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192. White House Happenings: Dyllis Braithwaite Book Signing to Kick Off New Season of White House Cultural Events

192. White House Happenings: Dyllis Braithwaite Book Signing to Kick Off New Season of White House Cultural Events

Home Newsroom 192. White House Happenings: Dyllis Braithwaite Book Signing to Kick Off New Season of White House Cultural Events

All are welcome to attend the first cultural event in a series of upcoming happenings scheduled to take place at Barrington’s newly renovated White House.  The first scheduled event is a Book Signing & Reception with newly published author and long time Barrington resident, Dyllis Braithwaite from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 9th.

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Dyllis’ books, “Oh! I Love What You’re Wearing!” (Volumes I and II), feature her unique fashions, all modeled by Dyllis at different locations throughout Barrington. The photographers for this coffee table style book are Maxine Cress, Bob Lee and Susan McConnell.

Post - Dyllis Braithwaite BarringtonDyllis ran Barrington’s Finn’s Fabrics by Dyllis for over 40 years.  She possesses a legendary gift for selecting beautiful fabrics, creating wearable art and inspiring others to find their own creative voices, for which she is well known in the Chicago area and throughout the country.

During a reception on the White House front porch, Dyllis’s famous homemade punch and cookies will be served.

Then, she will be speaking while exhibiting her creations on the first floor of Barrington’s White House.  Her books will be available and she will be signing each one individually.

The event is FREE and scheduled for Thursday, July 9, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  Barrington’s newly renovated White House is located at 145 W. Main Street  Entry to the building will be through the front porch (facing Main Street) or for elevator access, the rear (south) entrance.

The Dyllis Braithwaite book signing is the first of many events to come at the brand new Barrington White House, which was just unveiled during a grand opening ceremony and first public tours after Saturday’s 4th of July Parade.

Cabaret Night
July 16th from 7 to 9 p.m.
An evening of musical highlights of the Parker Players musical theater productions set in a “cabaret” mood.

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Special Musical Performance – Agnes Krueger Scholarship Recipients
July 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Agnes Krueger Scholarship recipients will present solo musical works at Barrington’s White House; all anticipating their arrival at major music schools this fall. Each of the performers has been recognized for their musical talent and preparation having received a prestigious Krueger Scholarship. The evening will also feature gifted students still attending Barrington High School in performances of solo and chamber works. Reception at 7:00pm, performances begin at 7:30pm and registration is not required.

Artist Exhibit and Lecture – Steve Puttrich
July 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free

Come to Barrington’s White House to hear artist Steve Puttrich discuss his work and view ten of his beautiful paintings.

The elements of nature, earth, air, water and light, are all around us, and yet we seldom take notice the harmonies creation provides. It is this beauty I look for in life, and I try to capture in my art. After graduating from the American Academy of Art in the early 80’s, oils and watercolor were my medium of study. Later, in the 1980’s -90’s I worked as a professional artist for the Parsons Corporation and currently lead a team of artists and designers there. In the last 10 years, I’ve been rediscovering the struggles and joys of Plein Air painting with my wife and fellow artist Bobbie Puttrich. I also enjoy writing and sharing stories about the many lessons learned while painting, and teaching painting workshops.  No registration required.  For more information visit

Cooking Demonstration and Presentation – “Fresh Food Picks and Prep”: The Gentleman Farmer and local Chef Jeramie Campana
August 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Barrington’s Dominic Green, “The Gentleman Farmer” shares his active role in the local food movement and how it changed his life and will benefit our community. Dominic will team up with Chef Jeramie Campana, proprietor of Wild Asparagus Catering to demonstrate cooking techniques for “Picks and Prep for Fresh Food from the Garden”! No registration required.

Barrington Area Council on Aging 30th Anniversary Celebration
August 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Free

Join the Barrington Area Council on Aging on the White House front porch for song and celebration! Music provided by Joyce Palmquist and Doug Saylor

United Way Leadership Reception/Bird House Auction
August 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Presentation – “Pioneer Gardens”
November 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Open to the public

New Years Eve at the White House
December 31, 2015 @ 9:00 pm – January 1, 2016 @ 1:00 am

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