Sunday, May 8, 2016

NFFR STORE: OPEN FOR ONLINE REUNION REGISTRATION

NFFR STORE

Visit the Neal-Fox Family Reunion (NFFR)Store to register and purchase apparel for the 2016 Neal-Fox Family Reunion. The last official day of registration is on May 31, 2016. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact us via e-mail at xd2jbai@aol.com.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Food Paridise's Hardiest Truck Stop: R-Place Family Restaurant





In 1967, R-Place opened as a Chuck Wagon and now it's evolved into a 24-hour restaurant, bakery, and truck stop, that serves some of the best homemade American fare in the country.  They certainly R-Unique with antique toys, puppet show, and one of the largest hamburgers in the Chicagoland area.  They have an outstanding bakery that creates homemade breads, cakes, pies, and pastries all made from scratch.  Located 20 minutes south of Joliet and Interstate 80, R-Place Restaurant was listed as one of the top 10 hardiest truck stops by Travel Channel's Food Paradise.  If you love watching Travel Channel's Adam Richman on "Man versus Food" then you'll love this food competitions!  If you can eat the four-pound Ethyl Burger in one hour, it's free! Chicago’s Best, a magazine show that features the ultimate dining experiences in the Chicagoland area, voted R-Place among Chicago's Best Food Challenges.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

TRAVELOGUE: THE PERFECT CHICAGO BLUES WEEKEND

FRIDAY: ARRIVED IN AT THE HARD ROCK CAFE HOTEL CHICAGO FOR CHECK-IN AT 4PM. ENJOY HOTEL SHOPS AND MUSIC MEMORABILIA.



DEPARTED HOTEL AT 6PM TO PAY HOMAGE TO CHICAGO'S VERY OWN BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS RESTAURANT FOR DINNER AND FREE LIVE BLUES ACOUSTICAL SET. PLANNED AHEAD TO ATTEND LEGEND'S TICKETED BLUES CONCERT EVENT, THAT STARTS AFTER 8PM.



SATURDAY: WITH HAVING BOOKED IN ADVANCE, ATTENDED THE CHICAGO BLUES TOUR WITH JAZZ, FROM 11AM TO 1PM. ONLY SERIOUS BLUES LOVERS GO BACK TO BUDDY'S AFTERNOON JAMBALAYA LUNCH AND ACOUSTICAL SET. AFTERWARDS, TOURED THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, STOPPED BY MILLENNIUM PARK AND ATE AT ONE OF CHICAGO'S MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANTS WHILE SHOPPING ON THE MAGNIFICENT MILE. LATER THAT DAY GOT SOME SLEEP! AND,LATER THAT NIGHT REVISITED THE BLUES CLUBS SEEN EARLIER, ALONG WITH OTHER CLUBS FOUND IN THE CHICAGO BLUE GUIDE AND FREE TOURS BY FOOT. BUT, THE FIRST STOP STARTED AT 9PM BY PAYING HOMAGE TO THE HOUSE OF BLUES FOR LATE SUPPER AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT!



SUNDAY: DEPARTED HOTEL AT 9:30AM TO ATTEND THE VERY POPULAR HOUSE OF BLUES GOSPEL BRUNCH. AFTERWARDS, RETURNED BACK FOR LATE HOTEL CHECK-OUT.  


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

JOLIET: GREAT FAMILY WEEKEND GATAWAY

A couples of days here makes for a great family weekend getaway!



Joliet is experiencing a modern day renaissance.  Once named the "City of Steel and Stone," Joliet is now called the "Crossroads of Mid-America" for being a major transportation and shipping hub in the Midwest.  We are perfectly situated 40 minutes from Chicago by rail or car, at the intersection of Interstate 55 and 80 west of Joliet, linking Interstate 355 to Rout 6 and I-80 east of Joliet, and the rail junction for the Metra-Rock Island/Amtrack and Union Pacific/BNSF railway.  The city has a robust economy from reinventing itself as a major tourist destination.  For more information on how to obtain a free Joliet and Illinois travel guide, please call 1-877-4JOLIET and visit https://www.enjoyillinois.com/en-us/travelguides.

Reunion President's Facebook Greeting Appeals to Neal-Fox Millennials

Greetings!  It’s 2016, and ya’ll know what that means? It time to reunite, reconnect, reminiscence and relax in family friendly Joliet, Illinois!  My name is James Shaw, Senior, President of the 2016 Neal-Fox Family Reunion, and I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you to join us for a grand celebration, June 17-19, 2016.  We only see each other every two years, so the Charlie and Henrietta Walker family is working hard to make it an epic event!

