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Arthur Laffer (Courtesy of Barrington’s White House)

Economist Arthur Laffer, a onetime policy adviser to former presidents Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump, will be the keynote speaker for the sixth annual Barrington Town-Warming on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Laffer is known as the “Father of Supply Side Economics,” as well as the namesake for the “Laffer Curve,” which illustrates the theoretical relationship between rates of taxation and levels of government revenue. In 2019, Laffer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Laffer will appear virtually at this year’s event, which also will feature in-person panel discussions on the future of energy and the future of our social institutions, including work, family, religion and education. Among those scheduled to appear are WGN radio personality John Williams, Peter Alter, the chief historian at the Chicago History Museum, and poet John Maxwell.

The Barrington Town-Warming is a re-creation of a robust lecture series held in town during the post-Depression era. Since its revival, keynote speakers have included former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

The theme for this year’s gathering is “Our Own Roaring ’20s: What’s Happening in the Present and What We See for the Future.” It will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the ballroom of Barrington’s White House, with a cocktail reception to follow.

The Town-Warming is a fundraiser for the Barrington Cultural Commission. Tickets are $150 and include continental breakfast, boxed lunch and cocktail reception. Seating is limited. For tickets and information, go to www.barringtonswhitehouse/events.

The presenting sponsor is Northern Trust; audiovisual sponsor is Kim Duchossois.


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Performances of “The Nutcracker” begin tonight

“The Nutcracker”: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Barrington High School, 616 W. Northwest Hwy., Barrington. Barrington Dance Ensemble presents “The Nutcracker.” $25-$35. barringtondance.org.

Barrington Holiday Festival Tree Lighting: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Park Avenue and Cook Street, Barrington. Santa visits and cookies and refreshments from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Barrington’s White House, petting zoo, trackless train rides, letters to Santa, holiday music, ornament decorating, tree lighting at 5 p.m., Barrington High School Madrigals and more. barrington-il.gov/visitors/special_events/holiday_events.php or barringtonswhitehouse.com.

Community Holiday Tea: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Barrington’s White House, 145 W. Main St., Barrington. This 21-and-older holiday afternoon tea features hot tea, scones and finger sandwiches, plus champagne, wine and more. $85. barringtonswhitehouse.com/event/the-inaugural-community-holiday-tea.

ESO Holiday Brass & Percussion: 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at St. Anne Catholic Community, 120 Ela St., Barrington. Elgin Symphony Orchestra will kick off the holiday season with a free concert. Reservations at elginsymphony.org.

Crystal Lake Luminaria Walk: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, through Friday, Dec. 3, at Veteran Acres, 431 N. Walkup, Crystal Lake. Take a stroll along the lighted 0.4-mile pond trail or 1-mile full trail. On Saturday, there will be a campfire, hot cocoa, cookies, Candy Cane Forest and Mrs. Claus. $1 per person, $5 per family donation appreciated. Donations go to nature center education programs. crystallakeparks.org/special-events.

Long Grove Vintage Holidays: Weekends through Dec. 18 in downtown Long Grove. Visit Santa and his elves from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Horse-drawn carriage rides are available on weekends for $15 per person and require reservations. longgrove.org.

Dickens in Dundee-West Dundee: 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in West Dundee. Starts Friday with the lighting of the Christmas tree at 5:45 p.m. and visits with Santa at village hall. Plus, Living Windows, where storefronts on Main Street come to life with portrayals of holiday scenes, horse-drawn carriage rides and a live reindeer display. On Saturday, there’s a petting zoo, treats, kids’ crafts and visits with Santa at Grafelman Park. Inaugural Riverside Parade of Lights at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. dickensindundee.org.

Algonquin Miracle on Main: 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, on Main Street, Algonquin. Annual event includes ice sculpting, a visit with Santa’s reindeer, live performances by local groups, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free. algonquin.org/recreation.

Voices in Harmony Sing-Along Messiah: 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at First United Methodist Church, 236 W. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake. Voices in Harmony with professional soloists, accompanied by a full orchestra made up of professional community musicians. $15-$20; free for kids with a paid adult. encoremusicacademy.org/event/sing-along-messiah/.

Merry Cary Holiday Parade & Festival: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Parade steps off at 1 p.m. on Wulff Street and ends in downtown on Main Street. Santa visits, petting zoo, pony rides, sleigh rides, carolers, activities, music and more. carygrovechamber.com.

Many more opportunities can be found here.

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Find your way to serve with Signal Hill, NSDAR at the Wreaths Across America Day event on December 17, 2022.

