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Palatine Octoberfest

Games and activities for Family Day will be from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, including face painting, police and fire department displays, children’s raffle prizes and birdhouse building by Home Depot.

The Rotary Club of Palatine will hold its 13th annual Oktoberfest Friday, Sept. 17, through Sunday, Sept. 19, on the corner of Smith and Slade streets in downtown Palatine, south of the Metra train station.

The event runs 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free to this tented event that features authentic German music, food, beverages and activities for all ages.

“Everyone knows beer is a large component of any Oktoberfest celebration,” said Al Stoeckel, beer chairman. “There are a number of beers being poured this year — Krombacher pils, which is an imported full-flavored German pilsner — along with three great beers brewed locally at the Wild Onion Brewing Company in Lake Barrington: ‘Oktoberfest’ German style lager, ‘Hefty-Weiss’ Bavarian style hefe-weizen and kolsch, a crisp clean German ale.

“For the non-beer lover, we offer two different varieties of wine, merlot and pinot grigio, and from Wild Onion, a strawberry lemonade hard seltzer.”

The event will also feature authentic German food and offerings from vendors such as Morkes Chocolates, Tap House Grill, Lincoln Land Kettle Corn, the American Legion, Friends of the Rotary, Schnitzel Platz, Tre Amici Pizza and Kooker’s.

Musical entertainment will kick off Friday night with Die Musikmeisters from 5-8:30 p.m., followed by Phenix from 9 p.m. to midnight. Saturday’s entertainment includes Ed Wagner’s Brass Band performing from 3:30-6 p.m., followed by Phenix from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.

The musical lineup on Sunday features Die Musikmeisters on stage from noon to 2:30 p.m., followed by Johnny Wagner performing from 3-6 p.m.

Read more here, or visit the Rotary Club Oktoberfest website here.

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Chicago native Gary Marlon Suson, an FDNY Hon. Battalion Chief who served 7 months as the official photographer at Ground Zero for the FDNY is donating a large cache of his image collection for the 9/11 Museum set to open at Barrington High School in Illinois.

The opening on September 10, 2021 will honor the 20th anniversary of the attacks on The World Trade Center. The 9/11 Museum at Barrington will feature 100 Images and Artifacts along with BOSE audio stories narrating the history behind each display. It is a recreation of the 5-star rated 9/11 Museum Workshop in New York, a two-time winner of Trip Advisor’s prestigious “Top 25 Museums in the USA” Award.

The new Museum and 1.5-hour BOSE audio tour will initially be open only to students in the Barrington school district. Suson — who suffered lung damage from his extensive time served at WTC — called upon 9/11 families and firefighters he is close with to assist him with creating the exhibit by way of loaning rare artifacts culled from Ground Zero.

“This exhibit is high-enough caliber to be in any major city but I chose Barrington, Illinois because it’s where I spent my childhood and have so many special memories. I want to give back to the Chicago area which I so dearly love and I want the next generation of kids to learn first-hand about this historical event that inspired true bravery,” says Suson.  “Just as there are Anne Frank education centers around the world — I don’t see why there cannot also be education centers for September 11 around the USA.”

Suson was raised in Barrington Hills and attended Barrington High School. He began conversations with the Barrington School District about creating a Museum after they presented him with the 2019 Distinguished Graduate Award for Humanitarianism for his photographic work at the World Trade Center as the only photographer in the world granted full 24/7 access to every area at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. His image collection has raised charitable monies for FDNY and 9/11-related charities, garnishing him support from numerous victims’ families and FDNY firefighters.

Read more here. To reserve a performance date and time at Barrington High School, click here.

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The Heidner family

On the evening of July 24, 2021, Barrington Hills residents Alisa and Rick Heidner and family hosted their extraordinary 5th annual fundraising event in support of the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. This year, the poolside gala was held at Collin Heidner’s home, a gorgeous country estate reminiscent of the rural Cotswolds in England. Proceeds from the event surpassed a stunning $604,000. “I am overwhelmed with our community’s generosity,” Rick Heidner said. “This will help so many families through the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. It’s such a beautiful event and gives me great joy,” Heidner said of his family’s labor of love that supports the foundation.

Seventy percent of families who have a child battling cancer run the risk of financial bankruptcy, says Abby Suarez, executive director of the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. During Rizzo’s own cancer treatment years ago, his mom, Laurie, left her job. At the same time, Rizzo’s grandmother was fighting breast cancer. “No family can plan for a medical experience such as cancer,” Suarez said. Knowing the weight that an entire family bears, Rizzo created the foundation to help others with similar challenges.

Read on here.

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The Barrington Hills Country Club members will be celebrating their club’s centennial this evening (as witnessed at The Catlow Theater early this morning).  Congratulations on one hundred years!

Also, the significant time and effort spent improving the club’s website this year have not gone unnoticed.  Our complements to all involved for their fine work!

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September 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm


The New York-based and internationally acclaimed American String Quartet returns to Barrington’s White House to mark the 20th anniversary of September 11th with a program featuring Robert Sirota’s Triptych (written to commemorate 9/11 victims), Dvořák’s famed American Quartet (String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96), George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, and Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. The ensemble will perform at Barrington’s White House in the evening, following a commemorative Village of Barrington ceremony earlier in the day at Memorial Park.

