Country Magazine, April 2023

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Should I get pre-approval? Does it matter if my loan is going to be a smaller loan?

YES! It doesn’t matter whether you are buying a home that is $200,000 or $1,000,000; It will make your life so much easier if you get a pre-approval first! I have a few lenders that I can recommend getting the process started for you. This way when you do find the home of your dreams you are ready to have your agent prepare an offer, and are one step closer to your dream home!

In your opinion, what is the most important thing I should look for in my next home?

The answer to this question depends on your priority! When you think of buying your next home, what do you picture? All brick? Copper gutters and downspouts? 1+ acre? Finished basement? You should make a list of the things you want in your next home and from there create a must have, would like to have and can’t have list.

Could I possibly buy a home at asking price in this market or are the homes all going for above asking?

That is a great question, the answer is that it depends on several things. For example, It depends on the area and price range you are looking. I would say as we get further into the Spring Market, there will be additional homes that come on, and you will have a better chance of not getting into a multiple offer or bidding war situation. The interest rate will also have an effect on the volatility of the marketwhich might play to your advantage. Remember “date the rate, marry the house.”

What is the most important question to ask my realtor?

“What sets you apart from the competition?” That is the best question you can ask. There are plenty of agents to choose from, they can tell you that they will work hard for you and find you a home, etc., but the important question is what do they bring to the table? Are they are going to go the extra mile to make you and your family a priority? That is the agent you want.

If you would like to discuss your unique real estate needs confidentially, you may call or text me at +1 847.508.7775 or email connie.antoniou@sothebysrealty.com. Affiliated with Mahler Sotheby’s in Lake Geneva, WI.

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DITOR’S NOTE

Pick-your-own flowers at Barrington’s Little Ducky Farm

I’m delighted to share this issue with you and my hope is that you are as inspired and entertained by it as I am.

Our Up Front section keeps us up to date with some of the newest happenings in town and around the world. Roseanna Pratt, owner of Chewcuterie Grazing Boards, shares the details of her business in Country Loves. Another inspiring woman, Tanya Vera-Palella opens the doors to her newly unveiled children’s parties event space, Kiddiewinks, and tells us all about it in Country vs. Town

Barrington Hills couple Sarah and Chris Yamamoto started Little Ducky Flower Farm, and will share with the community this spring when

they welcome all to come and pick their own bouquets. In Picture This art advisor Laura Lester, who began her career at New York’s Gagosian Gallery, is now helping clients build impressive art collections.

This Luxury Offerings features three dream worthy properties in Barrington, Scotland, and Hungary … where do you find yourself having a first, or second home? Continue farther afield in First Class where we take you to the shores of Morocco—a feast for the senses. And in One Last Thing William Menke gives us an up close and personal look at the impressive lacrosse season in Barrington.

Enjoy,

MY WISH LIST

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Trying Nu FACE’s FIX Line-Smoothing Device, nordstrom.com

Wearing Almarow’s the GIGI earrings, almarow.com

Laura Lester of Lester Fine Art LLC Chewcuterie Grazing Board’s Roseanna Pratt wearing TOVE copper silk shawl collar jacket with brown silk pant, neimanmarcus.com
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SHANA L.

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DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW EQUITY PARTNER

HOW ARE STOCK OPTIONS TREATED IN A DIVORCE?

IIn Illinois, stock options acquired by a spouse during the marriage are considered a form of marital property and are subject to division in a divorce. Stock options are a type of compensation that some employers offer to employees as part of their compensation package. They give the employee the option to purchase a certain number of shares of the company’s stock at a fixed price in the future.

When dividing stock options in a divorce, the court will consider several factors, including the value of the options, the length of time until the options can be exercised, and the tax consequences of exercising the options. The court will also consider the contribution of each spouse to the acquisition, preservation, or increase in value of the stock options.

In the division of assets, one possibility is to award the options to the spouse who earned them. However, determining the value of the stock options can be challenging, as the value may significantly fluctuate depending on the performance of the company’s stock. The terms of the company’s stock award plan must also be considered.

The more common practice is to divide the options between the spouses. If the stock options have not yet vested, meaning the employee is not yet able to exercise them, the court may order that the options be divided in the future when they do vest. Because these options are typically not transferrable, the employee spouse will continue to hold the stock options for the benefit of the other spouse until they are able to be exercised.

It is important to note that the tax consequences of exercising stock options can be significant. If one spouse is awarded the options and later exercises them, they may be responsible for paying taxes on the income generated by exercising the options. It is important to consider this factor when drafting the divorce agreement.

Shana Vitek is an Equity Partner at Beermann LLP, the largest family law firm in Illinois. For the past 20 years she has been practicing 100% family law, representing athletes, entertainers and other high-profile clients. She has been successful in reaching confidential settlements whenever possible, and litigating, when necessary, with excellent results.

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CLOUDBAR OPENS

Magnicity, the global leader in creating innovative, experiential attractions high above notable cities is celebrating the opening of CloudBar on the 94th floor of the former John Hancock Center (875 N. Michigan Ave.). With walls of windows overlooking the skyline and lakefront, the new concept bar at the 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck is sure to thrill. Expect sky-high style and an exclusive culinary showcase of Chicago’s makers and artisans from the diverse communities admired in the city’s distinct neighborhoods. A curated list of local makers include Moody Tongue, the world’s first two Michelin star brewery, Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club. For more information, visit 360chicago.com.

