68. Spot the Scarecrow to Win a Sweet Prize

365 Barrington Where's the Scarecrow Contest

It’s a beautiful fall day, it’s Friday to boot and I’m in the mood for a contest! Who feels like spotting scarecrows this weekend? Businesses throughout Barrington have decorated their storefronts with scarecrows for the Village’s annual community scarecrow design competition and I’ve been out on the streets snapping photos. Today we have a winner from last week’s first ever 365 Barrington Spot the Scarecrow contest and we have another mystery scarecrow for you to identify. Do you know where this artsy scarecrow is chillin’ this fall?

I’m told that the hot pink flower pot will be a dead giveaway, but we’ll see.  If you can tell us what business this straw painter belongs to, you could be our next winner and we have a great prize for this week. But first, let’s talk about last week’s winner and the fireman scarecrow we featured. We had some great guesses and we drew our winner’s name today. We’ll reveal the winner after we take a look at the man behind the scarecrow. He’s Brian Long, the owner of Long and Company Jewelers at 105 E. Main Street.  Brian says he’s pretty proud of the store’s straw man this year who has been decked out in fireman gear, a tribute to the heroes of September 11th.

You’ll find Brian and Long and Company Jewelers right in the center of town, on the southeast corner of Route 59 (Hough Street) and Lake Cook Road (Main Street). He sells gorgeous jewelry, offers jewelry and watch repair, cleaning and appraisal services plus, he’s the exclusive Waterford Crystal retailer in town. The winner who correctly identified the scarecrow outside of Brian’s storefront wins $30 dollars worth of in-store services. It’ll come in handy because they’ll fix or clean your jewelry or put a new battery in your watch while you wait. The store has a great laid-back vibe, too, and was beautifully refurbished by the Longs before they opened for business back in 2006. In fact, as you’ll see by her guess, this week’s winner is already a big fan and her name is…

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65. Help Good Shepherd Hospital at Art in the Barn

Art in the Barn

If you’ve ever made a trip to Good Shepherd Hospital for medical needs, planned or unplanned, this is one weekend where you can return to repay the favor. The 37th Annual Art in the Barn juried fine art show is happening this Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th. Over 175 artists will be there to sell their creations and share their earnings to help fund hospital initiatives designed to keep us healthy.

A group of 10 women organized the first Art in the Barn with only 30 artists in 1974 to help raise money to build the hospital here in Barrington. The show has grown and, this weekend, they’re expecting up to 7,000 people to attend.

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62. Remember 9/11

Remembering September Eleventh

A survivor who was in the Pentagon during the September 11th attacks shared his story in Barrington last week and the community hosted a beautiful memorial service on Sunday to mark the 10 year anniversary.

Remembering September Eleventh

Courtesy of Bob Lee

Families, veterans, police officers, firefighters, elected officials and others from the community gathered in the morning at Memorial Park to remember the attacks, honor the victims and thank those who have devoted their lives to defending our country.

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59. Heinen’s Fine Foods Store to Open in Barrington

Heinen's Store in Avon, Ohio

Staples office supply closed for business in Barrington this week but, as Alexander Graham Bell once said, “When one door closes, another opens.” Heinen’s Fine Foods, a Cleveland-based grocery business with 17 stores in Northeastern Ohio, announced today they’re opening their newest store in Barrington next summer. They’re moving into the space that Staples is leaving at the Shops at Flint Creek. Today I spoke with one of the two Heinan brothers who run the business to learn more about the store and their decision to choose Barrington.

Heinen's Store in Avon, Ohio

Heinen's Store in Avon, Ohio

The Barrington move is a bold step for the 82-year-old, family-owned company because it’s Heinen’s first venture outside Northeast Ohio. “It took us 82 years to get to 17 stores in Cleveland, so this is not about being big and fast. This is about being the best.” Jeff Heinen says their plan is that the Barrington location will be just the beginning of a multi-store expansion into Greater Chicagoland. “This will be a huge challenge for us and we’re not overconfident.”

The Heinen Brothers Expand their Family Grocery Business into Greater Chicagoland

Tom and Jeff Heinen

The Heinens say they’ve been considering a move to Barrington for quite some time. Village planners first reached out to the business about a move here in 2007 and the brothers came to town to tour the space last summer.  They considered two other locations, one in Lake Forest and one in another state, before deciding on Barrington.

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57. Military Night at the BHS Football Home Opener

Courtesy of BHS and Photographer Bob Milkovich

 The lights will be on and the fans will be back at Barrington Community Stadium tonight, with the High School Football home opener and a salute to men and women in uniform. It’s Military Appreciation Night tonight and the game is free for all members of the military who are active, retired or veterans and … Read more…

188. Vote for Barrington’s Best Scarecrow

Best Scarecrow Design in Barrington

The scarecrows are back, keeping an eye on street corners throughout town and the Village of Barrington is taking a vote! About 50 businesses and schools have designed their own scarecrows for the annual Barrington scarecrow contest and we all need to do our civic duty and elect Barrington’s new best scarecrow!

Best Scarecrow Design in Barrington

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180. Hold Your Breath for a Bears Win

Bears vs. Packers

There’s only one thing that die-hard NFL fans will be doing in Barrington tonight, and that’s tuning in for the Bears/Packers game at Soldier Field at 7:30.  And if you’re married to a Bears fanatic like I am, you’ll be praying that they win because you know how a big loss can set the tone for the entire week or, let’s face it, the whole season.

Bears vs. Packers

If you feel like getting out of the house for tonight’s game, there are some great football specials being offered at several Barrington hot spots tonight. Here are a few to choose from:

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178. Goebbert’s Farm Market Fall Festival

Fall Festival at Goebbert's Farm Market

It’s Back! The fall fun at Goebbert’s Farm Market in South Barrington is in full swing once again, starting today, and will last through Halloween. There are also some new attractions that you won’t want to miss at Goebbert’s this year and we’re giving away free pumpkins, too!

Fall Festival at Goebbert's Farm Market

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177. Art in the Barn at Good Shepherd Hospital

Art in the Barn Weekend at Good Shepherd Hospital

This is a big weekend for our friends up at Good Shepherd Hospital. They’re hosting their 36th annual “Art in the Barn” event on the hospital grounds from 10AM to 5PM on both Saturday and Sunday and they have a full schedule of art and entertainment planned, including live music, food and pony rides!

Art in the Barn Weekend at Good Shepherd Hospital

Live Music, Food and Art at Art in the Barn“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 and they’re expecting about 6,500 people to attend. There will be painters, jewelry-makers, sculptors, photographers, ceramics artists and woodworkers on hand, just to name a few. The art will be on display in barns that were used as food testing sites when the property was owned by Quaker Oats. Over the years, the annual juried art show has raised over $2.5 Million dollars for Good Shepherd Hospital. It’s a great way to spend a fall weekend in Barrington and support our local hospital at the same time.

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176. Kidz Karnival MOVED TO LANGENDORF!!!

Barrington Park District Kidz Karnival at Citizens Park

 Because of rain and windy weather in the forecast for tomorrow, the Barrington Park District has just decided to move tomorrow’s “Kidz Karnival” from Citizens Park indoors to the gymnasium at Langendorf Park.  They’ll still have all of their inflatables, and the Karnival still starts at 10AM, but it’ll be inside intead of out. The Barrington Park … Read more…