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BARRINGTON STYLE & SUBSTANCE “Let all that you do be done in love.” - CORINTHIANS 16:14

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All Wrapped Up 35 Winter’s newest coats Taste of … Argyle 41 Bill O’Donnell crafts a new line of spirits at Blue Ash Farm Through the Looking Glass 44 Barrington native Margaret Rajic returns home with her camera in tow DEPARTMENTS EDITOR’S NOTE 22 UP FRONT THE BUZZ COUNTRY VS. TOWN BEAUTY

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FOOD & TRAVEL 49 FOODIE 50 FIRST CLASS 52 HOUSE & HOME 55 LUXURY OFFERINGS 56 HOME STYLE 62 ONE LAST THING 66

ON THE COVER Mac Duggal red gown, saksfifthavenue.com M.J. Miller & Co. rubellite ring, $67,500.00; bow drapping necklace, $53,300.00; bow drapping earrings, $20,500.00, M.J. Miller & Co., 123 W. Main Street, Barrington, 847-381-7900 ON THIS PAGE Design by Kate Marker Interiors, photo by Margaret Rajic JWC | COUNTRY 4

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HIGHLAND PARK Stanley and Jane Razny were leaving an entire world behind— friends and familiarity they may never again know. Together, they traveled for weeks across waters and lands to settle in Illinois, a home that promised stability with wide-open leafy roads and communities founded on family. The journey was anything but easy for a young couple. Still, they were confident it'd be more than worth it. Their future was waiting for them, after all. All they needed was the fortitude to work for it. A gifted bench jeweler, Stanley found his place with Leed's Jewelers in the North Shore, almost 5,000 miles from where he'd started. Like a brilliant diamond in a platinum setting, the North Shore is the jewel making Chicago shine even brighter as one of the most distinguished cities in the world. Neatly tucked against Lake Michigan's coast, it boasts the Highwood neighborhood's culinary delights, the oldest American outdoor music festival in Ravinia Park, and luxury shopping in downtown Highland Park. Many impressive landmarks have made this area the Midwest's worst kept secret. These destinations include the Bahá'í House of Worship, Chicago Botanic Garden, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, and Northwestern University. Awarded for excellence in masonry, each brick of our boutique in Highland Park was laid at the direction of Stan Razny Jr. and his wife, Ingrid. For these second-generation jewelers, who were starting a family of their own, a commitment to community was paramount. "We've taken our time to learn what works," says Ingrid Razny. "Our specialists live within the community and understand the needs of our guests. We hand-select each item displayed as if we were choosing jewelry and timepieces for a dear friend. The families of the North Shore have rewarded our meticulous care with a loyalty that is nothing short of humbling." Indeed, Stan Razny Jr. insists on selecting the area’s only jeweler representing Swiss timepieces

innovators such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, and Breitling, alongside designer and custom jewelry from the industry's top artists. Additionally, we are proud of our in-house service and design shop, complete with expert watchmakers and artisans.

Along with a wide range of private philanthropic efforts and events, Razny Jewelers is solidifying our bond with the North Shore in an unprecedented way in 2020. We are happy to announce the vast expansion of our Highland Park boutique at 1700 Green Bay Road! With more space and an updated aesthetic, we bring the best of the world right to the front doors of suburban families. By investing in the area's well-earned reputation with brick and mortar retail, which is essential to a thriving community, we are raising the caliber of the in-person shopping experience. We are most proud of the new Rolex installation, like no other in the city — a layout nearly ten times the size of our previous in-house Rolex boutique, and one of the most substantial arrangements held by any private, familyowned jeweler in the nation. Our renovated location also offers a sprawling single floor, housing a modern in-house Cartier salon, an extensive collection of Breitling timepieces surrounded by a new Breitling visual concept, a space dedicated to diamond artisans Rahaminov, Kwiat, Penny Preville, private rooms, and exclusive VIP shopping suites. Stop in to study the most dazzling diamonds in the world, or peruse our custom jewelry collection, crafted by the Razny Jewelers family. Seventeen years after Stan Razny Jr. began working side by side with his parents, he and Ingrid built the Highland Park boutique from the ground up. Another 17 years have passed since then, and it seems only fitting that we continue the legacy started by one young couple immigrating from Poland with a dream, who found promise and support in the North Shore.

