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‘It’s been on our wish list for a long time.’

Southwest Airlines plans to begin flying out of O’Hare International Airport by the middle of next year, the airline announced Monday.

The Dallas-based airline has served Midway Airport since 1985 but has never operated flights from O’Hare.

Before the pandemic, O’Hare didn’t have capacity to let Southwest move in, said Andrew Watterson, Southwest’s chief commercial officer.

Southwest does not intend to reduce service at Midway, which will remain its primary Chicago airport. All destinations Southwest offers at O’Hare will be cities the airline already serves at Midway, which is typically among its four busiest airports.

Watterson declined to comment further on the number of flights or destinations it intends to offer at O’Hare, saying it is still working on those plans with the city’s Aviation Department.

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Prince Charming the Giant Toad is admired by the crowd.

The last bales of straw have gone and all that remain are the fall decorations dressing the village hall entryway, welcoming residents and visitors alike. A great time was had by all at the 8th Annual The Hills Are Alive Fall Festival. This year was a year of “firsts.”

The Fall Festival was held on Barrington Hills’ Village Hall grounds for the first time, which proved to adequately accommodate the scaled down fest due to social distancing guidelines. Attendance was a steady stream of people throughout the afternoon – happy to be outside doing something.

Attendees enjoyed the fall breeze; a clear, bright, sunny day; the tang of the BBQ; the sweet notes of sugary delights; and responsibly distanced entertainment.

This was the first year we had an electronic greeter, so-to-speak: The Klean Tunnel. Resident and CEO John Allegretti of Naturally Klean, sponsored The Hills Are Alive Fall Festival by bringing his innovative technology for sanitization. The Klean Tunnel automatically took entrants’ temperatures, dispensed hand sanitizer and misted folks with an FDA/EPA approved antimicrobial.

Other firsts were:

  • 2020 Census generously donated masks reminding residents to “make it count.”
  • Ivy Noemi (singer, songwriter and musician) engaged the crowd with her renditions of genre favorites, connecting with enthusiasts of all ages.
  • Stillman Nature Center brought a variety of owls, hawks and falcons to exhibit during their presentation of “Birds of Prey.”
  • The “Chairman of the Boards” Baggo Charity Tourney, in conjunction with straw bale donations, generated over $300 for the Barrington Township Food Pantry.

While some things were new at the Fest, some things remained the same – and gratefully so. Glowby the Bubbler, Scales ‘n Tales Travelling Zoo, and SOUL Harbor Ranch Animal Therapy Program enticed the crowd with their stories and activities that not only captivated the children but their parents too!

Heybeck’s Meat Market & Gourmet Catering and The SweetSpot didn’t disappoint. Attendees enjoyed the succulent grilled fare and complemented their lunch with a satisfying, tasty treat! Children left the fest with kites and bubbles in hand and a hop, skip and a jump of joy.

The Village is continually grateful to all who made this fest possible: our donors, sponsors, volunteers and most of all the visitors who joined us that afternoon, for a chance to get out, experience an afternoon of “normalcy,” and enjoy our valued open spaces. Until next time, know that the Hills ARE Alive and can still be enjoyed.


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Barrington theater company Parker Players is investing $100,000 into a renovation that’ll give the iconic Catlow Theater an additional use: as a performing arts center.

“The Catlow is to Barrington as the opera house is to Woodstock and the Water Tower is to Chicago. It’s an icon. If you look at Barrington’s letterhead, the Catlow is on it,” said Jack Lageschulte, president of the Parker Players board.

Parker Players worked with Catlow owner Tim O’Connor on a contract to renovate the 1920s era theater. The renovation includes a stage, lighting, a new sound system and safety improvements, Lageschulte said.

The Catlow, located at 116 W. Main St., will get a portion of ticket sales, Lageschulte said.

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Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington Hills will be one of the locations for Forest Preserves of Cook County’s “Party in the Preserves” on Saturday, Sept. 26. From 9 AM to 1 PM visitors to Crabtree can help collect native seeds, view seed cleaning demonstrations, join in a scavenger hunt, and give back to nature by helping clean up the preserves.

