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AMERICANA 8 LANDMARK STATUS Once a stately manner, country club and prep school for boys, the Dole Mansion continues to live out its legacy
31 AGING PEACEFULLY IN ONE PLACE Clarendale of Algonquin offers three levels of care under one roof
14 PALACE DE LA MUSIQUE At the Sanfilippo Estate, step back in time to enjoy musical relics of a bygone era
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18 LEXI HARKINS Crystal Lake golf girl goes pro 20 SHARING HISTORY ‘Step back in time’ at the Antique Shops of Ridgefield
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30 COUNSEL AND COMPASSION As city council member and author, Geri Condon offers guidance while navigating life’s challenges
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Editor's Note During all of my travels, I always attempt to be a good ambassador for America, representing the red, white and blue with an open mind, kindness and courtesy toward the ways in which other people do things in other places.
people, with very few of us actually being able to claim native status of this land.
From the bush of Botswana to the concrete jungle of Sao Paulo, I have come across more friendly faces than not, further cementing my belief that, no matter what you see on the news, we’re not all that different after all.
But, no matter how you choose to define your own American experience, the Fourth of July is a time when we can all come together with a common interest: to celebrate this country, our independence and what makes each of us uniquely American.
American or not, we all want the same things. We’re all just doing the best we can, with the chief concern being providing for our families and giving our children the best shot at a good life. As human beings that’s all any of us want. And as Americans, it’s no different.
Maybe being an American means that I’m free to choose what being an American means to me.
If you haven’t already guessed, this month’s issue is our Americana edition. From baseball and barbecues to classic cruise nights and apple pie, this summer, indulge in and enjoy all of the things that make this country uniquely American.
So, what does it mean to be American? What about an American living in the Midwest? Or, better yet, what about an American living in the Chicago suburbs? The more specific we get, the more nuanced the answers become. Not to mention the other outside cultural influences that shape our identity, beliefs and behaviors, as this country is a melting pot of
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Once a stately manner, country club and prep school for boys, the Dole Mansion continues to live out its legacy By Kelsey O’Connor
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If you’re driving down Country Club Road in Crystal Lake, it’s almost impossible to miss the Dole Mansion. The magnificent structure, with stone archways and a red-tile roof reminiscent of an Italian villa, is unlike anything else in the area.
The family moved into their new home in 1865. The total construction cost was $100,000, the equivalent of almost three million dollars today. In 1872, Dole began harvesting ice, a business that would soon evolve into a small empire.
“Architecturally, it certainly is significant,” says Dianna Kenney, president of the Crystal Lake Historical Society. “It certainly is a one-of-a-kind structure … . It’s size, stature, Italianate design – it’s just an extraordinary house.”
Harnessing the area’s natural resources, Dole and his brother built 12 ice houses in the area with a capacity for 100,000 tons of frozen lake water. The demand for ice was booming in the pre-refrigeration era, and thousands of boxes of ice were shipped by rail to Chicago, across the Midwest and as far as New Orleans.
But the Dole Mansion is much more than just eyecatching. The structure, and the man who built it, are deeply intertwined with Crystal Lake’s history. In the early 1860s, Charles Dole bought 1,000 acres of land near the serene waters of Crystal Lake, where he quickly commissioned European artisans to create a lavish mansion. The design included marble fireplaces, parquet floors, underground servant passageways and intricate woodwork carved from local black walnut trees.
“It created all sorts of jobs and an industry for the community,” says Kenney. “It had a lasting impact and it was the start for many generations of Crystal Lake people that had jobs and economic success because of Mr. Dole.” As the years past, the ice harvesting business declined along with Dole’s health. The mansion changed hands several times, including to circus heiress Eliza Ringling
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who expanded and transformed the property into a country club. The club was a popular haunt in the ’20s, but was forced to close down during the Depression. In 1944, the Franciscan Order of Lake Forest bought the mansion and converted it into a prep school for boys. Students and friars roamed the grand halls until 1976. The First Congregational Church was the next owner of the Dole Mansion, and the church began a tradition that would one day evolve into today’s popular Lakeside Festival. After several failed attempts to sell the mansion, the future of the Dole looked grim. In a last-ditch effort, the Crystal Lake community came together to save the historic property.
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“Not only can you learn a lot about what life was like in the 1800s in McHenry County from the Dole Mansion, but you can learn a lot about what is important to our community through its continued existence. McHenry County is a community that values beauty, history and the arts.” – Siobhan Cottone, executive director of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation
–Continued from page 9 A group of community members and advocates launched the Lakeside Legacy Project, a 42-day fundraising campaign that raised $1.2 million dollars to purchase the property. This was the beginning of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation, the current owners of the Dole. Today, the mansion is home to the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park at the Dole. It’s a thriving hub for innovative artists, education and community events. The mission of the nonprofit is to provide arts programming for under-served populations, while preserving and protecting the Dole Mansion. “Our vision is to provide and foster innovative art education and a community destination that enriches the quality of life for those we serve,” says Siobhan Cottone, executive director of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation. The foundation converted the vast indoor space and property into a modern art park with galleries and studio spaces, while maintaining the historical and structural integrity of the space. Preserving historic places like the Dole Mansion is crucial, says Cottone. That’s because they tell the story of who a community was – and who it is now.
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But preservation isn’t always enough. Communities must come together to find a functional purpose for the space, says Kenney. “The most important thing about any historic building is you have to find a way to use it that makes sense,” she says. “It can’t just be an empty building. You have to find a way to use it that respects its history. The Lakeside Legacy has done a great job at doing that, I couldn’t be happier.”
