365Barrington.com http://365barrington.com On thing to do each day in Barrington, Illinois Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:48:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 246. VIDEO: Barrington ALS Donations Surge After Recent Wave of Ice Bucket Challenges http://365barrington.com/2014/08/30/246-video-barrington-als-donations-surge-after-ice-bucket-challenges/ http://365barrington.com/2014/08/30/246-video-barrington-als-donations-surge-after-ice-bucket-challenges/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:09:33 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=188354 Barrington’s team taking part in the upcoming Les Turner ALS Foundation Walk for Life has seen a surge in donations as Ice Bucket Challenges ripple throughout the community. With weeks left to give before the September 21st walk, the team has already surpassed their goal of raising $100,000 and reached about $115,000 in funds raised […]]]>

Barrington’s team taking part in the upcoming Les Turner ALS Foundation Walk for Life has seen a surge in donations as Ice Bucket Challenges ripple throughout the community. With weeks left to give before the September 21st walk, the team has already surpassed their goal of raising $100,000 and reached about $115,000 in funds raised to date!  The Barrington 220 Board of Education added to the momentum by taking the challenge during half-time at Barrington High School’s varsity football game against Jacobs Friday night.

The Barrington 220 Board of Education takes the Ice Bucket Challenge during the BHS vs. Jacobs varsity football game Friday night - Photographed by Sarah Dowdy

The Barrington 220 Board of Education takes the Ice Bucket Challenge during the BHS vs. Jacobs varsity football game Friday night – Photographed by Sarah Dowdy

The board was challenged by Barrington 220′s new Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brian Harris, during the community Ice Bucket Challenge on August 21st at the gazebo in downtown Barrington.

The Barrington 220 Board of Education takes the Ice Bucket Challenge during the BHS vs. Jacobs varsity football game Friday night - Photo courtesy of Ravi Khurana

The Barrington 220 Board of Education takes the Ice Bucket Challenge during the BHS vs. Jacobs varsity football game Friday night – Photo courtesy of Ravi Khurana

As James Owen reports, well known business and community leaders gathered at the gazebo to get soaked for the cause, spreading the challenge to dozens of others throughout the community.

Barrington’s team taking part in the upcoming Les Turner ALS Walk for life is called Paul Launer’s Iron Horse Brigade and they’re walking on behalf of a Barrington father-of-two who was diagnosed with ALS in June of 2011.  The team currently consists of 145 members who will represent Barrington during the September 21st walk at Soldier Field.  Team leader, Sue Randall was among the first to take the Ice Bucket challenge locally when she stepped up to get the bucket in early August.

Pat and Vince Foglia of the Foglia Family Foundation wrote the Les Turner ALS Foundation a $50,000 check yesterday in a donation promised to match the team’s first $50,000 raised.  During the team’s first year taking part in the ALS Walk for Life last year, Paul Launer’s Iron Horse Brigade raised $80,000.  At $115,000, they’ve broken records for the most money raised by a team in Chicago’s walk and the fundraising continues. CLICK HERE to learn more, to sign up or to contribute to the cause and enjoy this video of the Barrington 220 school board getting soaked for ALS before a packed stadium at BHS. (Video courtesy of BHS-TV’s Ravi Khurana and teacher, Jeff Doles.)

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245. Back to School Photo Contest Winners REVEALED! http://365barrington.com/2014/08/29/245-back-to-school-photo-contest-winners-revealed/ http://365barrington.com/2014/08/29/245-back-to-school-photo-contest-winners-revealed/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:40:54 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=188250 I’ve been inspired by the images submitted in our Back to School Photo Contest and snapped one of our two oldest kids for our own family album this morning.  We’ve been adjusting to new bedtimes and teachers and it feels great to be settling into our new full-day routine at a brand new school. We […]]]>

I’ve been inspired by the images submitted in our Back to School Photo Contest and snapped one of our two oldest kids for our own family album this morning.  We’ve been adjusting to new bedtimes and teachers and it feels great to be settling into our new full-day routine at a brand new school.

Back to School, 2014

Back to School, 2014

We had over a dozen submissions in this year’s contest and I had my kids draw the names of our winners out of a hat.  Our contest prizes all come from Avalon Salon and Day Spa at Deer Park Town Center.  I’ll be in touch with all winners today to share prize details and here’s a look at all of our entries together before we reveal the winners.  Take a look at all of these bright and shiny faces!

365 Barrington Back to School Photo Contest, 2014

365 Barrington Back to School Photo Contest, 2014

The first place prize is a “Romantic Grandeur Hair Makeover” at Avalon, with a full hair cut, color and makeup from Aveda’s new “Romantic Grandeur Collection”.  In addition to a new hairstyle for fall, this winner will also receive a full makeup application. And the winner is…

Kerry Sorenson!

Kerry shared a photo of her two kids on their first day of school with this caption: “The pictures go together, I think.” Yes!  I agree, Kerry.  Your two angels look like they know how to make a little mischief!   Thank you for entering our contest and congratulations for being one of our three winners.

Back to School with the Sorensons - Submitted by mom, Kerry Sorenson

Back to School with the Sorensons – Submitted by mom, Kerry Sorenson

Back to School with the Sorensons - Submitted by mom, Kerry Sorenson

Back to School with the Sorensons – Submitted by mom, Kerry Sorenson

Our second place prize goes to the only dad who entered a photo in our contest and it’s perfect for a busy guy on the go.  Ed Kaminski WINS this prize which is a 2014 fall men’s hair cut. Avalon’s stylists were just recently trained on the hottest new looks in men’s hair, including razor cuts for a clean and easy new “do” for the new season.  So we hope you love your new look, Ed!  And thank you for sharing Tyler’s sweet photo on his first day of first grade.