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UP FRONT

THE KINGDOM OF PREP: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE RISE AND (NEAR) FALL OF J.CREW

Maggie Bullock began her career as an editor at Vogue and served as ELLE’s deputy editor from 2010 to 2018. Now, Bullock has penned a book on J. Crew, the one-of-a-kind American brand. With unprecedented access, Bullock brings to life the deliciously idiosyncratic people who erected J.Crew; unpacks the foundation upon which it was built (the complex legacy of prep, a subculture born on the 1920s campuses of the Ivy League); and examines how one brand rose to epitomize “American” style in two very different golden eras. barnesandnoble.com

WORLD RENOWNED AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE RETURNS TO CHICAGO FOR THREE PERFORMANCES ONLY

American Ballet Theatre (ABT), widely considered one of the greatest dance companies in the world, returns to the Auditorium Theatre (Chicago’s landmark stage at 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive) with a program featuring both classics and contemporary works, for three performances only Friday-Sunday, April 14-16, 2023. Two works will have Chicago premieres: Christopher Rudd’s Touché (2022), the company’s first all-male pas de deux, and Jessica Lang’s ZigZag (2021), featuring a soundtrack of songs sung by Tony Bennett with a special duet with Lady Gaga, in addition to Alexei Ratmansky’s Songs of Bukovina (2017) and Clark Tippet’s Some Assembly Required (1989). ABT last performed on the Auditorium Theatre stage in 2019 with the Chicago debut of Ratmansky’s lauded full-length ballet, Whipped Cream Tickets start at $40 and are now available at AuditoriumTheatre.org

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Devon Teuscher and Cory Stearns in ZigZag. Photography by Rosalie O’Connor. J. Crew 1993 J. Crew catalog from Spring 1993 Kingdom of Prep dives into retailer J. Crew’s fascinating history.
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LOUIS VUITTON MANUFACTURES

Louis Vuitton fosters the idea that an atelier can be a place of fulfillment and individuality. A place where savoir-faire can be learned, respected, and transmitted—and innovation nurtured—by artisans who routinely challenge the image of a traditional workshop. In pursuit of regional expertise and artisanal excellence, Louis Vuitton’s ateliers span the length and breadth of France and beyond, from Geneva, Switzerland, to Fiesso d’Artico, Italy, and even Texas. Sites of historic interest or outstanding natural beauty will often have a Louis Vuitton workshop nearby: in Normandy, the seagirt majesty of Mont-Saint-Michel can be seen from the workshop at Ducey, and in Beaulieu-sur-Layon, the light-flooded facility promises low environmental impact. Featuring photographs commissioned exclusively for this book, Louis Vuitton Manufactures showcases the extraordinary locations and buildings of Louis Vuitton’s ateliers, and the equally extraordinary artisans who express their talent through Louis Vuitton’s creations (trunks, bags, fragrances, watches, shoes, high-end jewelry and ready-to-wear), while carrying the founder’s techniques and savoir-faire into the 21st century. For more information, visit assouline.com.

BARRINGTON’S NEWEST EVENT SPACE: THE EDYTA GALLERY

Three years ago, Edyta Szlezak opened her eponymous design studio and gallery. Noticing the gallery space was always a perfect spot to gather with her friends, Szlezak recognized the opportunity for others to gather in her gallery to host birthday parties, ladies’ nights, business meetings, baby showers, and more. Now, the spacious 2,000 square foot gallery—equipped with a full kitchen, making catered events a breeze—is available to host your next event. To book, email info@edytaszlezak.com.

DERMINFUSIONS FILL + REPAIR SERUM

Dr. Dennis Gross has just launched the first product in a brand-new category DermInfusions Fill + Repair Serum. This serum is an advanced 3D alternative to injectable filler that immediate fills lines, plumps, and repairs in just two weeks. The breakthrough is what Dr. Gross is coining the “MicroCell Delivery system.” The delivery system uses micelles (microscopic molecules) to reduce the molecular size of active ingredients and push them deeper to better penetrate skin. This is the first time this technology has been used as a delivery system (micelles are typically used in cleansers, like micellar water). sephora.com

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Hard at work in Louis Vuitton’s Paris atelier. Photography by © Oliver Pilcher. Louis Vuitton Manufactures, published by Assouline Edyta Szlezak gives her design studio a dual purpose by now offering it as an event space. Photography by Angelica Friday. Dr. Dennis Gross DermInfusions Fill + Repair Serum

Two years ago, Rosanna Pratt turned a passion for creating charcuterie boards into a dream opportunity. Now, the owner of Chewcuterie Grazing Boards is using her talents to offer the community a variety of charcuterie boards ranging from individual boards to building entire grazing tables for events. “I’m a firm believer that if you do something you love, you will never work a day in your life,” shares Pratt. “And if you set a goal, go after it. Failure is scary, but not trying at all is something you’ll always regret.” Spurred on by the success of her business, which includes teaching charcuterie classes, she’s looking to start her first brick and mortar store in an iconic local building in town. Stay tuned at chewcuteriegrazingboards.com.

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Pratt wearing Carolina Herrera, Cherry sundress, neimanmarcus.com

What actress would play you in a movie? Probably Sandra Bullock. She’s a hardworking mom who is also hysterical and quirky and makes light of every situation.

Who from history would you want to travel with? Hands down, Anthony Bourdain. To experience a country you have to immerse yourself in the culture, and the best way to do that is to try all the authentic foods the country has to offer. From street food to fine dining, Bourdain would be the perfect guide to satisfy my cravings at each destination. Where do you look for inspiration? My family, for sure. First, my husband is my biggest supporter. I’m constantly running ideas by him, and I value his opinion and insight on everything. He inspires me to think outside the box and to always be confident in my craft. My two boys (Leo and Luca) also give me endless amounts of inspiration. I want to achieve success because I want them to be proud of me. Also, my mom. She raised all three of her daughters to be fiercely independent. As a child, I was constantly in the kitchen with my mom which is where my love for cooking started. And finally, without a doubt, my strong group of girlfriends greatly inspire me. They are all smart, wise, and incredibly business savvy. Collaborating with likeminded friends on business ideas, partnerships, and opportunities inspires me to grow and think innovatively.

Favorite book? Anything by Colleen Hoover. I just finished her most recent, It Starts with Us. I am currently reading Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. My favorite book recommendations are from my girlfriends in my Barrington book/wine club.

Most beloved cookbook? I live by family recipes! All of my best creations and dishes are recipes that have been passed down to me from my mom and grandmother. Whether it’s my focaccia bread, homemade pasta, red sauce, or a seafood dish, all of those are family recipes that I hold close to my heart. I make tweaks here and there, but the joy I get from cooking something that my mom or grandma taught me is worth more than any cookbook on my shelf.

