Glen Duke book-signing and art show By: Trea Jensen Eastend was treated to a book launch from one of their own last Thursday evening at the Eastend Library. It was a packed house with Fifty seven people who showed up to support Glen his first published book! Glen jokes that it really is just a pamphlet! His humble and generous spirit are what he is known for, and the evening that was his to revel in museum. Just Fantastic! It was obvious to everyone that Glen was touched by the support of the community and family as he read through passages of his book Glen was supported by fellow riders of the great adventure during ‘Fred Williamson’s Last Horse Drive’ in 1958. After the reading there was discussion and comments about the Horse Ride and the riders who were there talked about their experience also. Talking to Glen’s brother Fred he told me he was 15 at the time, he was able to help for one day of the ride, do to his age, and that his horse was not strong enough for the 7 day adventure, he was not able to go, this caused him great disappointment. Glen’s reading of certain passages in his book was very entertaining, and brought out some chuckles from the audience. When Glen talked about the halos around the horses and the cowboy hats, during the thunderstorm in the darkness, he was very emotional . I had not heard of this phenomenon with static electricity during a thunderstorm before. Having an author read from their book is a treat, and for those of us who were there, can now read our copies of his book, and hear his voice. For those who don’t know, Glen Duke is also a very prolific artist. His medium is acrylic paint and portraits of family and friends. These images have been his trademark. Other paintings he has done are Hawks, mountains, foxes, squirrels, lovely images of landscapes around Eastend and surrounding areas. Glen’s artwork was brought in to showcase his talents as storyteller through pen and through paint brush. Glen’s work is in the A.G.E.S Gallery at the Eastend Library for the month of June. Glen Duke with some of his family at the book signing. Check out the whole family photo at www.eastendecho.ca. Tune In Next Week: Contributer Trea Jensen will return next week to tell us about the Bird Watching event which happened Sunday, May 20. Travel Tips by Alan Howard Travel Tips - Unique Holidays & Locations The ‘Windy City, Second City, Chi-Town, Hog butcher for the world, Tool maker, Stacker of wheat, Player with railroads; Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the big shoulders, Queen of the West and Garden City are a few of the names given to one of the United State’s most unique and appealing cities. If you are someone who likes remarkable and diverse music, theatre, food and architecture then you must arrange a visit to Chicago. The music scene in the city is remarkable; Chicago is a major centre for music in the USA. It hosts one of the best operas companies in the world, “Lyric Opera of Chicago”, and a world renowned symphony. It is noted for jazz and blues, since the days when King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines made Bronzeville a jazz mecca. Add to this, a thriving folk music scene, Hip Hop, and rock music and it is obvious you will be able to enjoy music for any taste. No matter what time of the year, I have visited the city, there has been an array of concerts offered. One thing I have found is the tickets are very reasonably priced and of course you can see up and coming artists in the night clubs for the price of a drink or two. Complimenting the music scene is a robust theatre milieu. Chicago is home to over 200 theatre companies. This means no matter when you visit you will be able to find something in the theatre scene for your tastes. Many of the Broadway and West End productions either come to Chicago before they premiere in London or New York or after they have become hits. I find the prices for tickets much lower than New York or Toronto, more on the level of London. This makes seeing a top production, in a decent seat, about $80.00 not the $250-400 as charged in Toronto or New York. Food and eating out provides one with a panorama of tastes and cultures. The cities unique ethnic neighborhoods mean you can find authentic food to satisfy all cultural tastes. Of course one has to find a place which serves the famous Chicago hot dogs or Chicago deep dish pizza. These places are easy to find and I would recommend Portillo’s found at 100 W. Ontario for not only super hot dogs but for the atmosphere. There is also Hot Doug’s at 3324 North California Street. Both of these places see totally loaded dogs starting at $2.00. One of my favorite places to have lunch or dinner is a little hole in the wall place called the Paramount Room found at 415 Milwaukee Ave. It is frequented by Chicagoans who are looking for some of the best food in the city. This place serves some of the greatest burgers I have ever tasted. In addition, the fries are so flavoursome you will not be able to stop with one order. Add to this 40 plus draft beers and an extensive wine list and you have a place you will visit again and again. The architecture of Chicago is exceptional. You have a mixture of art deco skyscrapers alongside modern ones such as the Sears Tower and the Hancock building (both worth visiting the lounges and observation decks on the top floor). The art deco buildings have some of the most fascinating decorations both outside and inside you will see anyplace. This is all complimented by iron bridges where in two miles, there are eighteen movable bridges. The Chicago River winds through the downtown twisting and turning amongst the changing city skyscrapers. It is worth taking one of the many river cruises to get the full picture. Finally, you cannot miss going to the fabulous Chicago beaches. There are 26 miles of open and free lake front beaches to explore. A visit to Wrigley Field and the Chicago Zoo would round off you visit to the ‘windy city. Plus shopping on the Magnificent Mile, home to all the major US stores and boutiques is a must for shoppers. Accommodation in the city ranges from 5 star to budget. I would recommend watching for sales from the big chains, especially in the fall and spring season. I have stayed at the Kimpton, Monaco hotel at around $150.00 per night. You have a couple of options on how to travel to Chicago from Eastend. Of course, you can fly with direct from Calgary or one stop from Regina. This will cost around $950 for two people. You can also fly from Billings and it will cost about $878 for two. My recommendation would be to take the train from Havre. Amtrak has a daily service leaving Havre at 1:15 PM and arriving in Chicago the next day at 3:55 PM. This is the Empire Builder which is one of Amtrak’s premiere trains. The cost of this is around $1100.00 for two (no seat sale) which is first class (sleeper) and includes all your meals, wine tasting etc. In addition, parking is free at the Havre train station and you arrive right in the centre of the city saving the $30.00 per person transportation from the airport. No security and wonderful scenery is a bonus. You should be able to find much lower fares on Amtrak.com by watching the specials and playing around with dates. Each season has something different to offer when visiting Chicago. Of course it can be hot in the summer and cold in the winter thus making spring and fall my favorite times to visit.
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