Tyler Kaminski's first day of 1st grade at Grove School - Submitted by Ed Kaminski

Tyler Kaminski’s first day of 1st grade at Grove School – Submitted by Ed Kaminski

And we were very excited to see a familiar face in this year’s third place prize winning photo submitted by mom, Dawn Van Ryn! Dawn’s prize is Avalon’s mani/pedi of the month with her choice of from OPI’s latest nail color collection.

Dawn shared a photo of her daughter Madilyn and says she is “SO excited to back to Hough for First Grade!”   We remember Madilyn’s face from the photo Dawn entered in last year’s contest when she was headed to kindergarten.  Take a look at the side-by-side photos of Madilyn from her first days of school last year and this year.  What a difference a year makes! Note to self: Don’t forget to prepare a cute frame and chalk board so our back to school photos look as clever as these do next year :).

Madilyn on her first days of Kindergarten & First Grade - Submitted by Mom, Dawn Van Ryn

Madilyn on her first days of Kindergarten & First Grade – Submitted by Mom, Dawn Van Ryn

Madilyn on her first day of first grade - Submitted by mom, Dawn Van Ryn

Madilyn on her first day of first grade – Submitted by mom, Dawn Van Ryn

How I wish we had prizes to give away to all who participated in this year’s Back to School Photo Contest.   But, stay tuned.  We have more fun photo contests in the works with some awesome prizes on the line.  In the meantime, please enjoy this look at all of the images and captions we received this year.  We loved looking at each and every photo and hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

The Gaul Brothers

“10th and 2nd Grade” – mom, Linda Gaul

The Gaul Brothers Head to 10th and 2nd Grade - Submitted by Mom, Linda Gaul

The Gaul Brothers Head to 10th and 2nd Grade – Submitted by Mom, Linda Gaul

Kopecky Kids’ First Day of School

“First Day of 1st and 3rd Grade.” – Submitted by mom, Windy Kopecky

"First Day of 1st and 3rd Grade." - Submitted by mom, Windy Kopecky

“First Day of 1st and 3rd Grade.” – Submitted by mom, Windy Kopecky

The Kepler Sisters

“Emily Kepler starting 4th grade and Eleanor Kepler starting 2nd grade at Grove Avenue School. Both have backpacks from local store Grassroots!” – Submitted by mom, Melanie Kepler

The Kepler Sisters on the First Day of 4th & 2nd Grade - Submitted by Mom, Melanie Kepler

The Kepler Sisters on the First Day of 4th & 2nd Grade – Submitted by Mom, Melanie Kepler

The Kepler Sisters on the First Day of 4th & 2nd Grade - Submitted by Mom, Melanie Kepler

The Kepler Sisters on the First Day of 4th & 2nd Grade – Submitted by Mom, Melanie Kepler

Middle School, Here We Come!

“The middle school bus stop.” – Submitted by mom, Kathy Lane

The Middle School Bus Stop - Submitted by Mom, Kathy Lane

The Middle School Bus Stop – Submitted by Mom, Kathy Lane

Payton Muhs – BHS Freshman

“The sunset on a fun summer vacation but Payton Muhs woke up bright and early at 5:15 am to start his first day as a freshman at BHS. His bus pick up is at 6:01am… His annual first day of school photo was taken as the sun was rising. First time ever his mom had to use a flash for this annual pic!” – Payton’s Mom, Doreen Colletti Muhs

Payton Muhs on his First Day as a Freshman at BHS - Submitted by mom, Doreen Colletti Muhs

Payton Muhs on his First Day as a Freshman at BHS – Submitted by mom, Doreen Colletti Muhs

Quentin’s Favorite Teacher

“First Day with a long time and favorite Lines teacher, Vickie Marienau!  Quentin Muhs is a third grader!” -  Submitted by mom, Doreen Colletti Muhs

Quentin Muhs Starts 3rd Grade at Lines - Submitted by Mom, Doreen Colletti Muhs

Quentin Muhs Starts 3rd Grade at Lines – Submitted by Mom, Doreen Colletti Muhs

Back to School for the Neuman Kids

“4th grade and a 4-year-old. My home daycare starts back to school week too!” – Submitted by mom, Kristen Neuman

4th Grader and a 4-year-old - Submitted by mom, Kristen Neuman

4th Grader and a 4-year-old – Submitted by mom, Kristen Neuman

Jack Paulus – 6th Grader at Station Middle School

“My son Jack’s 1st day of 6th grade at Station middle school. He insisted that we take a picture :-)” – Submitted by mom, Amy Paulus

Jack on his First Day of Sixth Grade at Barrington Middle School, Station Campus - Submitted by mom, Amy Paulus

Jack on his First Day of Sixth Grade at Barrington Middle School, Station Campus – Submitted by mom, Amy Paulus

Jack on his First Day of Sixth Grade at Barrington Middle School, Station Campus - Submitted by mom, Amy Paulus

Jack on his First Day of Sixth Grade at Barrington Middle School, Station Campus – Submitted by mom, Amy Paulus

