124. 13th Annual Barrington Country Garden & Antique Faire

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Scenes from the 2013 Barrington Country Garden & Antique Faire - Photographs courtesy of Laura Scoville Ekstrom
The 13th Annual Barrington Country Garden and Antique Faire is coming up this week on Friday and Saturday and we hear this year’s featured gardens are absolutely stunning, including a garden estate designed specifically for “vibrant family fun”.
13th Annual Barrington Country Antique & Garden Faire
13th Annual Barrington Country Antique & Garden Faire – Courtesy of Hands of Hope

Shuttle buses will depart every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday and Saturday (June 21 & 22), transporting guests to tour the gardens of three outstanding Barrington Hills estates.

You’ll find the shuttle service, along wtih free parking at Barrington High School, 616 W. main Street and across the street from the high school at 800 Hart Road on Friday.  On Saturday, the shuttle service will only run from the 800 Hart Road location.

During the tours, you will have the opportunity to shop in a tent-covered French Market featuring fine antique dealers and boutique items, or wander through a 19th century farmhouse and antique barn stuffed with high-end flea market finds.

Gourmet lunch entrées are available and there will be live musical entertainment throughout the day.

And they will be featuring the following expert cooking demonstrations and outdoor entertaining presentations plus unique designer-created garden party vignettes sure to inspire all.

10 Top Trendy Outdoor Ideas for Entertaining

Friday and Saturday, 12:30 PM
Christina Currie, Barrington area party planner par excellence, and winner of 8 prestigious N.I.C.E. awards given by the International Special Events Society (ISES), one of three nominated for Best Wedding 2012 with Special Events Int’l will share latest trends of dos and don’ts in outdoor entertaining that will help you entertain with style.

Extraordinary Dishes with Garden Fresh Herbs

Friday and Saturday, 2:00 PM
Fresh herbs add great flavor to cooking. And they are also great sources of Omega-3’s, Vitamin K, fiber and minerals …all things we are supposed to get more of. Kelly Donlea, chef, author and owner of Organizing Dinner will demonstrate how to combine tasty herbs with exciting balsamic vinegars and other ingredients to make unique, healthy pestos and compotes that can make ordinary meals extraordinary.

Tickets are $50.  Bargain hunters can shop before the Faire opens with a $75 “Early Buy” ticket, Friday only, 8:30am -10am.

Call 847-381-7367 or visit www.handsofhopeonline.org to buy your tickets or for more information. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

Hands of Hope Founder, Vicky Wauterlek
Vicky Wauterlek

The Barrington Country Garden and Antique Faire is the signature fundraising event for Hands of Hope, a community of volunteers founded in 1999 by Barrington resident, Vicky Wauterlek, to build new schools, a medical clinic and dozens of water wells in sub-Saharan Africa.

Vicky says this week’s event makes a world of difference in the lives of so many families.

“Through funds raised at the Faire, we have been honored to help those living in desperately poor villages in Africa become thriving communities with successful businesses, clean water, schools and clinics.

Even more gratifying is to see a once hopeless and forgotten people develop a sense of worth, pride and accomplishment.

Hands of Hope is an all volunteer 501(c)3 not for profit organization, and we are confident that funds entrusted to us are used to make a maximum impact in the lives of others.”

For more information about the organization, CLICK HERE to read the story we published about the Faire in 2012, CLICK HERE to read the story we published about the Faire in 2011, CLICK HERE to read our story from 2010 or visit HandsofHopeOnline.org.

Barrington Country Garden Fair – June 21 and 22, 2013 from Vicky Wauterlek on Vimeo.

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