244. Barrington Aglow Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

 Downtown Barrington will be buzzing this Saturday afternoon as the community comes out out for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and visits with Santa. The festivities begin at Noon on December 4th and last until 7PM. There will be free carriage rides, Madrigal Singers and extended evening shop and restaurant hours. But the highlight will be happening right at … Read more…

243. Barrington Police & Fire Coat & Toy Drive

 The bone-chilling temperatures have returned to Barrington and warm coats have, once again, become a necessity. But there are hundreds of families in the Barrington area who need a little extra help staying warm this year and Barrington’s Police and Fire Departments are taking action. It’s the final push to collect donations for families who really need a lift this … Read more…

242. Santa Letters at the Barrington Park District

 With Santa’s visit right around the corner, your kids have probably been dreaming of what they’ll find under the tree on Christmas morning. And can you believe Santa has asked the Barrington Park District to help him handle his holiday fan mail from Barrington this year? That’s right, the Barrington Park District is accepting letters on behalf of Santa through … Read more…

241. Enter the Barrington Holiday Sweepstakes

 The spotlight is on small businesses today, dubbed “Small Business Saturday” by American Express.  The credit card company offered a $25 statement credit for members who used their cards to make purchases at small businesses today.  But did you know the Village of Barrington has also created a special new incentive for people to shop at small businesses here in … Read more…

240. Welcome Santa & Mrs. Claus Back to Barrington

 There’s a special party planned for Santa, Mrs. Claus and their Elf when they return to Barrington’s Ice House Mall tomorrow for the 2010 Christmas season. They’ll be reading books for an hour and offering milk, cookies and coloring books tomorrow morning from 10-11AM. Be sure to bring your own camera, your kids and their wish lists tomorrow or during any of … Read more…

239. Celebrate a Barrington Thanksgiving

 As I promised, I’ve been compiling a list of favorite Thanksgiving traditions and reasons to be thankful this year in Barrington. I didn’t meet my goal of polling 30 people. But I made it to 15 and, for that, I am thankful, kind of like making it Halfway to Hana! Of all the “favorite traditions” I heard this month, the most popular ways … Read more…

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

 It’s funny how powerful the senses can be.  Beautiful music that brings back memories of my childhood makes me well up the minute I hear it. When I’m freaking out on an airplane and my husband holds my hand, I instantly feel (a little) calmer.  And the smell of my parents’ house on Thanksgiving tells me, unmistakably, that I am home.  So I … Read more…

237. Garnish Your Holiday Table Like Chef Erin Bailey

 Sometimes little details can add a world of elegance to your Thanksgiving table. That’s what Barrington chef, Erin Bailey says. And, when it comes to cooking, Erin’s a local expert. She’s a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris Culinary Arts School in France and, for years, she ran La Pomme de Pin, a specialty foods market and catering business she started … Read more…

236. Free Money at Deer Park Town Center

 OK…so maybe it’s not actually free MONEY, but it’s the next best thing. Deer Park Town Center will be giving away free Gift Cards the morning after Thanksgiving  to reward the early-bird shoppers on Black Friday. All you have to do is roll out of bed early on Friday and plan a morning (or a whole day) of exershopping to burn off those Turkey … Read more…

235. Help Replenish Dwindling Food Pantry Supplies

 The grocery stores will be packed this week with people pushing baskets overflowing with all the fixins for Thanksgiving dinner. It’ll be hectic, it’ll be crazy and the cash registers will be working overtime. But there’s a growing group of Barrington families who won’t be making that big trip to the grocery store because times are really tight this year. … Read more…