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Welcome autumn with Bagpipes and Bonfire

Bagpipes   Bonfire event Sept. 23 from 4 7 p.m. Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve Lake Forest.

Bagpipes & Bonfire event Sept. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve in Lake Forest.

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Updated: November 19, 2012 1:35AM

LAKE FOREST — The north shore’s signature celebration of the transition to autumn occurs at Lake Forest Open Lands’ annual Bagpipes & Bonfire event Sept. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve, from Waukegan Road turn west onto Middlefork Drive. This year’s silver anniversary celebration of the harvest season features Scottish Highland athletes and dancers, hay rides, sky divers, music, fun activities for children of all ages and a harvest picnic supper. The evening culminates with the spectacular parade of bagpipers on the Middlefork savanna and the lighting of the traditional bonfire at dusk.

In the tradition of the event, originally begun by Evelyn Shaw McCutcheon at Ragdale in 1928, this event brings together family and friends to celebrate the burning of the fall brush.

This year’s chairs include life director, Margaret Hart, former Lake Forest Open Lands’ board member, Kitty Hart Lansing and current board member, Sage Lansing DePree.

Advanced reservations are required. Tickets are $100 and $35 for children members and $175 and $50 for children non members. For more information about membership and tickets to the event, visit, contact Leslie Davidson at (847) 234-3880 ext. 17, or email

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