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Growing and Grounded: Four Razny Jewelers Locations

Addison: 1997

The beautiful flagship location in Addison is full of history. It was here that the family’s partnership with Rolex, a brand synonymous with excellence and ingenuity, first began in 1998. A year later, in 1999, Razny Jewelers earned the privilege to represent timepieces by Patek Philippe, the last independent, familyowned Genevan manufacture and considered by many to be the most prestigious watchmaker in the world. Alongside these world-renowned timepieces, Razny Jewelers’ Addison location offers custom and designer jewelry, and an in-house expert team of watchmakers, jewelers, and designers for repair and servicing.

Highland Park: 2003

Awarded for excellence in masonry, Razny Jewelers' Highland Park boutique was designed and built by the Razny family. Here, Razny Jewelers has formed a bond with the North Shore. Their specialists live within the community and understand the needs of the clientele. The families of Highland Park and the surrounding areas have rewarded their meticulous care with a loyalty that is nothing short of humbling. It is the area's destination for luxury,including custom and designer jewelry and timepieces by Rolex, Patek Phillipe, Cartier, and Breitling.

Hinsdale: 2008

World-renowned craftsmanship meets small-town sensibilities; residents of the western suburbs and downtown dwellers looking for a change of scenery flock to Hinsdale for the neighborhood's historic shopping district. Families stop in often while walking their dogs or running errands with their children to browse our collection of designer jewelry and timepieces crafted by Rolex and Breitling. This community has thoughtfully stitched the Razny family into the patchwork of their lives.

Chicago: 2016

Razny Jewelers' Euro-style boutique in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood is the second luxury shopping concept of its kind in the country. This 7500 sq. ft. three-story location, designed to showcase the world's leading Swiss timepieces by Rolex and Patek Philippe, now also includes luxury safes and watch winders from German craftsmen Buben & Zorweg. Brides-to-be will also find a captivating collection of our bridal jewelry on the second floor. On the third floor, lives the stateof-the-art Rolex Plaque Watch Repair Center, bringing the attention to detail Geneva's known for to Chicago.

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“There’s no place like home for the holidays…” - THE CARPENTERS

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he holiday season always brings back fond memories of my childhood. Getting together with family and enjoying each other’s company was always one of the best parts of the holidays. I will never forget the chilly winter nights I spent baking Greek pastries with my Yia Yia. But this year is different. There won’t be any big celebrations this year or New York City New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. There is no doubt the pandemic has taken a lot from us. But the one thing it will never take away is the warmth and joy of the holiday season. That, I know, I will always have.

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or real estate in the Barrington area, 2020 was incredibly strong. As of October 2020, compared to one year ago, closed sales are up 38.4% in 60010 alone. At all price points, the closed unit, closed volume, and average sale prices have significantly increased year over year, with the most notable increase being the 97% increase in closed volume.

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s the year comes to a close, we are pleased to share in this issue inspiring stories of some of the most interesting residents of Barrington. Cozy up to a fire, pour a hot drink, and enjoy our latest issue. It was a delight to get to know interiors photographer, Margaret Rajic, who recently moved from Chicago to Barrington with her husband. The 26-year old is forging her path—one photo at a time—and shares her creative and entrepreneurial story with us. Pastor Todd Berge of The Bridge Church in Algonquin takes a moment to share with Country his family’s time-honored Christmas traditions in One Last Thing. And as he reflects on the many challenges of this past year with COVID-19, he also points out a silver lining—a true holiday message to inspire us as we move into a new year. In Argyle, Wisconsin, Bill O’Donnell has created an idyllic family retreat, Blue Ash Farm, that he is soon opening to the public with the addition of a tasting room for his line of spirits. If you can’t make it to his tasting room when it opens, look for his Blue Ash Farm spirits at a store near you. Raised in Barrington, Chrissie Demke Walker shines in M.J. Miller & Co. jewelry

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Happy Holidays to you and yours, Megan Weisberg Editor-in-Chief megan.weisberg@jwcmedia.com

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River Valley—continues to draw raves from consumers and, unofficially, makes folks hanker for stacks of pancakes. A bee keeper as well, his Honey Bourbon, infused with the honey right from O’Donnell’s beehives, has an addictive sweet heat that keeps you wanting more. “I got to a point in my life where I thought, ‘How can I turn Blue Ash Farm into a business?’” says O’Donnell, who bought a CME seat in 1986 and traded for 30-plus years in windowless environs before retiring from the hectic days in the pit. “I’m a nature boy, big on the outdoors, and the field of spirits has become another passion of mine. I’m trying to grow this thing. I’m getting good feedback on the flavor profiles. You know what they say: ‘Do what you love.’ Well, I’m doing that each day.” Bill and his wife, elementary schoolteacher and Fremd

