Photos by Lisa Staff
Helen and David Hruska had never considered leaving their Chicago home. After their kids graduated college, the empty nesters traveled and stayed in many beautiful places but were always happy to return home to the Windy City. You could say the Hruskas were very content. That is, until they discovered Spring Island.
“It took one visit in March and we knew we had to be back,” David said.
Surrounded by the astonishingly beautiful nature and warm people that call the private nature preserve home, Spring Island exceeded their expectations. They purchased a home, left the big city and haven’t looked back. And so far, life here has been even better than they imagined.
“We moved here for the privacy and the poetic nature of the marshland,” Helen said. “We quickly realized we gained so much more than that; wonderful friends, many events and the first-class learning opportunities. We have performing arts, fine arts, birding, fishing, and farming here, just to name a few things. Everything is so educational, enlightening, and most importantly, fun. Although we have only been here fewer than six months, we feel like we have quickly become a part of the community with everyone being so friendly and welcoming.”
The Hruskas recently met a few of their new friends on the porch of the River House, one of two restaurants on Spring Island.
The group enjoyed a charcuterie board and a hummus trio featuring black truffle, arugula, lemon and pine nuts. They also enjoyed lemonade cocktails, made with basil grown on Spring Island’s six-acre Waterfall Farm.
Volunteers plant and manage the garden, and all Spring Island residents are encouraged to pick as much produce as they want.
We close this “Sports” issue with the recipe for that special drink, which reflects the relaxing and refreshing lifestyle we enjoy each spring. May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
Waterfall Farm Basil Hard Lemonade
1/2 ounce agave syrup
1 lemon, squeezed
1/2 ounce St Germaine
2 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Mix and shake all ingredients in a shaker, then strain over ice into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.