Best dinner party hack? If you want to guarantee that you’ll have a successful party it’s all in the preparation. When entertaining it’s better to keep it simple to allow yourself to enjoy your company. Prep all side dishes ahead of time, always serve a good appetizer, and for your main dish make it something that doesn’t require too much. A nice roast or short ribs, or mussels are elegant and a breeze to make. Tiramisu can be made the day before and chilled all night. A perfect recipe for a foolproof dinner party.

What’s in your bag right now? My Fenty lip oil and Fendi sunglasses.

ROSANNA LOVES

Gadget Air fryer. And for my business, a sleek champagne flute that I use to create the perfect salami rose. Scent I’m 100 percent a Glossier girl. Barrington spot Hands down, Biltmore Country Club. There’s nothing better than a summer afternoon at the beach club. The kids running around the beach, and my husband and I enjoying some refreshing cocktails with friends. Hostess gift to receive A fabulous candle from Katherine Elizabeth at Home in Barrington. The Sweet Tobacco scent is my all-time favorite. Gift to give Obviously, a lovely charcuterie board that incorporates some sweet elements to complement all the meats and cheeses.

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Tanya Vera-Palella

is a Barrington mom with a passion for music and the arts, who settled in the area seven years ago. While continuing a career in corporate sales and marketing, Vera-Palella is inspired by her daughter to pursue all things fun and magical. Her passion for throwing themed children’s parties led to the launch of Kiddiewinks, an interactive party venue for kids in the heart of the Village.

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Mantra? “Fairytales can come true. You got to make them happen, it all depends on you.” The Princess and the Frog Best grooming tip? Mist a little Thayers Witch Hazel Facial Mist Toner all over your face right out of the shower Guilty pleasure? Diet Coke from McDonald’s Favorite foods? Bucatini all’amatriciana, crusty Italian bread, focaccia, french fries with ketchup Music you love? SoCal ‘70s rock ... Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Chicago ... any band that has their city in the name Best advice ever given to you? From my very wise husband “You can’t change the past, you can’t change the future, you can only change today” Best advice you’ve given? If you don’t believe in yourself, how are you going to make others believe it? Earliest memory? Climbing out of my crib for the first time at 2 or 3 years old. The room was dark, but I can remember the canopy over the white crib, the pink, yellow, and blue pastel decor with a brown teddy bear wall hanging. And then my Nonna picking me up and putting me back to bed

Before bed, you? Story time with my daughter and then snuggle till she falls asleep. Lay on the couch next to my husband while binge watching some shows. Scratch my dog Wini’s ears till I fall asleep What’s on your bookshelf? My daughter’s artwork You can’t live without? My family Love to escape to? The East Coast, especially a quaint harbor town off the coast Advice you would give to your younger self? Don’t be so hard on yourself. Perfection doesn’t make anything easier. And travel, a lot

WHEN IN TOWN WHEN IN THE COUNTRY

Your style is? Oversized sweatshirt, jeans, and UGGs Can’t leave the house without? Saying goodbye to my family Transportation? Jeep Grand Cherokee named Rosie Driving music? “Saturday in the Park” by Chicago Place to eat? Southern Belle’s for breakfast, Arriba for lunch, a smoothie from Nekter, and then dinner at pl8 Shop? A gift for a friend from Angelina’s, a fidget toy for my daughter from Marvin’s Toy Store, a vintage tea set for Kiddiewinks from The English Daisy, and lastly a new record to add to my collection from Scratched Vinyl Best thing about country? Our forest animal friends, in particular a family of deer that love to visit our yard Worst thing about country? Mosquitos The perfect day is? A cool fall evening in our backyard. Bonfire, blankets, and a projector movie night in the woods

Your style is?

Boho chic Can’t leave the house without? My wedding ring Transportation?

Frostbite Blue Hellcat

Dodge Challenger named Elsa Driving music? “Slow Ride” by Foghat Place to eat? Bar Siena. Who doesn’t love casual Italian food? It’s comfort food at its finest. And with Fabio Viviani calling the shots, you know you’re in for a treat Shop?

Northbrook Court or Deer Park Mall Best thing about town?

People watching, meeting new people, and always embracing diversity and culture Worst thing about town? The traffic The perfect day is? Cruising around town with my husband and daughter. Going to a matinee at the movies and sharing a big bucket of popcorn. Ending the evening at the lawn at Ravinia for a little culture, listening to legendary artists perform, while sipping on a bourbon and soda and noshing on take out

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THE NEW LOVE LANGUAGES

HERE’S THE PERFECT GIFT FOR YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER

The greatest gift anyone can give is love. Love is the foundation of our purpose and the reason for our ambitions. Few retailers understand this as profoundly as the jeweler. Year after year, clients visit their boutiques to honor the most important romantic and familial relationships in their life. One local jeweler has proudly served as Chicago’s source for engagement rings and fine jewelry for over 70 years—Razny Jewelers. Generations of families choose Razny Jewelers to celebrate their engagements, anniversaries, and new bouncing bundles of joy.

Of course, no two people are alike and the ideal gift for one may be entirely different for another. In this article, the Razny Jewelers family and team guide us in finding the perfect gift for our wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, or significant other. No matter their love language, rest assured that a box wrapped in an iconic Razny bow is the present those closest to you will treasure for a lifetime.

ROMANTIC GIFTS BASED ON FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES

WORDS OF AFFIRMATION

“I LOVE YOU” goes a long way with someone who prioritizes affirming language. Express your affection with fine jewelry that will remind them of your sincere words throughout the day. Among their collection of diamond jewelry decorated with that famous four-letter word, our favorites include a beautiful18k yellow gold chain necklace by Razny Collection that says “LOVE” with diamonds in the most elegant script.

