The North Shore Weekend EAST, Issue 80

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No. 80 | A JWC Media publication

sunday breakfast

saturday april 19 | sunday april 20 2014

out & about see what 10 residents plan to do this weekend in our new feature. P.25

Book looks at the Kennedy family’s love of a sailboat. P.20


Highland Park High School’s Grace Quirk plays for keeps — but she also has a fun side. P.29

local news and personalities of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Northfield, Glencoe, Highland Park, evanston, Lake Forest, Mettawa & Lake Bluff

At 23, North Shore’s Rachel Brosnahan is making her mark on the screen. P8



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North Shore Weekend news 08 Actress on the rise

Rachel Brosnahan, a North Shore native, has become a big player at only 23 years old on the show “House of Cards.”



F amily history

Anna Marie Brucker runs a business that delves into a family’s heritage and publishes the results in an elegant manner.

Standout Student

A sixth-grader, Isabella Sutter has come out with her first book.


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Sunday Breakfast

James Graham of Wilmette has written a new book on the Kennedys, focusing on the family’s favorite sailboat, Victura.

Social whirl

Take a look at some of the top parties attended by North Shore residents recently.

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The new chef at the Market House and MH Fish House believes cooking is not an art — it’s a craft.


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ne of my favorite writing parodies involved ESPN The Magazine spoofing old Larry King columns. The former CNN host — who started out in sports journalism — shared quick thoughts about a range of subjects, and the magazine followed that format, including items that, however ridiculous, almost sounded like King could have typed them. “Boy, that Andre Agassi is something, isn’t he? Bald as a billiard cue … Heard a great new line the other night over a slice of strawberry cheesecake at Lindy’s: ‘Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, what did you think of the play?’ What? Too soon? … I was going to publish a sports quiz this week, but I realized there’s nothing I know that you readers don’t … except for a very great deal of secret stuff about Angie Dickinson and Natalie Wood…” Despite humorously mocking King’s style, there is a proud tradition among columnists of sharing thoughts they’ve been compiling as they roll through life. Since I recently traveled to California for a media outing, I thought I’d focus on a few thoughts from the airplane’s middle seat: • Why don’t airlines board passengers starting from the back of the plane? Why should a Group 4 passenger be forced to wait, craning to see his row, while a Group 3 fellow fumbles to put his luggage in the overhead bin? • Shouldn’t there be a regulation forbidding a passenger from removing one’s shoes for an

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Acting success in the cards for North Shore native ■ by angelika labno Some acts even actors can’t train for. Take, for example, prohibiting access to oxygen and allowing water to fill the nostrils — also known as drowning. The scene — shot off the coast of Massachusetts for the HBO mini-series “Olive Kitteridge” — certainly scared Rachel Brosnahan to death. But it didn’t come across that way. “If she is fearful, she will appear fearless,” said Carole Dibo, founder of Actors Training Center at Wilmette Theatre and Brosnahan’s manager. “She does what she needs to do and never complains.” Directors have taken notice, and the striking redhead has become a hot commodity in television. The Highland Park High School alumna received acclaim with her role as call girl Rachel Posen in the pop-

too hard,” she says. Brosnahan — who attended the New York University Tisch School of the Arts at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute — largely credits Dibo for bridging the gap of acting as a hobby and as a profession, calling it “a fun process, not the dark, twisty Hollywood stuff.” She advises aspiring teenage actors to put a hand in all the different facets of acting, including the business side. “Follow your own path with it,” she said. “There’s no formula to success with this. Everybody has a unique and individual journey, and you have to trust that and follow it.” Brosnahan reveals a tumultuous growing period. As she was trying to go to school and start her career at the same time, the split in focus caused her little success in both. “I sort of went down that rabbit hole of

“I find that if I do any one thing for an incredibly long time, I’m itching to do the other. I’m dying to get back onstage.” | Rachel Brosnahan ular Netflix series “House of Cards,” which is returning for a third season. At the end of January, the actress joined NBC’s “The Blacklist” as a major recurring character, and Brosnahan is in pre-production for a new WGN America series, “Manhattan,” a series about the race to build the first atomic bomb. “TV allows you to more fully develop a character, and for actors that’s exciting because you live in the character longer,” says Brosnahan. “Although I find that if I do any one thing for an incredibly long time, I’m itching to do the other. I’m dying to get back onstage.” The school stage is where Brosnahan became captivated by acting, performing in plays and musicals — though she’s quick to say that she experiences “extraordinary stage fright” when asked to sing at auditions. The 23-year-old credits HPHS’s program for exposing her to college-level exercises that pushed her limits. “Its wonderful teachers gave me a rich playground to test myself and access a wealth of wonderful material to learn with,” she says. “They’re not afraid to let students work on material that other high schools might see as too racy.” Brosnahan became serious about acting at 16 and visited Dibo for acting lessons. Things progressed quickly for the petite actress, and she even skipped a final exam her senior year to attend the casting for “The Unborn.” The 2009 film, partially filmed on Washington Road in Lake Forest, turned out to be her first movie, albeit one that suffered scathing reviews. “I royally blew it and somehow got this part,” Brosnahan laughed. “I just mumbled all my lines and it worked ... though I wouldn’t recommend that to someone now.” As Brosnahan puts it, there was no Plan B when it came to choosing a field of study. “If you want to be an actor and you have a Plan B, you’ll do that, because acting gets

‘this is never going to happen’... and that kind of negativity eats your brain and your spirit,” she divulges. She then went through a “horrible” breakup, but instead of dwindling further into the abyss, Brosnahan changed for the better. “I found that through the healing process, I became so much more comfortable with who I am and who I want to be in this business,” she said. “I embraced the idea that the only thing I can control is what I’m doing, and if I’m focused and working hard — remembering to have fun sometimes — things will always work out, and often in ways you wouldn’t expect.” Dibo reflects on the immense maturity and poise Brosnahan possessed when they first met years ago. Dibo says that Brosnahan continues to refine more of the same qualities, such as being able to go deep into character and lose herself in it. Their relationship is special, as Brosnahan looks to Dibo for support in the competitive — and often ruthless — world of acting. “Over the last couple years, she’s grown quite a thick skin,” said Dibo. “Very quickly she was going on big auditions. We’ve taken some big hits and blows, and her ability to absorb those blows has certainly gotten easy for her. I feel very lucky to be on this journey with her.” When asked about actresses she admires, she pointed to England’s Emma Thompson — who has starred in films such as “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Sense & Sensibility” and “Love Actually.” Brosnahan worked with her a few years ago. “She is my spirit animal,” she notes. “I cannot say enough wonderful things about that fierce lady. I admire how grounded she is and how outspoken she is about the need for a shift in perspective regarding women in the business, on top of being so funny and kind.” All the time away from home certainly has Brosnahan literally hungry to get back

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to the North Shore, as she craves a bite at Stir Crazy at Northbrook Court, where she worked during high school. She talks about showing her boyfriend around her hometown, especially catching a movie at

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North Shore entrepreneurs heading downtown to display wares at inaugural show ■ by joanna brown

Winnetka design consultant Lee Thinnes is going urban. With the inaugural Chicago International Art, Antique and Jewelry Show on the horizon, she’s searching her warehouse for unique items that fit well in small living spaces. Rugs, sconces, a room divider screen, and an old French commode fit her vision for the booth she’ll build at the show.