High School graduate, Amy, purchased the 35 acres of land in the southwest corner of the Badger State nearly 20 years ago. Three years later he built a cozy cabin on site with his own hands, even though he’s not a trained carpenter. He also restored the farm’s different habitats; prairies, wetlands, and woodlands. The invitees to his otherworldly Labor Day weekend gatherings include friends he made in grade school. Among his many dreams is hearing his future grandchildren yelp, “Look, Grandpa Bill planted those trees!” The escape is a two-hour, five-minute drive from the O’Donnell abode in Illinois. “When I was working as a trader, I couldn’t wait for most Fridays, knowing I’d get to spend the weekend at the farm,” recalls O’Donnell, whose grandparents owned the original Blue Ash Farm (known mostly for tobacco and thoroughbreds) near Cynthiana, Kentucky. “I’d whip up there to canoe, to hunt, to fish, to work on projects … all kinds of projects. I’d be on my tractor for hours and hours, even at night sometimes, with the headlights on still mowing paths. Later I’d chill out, listening to the night sounds—I couldn’t get up there fast enough.” O’Donnell, a John Carroll University (Ohio) graduate, stays busy in Illinois, too. His brother John owns

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johnnie-O, a clothing line. The brand character, notes its website (johnnie-O.com), “is a true fabric of East Coast Classic meets SoCal Lifestyle.” O’Donnell manages the company’s Northfield location, which opened in 2017, to provide “an O’Donnell presence,” he says. A group of women reserved a block of time at the space one spring to socialize and buy Father’s Day gifts. A variety of other events have been held there, too. O’Donnell’s late father, also named Bill, was general manager of WBBM-AM from 1974-82. The radio station became a leader in the all-news format under his leadership. He met his future wife, Julie, in Michigan, and they got engaged five days later. “We’re a fun, outgoing family,” O’Donnell says, adding he has 24 nieces and nephews. “My siblings and I grew up with a great work ethic and are all very close. We all have our own hobbies and I was known as the gardener, the fix-it guy, and the chef.” Add canoe builder to his list of current titles. He has meticulously handcrafted canoes with each of his kids— Billy III, 22; Patrick, 19; Jake, 16 (and a Barrington High School sophomore); and Abby, 13—from trees he harvested at Blue Ash Farm. “The atmosphere up there recharges me,” says O’Donnell, whose pulled pork and homemade barbeque sauce made appearances on The Rachael Ray Show, and who served as a guest bartender on Watch What Happens Live

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with Andy Cohen. I’m not much of a sleeper; getting up at 6 a.m. or 6:30 a.m. is sleeping in for me. It’s not unusual for me to answer emails at 4:30 in the morning and then research spirits at night. But so much about what goes on at Blue Ash Farm is about family and friends and spending time with them. My wife has been incredibly supportive since I told her, “It’s time for me to leave the (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) floor.” For more information, visit blueashfarm.com. JWC | COUNTRY 43

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removing some items, adding others, until just the right mix is set. “I work off the camera grid,” says Rajic. “It’s mathematical and collaborative. Looking at it visually I think, is it too busy here, is there too much negative space, and from there we make adjustments.” “I’m tickled when I get to a project and see its beauty,” says Rajic smiling. “For a photo to look effortless, feel easy, and not appear too staged, takes a lot of behind the scenes attention to detail.” Focusing on slowing down and taking her time to capture the right shot, Rajic turns capturing the smaller moments into an art form. An ethos that crosses over into her personal life. At a time when the majority of her peers would not fathom contemplating a move to the suburbs, Rajic and her husband, Matt, traded in city life this past summer for a home in Barrington. “It was always a dream of ours,” Rajic says wistfully, “to find around five acres of land, with space for a small farm with dogs, cats, but no chickens.” Rajic hilariously refers to chickens as the gateway farm animal, preferring to skip over housing poultry and move straight to goats—specifically the miniature pygmy goat. And perhaps with her ever-present dream of riding horses now a reality, there will be space for horses too. This fall, Rajic and her husband became owners of a little farm in Barrington Hills. The perfect setting from which

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Rajic will continue to work hard on challenging herself professionally and growing her business every day. “I read a quote the other day: ‘real self-care is creating a life that you do not need to escape from,’” says Rajic. “We live in a time where our attention is commodified, it’s exhausting. I’m trying to live so that everything I do with my time is with intention, to live by the old adage that every ‘yes’ to something is a ‘no’ to something else.” Rajic and her husband are confident in feeling “nudged in the direction” of a quiet home life in Barrington. “We are leaning into it,” she says. For more information, visit margaretrajic.com. JWC | COUNTRY 47

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One Life Kitchen Brings Barrington A Premiere Experience-Driven Wine Club!