Back to School for the Sahinoglu Brothers

“Alex’s First Day of 1st Grade!” – Submitted by Mom, Jennifer Sahinoglu

Alex's First day of First Grade - Submitted by Mom, Jennifer Sahinoglu

Alex’s First day of First Grade – Submitted by Mom, Jennifer Sahinoglu

Max's First day of Kindergarten - Submitted by Mom, Jennifer Sahinoglu

Max’s First day of Kindergarten – Submitted by Mom, Jennifer Sahinoglu

Mary’s First Day of 4th Grade

“Mary’s first day of 4th grade, riding her bike to school alone for the first time because her big sister is at middle school now.” – Submitted by mom, Kristen Stedman

Mary's First Day of 4th Grade - Submitted by Mom, Kristen Stedman

Mary’s First Day of 4th Grade – Submitted by Mom, Kristen Stedman

Mary's First Day of 4th Grade - Submitted by Mom, Kristen Stedman

Mary’s First Day of 4th Grade – Submitted by Mom, Kristen Stedman

Big Brother Says Goodbye

“We will miss our 1st grader big brother who will be gone ALL day. What time will you be home?” – Submitted by mom, Stacey Tomczak

Back to School with the Tomczaks - Submitted by mom, Stacey Tomczak

Back to School with the Tomczaks – Submitted by mom, Stacey Tomczak

Williams Kids Head to Second Grade

“Ready for 2nd grade!” – Submitted by mom, Heather Williams

"Ready for 2nd grade!" - Submitted by Mom, Heather Williams

“Ready for 2nd grade!” – Submitted by Mom, Heather Williams

Jones Kids Head Back to School

First Day of School for Parker & Logan Jones – Submitted by mom, Lisa Jones

First Day of School for Parker and Logan Jones!  - Submitted by Mom, Lisa Jones

First Day of School for Parker and Logan Jones! – Submitted by Mom, Lisa Jones

First Day of School for Parker and Logan Jones!  - Submitted by Mom, Lisa Jones

First Day of School for Parker and Logan Jones! – Submitted by Mom, Lisa Jones

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244. Gentleman Farmer’s Guide to Choosing Healthy Eggs http://365barrington.com/2014/08/28/244-gentleman-farmer-guide-to-choosing-healthy-eggs/ http://365barrington.com/2014/08/28/244-gentleman-farmer-guide-to-choosing-healthy-eggs/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:47:25 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=188174 It’s Farmers Market day in Barrington!  This week’s featured highlights include a performance by Frank Badot, “the best chocolate and caramel sauces you will ever taste” from Grown-up Kid Stuff plus an amazin’ corn children’s activity at 3:30.  Jessica Green of The Gentleman Farmer says we’re going to love this week’s harvest from their Barrington […]]]>

It’s Farmers Market day in Barrington!  This week’s featured highlights include a performance by Frank Badot, “the best chocolate and caramel sauces you will ever taste” from Grown-up Kid Stuff plus an amazin’ corn children’s activity at 3:30.  Jessica Green of The Gentleman Farmer says we’re going to love this week’s harvest from their Barrington Hills farm so be sure to pay the Greens a visit if you stop by the market between 2 and 7 today.  She’s also sharing an update in her “Get Growing with Jessica Green” series today that’ll help take some of the guesswork out of shopping for the best eggs to feed your family.

The Gentleman Farmer's  Jessica Green on Gardening, Farming, Food and Family

The Gentleman Farmer’s Jessica Green on Farming, Food and Family

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Gentleman Farmer’s Guide to Choosing Healthy Eggs

by Jessica Green – Mother-of-two and Co-Founder of The Gentleman Farmer

There is nothing that slows down a grocery run more than when eggs are on your list and you care about where they come from. I found myself sitting in front of the refrigerated section carefully studying the different brands of eggs the other day at a new grocery store – unsuccessful in finding an option that was satisfying. I could find organic eggs – which sounds great—but did they come from pastured hens? I found cage free – which is nice, but was beak trimming a practice because of close quarters? I found free-range, but how long were they outside and how much space did they have to roam and were they organic?

Get Growing with Jessica Green - All About Eggs

The Gentleman Farmer’s Guide to Choosing Healthy Eggs

It really is mind boggling, and with my children tugging at my shirt, threatening to do cart races down the aisles, I had to pick something and quick! So I went for the eggs that came from pastured hens but were not organic. Then when I got home, I made a mental note to pick up some eggs at the next farmer’s market from a farmer friend I trust.

So here’s the 411 on eggs: It’s all about what’s important to you!

Eggs that are sold simply as organic, most likely, are being fed organic corn feed, which qualifies the eggs as being considered organic. Unless otherwise specified these hens are still kept indoors, possibly in cages and possibly in very close quarters.

Eggs that are sold as cage-free are out of cages, but not necessarily given access to the outdoors.

Eggs that are sold as free-range are out of cages, and free to roam outdoors but the quality and duration of their time outdoors is not defined.

Eggs that are sold as pastured spend all day outside, are able to perch and spread their wings and come in at night. Pastured is not a certified term, but a little research can point you in the right direction of which labels are staying true to their marketing.

What makes a hen healthy is not just about what its daily diet is but also how it is treated. After all a happy hen is a healthy hen!

The Low Down on Eggs

“A happy hen is a healthy hen!” – Photo Submitted by Jessica Green

When it comes to certification agencies Animal Welfare Approved requires its hens to have the following:

* ability to nest, perch and spread its wings

* required outdoor access

* specified quality and duration of access

* forbidden beak trimming

* forbidden forced molting

* compliance verification of a 3rd party

Other agencies such as Food Alliance Certified and Certified Humane require the following for their hens:

* ability to nest, perch and spread its wings

* forbidden forced molting

* compliance verification of a 3rd party

The only requirements of a farm for American Humane Certified agency is that forced molting is forbidden and compliance of a 3rd party.