“Really savvy buyers come with their designers and a list of what they’re looking for; they come with a mission.” | Lee Thinnes Thinnes is the woman behind Lee’s Antiques, and one of three local vendors preparing for the show April 24-28. Crescent Worth Art and Antiques, of Lake Forest, and Evanston’s Harvey Pranian Gallery will be among more than 100 dealers who convene at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. Lynda Dehler of Crescent Worth has made shows like this one the heart of her business, having closed her retail shop after 17 years. She’ll fill her Navy Pier booth with paintings, but of particular interest will be miniature portraits from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. They measure 1-4 inches and are

often done on ivory as tokens of love. “There is so much work that goes into it,” she said. “You can imagine the skill it takes to create a piece of that size. Some people collect them, but many are just intrigued by the work and buy a couple because they are just so beautiful.” Dehler and Thinnes agreed that the allure of participating in this inaugural event lies in the caliber of the exhibitors and in the variety of the audience. “I think Chicago has been waiting for a show like this one,” said Thinnes, who built her business around consultations and antique shows rather than a retail shop. “The market is ripe for a high-end show.” Added Dehler, “Anyone can enjoy a show like this one because there is such a variety of dealers with items in all price ranges.” Toward that end, Thinnes recommended that shoppers come to Navy Pier with photos of their homes and measurements of the areas they are looking to fill. “With smartphones these days, it’s so easy to have a picture to work from,” she said. “Really savvy buyers come with their designers and a list of what they’re looking for; they come with a mission.” Thinnes will be ready to discuss with buyers the history of the pieces in her booth and offer advice on how to use them. The room dividing screen can be broken up to soften the corners of a room, can stand to divide a large living room into two more intimate spaces, or hung as wall art or a headboard. Dehler said she’ll shop other exhibitors’ booths, too, in search of items with local

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Woman helps family histories come alive ■ by joanna brown

What started as a project to help her children better appreciate their middle-school history lessons has turned into a passion — and profession — for Lake Forest’s Anna Marie Brucker. She’s helped 40 clients uncover their family histories over the last five years — and considers each one a treasure. “I believe every family has a place in history, the movements they were part of and the hardships they’ve overcome,” said Brucker, who has traced local families all the way back to a castle in Wales in 1066, when the knights went off to conquer Ireland. “Family trees are beautiful and can be laid out very carefully, but there’s no story there, nothing beyond the tree about the people’s lives.” Through her company, Heritage Heirloom Books, Brucker preserves family stories in picture books suitable for most every generation. The idea came from an early client who wanted to share his family history with an 8-year-old heir. It’s not at all what Brucker imagined she was getting into six years ago, when she traced her own family’s history. Her goal then was simple: to help her children put their history homework into context. “I wanted to help my children define their place in the world and to make their school learning relevant,” she said. “We had lived in Mexico for six months and certainly knew what it was like to feel different from those around you, but there are also benefits of seeing that there is a lot going on beyond the bounds of Lake Forest.” She started with little more than a name

and stories of how her ancestors came to Chicago Heights during the industrial boom. But she learned quickly that archives held around the world could be accessed via the Internet, and they were managed by people willing to help. “It started like a treasure hunt looking for this information,” Brucker recalled. Once she gained access to these archives and databases, Brucker started tracing family histories for friends, and then clients who came to her seeking answers to lifelong questions. She fondly remembers two clients — both senior citizens when they came to her — who had been abandoned by their parents as babies. They sought information about their birth parents. For another client, Brucker traced a relative who had been left on the doorstep of a cabin long before adoption processes were formalized. The baby was raised as a servant alongside the family’s biological children, but Brucker was able to identify the baby’s mother and trace the family’s story. Another local family found through Brucker’s efforts that their family tree included a Lake Bluff farmer who worked for President Abraham Lincoln. Now buried in a Waukegan cemetery, the farmer left his land near the current Tangley Oaks community to serve in the Civil War; before he went to the front lines he was assigned to guard the White House as part of a group President Lincoln called “My Boys.” When the farmer was wounded in battle and unable to return to farming, Lincoln assigned him to a lighthouse in Waukegan. “It is just so emotional to share these stories with clients,” said Brucker, who has a professional background in mergers and

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At a dinner meeting of the Lake Forest American Legion, Commander Thomas Marks was presented with the Boy Scouts of America charter on behalf of the Legion sponsoring the local troop for 25 years Alan Champ, Troop 48 Charter Organization Representative, made the presentation.

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Lake Forest Cub Scout Pack 48 hosted the Blue & Gold Banquet at the Lake Forest Club. The annual celebration recognizes the achievements of 72 Cub Scouts over the past year as well as the efforts of more than

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At Elm Place School last week, the entire seventh-grade class presented Project Citizen: Safety In Our Schools to the school, parents, community, and a panel including Mayor Nancy Rotering and Chief of Police Paul Shafer. Students received a mayoral proclamation after presenting to the Mayor and to the Highland Park City Council on Wednesday. Each year the students identify a problem in the community, research it, develop a public policy, and an action plan to promote it. Some years ago, when their project was ravine erosion, the class presented in Springfield to Gov. Quinn and were selected to represent the State of Illinois. They went on to win the blue ribbon in national competition.

two dozen parent volunteers. The highlight of the evening came after dinner when members of the Venture Scouts and Boy Scouts from Lake Forest Boy Scout Troop 48 performed the Arrow of Light ceremony and a Native American Grass Dance with regalia sewn by Menomonee craftspeople. The ceremony marks the crossing-over of six second-year Cub Scout Webelos into Boy Scouts.

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Isabella Sutter of Highland Park was seven years old when she wrote a 90-page parody to the first Harry Potter novel. She had read the book so many times that she figured: Why can’t I do that? Once she got into writing poetry, her mother jokingly told her to write a book. Again, she thought to herself: Why not? So she did. Nothing Rhymes with Silver ($12.99), a collection of 18 poems by Sutter, launched on Amazon and Kindle on April 18 during National Poetry Month. The author is only a sixth-grader at Elm Place School in Highland Park. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long, it’s kind of overwhelming at times,” said Sutter on achieving her goal. The book contains award-winning poems from 2013, but most were written within the last few months, during a period her mother describes as “a burst of genius.” The topics vary from seasons to siblings to imaginary worlds. Her favorite genre is fantasy fiction, as she recalls adding supernatural twists to writing in school. “The poems are deep in meaning; they’re not Shel Silverstein-type poems,” says mom Allison. “They leave the readers thinking to interpret their own experiences from the poems.” The book is also available through Sutter’s website,, which offers excerpts and reviews. Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering writes, “Sutter’s wisdom and insights belie her age,” and Jennifer Dotson, the founder of Highland Park Poetry, adds that guest judges find it hard to believe Sutter is a student. Her poem “One Fish” was a first-place winner at

