Sunday, September 19 

4:00-7:00 p.m. | Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve

Patrons, Order of the Tartans and Grand Tartans (Reservations taken through Friday, September 10)
We hope you will consider supporting and joining us this year at one of our patron levels and enjoy a festive picnic dinner provided by LFOLA. Reservations and benefits are in detail below.

General Admission Reservations (Reservations taken through Thursday, September 16)
NEW THIS YEAR, general admission has changed. Our general admission guests will have a Ravinia-style picnic and bring their own food, refreshments, chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities on the field. We'll bring the bagpipes and bonfire! 

Members: $50/adult, $25/child ages 6-17, 5 & under free
Non-members and Day of walk-in: $75/adult, $35/child ages 6-17, 5 & under free

Saturday, September 18 

6:30 p.m.
Once again we want to share our spirit of community with the pipers playing Amazing Grace at sunset (6:30 p.m.) in various location throughout Lake Forest and Lake Bluff. CLICK HERE for a location near you!

On behalf of Lake Forest Open Lands’ Board of Directors, we are delighted to light the LFOLA fire once again and welcome all back to the field for our signature fundraiser, Bagpipes & Bonfire. The pipers will march, the sun will set and bonfire will be lit in person on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve from 4-7:00 pm. Proceeds from this event go to support our important conservation mission and work in the community.

In the spirit of embracing our cultural history, we offer special tribute to our Native American predecessors with tribal dancing performances on the field Sunday evening in addition to the traditional marching pipe bands. There will be entertainment for all on the field throughout the event including music, crafts, games and fly casting.

On Saturday evening, September 18, once again we want to share our spirit of community with the pipers playing Amazing Grace at sunset (6:30 p.m.) in various location throughout Lake Forest and Lake Bluff.

Culminate your evening with family and friends at the lighting of the bonfire!



American Legion
Church of The Holy Spirit 
Cherokee School
Everett Farm Nature Preserve
Everett School
First Presbyterian Church
Forest Park
Lake Forest Place
Lake Bluff Gazebo

Lake Forest Country Day School
Lake Forest High School
Market Square
Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
Sheridan School
South Park
St. Patrick Church
Waveland Park
West Park

We are no longer offering online reservations to the event. Please note, that we are taking Day of event walk-in: $75/adult, $35/child ages 6-17, 5 & under free.

Bring a little LFOLA home to you. Visit our Bagpipes & Bonfire live auction!


Click here or scroll down this page for patron benefits and reservations.

Bagpipes & Bonfire Gift

Please note that general admission has changed to a Ravinia-style picnic on the field. Bring your own food, refreshments, chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities. If you'd prefer to pick up a picnic dinner on your way to the field "think locally"

Enjoy the magical sounds of the pipers piping as the sun sets over the Middlefork Savanna.

In the spirit of embracing our cultural history, we offer special tribute to our Native American predecessors with tribal dancing performances.

We hope you will consider supporting and joining us this year at a patron level as detailed below:

• Special reserved picnic area (bring your own chairs and blankets);
• Beer on tap to enjoy (or bring your own refreshments);
• 4 Scottish-themed picnic dinners and a bottle of wine for pick up in the Patron picnic area;
• 1 preferred parking pass;
• Additional tickets available for $75/additional guest;
• Professional family photo taken at the event;
• Patron listing in the event program and on our website.

All of the above plus; access to a special tented seating area reserved exclusively for all Order of the Tartan patrons;
• Order of the Tartan hospitality tent includes a signature full bar
• 6 Scottish-themed dinners in a picnic bag for pick up in the Order of the Tartan tent:
 Additional tickets available for $75/additional guest.


• All of the above plus; individual reserved tented seating area with an exclusive Scotch tasting bar;
• A Grand Tartan bar to enjoy the drinks of your choice; 
• 8 Scottish-themed dinners delivered to your tent in a picnic basket;
1 additional preferred parking pass (for a total of 2);
• Up to 6 additional dinners available for purchase per tent ($75/additional guest).

