Unplugged Fest – “Monarch Mamas of the Midwest (Papas welcome too!)”
September 11 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Unplugged Fest was cancelled on August 7th due to the weather. The reschedule date is 9/11/2022.
Last summer, many of us emerged from our quarantine, a bit hesitant and cautious, but full of hope that we would find a new normal that included friends and family that we had missed greatly. Twelve-year-old Alexis Alt was excited to be able to resume a more typical summer hanging out with her friends. She couldn’t help but notice that everywhere she went, people were glued to their phones and tablets, often missing out on the very thing they had missed during the pandemic—social interaction. She also knew that a lot of local businesses were struggling to recover and needed some help promoting themselves. So Alexis had an idea to have a community event that people could attend to learn more about things to do without being on an electronic device. She took her idea to the Village Board, and “Unplugged Fest” was born.
Local business owners will once again have the opportunity to have a tent or booth at the festival.
Last year, the most popular booth was the one run by the group called “Monarch Mamas of the Midwest (Papas welcome too!)”. Alexis had envisioned doing a butterfly release but knew she would be busy all day hosting the event, so she asked a family friend to bring some butterflies for people to release. The booth had Monarch Life Cycle crafts, educational handouts, free milkweed seed packets, and of course eggs/caterpillars/chrysalids for families to marvel at. This group is largely made up of community scientists who “foster” monarchs from egg to eclosing, releasing only OE-free adults back into nature for the betterment of the species. After all, a monarch egg laid in a typical Monarch Waystation garden has a 2-3% chance of survival, mostly due to parasites, predators, and pesticides. Raised under conditions approved by Monarch Watch, this group achieved a survival rate of 98.6% last summer. And the best part was that 263 monarchs were individually placed on children’s hands to be named and sent off into the tall oaks of Paulus Park.
Alexis is hosting the second Unplugged Fest this year on September 11, 2022 at Paulus Park in Lake Zurich, Illinois. She would love to have you join her!