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Sunday Breakfast Leslie Goddard performs one-woman shows of historical figures when she’s not writing books about candy and Marshall Field’s.



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ome folks think the job of an editor is filled with soirées, tête á têtes with heads of state — even private viewings of new films with movie stars. A swashbuckling life, to be sure. I won’t disabuse readers of any of those notions. But I will add luster to the image: this weekend, I have been invited to be a VIP — at the Craft Beer Fest in Highwood. Unlimited beer tasting on a Saturday of some of the best microbrews in the land? I’ll just say I’ve postponed my interview of Sharon Stone on her private jet until further notice. Read Joanna Brown’s story about what’s on tap inside. If I may butcher a metaphor, beer may not be your cup of tea. In that case, our cover story will help you out. We’ve figured out 10 things you can do on the North Shore before the summer ends. From art festivals to Ravinia to ice cream stores and more, there’s plenty of fun to be had before the first sweater is pulled out. Bill McLean reports on page 8.


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Leslie Goddard will be quite busy in November. She won’t be busy being Leslie Goddard — rather, she’ll perform as Jacqueline Kennedy in a series of one-woman shows during the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It’s not that she prefers the macabre — Goddard’s historical performances have ranged from 19thcentury Chicago socialite Bertha Honoré Palmer to Abigail Adams. Not only that, the Stanford University graduate with a master’s degree from Northwestern University has authored two books: “Chicago’s Sweet Candy History” and “Remembering Marshall Field’s.” She’s happy to present a lecture on either topic, though “I get cravings for whatever (candy) I talk about,” she notes. Read about her talents in Sunday Breakfast. Enjoy the weekend.

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■ by bill mclean If summer were a round of golf, we would all be heading to the 13th tee box now. There’s only about a month left in the season (though some consider the day after Labor Day to be the first day of fall, summer officially rests in temporary peace on Sept. 21). Before then, there are plenty of fun-filled, family-oriented things to do along the North Shore. Here is a list of 10:

1. “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. Aug. 16.

Find a spot on the lawn and watch the epic film on a video screen, with the complete score to be performed live by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra beginning at 7:30 p.m. The first 500 guests receive a free CSO T-shirt. And if you missed this one because you opened the paper after it started, violinist Rachel Barton Pine — once featured on a North Shore Weekend cover — will play at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18 at Bennett Gordon Hall. Tickets are only $10.

2. Hit the beach. Any beach. Through Sept. 21.

New Trier High School senior-to-be Taylor Tashima likes to frequent Gillson Beach in Wilmette and paddle-board, among other activities. “I love the atmosphere when I’m there,” she said. “It’s the beach, you’re on the water, boats are around you, and kids are playing while parents are socializing.” The place to eat near Lake Michigan is at Raging Kitchen at Forest Park Beach in Lake Forest, particularly breakfast on the weekends. The kitchen’s motto is, “Food out of control.” Get filled with a Belgian waffle or an egg wrap (bacon or sausage), served by a friendly staff.

with butterfly wings swirling instead of snowflakes. “One looks like a tissue paper in flight; it’s that big,” visitor Stefanie Lubash said of a clouded mother of pearl butterfly last weekend. Mary Plunkett, manager of interpretive programs at Chicago Botanic Garden, witnesses dozens of astonished looks each day she works the exhibit. “People are amazed at the number of species they see here,” she said. “They walk around like they’re in some kind of wonderland or a part of a fairy tale.”

4. Check out an art festival. Aug. 2425, Sept. 1-2.

The 30th Annual Port Clinton Art Festival in Highland Park runs Aug. 24-25 (10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day; admission is free). Recognized as one of the most successful juried art festivals in the country, it welcomes 260 of the world’s most celebrated artists and 250,000 art enthusiasts annually. It’ll be tough to find a starving artist, since Taste of Highland Park booths will be deployed nearby on both days. The Deer Path Art League hosts its 59th Annual Art Fair on the Square Sept. 1-2 (10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day). Nearly 180 artists are expected to attend, displaying digital art, paintings, photography, printmaking, ceramics and jewelry, among other works. Local junior high and high school students have been selected to showcase and sell their creations at the fair’s “Young Artists” art court.

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5. Cool down with ice cream or yogurt. Through Sept. 21.

Summertime without a trip to an ice cream shop is wintertime without a mug of hot cocoa. Lake Forest resident Sam Gibson, 9, ordered two scoops of mint chocolate on a cone with orange sprinkles at Sweet’s Chocolate & Ice Cream in Lake Forest last weekend. It was a treat from his aunt, Linda Hayes, visiting from Dallas. Hayes, who grew up in Lake Bluff, takes her nephew to Sweet’s whenever she’s in town. “My aunt reminds me of ice cream,” a grinning Gibson said between licks while sitting on a bench outside the quaint shop on Deerpath. Gibson figured he visits Sweet’s at least 18 times a summer. If you’re interested in way more than 18 flavors of ice cream, head over to Homer’s Homemade Gourmet Ice Cream in Wilmette. Its burgundy cherry flavor features dark Bordeaux cherries imported from France. The menu’s description of Homer’s cappuccino chip is Kona Hawaiian coffee with soft mocha flakes. Its fresh peach offering was rated the finest in the country.

6. Last Blast of Summer Block Party at Winnetka Community House. Aug. 24.

Emma Lyons, 9, smiles as a butterfly alights on her shoulder at the Butterflies & Blooms exhibit at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.

photography by joel lerner 3. “Butterflies & Blooms” exhibit at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Through Labor Day.

