Celebrating the Holidays


Photo by News Bulletin staff.

Santa and Mrs. Claus, Ted and Marianne Wilkinson of Yorkville, paid an annual visit to children at Hesed House homeless shelter in Aurora earlier this month (above). After 24 years playing the jolly old elf and his spouse, the Wilkinsons will retire to Jackson, Tenn. in January.


Ted is a retired Kendall County real estate broker; Marianne is administrative assistant to the director of Aurora University’s School of Social Work. The Wilkinsons, both 69, visit charities free and also hire out for home and commercial visits, including four home visits scheduled for Dec. 24. 



Immediately above, 463 surplus books were recycled to form a holiday tree at Aurora University’s Phillips Library. Below, hundreds packed Our Savior Lutheran Church in Aurora on a recent Sunday for the Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus’ second annual “Do-It-Yourself Messiah.”  All photos by News Bulletin staff. 





Celebrating the Holidays


Photo by Al Benson.


Aurora University students staged an early holiday party (above) for residents of Countryside Care Center in Aurora last week. Below…  

Naperville resident Terry Shapiro, an Aurora University psychology professor, lit a nine-candle Menorah in a pre-Hanukkah celebration last week. AU’s Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action hosted the observance. Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the second century B.C. Shapiro chronicled the Hanukkah tradition in words and song, accompanying himself on guitar.


Photo by Al Benson


Elawrence Langston of Aurora (below) was among Aurora University students and faculty performing an annual Christmas concert by AU choirs at Crimi Auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 2. Langston, a bass, is an AU sophomore and a West Aurora High School graduate. The concert featured the University Chorale, Chamber Choir, Flute Choir and Men’s Quartet.


Photo by Al Benson.