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Part Metropolitan 3 Section Neighborhood News Churches, Clubs, Schools -Radio Programs, News Pictures THE "WORLD'S GREATEST NEWSPAPER DECEMBER 14, 1941. TJSlHflF IP' jJflfc BtwwJweiM ggQBsSssstl fcllbfc JLL JU wiNer 11 mi Tniro inmr Christmas Program Is Interesting Episode in Life of Every School Child SCHOOLS, PARKS Cantata Night Just Can't Help Being Success i7 7 i I i 3 -S i 9- The Christmas cantata! Each Mother's assistance in fashioning the costumes is an appreciated feature of the cantata's preparation. Wonders can be worked with cheesecloth gowns and tinfoil wings. Left to right, are Mrs. R.

J. Selke, Florence Gentry, and Ruth Gordon. presented by Forest Glen school in of the cantata are hummed at recess the homes and are said to be remembered pupils thruout their adult years. tumes and choruses cause classrooms of the schools of the land to take on added interest. Betty Ann Charleson is one of the angels in "The Story of the A A am 1 i I December its cos Christmas Gift," Glen Ellyn.

Songs time and in by the 41 IfMLO LUUil AT 'EAST LYNHE' AS 1881 SAW IT Comedy Lines Stand Up Thru Years. Serious treatment of "Eatt Lynn by tkm Riverside Little theater offered mm opportunity for comparison of thomter audiences of SO years ago mud today, BY ONEY FRED SWEET. Now that East Lynne as a presentation of the Riverside Little theater baa come and gone, it can be said that audiences witnessing the luted off drama laughed in the right "places and surrendered to sniffles during the sad scenes. With less assurance can it be said that, except for the study provided a contrast of the old with the new, any popular revival of former theatrical successes is in prospect. Even with the elimination of two scenes.

11 remained and despite efforts of those back stage, the final curtain on any of the four nights did not fall until well after the hour of IX. Perhaps now. as in the past, the number of waits in the lighted auditorium were pleasant or profit less according to one's seat companion. Monolora for Avid Ears. Those who have taken changes of technique in stride found somewhat startling the many mono-logs In which the characters expressed the workings of their minds for the ears ef the audience only.

Demonstrated beyond doubt was the realization of those who enjoyed the show that villains in the old days were painted a deep black. Realism has altered the type. When Sir Francis Levi son. a part well played, put in his appearance at certain opportune- momenta In the plot there was a spontaneous chuckle where 60 years ago there would have been a hiss. Such reaction would no doubt have puzzled the author, but she wrote of a day when villains seem to have aunted their rascality.

Oa the other hand, it was discovered that humorous lines given to Miss Cornelia were still apt. She had a sympathetic audience when she spoke of cooking problems and her favorite cure for a cold. Apparently, the march of time has not removed everyday perplexities that have beset humanity in every era. Pause for the Cynics. As to the sadness that permeates the play, the mystery of death will always be with us and deathbed, scenes done as well as they were by the Riverside players catch the most cynical onlooker at a disadvantage.

As an afterthought, there could be resentment toward an author suspected of tucking in situations that twang on the heart strings. Altho the Civil war had just begun when East Lynne was written, what was happening in the world at large appears to have had no influence on the lives of the people in this period play. Only the costumes, the furniture, and references to horses give it a dating. Its concern is entirely with love, and jealousy, and intrigue. Servants seem content to carry out the roles for which they were cast, and there is no hint of social unrest or economic questioning.

Lady Isabel, of course, is obliged to "sell her jewels" and Richard Hare is in" need ef a hundred pounds. But there seems to be plenty of time for singing in the parlor and constant "walks in the garden." Time Changes All Things. Each member of an audience takes his own thoughts to the theater and there may be bits of action or snatches of dialog that arouse a flood of memories or Inspire future dreams having nothing at all to do with the drama itself. A high school boy on leaving the hall remarked to his fair companion that he had known all the time that Levison was also the murderer Thorn. His interest in the mystery angle was similar, perhaps, to that of many another playgoer following the plot for the first time in the past.

