Cedar Lake Lodge boasts creative community

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Art fair displays local talent

By Janell Oliver

Just a dollar. Maybe two.

There’s a saying that you can’t put a price tag on original artwork – but many of the objects presented for sale Saturday at the Cedar Lake Lodge arts and crafts fair were offered for reasonable prices.

Even better than the quality crafts were the expressions on the faces of the Cedar Lake Lodge residents when asked about their projects.

Cedar Lake Lodge is an intermediate care facility for persons with intellectual disabilities. Home to 71 adults, Cedar Lake Lodge is located just outside of La Grange on Jericho Road. Many of the residents showcased their creativity through objects they created in the arts and crafts day program.

Residential support worker Mary Bland said the annual fair has become a big part of the residents’ lives.

“Many of them look forward to it all year,” she said. “They work on their projects for weeks if not months in advance. It’s just such a wonderful event.”

Eric Huggins, one of the residents, proudly displayed a coloring book he designed for children while house-mate Duane Webb waved guests over to see the scented wax candles he created especially for this event. “You need to look at what we did,” Huggins said. “We did this for you.”

Other events included face painting, games, prizes, refreshments, a silent auction, and door prizes. Donations were also accepted with proceeds to benefit the arts and crafts program at Cedar Lake Lodge.

“The fair brings the community out to meet and greet our residents,” said Bland. “That kind of willful social interaction means a lot to them. Especially if someone buys something they made. That’s just the icing on the cake.”

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