Making costume, candy plans for Halloween
Does everyone have their Halloween costume picked out
yet? I don’t, but Timmy is going to be Papa Smurf.
Superheroes are the most popular costume for kids this year,
followed by princesses and Star Wars characters. The most popular adult
costumes are witches and pirates.
In Illinois, Sour Patch Kids are the top Halloween treat,
according to one survey. Kit Kats are second, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
are third. In Indiana, Hot Tamales are tops. Starburst fruit chews come
in second. Just give me any kind of milk chocolate.
St. Simon the Apostle Parish, 52nd and California, will host the installation
of their new pastor, the Rev. Thomas J. Boharic, after the 5 p.m. Mass on
Saturday, Nov. 18. A reception and dinner will begin immediately following the
Mass in the gym. Please RSVP by calling the parish office before Nov. 4 at
(773) 436-1045, ext. 1.
Many of our Chicago parks are full of history. Gage Park, 2411 W. 55th St., is
lucky to have Depression-era murals inside the field house. In the arts and
crafts room, a mural was painted directly on the wall. It depicts an immigrant
family on a picnic, dressed in traditional clothing. The father is playing the
violin, while a daughter stands in front of a cart, holding a rag doll. The
mother is looking at her husband.
Tom Lea came from Texas to attend the Chicago Art
Institute under the direction of muralist John Warner Newton. In 1931 Lea
agreed to paint a Gage Park mural for $1,400 dollars. This mural is in the
Assembly Hall. The scene includes pioneers or early explorers, farmers and
covered wagons. There are three main figures: Marquette, Joliet and La Salle
standing by the Mississippi River. There is a figure above in the clouds,
pointing west. Lea helped create other artwork and statues in Chicago, but left
to live in New Mexico in 1933.
This week has been Spirit Week at Gage Park High School. Tonight is the
homecoming dance, and tomorrow is the homecoming football game at Rockne
Stadium, 1117 S. Central. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
Last Tuesday evening I attended the Transitus of St.
Francis at St. Clare de Montefalco Church. It was very interesting and moving.
I have posted some of my pictures on the Gage Park Chicago Illinois Facebook
page, along with a video taken by one of the brothers.
Please send your Gage park information to
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