Summer is officially here, they say. So have a good one and when it’s 90 out, remember those cold, wintry, early spring days.
To begin the summer, you are invited to attend East Leyden Junior High this Saturday, May 30 for the premiere of Chuck Alvarado’s musical High Ed. The musical stars teachers, administrators, students, etc., so it should be a rare treat. The show begins at 11 a.m. Wish I had a photo of Chuck for you, but things are a bit upended here since we have lost a day of preparation. So unfortunately, no photos today. Maybe next week.
The Elvesund Sons of Norway Lodge #5-593 has many summer activities lined up for our enjoyment. On June 28, the annual indoor picnic. There will be no ants and any money accrued will be used to purchase rivets for the Viking ship now housed in Geneva.
The sons honored our Augie Aleksy of Centuries & Sleuths, who invited the Sons to present Paskekrim, the unique Norwegian Easter vacation pastime. In June, you can sample a taste of Norway Breakfast at the Norway Community Building in Norway, Illinois from 7 to 11 a.m. Call Dave Johnson at 815-343-5070. The Bjornson (named for our own Dan Bjornson?) Male Chorus will present a dinner dance at Avalon Banquets, Elk Grove Village on June 12. Call John Lee at 847-741-4210 for this one.
Or you may enjoy a trip to Good Templar Park on June 21 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. to see the Viking Ship. Good Templar Park is located in Geneva. Adult and teen entry fee is $5, additional fee to tour the ship is $3.Children are free. Is Rosemaling your cup of tea*?
The annual Rosemaling show and sale will also be held at Good Templar Park in Geneva, June 20-22. Remember Elsie Kelm who taught Rosemaling in her shop on Madison Street? If you remember Elsie you’ve been around a while.
*Elsie’s Rosemaling was usually painting on cups and saucers.
Some superstitions associated with spring according to the Norwegians: The singing of the cuckoo is a sure sign that spring has arrived. If you first hear that bird singing from the south, farmers will have a good harvest; if from the north, someone will die; if it sings from the west, your wishes will come true; if from the east, there will be a wedding and good luck.
Happy birthday this week to Dermot Casey, Tom Aftanas, Jim Collis, Keionne Maughm, Adam Stahlke, Shirley Hamilton, Doris Knapp, Tara Cassiani, Jim Watts, Lydia Holmes, Kevin Coppolino, Dan Goodman, Mike Bigo, Steve Backman, Ashley Santelli, and Philip Tenca. Happy anniversary to Tim and Ruth Stefl, and Richard and Anne Scafidi.
Welcome to Star, the new star of the Scollard Family. Star’s original person died so Lynn welcomed the “little” orphan. She is loved and happy with her new family.
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.