Beak trimming is something that happens to reduce feather pecking behavior. While hens do peck each other even when out in pasture, most often when they are given something else to peck, such as a cabbage or veggie that has been hung (almost like a scratching post for a kitten) they tend not to bother one another as much. The need for beak trimming is most often when the hens are kept in confined and close quarters.

Forced Molting is a practice where hens are not fed for up to 14 days in order to produce more eggs.

To really know what you are buying, source locally or research the company/farm before you buy.

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Get Growing with Jessica Green – All About Eggs – Photo by Sally Roeckell

When The Gentleman Farmer was selling eggs our hens had access to green grass where they could hunt for insects and worms; were able to perch and nest and enjoy sunshine and fresh air. We rotated their grazing pastures as needed, and at night they would nest inside to keep safe and warm. In addition to their diet of insects and worms, we fed them organic corn feed and some of our organic veggies.

While we hope to bring back the hens sometime in the future, locally, Barrington Natural Farms are one of many places to buy eggs where you can go and see the hens and speak with the farmer. Also the Barrington Farmer’s Market on Thursdays from 2pm-7pm have a number of farm vendors that offer eggs. Having your own hens has become quite popular, so it is even possible that you have a neighbor who can offer you some of theirs!

What to look for when you buy from a local farm or neighbor:

* hens have access to outdoors, are able to roam and perch and graze

* hens have shelter for nighttime and protection from the sun and heat

* hens have access to clean nesting boxes, eggs are collected often

* hens have access to clean water and feed – you can ask for the source of the feed and whether it is organic.

* eggs are stored in new cartons, labeled and given expiration dates

* eggs are kept refrigerated if washed, and integrity of egg is intact. No cracks.

Understandably, your priorities about what you are eating and how hens are treated play a key role in your decision making when buying eggs.  Considering what is important to you will make grocery shopping easier and help you choose the best eggs for your family’s table.

Get Growing with Jessica Green - All About Eggs

Get Growing with Jessica Green – All About Eggs – Photo by Sally Roeckell

(To view more of Barrington photographer Sally Roeckell’s beautiful food photography, CLICK HERE to follow her wildly popular Instagram page or visit her website at TableandDish.com.)

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Photo by Christina Noël

The Gentleman Farmer Family – Photo by Christina Noël

About the Author

Jessica Green and her husband Dominic run The Gentleman Farmer, a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program on their family farm in Barrington Hills.

You’ll find the Greens selling their freshest fruits and veggies at the Barrington Farmers Market on Thursdays each week from 2 to 7 p.m.

When they’re not working on the farm, Jessica and Dominic keep busy looking after their two young boys, Henry and Oliver.

For more information about Jessica and Dominic’s efforts in local and sustainable farming, visit Gentleman-Farmer.com.

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243. Heinen’s Grocery, Cook Street Coffee & BHS-TV Tagged in Barrington Ice Bucket Challenge http://365barrington.com/2014/08/22/243-heinens-grocery-cook-street-coffee-bhs-tv-tagged-in-barrington-ice-bucket-challenge/ http://365barrington.com/2014/08/22/243-heinens-grocery-cook-street-coffee-bhs-tv-tagged-in-barrington-ice-bucket-challenge/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:40:29 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=188109 So by now you’ve read all about Barrington’s big community Ice Bucket Challenge that took place at the gazebo downtown on Thursday night, but there is one minor detail that I forgot to mention.  I asked 365BarringtonTV reporter James Owen to take the challenge on behalf of 365Barrington.com.  He agreed, but I bet James never […]]]>

So by now you’ve read all about Barrington’s big community Ice Bucket Challenge that took place at the gazebo downtown on Thursday night, but there is one minor detail that I forgot to mention.  I asked 365BarringtonTV reporter James Owen to take the challenge on behalf of 365Barrington.com.  He agreed, but I bet James never thought this would happen when he joined our crew at the start of the summer!

James Owen Takes Barrington's Ice Bucket Challenge on Behalf of 365Barrington.com

James Owen Takes Barrington’s Ice Bucket Challenge on Behalf of 365Barrington.com

After considering who we should tag in the Ice Bucket challenge, we decided to hit up Heinen’s Grocery, Cook Street Coffee and Barrington High School teacher Mr. Doles and his BHS-TV team.

So how about it, Heinen’s, Cook Street Coffee and BHS-TV?

Would you rather take on the Ice Bucket Challenge or make a donation to the Les Turner ALS Foundation?  My fingers are crossed that you’ll opt for the former and we’d love to share your videos in the coming week right here at 365Barrington.com.

And stay tuned for our Community Ice Bucket Challenge VIDEO!  James Owen and videographer Alex Gaul will be editing like crazy in the coming days to bring you straight to the action.

365BarringotnTV Reporter James Owen and Filmer Alex Gaul Cover Barrington's Ice Bucket Challenge

365BarringotnTV Reporter James Owen and Filmer Alex Gaul Cover Barrington’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Thanks for taking one for the team, James! I couldn’t quite find the courage – PLUS – I had a sneaking suspicion that this would be a fun one to photograph and that role had my name written all over it ;).