The members of Signal Hill, NSDAR of Barrington, are undertaking their fourth year of sponsorship of Wreaths Across America Day to honor Veterans buried in Evergreen Cemetery on Saturday, December 17, 2022. National Wreaths Across America Day was begun to Remember the fallen, Honor their Service, and Teach children the cost of Freedom.

Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR has been able to provide the wreaths through solicitation of group and individual sponsors. Unfortunately, several local area Veterans’ groups are no longer able to support this mission due to dwindling memberships.

Sadly, there are never fewer Veterans to honor. More than 750 Veterans’ graves have now been identified at Evergreen, and, while we are well on our way to providing wreaths for each grave that has been identified, we are reaching out to the general community to help reach this goal. You may contribute to this remembrance by visiting www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/ILEGCA for donation guidance.

Should you have a family member who is interred at Evergreen, you may make a designated grave contribution, and may personally place your grave-specific wreath prior to the general distribution by citizen volunteers. If you are unable to attend, a Signal Hill chapter member would be honored to place the wreath in your stead.

With your generosity, any donations exceeding this year’s goal will carry over to 2023, so your gift will always benefit this annual remembrance at Evergreen Cemetery.

Donations are not required to participate in the laying of wreaths; if you wish to participate in the event, please register at www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org/ILEGCA.

A brief memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at Evergreen Cemetery, 610 South Dundee Avenue in Barrington, beginning at noon. Afterward, attendee volunteers will be guided to place wreaths on those graves identified as Veterans, ranging from the Civil War to present day service. The event will be held rain, snow, or shine, until all Veterans have been honored. State and local COVID19 protocols will be observed on that date, if necessary.

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Michelle Maison, Matt Wilkens PHOTOGRAPHY BY IAN MCLEOD

Supporters of the Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT) gathered with friends and family to enjoy an afternoon of bagpipes, kilts, live music, and highland games at BACT’s Tartans for the Trust Concert at Christina Cressey’s beautiful Cresswood Farm on September 24. Young and old alike enjoyed fantastic live music by the band Murley and local favorite Pat McKillen from elaborately appointed sponsor tents and festive Ravinia-style picnic blankets. Children enjoyed Highland-themed games and played beneath centuries old oaks, overlooking a conservation area. The live auction winner for the day Chieftain Betsy Bramsen and her guests won a tour of Barrington in a stunning Tantivy Coach courtesy of the Stephenson Family and Tudor Oaks Farm. The BACT is devoted to preserving our community’s rare and exceptional open spaces for current and future generations.

View photos from the event here.

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A Wauconda police squad car was designed to bring awareness to breast cancer during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The Wauconda Police Department is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness month with a specially designed squad car to help bring awareness to the issue.

The police department partnered with TG Signs and Graphics in Wauconda to design the pink and black squad car.

“Cancer touches the lives of almost everyone and can be devastating. We believe this is the perfect way to promote awareness for breast cancer during the month of October,” Wauconda Police Chief David Wermes said.

“Squad cars are highly visible and, with its pink design, this squad will be no exception,” Wermes said.

Officials said they hope the message within the design will remind the community to keep up with their routine healthcare visits and support the cause.

According to BreastCancer.org, about one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.

More here.

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Nutcracker 2022

The Barrington Dance Ensemble (BDE) is delighted to announce its 27th annual production of one of Barrington’s most popular holiday traditions, The Nutcracker. The Christmas centerpiece and classic ballet will run four performances from December 2-4, 2022 at Barrington High School’s Richard C. Johnson Auditorium located at 616 West Main Street in Barrington. Guest artists from National and Chicago regional dance companies, including the Milwaukee Ballet and Giordano Dance Chicago, perform lead soloist roles and are joined by more than 100 performers from the Northwest Chicago suburbs.

The Nutcracker tells the timeless tale of Clara’s magical journey into the Land of Sweets. Myra Broederdorf and Sienna Till, both from Barrington, will share the role of Clara. Marize Fumero, principal dancer with the Milwaukee Ballet, and Arionel Vargas, former principal dancer with the English National Ballet, will take the stage in the stunning Snow Scene, as Snow Queen and King. Guest stars Jacqueline Moscicke and Ihosvany Rodriguez will perform the Sugar Plum pas de deux in the ballet’s second act.

Barrington Dance Ensemble dancers include graduating senior Maya Lunt of Barrington Hills, who will dance the role of the Dew Drop Fairy. Columbine will be danced by Melissa Yin of Hoffman Estates as well as Annika Wuttke of Deer Park. Ava Lutsi (Barrington Hills) and Lilia Naranjo (Barrington) will take the stage as the elegant Fairy Angel. Reed Flute will be performed by Erin Chon (Barrington), Elena Pacini (Inverness), Rainey Roy (Barrington), and Emilia Vandenbergh (Barrington). This cast of characters will be joined by professional guest artists, BDE company members, and local student dancers.

