Well good morning to everyone. It looks like today will be a good day. First day that I am not having to do set up at the Grove. It is ready to open on Thursday. It looks spectacular! Great artisans and wonderful crafts and art for sale. We open at 10 AM and the hustle and bustle of Christmas will be in the air. Hope you will come out to join us at 1421 N. Milwaukee Ave in Glenview. You can look it up on the Glenview Park District website if you wish. Stop by and say hello to me...aka...Mrs. Claus
Now on to today's blog. Since I have started with the Grove, I thought I would share why I am so grateful for this place. It is 134 aces of treasures land. When you walk on the grounds, it is like going back in time. It is filled with natural flora, trails galore. As you walk you will hear perhaps the sounds of the guinea hens, the sounds or sights of numerous birds in flight. The trees are magnificent and there is a surprise along every trail. The historic homes take your breath away and to tour them is to be transported back into the 1800's era. The events held there like the craft fair, dessert with Santa, an old fashion tea etc. are just what the soul calls for. I remember taking my granddaughter to the dessert with Santa and starting the evening off in the log cabin. there were stories, games, an old time craft and then we were led by lantern through the woods to the Redfield Estate where she decorated a cookie and did more crafts. Finally we sat in the beautifully decorated Great Room and were told a story from the Redfield Family and then Santa arrived. My Sarah was in line next to meet Santa and because of all the time spent there together...she was known by name and was blown away! When we left that night the moon was high up in the sky shining brightly on the roof and the snow was melting in just the right spots that it looked as though the reindeers footprints were there.. We walked through the area back amongst all the wooded area and were looking for were the deer might be hiding. Low and behold...we spotted one dashing through the woods. She was so thrilled to have spotted him. That it a common sight at dusk at the Grove. They will come out on the lawns in full view. There a places in life that when you arrive, your heart just takes a deep breath and you feel like it is home. That is how the Grove feels for me. It is a place of peace and tranquility. It is the place that I had hled a memorial for my mother. It is where I feel most at rest and most in peace with nature. I am grateful to have been part of this beautiful place for some 20plus years and looking forward to many more. When I first became a storyteller...they held Civil War Days there and gave me the first opportunities to do build a career. I have had them recommend me to many and have had the auspicious opportunity to be their resident storyteller. When the Kennicott Family celebrated 100 years with a family reunion, I was there to entertain then. How wonderfully cool is that? I walked the trails with my grandchildren and played at the Indian teepees on many occasions, Together the children and I have toured the interpretive center and petted snakes and gazed upon the turtles. There is an owl along one trail that we would go and visit and have all sorts of things to engage us in question and answer time. The Grove is more than a historical landmark...for me it is home. This is were I hang my heart. This is where my soul sings. when things are wrong in life..a few steps there can make everything disappear for those moments and allows me to just take it all in. I am grateful that it had been saved.