Niki Turley (far left), teacher at Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St., and her 3rd and 4th grade class accept a check donation from Neva Hefner, vice president of the Residents Council at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive. The donation will help the kids take a trip to Springfield to visit the state capitol. – Spencer Bibbs

By Joseph Phillips
Staff Writer

Grammy award -winning composer, Augusta Read Thomas visited Montgomery Place in June.

Thomas in collaboration with the Montgomery Place, 5550 South Shore Drive, hosted a music event entitled: “The Exploration of Music and Imagination,” for senior residents of the Hyde Park area. 

Thomas’ presentation allowed her audience to experience a behind the scenes glimpse and step-by-step process of what it takes to create a song in her composer studio. Thomas’s auditory and visual presentation consisted of multiple sketches, music notes, maps, in depth detail oriented manuscripts printed in ink and a “10 point” methodology for composing music, which she stated has helped her throughout her career.

“Echo/aureole, which helps you read music, resonance, counterpoint, spontaneity, orientation, transformation, harmony, clarity, gestalt and nuance and form, those are my 10,” Thomas said.

Thomas also explained that her influences to create music drew from many places. Including poets and artist of many types.

“One of my favorite poets Mr. Robert Frost once said, ‘to be a poet is a condition not a profession,’” Thomas said. “Composing music for me is definitely a condition and not a profession.”

In addition to her Grammy winning composer career, Thomas also teaches music at the University of Chicago’s Center for Contemporary Composition, and was appointed Mead Composer-in-Residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1996 until 2006.

Chicago Hyde Park Village host “Fall Frolic Event” in September

The Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV), 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., hosted its annual “Fall Frolic Event,” on Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave.

“We hope that people will join us to have fun at this event in which they can participate in art activities, enjoy great food from La Petite Folie, and meet other people from the Hyde Park community,” Kathy Huff, member of the Fall Frolic Planning Committee, said about the event.

Other highlights of the event, which is titled the “Art of Aging,” included a silent auction and sing-a-longs with music artist Sami Scot.

Chicago Hyde Park Village celebrates 3rd Year Anniversary

The Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) held its 3rd Year Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the historical Hyde Park Bank building, 1525 E. 53rd St.

“We have really built an organization that is serving the needs of our community as a whole,” said Margaret Huyck, president of Chicago Hyde Park Village. “A Community [that’s] helping our elders engage in the quality of life that they want to live. We are thriving because we have the support of the community at large and we really appreciate that.”

During the anniversary celebration, members, volunteers, and donors were honored along with special honoree: Jay Mulberry, a founding board member of the Chicago Hyde Park Village. Mulberry was honored for his outstanding service to the Village for maintaining its calendar that is viewed by hundreds of people each month along with being a moderator for the CHPV and “Good Neighbors Googlegroups” for the past several years.

OWL host panel discussion for seniors concerns with 2018 Illinois Governor Race in November

The Hyde Park Older Women’s League (OWL), the Voice of Women 40+, hosted a panel discussion entitled “Issues Affecting Seniors in the 2018 Illinois Governor’s Race,” on Saturday, Nov. 4.

The event was held in the Lower Level Community Room of Treasure Island, 1526 E. 55th St., and featured guest speakers, Jeanne Cameron, executive director of Alliance for Retired Americans; Melisa Stephen, health care and economic justice organizer; Jane Addams, senior caucus leader and Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth, state coordinator of Indivisible-Illinois, who would address questions on the upcoming election.

“We are entering a political season where candidates from both parties will try to convince us they are best suited to lead our state,” said OWL in a written statement. “OWL does not endorse specific candidates because of our non-profit status but we do our best to be informedabout the important issues.”