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The Huntley Square is the place to be for family fun this summer. On Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Huntley Farmers Market lines Coral and Church streets, offering customers fresh produce, eggs, meats, baked goods, coffee, honey, olive oil and more.
Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., visitors can experience Huntley’s weekly Summer Concert Series. Pack a picnic dinner or enjoy a meal at one of the many downtown eateries – such as Parkside Pub, BBQ King Smokehouse, Sal’s Pizza Place, Morkes Chocolates, Village Inn, Sammy’s Bar and Grill, or Manny’s Gelato and Café – before the concert. Then pick a spot and set up camp. On Sunday, Aug. 5, pack up the family and your bicycles to enjoy an 8- to 9-mile-long adventure through Huntley’s many bike paths and parks. Registration for Bike Huntley begins at 1 p.m. at the Huntley Town Square. The ride will begin at 2 p.m., and festivities will conclude at 3:30 p.m. with a community cookout. Be sure to “like” Huntley Farmers Market and Special Events on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all upcoming events, or visit www.huntley.il.us for more information.
The Summer Concert Series schedule is as follows: July 3: The Billy Elton Band July 17: Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band July 31: The Blooze Brothers Aug. 14: The DuPage Band Aug. 21: The Four C Notes
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PALACE DE LA MUSIQUE
hen you visit the Sanfilippo Estate, it’s like stepping back in time to the early 1900s, before the time of radio, when the music from automated instruments filled dance halls in cities around the world. Those music machines provided countless hours of entertainment for past generations, and one of the finest collections of those historic relics is on display in Barrington Hills. The collection, which has about 6,000 pieces, is housed in a 44,000-square-foot museum at the residence of Marian and Jasper Sanfilippo. The pieces, which date from 1870 to 1930, include a wide range of music machines – from original Thomas Edison cylinder record players to machines that play cymbals, drums, tambourines, violins and many other instruments – as well as posters, lighting fixtures and other artifacts from the time period. All of the pieces, which were manufactured in the U.S., France, Germany or Belgium, have been restored and still play music from their original era. The estate also is home to one of the largest theater
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organs in the world, which was built in 1927. It contains 8,000 pipes and five keyboards.
for ticketed tours on select dates and for charity events.
Gregory Leifel, executive director of the Sanfilippo Foundation, says automatic music machines stopped being produced in 1950, but the “small orchestras in a box” are an important part of music history.
The music rooms are decorated with exquisite crystal chandeliers, art glass doors and ornate antiques, giving the estate a magical look and feel that isn’t found anywhere else in Northern Illinois.
“This is a priceless collection. There are a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces. You can’t find these things anymore,” Leifel explains. “If people wanted to hear music before radio, they had to play it themselves or go to a dance hall where there were either live bands or automatic music instruments.”
“The house was built to look like an old 1920s movie palace. It’s hard to describe because there’s nothing else like this,” Leifel says. “[Jasper] wanted to keep this history alive and wanted people to experience it, because the machines would either be in a private collection never to be seen or destroyed. Part of putting this collection together was to share it with the community.”
The Sanfilippo estate was originally built in 1974 as a 6,000-square-foot private residence, where the Sanfilippos raised their five children. Jasper Sanfilippo, who was a mechanical engineer, is an avid music fan and was fascinated by the automatic music instruments. He began collecting them shortly after the family moved into the home and, as his collection grew, he had two additions constructed, including a 350-seat theater that hosts concerts throughout the year. While the family’s residence remains private, the music collection and theater are open to the public
While touring the collection, guests will see how each machine works and hear its music, as well as view the Sanfilippo’s 1890 French salon carousel, which has 36 horses and four gondolas, and is one of the most complete and largest European carousels in the world. Several area nonprofit organizations have hosted fundraising events at the estate, which has helped
Enjoy musical relics of a bygone era at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills By Aimee Barrows
“[Jasper] wanted to keep this history alive and wanted people to experience it, because the [music] machines would either be in a private collection never to be seen or destroyed. Part of putting this collection together was to share it with the community.” – Gregory Leifel, executive director of the Sanfilippo Foundation
to raise more than $14.5 million for various charity groups in the last 10 years. Most charity events are open to the public, and guests also can get a tour of the collection while there. “We allow charities to come in and do a fundraising event here because we wanted to give them an opportunity to raise a lot of money in a unique setting,” Leifel says. “Our venue attracts a lot of people to the charities because they want to see the carousel and the collection, so it’s a chance for the charities to get more supporters. People can see a world-class collection in one of the most beautiful environments they’ll ever see.” For more information about the Sanfilippo Estate or to schedule a tour, visit the website at www.sanfilippofoundation.org or email info@ sanfilippofoundation.org. –Continued on page 16 www.nwherald.com/magazine
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Each summer, guests are invited to enjoy live performances and tours of the collection as part of the Sanfilippo Estate Summer Concert Series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for tours and concerts begin at 8 p.m. The carousel pavilion is open for 45 minutes following the performances. Tickets cost $45. HERE ARE A FEW UPCOMING DATES TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS: JULY 21
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LEXI HARKINS CRYSTAL LAKE GOLF GIRL GOES PRO
By Sue Dobbe-Leahy
The first time she swung a golf club at age 6, Lexi Harkins found her passion. “Until then, my folks took me to ballet, tap, gymnastics and lots of activities that didn’t appeal to me,” Harkins recalls. “Golf gave me a challenge I still enjoy every day. I love the individuality of the game. You compete against yourself. And, with discipline and training, golf is a sport where you can continually improve.” And, improve, she did. Harkins is launching her professional golf career this year. “I love the game of golf for all the lessons it has taught me. For example, honesty, humility, respect, and that hard work pays off,” she says. Lippold Park in Crystal Lake was where Harkins started taking lessons with then-pro John Swenson. Swenson coached Harkins through Junior Golf, as she began dreaming of a career in professional sports. Tournaments around the country, as well as in Scotland and Mexico, refined her skills and confidence. And the Crystal Lake Central High School golf team put Harkins in the spotlight with articles in local newspapers. Discipline in her sport carried over to academia. Harkins was third in her graduating class at Central High School in 2014. University of North Carolina offered her a full scholarship, and she performed well on the UNC golf team. After three years, she transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in May. Harkins qualified for two U.S. Amateurs, including the top 16 finish. She was in the top 25 individual finish at the National Collegiate Athletic Association nationals in 2017. This year, she placed second in the Hawkeye Invitational and fourth place at the University of Kentucky tournament. Going pro requires the same discipline and hard work that Harkins has put into her sport for 15 of her 21 years of life. Beyond the hard work that she contributes, the professional golf tour requires financial support. Family and friends are contributing to some of the expenses. For most professionals, sponsors and donors make up the difference. “Sponsors and donors help pay for Qualifying School,” Harkins says. “Then there are expenses with the tournaments you enter – plus
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‘Step back in time’ at the Antique Shops of Ridgefield
By Kevin Druley
heresa Wendt shuttles from station to station while presiding over the Antique Shops of Ridgefield, a network of four stores all nestled in proximity to the small, unincorporated McHenry County community of Ridgefield, northwest of Crystal Lake.
