RAVINIA DISTRICT, HIGHLAND PARK – Lake County area children will be thrilled to receive newly refurbished instruments after another highly successful Recycled Instrument Drive for Ravinia Festival’s Reach*Teach*Play musical education program serving more than 75,000 people and ensuring music education remains accessible to all. This spring, 17 businesses in Ravinia’s Business District collected 68 instruments to be refurbished, “recycled” and placed into the hands of Lake County kids.
This year’s drive resulted in even more instruments than last year and brought people from communities outside Highland Park to donate to this worthwhile program. Field Violin Workshop collected the most instruments, followed by Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse. Jeff Cohen Photography also gave complimentary portrait sittings to everyone who brought in an instrument. Other participating businesses that served as instrument drop locations included: Design Quartet @ Ravinia, Full Circle Architects, Highland Park Bank & Trust, J A Palminteri Insurance Agency, Jewel Nail Spa, The Nail Shop and Spa, Paw Parlour, Piero’s Pizza, Principessa, Ravinia Barbershop, Ravinia Coffee Station, Style Hunters, Weiland Flowers and Zina Katsman Piano for Everyone.
The partnership of the neighboring Ravinia Festival with Ravinia District merchants is a natural fit. The artistically minded business district houses a piano school and a violin workshop that repairs and sells violins, violas and other string instruments. Live musical performances can often be found at Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse and outdoors Thursday evenings throughout the summer at Ravinia District Food Truck Thursdays in the center of the historic Jens Jensen Park. The district supports the Ravinia Festival in its endeavor to make music of all types accessible to everyone.
Although the instrument drive ended on June 9, Ravinia District invites the public to come out the Ravinia Farmers Market Wednesday mornings featuring more than 15 vendors through October 25 and to Ravinia District Food Truck Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to dusk through Sept 14 at the corner of Roger Williams and Dean Avenue for a great place to grab a bite to eat as you enjoy a night out with friends and neighbors.
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Submitted by the Ravinia District, an eclectic mix of small-scale businesses, popular restaurants and food specialty shops, and high-end personal and professional services east of Green Bay Road in Highland Park on Roger Williams Avenue.