Woo hoo – it’s Tuesday! And that means we’ve put together another list of 10 upcoming events and fun things to do in the Barrington area.
It’s homecoming weekend, of course, so football, alumni events, the parade and related festivities take up several spots on our list.
But our list of things to do begins well before the weekend, with a cool event that takes the top spot this week because it’s happening in Barrington tomorrow night…
1. “Craft Corner Wednesdays” Kickoff
When: Wednesday, September 26th at 7 p.m.
Where: Wool Street – 128 Wool Street in Barrington, IL
What: Wool Street & The Wild Onion Brewery are teaming up to host monthly beer tasting events on Wednesday nights, starting tomorrow, featuring 6 craft beers brewed at the Wild Onion and now on tap at Wool Street! ( “Hop Slayer”, “Hefty Weiss”, “Kainz Brau”, “Paddy Pale Ale”, “Pumpkin Ale” and “Oktoberfest”) It’s a unique opportunity to meet the brewers, enjoy food pairings and talk beer!
More: OnionBrewery.com and WoolStreetGrill.com
2. “Stage Fright” Auditions
When: Tuesday & Wednesday, September 25 & 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Garlands Center for the Performing Arts – 1000 Garlands Lane in Barrington, IL
What: Barrington Writers Workshop will be hosting auditions for their upcoming “Stage Fright” performance on September 25 and 26, from 7-9 at the Garlands Performing Arts Center. There are roles for adults and teens, and several for children playing spooks, trick-or-treaters, civil war soldiers, beasts, executioners, witches, poets and grimms. Co- directors, stage crew, props, lighting and sound people are also needed.
The performance pieces include original spooky tales, stage plays and poems. Actors and crew must be available for the performance nights of October 26-27, from 5:30-9:00 p.m. No pay. Great fun. Contact 224-678-9693 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
3. Brighton “Power of Pink” Bracelet for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
When: September 28th through the month of October
Where: Brighton Collectibles at Deer Park Town Center
What: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, Brighton Collectibles has created their annual “Power of Pink / POP” bracelet for 2012 that will be available beginning September 28th through the month of October. This limited-edition bracelet is a classic design with a dangling heart charm and pink ribbon, with touches of light rose Swarovski crystals.
The bracelet is reversible and can be worn with pink-accented links or as an all-silver accessory. New this year, Brighton Deer Park has expanded the POP line to include a variety of items with similar donations benefiting Wellness Place. To kick off this opportunity, from September 28-30, Brighton’s Deer Park store will donate an additional 10% of POP item purchases directly to benefit the cancer support and education programs offered by Wellness Place.
More: ShopDeerParkTownCenter.com & WellnessPlace.org.
4. 41st Annual Andy Anderson Pancake Breakfast & Homecoming Kickoff
When: Saturday, September 29th, from 8 a.m. to Noon (Closed During Parade)
Where: Barrington High School
What: The pancake breakfast on Homecoming Day is a Barrington tradition that dates back to 1966. Barrington resident and one of the founding members of the Barrington Quarterback Club, Andy Anderson, would serve pancakes before the parade and game on the front porch of his home on Main Street.
Cost: Adults $5 – Students & Children – $3. Coaches, Uniformed BHS & BYF Football Players, Cheerleaders/Pom are Free!
5. Homecoming Parade & Festivities
When: Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at 10:15 a.m.
Where: Barrington Metra Station
What: The 2012 Barrington Homecoming Parade has an “Out of this World” theme and kicks off at the Barrington Metra Station at 10:15 a.m. before heading down Main Street. See this year’s floats designed by students in all grades and alumni. The parade is followed by the Varsity football game vs. Schaumburg at the high school’s Barrington Community Stadium at 2 p.m. Parade float winners will be announced at half time.
6. Community Homecoming Tailgate Party
When: September 29th, All Day
Where: Chessie’s Restaurant in the Ice House Mall – 200 Applebee street
What: Chessie’s is again welcoming Barrington High School alums and neighbors from the community to their annual Tailgate Party on Homecoming Day.
They’ll be serving burgers, brats, beer and more, with activities heating up right after the parade, at about 11 a.m.
Cost: No Admission Fee
7. Ignite the Night
When: Saturday, September 29th, 5 to 10 p.m.
Where: Spring Creek Forest Preserve – On Bateman Rd just 1/8 mile north of the intersection of Bateman and Rt. 62 (Algonquin Rd), in Barrington Hills
What: Join Friends of the Forest Preserves for a nighttime fall festival with fun for all ages. Guests will enjoy cookout dinner from 5-8pm, beer and wine, a HUGE bonfire, narrated horse drawn wagon rides, native wildlife, stargazing, an amazing raffle with over 25 items, flashlight tours for kids, live music and dancing.
Cost: Tickets are $45 with advance purchase by September 21st ($60 at the door), $25 for ages 13-20 and $5 for children under 12. More: Call 312-356-9991 or visit FOTFP.org
When: Saturday, September 30th, 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: A Private Barrington Hills Estate
What: Don’t’ miss the kick-off event for the Hands of Hope International Party Series featuring a traditional Oktoberfest experience. Celebrate the harvest season with an evening of festivities, fun and frivolity, complete with authentic German food, beer, wine, dancing and live musical entertainment provided by the Mike Knauf German Band at a private Barrington Hills estate.
Cost: Tickets are $75 per person and attendance is limited.
To purchase tickets, mail a check to Hands of Hope, 800 Hart Road, Suite 100, Barrington, IL 60010, call 847-494-6272 or visit HandsofHopeOnline.org. All proceeds benefit Hands of Hope and will be used to provide fresh water wells in Zambia.
9. “60010 Shops the Ride” Shopping & Dining Event
When: Thursday, October 4th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, October 5th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Visit EnjoyBarrington.com for list of participating businesses.
What: Shop and dine for a good cause! Help Bob Lee reach his goal of raising $1,000,000 for Cancer, ALS and Hospice programs and support local retailers at the same time. Participating Barrington businesses will donate a portion of their sales to Bob’s Ride for 3 Reasons during this shopping and dining event.
More: EnjoyBarrington.com and 3Reasons.org.
10. Growing Cents of Style Children’s Clothing Consignment Sale
When: Saturday & Sunday, October 6th (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and 7th (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), 2012
Where: The sale is returning to 22N102 Pepper Road in Lake Barrington, one block north of Route 14, adjacent to Treetime Christmas Classics
What: Growing Cents of Style is a seasonal children’s consignment sale dedicated to selling the highest quality boutique and designer clothing (sizes newborn – size 16), shoes, accessories, baby gear and toys.