365BarringtonTV Reporter James Owen Takes Barrington's Ice Bucket Challenge

James Owen Takes Barrington’s Ice Bucket Challenge – Photogrpahed by Anne Lee

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242. Group Ice Bucket Challenge Makes Waves in Barrington http://365barrington.com/2014/08/22/242-group-ice-bucket-challenge-makes-history-in-barrington/ http://365barrington.com/2014/08/22/242-group-ice-bucket-challenge-makes-history-in-barrington/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:25:06 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=187818 I laughed so hard that I cried at Thursday night’s Barrington Community Ice Bucket Challenge which was definitely one for the history books!  About twenty local leaders accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge followed by dozens more who stepped up to get soaked very publicly at the gazebo right in the center of town.  Before the […]]]>

I laughed so hard that I cried at Thursday night’s Barrington Community Ice Bucket Challenge which was definitely one for the history books!  About twenty local leaders accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge followed by dozens more who stepped up to get soaked very publicly at the gazebo right in the center of town.  Before the buckets were tipped, each participant nominated up to three more individuals or groups to take part, setting in motion many more challenges to come in the days ahead.

Barrington's Community Ice Bucket Challenge 2014

Relay for Life Chair Eleanor Sweet McDonnell Takes Barrington’s Ice Bucket Challenge

I honestly don’t know what was more fun to photograph, the priceless expressions on familiar faces awash with water or the look of good-humored agony as the ice buckets approached.

Barrington's ice Bucket Challenge - Photographed by Anne Lee

Barrington’s ice Bucket Challenge – Photographed by Anne Lee

Words can not describe how hilarious it was to witness the crowd go wild as the “challenged” got soaked for the cause and I can’t wait to see the video coverage our crew has in the works.  Participants included BMO Harris Bank Market President Frank McGovern who didn’t mind his suit and tie getting wet.  Why did Frank say yes to the challenge?  He chalks it up to “peer pressure”.

“Well you can’t say no when you’re asked in Barrington, especially when it’s helping such a great cause.  And most of us have lost somebody to ALS.  The father of a close friend of mine passed away from ALS so it’s a really important thing to raise funds for.”

BMO Harris Bank President, Frank McGovern and Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Greg Brebach

BMO Harris Bank President, Frank McGovern and Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Greg Brebach

Seconds after Frank got the bucket, it was Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Greg Brebach’s turn.  He got iced after nominating Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital President Karen Lambert to follow in his footsteps.

“This event is really exciting and I’m happy to be a part of it!  Being a physician I know ALS is a horrible disease and anything I can do personally and anything we can do as a community is excellent because one day we’re going to find a cure and if we can all help accelerate that with ice buckets, I’m all for it!”

But the best of the whole community challenge is that this gathering planned in just days (thanks to Bob Lee and Phillips Mens Wear) hit home in a very personal way for one family facing ALS here in Barrington.  Watch this photo gallery in sequence to see all of these great people get doused on behalf of North Barrington father-of-two, Paul Launer.

Click to view slideshow.

Paul has ALS and he’s the man behind a team of supporters planning to walk in his name at the Les Turner ALS Walk for Life on Sunday, September 21st.  They’re working hard to raise $50,000 for the upcoming walk and, if they do, the Foglia Family Foundation will match that, bringing the total raised by our Barrington team to a record-breaking $100,000 for this year’s walk.

To see how close they’re coming to reaching that goal or to make a donation, CLICK HERE.

There’s no doubt the buckets and ice water were a hit, but the true highlight of Thursday’s challenge was that Paul and his family were there to bear witness to the brouhaha. And organizers made a point of saving the best bucket for last. With his daughters by his side, Paul Launer accepted the challenge with a bucket over his head filled with money raised locally to fight his disease.

Click to view slideshow.

Using an eye motion-sensored typing device attached to his chair, Paul shared a message of thanks with the crowd saying, “I am absolutely thrilled this challenge has become a viral phenomenon.  The response is beyond any wishes, prayers, hopes or dreams.”

Paul Launer's Reaction to Barrington's Ice Bucket Challenge

Paul Launer’s Reaction to Barrington’s Ice Bucket Challenge – Photographed by Alley McConnell

Community Church of Barrington Reverend Zina Jacque who was there to speak to the crowd said it best when she told me this.

“There is nothing more important than a community coming together to support its own.  But when you support your own and go beyond that to change the world, what a privilege and what an honor. I know Barrington’s Ice Bucket Challenge will make a difference because I’ve seen the checks in that bucket.  And I think, when you start calling people by name and challenging them, then it speaks to the heart and it’s not amorphous.  It’s personal.  This fight is personal.  And it’s why knowing Paul Launer is so important.”

Click to view slideshow.

I have NEVER had so much fun covering a story in our community or felt so inspired to take part after seeing the outpouring of support and the laughter surrounding the Launer family at Barrington’s gazebo last night.  And I know how much their ALS Walk for Life team could use our help.  To borrow the catch phrase of the night, all you have to do is “Do it and Donate” and CLICK HERE to join in Barrington’s Fight Against ALS.

