365Barrington.com http://365barrington.com One thing to do each day in Barrington, Illinois Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:20:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 274. Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz http://365barrington.com/2014/10/01/274-remembering-coach-karl-ambroz/ http://365barrington.com/2014/10/01/274-remembering-coach-karl-ambroz/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:33:01 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=191270 The Barrington football coaching community celebrated the Broncos’ Homecoming victory this weekend, but their hearts were heavier this year due to the recent passing of a beloved youth football coach. 48-year-old Karl Ambroz, a South Barrington father of three sons who spent many years coaching football and wrestling lost his life in August from complications […]]]>

The Barrington football coaching community celebrated the Broncos’ Homecoming victory this weekend, but their hearts were heavier this year due to the recent passing of a beloved youth football coach. 48-year-old Karl Ambroz, a South Barrington father of three sons who spent many years coaching football and wrestling lost his life in August from complications related to a bone marrow transplant.  Coach Karl made a lasting impression on so many who crossed his path, inspiring us to pause for a moment to honor his memory.

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz - Photo by Liz Benedetto

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz – Photo by Liz Benedetto

Well known as a great son-in-law, uncle, coach, mentor, friend, husband and dad, Karl was also an ER Doctor at Resurrection Hospital where he’s being remembered by fellow physicians as a gift to so many residents and patients.

Since Barrington football is the talk of the town this week, we thought we’d celebrate Coach Karl by sharing heartfelt reflections from some of the people who knew him best.

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz

Over the past few days, Karl’s fellow coaches and a few young athletes weighed-in on the incredible gift he was to those he touched.  Here’s what they shared…

“I had the fortunate opportunity to coach with Coach Karl for several years in Barrington Youth Football. He also coached and mentored my son George in football. He always provided positive instruction to the boys and was a class act on and off the field. As a professional, Karl imparted wisdom to our boys that went beyond the football field, with a sense that there was a bigger picture in life as these boys built on these experiences of youth football. Always respectful, encouraging and very passionate is how my son George and I will always remember Karl. We always knew what day it was when Karl was there. It was “Game Day”!

~ Joe and George Baldassano, Barrington

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz - Photo by Liz Benedetto

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz – Photo by Liz Benedetto

“I coached against Karl for many years and had the pleasure of coaching with him in tackle football in his last coaching season. Karl not only knew the game and pushed the kids to play their best, but he truly enjoyed coaching the boys and making every practice and game fun for the kids. He was a great father and that spirit rolled over into his coaching. He genuinely cared about the boys and also the coaches. It was a memorable season that he helped make about far more than just wins and losses. He will be dearly missed, not only by the people he has touched directly over the years, but also by those who will not get the privilege of meeting him and learning from him.”

~ Bob Beaubien, Barrington

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz - Photo by Liz Benedetto

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz – Photo by Liz Benedetto

“Karl and I coached wrestling and football together and he will be missed dearly. Aside from being a great coach, he was also one of the best men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I am positive that anyone who knew him would agree with me. Karl made everyone’s world he touched that much brighter. Losing his attitude and outlook is absolutely devastating.”

 ~ Eric Hartman, Barrington

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz

“Karl Ambroz was my friend and coach.  I remember how Coach Karl always made practice so much fun and that he was always so happy.  He was always there to help us and taught us to never give up.”

~ Bryce Cerkleski, South Barrington Resident & 8th grader at Prairie Middle School

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz - Photo by Liz Benedetto

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz – Photo by Liz Benedetto

“Karl had a strong sense of generosity and compassion, not only for his friends and family, but for those newly introduced to him in need of services that he could render without invitation or compensation. His medical background seemed to touch so many in his circle with acts of kindness and comfort when he could have easily declined based on his full schedule. Carving out time that was precious and short for those around him was standard operating procedure for Karl Ambroz, a man big of heart, strong in character and full of courage. His energy and enthusiasm were contagious at work, home and on the football field where Karl spent many dedicated hours of his life coaching our youngest athletes over the years. He had a passion for football and wrestling and understood how they provided a foundation for boys early on in life that could be built upon and used to get through life’s challenges. Karl was a true optimist and was always willing to “go for the long shot.” He left a strong impression on anyone who knew him and his memory will be forever treasured.”

