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Military remembered during Father’s Day celebration in Antioch

Cute wooden cutouts fishing turtles frogs created by Larry Routledge Joanne Wagner J L Crafts Salem Wis. were display Antioch

Cute wooden cutouts of fishing turtles and frogs created by Larry Routledge and Joanne Wagner of J&L Crafts of Salem, Wis., were on display at the Antioch Craft show on Saturday. | TINA JOHANSSON~FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA

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Updated: August 16, 2013 2:20AM

To pay respect to the military and to celebrate Father’s Day, the Antioch Woman’s Club hosted a barbecue at the summer bazaar in downtown Antioch on Sunday, with free food for the first 100 military people who came to lunch.

“It’s our way to give back to the military,” said Lynne Fletcher, vice-chairman of the 200-member Woman’s Club and chairman of the barbecue to raise funds for the United Service Organization, a non-profit national group that provides civilian support to U.S. troops.

“There’s always someone in our club who has a relative who served in the military or lost his or her life serving our country,” she added, pointing out the club hoped to raise $1,500 at the barbecue for the USO.

To pay for the food, the club purchased 100 lunches from the Brat Shop in Zion which had a booth at the bazaar. The lunch menu included hamburgers, brats, hotdogs, nachos and french fries.

Duane Dominick of Paddock Lake, Wis., who retired in 2011 as a chief petty officer after 20 years with the Navy, came with his wife, Julie, and son, Trent, 6, hungry. They left happily full.

“Everything looked and tasted good. We’re deeply appreciative of the efforts by the Woman’s Club to make us happy,” said Dominick who last served in Afghanistan.

Tents, as many as 85 of them, mushroomed in an open field across from City Hall where the two-day bazaar, sponsored by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, was held.

On the first day of the bazaar Saturday, an intermittent rain all but threw a wet blanket on the festival which featured arts, crafts, collectibles, clothes, hats and furniture. The sun broke out from the clouds later in the day, breathing life to the event, but the die seemed to have been cast. Attendance rose measurably Sunday, a bright summery day, however.

The rain Saturday separated serious buyers from lookers, according to Barbara Porch, Chamber executive director.

“Those who came were serious buyers. We did quite well,” she said.

Among them was Becci Tillery of Grayslake who bought a sculptured wood turtle for her mother’s rose garden from a tent selling wood crafts.

“It’s so cute,” she said as she peeled out $35 for it. Her mother, Mleea Meyer of Lindenhurst, was all smiles.

Cherry Maxwell of Lake Villa, accompanied by her granddaughter, Riley Blair of Antioch, bought a summer hat in a tent brimmed with hats.

“I love the bazaar. It’s bigger than last year’s. You can bring children with you and walk around it,” she said as she tried the hat and fell for it.

A balloon maker from Kenosha, called Balloon Tycoon, was a hit with children. With a deft hand, Michael Quinn quickly twisted and turned balloons into a dachshund, an elephant or a plaything. It was free, courtesy of the chamber.

There were tents selling ice cream, funnel cake, lemonade and dog treats.

The United Methodist Church of Antioch was trying to raise funds to purchase a used pipe organ that is being rebuilt by Fabry Organ of Antioch by selling admissions tickets to the July 20 Charity Shopping Day at the new Macy’s at Gurnee Mills. The church or any non-profit organization which sells the $5 tickets gets to keep the proceeds.

But buyers were few at the church’s booth Saturday. Still, it didn’t seem to worry Joe Nance, who heads the church’s music committee, responsible for raising the needed $57,900 for the repair.

“We already raised $27,000 from other sources,” he said.

Nonprofits interested in Macy’s preview promotion should contact the store.

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