Wendt makes shop calls. She makes phone calls. She makes herself approachable, and accountable, and she stays busy. She makes the day better for countless others in the process, as anyone who has trekked from store to store can attest. “Frankly, Teresa is a huge draw, in and of herself. I think she’s just an amazing person with an engaging personality,” says Douglas VanHouten, an antique dealer who also handles website and marketing matters for the shops. “At 88 years old, she can still remember people’s names very vividly and remember what they’ve purchased from her. I think people always remember and come back to Ridgefield for Theresa, frankly.” For Wendt, the feeling has been mutual throughout her 52 years in the business. “The customers – the people I have met and dealt with over the years – have really been a delight for me,” she says. “They’re all very nice. So, that’s what’s made it for me.” The tagline of the website, www.theantiqueshopsofridgefield.com, touts the quaintness of the community and its four multi-dealer shops, which are within walking distance of one another and situated around the railroad tracks: “Spend a day antiquing in the country … without the drive to the country,” it reads. Wendt owns three of the shops, but rents them out and chooses to work daily, a pastime she relishes. As with the furniture that stirs her antiquing passion, it’s part of Wendt’s fabric. While she’s witnessed her share of evolution in antique trends that’s what she enjoys about it. Change cycles constantly, and ultimately it does so enough to return tastes to a former era, connecting customers across generations. “Different periods have come and gone, you know, periods of furniture, and the likes and dislikes over the years,” Wendt says. “And, you know, it goes and comes. It’s popular at one time and then it loses the popularity and will come back again.” One thing that doesn’t return? The trains.
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Didn’t get enough of antiquing at the Shops of Ridgefield, then head to Roscoe Woodstock Antique Mall, located at 890 Lake Ave. in Woodstock, for “Three centuries of treasures from every corner of the Earth.” The last passenger train stopped in Ridgefield during the 1960s, but the community welcomes its share of visitors via automobile. The shops – Country Church Antiques, The Peacock Shoppe, Railroad Street Market and Simone-Michele Antiques and Vintage – rest about one mile from Route 14, in between Crystal Lake and Woodstock. Wherever patrons start on their antiquing journey, they’re sure to check in on the other three shops. It’s an established pattern, and missing one of the four would feel incomplete. Besides, when have you ever heard of an antique collector in a hurry? Especially in a place where, in VanHouten’s experience, feels “like you step back in time” amid the bustle of the nearby northwest suburbs.
“We really value and respect the history of the items and the people that came before and used and touched and experienced the items that we’ve come in contact with,” VanHouten says. “I think that’s sort of a tangible experience that we’re kind of privileged to pass along to our customers, and I think they feel that, and I think it’s something that sticks with them. … It’s very clear to them that we’re not just about selling items, but we’re sort of in the business of sharing history, and I think customers remember that, and I think – certainly – they want and respect a fair value, which … we’re always able to give them in a large variety. “…For pretty much the entire history of the shops, the items are pretty carefully curated. So, it’s certainly variety, but we really strive to be true to ourselves and to our customers.”
MARK YOUR CALENDARS From Sept. 7 to 9, antique collectors of all interest levels can enjoy the Vintage Finds Off Route 14 event, a “crawl” which showcases vintage and antique shops along that thoroughfare’s corridor. At press time, participating shops spanned west to east from Marengo to Mt. Prospect, and ranged as far north as McHenry. For an updated list, or for more information, visit www. vintagefindsoffroute14.com.
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Honoring tradition McHenry County Fair – serving families since 1949 By Kelsey O’Connor
Like many local children, Ken Bauman grew up going to the McHenry County Fair. Today, he’s the leader of a group of passionate volunteers that keeps the fair running year after year. “It just kind of becomes a part of you,” says Bauman, who has been president of the McHenry County Fair Association for the past six years. “You get bit by the fair bug and you want to help and support it.” The fair is considerably different than when Bauman first went as a child. The operation has steadily grown over the years, both in attendance and square footage. Two years ago, the fair added 12 more acres of land to make space for parking and future expansion. As for people, the fair drew around 80,000 visitors last year. Bauman and his team are hoping this year’s event, which will run from Tuesday, July 31 to Sunday, Aug. 5, will match or even surpass that number. “We’ve really been listening to our vendors and our spectators and trying to do some of the things they’re asking for,” he says, “It takes time, but we’ve been trying hard to do what people want.”