~ Jeff Kapcheck, South Barrington resident & Karl’s friend, neighbor and coaching buddy

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz

“With the players, Karl was always spot on with his demeanor. What was most important to him was making sure the kids were having a good time, learning the game, being respectful and he was great at teaching that to these kids.  Karl knew what mattered the most and it wasn’t the wins and losses.  For him, it was teaching life skills and values like sportsmanship, overcoming adversity and challenges and giving your best effort no matter what.  He never lost sight of what he was doing out there as a coach and that was teaching our children invaluable life lessons.”

~ Tim O’Donnell, Vice President of Barrington Youth Football – Tackle & Flag

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz - Photo by Liz Benedetto

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz – Photo by Liz Benedetto

In tribute to Coach Ambroz, on Barrington Youth Football’s website you’ll find photos of him along with one of Karl’s favorite mantras, “Practice like you play, play like you are a champion.”  The words will echo in the hearts of many for years to come and our thoughts and prayers remain with the Ambroz family during this difficult time.

By the way, a fund has been set up for Karl’s three sons.  Contributions may be made at any time to the Ambroz Boys Education Fund and mailed to Barrington Bank and Trust Company, N.A., 201 S. Hough Street in Barrington, Illinois, 60010.

For more information about two organizations close to Karl’s heart, visit BarringtonWrestling.com and BarringtonBroncos.net.

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz

Remembering Coach Karl Ambroz

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273. VIDEO: 2014 Homecoming Weekend Rewind http://365barrington.com/2014/09/30/273-video-2014-homecoming-weekend-rewind/ http://365barrington.com/2014/09/30/273-video-2014-homecoming-weekend-rewind/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:12:34 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=191372 Barrington Homecoming weekend 2014 has come and gone, but we created a video to help you relive the festivities and remember the fun. From Friday night’s Filly Football game to Saturday’s Homecoming parade and varsity team victory, 365BarringtonTV’s James Owen takes us back in time with this Homecoming Weekend Rewind. For a few more images […]]]>

Barrington Homecoming weekend 2014 has come and gone, but we created a video to help you relive the festivities and remember the fun.

Seniors Win the 2014 Homecoming Filly Football Game

Seniors Win the 2014 Homecoming Filly Football Game

From Friday night’s Filly Football game to Saturday’s Homecoming parade and varsity team victory, 365BarringtonTV’s James Owen takes us back in time with this Homecoming Weekend Rewind.

For a few more images that recap Homecoming weekend, enjoy these parade photos courtesy of the Barrington 220 School District.

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272. VIDEO: Broncos Bring Home Homecoming Victory in BHS Game of the Week http://365barrington.com/2014/09/29/272-video-broncos-bring-home-homecoming-victory-in-bhs-game-of-the-week/ http://365barrington.com/2014/09/29/272-video-broncos-bring-home-homecoming-victory-in-bhs-game-of-the-week/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:55:42 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=191308 The Barrington Broncos varsity football team brought home a 2014 Homecoming victory against Schaumburg on Saturday with beautiful sunny skies and stands packed with cheering fans. With a final score of 56 to 6, the team continues their undefeated season as they head toward this weekend’s game at Conant High School. For this week’s BHS […]]]>

The Barrington Broncos varsity football team brought home a 2014 Homecoming victory against Schaumburg on Saturday with beautiful sunny skies and stands packed with cheering fans. With a final score of 56 to 6, the team continues their undefeated season as they head toward this weekend’s game at Conant High School.

Barrington High School Broncos after Homecoming win against Schaumburg - Photographed by Bob Lee

Barrington High School Broncos after Homecoming win against Schaumburg – Photographed by Bob Lee

For this week’s BHS Game of the Week, 365Barrington reporter Tommy Derken produced a Touchdown Montage, including reaction from some of the Bronco’s biggest fans…

In addition to our video coverage this week, we have some superb still photos to share from Saturday’s game featuring the players, the crowd, the cheerleaders and the Barrington High School Band, courtesy of Barrington photographer, Bob Lee.

