The Homestead

1625 Hinman Avenue, Evanston, Illinois, 60201, United States
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Evanston Library

by deecat

Evanston's Public Library is an attractive three-story red brick building that is relatively new. I was impressed with the "airy" feeling I felt because of the many sources of light.

Our own VT tour guide, Katja, took us to the Library to show us a suspended sculpture called a "Ghostwriter" by Ralph Helmick and Stuart Schechter.

This piece of art is incredible. It consists of 2500 separately cast aluminum elements that are suspended on 900 wires! Katja pointed out that there is a head composed of over 1500 cast aluminum letters. The head does not resemble a man or a woman and you cannot tell the nationality either.

Another element in the sculpture is a spiral passing through the center of the piece. The artists say that "it is a metaphor for imagination & creativity." (I was unaware of it when I viewed the piece!) But I was aware of all the symbols floating throughout the piece that have to do with Evanston such as leaves of trees (trees that are here in town), the Grosse Pointe Lighthouse.

It is suspended in the grand stairway. The photo was taken by Katja because I was not tall enough to see over the rail...stop laughing!

The library is open:
Sunday 12:00pm-5:00 pm
Monday-Thursday 9:00-9:00 pm
Friday& Saturday 9:00-6:00 pm

There is a parking lot for the library so parking is not an issue.

They have a web site and an on-line catalog at: Seeing the hanging sculpture was really interesting and enlightening. I would like to go back when I have more time to peruse the library and check out all that it has to offer.

Dawes Park in Evanston

by deecat

Click to see panoramic of Lagoon and the ducks!

Another place that we walked to on our tour of Evanston was Dawes Park.

We stopped at the Lagoon and took photographs. Katja told us that on July 4th each year, people come, blankets in hand, to watch the fireworks over the lake.

It's a delightful park and Lagoon...the ducks were enjoying it on the Saturday that we were there.
In the winter, the Lagoon serves as an ice skating rink.

There is the Lagoon Picnic Shelter (located adjacent to Lake Michigan at the north end of the Lagoon at Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street)

People who live in Evanston can rent the shelter from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily from May 24-Labor Day. It cost $25.00 per hour. You make the reservations at the Dempster Street Beach Office. It was fun seeing this city park by the Lake and watching the ducks enjoy it too. I was especially delighted because Katja (who lives in Evanston) was so enthusiastic about it.

I find it so much more enjoyable to learn about a new place when someone who lives there shows me the sites and sights!

Come prepared for the RED, WHITE & BLUE

by pedersdottir

Evanston celebrates the 4th of July in a big way. Beginning early in the morning, lawn chairs are set up the length of Central Street, from just below Crawford to the parking lot at NWU's Ryan Field Stadium. They are there 'saving places' for spectators who begin to show up at 1:30 for the 2:00 PM kick-off of the Independence Day parade. The show usually runs over two hours with more than 150 bands, gymnasts, marching troops, lawnmower precision drill teams and floats.

Beginning at 7:00 PM townsfolk reconvene along the Dawes Park lakefront for a holiday band concert -- followed by spectacular fireworks over the water.

The United Nations of the North Shore

by pedersdottir

Both 'local' and 'off the beaten path' is an international festival hosted by the neighboring community of Skokie. Each year in May, the FESTIVAL OF CULTURES offers a sampling of the tastes, colors and sounds of the ethnic groups residing in the area.

A large tented area holds displays of ethnic arts& crafts, as well as gift items available for purchase. Several outdoor stages feature folk dancers and musicians, puppeteers and storytellers of varied backgrounds with performances throughout the day. Food stands in the park offer delights for sampling such as loukoumi, falafel, curry and papadum. Communities that participate regularly are honored by the display of their country's flag in the Friendship Circle in Skokie's Sculpture Park.

The festival is located at Oakton Park, corner of Oakton and Skokie Blvd.

Upcoming festival dates are: Saturday and Sunday, May 22 - 23, 2004. Open 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Parking is free in the adjacent lot or on side streets in the area.

Nothing Better Than College Sports!

by deecat

Since my husband's father is a graduate of Northwestern University, we have been fans of their sport's teams for quite awhile. For awhile, we had season tickets to the Football Games. We have also gone to the Basketball Games when they play Indiana.

Northwestern is a charter member of the Big Ten and the only private school in the conference. The Wildcats are a Division 1 team. The university has often found itself at the bottom of the Big 10 (they are more interested in academics), but there have been a few years when they did excel.

They are called The Wildcats, and their Mascot is Willie the Wildcat (since the 1940s).

Northwestern has 19 intercollegiate athletic teams; 8 men's teams and 11 women's teams.
The weekend that we had our VT meeting in Evanston, a football game was played against Indiana, and NORTHWESTERN WON.

If you have an opportunity, take in one of the sporting events at Northwestern University. If it is an outdoor activity, dress appropriately.
Bring your "School Spirit" and join the crowd in backing the team.


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