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“We’re constantly trying to improve things and be that central entertainment hub for the county. We’re trying to find that niche that satisfies everyone, so there’s something for everyone to see and do.”
– Ken Bauman
President of the McHenry County Fair Association
That includes mixing up the entertainment roster with fresh acts. One new performer is Kevin Adair, a hypnotist who will perform three times a day – Wednesday through Sunday. The KidBucks Game Show and Magic Show is another recent addition that’s sure to be a hit with the youngest guests. New country singers will be performing at the fair for the first time, and the Pro Bull Riding event will now be accompanied by a mutton-busting event where kids under age five can ride sheep. “We’re constantly trying to improve things and be that central entertainment hub for the county,” says Bauman. “We’re trying to find that niche that satisfies everyone, so there’s something for everyone to see and do.” Bauman and his team plan to continue upgrading the fair’s lineup and facilities. On Friday, buying a raffle ticket will get visitors into the country concert and put them in the running to win a grand prize of $15,000 cash or a 2018 FLHZ Street Glide; second price is $3,000 cash; the third prize is $2,000 cash; the fourth prize is $1,000 cash; and the fifth prize is $500. Total cash prizes are worth 24 | JULY 2018 | MCHENRY COUNTY MAGAZINE
$21,500. There will be only 3,000 tickets sold. A single ticket bought means that there is a one-in-3,000 chance of winning; with two tickets, there is a one-in-1,500 chance; and with four tickets bought, there is a one-in-750 chance of winning. The funds from ticket sales will go toward building new grandstands. While there are quite a few additions, there also are plenty of traditions that aren’t going anywhere. The annual truck and tractor pulls in the Grandstand on Saturday always draw a huge crowd. During the event, contestants with souped-up machines hooked up to weights will show off their impressive horsepower. Kids can get in on the fun with pedal pulls. Youngsters can try their best to pedal small toy tractors as more weight is added to the attached sled. All ages can compete for free, and each participant will receive a coupon for a free ice cream cone. They’ll also be entered in a drawing to win their very own pedal tractor. Though there’s plenty of entertainment, agriculture is the true heart of the fair. While much of McHenry County is rural, a large portion of the community AMERICANA
doesn’t interact with farms and farmers on a regular basis. The fair is an opportunity for visitors to learn more about the local agricultural system. “Our mission is to promote and educate people about agriculture,” says Bauman. “There’s a large disconnect between the community and agriculture. It touches every one of us every day, and not only through food; there’s our clothing, our car, everything.” There will be exhibits featuring almost every type of agricultural area, including beef, dairy, sheep, goats, swine, poultry and pigeons, rabbits, grains and horses. Local farmers will be on hand to answer questions about the exhibits and their industry. One of the draws of the fair is that there’s something for every age. Children can hunt for treasures in the Barnyard Discoveries area, watch a magic show, and compete in the KidsBucks Game Show. Members of 4-H, a hands-on youth education program, will also be presenting their agriculture projects to the judges throughout the weekend.
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highlights Tuesday, July 31
Barnyard Discoveries – Noon McHenry County Queen Pageant – 6 p.m. $2 ticket prices and discounted rides
Wednesday, Aug. 1
Dairy Goat Show and Poultry Show – 9 a.m. Combine Derby – 6 p.m. Scout Day: $4 tickets for Boy or Girl Scouts in uniform
Thursday, Aug. 2
Mother/daughter and father/son look-alike show – 5:30 p.m. Next Level Pro Bull Riding Rodeo with mutton busting for kids – 6 p.m. First Responder Day: $4 tickets for firefighters, police and EMTs with an ID
Friday, Aug. 3
Pedal pull competition – 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Talent show – 7 p.m. Logan Mize and Kentucky Headhunters perform – 7 p.m. Raffle drawing – 10 p.m.
Saturday, Aug 4 Older children and teens will find plenty to do, from carnival rides and games to a chainsaw sculpture show and a hypnotist. They also can compete for a scholarship in the McHenry County Queen Pageant on Tuesday night. Adults can enjoy the beer garden with live entertainment from Thursday through Sunday. On Friday night, there’s a country concert in the Grandstand featuring Logan Mize and Kentucky Headhunters. Most of the fair events can be enjoyed by all ages, making it a perfect event for families. There may be an astounding number of things to do and see, but for Bauman, the best part is just walking around and seeing the joy that the fair brings to its thousands of visitors. “I get to know a lot of people from year to year,” he says. “I get to see the smiles on people’s faces and the families having a good time. It’s just rewarding to know you made some family happy and gave them some lifelong memories.” www.nwherald.com/magazine
The McHenry County Fair will run from July 31 to Aug. 5 at the McHenry County Fairgrounds, 11900 Country Club Road, Woodstock. For more information or to buy tickets, visit mchenrycountyfair.com.