Visitors at the second-year exhibit get to immerse themselves in the habitat of live butterflies, both native and tropical. Most kids — and more than a few adults — become speechless upon entering the environment, as butterflies of all

It’s a bash for more than a block of families from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. It’s for the whole community, and it’s billed as a celebration of everything that makes the North Shore great. Kids will have a blast, from riding ponies to being entertained by Elliebee the Clown. Adults will have the chance to view arts and crafts and listen to Bopology, a swing, jazz and jump-blues band. Admission is free, but a $20 wristband is required for certain activities, including carnival games.

7. Family Fun Fest in Lake Forest. Aug. 25.

Held at Forest Park from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine, the event gives people of all ages the chance to bid the summer farewell while listening to live music and playing lawn games. Among the fest’s other attractions are toucha-truck and a raffle. Proceeds from the event go to support the Forest Park Project.

photography by joel lerner 8. Get splashed at Hidden Creek AquaPark in Highland Park. Through Labor Day.

Located at 1220 Fredrickson Place, it boasts a plethora of ways to enhance fun with water. Hidden Creek offers water slides, a drop slide, a water playground and a sand area. Don’t feel like swimming? Get away from it all by resting on a lounge chair on either a large deck or the park’s lawn areas.

9. Reap joy at Highwood’s Gourmet Farmers Market at Everts Park, Wednesdays through Sept. 4.

The Bottle Poets, a pop/rock band, is slated to perform at the North Shore’s must-hit-at-least-once-a-summer Farmers Market on Aug. 28 (4-9 p.m. on Wednesdays). Mary Tondi of Highwood has traversed the market’s grounds practically every other week this summer. It’s convenient for her because the size of the city is only about one square mile, meaning the popular mode of transportation is walking. “There’s so much going on there,” Tondi said, referring to live entertainment, pony rides and people selling food, jewelry, clothing and art. “It’s also a good social time, seeing people and catching up with them.” Kevin Clark grew up in Highland Park and, at the age of 14, portrayed the drummer in the movie “The School of Rock” in 2003. His take on Highwood’s Farmers Market: It rocks. “There’s an overabundance of great food choices,” Clark said. “What I also like about it is the number of people you see there from all over the North Shore. You’re not going to find a better Farmers Market than the one in Highwood.”

10. “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” a play with music at Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe. Begins Sept. 3.

Not all “Things to do before the summer ends” have to be staged outdoors. The collaborative Writers’ Theatre and Pigpen Theatre Co. effort tells the epic tale of an old man who must abandon his duties of filling up the moon with liquid light to cross the seas in search of his missing wife. The combination of spirited indie-folk music and inventive puppetry lifts the production. ■

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■ by joanna brown Much like the teachers who will repopulate their classrooms later this month, Rod Specketer says there are no dumb questions. The difference — his classroom is behind the nearest beer tap. Specketer, co-owner of the Lake Bluff Brewing Co., will school the masses at the inaugural Craft Beer Festival. Hundreds of beer fans will fill Highwood’s Everts Park on Saturday, Aug. 17 to sample beverages from 35 craft breweries. The Craft Beer Festival is evidence that Chicago and its suburbs are becoming big beer towns, Specketer and event planner Ted Widen agree. The festival will feature microbreweries from across the country alongside local favorites like the Lake Bluff Brewing Company, Lake Barrington’s Wild Onion Brewery and Chicago’s Finch’s Beer Company. “Chicago is becoming a better beer town,” said Specketer, who opened the brewery with business partner David Burns in 2011. Both are Lake Bluff residents, and beer produced at the single location has limited distribution at this time. “A lot of good, new brewers are cropping up,” Specketer added. “That makes it a lot of fun.” What’s especially fun about craft beer, Widen explained, is that American brewers are experimenting with flavor — to the extent that not all beers are certified kosher anymore. Consider an oyster stout. “And at the booths at the festival they’ll be throwing in lemons and limes to add even more flavors to it,” he noted. Widen, of Winnetka, has been producing parties since 1998. The idea for the Craft Beer Festival struck after a wildly successful pub crawl in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

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The Craft Beer Festival is produced in conjunction with the Highwood Chamber of Commerce and Celebrate Highwood. “Our special events are growing every year,” said Highwood Fourth Ward Alderman Eric Falberg, who started working with the events five years ago. “They’ve taken off because we have an eclectic mix. The feeling you get here is just different, and we try to make it friendly for all.” At the Craft Beer Festival, attendees will browse the brewers’ booth and enjoy threeounce samples of beer. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available from local restaurants, and bands will perform. Attendance is limited to those 21 and older, and designated driver tickets are available for those who will not be sampling beer. “Try it, and if you don’t like it, spit it out,” Widen said. “Ask the brewer what it was so that you can figure out what you do and don’t like and ask for what you do like at the next booth you visit. “There’s no shame in asking. At least half the people who come to these things are new to them, but they’re interested because they live in the neighborhood or they want to support their neighborhood.” The Lake Bluff Brewing Co. will have three beers at its booth as well as a brewer to field questions. “You don’t have to be educated (in brewing) to enjoy this,” said Specketer. “Have a conversation with the people at the tables, take your time and stand around for a while. Some people will even be taking notes.” Find more information and purchase advance tickets at A portion of the proceeds from the Craft Beer Festival will benefit The Puppy Mill Project, a not-for-profit organization that aims to raise awareness of puppy mills. ■

Painting allows artist with Parkinson’s to ‘forget about everything and dream’ ■ by angelika labno During World War II, Warsaw was f lattened to the ground. In the ensuing years, a young Wojciech Madeyski watched in awe as tall, modern buildings were erected from the rubble of his city. The fascination of skyscrapers never left him, leading him to study and have a prolific career in architecture. Now, the longtime Highland Park resident will be showcasing his passion through paintings in an exhibit titled “Cityscapes” at Lake Forest’s Re-invent Gallery starting Aug. 17.

