214. McGonigal’s Pub Party & Halloween’s Celtic Roots

 Halloween’s origins date back more than 2,000 years and are traced to the ancient Celtic New Year Celebration in Europe, called Samhain, on November 1st. On Samhain eve, now called Halloween, spirits were thought to walk the earth as they traveled to the afterlife surrounded by demons, fairies and other creatures.*  American Folklife Center records at the US Library of Congress … Read more…

213. Time Travel at Barrington High School

 Great Scott! Barrington High School’s film department has been at it again.  They just released their new mini-movie today and it’ll have you saying “Hello McFly”. The movie was filmed in downtown Barrington and depicts a student who travels back in time. The mission?  To change his teacher’s “Bah Humbug” Halloween attitude.  I give it two thumbs up!

212. "F" Word Luncheon Featuring Famous Chef

 The Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA) is hosting a luncheon to celebrate the “F” word next week. I’m serious. This is not a joke. WAIT!  No…It’s not THAT “F” word. Though that would be a pretty colorful luncheon, now wouldn’t it? The “F” words they’re celebrating are these: “Festive Food for Family & Friends.” And the featured guest is a … Read more…

211. Bubbles, Bon Bons & Brie

 Earlier this week I promised that I’d follow up with some fun Halloween activities going on this weekend for adults in Barrington and there’s one event happening tomorrow night that sounds simply sinful.  It’s called “Bubbles, Bon Bons and Brie” and you’re going to DIE when you hear the details. Skull Lollipop anyone?

210. "Guess Where Wednesday" & Last Week’s Winner

 Two ghosts were recently spotted in Barrington, they were caught on camera and they’re our mystery photo of the week!  This one might require a little deductive reasoning, but I’m confident that the ghost busters and sweet tooths among us will be able to put two and two together.  If you can guess where in Barrington this mystery photo was … Read more…

209. Scare Up Some Halloween Fun – FOR KIDS

 There are a TON of Halloween events happening in Barrington this week and this is one time when I’m going to do my best to share ALL of the GORY DETAILS.  Today, I’m focusing on Halloween events for kids, just because I love this picture of a Barrington dad all dressed up and holding his devil baby. This picture is … Read more…

208. High School Heart Exams & District 220 Checkup

 There are two “Firsts” happening in Barrington this week. One will help keep Barrington teens healthy. The other will help protect the health of Barrington’s schools.  Barrington School District 220 is hosting their first ever Town Hall Meeting to get the community’s input on school issues. And, for the first time, Barrington High School is offering FREE heart screenings this … Read more…

207. The Legend of White Cemetery and Cuba Road

 Halloween is just one week from today and, with all of the tombstones, ghouls and eerie jack-o-lanterns decorating homes throughout Barrington, I can’t help but be reminded of the more sinister side of the holiday. After all, Halloween’s namesake, “All Hallows Eve”, is a night when unclean spirits presumably try to upstage the celebration of saints on November 1st, “All Saint’s Day”.  Which leads … Read more…

206. Sip’n Sample at the Barrington Taste Fest & Expo

 Once a year in Barrington, dozens of area chefs come together and prepare their specialty dishes for us all to sample under one roof. It’s the perfect place to be for local foodies or indecisive folks like me who have a tough time picking one restaurant for our occasional evenings out. Give your kitchen the night off on Thursday, October 28th, and head … Read more…

205. Barrington Trick-or-Treat Dress Rehearsal

 Halloween isn’t until next weekend, but here’s a great way for your kids to break in this year’s costumes before the big night.  There’ll be trick-or-treaters out and about at one Barrington hot spot tomorrow afternoon.