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ne Life Kitchen founder, Lauren, and Barrington’s own sommelier, Miranda, bring you the One Life Wine Club – a specialty wine club focused on small and family-owned wineries.

Right now we are living in odd times of far less travel, less time out with friends, more time home, and we are here to create experiences for you catered to our world today. Join us, learning and experiencing the world, one bottle of wine, and one dinner at a time. The wines chosen for you are carefully thought through, always bringing you special, quality wines with quite the story to tell.

The holidays are here and the One Life Wine Club will be offering an array of gift ideas from Champagne for your boss or whiskey for your friends to an unparalleled experience of a regional wine tasting from the comfort of your home. Gift wrapping included! Follow One Life Kitchen on Facebook and Instagram for announcements when we will be restarting our wine tastings to enjoy with our wine-loving community!

One Life Wine Club strives to source from small and family-owned wineries; when you support us, not only do you support One Life Kitchen to remain open, you support local wine distribution workers, winemakers, harvest workers, and artists who design the beautiful labels on wine bottles. Together we are creating a unique experience for you – and together we thank you.

We offer two tiers – the “Classic” mid-tier membership and “Reserve” top-tier membership, each receiving three hand-selected quality wines, expanding your palate to new wine experiences. Membership also includes exclusive recipe pairings from Lauren, wine education from Miranda, discounts on our cheese boards, and a discount for signing up for a 1 year “Reserve” membership. Contactless pickup is available. Past months have included wines of Northern Italy with the best of Barolo and Barbaresco, wines of the Rhône valley – a perfect Thanksgiving dinner pairing, and in December join us to enjoy sparkling wines from around the world!

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FOOD & TRAVEL FIRST-CLASS DINING AND TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

Peru’s Uros people in colorful attire

From the mystical floating islands of Peru to a traditional Christmas pudding recipe, here is foreign travel and holiday dessert to inspire.

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TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS PUDDING WORDS, RECIPE, AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY MONICA KASS ROGERS

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tir it up! That is the chorus in Britain on Stir it Up Sunday, right before Advent. Churchgoers hear, “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people,” and anyone—churched or not, with a love for boozy Christmas puddings stirs up the fruity mix to get the holidays going. Loaded with spice, fruit, nuts, and tradition, the Christmas “pud” is a lovely creation, more moist and mellow than American fruit cake. Since it is fed little tipples of brandy from the day it is made until Christmas, the treat emerges a well-spirited highlight of the holidays. Our recipe yields one large pudding centerpiece (made with a 7.5-inch x 5.25 inch pudding mold), with enough extra batter to make six little minis to go alongside. We have included a bright mix of raisin, dried cranberry, and apricot as the fruit base, but you can substitute in sultanas or currants, dried cherries, figs, or dates. Because the traditional “mixed spice” used to make British Christmas puddings is not readily available as a blend here, we have incor-

porated it in the recipe as separate spices, along with a simple and delicious method for making your own candied citrus peel. To finish the pudding, you can cloak the finished pudding in a glaze of our brandy cream, or, simply dust it with a little powdered sugar snow. We have garnished with true sprigs of holly—the customary topper which represents the crown of thorns—but if you do the same, be careful not to let the berries touch the treat—they are not edible. Adjusting beloved British pud recipes for American larders, our recipe gives the quantities in cups and tablespoons. We have made it with frozen butter, rather than suet (although you can sub in a bit of suet if you like that savory flavor). And if you do not have a steamed pudding mold on the shelf, you can use a 6-cup mixing bowl. For the minis, little metal pudding molds are available online, but you can also use porcelain ramekins in a 3/4-cup size. Note: There is a little leeway in how much you fill the molds. If you use smaller molds for the minis, be sure not to fill beyond 3/4 full. There is enough space in the 6-cup pudding mold to fill with the main pudding batter, plus what you do not put in the minis.

