Drag show held at Lake in the Hills Bakery which was vandalized
As Corrina Sac set up tables and chairs in UpRising Bakery and Cafe on Sunday morning, she said she was thrilled to finally host the family drag show which was twice canceled after harassment, vandalism and a problem zoning.
“We are so grateful to everyone for allowing and supporting us with these events,” said Sac, the owner of the Lake in the Hills boutique.
Sac said she wanted Sunday’s show to remain low-key for her customers and performers following the negative attention the bakery received for hosting the drag show. “Today we ask for confidentiality, as well as support, so that we can have an event without incident.”
The show went quietly without the supposed appearance of the Proud Boys. Steady rain kept some demonstrators in their vehicles. “We pray,” said a woman inside a black SUV as she held a Bible in her hand.
Illinois State Police and Lake Police in the Hills was patrolling the parking lot before and during the show, but there didn’t seem to be any issues. Contrary to the originally planned show, no streets were blocked and the parking lot remained open.
UpRising canceled the July 23 brunch after a vandal smashed windows and wrote derogatory words on the cafe’s walls. Last week, Sac announced another cancellation because Lake in the Hills told it it had the wrong entertainment zoning. The bakery started holding events late last year without any problems, she said in a video posted on social media.
The American Civil Liberties Union worked with Sac and the village to pave the way for the show.
“I’m so glad the haters didn’t win and the hate didn’t prevail,” said Eva Baker of Stand Up Against Racism McHenry. Baker volunteered to help Sac with the performance. She said she was not surprised by the controversy because there are a lot of “fear mongers who need to learn love, acceptance and tolerance”.
Cary resident Joanna Tetreault brought her children, ages 13 and 7, to see headliner Jakki Love and other performers. She bought her tickets in June. “I just think it’s a fantastic, fun and entertaining idea for everyone,” she said as she waited in her car for the doors to open.
Tetreault said she was shocked to see how things surrounding the original event turned out. “Honestly, I don’t understand why people have to be so hateful. If you don’t like something or disagree with something, don’t participate. Just let people live.
Sac hopes to host more drag shows in the future.