the 2013 Poetry Challenge by HP Poetry. At this year’s awards ceremony, taking place on April 30, Sutter will be reading a few of her poems and conducting a book signing. “I’d be happy if people all over the world read this and understand that if a child can do this, they can do anything,” Sutter says. Her book doubles as a fundraiser for an upcoming trip to Alaska through People to People. Earnings from the book sales will help fund the 11-day excursion. Sutter sees the journey as an opportunity to grow and develop, as well as to learn leadership skills and responsibility. Her enthusiasm for the trip fueled a poem about Alaska titled “Gold in Bronze: Last Frontier.” Another fundraising effort will be entering the book into a Writer’s Digest competition. The young poet is not taking a moment off to bask in the limelight — she set herself a challenge to become an international best-selling author by 16. She is four chapters into her first chapter book that she says is “extremely loosely related” to her life, with aims of finishing it by eighth grade and publishing it before the start of freshman year. A movie script is another tantalizing goal for the wordsmith. “She writes everything,” says Allison, detailing the various outlets of Sutter’s work. She graciously revealed her pen name — Ara Redbridge — on a writers’ community site, where Sutter shares her work. Her fiction piece, “Rory’s Remembrance,” was published on The Three Versus Seven blog on March 2. Says Sutter, “No matter what age, you can dream about anything, you can think about anything, you can do anything. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you think it and have the opportunity to create it.” ■

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us about what makes a family strong.” Around five years ago, Graham — who works in the communications department at Walgreen Co. in Deerfield after a lengthy career as a senior adviser to former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar — felt a strong desire to write creative non-fiction. The Kennedy idea seemed like a good fit. Problem was, he didn’t know any Kennedys. Out of the blue he called Chris Kennedy — the son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who lives in Kenilworth — and discussed his idea over breakfast. Kennedy invited him to Cape Cod to sail the waters of Nantucket Sound, first in a small sailboat and then in a larger one that included Chris’ mother, Ethel Kennedy, and other members of the clan. “Sheila Kennedy (Chris’ wife) told everyone who I was and that I was writing a book. All these Kennedy eyes turned to me,” recalls Graham. After the author described his idea, skepticism abounded. Ted Kennedy Jr. blurted, “Who’s going to buy this book?” But then they started telling stories, both deeply felt and humorous — such as the time Sammy Davis Jr. visited the Hyannis Port compound. “He thought he was going out on a big yacht. His jaw dropped as he came around the corner and saw a Wianno Senior,” recounts Graham. “When he went out on it, he was getting seasick, but the Kennedys told him, ‘You’ll have to sing for us skin tightening if you want to get back wrinkle reduction shore.’ Ethel said he illustration by barry blitt to sun damage reversal sang his whole skin texture rejuvenation songbook.” Graham conducted research at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston (where he is scheduled to speak May 18). It was there he came across a speech written by the President, who scribbled a note to his wife Jacqueline asking her to recall the poem “Ulysses,” written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Having memorized the poem at the age

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of 10, she wrote the last 14 lines of his speech flawlessly. Victura itself begins with the poem. “It’s a story about a naval warrior king, an aging king, who yearns to return to the sea of his youth,” explains Graham, who graduated from Drake University. “I wonder if John F. Kennedy didn’t see himself in that poem.”

“It’s a story about a family who bonded by sailing together … there are lessons to be learned by all of us about what makes a family strong.” | James Graham Ted Kennedy once said that his brother’s experience sailing on Victura helped save young John Kennedy during World War II, when his PT boat was split in half by a Japanese destroyer. Seamanship and leadership skills were learned on the little boat and, since Jack and his siblings were often jumping out of the boat, a love of swimming. Victura buoyed him in other ways. As Graham writes, “All through his life Jack was sick with one illness or another, but sailing freed him, filled his lungs, tanned his skin when it was ashen or yellow, separated him from worries ashore, and gave him seclusion with family and friends.” The book cover shows a smiling Jack and Jackie on the bow of Victura in 1953 — a shot that appeared on Life magazine’s cover. Graham says his biggest challenge with the work involved procuring licensing rights for the photos — for that one, he had to track down the widow of the Life photographer who snapped it. Designed a century ago in Osterville, Mass., only about 200 Wianno Seniors have ever been constructed. Made of wood, they are still raced by a handful of yacht clubs on Cape Cod whose sailors enjoy the low-tech style and the feel of salt water spraying onto their faces. When Graham speaks at the JFK Library, the original Victura bought by the Kennedys in 1932 will be on display on the front lawn. Before then, Graham will appear at The Book Stall in Winnetka on Friday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. Though he has no plans yet for another book, Graham knows it would be in the same vein as Victura. Says he, “I enjoy capturing an unusual aspect of history.” ■

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■ by joanna brown When Victoria Birov renovated her kitchen, her priority was obvious: make it practical for her family of five. “We probably spend about 70 percent of our time in our kitchen — having snacks, doing homework, having dinner, and on from there,” said the Glencoe resident. “Marble is beautiful, but it’s not the most practical material for the way we use our kitchen, so I chose quartzite, which is still natural but more durable. We needed a cool spice rack and lots of pullout dividers because organization is important to me. And I have two full dishwashers because with a family of five, I am constantly running one of them.” Her husband wanted a steamer oven for healthy cooking, and each family member chose a favorite restaurant’s menu to frame for wall art.

“I think it’s really neat to see how the designers have achieved a modern feel in the older homes in our area.” | Emily Link Birov will open her kitchen to guests on Friday, May 2 during the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore’s fourth annual Designer Kitchens of the North Shore Tour. Six kitchens in Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette and Kenilworth will welcome guests for self-guided tours to benefit the Junior League’s service programs. Tour participants will find the kitchen’s designer at each site, ready to answer most any question. As Birov is also an interior designer and principal at Glencoe-based Newgard Custom Homes — one of the six designers and builders featured on the tour — she will spend the whole day in her own kitchen

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Held in anticipation of the Women’s Board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s (RIC) upcoming Preview Party for the opening of the Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show on April 24, Baker Furniture, within the Merchandise Mart, hosted an event last month, filling its showroom with RIC supporters. The upcoming Preview Party will honor the RIC’s 60th anniversary. Co-chairs of the event at Baker Furniture were Julie Allen of Chicago and Susan Felker of Lake Forest. This is the 17th year that the Women’s Board has sponsored the Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show Preview Party, and it is pleased to have the addition of the Palm Beach Show Group as the new show presenter. KITTY FREIDHEIM, TIM DILLON, SUSAN FELKER









