Hello to Dolly and Lighthouse in June

The end of school doesn’t really end the spring fun season.

This comes in a month.

McMurry has already started its summer theater season, although it is not yet summer. Still, we had enough 100-degree days in May to call it summer.

Two more shows are coming up, including Chicago’s regional premiere in late July.

On deck, of course, is the 10th Children’s Art and Literacy Festival, which honors the first female illustrator, Sophie Blackall.

The costume competition is one of many fun activities for young people at the annual Children's Art and Literacy Festival, which starts on Thursday.

The three-day celebration begins Thursday with the Storybook Parade and the unveiling of the latest sculpture in the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden. This will be Winnie the Pooh from The Bear Quest.

Unlike most CALF artists, Blackall has been here before. She made a solo exhibition in the fall of 2018 at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, where her works will soon be exhibited.

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