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A tip of the hat to history.

Byline: Submitted by Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau

A Derby-themed gala is planned for Saturday, June 2, to commemorate Hotel Baker's 90th anniversary.

The invitation-only event is both a celebration of this important milestone as well a tribute to the original owner, Colonel Edward Baker, who opened the hotel doors on June 2, 1928.

Joe and Rowena Salas, the current owners of Hotel Baker, have chosen the Derby theme as a tribute to Colonel Baker, who had a passion for horses, especially his beloved horse Greyhound.

While event dress is cocktail attire, guests are encouraged to wear hats or fascinators as a way to participate in the theme.

Guests will be treated to music by The Champagne Kings, the Tom Linsk Band and pianist Johnny Burnett, along with Derby-inspired culinary creations from the culinary team led by Executive Chef Kieth Willis.

In partnership with the St. Charles History Museum, there will be a mini pop-up exhibit paying tribute to the hotel's history, to Colonel Baker, and to his beloved trotter Greyhound.

Exhibit items will include some of Colonel Baker's personal belongings, as well as other items that have historical significance for the Baker family and the hotel.

Guests also will enjoy a couple of additional surprises that the Salases plan to announce closer to the event.

According to Rowena Salas, this event has been a community collaboration in many ways, with local businesses and organizations coming together to help make this celebration extra special.

Hotel Baker is at the center of downtown St. Charles, and is a significant landmark for visitors and locals alike.

The Salases appreciate the special role the hotel has played in the community and want this event to honor that significance, as well as the vision that Colonel Baker had so long ago.

Salas said of the past 15 years, "It has really been a wonderful journey for our family. Never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined how it has changed our lives. We love the hotel. A lot of love and passion go into keeping the hotel and Colonel Baker's vision alive."

Another favorite saying of Baker regarding the hotel is, "It's my pride and joy." Salas said that, for her family, "It's been our pride and joy to keep it alive."

For more information on Hotel Baker, visit www.hotelbaker.com.

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Title Annotation:Neighbor
Author:Convention, Submitted By Greater St. Charles; Bureau, Visitors
Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:May 28, 2018
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