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Christmas Pudding Makes one large pudding centerpiece (pudding will be about five-cups in size), and 6 mini puddings (each ½ cup) Equipment needed: one 6-cup pudding mold with fitted lid OR 6-cup mixing bowl with greased parchment paper and aluminum foil to make a lid, and kitchen twine to tie around the wrapped mold; six 3/4-cup mini pudding molds or ramekins with greased parchment paper and aluminum foil to make lids, and kitchen twine to tie around the wrapped mold; two large stock pots to steam the puddings, one for the 6-cup mold and one for the six minis. For the marinated dried fruit: • 1 cup black Thompson seedless raisins • 1 cup dried apricots, finely chopped • 1 cup dried cranberries • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut into small dice • Juice of 1/2 orange to make 3 tablespoons (reserve orange peel to make candied peel, recipe below) • Juice of 1/2 lemon to make 2 tablespoons (reserve lemon peel to make candied peel, recipe below) • 2/3 cup cream sherry or ruby port For the candied citrus peel: • Peel of 2 fresh oranges, with much of the white pith removed, diced small to make 2/3 cup • Peel of 1 fresh lemon, with much of the white pith removed, diced small to make 1/3 cup • 1/3 cup sugar For the batter: • 2/3 cup self-rising flour • 1/4 tsp ground clove • 1/4 tsp ground mace • 1/4 tsp ground coriander • 1/4 tsp ground Jamaican allspice • 1/4 tsp nutmeg • 1/4 tsp ground caraway seed • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon • 1/2 tsp salt • 2/3 cup frozen unsalted butter, grated (substitute 1/3 cup of shredded beef suet for 1/3 of the butter if you like) • 3/4 cup light brown sugar • 3 slices of fresh brown bread, crusts removed and discarded, bread torn into

batter and stir to incorporate. Prepare and fill pudding molds: Using softened butter or solid vegetable shortening, copiously grease the inside of each mold. Starting with the mini pudding molds, fill each with about ½ cup of the mixture, making sure each mold or ramekin is no more than ¾ full. Smooth tops to level. Spoon the rest For greasing the pudding molds: of the pudding mixture into the large mold. • 4 tablespoons softened butter or 1/2 cup Remaining batter should fill the mold about solid vegetable shortening two-thirds of the way. Smooth top to level. Cut and grease rounds of parchment For the brandy cream: paper to place on the top of each mold. • 4 tablespoons salted butter Cover with lid (if using a pudding mold that • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted comes with a lid) or cover each mold tightly • 2 cups whole milk with two layers of foil. Using kitchen twine, • 1/4 cup superfine sugar encircle each pudding, wrapping from top • 5 tablespoons brandy around bottom and up again. Tie to create a handle. Fill each of two large pots with Make fruit mixture: In a large, non-reactive bowl, combine raisins, enough water to come half the way up the sides of the molds you are steaming. Cover cranberries, apricot, and apple with the orpots, heat water to slow boil, and steam the ange and lemon juices and sherry. Mix, then puddings for four to five hours, replenishing set aside while making candied citrus peel. water if the level gets low. In a small saucepot over medium-high Remove finished puddings from steamers heat, cover the orange and lemon peel and cool. Remove wrappers. Prick surface of with 2 inches of water. Heat to boiling and puddings with a toothpick and drizzle with simmer for 15 minutes. Strain peel out and a little brandy or sherry. Cover and store discard water. Replace cooked peel in pot, in a cool, dry spot. Unwrap occasionally cover with a second batch of fresh water, to drizzle with a little more brandy, until heat to boiling, and simmer for another 15 Christmas day. minutes. Strain peel out and discard water. Repeat one more time. Make brandy cream: Next, heat 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup In a heavy saucepan over medium-low water, and bring to a boil. Simmer for three minutes. Add cooked citrus peel, reduce heat heat, melt thebutter. Add flour and whisk constantly to create a thick, smooth paste. to low and continuing simmering, stirring Continue whisking for 1 minute. Add milk occasionally until peels are translucent and liquid becomes a syrup. Scoop candied citrus and continue whisking for three minutes to into the bowl of marinating dried fruit. Cov- form a smooth sauce. Add sugar, whisking until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low er with a clean kitchen towel and allow to and whisk for another five minutes. Whisk marinate for 24 hours. in brandy. Pour over pudding. Note: brandy cream can be made ahead, kept in the fridge, Make batter: and reheated at service. Sift flour, sugar, salt, and spices into a large bowl. Add crumbled bread. Stir in the fat To serve: Remove puddings to serving (butter, and suet, if using) and chopped pecans. Whisk egg and honey with stout and plates. Prepare brandy cream to pour over or serve on the side. Garnish with holly milk. Stir into dry ingredients (this is traditionally where each family member gives the sprigs, being careful not to let any holly berries touch the puddings—the berries are bowl a stir). inedible. Spoon all of the fruit mixture into the • • • • •

tiny bits 1/2 cup toasted, finely chopped pecans 2 large eggs 1 Tbsp honey 2/3 cup stout 1/3 cup whole milk

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F O O D & T RAV EL | FI RS T CL ASS Crescent-shaped boats used for transportation and fishing on Lake Titicaca

AFLOAT Visit the magical and mysterious floating Uros islands of Peru.

