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CenterStage Pitches ‘Damn Yankees’

Victoria Cameron as Lola, Chris Johnson as Joe Hardy and Tom Beck as Mr. Applegate.

Victoria Cameron as Lola, Chris Johnson as Joe Hardy and Tom Beck as Mr. Applegate.

What would you do to see your favorite baseball team win the pennant? That’s the premise of “Damn Yankees,” the summer musical presented by CenterStage in Lake Forest on July 25, 26, 27, 31 and August 1 and 2.

“Damn Yankees” is the story of middle-aged baseball fan Joe Boyd who jumps at the chance to lead his beloved Washington Senators to the pennant over the despised New York Yankees. With the help of Mr. Applegate, Joe Boyd is transformed into the young baseball phenom Joe Hardy and leads the Senators from worst to first. But as we all know, making a deal with the devil has it’s risks.

Joyce Lee Becker as Doris, Dick Salon as Benny Van Buren and June Miller as Sister.

Joyce Lee Becker as Doris, Dick Salon as Benny Van Buren and June Miller as Sister.

Damn Yankees is filled with many memorable songs including the signature “Heart” as well as “Two Lost Souls” and “Shoeless Joe from Hannibal Mo” and the sultry “Whatever Lola Wants.”

The CenterStage in Lake Forest’s production features Tom Beck as Mr. Applegate, June Miller as Sister, Chris Finch as Joe Boyd, Stacey Goebel as Meg Boyd, Chris Johnson as Joe Hardy, Dick Salon as Benny Van Buren, Joyce Lee Becker as Doris and Victoria Cameron as Lola.

Stacey Goebel as Meg Boyd, Chris Johnson as Joe Hardy and Chris Finch as Joe Boyd.

Stacey Goebel as Meg Boyd, Chris Johnson as Joe Hardy and Chris Finch as Joe Boyd.

“Damn Yankees” is directed by Mark Taylor with vocal director Andrea Amdahl Taylor, orchestra director Brian O’Connor, choreography by Jenna Jozefowski and technical director Chris Alaimo.

“Damn Yankees” is presented by CenterStage in Lake Forest July 25-August 2 at Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest. Performances are 7:30pm July 25, 26, 31 & August 1 & 2; 3:00pm matinee on July 27. Tickets in advance are $25/adults and $15/students and seniors; all tickets $30/at the door.

Visit or call 847-234-6062.

Sponsored Post by CenterStage Lake Forest

Photographer Captures Century Of Life And Architecture In And Near Lake Forest

Sponsored Post by Re-invent Art Gallery & Studio of Lake Forest:


Accomplished art photographer Caitlin Saville Collins is a member of one of the oldest families in Lake Forest, and she honors that history with a fascinating new photo exhibit of Lake Forest events, landmarks and architecture covering a century of local beauty and life – past to present. For anyone, her photos stand alone as beautiful art. And for generations of locals, they will have additional meaning.

One show favorite is bound to be Caitlin’s early-career black-and-white photo of Howard van Doren Shaw’s wood-carved “Extra Angel”. The Angel blessed the exterior of Shaw’s Meadow Studio at Ragdale for generations, but the elements took their toll and it has been removed from viewing. But Caitlin’s photo shows the angel in younger days, and it comes with a story, too.


csaville_extra angel

“Howard van Doren Shaw designed the angels for atop the pillars of the nave at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. He had expert Italian woodcarvers execute his design, ordering 14 angels for the church – but they mistakenly made him 15! ” noted Caitlin. ”That’s how the now-famous Extra Angel came to Shaw’s Ragdale home.”

Caitlin has several other photos in the exhibit of Shaw works, and a special connection, too. The great architect was a close friend and colleague of Clayton Mark, her great-great-grandfather, also building him his home at 999 Lake Road. With these and other historical tie-ins, the exhibit will also feature photos from the Mark-Saville archives, chronicling bygone days around town.

Present-day Lake Forest will also be front and center in the exhibit. Her newest photos depict many current and familiar Lake Forest landmarks, nature scenes, architectural elements and statues – all taken with taken Caitlin’s keen eye and artistic flair as interesting and engaging stand-alone pieces for anyone, anywhere.

