Let Freedom Ring

June 28th – July 4th, 2017

Mt. Morris, Illinois has been celebrating the Fourth of July since it’s founding in 1848. The festival was officially named Let Freedom Ring in 1963. LFR offers fun affordable and often times FREE entertainment of all types for all age groups. The Let Freedom Ring Festival Committee strives to provide the best possible festival at the best possible prices. The Let Freedom Ring Committee is a not-for-profit group and receives no tax money to put into festivals; all the events are paid for through donations. For more information check out the Let Freedom Ring Festival website.

Calling all pickers and strummers!

Encore! Mt. Morris invites you to join fellow musicians and music lovers for the launch of Jam Fest 2017. On September 23rd, the Mt. Morris campus will be filled with acoustic string band music as groups and individuals connect organically for impromptu performances.

Jam grass music is rooted in bluegrass, but often combines other genres, like folk, jazz and rock, into a warm style of music.

Anderlik, Otto, and Church will get the party started at 1:00, having the reputation as one of the most versatile acoustic bands in the Midwest. All fellow musicians are invited to join in the “Campus Jam” at 2:30, an eclectic collection of ukulele strummers (including a high school ukes club from Chicago) will highlight the 4:00 hour, and the high energy sound of Porch Fire brings it all home at 5:00.

As you wander throughout the campus, drifting from one jam session to another, chances are you won’t be able to resist a familiar mouth-watering aroma wafting in the air. The “Cheese and Jam Slam” is a culinary competition that takes a childhood comfort food to a whole new height. Sample each gourmet grilled cheese and see if your favorite agrees with the judges’ decision. Better yet, grab your friends and create your own “not-your-mama’s grilled cheese” entry! Of course, every recipe must include jam!

Ogle County is bursting with artisan businesses, and the Discover Market is an opportunity to be introduced to some of these entrepreneurs. Baked goods, berry treats, and coffees are just a few of the many locally made products, so come discover these jewels right in your own back yard.

The Mt. Morris campus, home to Old Sandstone Gallery, will host the fine art work of dozens of regional artists, so be sure to stroll over and experience the eclectic collection of this juried show.

A kids play area, complete with a bounce house and games will be available for the smaller set of music and grilled cheese lovers.

Jam Fest is a laid back harmony of string music, simple food, beautiful art, support of local artisans, and good old fashioned family fun. You are invited to join the celebration!

Jam Fest Schedule;
1:00-2:30 Anderlik, Otto, and Church
2:30-4:00 Campus Jam
4:00- 5:00 Uke Jam
5:00- 6:30 Porch Fire
3:00-6:00 Cheese and Jam Slam- judging 5:00
1:00-5:00 Discover Market

For more information or to register for jam sessions, Cheese and Jam Slam competition, or Discover Market participation go to: Encore Mt.Morris!

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