She’ll be home for Christmas, she being Tess Tierney of Saint Paul, Minn. Tess now has a job in the Logan Square area and also an apartment in Forest Park. She is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a major in food science. Her dad, Mike Tierney, was a Gopher, (U of Michigan). He’s in town helping his daughter move in. Welcome to Forest Park , Tess Tierney.

Irene Kaldis is also full of the Christmas spirit. She is having an Open House for everyone, not just her “Always in Style” customers. The dates of her gala are Dec. 13, 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. It will be a kind of Christmas Bazaar as well. 

“Always in Style” is located at 7516 ½ Madison. See you there!

A big welcome to Harrison Toys, the newest business on Madison Street. And may I say one of the most attractive businesses. The store features well-built sturdy, beautiful furniture, games and fascinating educational toys for young people. Fine additions to any home. Drop in during the Holiday Walk, and see for yourself. The address is 7502 ½  W. Madison St., Forest Park. You’ll really be impressed.

It’s time to order those exceptionally delicious Norwegian Christmas Cookies: oatmeal lace, krumkake, serinakake, spritz (my favorite) and spice. Also lefse. Phone deadline is Dec. 6, pickup date is Dec. 22 at St. Michael’s Church, 500 E. 31st  St., LaGrange Park. You can arrange a pick up by calling Mary Vann 708.366.0269, evenings Or call Nancy Robinson at 630.616.3820 . Dan Bjornson is also taking calls for the cookies 708.488.1800 or 708.366.0269. Best cookies in the world.

The MacDowell/First United Methodist Church annual sing-a-long Messiah will be held at the church this Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3:30 in the afternoon. The church is located at 324 N. Oak Park Avenue As usual, a professional orchestra and soloists ,will be performing for your enjoyment along with the rest of us. Feel free to just sit and listen if you don’t feel like singing. A brief gathering after the performance will be held in the church hall. 

When the G.K. Chesterton Society meets on December 14 at 1 p.m. at Centuries & Sleuths they should have some exciting business to talk about. G. K. Chesterton’s life is being studied with the possibility of his being a candidate for sainthood in the Catholic church! Tales of the Long Bow is scheduled for discussion on that day, but who knows what they’ll discuss?

Some reminders: Christmas Bazaar at the 19th Century Club on Saturday, Dec.14 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For some glorious, unusual and fun Christmas music, remember the Michael Teolis Singers at First United Methodist Church,  324 N. Oak Park Ave. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Of course there’s the Boar’s Head, Saint John 305 Circle Ave., Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15 ,4 p.m. This feast is becoming a bi-annual Forest Park tradition.

Birthday time for Barbara Hosty, Cheryl Kolnik, Kallen O’Shea, Sue Lentini Stuart, Matt Pingel, M.J. Luetgert, Dr. Mara Gailbraith, Brian Mullen, Scott Marler, Gloria Chaney, Andrew Doss, Mary Alice Nee, Marilyn Hosty. Happy Anniversary to Geri and Roger Grant.

 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 of Chicago in a great neighborhood when it was a great time to be young.

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...