Barrington’s Boom

by Lisa Stamos


Photo Lisa Stamos

Barrington and its neighboring villages will begin to see newcomers out and about as springtime ushers in several new residential properties (to rent, or to buy) that are just now opening some of their models to the public. One of those residential builders, Greg Crowther, is a Barrington native whose firm, Great Haven, has been building homes in other towns, as well as doing excellent work here. We feature Greg in our cover story, and talk about his exciting offering in our downtown, as well as include some highlights and information on the other three area housing developments.

According to Peg Blanchard, Barrington’s Director of Economic Development, there hasn’t been much interest from developers since 2008, but since the economy has bounced back, she has received several inquiries. The people who will live in these developments are either empty nesters or large home owners who want a more maintenance-free lifestyle, or young
professionals who aren’t ready to purchase a single-family home just yet. Either way, let’s do our best to welcome them to our hometown, our downtown, and to our local venues and events.

Barrington’s Town Warming made a successful comeback after a mere 70 some years of being dormant. Thanks to the vision of Karen Darch and her team of helpers, the event was inspiring and worthwhile. As a member of that team, I know we will be fine-tuning the event for next year thanks to our guest’s helpful feedback. I invited four Barrington High School students, knowing how important it is to listen to and learn from some of our brightest students. They report on what they took away from the event for you.

It is so exciting to introduce you to our Quintessential Person for this issue. Betsy Bramsen is, as many of her contributors said, an absolute
treasure within our community. She is also a game changer in the world of conservation. While hesitant to be honored, I’m so very glad she let us cover her story and recognize her vast list of contributions.

Barrington enjoyed a new fundraiser created by the Barrington Area Council on Aging and its stalwart planning committee. This nonprofit is worth all the support you can give. They serve our aging citizens, and their families and care partners, as well. We enjoyed helping the effort with our creative services. Check out the behind the scenes photos I took below, and those taken by Linda Barrett, a regular QB photographer.

In this, our annual home and garden issue, we hope you’ll enjoy the many gardening and home related articles and ideas within. Our QB is brought to you by the many top-notch businesses and services you’ll read about in the pages ahead. Our advertisers are wonderful people who want to offer you the best they can with their expertise and knowledge.

Happy Early Spring!