The Neal-Fox Family Reunion Facebook Group was specifically created to appeal to the new generation of Neal’s to partake in our family festivities.  All the reunion registration information has been made available to you in Documents section of the Facebook page.  The Neal-Fox Family Reunion won’t survive without the new Millennials.  So, I make a personal appeal and ask that you please come!  If you have any ideas or suggestions on ways we can improve the reunion, like online registration, please let me know! Thank you!


Shaw, James. (2016, April 6). Greetings! It’s 2016, and ya’ll know what that means?It time to reunite, reconnect, reminiscence and relax in family friendly Joliet, Illinois! [Facebook status update] Retrieved from 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1552239331771929/


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Arab-American Heritage Month

In American Scientific, they explain how “Decades of research by organizational scientist, psychologist, sociologist, economist and demographers show that socially diverse groups (that is, those with a diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation) are more innovative than homogeneous groups,” all of which can be attributed to the social-economic quotient to the people of Chicago thriving success.  April is Arab American Heritage Month in celebration their long history of achievement in the United Sates.  Commonly referred as the “Plymouth Rock” of Chicago’s Arab Community, the Arabic Quarters, located at 18th and Michigan Avenue, dates back to the early 1900's.  Much like African Americans during the Great Migration, many Arabs and Muslims came to Chicago in the 1940’s.  And, since that time, Middle Eastern merchants, restaurants, religious institutions, and culture has flourished throughout Chicagoland, now boasting the largest diverse Arab community in the United States.


Carnival Great Eats: Lockport's Old Canal Days from June 16-19, 2016

The Food Network Canadian television series Carnival Eats, hosted by Noah Cappe, traveled throughout Canada and the United States sampling the tastiest creations found at carnivals, state fairs, and festivals.  Somehow, my little town where I was raised in Lockport, Illinois, managed to distinguish themselves enough to get on an episode of Carnival Easts.  Set along the picturesque banks of the American heartland is Old Canal Day’s, a fun filled weekend of parades, food pavilions, and music entertainment in celebrations of the towns history and connection to the historic Illinois and Michigan(I&M) Canal.  Below, is an excerpt from the Food Channel’s Carnival Eats Episode Guide:                          

 “Noah visits the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, Indiana to try the “Colossal Grilled Cheese”, layered with 4 different cheese & mozzarella sticks on buttered sourdough; and “Yaya’s Tomato Balls”, a tomato, garlic & cheese mixture, deep-fried & served with tzataiki.  Next he travels to Lockport, Illinois for their Old Canal Days to sample “Loaded Potato Bites”, tater tots topped with smoked pulled pork, mac n’ cheese, asiago cheese and panko crumbs; the “Black & Blue Fries”; and “Captain’s Mark Donuts”, mini donuts topped with Captain Crunch milk infused cream, chocolate sauce & cereal berries.”

Completed in 1848, the I&M Canal provided the needed waterway trade route from the Louisiana’s Gulf of Mexico to Chicago’s Great Lakes. And, in 1964, the I&M Canal became a National Landmark, for its collection of engineering locks and towpath, found between Lockport and LaSalle-Peru, Illinois. Today the I&M Canal is a recreation destination, with shelters and picnic areas along its tow path, great for hiking and biking.  The Carnival Eats series aired on Food Network in Canada, Great American Country and on the Cooking Channel  in the United States.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Neal-Fox Family Reunion Host Hotel Has Been Selected



The Clarion Hotel has been selected as the host site for the 2016 Neal-Fox Family Reunion.  The Neal-Fox Reunion takes place on June 17-19, 2016.  The hotel was previously enjoyed by the family for June Young’s 70th Birthday Celebration.  And, now that the hotel is under new management, attendee’s will appreciate the hotel’s partial renovation and gracious hospitality.

The hotel is centrally located in the heart of Joliet and directly off Interstate 80 and nearby Interstate 55 Interchange.  Bob Evan’s, White Hen Pantry, and Sam’s Warehouse is within a short walk, along with several other grocery stores, restaurants and retail within the local vicinity.  Joliet is known as the the crossroads of America, offering a family friendly atmosphere, thriving business and entertainments community, and transportation links that connect throughout the Midwest.

A limited block of rooms at $111.87/night (13% tax and breakfast included) are available until June 18 or they are sold out, whichever comes first. To make reservations, please call 815-726-3860 and reference the rooming block for the “Neal-Fox Family Reunion.  If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact June Young via e-mail at young.june@sbcglobal.net regarding hotel reservations.