306. Be Crowned the South Barrington Chili Champ

2011 Chili Champion at the South Barrington Arboretum

The results are in after Saturday’s “Chilly Challenge” Chili Cook-off in South Barrington. About 300 chili fans from in and around Barrington met at the South Barrington Arboretum Saturday afternoon to sample and vote for chili prepared by seven local restaurants.

2011 Chili Champion at the South Barrington Arboretum

I was one of the guest judges and snapped a few photos on the chili tour, which started at Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce & Bistro. A shuttle whisked the chili tasters off to all seven restaurants, which included Pinstripes, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Nozuzmi Asian & Japanese Cuisine, Gold Class Cinemas, L’Eiffel Bistrot & Creperie, Panera Bread and defending 2010 Chili Champion, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. That’s a lot of chili for only $10 and it was so much fun! Almost all of the participants cast ballots for their favorites at the very end and it was a very close vote. But the 2011 South Barrington Arboretum Chili Champion is…

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305. Join the 365 Barrington "Relay for Life" Team

American Cancer Society More Birthdays Campaign

There’s something really BIG happening in Barrington 130 days from today. It’s all about coming together as a community.  It’s all about watching more people celebrate more birthdays. It’s all about helping people with cancer survive. I’ve never been part of a “Relay for Life” before. But today I’m jumping into this campaign and hoping you might join me.

American Cancer Society More Birthdays Campaign

“A world with less cancer is a world with more birthdays.” That’s the idea behind this year’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Barrington’s relay is happening on Friday, June 10th, 2011 at Barrington High School Stadium. All of the money raised will help the American Cancer Society fund cancer research and campaigns that help with cancer detection, treatment and prevention. Sounds like a good cause to me!

So I spent a little time on the Barrington Relay for Life website this morning and decided to start a 365 Barrington Team. I’ve never started a team like this before and I’ll be about EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT when this relay happens. But I promise I’ll take some laps at good old BHS Stadium, big belly and all! Here’s how it works and what’s happening TONIGHT…

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304. 2nd Annual South Barrington Chili Cook-Off

Chili Cook-Off at the South Barrington Arboretum

If you like to eat chili, you do not want to miss the second annual “Chilly Challenge” Chili Cook-off at the South Barrington Arboretum. It’s happening TODAY, Saturday, January 29th, from 1 to 3PM.  They asked me to be a guest judge so I’ll  be there, but I could use your help. Why not skip the same-old sandwich for lunch today and join me in sampling some of the best chili South Barrington has to offer!

Chili Cook-Off at the South Barrington Arboretum

I will be one of several guest judges rating chili recipes from participating South Barrington restaurants.

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303. Smart Farm Frozen Zucchini Snowshoe Race

Frozen Zucchini Snowshoe Race in Barrington, Illinois

If you can’t beat the winter weather, why not have a little fun with it! The first annual “Frozen Zucchini Snowshoe Adventure” is happening at 10AM this Sunday, January 30th, at Ron Beese Park in Barrington. The name is perfect for this 5K race through the snow because its purpose is to support the Barrington Smart Farm’s community gardening initiative.

Frozen Zucchini Snowshoe Race in Barrington, Illinois

The “Smart Farm” is a group of local gardeners who grow fruits and vegetables in a community garden behind the fields at Ron Beese Park to donate to the Cuba Township food pantry. They also work to teach people about gardening, agriculture and the benefits of green living.

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302. 106th Annual Norge Ski Jump Tournament

Norge Ski Jump Tournament

One of the Barrington area’s biggest treasures is hosting their major event of the year this weekend. If you’ve ever been curious about the Norge Ski Club’s giant ski jumps in Fox River Grove, this is a great chance to check it all out. The 106th annual Norge Ski Jump Tournament is happening both Saturday and Sunday and some of the best ski jumpers from around the world will be competing right here in our own back yard.

There will be over 50 ski jumpers here to compete for cash prizes this weekend, including international jumpers representing teams from Canada, Norway, Finland and Poland.

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301. Solve Barrington Hot Dog Mystery & Win a Prize

Mystery Hotdog in Barrington, Illinois

I changed up the title to make today’s post sound exciting, but it’s just Wednesday.  That means it’s mystery photo day here at 365Barrington.com.  We’re revealing the winner of last week’s contest today.  But first, let’s get to this week’s photo, which features a mystery HOT DOG that exists somewhere in Barrington.  Can you guess where I was when I took this picture?

Mystery Hotdog in Barrington, Illinois

We’ll get to this week’s prize in a minute. But first, let’s talk about last week’s winner. Just moments ago my babysitter drew the winning name and it is…

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300. Discover the 365Barrington Community Calendar

Add an Event to the 365Barrington Community Calendar

Now that it’s day 300 here at 365Barrington, I thought it would be a good time to introduce you to one of the newer features you might not be aware that we have here on this website.  It’s our 365 Barrington Community Calendar and it’s one of the ways I keep track of all the cool things going on here in town.

