Barrington Area Library Presents Madrigal Choir

Barrington Area Library Presents Madrigal Choir

The BHS Madrigal Singers are back by popular demand with a concert of classic holiday music. Enjoy the amazing voices, high energy, and good cheer of some of the most talented BHS students. Registration required and refreshments will be served.  Event will take place in the Meeting Room.

67. 365 Barrington "Spot the Scarecrow" Contest

67.  365 Barrington "Spot the Scarecrow" Contest

Barrington’s newest residents have inspired a new contest here at  If you’ve driven through town lately, you’ve surely seen scarecrows hanging around on sidewalks and street corners.  It’s all for the Village of Barrington’s annual scarecrow design competition.  We’re getting in on the fun by teaming up with local businesses to host our first ever 365 Barrington Spot the Scarecrow contest and it’s easy to win.  All you have to do is guess where in Barrington the featured scarecrow is standing and you’ll be in the running to receive great prizes.  So here’s our first photo.  Have you spotted this scarecrow around town?

If you spend any time passing through downtown Barrington, chances are you’ve seen this guy hanging out on his bale of hay. But be careful! Don’t let the reflection fool you. A local business designed this straw fireman to pay tribute to the heroes of September 11th…

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56. Get in on the New Barrington Dance Craze

56.  Get in on the New Barrington Dance Craze

There’s a new community dance craze taking over the streets of Barrington. “Flash Mobs” have become the latest rage. If you watch Glee, follow YouTube or are a hip and happening reader of, I’m sure you know all about them ;).  For those of you who’d like a little background, Flash Mobs are “large groups of people who assemble suddenly in public and perform a dance or unusual act for a brief time, then disperse.” The performance is supposed to be a secret, but a little birdie has let me in on what could be Barrington’s next Flash Mob.

Dancing in the Streets of Downtown Barrington

Barrington’s last Cruise Night of the season is happening downtown on Cook Street tomorrow night, starting at 6:30. My source tells me that, if you’re there at around 6:45, you might just get Flash Mobbed, like this one that happened a couple of weeks ago…

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36. Welcome Back to the Barrington Farmers Market

36.  Welcome Back to the Barrington Farmers Market

We’ve been waiting since last fall for this!!! The weekly Farmers Market returns to Barrington for its 11th season this Thursday. So get ready for some freshly popped kettle corn, the balloon man, the lemonade guy and the return of some of your favorite farmers.  Plus, prepare to meet some brand new vendors this year.  To get into the spirit of the season, I found some of my favorite farmers market photos taken by Barrington photographer, Anthony Tortoriello.

Weekly Farmers Market Returns to Barrington
Photo Courtesy of Anthony Tortoriello and

I also caught up with Farmers Market co-chair, Margaret Myren, earlier this week to get the scoop on which vendors are coming back and who will be new to the market this year.  You’ll be excited to find out what she had to say…

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30. Get Your Motor Running for Weekly Cruise Nights

30. Get Your Motor Running for Weekly Cruise Nights

CLICK HERE for 2012 Cruise Nights Schedule

Get your motor runnin’…Head out on the highway…Lookin’ for adventure…And whatever comes our way. Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen…Take the world in a love embrace…Barrington CRUISE NIGHTS are Back…Let’s explode into space…

Summer Antique Car Show Returns to Barrington, Illinois

Do you like smoke and lightening? Heavy metal thunder? Racing with the wind? And the feeling that you’re under? Crank up the volume, channel your true nature’s child, push the “play” arrow below and read on…

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14. Sign Up for the Barrington Mother’s Day 5K

14. Sign Up for the Barrington Mother’s Day 5K

Want to start a new tradition with your mom this Mother’s Day? There’s still time to sign up for the Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk happening on the streets of Barrington on Sunday morning. You can even have a poster created to cheer on your mom and arrange to have it posted along the course route.

Sign Up for the Barrington Mother's Day 5K Run/Walk

Get your legs moving with your mama and bring your little ones, too for the FREE 100 meter kids dash.

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13. Celebrate Mom at the Run for the Roses Hat Party

13. Celebrate Mom at the Run for the Roses Hat Party

There’s a new fashion trend in Barrington that’s becoming one of the hottest Mother’s Day gifts around. The couture hats worn at last week’s Royal Wedding and sported traditionally at the Kentucky Derby have people rushing in to Peter Daniel to purchase high fashion hats of all shapes and sizes. To celebrate, Peter Daniel is hosting a “Run for the Roses Hat Party” this Thursday with specials on hats and anything pink!

Kentucky Derby Hat Party at Peter Daniel

If you love finding opportunities to don your favorite fashion hats, this party is THE PLACE TO BE this Thursday!

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361. If the Shoe Fits, Fix It!

361.  If the Shoe Fits, Fix It!

I found it! I’ve searched high and low while writing this blog for the past 361 days and I finally found THE SOLE of Barrington. It’s housed in a little shop that you’ve surely passed a million times. One step inside and you’ll be shocked by the sharp smell of shoe polish and the sense that you’ve stepped back in time. A quick ding of the old brass desk bell on the counter reveals one of Barrington’s best kept secrets, as shoe repair man, Leonid Gokhberg, steps out from the back.

