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At the Hegeler Carus Mansion

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 11:00 a.m. CDT

LASALLE — The Hegeler Carus Mansion in LaSalle will be the site of the following events:

Pride and Prejudice: In Want of a Wife — 6 to 8 p.m. May 23 and 24.

Mr. Bingley, a wealthy, sociable young bachelor, is moving into the neighborhood. Mrs. Bennet is frantically positioning to make certain he is her son-in-law. Mr. Darcy is reluctantly falling for a woman beneath his class. The story unravels via gossip while you are guided through the Mansion, meeting Austen’s beloved characters along the way. This theatrical tour takes place as you walk in small groups through the mansion. The performance takes approximately one hour.

Summer sunset concert series — All summer long, June 13 through Aug. 31, on Fridays at 7 p.m.

Since 2011, the Hegeler Carus Mansion has been celebrating the sounds of summer in Starved Rock Country, and is one of the area’s only outdoor music venue that isn’t also a restaurant or bar. From jazz to country, from bluegrass to the Rock and Roll Wizzard’s Juke Joint 30th anniversary, the Hegeler Carus Mansion offers great entertainment all summer, every summer. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, tables, blankets and as much food and beverages as they need for a picnic on the law. The grounds open at 5:30 p.m.

Outdoor artisan fair — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22.

The public is invited to join the Hegeler Carus Foundation for its fifth annual outdoor art show and sale. It is a juried art show on the grounds of the Hegeler Carus Mansion. The art show and sale is an annual event to help support artists from the surrounding area.

Family friendly story night — 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 26.

Everyone is invited to gather at the gazebo on the west lawn of the Hegeler Carus Mansion as they partner with the Peru Public Library for a family-friendsly evening of fun and stories. The event will kick off with some familiar storybook characters interviewing for a job at the Hegeler Carus Mansion. You won’t want to miss this hilarious skit. Then, relax and enjoy as Steve Seaborn brings Edward Hegeler to life and tells fascinating stories about the Hegeler family. The grounds for this free event will open at 6 p.m. Participants may bring a picnic; only kid-friendly beverages will be allowed. Children must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

The Hegeler Carus Mansion is located at 1307 Seventh St. in LaSalle. You can contact the mansion by calling 815-224-6543. For information on events, visit www.hegelercarus.org/events. To contact the Hegeler Carus Foundation, call 815-224-5895.

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