EDITED BY RYAN HUDGINS / PHOTOGRAPHY COURTSEY OF PROMPERU

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eru’s ephemeral floating islands, golden-hued and gracefully delicate, appear like a mirage in Lake Titicaca. But their origins, paradoxically, reflect the strength and tenacity of the native people who created them. The Uros people, an ancient indigenous Peruvian tribe much older than the Incas who built Machu Picchu, migrated to Lake Titicaca 3,700 years ago. The astute Uros outsmarted the Incas who pushed into their territory many centuries later by hiding in the totora reeds that grow profusely along the shore of Lake Titicaca. The highest navigable lake in the world, it straddles Peru and Bolivia at 12,500 feet above sea level. Yet, the Uros couldn’t remain hidden in the reeds forever. They eventually layered bundles of the dried buoyant reeds to create floating islands nine miles from the shore. The Uros anchored the islands with rope to eucalyptus posts secured in the lakebed, making them movable, if necessary, to escape the wrath of hostile invaders. The totora reed—a cattail-type rush with thick roots supporting the top layer—became the foundation of their entire culture, providing structure, transportation, and financial sustenance. Not only did they outwit the Incas and survive, their descendants still live in reed houses on several dozen floating islands to this day. For an otherworldly experience of the Uros culture, surrounded

by steep Andean peaks and the blue glacial-fed waters of South America’s only large freshwater lake, make your View of Uros Islands from the boat way to Puno, Peru’s central port town on Lake Titicaca. Visitors can book a package or go at their leisure to the islands; options range from a 30-minute guided boat ride and lunch on an island to an overnight or weekend homestay. When stepping off the boat, don’t be surprised when your feet sink between 2 and 4 inches or when feel the springiness of those layered reeds instead of firm ground underfoot. Women in bright-colored full skirts step forward to greet and welcome you into their way of life, with customs such as air-drying fish, ground-baking Andean bread, and preparing a traditional soup of potato, onion, garlic, and fish in big black pots. Clay ovens must be set on a base of stones to ensure that reeds don’t catch fire and burn down the island. You may also receive an invitation into one of the communal homes for a visit and a chance to dress in a traditional costume for photos. An interpreter will tag along to translate because most Uros people speak only Aymara—an endangered native language—while a few know Spanish. The island chief will also make an appearance, and he

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or another gentleman will explain how they cut the reeds with a spear-like knife on the end of a pole and add a new top layer of bundled reeds to the islands every two weeks as the bottom layer breaks apart and floats away. It takes them 18 months to build a new island, which must be done every 30 years, and three months to weave a balsa, their crescent-shaped boats used for transportation and fishing. Their homes must be reinforced regularly. More recently, the Uros incorporated recycled plastic bottles into the bundled reeds for increased buoyancy and lifespan, and to reduce plastic pollution. Each island typically contains several thatched-roof houses, which tend to belong to members of a single extended family. While their lifestyle roughly mirrors that of their ancient ancestors, the Uros enjoy some basic modern advancements and comforts. Homes stay a bit dryer with corrugated metal roofs. Islands are solar-powered, and some inhabitants have mobile phones and television sets. Shower buildings have water-heating cells and hot-water boilers that provide warm water. Small outhouse islands with toilets are located where the ground roots help absorb the waste. Other islands house schools so View of reed houses children now have an opportunity for an education that their ancestors didn’t. A nearby natural island, Taquile, has a Uros-run FM radio station that plays music several hours a day. The women weave textiles for clothing,

and they spin and dye yarn but do not knit. Knitting is considered men’s work and is a highly prized talent; a marriage blessing is dependent upon a man’s knitting skill. Very self-sufficient, the Uros depend on barter to acquire most of what they need, trading birds and eggs for supplies on the mainland. They do earn money from fishing, but 80 percent of the Uros economy is based on tourism. Since they receive very little money from tour groups and boat tickets, they supplement their income by selling their reed handicrafts to tourists. Consider purchasing a handmade knitted hat, decorative textile, totora-woven toy, or basket, as this is an important boost to their economy. If you don’t see something you want to buy, you can always leave a donation. GETTING THERE Puno is easily accessible from a number of locations. It is less than 60 minutes by plane to Juliaca from Cusco, followed by a one-hour drive to Puno. Visitors can also drive eight hours directly from Cusco to Puno, with views of high-desert mountains and farmland worth the journey. A scenic train ride from Arequipa to Puno takes five hours. From Lima, it takes two-and-a-half hours for the flight and drive. For any overland transport, it’s best to arrange a transfer via your hotel concierge or the official tourist information and assistance service at peru.travel/en/useful-data/iperu, 511-574-8000 or WhatsApp 511 944492314. In Puno, you can book a guided day trip to the islands or take a taxi to the port and buy a ticket for an unguided boat that visits two islands. If you don’t go with a tour that includes lunch and a guide, you can buy a boat ticket at the port in Puno. And even if you go on your own, you can purchase lunch on an island at a simple restaurant. Looking for an adventure diffused with culture and history? Add, the magical and mysterious floating Uros islands of Peru to your bucket list. JWC | COUNTRY 53