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QUALITY TIME

Assure your love that you value time spent together by gifting them a Swiss timepiece they’ll cherish forever. Razny Jewelers is proud to be the only Official Patek Philippe Jeweler in Illinois. Their three-story location in Chicago’s downtown Gold Coast neighborhood is one of only two concepts of its kind in the nation —showcasing both Rolex and Patek Philippe timepieces under one roof. Razny Jewelers also offers timeless watchmakers such as Cartier, Breitling, TAG Heuer, and Tissot throughout their four boutiques. From brief moments spent cuddling on the couch to hours enjoying thoughtful conversation, a watch from Razny Jewelers is the perfect reminder that each minute matters.

TOUCH

A spontaneous kiss or a protective hug may be all your partner needs to feel the most loved. Extend the warmth of those moments by giving them a ring to wear on the finger that holds a direct path to the heart. The “ring finger” is thought to be the digit having the “vena amoris,” literally “vein of love.” We adore the “moi et toi” style that further symbolizes the bond of two hearts. However, you may be ready to give them the most meaningful ring they’ll ever wear. If so, Razny Jewelers will help you find the perfect engagement ring and wedding band, no matter your budget or style.

ACTS OF SERVICE

For some, nothing speaks louder than action, specifically generosity. For this person, there are more than a few options:

• Design a custom piece based on their interests. Start with a sketch or allow the designers at Razny Jewelers to help you craft something truly one of a kind.

• W hat about a custom ombre piece highlighting their favorite color in various gemstones? For the perfect push present, look no further than a sparkling pink or blue sapphire eternity band.

• Name bracelets are also a fantastic choice. Let your partner or child’s name shine on a gold bracelet, or display a custom message such as the date of your anniversary.

• Schedule a VIP shopping session, and the team at Razny Jewelers will have the champagne ready. They even invite you to plan ahead by creating a personalized wish list.

RECEIVING GIFTS

Deceptively, this one can seem easy, but remember that a person who values gifts tends to appreciate the insight the giver has into the receiver’s true self. So, take your time, be thoughtful, and allow an expert to help. Consider gifting a necklace displaying “Baby” spelled in diamonds for the new mom or unforgettable diamond studs, which go with everything and fit everyone.

No matter who you’re shopping for or their specific love language, Razny Jewelers looks forward to helping you make their dreams come true!

To learn more about Razny Jewelers, visit razny.com.

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BOYS HOPE GIRLS HOPE OF ILLINOIS CELEBRATES 43RD ANNUAL EVENING OF HOPE GALA

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TERRI NEVINS

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois (BHGH), led by Governing Board Chair Jeff Lundal, from the Barrington area, celebrated the 43rd Annual Evening of Hope Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. BHGH is a residential scholarship program that provides housing and college-prep education to

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help youth in need reach their full potential, from middle school to college to career launch. BHGH Scholars graduate from high school, go onto college, and launch successful careers in a variety of industries. Guests enjoyed a “Night in Buenos Aires” with tango dancers, Argentinian cuisine, and dancing to the music of top Chicago band Indigo. ABC7’s Dionne Miller emceed the event. bhghil.org

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DESIGN TRENDS OPEN HOUSE

PHOTOGRAPHY BY IAN MCLEOD

Stylish guests, clients, and partners of Barrington’s Compass Vesta Home Team gathered at Walter E. Smithe Furniture & Design’s Arlington Heights showroom for an evening of celebration and design inspiration.

The evening was hosted by Compass agents

Judy Bruce, Allyson Campbell, and Matt Irvin and the Smithe family, including Barrington High School graduates Caitie Smithe and Colleen Smithe.smithe.com

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PICTURE THIS

Armed with a keen eye and business savvy, art advisor Laura Lester helps clients form meaningful collections.

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Like book publishing, art dealing was long considered a gentlemanly profession, a kind of closed circle, open to a sophisticated elite. Today, selling art—whether through dealers or auction houses—has become an international industry and navigating it takes knowhow. For collectors, having an art advisor is as key as retaining a trusted attorney and a top-notch accountant. The best advisors combine an aesthetic fluency and a solid business sense with an appreciation of both the art of art and its status as an asset class.

Wilmette’s Laura Lester has spent her career appreciating art and its fiscal appreciation. An undergraduate degree in Art History from Indiana University Bloomington and a Master’s degree in Modern Art, Connoisseurship, and the History of the Art Market from Christie’s Education, plus stints as director at two of the country’s leading galleries—Kasmin Gallery in New York and Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago and New York— more than prepared her to establish Lester Fine Art LLC, a full-service art advisory specializing in modern, post-war, and contemporary art.

Lester began her career at New York’s Gagosian Gallery, a behemoth in the modern and contemporary market, with multiple exhibition spaces in New York, Paris, and London, as well as outlets in Beverly Hills, Basel, Rome, Athens, Geneva, and Hong Kong. “I had a wonderful experience there for nearly four years,” says Lester. “I learned so much about how dealers, collectors, advisors, and artists work together.”

She continued to hone her skills as a specialist at Christie’s New York. “I gravitated to an auction house for my next role because I wanted and needed more exposure to artworks as objects,” she explains. “As a cataloguer in the Post-War & Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s, I learned how to rigorously assess an artwork to evaluate condition, how to comb the back of paintings for labels, conduct thorough research, construct a provenance, and determine authenticity. Together, my first two jobs constituted an incredible foundation for a career as an advisor.”

In her next role as director at Kasmin Gallery, Lester worked closely with art advisors and began to see herself in such a role. “I loved that they had these special relationships with their collectors, guiding them to follow their passions, and building something that brings them daily happiness and intellectual fulfillment,” she recalls.

Like any art advisory worth its salt, Lester Fine Art provides expertise in vetting artworks, negotiating terms, and managing post-sale logistics, such as framing, delivery, and installation. The business is built on the relationships Lester has formed with collectors, curators, artists, galleries, and institutions and the belief that, while an eye on investment potential undergirds many a transaction, a

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“I learned so much about how dealers, collectors, advisors, and artists work together..”
Laura Lester of Lester Fine Art LLC

fervor for art is fundamental. “Most of the collectors I am working with are buying for love and passion. While I ensure that the prices my collectors pay are fair and in line with the artist’s current market, purchasing art with the expectation that it will appreciate is always very speculative. It can be more secure when you are investing in long-established artists with prices well into seven figures, but the collectors I work with are generally not buying at that level.”

