Art community unified in appraisal of my work
Updated: August 6, 2012 11:32AM
United against Judy! The annual Art in the Park Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 14, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15 on the Village Green in Northbrook. More than 65 artists will display their creations at the event, which includes live music, food and art activities. For more information visit www.nbparks.org.
I am proud to say I am the only artist rejected for the Art in the Park event by all three sponsors — The Northbrook Art Commission, the Northbrook Park District and even the entire Village of Northbrook! Maybe I should run for office — because my true talent seems to be getting people to work together — yes, in hating me — but together!
Just call me Lady Judy. “The Making of Downton Abbey: Setting the Scene,” will be presented by landscape designer Barbara Geiger at 7 p.m. July 12 at the Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. Learn about land ownership patterns and inheritance laws that produced these great estates, and why radical changes were inevitable. Admission is free. To register, call (847) 272-6224.
I am now entering my sixth month of Downton Withdrawal, a severe malady causing me to shout, “See that tea is served, Thomas, and be jolly quick about it!” every day at 3 o’clock. So I’m hoping this talk on the great estates will soothe my shattered nerves until September, when Downton Abbey returns (oh, joy!). I must nap now, before I dress for the ball tonight — or before I mop the kitchen floor — I can’t remember which. Ta-Ta.
I’m Judy, and I approve this message. Musician and historian Jim Kendros presents “Fireworks in Music” at 2 p.m. July 13 at Congregation Beth Shalom, 3433 Walters Ave. in Northbrook. Celebrate Independence Month with music that is joyfully explosive, as in the inspired “1812 Overture.” Call the Northbrook Park District Senior Center at (847) 291-2988.
Boom! When the cannon goes off at the end of each “1812 Overture” performed this month, I hope it blasts some sense into certain people — wherever you are — who insist only they know what’s right, therefore they are the only ones who love our country. Get over it. I am wrong 99 percent of the time — blame me, everyone does — but I love “America the Beautiful” just like in the song and, yoo-hoo, I know the words to the third stanza and you don’t.
Peeping Judy will be there. The New Tradition Chorus is hosting an open house at 7 p.m. July 9 at their new location: Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road in Northbrook. Men who love to sing can come for an evening of fellowship, food, fun and great song. Included will be a program designed to introduce newcomers to the art of close a cappella harmony. For more information contact Dan via e-mail at email@example.com or visit www.newtradition.org.
Dear New Tradition Chorus: Just what do you mean by “ … close a cappella harmony”? Specifically, is “a cappella” an Italian phrase for “tootsie,” meaning she’ll sneak in and be in close harmony with my hero? Because I may not know Italian, but I do know hanky-panky, and I’m mighty suspicious. And, yes, maybe I’m overdoing the jealousy shtick, but better safe than sorry — and, boy, will he be sorry! Awaiting your reply, Judy “‘Shtick’ means ‘I’ll kill him’ in Esperanto” Brinkworth.
In case you forgot, my name is Judy. Mark your calendar — The Northbrook Park District is joining with Radio Disney to host a pool party, with a spotlight on safety, from 1 to 3 p.m. July 28 at Meadowhill Aquatic Center, 1501 Maple Ave. in Northbrook. The event will feature DJ music, prizes and games geared towards pool safety. The first 100 people will receive free food, while supplies last. The event is free with a pool pass or daily admission. For more information call (847) 291-2997.
The biggest boost to pool safety is to not to go to the pool. This maneuver has worked for me many, many years and has resulted in my being perfectly safe — pool-wise. However, I realize not everyone is like me (why not?), so for all those who enjoy pool fun (an oxymoron to Judy), definitely go to this event. I’ll be at home watching old Esther Williams’ movies and not seeing any of you there.