187. “Rock the Ride” Music Fest for Bob Lee’s “3 Reasons”

Bob Lee Rides Again

This September, Barrington dad, grandfather, cancer survivor and avid cyclist, Bob Lee, will hop on his bike in Vancouver, Canada and ride 2,000 miles down the west coast, ending in Mexico.  Bob’s journey will be the third in a series of long distance rides, crossing a total of more than 12,000 miles and completing a philanthropic tour around the perimeter of the country.

Bob Lee Rides Again

At the end of Bob’s 2012 ride, he hopes to have raised $1 million for 3 causes before “The Bike Stops” on his family’s front lawn in Barrington’s Fox Point neighborhood.  That’s where he recently celebrated his 70th birthday along with dozens of neighbors and kids who rode there on, what else?  Their bikes!

Bob Lee’s Neighborhood Birthday Party

As if completing a 2,000 mile bike ride just after turning 70 isn’t remarkable enough, Bob will finish Part III of his “Ride for 3 Reasons” almost a decade after he was diagnosed with colon cancer.  This summer also marks Bob’s wife, Anne Lee’s second year as a breast-cancer survivor.  Facing cancer sparked a fire that Bob says is a major source of his pedal power.  “If someone hadn’t done a walk or run or some fundraiser, would the research dollars have been there to give us this opportunity?  This is our way of paying back a little bit.  I’m hoping to raise the funds to give researchers the resources to help other people.”

Bob Lee During his 2007 Ride for 3 Reasons

Supporting people with cancer is just one of Bob Lee’s 3 reasons.  He is also riding to help those diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and for people needing hospice care at the end of life.  “My toughest day going up over a mountain is nothing compared to someone getting up this morning with ALS and wondering what motor neurons aren’t going to work today and whether they’ll be able to pick things up, hug their kids, walk or talk.”  These are causes that have touched us all, in big ways and in small.  And that’s why we’re invited to celebrate Bob’s upcoming journey with Rock the Ride, a 9-hour music festival and party happening at the Brat Tent in Barrington’s North Metra Lot between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 1st.

The six local bands performing at the fest are The Road Not Taken (1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.), White Shadow (3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.), Moonlander (4:30 to 5:15 p.m.), Vinyl Richie (6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.), The Guys (7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.) and Between the Lines (9 p.m. to 10 p.m.).  There will also be Bataille Academie dance performances and activities for kids during the day.  Admission is $5 for adults after 6 p.m. and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Bob’s ride and put even more power in his pedals as he crosses the finish line before returning home by Thanksgiving.

Bob Lee During his 2007 Ride for 3 Reasons

Bob’s 3 rides for 3 reasons span 3 countries and involve volunteers from 3 generations working for the cause.  The easiest way to visualize the ground he will have covered is to see it on the map…

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186. Barrington EATS: Hot Toppings for Your Diggity Dog

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Some of us may not be proud that the number one food consumed in America in July is hot dogs. But it’s true. 155 million alone will be consumed this upcoming weekend according to the National Hot Dog council. I much prefer eating healthier options, as I know many of you agree. But on an occasion like this, I say if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

 

Dogs will be the option many places you go over the Fourth of July festivities, including our beloved Brat tent. And you can buy them cheaper right now than at any time during the year. I love experimenting with different flavors and condiments, and saucing up a hot dog the way they do it in other parts of the world can add to the fun.

If you are serving dogs this weekend, here’s some topping ideas from other parts of the country and world…

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185. Barrington 4th of July Fest & Brat Tent – At a Glance

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The Fourth of July festivities begin in Barrington this Friday, June 29th, so get ready for the return of the Barrington Brat Tent, 4th of July Parade, great food, fun for families and live concerts over the next six days.

The Brat Tent is all set up and ready to go for the six-day celebration and the schedule is packed with a great variety of fun activities for kids and adults. Here’s a look at what’s going on daily to help you plan your trips around your favorite festival features…

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184. Pop In to Help Teens at New Pop Up Art Gallery

Barrington Artist Janet Mamon

A Barrington artist opened a temporary a “Pop Up Gallery of Art” next door to the drive-through Starbucks on Northwest Highway in Barrington earlier this month. For the past four weeks, Janet Mamon has used the space to feature her art and host yoga classes, gong baths and Creative Journey workshops. And tonight, she’s giving back by hosting an art sale for a local cause devoted to helping kids with thoughts of suicide.

Janet says she’ll give 50% of the proceeds from the sale of her artwork tonight to HERE in Barrington, a coalition of youth, parents and community members providing resources to promote positive mental health and reduce the occurrence of suicide.  For Janet, it’s a cause that hits close to home.  “I was in that very place years ago and struggled as a teenager with some of my own thoughts….”

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183. Guess Where Wednesday & Last Week’s Winner

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It’s Wednesday and we’re exactly one week away from the Fourth of July.  So I tried my best to pick a patriotic mystery photo for you this week. This one might be a little tricky, but can you guess where in Barrington I was when I took this picture?

