Pure America

Thanksgiving. It’s been called the most American of holidays. It’s a wonderful tradition with an origin story that dates back to 1621. During the Civil War, President Lincoln sought to use Thanksgiving as a means to unify the nation by fixing the date as the final Thursday in November. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt in 1941 signed a joint resolution of…

Studio 912 Debuts New Designer Showroom

Studio 912 in Crystal Lake debuted a new designer showroom to display their kitchen, bath and woodworking expertise. The firm specializes in using reclaimed wood from the area. Learn more at Studio912Reclaim.com.

A Good Reason for a Day of Golf

The Sixth Annual Shane’s Foundation Golf Event at the Bridges of Poplar Creek, sponsored by Timothy Grant Jewelry, raised funds for the not-for-profit dedicated to saving children’s lives. Tim and Lisa Seifert, owners of Timothy Grant Jewelry, started Shane’s Foundation after their 2-year-old son passed away when his bedroom dresser fell on him.

November 2016 Around Town

Wauconda Bowl, a local institution for more than 65 years, recently underwent a complete modernization. The cozy bowling alley on Route 176 still features just 8-lanes, a classic bar and delectable food in a Northwoods décor. Now Wauconda Bowl has been completely remodeled with the addition of intuitive scoring systems offering a variety of different games. A side patio has…

Art with Character

Approaching Epilogue, I already sensed its whimsical nature with a multitude of wind sculptures dancing on the breeze and flowers blooming everywhere. Upon entering the quaint building, I was hit with a wall of delicious smells, colors and textures. Being an avid art lover, I was immediately drawn to the well-placed nooks and displays that were clearly put together with…

Being Grateful for All that is Good

Gratitude means different things to different people, but there are common themes for which we all should be grateful: family, friends, good health, good fortune, work and being in a position to help others. A collection of SW Lakers share their thoughts this month on gratitude, and in so doing, perhaps, reflect some of the same thoughts for all of…

DIY Wine Cork Board

The changing fall weather urges us to stay warm and cozy indoors, making it the perfect time of year for arts and crafts. The next day you'd rather stay inside, learn how to make your own cork board out of repurposed wine corks.

Mahalo

If you've ever had the good fortune to visit the Hawaiian Islands, you most certainly are grateful for the memories. I have visited all of the islands over the years, and there have been so many wonderful experiences it is hard to choose favorites. They are all so wonderful in their own way. Here are some of my personal highlights:

Country Club Living

A short wedge shot from one of the fairways at Hawthorn Woods Country Club, this stunning home is in a secluded cul-de-sac location with incomparable views. A breathtaking entry greets all guests with a sweeping solid hardwood staircase, volume ceilings, bright windows and all-custom décor. Adorned with rich hardwood floors, a marble entry and generous room sizes, the home boasts…

Winterize a Home for the Cold Weather Ahead

November is the perfect time to start winterizing a home to prepare it for the cold weather ahead. Homeowners can save on heating bills, as well as preserve the condition of a home to protect their investment, by following these tips.

Do You Love Where You Live?

I love living here for a variety of reasons, starting with the warmth of our neighbors and the fact that Lake County has it all. From family activities to local amenities, and businesses along with natural beauty, Lake County is the place I call home. It’s the best of all worlds—combining friendly community with the convenience you get from big-city…

Make Wine an Important Part of Your Holiday Table

The holidays are a great time to explore new wine varietals, and with so many to choose from, selecting one that hosts and their guests will enjoy can be a challenge. Thanksgiving presents one of the best opportunities of the year to pair wine with an abundance of food.

La Malinche: Here To Stay

If the newly-opened La Malinche Bar and Grill strikes a familiar note, it is with good reason. This family-owned Mexican restaurant has moved to its permanent home on Rand Road after the owners previously operated a restaurant on Liberty Street for six years.