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If you’d like to catch the Broncos’ next game, here’s a look at the rest of the 2014 varsity football schedule:

Thursday – 10.2.2014: Barrington @ Conant at 6:30 p.m.
Friday – 10.10.2014: Barrington @ Hoffman Estates at 7:30 p.m.
Friday – 10.17.2014: Barrington vs. Palatine at 7:30 p.m.
Friday – 10.24.2014: Barrington @ Fremd at 7:30 p.m.

State Playoffs

1st Round – 11.1.2014: Barrington vs. TBA
2nd Round – 11.8.2014: Barrington vs. TBA
Quarterfinals – 11.15.2014: Barrington vs. TBA
Semifinals – 11.22.2014: Barrington vs. TBA
State Championship – 11.29.2014: Barrington vs. TBA

For more information about the Barrington Broncos team, coaching staff and schedule of games and events, visit BHSFootball.org.

Broncos Win Homecoming Game Against Schaumburg in our BHS Game of the Week

Broncos Win Homecoming Game Against Schaumburg in our BHS Game of the Week

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271. Seniors Defeat Juniors in BHS Girls’ Homecoming Powder Puff Filly Football Game http://365barrington.com/2014/09/27/271-seniors-defeat-juniors-in-bhs-girls-homecoming-powder-puff-filly-football-game/ http://365barrington.com/2014/09/27/271-seniors-defeat-juniors-in-bhs-girls-homecoming-powder-puff-filly-football-game/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 15:17:52 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=191087 The Barrington High School senior girls defeated the junior class team in Friday night’s annual Powder Puff Homecoming Filly Football Game! The final score was 40 to 0, but the game itself wasn’t the only highlight. Both teams scored winning points for painting their faces and turning their jerseys into killer costumes for the big […]]]>

The Barrington High School senior girls defeated the junior class team in Friday night’s annual Powder Puff Homecoming Filly Football Game!

Powder Puff Filly Football Game at Barrington High School - Photographed by Gus Goetze

Powder Puff Filly Football Game at Barrington High School – Photographed by Gus Goetze

The final score was 40 to 0, but the game itself wasn’t the only highlight. Both teams scored winning points for painting their faces and turning their jerseys into killer costumes for the big game.

Powder Puff Filly Football Game at Barrington High School - Photographed by Gus Goetze

Powder Puff Filly Football Game at Barrington High School – Photographed by Gus Goetze

Stay tuned for video coverage of Barrington High School’s 2014 Homecoming parade, game and highlights.  In the meantime, 365Barrington.com’s Gus Goetze captured some amazing photos from the sidelines during last night’s Filly frenzy.  Enjoy each and every one and let the Homecoming weekend festivities begin!

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270. VIDEO: Broncos Defeat Wheeling in BHS Game of the Week http://365barrington.com/2014/09/26/270-video-broncos-defeat-wheeling-in-bhs-game-of-the-week/ http://365barrington.com/2014/09/26/270-video-broncos-defeat-wheeling-in-bhs-game-of-the-week/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 01:00:01 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=191287 The Barrington Broncos continue their winning streak, defeating Wheeling 49-0 in game four of the season! That means they’re heading into Homecoming game with a 4-and-0 record and plenty of momentum to bring home another win. The Broncos performance made for an exciting night in the stands along with a surprise group ice bucket challenge […]]]>

The Barrington Broncos continue their winning streak, defeating Wheeling 49-0 in game four of the season! That means they’re heading into Homecoming game with a 4-and-0 record and plenty of momentum to bring home another win.

BHS Game of the Week - Broncos Defeat Wheeling 49-0

BHS Game of the Week – Broncos Defeat Wheeling 49-0

The Broncos performance made for an exciting night in the stands along with a surprise group ice bucket challenge executed with the help of the Barrington Fire Department. Tommy Derken brings us straight to the action with video highlights plus player and coach interviews in our latest BHS Game of the Week.

Here are more images from the Broncos win over Wheeling on Friday, September 19th.

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If you’d like to catch the Broncos’ next game, here’s a look at the rest of the 2014 varsity football schedule:

Saturday – 9.27.2014: Barrington vs. Schaumburg (Homecoming) at 2 p.m.
Thursday – 10.2.2014: Barrington @ Conant at 6:30 p.m.
Friday – 10.10.2014: Barrington @ Hoffman Estates at 7:30 p.m.
Friday – 10.17.2014: Barrington vs. Palatine at 7:30 p.m.
Friday – 10.24.2014: Barrington @ Fremd at 7:30 p.m.