Pedal pull competition – 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Veteran’s Salute – 5 p.m. Watermelon eating content – 5:30 p.m. ISP Truck and Tractor Pulls – 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Veteran’s Day: $4 tickets for veterans with an ID
Sunday, Aug 5
Pedal pull competition – 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Demolition Derby – 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
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THE CONFLICT with recounting the past By JONATHAN BILYK
It may have happened when I was standing in front of Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home in Dixon. The former president had died not too long before, and flowers, ribbons and other memorials were still being left by admirers and political supporters in front of the otherwise normal-looking Midwestern home, where we’re told he lived as a boy. Reagan was a movie star, the governor of California, a conservative political icon and the 40th American President credited with restoring America’s sense of optimism, recharging the economy and bringing prosperity to millions, while also bringing down the Soviet Union and ending the Cold War. Or maybe he didn’t actually do any of those things, and just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Or maybe he was actually a terrible president, who altered the course of American history for the worse in many ways. It all depends on whom you ask, of course. Contemplating the very different ways in which this one president was viewed just a couple of decades since he won 49 states in his re-election campaign, my thoughts wandered further, turning to the possibility that in the not too distant future, it could fall to me to try to explain to my thenhypothetical children the events and consequences of those halcyon days of yore – my childhood – in the 1980s. From there, my mind raced over the entirety of American history – or at least, what I thought I knew about my nation’s past. As a boy, the concept of ‘Merica writ was paramount: the patriots (not the football team; I watched my Chicago Bears bludgeon them into submission in the only Super Bowl that ever meant anything) standing for freedom and liberty against the British crown; the Founding Fathers enshrining limited government and the rights of the individual www.nwherald.com/magazine
in a new democratic republic, the likes of which the world had never seen; the Union Army marching forth under the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” to preserve government of the people, by the people, for the people, ending slavery in the process; the industrial revolution, raising living standards and introducing the internal combustion engine to the world; former President Teddy Roosevelt and his big stick, and soft tone, setting the table for the American century to come; waves of doughboys rolling ashore to turn the tide of World War I; the Allies storming the beaches of Normandy and island-hopping across the Pacific to defeat totalitarianism in World War II; the Marshall Plan and other acts of American assistance, helping Western Europe, Japan and Korea become the engines of industry and prosperity we know them as today; the Civil Rights movement, and the march on Washington, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream echoing over the mall; and then outlasting the Soviets in the Cold War, heralding the dawn of a Pax Americana. But – later, of course – I learned, while all of that may be true, it was true only after a fashion, and, in many ways, obscured so many other areas of American history my naïve childish mind couldn’t yet process. Understanding the racism and supremacism that countenanced the abominations of the African slave trade, despite the supposed rights enshrined in our founding documents; the reluctance of many, even during the Civil War, to actually ever grant freed slaves and their descendants equal rights – a reluctance that gave birth to outright oppression in the atrocities of the Jim Crow era, and continues to shape our society and politics to this day; massacres and dispossession of native peoples; industrial pollution that fouled air and water, bringing disease and soiling communities in its wake; the mistreatment of immigrants; the use of nuclear weapons; Manifest Destiny; Vietnam; and on and on, before even touching on the current issues roiling American society. FAMILY IN FOCUS
The prospect of such conversations was overwhelming, making me wonder how any parent could possibly fairly address such topics. Illinois is blessed, in many ways, with a rich history, which has shaped America’s history in so many ways. While the list may seem to begin with Lincoln – though it certainly does not – so many luminaries from America’s past have called Illinois home at some point in their lives, landing the state at the crossroads of U.S. history. So, there is little doubt, that while traveling about Illinois – and often not very far from home – my no-longer-hypothetical children will encounter faces and places from the past. And these will call out for a fair hearing and a fair presentation, which cannot overlook or flinch from the flaws, yet also should not diminish the recognition of their nationand world-changing achievements. And, today, as new events and controversies continue to shape the course of American history, I still wonder how I am to present this information as a parent – with a wealth of information from throughout history at my fingertips – as the current conflicts continue to rage in our 21stcentury world and in my own mind.
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COUNSEL AND COMPASSION
As city council member and author, Geri Condon offers guidance while navigating life’s challenges By MELISSA RUBALCABA RISKE | Photo by FROM ME 2 YOU PHOTOGRAPHY
hrough struggles in life, Geri Condon has forged a path to face and conquer challenges and uses those experiences as inspiration to help others. Condon changed her direction of study during her senior year in college upon the realization that professional counselors serve as an incredible support system for those going through their own challenges in life. So, Condon went to graduate school and became a professional counselor. But it was when her family faced a near-tragedy that she decided that more needed to be done to help people going through dark times. At the time, her son had attempted suicide. “Out of that almost tragedy, we needed to help people,” Condon says. With her son’s permission, Condon wrote a book, entitled “My Journey to Hell: A Story of Love, Loss and Hope.” The book shared her struggle as a parent and a professional counselor. Condon says, at the time of the crisis, she felt as though she and her family were wearing masks, going about their daily lives and not allowing others to see the devastation they felt. “I said, ‘We need to talk about this. We need to get rid of the stigma of mental health,’” Condon says. “If I don’t talk about this, who will?” Even if she could only help one person through their struggles, that was enough. “My goal was, if I can help one person from the struggles I went through, if I can reach one other family, then I’ve achieved my goal,” she says.
As she shares her own pains and struggles, it is a goal she has managed to achieve many times. Additionally, her family’s experience propelled her to work in the community by serving on the board of the McHenry County Suicide Prevention Task Force and the Not One More Illinois organization. “Her passion for the town and for helping other people is probably one of the things I admire most about her,” says longtime friend Dorothy Wolf. Wolf says she met Condon when the two served as presidents of the Parent Teacher Organizations at their schools. Wolf says it was a challenging time in the community, and she recalls an admiration for the way people listened and worked with Condon. “She’s not afraid to say what needs to be said. That’s what makes her stand out,” Wolf says. Condon says her father, Gary Orler, was very active in the community and in politics. With her father as an example, her own interests in the community and the political process, Condon didn’t shy away when others suggested that Condon run for city council. “That’s just what you do; you step up when your community needs you,” Condon says. This spring marked her 15th year as a member of the McHenry City Council, and says she enjoyed the opportunity to work with others, resolve issues and help see the revitalization of the downtown. Condon says that she’s proud of the work, and she’s also ready to pass along the reins, adding that she will no doubt find other avenues to
share her time and energy. Condon named her counseling service Capture Your Path Counseling and says her aim is to help clients take control of their lives with healthy lifestyle choices and directions. “I think we all have a path in life,” Condon says. “Just like a rushing stream, we can allow ourselves to be carried along, or we can take control.”
