget all of the classic cars will be on display, including The Grumpy’s Toy Pro Stock Vega!

DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC would like to extend an invite to everyone to come out for a good time to be had by all!

For more information please contact:

Dan Jordet

(815) 748-0930

DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC

danjordet@dekalbmotors.com


Dekalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac is a new and used Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac dealership located in Sycamore, Illinois. They are a premier Chicagoland dealer and the largest GM dealership in DeKalb County. At DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac, customers are the top priority, which is why you findOne Low Price, Plain & Simple… Always. For more information visitwww.dekalbmotors.com

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | July 2, 2021

Friends of Barb City Manor to hold Outdoor Sale Fundraiser

The Friends of Barb City Manor Resale Shop will be hosting an Outdoor Sale Fundraiser on Thursday, July 8th and Friday, July 9th from 9:00am-5:00pm on the First Street side of the building (corner of First Street and Bush Street).

As a safety precaution for their residents, the in-house shop has remained closed, but they are bursting at the seams with spectacular merchandise and great deals!  The FBCM Resale Shop is volunteer run and stocked with generous community donations of clothing, housewares, books, home décor and more.  All proceeds directly benefit the Barb City Manor residents.  Newspaper subscriptions, birthday and holiday events, activities, and contributing to the Barb City Manor Rental Assistance Fund are just a few ways Friends supports our residents.

We are looking forward to seeing all our regular shoppers and making new Friends!

For more information call Sarah, Karol or Anne at 815-756-8444 or e-mail us at bcitymanor@yahoo.com

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | June 29, 2021

2nd Distribution of the 2020 Real Estate Taxes

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | June 8, 2021

Sir Donald Sip & Paint

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | June 4, 2021

SYCAMORE EDUCATION FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2021 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI RECIPIENTS

The Sycamore Education Foundation (SEF) is proud to announce that three outstanding Sycamore High School alumni have been selected as the 2021 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Since 2013, the Distinguished Alumni Awards have been presented annually to Sycamore High School alumni who have maintained a high standard of excellence and made a significant contribution in their fields of endeavor. This award is a tribute to graduates who have shown exceptional personal, community, and/or professional achievements.  This year’s recipients include Rhonda Johnson, ‘78, Mark Kessler, ‘72, and Joel Strack, ‘78 (posthumously).

Rhonda Johnson currently serves as President of AT&T California. In this role she is responsible for AT&T’s government affairs, public policy, philanthropic, and social engagement initiatives in California. Johnson leads the company’s state workforce, including more than 33,000 employees and nearly 50,000 retirees.

Johnson has worked for AT&T and its predecessor companies for over 30 years. She served as AT&T’s Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs in California since 2007 and nationally since 2013. In that post, she has managed the company’s policy and regulatory issues before the California Public Utilities Commission in addition to overseeing AT&T’s state level regulatory teams across the country.

Johnson was raised on a family farm near Sycamore and graduated from Sycamore High School as class salutatorian in 1978. She attended the University of Illinois and graduated with highest honors with a degree in Finance.

Johnson has been selected for several years as one of San Francisco BusinessTimes’ “Most Influential Women in Business.” She serves on the boards of the California Chamber of Commerce, Bay Area Council, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy.

Mark Kessler, a 1972 graduate from Sycamore High School, is a retired fire chief from the City of Sycamore who worked 27 years for the fire department.  He served his community of Sycamore as a firefighter/EMT before being promoted first to Lieutenant, then to Assistant Fire Chief and ultimately Fire Chief during a time of great growth and expansion for both the community and the department.  

As a firefighter, Kessler fought one of the largest fires in Sycamore history at St. John’s Lutheran Church in 2004. He helped the hurricane relief effort in New Orleans, and he offered support to police and firefighters in New York after Sept. 11.  

On the administrative side, Kessler expanded management capabilities within the department, which required the creation of a second assistant chief position so a top officer was always available to respond to emergencies. He also oversaw the completion of Sycamore Fire Station No. 2. Also, along with staff, he revamped the paid-on-call firefighter program and worked to redevelop the department’s internship program where he helped plant the seeds that would later yield the fire department future Sycamore High School graduates.

