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Every new tradition has its beginning BARRINGTON – Let’s just say I may want to camp out in Barirngton this weekend. There’s so much going on! I might look a little silly picking up some reindeer antlers or climbing aboard a Barrington fire truck at the Foundry on Saturday, or even more awkward reading Santa my wish list at the Ice House Mall, but I cannot wait for ChristKindlFest. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, that’s because the German American festival has never hit Barrington – until now. I had the opportunity to peek behind the scenes and sit in on a ChristKindlFest planning meeting last week, where the Barrington Breakfast Rotary and Barrington Village Association filled me in on all the fun. Anyone attending the festival this year will have the opportunity to say, “I remember my first Barrington ChristKindlFest.” The planning committee has spent years mapping out the logistics, and it doesn’t intend to stop anytime

TARAH THORNE Barrington Suburban Life reporter soon. Barrington ChristKindlFest is intended to begin an annual tradition of community gathering during the holiday season. Barrington Village Association member Doug Skor said he came up with the idea for Barrington ChristKindlFest about five years ago when he was working in Germany on a regular basis. Skor saw how the outdoor German festivals would draw entire communities together for days on end. Skor said the BVA always has been looking for a third event to compliment


Barrington home-based business Peter Hennes Orchestra began in 2000. Owner Peter Hennes said he loves the area and the feel of the town. Hennes told Barrington Suburban Life reporter Tarah Thorne more about his 11-piece band, its singers and its musicians.

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Can you describe the composition of this orchestra? The band consists of eleven pieces: guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, two male vocalists, two female vocalists, trumpet, trombone and sax. We offer 10- and nine-piece configurations to appeal to different price points. The 10-piece version of the band has no trombone. The nine piece has no trombone or trumpet. We can add a violin section if needed, which brings us to 14 pieces.

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Most of our work is at the major downtown hotels or country clubs in the northern suburbs. We also play in Milwaukee, Madison and other locations in Wisconsin, and have traveled as far south as Peoria and as far east as Detroit. The weddings we have played in Barrington have been on our clients’ properties.


Uncork Barrington and the Barrington Farmers Market, and a ChristKindlFest fit all community-centered criteria. ChristKindlFest is to be held downtown in the Harris Bank parking lot from Friday through Sunday, and likely will expand into a more lengthy festival in years following. The town’s new German American festival is set to operate much like the Christkindlmarket of Chicago at the Daley Plaza, drawing crowds and making a name for itself. The ChristKindlFest will feature 25 entertainment acts, kid’s rides, live reindeer, craft beer and wine, five food vendors and about 10 retailers. Most intriguing to me – outdoor heaters! I’m looking forward to a warm drink, live entertainment and the opportunity to visit with the many familiar faces I’ve come to know so well. As always, here’s a cheers to new beginnings and the evergrowing traditions of Barrington. See our full story about the event on

There is a group in Madison that always hires us for their family weddings. They love long events. Typically, they start at 3:30 p.m. with cocktails, and then our band plays from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. without a break. Several times, we’ve had the opportunity to work at large venues like the House of Blues and Horseshoe Casino. Those large

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Barrington-based Peter Hennes Orchestra performs for various audiences in weddings, corporate parties, reunions and more. In business since 2000, the Peter Hennes Orchestra continues to serve the greater Chicago area.

stages require a completely different method of audience engagement than the typical wedding, and we love working the crowd.

What inspired you to start such a business? Any plans for the near or far future? When I started the Peter Hennes Orchestra, my goal was to go totally beyond what the expectation of a wedding and corporate event band could be. I felt that a band could and should be more musically proficient, exciting, entertaining, engaging and fun. There is nothing more satisfying than having the guests yelling for more at the end of the night and having the bride and groom tell us we made their wedding perfect. Our goals in the future are to expand the business and keep giving our brides, grooms and corporate clients the time of their lives.

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ON THE COVER Photo by Jeff Krage AJ Albandia, 5, of Schaumburg, smiles Saturday for a photo with Santa and his reindeer at the Arboretum of South Barrington.