Barrington Cobbler

Leon moved from the Ukraine to Chicago back in 1979.  Take one look at his hardened hands and you’ll begin to see his story in his black stained fingertips.

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349. Celtic Fest in Bryan McGonigal’s Own Words

349.  Celtic Fest in Bryan McGonigal’s Own Words

McGonigal’s Pub is making it easy to be Irish in Barrington this week!  They’re hosting the community’s inaugural 2-day “Barrington Celtic Fest” starting on St. Patrick’s Day morning.  The pub is also celebrating their one year anniversary, so I thought it would be a great time to catch up with owner, Bryan McGonigal.  He’s a busy guy these days, but he took a quick break and found a comfortable seat at the bar.  With the bartender busy in the background and a pint of Guinness within easy reach, Bryan filled me in on the festival details and highlights from his first year in business.

The fest will run tomorrow and Friday from 10AM until 1AM featuring a great lineup of live Irish music, Irish dancers, Corned Beef, Cabbage, a full Irish menu, pints of beer, NCAA basketball tournament watching and plenty of people in green.  Admission is FREE and you’ll find the full festival entertainment lineup below. But first, here’s Bryan’s look at the fest and McGonigal’s first year, in his very own words.

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330. Show Your Stuff at the Barrington Art Festival

330.  Show Your Stuff at the Barrington Art Festival

With more snow in the overnight forecast, I’m happy to have reason to show you this photo I took during last May’s Barrington Art Festival. Puffy clouds, bright blue skies, sleeveless shirts and, yes, Barrington’s 2011 Memorial Day Weekend Art Festival are right around the corner. Do you remember how hot it was during last year’s festival? I do! Now I’m daydreaming….about sunshine and summer fun. (sigh) Ok, I’m back. Anyway, Barrington Art Festival organizers have just started recruiting all “youth” artists who want to feature their work this year.

Youth Art Division at the Barrington Art Festival

The company that runs Barrington’s art festival, Amdur Productions, just opened the application process for the festival’s Youth Art Division.

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318. 50 Ways to Woo Your Lover (In Barrington) Part I

318.  50 Ways to Woo Your Lover (In Barrington) Part I

Valentine’s Day is just two days away and, if you haven’t found something for your Valentine yet, never fear. We’ve compiled a list of 50 ways to score some big points with your significant other, without leaving Barrington.

Valentine's Ideas in Barrington, Illinois

Please feel free to add your two cents by offering some romantic ideas of your own. Anyone can leave a comment on this blog, just by clicking HERE or by filling out the comments box at the very bottom of this post. In the meantime, here we go. Get ready for loads of ideas that will keep your main squeeze longing for your love…

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293. 1st Annual Barrington Bridal Connection Show

293.  1st Annual Barrington Bridal Connection Show

It’s wedding week here at!  The first annual 60010 Barrington Bridal Connection Show is happening this Saturday afternoon at Barrington’s Ice House Mall.  There will be over 50 local vendors available in an intimate and elegant setting to help you or your favorite bride-to-be plan the picture perfect wedding.

First Annual 60010 Barrington Bridal Connection

An army of Barrington’s wedding experts will all be under one roof from Noon until 4PM to feature their products and answer all of your bridal questions.

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255. "Lights on Lageschulte" Holiday Shopping Event

255.  "Lights on Lageschulte" Holiday Shopping Event

Have you ever heard of Barrington’s “SoLa” neighborhood? The nickname is short for “South Lageschulte Street”, it’s a hidden little shopping mecca in downtown Barrington and it’s THE PLACE TO BE to find specials on great Christmas gifts this afternoon. The holiday event is called “Lights on Lageschulte” and it starts today at 1PM.

Holiday Shopping Event on Lageschulte in Barrington

There are 11 stores and businesses taking part in “Lights on Lageshulte” and the event will offer more than just shopping.

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254. Community Church of Barrington Cookie Walk

254.  Community Church of Barrington Cookie Walk

One of Barrington’s best holiday secrets is happening tomorrow morning and, if you’re like me, you don’t want to miss it. I’ve always dreamed of baking batch after batch of Christmas cookies to give as homemade gifts to friends and neighbors. But this only happens in my Martha Stewart fantasy world. Well, thanks to a talented bevy of baking ladies at Community Church of Barrington, my fantasy will be realized this year, or at least it’ll look that way ;).

Purchase Christmas Cookies at Cookie Walk

The Community Church of Barrington’s 37th annual Cookie Walk is happening tomorrow, December 11th, from 10:30AM until 12:30PM, but doors will open at 9AM for those who want to pick up their tickets early.

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250. NV Clothing’s 5 Year Anniversary Party

250.  NV Clothing’s 5 Year Anniversary Party

If your wardrobe needs updating this holiday season, two of Barrington’s finest fashion consultants are hosting a big party at their store tomorrow. Sean and Natalie Viohl, the owners of NV Clothing on Cook Street, have invited all of their most loyal clients and are welcoming the community to come out tomorrow to their big 5-year anniversary celebration.

NV Clothing in Barrington, Illinois

The Viohls are a true Barrington success story. They met at Barrington High School, graduated in 1997 and started dating when they both attended Purdue University.

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