Category: Fourth of July

140. Veterans & Food Drive Float to Lead Barrington’s 4th of July Parade

 The Barrington 4th of July parade kicks off at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, July 4th.  The theme for this year’s parade is “America, Land of Hopes and Dreams – Homegrown in Barrington” and they’ve planned some exciting entertainment and highlights for this year’s parade.
But the very first float you’ll see in the parade this year, right behind area veterans leading the way, is the Barrington High School girls tennis team’s Food Drive truck. The team coach who helped start the drive and BHS grad Rebecca Peterson says, “If everyone from the community brought one non-perishable, non-expired food item to tomorrow’s parade, that would go a long way toward helping families seeking food assistance in the Barrington area.”
This will be the fourth year that the parade committee has built the food drive into Barrington’s parade and the second year in a row with that drive sponsored by Heinen’s Fine Foods.  Associates from Heinen’s along with the BHS girls tennis team will be pushing shopping carts to collect non-perishable food donations brought by parade-goers along the route.  Last year, they collected 3,000 pounds of food and all donations are delivered to the Barrington and Cuba Township food pantries immediately following the parade.
Over 75 groups will be participating in this year’s parade, including businesses, civic organizations, students, veterans and more.  The parade starts at Barrington High School, heads east on Main Street and ends at the Barrington 4th Festival grounds at the north Metra commuter lot downtown.
The parade committee’s marketing director, Kristin Leese, says they chose to add the words “Homegrown in Barrington” to put the focus back on Barrington……

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194. Barrington Parade Reflections from the Fourth of July

 Barrington’s 2012 Fourth of July parade will have to go down as one of the hottest on record. But that didn’t keep thousands from turning out in support of the people and the causes this community cares most about. The committee that puts on the parade deserves high praise and major props for pulling off another great event. To highlight their efforts, we put together a short photo gallery of some of this year’s people on parade, starting with the float that won this year’s Grand Prize for the “entry that best exhibited creativity, appearance and patriotism”. And that award goes to…
Barrington Animal Hospital’s float was designed in honor of our “canine heroes”, depicting the contributions of our military service dogs.
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s float was awarded the Spirit of Barrington prize for the “entry that best exhibited originality, ingenuity and community pride and Citizens for Conservation’s float was honored with the Village President’s Award as the “entry that best exhibited the parade’s theme, ‘Let Freedom Ring:  Courage, Service, Honor.”……

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187. “Rock the Ride” Music Fest for Bob Lee’s “3 Reasons”

 This September, Barrington dad, grandfather, cancer survivor and avid cyclist, Bob Lee, will hop on his bike in Vancouver, Canada and ride 2,000 miles down the west coast, ending in Mexico.  Bob’s journey will be the third in a series of long distance rides, crossing a total of more than 12,000 miles and completing a philanthropic tour around the perimeter of the country.
At the end of Bob’s 2012 ride, he hopes to have raised $1 million for 3 causes before “The Bike Stops” on his family’s front lawn in Barrington’s Fox Point neighborhood.  That’s where he recently celebrated his 70th birthday along with dozens of neighbors and kids who rode there on, what else?  Their bikes!
As if completing a 2,000 mile bike ride just after turning 70 isn’t remarkable enough, Bob will finish Part III of his “Ride for 3 Reasons” almost a decade after he was diagnosed with colon cancer.  This summer also marks Bob’s wife, Anne Lee’s second year as a breast-cancer survivor.  Facing cancer sparked a fire that Bob says is a major source of his pedal power.  “If someone hadn’t done a walk or run or some fundraiser, would the research dollars have been there to give us this opportunity?  This is our way of paying back a little bit.  I’m hoping to raise the funds to give researchers the resources to help other people.”
Supporting people with cancer is just one of Bob Lee’s 3 reasons.  He is also riding to help those diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and for people needing hospice care at the end of life.  “My toughest day going up over a mountain is nothing compared to someone getting up this morning with ALS and wondering what motor neurons aren’t going to work today and whether they’ll be able to pick things up, hug their kids, walk or talk.”  These are causes that have touched us all, in big ways and in small.  And that’s why we’re invited to celebrate Bob’s upcoming journey with Rock the Ride, a 9-hour music festival and party happening at the Brat Tent in Barrington’s North Metra Lot between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 1st.

The six local bands performing at the fest are The Road Not Taken (1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.), White Shadow (3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.), Moonlander (4:30 to 5:15 p.m.), Vinyl Richie (6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.), The Guys (7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.) and Between the Lines (9 p.m. to 10 p.m.).  There will also be Bataille Academie dance performances and activities for kids during the day.  Admission is $5 for adults after 6 p.m. and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Bob’s ride and put even more power in his pedals as he crosses the finish line before returning home by Thanksgiving.
Bob’s 3 rides for 3 reasons span 3 countries and involve volunteers from 3 generations working for the cause.  The easiest way to visualize the ground he will have covered is to see it on the map……

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186. Barrington EATS: Hot Toppings for Your Diggity Dog

 Some of us may not be proud that the number one food consumed in America in July is hot dogs. But it’s true. 155 million alone will be consumed this upcoming weekend according to the National Hot Dog council. I much prefer eating healthier options, as I know many of you agree. But on an occasion like this, I say if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
 

Dogs will be the option many places you go over the Fourth of July festivities, including our beloved Brat tent. And you can buy them cheaper right now than at any time during the year. I love experimenting with different flavors and condiments, and saucing up a hot dog the way they do it in other parts of the world can add to the fun.
If you are serving dogs this weekend, here’s some topping ideas from other parts of the country and world……

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43. Fire it Up with the Smokin Gunz

 Be sure you’re cocked, locked and ready to rock when you head to the Barrington Brat Tent today.  There’ll be lots of Country heat on hand tonight when Smokin Gunz takes the stage.  The band will be tonight’s finale performance after a full day of family fun at the Barrington 4th of July Weekend festivities.
Smokin Gunz are otherwise known as “Chicago’s Hardest Working Country Band”. They’re a Top 40 Country band from the suburbs of Chicago, they have a reputation for getting the audience on their feet and you can learn more about them at SmokinGunz.net.

But the Smokin Gunz are just one of many great activities scheduled for the Brat Tent today……

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Barrington Fourth of July Brat Tent Festivities

41. July 4th Barrington Brat Tent Returns with a Bang

 The Brat Tent entrance will blast open today to celebrate four days of July 4th festivities in downtown Barrington. The 27th Annual Barrington Fourth of July celebration will feature a packed schedule of entertainment for kids, families AND adults. We’ll be sharing fun details and the full events schedule in the coming days here at 365Barrington.com, but one of today’s highlights will be the festival’s opening performance this afternoon by OD TAPO IMI.
OD TAPO IMI is a Chicagoland band whose name is an acronym for “Oil Drums That Are Pounded Out Into Musical Instruments”.  They’re known for their Caribbean-style beats and best described as “Jimmy Buffet Meets Blue Man Group.”

OD TAPO IMI will light up the Barrington Brat Tent stage at 12:30 this afternoon with a powerful mix of vocals, steel drums, percussion, guitars and horns playing all genres of popular music with a unique tropical twist. But they’re just a delicious appetizer for a great list of highlights planned for Barrington’s Fourth Festivities this year.…

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