30. Barrington Community Kite Fly

30.  Barrington Community Kite Fly

 Every year I see the street-side signs calling all to come out to the Barrington Community Kite Fly. I haven’t been able to make it yet, but this year I am going! It’s happening tomorrow afternoon from 1 to 4PM and I can’t wait to see the colors of the rainbow flying over Citizens Park. I can’t remember the last time I flew a kite. … Read more…

29. Spring Has Sprung Sprint

29.  Spring Has Sprung Sprint

 You don’t have to join “The Biggest Loser” to get fit.  There’s a great shape-up going down right in The Village of Lake Barrington.  The Village recently formed a “Community Health and Wellness Committee” and hosted their first-ever “Family Fun and Fitness Fair” last Fall. Their second event, the “Spring Has Sprung Sprint”, is coming up this Saturday and there’s still time to sign up. The Spring Sprint is Lake … Read more…

28. Play Some Old School Basketball

28.  Play Some Old School Basketball

 The Lake Barrington Field House is fired up about a new adult basketball league they’re starting for men age 18 and up. The goal is to give guys a way to play with groups their age on Tuesday nights from 7 to 10.  And there is something in it for you ladies, too.  It’s a great way to carve out a little alone time at home while your man … Read more…

27. Park Avenue Wine Bar and Merchant

27.  Park Avenue Wine Bar and Merchant

 I sat down at the Park Avenue Wine Bar in Barrington last night and for a minute I forgot I was in the suburbs.  A cool curved backlit bar, the reflection from pendant lights above and exposed brick walls give the space a very urban vibe and I can see why Barrington’s newest night spot is one of the hottest places in town. The Park Avenue Wine Bar and Merchant … Read more…

26. Kaleidoscope School of Art

26.  Kaleidoscope School of Art

 It’s one of those places I’ve driven past a million times on Main Street, always curious to know what colorful characters I might find inside. This week I decided it was time to stop wondering, so I stopped the car at Barrington’s Kaleidoscope School of Art. A collection of quirky objects and art decorate the entrance to the school, just East of the Octagon house. … Read more…

25. Blow Everything Off to Be with Your Family

25.  Blow Everything Off to Be with Your Family

 My husband, two kids and I were heading to a birthday party this weekend when he decided he would dictate today’s blog post to me. It went a little something like this: “Baby Billy’s being baptized tomorrow. We’re so thankful that he’s here. God Bless America. The End.” He was making a joke, but it was also his way of reminding me that, no matter how many … Read more…

24. 1940’s Radio Flashback

24.  1940’s Radio Flashback

 If you’d like to sit back and listen to the music and sounds of 1940’s radio, the Barrington Park District is the place to be tonight. The Barrington Cultural Arts Center is hosting “A 1940’s Radio Review” and tickets are still available. The performers have made a special trip to Barrington to put on their Radio Review featuring the work of Jack Benny, Burns and … Read more…

23. Go to Go Go Go Joe

23.  Go to Go Go Go Joe

 My all-time favorite musical is playing right here in Barrington this weekend and I can’t help but give the old “break-a-leg” to the cast and crew of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat over at Barrington Middle School – Station Campus. If you love the music from “Joseph” as much as I do, chances are you’ll be able to sing right along with the performers … Read more…

22. Antique and Garden Show

22.  Antique and Garden Show

 I may be sitting at my desk, but now that we’ve seen some of the first beautiful days of spring, I find my mind is wandering.  I’m thinking about being outside, planting flowers, digging up stray tulip bulbs and the fact that it’s time, once again, to cut the grass.  If you’re mind is in the garden, you’ll find plenty of new treasures this weekend at the Barrington … Read more…

21. Get in on Green Drinks Barrington

21.  Get in on Green Drinks Barrington

 Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and there’s a fun new way in Barrington to find out how you can help protect the planet.  It’s a group that is growing called “Green Drinks Barrington” and it’s made up of local folks who share a passion for improving the environment. They meet on the third Wednesday of each month and tonight’s the night for their … Read more…

20. Sign up for Safety Town

20.  Sign up for Safety Town

 It has become a summer right of passage for 5 and 6-year-olds in Barrington. “Safety Town” is where kids go to learn the most important lessons to protect them from danger. It’s a permanent mini-town set up right here in Barrington and this summer’s sessions are filling fast. The safety camp is for kids entering kindergarten or first grade. It takes place this June and July at … Read more…

19. Join a Pinstripes Bowling League

19.  Join a Pinstripes Bowling League

 If you’ve ever thought it would be fun to join a bowling league, now’s your chance. Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce and Bistro at the Arboretum of South Barrington is spreading the word about their “Goose Island Bowling League” which starts this week on Wednesday. The league runs for eight weeks and the cost is $12 per person per week. They’ll meet every Wednesday night at 8PM for three … Read more…

18. Experience the Catlow Theater

18.  Experience the Catlow Theater

 Downtown Barrington may not be a big place, but there’s one place that defines its skyline like no other.  From first dates to favorite movies, the historic Catlow Theater holds so many memories and is a true Barrington treasure. Barrington Business owner, Wright Catlow, opened the theater back in May of 1927. His father owned the building which had previously been used as the Village meeting place. … Read more…

17. Check out the "Home Show"

17.  Check out the "Home Show"

 Does your house need a little sprucing up this Spring? Want to get some great ideas to remodel, repair and improve your property? The Lake Barrington Field House is hosting a huge and free Home Show this weekend and there will be hundreds of exibits to check out. There will be experts on hand to answer all of your home-improvement related questions. Windows, siding, roofing, … Read more…

16. Rock the Penny Road Pub

16.  Rock the Penny Road Pub

 Someone wise once said, “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” If this home-made sign is the Penny Road Pub’s cover, it bears no hint of the color you’ll find on the inside of this rural Barrington hot spot. The PRP has been around since 1972 and, if you’ve been around Barrington a while, you may have some Penny Road memories that take you … Read more…