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We have a libation theme going this weekend with a number of beverage-centered specials and events taking place in Barrington. With the first day of summer only five days away, merchants downtown are getting a jump start on the season by hosting the first ever Summer Wine Walk, a compliment to the well-attended Winter Wine Walk they hosted in March.
The FREE event will be hosted by participating businesses surrounding Cook and Station Streets from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 16th. Each merchant will have a wine map for you to grab so you can see what’s available for sipping before you move on to your next destination. Participating merchants will be offering a total of 14 wines to sample along with appetizers from Cooper’s Pizza. And to add a little summer sizzle, Park Avenue Restaurant will feature live music with Brian Saltzman from 3 to 6 p.m.
More merchants have joined the downtown wine walk for tomorrow’s event. Here’s a look at who’s participating and what you will enjoy as you power your way through the town……
For the first time since publishing her children’s book, Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift 15 years ago, Tower Lakes author, Sheila Glazov, will have the honor of watching a musical rendition of the story brought to life on stage this Sunday night. Performers with Lake Zurich’s Trilogy School of Performing Arts have prepared a special interpretation of the book, which is a “family fairy tale” about a young princess created to help children of all ages build self esteem.
The musical version of Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift was adapted shortly after Sheila published the book’s second edition to include paragraphs about bullying in schools. She wrote the story as a “fairy tale version” of her popular adult book examining behavior and relationships called, What Color is Your Brain? A Fun and Fascinating Approach to Understanding Yourself and Others.…Continue Reading
There’s a new book club in town that’s a little more social than serious—which is perfect if you’re a reader who likes to enjoy a cocktail or two over discussions of plot and symbolism. “LIT” is the name of the Barrington Area Library’s brand new social book club for adults designed to let you have just that kind of light-hearted experience. And with a motto like “Eat, drink and be booky,” you’ll get exactly what you sign up for!
LIT is an out-on-the-town kind of club that will be hosted at a variety of local restaurants instead of at the library. The first one will be held at Park Avenue Restaurant &Wine Bar from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. next Monday, May 21……Continue Reading
Flowers, shmowers! Instead of giving your mom that ‘same old’ spring bouquet this Mother’s Day, why not give her a pair of running shoes and a spot in this weekend’s Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk ;). It’s happening Sunday morning on the streets of Barrington and it’s a fun experience you can share while helping a non-profit raise $8,000 for cancer research.
The Gateway for Cancer Research’s 3rd annual Mother’s Day 5k Run/Walk is expected to be even bigger than last year’s event. Gateway donates 99 cents of every dollar raised towards research for cancer cures, and they’re focusing Barrington’s May 13th event on raising funds specifically for breast cancer research.
The event will begin and end at 200 Spring Street in Barrington……
There’s a new event happening in Barrington tomorrow that’s all about encouraging kids to get outside, explore nature and have a blast while breathing fresh air. Three local organizations are coming together to host the first ever Barrington Kids Fest at Citizens Park and they have a long list of exciting outdoor activities planned for the day.
This is the first year that the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, the Barrington Park District and the Leave No Child Inside initiative of the Greater Barrington and Lake Zurich areas are joining forces to create a unique Barrington Area Kids Fest. They’ve decided to combine the 11th annual Community Kite Fly and the 2nd annual Family Nature Fest to form one all-encompassing outdoorsy festival and it’s totally FREE and open to all kids and families in the community.
A ton of local groups, organizations and businesses are supporting the event to provide families with action-packed recreational and educational activities designed to get everyone moving and active. In addition to your kites, be sure to bring your bikes this year. One of the tomorrow’s highlights will be a family bike adventure through Cuba Marsh led by Barrington cyclist, Bob Lee……
Dust off your derby hats and spruce up your seersucker suits, Barrington Children’s Charities’ second annual Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby party is coming up this Saturday and we’re all invited. Barrington Hills resident and Children’s Charities founder, Darby Hills (seen here on left), says there are fun new details in store for this year’s festivities, thanks, in part, to Kathleen McLaughlin, the local event planner behind the party.