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BARRINGTON – George P. McAndrews, founder of McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd., has been a lawyer for 51 years and a Barrington resident for 43. Now, McAndrews is receiving worldwide recognition. McAndrews announced his inclusion in the Intercontinental Finance Magazine’s 2013 Leading Lawyers 500 listing. McAndrews was one of only 26 attorneys selected from the U.S., as well as one of only three attorneys from a law firm where intellectual property is its singular focus. According to ICFM, the 500 recognized lawyers are to be the best in client service, depth of knowledge and continued good practice. McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd. was founded in 1988 to handle legal matters relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition. Visit www. for more information.

BARRINGTON – Several changes will be implemented in the new year for the Pace Dial-a-Ride service that provides transportation to seniors and disabled individuals in the Barrington area. Beginning Jan. 1, reservation hours will be expanded. Riders can call from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to reserve rides for the next day. Rides to medical appointments may be reserved up to a week in advance. Service fares will increase to $2 A ride, and riders will no longer be able to purchase 10-ride tickets. Riders must pay the bus driver in cash. Drivers will not carry change; exact change will be required. Call Dial-a-Ride at 800-2735939 for reservations or call the Barrington Area Council on Aging at 847-381-5030 for more information.

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Art, wine event franchise scopes out Barrington Bottle and Bottega to offer city-scale fun in the suburbs By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – Local residents soon may be able to hit the town for an alternative night out with friends – an evening that includes sipping wine and painting a masterpiece. Bottle and Bottega, a national, hands-on, create-yourown-art franchise founded in 2009 allows virtually anyone – experienced artists or beginners – to paint with friends in a special night out. Bottle and Bottega Co-owner Nancy Bigley said she would like to see the business expand to Barrington in the near future.

“We like markets that are art- and entertainment-focused,” Bigley said. “Barrington is so conducive to that.” Bottle and Bottega now has two Chicago-area locations (in Lakeview and the South Loop) and eight franchise locations spreading from Evanston, Ill., to New Jersey and Miami. Bigley said that the Chicago create-your-own-art market is competitive, and she would like to expand the brand to six more markets before the end Photo provided of this year – including BarBottle and Bottega follows the motto “a blank canvas, a glass of wine and a stroke of genius.” Studio guests rington, Schaumburg and Nacan register for hands-on art sessions and create their own painting in a bring-your-own-wine setting. perville.

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• FRANCHISE Continued from page 6 Bigley joined the business in 2011 with a professional background in branding and franchising, specifically with DunkinBrands. Bigley had been mentoring then-solo owner Stephanie King-Myers since 2009, and said she was intrigued by what the franchise concept had to offer – fun and stress relief through various forms of art (mosaics, glass painting, mixed media and canvas). “It was fresh and different,” Bigley said. “It was bringing art to people who had never painted before, and I figured if I can do it, anyone can do it.” Myers said her vision is for event guests to walk into Bottle and Bottega studios and feel like they are having a party at home. In fact, Bottle and Bottega events can be hosted from home, work or another venue of choice. Studios can hold up to 70 guests, and Bottle and Bottega event directors will accommodate parties up to 125 people off-site, traveling to most Chicago-area suburbs. Classes last two to three hours and range from $35 to $55 each – depending on the mode of art and amenities. Supplies such as acrylic paint, brushes, aprons, and 16-by-20-inch canvases are



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“We are a nighttime business – a way to forget the stress of the workday.” Nancy Bigley Bottle and Bottega co-owner included with registration. Any adult 18 or older can attend. Experienced artists guide the class. Bigley said a Barrington studio would most likely be close to transit lines so guests will not have the hassle of driving, but possibly a block or two outside of the immediate downtown area to achieve a homelike feel. The studio would have 8 to 10 employees and be open for night and weekend events. “We’d like to be close enough to other restaurants and nightlife,” Bigley said. “We are a nighttime business – a way to forget the stress of the workday.” Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce President Suzanne Corr said she would be thrilled to see such an upscale franchise join the local art and entertainment community. “We already have such an active artistic flare,” Corr said. “Plus, it fits with our drive to make Barrington an area of destination – offering a variety of unique entertainment options outside of the city metropolis.”