Lake Forest Days

Lake Forest Days

“I’ve always felt that Lake Forest is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I am proud and privileged to give the world a window into the area’s hidden and not-so-hidden treasures through my photography,” said the artist.

She continued, “Photography has always flowed as a natural extension of my life. I grew up watching my grandfather taking pictures and capturing our lives, and after he died, I even used his cameras through high school…. The rest, as they say, is history!”

The Beauitiful LiFe Exhibit runs at Re-invent July 26 through September 6. A pre-opening celebration will be held Friday, July 25 from 6-9, with freewill admission.

Re-invent is located at 202 E. Wisconsin Ave, in Lake Forest and the 4000sf arts hub features the main gallery, an artisans shop, studio and workshop/event space. Visit or call 224-544-5961 for details.

Lake Bluff Offers Triathlete Training

Sponsored by Lake Bluff Park District: Become a triathlete in just 60 minutes. One hour and you become a triathlete; it will happen so fast you won’t know what hit you! This in house triathlon is a fun challenge that will appeal to everyone (age 14+ only) – from seasoned athletes to first timers. Pack your goggles and bike shoes and join us for this fun event.

Here’s how this one-hour race against the clock breaks down:

* 10 minute swim in the 50-meter outdoor pool 
* 30 minute bike ride in the Spin™ studio 
* 20 minute run on the treadmill

Performance is measured by distance covered in each of the three legs. The more distance
you cover, the higher your score. You will start in waves of 6 people every 25 minutes; waves start times will be available 2 days prior to the race. Registration closes on July 24, 2014.


7:30 a.m. to noon

Fit Tip: Overcoming Obstacles

Sponsored Post by Fitness Together Lake Forest: It’s tough to find a person who doesn’t want to improve some level of their health or fitness. Some people think about making these types of changes for months, years, and decades at a time without getting anywhere. There are of course others who can achieve great transformational changes in their lives. What is the difference between those who can and can’t make positive and lasting change? It’s the ability to overcome obstacles.

Many of the people who aren’t successful in improving their health and fitness often state that some life situation isn’t right, or they are too busy right now, or too much is going on to devote the time. They are waiting for a moment in which the stars will align and everything in their lives will allow them to achieve the goals they want. The only downside to this type of thinking is that it’s completely false. There will never be a “right” time to do anything and situations will never be perfect.

People who are successful in their fitness goals do so even with obstacles in their way. Situations are never perfect, but this can be used to your advantage. You won’t get fit despite the obstacles in your life, but because of them. Use them to inspire and motivate you. How can we overcome obstacles in our life and improve our health and fitness? We have to change our perspective. Here are a few tips on how to do that.

  • Assess where you are realistically and start with small but powerful changes. Find a positive change that you can do daily and begin that very day. It can be as small as eating a serving of vegetables with one of your daily meals or it can be a 30 minute walk. It doesn’t matter where you start. It just has to be the right change for you.
  • Half empty or half full? When assessing your own fitness levels, don’t think about the glass being half empty or half full. Instead, think about what’s inside the glass. This will help you have a realistic sense of where you are at a given time. Use that as a launching pad for positive growth.
  • Control what you can and let go of everything else. There will always be obstacles in the way of achieving your goals. You may have a business dinner at an unhealthy restaurant or your child may be sick which doesn’t let you workout that day. Don’t fret about issues outside of your control, but instead empower yourself to control what you can. Make the healthiest choice possible at the restaurant and workout quickly at home if you can’t get outside or to a gym.
  • Making time. A common excuse to not reaching fitness goals is not having enough time for it. Yet, we have time to eat three meals a day, spend time with our families, sleep at night, and even watch our favorite TV shows. How did we have time for that? We made it a must-do, non-negotiable activity. Fitness must be the same. It’s not something to do if there is time left over, it has to become a priority.
  • Fear of failure. A huge obstacle in many of our endeavors is fear. This is very pronounced when we are achieving any fitness goal. Fear of failing during training for an athletic event or any fitness goal holds a lot of people back. A great way to overcome this is to focus on the process of fitness and not the end result. Be proud of each day of training and every step that you take to get more fit. The end result will come if you work on it little by little, one day and one workout at a time.

Have any questions? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out!

Vlad Klipinitser