Thanksgiving, as it does each year, never fails to remind me of the lesson about Native Americans teaching the Pilgrims how to farm in the new land. The image that comes to mind from my early school days is an Indian planting a whole fish along with a few kernels of corn, illustrating, no doubt, the sensible farming practice of fertilization.
Seven Generations Ahead hosted its third annual "Taste for the Seasons" Benefit and Celebration of All Things Sustainable at the Garfield Park Conservatory on Nov. 19. Top area chefs prepared dishes made with locally-raised organic food for the 300 guests, who were also entertained with live jazz and a silent auction.
Bits of white plaster peek through the dome ceiling, booming music reverberates through the crowd and cigarette smoke flavors the air at the Congress Theater in Chicago. Suddenly, the lights dim, fans scream from their seats and 30 women on roller skates storm the track. The championship game of the Windy City Rollers is about to begin.
Tomorrow will be an especially joyous Thanksgiving for longtime Oak Parkers John and Carol Stanger. Two new grandsons, born 13 days apart on June 20 and July 3, will be joining the family celebration. The birth of the first, Cameron Cox, was happily anticipated. The birth of the second, Robbie Hayward West, was a surprise. A total, amazing surprise.
I keep saying, "Pushing 60 is all the exercise I need." I wage my personal, on-going battle against becoming a cranky old coot in various valiant ways, ever struggling to remain calm, cool and collected no matter what.
River Forest resident Roz Varon and Glenn Kedzie were recently wed in a gala reception at Marshall Field's, complete with an Eli's cheesecake wedding cake and music by the Allan Kaye Orchestra. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii.
The Oak Park Farmers' Market came to a close a little less than three weeks ago. Lucky for Rob Gardner and his family, they have two freezers and a chilly room in the basement to store all the local food that will get them through the winter and into the start of next year's growing season.
Undra Heard, owner of Stone & Alchemy on Harrison Street, has been making jewelry since November 1999, when he was laid off from his job as a communications tech. Looking for something to do, he signed up for a beginning jewelry class. And although he felt somewhat self-conscious when he discovered he was the only male student, he decided to stick with it anyway.