Archive | October, 2014

The Pot Shop – A Cortona Connection

29 Oct

I was curious if there were other Chicagoans who visited Cortona and loved it as much as we do, so last year,  I began to inquire. Our local friends replied, “Don’t you know the people from The Pot Shop?”

Seeing the somewhat quizzical look on my face, they quickly said, “Not that kind of pot – they make ceramic pots!”

And that they do. Meet Dominic, owner and proprietor of The Pot Shop, located in Evanston, just north of Chicago.

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©The Pot Shop

Over 40 years ago, Dominic had the opportunity to take one of those throw away electives in college and settled on ceramic pottery. Little did he know it was the beginning of a long and fulfilling career.

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Today, The Pot Shop is both a studio and a gallery with 19 wheels and 2 kilns for adult and children’s classes.

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The gallery features Dominic’s pottery, as well as that of various other artists on consignment.

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Dominic has tuned his craft so well that he has even participated in pottery competitions in Italy.

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The Pot Shop is also available for private parties. In fact, on my last visit, they were preparing for their first annual fundraiser:PrintThey are making about 200 mugs for this event which will be held on November 15, from 6-9 pm.

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Buy a mug, get a free beer, and support the Movember Foundation. And yes, we are attending! https://www.facebook.com/events/683628411707498/

Funny how we would have never known about The Pot Shop, nor would we have met Dominic and Julia, had it not been for our friends in Cortona, a mere 5000 miles away! Small world.

Next time you’re looking for a unique gift, or you want to wrap your hands around some clay,

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stop by The Pot Shop in Evanston. I’m sure glad I did. And tell Dominic Judy sent you!

Ciao,

Judy

 

 

Chicago Fall Fever – and Cristoforo Colombo

12 Oct

Yesterday, today and tomorrow, Chicago – a great place to be.

Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, founded in 1868, and open and free every day of the year,  is a perfect fall destination for:

napping in the sunshine

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swimming with friends

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donning pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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and finding every color of the rainbow

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as well as colors that only bloom in the fall

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Sunday morning, the city opened its arms to the 45,000 runners participating in the 37th Annual Chicago Marathon. Near perfect conditions greeted the runners and as always, Chicagoans lined the course to show their support. I live near Mile 10, and the elite runners passed our house about 46 minutes into the race.
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And then there are the slogans –  this one especially good for the non-elites who trudge on long after the official course closes.

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Tomorrow, on Columbus Day, Chicago celebrates Christopher Columbus’ historic voyage to America as well as the Italian American culture so vibrant in Chicago. Monday is the city’s 62nd annual Columbus Day Parade, and this year, the parade honors the victims, survivors and Italian heroes of the Holocaust. In 1938, Mussolini instituted very harsh discrimination laws in Italy, and yet it is estimated that roughly 80% of Jews in Italy survived due to the help and support of many selfless and courageous Italians.

Posthumous portrait of Christopher Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo, 1519. There are no known authentic portraits of Columbus.

Posthumous portrait of Christopher Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo, 1519. There are no known authentic portraits of Columbus.

Happy Weekend! Hoping yours is colorful too!

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Ciao,

Judy

 

Coffee Do’s and Don’ts

3 Oct

Since it’s International Coffee week, and since so many people love Italian style coffee, here are some great tips from Chef Favio Viviani for The Bialetti Company, the makers of the espresso pot found in every Italian home. I especially love the DON’TS! Enjoy.

Ciao,

Judy

Weather Bliss

1 Oct

Chicagoans are used to many weather related monikers – Chiberia and Windy City among them.

But deep in December, I hope to remember, the days of September – and our nightly, boring, repetitive forecast:

Temperature in the mid 70’s with blue skies,
followed by 100% chance of more blue skies,
with an occasional splash of white.

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Glorious!

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Lake Michigan – Chicago Shoreline

Ciao,

Judy

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