Are you familiar with the word, "Chautauqua?*" It refers to an institution that flourished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries providing popular entertainment and education in the form of lectures, concerts and plays -- often presented outdoors. Classical WNIU encourages you to experience this tradition brought back to life at the Midway Village Museum in Rockford, June 9th and 10th. In fact, John Heyl** Vincent -- a former Rockford minister -- was one of the founders of the Chautauqua movement, named for Chautauqua County, New York where the first gatherings began.

It's been FORTY YEARS since Charlotte's Web for the Performing Arts first started connecting Rockford to fascinating artists and musicians from all over the world! Join WNIJ and Charlotte's Web in celebrating this milestone Saturday, June 2nd with music and fun starting at 1! The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center campus sets not one but two stages to showcase the likes of James Lee Stanley, Bonnie Kolac, Miles Nielsen, Ernie Hendrickson and many others for this full-day fest in Rockford.

Classical WNIU is proud to support Klehm Arboretum in presenting its 19th annual Garden Fair in Rockford, the first weekend in June.

Throughout the years, this outdoor fair has become a popular shopping spot for many local gardeners seeking flowers, nursery stock, tools, artwork and other outdoor-related items and inspiration. This 3-day event features over 80 exhibitors and draws thousands of visitors to the grounds of Klehm Arboretum, making it the area’s largest outdoor living marketplace!