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BUSINESS & CIVIC
in one place
Clarendale of Algonquin offers three levels of care under one roof
By Kelsey O’Connor | Provided photos
hen selecting a senior living community, it’s important to consider the levels of care offered. Some communities specialize in a particular type of care, such as assisted living, but residents may need to turn elsewhere if their needs change or progress.
Assisted living offers around-the-clock nursing care and regular assistance with routine tasks, such as bathing, dressing, providing medication reminders, escorting to meals, and more. Residents enjoy the privacy and comforts of home, while having opportunities to socialize and receive help where they need it.
That’s why many seniors and their loved ones opt for a community that offers multiple levels of care. One local community that provides a spectrum of care services is the Clarendale of Algonquin, an award-winning senior living community near the heart of Algonquin.
The memory care area is carefully designed to be a secure space for seniors with memory impairment, such as Alzheimer’s. The highly-trained staff focuses on promoting well-being and enriching the lives of residents through meaningful activities.
“We’re unique because we encompass three levels of care under one roof,” says John Jorgenson, executive director of Clarendale of Algonquin. “Seniors can age in place, and their care will progress as their needs progress.”
“In memory care, we try to focus on what’s still remembered instead of what’s lost,” says Jorgenson. “We try and get folks involved and in the common areas as much as possible.”
Clarendale offers independent living, assisted living and memory care services. By providing a wide range of services, the community is able to provide residents with the care they need – even as those needs change. “As all of us age, our needs become greater,” says Jorgenson. “We’re here to help assist with those needs and keep seniors as independent as possible for as long as possible.” The independent living neighborhood consists of cozy one- and two-bedroom apartments with a full suite of amenities, including a full kitchen, dishwashers, garbage disposals, and a washer and dryer in each unit. Residents can choose to enjoy meals in the dining room or cook at home. www.nwherald.com/magazine
Residents in each level of care can take advantage of the various activities and events that take place each day. One popular event is “Paint and Pinot,” where residents can sip wine and tap into their artistic side. The schedule is intended to address each area of wellness, from spiritual and intellectual to emotional and beyond. Physical wellness also is a top priority. A range of physicians visit the community regularly, including general practitioners, podiatrists, optometrists and dentists. Clarendale also has in-house physical, occupational and speech therapists.
Clarendale of Algonquin 2001 W. Algonquin Road, Algonquin www.clarendaleofalgonquin.com 847-243-6763.
“All of the resident’s medical needs can all be taken care of right here in the community,” says Jorgenson.
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With a flaky buttery crust and sweet, cinnamonspiced filling, apple pie reigns supreme as a summertime staple By Kelsey O’Connor
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Few food items evoke as much nostalgia as a slice of homemade apple pie. The dessert instantly conjures up a wistful yearning for a simpler time. It serves as a symbol of patriotism on par with baseball, bald eagles and the American flag itself. “It’s the all-American dessert,” says Steve Theofanous, owner of Crystal Lake diner Around the Clock Restaurant. “Americans love their apple pie; it’s part of Americana.” How did the fruity, flaky treat become so closely linked with our country’s identity? Early Pilgrims crafted the earliest American pies. These savory creations were stuffed with fowl, venison or beef and wrapped in a tough, butterless crust – nothing like the delicate desserts we enjoy today. Fruit pies, as we know them, began to take shape in the late-1700s. With the French having introduced butter, sugar also became cheaper and apples more readily available due to a tree-planting pioneer with the nickname Johnny Appleseed. The three ingredients came together, and the American apple pie was born. Jim Rice, manager at Riverside Bake Shop in downtown McHenry, has a simpler explanation for the American obsession with pie. “They taste good,” he says. “And they’re easy to serve.” Today, you can find pies of all kinds at bakeries across the county. In McHenry County, you never have to go far to enjoy a slice. At Around the Clock Restaurant, guests are greeted by a case of baked goods as soon as they walk in the door. It’s a display case that’s hard to resist. “Most of the people that dine-in will have a slice, if they don’t buy one whole,” says Theofanous. The restaurant’s in-house bakery crafts 19 different types of pie, including classics, seasonal options and sugar-free varieties.
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The most popular summer pie is the award-winning triple berry pie, a sweet blend of cherry, blueberry and raspberry under a traditional lattice crust. But the most popular pie year-round is the classic apple pie. The bakers use granny smith apples, which they’ve found to have the best flavor and texture when baked. “We find that those are the most tasty,” says Theofanous. “They have the perfect tart flavor to them.” The bakery also has a Dutch apple pie – which has a sweet, sugary topping – and a caramel apple pie. Other fruit pies include peach, blueberry, cherry and strawberry rhubarb. There also are cream pies, such as lemon meringue, banana cream, chocolate cream, coconut cream, and French silk. All pies are made from all-natural ingredients and don’t have preservatives. River Side Bake Shop has been serving up sweet creations from scratch for 47 years. Its pie selection includes apple, blueberry, cherry, banana, custard, banana cream, lemon meringue, strawberry rhubarb, and pumpkin (during the holidays). Despite the large selection, the classic apple pie still reigns supreme. Guests can grab a slice of popular flavors, such as apple and cherry, or take home a whole pie of their favorite variety. “We’re a scratch bakery,” says Rice. “We make everything from scratch – all the dough, ingredients – and we cook all our own fruit.” Another local institution with award-winning pies is Tom’s Market in Huntley. “We’re known for our pies. We offer quite the variety,” says Gail Legee, assistant bakery manager. In the summer, visitors line up to get a taste of the bakery’s strawberry cream pie made with the market’s own fresh strawberries. The award-winning caramel apple nut pie is another popular pick throughout the year. “People don’t really make pies anymore,” says Legee. “They still like pie, they just don’t want to make it themselves. To do it right, you need to have the right recipe. We feel we do a pretty good job of it.”