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A noble group to honor Knobel ■ by angelika labno Thirty years ago, the Jewish Council for Youth Services set its roots in Highland Park with its first child-care center. On May 3, the agency returns to the North Shore to host its annual gala and to honor Highland Park Councilwoman Alyssa Knobel at Ravinia Festival. “Alyssa Knobel has done a great deal on behalf of JCYS and is very involved with serving so many people in our community,” says Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, the honorary chair for the evening. “It’s a special opportunity to celebrate her contributions.” Knobel will be recognized as a JCYS director for life, a title bestowed on outstanding board alumni. She became involved with the agency in 2002 when she enrolled her children at the George W. Lutz Family Center in Highland Park. Knobel went from finger-painting in the classroom to serving on the board of directors in 2004, eventually taking on several positions on the executive committee. Her biggest event was co-chairing the agency’s 100th anniversary gala in 2008, which brought in the highest number of attendees and funds raised. “I put a lot into that year for planning for the gala, and although it was a moment in time — one night — it was going to pay forward for so many families for years to come,” says Knobel. “To be able to stand on the stage and look out at 100 years of history under one roof ... it’s a really meaningful experience.” JCYS is a Chicago-based charity that serves up to 15,000 underprivileged children through child-care services, summer

camps and specialty programs. The annual gala is the main fundraiser to sponsor the programs and offer financial assistance through scholarships. The organization has a second mission of nurturing young leaders. “I tell people interested in joining the board that it’s better than going to college,” Knobel laughs. “They give you the tools and the toolbox, and there is great opportunity for learning and giving.” This will be the first time in the agency’s history that the gala will be held outside of Chicago. “We felt it was very important to hold our biggest event in the community that we have such strong ties to,” says Jason Ross, who is co-chairing the benefit with Jennifer Finger, noting the many alumni and JCYS supporters who reside in Highland Park. JCYS is the largest provider of family and children services in Highland Park, where it offers Camp STAR and the Jon Vegosen Champ Camp each summer. The Human Services Task Force, created by Rotering two years ago, regularly looks to JCYS for potential synergies or to help fill needs. An anticipated 300 guests will gather at Ravinia for cocktails, dinner and of course, live entertainment by Arlen Music and Diamond Event Group. A silent auction will feature 60 packages such as travel, sports tickets and specialty experiences. “There are other galas to find a cure for something, but this is about repairing the world,” says Knobel. “This is human service at its best.” For more information on JCYS, its services or the event, visit ■

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There is accounting for taste with this chef ■ by katie rose mceneely

Michael Tsonton is the new chef at Market House and MH Fish House in Lake Forest. How did you start cooking? Product of a single-parent home. My mother worked; I learned with my brothers to put food in the pan and make things more delicious. Years cooking? Nineteen years. What made you decide to become a professional chef? I became serious about being a chef when I decided that if I ever wanted to own my own restaurant, it was a good idea to learn how the kitchen ran. I left my job as a general manager to become a cook, and I just fell in love with it. I learned it the old-fashioned way — school of hard knocks. Best recipe tweak? One of the things that I learned was not to cook with your eyes, but to cook with your taste buds. If the dish is all white and it tastes perfect, then it stays all white. You don’t throw things into the dish because it “needs” color. The food should be delicious first; you can make it pretty after that. I also learned — my background is in fine arts, I was printmaker — cooking is not art. It bothers me when people say that it is. It’s artistic, but it’s not art; it’s craftsmanship. I know how hard art is. Cooking is not that hard. Favorite cuisine to make? My training and background is pretty Frenchbased. We’re in the process of changing

Fish House’s concept to more EuroJapanese. I’m enthralled by a lot of cultures, so I’m pretty well versed in a lot of different arenas. My biggest thing is I’m a Midwest kid; I’m more attuned to seasonal cooking. What do you like to eat at home? My kids don’t realize how spoiled they are yet. My wife is a talented cook — it’s pretty standard fare, but it’s homemade. Worthwhile gadget? I always have a spoon in my pocket. I take a heavy serving spoon and pound it out flat, so it’s [part spoon, part spatula]. Favorite cookbook? I really love the “Uchi” cookbook by Tyson Cole. It’s been around for five or six years, but I just got back into it — I love the way he feels about food, his employees and his clientele. I share the same sensibilities. Favorite vegetable? Celery, no two ways about it — it’s so undervalued. Funniest or most memorable kitchen incident? I just finished a consulting gig, and we had a food runner who was a young kid, pretty green. My sous chef and I cooked up a joke where we pretended there was a set of stairs under the carpet on the hot line — we’d pretend to go down. The kid would stand out front forever because he thought there was a set of stairs by the line. Market House and MH Fish House are located at 655 Forest Avenue in Lake Forest. For more information, visit or call 847234-8800. ■

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Nancy & Philip Sheridan, Winnetka “We’re going to Florida and church.”

Connor Tsui “I’m going on an Easter egg hunt!”

Sarah Kahn, Glencoe “I’m going to Pennsylvania to spend Easter with family.”

Mary Baubonis “I was planning to take a road trip with my family when fortunately my car broke down. It was a blessing in disguise. Now we are flying to Florida!”

Mike Wehrs & Greg Bucko of Sunset Foods, Highland Park “Working for our Sunset customers!”

Kelsey Garcia and Daniel Seyller from Gordon Salon “Kelsey is taking her new bike out for a ride and Daniel is hanging out at Robin Night at Berlin’s in Chicago.”

Barbara Kestin, Highland Park “Relaxing and some yard work!”

Rebecca & Daniel Richman, Glencoe “We are celebrating my sister-in-law’s birthday.”

Amy Eisenberg, Highland Park “Celebrating my 40th birthday and going to my son’s baseball games!”

Svetlana Klevanskaya and Pam Cerasani of Scissors Edge in Winnetka “Going to church and spending time with family.”

Linda Ralias, Winnetka “Going to symphony, church and then organizing an egg hunt for my 4 grandchildren.”

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Saving Grace

Highland Park's fun-loving goaltender is Quirk-y … and seriously good

Having a ball: Highland Park High School goalkeeper Grace Quirk, seen here in action last spring, made a verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin earlier this year. photography

by joel lerner

■ by bill mclean Grace Quirk laughs hard whenever she interacts with the relatives of her father, Tom. But the Highland Park High School junior soccer goalkeeper also has to endure some levels of pain during each encounter. “My mouth hurts when I’m with them,” says Quirk, also a varsity basketball player. “I laugh that hard and that often.” Their senses of humor must be highly contagious, because the Giants’ fun-loving, approachable keeper draws guffaws with the best of them. Some samples, culled from a 15-minute interview: On her surname: “Quirk — it means ‘weird,’ ” she says. On her height: “My soccer profile says I’m 5-foot-10. I’m 5-8, according to the basketball roster. I’m 5-9 in newspapers. I think I’m 5-8, maybe 5-9.” On why she’s a goalkeeper: “I hate running … I’m kidding.” On her mom, Mary: “I babysat the other night and she kept texting me knock-knock jokes. She’s the best, a solid mom; I love her. When we drove for four hours on college visits, we had a really good time together. You know what, though? We like different radio stations.” But Quirk, who verbally committed to

play soccer at the University of Wisconsin last month, ditches her delightfully light side as soon as she trots to her spot in front of a soccer net. “When it’s time to play soccer, there is not a more serious player than Grace,” says Highland Park coach Kate Straka, who starred as a soccer goalkeeper and basketball guard at Fremd before protecting nets at Duke University from 2001-04. “She’s an effective goalie because she’s driven and hard-working, a student of the game who likes to asks questions. “The most important part of the game for a goalie,” she adds, “is understanding the game. Grace is always looking to increase her knowledge of the game.” Quirk split keeper duties with Amanda Skurie (HPHS, ’13) as a freshman in 2012 and recorded an astounding 11 shutouts in 18 matches last spring — with a dinky 0.55 goals-against average. A concussion incurred in the regular season finale against Maine South kept her from playing in the Giants’ loss to Stevenson’s Patriots in a first-round playoff loss. “She’s a really good communicator as a goalie,” says HP junior defender Lizzy LoGrande, who paced the Giants’ 2013-14 basketball team in scoring (11 points per game). “The vocal part of her game, that’s definitely one of her strengths. Grace also has great vision and she reacts so well. “She loves playing sports,” LoGrande adds, “and that love rubs off on her