Add an Event to the 365Barrington Community Calendar

To access the Community Calendar, all you have to do is find the “CALENDAR” tab at the top of this website. Or you can go there directly by clicking HERE or visiting 365Barrington.net/Events.

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299. Preschool 101 at the Barrington Area Library

Preschool Open Houst at the Barrington Area Library

When you’re new to being a mom like I am, there’s a lot to learn about getting your kids started in school.  Sometimes it’s overwhelming. From traditional preschools, to the Park District to Montessori classes, Barrington offers many choices for preschool and the Barrington Area Library is helping make those decisions easier by hosting a Preschool Enrichment Fair tomorrow night.

Preschool Open Houst at the Barrington Area Library

There will be representatives at the library from 22 area preschools from 6:30 to 8PM on Tuesday, January 25th. They’ll be there to answer all of your questions about things like registration, class size and the average day for students.

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297. Reenact the Chicago Bears’ "Super Bowl Shuffle"

Barrington Schools Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard

Barrington District 220 school administrators are channeling the 1985 Chicago Bears and reinterpreting the “Super Bowl Shuffle” as we head into tomorrow’s Bears/Packers battle for the NFC Championship.

Barrington Schools Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard

Yes, this is a picture of schools Superintendent and all-star rapper, Dr. “T-Diddy” Tom Leonard.  He’s joined by the Assistant Barrington High School Principal, Paul “Fo Shizzle” Gillette, Principal Steve “Hip-Hop” McWilliams and Buildings & Grounds Director, Tom “Da Bomb” Campagna on BHS-TV’s latest release.

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296. Find Ideas for Today’s Top Wedding Tablescapes

Wedding Details

When I go to a wedding, one of the things I most look forward to is seeing how the bride and groom set the mood with all the details, large and small. From the flowers, to the place cards to the way the tables are set, sometimes the little things are what I remember most. Our wedding was right before Valentine’s Day, so we chose red tablecloths and romantic lighting. To be honest, I should disclose that by “we”, I mean my mom and I. Bill was enthusiastically indifferent.

Wedding Details
Artisan Events Photography

But the one thing I wish I had when planning our wedding, was expert help. Barrington special events planner, Christina Currie would have been perfect for the job.

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295. Bridal Registry at the Barrington Home Shoppe

Barrington Home Shoppe Bridal Registry

One of the organizers of this Saturday’s 60010 Barrington Bridal Connection Show is THE go-to guy in town if you’re looking for remarkable gifts and beautiful accents for your home or table. His name is Rusty Hernandez and he’s the owner of the Barrington Home Shoppe.

Barrington Home Shoppe Bridal Registry

The Barrington Home Shoppe has been a local resource for brides-to-be for years. And Rusty says many of their clients come in looking for memorable gifts to give on milestone occasions, like weddings, anniversaries and new home purchases. So, a couple of years ago, he added a Barrington Home Shoppe Bridal Registry to the list of services they provide and it’s been a big success!

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

Guess Where Wednesday Weekly 365 Barrington Mystery Photo Contest

We have a winner from last week’s Mystery Photo Contest.  I tried to crop the photo to make it tricky, but ye guessers can not be fooled!  We’ll announce the winner in just a minute.  But first, we have a wedding theme going this week at 365Barrington.com in honor of this Saturday’s first annual 60010 Barrington Bridal Connection Show at the Ice House Mall.  And again, after considerable cropping, I have come up with another Wednesday mystery photo.  Who can guess where in Barrington I was when I took this picture?

Guess Where Wednesday Weekly 365 Barrington Mystery Photo Contest

We have a special prize for the winner of this new mystery photo contest.  But first, let’s talk about last week’s winner. Just moments ago we drew the winning name and it is…

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293. 1st Annual Barrington Bridal Connection Show

First Annual 60010 Barrington Bridal Connection

It’s wedding week here at 365Barrington.com!  The first annual 60010 Barrington Bridal Connection Show is happening this Saturday afternoon at Barrington’s Ice House Mall.  There will be over 50 local vendors available in an intimate and elegant setting to help you or your favorite bride-to-be plan the picture perfect wedding.

First Annual 60010 Barrington Bridal Connection

An army of Barrington’s wedding experts will all be under one roof from Noon until 4PM to feature their products and answer all of your bridal questions.

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292. Meet "Taco" – Barrington’s Award Winning Horse

Taco the Award Winning Horse at Walk On Farm

The new year is off to an exciting start for our friends at Walk On Farm in Barrington. It’s a riding center devoted to making life easier for people with disabilities and one of their therapeutic horses named “Taco”  just won a prestigious Equine of the Year award!

Taco the Award Winning Horse at Walk On Farm

The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, or NAHRA, gave Taco the award for the region that includes Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. The trainers at Walk On Farm say Taco is very deserving.

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