99. Give it Up for “Melty the Snowman”

Post - Snowman Contest Winner

Well it turns out our recent snowstorm didn’t produce the best kind of snow for making snowmen. They couldn’t create the fleet of Frosties I’d envisioned during St. Matthew’s Snowman Building Day last weekend. But we still managed to find a winner for our 365 Barrington Snowman Contest. I just CAN NOT allow the Sweet Spot candy prize to go uneaten! Plus, I have this little policy of finishing what I start. So I set out to find our 365 Barrington Snowman Contest winner and I didn’t have to go far.

But I did feel like a big dork when my neighbor caught me taking a picture of the week-old, half-melted snowman in their front lawn. She says he looked a lot cuter last week.  She’s the same neighbor who recently watched me back out of the driveway, crash into our babysitter’s car and then drive away to get my daughter to preschool on time. So I think this one deserves a drumroll….

And the winner of the 365 Barrington Snowman Contest is…

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98. Snowman Building Day & Contest for Candy Prize

Post - Snowman Candy Head

They had to cancel the event due to a lack of snow last year, but thanks to our well-timed snowfall today, the St. Matthew Church Barrington Family Snowman Building Day IS ON for tomorrow and we’re all invited!!! So get your gear ready before bed tonight and have some sweet snowman dreams for a major community event that has inspired a new contest and tasty prize here at 365Barrington.com.

St. Matthew Church has a huge snowy field ready and waiting for Frostys of all shapes and sizes to to pop up tomorrow.  So the timing is perfect for our first ever 365 Barrington Snowman Photo Contest.   Whether you build a snowman at St. Matthew’s or find one chillin’ in your own yard or neighborhood, snap and submit a photo and you could win a delicious prize from one of the sweetest spots in Barrington!

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97. Get Lucky with ‘Year of the Dragon’ Menu at Pl8

Post - Chinese New Year - Year of the Dragon

A popular Barrington restaurant is making it easy to welcome the Chinese New Year this weekend and my mouth is watering just thinking about the festive menu and fun specials they’ve lined up.   The Chinese New Year officially starts on Monday, January 23rd, but they’ll be celebrating all weekend long at Pl8 Simply Asian with food and wine tastings, lucky surprises and symbolic menu specials to mark the Year of the Dragon.

They have a lot to celebrate at Pl8 Simply Asian in the new year. The restaurant is about to mark its first anniversary since they opened for business in Barrington. In the past year, Pl8 has built a great reputation for creating a whole new trend in Asian cuisine with an imaginative menu of classic Chinese dishes plus Japanese kitchen creations and sushi. Are you hungry yet? If not, read on for details about the special holiday menu that they’re serving as we speak…

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96. ‘Dance for a Difference’ with Bataille Academie Concert

Bataille Academie Dancers Martin Luther King Performance

Performers from Barrington’s Bataille Academie of the Danse are presenting a special concert called Dance for a Difference this Saturday to raise awareness and funds for five causes that touch many lives here in Barrington.

Courtesy of Bataille Academie of the Danse

Tomorrow’s performance is part of Bataille Academie’s Integrity Dance Project, a concert level dance opportunity where students learn from professional choreographers, perform in community venues  and give back to the community in important ways…

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95. ‘Express Yourself’ at Photo Exhibit’s Opening Night

"Express Yourself" Photo Contest, Courtesy of Thomas Balsamo

What would you picture if you were asked to photograph something that makes you laugh, cry, something you love, something beautiful or something you can’t live without?  Your images would undoubtedly speak volumes about your values, your personality and the people who matter to you most. Barrington portrait photographer, Thomas Balsamo, recently posed that challenge to 28 area special needs children in a contest called Express Yourself. With the help of special needs advocacy group, Barrington Area Special Voices, this project is the latest way Thomas has used his lens to both enlighten and empower.

"Express Yourself" Photo Contest, Courtesy of Thomas Balsamo

For the Express Yourself Photo Contest, Thomas armed contestants with cameras, confidence and a few tricks of his trade.  He paired them with local photography experts, encouraged them to explore and inspired them to share their feelings creatively.

Express Yourself Artists in Action, Courtesy of Thomas Balsamo

He rewarded their work with prizes and praise.  The project became the focus of his latest book and a brand new photography exhibit debuting in Barrington this week.  And now here’s where we come in…

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