102. Time Travel to Barrington’s 1865 Street Festival

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Historic Barrington

Due to anticipated inclement weather, the Village of Barrington’s 1865 Street Festival celebration commemorating Barrington’s 150th anniversary is being moved to SUNDAY, APRIL 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. So dig out your best 1865 duds to wear to the party and get ready to step back in time!

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Cook and Station Streets and the downtown area will be transformed into a historically themed extravaganza complete with old-time fanfare, including historic costumes, old-time games, and a photo booth, plus a Penny Farthing bicyclist, jugglers, street performers, local bands, and much more.

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Barrington, IL – July 4th, 1908 – Courtesy: They Builded Better Than They Knew: Historical Perspectives of the Barrington Area by Barbara L. Benson.

Here’s the Stage Schedule for the Day:

2:00 p.m.
BHS Jazz Band
2:30 p.m.
Barrington Children’s Choir, Bataille Academie of the Danse
3:00 p.m.
BHS Orchestra Quartet
3:30 p.m.
Midwest Dance Performance: Virginia Reel Dancing, The Entertainers Musical Theater
4 p.m.
Entertainment by the Fire including Sons of Bildor (Rob & Charlie Knapik)
6 p.m.
Pat McKillin Performs

The Barrington Junior Women’s Club is hosting a Children’s Vintage Carnival from 3 to 6 p.m. including these exciting activities for the kids:

Butter Churn * Knock the Can * Ring Toss * Apple Game * Hoop Roll * Hot Potato * Face Painting * Balloon Artist * Pony Rides

Also enjoy watching these fun street performers:

BHS Barbershop Singers * Actors Gymnasium: Juggler, Stilt Walker, Penny Farthing Cyclist * Civil War Barrington Area Re-enactors * Abe Lincoln * Jack Hammer as George Ela * Dede Wamberg as The Pocket Lady * Bill Hannay: Barrington Area Civil War Re-enactor * Master Ron, Entertainer

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The Wells Fargo Stagecoach will be rolling into town and will arrive at Cook Street Plaza for the 1865 Street Festival. For more than 150 years, the Wells Fargo Stagecoach provided an important link for both communication and business between eastern and western states. This American icon will be available for photos, starting at 3 p.m.

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Also on Sunday, you’re invited to enjoy a vintage baseball game at Citizens Park. Watch the pregame warmups starting at noon, followed by the first of three games starting at 1:00 PM with the Chicago Salmon playing the Somonauk Blue Stockings.

Chicago Salmon Vintage Baseball Club
Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Club

The following two games will include local Barrington ballplayers taking a turn at playing a game with both the Chicago Salmon and the Somonauk Blue Stockings.

Somonauk Blue Stockings Vintage Base Ball Club
Somonauk Blue Stockings Vintage Base Ball Club

You can also head over to the Barrington Area Library for an opportunity to socialize, share and celebrate Barrington History at from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Gather with friends and neighbors to share your Barrington-area photos and memorabilia. They welcome anything related to Barrington’s past and present! Individuals, families, and organizations are encouraged to participate and refreshments will be served.

And, don’t forget, all are welcome to dress in historic fashion when you attend the 1865 Street Festival. What will you wear to this can’t-miss event? Visit Barrington150.org for the latest festival updates and details.

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