Grand Tartans ($7,500+)
Anne and Steve Bent
Marina Carney in memory of Peter Carney
Jeff DePree and Belcher Families
Sue Dixon
Connie and Tom Duckworth
Jamee† and Marshall Field
Stephanie and John Harris

Hunter Family
Karla and Rob Johnson
Ann and Greg Jones
Jamee and Michael Kane
Knauz Auto Group
John and Paula Lillard
Blair and Becky Nagel

Elizabeth and Shelby Pruett
Sally Searle
Martha† and Howard Simpson
The Sommers Family
Robin and Sandy Stuart
Maryann and Tom Wells
† Deceased

Order of the Tartans ($1,500+)
Mark and Charlotte Ahern
Steve and Meg Barnhart
Charlie and Calvine Bowen
Dennis and Maureen Brown
Carruthers Family
Matthew Claeys
George and Alexandra Covington

Winnie and Bob Crawford
Katie and Matt Frekko
Mark and Mary Hoffman
Robert C. Kinnucan
Robert G. Knight, Jr. Family
Metro Storage
North Shore Gas

Mary and Robert Pasquesi
Jim and Paula Preschlack
The Quigley Family
Robin and Timm Reynolds
Betsy and Andy Rosenfield
Linda Shields in memory of Jerry Shields

Patrons ($500+)
Caroline and John Ballantine
Steve and Mary Baer
Susan Bouma
Chip and Mary Brennan
Jackson D. Brown
Ray and Nancy Buschmann
Pete and Elyse Butler
Cathie and Chris Carolin
Roger and Marion Christoph
Francesa and Liam Connell
Cathy and Rick Crowley
John and Jill Danaher
Miranda and Robert Donnelley
Tom and Maureen Fitzgerald
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Foley
Thompson and Katie Ford Family
The Forestiere-Parthun Family
Susan Franzetti and Guy DeBoo
Gay and Otto Georgi

Louise and Jim Glasser
Alice and Ren Goltra
Melissa and Andrew Goltra
Julie and Henry Greene
Todd and Sarah Helfrich
Susie and Charlie Hoffmann
Lynn and Ned Jessen
Thomas Keim
Margaret and Jonathan Kelley
William Kirk
Kitty and Rob Lansing
Scott and Mary Anne Larson
Tracy Lee
Alan and Anne Lerner
Caroline and Marty Masterson
Mark and Lori McLaughlin
Michael and Jenny McMurray
Susan and Phil Merlin

The Harold Morrison Family
Mark and Betty Neerhof
Mary and Dennis O'Brien
Steve and Jill Pace
Matt Pannier
Bruce and Judith Reid
Debbie and Mark Saran
Scotty Searle
John and Susan Sentell
Dr. and Mrs. Edward W. St. Ville
Sullivan Family
Michelle and Chris Taubensee
Julie and Steve Valenti
Fred and Jacqueline Wacker
Mrs. Henry P. Wheeler
Barbara and Alain Wood-Prince
Andrew and Marie Woods
Susan and Stephen Wright

Other Gifts
Audrey and Brad Berish
Nancy and Peter Clemens
Carol and Rick Dall
Kathryn Dohrmann and Edward Packel
Sally and Tim Downey

Jean Greene
Whitley and David Herbert
Genevieve Hillis
Mr. and Mrs. L. Hitchcock
Cathy and Joe McGowan
Perry and Trey Minter

Moorhead Family
Nancy Smith
Heather and David Strong
Pam and David Waud
Robin and Mike Zafirovski

Piper Escorts
Matt Barba
Calvine and Charlie Bowen
Marina Carney
Marion Cartwright
Nancy Clemens
Liam Connell
Nancy and Jeff Conover
Veronica De Nicolo & Family
Msgr. Dempsey
Tom Dickelman

Sally Downey
Dave Gaspar & Family
Gay Georgi
Mary Hoffman
Augie Hoffmann
Joy Hurd
Greg Jones
Reid Kelly
Ryan London
Aldona Marchese

Tom Marks
Cathy McGowan
Rachel McMahon
Matt Palmer & Family
George Pandaleon
Rev. Clint Roberts
Kathy Rotha
Amy Wagliardo
John Sentell

Special Thanks
Cecily George Photography
Chef Paul Catering
City of Lake Forest
Pierce Clair
The Deerpath Inn
Didier Farms

Flowers by Katie Ford
Charlie Hoffmann
Lake Forest College
Lawrence Deans Bakery
MacFarlane Pheasants Inc.
Maureen Marsh

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Soft Wave Fish Co.
Nancy Strolle
Sunset Foods
Village of Lake Bluff

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