105. Celebrate Bastille Day in South Barrington

105.  Celebrate Bastille Day in South Barrington

 It’s July 14th, Bastille Day, and a day to let your French flag fly. The French national holiday celebrates the storming of the Bastille prison on this date back in 1789 signaling the uprising of modern-day France. There’s a big party planned at L’Eiffel Bistrot in South Barrington today to celebrate the holiday with food, drinks, live music and a special menu. L’Eiffel Bistrot at the Arboretum of … Read more…

95. Fireworks on the Fourth of July

95.  Fireworks on the Fourth of July

 It’s dusk and the fireworks are starting in Barrington as I write. We couldn’t make it this year. Our kids are too little and, after a long weekend, we’re exhausted. But as I hear the fireworks over Barrington High School in the distance, one of my favorite songs comes to mind. The lyrics were first written as a poem and date back to 1895, and … Read more…

94. Fourth of July Parade

94.  Fourth of July Parade

 Be prepared to get your groove on during today’s Barrington Fourth of July Parade.  You’ll probably notice your body start to move when you hear the Crystal Lake Strikers approaching from a distance. This is the first year the Crystal Lake Strikers will be performing in Barrington’s 4th of July Parade. They’re a group of 17 drummers that plays cool cadences along with songs like “Wipe Out”, … Read more…

93. Step Back in Time with “Sixteen Candles”

93.  Step Back in Time with “Sixteen Candles”

 Tonight is one of those nights at the Barrington Brat Tent that people will be talking about the whole year long. That’s right, the band “Sixteen Candles” is back for their annual Fourth of July weekend performance from 8:30 to 11:30 PM. There’s something addictive about this 80’s cover band that gets people on their feet and feeling nostalgic for the era of big hair, … Read more…

92. Take a Seat with the Lawn Chair Dads

92.  Take a Seat with the Lawn Chair Dads

 Now here’s a group that marches to the beat of a different drummer! For the first time ever, the “Precision Marching Lawn Chair Dads” will be strutting their stuff down Barrington’s Main Street, between breaks, during Saturday’s Fourth of July Parade. The Lawn Chair Dads are a group of 30 friends from McHenry County who got together back in 1994, choreographed a special lawn chair show in military formation … Read more…

91. Brat Tent = Beer, Bands and Fun for Kids

91.  Brat Tent = Beer, Bands and Fun for Kids

 The 2010 Brat Tent officially opens today, kicking off Barrington’s 2010 Fourth of July festivities.  There’s a full schedule of July Fourth fun taking place this week in downtown Barrington and we’re going to be sharing the details daily here at 365Barrington.com The party starts tonight! The Brat Tent will be open from 5 to 11:30PM at the North Metra commuter lot at Spring Street.  Here’s the line … Read more…

63. Let Your House Flag Fly

63.  Let Your House Flag Fly

 The first day of summer is right around the corner, US Flag day is coming up on June 14th and the Fourth of July is not far behind. Wow, these months really fly by, don’t they? Anyway, I was inspired today to pick up a crisp new US flag for our house.  The new one looks nice, but I’ve been stuck trying to figure out what … Read more…

61. Make Peace with the Poppy Chairman

61.  Make Peace with the Poppy Chairman

 I just met the “Poppy Chairman”, Paul Corwin this weekend.  I found his phone number in the newspaper when I was looking for details about Barrington’s Memorial Day Parade.  When he picked up the phone, I said something like, “Hi Paul.  My name is Liz and I wondered if you might share some information with me about the Memorial Day parade and festivities on Monday”.  There … Read more…

60. Share the Meaning of Memorial Day

60.  Share the Meaning of Memorial Day

 Memorial Day Weekend is often called the “Unofficial Start of Summer”. Over the years, it has turned into a holiday for barbeques, parties and warm weather fun. Sometimes these celebrations overshadow the real reason behind the holiday. But a handful of parents found a way to teach their kids the true meaning this weekend with a morning trip to Barrington’s Evergreen Cemetery. Four year old … Read more…

59. Memorial Weekend Block Party

59.  Memorial Weekend Block Party

 There’s a whole lot going on in Barrington today, including the big “Memorial Weekend Block Party” taking place at The Arboretum of South Barrington. They have activities for the whole family planned for the whole day, starting at 9AM and ending with a live performance of the “10,000 Maniacs” on the main stage at 8:30 tonight. Here’s the schedule of events for the day: 9AM … Read more…

57. Barrington Art Fest Acoustic Café Lineup

57.  Barrington Art Fest Acoustic Café Lineup

 There will be so much more than just visual arts on display at this weekend’s Barrington Art Festival. One of the Village of Barrington’s festival planners says it’s an art festival and a music festival rolled up into one weekend right in downtown Barrington. The festival’s “Acoustic Café Stage” will be featuring musicians all weekend in the Barrington Bank and Trust parking lot at 201 S. Hough … Read more…

55. Barrington Art Festival 4-1-1

55.  Barrington Art Festival 4-1-1

 I have a few more details that you might find useful about this weekend’s Art Festival. The fest will take place, rain or shine, this Saturday and Sunday, May 29th and 30th, from 10AM until 5PM. The 140 artist exhibitors have been assigned booth locations primarily along Cook and Station Streets. Highlights include the artwork in all price ranges available for purchase, live music from … Read more…

39. Tell Your Mom You Love Her

39.  Tell Your Mom You Love Her

 I first met my mom back in July of 1973. “The Sting” won the Oscar for best picture that year, the last US soldiers left South Vietnam and Bob Marley and the Wailers had just released the album “Exodus”. On the day I met my mom a new bond was born, but it took me 36 years to understand what she gave up to give … Read more…

37. Make a Mom-Stop at the Flower Shop

37.  Make a Mom-Stop at the Flower Shop

 One of the busiest places in Barrington this weekend is one of the oldest places in town.  There’s a lot of history at the Barrington Flower Shop on Cook Street and designers there are working overtime to prepare beautiful bouquets for moms this Mother’s Day. Did you know the Barrington Flower Shop used to be the town’s general store?  That’s what the building was built for back in … Read more…