61. Make Peace with the Poppy Chairman

61.  Make Peace with the Poppy Chairman

 I just met the “Poppy Chairman”, Paul Corwin this weekend.  I found his phone number in the newspaper when I was looking for details about Barrington’s Memorial Day Parade.  When he picked up the phone, I said something like, “Hi Paul.  My name is Liz and I wondered if you might share some information with me about the Memorial Day parade and festivities on Monday”.  There … Read more…

60. Share the Meaning of Memorial Day

60.  Share the Meaning of Memorial Day

 Memorial Day Weekend is often called the “Unofficial Start of Summer”. Over the years, it has turned into a holiday for barbeques, parties and warm weather fun. Sometimes these celebrations overshadow the real reason behind the holiday. But a handful of parents found a way to teach their kids the true meaning this weekend with a morning trip to Barrington’s Evergreen Cemetery. Four year old … Read more…

59. Memorial Weekend Block Party

59.  Memorial Weekend Block Party

 There’s a whole lot going on in Barrington today, including the big “Memorial Weekend Block Party” taking place at The Arboretum of South Barrington. They have activities for the whole family planned for the whole day, starting at 9AM and ending with a live performance of the “10,000 Maniacs” on the main stage at 8:30 tonight. Here’s the schedule of events for the day: 9AM … Read more…

58. Get to Know Artist Jim Root

58.  Get to Know Artist Jim Root

 The best thing about writing this blog is having an excuse to pick up the phone and call people.  This website is far from fancy, but it is one way to strike up a conversation and get to know neighbors who live right here in Barrington, like artist Jim Root.  Jim moved to Barrington Hills 23 years ago and also has a home in a small fishing … Read more…

57. Barrington Art Fest Acoustic Café Lineup

57.  Barrington Art Fest Acoustic Café Lineup

 There will be so much more than just visual arts on display at this weekend’s Barrington Art Festival. One of the Village of Barrington’s festival planners says it’s an art festival and a music festival rolled up into one weekend right in downtown Barrington. The festival’s “Acoustic Café Stage” will be featuring musicians all weekend in the Barrington Bank and Trust parking lot at 201 S. Hough … Read more…

56. Barrington Streetscapes with Artist Sue Daly

56.  Barrington Streetscapes with Artist Sue Daly

 One of the artists who will be displaying her work at this weekend’s Barrington Art Festival is a painter who lives in Lake Barrington by the name of Sue Daly. Her specialty is painting images of homes, architecture and landmarks. And Sue is particularly inspired by Barrington’s historic buildings. Sue has been drawing properties for the past 30 years. She got her start right out … Read more…

55. Barrington Art Festival 4-1-1

55.  Barrington Art Festival 4-1-1

 I have a few more details that you might find useful about this weekend’s Art Festival. The fest will take place, rain or shine, this Saturday and Sunday, May 29th and 30th, from 10AM until 5PM. The 140 artist exhibitors have been assigned booth locations primarily along Cook and Station Streets. Highlights include the artwork in all price ranges available for purchase, live music from … Read more…

54. Map Out Your Summer Art Festivals

54.  Map Out Your Summer Art Festivals

 ***FOR 2011 AMDUR ART FESTIVAL INFO, CLICK HERE*** The summer art festival season kicks off right here in Barrington this Memorial Day weekend. And the word on the streets is that the Barrington Village has hired the VERY BEST art festival production company to run the show. It’s a company called Amdur Productions and they’re the team behind thirteen Chicagoland Art Festivals taking place this … Read more…

53. Be Inspired by Artist Gail Collier

53.  Be Inspired by Artist Gail Collier

 Do you ever wonder what it’s like to be an artist? Sometimes I do. How do they turn emotions into artwork? Is communicating with creativity more an inherited gift or is it a mastered skill? Where do their ideas and inspirations come from? Yesterday I decided I’d pick up the phone and ask an artist who lives right here in Barrington. I was nervous, but … Read more…

52. Celebrate the Art of New Beginnings

52.  Celebrate the Art of New Beginnings

 There’s something about photos of babies that makes me happy. To me, there is nothing sweeter than baby feet, baby folds and even baby drool. Photographer, Susan McConnell has four babies of her own. They’re between the ages of 12 and 22. I have a while to go before my kids are that grown up, but I pray that I’ll never forget how sweet and … Read more…

51. Learn to Write Your Own Songs

51.  Learn to Write Your Own Songs

 My husband and I like to play our guitars together, when we have the time. Occasionally, on vacation, we dabble with writing our own songs. But the best we’ve ever come up with is a childrens’ tune that HE composed called “The Land of the Coconuts”. This endeavor went horribly wrong when I told him, in a moment of brutal honesty, that the song sounded a lot like Bobby … Read more…

50. Barrington Art Festival Countdown

50.  Barrington Art Festival Countdown

 There is a lot of buzz and excitement about the Barrington Art Festival coming up over Memorial Day weekend. The festival will take place in downtown Barrington on May 29th and 30th and today begins our “Barrington Art Festival Countdown” here at 365Barrington.com.  Over the next week, we’ll be adding information here daily about the artists and musicians who will be featured in the upcoming festival or … Read more…

49. Cut Your Hair to Save the Ocean

49.  Cut Your Hair to Save the Ocean

 As the Federal government expands the fishing ban after last month’s deadly BP explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, one Barrington hair salon has found a way to help. Jennifer Michaels Hair Studio is encouraging clients to get hair cuts this month to help save wildlife threatened by the contaminated waters. The salon is offering $10 off for anyone who gets their … Read more…

48. 2-Buck Burger Tuesdays at Pinstripes

48.  2-Buck Burger Tuesdays at Pinstripes

 It’s National Hamburger Month and Pinstripes in South Barrington is celebrating by offering their signature burgers for only $2 today and every Tuesday this month. The Pinstripes signature “Sirloin Burger” is topped with Provolone Cheese, Iceberg Lettuce, Pesto Tomato and Cippollini Mayo and typically costs $9. But guests who are bowling or playing bocce will only be charged 2-bucks for their burgers on Tuesdays through … Read more…

47. Make Friends with the Ice Cream Man

47.  Make Friends with the Ice Cream Man

 Last night my husband and I decided to take our kids on a stroll to our neighborhood ice cream shop. It was meant to be a quick excursion, but turned out to be one of our baby girl’s “firsts”. We stepped up to the counter at Kaleidoscoops on Main Street and placed our order, planning to share a scoop with our 20-month-old daughter. But shop … Read more…