Joel Strack was a 1978 graduate of Sycamore High School.   As a high school student, he was known for his flaming red hair, impish nature, and an unabashed enthusiasm for theater and music.    He pursued these passions throughout high school as a regular cast member in school plays, choir, and Madrigals.  Strack was also active within 4H, earning one of nine Leadership Scholarships presented by “Reader’s Digest” at the National 4H Club Congress in 1979.   

Strack carried his passion for music and theater into college, but actually majored in a personalized version of Public Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. During the summer following his freshman year at the U of I, Strack worked at Disneyland in California. His enjoyment from that experience led him to enroll in the inaugural year of Disneyworld’s College Intern Program in Orlando, Florida.   After graduation from college, he returned to that world-famous theme park and began a career that spanned three decades.

Strack is revered as a “trailblazer” in the Orlando, Florida LGBTQ+ community.  He was instrumental in the formation of the Orlando Gay Chorus, the Orlando Gay Pride Parade, and also helped launch “Gay Days” at Disneyworld.  He served on the board of the Orlando LGBTQ+ Center and is honored with a display in the Orlando History Museum.

One of eight children, Joel was the son of Jeff and Mary Lu Strack and grew up in rural Sycamore.  He and his siblings earned money for further education by operating Strack Gardens, raising and selling vegetables and strawberries at a roadside stand.

Strack credited his participation in music and theatre in the Sycamore Schools and the many opportunities afforded by 4H membership for much of his success in life.  He left an enduring legacy of opportunity for members of the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and around the world through his small-town leadership style. 

This year’s honorees will be recognized prior to the start of the varsity football game on Friday, September 10, 2021.  Friends and family will be invited inside the high school for a tour and the unveiling of the display case featuring the honorees. 

About the Sycamore Education Foundation

The Sycamore Education Foundation receives and distributes private gifts from generous individuals and businesses to enrich educational opportunities for students in the Sycamore School District 427 not otherwise available through regular funding resources. The Sycamore Education Foundation supports the more than 3,565 students, faculty and administrators of Sycamore School District 427.

Two dear friends correspond with each other over many years through letters in A. R. Gurneys beloved drama, Love Letters.  Often what they write is filled with humor, occasionally romantic, but the letters are always sincere and the two are spiritually connected to each other even though they are physically apart.  The production runs for one weekend starting June 10, 2021.

Directed by Scott Montavon, who last directed Young Frankenstein several years ago, Love Letters focuses on the letters written between Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, who are childhood friends. The lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards.   Though each are romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years and into adulthood.  The two didn’t always like each other but always loved one another.

One of the big takeaways of the wildly popular play, Montavon said is, “(That) It’s possible for two people to love each other no matter what time or distance and life does to them.”

As with the cast of Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, it’s been awhile since the cast and crew of Love Letters have performed at Stage Coach Theatre.  Miller, who plays Melissa Gardner, hasn’t performed at Stage Coach since Noises Off during the summer of 2019.  “I did a few plays on Zoom during the pandemic, and it’s just not the same when you can’t hear or see the audience.”  She added, “I’ve really enjoyed getting to know these characters in Love Letters and their complex relationship, and I can’t wait to share it with our audiences.”

Love Letters, a 1990 Pulitzer Prize finalist, is a performance favorite for well-known actors.  Those who have performed the play include Carol Burnett and Brian Dennehy, Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Sally Field and Bryan Cranston, and Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross just to name a few.

Part of the strength and reason for the popularity of Love Letters, Montavon offered, is that its strength comes from its unapologetically raw presentation of the main characters. They are not always likable but always honest with each other.”

Performances for Love Letters are June 10 – 12, 2021 with a curtain time of 7:30 p.m. along with a Sunday matinee on June 13, 2021 with a curtain time of 2:00.  Tickets are $5 each.  For tickets, please call the box office at 815-758-1940.  Tickets will also be available at the door to purchase.  

Thanks for being patient as SCP navigates through its summer shows with the State of Illinois “Restore Illinois” COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines.  For this production we are asking members to wear a mask while in the theatre.  Seating will be done in a manner that ensures proper social distancing in groups of no more than four. 

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 mitigations, please contact the box office which opens Sunday, June 6, 2021.  Keep in touch with SCP and help us celebrate our 75th year!

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