122. Make a Date with the Easter Bunny in Barrington

122.  Make a Date with the Easter Bunny in Barrington

As Easter quickly approaches, the big bunny has scheduled dozens of appearances in Barrington with eggs and treats in his basket for all to enjoy. Peter Cottontail will kick off the holiday festivities with egg hunting and a bunny breakfast in Barrington this weekend and he’ll continue his appearances around town in the days leading up to Easter

To help you book some bunny time before Easter, 365Barrington.com has compiled a complete list of the the Easter Bunny’s appearances in town, in chronological order.  He is going to be ONE BUSY BUNNY!  Here’s a peek at his packed schedule:

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119. Barrington EATS: Have a Spring Fling with Asparagus

119. Barrington EATS: Have a Spring Fling with Asparagus

If you are one of the many Barrington residents who happened to see my Barrington Garden Faire or Barrington Farmers’ Market cooking demos last Spring, perhaps you remember me for my 30 Spectacular Salads cookbook. But more likely it’s for the Black Bean Asparagus Salad.

While at both venues I demonstrated and sampled salads that included Orzo Salad, Chick Pea Mango Salad, Carrot Basil and Feta Salad, Beet and Goat Cheese Salad, Crunchy Green Bean Salad and others that people told me were their absolute favorites, but the salad that people always came back to tell me they made… over and over and over again… was the Black Bean Asparagus. No surprise as it is delicious, looks pretty, is virtually fat-free and goes with just about anything!

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118. Be Discovered at Ice House Mall Beauty Pageant

118. Be Discovered at Ice House Mall Beauty Pageant

If you know someone with serious style or a sparkling smile that lights up any room, talent scouts will be at the Ice House Mall in Barrington this weekend for the 3rd annual Sunburst Model Search and Baby Contest. The show will be this Saturday, March 24th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is FREE to attend.

The age groups represented in this contest range from infants to adults up to 27 years old and the baby pageant is open to both boys and girls. Every contestant in the baby pageant will receive a crown and trophy for their hard work and beautiful smiles, so everyone’s a winner! Do you think your child has what it takes to rise above the rest?

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117. Prepare a St. Pat’s Day Feast Like Chef Kelly Donlea

117. Prepare a St. Pat’s Day Feast Like Chef Kelly Donlea

You’re never going to believe this! Barrington mom, local chef and cookbook author, Kelly Donlea, is sharing her top secret family recipe for Glazed Corned Beef this St. Paddy’s day. If you’re planning an Irish feast at home this weekend, you should try this Barrington-version of a traditional corned beef brisket. This recipe is so special, it has been passed down for generations. Kelly says the secret is in the glaze and she’s revealing the key ingredients with our very first “Barrington Eats” food feature right here at 365Barrington.com.

Here’s Kelly’s scoop on her family’s corned beef classic:

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“My husband’s Grandmother, Elizabeth Donlea, was the wife of Frank Donlea who grew up on Donlea Road in Barrington Hills. “Liz” lived, bowled and socialized in Barrington for the better part of her 93 years. She passed away in 2003, but left several great legacies to my family, the two most notable being my daughters’ beautiful red hair, and her recipe for Glazed Corned Beef.

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116. Celebrate St. Patrick at Barrington Celtic Fest, 2012

116. Celebrate St. Patrick at Barrington Celtic Fest, 2012

The Village of Barrington is bracing for a blast of blarney and a sea of green downtown this weekend.  Doors open at the second annual Barrington Celtic Fest at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning.  If you’re in the mood for some Irish music, corned beef and St. Patrick’s Day fun,  then toss on your favorite four-leaf clover shirt and head over to McGonigal’s Pub in the heart of downtown Barrington for the festivities.  The tent’s all set up, the forecast is unseasonably warm and you’ll be pleased to find that this 2-day, family-friendly fest offers far more than just food and spirits.

In addition to a tasty menu of traditional Irish foods, Celtic Fest will offer up great live music, performances and guest appearances.  The fest is FREE, though a small donation will be requested to help support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life coming up in Barrington this June.  It’s a small price to pay for a great cause and a full lineup of live music on the schedule at the fest all weekend long.

Photo Courtesy of Carrie Dodt at cdodtart.com

Here’s what you can expect each day at this year’s Celtic Fest and McGonigal’s Pub

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115. 3rd Annual Ice House Mall Antique & Garden Show

115.  3rd Annual Ice House Mall Antique & Garden Show

This prematurely-warm March weather may have you taking a closer look at your winter-crippled garden earlier than normal this year.  So the timing couldn’t be more perfect for the Ice House Mall’s third annual Antique and Garden show sale which starts today in Barrington.

You’ll find plenty of ideas, inspirations and items to help you revive your indoor and outdoor décor at this year’s show. Presented by Barrington antique dealer and merchant, Tivoli Garden Antiques, the FREE event runs through this Saturday, March 17th, and features a variety of vintage home and garden furniture, jewelry, clothing and accessories for sale.  Ice House Mall Marketing Director, Maria Straussner says, “It’s a nice event for the community to come do something different…

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114. Share the Secret Password During “March for Meals”

114. Share the Secret Password During “March for Meals”

Pssst! Did you hear about the secret password that you can use at several Barrington restaurants this month? If you use the password when placing your order, participating restaurants will make a donation to help fund two programs that feed senior citizens in the Barrington area. The password is “BACOA”.  It stands for the Barrington Area Council on Aging and this is one case where you’ll pay it forward when you pass it on.