Beside him was an elderly lady, who said with a weary sigh, "I saw East Lynne more than 60 years ago. Everything seems so different when you get old." WEST SIDE YWCA WILL HOLD OPEN HOUSE PROGRAM With the traditional hanging of greens and an "open house," Christinas will come this afternoon to the west side center YWCA, 101 South Ashland boulevard. All friends of the organization in the neighborhoods are tnviLed. As Christmas trees and wreaths transform the lobby, girls in the various clubs and classes will present a program centered on the theme, Christinas Day in Many Lands." Later in the afternoon refreshments will be served about a candle lighted tea table. Mrs.

Kline Gray of Oak Park, chairman of the west side center committee, will be official hostess. Eleven clubs which meet at the center will have Christmas parties of their own. most of them planned to Wni cheer to those less fortunate In the neighborhood. AND CIVIC UNITS FETE CHILDREN Pageants and Music Are on Programs. Evidence of the Christmas seasoit will be reflected this week thruout the west side and suburbs with nu merous parties and pageants by neigh borhood groups.

In many Instances assurance has been given that Santa Claus will make a personal appear ance. Hundreds of children who are mem bers of the Garfield park recreation center, 100 North Central Park boulevard, will join In the annual holiday party to be given Friday afternoon under the sponsorship of the park district. "A Christmas playlet, will be presented under the direction of Miss Vivian Purcell, dramatic instructor. The play will be interpolated with the singing of Christmas carols by the boys and girls. Santa Claus will distribute gifts oe candy, fruit and toys.

Leonard J. Sterling, park supervisor, will be in charge. Program In Maywood. With the auditorium transformed into an appropriate setting by special lighting, and cathedral art windows, the story of Christmas will he presented this afternoon at th Emerson school, Maywood, by 30O pupils of district 89. Boys and girls from Maywood, Melrose Park, and Broadview will take part.

It will be the seventh consecutive year that the same program has been given by the group. The schoolboy attired in cot-tas will be assisted by balcony choruses. A series of tableaux will teli the story. Songs have been selected from the vocal activities carried on in the schools during the last six weeks. The program, a cooperative undertaking involving eight schools of district 89, is directed by Miss Ann Trim-ingham, supervisor of music, and Mrs.

Henrietta Austin, supervisor of art. Mrs. Florence Le Baron, Miss Gertrude McCIure, and Miss Lotus Lester. will assist in conducting the choruses-Accompanists will be William Hughes and Robert Sheehan. The program will start at 3 o'clock.

It has been requested that children who attend be accompanied by adults A silver offering will be taken to defray expenses. Vespers in Aurora. The annual children's Christmas party given by Washington council. Knights of Columbus, Maywood, will be held Tuesday night in the Medical Arts building, Fifth avenue and Washington boulevard. The young sters will present their own program.

Santa Claus will have a gift for each boy and girl. The students and faculty of Jennings seminary, Aurora, will conduct a Christmas vesper service this after noon at 4:30 o'clock at the First Methodist church, Aurora. After the service students and faculty will bo honored at a tea given by the four Methodist churches of the city. The Mothers' club of St. Philip's High school will hold a Christmas festival this afternoon and tonight in the parish hall, 322 South Albany avenue.

Dolls, toys, handiwork, and homemade cakes will be featured. Meals will be served. Santa Claus will be on hand with a gift for each child. Proceeds will be devoted to provide Christmas cheer for the needy. Fine Arts Party Friday.

Underprivileged children of the west side will be guests Friday night at the fourth annual Christmas parts under auspices of the Greater West Side Fine Arts association at the Garfield Park recreation center. Carl Stockholm and a committee of west side civic leaders are cooperating with Leonard J. Sterling, park supervisor, in arranging the party. There will be Christmas carols by the St. Cecilia choir under the direction of Bessie Ryan; "A Christmas Fantasy," a play presented by the junior group of the Garfield Parle Children's theater under the direction of Vivian Purcell, and dance numbers arranged by Marion Hill.

