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History and music presented at Byron Colby Barn

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  • Betsey Means of WomanLore portrays and adapts the story of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.

      Betsey Means of WomanLore portrays and adapts the story of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.
    Courtesy of Liberty Prairie Foundation

  • Renowned harpsichord musician David Schrader celebrates his birthday with Ars Antigua at Byron Colby Barn.

      Renowned harpsichord musician David Schrader celebrates his birthday with Ars Antigua at Byron Colby Barn.
    Courtesy of Liberty Prairie Foundation

 
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Two events will be take place Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake.

At noon, celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America with "Daisy's Girls: Camping with Juliette Gordon Low," as portrayed and adapted by Betsey Means of WomanLore: Performing Women in History. Admission is $5 for all ages.

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At 4 p.m., the 11th season of the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn begins with a special performance by Ars Antigua. Celebrate the 60th birthday of David Schrader, renowned harpsichord musician, performing his favorite repertoire from the Renaissance through Classical eras with Ars Antigua. Admission is $18.

Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927) was the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA. A wealthy socialite, Low spent most of her life enjoying the recreations of the privileged classes. After meeting the founder of the Boy Scouts, Sir Robert Baden-Powell, she discovered a social cause to which she would devote the rest of her life.

An enthusiastic organizer and fundraiser, Low led the formation of the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912. By the time of her death, the Girl Scouts had become a successful national organization with thousands of members.

Girl Scout troops, history buffs, and theater aficionados will enjoy this educational performance in celebration of the Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary.

WomanLore brings to life powerful women of bygone eras who have been waiting in the wings for someone to invoke their spirits and allow them to live again in the moment. Performances are adapted directly from journals, autobiographies, and personal writings.

The Ars Antigua program includes selections by W.F. Bach, J.S. Bach, and C.P.E. Bach. WFMT (98.7), Chicago's fine arts and classical radio station, will be at the Byron Colby Barn to record Ars Antigua's performance to be broadcast to listeners throughout the Chicago area.

The Byron Colby Barn is at 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake, inside the Prairie Crossing conservation community. Enter Prairie Crossing at Jones Point Road and Route 45, south of Route 120.

The Byron Colby Barn and ample free parking are on the southwest corner, just past the Prairie Crossing Charter School. Visit www.prairiecrossing.com/bcbarn.

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