Kentucky Derby-style hats in all shapes and sizes will be a big part of the entertainment at this Saturday’s event, held to benefit Barrington Children’s Charities and the national Blessings in a Backpack campaign. All proceeds from this weekend’s party will directly benefit Barrington School District 220 families who are part of the free and reduced lunches program……
Barrington’s Relay for Life is just over six weeks away and things are heating up around town this week as the community hops on board the Relay’s “Purple Heals” campaign, starting with a major local shopping and dining event this Thursday night.
If you’ve seen posters with a giant purple heel posted around town, it’s the symbol for “Purple Heals”, a series of three upcoming shopping and social events in Barrington where participating merchants are offering a portion of their proceeds to support Barrington’s Relay coming up in June. But you don’t have to wear sky high stilettos to take part. These events are designed for shoppers and diners to enjoy Barrington’s best boutiques, restaurants and bars while supporting a great local cause. So mark your calendars…we can tell by the Facebook buzz that these events are going to be HOT!……Continue Reading
Have you heard? Dude, the real-life beagle from the brand new children’s book, Dude the Hunter, will be at Norton’s U.S.A. on Lageschulte Street in Barrington this Saturday with local author and illustrator Sue Daly! Sue will be signing copies of her new book, with the little star by her side. The event lasts from 2 to 4 p.m., so be sure to come by and get your copy signed—and possibly licked by Dude— tomorrow.
Sue is a Barrington resident, children’s book author and an accomplished illustrator known for her works drawn with pen-ink. In fact, you might already be familiar with Sue’s art……Continue Reading
With Heinen’s Fine Foods opening this August and new shops popping up around town, there’s an exciting new energy in Barrington. We hear rumors that some other popular companies are eying Barrington as a great place to open for business. And here’s one of the burning questions we’re hearing people ask today: What businesses will be opening at the new development in the heart of downtown Barrington, on the southwest corner of Hough and Main Streets? If you want the latest scoop about the project, you’ll get it TONIGHT at the Village of Barrington’s Town Hall Meeting.
The Evanston-based developers handling the Hough-Main project say their plans include between six and ten shopping and dining options on the first floor, with office tenants on the upper floors of the three story building planned for the 2.7 acre site. Village officials say the developer is talking with multiple interested parties, but no announcements have been made about who will set up shop in the new building. This project is just one of several items on tonight’s Town Hall agenda. Here is the full list of topics they plan to discuss……Continue Reading
Foodies, wine lovers, culinary craftsmen, lend me your ears! And mark your calendars for a delicious event coming up on Friday, April 27. An impressive selection of fine wines will be available for you to sip as you watch local chefs prepare top menu items for you to sample while you shop. The popular culinary event is called Taste Takes Flight and it’s hosted by WINGS, an organization that helps women and children who are homeless or the victims of domestic abuse.
WINGS stands for Women in Need Going Stronger and the second annual Taste Takes Flight event will help raise funds to support their programs. It’s taking place at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Friday, April 27th, so it’s a great excuse to start the weekend early and on a fun and festive note.…Continue Reading
If it takes couture quality cupcakes to satisfy your sophisticated sweet tooth, then today is your lucky day! A brand new business called Couture Cupcake Café and Gelato Bar is opening it’s doors in Kildeer and we’re all invited to sample the sweets at tonight’s Grand Opening, pink-ribbon cutting ceremony and cupcake celebration. Owner Cathi Volante has been working hard to open her unique café’s doors since gaining strong local support from the community.
Because Volante and her crew will be baking all day today, the café’s doors will be closed until tonight’s ribbon-cutting at 6 p.m. The pink carpet will then be rolled out and everyone will be invited to join the Couture crew inside for FREE cupcakes, Italian gelato, smoothies and coffee!…
There’s a birthday bash happening at one of Barrington’s most beloved boutiques this week. Downtown Barrington’s eclectic shop, Angelina, is one of the best places to grab a great gift on the go. So let’s show them some well deserved birthday cheer as shop owner, Katie Kuempel, hosts Angelina’s 10th birthday party this Friday and Saturday with cookies, cake and champagne while you shop!
Angelina is a unique shop with fine jewelry, chic handbags, cute stationary, cards and more. In honor of its 10th birthday, the shop will be offering 10% off all items and a free goodie bag valued at $75 when you spend $50 or more on April 13th and 14th. And there’s more……