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National wine and painting event franchise Bottle & Bottega owners Nancy Bigley (left) and Stephanie King-Myers are looking toward Barrington as a location for their next studio. The Chicago-based business, started in 2009, was recognized by USA Today as a “Hot Franchise for 2013” in February.

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anta and his reindeer stopped by the Arboretum of South Barrington last weekend. Children were invited to meet the jolly guest, take pictures and recite their holiday wish lists near Sur La Table, a home good retailer. The event drew large crowds because it was held on one the of busiest shopping weekends of the year. Upcoming holiday events at the local shopping center include Sleigh Rides throughout The Arboretum this Friday and Saturday. For information, visit or call 847-4266200. – Tarah Thorne

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Alex Follman, 4, of Elgin, sits on Santa’s lap during Saturday’s event at the Arboretum of South Barrington; a reindeer sneeks his head into the picture with Santa and children; Shane Beniek, 8 (from left), of Inverness, with sister, Kayla, 5, and brother, Joshua, 10, pose for a picture with Santa and his reindeer; people in line to meet Santa take pictures as reindeers approach; a line begins to form. Photos by Jeff Krage for Barrington Suburban Life

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$1.5M Gray Barn home has hidden features By TARAH THORNE LAKE BARRINGTON – Tina Gilbert has been a woman of frequent travel. While she said it’s not usually a house that she misses upon moving, her Gray Barn Lane estate has been one of her favorites. Gilbert and her husband, Bob, moved into the Tuscan-style two-story, 6,500 square-foot home at 28317 Gray Barn Lane in Lake Barrington with their children when the Heritage Estates neighborhood was built in 2006. Gilbert said they chose to buy builder Michael Graft’s model house. Approaching the front of the estate, a stone exterior wraps around unique oval windows, over-wrought iron faux balconies and into a spa-

cious four-car garage with a sealed floor. “The garage floor is wonderful,” Gilbert said. “It always looks clean and I can wash anything off with a hose.” Upon entering the Alderwood front door, a Tuscan iron chandelier highlights the foyer with a special feature – the light fixture is on a lift and can be pulled down for cleaning. Gilbert said Graft was inspired to build the home after a trip to Arizona. “We had looked at everything on the market and everything looked the same,” Gilbert said. “This house has plenty of space, but not too much. It’s cozy, functional and fluid.” The Gray Barn Lane esPhoto provided tate has two hidden features – a three-stop elevator and an In the back of this Gray Barn Lane estate, a functional pool and patio area allow for relaxation and entertain-

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How long have you been golfing? What inspired you to start? I have been golfing for about two-and-a-half years. After my freshman year of tennis, I played golf at Biltmore Country Club in North Barrington and fell in love with the challenges of the game. You need to be strong mentally and also physically. It takes a lot of energy to walk 18 holes in different weather conditions, and to be able to keep your composure, staying confident and focused.

Do you still play tennis or any other sports? I will always love tennis and will continue to play it for the rest of my life. I also play basketball with my family and occasionally and play football or soccer in the

backyard. I swim and run to work out as well. Sports are a huge part of my life, but right now I am really focused on improving my golf game. I want to be the very best in golf and that’s a big challenge because there are a lot of great players.

What has been most challenging with golf? Golf is individual and something you have to do by yourself whether it is practicing, playing or competing. Although you are usually playing with two to three other girls in your group, it is still you against the course. You learn by self-teaching and that is what makes the sport so challenging and special.

You placed 11th in state as a sophomore when you entered golf. Describe that experience. For me, I am always criticizing my golf game and wanting to constantly get better each and every day, but placing that high after only playing golf for such a short amount of time was great. It really gave me confidence to keep playing and improving.

How long have you lived in the Barrington area? What will you miss most? I’ve lived in Barrington for 12 years, and I’ll really miss my family. I will also miss all of the remarkable people, teachers and coaches

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Barrington High School senior Heather Ciskowski has signed a college golf scholarship with the University of Minnesota. Joining the 2014 Minnesota women’s golf team, Ciskowski will continue to challenge herself and her teammates. that I have met while living in Barrington. Barrington is a great community and a great place to grow up. College is a big step in my life, and a new life awaits me in Minnesota, so I cannot wait to get started. My sights are set on the future.

