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Popular crooner Ron Hawking will perform a Valentine’s Day show at Barrington’s White House.

Hawking will perform at 7:30 PM. Feb. 14, in the third floor ballroom for an evening of musical tributes by Chicago’s finest. Hawking, a Barrington Hills resident, is a winner of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals Windy City Award. He’s known for his renditions of songs by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and others.

For information and tickets, click here. Barrington’s White House is at 145 W. Main St.

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This equestrian couple’s bond is destined to grow stronger as they canter into a new chapter

Photography by Chris Joriann | Styling by Joriann Maye-Keegan

Taylor McMurtry and Nick Granat’s careers pull them in many directions and lead them to many locations—but their love is rooted in Palm Beach County. Their affinity for horses and individual professional pursuits brought McMurtry, an award-winning rider and trainer, and Granat, an international competition course designer, together. The part-time Wellington residents were married in early January at the Flagler Museum, an event planned around the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Following the elegant nuptials, it was back to the saddle.

The newlyweds are currently involved in this year’s WEF, with McMurtry riding and Granat setting the courses for 10 of the festival’s 12 weeks. The date for their union was an optimal opportunity to gather colleagues and family in town while working around the intense schedule. They chose to hold it on a Sunday because, in the horse world, busy weekends mean that riders generally take Monday off. “It’s what our life is centered around,” says Granat, whose mother and stepfather are long-time Palm Beach residents. “All of our friends—everyone’s in the horse business. It’s a little bit like being in the circus: Once you’re in, you’re in.”

Both McMurtry and Granat began riding horses around age 8. A family trip to a dude ranch inspired her mother, Jennifer McMurtry, to return to her childhood pastime. “She got back into it, and I fell in love with it right away,” McMurtry, 27, recalls. In no time, McMurtry was in the ring with her own pony. “They’re just beautiful animals. They trust you and are dependent on you. They give us what we give them.”

The McMurtry family home in the rolling countryside of Barrington Hills, Illinois—a bucolic village northwest of Chicago with a deep equestrian heritage—was ideal for the mother and daughter.

Read more from Palm Beach Illustrated hereOur thanks to one of our longtime readers who shared this article.

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Running to replace State Rep David McSweeney is Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin.

He is holding a fundraiser on February 6th from 6-8 PM at McGonigal’s Pub, 105 S. Cook Street in Barrington.

To RSVP, click here.

Source: McHenry County Blog

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Jasper Sanfilippo sits beside the centerpiece of his vast musical instrument collection, an ornate theater organ, originally built in 1927 for the Riviera Theatre in Omaha. Once Sanfilippo acquired it, the console was designed after the original theater organ at Chicago’s Paradise Theatre. (Courtesy of Jeffrey Sanfilippo)

Jasper Sanfilippo built his family’s nut business into a publicly traded company that last year had $876 million in sales. However, it is his passion for musical instruments, particularly mechanical music machines, that helped shape his legacy.

His Barrington Hills home grew to include several additions to showcase his vast collection. He and his wife, Marian, helped nonprofit organizations raise millions of dollars through welcoming them to host their fundraisers at their estate. Sanfilippo passed away Tuesday. He was 88.

His son, Jeffrey Sanfilippo, succeeded him as CEO of John B. Sanfilippo & Son Inc. in 2006 and guided the company’s move in 2007 from its prior locations in Elk Grove Village, Des Plaines and Arlington Heights to its new corporate headquarters in Elgin.

He dates his father’s interest in vintage music machines to a family vacation to Knott’s Berry Farm in California in the mid-1970s.  

“There was a ‘Main Street USA’ section which had vintage nickelodeons,” Jeffrey Sanfilippo says. “My father, who was a mechanical engineer, became fascinated with automated music machines. He started collecting them soon after we returned from vacation.”

Read more from the Daily Herald here.

Visitation will take place from 2:30-9 PM. Tuesday before an 11 AM Mass on Wednesday, both at St. Anne Catholic Community, located at 120 N. Ela St. in Barrington. For more information, visit Davenport Family Funeral Homes in Barrington here.

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Barrington’s old-school Town-Warming in late January will feature former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the headliner.

Christie will anchor the annual event at Barrington’s White House on Saturday, Jan. 25, in a fireside chat with Greg Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Solutions. Christie is expected to discuss his new book, “Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics.”

The 2020 event is scheduled to take place from 9 AM. to 4 PM, with a reception following.

Other highlights of the day include a discussion on media and politics in an election year. WFLD-Channel 32 news anchor Corey McPherrin will moderate, and the panelists will include Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen, freelance editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis and Channel 32 Political Editor Mike Flannery.

Click here for more information. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, January 2nd. For tickets, visit Barrington House Warming.

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Earlier this month, The Barrington Hills Observer celebrated our 10th anniversary. That’s right, we officially marked our launch on December 9, 2009.

Back then we had no idea what to expect, since there were no other independent websites in Barrington Hills. As time went on, some sites did crop up, but for the most part they were (or are now) Facebook variants with little original content.

Since our launch ten years ago, as of today there have been 2,576 postings to The Observer, and there have been 2,957 reader comments logged. Hundreds of residents subscribe to our postings, and the number continues to grow.

None of us imagined the reception we would get from our residents and visitors, and we’re sincerely grateful.

So today we recognize our readers, commentators and hundreds of loyal subscribers as the Shining Stars of the Decade.

We cannot thank you enough!


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Happy Holidays

Couldn’t stop admiring this simple yet inspired post from earlier today on Barrington Hills Instagram:

Whether it’s Joyeux Noël, Buone Feste Natalizie, God Jul, Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia, Feliz Navidad or simply Merry Christmas, we wish everyone

Happy Holidays!

Source: expressionkty on Instagram



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