Enjoy a number of self-guided activities and guided programs on September 26, 2020 from 9AM to 9PM at various Forest Preserves locations to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

The schedule at Crabtree Nature Center Saturday is:

Prairie Pickin’ (10AM & 11AM)*
Help us collect seeds of native Prairie Plants that will be used to restore areas of Crabtree. Long pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes and gloves recommended. Ages 10 & up with parent. *Pre-registration suggested as space is limited: Call 847-381-6592.

Seed Cleaning Demonstrations (9AM – 1PM)
View a demonstration of staff cleaning seeds, learn how seeds are prepped to be planted.

Self-Guided Scavenger Hunts (9AM – 1PM)
Pick up a scavenger hunt at the welcome table before your walk on the trail.

Select Organized Litter Obliterators (SOLO)
Help clean up the preserves as a way to give back and celebrate Nation Public Lands Day. Pick up Litter Obliterator supplies at the follow locations at any of our
 nature centers (9AM – 3PM); Bemis Woods-SouthKickapoo Woods and Forest Way Grove (2PM – 6PM).

Click here for other Forest Preserve locations.

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We wanted to post a special reminder to attend “The Hills are Alive Fall Festival” tomorrow between noon and 4 PM.

After holding this event for seven years at the Barrington Hills Park District, it appears some creative and hard working folks have managed to make the 8th year of the festival work very well at Village Hall (as can be seen above).

A full list of frolic and food events for young and old can be viewed here, and make sure to thank those working at the fest tomorrow for doing their best to make our Village a special place again this year!

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Goebbert’s Fall Festival starts tomorrow through Halloween

“Goebbert’s Fall Festival starts September 19th, 2020 and runs through Halloween. We are a great place for families to come and have a great fall day. Come enjoy the animals, watch a pig race, see our famous Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur, have some lunch and pick out a pumpkin. We have plenty of fun attractions for the whole family! Also make sure to stop by the Red Barn Cafe & Bakery for some tasty treats, including our famous Apple Cider Donuts and Pumpkin cookies. Don’t delay; our festival is only 6 weeks long!”

For more information, visit Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center here.

The 8th annual The Hills Are Alive Festival starts at noon Sunday

“Welcome and thank you for visiting the 8th Annual The Hills Are Alive Fall Festival Webpage.  This is a no-charge event featuring family-friendly activities for all ages! We’re looking forward to sharing a fun-filled event with YOU–our friends and neighbors!”

Visit the Village website here for more information.

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A great way to see the fall colors is to ride your bike, which allows you to be outside and travel a good distance to catch a lot of scenery. So where should you go? Options abound in the suburbs.

Poplar Creek Trail link to Elgin: The Poplar Creek Trail between Hoffman Estates and Streamwood, and between Barrington Road and the west side of Route 59, will show some fall colors in spots, and now the trail links to Elgin via a new connection down forested Shoe Factory Road. That extends from Route 59 to the CN railroad tracks, at which point you could ride west through Elgin to the Fox River Trail (below).

Moraine Hills State Park: In this forested state park along River Road just east of the Fox River in McHenry and west of Island Lake, you’ll find a collection of trails, and the paved bike trail seen just off River Road is being extended to connect to Lily Lake Road. Ride this trail or the roads within the park surrounded by trees and their fall colors.

Raceway Woods: The Chicago Area Mountain Bikers organization has developed mountain biking trails in Kane County’s portion of this forest preserve by the old Meadowsdale Speedway in Carpentersville. In 2019, the group reached an agreement with Dundee Township to expand the trails. Now there are about 5 miles in this pretty preserve between the Fox River and Route 31. More at cambr.org.

Barrington Hills: A tree and biking-road paradise. Check out Spring Creek Road. Getting there is wonderful, too, but residents ask that you stay single file, please.

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Chicago Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis will be featured in a virtual discussion Oct. 4 from Barrington’s White House.

