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An Historic Harvest Ball, Theatre and Brassy Music

It's harvest time - and a celebration with a variety of activities in Racine County.

From the looks of Racine County farm fields, the fall harvest is nearing completion. It's a time to celebrate with a variety of entertainment options!

Here are a few of our picks for early November:

Step back into history. Memorial Hall, 72 Seventh St., is the place for a one-of-a-kind event on Saturday, Nov. 5. Guests are invited to don military dress and evening gowns of the Civil War era for an authentic Harvest Ball. You'll have the chance  to twirl to Virginia Reels, polkas and waltzes accompanied by the Wisconsin 1st Brigade brass band. Volunteers are on hand to teach dance steps so everyone can join in the fun. Tickets are $35 and include heavy appetizers. A cash bar is available. Tickets may be ordered through the 1st Brigade Band website (www.1stbrigadeband.org)

Take the kids to a classic with a twist. The Racine Children's Theatre opens its 79th season with eight performances of "Cinderella, Cinderella" at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. The classic fairy tale, with a comedy twist, is for kids ages 4 and older. Showtimes are at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 and at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All tickets are $6. Please call ahead as these shows often sell out.  262-633-4218.

Experience some brass. Belle City Brassworks presents "A Brass Spectacular" at 1 p.m. Sunday at Park High School's John Burns Theater, 1901 12th St. If you like your music big and brassy, this performance is for you. Guest artists are J.D. Shaw, a nationally known French horn player, and Brassa Nova, an area high school honors brass ensemble. Tickets, at $8 for adults and $6 students/seniors, are available at the door.

Don't forget First Friday.  Downtown Racine shops and galleries will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. for the monthly First Friday. Artists demonstrations and special displays will be up all over Downtown. The Racine Art Museum, including the new "Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads" exhibit will be open with free admission.

One more thing.  Changing seasons means changing hours at the Real
Racine Visitor Center, 14015 Washington Ave. (I-94 exit 333.) We're now open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday through March. Drop by and say hello!

Have fun this weekend.  We can keep you posted on things to do. Visit www.realracine.com or "like" us at www.facebook.com/realracine

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