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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.

Read the full Quintessential Barrington feature story here.

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Barrington’s annual outdoor art festival, on hold since May due to COVID-19 concerns, will be held with safety precautions in place next month.

Village board members Monday night entered into a letter of agreement with Amdur Productions Inc. to produce the fest on Sept. 12 and 13. The 2020 Barrington Art Walk previously had been set for Memorial Day weekend on May 24 and 25.

About 50 juried artists, music and food vendors will be part of the event, held in the BMO Harris Bank parking lot in downtown Barrington. Safety requirements include facial coverings for artists, vendors and visitors — except for children 2 and younger — and social distancing. There will be a controlled entry into the festival area.

Instead of just showing up on downtown streets as in past years, patrons must make free online reservations for a one-hour time slot from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or make an advance purchase of a flexible $10 VIP daily ticket at amdurproductions.com. Company President Amy Amdur said there will be temperature screenings before entry from Cook Street and a one-way flow for the patrons in the BMO Harris lot.

Read more here.

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Rudy Valentino, owner of Valentino Vineyards & Winery in Long Grove, shows off some of the Sangiovese grapes he grows. (Courtesy of Valentino Vineyards & Winery)

If the pandemic dashed your dreams of winery tours in Tuscany, or even a long weekend in Napa, you don’t have to give up on picturesque patios or romantic vineyard views: There are wineries right here in the suburbs.

Some feature tours of the vineyard, while other wineries offer outdoor tastings or wines by the glass.

“It’s like touring wine country right in your own backyard,” says Christina Anderson-Heller of Lynfred Winery in Roselle.

While Lynfred has no vines to tour, its Roselle location offers wines by the glass with the glass to take home as a keepsake. And at Lynfred’s Wheeling location, tastings on the patio are offered by reservation to control the number of guests.

Read more here.

Winery locations featured in the Daily Herald article include (click on location for more information):

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Audio recordings of Tuesday evenings Board of Trustees meeting have been posted to the Village website. To access the recordings, click here.

Related: Another Roadblock For InZone Project Founder Terrance Wallace, Who Plans To Bring Boys From Violent Neighborhoods To Barrington Hills Mansion

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Terrance Wallace is seen being escorted out of the MacArthur room Tuesday evening during the monthly Board of Trustees meeting.

A youth pastor from Chicago has taken dual-guardianship of several young men from some of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods and has allowed them to live in the suburbs where they are offered improved education, discipleship and resources.

Pastor Terrance Wallace, founder of the InZone Projecthelps oversee seven young men living in a suburban home in Wauconda, Illinois, and has brought them into his family in a literal sense. He plans to move over 20 (15 earlier this week) others from the city into a suburban mansion in the affluent Barrington Hills this fall.

Wallace and the family of Angie Mooney, a state education worker, have lived with seven young black men from underserved Chicago communities in Wauconda for over a year. Schools, homes and opportunities are much better in Wauconda compared to the city, Mooney told the Christian Post. 

Plans to bring as many as 25 more boys into the mansion in Barrington Hills, a predominantly white community, this fall has also faced opposition from some community members who argued at a community board meeting this week that “there won’t be oversight” or “protection.” 

“What we’re seeing is a small few who lack the knowledge and experience of having black people in their lives,” Mooney argued. “The education these youth are gaining has created remarkable results in New Zealand and Wauconda. This is what God wanted in Wauconda and will move to Barrington Hills.”

In a Zoom video conference of 193 community members (a recording of which has yet to be made public as promised), 191 responded positively and welcomed InZone’s presence in Barrington Hills, Mooney said. 

Wallace and Mooney discussed their plans to bring the InZone Project to the suburb at the board meeting Tuesday. 

“With what we face as a nation, I think the only way to make America great is to confront our divisions and have conversations with each other,” he said. “We face challenges but I’m strengthened by the Lord to continue to charge forward.”

Read more of The Christian Post story here.

Editorial note: In addition to being a pastor, Wallace’s website states he is a, “motivational speaker, management consultant, innovator, mentor, entrepreneur, change agent and visionary.” 

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Police chief Joseph Colditz is seen here escorting people out the Village Board meeting Tuesday night.

BARRINGTON HILLS, Ill. (CBS) — A man’s fight to bring boys from violent Chicago neighborhoods to Barrington Hills hit another roadblock Tuesday.

Terrance Wallace, founder of the InZone Project, is trying to buy a large mansion to provide a home for as many as 15 Black and Brown boys.

He has been working on approval from the Village of Barrington Hills since 2018, and he claims he has submitted the proper paperwork.

The topic got contentious during a meeting Tuesday night. Several people spoke on Wallace’s behalf, while others questioned his motives.

Read more from CBS Chicago here.

Editorial note: Last month it was 25 boys, now it’s 15. Also, last month it was reported Wallace owned the home and now he is, “is trying to buy,” it.


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Penny Road Pub

Well, pack away your festival gear. On Tuesday, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced further COVID-related cancellations, including many of the summer’s big events. (Yeah, I know. I’m as disappointed as you are.) Added to the list of already announced big neighborhood festivals falling to the coronavirus crisis are Lollapalooza, Taste of Chicago, the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Air and Water Show and the Maxwell Street Market, among others. However, organizers are planning to re-imagine some of the events, including a virtual celebration of Lollapalooza performances the weekend of the event, July 30-Aug. 2. See chicago.gov for more details.

But on the bright side …

Patios across the suburbs are opening up, and musicians are dusting the cobwebs off their performance gear. If you’re looking to get some fresh air, some live music and maybe dinner and drinks (properly socially distanced, of course), here are some suburban venues busting out the outdoor stages this weekend:

Penny Road Pub: 545 Penny Road, Barrington; (847) 428-0562 or pennyroadpub.com

  • Gallery: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 12
  • What’s Our Age Again, SLDG: 3 p.m. Saturday, June 13
  • Blind Reality: 1 p.m. Sunday, June 14

Read more here.

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