If you know where I was, just enter your guess in the comments box below. The rules are simple, the prize is sweet and I even have a clue for this week!

But first, it’s time to reveal last week’s mystery photo and announce our winner and her name is…

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182. Barrington EATS with Biltmore Chef Mike Battaglia

Biltmore Golf, Beach & Tennis Club Executive Chef, Mike Battaglia

If you’ve read my blogs, you know that I often refer to cooking as a sport.  I recently met Mike Battaglia, the Executive Chef at Biltmore Golf, Beach & Tennis Club in North Barrington, and I’m telling you he is a player. Major Leagues. The kind who is always in the game, covering the whole field and going above and beyond average play. He changes up his strategy (menus), stays on top of changes in the industry (ingredients) and covers all the bases (making the most sense with his food).

Biltmore Golf, Beach & Tennis Club Executive Chef, Mike Battaglia

Getting a chance to chat with a chef who plays this well is always a treat and inspiration. Chef Mike’s passion for his food is evident. And, to him, flavor is so important… as it should be for any great chef. So, Mike took us on a tour of his kitchen home base, showing us where he creates the meals for the Biltmore Country Club dining rooms that host weekly dinner menus and scheduled and private events…

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181. Toad the Wet Sprocket at South Barrington Arboretum Music Fest

South Barrington Arboretum Music Fest

Anyone up for a FREE music festival this weekend?  Prepare to flash back to the 90’s because Toad the Wet Sprocket is one of ten bands performing at the Arboretum of South Barrington’s two-day Block Party and Music Fest, which starts at noon tomorrow.

There’s a great lineup of performers for both Saturday and Sunday, but the headlining band is Toad the Wet Sprocket performing at 8:30 on Saturday night. Named in honor of a sketch by the Monty Python comedy troupe, this 4-piece band of Santa Barbara, CA high school cronies came to be known as Toad the Wet Sprocket in 1986. The band’s big commercial breakthrough came in 1991 (the year I graduated from high school) as the single “All I Want” became a Top 20 hit. Another single from Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Fear LP, “Walk on the Ocean,” also became a successful track for the band.

Here’s a look at the scheduled performers for the fest and an oldie but goodie by Toad the Wet Sprocket…

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180. Ride Hogwarts Express & Tour the Train Lady’s Railway Gardens

Ride Hogwart's Express at the Train Lady's House

The Train Lady is opening the doors of her private property tomorrow, June 23rd, to let the public view her amazing train garden railways and she has some exciting new highlights planned for this year. If you’ve never seen her gardens, you do not want to miss this awesome opportunity to experience something really special and only found right here in North Barrington. Train Lady, Elaine Silets, has been hosting tours of her property once a year since 1990, but this year she’ll be introducing us all to some very special guests.

Train Lady Elaine Silets

Elaine designs model railroad gardens for a living and your jaw will drop when you see the garden scenes she’s created in her own back yard. It’s 10 luscious acres she calls Gardens at Wandering Tree.

The grounds are covered with gorgeous flowering gardens, laced with miniature tracks and spotted with whimsical model train vignettes.

One of many highlights is the Glorée & Tryumfant Garden Railway, complete with 6,000 square feet of waterfalls, streams, lakes, bridges, trestles, city and country scenes.  And Elaine is raving about her roses this year, “I don’t know what happened to the roses, but I think they got hormones from this weather.  They’re absolutely gorgeous!”

Her gardens are stunning, but one of my kids’ favorite features is Elaine’s train which carries children as passengers and circles around her drive. It’s called “Hogwarts Express” and tomorrow it’ll be the hottest ticket in town!

Ride Hogwart’s Express at the Train Lady’s House

More details on her gardens in a minute, but first, here’s what’s new this year…

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179. Find Fresh Foods at the Barrington Farmers Market

Photo Courtesy of Anthony Tortoriello and ATortPhotography.com

The Barrington Farmers Market returns for its 12th season today and that means our kitchens will soon be stocked with some of the freshest produce and treats you can find here in Barrington. It’s also a great excuse to share this almost edible image captured by local photographer, Anthony Tortoriello. Go ahead, take a bite!

Photo Courtesy of Anthony Tortoriello and ATortPhotography.com

There’s a great lineup of vendors for this year’s weekly market, including some new additions to the list of past favorite…

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178. Guess Where Wednesday & Last Week’s Winner

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It’s Wednesday and that means it’s game day here at 365Barrington.com. We have a new “Guess Where Wednesday” mystery photo for you today. All you have to do is guess where in Barrington I was when I took this picture to win a prize.

If you know where I was, just enter your guess in the comments box below. The rules are simple, the prize is sweet and I even have a clue for this week!

But first, it’s time to reveal last week’s mystery photo and announce our winner and her name is…

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