Category: Contests

26. Win 2 Tickets to Sold Out Oscar Short Films Event at The Catlow Theater

 The hottest ticket in Barrington this weekend is to the SOLD OUT showing of ten Oscar-Nominated short films playing at The Catlow Theater on Saturday afternoon, February 23rd.  But if you missed the chance to get tickets, we have a way for you to see the show!  We just got our hands on two tickets and we’ll be giving them away in a contest right here at 365Barrington.com.

The Village of Barrington’s Cultural Commission organized Saturday’s Afternoon of Oscar-Nominated Short Films.  The tickets cost $10 each, the event lasts from noon until 4 and ten Oscar-nominated short films will be shown on the Catlow’s big screen, including the 5 Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Films and 5 Live Action Short Films in the running for Oscars this Sunday.
This weekend’s 85th Academy Awards will be the first Oscars since the 85-year-old Catlow Theater completed their community-funded conversion late last year from film to the digital movie playing format required by Hollywood movie studios today.
The Catlow raised $175,000 and counting through a Kickstarter campaign launched last summer.  They needed $100,000 to pay for the digital conversion and have earmarked the additional funds for needed theater improvements and repairs.
The Village’s Marketing & Events Coordinator, Anne Garrette, says it’s the first time the Village has teamed up to host a movie event with The Catlow.
Anne says the Cultural Commission took the initiative, proposed the idea to The Catlow and The Village took charge of printing tickets and promoting the event.
“I’m just shocked at the overwhelming response.  Our first goal was to try and sell about 100 tickets.  We sold all 550 available tickets in two weeks.”
“If it’s popular and all goes well, maybe we’ll try it again.  We’ll have to assess things after this weekend and see how it goes.”
Restaurants and businesses downtown are also partnering with the Village and The Catlow, planning specials to treat the movie-goers this Saturday.  You’ll find the list of specials planned for this Saturday at EnjoyBarrington.com.
If you don’t have tickets, but you’d still like to go, we have TWO TICKETS, which we’ll give away to one lucky reader.  For a chance to win, just fill out the form below with your answer to the question:
What is your favorite Catlow Theater memory?
Share your answer below and your name will be entered into our drawing at the end of this week.  We’ll announce the winner this Friday, right here at 365Barrington.com.
Fill out my online form.

The Barrington Cultural Commission is so excited about the Afternoon of Oscar-Nominated Short Films, they created this special video promoting the event.

And, to pique your interest, here’s the list and the video trailers for all 10 of the Oscar-Nominated short films playing at The Catlow this Saturday……

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279. Tom Heinen Shares Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition

 With Thanksgiving just days away, there’s only one day left to enter our 2012 Thanksgiving Contest. Entering is as easy as answering one simple question. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? We’ve received quite a few entries this month and we’ll be sharing these “thankful thoughts” and favorite traditions along with the names of our three contest winners this Wednesday.
Anyone who shares what they’re thankful for in the form below by the end of the day tomorrow will be entered into our drawing to win one of three gift cards to use at Barrington’s new grocery store, Heinen’s Fine Foods.  Since Heinen’s is offering the prizes, we thought we’d ask Tom Heinen what he’s thankful for this year.
Tom and his twin brother, Jeff, opened Heinen’s in Barrington this past August.  The Barrington location is the company’s 18th grocery store opening and their first store outside of the greater Cleveland area.  “We’re very thankful that we had the opportunity to locate a store here in Barrington and not only serve the community but hire terrific new associates that have been great to work with.”  Remember when they used chopping blocks to cut the ribbon during their grand opening in Barrington?  That was in honor of their grandfather, Joseph, who founded the family business when he opened a Cleveland-area butcher shop in 1929.
But the new store opening is not all Tom says he’s thankful for this year.
On a more personal note, Tom shared one way he’s spending the holiday and let us in on a favorite Thanksgiving tradition started by his grandfather, Joseph Heinen……

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265. Spot the Scarecrow: A Straw Man for 3 Reasons

 There are only a few days left to vote for who you think should win the Village of Barrington’s annual scarecrow design competition. So we have time for one last Spot the Scarecrow mystery photo contest. One Barrington business designed their scarecrow with a Ride for 3 Reasons theme this year in honor of Bob Lee, who is wrapping up his 2,000 mile bike ride down the Pacific coast this week.

