One of the Rockford area’s biggest community-wide garage sale will be held Saturday, May 21 from 9 am until 4 pm in the gated community of Candlewick Lake just north of Belvidere. Not only will it be fun to sift through the unwanted collectibles of boat owners and lakefront residents, but you’ll also get a chance to come in a see Candlewick’s amenities for yourself firsthand. Normally the community is closed to the public but it’s open to all Saturday, May 21
By Ray Hanania
Did you ever wonder what kind of everyday “things” people who own boats or who live next to a lake collect around their homes?
It’s not all fish. But you can find out for yourself in one of the Rockford region’s largest coordinated garage sales, hosted by homeowners in the gated, managed Candlewick Lake community just north of Belvidere, Illinois.
The Candlewick Management Association has organized a community-wide garage sale to be held Saturday, May 21, 2016 and it’s open to the public. You don’t have to live in Candlewick to sift through the relics and memorabilia that will be on sale.
The garage sale was opened on Friday for residents of the lake community, but it will open to the public on Saturday between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm. Normally you must have permission to enter the gated community but the gates will be open for visitors and people interested in checking out the garage sale offerings.
The nice thing about a garage sale is not just finding that treasure you’ve always been hunting for and buying it at a radically discounted price, but you also get to meet people.
Candlewick Lake homeowners are friendly and hospitable. That’s what living next to a beautiful lake will do for you.
The Candlewick annual garage sale is also a great opportunity to check out the properties around the lake. Who knows? Maybe you’ll want to buy more than a used boat, a used Johnson Outboard motor, dining room table, bat stools, toys for the kids, or a new toy for Fido. You just might want to check out some of the homes that are also up for sale there, and find yourself lakefront in one of the region’s best man-made lakes. Kicking back, relaxing and enjoying the endless panoramic views.
Candlewick Lake is also a great place to go fishing. The lake is stocked with Walleye, Bass, Northern Pike among more than a dozen other available fish species. There is nothing like battling a Northern Pike or Walleye on a sun drenched afternoon.
The garage sale event gives individuals who normally do not have access to the lake area to view the property and obtain information about the community’s resources, which also feature a community recreation center, swimming pool, health club, several parks, golf course and restaurants.
Association officials said they anticipate as many as 100 homes participating in the garage sale offering everything from used household items to fishing boats, vehicles and more.
For more information, visit Candlewick’s official website at www.CandlewickLake.org.
I hope to see you out there. Remember, it’s open Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9 am until 4 pm. The gates will be open all day. There is no admission charge at all. And, there are plenty of other amenities including restrooms Public rest rooms for visitors are available at the recreation center, Savannah Oaks Golf Course, and at Friendship Park.
Did I forget to mention that Candlewick residents also get to enjoy 9 holes of golf, a small beach area, an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant at the community center?
Here are more photos of Friday’s offerings.
Hanania covered Chicago political beats including Chicago City Hall while at the Daily Southtown Newspapers (1976-1985) and later for the Chicago Sun-Times (1985-1992). He published The Villager Community Newspapers covering 12 Southwest suburban regions (1993-1997). Hanania also hosted live political news radio talkshows on WLS AM (1980 - 1991), and also on WBBM FM, WLUP FM, WSBC AM in Chicago, and WNZK AM in Detroit.
The recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, Hanania was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Hananiaalso received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
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