Downtown Farmers Market
Downtown Farmers Market

It’s May 22, the 143rd day of the year. Yesterday’s temperatures of Lake Michigan were 52 degrees the Chicago crib and 54 degrees at the Chicago shore.

This day in history (from history.com and timeanddate.com):

1859, Arthur Conan Doyle is born. At the University of Edinburgh, where he studied medicine, he met Dr. Joseph Bell, whose remarkable deductive reasoning inspired Sir Arthur’s literary creation Sherlock Holmes.

1906, The Wright brothers’ flying machine is patented.

1980, The arcade game Pac-Man is released. Produced by Namco, Pac-Man (“program and control man”) became one of the best-known video games in history.

Evanston and the rest of the State are winding up the 10th week of stay-at-home, and this column is winding down.

The Library has given a great gift to the community by eliminating fines for overdue books. Fees for damaged and unreturned materials will still apply.

The downtown farmers market will be open again tomorrow, and, because of the Monday holiday, folks can expect trash pickups a day later than usual.

A couple of celebrations are lined up for the weekend.

Evanston Art Connects has created a self-guided art stroll throughout the City. Through early June, 55 businesses will host 60 plus artists in their storefront windows in Downtown Evanston, Main-Dempster Mile and Central Street Evanston business districts.

Tomorrow afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m., local jazz and swing duo Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown will provide musical entertainment from inside The Gap, and from 2 to 4 p.m. performers from The Actor’s Gymnasium will roam around downtown Evanston. 

The Sunday spotlight will be on the graduates of Evanston Township High School, whose virtual graduation ceremony begins at 10 on Sunday morning. We wish these brave graduates well as they head into uncertain weeks – or longer. They have probably heard enough good wishes, dire predictions, and cheery or grim outlooks on their future to outlast this pandemic.  So we’ll just say, “Explore the world, remember Evanston, and, if you leave, come back when you can.”

Official ceremonies for Memorial Day will be absent from Fountain Square on Monday, but remembrances of veterans and their sacrifices will be in our hearts. 

This will be the last “Good Morning, Evanston” post for the time being. As we all move cautiously into gradual re-openings, the RoundTable wishes everyone a happy, safe and veiled Memorial Day. We hope to see everyone around town at whatever social distance the virus and the CDC allow.