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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 10:39 a.m. CDT
(Curtis Clegg - cclegg@shawmedia.com)
Roger Watson of Genoa admires the 17 Packard automobiles that were parked behind Citizens Bank in Genoa on Thursday, Oct. 18. The automobiles' owners, who were all members of the Packards of Chicagoland club, paraded through Genoa and then stopped for lunch at Crumpet's Tea Room and a tour of Prairie State Winery on their way back to the Chicago area from a trip to White Pines State Park in Oregon. Large, ornate hood ornaments were a distinctive feature of the luxury automobiles, which were manufactured from 1900 to 1958.

GENOA – The end of October sees the last of Genoa’s Open Air Markets as Genoa Main Street shifts into winter gear.

“The Open Air Market on Saturday, Oct. 27 will have a cool weather feel to it, even if we end up with a warm fall day,” said Mim Evans, Genoa Main Street executive director. “We are changing our lunch menu to feature cool weather favorites like chili. Main Street volunteers will have our holiday greenery on display and will be taking orders. All proceeds from the greenery sale go back into downtown for community events and improvement projects. Many of the vendors will bring great items for holiday gifts, beautiful and fun decorations for your home and foods for Thanksgiving or Christmas meals.”

After the October market, downtown merchants will transition to winter activities, like preparing for the Candlelight Open House on Thursday, Nov. 8. Luminaria, free refreshments and the latest holiday finds will fill downtown. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. and continue until the last guest goes home.

“Along with the preparations for the holidays, we will be getting the ice rink ready for the winter season,” Evans said. “While the weather will decide when we will have ice, we will do our part by having the rink ready for Celebrate the Season on Dec. 7.”

For more information, to reserve a space at the market, order holiday greenery or volunteer for upcoming events, contact Genoa Main Street Inc. at 815-784-6961 or genoamainstreet@atcyber.com or visit genoamainstreet.com.

Open Air Market

• 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27

• Downtown Genoa