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Monee7Forget the man who danced with his wife. I drew a finance man who Monee8drives up to LaSalle Street five times a week. From Monee. Monee! My host was a cardiologist names Srinivas whose twins we were celebrating on their first birthday. He also navigates I-57 from Monee and then the dare-you Dan Ryan all the time.
The caterers were fabulous. They were from Frankfort. Frankfort! I drew a couple from Frankfort and asked if there was life in Frankfort. “Oh, there’s plenty of life in Frankfort,” the woman assured me. Well, all kidding aside, small towns are not all that your Farmers’ Almanac says they are. I drew some self-assured young people who know all about tractors and go off to study business at college. I also drew a family from Glenview, walking distance from my house. Small world.

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The world conjured up in the party tent was, however, anything but small. The assemblage of tents was huge; the shiny balloons of lions, gorillas, chimps, etc. were huge; the plush and exquisitely detailed Serengeti animals measured at least three feet. The chairs were zebra-ribboned. I have been to a party or two, you know, but this was, ermmm, wild! It was wild in its extravagance and generosity.

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I drew thirty-eight people in full color in four hours. Amid much chatter, loved every minute. Here are some of them.
Srinivas, I looked it up, means Radiance in Sanskrit. Thank you, Dr. Radiance!

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Caterer: Kristy Webber of Special Occasion Services, 708-307-0535, webber.kristy@yahoo.com. kristysos.com
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VillaPark1Isa graduated from high school and mom went all out to celebrate. Food was everywhere and huge containers of ice for drinks. An uncle had arranged the lighting, tiny lights strung along the railing of the deck and then when it got dark, he brought out a spot light, just like that. All in all, a lovely party. Thank you, Jacqui.
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You don’t plug it in, it doesn’t have an on-off switch, doesn’t make toast and it’s not good for warming things up in a hurry. But a caricature is more personal than any gadget you can give. It will delight at first sight and it will be framed in a family room or breakfast nook and will radiate good feelings and best wishes over the years.
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Last year the party theme was Circus. This year Lilly turned seven and French2mom thought, let’s do Paris this year. Decorating the house started two weeks before the party. Shopping for all the items started, oh, weeks before that. The Eiffel Tower was everywhere, on a ribbon that went around the room, on a photo backdrop, where people posed with a black-and-white striped Parisian umbrella. Mom had made the drawing in the style of the Madeleine books, which in turn looked like Duffy. (Can’t help it, talk of Paris makes me babble art history.) All the guests got a black French beret, with Lilly getting one in pink, with a heart. She wore a tutu, straight out of Degas. Marcel Marceau was channeled by a family friend named Ben. As a mime you can speak flawless French without FrenchMoispeaking a word. I, however, did practice my French on everybody, rolling my R furiously (feels so good in the throat) and teaching the kids to say, “je m’appelle…”
Upstairs, the kitchen du jour was called Café de Lillian, with the menu written in chalk on a vertical blackboard, in both French and English. Mon dieu! Quel travail dur pour maman. She enjoyed every minute and her excitement was infectious. Merçi beaucoup, Barbara.
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The daughter found me. We were celebrating her parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. My caricatures were perfect for this occasion. Why would LakeBluff2caricatures be such a good idea for this celebration? First, they lived in a cul-de-sac where the neighbors were so neighborly that the turn-around had an island with a fire pit and a permanent circle of chairs. Hanging out was a way of life with these people. They knew each other well, which made them comfortable with funny drawings. People who were not neighbors, were old friends, going back to their school days. Everybody, in other words, was super comfortable. Teasing was part of their grammar. Second, the seventies look funny now, not only to the kids’ generation but to the people who got married then. Everybody pointed and chuckled at the displayed wedding picture: the ruffled shirt, the white suit, the mustache, the hair, the HAIR! Somebody get a caricaturist for this party! I’m glad you found me, Katie, thank you. This party was a blast and my markers just took off, as you can see from the drawings and the reactions when people first see them.

For a wonderful documentation of this party, see Eva K Ho’s slide show, https://vimeo.com/135575425.  Contact, (312) 752-8583 eva@evaho.com,  www.evaho.com

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Duncan Kids Academy opened another center, the one on West Madison, and celebrated the occasion with a block party and open house. I had done two of their events before and was delighted to be asked back for this major expansion. The very little kids get fidgety as they sit on mom’s lap while I draw them, but it only takes about a minute for me to get the features down on paper. So, the child doesn’t appreciate what I do, but the parents absolutely love having these drawings for the child’s room. I drew forty-four children in three-and-a-half hours. Here are some of them. Thank you, Rich and Christine.
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Crown8Crown7The tent seats 728. That was my calculation this year. Last year Peter also did the math but came up with a different number. Who’s Peter? Peter is one of my regulars at the Crown Picnic on the Wauconda farm. I’ve drawn him every year for the past twelve years, along with the others in my fan club. His wife, Carla, was facing another knee surgery in a couple of days.
Crown6That’s how we talk under that big tent, we tease, we joke and we gossip. Let’s gossip some more.
Last year Fred had just been laid off. I drew him, all grubby and raggedy, selling pencils. This year he has a job again. He’s an engineer, kind of on the fact-oriented side, and ahem, need we say more,  not the funniest guy you’ll ever have a drink with. But he’s employed, riding the wave again. So this year I drew him in form, looking suave and classy. Like Michael Caine in “Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels.”

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Crown10Then there’s darling Brigid, who flies back to county Meath every year, where she owns the house she was born in. Every year, when I see her there at the picnic, I get up to hug her. A couple of years ago she sent me a silver and crystal Waterford mail openers from Ireland. She’s a dear. This year she’d been to Italy with a group, got sick in Rome, and such, but loved it all. Her eyes are fine after the lasik. We talk, I draw, it’s great.

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For heart-to-hear talk, there’s Cheryl, whose brother stayed in Vegas this year, but her friend Susan did make it. And Cheryl’s daughter now has a boyfriend and they came to the picnic, sat there and nudged each other and giggled while I was drawing them.————-

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Joan also came. She works in a bridal shop and has satirical observations about the illusions involved in that business. I always draw her verrrrry sasssssy.——————————

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There are lots of people I remember from previous years and am getting to know better. I remember how I drew them last year and come up with something new this year.
You call this a job? What a privilege. I love every minute at the Crown Picnic. And when the deserts come out, the chocolate-raising-oatmeal cookies are to die for.

https://katherinehilden.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/crown-picnic-in-waukonda/

https://katherinehilden.wordpress.com/2011/07/10/crown-family-picnic-carla-and-peter/

https://katherinehilden.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/the-crown-picnic-2/

https://katherinehilden.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/the-crown-picnic/

https://katherinehilden.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/the-crown-family-picnic/

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