The Historical Society of Forest Park enthusiastically invites one and all to the First United Open House on Tuesday, July 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. We will celebrate our local history and tour this town treasure. The evening ends with a dessert bar and ice cream, including sweets from local bakeries: Brown Cow, Silverland Brownies, Kay’s Cookies, La Maison de Bon Bon, etc. There is a jaw-dropping surprise on the program as well. Come and see for yourself. Remember, the tours and desserts are free! All this at 1000 Elgin Ave. A lot of Forest Park history took place right in that church.
Congratulations to Matt Nutley, winner of a full four-year scholarship to the University of Alabama! He and his family visited Tuscaloosa a few weeks ago, met with roommates, chose their rooms, just generally looked the place over. Now he has to work hard for the rest of the summer to save up for his room and board.
Just about mid-summer, Forest Park National Bank treats its employees to a picnic lunch, in the shade. Seen here finishing up are Don Offermann, Monica Kline, Judy Graves, Sandy Wasiliauskis, and Erik Fjelstad.
My friend Callahan (dog) bid a sad farewell to his longtime friend Henry (dog). Henry and his family are leaving Forest Park with long, sad, goodbyes. Henry’s family consists of Lisa Marquardt, Hubertine and Charles Henzler, and Tom Gorman. Good luck and goodbye to all of you.
Sympathy to Lisa Becker and John Grimes, and all the Grimes family on the death of Mary Jane Grimes.
Remember “Authors Under the Awning” at Centuries and Sleuths, July 30, Aug. 6, 13 and 27. These take place at 7 in the evening, always exciting and informative, lots of fun and so many great people to talk to.
Happy birthdays this week: Carol Smith, Chris Cody, Lester Nixon, Augie Aleksy, Connor Wode, Daniel Stroth, Sammy Marino, Michael Bloch, Rick Krieger, David Pardun, Joanne Locati, Jerry Pinotti, Gene Mull, Katie Murray McElligot, Marilyn Trainor, Joshua Villarubio-Olfay, Tom Spinelli, Debbie Garger, Ellie Clifton, Katie Tricoci, Tim Mellin, Art Farrell, and Jenny Okolwicz.
Happy anniversary to Bob and Sharon Cox and Katie and Dan McElligott.
In case you forgot, July 15th is Saint Swithin’s Day!
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.