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Everyone’s friend, Zeno Jacquat is doing much better than was thought at first. He’s home from the hospital and Georgette is taking excellent care of him.

Also on the mend is Laureen Thornton who has made a truly miraculous recovery. All her systems had shut down; no one thought she’d make it back. But this tough little lady showed us all what she’s made of.

Friends of Martha Lanious will be sad to hear of her death last week. Martha was a faithful member of Saint Peter’s Church and a faithful reader of The Review for many years until the family moved to Mesa, Ariz. Martha Lanious left us with many pleasant memories.

The happy faces of Chandra Lovelace and Nero Reynolds are shown emerging from their mobile home “Daybreak,” after a five-day Thanksgiving sojourn to Montgomery, Ala. They had Thanksgiving dinner with friends and relatives and a great tailgate party at the Alabama State vs. Tuskegee game.

The event we have been missing for several years is finally back-The Boar’s Head Festival at Saint John Lutheran Church. If you have never witnessed this spectacular event please do so this year. Those attending the performance will be invited to a reception afterward in keeping with the festival. Wassail, sweets and who knows what else will be served.

The history of the festival dates back as far as 1340 where it was observed at Queen’s College at Oxford. It has been observed in America since at least 1892, according to a 1983 article in The Lutheran Witness magazine. There are no speaking parts in the pageant. It all begins as the boar’s head is brought in (I could do without that part) followed by just about every member of Saint John’s congregation. The amazingly colorful, joyous, riotous procession includes the king, servants, a jester, beggars, lords and ladies. This definitely is not the typical kind of pageant. The cast also includes a 40 voice choir, a 20 piece orchestra and a full set of medieval-era costumes most of were sewn by the women of St. John’s under the direction of Kathy Dahlstrand. An exception to this is the Beefeater costumes ordered from New York.

Performances will be Saturday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec, 10 at 4 p.m. Saint John is at 305 Circle Ave. Advance sale tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets may be available at the door for $15. Call (708) 453-2654 to reserve your tickets. You’ll have a more memorable Christmas if you start it off by being a part of this Boar’s Head Festival.

Another famous Forest Park artist is Charles Henzler whose paintings are now available for viewing and acquisition on the Internet at www.charleshenzler.com. Click on and have a look. Mr. Henzler is the father of middle school student Hubertine Henzler. Hubertine’s name comes from the lady friend of Modigliani.

The MacDowell annual “Sing along Messiah” will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 324 North Oak Park Ave. on Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Free will offering, any money collected will go toward PADS.

Dec. 8 birthdays, Kallen O’Shea, Sue Lentini Stuart and Matt Pingel; Dec. 9, DeMara Gilbraith, Bernice Mullen and Scott Marler; on the 10th, Gloria Chaney and Andrew Doss; Dec. 1l, Marilyn Hosty, Loretta Woeltje; the 12, Hank Akimore, Morgan Trage, Madikson Hannah Pronek and 5-year-old Corina Harnett.

Jackie Schulz

Jackie is a former Chicago and Elmwood Park schoolteacher with an undying love for music, friendly pets and a host of life's other treasures too numerous to list. She was born on the far southwest side...