When our good friend, Leah Tuneberg, executive director of Rockford's River District Association, paid a visit to the WROK Morning Show, she filled us in on a really cool event coming to downtown Rockford on Saturday, September 24th. It's called "Picnic En Plein Air."

Picnic En Plein Air is a fundraiser for the River District Association's ongoing efforts to create and promote a thriving business and residential community in Rockford's downtown neighborhood, and based upon what Leah told us, it's going to be a great time for all involved.

The River District's website explains how the event lays out:

Picnic en Plein Air will be an outdoor dining experience like no other as we will host an engaging evening on Water Street near the City Market Pavilion and along the riverfront walking path and Millennium Fountain park in downtown Rockford.

The Americana and Rustic/Vintage style evening will be catered by well known chef Paul Sletten, owner of Abreo. Bar service will be provided by Prairie Street Brewhouse.

In addition, local artists will be creating original works of art throughout the night. The works created by our artists will then be auctioned off to help with future RDA events and programs. Live music by Derek Luttrell will accompany the evening.

If you're thinking (as I was) "what happens if it rains," don't worry, the River District has a inclement weather contingency plan in place. However, with an event of this magnitude, we're fairly confident that Mother Nature will not only cooperate, but pull up a chair as well.

For more information, or to get yourself and a friend registered for Picnic En Plein Air, click here.

To hear Leah Tuneberg's interview with us, click here.