Part of the concept for this site grew out of the desire to bring folks in the neighborhood together and foster new friendships across all our little block party jurisdictions.
We are also all about buying local and supporting our Edgewater Glen economy over here. It has been said that for every $1 spent at local businesses, 45¢ is reinvested locally. We can’t think of better way to make new friends, meet your neighbors and support our local neighborhood economy than by using our neighbors services!
FYI – If you live in Edgewater Glen and own your own business, we would be happy to feature your business in our “Local Businesses” postings so the neighbors can know about you. Or… if you just want to be listed in the Local Businesses section we can do that as well. Feel free to drop us a line so we can beef up that section for everyone in the neighborhood.
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One month until City Made Fest!
Ever wonder what the backstory is behind our lovely neighborhood lighthouse?
“In 2010 The Edgewater Community Council (ECC) chose to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary with a ‘Lighting the Way’ Lighthouse Crawl. Businesses were asked to sponsor over 20 wooden lighthouses built by the Volini brothers Mike and Dave. The theme was symbolic of ECC’s lakefront location, warmth of home, safe harbor and its commitment to serve the people of Edgewater.
This fundraiser would help continue this mission while drawing attention to the many art and community activities in Edgewater. Because Darryl and I love this community we decided to sponsor a lighthouse and were 1 of two private homes that did so. Each sponsor was to decorate the lighthouse in a unique manner consistent with the mission and theme of ECC.
We immediately collaborated with Jeanne and John Riley, our resident Hood artists who designed, painted and developed the stained glass waves. The many colored glass pieces directly under the solar light represent the diversity in the community, the orange slivers the rising sun, the small glass pieces the night stars and the many hues of blue the lake front waters. At the bottom there are still some remnants of sand from the beach but most has washed away over the years.
Once all the lighthouses were complete there was a grand parade and viewing of them at Gethsemane. They also had sponsored 2 10 foot houses which lasted for about 2 years. Subsequently each business located their lighthouse outside of their business and a map was provided by ECC so folks could walk around and view them at their leisure. Because of the harsh winter we are beginning to see a decline in the wooden base and do not expect our dear lighthouse to last another. Jeanne and I are currently trying to think of a way to save the top portion and continue displaying our beloved lighthouse.”
– Patricia (Hood Avenue Neighbor)
It looks like Hollywood has discovered our little corner of paradise!
Anyone know if the “quotes” mean this will actually be an underground art flick? 🙂
(Just a heads up… They will also be filming inside the new Know No Limits. You can use your membership card at either the Andersonville or Broadway sister Cheetah gyms tomorrow)
A number of you have brought Care for Real’s Back to School Back Pack Drive to our attention. Their mission is to help our neighbors in our community by providing food, clothing and referral services to those in need. If you are able and willing to help out their website is: http://careforreal.org/
We’re guessing there are quite a few extra back packs in the neighborhood ready to go back to school!
“Care for Real is preparing for our Annual School Drive and we need your help! We’re planning to distribute 800 backpacks chock full of items to ensure every child kicks off the school year right. Most needed item includes LARGE BACK PACKS for students 5th grade and above. Donations are light this year and we’re concerned we may not have enough back packs to help every kid. Please consider hosting a Back Pack Drive or dropping off Large Back Packs at our offices by August 15!” – Care for Real
We thought some of you might get a kick out of this Edgewater Glen Map (circa 1905)
If you geek out on historical neighborhood geography, check out all these treasures over at the Edgewater Historical Society. Wish we had some pictures to see what was growing in all our empty lots!