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Note: This is the second article we’ve posted on the August 15 District 220 meeting due in no small part to the caption in the photo below:

A group of more than 20 residents lobbied the Barrington School District 220 board at the Aug. 15, 2019 meeting, asking board members to include a fine arts center in the $147 million referendum the board will place on the March 17, 2020 election ballot.

The Barrington School District 220 board voted to make another go at getting money for what officials say are needed infrastructure, safety and other school building improvements, this time asking taxpayers to green light a $147 million referendum.

The measure will be placed on the March 17, 2020 primary ballot, after school board members voted at the Aug. 15 meeting to approve that move.

Board members decided to ask the community for $38 million less than the $185 million on the referendum voters rejected in the April 2 election. They reached a consensus on the referendum – after discussing which school improvements to include and which to postpone until later – following four meetings since June 8, including two last week. There was one primary goal.

“We have to be sure the community as a whole is with us,” said board President Penny Kazmier “We can’t go to the voters without being prepared. We have to have a good plan. We have to decide ‘where do we draw the line?’”

Read the full Barrington Courier-Review story here.  As you’ll read, the board did not approve requesting funding to cover a new fine arts center.

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Fred Fest is returning to the Fox River Forest Preserve in Port Barrington from 12–6 PM on Saturday, Aug. 17. The event features a diverse lineup of local bands, food and drinks for purchase, and family-friendly activities. There is no rain date.

Fred Fest is a fundraiser for the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves, the charitable partner of the Lake County Forest Preserves. The festive event raises funds for the restoration and management of Grassy Lake Forest Preserve in Lake Barrington. Efforts include restoring nearly 100 acres along the Fox River to its pre-settlement condition by removing invasive species and planting native species. This year’s fundraiser features performances by these local favorites:

  • 12 PM – Sons of Bildor, an acoustic rock duo comprised of Barrington brothers Rob and Charlie Knapik. 
  • 1 PM – Pat McKillen performing renditions of folk, pop and rock.
  • 2:15 PM – Wichita Jacks will perform songs by the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker to John Mellencamp and the Grateful Dead.
  • 3:30 PM – The Gritland Band, a mix of genres — classical with bluegrass, country with rhythm and blues, and classic rock with serious fiddle.
  • 4:45 PM – Expo ’76 and the Total Pro Horns, cover band to play songs you haven’t heard in years and new favorites you’ll hear for the first time.

General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids, or $25 for families. Parking is free. Purchase tickets at the event or online at LCFPD.org/FredFest. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase from Slyce Coal Fired Pizza Co. of Wauconda and Highland Park, and Kookers of Lake Zurich. Desserts are available from My Flavorite Place.

The family-friendly event includes kids activities from 12–4 PM, including face painting, a bubble show and hands-on projects such as insect netting. Limited, first-come, first-served seating is available under the pavilion. Arrive early to secure a spot. Lawn space is also available. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Picnic tables are scattered throughout the main event space for your use and enjoyment.

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“Fifty-seven years ago, Emily McHugh left the traditions and southern style of Nashville, Tennessee for the Midwestern equestrian mecca of Barrington Hills.  

It was still customary in those days to extend letters of invitation to prospective guests. When George Van Hagen and his wife, Barbara, visited Nashville in 1961 for the Steeplechase Races, they met a dedicated young horsewoman named Emily Frazer Cullom, and suggested that she might enjoy a visit to their equestrian community in Barrington, Illinois. She could stay with them. Then-prevailing courtesies required that Emily’s mother receive a formal invitation for her daughter from the Van Hagens. Graciously offered to Mrs. Cullom, the letter was the signal for her daughter to step into a new environment, one with an equestrian history then barely 40 years old.”

Read the full Quintessential Barrington article here.

 

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JourneyCare’s 26th annual Duck Race and Pool Party fundraiser benefits the All About Kids pediatric care program which provides comfort and specialized care for children and families facing serious illness. In honor of the VIP pediatric patients, JourneyCare staff, community members, supporters, patients and their families will gather for a splash-tacular time.

This free family event includes open swim and splash pad, games, activities, entertainment by Bob the DJ, 50/50 drawing, six duck races and 36 prizes. Guests can adopt (purchase) ducks and cheer them on as they race down the waterslide to the finish line!

In 2018 this annual event raised $21,000, and this year the JourneyCare Foundation hopes to raise $25,000 to ensure that JourneyCare keeps its promise never to turn away anyone because of the inability to pay. The race takes place from 4 to 7 PM Saturday, Aug. 10, at Aqualusion Water Park in Langendorf Park, 235 Lions Drive, Barrington.

To adopt a duck or for more details visit, journeycare.org/duck.

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Game of Thrones

The logo at Barrington Hills Polo club is that it’s a sport to be enjoyed “among friends.” However, once that passion is ignited, as it was with our hometown Passion for Polo team, it can take you all over the Chicago area—and the world.

In Barrington Hills, polo is personal (and often, very private). This is horse country, after all. With our rolling fields and world class equestrian facilities comes a natural obsession with what may be one of the oldest sports in the world.

Scholars believe polo originated in China or Persia more than 2,000 years ago and was originally used for training cavalry. History’s first recorded polo match was played between the Turkomans and the Persians (the Turkomans won), and the game was also played from Constantinople to Japan in the Middle Ages.

The largest polo club in the Central Circuit of the United States Polo Association (USPA) happens to be in our backyard. Barrington Hills Polo Club boasts three grass polo fields in Barrington Hills and operates an arena facility in nearby Wauconda with a regulation, lighted outdoor arena plus a smaller indoor arena for winter play.

Read the full article in Country Magazine here.

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The press is filled with current articles about Sudden Oak Death (SOD), Bur Oak Blight (BOB) and invasive pests like the new spotted lanternfly, Asian longhorned beetle and other tree pest threats. You can learn the signs to watch for and how to identify, manage and report treats. This is a FREE community citizen scientist informational session with easily understood information. Participants will also receive the newly updated Management of Invasive Plants and Pests of Illinois guide.

Our presenter is Tricia Bethke, the Illinois forest pest outreach coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service. She has been quoted in recent Chicago Tribune articles on this subject. Tricia does statewide training of key stakeholders on invasive species, forest pest identification, regulations and quarantines and reporting protocols. Tricia also coordinates and instructs tree identification, pest detection, and tree health monitoring programs.

The session will be Sunday, 8/11, 2:00 – 3:00 at the Barrington Village Hall. Collaboratively sponsored by Citizens for Conservation and The Morton Arboretum. 

Once again, this event is free but reservations are required. RSVP to email cfc@citizensforconservation.org or call 847-382-7283.

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With spots already awarded to the first wave of nearly 60 applicants, Barrington is continuing to sell newly created “premium” parking spaces located closest to the village’s Metra station.

Applications became available in late May for the premium commuter parking permit that will cost $1,200 a year per space. The reserved parking program will start Oct. 1.

“Fifty-nine spots are now sold, and all original applicants have been assigned their zones and their particular spot in that zone through a lottery system,” said Patty Dowd Schmitz, Barrington’s director of communications, marketing and events. “We are continuing to sell spots as they come in, assigning them on a first-come, first-served basis.”

Barrington also is offering commuters an opportunity for a discount from the daily rate starting Oct. 1, with a prepaid quarterly permit for a first-come, first-serve space for $200, or $800 a year. Also on Oct. 1, the daily fee will rise 50 cents to $3.50.

Read more here.

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