Bob Lee Takes Barrington's Ice Bucket Challenge

Bob Lee Takes Barrington’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Bob Lee Takes Barrington's Ice Bucket Challenge

Bob Lee Takes Barrington’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Bob Lee Takes Barrington's Ice Bucket Challenge

Bob Lee Takes Barrington’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Bob Lee Takes Barrington's Ice Bucket Challenge

Bob Lee Takes Barrington’s Ice Bucket Challenge

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241. Back to School Photo Contest with Avalon Salon Prizes http://365barrington.com/2014/08/20/241-back-to-school-photo-contest-avalon-salon-prizes/ http://365barrington.com/2014/08/20/241-back-to-school-photo-contest-avalon-salon-prizes/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:50:24 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=187584 Well, we made it!  The summer flew by in a flash filled with family trips, neighborhood BBQ’s and memories that will last a lifetime.  But if you’re like me, a few weeks ago it crossed your mind that the structure of the school year will be a welcome shift from summer’s free-flowing routine.  In other […]]]>

Well, we made it!  The summer flew by in a flash filled with family trips, neighborhood BBQ’s and memories that will last a lifetime.  But if you’re like me, a few weeks ago it crossed your mind that the structure of the school year will be a welcome shift from summer’s free-flowing routine.  In other words… thank you, First Day of School!

District 220 students of all ages are heading back today to hit the books in Barrington and first days are happening this week and next at schools all over town.  Because it’s so much fun to see photos of how grown up our favorite students are becoming, we’re again hosting our  365 Barrington Back to School Photo Contest.

Parker and Logan Jones Head Back to School in Barrington - Photo Courtesy of Mom, Lisa Jones

Parker and Logan Jones Head Back to School in Barrington – Photo Courtesy of Mom, Lisa Jones

We have THREE PRIZES on the line that are perfect for pampering parents who’ve been busy getting everything in gear to start the new school year and we even have our first contestant!  Little Parker and Logan Jones are sporting some sweet new monogrammed backpacks at school this year!  Nothing says “fresh start” like a new bag full of brand new school supplies!

Parker and Logan Jones Head Back to School in Barrington - Photo Courtesy of Mom, Lisa Jones

Parker and Logan Jones Head Back to School in Barrington – Photo Courtesy of Mom, Lisa Jones

Our contest prizes all come from Avalon Salon and Day Spa at Deer Park Town Center.

FIRST PLACE – Romantic Grandeur Hair Makeover

The first place prize is a full hair cut and color at Avalon with Aveda’s new “Romantic Grandeur Collection” including new colors and looks for fall hair.  Plus – this winner will also receive a fall makeup application where you can discover new colors to complement your complexion and the makeup you already have at home.

SECOND PLACE – Rock the Razor Cut

Our second winner will receive a 2014 fall men’s hair cut. Avalon’s stylists were just recently trained on the hottest new looks in men’s hair, including razor cuts for a clean and easy new “do” for the new season.

THIRD PLACE – New Nails for Fall

Avalon will help our third winner refresh their hands and feet for fall with their mani/pedi of the month and your choice of from OPI’s latest nail color collection.

All in all – each winner will be treated to Avalon’s signature serene salon/spa experience and you’ll walk out with a new look to face the new season in style!

Get the Look from Aveda's Romantic Grandeur Collection at Avalon Salon and Spa Deer Park Town Center

Get the Look from Aveda’s Romantic Grandeur Collection at Avalon Salon and Spa Deer Park Town Center

Want to enter the contest?  It’s easy.  All you have to do is share your favorite Back to School photo using the form below.  You have through this Sunday, August 24th to enter the contest and we’ll announce our three winners one week from today on Wednesday, August 27th.

Fill out my online form.

This is one of my favorite contests of the year because it’s so much fun to see so many fresh faces at the start of the new year.  Thank you for sharing, GOOD LUCK and enjoy your sweet kids on these first days back at school.  One of the top things on my agenda once our kids are back in school is to drop by for a manicure and to see OPI and Aveda’s new romantic colors for fall at Avalon Salon and Day Spa in Deer Park Town Center!

Get the Look from Aveda's Romantic Grandeur Collection at Avalon Salon and Spa Deer Park Town Center

Get the Look from Aveda’s Romantic Grandeur Collection at Avalon Salon and Spa Deer Park Town Center

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240. FRED Fest Celebrates Free Spirited Land Loving Dude http://365barrington.com/2014/08/18/240-fred-fest-2014-celebrates-free-spirited-land-loving-dude/ http://365barrington.com/2014/08/18/240-fred-fest-2014-celebrates-free-spirited-land-loving-dude/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:30:51 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=187778 Cuba Township Supervisor Dave Nelson says Sunday’s second annual FRED Fest was a great success, with six bands performing for guests gathered at the Fox River Preserve Pavilion on Robert’s Road. The weather was awesome and the lawn was filled with families and friends tossing balls, chatting over food truck fare and dancing to some […]]]>

Cuba Township Supervisor Dave Nelson says Sunday’s second annual FRED Fest was a great success, with six bands performing for guests gathered at the Fox River Preserve Pavilion on Robert’s Road. The weather was awesome and the lawn was filled with families and friends tossing balls, chatting over food truck fare and dancing to some great live music.

FRED Fest 2014 at the Fox River Preserve Marina & Boat Launch

FRED Fest 2014 at the Fox River Preserve Marina & Boat Launch

But I came to FRED Fest on a mission…to find out more about the fest’s mysterious namesake character and get a better feel for the party’s purpose. So when I arrived at the fest I made a beeline for the dance floor, where Dave Nelson was cutting a rug with his grandkids, and I asked him to fill me in on Fred.

FRED Fest 2014 at the Fox River Preserve Marina & Boat Launch

FRED Fest 2014 at the Fox River Preserve Marina & Boat Launch

Dave shared the answer, while maintaining a little of the mystery surrounding the festival’s namesake character. “I say FRED stands for Fox River Entertainment District. You will have to ask the committee members about their interpretation.”