“Every person with Parkinson’s should take on a hobby that is intense enough to absorb their imagination.” | Wojciech Madeyski “These are realistic subjects looking for an extra dimension,” said Madeyski of his Abstract Expressionist style. Four words define the exhibit: painting, power, passion — and Parkinson’s. The latter has been a daily struggle for Madeyski, but painting allows him to “forget about everything and dream,” he says. The walls of his Highland Park home are covered with his paintings, which range from his homeland’s Tatra Mountains to the idyllic countryside scenes and cathedrals of France. Gorgeous purples and blues evoke a Grand Canyon landscape, which he refers to as “the most beautiful buildings built by nature.” Born in Warsaw in 1937, “Voy” Madeyski started drawing

as a boy, inspired by his amateur artist father. After attaining a master’s in architecture in Warsaw, he and his wife Danuta set out for Paris, where he worked with architects Pierre Vago and Guillaume Gillet. Madeyski also drew thousands of sketches from his travels throughout Europe, which are the basis of many of his paintings. The couple came to Chicago in 1966, where Madeyski Wojciech Madeyski’s work will appear at Re-invent Gallery starting Aug. 17. worked at Fridstein and Fitch, C.F. Murphy Associates photography by joel lerner and Perkins+Will before establishing his own practice in Highland Park. His notable projects in Chicago include the Madeyski has long been an advocate of environmental Amoco (now Aon) Plaza and the Doyle-Cumberland Rapid awareness, and his paintings put a lighthearted spin on Transit Station, as well as several projects in the Middle global warming. Among the many scenes are Swimming East and Southeast Asia. Skyscrapers and Melting Cathedral. Another painting Painting provided a break from the precision and depicts icebergs amidst the famous New York City skyline. clean lines of architecture, although he still incorpo“Every person with Parkinson’s should take on a hobby rated straight lines using a knife. In 2003, Madeyski that is intense enough to absorb their imagination,” Madeyski was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and precise said. “It helps to stay away from negative or pessimistic drawing was not a possibility anymore. Instead of giv- thinking, and that is important to cope with the disease.” ing up his passion, he turned the situation into a posiThe exhibit will run from Aug. 17 to Sept. 28 at Re-invent tive and developed a new technique for painting city Gallery, located at 202 Wisconsin Ave., Lake Forest, with scenes, cathedrals, or his favorite -- Chicago alleyways.  an opening reception on Friday, Aug. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to “This technique expresses things that he couldn’t through 8:30 p.m. Advance reservations for the opening night can other techniques,” said wife Danuta about Madeyski’s per- be made by calling 224-544-5961 or visiting www.reinsonal twist on Jackson Pollock’s “drip” technique. ■

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highwood The City of Highwood recently received a Standard & Poor long-term rating upgrade, moving to an A from an A- on its previously issued general obligation debt and refunding bonds. “The rating action is based on our view of the city’s improved general fund balance and cash levels, and our anticipation that the city will maintain those reserves and at least break-even results,” said Standard & Poor’s credit analyst Jennifer Boyd. The upgrade implies potential savings of tens of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars due to lower available interest rates.

kenilworth The Kenilworth Club changed its name to Kenilworth Assembly Hall recently. Dave Kalainov, president of the Kenilworth Assembly Hall

Board of Directors, also sent a formal letter to the Kenilworth Park District as a request to open discussions regarding the future of the Assembly Hall and the Park District. The primary goals are two-fold: 1) re-establish the Assembly Hall as a place that brings the community together, and 2) create a sound financial model that will permit improved community programming.

PREVIEW wilmette On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Village will partner with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) to host a Document Destruction & Electronics Recycling Event from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wilmette Public Works Facility, located at 711 Laramie Ave. Paper documents must be brought to the event in either paper shopping bags or cardboard boxes. Residents are limited to six file-size boxes or paper shopping bags per vehicle. Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed, but please remove binders. Certain electronic items, such as computers, printers and televisions, will be accepted. Please know that materials from businesses, schools, or institutions will not be accepted. For more information, please contact Public Works at or (847) 853-7500.

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Fresh out of the University of Dayton with a degree in economics and business, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Louis Caras was commissioned to be a regular Army officer in 1950 as the Korean War began. “You don’t know what to expect, but you learn quickly,” said the Lake Bluff resident, who was part of the 31st Regiment of the 7th Infantry Division. The 21-year-old from Dayton, Ohio arrived in California in June 1950 and took a plane to Japan shortly thereafter. Three months later, Caras was part of the Inchon Landing, a pivotal invasion launched by Gen. Douglas MacArthur that essentially took back South Korea. During combat, Caras was a platoon leader, or a frontline commander of troops. He remembers seeing his first fallen American — as a bullet whizzed past his ear. “I was a different leader in the spring of ‘51 than the fall of ‘50,” he reflected. Caras simply characterizes himself as an “understanding leader,” but his quick and often empathetic decisions spared several innocent lives. One soldier had wanted to throw a grenade into a cave where he suspected the enemy was hiding. Caras instead ordered that smoking straw be thrown in first. Women and children crawled out. Another time, they were getting small arms fire during a patrol in a Korean village. The artillery officer was ready to call in artillery, an attack that would likely demolish a town like Lake Forest, he said. Caras stopped the order, and again, they saw nothing but women and children in the village, the men hiding in the hills. A real test to his morals was when the Army took in a Chinese prisoner. While the other soldiers rushed to the thought of torturing the enemy, Caras considered the