Additional Northwest suburban area student performers will take the stage in many roles, including graceful Snow Flurries, mischievous Mice, ethereal Angels, and sweet Bon Bons, including students from Algonquin, Arlington Heights, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Carpentersville, Deer Park, East Dundee, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Huntley, Inverness, Kildeer, Lake Barrington, Lake in the Hills, North Barrington, Palatine, South Barrington, and Wauconda.

Performances will take place on Friday, December 2, 7:00pm; Saturday, December 3, 2:00pm and 7:00 pm; and Sunday, December 4, 2:00 pm. Tickets for BDE’s The Nutcracker will be available starting Monday, October 10. Prices range from $25 to $35, and to purchase please call 847-382-6333 or visit us online at barringtondance.org.

Our Sponsors:

BDE is supported by The Benson Foundation, The Foglia Family Foundation, The Sanfilippo Foundation, Barrington Area Community Foundation, Woodland Foundation, The DeMar Foundation, Inc., Barrington Dance Academy, CH Robinson, Barrington Junior Women’s Club. Barrington Dance Ensemble acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts..

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Ignite the Night!

Santa’s Village Spooktacular Drive-Thru: 6-9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 7-9 and 14-16, and 5:30-9 p.m. Oct. 21-23 and 27-31, at Santa’s Village, 601 Dundee Ave., East Dundee. Drive-through Halloween scenes featuring The Witches Broom Lot, Mad Scientist, Alien Landing, Monster Mash Bash and more. $25 per vehicle in advance, $30 at the gate. SantasVillageDundee.com.

Fall Fest at Brothers’ Field: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Brothers’ Field, 344 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Live music, pumpkin painting, kids’ crafts, tractor rides, food truck, cotton candy, Do-It-Yourself Scarecrow Day and more. brothersfieldlonggrove.com.

Scarecrow Day: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Brothers’ Field, 344 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Build a custom scarecrow to be displayed in town for the rest of October Days. A small registration fee per scarecrow includes a wood base, hay for stuffing and building guidance from a team of volunteers. Register in advance through LongGrove.org.

Ghost Story Train: 5 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 8, 15 and 22, at the Fox River Trolley Museum, off Route 31, South Elgin. Ride a spooky trolley down to the haunted forest for an evening of family-friendly frights. Listen to spooky stories around the campfire with treats from Margie’s Girls’ Kitchen and join in as a musician leads campfire songs. Costumes are welcome. Departures at 5, 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. $20. foxtrolley.org/Ghost-Story-Train.

Ignite the Night!: 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Barrington Hills Park District/Riding Center, 361 Bateman Road, Barrington Hills. A nighttime fall festival featuring a cookout from 5-8 p.m., beer and wine, a bonfire, bluegrass music from Anderlik and Church, narrated horse-drawn wagon rides, stargazing, flashlight tours for kids and dancing. $60 in advance, $75 at the event, $40 for ages 10-20, $15 for kids 9 and younger. Benefits Citizens for Conservation. For tickets, see CitizensForConservation.org/ignite-the-night.

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Linda Osikowicz

The Barrington Area CROP Hunger Walk is an annual community hunger education and fund-raising event sponsored by Church World Service.

This year plans are being made for the Walk to take place throughout the village of Barrington, beginning at St. Anne Catholic Community, 120 Ela St., Barrington on Sunday, Oct. 9. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., and the Walk will begin at 1 p.m. An in-person Walk is being planned and safety precautions will be taken, as needed; individuals may also participate by walking on their own.

Due to inflation and other circumstances, the need for food and resources for our local agencies and around the world is still great. The Barrington Area CROP Hunger Walk ranked 28th in the country out of over 500 walks in 2021, raising over $40,000. We hope to exceed that amount this year.

Funds raised by the Walk benefits the overall work and ministry of Church World Service. And, it’s important to note that 25 percent of funds raised stays in our area benefiting the Northern Illinois Food Bank, the FISH Food Pantry–Carpentersville, BACOA Meals With Wheels, Wauconda-Island Lake Food Pantry, United Partnership for a Better Community Summer Lunch Program in Wauconda, Project HOPE, and the People in Need (PIN) program of the Barrington Area Ministerial Association.

It’s easy to sign up and donate to our Walk. Just go to the website: events.crophungerwalk.org/2022/event/barringtonil to register or donate.

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A cookout dinner, bear and wine, a gigantic bonfire and more Saturday at the 51st Annual Ignite the Night!

Ignite the Night! — a nighttime fall festival with fun for all ages to benefit Citizens for Conservation

Celebrate autumn, connect with family, friends and neighbors at an outdoors moonlight festival with music by Anderlik and Church, an acoustic bluegrass band.

