Chicago-Land Daily Herald Correspondent

Find bargains in the barn

Are you looking for the missing piece to your china collection? Or maybe you just headed off to college but don’t want to spend a bundle on dorm supplies. How are you fixed for pants and plants?

Check out this weekend’s St. Peter Barn Sale and you could find just what you need. Make that: just what you need at a bargain price.

Along with the chance to find quite the bargain, you can also try your luck in the raffle to win a new Chrysler 300 or $25,000 in cash, or sample the food of numerous restaurants at the Taste of Geneva.

This 90,000-square-foot event will set up shop at the Kane County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21. The wide array of items with enticing prices both draws big crowds and helps to unite a community.

“It gives everyone [from the parish] a common goal to work towards. All the volunteers come from the church, which is hundreds of people,” said Sue Jaeger, a volunteer who is chairing the event with her husband, Dave Mitchell, and another couple, Gene and Barb Garbaccio.

“The parish really has to be behind the church,” she added. “Once you [a church] signs up for the barn sale, it is a commitment of ten years.”

The hard work the volunteers commit to does not go unrewarded. All profits from the barn sale are used to pay off the parish’s debts, as well as used to raise funds for the parish.

This will be the second consecutive year that St. Peter Catholic Church will host the sale, which was implemented thirty-two years ago. Unlike typical run-of-the-mill garage sales, where you might rummage through stained t-shirts and legless Barbie dolls, the barn sale offers quality items at prices to boggle the mind.

Anything bargainers could ever want can be found at the sale. Clothing for all ages, lawn tractors, snow blowers, antiques and collectibles, plants of all kinds, and children’s toys are just to name a few. The sale will be departmentalized with each item placed by category. Maps will be offered to make it easier for guests to find their way, so be sure to pick one up at the gate.

Clothes lovers will fit right in with over 35,000 articles of clothing to choose from. Like everything sold at the sale, the clothing is sorted carefully so you can be sure you are buying good quality clothing. “Even compared to Goodwill, our prices are cheaper,” Jaeger said. No matter what style top you prefer, all will be sold for a generic price of $2. The same goes for pants, which will be sold at $3. Who can beat that?

As the saying goes ‘The early bird gets the worm’, and there are no exceptions to the barn sale. The Barn sale does not open until 9 a.m., but prepare to have company.

“People will start to line up at the gates as early as seven in the morning,” Jaeger said.

It seems barn sale deals can lure the latest sleepers to drag themselves out of bed. Early bird shoppers won’t even have to worry about getting their morning coffee.

“We will be serving breakfast for those waiting in line,” Jaeger said. ” All hand-held food such as breakfast burritos, coffee, and orange juice will be available.”

Even what can’t be sold is going to use since the barn sale is eco-friendly. “Some donations are not saleable such as computer monitors, old clothing, and metal products. Rather than throw them in a landfill, we found sources such as Vintage Tech, Elgin Recyclers, and USA Gain to take them. It was a big effort to find companies that would recycle the products,” Jaeger said.

By the time, the gates open Saturday, countless volunteers will have worked to create a one-of-a-kind event with something for everyone. “We would love to see everybody there,” Jaeger said.

St. Peter Barn Sale

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21

Early bird special: Fairgrounds open and breakfast starts at 7 a.m.

Where: Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles


Admission and parking: Free


Nobel Fool’s ‘Godspell’ teaches tolerance

It is human nature to seek connections with people with similar interests.

Throughout life, people find their niche of friends, be they preps, geeks, anime kids, gangsters or the group of the moment.

People usually don’t leave their social comforts and end up judging and looking down on others that are “different” than them. But the musical “Godspell”, presented by Noble Fool Theatricals, seeks to change that.

The upbeat musical tells the story of Christ and his message to not judge others and to have acceptance for everyone.

“All the stories in the play are based on a moral. It tells you to check up on yourself, and to be kind to others,” stated Tyler Vaughn, senior at Geneva High School, who plays the lead role of Jesus.

In this version of “Godspell”, the numerous cliques are forced to come together and find harmony with help from Jesus. The play is very modern, which will allow children of all ages to relate to the story.

“I hope that the audience is reminded of the preachings of Christ, but in a fun and enjoyable way,” director Tracey Whiteside said.

Creating the play has taken an enormous amount of time and commitment from all members of the cast who had to earn their spots with a rigorous audition. “They had to give a one-minute monologue as well as sing and dance in their audition,” Whiteside said.

“I have worked in two previous shows with Noble Fool Theatricals. I love the people that work there; they have a heart for kids, and every single person is treated the same,” Vaughn said.

Over 37 young adults were chosen to play in this Noble Fool production from St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Bartlett, West Chicago, Carol Stream, Maple Park, Downers Grove, and Winfield.

“This cast is awesome!” Whiteside said, “It’s the best group of kids I have ever worked with!”

The cast has been practicing for the play since the beginning of October, with three- to four-hour practices three times a week.

“We are all really good friends, no one is separated,” said Jackie Scheer, who plays a geek.

In fact the kids cast in the play are putting the morals from “Godspell” into action.

“The cast is going to go to senior centers in the area, and perform songs and funny scenes for the elderly,” Whiteside said.

Unlike preforming at their local high schools, the actors and actresses are placed in a more professional setting as Pheasant Run. “It is very professional for them. The tickets are sold through Ticket Master, and we are using some of the same crew members used in professional shows,” Whiteside said.

“My favorite part of the show is the song ‘All for the Best,'” Vaughn said.

“I enjoy the finale with its intense song and dance,” said Scheer.

Come discover your favorite part of the musical-play when “Godspell” comes to life beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29th on the Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage. Tickets are available for $13, and can be bought at or over the phone (630) 584-6342. All other information can be found at

St. Charles N. to present ‘Daughters of Atreus’

Take a trip into the world of Mythology with the cast of “Daughters of Atreus” at St. Charles North High School this weekend.

If you are an aficionado of Greek myths, then you already know the characters in “Daughters of Atreus”, written by Robert Turney, live a life of tremendous misfortune.

Even with little knowledge of myths, the audience of this play will quickly feel part of the action and the tragic lives of Agamemnon (Evan Michalic), his wife Clytemnestra (Jessica Ennis), and their children Electra (Danielle Floyd) and Orestes (Jack Shales).

“We have put risers on the stage, and built platforms on the floor in front of the stage, which allows viewers to be part of the play,” said Ryan Colton, director of “Daughters of Atreus”.

The play will run at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 6-8.

Not many schools jump at the thought of performing an ancient Greek story, but there was no hesitation at St. Charles North.

“The kids have the maturity and ability to preform this play. I wanted to take them through a Greek story, and this one offered a good amount of female roles. Normally they are mostly male roles,” Colton said. With that in mind, Colton decided to attempt, for the first time at St. Charles North, a Greek tragedy. To bring a twist to the theme, the play is a hybrid of two styles; Old Greek and Contemporary. There will be no togas, but dresses and masks.

Since the beginning of the school year, the students involved in the play have been working hard to ensure a wonderful performance.”They run the show,” Colton said. In fact, the students helped to make the stage, created and designed their own masks, and decided to find their costumes rather then rent them. All decisions and work relied heavily on the students.

Journey to St. Charles this weekend where you can travel back in time to experience the tragic murders, deceit, and vengeance of this classic Greek myth.

For ticket information email Ryan Colton at or call (630) 587-7153.


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