Ever since Van Gogh’s Irises sold for over $50 million in the 1980s, art and the prices fetched have become fascinating to the general public. Last year, an Andy Warhol portrait of Marilyn Monroe set a record for American art when it sold for $195 million. And while such sales gather massive media attention, much of the market operates at a much less heated level. Most of Lester’s clients, for example, are spending $10,000 to $300,000 and they are not buying to flip. Her clients, most of whom are in the Midwest, range from novices to veteran collectors. “A dear friend and former colleague from Gray recently moved to Hinsdale” shares Kester, “I am excited to explore the burgeoning gallery scene in Hinsdale and Barrington with her.”

“Working locally allows me to provide a very high level of service,” says Lester. “I spend time with my clients in their homes and offices regularly, measuring walls, taking photographs for renderings, and getting to know their taste. I supervise deliveries and installations and hold their hands as much as they need. I am always available to hop on a plane at a moment’s notice to see a painting.”

Lester takes special pleasure in advising individuals new to collecting. “I absolutely love the opportunity to start from scratch with someone, to provide them exposure through visits to galleries, art fairs, and artists’ studios, or a weekend prospecting trip to New York or L.A. A visit to EXPO CHICAGO, the yearly highlight of Chicago’s art world, is a must.” But whether the client is a newbie or an old pro, Lester’s service remains the same. “My job is to expose individuals to a wide range of carefully vetted artists based on their preferences, budget, and collecting goals. I want each collection to be an authentic representation of the collector’s taste, and I want art to bring them joy.”

For more information, visit lesterfineart.com.

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Lush varieties of flowers awaiting to be picked at Barrington’s beautiful pick-your-own flower farm, Little Ducky Farm

A FARM FOR THE MASSES

Barrington Hills Couple Sarah and Chris Yamamoto Create a Nature Haven for the Community.

WORDS BY TRICIA DESPRES

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LISA SCIASCIA STYLING BY THERESA DEMARIA

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hris Yamamoto has long loved gardening

“When we were dating, I actually wooed my wife-to-be, Sarah, with fresh vegetables from my garden,” the native New Yorker chuckles. “She was very impressed.”

After meeting in 2019, Chris and Sarah fell in love and began to build a life together in Connecticut. There the couple spent many happy hours cultivating a garden they lovingly referred to as “Quacken on Rutland.”

“It was then that I began to share Sarah’s love for flowers,” recalls Yamamoto, who married Sarah in June of 2020. “We added six pet Pekin ducks that we purchased online during the pandemic, and then after we were married, we added flowers to the garden.”

In December of 2021, the couple was forced to wave goodbye to their treasured garden when Yamamoto accepted a job offer over 800 miles away in the Chicago suburbs. Yet, the couple saw the move as one filled with opportunities in both the job and gardening sectors.

“When we came out here, we had a completely blank slate,” recalls Yamamoto of their eventual move to Barrington Hills. “We were really starting from the ground up, with no garden beds or anything. From all the lessons that we had learned in Connecticut, this was actually a fantastic opportunity to bring out whatever we had learned and make it better.”

The couple began to transform their 6.8-acre property, creating garden beds and planting seeds. Soon, a full and luscious flower field began to materialize before their very eyes.

“It was turning out to be pretty magnificent, and I told Sarah that we really couldn’t keep this to ourselves,” says Yamamoto.

Today, this bucolic space has become a haven for not only a slew of hummingbirds and butterflies but also for countless nature lovers who have come to adore the couple’s u-pick flower field known as “Little Ducky Flower Farm.”

“What we are now calling Little Ducky Flower Farm is really a mix of what used to be a horse barn and a horse paddock when we first moved here,” he explains. “Now, we have sheep out in the field and ducks and geese. In another part of the paddock area, you can pick flowers. It’s a cute little farm experience that we’ve created.”

“In the springtime, we expect to have tulips as we have planted about 10,000 bulbs,” explains Yamamoto, who regularly posts about flower availabilities throughout the year on the @littleduckyflowerfarm Instagram page. “In the summer, we will have an assortment of zinnias, dahlias, cosmos, sunflowers, and amaranth.”

The couple is looking forward to sharing this idyllic farm experience with the community this spring when they welcome flower lovers to their floral paradise. Once Little Ducky Flower Farm opens for the season, customers will be able to book a time slot for their visit at littleduckyflowerfarm.com.

“When they arrive, one of us will greet them and will walk them through how to cut the flowers,” he explains. “We provide a container with water and a pair of snips. There has been interest from folks about buying larger quantities of flowers for DIY weddings and such, so we will be offering bigger buckets for them to fill.”

The couple hopes to expand their community engagement in a multitude of ways.

“We want to start teaching some classes to both children and adults,” says Yamamoto. “For children, we will soon be offering free seed starting classes to help teach them how to grow tomatoes, while we will also be offering bouquet bars for adults where flowers

are laid out and people can make their own custom bouquets. Most of all, we want to share what it’s like to farm and encourage all ages to learn more about regenerative agriculture.”

Yamamoto says the demand to learn more about farming is booming. “I’ve been very impressed with how fast interest in agriculture has grown,” says Yamamoto, who hopes to introduce more native plants and animals like bees and chickens to the property in the coming months. “Honestly, I think the pandemic did that. We couldn’t go anywhere so instead, we looked at the beauty around us.”

It’s a beauty that Chris and Sarah look forward to enhancing with each passing year. “In the summertime, we’re going to switch to summer cut flowers,” he remarks. “There will be a mix of dahlias and sunflowers. Compared to last year, we’re probably going to be expanding the field by almost another 100 percent. Anyone who has visited the farm before will definitely see a pretty significant change.”

Chris, who works in Rolling Meadows as a systems engineer in the aerospace industry, says coming home to Little Ducky Flower Farm has served as the ultimate blessing for both himself and his wife, who works in medical education as a medical editor and has earned an Urban Farming certification through the University of Illinois.