Recognized as one of the world’s finest quartets, the American String Quartet has spent decades honing the luxurious sound for which it is famous. The Quartet celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2019, and, in its years of touring, has performed in all 50 states and has appeared in the most significant concert halls worldwide.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

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(Note: It’s not too late to pre-order shrubs and trees from Citizens for Conservation during their Fall sale running through Tuesday. Click here for details.)


When you plant a tree, make sure the root flare — the place where the stem or trunk flares out into the root — sits at or slightly above the level of the soil. That way, you’ll bury the roots, but not the stem.

Planting or transplanting a tree, shrub or perennial is all about giving its roots a good home in the soil.

“It’s the only time we see the roots and can focus on what they need,” said Sharon Yiesla, plant knowledge specialist in the Plant Clinic of The Morton Arboretum in Lisle. “The rest of the time, we tend to forget them.” But a plant can only grow the parts we enjoy — the leaves and flowers and branches — if it has a healthy root system to supply water and nutrients.

Once a tree or shrub is planted, it will be very hard to tell if something has gone wrong with the roots, and it will be difficult, often impossible, to correct root problems that can stunt or even kill a plant.

“Taking care when planting is an investment toward avoiding problems,” she said.

Early fall is an excellent time to plant or transplant trees and shrubs, Yiesla said: “If you get the plant in the ground by early October and you keep it watered, it will have several weeks or more to get its roots established before the soil freezes.”

Most often, homeowners purchase trees and shrubs in large pots. Here are suggestions from Yiesla and the Plant Clinic for giving container-grown plants’ roots a good start.

Read more here or visit the Morton Arboretum website here.

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2021 Nutcracker

Barrington Dance Ensemble celebrates more than 25 years of presenting the classic Nutcracker ballet to Barrington area audiences. Area dancers are invited to audition to become part of the magic of The Nutcracker.

Male and female dancers who will be at least 6 years old by September 1st are invited to audition for BDE’s Nutcracker, to be performed November 26-28. Rehearsals are held every Sunday from September 12-November 14 at Barrington Dance Academy. Tech and dress rehearsals will be held November 21-24 at Barrington High School. If cast, dancers must be available for all scheduled rehearsals and performances. $20 audition registration fee applies, and dancers should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their audition time to register. Audition attire consists of solid color leotard and pink tights for girls, and black pants/shorts and white t-shirt for boys. Please register at least 24 hours in advance by visiting barringtondance.org.

Please call 847-382-6333 or visit barringtondance.org for more information.

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FestiThe Village has mailed and posted the Summer 2021 newsletter.  A copy can be viewed and downloaded here.

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CD Arlington

Craig Duchossois talks to the Daily Herald during at Arlington Park Saturday August 14, 2021 in Arlington Heights. (Brian Hill | Staff Photographer)

Amid the pageantry of the final Arlington Million Day — a day to honor Dick Duchossois and his family for their contributions to horse racing — Duchossois’ son blamed not Arlington Park owner Churchill Downs Inc. but Illinois politicians for the planned destruction of the grand racing palace his father built.

Craig Duchossois, his father’s longtime right-hand man in family business matters, called Saturday’s tributes at the racetrack bittersweet and emotional after what he said has been the family’s “enjoyable but challenging” journey in Illinois racing and politics. His father, Arlington Park’s 99-year-old chairman emeritus, was at his Barrington Hills home, where he’s spent most of his time since the onset of the pandemic.

“I have no faith in our government in Illinois at all, including Gov. (J.B.) Pritzker. Springfield is a bigger swamp than Washington, if that’s possible,” Craig Duchossois said during an exclusive interview with the Daily Herald from his family’s grandstand suite.

Duchossois said Pritzker’s 2019 massive gambling expansion that awarded long-sought slots and table games to racetracks like Arlington came “too late.”

By then, Churchill Downs had already acquired a majority interest in nearby Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, and it soon declined to apply for the gambling positions at Arlington, which could have helped boost purse accounts for horse races.

“If they would’ve gotten their head out of the sand and done it 5 or 10 years earlier, whole different ballgame,” Duchossois said. “Who knows what would have happened then. But at least we would’ve been given the chance to compete fairly, and they didn’t allow that. And now they’re saying Churchill is at fault? That just doesn’t make any sense.”

Read more here.

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Arlington Park

Forty years after its first running, what could be the last Arlington Million race — renamed the Mister D. Stakes this year — will take place Saturday at Arlington Park with its customary fun and glamour plus a special tribute.

The day will honor Arlington International Racecourse Chairman Emeritus Dick Duchossois and his family for their contributions to the track in Arlington Heights and horse racing in general, said Tony Petrillo, the track’s president.

“This is just a day that is long and coming, and I’m just excited to be able to honor Mr. D. and his family,” Petrillo said.

“Without his contributions to racing there would probably not be thoroughbred racing left in this state … Mr. D has brought international competition here. Outside the Breeders Cup, there is no other track that has had more international racing than Arlington Park over the years.”

Read the report plus view a video here.

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