June 9, 2015
Cross the pond to experience the fascinating cultures and long-held traditions of Europe at The Morton Arboretum’s Passport Europe Summer Festival, Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21.
Taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and free with Arboretum admission, the festival will feature dancing, storytelling and authentic dishes native to several European countries. There will also be a focus on trees at the Arboretum native to Central and Northern Europe. Indigenous to countries such as Norway, Belgium and Germany, these trees represent some of the oldest on our grounds.
Three performance areas will feature several entertainment acts, including, but not limited to:
- Take in the lightning-fast steps of Spanish flamenco dancers accompanied by Guitarra Azul, an ensemble performing on the Spanish guitar.
- Hear an impressive 12-foot-long Alpenhorn play during a set from oompah band Jimmy's Bavarians.
- Learn high-stepping moves from French can-can dancer Can Candrea.
- Listen to the spirited music of Jutta & the Hi-Dukes, performing an expansive repertoire of Balkan, Greek and Scandinavian music.
- Croon along with Rat Pack Jazz. In addition to his Italian repertoire, singer Frank Lamphere performs covers of classic Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin songs.
- Watch beloved fables come to life as the costumed The Brothers Grimm enact scenes from German fairy tales.
- Sunday only: Travel to highlands of Scotland with the distinctive bagpipe and drum music of Midlothian Scottish.
Visitors can also shop a wide selection of European goods, try authentic dishes, speak with representatives of Language Stars about learning a new language, and try their hand at croquet. Dots and Splashes face painting will also be on hand for festival-goers.