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What’s Better Than Watching the Solar Eclipse? These Photos

Monday, August 21, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Today’s historic solar eclipse was a thing to see (or not to see if you didn’t happen to have the proper eye wear). But whether or not you got a chance to catch the once-in-a-lifetime event (the last eclipse to cover all of the U.S. happened nearly a century ago), you’re still in for a treat.

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Maywood Front Porch Crawl Set for July 15 | Annual Rummage Sale July 22


Monday, July 10, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Lois Baumann, the co-founder of Maywood Fine Arts, wants Maywood residents to get to know each other more. Hence, the idea for a first-annual Front Porch Crawl, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 15, at 5:30 p.m.

“I realized that I know a lot of dancers who live in North Maywood but they know each other and they don’t their neighbors,” Baumann said. “In fact, in each of the Maywood neighborhoods, we really don’t know the wonderful people who live in them. I figured the best way to get people meeting each other is through socializing.”

Spooner Baumann, MFA’s communications director, said that participants will gather at 502 N. 4th Ave. at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and “crawl” to five more houses starting at 6 p.m. They’ll be split into teams of roughly 20 people, depending on the number of people who register.

“At each stop, we’ll enjoy cocktails,hors d’oeuvre, games and other entertainment,” Spooner said. “Some of these are historic homes, so people will get to experience the village’s great housing stock as well.”

Interested individuals can register for $25 up to, and on the day of, the event. To pre-register, click here.

Annual church rummage sale July 22

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First Congregational Church of Maywood’s annual Rummage Sale on the Lawn will take place on July 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in front of the church, which is located at 400 N. 5th Ave. (the corner of 5th Ave. and Erie) in Maywood.

Great finds for everyone! Clothing (lots of back to school clothes for kids, like-new clothing for women). Electronics: CD player, DVD player, paper shredder, microwaves, dehumidifier. Blankets and quilts. Stuff for the kitchen. Some furniture and lots of decor items.

And don’t forget: Free lemonade and good cheer! VFP

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On Eve of Trump Inauguration, Maywood Dancers Spotlight Hope


Maywood Fine Arts dancers outside of the organization’s Fifth Avenue dance studio, Stairway of the Stars, on Thursday. | Below, MFA co-founder Lois Baumann sports an Obama ‘Change’ t-shirt inside of the studio. || Shanel Romain/VFP

maywood-fine-arts_viThursday, January 19, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 11:37 p.m.

Earlier this evening, dozens of dancers from Maywood Fine Arts gathered outside of the organization’s bright, new Fifth Avenue dance studio, Stairway of the Stars, and held out electric candles.

The demonstration was part of a nationwide campaign called the “Ghostlight Project,” during which arts and theater supporters in time zones across the country gathered at 5:30 p.m. today to make a pledge “to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation,” according to the project’s website.

“Theaters across the country have what’s called a ‘ghostlight,’ so that anyone who comes to the stage after hours, [when the theater is dark], can feel welcome,” said MFA board member Spooner Baumann.

Baumann said that MFA, along with the thousands of arts organizations taking part in this evening’s demonstration, is fighting for those open values ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.


During last year’s presidential campaign, Trump routinely courted controversy with tweets, statements, gestures and policy proposals that many people found offensive and distasteful.

His election last November has since drawn the ire of women across the country, hundreds of thousands of whom are planning to march on Washington, D.C., and in cities across the country (including Chicago), the day after the President-elect’s inauguration.

MFA co-founder Lois Baumann said that, while she’ll be too busy holding down the fort on Fifth Avenue to march, tonight’s vigil was a way of fighting back.

“It’s a civil right to be able to have a safe and happy community,” said Baumann, pointing to a piece of paper on which she wrote that phrase under the statement, “I fight for …”


Other students and community members filled out the pieces of paper, which were posted to the window of one of the studios.

“I am an African American child,” read one paper, “I fight for equality.”

“I am Symphony Taylor,” read another, “I fight for hope.”

“We are dancers,” read yet another, “We fight for expression.”

MFA co-founder Ernie Baumann said that the organization participated in the nationwide demonstration as a show of force in favor of those values.

“We did this because it’s the right thing to do,” he said. VFP

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