teammates.” Quirk’s primary role in hoops last winter was to rebound. A former Eclipse Club soccer player who joined FC United after her freshman year, she displayed her keeper talents in front of Wisconsin Badgers coaches at a prospects camp in Madison. Last fall UW went 10-7-2, 5-5-1 in the Big Ten. “I also saw the team practice,” recalls Quirk. “I absolutely love the coaches [head coach Paula Wilkins and goalie coach Tim Rosenfeld], and I thought I’d get better as a goalie up there.” Down here, along the North Shore, Quirk is a riot, a go-to friend for friends with the blues or in the need of an instant pick-me-up. “Her humor … it’s unique,” LoGrande says with a laugh. “There’s no doubt.” Quirk recently discovered a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor, Half Baked. It’s vanilla and chocolate ice cream with fudge brownies and chocolate chip cookie dough. Indulging in bites of that treat while watching her favorite TV show, “Grey’s Anatomy,” would be about as good as it gets for Quirk — right up there with blanking a soccer opponent. “[Cristina]Yang, she’s my favorite character,” Quirk says of the doctor portrayed by Sandra Oh on “Grey’s Anatomy. “She’s snarky.” Quirk is stingy, the Giants’ reliable last line of defense. She’s also humble. Mention HP’s 11-4-3 record last spring with Quirk in

goal and she’ll immediately deflect credit. “My defense in front of me did such a good job,” she says. “Solid, always solid. There were games when I touched the ball only two or three times.” There also were games when Straka and the Giants’ field players watched their goalie thwart and deflate more than a handful of gifted forwards. Quirk rarely bobbled shots and often served as a trusty catalyst in transition. “Grace is a clean goalie; she doesn’t give up many rebounds and she’s not overly flashy,” Straka says. “She just does her job well.” Quirk returned to soccer in the offseason after receiving medical clearance following her concussion. Since then she has improved her footwork, strength and ability to get horizontal for saves. “I’m pushing through my dives better,” Quirk says. Her decision-making is as sound as ever. She who hesitates as a goalie, after all, is … “Done,” Quirk insists. “Once you make a decision in soccer you have to stick with it.” It also pays to stay near Quirk after practices and matches. Who in the world would want to miss out on an opportunity to laugh heartily? “Off the field,” Straka says, “Grace has a light-hearted side, one that makes it fun to be around her. She’s not just well-respected by teammates; she’s also well-liked.” ■





THe North shore weekend

4/19 – 4/20/14

McGuire keeps it real (fun) by scoring goals — and making up nicknames ■ by bill mclean Charlotte McGuire’s nickname could be “Nickname Giver.” But it’s “Charlotta Fun” because the New Trier senior lacrosse player has a penchant for coming up with smile-inducing monikers for her teammates. “They’re silly nicknames and they make her teammates feel special,” says Trevians assistant coach and 2006 NTHS graduate Melissa Malnati. Some of sobriquets: NT senior attack Joanie Merriman is “Jonas.” Junior goalie Danni LeServe is “D-money.” Sophomore middie Darby Tingue is “Darbit.” Junior backup goalie Akane (pronounced a-CON-yay) Shimomura is known affectionately as “Con Artist.” The first nickname McGuire ever concocted was “D-Mac,” for her younger brother, New Trier sophomore and threesport athlete Dylan McGuire. “I like having fun — and being serious,” says the 5-foot-7 middie and Marquette recruit, who earned second-team allstate honors last spring and is second among teammates in scoring (18 goals) and first in draw controls (more than 20) for this year’s Trevians (6-0), who are ranked third in Illinois and third in the Midwest by Like most budding lacrosse players, McGuire had a tough time using a stick with a webbing to catch and pass a ball as a grade-schooler. “D-Mac,” meanwhile, wanted to develop as a catcher in baseball. The siblings helped each other years ago in their back yard. “I’d throw a [lacrosse] ball with my stick and make sure it would bounce in front of Dylan, so he could work on getting in front of pitches in the dirt,” Charlotte McGuire recalls. “And then he’d throw the ball at me so I could work on my catching.” Big sis has been receiving all sorts of accolades this

spring, from honors at the regional level to effusive praise from her coaches and teammates. Nike/US Lacrosse named McGuire its Midwest player of the week for the second time this season after the tri-captain scored four goals in NT’s 13-12 defeat of visiting and reigning Ohio state champion Upper Arlington on March 28. “The three words to define Charlotte, the lacrosse player, are determination, toughness and enthusiasm,” says NT coach Pete Collins of the third-year varsity player, who helped the 2013 Trevians (17-4-1) place third at state. “She does so much of the dirty work between the 30s (30-yard lines), and she always plays with energy and spirit. “I’m really proud of how hard she has worked to learn the game and develop her game since she started with us.” McGuire, a cross country runner the past two fall seasons, got off to a super start this spring, scoring four goals to go with five draw controls and an assist in New Trier’s 17-4 rout of Glenbrook North on March 19. “She’s a threat to score every time she has the ball, a great 1-v-1 dodger and a good feeder who can draw the double [team] and hit an open teammate,” says Trevians assistant coach Kristen Murray. Raves from one of McGuire’s teammates are also fourstar caliber appraisals. “She’s as awesome of a player this year as she was last year,” says Merriman, McGuire’s good friend since the two were fifth-graders. “Charlotte took a big step as a role model this year, always there to help her teammates on the field. “She’s got it all,” she adds. “She knows when to be focused and she knows when to show her fun side. I love it when I hear her yell, ‘What up, man?!’ in a hallway at school.” McGuire’s father, Dan, is passionate about sports, and her mother, Stephanie, competed as a varsity swimmer while attending New Trier. Charlotte’s second cousin, John Dwyer, knows a thing or two about lacrosse. Make that, a thing or 222. Dwyer coached Loyola Academy’s girls lacrosse team to a fifth consecutive state championship last spring. “My favorite season of the year is spring,” McGuire says.