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Join us for the Virtual Home Design Trends 2021 Forecast A Conversation with Designers Nicole Ryan & Claudia Pop

The way we live is changing, and so are our homes! Grab your coffee and join us for a virtual Saturday morning all about Home Design Trends for 2021. Whether you’re planning a simple home fashion update or a complete remodel, he’s all the information you will need. Learn about hot new colors, what’s new in cabinetry style, how to apply textures, and what finishes are best to make every room in your home reflect the new way you live. A live Q&A will follow the Design Trends Forcast

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HOUSE & HOME AN INSIDE LOOK AT CHICAGO’S MOST EXCLUSIVE ADDRESS—THE BARRINGTONS

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AN INSIDE LOOK AT CHICAGO’S MOST EXCLUSIVE ADDRESS—THE BARRINGTONS As winter descends upon us in the Midwest, daydream of year-round warmer climates in the Pacific from the coasts of Manhattan Beach to the shores of Hawaii. And maybe add one of these homes priced at $7.5 million, or a home in Barrington that Architectural Digest once named the “Most Beautiful Home for Sale in Illinois,” to your holiday wish list.

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ocated on a coveted flat walk street two blocks from the beach, this Cape Cod style home has a warm palette of white, grays, and blues. The open concept kitchen is fully appointed with two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two dishwashers, Wolf range, walk-in pantry, dry bar with Scotsman ice maker, and full height

The Details: 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms • 4,500 square feet, $1,667 per square foot • Energy efficient home with solar panels, Tesla power wall, and backup power generator Contact: Matt Morris, Strand Hill Properties, matt@mattmorrisdevelopment.com

wine refrigerator. The kitchen flows to the family room which has bi-folding French doors leading to an outdoor deck with a built-in fire pit. The secondary living area opens up to the patio and yard. A vaulted ceiling, fireplace, and two walk-in closets complete the master suite. JWC | COUNTRY 57

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The Details: 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms • 12,000 square feet, $625 per square foot • Smart home technology enables full control from your phone or computer whether you are on the property or halfway around the world Contact: Julianna Garris, Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers, juliannagarris@hawaiilife.com

of tropical living, this Hawaii home sets a new bar for contemporary luxury. Additional highlights include 54 panel PV Solar System, three Tesla power wall batteries, salt-treated pool surrounded by 150 square feet of deck, outdoor BBQ and landscaped front and back yard with avocado and tangerine trees.

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The Details: 5 bedrooms, 9.2 bathrooms • 17,597 square feet approximately, $426 per square foot • Home of Lucious Lyon in Fox’s Hit Series Empire • Sits on approximately 7.26 acres Contact: Michael LaFido, @properties, Mike@TheLaFidoTeam.com

every detail. Whether indoors or outside, the state-of-the art kitchens, sprawling balconies, patio with huge in-ground pool, lower level wet bar, theater, poker room, and more, are all designed for ultimate entertaining and enjoyment. JWC | COUNTRY 61

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PUB L I SH E R’ S P RO FI LE

SENIORS WITH STRESS AND ANXIETY WORDS BY CHIRAG PATEL, MD PHOTOGRAPHY BY FRANK ISHMAN

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tress and anxiety are common among our senior population. Although they have been through a lot in their lives, sometimes this causes worry and angst. There are also thoughts of their own mortality and the impact on who they might be leaving behind. We all experience stress and occasional anxiety. Having intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations is considered an anxiety disorder. Panic attacks are when intense anxiety occurs within minutes. Examples of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder (social phobia), specific phobias, and separation anxiety disorder. In seniors, depression often goes along with anxiety. Both can affect memory, worsening conditions like dementia or cognitive decline. Many seniors have anxiety related to their declining health, stress of obtaining medical care, and loss of independence and relying on family members. Guilt of burdening their family can lead to withholding health issues or even ignoring serious conditions like cancer, delaying diagnosis, and leading to worsened prognosis. Common signs of anxiety to watch for include excessive worry or fear, refusing to do routine activities or being overly preoccupied with routine, avoiding social situations, overly concerned about safety, racing heart, shallow breathing, trembling, nausea, sweating, insomnia, muscle tension, feeling weak and shaky, hoarding/collecting, depression, self-medication with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants.

