Drivin' the Dixie reverses course but continues traditions

The 18th annual Drivin' the Dixie motor tour on Saturday, June 15, will defy gravity, after a fashion, by swimming upstream. The celebration of the historic Dixie Highway has always started in Blue Island and followed a route south to Momence. This year, for the first time, the tour will start in Momence and travel north to Blue Island.

H-F grad recalls journey to appearance on TV’s ‘The Voice'

On stage, Janelle Butler goes by Oliv Blu. The name is based on a decision that, like most of her artistic identity, can be tied directly to the life experiences that have shaped her. “When she was a baby, Janelle used to beat box,” said Dana Butler, mother of the H-F graduate, who was a recent contestant on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Scenes from day two of the Artisan Street Fair

The second day of Homewood's Artisan Street Fair on Saturday, June 8, saw more fair weather and big crowds as area residents enjoyed live music, food and a wide range of art and hand-crafted goods. 

The day was also marked by periodic bursts of yoga, from a stretch session for vendors before the fair opened to a session for kids and a pop-up session early in the afternoon. 

The Homewood Science Center announced the required ingredients for its Cocktail Chemistry Challenge in July. 

Photos by Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle.

Churchill administrators sent to the roof by students

This school year ended with three Churchill School administrators spending Monday, June 3, on the school roof playing catch with students.
 
The strange sight was the culmination of a kindness challenge during May. When the 675 students surpassed the 3,000-point kindness target, Principal Nikki Kerr and Assistant Principals Mary Kay Gardiner and Alison Lincoln came through and spent the day on the roof.

Flossmoor police investigate vehicle break-ins

Flossmoor police are investigating a number of vehicle break-ins that occurred between 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, and 5 a.m. on Friday, June 7.

The break-ins were reported in the area of Braeburn and Brassie avenues.
 
According to reports, 14 vehicles were targeted, including three that had damage to windows. 

Nine of the 13 vehicles had been left unlocked.
 

Scenes from day one of the Artisan Street Fair

The Artisan Street Fair filled Martin Avenue and Hickory Road in downtown Homewood with artisan vendors, food vendors, live music and a bigger early crowd than usual.

Homewood Events Manager Allisa Opyd said a number of factors contributed to the event's success, from fine summer weather to the number and quality of the vendors. 

The fair continues Saturday from 10 to 6 p.m., followed by an after party until 9 p.m. with music by Not My Dad.

Photos by Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle

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Public Art Commission seeks submissions for 'Flags of Flossmoor'

The Flossmoor Public Art Commission is seeking artists and photographers to submit digital images of original artwork to be printed on outdoor flags. The printed flags will be on display on lampposts lining the streets of downtown Flossmoor throughout the summer and available for public auction culminating at Flossmoor Fest on Sept. 7. 


 

Willow School students cruise to first grade

Beep! Beep! Box Car Parade coming through at Willow School! The kindergarteners stayed in their lane and obeyed the speed limit as they brought their super duper roadsters out for a spin on the grounds of the school Tuesday.
 

Why blackface carries the weight of history

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The commentary below represents the ideas, observations and opinions of the author.

One common theme in the community reaction to the recent blackface incident — four Homewood-Flossmoor High School students who posted a video online of themselves in blackface — was that this is a teachable moment. It sure is.

One thing I’m learning is why blackface is so offensive. 

 

New arts organization's gallery opens Thursday

The Homewood Arts Council is planning the Thursday grand opening of its art gallery at 2023 Ridge Road from 6 to 10 p.m. For local art lovers, it will be a prelude to Homewood's Artisan Street Fair, which begins on Friday.

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