Berwyn's Arts Blog
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Centennial Fest, June 18-22, 2008, Official
Long post, but all the information you will need.

Calling all volunteers! Over 600 volunteers are needed.

The person to contact is Dawn Rinehart, or 795-6850


4:30 to 6:30 5:00 to 7:30 6:30 to 8:30 7:30 to 10:00 8:30 to 10:30


2:30 to 4:30 3:00 to 5:00 4:30 to 6:30 5:00 to 7:00 6:30 to 8:30
7:00 to 9:00 8:30 to 11:00 9:00 to 11:00


11:30 to 1:30 12:00 to 2:00 1:30 to 3:30 2:00 to 4:00 3:30 to 5:30
4:00 to 6:00 5:30 to 7:30 6:00 to 8:00 7:30 to 9:30 8:00 to 11:00 9:30 to 11:30


11:30 to 1:30 12:00 to 2:00 1:30 to 3:30 2:00 to 4:00 3:30 to 5:30
4:00 to 6:00 5:30 to 7:30 6:00 to 9:00 7:30 to 9:30


Wed. 6-18 5pm to 11 pm
Thur. 6-19 5pm to 11 pm
Frid. 6-20 3pm to midnight
Sat. 6-21 noon to midnight
Sund.6-22 noon to midnight

Gate Fee

$3.00 adults
$2.00 kids 6 to 16
Free if under 6
Free admission on Wednesday, June 18 from 5 to 7 pm

Entertainment, amusement rides, food, fireworks

Steve McMichael of the Bears, Sunday, 2pm to 4 pm

Bingo, Saturday, 3 pm to 5 pm

Wrestlers, Sunday, 1pm to 3 pm

Main Stage Cabaret Stage


5 pm Vlasta and the Altar Boys(Accordion) 5:30 Dist. 100 Dancers
6 pm Opening Ceremonies 6:30 Berwyn Sokol
6:30 Joe Tirrito(Elvis) 7:30 Peggy Rose Dancers
8 pm Joanna Connor(Blues) 8:30 XXNRG(rock)
9:30 American English(Beatles)


5 pm Morton High School Folkloric 5:30 Tony Pellegrino(Frank)
6 pm Gin Palace Jesters(rockabilly) 7:00 Sugarcreek(country)
8 pm Caliente(latin) 8:30 Jamestown Massacre(rock)
9:30 Buckinghams


3 pm Karaoke Dokies(live band karaoke) 3:00 Junebug(kids)
4:00 My Alumni(kids)
5:00 The Boogers(kids)
6 pm Buzz Kilman(blues) 6:00 Pocket Circus
8 pm Rico(Santana) 7:00 Chemical Resistance
9:30 Lonnie Brooks(blues) 8:30 Lisa Rene Band(pop)


1 pm Tequila Mariachi 12:30 Champagne Music(Instrumental)
3 pm Village Cocal Chords(women accappela) 2:00 Drnek & Tonemasters(czech)
4 pm Crown Vics(40's & 50's) 3:15 David Kav(soloist)
6 pm Lucky Town(country) 4:15 The Little Theater(Aladin)
8 pm Phoenix(rock) 5:45 Ferdinand Fox(retro)
10pm Ides of March 7:15 We Drive Yeah(kids)
8:30 Karen Hart Band(rock


12:30 Judy Vessely(contemporary) 12:15 Cheerleaders
1:00 Polonia Dancers
2:30 Gigolo Johnny(Dean) 1:45 Slovak Dancers
4:30 West End Jazz Band 2:30 Italian Dancers
6 pm Ultimate Concept(Motown) 3:15 Czech Dancers
7:45 Infinity 4:00 St. Agnes Dancers
4:45 Irish Dancers
5:30 Polynesian Dancers

Enjoy. Or not. Much of the entertainment, believe it or not, involves Berwyn residents. Enjoy before the next 100 year celebration!

Sunday, June 15, 2008
City Council Recap, June 10, 2008
We have a new Finance Director, actually approved by the City Council.

The Village of Oak Park recognized Berwyn for our Centennial.

There will be a couple of new parking ordinances put in place. The orginal idea, put forward by the Police Department and City Collector was to get rid of two visitors parking passes for each home, since they are abused by many homeowners who use the visitor passes instead of obtaining a city vehicle sticker. But, the Alderpersons' twisted logic will not prevent the abuse.

People will still be allowed two visitor parking passes per household. Anything above two, and the homeowner would have to pay for a booklet of one use passes. Bottom line, people will still abuse the visitor parking passes and no one will buy the booklets. Nothing accomplished.

What may happen in the future, my original idea, of course, proposed by another Alderperson as if a new idea would make Berwyn, like some other municipalities, a "No overnight parking" city. This would mean that to legally park in Berwyn overnight, you would have to have a city sticker, guest parking permit or sticker from the booklet. Time will tell.

That is about it. Remember, that additional Centennial festivities continue on Monday: a citywide evening ice cream social at 34th and Grove.

Then, on the 18th, behind Cermak Plaza, next to Morton High School, there will be bands, food, carnival I believe, through Sunday the 22nd.

I will post the schedule at another time.

