With holidays come traditions, and in Oak Park, the Community Kwanzaa Festival has become a favorite annual event. Marking its seventh year, the feast and celebration will be held this Sunday afternoon at Pilgrim Congregational Church.
A taste of home is lovely at the holidays, especially if home is an ocean away. That's why cookies have a special significance for Ruth Jakobsen Patzloff, who came to Oak Park from Denmark four years ago when she married husband Mark.
Growing weary of the annual getting and spending season? Take heart. In Oak Park and River Forest, avarice is not the holidays' whole story. Lots of peopleā"mostly unheralded volunteersā"toil each year to spread the wealth and make sure no one in our communities goes without.
I asked artist Sallie Wolf what Calypso means in the name of her Calypso Moon Studio, which she shares with artist Kate McDonnell. She told me that after 10 years of war, surrounded by men and living out the male ideal of the warrior, Odysseus was kidnapped by the nymph Calypso.
If you followed my recommendation to see Super Size Me after reading last week's column, chances are you're spending a bit more time in the kitchen. And that's good. It also means that you're reading this column, and that's very good.
A host of 28 dancers from Oak Park and River Forest are making magic now during the 20th anniversary run of Ballet Legere's production of The Nutcracker. They join 130 dancers and a 23-member orchestra hailing from Chicago, its surrounding suburbs and northwest Indiana.