Bagpipes & Bonfire
Thanks to everyone who made this year's Bagpipes & Bonfire a success!
To our members, guests, corporate and individual sponsors,
1,800 attendees, and volunteers, we are humbled by your support!
The brief, ‘Scottish Mist’ didn’t dampen the mood and it was followed by
a beautiful rainbow and sunshine which greeted the skydivers arrival and the
marching pipe bands leading up to the lighting of the bonfire.
A special thanks to our Bagpipes & Bonfire Chairs
Bagpipes & Bonfire Committee
Charlie and Calvine Bowen Josh Reichert
David and Lucia Cross Jake Searle
Rob and Nancy Isham Kent Searle
Sally Kerr Bleecker Burnett Ward
Silver Corporate Sponsors
Bartlett Tree Experts
Specialty Food Sponsor
Forest & Bluff
Deerpath Inn Metro Self Storage
Knauz Northwestern Medicine
Lighting of the Bonfire Sponsor
Marina and Peter Carney Chris and Erika Vernon
Special Thanks to our Dedicated Volunteers
Lindsey Anderson John Hinde
Leslie Basedow Lauren Hirsh
Brooke Rolek Augie Hoffmann
Janet Brown Charlie Hoffmann
Elyse Butler Peter Hoffmann
Brandon Bywater Gerry Johnson
Lisa Carlson Karla Johnson
Maureen Clarke Lori and John Julian
Nancy and Peter Clemens Jamee Kane
Betsy and Bill Conrad Margaret Kelley
Alex and Erin Close Ed McGlynn
Michelle Curley Cathy McGowan
Courtney Dunne Eleanor Meeks
Jon Flusser Colleen Nicholas
Susan Franzetti Suzanne and Amanda Nyren
David and Tucker Gaspar Rachel Osborne
Gay Georgi Gerry Palmer
Sarah and Toby Georgi Debbie Perlioni
Will Georgi Nancy and Kyle Pienkosz
Shawn and Beckett Gore Molly Sarver
Campbell and Sloane Gore Barb and Pat Storey
Sara Grant Morley Vahey
Gail Gudgeon Heather and Andy Wright
Please save the date for the 2017 Bagpipes & Bonfire on Sunday, September 24th!
Join us for our 30th annual Bagpipes & Bonfire on Sunday, September 24, 2017. Bring the whole family for an evening of games, fun, Scottish entertainment, picnic feast, wine, beer & spirits at the beautiful Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve. The evening culminates with the landing of kilted sky divers, a dramatic bagpipes procession and the lighting of the bonfire. For questions about the event please email or call 847.234.3880 x17.
Click here for a complete list of Bagpipes & Bonfire underwriting opportunities.
PLEASE NOTE: General admission parking is at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, 660 North Westmoreland Road with shuttles to and from the event site.
Forest & Bluff
Advance registration is open until midnight, Thursday, September 21. Day of event prices are $175/adult, $50/child (ages 4-20), 3 and under are free.
Rain or shine
Reservations for Bagpipes & Bonfire are held at the gate under your last name. No hard copy tickets will be issued. (Please note, no refunds will be given for this event).
Scroll down for information on joining us as a Patron, Order of the Tartan or Grand Tartan. General ticket reservations will be available in mid-August. Reservations for Bagpipes & Bonfire are held at the gate under your last name. No hard copy tickets will be issued.
Look for your invitation in the mail in August! Tickets will be available to purchase in mid-August.
General Admission reservations:
Members: $100/adult, $35/child (ages 4-20), 3 and under are free (through September 21)
Non-Members and Day of Event: $175/adult, $50/child (ages 4-20), 3 and under are free
Please consider joining us at one of the following sponsorship levels for Bagpipes & Bonfire and enjoy some of the benefits below:
$750 Patron benefits:
- Four tickets to the event;
- Patron listing in the Bagpipes & Bonfire invitation;
- One valet parking pass ON SITE (all general admission guest must take a shuttle from an off-site location) with special entrance and patron bar;
- Family photo taken at the event.
$1,650 Order of the Tartan benefits:
- All of the above plus;
- Order of the Tartan listing in the Bagpipes & Bonfire invitation;
- Two additional tickets to the event for a total of 6 tickets;
- Special Order of the Tartan Hospitality Tent, (relocated closer to parade ground) including special Tartan buffet and full bar.
$7,500 Grand Tartan:
- Please email for waitlist or sponsorship opportunities.