Do you have any special senior year plans? I just want to spend as much time as I can with friends and family before graduating. Senior year goes by incredibly quickly and I do not want to miss anything. I love all of the sporting events and dances that go on at the high school.

What would you like to do after college? I would like to win a Big 10 championship and have an opportunity to compete in the National Championship tournament. It would be great to be able to play

professional golf after college, but I am also going to apply to the Carlson School of Business and hope to major in accounting and marketing. Maybe I could be the CEO of a company someday when my playing career is over. At the moment, I have a lot of opportunities in front of me. Now I just need to focus and start accomplishing my goals.

What would be your advice to any young athlete hoping to secure a college scholarship? Golf is a huge commitment, like most sports. You have to be willing to give up some things such as dances or hanging out with friends or going out on the weekends or weekdays in order to practice and become the player you want to develop into. I gave up many social activities in order to practice, play tournaments,

and compete, but it was all worth it in the end. You have to do whatever makes you happy and give it 110 percent. If you do that, it will work out.

What do you like to do when you are not in school or golfing? In summer, I enjoy going down to Honey Lake in North Barrington to swim with my sisters and play tetherball, volleyball, race in the pool or canoe around the lake. In the winter, I love to go to Sanibel Island with my family to golf, play tennis, run on the beach and feel warmth. I’ve played piano since I was five, so that’s my spare time home activity along with watching sports on TV. When I do have some time to relax, I enjoy little things like drawing, music, or smiling and laughing. The little things in life are rewarding, as well.

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Building a new holiday tradition Three-day ChristKindlFest to open Friday By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – Barrington is abuzz in anticipation of its first ChristKindlFest. A final planning meeting took place Nov. 27 to discuss the event’s final to-do items, including – but not limited to – live reindeer, seasonal activities and the transportation of several mini wooden houses. The very thought of a ChristKindlFest has sparked excitement for the two local organizations – the Barrington Village Association and Barrington Breakfast Rotary – that have spent the past two years developing the downtown event. Debuting Friday, Dec. 6, the three-day festival will include 25 entertainment acts, children’s rides, unique merchandise and, naturally, German food and drink. Doug Skor of the Barrington Village Association said the goal for this year (and many years following) is to draw large crowds to a Chicago-style festival much closer to home. “People are going to be wowed,” Skor said. “They would be insane to miss it.” For 18 years, the Christkindlmarket of Chicago has transformed the Daley Plaza into a traditional German American holiday wonderland. More than 500,000 visitors travel from near and far to shop the vendors, sip hot chocolate and take in holiday sights. Skor said such a festival draws communities together, and the Chicago festival has largely influenced Barrington ChristKindlFest’s operation plans – so much that the Barrington Breakfast Rotary has been handing out event flyers to Chicago festival goers, offering a suburban holiday alternative. Pepper Construction of Lake Barrington has been busy building 10 wooden,

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The Christkindlmarket Chicago has become a holiday tradition since 1997 at Daley Plaza. Chicago’s largest open-air Christmas festival has inspired Barrington organizations to create a German-American celebration of their own, ChristKindlFest. booth-like structures to be stationed in the festival grounds at the Harris Bank parking lot (between Grove Avenue and South Cook and Station Streets). Pepper Construction Vice President of Equipment Bob Bollman said the booths will be moved by semi-truck, possibly around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to avoid traffic problems. The newly constructed booths will be heated and lit, displaying the name of each retailer on site. Visiting retailers include Carol and Company, Redefined, Bethlehem Nativity Products, Pallay Craft, Studio V, Susan McConnell Photography, Riverside Chocolates, Grassroots and Pink Heaven Bakery. Sale items will range from clothing to hand-crafted gifts, home decor and sweet treats. “There will be something for everybody,” Skor said. Hot food and drinks will be brought in from Bauer’s Braushaus of Palatine, Petersons Bakery of Hoffman Estates, and Kooker’s Restaurant and McGonigal’s Pub of Barrington. Craft beer and wine will be provided by Samuel Adams and the Glunz Family Winery and Cellars,

