123. Enter the Spring Break 2012 Photo Contest

365 Barrington Spring Break Photo Contest

 Spring Break 2012 is winding down and school resumes for District 220 students next week. But who says the vacation has to end when school’s back in session? To help relive the best days of Spring Break 2012, we’re again hosting our 365Barrington.com Spring Break Photo Contest with some great local prizes on the line … Read more…

122. Make a Date with the Easter Bunny in Barrington

Easter Bunny Trail in Barrington, Illinois

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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121. Roz Puppets Perform “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

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 Here’s a great way treat the wee ones in your life to a little something special in Barrington this week!  Come see the Roz Puppets perform “The Emperor’s New Clothes” at the Barrington Area Library this Friday, March 30. The show starts at 10:15 and lasts until 10:50 this Friday morning in the library’s first … Read more…

119. Barrington EATS: Have a Spring Fling with Asparagus

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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

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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

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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:


“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

Barrington Celtic Fest - Photo Courtesy of Carrie Dodt at cdodtart.com

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

Ice House Mall Antique and Garden Show Sale

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”

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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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