The program will close with activities about a Christmas tree that will include gifts from Santa Claus and community singing of carols and patriotic songs. LYONS IS LINKED TO AREA POLICE RADIO NETWORK The village of Lyons was recently linked in the Chicago area police radio network and is contemplating new improvements in this arm of its crime fighting equipment, it was announced last week by Walter W. Potokar, chairman of the village police committee. The department's squad car is now equipped with a radio receiver tuned to the frequency of the nearby Riverside transmitter, thru which messages for the Lyons police are sent. The Riverside system is linked with the Cook county highway police radio network thru which most of the police radio units in this area are correlated.

It is planned soon to Install a trans mission unit in the Lyons squad car, so that two way communication will be possible, Potokar said. Riverside has agreed to continue its present service after the Lyons unit is "Beautiful story of Christmas Rings from the long ago, Telling of Christ, the Savior, Coming to earth below." Children's voices blended in the chorus of a Christmas cantata floated out over the playground of Forest Glen school. Inspiration of the words permeated the Glen Ellyn neighborhood and their echo was taken up by the December winds to mingle with the Christmas cantatas under rehear-sal at four other schools in the suburb and those of unnumbered churches and schools thruout the land. If thoughts are things and the Influence of what is carried by the air waves is a recognized factor in the creation of moods, who can say but that the Forest Glen school's Christmas cantata, suspended in the atmosphere above a swirling world, would reach, in some measure, the hearts of all mankind? Two Soloists This Tear. Forest Glen school, of which Miss Carrie Witzig is principal, would con sider the Christmas season far less joyous were it not for the annual can tata in which all of the 126 pupils are privileged to take part.

Not all of the boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 11 can hope for leading parts. Life's disappointments begin early, and school is a place where lessons other than those found in the books must be learned. "The Story of a Christmas Gift" called for one solo angel, but when Mrs. Maude Purdum, music super visor for all the grade schools In the suburb, came to Forest Glen school for the tryouts, she discovered two equally talented and ambitious aspirants for the solo angel role. Realizing the supervisor's dilemma, one of the applicants surrendered with the comment that she wouldn't feel hurt if her classmate was chosen.

Whereupon. Mrs. Purdum decided there two solo angels. Such adjustments are not always possible but Forest Glen teachers insist that thru the years a desire for the success of the cantata has superseded the appetency of personalities. Start in October.

With Mrs. Purdum training the voices and Miss Witzig teaching the speaking parts, work on the cantata really started as early as October. In selecting the script it was Imperative that the theme should deal with the Christ Child rather than with Santa Claus. At the very beginning there were groups of boys who expressed a preference for building the scenery, and there were girls who asked for a chance to do their part in making the costumes that include flowing robes of rose colored and white cheesecloth and tinfoil angel wings. Dresses of green taffeta for the solo angels also were made in the school, and mothers dropped in from time to time to aid with all the costumes.

The father of one of the boys provided a fireplace for the stage setting. With the pupils humming songs of the cantata at recess time and later on at home, it is needless to say that parents became cantata conscious. In at least one home, father and mother themselves practiced some of the carols at their living room piano. All Are A Success. School cantatas are like that.

The constantly rehearsed songs become a part of the cultural life of the school children and the lilt of them lingers thru adult years. All school cantatas are a success. Parents never find anything to criti cize, but granting the bias of the audience, no pains are spared In making the finished performance click as professionally as possible. Reviewing cantatas of the past at Forest Glen school, there was the time when the lights went out in the middle of an important scene, and once one of the enthusiastic young actors tripped and fell from the gymnasium stage. Teacher, standing in the does not prompt until it has been found the troublesome line has really been forgotten beyond recall, and it is said at Forest Glen that the young' sters have a record of surpassing anything they have done at rehearsal on the night of the actual perform ance.

Mrs. Purdum sees to it that the too difficult high notes have been transposed rather than permit a straining of youthful voices. Leaders In Cantata. Leading parts of "The Story of a Christmas Gift" at Forest Glen school have been taken by Phillip Berquist as the father, Mary Woloben as the mother, and Patsy Francis, Carol Phillips, and Pauline Altermatt as the daughters. Patty Bick was given the part of Jane, and lone Whitely took the part of Betty.