Barrington ChristKindlFest’s wooden houses will be moved from Pepper Construction to the festival grounds in the Harris Bank parking lot via flatbread semi trucks. The 10 booths look much like those used at the Christkindlmarket Chicago, but differ slightly with their bright, candycane roofs. including a warm spiced wine, flavored with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg and orange peel. Anyone will be able to visit the vendors and retailers for free during the length of the festival, but there will be a $5 charge to enter the music pavilion after 7 p.m. each day. Children ages 12 and younger will be free.

Skor said it will remain a family-oriented festival in the evening hours with rock bands, choirs, dancers and orchestras. Although planning committee members have been crossing their fingers for good weather, Skor said there will “absolutely be warming opportunities.” The large, main pavilion

tent and stage will be heated, and additional outdoor heaters will be strategically placed around the festival grounds. Barrington Breakfast Rotary member David Loop said the festival will provide people with several things to do – opportunities to rest, shop, dine, entertain children, etc.

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Officials hope ChristKindlFest will draw communites together Continued from page 14 Loop also has been working with the Barrington High School Interact Club to coordinate an on-site Merry Meal program. Loop said it will be a way to introduce more community members to the spirit of volunteerism as student volunteers spend at least 10 hours at the ChristKindlFest assembling 10,000 boxed meals to ship to Guatemala for charity. Aside from Merry Meal volunteers, Skor said ChristKindlFest volunteers will be a critical component of the festival’s success. The planning committee is working to fill nearly 200 volunteer positions where anyone, ages 15 and above, can donate three to four hours of their time. Skor said the ChristKindlFest will be “without a doubt, the largest festival

to ever hit Barrington. ... We are expecting many guests from the Metra train line.” Skor said the ChristKindlFest committee’s plan is to expand the event into a 10-day festival next year. In fact, the committee is already printing 2014 sponsorship pamphlets. “We had a heavy focus on logistics and site plans this year,” Skor said. “Now, it’s all in place to repeat again next year and we can continue to improve and build a tradition.” Although the village of Barrington has several activities planned for ChristKindlFest weekend, including the annual tree lighting ceremony, Skor said ChristKindlFest will not compete with village tradition. “It will give all the village guests another option to stay around town and enjoy their evening,” Skor said. “We want to bring neighbors together and build upon historical culture.”


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ormer and current students of retiring Barrington High School Choral Director Nancie Kozel Tobison, along with hundreds of her biggest fans, packed the Richard C. Johnson auditorium at Barrington High Friday night. Alumni came from near and far to participate in a reunion concert thanking Nancie for stirring within them a lifelong love of music. The concert featured a beautiful mix of classical, spiritual and contemporary songs representing Nancie’s many years of musical influence at the school. She is retiring at the end of this school year after 18 years of teaching music for the Barrington 220 school district. During the concert, the BHS Fine Arts Board announced it’s established a “Nancie Kozel Tobison Scholarship Fund” in her honor, which will be awarded to graduating Barrington High School students pursuing degrees in vocal performance, piano, music education or musical theater. One scholarship will be awarded each year for the next 18 years to commemorate the number of years Nancie has taught at BHS. When she accepted the position at Barrington High, she “changed the DNA of the BHS choirs forever,” said former student Mara Missouri Gajic, class of 1997. The Barrington Madrigals and Chamber Choir were founded under Nancie’s leadership, and she’s been the driving force behind an impressive record of award-winning student performances around the world. Trophies lined the stage for the reunion concert representing noteworthy concerts during Nancie’s tenure including performances in Italy, Prague, Vienna, at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and Cultural Overtures to the Beijing and London Olympics. Her students also have performed at the International Festival in

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Nancie Kozel Tobison directs the choir during a reunion concert in honor of her retirement as Barrington High School choral director.

