Batavia man points his camera at Geneva

Artist Brian DeWolf thought maybe I would consider his news about creating a new Geneva poster as pretty much a “yawner.”

DeWolf’s latest poster features a collage of photos he has taken of historic Geneva homes, gardens and businesses.

What he doesn’t know is that there are no preconceived notions about what items readers might consider more interesting than others in this column.

The basic premise, I suppose, is that the Daily Herald has trusted my general sense of what information people may talk about or find useful. I try to do this without gumming it up with too much with local politics.

Under those guidelines, the artistic view DeWolf brings to our area is certainly something to talk about. He is “posterizing” the city’s beauty, so that’s news in my book.

Plus, I have purchased two of DeWolf’s previous Geneva posters, so he had a fairly captive audience when informing me of the new piece.

DeWolf has earned past mentions in this column for having his photography work on display in Croissy-sur-Seine, France, during a Geneva sister city promotion.

Photography and art has been an enjoyable ride for DeWolf, who was a sergeant on the St. Charles police force when he retired in 2000 after 20 years of service.

And to make sure he covers all of the Tri-Cities bases, DeWolf lives in Batavia. By the way, his posters are on sale at the Geneva History Center and Proud Fox Gallery.

Solid sandwich shop: Considering I was born on the Southwest Side of Chicago, a visit to the new 2 Brothers Gyros and Beef in St. Charles was a natural.

South Siders Anthony and Michael Naser opened the sandwich shop at 1850 Lincoln Highway a few weeks ago. Area residents have seen a few businesses come and go at that location, most recently the Hibachi Express, which served Japanese food.

My first impression is that 2 Brothers has a chance to stick.

The sit-down and carryout restaurant offers an array of sandwiches, but it appeared the chicken gyros were quite popular. I went for the Italian sausage, with green pepper and grilled onion, but I may opt for some red sauce on it as well next time.

Chicago is famous for its beef joints with generous portions of fries, and 2 Brothers looks to be falling right into that category.

More brothers and food: The 2 Brothers in St. Charles isn’t the only restaurant that will have brothers involved. I recently mentioned that a banner for “Three B — Brothers, Burgers, Beer and More” was placed on the former Monterrey Place pizza restaurant location in Geneva, but a reader sent a note saying that banner was taken down.

Not to worry. Gus Pagonis and his brother received a liquor license and a certificate of occupancy for Three B from the city last week, so it’s only a matter of time before that location along State Street and River Lane is open again.

Ellen Divita, the city’s economic development director, said the brothers decided to take the banner down because they are allowed only two banners a year by city code, and they wanted to save those opportunities for later.

Ready for parade: We’ll need plenty of small American flags to hand out to kids during the Swedish Days parade Sunday. It should be a great turnout for the area’s best parade. And, of course, I am planning on handing out flags with the Tri-Cities Exchange Club for what is about the 20th year in a row.

The bad news is Sunday officially ends Swedish Days.

But I go away from it with a new favorite community festival band: “Mike and Joe” performing alternative rock on opening night at the Third Street stage was terrific.

Giving kids a chance: When I wrote about this last year, I felt leaders of the Tri-City Chargers football program had an excellent idea in offering a fun football camp for autistic kids.

It’s still an excellent idea.

The football camp unfolds again from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Giant Steps of Illinois facility in Carol Stream.

Tri-City Youth Football players and volunteers from surrounding high schools will coach the youngsters through many drills and relay races before they all enjoy a lunch.

It’s not likely these kids are going to have too many chances to get a football jersey, but this will be one of them. Each one will receive a jersey at the camp.

Should be enchanting: The Fox Valley Repertory musical, “Some Enchanted Evening,” which highlights the magnificent work of Rodgers and Hammerstein, has already earned rave reviews by one of the Daily Herald’s entertainment writers, so I am anticipating a great show when we go to see the production next weekend at Pheasant Run.

How can you go wrong with a play featuring some of the greatest Broadway songs ever composed?

Well, you have to do them justice when singing. The cast apparently has that key point down to near perfection.

Fox Valley Repertory will stage the show through July 22 as part of the St. Charles Summer Theater Festival.


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