Whether you’re taking in the last of a hot summer with a tasty cool adult beverage or getting into the Thanksgiving spirit with a holiday-themed fun run, the St. Charles Park District offers a lineup of events throughout the fall season to celebrate the coming of autumn and beyond.
Sip & Stroll
For ages 21 and older, the Sip & Stroll offers an opportunity to take a leisurely stroll through beautiful Mt. St. Mary Park in St. Charles while sampling local libations, viewing artwork and learning about area restaurants and businesses – all while live jazz music floats in the background. The “sought-after” event takes place Saturday, Sept. 11, said Carina Graham, Partnership and Sponsorship Supervisor. Start times for the ticketed event vary, beginning at 2 p.m. and running through 4:30 p.m. Cost is $35 a person. Advance registration is required. The park district encourages participants to keep the fun going after the event by spending the rest of their afternoon in downtown St. Charles. Purchase tickets at stcparks.org/sip-stroll.
St. Charles Amazing Race
Bring the action and adventure of the hit TV show “The Amazing Race” to life by participating in the local version – St. Charles Amazing Race. Using clues, teams of two to four people each will race around St. Charles competing in physical and mental challenges, testing their skills in brainstorming, communication, strategy and teamwork. Family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers and others are encouraged to participate. Age restrictions do apply. “It’s super fun to see the teams racing around doing the different challenges,” Graham said. “We encourage them to dress up.” Awards will be presented to the top three teams, with an additional prize going to the best dressed team. The competition starts at noon Sunday, Sept. 26. Cost is $50 per team. Learn more at stcparks.org/amazing-race.
Mystery History Walking Tour
Taking place Thursday, Oct. 7, the Mystery History Walking Tour will lead participants through downtown St. Charles, where they will encounter some of the city’s most infamous characters and listen to tales about historic events. Lara Piner, Recreation Supervisor, started this tour in 2013 in partnership with the St. Charles History Museum. It is modeled it after something similar in Salem, Massachusetts. She said organizers hope for “a little chill in the air” to help set the stage the evening of the tour, which she added is a great event for both history buffs and those who just want to have fun. Adding to that sentiment is Lindsay Judd, Museum Director, said historical walking tours can not only teach people about the rich history of an area, but they also allow participants to view things from a different perspective. “When you’re on foot, you may see details on a building you may have never seen before; or learn something interesting about a business in town,” she said. “Our historic walking tours are a great way to explore St. Charles and its unique and extensive history.” Cost is $21 per person, ages 21 & older. Tours depart from the museum at every half hour starting at 6 to 7:30 p.m. Advance registration is required. Learn more at stcparks.org/mystery-history.
Before you sit down to a big Thanksgiving dinner, burn off some energy by participating in the inaugural Drumstick Dash 5K Fun Run & Walk on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Primrose Farm Park in St. Charles. An event for all ages, the dash starts at 8:30 a.m. and takes runners and walkers through gravel, grass and a paved trail. “It’s not your standard street 5K,” Graham said. Finisher awards will be given to all participants, with medals being presented to the top finisher in each age group. Early bird registration by Wednesday, Oct. 13, is $35 a person and guarantees a race T-shirt. After Sunday, Oct. 24, cost is $45 a person. Learn more at stcparks.org/drumstick-dash.
To learn about these and other adult adventure programs offered by the St. Charles Park District, visit www.stcparks.org or call 630-513-6200.