“I’m a big numbers guy,” reflects Yamamoto. “For me to come home to the farm is very grounding. Just being able to ignore numbers and really get back to nature always feels so very good. I can see myself living here for the rest of my life.”

For more information, and to book your visit, go to littleduckyflowerfarm.com.

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Corpse Reviver No. 2

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WENDY FRANZEN OF FLETCHER & FORK

Corpse Revivers belong to a family of cocktails from the late 1800s, created as a cure for hangovers. Corpse Reviver No. 2—the most famous of the bunch— gained popularity when the recipe was printed in Harry Craddock’s classic compilation, Savoy Cocktail Book (1930). Craddock—who was head barman at London’s grand Savoy Hotel while penning the book—suggested drinking four in swift succession to “un-revive the corpse again.” Though I caution against that line of thinking, I wholeheartedly advocate serving brunch guests this refreshingly tart and well-balanced cocktail.

SERVES 1

INGREDIENTS

• 1 ounce dr y gin

• 1 ounce Triple sec

• 1 ounce Lillet Blanc

• 1 ounce f reshly squeezed lemon juice

• ½ ounce absinthe, for rinsing

• 1 Luxardo cherry

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Pour absinthe into a well-chilled coupe glass, swirling to fully coat interior walls. Discard any excess and place cherry in the bottom of glass.

2. Add gin, Triple sec, Lillet Blanc, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until well chilled.

3. Double strain into prepared glass.

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Fennel, Farro + Mushrooms

RECIPE, WORDS, AND PHOTOGRAPHY MONICA KASS ROGERS

April’s showers and mild temperatures transform the Midwest’s barren winter terrain into a lovely green carpet of fresh growth. Foragers search the woods for wild ramps and mushrooms. Farmers markets come alive with asparagus and peas, spring garlic and parsnips, baby radishes, and, my favorite, snowy white fennel bulbs capped by feathery fronds. I’ve long loved the anise-like taste and crunch of raw fennel in slaws or salads but when roasted, fennel sheds that licorice flavor to become lusciously sweet and caramelly. Paired with the sexy silkiness of exotic mushrooms, nutty

farro, zesty lemon, and fresh snipped parsley, this warm salad is delicious on its own, or as a side dish. I like to serve it with a drizzle of balsamic syrup and a smattering of shaved parmesan. I made this with an assortment of beautiful gourmet mushrooms (Lion’s Tooth, Blue Oyster, Chestnut, Lion’s Mane, and Elm Oyster) grown at Windy City Mushrooms, and available for pick-up at the Village Farmstand in Evanston. But the dish also works well with fresh foraged edible mushrooms, or mushrooms you may find through Grow Lake County, a website filled with links to local farmers and locally grown foods. If you are eating gluten-free, use brown rice instead of farro.

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SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS

• 1 cup organic farro

• 2 teaspoons salt, divided

• 2 to 3 fennel bulbs, cores discarded, bulbs sliced into small pieces to make 3 cups (Save a few fronds for garnish)

• Freshly ground black pepper

• 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

• Zest from 1 lemon

• 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (or more, to taste)

• ½ cup yellow onion, slivered or shallot, slivered

• 3 cups fresh gourmet mushrooms (Oyster, Chestnut, Lion’s Mane, Lion’s Tooth), cleaned and sliced or substitute mix of cremini and shiitake mushrooms

• 2 cups f resh parsley leaves, minced

• ¼ cup shaved parmesan

• Balsamic glaze, as desired

METHOD

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare farro in a rice cooker (3 cups water to 1 cup farro) or prepare farro on stovetop as follows: In a heavy-bottomed pot over high heat, bring 2 quarts water to a boil with 1 teaspoon salt. Add 1 cup farro and return hot water to boiling. Reduce heat to medium and boil farro, uncovered, for about 30 minutes until soft. Drain off water. Place farro in a large bowl. Finely grate the zest of one lemon into the farro. Squeeze 2 teaspoons of juice from half of the lemon into the farro. Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Stir. Set aside.

In a large shallow bowl, toss fennel pieces with 2 tablespoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and several grinds of fresh black pepper. Spread fennel in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for ten minutes. Stir fennel pieces. Roast for another 10 minutes or until caramelized and crispy on the edges. Remove from oven. Scoop roasted fennel into the farro.

In a sauté pan over medium-low heat, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and slivered onion or shallot. Cook for three minutes, stirring. Add ½ cup water and continue cooking until onion is quite soft. Add sliced mushrooms and continue cooking until soft and no water remains in the mixture. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir in minced parsley. Scoop mixture into the bowl of farro. Stir to combine. Adjust seasoning with more lemon juice, salt, and pepper if desired.

Place in a serving bowl (or bowls); top with shaved parmesan and drizzle with a small amount of balsamic glaze. Serve warm.

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An Ancient City’s Allure I

A recent visit to Marrakech revealed wildly different experiences from exploring the labyrinthian souk in bustling Medina to luxuriating at a tranquil five-star resort nestled in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains.

have always dreamed of visiting Marrakech, a former imperial city founded almost 1,000 years ago. It is a place where Arabic and French words dance in your ears, and the culture is a confluence of Berber, Islamic, and European traditions.

Marrakech’s captivating charm has long enchanted the world’s greats. As Edith Wharton noted, “To visit Morocco is like turning the pages of some illuminated Persian manuscript.” Equally enamored, Winston Churchill pronounced to Franklin Roosevelt that Marrakech, “is the most lovely spot in the whole world.”

The “ochre city”—nicknamed for its red sandstone buildings—today is a major economic center home to mosques, palaces, gardens, and glorious architecture. While we expected the intensity of the crowded city, we were pleasantly surprised by the tranquility of our resort—The Oberoi, Marrakech. The juxtaposition of these two experiences made for a unique adventure in this ancient North African city. Let’s begin with an exploration of the energetic metropolis.

