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Railroad music to be featured at Homestead

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Railroad programming continues Sunday at DeKalb’s J.F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center with railroad-themed music by “Mike and the 3Ds,” from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

To commemorate Joseph F. Glidden’s part in bringing the railroad through DeKalb back in the late 1800s, the Homestead & Historical Center will continue special railroad programming from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Railroad enthusiasts Bill Cummings of DeKalb and Rich DeMink of Downers Grove are featured presenters during the Glidden Railroad Days programming.

“Mike and the 3Ds” features Dave Kolars (guitar), Dale Ludewig (mandolin), Derek Gray (fiddle) and Mike Warfel (bass). Kolars, of DeKalb, is a woodworker, an instrument collector, researcher, luthier and performer. He plays guitar, resophonic guitar, steel guitar, mandolin and ukulele with “The Redberry Elders” and “The Wacky Keys.” Ludewig, also of DeKalb, operates Woodworks & Ludewig Mandolins. He plays mandolin, banjo, ukulele and guitar, and also plays with “The Redberry Elders.”

Gray lives in DeKalb and works for Ball Seeds in Elburn. He plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar and sitar with “Old Soul Company,” “Celtic Sounds,” “Treehouse,” and “Red Kruner.” Warfel lives in Warrenville and works for the City of Naperville Water Department. He plays bass and guitar wih “The Wacky Keys,” “The Redberry Elders,” and “The Running Fox Bluegrass Band.”

Admission is $4 for ages 14 and older and free for those younger than 14. Members are admitted free. The Glidden Homestead & Historical Center is located at 921 W. Lincoln Highway.

For more information, call 815-756-7904 or visit

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