Events in the Bowen Heritage Circle

Tanabata

Tanabata, the Japanese Star Festival, takes place on the 7th day of the 7th month of the year. Legend has it, that two lovers (stars) Altair and Vega, usually separated from each other by the Milky Way, are able to meet this one night of the year. Make a wish and attach your personal wish or haiku poem for the upcoming year to the “wishing tree”; otherwise, Altair and Vega cannot meet.

Oakwood Cemetery Walk

Oakwood Cemetery Walk, an annual event that began in 1995, takes the participants through the city cemetery (1851). Visitors to Oakwood have been taken back to a time and place that has ranged from pre- Civil War to as recent as 1979. Four to six “residents” are portrayed by local “actors” each year. There has always been diversity among the characters portrayed. Finding information about women and minorities has been challenging but rewarding. The cemetery walk has featured the first female physician in Waukegan and George Washington Bell, a former slave turned Union soldier. This annual event is a cooperative program between the Waukegan Park District, City of Waukegan, and the Waukegan Historical Society.