Photo by Sally Roeckell

Barrington High School hosted a reunion concert honoring retiring choral director Nancie Kozel Tobison. Havana, Cuba, the Sydney Opera House, the United Nations and Carnegie Hall in New York, and at White

House holiday performances every year since 2007. Nancie’s accomplishments as a teacher will take the spotlight again when she is honored by Choirs of America as “Retiring Music Educator of the Year” next April. She will attend with Barrington’s choir as it performs during the Choirs of America National Showcase concert featuring top high school choirs from across the country. Despite the chorus of praise and honors of great distinction, Nancie says a simple desire to pay it forward has been at the root of her mission. “That’s why you teach. You’re trying to give to kids what somebody gave to you,” she said. “I had great teachers in my life, and a great teacher is someone who can get others excited about what excites them. A huge influence for me was my piano teacher who would not listen to anything that wasn’t memorized. I really believe that you can’t make music come alive unless it is part of you, so this attitude toward memorizing has influenced me and, in turn, my students.”

After her retirement, Nancie says she plans to work with Choirs of America to help highlight other exemplary choirs from across the Midwest. She will spend much of her time in Barrington, where she plans to teach piano privately and continue her work as director of the Barrington Artz Center, offering arts enrichment classes to students of all ages. If you’d like to contribute to the Nancie Kozel Tobison scholarship fund, mail checks to: BHS Fine Arts Boosters, c/o Gregg Werner, Treasurer at 616 W. Main St., Barrington, IL 60010. Checks should be made payable to: BHS Horseshoe Fund, with “Nancie Kozel Tobison Scholarship Fund” written in the memo section. A commemorative note card from each donor will be presented to Nancie at her retirement party from noon to 5 p.m. June 8, 2014, at Citizen’s Park in Barrington.

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BARRINGTON – In an effort to support teens in making healthy choices, nationally renowned speaker Matt Bellace will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Barrington Park District Fitness and Recreation Center’s Barrington Room at 235 Lions Drive. Bellace, a psychologist and comedian, will focus on how parents can communicate with their teens without arguing. He will present examples of how to communicate effectively on topics such as responsibility, healthy coping skills, alcohol and other drug use. Ample time will be reserved for a question-and-answer discussion. The free program, sponsored by HERE in Barrington and Barrington LEADS, is intended to address parents of middle and high school teens. Visit www. for more information.

BARRINGTON – Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will host a Santa event from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in the hospital’s Lakeview and Prairie rooms, 450 Route 22 in Barrington. The festive evening will include the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on a Barrington fire truck, photo opportunities, a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by a local firefighter, a holiday craft and refreshments. A donation of a new or gently used book is being requested for the A to Z Literacy Movement – a nonprofit organization that improves the lives of children through literacy development. These donations will provide children’s books to local schools. Visit or call the hospital at 847-8425992 for more information.

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WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 WHERE: Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Road COST & INFO: This event is free. Mrs. Claus will be present to read a Christmas story at Barnes & Noble. Visit or call 847726-7755 for more information.



WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 WHERE: Lake Barrington Shores, 64 Old Barn Road COST & INFO: Santa will have breakfast and visit with families. Enjoy a cookie decorating station and receive a goodie bag. Registration is required. The cost is $12 for adults and $10 for children. Call 847-381-6515 or visit for more information.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 WHERE: Barrington High School, 616 W. Main St. COST & INFO: The Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble presents its annual production of The Nutcracker. Adult tickets are $25. Students, children and senior tickets are $22. Call 847-382-6333 or visit to buy tickets or for more information.



WHEN: 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 WHERE: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 647 Dundee Ave., Barrington COST & INFO: This event is free, and all are welcome. The Service of Lessons and Carols began in 1918 in England and is now a regular part of Advent worship in many churches. Each lesson is followed by a carol and prayer. A festive reception will conclude service. Call 847-381-2323 or visit for more information.

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS WHEN: 5:15 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday WHERE: The Catlow, 116 W. Main St., Barrington COST & INFO: Starring Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips tells the story of a real-life merchant mariner was taken hostage by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean during the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009. Tickets are $5.


