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“Custer’s Last Stand” Festival of the Arts will be held on June 18 and 19, between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. each day. (The arts and crafts section will close at 7 p.m.). The main entrance is at Main Street and Chicago Avenue. A truly eclectic artist mix plus music, food, non-stop activities for kids, and an EcoVillage sponsored by Whole Foods Market are among the highlights of the 40th annual “Custer’s Last Stand” Festival of the Arts. 

The fest’s diverse offerings of arts & crafts includes everything from ceramics, paintings and pottery to jewelry, wearable art, antiques, collectibles and much more. The returning “EcoVillage”—located at Sherman and Main—will again showcase green and organic products and services.   

Custer’s features nearly 400 artisans, including sidewalk sales vendors and antique dealers, music on two stages, a children’s park with non-stop activities and entertainment, a theatre stage and food booths featuring the cuisine of more than 30 restaurants. The suggested gate donation of $1 benefits the Evanston Arts Depot.  

The entertainment at Custer’s Last Stand offers something for all musical tastes. The Guitar Works Show Stage (located at Custer Avenue and Washington Street), and the Festival Stage (at Chicago and Main) will feature an eclectic lineup of folk, jazz and Native American music/dance acts.   

And for a third year running, the Piccolo Theatre will again present the “Professor Theopholis T. Lemming’s Medicine Show” featuring 20 variety acts including theatre, puppets, juggling and clowns performing throughout the fair and on the Piccolo Theatre Stage at the Evanston Arts Depot at 600 Main (near Chicago Ave).

Reba Early Learning Center’s (RELC)  Family Group is hosting a Rummage Sale, which will take place during Evanston’s 40th Annual Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts (June 18-19th).    Parents of RELC students and Center staff have contributed gently used children’s clothing, toys, and household items for sale.  Proceeds from the sale will support the Family Group improvements to the RELC children’s playground equipment. 

The rummage sale will take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day at the parking lot directly adjacent to RELC (located at 740 Custer Avenue). 

Reba Early Learning Center’s mission is to work with families to instill a love of learning in young children within a safe, nurturing and caring community.  It is Reba Early Learning Center’s vision for all children to learn and grow in their own way at their own pace, and to reach their maximum potential.  We believe that we best meet our mission and vision by creating a respectful environment that fosters and encourages the best in every child, parent/guardian, and teacher.  We are in the business of discovering, learning, and growing as individuals and as a community.  For more information, please see http://www.rebaearlylearningcenter.com/.