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2019 Free Summer Concerts Calendar

May 18, 2019

I’m excited to share my annual Southland Chicago Free Summer Concerts Calendar!

The summer is approaching and one of our favorite summer activities is enjoying outdoor summer concerts.
Last year we enjoyed many of them.

This year, we want to enjoy even more! 

And we want you to enjoy them too!
Toward that goal, I have compiled a calendar of free outdoor summer concerts around the Chicago Southland and nearby suburbs. The schedule includes band names, dates, times (where available), locations and links to more information.

Click Here for the Calendar

Then print it for your reference all summer long.

When you’re looking for something to do this summer, you can check the calendar and head out to enjoy a free outdoor summer concert.  Bring friends and make the entire summer one big party!

Maybe you’ll even see us there!

Please feel free to share a link to the calendar or this article with your own friends to maximize your own enjoyment of the concerts and make a party out of each outing.

Enjoy!  Have a wonderful summer filled with lots of wonderful music!

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The Eddies – 2019

February 24, 2019

Once again it’s time for The Eddies!

That night when Ed gives out awards for excellence in every day living.

So, without further ado…

Let the show begin!

 

And this year, the Eddies go to…

  • And the Eddie for Best Weight Loss and Health Turnaround goes to Matt Petterson
  • And the Eddie for Best Barbecue goes to Mark at Steerhogs in Frankfort
  • And the Eddie for best 53+ baseball team goes to The Lobos – Ed’s baseball team won the 53+ Roy Hobbs Men’s Baseball League out of Oak Lawn, IL
  • And the Eddie for best baseball team manager goes to Michael Ordman
  • And the Eddie for best actor in a high school play or musical goes to Canyon Novick for his roles of Gomez Addams in Oak Forest High School’s production of The Addams Family and Mortimer Brewster in Oak Forest High School’s production of Arsenic and Old Lace

Congratulations to all The Eddies award winners!
Thank you to all of you who demonstrate excellence in everyday living. Keep it up and you might win an Eddie of your own next year.

 

Be Edcellent to one another!

2018 Free Summer Concerts Calendar

May 19, 2018

I’m excited to share my annual Southland Chicago Summer Concerts Calendar!

The summer is approaching and one of my favorite summer activities is enjoying outdoor summer concerts.

Last year I enjoyed many of them.
This year, I want to enjoy even more! 

And I want you to enjoy them too!

Toward that goal, I have compiled a calendar of free (and low cost) outdoor summer concerts around the Chicago Southland and nearby suburbs. The schedule includes band names, dates, times (where available), locations and links to more information.

Click Here for the Calendar

Then print it for your reference all summer long.

When you’re looking for something to do this summer, you can check the calendar and head out to enjoy a free (or low cost) outdoor summer concert.

Maybe you’ll even see me there!

Please feel free to share a link to the calendar or this article with your own friends to maximize your own enjoyment of the concerts and make a party out of each outing.

Have a wonderful summer filled with lots of wonderful music!

The Eddies – 2018

March 3, 2018

Once again, it’s time for The Eddies!

The Eddies, where Ed gives out awards for excellence in every day living.

So, without further ado…
Let the show begin!

And this year, the Eddies go to…

  • And the Eddie for Best Community Service Idea goes to … Margie Larmon for her idea and work to collect used winter scarfs and tie them around trees and poles in the community, so that people who were cold, and in need of warmth over the winter, could find and have a nice scarf to wrap around their neck to help keep them warm. Very kind indeed! Inspirational, Margie!
  • And the Eddie for Best Usher goes to … Jerry Marquette for his work at St. Christopher Parish.  Nobody does it better, though many others serve us well too.  Jerry also does service work in the community as a member of the Knights of Columbus. Thanks for your service, Jerry!
  • And the Eddie for Best Tech Support goes to … Vernon Jones.  Not only does Vernon provide valued service to his employer, but he shares his knowledge and efforts with his friends in need, at times going far being expectations.  Thanks so much, Vernon! You’re the best!
  • And the Eddie for Best Baseball Team Manager goes to … Matt Prim for his work as Manager of the Midlothian Marauders.  Thank you for all you do for youth baseball in the community, Matt!  Dad would be very proud.
  • And the Eddie for Excellence in Production of an Original Product goes to … Tim Kuncis for his work at Barnwood Sports (www.barnwoodsports.com) where he makes beautiful patriotic and nostalgic art from old wood.  Best wishes to Tim in his new venture!
  • And the Eddie for Best Church Decoration Design goes to … Bob Peters for his work at St. Christopher Parish. The church always appears beautifully festive in every season. Thanks for sharing your talent and leading the efforts of a great team of workers, Bob!
  • And the Eddie for Best Solo Musical Performer goes to … Paul Strolia for his excellent musical performances in the Chicagoland area and beyond.  Always an enjoyable experience to catch one of his performances. Paul plays multiple instruments skillfully, and is an excellent vocalist. 
  • And the Eddie for Best Podcast goes to … Marilyn Toner Naughton for her work on Where Are My Glasses? podcast (www.wherearemyglassespodcast.com).  Marilyn is a repeat winner having won last year for the Best New Podcast category.  Now she wins for the best podcast…period!
  • And the Eddie for Best Student Actor goes to…. Canyon Novick, for getting straight A’s all year while also magnificently performing in high school productions in the role of Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie, and passionately as troubled teen Joe in Up the Down Staircase. Canyon also makes key contributions to the school Mathletes team, ScholasticBowl team, Group Interpretation (GI) team, Speech team and Choral group where he performed in Disneyworld. Great job, Canyon!