Beebe' Gardiner was cast as Vision. Angels were Mary Beth Perry, Bet ty Ann Charleson, Ruth Gordon, Kathleen Rule, and Gloria Selke. SANTA ARRIVES SATURDAY AT UNION STATION One of the largest Santa Claus par ties in the Chicago area will be held next Saturday afternoon in the Chi cago Union station when more than 2,000 children of Milwaukee road em ployes will welcome Santa arriving on a special train at 1:30 o'clock. Members of Pioneer post of the American Legion, composed of rail road employes, will assist Santa in distributing candy and presents to the children. A band will play and clowns will cavort.

The party, an an nual event, is sponsored by the Milwaukee Road Booster club, an em ploye organization. -i (j -a 1 1 October. For those who have been much to learn lest the words be for Whitely is being accompanied by 7 11 Yi Ruth Gordon, Betty Charleson, Mari MACCABEAN FETE WILL BE MARKED BY JEWISH GROUP The ancient Maccabean festival will be observed by students, faculty and friends of the College of Jewish Studies at the Chanukah festival, Saturday night in the grand ballroom of the Hamilton hotel, 10 South Dear born street. The celebration also will be in the nature of an observance of the 13th anniversary of Dr. Leo L.

Honor as executive director of the Board of Jewish Education. The festival is being sponsored by the students organization of the col lege, of which Edith Sonneman is president. Parental School Party. Under the direction of Miss Irene Melody, Foreman High school will hold a party Thursday at the Chicago Parental school for boys. my i If x- i First rehearsals begin as early chosen the tryouts there is so gotten on performance night.

lone Mrs. Lma Vanderhoof. t-w -w If- I as i Then there is the scenery which gives the boys a chance to show their skill. All of the 126 pupils have some part in the Fixing the fireplace for the Christmas eve home setting, left to right, are Phillip Berquist, Rollin Huggins, Raymond Bracken, Jack Perry, and William Kickert. tTRIBUNB Photos by JnliiiB Gantter.

TRAINING CAMP fl NEWS i Willard H. Davidson, 731 Clinton place, River Forest, has won his -navy wings and has been 1 sioned as a flying ensign in the I mica aiaies I naval reserve. It is announced by the Naval Reserve Flight Selection board that the award came after months of study fc me navai i training station, Pensacola. 1 a Wlllard H. DaTMioa.

IU. S. Vmrj Photo. Before entering Pensacola he re ceived a month of preliminary flight training at the naval reserve aviation base at Glenview. After his gradua tion he was assigned to active duty at Norfolk, Va.

Ensign Davidson is a graduate of. Amherst college, where he participated in varsity track. From Camp Polk, comes word that Private Michael F. Hagerty has been graduated from the clerical course of the armored force school at Fort Knox. Ky and has been assigned to Company 40th armored regiment.

He is the son of Mrs. P. J. Hagerty, 1405 North Central avenue. Private Alex J.

Si pari, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Sipari, 711 South Hermitage avenue, of Battery 67th field artillery of the 3d armored division, has been re-rated specialist fourth class. Private Stephen C. Boska, son of Mrs.

Mary Boska, 1244 North Wood street, has been chosen to attend the motorcycle mechanics' course of the armored force school at Fort Knox, Kentucky. West side boys transferred to Kees-ler field, Biloxi, as announced at the recruit reception center at Fort Sheridan, include Steve Nied-ziela, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Nied-ziela, 2611 West Augusta boulevard; Roger McAvoy, son of Mr. and Mrs.

John H. McAvoy, 7207 Roosevelt road, Forest Park; Connie-Adams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Connie Adams, 5424 Congress street; Victor Gorecki, 2523 Wesley avenue, Berwyn; Glenn Ki-schel, 1028 Randolph street, Oak Park; Weldon McElroy, Villa Park; Armand Ramacitti, .1101 South Euclid avenue, Oak Park; Robert Pedgrift, 2103 51st court, Cicero, and Anthony Pralghuskas, 1519 South 51st avenue, Cicero. EDITOR TO TALK AT SCOUT RALLY THIS AFTERNOON David Orrin Thompson, associate editor of the Prairie Farmer, will be guest speaker this afternoon at the annual dinner and meeting of the west Boy Scout district at the Midwest Athletic club, Hamlin avenue and Madison street.