Charlotte's webbing: New Trier senior Charlotte McGuire, a second-team all-stater last spring, races downfield with the ball during her team’s win over Lake Forest last week.

photography by george pfoertner

“When it’s spring, it’s time to play lacrosse. Our team has great chemistry, no negative energy. We have a lot of different points of attack; a lot of girls can score. “We’re all good learners and we’re all learning from very good coaches.”■

She’s the ‘center’ piece

New Trier’s Boyd cooking up another stellar softball season ■ by bill mclean One of Abbey Boyd’s most prized autographs is not from a Chicago Bandits professional softball player. The New Trier senior center fielder scored a coveted John Hancock from Ina Garten, host of the Food Network program “Barefoot Contessa.” Garten signed copies of her book for cooking fans at a local Barnes & Noble nearly two years ago. A gloveless, wide-eyed Boyd was there, book in hand. “One of my favorite recipes in the book is cinnamon-baked doughnuts,” says the 5-foot-9 captain and Northwestern University recruit. Sweeter than that is Boyd’s softball game, particularly her left-handed swing. The Trevians’ leadoff hitter, Boyd ripped a triple in the bottom of the first inning against Lockport on April 12. The scorcher deflected off the top of the first baseman’s mitt and scooted toward deep right field. The swift Boyd arrived at third base easily in a game that would be called because of darkness after four innings and with the teams knotted at 2-2. “She’s our best hitter,” NT senior shortstop Megan Neuhaus says. “When Abbey is at the plate, we’re all thinking, ‘Oh, good, we’re good, we’re all good. Abbey’s up.’ She makes a lot of great plays in big situations.” Boyd stood in a batter’s box in a big situation in a game at Normal Community High School on April 1. With the score 0-0 in the top of the seventh inning, Boyd belted a home run to author the lone offensive highlight in a 1-0 victory. “Abbey,” NT softball coach John Cadwell says, “just hammers the ball. But she’s also a smart hitter who knows when to put the ball in play and when to drive the ball. She could easily bat third or fourth for us in the order.” Boyd batted a sparkling .507 and finished with an on-base

7-3 in its first game on April 12. “But I also like what she’s doing for us as a leader; her leadership has been crucial in the development of our team dynamic. Abbey is responsive to her teammates and she communicates our team’s objectives well.” Boyd’s mother, Mary, played second base when she attended Miami (Ohio) University. Mary Boyd then worked for years as an employee for Northwestern’s athletic department. “Our family [her father, Doug, was a Harvard University high jumper] has attended a lot of games in a lot of sports at Northwestern,” says Boyd, a right-side hitter for New Trier’s state runner-up and third-place volleyball teams the past two fall seasons. Her commitment to sports hasn’t hurt her performance in the classroom in the least. Boyd was one of only 26 seniors in Illinois to be selected to the 2013-14 IHSA all-state academic team. She and the 25 others, including classmate Matt McCaffrey, will be honored at a banquet in Bloomington on April 21. “I’ve been blessed to have had so many opportunities to be around great people in school and great coaches in softball and volleyball,” says Boyd, batting .364 with an OBA of .391 after six games this spring. “And the impact my parents have had on me … they’ve been wonderful.” Boyd is thinking about majoring in chemistry at NU and Abbey's (dirt) Road: Senior centerfielder Abbey Boyd excels as New Trier’s leadoff hitter. The Northwestern recruit is hitting pursuing a career in food science. New Trier’s valuable table .364 for the 5-1 Trevians. photography by george pfoertner setter is interested in shelf-stable food products. “I like organic, natural food, and it would be awesome to percentage of .553 for a 29-3 Class 4A sectional semifinal- be a part of a company that makes nutritious products for ist a year ago. A right fielder in 2013, she drove in 26 runs people no matter what their economic status is,” Boyd says. and scored 28 runs in 28 games. “To be able to help develop healthy options for people would “Abbey works hard on everything, from the basics of soft- be challenging and rewarding. “And it’s nice knowing,” she adds, “Kraft Foods [headquarball to the sophisticated stuff,” says Cadwell, whose club improved to 5-1 when it topped visiting St. Charles North tered in Northfield] is nearby. ■

4/19 – 4/20/14



David is a Goliath



Loyola’s Wieczorek putting together another gigantic season ■ by bill mclean David Wieczorek’s jump serve on a volleyball court elicits the kind of reactions heard and seen during the finale of a July 4th fireworks display. Count on a lot of oohs, aahs, whoas and wide-eyed, openmouthed looks as soon as the Loyola Academy senior outside hitter smacks a poor, defenseless ball at knee-knocking players on the other side of a net. During a semifinal match involving Loyola at last year’s 24-team Downers Grove South Tournament, about 10 idle teams checked out the action. The players/spectators didn’t have to pay to watch the 6-foot-7 Wieczorek pound jump serves, but it sure sounded like many of them would have been more than willing to do so. “I heard, more than a few times, guys getting excited and yelling, ‘Ooooooooooohhhhhh,’ after David’s jump serves,” Ramblers coach Lionel Ebeling recalls. “He tosses it high and he’s so athletic and tall. When he goes up, he attacks it like it’s a kill. “It’s a big-time college serve,” he adds, “and it’s one of the reasons he’ll start playing for Pepperdine next year.” Wieczorek was a seventh-grader when he first heard colleges fielded men’s volleyball teams. That set in motion his goal to land a scholarship at … Pepperdine University, home of the Waves in Malibu, Calif. “It has always been my No. 1 choice,” says Wieczorek, who led a 31-7 Ramblers team in kills and aces last spring and earned all-Chicago Catholic League honors for the second year in a row. “The coaches [Marv Dunphy and assistants David Hunt and Jonathan Winder] there … amazing. I’m really looking forward to playing for a program like that.” The program has won five NCAA championships (most recently in 2005) and produced 79 All-Americans, including nine player of the year selections. For years Wieczorek looked up to his favorite player, Al Wieczorek, who doubles as David’s father. The son still looks up to Al, even though the 6-3 Al stands four inches shorter than David. “My dad played in 30-and-over volleyball leagues for years, and I’d work on my game with him after his matches,” says David, who plays for Energy, a volleyball club based in Niles. “We’re best friends. We click. “I’ve always considered myself a ‘mini him.’ ” The two of them also bond in a garage at home in Chicago, restoring cars. They’re fixing up a 1968 Charger these days. It’s a red vehicle now; it’ll be black when it’s fully refurbished. “We like to hang out together,” the son says. “It’s always a fun time.” It’s a blast watching Wieczorek blast most of the air out of a volleyball in matches. One of his emphatic kills in a recent match produced an echo that enjoyed an unusually

Outside force indoors: David Wieczorek of the Ramblers, seen here in action last spring, will play for volleyball powerhouse Pepperdine next year. photography by joel lerner

lengthy life span. “He’s matured as a player since last year, mastering all of his skills,” says LA senior libero Collin Merk, who got to know Wieczorek when his mother, Anita, competed in adult volleyball matches with Al Wieczorek and David’s mother, Carol. “David always has a great attitude when he plays volleyball.” Loyola Academy is 5-1 overall (2-1 in the CCL) and will battle in its first tourney (Lake County Invite) this weekend. Tri-captain Wieczorek and the Ramblers looked frighteningly good in a 25-12, 25-12 rout of visiting St. Rita on April 14. But the two practices leading up to the CCL contest, during some stretches, lacked the intensity Ebeling expects his club to exhibit. “David did a good job of leading and rallying the guys in those practices,” the coach recalls. “That’s easy to do when your best player works hard in practice. Other players tend to follow that example.” It’s impossible to miss the love Wieczorek has for the sport of volleyball in matches. He encourages teammates after their kills — and after their errors. His body language

never loses its positive vibe. The fist pump he executes after one of his spikes or a teammate’s winner is a quick and confident gesture. Wieczorek showed his impressive versatility during a point in the second set of the match with St. Rita, pummeling a jump serve and getting horizontal to make a sensational dig shortly thereafter. LA eventually won the point to go up 9-3. “Offensively he’s a dominant force, and he has a high volleyball IQ,” says Ebeling, who started Wieczorek for the first time in a playoff match (against New Trier) when Wieczorek was a freshman. “His swing is high and his swing is hard. But he’s also getting really good at angling shots [after assessing match-ups] to open spots. “Volleyball,” he adds, “is a fun sport to watch, but it’s especially fun when a player like David puts on a show.” Notable: Wieczorek struck for five kills and three aces in the victory against St. Rita. Ramblers senior setter Sean Festle lofted 12 assists, and junior setter Jack Talaga delivered seven. Merk finished with a team-high 10 digs. ■