prisoner’s tears and pictures of his wife and family. “When a man surrenders, he’s no longer a soldier; he’s a civilian and you treat him accordingly,” said Caras. “That’s how I was trained.” After a year in Korea, Caras spent the next 19 years of his service moving around Europe, Asia and the United States. When he got an order to go to Salzburg, he married Ethyl, a girl he met on a fishing trip in Michigan, and the pair went overseas together. He worked in the supply chain in Austria before moving to Munich to join the general staff for supply and logistics. His daughter, Elaine, was born there. His eyes light up at the memories of attending symphonies and shows in Mozart’s hometown, and the sight of a woman scrubbing her sidewalk with soap and water in Holland. Caras luckily avoided going to war again, as he was scheduled to go to Vietnam three different times yet was pulled out each time. Once he was back in America, he spent three years teaching military logistics at Cornell University, where he shook President Harry Truman’s hand after a speech. After traveling to a few more states, the road led Caras to Des Plaines. And, eventually, Lake Forest, where his family grew again with the birth of son Mark. Caras officially retired from the military in June 1970, and he entered the family bowling business. He sold the service after 20 years to become a consultant for bowling companies. Caras recently got into veteran affairs and is part of Lake Forest American Legion McKinlock Post 264. On this year’s Lake Forest Day, he was a marshal in the parade representing Korean veterans. “I never took advantage of or was dependent on people,” he reflects on his time as a colonel. “We worked as a team.” ■

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Social Media ■ by katie rose mceneely David Spadafora is the president of the Newberry Library in Chicago. He lives in Lake Forest. Reading: I am in the midst of the “Awakening Land” trilogy by Conrad Richter. It’s three volumes published in the 1940s and early 1950s about early settlers in Ohio. The first volume is called “The Trees,” the second “The Fields,” the third is called “The Town.” The third one won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1951. I’m from Ohio originally and some of my family were very early settlers, so I found it interesting. It was a recommendation from the very great writer David McCullough. He wrote an essay about this author, which got me interested in reading his books. Listening: I mostly listen to so-called classical music, and I’ve been listening to Schubert and Mendelssohn — Mendelssohn’s Octet, which I love and play as often as I can. Watching: I watch parts of losing Cubs games, until it’s too depressing. Following: The things that I follow most closely are developments in the ongoing digital revolution with research library activities and scholarly developments in my own field. My specialty is the 18th century in European thought, so the Enlightenment period. I think it’s fair to say that the Enlightenment is being re-conceptualized by scholars during the last 20 years or so and is coming to be seen as a more diverse and less Francocentric phenomenon than was traditionally the case. Activity: I think it’s fair to say that the most important thing we’re working on at the Newberry right now, after the successful completion of a major fundraising campaign, is sorting out the money assigned and committed to specific purposes. Fortunately a lot of our donors made gifts that came without restrictions, so we’re working to find out how to actually apply the money. We exceeded our goal of $25 million, and we did it in the timeframe that we allotted ourselves. Another area of activity is now that we’ve finished

that campaign, it’s time to begin the next round of strategy. I’m working with staff and board leadership to devise a new strategic planning project for the course of the next year or so. I still teach at Lake Forest College; I started there in 1990 as dean of the faculty and professor of history, then I became president. Since leaving the presidency, I’ve been involved with teaching at least occasionally. Eating: My family would be disappointed if I did not begin by saying that I eat oatmeal. I eat oatmeal every day, which I’m sure will be of great interest. I should add that my wife and I have fallen in love with a couple of really fine Greek yogurts. And we just had dinner at Kiki’s, a French bistro on North Franklin. I also eat at Bistrot Zinc.

“It’s fair to say that the most important thing we’re working on at the Newberry right now, after the successful completion of a major fundraising campaign, is sorting out the money assigned and committed to specific purposes.” | David Spadafora What is your favorite mistake? My most important mistake, if not worst, was accidentally causing an injury to my left eye in 1964. The long-term consequences of that were to, for very circuitous reasons, send me to a private school, send me to a small liberal arts college — and that was the way I met my wife. In some ways it seems bad, and it was bad, but it had profoundly beneficial consequences. This is all the result of a golf-course accident. ■

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16 | lifestyle & arts sunday breakfast ■ by david sweet Dressed in an ankle-long Victorian dress, white gloves and a stylish hat — in other words, looking like Bertha Honoré Palmer, 19th-century Chicago socialite — Leslie Goddard strode toward the Palmer House recently. Before she arrived, a man parking his car demanded her attention. “He said, ‘I have to take my picture with you. I don’t even know who you are,’ ” recalls Goddard, who was slated to perform a 45-minute one-woman show about the wife of real estate magnate Potter Palmer at his namesake hotel. “I said, ‘As long as I can tell you about Bertha Palmer, you can take the photo.’ ”

“I thought it was an interesting way to do history. You gain something you can’t get from a book.” | Leslie Goddard Goddard’s portrayals — she has also performed as Clara Barton, Abigail Adams and Margaret Powell, whose memoirs inspired “Downton Abbey” — are in demand. Whereas she put together 68 programs all of last year for libraries, museums, businesses and others, by July this year she had already exceeded that number — and her Jacqueline Kennedy show is already heavily scheduled for November, the 50 th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. “I always have the character face a central crisis, and she’s trying to decide whether to move from Washington after the assassination,” says Goddard, who spends up to a year researching her characters, finding the right costume and practicing her role. “One of the challenges is she almost never talked about the assassination. And another challenge is I can’t talk about her Onassis years.” First-person portrayals were far from Goddard’s mind after she earned a bachelor of arts in theater and English