Congratulations to all The Eddies award winners!

Thank you to all of you who demonstrate excellence in everyday living. Keep it up and you might win an Eddie of your own next year. 
 
Be Edcellent to one another!

2017 Free Summer Concerts Calendar

May 18, 2017

It’s baaack!

By popular demand I am once again publishing my annual Southland Chicago Summer Concerts Calendar!

The summer is approaching and one of my favorite summer activities is enjoying outdoor summer concerts.
Last year I enjoyed many of them.

This year, I want to enjoy even more!

 

And I want you to enjoy them too!

Toward that goal, I have compiled a calendar of free (and low cost) outdoor summer concerts around the Chicago Southland and nearby suburbs. The schedule includes band names, dates, times (where available), locations and links to more information.

Simply Click Here for the Calendar

Then print it for your reference all summer long.

When you’re looking for something to do some day this summer, you can check the calendar and head out to enjoy a free (or low cost) outdoor summer concert.

Maybe you’ll even see me there!

And please feel free to share a link to the calendar or this article with your own friends to maximize your own enjoyment of the concerts and make a party out of each outing.

May God bless you with a wonderful summer full of good music and good friends to share it with!

Ed Day In The Life

March 8, 2017
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I’m excited to share my latest creative project – an animated short film entitled Ed Day In The Life starring Ed (my comic counterpart) and Leslie.  
The animated story shares a sense of what a typical day is like for me. It ranges the emotional gambit from the boredom of routine, to the sadness of leaving the one you love, to frustration and anger at work, to the happiness of a warm homecoming and the ecstasy of love…all with some very funny moments along the way.
We think you will like it and suggest watching it again and again so you catch all the funny expressions and references at the fast and furious finish. And feel free to share it with others and let us know what you think of it.
The video is only 3 minutes long and worth every one of them. Make sure your speaker is on so you can hear the music that helps convey the emotion and the sound effects along the way.

Enjoy!

(Go to the website to see the video)

The Eddies – 2017

February 26, 2017

Once again it’s time for The Eddies!

That night when Ed gives out awards for excellence in every day living.

So, without further ado…

Let the show begin!

 
And this year, the Eddies go to…

  • And the Eddie for Most Courageous Comeback goes to … Phil Campbell
  • And the Eddie for Most Outstanding Letter From A Father To His Son goes to…. Ronald Dion Smith
  • And the Eddie for Most Remarkable Recovery goes to… Dan DiGuido
  • And the Eddie for Most Exemplary Model For Living In The Spirit Of Christmas Each Day goes to… Diane Semprevivo 
  • And the Eddie for Best Christmas Concert Director goes to… IT’S A TIE!  Phil and Amy Switalski
  • And the Eddie for Best New Podcast goes to … Marilyn Toner Naughton for her work on Where Are My Glasses? podcast
  • And the Eddie for Best Mother-In-Law goes to… Sue Thomas
  • And the Eddie for Most Outstanding Debut Performance In A High School Play goes to…. Canyon Novick for his work as Jeffrey in the Oak Forest High School Production of The Curious Savage.
  • And the Eddie for Most Effort, Skill and Care Invested in Christmas Gift Giving goes to…. Tess Novick for her work on crafting homemade woven scarves for all her family members.

Congratulations to all The Eddies award winners!
Thank you to all of you who demonstrate excellence in everyday living. Keep it up and you might win an Eddie of your own next year. 

 

Be Edcellent to one another!

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