Joseph has breakout performance at tourney ■ by kevin reiterman His “rough start” is now history. A weekend away has done wonders for Highland Park High School’s David Joseph. His swing was free and easy — and very effective — at the Freeport High School tournament on April 11 and 12. Joseph banged out six hits, including four doubles, in the three-game set. “David had a great weekend,” said HP head coach Dan Casey, who saw his team take two of three games to improve

its overall mark to 7-4. “He got off to a rough start. But he’s back in a groove now.” Actually, Joseph’s breakout game came a few days prior to the tournament. On April 9, the senior shortstop smacked a leadoff home run in an 8-4 win over Loyola Academy. Joseph, who has been accepted to Northwestern, is coming off a solid junior season. He ripped eight doubles and wound up hitting .327 last spring. He had a .412 on-base percentage. This tournament also was significant for senior Matt Lowy, who returned to the lineup after recovering from a broken ankle. He had two hits in HP’s 13-3 victory over

host Freeport. Meanwhile, senior first baseman David Hochstadt and sophomore center fielder Justin Mills are off to great starts. Hochstadt is hitting .344 with four doubles. Mill is hitting.460. The Giants also have a deep pitching staff with starters Liam Carter, Dan Wagner, Bradley Kaplan, Zach Nankin and Noah Stern. So far, the strikeout-to-walk ratio is very good: 62-32. Kaplan’s earned run average is 0.00. Wagner is sitting with an 0.90 ERA. ■




THe North shore weekend

4/19 – 4/20/14

He’s a smash hit — in lacrosse Munoz brings loaded skill set to Midwest-ranked Scouts ■ by bill mclean Lukas Munoz’s “come to lacrosse” moment happened on a day when he wanted to play catch — with a baseball. The Lake Forest High School senior was a second-grader at the time, eager to have some fun outside with his older brother, Alex, and some of his brother’s friends. “What I remember about that day,” Lukas Munoz recalls, “was one of the guys using a lacrosse stick to send that baseball into the woods.” Bye-bye, baseball. Hello, lax. Not long after that moment, little Lukas donned a jean jacket, headed to his first organized lacrosse practice and never once wanted to track down a certain long-gone baseball. “I wore that jean jacket during practices because those were the days before we had to wear pads,” says Munoz, now a Bucknell Universitybound long stick defenseman for the Scouts (7-2), who are ranked second in Illinois and sixth in the Midwest by A photo of a stick-wielding, jean-jacket wearing Munoz has had quite a shelf life — on a refrigerator door. “My friends,” he says with a smile, “have seen the photo at home. The jean jacket … it’s still around. It’s in a closet.” Munoz wears out opposing attackmen now, with a highly effective combination of lax savvy and textbook footwork. “He holds our whole defense together,” says Lake Forest junior attack Conor Walters. “His positioning on the field — it’s the best around. It’s hard to get past him and he gets on people’s nerves during games. “We have unlimited confidence in him.” A second-team all-North Suburban Conference pick last spring, Munoz is an all-state human in the eyes of Scouts coach Dan Maigler. “If I could adopt him, just to keep him around as a role model for my two-year-old, I would,” Maigler says of the Eagle Scout and team captain. “But his parents would fight me tooth and nail if I tried.” Part of what makes Munoz special on lax fields is his skill set; he’s essentially a standout defenseman with the weaponry of a standout attackman. “Lukas has the quickness, speed and agility almost never seen at the long stick position,” Maigler adds. “He has fluidity and grace, which would make him one of our most talented offensive players, but on the defensive end he’s a game-changer. “I can put him on the other team’s best player and prevent that boy from scoring, or I can put Lukas on a secondary option and have him strip the ball and start a fast break.” Munoz is one of six Division I lacrosse players on the Scouts’ roster. He has competed for True Lacrosse in the offseason for a couple of years, after suiting up for Team ONE the summers before his freshman and sophomore seasons. Humble and selfless, Munoz would rather discuss the strength of his team rather than any of his strengths as a player and leader. “So many of us have a leadership role,” he says. “And the leaders we have … many different kinds, many guys who help in different ways. I guess I’m more of an example guy than a vocal guy.” Munoz is also a guy with an eye on a career in computers, three years after thinking business was his calling and two years after wondering what it would be like to be a doctor. “Before my sophomore year, a friend urged me to take a computer class at school,” Munoz says. “I thought it would be too tough and I thought I wasn’t smart enough. But I took it and everything clicked. It was such a relief, knowing and thinking, ‘This is what I want to do.’ ” His labor of love — between other classes and lax games — is designing a computer game he has dubbed, “2D Zombie Shooter.” “Some Sundays I start working on the project at 10 a.m.,” he says. “At 2 p.m., it’s time for lunch. Then I continue to work on it and before I know it, it’s 5 p.m. I’m thinking, ‘Where did the day go?’ ” But Munoz is also an outdoors guy who enjoys camping as much as he enjoys shutting down a high-scoring attackman.

Cool Stick Luke: Senior Lukas Munoz is a defensive standout for Lake Forest’s boys lacrosse team.


Munoz finds the time each summer to attend a lacrosse clinic for disabled child athletes affiliated with the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association. “Often in the summer our best players are traveling for tournaments and cannot make it to this event,” Maigler says. “But Lukas comes every year and treats each young athlete as an equal. My favorite moment involving Lukas at a clinic is of him playing catch with a little girl in a wheelchair and watching him laugh and smile and joke around with her.”

photography by joel

Notable: Scouts senior attack David Glynn scored a teamhigh three goals in LF’s 8-7 defeat of visiting Benilde-St. Margaret’s (Minn.) on April 12. LF sophomore attack Matthew Clifford added two goals as senior goalie Tyler Vandenberg got the win. The Scouts led 4-1 at the half and 7-4 after three quarters. … Reigning state champion Loyola Academy edged Lake Forest 11-10 in overtime on April 10. The Scouts’ only other loss this spring was a 19-14 setback to Columbus Catholic (Fla.) on March 22. ■