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from Stanford University and a master of arts in theater from the University of Illinois. Soon, she was engaged in a years-long process to attain her Ph.D. from Northwestern University — in American history. “I said, ‘I think my heart is in history. That’s the end of my a c t i n g c a r e er,’ ” Goddard recalls. While working at the Evanston History Center, Goddard was asked if she could portray Frances Willard, a leader of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union who had lived in town. She unearthed some of Wi l la rd’s speeches, put together an 1880s costume (“which was hard — you had to find a bustle to make your rear end big”) — and had at it. “I thought it was an interesting way to do history,” Goddard says. “You gain something you can’t get from a book.” Spea k ing of books, Goddard has authored two — “Chicago’s Sweet Candy History,” which examines the number of famous candies made or invented i n the a rea , a nd “Remembering Marshall Field’s,” Leslie Goddard a look at the store’s history and traditions (Goddard

once worked as a Marshall Field’s sales clerk, while her grandfather served as a longtime buyer at the State Street location). She offers lectures on both topics, though the candy one — most often given around Valentine’s Day and Halloween — can create inconvenient hungers. “I get cravings for whatever I’m talking about,” says Goddard, who touches upon Brach’s, Mars, Curtis and other well-known Chicago companies. Goddard is a big fan of Kenilworth resident Barbara Rinella, who also engages North Shore audiences with portrayals of Catherine the Great and other historical figures. “She has a wonderful sense of humor,” Goddard notes. “As Catherine the Great, she was picking out guys in the audience who reminded her of her husband (Peter III).” For Sunday breakfast, Goddard can think of nothing better than Blind Faith Café in Evanston, where she loves the chilaquiles. When she was studying for her Ph.D., she’d often walk to the vegetarian restaurant with her mother, Carol. What is the future of historical portrayals? Goddard is debuting Jane Austen this month, along with Estée Lauder and Amelia Earhart in the fall. And she mulls an interesting possibility. “Would I do someone who’s alive?” she asks. “That’s a good Maybe illustration by barry blitt question. Jane Goodall.” ■

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For more than 100 years, the Winnetka Community House has been providing event space for North Shore residents. Now, for the first time, it will be home to a summer block party – the Last Blast of Summer. The free event will include food, a beer garden, a pet parade and performances by local musicians on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Lincoln Avenue – just outside the Winnetka Community House. Wristbands may be purchased for an additional $20 and provide access to carnival games, a rock wall and pony rides. The event is sponsored by 22 local nonprofit organizations, some of who are tenants at the Winnetka Community House, such as the North Shore Art League, the Junior League of Evanston and the Winnetka Youth Organization. The nonprofits’ executive directors had been meeting with the Winnetka Community House to brainstorm a community event. “It just sort of grew and grew and grew over meetings over the last few months. It was really collaborative,” said Winnetka Community House Development Associate Michelle Hodalj. According to Hodalj, Winnetka Community House Development Director Alana Flatley had been interested in having another event after the community house celebrated its centennial in 2011. The Last Blast of Summer is a continuation of the “feel” that resulted from the celebration. “I hope [people] learn about the community house and reconnect with it if they haven’t been here for a while,” Hodalj said. “ We saw that a lot with the centennial – people who hadn’t been here for a while came back to celebrate the 100th birthday. I hope they learn a little bit about us, what

we’re doing now and what our plans are for the future.” The Winnetka Community House’s mission is to provide educational, cultural, social and recreational opportunities. In addition to providing a fitness center and full gymnasium to the community, the house also holds theater and dance productions put on by groups such as the Children’s Theatre of Winnetka, Ballet Entre Nouse and Village Follies. The Winnetka Community House is also a popular location for weddings, business meetings and other private events.

“I hope [people] learn about the community house and reconnect with it if they haven’t been here for a while.” | Michelle Hodalj “We do programs here for youth through senior citizens. We do all sorts of different programs from dance classes yoga classes,” Hodalj said. “It’s a lot of the same things you would find at a park district, but we are not tax-supported – we are totally supported by private donations from the community.” Though this is Winnetka Community House’s first summer block party, Hodalj said it hopes to continue having it as a yearly event. “There are twenty-something non-profits involved, and they’re all local and they all do amazing things – they all have a separate, very important mission, so we hope that [people] learn more about all of them and learn about Winnetka and the community in general,” Hodalj said. ■

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Gogh Green: Pre-Owned Art Sale


The last day of The Art Center–Highland Park’s annual recycled art sale, which offers thousands of paintings, prints, sculptures, jewelry, furniture and more. Each year, The Art Center–Highland Park resells donated art pieces to raise funds for its Art School Scholarship Fund. All artwork is now half price.


| Evanston Art Center and the NorthShore University HealthSystem | 2603 Sheridan Road, Evanston | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | or 847-475-5300 | On view for the first time, the NorthShore University HealthSystem’s collection of American craft displays numerous pieces from the 29-year history of the American Craft Expo. It features the work of 39 artists. Exhibition runs through Aug. 25

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Originally from Poland, Voy Madeyski is a retired architect and painter living in Highland Park. His abstract enamel renderings depict tumultuous cityscapes.

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As many as 200 cars will be on display including classic cars, muscle cars, hot rods, motorcycles and vintage military vehicles. This is an event for car enthusiasts and novices alike.  Come enjoy a summer night full of music, food, prizes, hourly raffles, and fun supporting Monday Night Car Shows, Inc., every Monday night through Sept. 3.

Local resident Derek Sherman will discuss his new novel, “Race Across the Sky,” a story of ultramarathons, biotechnology, and family. A book signing will follow the program, and refreshments will be served.


Highwood Craft Beer Festival | City of Highwood | 103 Highwood Ave., Everts Park, Highwood | Noon-5:30 p.m. | Tickets: $40 in advance, $50 at the door ($15 for designated drivers) | |

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| Jolly Good Fellows and Placing Paws | 270 Market Square, Lake Forest | 1 p.m.-3 p.m. | 847-861-2000 |


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The Highwood Craft Beer Festival will feature more than 70 craft beers from 30 breweries. General admission tickets include: 20 three-ounce drink tickets, souvenir glass, wristband, a brewer’s list card, map of event and access to live music and entertainment. Designated drivers are welcome at a reduced cost. 21 and older only.