State Playoffs

1st Round – 11.1.2014: Barrington vs. TBA
2nd Round – 11.8.2014: Barrington vs. TBA
Quarterfinals – 11.15.2014: Barrington vs. TBA
Semifinals – 11.22.2014: Barrington vs. TBA
State Championship – 11.29.2014: Barrington vs. TBA

For more information about the Barrington Broncos team, coaching staff and schedule of games and events, visit BHSFootball.org.

BHS Game of the Week - Broncos Defeat Wheeling 49-0

BHS Game of the Week – Broncos Defeat Wheeling 49-0

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269. Former US Treasury Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson Jr. Shares Lessons Learned http://365barrington.com/2014/09/26/269-former-us-treasury-secretary-henry-paulson-jr-shares-lessons-learned/ http://365barrington.com/2014/09/26/269-former-us-treasury-secretary-henry-paulson-jr-shares-lessons-learned/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:52:05 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=191040 On Thursday evening, with his 50th reunion approaching this weekend, Henry “Hank” Paulson, Jr. spoke to an auditorium filled with students and community members at Barrington High School. Paulson, a 1964 BHS graduate and the 74th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, was honored as this year’s Barrington 220 “Alumni Legend.” He was interviewed by his […]]]>

On Thursday evening, with his 50th reunion approaching this weekend, Henry “Hank” Paulson, Jr. spoke to an auditorium filled with students and community members at Barrington High School. Paulson, a 1964 BHS graduate and the 74th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, was honored as this year’s Barrington 220 “Alumni Legend.” He was interviewed by his lifelong friend (and, many observed, near twin) Jack Train, a Barrington native who is now a real estate development specialist residing in Boston.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, shares message at Barrington High School about leadership and lessons learning during the financial crisis - Photo by Liz Benedetto, Elizabeth Ashby, Inc.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, interviewed at Barrington High School about leadership and lessons learning during the financial crisis – Photo by Liz Benedetto, Elizabeth Ashby, Inc.

In a candid conversational format, Paulson and Train covered topics ranging from the role of education to China’s economic and environmental challenges. When Train asked what role the Barrington schools had in his life, Paulson responded that the schools played a central part in preparing him for his collegiate and graduate studies. He cited Mr. Peterson, his fifth grade teacher at Hough, and Mr. Wingate at Countryside for inspiring his love of history and the natural world.

Former US Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, shares message at Barrington High School about leadership and lessons learning during the financial crisis - Photo by Liz Benedetto, Elizabeth Ashby, Inc.

Former US Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, shares message at Barrington High School about leadership and lessons learning during the financial crisis – Photo by Liz Benedetto, Elizabeth Ashby, Inc.

To the students in the audience, Paulson made sure to say that he “guarantees that he didn’t apply for the role” of U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, noting that he did not have a relationship with George W. Bush prior to being tapped for the job. Nor did he anticipate that his tenure at Goldman Sachs would end with him leading the global investment firm. On the contrary: Paulson said he is distrustful of “career engineers” who plot their paths from start to finish. Instead, he followed his own advice of “finding something you do well and enjoy.”

Rather than carefully plotting their career moves, Paulson would rather see students focus on learning to work well with others, which he sees as the best job security in workplaces that are increasingly automated. “What job can’t we destroy? Jobs that require people skills. Finding solutions isn’t hard; it’s executing them that requires real people skills.”

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, shares message at Barrington High School about leadership and lessons learning during the financial crisis - Photo by Liz Benedetto, Elizabeth Ashby, Inc.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, interviewed at Barrington High School about leadership and lessons learning during the financial crisis – Photo by Liz Benedetto, Elizabeth Ashby, Inc.

Paulson credits his love of problem solving with helping him secure jobs in both government and the global banking industry, the combination of which prepared him well for his role as Treasury Secretary. “Every good leader I know runs toward problems instead of running away from them.”  He cites integrity as central to good leadership, and says that the most successful people he has known define their jobs expansively. “The best people I’ve worked with looked at the big picture, and promoted themselves before I promoted them.”