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The Oberoi, Marrakech patio and grand canal view

THE CITY

On our first full day in Marrakech, we set off with our Abercrombie & Kent guide, Samir, and our driver in a luxury vehicle. We zipped through the Marrakech streets as motorcycles (some bearing ladders or piled high with cement bags) careened by and pedestrians haphazardly crossed the lanes—behind the wheel or on foot, none heeded the rules of the road.

We began at the Majorelle Gardens. Originally designed in 1924 by French artist Jacques Majorelle, the garden is a tropical paradise surrounded by cobalt blue buildings, lily-covered and fish-filled ponds, and an assortment of enormous cacti. The Berber Museum, which tells the tales of North Africa’s most ancient people, is fittingly found at the heart of this urban oasis.

The Yves Saint Laurent Museum, conveniently located next door to the Majorelle Gardens, was our next destination. Here, we perused the designer’s most precious designs and learned how Marrakech influenced his collections. As Yves Saint Laurent observed until his visits to this vibrant city taught him the power of color, “everything was black.”

Next stop, the walled medieval city of Medina. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the “souk,” Morocco’s largest traditional market where we found a bewildering array of stalls and ateliers devoted to specific crafts. The dark and smoky blacksmith quarter, where a cacophony of hammers echoed and sparks danced in the air was especially mesmerizing.

In search of the renowned Argan oil, we

wound our way through the honeycomb of stalls illuminated by a golden light piercing through the planked roofs. The stalls contained every good imaginable from stacks of traditional Berber carpets and plaster carvings to piles of brightly colored clothing and equally vivid spices to an elaborate display of olives. After our guide introduced us to a reputable herboriste, we purchased bottles of the oil, an indigenous treasure, along with a few other elixirs promising eternal youth. After hours of souk-scouring, we took a break for lunch at Café Arabe—a lovely restaurant occupying a former riad, a traditional Moroccan house with an interior courtyard.

Once sated, we set off to explore several of Morocco’s most architecturally significant sites. When I first saw the exteriors of these buildings, I was surprised by their austerity. Samir explained that Islamic architecture resembles a geode—appearing nondescript on the outside but concealing jewels on the inside.

We began at the Bahia Palace, which with its ornate mosaics, delicately carved stucco and stunning Grand Courtyard is a remarkable example of Arab-Andalusian architecture. Dar El Bacha was our second stop and our favorite of the architectural tour. This extraordinary palace was the former residence of Thami El Glaoui, who ruled Marrakech for more than 40 years and was legendary for hosting lavish affairs for famous guests like Winston Churchill. Ben Youssef Madrasa is a stunning structure and was once the largest Islamic college in Morocco housing as many as 800 students learning Islamic jurisprudence, literature, science, and history. Today, it is a historical site with tourists rather than students wandering the hallways and dormitories.

Leaving the former center for learning, we ventured into the

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Marjorelle Gardens. Photography by Balate Dorin Koutoubia Mosque. Photography by Nataly Nete Souks in the Medina. Photography by Eloi Omelia

Jewish Quarter called “Mellah.” The quarter’s name, the Arabic word for salt, pays tribute to the fact that many of the early Jewish residents were salt sellers. Historically salt was an important and precious commodity. In ancient times, sub-Saharan Moorish merchants traded one ounce of salt for one ounce of gold. A visit to the Salat el Alzama Synagogue, also known as the “Blue Synagogue,” and the Miaara Jewish Cemetery rounded out our exploration of the Jewish community’s long history in Marrakech.

We ended our city tour at Jemaa El Fna, the city’s main square where we found snake charmers, horse-drawn carriages, street artists, food stalls, and an assortment of goods for sale—a veritable symphony of sounds and smells. A glimpse of the famed Koutoubia Mosque, a symbol of the city with its 12th-century Moorish minaret visible for miles, was the perfect end to our exciting day. As we drove back to our hotel, we watched the minaret fade into the distance and grew excited for the peace that awaited us at the resort.

THE OBEROI, MARRAKECH

Located 25 minutes from the city center is The Oberoi, Marrakech, a 25-acre oasis at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Upon our arrival, an attendant dressed in a traditional Moroccan velvet selham (tunic) greeted us with his hand on his heart—a signature gesture of the Oberoi brand. The company’s motto “the guest is everything” is a sentiment woven into every aspect of the resort experience.

Beyond the unassuming ochre exterior lay an expansive courtyard dotted with decorative trees and at its center, a vast pool of water. At the courtyard’s far end, massive handcrafted wooden doors opened

to reveal a sanctuary of design inspired by the traditional Moroccan and Andalusian architectural styles used in 14th-century grand palaces. The elements included intricately carved, soaring wood ceilings, wall mosaics composed of zellige tiles in vibrant colors and geometric designs, and towering panels of sculpted plasterwork subtly adorned with Arabic phrases such as “El Afia El Bakia” meaning “eternal health.” No surface is left untouched or unadorned.

We exited the main building via a beautiful marble corridor where a series of lanterns swayed under exquisitely carved marble arches illuminating the gleaming marble floors. En route to our private villa, we could see the Atlas Mountains in the distance. Our route took us along the resort’s “grand canal,” a scent-filled pathway filled with jasmine hedges and rosemary bushes. Scents from the acres of citrus and olive groves and the lavender field on the property further perfumed the air.

Passing under a canopy of olive branches, we found our private villa tucked in an exotic garden of flowers and palm trees. The villa matched the main building in elegance—an intricately patterned stone floor and carved cedarwood dome graced the entrance hall. The massive bedroom opened to a living/dining area that spilled into a private landscaped garden where bougainvillea trellises, lemon trees, and rosemary bushes surrounded our own pool. The bathing quarters (they are so much more than a “bathroom”) contained a large shower with a floor-to-ceiling glass door, which opened onto the courtyard for an open-air bathing experience. Birdsong and light breezes definitely elevated this morning ritual.

The Oberoi, Marrakech has three beautiful restaurants offering highly curated dishes created by the hotel’s talented chefs using the finest seasonal ingredients sourced from the Moroccan terroir. One “tree-to-table” ingredient is the cold-pressed unrefined olive oil produced from olives harvested from the property’s 2,500 olive trees.

