Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the first installment of Best of the Fest Children’s Film Series, produced by Chicago’s Facets Multi-Media and presented at Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest. Milos Stehlik (pictured above), founder of Facets, travels the world to find films for children that engage, entertain, and empower. Last Sunday’s short films carried themes of persistence, music, love, acceptance, courage, and the environment that were told mainly from children’s perspectives but loved by viewers of all ages. The familiar sounds of children’s chatter, wiggling seats, and rustling popcorn bags came only in the moments between short films. During the showings, kids in attendance were completely engrossed in the films, letting out bursts of infectious giggles and sometimes shouting enthusiastic proclamations of plot discovery. This Sunday, April 13th, Facets returns to Gorton at 4pm to present three book-based short films, including the Oscar winning “The Gruffalo.” Seating is limited but tickets are still available on Gorton’s website (link here). Tickets are also available on Gorton’s site for the last installment on April 27th.
Also this weekend is one of my favorite Chicago Botanic Garden events, the Antiques and Garden Fair. Friday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm each day, gorgeous floral displays surround 120 booths filled with treasures from around the world. Year after year I walk out with a lighter wallet and a heavier trunk (remember this goody from last year?)! Tickets available on the Chicago Botanic Garden’s site (here).
Happy Early Weekend! xo