December 2010

275. Ring in the New Year, Barrington-Style

Ring in the New Year, Barrington Style

2010 is quickly coming to a close and there are a number of great parties going on throughout Barrington tonight for those of you who want to ring in the new year, Barrington-style.  And did you hear that actor Vince Vaughn dropped into Chessies 111 Grille for lunch yesterday with his new wife and baby?  […]

274. Barrington Holiday Lights Love Story

Holiday Lights on Old Oak Road in Barrington

There’s an elaborate holiday lights display in Barrington that’s been drawing crowds at Christmastime for the past 12 years. But there’s a love story behind these lights that I never knew until I knocked on the front door. Vern Hagenbring and his family built the home at 100 Old Oak Road in Barrington back in […]

273. Behold the Work of Barrington’s Clark Griswold

2010 Barrington Griswold Award

There is one category in the 365 Barrington holiday lights contest that I wasn’t so sure about. After all, could Barrington actually have it’s own version of Clark Griswold, one of the best holiday characters EVER, played to perfection by Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? We searched for him and, YES, we found […]

272. Say Thanks to the "Colored Lights Champion"

365 Barrington Holiday Lights Contest

We found our Colored Lights Champion! His name is Troy Wiseman and, if you’ve driven west of Barrington High School on Lake Cook Road, there’s no way you could have missed his family’s bright and beautiful home. The Wisemans are a family of six. Troy and his wife have four boys and moved to Barrington […]

271. See the Lights in the "North Pole Neighborhood"

Riverwalk Neighborhood Holiday Lights

We’re announcing our first winner of the first ever holiday lights contest. The winning category is “North Pole Neighborhood” and the award goes to… Six homes on Manchester Lane in Port Barrington’s Riverwalk neighborhood have coordinated their lights displays and set them to music.

270. Go Behind the Scenes at Barrington’s Post Office

Holday Rush at the Barrington Post Office

It’s been a very busy month for one group of Barrington workers in particular.  The men and women of the Barrington post office have been working overtime, lifting packages, sorting cards and delivering heaps of holiday mail to make sure all of our packages and cards arrived on time this year.  I stopped by the […]

269. Wish You a Merry Christmas

Christmas Day in Barrington, Illinois

The presents are unwrapped. The feasts are finished. The dishes are clean. My family is back home again and cookie crumbs, ripped ribbons and a tangle of new toys are all that remain after Christmas 2010. But before I call it a night, I wanted to say one more Merry Christmas for the year to […]

268. Have a Seat with Santa on Christmas Eve

Kids Visit Santa

For the first time ever, today, our two-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son met Santa Claus. It was a close encounter of the quickest kind. About 60 seconds on his lap and they were off, with no tears! Just a sideways glance at my camera to mark this “first” for our photo books. When I approached […]

267. On The Menu: Ambrosia Gingerbread Houses

Ambrosia Gingerbread Housese

It’s the eve of Christmas Eve and and I’ll be cooking for tomorrow’s family festivities late into the night.  With my favorite holiday foods on my mind and in my oven, I thought today would be the perfect day to debut a brand new feature we’ll regularly be running here at called “On the […]

266. Be Invited to Sing at The White House

Barrington High School Vocal Students Perform at the White House

The Barrington High School Madrigals just returned home from Washington D.C. after performing at the White House this week. The Junior and Senior students toured monuments between three days worth of performances at eight locations, including the White House, the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Old Post Office, the historic Willard Hotel, the National Christmas Tree […]

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