We began our days with breakfast at Tamimt on a terrace overlooking the cypress tree and white rose-lined grand canal. In Berber, “tamimt” means “delight” and the eatery lived up to its moniker in every aspect—cuisine, service, and ambiance. The morning buffet was beyond measure and even included a tower of every imaginable kind of honey (think orange blossom, jujube, and eucalyptus). The honey was best sampled with croissants and pastries, their delicate layers adding to the sinful pleasure of each bite.

Dinner on Tamimt’s terrace was equally delightful. The view of the sun disappearing into the horizon and the moon moving across

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The Oberoi, Marrakech main pool The Oberoi, Marrakech patio details

the backdrop of mountain peaks was the sublime end to every meal.

Siniman was another favorite for dinner. As “siniman” means the souls of the father and the mother in Berber, the restaurant’s rich fabrics, marble, zellige tiles, elaborately carved wood, and immense glowing fireplace invoke a cozy, warm feeling. Some nights we chose to dine under a blanket of stars and tables in the courtyard provided the perfect spot. I had so many favorites here but the selection of Moroccan salads—a visual delight, unlike any American salad—really stood out. For the main course, we ordered a Seabass Chermoula tagine with sweet bell peppers, tomatoes, and saffron potatoes. Lifting the lid of the earthenware pot released a deliciously heady scent and revealed a presentation as brilliant as the flavors.

Between all our delicious meals, we indulged in the resort’s many activities. In fact, there was such an array of activities that we only left the resort compound once venturing to the Agafay Desert for an evening of camel riding and dinner in a Bedouin tent at The White Camel Camp. Back at The Oberoi, Marrakech our lesson in the art of falconry from a member of Morocco’s indigenous Kwassem tribe was a cultural delight. Following our falconry lesson, we discovered a palm- encircled pool with two floating pool decks at the center of the property’s olive grove. The bright tangerine towels dotting the pool area’s numerous day beds, chaise lounges, and

hammocks contrasted beautifully with the pool’s lapis blue tile. Is it any wonder lounging poolside became a favorite activity?

One afternoon we swapped our pool lounges for massage tables at the Oberoi Spa, a serene oasis located on a small lake surrounded by orchards. Its location is highly symbolic because Islamic culture esteems water as a means of spiritual cleansing. Thus, as guests cross the lake to enter the spa, they figuratively leave the outside world behind and embark on a unique journey to well-being. In addition to soothing treatment rooms, light-filled yoga studios, and a full workout facility, the spa contains an indoor pool and an interior maze garden. The resort’s signature wellness program, SAHA, offers a wide range of fitness options from morning runs with a fitness coach to cardio boxing. SAHA, named after the Arabic word for “health,” is a testament to The Oberoi, Marrakech’s commitment to making every moment of a guest’s visit healthier and more fulfilling.

As we made our way back to our villa from the spa, the sound of the Adhan, the Islamic call to prayer, echoed through the air. The soothing chant, which sounded five times a day from a nearby mosque, was a grand reminder that we were steeped in another culture in a faraway land.

Seeking a unique exploration of a country’s culture? Hoping to experience both the fervor of a bustling city and the tranquility of a world-class resort? Marrakech is your destination. Book a tour with Abercrombie & Kent to uncover the secrets of this ancient city and stay at The Oberoi, Marrakech where you will receive a heartfelt welcome in a magnificent setting.

For more information about Abercrombie & Kent tours, visit abercrombiekent.com. For more information about The Oberoi, Marrakech visit oberoihotels.com. For more information about The White Camel Camp, visit whitecamel.ma.

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Check, Point, Lacrosse!

Varsity Coach Aims to Expand Community Efforts for Budding Lacrosse Players.

William Menke’s 11 years in Barrington have to be considered a total win for the area’s burgeoning lacrosse community. From his role as assistant varsity lacrosse coach at Barrington High School (BHS) to serving as vice president for the nonprofit Barrington Youth Lacrosse Association (BYLA), Menke is fueled by his lifelong love of the sport, a passion his three daughters now share.

With lacrosse in his veins since the third grade—he moved from Washington, D.C. to Lake Forest in high school—Menke got back on the field as a coach after his daughters started playing.

Girls’ lacrosse is played without helmets, pads, or gloves so more attention is paid to safety. At first, these strict rules and constant whistleblowing led Menke to be frustrated with coaching the girls’ team but he soon grew to love it. “Not to mention, statistically the sport is booming in popularity,” he says. “At the girls’ level nationally, lacrosse is the fastest growing youth sport, averaging 10 to 20 new Division 1 programs per year for women. It is also the fastest growing youth sport for boys, with five new Division 1 programs per year.”

During a girls’ practice session, Menke was asked to help coach the boys’ varsity lacrosse high school team. He has since learned that, in terms of coaching, one rule applies to both girls’ and boys’ teams—have fun. When practices and games are fun, kids spend more time on the field. That sense of fun, along with a sense of com-

munity, is at the core of all lacrosse activities in Barrington. This year for the first time during home games, youth teams will compete in mini-games sponsored by the BYLA, driving community involvement with tournament-style weekends where spectators will enjoy a good game while enjoying a good meal courtesy of food trucks that will be sprawled across the field.

As vice president of the BYLA, Menke is committed to the nonprofit’s mission of promoting and advancing the game of lacrosse. BYLA provides training for students in grades 1-8 beginning with its “Minis” program that introduces first and second graders to the sport and ending with “Majors,” which serves as a feeder for the BHS lacrosse teams. Menke volunteers his time to coach and helps players get the equipment they need for the sport.

Menke compares lacrosse to sports like hockey, soccer, and chess because of its focus on individual IQ, the cerebral game, and team building, rather than solely on the physical skill set.

Menke explains, “It’s about being intuitive and understanding where a teammate is going to be, before they make the move. Wayne Gretsky says, ‘You aren’t to skate to where the puck is, but where it is going to be.’”

One thing is certain, where Barrington lacrosse goes so goes Coach Menke.

For more information, please visit barringtonyouthlacrosse.org and barringtonhslacrosse.org.

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