If you can guess outside what Barrington business we spotted the 3 Reasons scarecrow, you’ll have a chance to win a prize linked to the place where we took the picture.  Take a minute to look for the clue you’ll find under his armpit.  You can greatly increase your odds of winning just by picking up the phone ;)!
Bob Lee is getting closer, but he has yet to reach his goal of raising $1 Million to support initiatives related to cancer, ALS and Hospice end-of-life care. He still has to raise about $100,000 in individual donations to unlock $200,000 of matching funds that have been pledged to the cause if Bob can reach his goal. Bob says every little bit helps and he’s looking forward to visiting with supporters at his welcome home party, which is coming up from 4 to 5 p.m. at Good Shepherd Health and Fitness Center on Saturday, November 3rd.  To learn more about the ride and support the cause, visit 3Reasons.org.
And if you know where we took the picture of this week’s 3 Reasons scarecrow, all you have to do is enter your guess below for a chance to win.  But first, we just drew the name of last week’s winner and it is……

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260. Spot the Scarecrow: Remembering Whitney Houston

 It’s Wednesday and that mean’s it’s contest day here at 365Barrington.com. We’re playing another round of Spot the Scarecrow this week. It’s our usual mystery photo contest with a fall twist.  For a chance to win, all you have to do is tell us where in Barrington we spotted this scarecrow tribute to deceased diva, Whitney Houston. A local business designed her for the Village of Barrington’s annual scarecrow competition. Can you guess where she is?

If you can tell us where Whitney is perched, you have a chance to win a prize worth $60 from the business who designed her.  Whitney is one of dozens of scarecrows hanging around town these days.  Voting for the Village of Barrington’s annual scarecrow design contest is underway now.  You have until October 31st (Halloween) to cast your vote by CLICKING HERE and they’ll announce the winners on the Village web site on Thursday, November 1.
And you may still wondering where we took this last Spot the Scarecrow mystery photo……

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254. KIDS CLUB: Pumpkin Carving Photo Contest

 It’s the first week of the month and that means it’s time for another KIDS CLUB challenge.  We also have five winners to announce from last month’s “What if You Were President?” contest, which we’ll get to in just a minute.  But first, let’s talk about this month’s contest.   This is one you can do with your whole family!  It’s a Pumpkin Carving Photo Contest and it’s a great way to show off your Jack-o-Lantern creations.

Here’s how it works.  After you carve your pumpkins this month, just take a picture once it’s all lit up and upload it in the form you’ll find below.  We’ll share your photos and announce the winners when we debut our next KIDS CLUB contest in the first week of November.  The winners will receive a gift certificate to purchase toys at Learning Express in Lake Zurich.
Which reminds me that we still have to announce our winners from last month’s “What if You Were President…” contest.  We have FIVE WINNERS for this one who all submitted great answers to this question:
If you were the President of the United States of America, what would you do to make our country a better place?
We were so excited to read our entries to this one!  Each of our five winners will receive a $20 gift certificate to make purchases at Learning Express Toys in Lake Zurich.  Here’s what our young winners say they’d do if they were President……

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252. “Spot the Scarecrow” Mystery Photo Contest Returns

 With scarecrows decorating businesses throughout Barrington, we can’t help but reintroduce Spot the Scarecrow, the fall version of our weekly mystery photo contest here at 365Barrington.com. The first photo of our series is one of the many straw creations designed for the Village of Barrington’s annual Scarecrow Contest.  This guy is dressed up as an artist and you’ll spot him if you’re whizzing by on a pretty busy street in town.  Can you guess where he is?

And just in case this tight shot’s too tricky, here’s a more revealing look. His artwork is quite impressive for a man made of straw and the buildings in the background might give it away.  But if you can’t think of where he is now, keep looking around town and I bet you’ll find him.  You have a week to submit your guesses.

The winner of this week’s contest will receive a cool prize that has something to do with the spot where we took the picture.  That might have some of you scratching your heads, but you’ll find out next week ;).  Entering the contest is easy and you’ll find the steps below. But first, we just drew our winner from last week’s contest and her name is……

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