The meeting will start at 3 o'clock. The program will be divided Into three sections, according to Francis D. Scully, annual dinner chairman. The first program will be a seminar. The dinner will begin at 6 o'clock at which time Scouts who attained Eagle rank will be honored.

There also will be a social hour especially for the wives of volunteer scouters. I i A TOWN WITH a private party at Little Bohemia and an open house at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph P. Elsnic, 6530 South Fairfield avenue, Dr. Leopold Wedeles, 2446 South Sawyer avenue, a practicing physician in Chicago for 54 years, recently celebrated his 80th birthday.

Until recently. Dr. Wedeles was president of the Chicago 1 He is still chief medical officer for a Bohemian insurance society. His hobby is collecting Tribune comics which he has kept bound Dr. LeopoM Wedrlts.

since 1901. M' ISS NELLIE BENDSEN, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Niels Bend-sen, 3508 Congress street, and Miss Ruth Mohler. daughter of Mr.

and Mrs. Ray Mohler, 414 South Homan avenue, have been selected to sing soprano solo parts in Handel's "The Messiah" to be presented tonight at Manchester college, North Manchester, Ind. Both girls are music majors of the college and have been active in campus choral groups. Mrs. Claude A.

Walker and sons, Claude Richard, and Michael of Forest Park are spending the month at Clearwater, Fla. Mr. Walker plans to Join the family group at Christmas time. TWINS, a boy and a girl, have arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs.

Francis Calmeyn, 49 Washington boulevard, Oak Park, to bring preholiday joy not only to the parents but to Mr. and Mrs. John B. Mahoney, grandparents. John Francis and Joan Suzanne are the names that have been decided upon.

As a special feature of the Christmas season, the choir of the First Congregational church of Elmhurst will present Handel's "Messiah" tonight under the direction of Miss Helen Lecfclt. Soloists will bo Janis Porter, soprano; Hazel Meistcrling, contralto; Earl Bickel, tenor, and Harry Vernon, bass. 7 it i VP UK ft OUR Paragraphs About Some Folks tYou Know.1 ISS GRACE RUNZHEIMER, a graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High school now in her sophom*ore year at Ripon college, Ripon, recently was elected honorary cadet major of the college ROTC battalion. She will be one of the eight co-eds to lead the to a j4 march at the school's military ball on Jan. 30.

Grace is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Run zheim-e 1116 Washington boulevard. MIm Graro Knnahrlmrr. Oak Park.

She is a member of Delta Phi Sigma sorority. John K. Logan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon B.

Logan. 838 North Harlem avenue, River Forest, recently won the second president's premium in Latin at Brown university, Provl dence, I. Logan entered the university from Oak Park and River Forest High school and was winner of 'second place in the Illinois state Latin contest. Also he took part in debate and dramatics and was on the staff of the yearbook. Paul Vernon has resigned his position- as minister of music at the Cuy-ler Avenue Methodist church.

Oak Park, to become director of music at the New First Congregational church. Mr. Vernon Is director of the violin department at a Chicago school of music, conductor of the a cappella choir of Chicago, president of the Austin Academy of Fine Arts, and conductor of the Austin Symphony orchestra and the Austin Choral club. For several years he and Mrs. Vernon were on concert tours thru the United States and Canada.

1 i mi Finally, everything is in readiness for parents to enjoy the finished product. Five reasons for applause may be found in this group that, left to right, include Kathleen Kule, beth Perry, and Gloria Selke. BILL OF RIGHTS SIGNING WILL BE OBSERVED TODAY The 150th anniversary of the bill of-rights will be observed today at the Jewish People's institute, 3500 Douglas boulevard, with a program of forums for adults and youth at 4 p. m. and 8:30 p.

m. The afternoon forum for adults will present a symposium of three speakers on the topic, Can Laws Make a Democracy?" The speakers will be Margaret Goss from the National Negro congress: Alfred Kamin, attorney, and Nathan Berman, social worker. At 8:30 p. the youth forum will base its discussion on the topic, "American Youth Refugees and the Bill of Rights." Rudy Lapp will be chairman..

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