Sip & Shop Event Series | Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center | 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Free; RSVP required at | Sip & Shop is a wine series during which customers enjoy wine and spirits tastings, food, special offers and promotions from participating retailers, as well as entertainment. The event is free but RSVP only. Guests will receive a program guide outlining all “stops and special offers,” as well as a gift bag. Want to submit your North Shore event to Goings On About Towns? Send an email with the particulars and the subject heading “GOAT” to at least 10 days before publication, and we will do our best to get it in.

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Forking over tasty desserts is her specialty ■ by katie rose mceneely Liz Bearwald owns Bent Fork Bakery in Highwood with her husband, Michael. How did you start baking? I was probably about six years old; my best friend’s mother was quite the baker, and she would set us up in the kitchen. One of our cakes is named after her: Mrs. Beebe. Years baking? 42 years.

What made you decide to open Bent Fork? In ‘99, my husband was in printing and wanted me to order gift baskets for all of his clients for the holidays. It would take too much time; I was better off baking for them. So we put together baskets that had about 75 cookies each. We started getting calls asking where people could get the cookies. By midnight we came up with menus, and we named it [the bakery] after a friend of mine said, “Michael always gets the bent fork, wherever he goes. If you ever have a store you have to call it ‘Bent Fork.’ “ Best recipe tweak? We tweak all our recipes. We’ll make it six or seven times until it’s where we want it to be. We’re like mad scientists. Signature baked good? Our double chocolate cake. It was my grandma Helen’s cake; she started making it in the ‘40s for all the birthdays. Favorite style? I’m really into cookies and bars. I really like home style — we don’t have big mixers, we have small ones. Everything is small batch. I like the creativity that allows you; you can just go crazy. And I really love

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■ by angelika labno As an administrator at HCR ManorCare of Wilmette, Danielle Wilson-Kramer sees the latest trend in healthcare: hospital stays are shorter, and patients are increasingly being discharged “a little sicker.” Because they may be too weak or uninformed about their ensuing therapy, patients can then jeopardize their recovery potential. Said Highland Park’s HCR ManorCare administrator Tam Wagner, “Once patients go home and have missed the opportunity to have this intense therapy, they really can’t gain back the ground.” HCR ManorCare, a national nursing and rehabilitation center, has three locations on the North Shore—Wilmette, Highland Park and Northbrook—that differ slightly in their specializations but still deliver the same level of post-acute and nursing home care. They offer individualized treatment plans, therapies (physical/occupational/speech) and discharge planning for short-term stays, as well as residential living, palliative and hospice care for long-term patients. One of the most common specialties is cardiac care, which is overseen by cardiologist Dr. Jason Robin. Wilson-Kramer notes that people with cardiac issues benefit from having a specialist on site even if what they entered the hospital for was unrelated to their heart condition, because heart problems can often hinder the capability to recover. The pulmonary program headed by pulmonologist Dr. Elizabeth Klein teaches those with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and other respiratory diseases different breathing techniques to increase their oxygen intake. Other areas of expertise include orthopedics and joint replacement, stroke and neurological care, wound care, oncology care and diabetes management.

“We are a smaller facility, so we can provide a nice, home-like atmosphere,” said WilsonKramer. Miss home cooking? A dietitian helps plan customized and nutritious meals. Over at Highland Park, “We have a 90 percent score for recommending the facility,” said Wagner. “It’s all about relationships. We even provide weekly ‘lunch and learn’ with the nurses.” Another HCR ManorCare specialty is a memory care facility with specially trained staff in dementia. Anshu Raina, administrator at Northbrook, notes that it is restraint-free environment: the staff instead tries to determine the root cause and remove those stressors from the environment. The majority of Alzheimer patients have fewer falls and take fewer medications at the residence because of the programs and activities put together by a therapeutic recreational therapist. “We try to keep them at minimal medication, because that has its side effects, too,” said Raina, adding that physiatrist Dr. Mildones Eliades oversees pain and rehab potential of patients. “Caregivers have the peace of mind knowing their loved one is receiving around-the-clock professional care.” ManorCare offers special respite rates to those who don’t meet their insurance carrier’s requirements for a stay at a nursing care facility. The regular $400 per day rate drops down to $150 a day for short-term stays of up to 14 days. The respite program doubles as a “vacation” program that allows caregivers or family members to take a break, go out of town or attend their own medical needs by entrusting their loved one to the facility for a few days. ManorCare also accepts Medicaid and Medicare. “Healthcare is expensive, and people do run out of money,” said Kramer-Wilson. “It doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve appropriate and proper care. We see it as something that is necessary to care for the individuals in our community.” ■


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36 | sports

Terrific in Thailand

Tashima helps Team USA to silver medal at World Tournament ■ by bill mclean At this summer’s U18 Girls’ Youth Volleyball World Tournament in Thailand, left-handed Taylor Tashima never unpacked her devastatingly effective jump serve. The 6-foot setter, who will be a senior at New Trier High School and a member of the Wildcat Juniors club team, used the weapon to put together an astounding streak in the second set of a match against Maine South last fall. Tashima riddled the Hawks from a baseline, striking for the final 16 service points of a 25-9 win. But her jump serve never saw the light of day — nor the lights in Chatchi Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima — at the world tournament July 25-Aug. 4. “It’s so different at an international competition,” said Tashima, a Wilmette resident. “The IQs and the abilities of the players are incredible. Teams would have been able to handle [the jump serve], would have been able to pass well after receiving it. “I went with my float serve instead.” Tashima and Team USA went all the way to the championship match after winning Pool C and downing Chinese Taipei, Poland and Brazil in bracket play. China then topped the U.S. squad 25-16, 25-21, 25-23 for the gold medal. No other U.S. volleyball team of either gender had ever collected a world medal at the youth or junior level. “Crazy, so crazy, and what an incredible experience,” said Tashima, a captain and one of two setters on the 12-member team. “Playing the teams we played in an atmosphere like that, you had to be mentally tough every point. If an opponent detected a weakness in a match, it was like blood in the water.” The U.S. team’s only other loss in Thailand was to Slovenia in its first Pool C match. It bounced back nicely in its other three pool contests, defeating Brazil (ranked second in the world at the time), the Dominican Republic

