Since we now have at least eight subscribers to the Creative Root Tip Sheet, it’s probably time for us to start publishing it. A few technical glitches seem to be ironed out, so here goes nothing. At least this weekend’s weather seems to be cooperating — our highs have finally climbed above the 60s.

Pike River Benefit Concert at Hawthorn Hollow

A last-minute change has replaced jug band Boo Bradley with a special gathering of acoustic guitarists/vocalists: Kevin Grissom, Macyn Taylor, Mark Paffrath, Craig Stoneman, and Ben Saam will perform together in the the amphitheater at Hawthorn Hollow, the second show in this year’s Pike River Benefit Concert Series, 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the nature sanctuary, 880 Green Bay Rd. in Kenosha, just across from Petrifying Springs. Admission is $7. Fine food, wines, beers, and beverages will be available for purchase. Public Craft Brewery is going to be on tap featuring their new “Lucky Spile Maple Bock” brewed from the sap of Hawthorn Hollow’s maple trees. Carry-ins are disallowed, but mosquito repellant might be a good idea, since the stage is right on the river bank.

Waterford Hot Air Balloon Festival

The 5th annual Waterford Hot Air Balloon Festival is happening Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the grounds of Evergreen Elementary School, 817 W. Main St. in Waterford. This free (and alcohol-free), family-friendly event offers spectacular visual appeal as a bunch of huge, colorful hot air balloons are inflated via fiery blasts against the evening sky — but pay close attention to the forecast, because winds over 8 miles per hour will prevent the balloons from launching, and slightly stronger winds will keep balloons from inflating at all. The festival also features food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, antiques vendors, and helicopter rides.

Summer SRIM Fest

SRIM Fest (The Smooth Riders Indoor Music Fest) is an annual music festival organized by Matt Meyer of The Smooth Riders and held each spring at The Brat Stop in Kenosha. That popular event now has an indoor/outdoor sister at Racine County’s big I-94 venue, the Route 20 Outhouse, 4001 Washington Ave. in Sturtevant. Summer SRIM Fest happens on Friday and Saturday and features five music stages and 65 bands, with names like Rusted Root (“Send Me On My Way“) appearing on Friday, then Matt Meyer and The Smooth Riders and The Prince Experience rocking on Saturday. See for schedules and tickets.

Friends of the Museums Art Fair / KUSD Summer Student Art Show

Two big Kenosha summer art events have been joined together over the past couple of years and relocated to Kenosha’s lakefront museum cluster in vibrant HarborPark. The former Library Park Art Fair is now in its 51st year as the the Friends of the Museums Art Fair, and the Festival of Arts and Flowers formerly held at Lincoln Park is now known as the KUSD Summer Student Art Show. The student show has been ongoing at the Kenosha Civil War Museum since July 13. It finishes with a gala on Sunday from 10 to 2 featuring performances by the Summer High School Strings, the Kenosha Youth Performing Arts Company, and  the All-Star Jazz Bands. The Friends of the Museums Art Fair features both indoor and outdoor booths of more than 100 artists and crafters from across the country on the museums’ campus along 2nd Avenue between 54th and 56th streets from 10 to 4.

Milwaukee and Chicago festivals

Two huge summer festivals are happening this weekend to our north and south. Festa Italiana takes over Henry Maier Festival Park (the Summerfest grounds) on the Milwaukee lakefront. Meanwhile, the Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Union Park on Chicago’s Near West Side — but it’s completely sold out, so you’ll need friends if you don’t already have tickets.

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