Tag: For Fun

349. Celtic Fest in Bryan McGonigal’s Own Words

 McGonigal’s Pub is making it easy to be Irish in Barrington this week!  They’re hosting the community’s inaugural 2-day “Barrington Celtic Fest” starting on St. Patrick’s Day morning.  The pub is also celebrating their one year anniversary, so I thought it would be a great time to catch up with owner, Bryan McGonigal.  He’s a busy guy these days, but he took a quick break and found a comfortable seat at the bar.  With the bartender busy in the background and a pint of Guinness within easy reach, Bryan filled me in on the festival details and highlights from his first year in business.

The fest will run tomorrow and Friday from 10AM until 1AM featuring a great lineup of live Irish music, Irish dancers, Corned Beef, Cabbage, a full Irish menu, pints of beer, NCAA basketball tournament watching and plenty of people in green.  Admission is FREE and you’ll find the full festival entertainment lineup below. But first, here’s Bryan’s look at the fest and McGonigal’s first year, in his very own words.…

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Support Barrington Schools at the 2011 Chili and Music Fest

339. Spice Up Classrooms with the Chili & Music Fest

 There’s a great party happening one week from today where you can sample chili, enjoy live music AND help create cool new programs that benefit all students in Barrington School District 220. It’s the fourth annual Chili & Music Fest, we’re all invited and you will be excited when you hear how this party is helping change the way students and parents in Barrington learn.

Barrington’s District 220 Educational Foundation organizes the Chili & Music Fest every year to raise money for one of our community’s most important causes……

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Mardi Gras Package at L'Eiffel Bistrot in South Barrington

337. "Hot Happenings" in Barrington for March 3-6

 Because there are so many things planned for weekends in Barrington, today we’re debuting a weekly list of “Hot Happenings” for Thursdays through Sundays in Barrington. Our first event is a cool party that’s going on TONIGHT at L’Eiffel Bistrot and Creperie in South Barrington.

It’s a Mardi Gras celebration with Carnival Brazilian Dancers and a special Cajun 3-course dinner……

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Barrington Park District Lil' Dudes and Darlings Dance

335. Cowboy Up for the Lil’ Dudes & Darlins’ Dance

 Calling all cowboys and cowgirls! It’s time for your kids to slip on their boots and grab their hats for an evening of dinner, dancing and good old Western fun. The Barrington Park District is hosting the first ever “Lil’ Dudes and Darlins’ Dance” this Friday.  It’s fun for the whole family and y’all want to be there.

Your kids can two-step, line dance, square dance and more to a great lineup of country music favorites on Friday night and here’s the lowdown on how the hoedown will go-down.…

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Barrington Predicts the 2011 Academy Award Winners

333. Predict and Critique the 2011 Academy Awards

 We didn’t even have to watch last night’s Academy Awards to know who the winners were. All you had to do was take a look at our 2011 Barrington Oscar Poll. Last night’s top winners were all predicted by Barrington movie fans right here at 365Barrington.com.

You called it right, but what did you think of the show? I have a few critiques that leave me with an urge to apologize. But I’m sharing my thoughts and sticking to ’em today, about the hosts, the winners, the thankers and the criers……

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Valentine's Ideas in Barrington, Illinois

318. 50 Ways to Woo Your Lover (In Barrington) Part I

 Valentine’s Day is just two days away and, if you haven’t found something for your Valentine yet, never fear. We’ve compiled a list of 50 ways to score some big points with your significant other, without leaving Barrington.

Please feel free to add your two cents by offering some romantic ideas of your own. Anyone can leave a comment on this blog, just by clicking HERE or by filling out the comments box at the very bottom of this post. In the meantime, here we go. Get ready for loads of ideas that will keep your main squeeze longing for your love……

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2011 Chili Champion at the South Barrington Arboretum

306. Be Crowned the South Barrington Chili Champ

 The results are in after Saturday’s “Chilly Challenge” Chili Cook-off in South Barrington. About 300 chili fans from in and around Barrington met at the South Barrington Arboretum Saturday afternoon to sample and vote for chili prepared by seven local restaurants.

I was one of the guest judges and snapped a few photos on the chili tour, which started at Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce & Bistro. A shuttle whisked the chili tasters off to all seven restaurants, which included Pinstripes, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Nozuzmi Asian & Japanese Cuisine, Gold Class Cinemas, L’Eiffel Bistrot & Creperie, Panera Bread and defending 2010 Chili Champion, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. That’s a lot of chili for only $10 and it was so much fun! Almost all of the participants cast ballots for their favorites at the very end and it was a very close vote. But the 2011 South Barrington Arboretum Chili Champion is……

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The Dash to Cure Diabetes Presented by The Second City

289. DASH to Cure Diabetes Presents The Second City

 If you’re up for a little comedy to lighten the mood tonight, you’ll find it at Barrington High School. Performers from The Second City’s touring comedy group will take the stage at 8PM and you’ll be helping raise money for a great local cause in the process.

