Pulse: Springbrook Golf Course celebrates 40th anniversary

Happy birthday

Golf course celebrates 4 decades

Let them eat cate was the mantra Monday during the celebration of Springbrook Golf Course’s 40th anniversary. Mayor A. George Pradel did the honor of cutting the cake.

About three dozen people, including Naperville Park District staff, Park Board Commissioners and the golf staff, were on hand for the occasion. But golfers streamed in and out throughout the afternoon to enjoy a slice of anniversary cake and marvel at the photographs on display that depicted the early years of the golf course.

“It’s amazing to look at the old photos of the course and compare them to the way the course looks today,” said Ed Provow, director of golf. “Actually, there’s no comparison as there wasn’t much in the way of trees back then.”

Today, Springbrook’s parkland-style golf course features many big, beautiful trees and foliage that add a nice challenge for golfers and keeps them coming back season after season.

“A lot has changed at Springbrook and in the golf industry in general since we opened in 1974,” Provow said. “We’ve had some challenges, but that’s been the case with golf both nationally and internationally.

“However, I’m looking forward to the future. We’re making some nice improvements to both courses in the way of amenities and customer service, and I’m excited for our golfers to experience that.”

Who’s the boss?

Superintendent gets shadow for a day

Ever wonder what it would be like to be the superintendent of your school district? Taylor Fountain doesn’t have to wonder anymore.

The 17-year-old Waubonsie Valley senior spent the day shadowing Dr. Kathy Birkett, thanks to a program offered through the District 204 high school.

“During my shadowing experience, I was able to learn a lot about Dr. Birkett,” said Fountain, who plans to pursue a special education degree at Aurora University. “It showed me how much she does for us as head of the district and all of the responsibilities she has to take care of.”

After spending what she describes as a “packed day,” Fountain learned not only about career opportunities but about Birkett as well.

“Dr. Birkett may have a lot of work on her hands and a lot of important things to deal with, but that does not mean she isn’t fun,” she said. “I had a wonderful day with her and am honored that I was able to shadow her. It is not often that someone gets a chance like this and I will never forget it.”

The feeling was mutual.

“My conversations with Taylor were invaluable to me as I love to hear a student’s perspective,” Birkett said. “I enjoyed sharing my daily life with her and gained as much as I gave. Anything that I can do, even one student at a time, to encourage a future educator, I will do.”

That’s a win-win.

Big Break

10-year-old appears in ‘Love Story’

Adia Clark Lay ought to be in pictures. Now she is.

The 10-year-old member of the Young Naperville Singers recently was cast in the upcoming movie, “Love Story: A Musical Movie.”

“It was my first movie role, so it’s a big deal,” said Clark Lay, of Oswego. “Although it was a featured extra role, it felt like so much more than that. I enjoyed the process and am really grateful for the opportunity.”

For her part, the fourth-grader is in a scene where she is a beauty contestant who performs a song and dance routine. But, you’ll have to wait to see it. Details regarding the release date for the film are not known at this time.

Make the call

Author to discuss ‘Mystic River’

Best-selling author Dennis Lehane loves libraries. And the Lisle Lirary District is happy to be the recipient of some of that love at 7 p.m. May 15 when Lehane will discuss his 2001 novel, “Mystic River.”

Lehane will talk via phone with the Murder Among Friends book discussion group there.

Lehane has frequently been quoted as praising the opportunities libraries offer to economically disadvantaged families. When he was approached about discussing “Mystic River” with the group at the Lisle Library, his reason for agreeing was clear.

“I wouldn’t be a writer if it weren’t for libraries,” Lehane said. “Simple as that.”

Patricia Ruocco, adult services librarian, thinks that Lehane’s passion for libraries is one of the many reasons this discussion will be an exciting one.

“It’s a mutual admiration society: Libraries love the strength of Dennis Lehane’s storytelling — both in his novels and his screenplays,” Ruocco said. “We couldn’t ask for a more articulate advocate for public libraries than Dennis Lehane. We can’t quite believe we’re going to talk to him about ‘Mystic River.’”

To register, contact Patricia at ruoccop@lislelibrary.org, 630-971-1675, ext. 1503, or visit lislelibrary.org.