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, shares message at Barrington High School about leadership and lessons learning during the financial crisis - Photo by Liz Benedetto, Elizabeth Ashby, Inc.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, interviewed at Barrington High School about leadership and lessons learning during the financial crisis – Photo by Liz Benedetto, Elizabeth Ashby, Inc.

When asked how he managed job stress during 2008’s financial crisis, Paulson was matter-of-fact: “We’ve all gone through serious stress. If you’re boiling oil, it doesn’t matter at what temperature.” He said that even prior to the financial crisis, the “stakes always seemed high.” Days churned by, filled with phone calls and meetings. It was only at night that things sometimes got tough. “You’d wake up in the middle of the night…and the little problems seemed big, and the big ones seemed insurmountable.”

Former US Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, and his wife, Wendy, visit with a guest during a private dinner in his honor at Barrington Hills Country Club - Photo by Liz Benedetto, Elizabeth Ashby, Inc.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson, and his wife, Wendy, visit with a guest during a private dinner in his honor at Barrington Hills Country Club – Photo by Liz Benedetto, Elizabeth Ashby, Inc.

During the Q&A session, Paulson – who asked that audience members call him Hank – said that he still sometimes wonders if people realize how close the U.S. was to “economic Armageddon” during the 2008 crisis. He said the financial crisis and the resulting bailout should be viewed as a cautionary tale. “Bailouts are not something we should be applauding as a nation.” While he acknowledges that financial crises, such as the fallout from the housing bubble, often cannot be predicted, he places the blame with faulty government policies rather than with businesses. He feels that due to authorities that were put in place as a result of the 2008 crisis, the U.S. is now better prepared to deal with a financial crisis should one occur: “Today we have the best financial system in the world.”

Former US Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, shares message at Barrington High School about leadership and lessons learning during the financial crisis - Photo by Liz Benedetto, Elizabeth Ashby, Inc.

Former US Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, shares message at Barrington High School about leadership and lessons learning during the financial crisis – Photo by Liz Benedetto, Elizabeth Ashby, Inc.

These days, Paulson focuses his energy on conservation and improving relations between the U.S. and China. To this end, he founded The Paulson Institute, which Paulson describes as a “think and do tank” housed at the University of Chicago. He also co-chairs the Latin American Conservation Council of The Nature Conservancy and the Risky Business initiative, which examines the economic risks of climate change in the United States. His latest book, Dealing with China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower, is due out next spring.

The Paulson interview and the private dinner afterward were held by the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation to raise funds for district expenses not covered by taxpayers. The Foundation, which has donated over $2.3 million over the past 15 years, has funded Project Lead the Way Gateway to Technology, which provides engineering and biomedical science curriculum for middle school students, and the Barrington High School Business Start-Up Incubator, which allows students to conceptualize, plan, strategize and operate their own businesses.

The Paulsons with Barrington 220 Educational Foundation Trustees at Barrington High School -  Photo by Liz Benedetto, Elizabeth Ashby, Inc.

Hank and Wendy Paulson with Barrington 220 Educational Foundation Leadership – Photo by Liz Benedetto, Elizabeth Ashby, Inc.

If you missed last night’s Alumni Legents event, you can watch the Henry Paulson’s interview right here with this video, courtesy of BHS-TV instructor Jeff Doles.

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About the Author

Post 300 - Renee BlueRenee Blue is a writer and producer at 365Barrington.com.

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268. Art in the Barn Fine Art Show Celebrates 40 Years http://365barrington.com/2014/09/24/268-art-in-the-barn-fine-art-show-celebrates-40-years/ http://365barrington.com/2014/09/24/268-art-in-the-barn-fine-art-show-celebrates-40-years/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 03:55:52 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=188731 The 40th annual Art in the Barn Fine Art show is coming up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday and organizers say they’re adding several exciting new activities to mark the event’s anniversary year. Art in the Barn is one of the major fundraisers sponsored by the Auxiliary of Good Shepherd […]]]>

The 40th annual Art in the Barn Fine Art show is coming up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday and organizers say they’re adding several exciting new activities to mark the event’s anniversary year. Art in the Barn is one of the major fundraisers sponsored by the Auxiliary of Good Shepherd Hospital which has donated more than $7.3 million dollars since 1974 to fund hospital improvements. This year’s net proceeds will support the hospital’s campus expansion and modernization project which started in October of 2013.

