Thursday, March 26: A visiting award-winning architecture critic will be in town to give us another look at Unity Temple. Paul Goldberger – architecture critic for The New Yorker and a Pulitzer winner in the ’80s when he wrote about architecture for The New York Times – will review the Frank Lloyd Wright masterwork in Oak Park with respect to the world’s great religious spaces. If you want to consider the connection between architecture and the spiritual, this is a talk to get to. It starts at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, which $15 for members and $20 for others, go to www.utrf.org. Unity Temple is at 875 Lake.
Saturday, March 28: The last Winter Farmers Market of the season is this Saturday at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Oak Park. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in a community room inside the church, you can expect all kinds of baked treats to nibble on there and to take home. But, despite the location, don’t have your heart set on doughnuts. This farmers market isn’t affiliated the summertime Oak Park Farmers Market. Fruit tarts, breads and cinnamon rolls may console you.
We’re told that fresh green and herbs go quickly, so plan on arriving as close to 9 a.m. for these items. Should you score these, you may want to add other fresh salad fixin’s: onions, shallots and mushrooms. If prepared items are what you’re hoping to find, look for salsas, sauces, pestos, soups and preserves. Purists for protein will find cheese and cheese curds (from Normal, Ill., not Wisconsin), as well as free-range eggs, grass-fed and grain-fed beef, and pastured pork and poultry.
Back to sweets, there will be honey, sorghum and maple syrups. And ice cream and chocolate mousse from small-batch artisan producers.
Pilgrim Congregational Church is at 460 Lake in Oak Park. There will be parking on the church lot. Entrance to the winter market is from the rear of the church building, near where the doughnuts are made in summer. It’s OK. Go back and read about the cinnamon rolls and the chocolate mousse.