Libertyville Celebrates Its History with Art Appreciation

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Byline: AbScalf Daily Herald Staff Writer

Music and theater were among the attractions filling downtown Libertyville last week as MainStreet Libertyville celebrated Historic Preservation Week.

"I hope it fosters appreciation for our town and highlights the value of the arts in the community," MainStreet Libertyville committee co-chairman Anne Malecki said about the week's performances.

Among the entertainment during the third annual celebration was youth music night. Sixteen acts performed Thursday in Cook Park and walkways through downtown. The acts ranged from rock to drama to a string quartet.

Malecki said the program served as a venue where the kids can perform, adding there are not enough wholesome opportunities for area children.

The entertainment was centered in Cook Park last Saturday. In addition to viewing artwork featuring the village's historic sites, the public was treated to performances by "Emotional Shock," "Big Eyed Beans from Venus" and "The Bald-Headed Hitmen."

"Arts bring the people downtown," Malecki said.

Along with the music, the week also featured an architectural treasure hunt, a flower sale and costumed photos in Liberty Walk.

Malecki said the week brings adults and children together to educate, encouraging them to visit the buildings and understand its history. …