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Cantigny Park celebrates its 'French Connection'

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  • Meredith Entler's 1-year-old son, Duncan, is mesmerized Sunday by colorful famous painting printed on shirts at Elizabeth Eischeid's Cadeaux de Madeleine booth at the annual French Connection Day celebration at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

       Meredith Entler's 1-year-old son, Duncan, is mesmerized Sunday by colorful famous painting printed on shirts at Elizabeth Eischeid's Cadeaux de Madeleine booth at the annual French Connection Day celebration at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Peter Franz of Wheaton shows art work in his wife, Anna's, booth to Mary Palacios of Hanover Park during the annual French Connection Day celebration at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

       Peter Franz of Wheaton shows art work in his wife, Anna's, booth to Mary Palacios of Hanover Park during the annual French Connection Day celebration at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Rosa Castro, left, and Margarita Guerrero, both of Chicago, look at jewelry by Christine Mitchell during Sunday's French Connection Day celebration at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

       Rosa Castro, left, and Margarita Guerrero, both of Chicago, look at jewelry by Christine Mitchell during Sunday's French Connection Day celebration at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Vendors offered everything from French food to art to music on Sunday during the French Connection Day celebration at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

       Vendors offered everything from French food to art to music on Sunday during the French Connection Day celebration at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 
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Mimes were alive and well Sunday and roaming the grounds of Cantigny Park in Wheaton to greet, albeit silently, visitors to the annual French Connection Day celebration.

The daylong festival celebrates all things French, from food, to music, to games, to storytellers, to a 23-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower, to, well, guys in white face and berets who always seem to be trapped in boxes, tugging on ropes or walking down stairs. You'd think the French would do something about that.

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The theme comes naturally at Cantigny, which once was owned by Col. Robert McCormick, whose father served as an ambassador to France and who himself participated in the 1918 Battle of Cantigny -- the first major American offensive in World War I.

Organizers say the festival, which was created in 2008, has become one of Cantigny's most popular events, attracting about 3,000 additional guests each year.

To learn more about programs offered at Cantigny, visit cantigny.org.

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