January is living up to its reputation, but we’ve made it before and we will again. The annual New Year’s Eve party at the community center was better than ever. Good food, marvelous dessert and a band that played old favorites at normal decibels. The diners and partygoers could actually talk to each other while the music played. Dave DeVito was a show stopper when he played the saw, yes, the SAW. If you’ve ever heard a saw you’ll remember it. It’s like the sweetest violin you’ve ever heard. Village Commissioner Candidate Joe Byrnes and his lovely wife Sandy, President (of the seniors) stopped for a minute on their way to the coffee pot to give us a smile for the paper and a wish for a happy 2015 to everybody.
Tom Gorman, one of our unofficial poets laureate, gave us this limerick in honor of National Egg Nog Day:
My grandmother used to make nog
One glass would strip all your clogs.
That sweet old dear would fill you with cheer
Three glasses, you’d fall off your log.
On Jan. 4 Pineapple Dance Studio held its semi-annual Open House. Everyone is invited, you can dance the tango, the waltz, jitterbug, the Dougie, whatever your wishes. Shown in the photo are dancers doing “Fly Yoga.” Their feet are actually off the ground under these “tent-like things” and at the end they just fly up in the air. Great if you’re young but I think I’ll skip that one. The “fly Yoga” was the finale of the event and a great crowd pleaser. Erika Ochoa is the lady to see if you’re interested in any kind of dance. Pineapple is located at 7518 Madison.
The Harlem Damen und Maenner Chor are coming back to where they started — Forest Park — for a special concert to benefit the Historical Society. The show, a musical trip through the ages for all ages is Saturday, Jan. 24. They will perform with five other Forest Park based acts at First United Church, 1000 Euclid Ave. 6-8 p.m. Get your tickets at the Historical Society website. $10 for non members, $8 for members. Kids under 12 are $5. Plenty of Gemutlichkeit all ’round!
Those Opportunity Knocks folks are at it again. They’ll be racing through the streets of Forest Park and River Forest at their second annual “Chilly Dash” Sunday, Jan. 11 in the morning. Then, they’ll all end up at Brian Boru Irish Pub for a Chili Cookoff. See the website for details.
It’s January and time to say “happy birthday” to Kathie Leninger, Tina Marcantonio, Danielle Riske , Phil Bonert, Brianna Dodge, Tyler Daniel, Kirsten Bjornson, Mary Gallea, Victoria Burdoff, Linda Bursey, Nancy Blum, Ryan Farrell, Ellen Krupa, Mary Fabbrini, John Gillian, Sue Bracker, Erik Goodman Osborn, Raj Hirrandandi, Mary Virginia Sedlack, Michael Bjornson, Kal Scollard.
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.