Judy prefers her fishing in air-conditioned bliss
Updated: September 17, 2012 1:58AM
Here’s Judy‘s pick of coming community activities in the Oak Brook/Oakbrook Terrace area, spiced with a little commentary. To suggest an event for her weekly column, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Fishing 101” will teach the basics of fishing through indoor instruction and outdoor experience from 4-6 p.m. July 20 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook. Adults only; admission is free. To register, call (630) 933-7248.
Dear Mayslake staff: A suggestion. Instead of teaching the basics of fishing through indoor instruction and outdoor experience, how about teaching the basics of fishing through outdoor instruction and indoor experience. Because I would love to just listen to tips on how to fish when I’m surrounded by nature, but would much rather actually fish inside when I’m holding a pole with a magnet on the end of the line over a big bucket full of pretend fish that also are magnetized, like at the carnivals. See what you can do, Judy “And Give Prizes” Brinkworth.
Swayless, snapless, songless Judy
The free Summer Concert Series continues with the Rhythm Rockets at 7 p.m. July 26 in Central Park, Jorie Boulevard and Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook. To check on the weather status, call the concert hotline at (630) 645-9553.
The Rhythm Rockets. Doesn’t that make you want to sway and snap your fingers. And you go ahead. I, however, cannot join you, as I have promised the park district there will be nary a sway, snap or, most especially, a song from little Judy here. Nope — although I do think employing two 350-pound bouncers to pick me up by my elbows and carry me out if I break my promise is a bit much.
Finally, a use for my leftovers
A program, “The Fine Art of Food: Impressionist Still Life,” will be at 7 p.m. July 24 at the Oak Brook Public Library, 1200 Oak Brook Road. Although Impressionism is associated with landscape, seascape and scenes of daily life, artists such as Monet and Renoir painted still-life subjects featuring food, flowers and the like. Join art historian Jeff Mishur as he explores this topic. Admission is free. Registration is required, call (630) 368-7725.
So Monet and Renoir painted food? Hot diggity dog! I’m gonna paint food too. Only not hot dogs, as these words may have implied. Although maybe the boys brought home a few from a baseball game and set up their easels, but … what? Why didn’t they just gobble ‘em up? I don’t know. Maybe the vendor squished mustard on these particular hot dogs and the guys were allergic to mustard so … what? Both artistes allergic to mustard, sounds unlikely? Look, forget hot diggity dog. Pretend I said, “Goody gumdrops,” and do not ask, because I don’t know what flavor they painted.
“From Grain to Grist”: Learn what it takes to turn corn into stone-ground cornmeal from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 29 at the Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 York Road in Oak Brook. To register, call (630) 655-2090 or visit www.grauemill.org.
I’m a city gal and always have been, but my opinion as to what it takes to turn corn into stone-ground cornmeal is — magic. And, if I do say so myself, and I do, I think that’s a pretty good opinion. Maybe not perfect, but close. I can’t wait to tell the people at Graue Mill. Bet they’ll be astounded that I guessed. Betcha’.
— I’m waving
Sign up now to bring your own kayak or canoe and join a ranger for a paddle from 10 a.m.-noon July 31 at Fullersburg Woods, 3800 York Road in Oak Brook. This event is for ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. Admission is free. To register, call (630) 933-7248.
Instead of joining a ranger for a paddle in a kayak or canoe, I’m going to just rest on shore whilst watching all that kayaking and canoeing. These persistent paddlers need an audience, and Judy is glad to oblige because Judy can’t swim and is a fraidy-cat and she doesn’t care one bit.