The Blue Goose Market was established the same year Herbert Hoover was elected president and Eliot Ness first arrived in Chicago to bust bootleggers. The family-owned store has been described as the heart and soul of downtown St. Charles. Today, Blue Goose is facing the biggest threat to its existence in its 91-year history.
Paul Lencioni, the fourth-generation leader of Blue Goose, came forward last week to ask for the support of the community if the market is to survive. If you have any questions of why they need and deserve our support, please listen to my conversation with Paul. His passion and dedication to his business, employees, customers, and community is unmistakable in his voice.
Join us as we learn more about the vibrant arts community in Elgin. Featuring: Amanda Harris, Cultural Arts Manager for the City of Elgin and Managing Director of the Elgin Fringe Festival; Kari Christensen, Director of Development and Community Engagement for the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra; and Erin Van Horne, Upper School Art Teacher, and Bonita Goist, Community Outreach Coordinator at Elgin Academy.
We visit Cheryl Holz in her downtown Aurora studio where she shares her thoughts on: rocks, leaves, and dead bugs; storage and organization; and the hazards of trying to be a doctor AND a dentist. (Just pick one)
We also visit the Aurora studio of Maureen Gasek, who tells us about: digging holes to China; cartography; and tangerine ringneck doves.
Brea visits the kitchen of Abby Beck, candidate for the Batavia City Council in the Fifth Ward. Brea and Abby discuss: walking and biking your city; environmental science; the WellBatavia Initiative; the City Council’s impact on urban design; diversity of representation; and balancing family and public service. (And bioswales!)
The Fox River Arts Ramble is back for a repeat performance. In this episode, event organizers Alison Bastian (St. Charles Arts Council), Dani Hollis (Water Street Studios, Batavia), and Lynn Caldwell and Ellen Ljung (Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles) discuss the origins of the event, the enhancements in store for this year, and what ramblers can expect the second time around.
Brea chats with Jamie Saam about what her life looks like transitioning out of the role of Executive Director of Batavia MainStreet. We find out some of Jamie's secrets to staying sane while running Bulldog Plumbing with her husband, raising a family, and staying super involved in the community. They also debunk some of the confusion around the upcoming Home Rule referendum on the ballot in Batavia and deep dive into how to have your voice heard in Batavia.
Brea chats with Melissa Monno about grand adventures, making friends on the road, and self-care in the latest episode of River Town Life. Melissa owns River's Edge, a Batavia watering hole and dining establishment. In her free time she travels with her German Shepard Dante on her Ural sidecar motorcycle.