and Algeria without dropping a set. The U.S. later edged Brazil 16-25, 25-14, 20-25, 25-17, 15-12 in a semifinal Aug. 3. “That was such a thrill, probably the best and most intense match I’ve experienced,” said Tashima, a steady force behind the Trevians’ Class 4A state runner-up showing last fall. China, like Team USA, won six of eight matches at the tournament. But China, unlike Team USA, deployed a 6-8 middle. The small building near the net was too tall, too knowledgeable and too disciplined. “She did everything right; she was trained well,” Tashima said. “China’s entire team was trained well.” Candidates for the United States’ U18 team tried out at the U.S. Olympic Center in Colorado Springs in late June, before heading to Anaheim, Calif., to train for two weeks. The members sometimes spent six hours on the court in a day. They also were surrounded by Very Important Players. “We sometimes got to practice right next to the United States’ men’s and women’s volleyball teams,” Tashima said. “They also were getting ready for international play. We talked to the players during breaks. It was amazing, getting a glimpse of our country’s top players.” The other setter on Tashima’s team was Jordyn Poulter of Aurora, Colo., who will be a junior in high school — one of eight from the Class of 2015 to make the team. The Illinois recruit got the starting nod for most of the matches. “She’s taller, and she jumps higher than I do,” said Northwestern-bound Tashima, named “Best Setter” last year at a regional tournament in Mexico, where the U.S. U18 team, captained by Tashima, qualified for this year’s world tournament. “I learned a lot from her. “What I’ve been practicing a lot lately is ‘eye checking’ [setting to a favorable one-on-one matchup, rather than one in which a teammate has to attempt a kill against more than one blocker]. I’m still not there, 100 percent, but I’m working hard on getting there.” Tashima nearly helped the U.S. escape a significant deficit in the third set of the championship match Aug. 4. China led 23-18 when U.S. coach Jim Stone sent Tashima in to serve. “I hadn’t touched a ball since the warm-up session,” Tashima said. “I was on the bench for about an hour; I went in cold.” But she ignited a rally immediately, delivering an ace on a float serve. The U.S., with Tashima guiding the red, white and blue, nearly extended the match to four sets, before China survived 25-23 in the decisive set. “Taylor made an impact each time she came in as a sub,” said Penn State-bound Simone Lee, an outside hitter from Menomonee Falls, Wis. “And when she was in there, she never let up and she did whatever she could to establish momentum. She was as valuable of a vocal leader as she was a player. “The way she encouraged us, her court awareness — Taylor was an important presence,” she added. “Off the court she was the ultimate social butterfly [in Thailand], always making sure she’d sit at a different table for dinner each night.” Stone’s U18 girls crew is

New Trier High School’s Taylor Tashima, who plays club volleyball for the Wildcat Juniors, was one of the captains for Team USA at the U18 Girls’ Youth Volleyball World Tournament.

photography by joel lerner a Midwest-heavy bunch, with eight of the 12 players having committed to Big Ten schools. Stone served as the women’s volleyball coach at Ohio State for 26 years. Stone and his staff of assistants insisted that their players take it easy after returning from Thailand, Tashima noted. It would be OK to work out, they said, and it would be better than OK to avoid any activity that involved a volleyball for a week or two. “Our national coaches warned us about the potential hazards of overuse,” Tashima said. “They wanted us to be careful.” Wildcat Juniors club coach Karen Sonders has watched Tashima develop as a volleyball player since Tashima was in the eighth grade. She could not be more thrilled for one of her dedicated charges. “To be one of only 12 players to represent the U.S., to be one of only two setters on a national team — now that’s exciting and impressive,” Sonders said. “Taylor makes everybody around her better, and she does that because of her hard work and focus. She’s a great team player, super competitive, and it’s awesome coaching her.” Tashima plans to be geared up and fresh for New Trier’s season opener against visiting Libertyville on Aug. 29, which happens to be her 17th birthday. Kills galore, to be followed by killer cake. NT went 39-2 last fall, bowing to Benet Academy (40-2) 21-25, 25-22, 25-17 in the Class 4A final in Normal. The Trevians’ significant losses to graduation included outside hitters Brittani Steinberg and Maggie Carragher. Tashima and senior defensive specialist MC Magner will serve as co-captains this fall. The team also will feature two other D-1 players: senior Haley Fauntleroy (Virginia) and junior Sarah Shafiq (Cal-Berkeley). “Determination — Taylor has always had that,” Trevians coach Hannah Hsieh said. “She’s always pushing herself, always striving to get better and better as a player. And as a leader, she’ll be a strong one for us because of what she experienced [in Thailand].” Tashima, like all of her returning teammates, has wanted to experience another weekend in Normal since the moment Benet’s Redwings started celebrating their state championship last November. “We do have a lot of very good players returning, and we are all looking forward to the season,” Tashima said. “Our goal is to get back to state and take it this time.” ■

