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You've heard of the Ravinia Festival, offering wonderful live concerts where you can sit out under the stars and listen to symphony music after enjoying a picnic lunch or dinner. Often, big name performers are featured with a full orchestra.
There are many ladies in the Whiting-Robertsdale community that I admire very much.
I always enjoy a good storm. I love the sound of thunder, and the sight of lightning immediately makes me think of Frankenstein's monster coming to life in the old black-and-white film.
We took a walk through the new Lakefront Park in Whiting last week and I was truly amazed at how beautiful it is.
The Whiting community held its first 4th of July Parade 94 years ago. Back then, the parade featured men in bowler hats, church organizations and community bands, of which there were many.
It's Whiting's 125th anniversary and soon there will also be an official celebration of Lakefront Park and its beautiful renovations. So what do you get the city as a gift to celebrate these two special occasions?
Remember chain letters? Back when I was first married and people actually sent mail via the post office, I would get variations on a theme.
What a lovely Memorial Day weekend in our little town of Whiting. We met more than a dozen Whiting folks flower shopping at Home Depot on Sunday. I guess we all have the same plans for our homes.
Driving down 119th Street after unloading our second car full of Garage Mahal goodies, we drove by a friend of mine. I waved to him and he said, "You're smiling, so I know what you've been doing."
Ah, Spring is in the air. Or is it summer? Didn't you know that despite the horrible harsh we just endured, you'd still moan when the temperature hit 85 degrees?
Mother's Day is Sunday, but you might want to wait until the following Saturday, May 17 to give your mom a real thrill. Take her to Garage Mahal throughout Whiting and let her go wild. She buys, you carry.
The City of Whiting is small, and the School City of Whiting is even smaller.
With spring comes a very unusual show at the Marian Theatre Guild in Whiting. "The Guys" by Anne Nelson is a play that director Jayma Kay Emerson's hopes will affect each audience member in his own special way.
The Easter season always bring childhood memories flooding back to me. I guess it's because, unlike Christmas, which was one a two-day event, this holiday season lasts for 40 days. . .40 very long days without candy or sweets of any kind.
Spring is here. . .and gone. . .and here and gone again. It's been a tough winter for everybody, but with Easter on the horizon, it's time to come out of hibernation and hop on down to downtown Whiting for a day full of Easter fun this Saturday.
Many a child celebrates at their birthday party with an appearance by a clown. Personally, I'm not a fan of clowns and I know I'm not alone.
Every year the city of Whiting bestows upon a citizen the Carl A. Binhammer Award to honor an individual for their call to public service and their efforts to improve their community's quality of life.
As a kid, I remember somebody saying how there were twice as many taverns than churches in Whiting. Now there were always quite a number of churches, so that meant there were a ton of taverns.
Sure and begorrah, it's almost that time where it is easy being green because it's St. Patrick's Day on Monday.
As most people know, in 1889 Standard Oil broke ground (after quietly buying up property cheap) for a new refinery outside the Chicago city limits. An army of carpenters erected 85 houses for the skilled workmen coming here from the company's Eastern refineries. Thus began the area later kno…
This Sunday is the first Sunday of March, but many of us in Whiting will remember it as the last Sunday at three of our Catholic churches.
It's evidently report card time again. That was always a time of high anxiety if you went to a parochial school.
Shirley Temple is gone. She wasn't of my generation. As a matter of fact, she was the same age as my mother, but because she was eternally "a little girl," I believe all generations of little girls felt she was ours.
There is more to do in Whiting this season than shovel snow, trust me.
For the last couple of weeks, the film industry has been in the spotlight with the Golden Globes, People's Choice, Screen Actors Guild and the Film Critics Award shows on TV, and I've sat through all of them. Naturally, I am looking forward to the Academy Awards (on March 2) as well.
Last week we went to the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago to see a production of "Tribes" by Nina Raine.
The Whiting Community Center, a gift from John D. Rockefeller to the city of Whiting in honor of its World War I veterans, has temporarily closed.
Be honest. How many times in the last three or four days have you uttered the phrase "the blizzard of 1967?"
Hard to believe another new year is already upon us. Naturally, this is the time when one should be resolute and therefore make resolutions.
Sometimes you don't really have to spend a lot of time with someone to feel that you have a special bond. This special bond describes what I felt for Mary Lou Serafin, who passed away Dec. 22 at 85.
Amidst the winter's snow, Whiting's Small Town Christmas took place last Saturday. Interesting and fun ice sculptures were produced all along 119th Street while the 119th Street Carolers, decked out in their Dickensian costumes, visited Whiting businesses to sing traditional carols.
One of the best things about the holiday season is its music.
One of the inspiring things about Whiting history is that many of our families have been important in local businesses for generations.
There's Christmas music on the radio already and I found Christmas items on display when I went out to find Halloween decorations.
We went shopping for a new chair yesterday. My beloved recliner is declining quickly, probably due to the fact that due to bad knees, I have a tendency to plop into it. I'm waiting for the moment that I sit in the chair and poof, find myself actually sitting on the floor.
Since the holidays will soon be upon us (even though mentally, I'm still in August) it's time to announce all the wonderful events in my home town of Whiting for the Christmas season.
A French taunter (Michael Johnson) battles King Arthur (Tom Farley) as medieval fishwife (Bridget Choe) cheers them on in the Marian Theatre Guild production of the musical comedy "Spamalot" at Lincoln Avenue and 119th Street in Whiting. Remaining show dates are 8:15 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m.…
More tales from our Vienna Woods trip last month. . .
Before I continue reporting on my European exploits earlier this month, I suggest that you travel to Whiting this weekend for the Northwest Indiana premiere of the outrageously funny "Spamalot" musical that opens Saturday at the Marian Theatre Guild, 1849 Lincoln Ave.
It all started out with a friendly frisk from the TSA at O'Hare International Airport. While I knew my titanium knee would set the screening machine off, that wasn't what they were looking for. Once the older TSA frisked me, realizing that the bulgy area in my upper arm was not a terrorist s…
It was fun to hear the Deustch Meisters playing their oompah music and see Whiting High students wearing fake Viking braids at Whiting's Oktoberfest last weekend. While Whiting is known for celebrating its eastern European ancestors, Oktoberfest is truly a Whiting-based festival because most…
For me, it was kismet. I was supposed to go shopping but there I sat, just wanting desperately to take a catnap, putting off getting out of my chair.
Being from Whiting is certainly a common denominator. I had written about going to the class of 1953 reunion, and assuming I wouldn't know anyone there.
As a child, the only way my mom and I could go to Chicago was by taking the South Shore Railroad. She wouldn't drive there and besides, there was something very romantic about actually getting on a train to go anyplace when you're a kid.
I always wanted to be a librarian and had library science been a major offered at the college I went to in Dubuque, I would never have set foot in a classroom.
Last Saturday and Sunday saw another big weekend in Whiting. Sometimes there's so much going on here, it's hard to find time to enjoy it all.
Joyce Kilmer would be saddened at the by what took place in front of my home yesterday. I know I was.
Our Whiting Public Library always has something interesting on display. This month their display is entitled "Defend Your Turf" with football memorabilia from both Whiting and George Rogers Clark high schools to highlight the crosstown rivalry between the two football teams.
Whiting is going to the dogs.
Helen Kocan would have been be proud of Whiting last weekend. She was the theme for this year's Pierogi Fest and her photo was seen everywhere with clever quotes such as "Pick up your trash."
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