Enjoy a cookout dinner, beer and wine, narrated horse-drawn wagon rides around a restoration site, stargazing with powerful telescopes, birds of prey, a raffle, flashlight tours for kids, with live music and dancing in the grass. The evening is capped off by an amazing blazing bonfire.

Mindful Waste, an organization created and led by two local environmentalists/ conservationists/teachers, will once again be working with us to help make Ignite the Night a zero-waste event.

Proceeds benefit Citizens for Conservation’s 51-year mission of protecting and restoring land.

To purchase tickets or for more information, click here.


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Cool Car Show

The Cool Car Show on Saturday and Sunday is part of the annual Dundee Heritage Fest in downtown East and West Dundee. – John Starks | Staff Photographer, 2017

Goebbert’s Fall Festival: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Monday, Oct. 31, at Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard, 40 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington. Animals, mazes, wagon rides, pig races and more. Tickets are $18 on weekdays, $22 on weekends and holidays; $12 seniors; free for kids 2 and younger. goebbertspumpkinpatch.com.

Richardson Adventure Farm corn maze: 3-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 30, at Richardson Adventure Farm, 909 English Prairie Road, Spring Grove. The maze features 10.3 miles of trails across 28 acres. This year’s maze celebrates the history of James Bond and includes a 10-minute option (left turns only) and a 1.5-hour option. Also features a 50-foot observation tower, train rides, a carousel, wagon rides, a zip line, 150- and 100-foot slides, Zorbing, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, pedal kart tracks, live music on weekends, a kiddie play area, jumping pillows, pig races, air cannons, a paintball shooting gallery, a craft beer tent, food trucks and 13 acres of sunflowers. $18, $16 for kids 3-12, and free for kids 2 and younger. richardsonfarm.com.

Rotary Club of Palatine Oktoberfest: 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, Sept. 16; noon to midnight Saturday, Sept. 17; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Slade and Smith streets, Palatine. Authentic German food, beer and live entertainment. Highlights include a traditional keg-rolling ceremony to kick off Oktoberfest at 5 p.m. Friday. Family Day activities on Saturday afternoon. Music from The Polkaholics at 9 p.m. Friday, Phenix at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3:15 p.m. Sunday. palatinerotary.com/Oktoberfest.php.

Dundee Heritage Fest: 6-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, in downtown East and West Dundee. Annual festival with food and drinks, 5K at 8 a.m. Saturday; arts and crafts fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday along the riverwalk; Cool Car Show from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along South 2nd Street; baggo tournament at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Grafelman Park; kids’ activities; and Dundee Lions pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Sunday. Music stage downtown: The Student Body from 6-8 p.m. and Madison County from 9-11 p.m. Friday; Bishop Super Band from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Brandon Reisdorf Quartet from 3-4 p.m., The Sofa Kings from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Hi Infidelity from 9-11 p.m. Saturday; and Starlites jazz combo from 8-9 a.m., Guy Meets Girl from 10-11 a.m., Doc Diamond from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Controlled Burn from 1-2:30 p.m. and The Lennys from 3-5 p.m. Sunday. wdundeeheritagefest.org.

Dundee Lions Heritage Fest 5K: 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Chip-timed 5K run and 1.6-mile walk from West Dundee south along the Fox River and returning to East Dundee. Proceeds support local charities and businesses, as well as fulfilling eyeglass needs for children in Community Unit District 300. $45 the day of. facebook.com/lionsheritagefest5k.

Heritage Fest Art & Craft Show: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue, West Dundee. The show features approximately 90 artisans offering art in a variety of media, including jewelry, floral, apparel, stained glass, fabric sculpture, paper crafts, metal art, primitive wood, soup and dip mixes, honey products, soap, tie-dye and baby items. artoftheheartland.com/heritagefest.html.

Hooved Animal Humane Society Fall Festival: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Hooved Animal Humane Society, 10804 McConnell Road, Woodstock. Features Dave Dalton and friends of the Woodstock School of Music, as well as Equestrian Drill Teams Stateline Spitfires and Stateline Hotshots Rodeo Team, plus the Millers Petting Zoo and other family activities. Suggested donation: $10. hahs.org.

Fall Caboose Days: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Fox River Trolley Museum, off Route 31, South Elgin. Ride with the conductor in the Big Red Caboose or with the engineer in the locomotive. $5-$8. foxtrolley.org/special-events.

Motor Monday: 5 p.m. to dusk Monday, Sept. 19, at The Depot, 319 N. River St., East Dundee. Family-friendly cruise night with music, food and drinks. Open to cars and trucks, all makes and models. Free. eastdundee.net.

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