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Balteanu turns in four-midable showing at national championships ■ by bill mclean

solid debut as a varsity swimmer in 201112, Bogdan reached another level as a senior this past winter, swimming on the Scouts’ The freestyle anchor leg on a recordstate runner-up 400-yard free relay (3:04.01) setting age-group relay team showed up and third-place 200 medley relay (1:33.330). at his first CATS Aquatic Team pracClassmate Colin Rowe also raced for tice a little more than a year ago as a both relays as LFHS, under Scouts coach … breaststroker. Cindy Dell, took third for its first state A leopard cannot change his spots. trophy in 10 years. “We knew Bogdan would be a key comBut Bogdan Balteanu proved unequivponent on our team,” Rowe said. “He did ocally that a human can change his primary stroke and produce resounding great. He’s a very hard-working kid, always success at a national level. The 2013 striving for the best, always driven like no Lake Forest High School graduate other. Bogdan is one of those first-in-thepool-last-out-of-the-pool guys.” helped CATS’ 200-meter medley relay set an age-group mark of 1:43.24 in two Stanford-bound Black, for one, saw a simdivisions (Boys 17-18, Boys 15-18) at the ilar work ethic from Balteanu at CATS National Club Swimming Association practices. The national high school record (NCSA) Long Course Championships in holder in the 100-yard butterfly (46.71, set Indianapolis earlier this month. in February), Black also swam on all four Alex Snarski of Libertyville, Kyle of CATS’ victorious relays at the NCSA Aerne of Lake Villa and Connor Black Meet in early August. of Mundelein preceded Balteanu in the “What also impressed me about Bogdan electric effort. All but Snarski will be was how quickly he meshed with all of us college freshmen this fall. at CATS,” Black said. “He’s got a fun-lov“We knew we’d be decently fast but ing side and a get-down-to-business mode. not that fast,” said the 6-foot-4, 185He was a big relay guy for us, a true team pound Balteanu, who clocked a 23.53 player. Bogdan got so pumped up before freestyle split in the 200 medley. “We the start of relays, always saying to the were all ecstatic after that. It set a good rest of us, ‘We can do this! We can do this!’ tone for our team.” “That heart rate of his before relays — Indeed. Balteanu was a swift member you knew it was going … going fast,” he of three other first-place relays at the added. “He was into relays, no doubt.” meet, anchoring the CATS’ 400 free- Lake Forest High School grad Bogdan Balteanu, seen here during the high school season, was part of Balteanu intends to major in pre-med biostyle (3:30.22) and 400 medley (3:48.58) four winning relays at the NCSA Long Course Championships. medical engineering at GWU in D.C., with units and serving as the second leg of a goggle-free eye toward becoming an orthothe club’s 200 free quartet. position of my shoulders [relative to the water]. I also had pedic surgeon. He looked back at his time in CATS, based in Libertyville and Vernon Hills, captured an arm swing that had to be cut down.” the pool for LFHS and CATS teams earlier his month. Balteanu’s attention to detail and work ethic turned him the men’s division title with 391 points. Crimson (Mass.) “I was fortunate to have fantastic coaches,” Balteanu Aquatics (360.5) and NOVA (Va.) Aquatics finished 2-3. into a standout 100-meter competitor, so much so that the said. “The history of those two programs, they’re pretty “Bogdan responds incredibly well to coaching,” CATS George Washington University-bound swimmer will likely flirt amazing. I’ll always be grateful for being a part of both, coach Vlad Pyshnenko said. “He’s like a sponge, the way with the Olympic Trials cut in the event at this time next year. for being able to learn all I did.” he listens. But he’s as good as he is because of his love for “Those coaches [at GWU] thought they were getting Pyshnenko also expressed gratitude — for Balteanu, the the sport and his desire to get better. His positive attitude, a 56-[second], 57-[second] 100-meter long course kid in swimmer and the teen. his love for swimming — you can see it when he trains and Bogdan,” Pyshnenko said. “He’s down to a 51-high, a huge “Always respectful, always polite,” said the 43-year-old competes. It is quite easy to see.” drop. Those coaches are going to be thrilled when they find coach, a native of Russia who won a gold medal (800 free relay) Balteanu’s freestyle stroke looks nothing like it did after out how fast Bogdan is now.” and two silver medals (400 free relay, 400 medley relay) for his junior season at LFHS, when he swam on a pair of topBalteanu and his family moved from Toronto to Lake Forest the Unified Team at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. nine relays at the state meet. in the summer before his junior year. He got to know many “Bogdan always said, ‘Hello,’ always said, ‘Thank you “I changed it significantly,” he said. “I wasn’t finishing LFHS swimmers well before the first day of school, easing for the practice and the workout,’ ” he added. “It’s unusual my stroke properly, and I was encouraged to adjust the the transition to his first school in the U.S. Following his these days, hearing words like that from a kid.” ■





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We have a home in La Quinta, California. We’ve been going out there for 24 years. It’s on the grounds of the La Quinta Resort & Club — it’s the best of both worlds. What brings us to La Quinta is the weather. November is our favorite month – 85 degrees during the day and 70s at night. Our daughter Erin is getting married there in November. At Christmas all of us (including the other children Austin, Jordan and Logan) try to spend two weeks out there. Our favorite thing is to hike in the mountains — they have wonderful hiking and walking trails. We’ll wake up and have a seven-mile walk. They have a trail they call the bump-and-grind — we call it the Edens Expressway of trails. It’s a quick hour and 15 minutes there and back. We once hiked 18 miles from the base of an Indian reservation. My husband is a golfer and an avid biker. He’ll go for a 30-mile ride, and sometimes wild dogs out there chase him. He has to bike so hard to get away.

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The Living Desert is a zoo and botanical garden. They have all the wildlife in natural habitats out there. At Christmas, they do a laser-light exhibit at night — it’s beautiful. An aerial tram takes you to the top of the mountain in Palm Springs. What is so unbelievable is there’s snow up there — it can be 80 degrees down in the city. You can be in the hot weather but see the mountains — it’s aesthetically beautiful. The mountains are often so barren; it’s like someone took a pencil and painted them all. Everybody eats outside. We have a couple of favorite restaurants. Lavender Bistro in La Quinta has this spectacular courtyard that 150 people eat in. It’s just magical. We eat a lot of fish, and sand dabs is one we only see out there. Pacifica Seafood Restaurant in Palm Desert is another great fish place. Dana and Scott Turban, as told to David Sweet. ■

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