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Cowboys, Bears going in opposite directions Hub Arkush

The Dallas Cowboys will come calling Monday Night at Soldier Field in front of a national TV audience, traveling a course that could be the exact opposite of where the Bears are heading. After jumping out to a 3-0 and 4-2 start to the season, the Bears have lost four of their last six, including division games to the Lions and Vikings. The Cowboys, on the other hand, come in at 7-5 and winners of five of their last seven, including division wins over the Giants, Eagles and Redskins. While the Bears are running away from the playoffs, the Cowboys just might be running into them. Dallas has struggled to run the ball all season, ranking just 27th in rushing, but they are 15th in the league in

passing. Tony Romo is second in the league in avoiding interceptions, and the Cowboys are eighth protecting the passer and fourth in scoring, just ahead of the sixth-place Bears. On defense, the Cowboys have been awful, dead last in the league in yards allowed, 27th vs. the run, 31st vs. the pass and 22nd in points allowed. Statistically, the Cowboys and Bears have a lot in common. They also have a lot in common on the defensive line, where each has one of the best players in the game – DeMarcus Ware for the Cowboys and Julius Peppers with the Bears. Beyond those two, both clubs have been devastated by injuries. Dallas has had 19 different players get reps on their defensive line this season. One constant for the Cowboys, though, is Romo, who’s taken every snap at quarterback this season and is again playing at a very high level. Romo has completed 64.8 percent of his 440 attempts for 3,140 yards, 24 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.

His passer rating of 97.3 is eighth in the NFL, oddly right behind Josh McCown, who is seventh at 103.6. As luck would have it and as badly as the Bears’ run defense needs a break, the Cowboys are coming off their best rushing game of the season, racking up 144 yards on 30 carries Thanksgiving Day against the Raiders. DeMarco Murray is the bellcow and, in addition to 63 yards on 17 carries against the Raiders, he notched three touchdowns on the ground. The Cowboys really only have two receivers who scare you, but Jason Witten is a future Hall of Famer at tight end, and at 6-2 and 222 pounds, Dez Bryant is one of the only receivers in the league who can match Brandon Marshall’s production. Since the beginning of 2011, Bryant has caught 223 passes for 3,206 yards and 30 touchdowns. Dallas’ offensive line is average at best, but left tackle Tyron Smith is athletic enough to battle Julius Peppers. Former Northern Illinois Huskie Doug Free, at right tackle, could be too much

for Shea McClellin. In addition to their struggle to keep defensive linemen healthy, the Cowboys also have been without their second best defensive player, middle linebacker Sean Lee, who’s been out the past three weeks with a hamstring injury. But he plans on returning versus the Bears. Brandon Carr has been a solid free agency acquisition at one cornerback spot, but Morris Claiborne, who Dallas traded up to draft in the first round last year, is suffering a bit of sophomore slump. Dallas also has really struggled at safety, where J.J. Wilcox and Barry Church are the starters. Dallas’ special teams are among the league’s best in all categories and most of their special teamers were coached until this year by Bears Special Teams Coach and Assistant Head Coach, Joe Decamillis. This game has all the makings of a shootout, much like the Cowboys’ 31-30 loss to Detroit five weeks ago, and it’s one the Bears have to have to retain any hope of a trip to the playoffs.

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but my defense remaining, the game was all but over. That evening, Rex Grossman delivered several balls to the Green Bay defense … thus delivering a championship to yours truly. For the most part, picking the right defense and/or kicker is a crapshoot. Some owners use the strategy of playing week-to-week matchups, picking their defense and/or kicker from the waiver wire. The problem with this strategy – especially as it relates to your defense – is that you are continually selecting the best of the worst. The conundrum with selecting a kicker is that the highest-scoring offenses don’t always produce the best fantasy kickers. The top-scoring fantasy kickers are Stephen Gostkowski (Patriots) and Steven Hauschka (Seahawks). OK, that makes sense, but Nos. 3 and 4 are from mid-


