Hello friendly faces! It’s that time of the week! We’re back with a new CNSMoms’ Meet a Mom spotlight brought to you in part by Mary Gifford of Gifford Law. This week’s Meet a Mom interview is a duo from Winnetka. We are so pleased to introduce to the co-chairs behind the highly anticipated Antiques + Modernism show (which turns 50 this year!) happening in Winnetka from November 3-6, Kim Ronan and Elyse Hahner!
Kim Ronan (left) and Elyse Hahner (right)
After a two-year hiatus, the Antiques + Modernism Winnetka Show (A+M) returns to the Community House in Winnetka. The show is presented by The Woman’s Board of Winnetka’s Community House. A+M Winnetka is the ultimate destination for interior designers, treasure hunters and collectors alike. Ranging in styles from classic to modern, the show features exquisite home furnishings and accessories, artwork, clothing, jewelry and more all available for purchase from dealers throughout the country. And… All proceeds from A+M benefit Winnetka’s Community House, a local 501(c)3 organization that provides educational, cultural, social, and recreational opportunities for people of all ages! Welcome, Kim and Elyse
Hi Kim and Elyse! Please introduce yourselves.
KH: Hi, I’m Kim Ronan! I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio where most of my family still lives. I live here in Winnetka. I have two children. My son, Charlie, is 16 and my daughter, Reese, is 11.
EH: Hi, I’m Elyse Hahner! I am originally from East Lansing MI via Cleveland OH. My dad still lives in East Lansing. I also live in Winnetka. I have two children. My daughter, Santina is 17 and a senior at New Trier High School and my son, Harrison is 16 and a junior at New Trier.
Elyse Hahner with family
What do you love about Winnetka?
KR: I love the community and this neighborhood. Everyone is friendly and welcoming and it’s like one big neighborhood of kids playing together. I love living by the lake and seeing it change every day and having so many trees throughout our streets. I have two children.
EH: Winnetka is a wonderful community where your neighbors are your friends who become family. Our children can walk or bike to school together, play old fashion tag in the yard or a game of pick-up football on the Village Green. I love that from generations passed down we have traditions that are still enjoyed.
How long have you been involved with the Antiques + Modernism show?
Elyse and I co-chaired the event for the first time in 2019. We planned on chairing for both the 2020 and 2021 show but both ended up being cancelled due to Covid. So, this is our second year actually chairing but our fourth year being involved with the Antiques + Modernism show. Before chairing the show in 2019, we both worked on different A+M committees for several years.
What can we expect to experience at the Antiques + Modernism show?
The Antiques + Modernism show has always had a lot of energy no matter what year you visit. The show is a fabulous experience filled with beautiful and unique items from all eras in time and all have an interesting story. There truly is something for everyone. When we first started working on the show, the number of moving parts that all had to come together made it seem overwhelming. However, the teamwork of the Woman’s Board is truly amazing and pulls it off with a lot of hard work and laughs along the way.
This year is highly anticipated because it’s the first time the event has run since Covid began. What are you most excited about?
We are most excited just to have the experience of bringing the show back! There is nothing like walking through the hallways and showrooms of the Community House and talking with the dealers about the history of their items, as well as running into friends and neighbors. I’m also very excited about our speakers this year!! All three of our speakers have very different backgrounds and will offer different perspectives on design.
Tell us about the history of this show. How long has it been running? What was the impetus behind starting this show in Winnetka?
This the 50th Anniversary of the show! It’s been a tradition at the Community House since the 1970’s and has always been the primary fundraiser each year.
This event is presented by The Woman’s Board of Winnetka’s Community House. Why did the WBWCH choose to sponsor the Antiques + Modernism show?
The Antiques + Modernism Show has a long and treasured history with the Woman’s Board and the Community House. It has evolved through the years to fit the times and the need, but at its core, it is still a wonderful opportunity for the Woman’s Board to come together to bring a fantastic and unique event to Winnetka and raise funds for the Community House.
All proceeds from A+M benefit Winnetka’s Community House, a local 501(c)3 organization that provides educational, cultural, social, and recreational opportunities for people of all ages.
How can our readers learn more and purchase tickets to the show?
About Our Meet a Mom Sponsor
A very heartfelt thank you to CNSMoms’ Meet a Mom sponsor, Lake Forest mom of three and owner of Gifford Law, a solo Estate Planning Firm (wills and trusts). Mary, we appreciate your support of local moms in our North Shore communities! Learn more about Mary by visiting her Meet a Mom spotlight here! Contact Mary directly here: [email protected].