What’s new in ‘09

By on August 19, 2009

Festival has new features
by Martha Quetsch

First all-day bag-book sale
The Friends of the Town & Country Public Library always offers a chance for people to buy a bag filled with books for a few dollars, but in the past, the special discount has been limited to the last two hours of the Friends’ two-day book sale. This year, the Friends will offer the bag-book sale during the entire second day of the event, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

“We will start it when the doors open,” Friends member Joan Hansen said.

Patrons may fill a grocery bag (supplied by the Friends) with books, and pay just $2 per bag or $5 for two bags. Collectible books are excluded.

Another addition: RC on-road race
Hobbytown USA offers an off-road remote control race on Sunday during Elburn Days and this year also will feature an on-road race at the festival on Saturday at noon. It will take place in the Lions Park parking lot, where contestants can compete against others with similarly equipped remote-control cars and trucks, racing them on an obstacle course.

The hobby store has an on-road race twice a month at its shop in St. Charles, from May through September. At the Elburn Days on-road race and those held at the store, competitors can earn points toward winning trophies and prizes at the end of the season from Hobbytown U.S.A. For entry cost information, call the store at (630) 587-1256.

Fresh entertainment: HiFi Superstars
HiFi Superstars will take the Elburn Days main stage for the first time at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Lions Park. Combining a ’70s rock vibe with crunchy, modern, pop-rock energy, HiFi Superstar delivers originals with a vintage rock sound, as well as old-school classics.

HiFi Superstar’s debut CD, “New Revolution,” featuring the song “Milk and Honey,” first opened the doors to a broader audience and led to an exclusive spot on “The Great Independent Rock CD, Volume 1.” The band has opened for national headlining acts including Stryper, Cheap Trick and American Idol’s Bo Bice.

The band’s sound has been compared to that of Cheap Trick, The Knack, Rooney, Weezer, the Raspberries and the Gin Blossoms.

Although HiFi Superstar is known for its melodic rock sound, the band is not afraid to occasionally flirt with an R&B groove or infuse a bit of funk into the mix, the group’s website states (www.hifisuperstar.com).