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Holiday fests Saturday By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – The village of Barrington will present five special holiday festivals on Saturday, Dec. 7. There will be a free holiday trolley taking visitors to each festival throughout the day. The Candy Cane Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Foundry Shopping Center, 710 Route 14. Calico Corners will give away free reindeer antlers. There will be a petting zoo and photos with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon. Children can write Santa letters at the Little Shop of Papers and sample gingerbread cookies from Ambrosia Patisserie. Visit the Ice House Mall, 200 Applebee St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Winter Wonderland. There will be a Nutcracker holiday dance at 10:30 a.m., Mrs. Claus story hour at 11:30 a.m. and Santa Holiday Trolley visit at 12:30 p.m. Various musical groups will perform. Heinen’s and the Shops at Flint Creek will entertain crowds on location at N. Hough

St. from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children can decorate sugar cookies while parents watch cooking demonstrations and pick up ideas for holiday entertaining. Meatheads will provide samples of their holiday milkshakes. Gingerbread Lane at the Shops on Lageschulte Street will be from noon to 5 p.m. with giant gingerbread people and candy canes. The eventful day will include Barrington Aglow, the annual tree lighting ceremony from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Village Center, 100 South Cook Street. Free carriage rides will be available with cookies and hot cocoa served to waiting guests. The Barrington fire engine will arrive to light the tree promptly at 5 p.m. The village also is teaming up with The U.S. Marine Corps. Reserve in its Toys for Tots program. New, unwrapped toys will be accepted from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. next to Santa’s red house in the Village Center. Trolley rides will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with hourly circuits and stops every 12 minutes.

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By TARAH THORNE BARRINGTON – The Ice House Mall at 200 Applebee St. has an array of holiday events planned for this year. Santa will be present from Saturday, Dec. 7, to Tuesday, Dec. 24. Photos are free and families can bring their own camera. Children will receive a free holiday gift upon their Santa visit. Santa’s Breakfast will be at Chessie’s Restaurant from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. The holiday buffet-style breakfast will feature Pam the face painter and the Amazing Jack Balloon art. Radio Disney’s Road Crew will entertain families at the mall after breakfast from 12:30 to 2 p.m., with music, dancing, games, prizes and more. The third annual Sunburst Miss Merry Christmas Holiday Pageant will be held at the mall at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. and a new holiday market will be open every weekend on Saturdays and Sundays until Sunday, Dec. 22 with a variety of gift giving merchandise. “Meals of Hope” donations for the Barrington Food Pantry are being accepted throughout the mall until Monday, Dec. 23, and Culinary Gingerbread House Displays can be viewed at the mall until Friday, Dec. 20. Winners will be announced Sunday, Dec. 8. Call Ice House Mall at 847-381-6661 or visit for more information on upcoming holiday events.

3-stop elevator makes for convenience • HOME Continued from page 10 expansion-ready closet. Gilbert said the elevator is convenient for moving luggage and bringing storage items up from the basement, especially around the holidays. Her guests always ask for an elevator ride. “People want to play with it,” Gilbert said. “It wasn’t something we were looking for in a home, but it’s definitely a bonus and would be good for anyone with a disability.” A second hidden feature lies in an upper-floor bedroom suite where a carpeted walk-in closet has a full-size door that can be opened into attic storage or a large, roomy space, ready to be finished. Gilbert said she often thought about creating another master bedroom, but never found the time and rather enjoyed her firstfloor master. The master bedroom is the only bedroom located on the lower level and it includes an oversized in-room living space, large hotel-style bar with built-in

28317 Gray Barn Lane, Lake Barrington Year Built: 2006 Size: 6,500 sq. ft. Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 full, 2 half Lot Size: 1.08 acres Extra Features: Three-stop elevator, stone and iron ornamentation, two dishwashers, heated pool with hot tub, paver patio with fire pit, video security at every entrance Price: $1.5 million Contact: Suzanne Luby, Coldwell Banker, (847) 922-7773 refrigerator, his and her walk-in closets, and windows overlooking a heated, outdoor pool with built-in hot tub. The three remaining bedroom suites can be found on the upper level, each with a private bath. Most would agree that houseguests tend to gather in the kitchen and dining areas, and this estate was built for the job. It boasts a temperature-controlled wine closet built into the dining room, and Gilbert said the outdoor fire pit is great for a pool party. A large butler’s pantry connects the dining room to the kitchen, and dramatic stone arches separate the kitchen, eat-

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