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Ravinia District Recycled Instrument Drive
March 25 @ 10:00 am - June 19 @ 5:00 pm
RAVINIA DISTRICT, HIGHLAND PARK, IL (MARCH 2017) – The Ravinia District and Ravinia Festival are teaming up once again to collect musical instruments to be refurbished, ‘recycled’ and placed into the hands of children in underserved communities. Beginning March 15th through June 9th, 17 businesses in the Ravinia District are serving as drop locations for individuals who wish to donate instruments to the program.
Last year, 60 instruments were collected for Ravinia Festival’s Reach*Teach*Play education program, which serves more than 75,000 people each year ensuring that music education remains accessible to all. Building on the success of its original El Sistema program in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood which offers students in grades 3-8 daily ensemble and orchestra instruction, this year’s instrument drive will be used for a student orchestra program that has been expanded to Waukegan and in other Lake County communities.
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 tea house and outdoors throughout the summer at the corner of Roger Williams and St Johns Avenues and at historic Jens Jensen Park, while Ravinia Festival is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and endeavors to make music of all types accessible and relatable to everyone.
Businesses serving instrument drop locations before the Ravinia Festival season begins include: Design Quartet @ Ravinia, Field Violin, Full Circle Architects, Highland Park Bank & Trust, J A Palminteri Insurance Agency, Jeff Cohen Photography, Jewel Nail Spa, Madame ZuZu’s, 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. Stores will have a green flyer posted in the window for ease in identification, and the business that collects the most instruments will receive 10 Lawn tickets to Ravinia Festival. Please see individual business websites for hours of operation.
The instrument drive ends on June 9th, but that is just when the fun begins as Ravinia Festival opens its gates and summer events kick-off in the Ravinia District with Wednesday morning Farmers’ Markets, Ravinia District Food Truck Thursdays June 1-Sept 14, and many other fun activities to be announced. Be sure to like and follow Ravinia District of Highland Park on Facebook to keep up to date on activities, events and merchant news.
ABOUT THE RAVINIA DISTRICT:
The Ravinia District is comprised of an eclectic mix of small-scale businesses, popular restaurants and food specialty shops, and high-end personal and professional services. All located within a few walkable blocks, this creative, quaint, friendly and historic neighborhood offers nearly anything a person might be looking for. A lovely location to dine before of after visiting the Ravinia Festival or the Chicago Botanic Garden, Ravinia District is just east of Green Bay Road in Highland Park on Roger Williams Avenue and hosts the Ravinia stop on the Metra train service.
Ravinia District’s historic roots as a getaway from Chicago for artists and other creative people led to its establishment as an artists’ colony. Ravinia District remains as a distant corner of Highland Park; away from Downtown and other more commercial business areas.