Two months after the newly restored Barrington White House grand opening on July 4th, the community center has featured an exciting mix of cultural, educational and social events with many more to come. Before we take a look at the list of Barrington White House events scheduled for September, enjoy reporter Tommy Derken’s VIDEO tour of the new space on opening day.
Formerly the historic John Robertson Jr. House built in 1898, Barrington’s White House has been transformed with a 6-million dollar renovation to create a community and cultural center, while preserving one of Barrington’s most notable historic properties. The project’s completion was timed to coincide with the year of Barrington’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. Generous community donors made the project possible and they are still working toward raising the full amount to complete the restoration and furnish the facility. See the donor list here and, to make your own contribution, visit BarringtonsWhiteHouse.com.
For an opportunity to see this beautiful property for yourself, here is September’s list of upcoming Barrington’s White House events. Unless noted, programs are free and do not require advance registration…
An Evening of Classic Broadway Music with Vocalists Joanne McDade & Vince Wallace
September 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Barrington soprano Joanne McDade and bass-baritone Vince Wallace will perform beloved favorites from the golden age of musicals and film. McDade, who has a private voice and piano studio in Barrington, is an avid recitalist with a Masters of Music from the University of Oregon.
Based in Chicago, Wallace is an international award-winning performer who appears regularly with the Lyric of Opera of Chicago.
Adoption Advocate Connie Going Welcome Reception and Remarks
September 13 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Adoption Advocate Connie Going will appear with her son Davion, a lifelong foster child who moved the nation when he appeared before a church congregation and asked to be adopted. Going will speak about Florida’s model program for adoption from foster care and her experience working with George Sheldon, the new director recruited to reform the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
The Goings have been featured on the “Today” show, “CBS Evening News” and a television special with Diane Sawyer. The event includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Attendees must email to register: susanmcconnell@LetItBeUs.org
“Seeing Green, One Story at a Time” Author & Illustrator Reading
September 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free
Children’s book author Marsha Bergstrom Georgiopoulos and illustrator Gail Diedrichsen will read from their first book, “I See Something…Green.”
These two retired teachers combined their children’s literacy expertise with a shared passion for the environment to create a lively, rhyming book with vivid illustrations that will enhance vocabulary and reading skills, and encourage readers to “live green.” Adults and children are welcome.
An Evening with Artist Michael Latala
September 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Free
Come watch and learn as award-winning Skokie artist Michael Latala creates using pastels and conté crayon.
Latala, who specializes in landscapes, figures and still life in oils and pastel, has a degree from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and has studied with several master painters.
His work has been exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Irish American Heritage Center, the Beverly Art Center and other venues.
Community Open House
September 26 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Area residents are invited to view the incredible renovation at the historic Barrington’s White House – our new community and cultural center – from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27. Visitors will have a chance to tour the former 1898 home, see the new event spaces and gorgeous ballroom, and sign up to volunteer to help with cultural events.
Barrington’s newly restored White House community and cultural center is located at 145 West Main Street in Barrington, Illinois. For more information hosting or attending an event at the White House, visit BarringtonsWhiteHouse.com.