Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival Toodle 2012


Northwestern University Campus

Each year we head north to Evanston, IL to the Ethnic Arts Festival to purchase Christmas gifts for my aunt. Given the likelihood of rain we decided not to ride the 48 miles (round trip from South Shore Cultural Center) route of last year and instead parked a few miles from its Dawes Park location in Evanston. The attendance this year was quite good and there were some excellent poets on the stage giving sound performances. The performances were kicked off by Roger Bonair-Agard.

Afterwards a group of talented young artists presented a review of their work titled Lounder Than A Bomb. Their parent group is YCA or Young Chicago Authors. Listen to some of the presentation materials from Louder Than A Bomb on WBEZ’s website. Interesting material. (Note: Some of the language used might not be suitable for all listeners.)

After Connie had picked out my aunt’s jewelry we set out to scour the north end of the Lakefront Trail as it passed through the Northwestern University  Campus. There is a fair amount of work going on just north of the boat house and we had to backtrack to get going again. The campus has a rather nice walking path on a promontory just south of the playing and practice fields. Lots of benches there donated by the Class of 1986. I assume that they were more flush than other alumni because their benches were everywhere.

By the time we reached the Grosse Point Lighthouse it was time to head back for a rather late luncheon. There is a very nice sculpture in the open area leading to the main hall museum area. It is a kinetic sculpture which on a windy day offers a delightful bit of eye candy.

We headed back into the downtown area of Evanston and grabbed food at Chipotle’s and watched the birds flit about the pavement picking up crumbs and having dirt baths in the flower planter just behind me. It turned out to be a nicer day than I might have imagined.

Cyclometer Info

Distance: 5.5 miles
Time: 0h 52m 08s