Hmmm. So I did some more investigating and learned that Fred is this “cool dude” and “free spirit” born and raised in Lake County who whiles away the days exploring nature and listening to rock music. Rumor has it that “Fred” is also the middle name of some mystical man who can be found walking, daydreaming and fishing along the shores of the Fox River.

Fred Fest 2014

Fred Fest 2014

Dave Nelson did not reveal whether he has ever encountered this man of many legends. “But I can tell you that FRED Fest was a great success in raising awareness and funds for the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserve District that gives us so much beautiful open space in the Barrington area.”

Dave says one of the more specific missions of FRED Fest is to raise money to create a brand new public outdoor destination on another beautiful piece of nearby land now owned by the Lake County Forest Preserves.

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“Part of our mission at FRED Fest is to raise money for future buildings. One of the parcels right across the river from here is called the Hurd property. The Lake County Forest Preserves just bought 100 acres there that overlook the Fox River. The land is off Kelsey Road about a mile north of Route 22 and it’s beautiful. It’s up on a hill overlooking Cary and it’s gorgeous. We’re raising money to build a pavilion, washrooms and maintenance building on the site for everyone to enjoy it. So we’ll definitely be hosting FRED fest again next year, but we might change it up a bit and maybe do it in June instead of August. So we’ll let everybody know what’s in store for FRED Fest, 2015.”

The project is all part of connecting the trails at Grassy Lake south of Kelsey Road with the Hurd property north of Kelsey and constructing a parking lot, restroom, additional trails, a river overlook and educational exhibits on the Hurd property according to Lake County Forest Preserve documents found online.

FRED Fest to Benefit Hurd Property Improvements

FRED Fest to Benefit Hurd Property Improvements

So there you have it! We all have to stay tuned for details about FRED Fest, 2015. But I know that I’ll be coming earlier, bringing more friends and on the lookout for Fred at next year’s fest. After all, if he inspires outdoor parties that create more places for outdoor parties, then this cat must really be cool.

Speaking of cool cats, take a look at these beautiful photos from FRED Fest 2014, courtesy of Barrington’s own Bob Lee.

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239. Fred Fest to Feature 6 Bands for the Lake County Forest Preserves http://365barrington.com/2014/08/16/238-fred-fest-for-lake-county-forest-preserves-fearing-six-bands/ http://365barrington.com/2014/08/16/238-fred-fest-for-lake-county-forest-preserves-fearing-six-bands/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:24:47 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=187519 All are invited to Fred Fest, Cuba Township’s second annual day-long music festival on Sunday, August 17th, at the Fox River Preserve and Marina in Port Barrington.  Tickets cost $20 for what’s being billed as “The Barrington Area’s Own Lollapalooza”. Celebrity chef to the stars Jaime Laurita will again be Master of Ceremonies and here’s […]]]>

All are invited to Fred Fest, Cuba Township’s second annual day-long music festival on Sunday, August 17th, at the Fox River Preserve and Marina in Port Barrington.  Tickets cost $20 for what’s being billed as “The Barrington Area’s Own Lollapalooza”.

Fred Fest, 2014

All Day Music Fest at the Fox River Preserve & Marina – Sunday, August 17, 2014

Celebrity chef to the stars Jaime Laurita will again be Master of Ceremonies and here’s the lineup of bands for the big event: 

11 a.m. to 12:15 – Hudson McCoy: The Band

12:30 to 1:15 – Sons of Bildor

1:15 to 2 p.m. – Pat McKillen

2:30 to 4 p.m. – Dr. Bombay

4:30 to 6 p.m. – Rod Tuffcurls

6:30 to 8 p.m. – Sixteen Candles

Organizers say Fred Fest will be bigger and better than last year with specialty food trucks, a wine and beer tent and live music from dawn until dusk.  The fest goes on, rain or shine and admission costs $20 in advance or at the gate.  All Proceeds Benefit the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves.

CLICK HERE to buy your tickets online.

You’ll find the Fox River Preserve & Marina at 28500 West Roberts Road in Port Barrington.  For a little taste of Fred Fest 2014′s headlining band, check out the promo video for wildly popular cover band, 16 Candles.

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238. Honor Veterans at Barrington’s 4th Honor Ride & Run http://365barrington.com/2014/08/16/238-honor-veterans-at-barrington-honor-ride-and-run/ http://365barrington.com/2014/08/16/238-honor-veterans-at-barrington-honor-ride-and-run/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:36:36 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=187527 The fourth annual Barrington Honor Ride and Run starts at Citizens Park bright and early this Sunday, August 17th.  The uplifting event is for bikers and runners of all ages plus spectators seeking ways to support our veterans and healing heroes.  This year, the Honor Ride is combined with the Barrington Village’s “Bike Barrington” community […]]]>

The fourth annual Barrington Honor Ride and Run starts at Citizens Park bright and early this Sunday, August 17th.  The uplifting event is for bikers and runners of all ages plus spectators seeking ways to support our veterans and healing heroes.  This year, the Honor Ride is combined with the Barrington Village’s “Bike Barrington” community kids’ bike ride so organizers are expecting a huge turnout tomorrow.

Barrington Honor Ride and Run 2013 - Photographed by Susan McConnell

Barrington Honor Ride and Run 2013 – Photographed by Susan McConnell

Funds raised support Ride 2 Recovery, a nonprofit organization that equips wounded veterans with bikes customized to accommodate their injuries.  The organization also offers training and hosts rides for physical and mental benefits that impact veterans’ lives forever.