“It’s the allAmerican dessert. Americans love their apple pie… .” – Steve Theofanous, owner of Crystal Lake diner Around the Clock Restaurant.
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THE WRIGHT WAY Rookery
Explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural legacy on new Illinois tourism trail
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round the world, Frank Lloyd Wright is known for his unique vision that transformed American architecture. In Illinois, he’s known for his stunning creations scattered throughout the state. Now, a new Frank Lloyd Wright Trail will make it easier than ever to explore his local works. “Illinois is home to more Frank Lloyd Wright structures than anywhere else in the country,” says Cory Jobe, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism. “The new trail celebrates Frank Lloyd
Wright history and his connection to Illinois, allowing tourists from around the world to discover the work of one of America’s greatest architects” The Illinois Office of Tourism unveiled the trail in May as part of National Travel and Tourism Week. The trail is designed to celebrate Wright’s legacy and connection to Illinois. The self-guided architectural tour features 13 Wright edifices that are open to the public in Oak Park, Chicago, Geneva, Rockford, Belvidere, Springfield, Kankakee, Hampshire and Dwight.
“Frank Lloyd Wright created the Prairie style architecture in the Prairie State,” says Jobe. “He was a great innovator and artist with a dynamic vision. Nearly 60 years after his death, visiting Wright buildings is as popular as ever.” Wright lived and worked in Illinois for the first 20 years of his career, leaving his architectural mark across the state. The Chicago area, in particular, has the largest concentration of original Wright sites in the world. Five of these sites, which are operated by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, welcomed more than 150,000 visitors last -Continued on page 36
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“Illinois is home to more Frank Lloyd Wright structures than anywhere else in the country.” – CORY JOBE, Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism
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year, including 90,000 just to Wright’s home and studio in Oak Park.
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“Frank Lloyd Wright’s full name was Frank Lincoln Lloyd Wright, so it is fitting that this trail is now initiated in Illinois, the ‘Land of Lincoln,’” says Celeste Adams, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust president and CEO. “The trail calls attention to the many public Wright sites in this state, and we are happy to be part of a program that benefits everyone.” The trail will feature two unique itineraries. The first will showcase Wright’s creations across 110 miles from Chicago and Oak Park to Rockford, with stops along the way in Geneva, Hampshire and Belvidere. The second, longer trail, begins in Chicago and Oak Park and stretches 240 miles through Springfield and Kankakee. The itineraries also will feature local restaurants and attractions, with an emphasis on stops that are historically and architecturally significant. Later this summer, official Frank Lloyd Wright Trail road signs will be added throughout the state.
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GET REVVED UP FOR THESE CLASSIC CARS SHOWS, CRUISE NIGHTS By Kevin Druley Most people in Woodstock know Deb Klein’s soon-to-be 80-year-old mother by her nickname, Gaga. Many of the same folks channel the giddy spirit of that moniker when the Woodstock on the Square Benefit Car Show arrives each August.
“It’s just amazing to me that this town rallies around whoever we’re raising funds for, that is usually always in this town also,” Deb Klein says. “It’s a very tight-knit group we have found in Woodstock. Very tight-knit and very supportive.”
“We just have fun all night long,” Klein says. “Hot rods, music, great people, great food, great prizes, and it’s a great benefit.”
Here’s a look at other summer car shows and cruise nights in and around McHenry County:
This year, all proceeds from car entrance fees, raffles and food sales will go to Helping Paws Animal Shelter in Woodstock. Centered on the Woodstock town square, the show will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.
“We just have fun all night long. Hot rods, music, great people, great food, great prizes, and [the Woodstock on the Square Benefit Car Show is] a great benefit.” – Deb “Gaga” Klein
For the Kleins, organizing the event is a family affair several times over. In addition to her husband, Jim, Deb Klein gets help from her mother, daughter and son-in-law in fulfilling all aspects of the show. “Without them, we wouldn’t be doing it,” Klein says. The Kleins are further involved with a cruise night that operates from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays during the summer at Offsides Sports Bar &Grill, 600 S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock. All kinds of classic cars are welcome, and food specials are available. As with the August show, all raffle and drawing proceeds benefit Helping Paws, a longtime volunteer destination for multiple generations of Klein family members, as well.
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GREEN STREET CRUISE NIGHT
Check out iconic and classic automobile offerings on Green Street in downtown McHenry from 5 to 9 p.m. every Monday through Aug. 6. This year marks its 10th anniversary. Scheduled July theme nights include “Back to the ’50s” on July 2 and “Trucks” on July 9. “We are completely free to the community,” says Shannon Letizia, who organizes and hosts the cruise nights with her husband, Paul. “There’s no registration fees; there’s no admission fees. We hand out our awards completely free. We have about 30 to 35 raffle drawings each night that [are] completely free, as well. … We really have a [lot of] support from our community and our fellow business owners to provide these events all free to the community.” People have noticed, to be sure. Letizia estimates that most cruise nights welcome 1,000-plus spectators for the cars, food and other entertainment along Green Street. “Every year, we’ve grown exponentially,” she says.