Barrington’s White House will provide an all-virtual slate of events for this fall’s 2020 season.

While the White House had hoped to be able to offer in-person events as well, the reality of being able to adequately social distance and still provide a quality experience led the venue to the determination that holding virtual events this fall would be the safest option.

As such, all events in fall 2020 will be virtual. The season opener Sunday, Sept. 13, features the return of the Lincoln Trio, which will present the world premiere of “Dash” by composer Jennifer Higdon.

On Sept. 20, Barrington’s own Patty Dowd Schmitz and friends present “Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Connection to Illinois.” On Sept. 26, Robert McGinley and Judy Freeman lead a panel of experts from the Fox River Valley Heritage Foundation on “The Environment and COVID-19.”

October kicks off with internationally acclaimed Chicago Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis on Oct. 4, who will showcase his previous work and discuss the 2020 election. On Oct. 25, the Family Fun Players present a children’s musical adaptation of “Cinderella,” and Nov. 8 brings “Lost in Silence” from the Spoon River Anthology by the Midwest Dance Collective.

To view further events, visit the Barrington White House website here.

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Pete’s Posse

The 44th annual Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival, which will be Saturday through Monday, Sept. 5-7, will be entirely online this year.

Many artists will be safely performing from their homes. This is a chance to enjoy their music and stories, purchase CDs and products, and donate generously to help support the artists who bring so much to their fans’ lives, especially during this difficult time for touring performing artists.

Saturday events

On Saturday, the Main Stage will feature a livestreamed singalong and open jam by Plank Road Folk Music Society from 2 to 4 p.m., also hosted by Two Way Street.

From 6 to 7 p.m., Pete’s Posse will kick off the evening’s concerts. Links to the livestream performances, unless otherwise noted, will be posted soon at FVFS.org.

Starting at 7 p.m., the performers will be Carolyn Thomas-Davidoff, Sally Rogers, Trillium, Sarah McQuaid, and Tim Grimm.

Sunday and Monday

On Sunday, the “Main Stage Live” will feature “Songs of Conscience & Songs of Hope” with Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, Scott Ainslie, and Reggie Harris from 1:30 to 3 p.m. “Evoking Emotion: Make ‘Em Laugh or Cry” will feature Claudia Schmidt, Sally Rogers and February Sky from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The evening’s concerts will begin at 7 p.m. and feature Scott Ainslie, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker.

Over on the “Storytelling Stage Live” on Sunday, the storytellers Lyn Ford and Bill Harley will be featured from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and again from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The “Live Ghost Stories” featuring Bill Harley, Dovie Thomason, Lyn Ford and Janice Del Negro will be 6:30 to 8 p.m.

On Labor Day, Sept. 7, the finale concert for the three-day festival will begin at 4 p.m. and the festival will close down around 6:30 p.m.

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Accomplished and highly educated yet surprisingly shy, Megan West found her voice on the journey to becoming a first-class amateur polo player.

Megan West says people are surprised to see her shy and humble demeanor melt away on the polo field where a bold, competitive spirit takes over. The sport does attract people with a competitive nature, but for West, playing polo is where she finds personal strength. “On the field someone’s got to take charge. I’ve learned that skill in a safe environment with people who are my friends. It’s a place where I’ve learned and practiced leadership skills,” she said.

When not on the field or in a barn, West leverages her doctorate in agricultural food chemistry for Mars Wrigley where she works on long-term research projects. “It’s basically a lab-based job,” she says of pre-COVID-19 times. A chemist by training, West works on projects such as product ingredient sourcing with consideration to sustainability.

Growing up in Glencoe, Illinois, West says hers was not a “horse family”. The earliest chance to ride was at summer camp in Minocqua, Wisconsin. “My first year at Red Pine Camp, I was eight years old and just one of those kids who wanted to take riding lessons,” West said. “I love the outdoors and the appeal of horses. I just gravitated towards them.” Riding at camp was a source of fun for West and her “barn rat” friends who helped take care of the horses there.

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