40th Annual Art in the Barn - September 27th & 28th, 2014

40th Annual Art in the Barn – September 27th & 28th, 2014

Art in the Barn has become a warmly anticipated fall tradition that draws thousands of people to Barrington every year at the end of September.  Over 180 juried artists in a range of mediums are taking part. In three barns on the hospital grounds, you’ll find the artists proudly displaying their works for sale. That includes painters, jewelry-makers, sculptors, photographers, ceramics artists and woodworkers, just to name a few.  For a taste of the one-of-a-kind pieces you’ll find, take a look at this sampling of works by the show’s featured artists.

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The fine art show’s distinguished artists draw thousands from around Chicagoland every year, but the event will also feature children’s activities, young performers on the main stage throughout the day and plenty of food for all to enjoy.

Art in the Barn - 14Here’s what’s new this year:

“Chess as Art” presents Grand Master, Yury Shulman, who will be playing 8 games of chess simultaneously during art in the Barn between 12 and 3 both days. Mr Shulman is a former USA champion and President of Chess Without Borders , a not-for-profit that raises money for global and local causes. Look for Mr. Shulman near the children’s art tent.

“The Artist Speaks” is a new event featuring two artists who will each speak during the event from 2:00-2:30 each day. They will explain their inspiration, their process and their individual art. They are:

*  Saturday at 2:00 Rick Canham (photography)
*  Sunday at 2:00 Darlene Hoekstra (oil painting) Look for them at the “Weigh Station”

For kids, they will once again feature an art tent including art supplies, face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo!

Plus you will love this year’s selection of foods:

Chippy’s Kettle Corn Fresh Kettle Corn * The Great Grape Chocolate Covered Grapes * Kaleidoscoops Ice Cream * MJ Coffee Bar Coffee, tea, breakfast breads, & other snacks * Mr. Funnel Cakes Fresh made on site funnel cakes * Teri Shafer Mini Doughnut truck with fresh doughnuts on-site Brats * Hot Dogs * Veggie Wraps * PB&J * Carmel Apples * Chips * Cotton Candy * Soda & Water

Event Co-Chair Sharon Vogel says Art in the Barn attracts thousands because it appeals to all age groups.  “The children love it, their parents and grandparents love it and it’s the perfect family outing.  Guests sit on straw bales and they listen to music and watch performances by local groups like Bataille Academie’s dancers.  It’s a fabulous fall fest that’s about enjoying art, family and the wonderful treasures waiting to be found.”

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Art in the Barn began in 1974 when a group of ten women and local artists came up with the idea to help raise money to build the hospital here in Barrington. It started as a show with 30 artists and, this weekend, there will be about 180 artists displaying their works for sale with an expected 6,500 in attendance.  The art will be featured in barns that were used as food testing sites when the hospital property was previously owned by Quaker Oats.

Art in the Barn will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 27th and Sunday, September 28th.  Admission is $5.00 at the door and children age 12 and under are admitted for free.

You’ll find the festivities on the grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital at 450 W. Highway 22.  That’s east of Kelsey Road and west of Rte. 59 in Barrington.  For more information CLICK HERE to find Art in the Barn’s Facebook page or visit their website at artinthebarn-barrington.com.

Art in the Barn on the Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Grounds

Art in the Barn on the Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Grounds

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267. Seven Fun Facts & Two New Member Invites from the Barrington Junior Womens Club http://365barrington.com/2014/09/24/267-barrington-junior-womens-club-fun-facts-new-member-events/ http://365barrington.com/2014/09/24/267-barrington-junior-womens-club-fun-facts-new-member-events/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:10:57 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=190922 If you’d like like to meet new people, make new friends and get involved with efforts to give back to the community, the Barrington Junior Women’s Club would love for you to consider joining the group! They’re hosting TWO new member events, including a coffee at 10:30 this Thursday, September 25th, and all are welcome. […]]]>

If you’d like like to meet new people, make new friends and get involved with efforts to give back to the community, the Barrington Junior Women’s Club would love for you to consider joining the group! They’re hosting TWO new member events, including a coffee at 10:30 this Thursday, September 25th, and all are welcome.

