Thank you to all who participated in our re-imagined Bagpipes & Bonfires @ Home event on Saturday, September 19! 

And, thank you, Lake Forest for helping us bring the Bagpipes & Bonfire spirit to our neighborhoods on Saturday!

We’re looking forward to September 2021. Until then, see you on the trails.

Saturday, September 19 
THE PIPES ARE CALLING...

4:30-6:00 p.m. | Patron, Order of the Tartans and Grand Tartans ​
Hear the pipers, have a dram and pick up your dinner at Mellody Farm to enjoy the Bagpipes & Bonfire spirit at home.
Mellody Farm Nature Preserve

6:30 p.m. | The Pipes are Calling...OUR GIFT TO YOU
Bring the Bagpipes & Bonfire spirit @ Home with you!

Pipers will appear throughout Lake Forest to play Amazing Grace simultaneously at sunset creating a magical, mystical moment to bring our community together in a time when we need this camaraderie. We hope you will walk out the door of your home or gather at one of the piper locations in your neighborhood to enjoy the majesty of the moment and let this inspire you throughout the year as you create your own memories in Lake Forest Open Lands' nature preserves.

UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO COVID-19 WE WILL NOT BE HOSTING A LOTTERY FOR A LARGE GROUP GATHERING ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20. On Saturday, September 19 Patron, Order of the Tartan and Grand Tartan dinners are available to enjoy at home (scroll down for more information) and we will have 30 bagpipers playing throughout the community at 6:30 pm for all to enjoy.

MAP OF PIPERS

A PIPER IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: 

American Legion
Lake Forest Cemetery
Cherokee School
Church of The Holy Spirit 
Deerpath Inn
Deer Path Middle School
Everett Farm Nature Preserve
Everett School
First Presbyterian Church
Forest Park
Gorton Community Center
Lake Forest College
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Lake Forest Place

Lake Forest Country Day School
Lake Forest High School
Market Square
Mayflower Road
Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve
Sheridan School
Skokie River Nature Preserve
South Park
St. Mary's Park
St. Patrick Church
Sunset Corner/Settler's Square
Triangle Park
Waveland Park
West Park

Bagpipes & Bonfire is Lake Forest Open Lands’ traditional autumn celebration of our community and its beautiful open spaces. It is also the primary fundraiser for Lake Forest Open Lands and the proceeds support our important conservation mission and work. 

Our beautiful nature preserves have remained open to all these past few months and the support of the community is more important than ever to continue to maintain them. Therefore, we are committed to keep the LFOLA fire burning again this fall in the hearts of our community if not in person!

We are not able to host the traditional picnic and bonfire on the Middlefork Farm field this year. To raise awareness of Lake Forest Open Lands and this event, we hope to keep our tradition strong and make this community spirit available to as many people as possible while engaging the community responsibly.

Despite all in 2020, the pipers will march and the sun will set. We hope you can join in!

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

We hope you will consider supporting and joining us this year on Saturday, September 19 at one of the patron levels detailed below:

· Be greeted by pipers as you pick up 4 Scottish-themed dinners and dessert at Mellody Farm Nature Preserve. A dram of whiskey included with your adult dinners.
· A Scotch tasting to enjoy a dram while you pick up your dinner.
· A professional family photo taken at the preserve.
· Patron listing in the Bagpipes & Bonfire program, at lfola.org and in a Forest & Bluff post-event ad.

· Be greeted by pipers as you pick up 6 Scottish-themed dinners, a bottle of single malt Scotch whisky and dessert at Mellody Farm Nature Preserve.
· A Scotch tasting to enjoy a dram while you pick up your dinner.
· A professional family photo taken at the preserve.
· Order of the Tartan listing in the Bagpipes & Bonfire program, at lfola.org and in a Forest & Bluff post-event ad.

· 8 Scottish-themed dinners, a bottle of single malt Scotch whisky, dessert and a seasonal floral arrangement, all delivered to your home on Saturday evening by a bagpiper and LFOLA Board or staff member between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
· A bagpiper will play the ceremonial Amazing Grace and several popular Scottish tunes at your home.
· Grand Tartan listing in the Bagpipes & Bonfire program, at lfola.org and in a Forest & Bluff post-event ad.

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