Tickets cost $30 for adults and $15 for students and the show starts at 8PM. Founded in Chicago in 1959, THE SECOND CITY has become the premier training ground for the comedy world’s best and brightest stars. According to the touring performers’ website, SCTourco.com, you can expect the following at tonight’s performance:…

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Sleigh Rides at the South Barrington Arboretum

258. Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides in South Barrington

 I always love the beginning of new traditions and the South Barrington Arboretum is adding complimentary horse-drawn sleigh rides to their list of things you can do when you visit their brand new outdoor skating plaza this year.

Every Saturday and Sunday, they’re offering complimentary horse-drawn sleigh rides from 11AM until 3PM on Saturdays and Sundays. The rides start at the brand new Alexian Brothers Skating Plaza. Have you checked out the new open air ice rink yet?…

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YouTube Phenom, Keenan Cahill

257. Sing It Like You Mean It

 These days, you can find little doses of inspiration in all shapes, sizes and places. People who wouldn’t normally have a public voice are commanding huge audiences with the use of technology, YouTube and the social power of the internet. You may have already heard this 15-year-old’s story. His name is Keenan Cahill. He’s an Irish-American teenager now living in Chicago and he has a rare genetic disorder called Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome.

The disease has no cure, it affects only one in 25,000 people and it disables physical growth after age 8.  But, for the past few years, Keenan has been growing a giant fan base lip-syncing to popular songs from the long-gone privacy of his own bedroom.…

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Ice House Mall in Barrington Mini Nutcracker Performance

248. Ice House Mall Mini-Nutcracker Performance

 In the mood to see some Sugar Plum Fairies, Waltzing Flowers and Russian Dancers today? I have the perfect solution! There’s a Mini-Nutcracker performance happening this afternoon at Barrington’s Ice House Mall.

It’s the Midwest Dance Collective’s annual Mini-Nutcracker performance featuring “The Land of Sweets” under the direction of Barrington dancer, teacher and choreographer, Ellen Werksman.…

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24 Hour Dance Marathon at Barrington High School

247. Barrington High School 24-Hour Dance Marathon

 If you’ve mastered the Mashed Potato, the Moonwalk, the Macarena or if you’ve come up with a dance style that’s all your own, Barrington High School is THE place to be this weekend! Students are hosting the school’s first ever 24-hour dance marathon and almost 100 dancers of all ages have already signed up to participate. If you’re in the mood to do a little dancing, they’re looking for more contestants.  Or you can come just to spectate and all the money raised will go to local charities.

The BHS Dance Marathon is the brain-child of the Barrington Area Community Foundation’s brand new Youth Advisory Council.…

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Fancy Nancy Mother Daughter Tea

246. "Fancy Nancy" Mother Daughter Tea Party

 If you have little ones who love to play dress up, you don’t want to miss this très chic party coming up this Saturday, December 4th. It’s called the “Fancy Nancy Mother Daughter Tea” and it’s being hosted by a costume and party shop at Barrington’s Ice House Mall.
Kidz Parties Plus More will supply the fancy hats, feather boas, tutus, ruby slippers, fancy gloves and jewelry OR your little lady can get all dressed up at home and come ready for the party.…

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Holiday Lights from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

245. 1st Annual 365Barrington Holiday Lights Contest

 Even if you try to ignore it, there is no escaping the fact that Christmastime is here.  “The Holiday Lite“ has been broadcasting radio holiday tunes since well before Thanksgiving, Christmas commercials have taken over the TV and holiday lights are popping up on homes throughout Barrington. So I decided to just give in to the holiday hype and give our weekly Wednesday photo contest a yule-tide twist for the month of December. Between now and Christmas, we’ll be accepting nominations here at 365Barrington.com for the best Barrington Christmas lights. And you don’t have to decorate your home like Clark Griswold to win this contest!

If you or someone you know goes all out with their Christmas decorations or lights up their home beautifully, we’d love to hear about it. There are FOUR winning categories in this contest:…

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Barrington Aglow

244. Barrington Aglow Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

 Downtown Barrington will be buzzing this Saturday afternoon as the community comes out out for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and visits with Santa.

The festivities begin at Noon on December 4th and last until 7PM. There will be free carriage rides, Madrigal Singers and extended evening shop and restaurant hours. But the highlight will be happening right at 5PM……

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