There are treatments for anxiety disorders. Biofeedback, therapy, counseling, exercise, yoga, interacting with others all are everyday conservative measures that can be implemented right away for mild to moderate types of anxiety. Medications are also helpful, including antidepressants like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and anti-anxiety ones like Benzodiazepines. These are all available by prescription only from a licensed professional. I often advise against any over-the-counter medication as dosing is not always known, side effects can worsen the situation, and active ingredients are often not known, which can lead to interactions with other medication being taken. Our stress level and anxiety as a society have been at an all-time high, mainly related to the pandemic and all the changes we have had to endure. For seniors that has meant separation from family, loneliness, reduced appetite, and heightened hopelessness. On a bright side, our medical team has helped many of our seniors through this time, with frequent on-site visits and wellness checks, FaceTiming family during appointments, and giving back some of that hope that was lost. My medical group continues to help seniors as the pandemic forges ahead, by teaming up with nurses, family members, other facility staff, and various ancillary service providers to help the mental health of all our seniors. On behalf of Hansa Medical Groupe, have a safe and wonderful holiday and new year. Hansa Medical Groupe has offices at 5250 Old Orchard Road, Suite 300, in Skokie, and in Chicago, 847-920-0902, hansamedicalgroupe.com.

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SOUNDS LIKE CHRISTMAS One family’s holiday traditions keep the magic alive from generation to generation. WORDS BY MEGAN WEISBERG / ILLUSTRATION BY ROBERT RISKO

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n Barrington Hills this Christmas Eve, you’d be able to find outside—rain or snow—Pastor Todd Berge at the barbeque grilling steaks for his family’s dinner. Pastor Berge comes from a family of six children and his wife, Jeanne, is one of four siblings; together they have continued the Christmas traditions started by their own families and created more as the years have gone by. With four children of their own now, and one grandchild, the days leading up to the holiday are full of treasured traditions. Despite busy schedules all around, after Thanksgiving Jeanne finds a time for family to join in the Christmas tree decorating while singing Christmas carols. And just like many families, their ornaments are full of memories of holidays past. The Berge’s have a tradition of bringing home an ornament from each of their travels, “We have ornaments from Israel, Africa, Disneyworld— it’s a retelling of our marriage as we put them on the tree,” says Berge. Berge’s mother would always “put an orange in the tree of our stocking,” says Berge, a tradition that he and Jeanne continue. On Christmas Eve the family join together to attend Church, celebrate the holiday over dinner, and open large presents, with Jeanne gifting pajamas to any family opting to stay overnight. At times, the family gathering can reach 50 people with everyone singing and playing games, like trivia, as a jovial, festive atmosphere pervades throughout the house. On Christmas morning, Santa presents are opened over the smell wafting from the kitchen of Jeanne’s homemade cinnamon rolls—a recipe Pastor Berge’s mother passed down to her. “It was always a competition in my family growing up, who could eat the most cinnamon rolls,” says Berge. Throughout Christmas day, more family arrive at their home with the holiday culminating in a dinner that everyone contributes to. “We have a ham with a raisin sauce from my wife’s family, and another group is known for their mac n’ cheese,” says Berge— all traditions the grandkids are sure to continue just as Todd and Jeanne have done with their childhood traditions. Although this year may look different than years past due to

COVID-19, Berge says that “In the last nine months, a lot of what is good about family has been highlighted and also a lot of struggles and difficulties have arisen. This holiday season is a chance for us to pour into our homes, to invest in our families, and come back together. We have choice of highlighting our frustrations or the good in our families,” says Berge. At Pastor Berge’s Church, The Bridge Church in Algonquin, the theme of Advent this year is Advent Unplugged. Reflecting on the true spirit of the holiday, Advent Unplugged is a true testament “to Christ’s comig without fanfare and being born into the embrace of His family.” A message he shares coincides with the pandemic, “we don’t need to always go bigger and better,” sometimes just turning inward and embracing our families and traditions is “ where hope is” and is the best kind of gift. For more information, visit thebridge-alg.org.

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