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Benefit Concert Sunday, 9/22/2019, 4 p.m. at St. Cletus Parish Center, 600  W. 55th St., LaGrange

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Vocalists: Daniel Riley, Matt Bowker, Lisa Bowker, and Angel Underhill

Charities

Because of generous underwriting by sponsors, all ticket proceeds will be shared equally by glenhagen farm retreat and Ed Ward Fine Arts Series, www.edwardfas.com, which sponsors a series of wonderful concerts at St. Cletus Parish.

Musicians and Music

Daniel Riley,  Matt Bowker, Lisa Bowker and Angel Underhill are the featured singers. They are all members of Lake Side Singers, Chicago’s premier professional choir.  The band will include Jerry DiMuzio, Andy Tecson, Bobby Schiff, Dave Onderdonk, James Ross and Matt Plaskota.The music will be an array of family friendly tunes from the pop and jazz music world, including artists such as Josh Groban, Jason Mraz, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Benny Goodman and Sarah Bareilles, and songs such as Peace, A Time for Healing, and Put a Little Love in Your Heart.

Tickets

A ticket is $30.  Contact Andy Tecson, aptecson@icloud.com or cell: 630-890-3384 to purchase tickets.

 

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Visits glenhagen farm retreat

Twenty-two students and five faculty from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School participated in a three day retreat focused on care of creation. Students discovered the joys of the sky full of stars, thousands of fireflies floating above the prairie, exploring a small creek, sharing their inaugural camping experiences, roasting s’mores, telling stories around the campfire, and taking a night hike.  Father Jim Shea led the first worship service at the camp, which included the students sharing their reflections on what they had learned. Sister Glenna Czachor was both a song leader and helped lead discussions on the encyclical of Pope Francis about the care of creation. Camp Director Will Kupisch led several hikes exploring the eco-systems.  Thanks so much to all of the participants and the administration of Cristo Rey for making this possible.

Welcome to Will Kupisch, New Camp Director

We are excited to announce that Will Kupisch has joined us as camp director! At Downers Grove North High School, Will, who is pictured here with his wife, Cathy, taught gym and social studies, served as a guidance counselor for many years, and was an inspirational cross country coach for over thirty years. Will is a person of faith, and we are privileged to have him join us.

An Excerpt from Project Exploration’s Alina’s Blog:

Alina’s All Girls Expedition Reflections

So when I heard that one of my first work experiences with Project Exploration was to be a STEM Facilitator for All Girls Expedition a weekend camping trip at Glenhagen Farms in Princeton, IL, I was nervous yet excited. Nervous and excited to be getting away from the urban grind for a few days. Nervous and eager to experience time away from concrete and steel with my PE colleagues and 33 middle school girls.

Time to be in the moment

Time away in nature to laugh, play, and bond with each other was priceless. Time away to create memories such as a night hike with only the light coming from lighting in the distance guiding us along the way was priceless.

Lessons Learned 

I learned from this trip that it is all about perspective and that we have tremendous power to create the moments we want. This experience could have easily been a glass half empty due to the inclement weather. However, together and with the amount of rain splashed on our tents, it was more than a glass half full (…of rainwater). I certainly filled up on laughter and bonding moments with the girls and my  PE colleagues.

This expedition was a great solution to bringing about experiential STEM learning experiences for all of us.

Click here to read Alina’s full blog post.

It’s Harvest Time on the Farm:

An amazing weekend with “All Girls Expedition”:

We had the privilege of working with Project Exploration’s “All Girls Expedition” group with students from various schools around the Chicago area.  Project Exploration provides an after school STEM education program and as a part of their program, PE brought 33 girls out to the farm to grow, experience, and explore creation.  To say the girls had a blast and learned a lot is an understatement.

During their weekend visit, the girls enjoyed the beauty of creation at the farm through a night hike, day hike, scavenger hunt for animals and their habitats, exploration of the Big Bureau Creek, team building activities, nature crafts, journaling and reflection, campfires, camping, and so much more!

Our grand opening and open house:

A BIG shout out of thanks and gratitude from all of us at glenhagen farm retreat.  We are thankful for the many people who attended our open house on August 4th.  It was a wonderful celebration of where we have come and where we are heading.

We had a great turnout!

Enjoying some music during our ceremony.

Our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Princeton Chamber of Commerce.

Andy Tecson, Nancy Hagen, and Julie Portillo along with several members of the Chamber.