Each year in March, the Barrington Area Council on Aging partners with local restaurants to promote the March for Meals campaign. The initiative is sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America and is a nationwide effort to raise awareness about senior hunger and nutrition programs for older adults. Did you know that, in 2011, volunteers from local churches and organizations delivered almost 3,600 meals to the homes of close to 50 senior citizens in Barrington? These are seniors who are unable to go grocery shopping or prepare meals on their own. These daily visits also serve as a well-being check, in the form of a friendly face and a hot noon meal five days a week.

“Sometimes it’s the only person they’ll see that day.” BACOA’s communication director, Sarah Hoban, says Meals with Wheels makes a big difference in many daily lives. “If seniors are home bound, if they have moved here to be with family, if their friends have moved away or are on assisted living or are no longer living, it’s very easy to become isolated and that’s not good for anybody.”

Bringing seniors together socially is the purpose of another popular BACOA meals program that happens each Monday at the Barrington Park District.  Dozens of seniors meet weekly with friends for lunch, games and special presentations.  1,438 lunches were served to 85 people with BACOA’s Senior Lunch and Activity Program at the Park District in 2011.


Helping support these programs is as easy as choosing the right restaurant this month. Mention BACOA when you place your order on the following dates at these Barrington restaurants and they’ll make a donation to Barrington Area Council on Aging thanks to your purchase:

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113. Visit Barrington’s Sunday Open Houses, March 11

113. Visit Barrington’s Sunday Open Houses, March 11

If you’re up for checking out the Barrington homes for sale with scheduled open houses this Sunday, March 11th, I put together a list to make it easy for you. And if you’re not in the market for a new home, hopefully these weekly open house lists here at 365Barrington.com will help you get a feel for what’s for sale and where!

There are sixteen open houses scheduled in Barrington for Sunday, March 11.  The open house times for each address vary, so the first list includes the properties based on the hours they’re open. Then, we have the good stuff, a full list of open houses with photos and links.  If you click on the blue property addresseses, that’ll take you to the even more listing details and dozens more photos for each home…

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111. Win a $500 Spree at the Barrington Community Expo

111. Win a $500 Spree at the Barrington Community Expo

I’ve never won a “spree” before, but I hope to this weekend.  That’s right, a $500 local shopping spree is UP FOR GRABS at one of the hottest events happening in Barrington on Saturday, March 10.  Oh, and Elmo’s going to be there, too.  Does it get more exciting than that?  Out of the way, neighbors!  I’m coming to hang with Elmo and win my spree at the Barrington Community Expo!!!

The Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Barrington Community Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. TOMORROW, March 10th, at the Langendorf Center at the Barrington Park District.  There will be great activities for kids going on so you can focus on checking out dozens of the Barrington area’s most successful businesses, win prizes and get free health screenings to assess your blood pressure, posture, muscle tone and stress levels.  There’s nothing a $500 shopping spree can’t cure!

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110. Growing Cents of Style Children’s Consigment Sale

110. Growing Cents of Style Children’s Consigment Sale

The scent of spring was in the air this week and, for the first time in months, the weather’s starting to feel a little more welcoming. Daylight savings is this Sunday, the sun is shining a little bit brighter and the temperature is starting to rise.  It occurred to me this week that now’s the time to start getting my kids’ warm weather wardrobe together. At 3 years, 2 years and 7-months-old, my kids need new sizes every season so there’s no way I’m missing the Growing Cents of Style consignment sale that’s going on this weekend, March 10th and 11th, in Barrington!


A Barrington mom named Jenny Welsh has been organizing two seasonal Growing Cents of Style consignment sales a year since the fall of 2006 and the event grows by leaps and bounds each year. “The event has grown from 43 consignors at our first sale to over 300 at our upcoming sale. I have consignors from all over the Chicago area and Wisconsin. We will have over 20,000 items for sale this weekend and will see over 1,000 shoppers this sale…”

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109. COOKIE-UP for the Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary

109. COOKIE-UP for the Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary

The Girl Scouts are serving up some major history with their beloved cookies this March. If you see any Girl Scouts selling cookies throughout Barrington over the next few weeks, ask them how it feels to be 100 years old. The group is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA on March 12. This Tuesday, the author of a brand new biography about the Girl Scouts’ founder will be speaking at the Barrington Area Library. And we have a full schedule of where and when Girl Scouts will be stationed in Barrington to help fill your pantries with all the Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs you can eat.

The Girl Scouts first started the tradition of selling cookies in 1933, eleven years after the group was founded. Today, the Girl Scouts say their $760 million Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates immeasurable benefits for girls, their councils and communities nationwide. Girls set cookie goals to support their chosen activities for the year and selling cookies helps them develop skills like goal setting, money management and business ethics.

Juliette Gordon Low (Center)

It’s all a product of Girl Scouts founder, Juliette Gordon Low’s mission to teach girls self-reliance, resourcefulness and how to find ways to serve their communities. Low organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting of 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912.  The group has since grown to 3.7 million members, including the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, the council that serves the girls here in Barrington.  Just in time for the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary celebration, the Barrington Area Library is excited to welcome Stacy Cordery, the author of a brand new biography about Juliette Gordon Low’s life this upcoming Tuesday, March 6th, 2012.  Cordery will be at the library at 1:30 to discuss her book, Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts.  Cordery is a biographer, historian and a professor at Monmouth College.  You can read more about her own bio and her new book at StacyCordery.com.

Cordery’s book will be available for purchase and signing at the library event on Tuesday.  You’ll find more information about Cordery’s visit and can register for the event at BALibrary.org and you’ll find the library at 505 N. Northwest Highway in Barrington.

In the meantime, if you’re like me and have yet to stock up on your cookies this year, you can find out where Girl Scouts are selling boxes near you with the Cookie Finder at GirlScoutCookies.org and here’s a list of upcoming places and times when the Girl Scouts will be stationed and selling cookies throughout Barrington…

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