Friday, June 13, 2008
Centennial Picnic, Saturday the 14th of June
The Berwyn Park District invites everyone to participate in the Centennial Picnic on Saturday, June 14, 2008 at Proksa Park.

In conjunction with the Combined Veterans of Berwyn, State Representative La Shawn Ford and State Representative Robert Molaro, Congressman Lipinski and State Senator Sandavol, LIFESOURCE, the Berwyn Park District will host a Picninc in honor of Berwyn's Centennial and a Blood Drive on Flag Day, which is also World Blood Donor Day!

As part of the picnic festivities, the first 500 people will receive a free hot dog, chips, pop and a free commemorative American flag for attending the event.

Please join us and help donate 100 pints of blood for 100 years of Berwyn in celebration of the Centennial.

The festivities start at 12:00 pm (noon) and are scheduled until 5:00 p.m.

The Berwyn Park District hopes that you can join it at this FREE event!

If Congressman Lipinski does attend, feel free to corner him about the trains and engage him in discussion.

For more information, please contact the Berwyn Park District at 708.795.2892

Thursday, June 12, 2008
Ice Cream Social Thank You
Many people helped make the event a tremendous success! Fun was had by all.

Thank you to the homeowner who hosted.

Thank you to the band/ or to learn how to play piano:

Thank you to the Park District and Jeff Janda for providing the tables.

Thank you to Over The Rainbow for the ice cream.

Thank you to all the volunteers who passed out flyers and helped set up and down.

Thank you to the Berwyn Police and Fire Department.

Thank you to Harris Bank for the lion.

Thank you to my wife and new dog.

If I missed you, it certainly is not personal.

Most of all, thank you to all that showed up and mingled and laughed and enjoyed the music and ice cream and neigbhorhood!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008
3rd Ward Centennial Ice Cream Social, Wednesday
The 3rd Ward Centennial Ice Cream Social is scheduled for Wednesday, June 11, 2008, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Come enjoy your neighbors, a three piece band and ice cream from Over The Rainbow.

Location is 3131 Wisconsin.

Sunday, June 08, 2008
City Council Recap, May 27, 2008
There may be some new parking at 32nd and Harlem in the future. Would be a City lot on the north side, diagonal, and parallel parking in a cutout of the parkway on the southside. Would really open up the street for traffic to move.

The Finance Department was approved for a new computer software system. This now brings Berwyn into the 21st Century.

A new comprehensive sign ordinance is now on the books. Again, should bring our signage into the 21st century.

Berwyn is now also in the 21st century concerning discrimination. You can not discriminate against a person's sexual orientation. In the 1990's this was a controversial subject. At the meeting, the Community Relations Ordinance adding "sexual orientation" passed unanimously. There was one person in the audience who passed around a statement indicating why amending the ordinance was not the right thing to do. This person was my republican opponent in the last election.

Out of 51 items on the agenda, the above made it into the recap.

Saturday, June 07, 2008
3rd Ward Centennial Ice Cream Social
The 3rd Ward Centennial Ice Cream Social is scheduled for Wednesday, June 11, 2008, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Come enjoy your neighbors, a three piece band and ice cream from Over The Rainbow.

Location is 3131 Wisconsin.

Hopefully, you already know this event is taking place. If you do not, I trust volunteers will deliver a flyer to your door.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Thursday Concert
The Berwyn Public Library and the Berwyn Historical Society celebrate Berwyn's Centennial by presenting - The Patti Ecker Trio, "Berwyn's Yesterday's" show.

This Saturday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Berwyn Police Department, 6401 West 31st Street The Berwyn Public Library and the Berwyn Historical Society will present - The Patti Ecker Trio, "Berwyn's Yesterday's" Show.

The Patti Ecker Trio will be performing songs of Berwyn's past interwoven with historical commentary. In an evening performance, Patti will take us through a musical timeline from Berwyn's beginnings to the 1920's Bungalow Era.

Many original songs by Berwyn authors will be featured. Patti, on guitar, will be joined by Gus Friedlander on the mandolin and banjo and by multi-instrumentalist L.J. Slavin. Admission is Free! Reserve your seat by calling the Library at 795-8000 ext. 0 or email

You won't want to miss this show! Hope to see you there. Or not.

Sunday, June 01, 2008
3rd Annual Berwyn House Tour, Today, 6-1-08
The Berwyn Historical Society once again is proud to announce the 3rd annual Bungalow Tour. June 1, 2008 Noon til 5:00 p.m. There are great houses on the tour once again. The Bond home, featured in American Bungalow, Summer 2007 issue is our star attraction. Don't let a little thing like the Berwyn Centennial Parade keep you from attending this event. For more information, or to purchase your advance tickets go to or call the Berwyn Historical Society at 708.484.0020

This is your only chance to get inside James Bond's house. Tickets for Sunday's tour are still available at Ace Hardware on Ogden, James and Williams Jewelers on Cermak, Serendipity Antiques on Stanley and Two Fish Art Glass on Madison in Forest Park. Tickets are available on the day of the tour at the starting point, Berwyn Health Center, 26th and East. However, Sunday sales are cash only and a few bucks more.
Please come out and support the tour. The BHS is hoping to exceed last year's guest count of 311. Hope to see you there. Or not, but really, I will be at one of the houses.

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