For 50 years, the Lake Forest Chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago has been bringing together the Midwest’s finest antique, Mid-Century modern, vintage jewelry, refurbished and up-cycled furniture, and haute décor purveyors for “Antiques and Treasures in the Field”—all to benefit women and children in working poor communities.
What started in 1967 has become a beloved community tradition. Long-time favorites include a bake sale featuring gourmet delicacies along with the coveted Treasures Tent filled with luxury items from Lake Forest estates—often the first stop for regulars, accounting for about one-third of the overall sales.
“This year we are thrilled to have associate board member Anna Schuster, owner of Anna’s Warehouse & Marketplace, serve as our honorary chair,” says event volunteer Katie Ford of Lake Forest. “It is because of her decades of dedication to the sale and the organization that the event has raised much needed funds and had such a vast Treasures Tent. This year, the Treasures Tent has the most items it has ever had and will increase its space by one-third.”
Additional revenue is also generated through the sale of raffle tickets for a variety of prizes. Tickets will be sold the day of the event and in the weeks preceding the event within local communities. But the best part? All proceeds of the event benefit the Angel Harvey Infant Welfare Society of Chicago Community Health Center.
“Antiques & Treasures in the Field” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 10 at Deer Path Middle School, 95 W. Deerpath Road, in Lake Forest. For more information, visit lakeforestestatesale.com.
In the 13 years that Yasmin Mekki has lived in Lake Forest, she has longed for a store on Market Square. Earlier this summer, serendipity brought her home. Mekki’s retail business, Kenzy Gifts & Décor, moved into the north side of Market Square in late July, seven years after opening the first of its now three locations in Highland Park.
“We sell things that go in a room or fit on a table,” explains Audrey Ohanesian, a long-time Lake Forester who has worked at Kenzy since the gift, table top decor, and jewelry business opened.
The name of the store was inspired by Morocco, a country that has held a special place in Mekki’s life since she was a child. “It means ‘my treasures’,” explains Mekki. “That’s how they say it in Morocco.” Kenzy Gifts & Décor is located at 244 Market Square in Lake Forest. For more information call 847-780-4177 or visit kenzygifts.com.
HAIL ST. MARY
When the School of St. Mary in Lake Forest continues its 100th anniversary celebration this month, it will be treated to a very special gift. Mark McMahon, a Lake Forester who has a studio and gallery in Highwood, has been getting a lot of attention around town lately for the mural at McDonald’s. A resident since he was six months old, McMahon says he likes to do works that celebrate life in the community he loves. The painting of the School of St. Mary will be unveiled this month as centennial festivities continue. For more about School of St. Mary’s history in Lake Forest, visit schoolofstmary.org. For more information about McMahon’s work, visit mcmahonartgallery.com.