RICHMOND FRIDAY NIGHT CRUISE NIGHT
Peruse the gallery at the Richmond Fire Department, 5601 Hunter Drive and Route 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 26. Call 815-790-7146 for more information.
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Kabob’s, 551 S. Eighth St., West Dundee, enters the mix this summer with a Friday show that runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
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A new location with expanded parking awaits patrons this year, as the show sets up shop at the corner of Woodstock and Oak streets in Crystal Lake from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month through Oct. 4.
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CARY CRUISE NIGHT
A longstanding McHenry County staple, the cruise night operates from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays along West Main Street in downtown Cary. Early arrival is encouraged, as attendees often couple visits with a meal at a downtown restaurant. Visit www.carygrovechamber.com for more information.
THUNDER ROAD CRUISE NIGHT
Swing by the Pizza House, 4216 N. Johnsburg Road, Johnsburg, from 4 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday.
ALGONQUIN MALL CRUISE NIGHT
Another new offering on the cruise night scene runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 1900 S. Randall Road, Algonquin. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
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Admit it. You’re probably thinking about cars when you wake up, anyway, so why not satisfy your craving right off the bat? From 8 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month, Restorations Unlimited, 304 Jandus Road, Cary, hosts a gallery of classics, as well as a look-in at restorations of vintage rides. Call 847-639-5818 for more information.
FIESTA DAYS CAR SHOW
Check out the 50th anniversary of the show at Petersen Park, 4300 Petersen Park Road, McHenry, from 9 a.m. to 3:30p.m. July 15. Hosted by the Northern Illinois Street Rod Association, the show welcomes cars of all types and makes. Visit www.fiestadayscarshow.com for more information.
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Stroll the campus at 1107 Route 31, McHenry, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 22. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Bob Hacker Memorial Fund.
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CALENDAR JULY 2018
HARVARD FOOD TRUCK FEASTIVAL
WOODSTOCK’S FIFTH ANNUAL SUMMER IN THE PARK
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 14 WHERE: N. Ayer St., Harvard The Harvard Food Truck FEASTival will encompass three blocks of downtown Ayer Street. The event will feature food trucks, live music, domestic and craft beer, an art and crafts fair, and classic car show. The entry fee is $5 and children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free of charge. For more information, visit www.cityofharvard.org.
ROTARY’S ROCKIN’ RIBFEST
WHEN: Thursday, July 12, through Sunday, July 15 WHERE: Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Rd., Lake in the Hills This popular four-day festival will feature mouth-watering barbecue, drinks and live music entertainment on grounds of Sunset Park. The family-oriented event will feature nationally renowned professional barbecue masters, as well as other fest fare, such as funnel cake, homemade lemonade, roasted corn and more. The Rockin’ Ribfest is the signature fundraising event for the Lake in the Hills Rotary Club. For more information, visit www.lithribfest.com.
MCHENRY FIESTA DAYS
WHEN: Thursday, July 12, through Sunday, July 22 WHERE: Petersen Park, 4300 Petersen Park Road, McHenry McHenry Fiesta Days will feature 11 days of fun, including a carnival, live music, an ice cream social, arts and crafts in the park, a car show, and the annual Fiesta Day Parade. For more information, visit mchenryfiestadays.com.
WHEN: Times vary, Wednesday, July 18, through Sunday, July 22 WHERE: Woodstock Emricson Park, Woodstock
Woodstock’s signature summer event, Summer in the Park, will feature music and concerts, children’s entertainment, a food court and beer garden, bouncies and other children’s activities, a pool party, bags tournament, movie in the park, an old-fashioned ice cream social, carnival game booths and more. For more information or a schedule of events for the five-day festival, visit www.woodstockfestivals.org.
FOOD AND WINE PAIRING – FARM-TO-TABLE, SUMMER HARVEST WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 21 WHERE: Loyola Retreat and Ecology Campus, 2710 S. Country Club Road, Woodstock
The food and wine pairing, chef-demonstrated event is the first farm-to-table dinner of the season. Dinner starts with a wine reception in the garden with hand-passed appetizers and will lead to a fivecourse dinner. Tickets cost $80. For tickets or more information, visit www.luc.edu.
WHEN: 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21 WHERE: Miller Point, 1207 Riverside Dr., McHenry Participants can enjoy the morning on beautiful Fox River while challenging themselves to paddle from Miller Point down to the McHenry Dam and back.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. at Miller Point. The entrance fee is $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. For more information or to register, visit damyak.com.
VILLAGE OF RICHMOND’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY CRAFT AND VENDOR SHOW
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22 WHERE: Richmond’s Memorial Hall, 10308 Main St., Richmond The Village of Richmond will host its first Christmas in July Craft and Vendor Show Admission is free. Get into the Christmas spirit by enjoying Christmas music while shopping in historic Memorial Hall. Come browse the many crafters displaying and selling a variety of handcrafted items, along with a few vendors offering their special services. The event will feature a silent auction, and popcorn and refreshments will be available. Proceeds will help Richmond Community Food Pantry. For more information, visit richmond-il.com.
MCHENRY COUNTY FAIR
WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 5 WHERE: McHenry County Fair Grounds, 11900 Country Club Road, Woodstock Visitors to the annual McHenry County Fair will find all their county fair favorites, such as exhibits, vendors, livestock shows, a rodeo, fair food and drinks, a demolition derby, carnival, Queen pageant and more. For more information or a schedule of events, visit www.mchenrycountyfair.com.
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