It was hot even before the the Falbe family of Lake Bluff lit the bonfire, but the steamy weather didn’t deter revelers from celebrating Lake Forest Open Lands Assocation’s Bagpipes and Bonfire celebration on September 24. Nor did it prevent them from wearing traditional Scottish plaid – a beloved tradition that spans the event’s 30 years.
Held at the Middlefork Nature Preserve, Bagpipes and Bonfire is the non-profit organization’s biggest fundraiser, having raised more than $3.4 million over the years. Some 1,800 people attended last Sunday, many wearing plaid shorts, pants, summer dresses and even wool tartan kilts. Tributes were made to board members who have passed away, including Ken Campia. Five skydivers fell from the sky, Scottish games were played, and bagpipes filled the air with historic, mournful tunes.
For more on the history of Bagpipes & Bonfire, please visit this story that was published in Forest & Bluff magazine in September 2017.
Photography by Kerri Sherman