Sometimes it's hard to see the importance of a decision or project that is a ways off from completion or realization. Having been aware of the idea behind the Village of Barrington's purchase of the stately, yet weather-worn three-story property on Main Street, I understood the value of this decision. I've worked and published in other communities and seen the positive impact of places like the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake, and the Kenilworth Club and Winnetka Community, both Houses located on the North Shore.
There's something about these elegant, public-use properties that anchors a community. The lovely space of a community house suggests – almost guarantees – a good outcome for any special event or even just a casual visit. I'm excited for all of us to have this historic moment before us. We will now have a community house to call our own. And it will be ready for another big moment coming our way – Barrington's Sesquicentennial celebration in 2015.
These are exciting times that will set a solid stage for many future generations in our community. On our cover is Mary S. Smith, a long-time Barringtonian who is graciously and enthusiastically leading the charge to secure public funding to support the renovation. After that, the property will be self-sustaining financially. Read Mary Smith's thoughts in her Guest Essay in the pages ahead.
One of Barrington's most cherished events is Barrington Giving Day, which is coming up in December as it always does. It is a community-wide effort led by Pat Karon, who we are pleased to honor in this issue as our Quintessential Person. Pat Karon is the driving force behind what has become a major event to benefit members of our community during the holidays.
Our feature, "Good Buddies," tells stories of the men who served during World War II and the Korean War. When they filed into the clubhouse of Makray Memorial Golf Club for our photo shoot, they slipped into an easy camaraderie. They smiled, they laughed, and they shook hands. Now in their 70s and 80s and 90s, these men have not faded away. They are active in their local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War posts, and in the recently formed Veterans of Lake Barrington Shores, where they keep their own service in the public consciousness, while stressing the needs of veterans of more recent conflicts. We are proud to honor our Veterans of Foreign Wars and thank them again and again for their service to our country.
There are many cornerstones in our lives, whether they are a defining structural point in a community building, or the people who keep an entire country out of harm's way. They can be the person who makes Barrington Giving Day a reality, or that one person who changes the holidays for those less fortunate. I recently lost a cornerstone – my younger brother, Bob Murphy, who at age 50 unexpectedly passed away on October 1. He was a cornerstone in my life, and the lives of so many residents in Barrington. I would like to dedicate this issue to his memory, and thank my staff, church, family, and friends for helping my children and me get through this difficult turning point in our lives.
Putting together Quintessential Barrington is a joy. Our publication would not be possible without the outstanding group of advertisers you'll see in the pages ahead, who want you to know about their businesses and how they can add to your quality of life.