Barrington Junior Womens Club - New Members Coffee

Barrington Junior Womens Club – New Members Coffee

If you can’t make this week’s coffee, prospective new BJWC members are welcome to the club’s first monthly meeting of the new season on Tuesday, October 7th. The BJWC hosts their new members meeting at the start of fall each year.

Barrington Junior Womens Club Monthly Meetings - Courtesy of the BJWC

Barrington Junior Womens Club Monthly Meetings – Courtesy of the BJWC

The guest speaker for this year’s new member meeting is Darby Hills of Barrington Children’s Charities who will talk about local efforts to support the Blessings in a Backpack initiative. The meeting will take place at Wok N Fire at the Arboretum of South Barrington at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7th.

The three ladies on BJWC’s membership committee are hosting tomorrow’s coffee at member Christy Origer’s home (716 Bark Court in Lake Barrington). It’ll be a great opportunity to learn more about this organization of women who are committed to enhancing the Barrington community through philanthropy and volunteerism.

For more background on the Barrington Junior Women’s Club, the membership committee put together a list of seven of their favorite ways to get social & give back with the BJWC…

1. Fall Fashion Show

Each year, BJWC hosts a Fall Fashion Show in November to raise funds to support our scholarships for Barrington High School Seniors, meals for the needy over the holidays, and grants to local charitable organizations.

Photographed by Liz Benedetto for Barrington Junior Women's Club

Photographed by Liz Benedetto for Barrington Junior Women’s Club

2. Spring Fundraiser

In the Spring of each year, BJWC puts on another fundraiser to help fund our grants to local 501C3 organizations that support women, children, and families in need.

3. Scholarships

BJWC awards five scholarships to Barrington High School seniors. These scholarships are based on Community Service.

4. Holiday Giving

Barrington Giving Day is held each December and is sponsored by area churches, schools, businesses, and civic organizations. Local families in need receive food, used clothing and new and used toys. BJWC provides volunteers to purchase new toys, to sort donated toys, to help set up the evening prior to Giving Day, and to work on the actual Giving Day.

5. Community Service

BJWC members give their time to these community service organizations: Safety Town, Service to Seniors, Character Counts & Kids on the Block, Meals with Wheels, Sunny Hill Reading Volunteers, Good Shepherd Hospital, Journey Care, & WINGS.

Safety Town with the Barrington Junior Womens Club in Barrington, Illinois

Safety Town with the Barrington Junior Womens Club in Barrington, Illinois

6. Annual HOPE Dinner

Many of BJWC’s fun social events also contribute to the charitable organizations the group supports. BJWC members love gathering for their annual HOPE Dinner in December, which organizes gift giving for area families by donation of gift cards purchased by BJWC members (and non-members). This dinner is always held at a fun, local restaurant. It serves as the BJWC’s December meeting and is a great kick-off to the holiday season!

7. Social Time

Monthly meetings always start with social time. Before meetings begin, members spend time catching up and it’s a fun way to reconnect with friends and meet new ones before the meeting focused on the club’s latest efforts to give back to the community.

CLICK HERE to follow Barrington Junior Women’s Club on Facebook where you’ll find updates about the organization’s latest events, initiatives and ways to get involved.  And if you’d like to learn more about the group, CLICK HERE for 5 MORE Things to Love about the BJWC.

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266. Barrington’s Team Breaks ALS Walk for Life Records http://365barrington.com/2014/09/21/266-barrington-als-walk-for-life-team-breaks-records/ http://365barrington.com/2014/09/21/266-barrington-als-walk-for-life-team-breaks-records/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:32:00 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=190873 Two Barrington Transportation Company buses carried over 200 passengers down to take part in the Les Turner ALS Foundation’s 13th Annual ALS Walk for Life Sunday morning.   Barrington’s team broke records as they walked in honor of and alongside Paul Launer, a local father-of-two who has ALS. Over 7,000 walkers participated in this year’s […]]]>

Two Barrington Transportation Company buses carried over 200 passengers down to take part in the Les Turner ALS Foundation’s 13th Annual ALS Walk for Life Sunday morning.   Barrington’s team broke records as they walked in honor of and alongside Paul Launer, a local father-of-two who has ALS.