4/19 – 4/20/14





With Kevin Reiterman & Bill McLean Spreading the Word Football/Baseball New Trier: Matt McCaffrey is one of those athletes who bucked the trend of specialization. He was a valuable member on three New Trier teams: football, basketball and baseball. Now, he plans two play two sports at the next level. He announced last week that he will play football and baseball at Knox College in Galesburg. McCaffrey, a tough-minded athlete, was an allpurpose player on NT’s football team. No. 15 was unique, scoring 16 touchdowns: 6 passing, 3 receiving and 7 rushing. He threw for 970 yards, rushed for 333 yards and caught 6 passes for 145 yards. In the winter, McCaffrey was effective as a sixth man. He finished with 110 points, 42 rebounds and 38 assists for the 21-10 Trevians. A third baseman, McCaffrey batted .312 last spring for the NT baseball team. He had seven doubles and drove in 20 runs. Courtside Girls Badminton New Trier: The Trevians took runner-up honors at the Prospect Invite on April 12. Molly Fischer and Emma Regnier went 3-0 at No. 3 doubles, while Grace Mabie and Elly Kikos finished 3-0 at No. 4 doubles. The Rundown Girls Track Metea Valley Invite: New Trier’s Tara Smart raced to a first-place finish in the 400 meters on April 12. Her winning time was 1:01.30. And Lake Forest’s Diana Mzyk was the top high jumper at the invite (5-3). Downers Grove South Invite: Loyola Academy sophomore Kathryn House earned runner-up honors in the 800 meters (2:23.78) on April 12. DGS’s Michaela Hackbarth won the race in 2:23.74. Stat Monsters Girls Lacrosse Lake Forest: Emily Cavalaris tallied seven goals in her team’s 20-11 victory over Warren on April 9. USC-bound junior Katie Karahalios scored five times to nearly match her teammate. At the College Level Baseball Northern Kentucky: Loyola Academy grad Logan Spurlin is putting up nice numbers this spring. The 6-foot-4 first baseman leads his team in hitting (.357) and runs batted in (22). William & Mary: Charley Gould, a former standout for Lake Forest High School, has been highly productive for William & Mary (22-13). The sophomore catcher is hitting .359 with four home runs and 29 RBI. Williams College: New Trier grad Jack Cloud, a freshman outfielder who wears jersey No. 9, has made a quick transition to college baseball. He is hitting .400 with seven extra base hits. Denison: The Ohio school is stocked with players from the North Shore. The team’s roster features four Loyola grads, including Andrew Touhy (.329) and Johnny Funkhouser (2-1, 3.77 ERA); New Trier’s Connor Murphy (3-3, 3.48 ERA); Lake Forest’s Connor Hanrahan (1 save); and Glenbrook North’s Charlie Apfelbach (.338, 20 runs).

Purdue University-Calumet: Junior first baseman Anthony Colosimo, a Lake Forest resident who attended Loyola Academy, is batting .351 for the Peregrines. He’s played errorless in the field.

“He’s long and athletic.” LF’s roster also featured Drew Arson, Jonathan Browne, Owen Clarke, Andrew Gough, Matthew Kitchel, Ryan Lee, Jackson Thomas and Jed Thomas.

At the Pro Level Men’s Hockey New York Rangers: Defenseman John Moore finished the regular season with 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists). The Winnetka native, who wears No. 17, appeared in 74 games for the Rangers (96 points), who finished second in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers are playing the Philadelphia Flyers (94 points) in the opening round of the NHL playoffs.

Tip of the Cap Nice Gesture Tennis: Lake Forest High School’s varsity boys tennis team will team up with the Racquet Club of Lake Bluff (RCLB) to do a FUNdraiser to benefit PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity, and Shelter) of Lake County on April 19 (6-8 p.m.). RCLB is donating its courts, and LF players will be on hand to work with junior tennis players. RCLB is located at 945 N. Shore Drive, Lake Bluff. For more information, interested persons should call (847) 295-1322.

Winnipeg Jets: Al Montoya, who played high school hockey for Loyola Academy, won’t be competing in the NHL playoffs. But the 29-year-old goalkeeper turned in another solid pro season. As the backup goalie for the Jets, Montoya appeared in 28 games and collected 13 wins, including two shutouts, to go along with a .920 save percentage and 2.30 goals against average (12th best in the league). Winnipeg had 37 wins but finished seventh in the Western Conference. Rising Stars Feeder Boys Hoops Lake Forest Scouts: Winning 20 games in a season is always special. But for eighth-grade coach Peter Silvestri, this one might be even more special. It was Silvestri’s sixth — and final season — at the helm. He is stepping away — at least for a while — after guiding the Scouts to a 21-6 overall record and a first-place finish in conference play. Highlighted by the performances of Drew Golde, Adam Johnson, Jack VanHyfte and Sean Trkla, LF started the season with a 10-game win streak. One of the team’s other highlights was taking fourth in the tough Warren Tournament. “This group came out of the gate really fast,” said Silvestri. Golde was the team’s point guard, and he was instrumental in LF’s success. “He knows the game well, and I like that he’s left-handed,” Silvestri said. “He really came into his own. He’s a fun player to coach.” Golde was named to the league allstar team along with Johnson. “I’d have to say that Adam was the heart of the team,” the coach said. “He was our most physical player, and he guarded the other team’s biggest player. He loves the game and plays with a lot of passion.” VanHyfte handled the two-guard position with very little fanfare. “He’s a quiet kid, but his game is loud,” said Silvestri. The power forward was Trkla, and Silvestri is super high on him. “If he wants it, he’s got a great future as a basketball player,” said the coach.

Hot Ticket Professional Soccer At Toyota Park: Fans of Harry Shipp and Rachel Quon will be able to double their fun on April 19, when the two pros — graduates of Lake Forest High School — play in back-to-back games at Toyota Park in Bridgeview. Shipp, who was an All-American at Notre Dame, will be suiting up for the Chicago Fire, which will take on the New England Revolution at 3 p.m. He is in his rookie season with Fire. Then, at 5:30 p.m., Quon and the Chicago Red Stars will face the Western New York Flash. Quon, an All-American for Stanford, is in her second season with the Red Stars. ■

34 | perfect weekend Betsy and Brian say oui to Wisconsin country inn

Betsy and Brian Russell relish the feeling of being completely removed from the Chicago area. And there’s no more convenient spot to achieve that desire than heading to the shores of Lake Como near Lake Geneva for a weekend. Ensconced at The French Country Inn — once a getaway for gangsters such as Baby Face Nelson — the Northfield couple enjoys a hot tub, a view of a golf course, spectacular food and more.

“You want privacy, The French Country Inn is the place to go. It’s a romantic place.” | Brian Russell “You can sit on a big patio and listen to what I call ‘coffeehouse singers’ for hours,“ Brian says. “You want privacy, The French Country Inn is the place to go. It’s a romantic place.” The laid-back couple first started visiting the area 20 years ago. When they leave the inn, they always find plenty to do. “We spend the day going to craft fairs. Or we’ll take a boat tour on Lake Geneva and look at all of the amazing historic houses,” Brian says. “There’s always something happening in Lake Geneva.” On occasion, the Russells will dine at the Hunt Club Steakhouse there or grab a drink at the outside bar at Carvetti’s Bar and Grill. When they head back to the inn, they can sit on their patio off the room and enjoy the night air. Says Brian, “ You’re looking at Lake Como. It’s just wonderful.”



photography by joel lerner

Betsy and Brian Russell live in Northfield.

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