Barrington Honor Ride and Run 2013 - Photographed by Susan McConnell

Barrington Honor Ride and Run 2013 – Photographed by Susan McConnell

The ride features a 20, 30 and 45 mile bike ride plus a 5k and 10k run within and around the Barrington area.  A beautiful opening ceremony, where we recognize and honor those to whom we all owe so much begins the day, followed by the ride and run. Kids obstacle course, live music, food and drink rounds out this family friendly and inspiring day!

On-site registration is available tomorrow – OR – you can still pick up your packets at Barrington Running Company (133 Park Avenue) before 4 p.m. today!  The cost to participate is $60 for the ride, $45 for the run and $15 for the obstacle course.  Kids ride FREE.  The event starts at Citizens Park (511 Lake Zurich Road) in Barrington and all are welcome!

Here’s the schedule of events:

6 to 6:45 a.m. – Registration and sign in
7:15 a.m. – Bike Ride
8 a.m. – Run
9:30 a.m. – Obstacle Course
9:30 a.m. – Kids Ride
9 a.m. – Festival and Music – Under Water People & Darryl Markette

CLICK HERE to find course maps and to register online for the 2014 Barrington Honor Ride and Run and CLICK HERE if you’d like to show your support by making a donation.

*Helmets are required at ALL times!
*Registration Fee Is Tax Deductible

CLICK HERE to meet one of the remarkable wounded veterans who attended last year’s Barrington Honor Ride & Run and learn more about the event and the cause at HonorRideBarrington.com.

*This year Barrington Honor Ride and Run is partnering with Bike Barrington. Bike Barrington will include a free 1-mile kid’s ride through Citizens Park, helmet fittings, games and great giveaways!! The kids’ ride will begin at 10 a.m. with registration starting at 9 a.m. Bike Barrington is a free event for families and kids of all ages.  CLICK HERE to register for and learn more about Bike Barrington.*

Barrington’s Honor Ride & Run is a truly patriotic and inspiring event.  Whether you’re participating or simply present, it’s a beautiful way to show our veterans how much they mean to us and show our children how important it is to support the men and women who put themselves in harms way to protect our freedoms.  Here are more photos from last year’s event, courtesy of Barrington photographers, Bob Lee and Susan McConnell.

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237. Sip & Shop at Barrington’s Summer Wine Walk Saturday http://365barrington.com/2014/08/15/237-barrington-summer-wine-walk-saturday/ http://365barrington.com/2014/08/15/237-barrington-summer-wine-walk-saturday/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:34:25 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=187507 The merchants in downtown Barrington will host their annual FREE Summer Wine Walk from 2 to 6 p.m. this Saturday, August 16. This event brings the community together to enjoy a summer day in Barrington with an afternoon of shopping, strolling and wine tasting and the weather forecast looks fabulous for some late summer sipping! […]]]>

The merchants in downtown Barrington will host their annual FREE Summer Wine Walk from 2 to 6 p.m. this Saturday, August 16. This event brings the community together to enjoy a summer day in Barrington with an afternoon of shopping, strolling and wine tasting and the weather forecast looks fabulous for some late summer sipping!

Village of Barrington Summer Wine Walk from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Village of Barrington Summer Wine Walk from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Merchants plan to showcase their end-of-summer sales and new merchandise for the fall season. In addition, customers who make a purchase in any of the participating stores will be eligible to win one of 3 baskets full of gift cards to Barrington stores and restaurants.

The Summer Wine Walk will offer free wine tastings and other tasty treats along the way. Sixteen shops and nine restaurants & wine merchants are participating in this enjoyable event. Customers can begin the Wine Walk at any participating business by picking up a location map for the tasting. The participating stores are:

*  Village Center Merchants – Anderson’s Candy Shop, Angelina, Barrington Flower Shop, Bravura Home & Gift Shop, Gene Ann’s Yarns, Grassroots, Mia Sorella, Notice, Solisq, The Annex, Urban Flair and Vin Chicago

*  Norton’s U.S.A., Barrington’s uniquely American general store, will host their event on Lageschulte Street.

*  Barrington Commons and North Cook Street merchants include Carol and Company, Fleur de Lis Salon, Heads Up Boutique and OMO.

The Summer Wine Walk Wine Walk is a wonderful opportunity for shoppers and visitors to experience the shops and restaurants in the downtown Barrington, Lageschulte Street, Barrington Commons and the new shops on North Cook Street. It is also a chance for these shops to highlight their merchandise, unique gifts and specialty items. Vin Chicago, Vintage Wine & Spirits and The Annex will also hold wine tastings during the Summer Wine Walk at their locations.

Plan to spend the afternoon walking around the village, tasting good wine, socializing with friends, finding that unique one of a kind gift, and then settling in for a wonderful dinner on one of the fine restaurants in Barrington.  Anne Garrette, event and marketing coordinator for the Village of Barrington says this event is a great way to celebrate the season.

“This is the fourth year the Village has hosted wine walks, and the merchants are pleased to use this event to highlight end of summer shopping and introduce new items for the fall”.

The wines for Saturday’s event are being provided by Heinen’s Fine Foods, Cooper’s, The Annex, McGonigal’s Pub, Grassroots, Vintage Wine & Spirits, Ciao Baby, Tip Top Tap and Vin Chicago.

Summer Wine Tasting in the Village of Barrington

Summer Wine Tasting in the Village of Barrington

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