Les Turner ALS Foundation ALS Walk for Life, 2014 - Photo Courtesy of Bob Lee

Les Turner ALS Foundation ALS Walk for Life, 2014 – Photo Courtesy of Bob Lee

Over 7,000 walkers participated in this year’s event at Soldier Field, raising over $1.1 Million (and counting) for the cause.  This is the first time the walk hit its million-dollar fundraising goal.  One of the Les Turner ALS Foundation’s strongest local advocates, Bob Lee credits ice bucket challenges with this year’s late summer surge in dollars raised for the cause.

“For seven years we’ve dreamed of having a million dollar walk and the ice bucket challenges really gave us a boost in fighting this orphan disease.  So many people donated to the cause from August 1st through September 21st and Sunday’s ALS Walk for Life was a spectacular day.” 

We will never forget Barrington’s community Ice Bucket Challenge, which Bob Lee was instrumental in organizing, exactly one month ago on August 21st.

Bob says the Iron Horse Brigade’s success really goes to show the outstanding accomplishments that result when the Barrington community comes together to work as a team for a cause that hits so close to home.

“It was a phenomenal day and a great community team effort on so many people’s parts so, once again, Barrington shines and leads the way in doing good for others.”

Barrington’s ALS Walk for Life team’s original goal was to raise $100,000 for this year’s walk.  They surpassed that, raising over $140,000 for the cause.  If you’d like, you can still contribute.  CLICK HERE to find the team’s fundraising page and enjoy this gallery of images of Barrington’s team taking part in this year’s ALS Walk for Life, courtesy of Bob Lee.

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264. Raising the Roof at Barrington’s White House http://365barrington.com/2014/09/19/265-raising-the-roof-at-barringtons-white-house-construction-update/ http://365barrington.com/2014/09/19/265-raising-the-roof-at-barringtons-white-house-construction-update/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:06:57 +0000 http://365barrington.com/?p=189195 Village of Barrington Economic & Community Development Director Peg Blanchard says DO NOT BE ALARMED when you see them tearing the roof off Barrington’s White House in the coming week. It’s all part of the restoration and renovation process that began in August. Extensive interior and exterior work has already been accomplished and the roof […]]]>

Village of Barrington Economic & Community Development Director Peg Blanchard says DO NOT BE ALARMED when you see them tearing the roof off Barrington’s White House in the coming week. It’s all part of the restoration and renovation process that began in August. Extensive interior and exterior work has already been accomplished and the roof removal is just the latest phase of the project.

Barrington's White House Construction Update - Photo by Susan McConnell

Barrington’s White House Construction Update – Photo by Susan McConnell

Currently, the historic moldings and dentil work on the exterior of the house are being removed from the area next to the roof line, and from the front dormer façade, original to the house. All of this work is being done in preparation for one of the major parts of the project – the removal of the roof, chimney and third floor walls.

Here’s one last look from a birdseye view before they raise the roof, courtesy of Barrington White House photographer/videographer, Susan McConnell…

As you drive by the house in the coming weeks, you will be able to watch this key part of the reconstruction.

A large boom will be added to the construction site to achieve this work. Plans call for steel supports to be added to the side walls of the house in order to carry the heavy load of the new steel scissor truss roof system. An interior scan was made of the current roof, which will allow for an exact recreation of a roof with the same dimensions and slope of the old roof. New fire resistant cedar siding will be installed, as well as new windows and the east dormer. The chimney and the historic front dormer will be completely rebuilt. Once the third floor is complete, the space will have a clear span across the entire third floor that allows seating for up to 150 people in the ballroom space.

Barrington's White House Construction Update - Photo by Susan McConnell

Barrington’s White House Construction Update – Photo by Susan McConnell

To the south, work has begun on the new addition that will house the elevator, new bathrooms and an at grade entrance to the house. The basement is being excavated, new drain tiles are also being installed and a new basement floor is being poured. Work is almost complete on the foundation, ensuring that the building will last another 100+years.

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Barrington’s White House Construction Update – Photo by Susan McConnell

The construction has unearthed several historic finds, including a slightly charred geography book from the 1850’s, newspapers from when the addition was built in the 1950’s, a variety of bottles, old door knobs and other assorted artifacts.

Visit BarringtonsWhiteHouse.com for daily photo updates and videos from many of the people in the community who are involved in the project.

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