The Wind Phone on Hole 11

The Wind Phone on Hole 11 Evanston, Illinois

12/11/2023

I wanted to share the words I wrote for Oliver's vigil Saturday in the hopes that they can bring peace to anyone grieving. xoxo

Thank you so very much for being here with us tonight. It’s hard to imagine what our grief would look like without all of your love, support, and kindness.

Time takes on such an odd and swirly quality as we grieve. The marking of 2 years without Oliver feels absurd: didn’t this happen just yesterday, and how can we have lived 2 years without such a shining light?

We have accepted that our grief is a large part of who we are, and we grow and expand around it. The wind phone is such a profound symbol of growing from grief: what springs from our own personal loss is a much larger connection with community and with others who grieve.

Each rock here represents an entire life and all of the love surrounding that life. As we light our candles, we recognize that this light won’t be enough to light all of our dark places and sadnesses, but we choose to light our candles anyway. In the hopes that it will brighten the spaces around us.

Again, we love each of you and know that whether you are here tonight or with us in spirit from afar, we see and embrace your light.

The wind phone gathering last Saturday was small and lovely. Thank you for those who braved the cold to connect with oth...
11/28/2023

The wind phone gathering last Saturday was small and lovely. Thank you for those who braved the cold to connect with others.❤️

11/22/2023

Hope to see you this Saturday, November 25 at 4pm. Our wind phone gathering will include a warm fire, treats, and community.

Sports Illustrated mentions the wind phone in an article about our quirky, wonderful Canal Shores Golf Course!!
11/21/2023

Sports Illustrated mentions the wind phone in an article about our quirky, wonderful Canal Shores Golf Course!!

Quirky par-60 Canal Shores just outside Chicago is getting a much-needed renovation, without losing its character.

Another beautiful article by Heidi Stevens. ❤️
11/17/2023

Another beautiful article by Heidi Stevens. ❤️

Six months after the phone was installed, you’ll notice piles of rocks, hand-painted with different people’s names, lining the inside and outside of the phone booth.

The next community wind phone gathering will be Saturday, November 25 at 4pm. Let’s support one another through the holi...
11/16/2023

The next community wind phone gathering will be Saturday, November 25 at 4pm. Let’s support one another through the holiday season. Would love to see you there!

10/29/2023

Wind phone gathering today cancelled due to weather. Will reschedule!

10/26/2023

CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
Mary Leopold has organized a The Wind Phone on Hole 11 gathering for this Sunday, October 29th at 3pm. A wind phone is a place where you can talk with your departed loved ones and allow your words to be carried by the wind.

The wind phone is located in Evanston on hole 11 of Canal Shores on Isabella St directly east of the tracks and west of Girard.. It borders the canal on the west side. Street parking is available on Asbury, Girard and 3rd.

https://evanstonroundtable.com/2023/07/18/wind-phone-canal-shores-golf-course-oliver-brown-leopold/


10/07/2023

The next wind phone gathering will be Sunday, October 29 at 3pm.
All are welcome!

Another news piece about the wind phone! WBBM news radio.❤️
09/28/2023

Another news piece about the wind phone! WBBM news radio.❤️

Mary Leopold lost her 19-year-old son Oliver in December 2021. The licensed clinical social worker learned about wind phones, an idea that started in Japan more than a decade ago.

Thank you, Teresa Parod, for this beautiful mural on the wind phone!
09/26/2023

Thank you, Teresa Parod, for this beautiful mural on the wind phone!

Latest batch! As always, painted with love.
09/18/2023

Latest batch! As always, painted with love.

Wind Phone gathering! Sunday, September 10 at 3pm. Come see your rock and visit! Parking on side streets (Asbury, Girard...
09/03/2023

Wind Phone gathering! Sunday, September 10 at 3pm. Come see your rock and visit! Parking on side streets (Asbury, Girard, 3rd). Still under construction but wind phone is accessible. Would love to see you!

Hello, again! I am continuing to paint rocks for your loved ones, and I have had such an overwhelming response (in the b...
08/27/2023

Hello, again! I am continuing to paint rocks for your loved ones, and I have had such an overwhelming response (in the best possible way). I was thinking of having a gathering at the wind phone to visit your rocks and to meet one another in our collective grief. How about Sunday, September 10 in the afternoon? Please keep an eye out for a fixed time. I would like the wind phone to be a place of gathering and community connection. Hope to meet you there soon!

Latest batch of rocks! Hole 11 is under renovation but is still accessible. ❤️
08/16/2023

Latest batch of rocks! Hole 11 is under renovation but is still accessible. ❤️

08/09/2023

Hello, friends. I have been contacted by another Chicago Tribune reporter about the wind phone. She would like to interview people who have visited the wind phone and hear of their experience. Please reach out to her directly if you are interested in sharing your story! Her name is Nara Schoenberg. Her email address is [email protected]. Thank you, and I am thrilled to see how this space is providing comfort to many. ❤ ☎️

I just dropped a full box of rocks at the wind phone. Thank you for sharing your loved one’s names with me.
08/08/2023

I just dropped a full box of rocks at the wind phone. Thank you for sharing your loved one’s names with me.

07/31/2023

Welcome, all, to the wind phone on hole 11 of Canal Shores golf course in Evanston. This space was created for those who are grieving. The disconnected phone represents a way to connect with your departed loved ones in a beautiful, serene setting. We are all connected through grief. I hope that this wind phone brings you much comfort and peace.

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Isabella Street Between Girard And Asbury
Evanston, IL
60201

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