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The weather cooperated, giving us a beautiful night for watching this year’s Barrington fireworks display from the front lawn at Barrington High School.
And we have new appreciation for this annual tradition after meeting committed volunteers and the pyrotechnics team in charge of the display at the staging area for Barrington’s fireworks this 4th of July.
Did you know that the volunteers who organize Barrington’s 4th of July Fest at the Brat Tent are responsible for orchestrating Barrington’s fireworks each year? In fact, 4th of July Fest committee chair, Stephanie Cecola, says fireworks were the primary reason the Barrington group incorporated in 1984. “The community did not have fireworks prior to that.” She says the July 4th tradition began as a Beer Tent with only hot dogs and drinks and evolved into the 100% volunteer run Brat Tent we know today.
“The community has grown and so has the festival in Barrington which now incorporates food, beverages, two evening bands plus more live music, daily children’s entertainment and the fireworks. Parking fees and any other ticket sales from the Brat Tent are donated to many local charities.”
As spectators set up picnic blankets on the BHS front lawn this 4th of July…
Stephanie brought us to meet Barrington Fire Prevention Officer, Jim Feit, and the crew from Mad Bomber Fireworks. We were treated to a behind-the-scenes look as they were setting up the fireworks on a family owned parcel of land behind the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney building on Lake Cook Road.
“We are so thankful to the Wamberg family for allowing us access to their property.” Because of the area’s many trees, buildings and conservation areas, Stephanie says there are few available spaces that are safe to launch professional firework displays in Barrington. “If it were not for the Wambergs granting us permission to utilize their land, we might not be enjoying the fireworks show today due to lack of safe land space.”
Officer Feit who has lived in Barrington for 62 years, served as Fire Marshall for the past 40 years and has been handling fireworks safety for Barrington’s annual display for nearly three decades….
From last year’s extreme drought to this year’s recent floods, Jim says weather conditions pose unique challenges with each display. “A lot of work goes into keeping the area and the people safe. From bad weather to hot weather, there are just so many variables.
Barrington’s fireworks start just after dusk, at about 9:20 p.m. During the show, the fireworks include a mix of “Ball Shells”, “Canister Shells” and “Salutes”. They come in all colors and many have names like “Waterfalls” and “Brocades” or flower names like “Chrysanthemums” and “Peonies”….…
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He’s only been styling hair for a little over three years, but 25-year-old Barrington-native and Salon Shea Stylist Trevor James is already making a name for himself in the industry. Salon Shea Owner Tammy Ganan says she hired Trevor in November after other salons passed him up.
Now, he’s one of six semi-finalists competing to win Bumble and bumble and W Magazine’s “The Artist” competition, the title of which carries the chance to style W Magazine’s “Look of the Month” feature in the October Generation W issue.
When Bumble and bumble and W Magazine asked stylists across the country to create their own editorial looks using some of Bumble and bumble’s newest products, Trevor created “Fired Up” using nothing but a blow-dryer, a brush, bobby pins and a whole lot of Bumble.
“I wanted people to think ‘what is that? I don’t know what it is, but I like it.’”
Trevor knew what he wanted to do for his look about thirty seconds after he heard about it from Salon Shea Manager Cindy Salomon, who found out that Bumble and bumble was opening the contest up to stylists from Bb. Network salons—a network in which Salon Shea is a part.
In his video on W Magazine’s Facebook page, Trevor uses Thickening Full Form Mousse and Spray de Mode Hairspray to help sculpt the piece of artwork, which, despite its shape, looks as if it has been blown that way naturally, but with a mind of its own.
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Barrington High School graduate, District 220 elementary art teacher and BHS Cross Country Coach, Tom Root, always dreamed of running the Boston Marathon. This Monday, the 26-year-old lifelong runner from Barrington Hills reached that goal, finishing his seventh marathon, his first outside the state of Illinois.
Tom crossed the finish line, just 40 minutes before two shrapnel-filled bombs exploded there, killing three people and injuring more than 180 others. He had rested nearby, gathered his things and just headed back to a friend’s place when the bombs went off.
Just a few miles from the finish line, Tom’s cell phone started to light up with messages from concerned friends and family back home.
“I started getting texts asking, ‘Are you OK?’. I think the first one was actually from Ty Gorman, the head cross country coach at Barrington High School, and I figured he had just been tracking my times. I explained that I was fine and then he told me there were explosions at the finish line. Being so close to it and having just been at the exact spot where the bombs went off, knowing you needed to sit tight because they didn’t know if something else was going to happen, was just a strange, scary feeling.”
Back at home Tom’s dad, Jim, an artist who also owns a marketing company in Barrington, had been tracking Tom’s progress online throughout the race.
“Not long after I found out Tom had finished, we started getting calls and texts asking if he was OK. I called Tom and, at first, the call didn’t go through.”
They finally connected and Jim learned that Tom was safe.
“You’re glad, but then you’re also sad for the people who were there. It was a surreal day, a little like September 11th for me. It was a gorgeous day, everybody was happy, and, all of a sudden, this horrific thing happens.”
Jim says it was good to give Tom a hug in person when he picked him up from the airport this week. Tom was wearing his brand new Boston Marathon jacket when he stepped off the plane, just in time to make a cross country meet at Barrington High School.
As investigators uncover new evidence in their search for those responsible for this week’s bombing, Tom says learning more about the victims and their families is heartbreaking……
Word-of-mouth buzz and a growing number of local fans are causing a new trend in skin care among women of all ages in Barrington. Last fall, Fox Point mom, Amanda Hines, discovered Votre Vu. It’s a 4-year-old American company offering a naturally-based, upscale collection of premiere cosmetics and skin care products handcrafted in France. Their luxury line is more affordably priced than comparable products and Amanda Hines says the results speak for themselves.
Amanda is a Votre Vu Brand Ambassador, sharing the line with others interested in better skincare. She hosts in-home Votre Vu parties or “soirées”, offering an opportunity for guests to sample and experience the products on their own skin. “Our goal at Votre Vu is to change peoples’ lives for the better with professional-grade products that promote healthy skin and in turn, a renewed sense of confidence for our customers.”
Votre Vu offers products for both women and men and all of the company’s skin care is handcrafted in a private lab in France that caters to upscale European spas.
Amanda says Votre Vu’s skin care is custom created for effective results using the highest grade of botanicals and highly sought-after marine agents.
After falling in love with the products herself and the results she noticed with her own skin, Amanda decided she had to share Votre Vu with others. “I just really love the way the products work. The line sells itself and the price is very reasonable.” And Amanda says women in Barrington particularly love that they can couple the skin care options with Votre Vu’s handcrafted line of naturally based French Accents cosmetics.
Votre Vu’s French Accents face basics include a tinted moisturizer, tinted lip and cheek stain, soft eye liner, eyelid smoother, brow definer, mascara, bronzer, powder and brushes. And the icing on the cake is that Votre Vu donates $1 from every French Accents product purchased to pediatric cancer treatment.
To put our best face forward during these last cold and drying days of winter, Amanda says our skin needs nourishment now more than ever. So she let us in on the four simple steps she recommends for a systematic approach to a more healthy complexion……