Theater lessons

North presents ‘Jekyll & Hyde’

Those searching for the good, bad and entertaining will want to check out Naperville North High School’s production of “Jekyll & Hyde.” The musical, which opened Wednesday, runs through Sunday.

“‘Jekyll & Hyde’ is a strong contrast to the bright, cheery musicals Naperville North has performed the past three years,” said musical director Nick Janssen, who is at the helm of the spring production. “The show is dark, mature and requires a level of ability that both engages and pushes our students. We wanted to ensure that our students are being exposed to all facets of theater and performance.”

A team of more than a hundred students have been working to bring the production to the main stage, including 80 actors, singers and dancers, 25 orchestra members and 20 costume and tech crew members.

“Though the show is set in 1800s London, the themes present are common today,” Janssen said. “The show does not have the typical musical theater happy ending; the audience will walk away awed by the inciting score and vocal ability of our students, while shocked by the reality of heartbreak present in human nature.”

Audience members will have a chance to meet the cast and production team during a special reception after the Friday evening performance.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9; at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11.

Tickets available at http://huskietix.thundertix.com.

A bright idea?

Pond adorned with headlights

It didn’t sound good at all, that message that was sent out just before 9 p.m. Friday to members of the Naperville fire and police departments and local media:

“Drowning/ice/water rescue, Genesee Drive/North Aurora Road.”

A Sun reporter drove just a little, teeny, teeny bit faster than he should have to the scene of the supposed emergency, a retention pond situated at the far south end of the Country Lakes area of the city’s far northwest side.

He found no one there. Spookier still, not a fire truck, ambulance or police car was anywhere in sight, despite what appeared to be the bright, white headlights of a partially-submerged car or sport utility vehicle shining over the surface of the pond, a good 25 feet or so from the shoreline.

A couple of quick inquiries later, with people in the know, shed much-needed light on things.

Seems someone, somewhere, some time ago, decided the pond could be spruced up a bit with some decorative lighting. And so he or she set out a couple of permanent, electric- or battery-powered lights that look pretty much exactly like a set of vehicular headlights.

Residents of the neighborhood probably already know that. Visitors to the neighborhood, not so much.

Big Dreams

Author Jeff Baron visits schools

Jeff Baron has made a name for himself in Hollywood as a writer, but lately he’s been known by kids around the country as the hilarious author behind Sean Rosen, an ambitious kid who has big dreams of making it big.

“I am so psyched to come back to Chicago,” said Baron, who spent his undergraduate years at Northwestern before heading to Harvard Business School. “I fell in love with the whole area while I was at Northwestern, and am always very happy to be back, especially in May!”

On May 12, Baron will be in town to share his second book in the series for middle-grade readers called “Sean Rosen is not for Sale.” For the author, interacting with the kids who follow Rosen’s adventures isn’t just fun, it’s helpful.

“The books and Sean’s videos are funny, so who wouldn’t want to be in a big room with a lot of kids laughing?” the author said. “I have worked as a screenwriter and as a playwright, and I like both, but with theater, you get to be in the room with your audience and see how they react to what you’ve written. It’s both helpful and rewarding. Being in a school is like that.”

Baron will be at Fischer Middle School and McCarty Elementary on Monday. The school visits were arranged thanks to Anderson’s Bookshop in downtown Naperville.

For more information, visit www.irepresentseanrosen.com.

A little bit …

Rock ’n’ roll — or Republican?

You might say Paul Stanley and Lynne Cheney have nothing in common. But both will be in town next week to promote their new books.

The KISS frontman will visit Anderson’s Bookshop on May 16 to talk about his tome, “Face the Music.” And the former vice presidential wife will discuss “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered.”

Stanley will share his story and pre-signed books at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. Fans can pose with the rock hero, but he will not sign memorabilia.

In “Face the Music,” Stanley reveals for the first time what it was like to rock ’n’ roll every night and party every day. KISS recently was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cheney’s visit will start with a luncheon Thursday, May 15, with husband Dick Cheney at Chicago’s Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd.

Later that evening at 7 p.m., she will greet fans and sign their books at Anderson’s in Naperville.

Cheney is the author or co-author of 12 books, including six bestselling books about American history for children.

Call Anderson’s Bookshop at 630-355-2665 or visit www.andersonsbookshop.com to secure a spot in line for both of these events.

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