Tag: St. Patrick’s Day

116. Celebrate St. Patrick at Barrington Celtic Fest, 2012

 The Village of Barrington is bracing for a blast of blarney and a sea of green downtown this weekend.  Doors open at the second annual Barrington Celtic Fest at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning.  If you’re in the mood for some Irish music, corned beef and St. Patrick’s Day fun,  then toss on your favorite four-leaf clover shirt and head over to McGonigal’s Pub in the heart of downtown Barrington for the festivities.  The tent’s all set up, the forecast is unseasonably warm and you’ll be pleased to find that this 2-day, family-friendly fest offers far more than just food and spirits.

In addition to a tasty menu of traditional Irish foods, Celtic Fest will offer up great live music, performances and guest appearances.  The fest is FREE, though a small donation will be requested to help support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life coming up in Barrington this June.  It’s a small price to pay for a great cause and a full lineup of live music on the schedule at the fest all weekend long.
Here’s what you can expect each day at this year’s Celtic Fest and McGonigal’s Pub……

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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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Matthew and Leone Clarke

341. Meet the Clarkes of Clarke’s Bakery and Deli

 The month of March is one big party for a local couple that has built a thriving Barrington business around their shared passion for baking, cooking and celebrating the goodness of great homemade food. Matthew an Leone Clarke of Clarke’s Bakery and Deli are preparing feasts this month to celebrate Fat Tuesday today, St. Patrick’s Day next week, Barrington’s First Annual Celtic Fest AND their business’ 25th Anniversary. With a cup of kindness, two handfuls of hard work and a lifetime of experience in the kitchen, together the Clarkes have created a winning recipe that keeps loyal customers coming back for more.

If you drop by Clarke’s today, you’ll find Matthew or Leone at the counter, or it’ll likely be one of their two daughters who greet you. Stacey just graduated from college with a law enforcement degree and Kathrine is studying to be a teacher. Both girls grew up in the bakery and know their parents’ story well.…

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