Start of May means the sprint to summer begins

And just like that, we're in May. Mayhem, Maycember, Mayday ... whatever you call it, it feels like a full sprint at breakneck pace to the start of summer when everything shifts around town.

Summer in Hinsdale is full of warm nights at Pierce Park, catching up with friends at Uniquely Thursdays, and family fun activities at the Hinsdale Public Library. It's less about charity fundraisers and more about reconnecting with community - well, mostly. The society scene never really stops here (although this columnist is taking the summer off). Here's something to tide you over until we're talking about college football in September.

Meet Me in Manhattan

Scoreboard Charities is bringing back its third annual bourbon tasting event, "Meet Me in Manhattan," at Ruth Lake Country Club on June 6. Calling it "an old-fashioned way to beat cancer" (Get it? "Old fashioned?" I see what they did there!), the event is positioned to help support the goal of raising $2 million in seven years to fund research advancements at Northwestern Medicine and provide free year-round camp experiences for kids with cancer and their families.

"Our funding is generally 25 percent for Camp One Step and 75 percent for Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center," founder Rick Heinz said. "I have nothing but great things to share about the kids we have met at camp. I truly believe that there have been kids who survived their cancer treatments only because of their goals of getting back to camp at least one more year.

"We need to find more cures. ... We need to do more with private dollars that mean more," he added.

A general admission ticket ($150) gets you an entry wristband for the tasting at 7:15 p.m., which includes four bourbon tastings paired with four specialty food dishes; a Scoreboard Charities Manhattan glass; a Scoreboard Charities Glen Cairn glass; a complimentary cocktail, wine or beer; and (my favorite inclusion) a $20 Uber discount code. (Safety first!)

For the VIP experience offered at $300, you get all of that, plus an early entrance time for a private reception at 6:15 p.m., two additional specialty bourbon pours with two specialty food dishes, and a bottle of Blanton's.

Tickets are available at

So, that's a wrap on the Society Spotlight for the 2023-2024 season! How will Hinsdaleans top this year with generosity, creativity and vision? I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to seeing what 2024-25 will hold.

- Allison Peters of Hinsdale is the paper's society columnist. Readers can email her at [email protected].