If Cosmo Coffey achieves his dream of being a filmmaker, he'll have a football coach to thank. The Oak Park and River Forest High School sophomore, by most accounts, is already a filmmaker and will get to take a bow at the Lake Theatre in Oak Park on March 15 with the screening of his first film, Grit.
Oak Park residents Mac and Harriette Robinet installed ground source heat pumps (geothermal system) outside their home in 2011 and 12 solar panels on their garage roof last summer. Mac, who worked as a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory for 39 years, estimates they are already saving 20% on the cost of energy.
In a world trying to understand the issues surrounding polar vortexes and ice cap melts; super-storms, raging forest fires and severe droughts; bee colony collapse disorder; and GMOs, setting aside an hour or two to "educate" one's self by viewing a few flicks during Green Community Connection's 3rd Annual One Earth Film Festival, March 7-9, offers an entertaining way to gain a leg up on what to do next for the planet.
In a village that values its historic homes, bragging rights go along with title of oldest home. But just what is the oldest home in Oak Park? Many, including historians, architecture buffs, and this very paper, have assumed that title went to the Garland House at 241 Home Ave. Presumed to be built at some point in the 1850s, the home has often been called the oldest in town.
We don't usually review student productions in these pages but the current show running at Oak Park and River Forest High School, Fiddler on the Roof, is so well done I must bring it to your attention. And there's still a weekend left to see it.
We all have cabin fever, so chase those blues away by attending a series of free lectures presented in collaboration with the Pleasant Home Foundation. The three intriguing talks will be offered at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Room at Oak Park Public Library. Drive over and park in the underground, protected from the elements.
In 1994, Oak Park resident Isabel Wilkerson, then the New York Times' Chicago Bureau chief, won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her articles about Mississippi River flooding (our profile appeared in the April 20, 1994 issue of Wednesday Journal). The following year, she took on a much more ambitious project — a book-length treatment of "America's Great Migration," the exodus of some six million African Americans from the South to the North and West over a period of six decades.
As their first-year numbers rolled in, Ana Garcia Doyle, and her spouse Jim Doyle, say they are starting to enjoy the energy savings related to the "greening up" of their 94-year-old American Four Square home in Oak Park.
Perhaps it was the cabin fever or the review of potential houses for my daughter or the new residential commission for a family in Riverside or all of the above that got me thinking what makes a house a home.