Quincy Hughes is a jack of many trades. She's a nurse, multimedia artist, jewelry maker, mother of five, art teacher. But she's an expertâ€"perhaps the world's foremost expertâ€"in one particular substance.
I have a dear, distant friend I've never met. Her name is Sylvia and she lives in Ottawa, Canada. Mark David, her son, and his beautiful wife Jacquitta, are two of my closest and dearest friends who (I'm happy to say) are never ill at ease when it comes to cooking for a chef.
The Village of River Forest was incorporated on Oct. 24, 1880, which makes this the 125th anniversary year. Milestone birthdays are always a good excuse for a look back, and it turns out there's plenty to see.
For the last quarter century, major classical music stars have been making the rare trip to River Forest, to perform at Dominican University's annual Trustee Benefit Concert. This Sunday at Dominican's Lund Auditorium, two renowned opera singers, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and bass Samuel Ramey, will appear together for the first time in the Midwest.
On not a few chilly afternoons, I've been poking around in the dirt for the hopeful signs of daffodil shoots, and so the offering of "A Thousand Flowers" by Bella Voce at Grace Episcopal Church last Saturday (temperature 29 degrees) was a happy prospect.
The Monarch Ball, a gala black-tie fundraiser for Resurrection Health Care, which owns West Suburban Hospital, will be held on Saturday, March 5 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Chairs of the ball are Oak Parkers Mary Lou and Martin J. Noll.
The Oak Park-River Forest Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Nineteenth Century Club celebrated Valentine's Day early on Feb. 7 with a lecture by Jeff Nigro, director of adult programs, museum education at the Art Institute of Chicago and a performance of Dante's New Life, by John Nygro accompanied by Joel Spears on lute.