Good Tidings to You!

by Lisa Stamos


As we usher in the holiday season, QB delivers good tidings, heartwarming stories, fun gift ideas from our merchants, and something for everyone who enjoys our magazine. Our holiday issue begins with an exciting update from Barrington Children’s Charities and news of its upcoming Holly Ball gala on December 10 at the Barrington Motor Werks showroom. The vintage-themed gala, It’s a Wonderful Life, Let’s Share It with Others, is the hallmark message of the charity—and reflects our entire community that is generous beyond compare.

A favorite fall tradition in town is the Barrington Junior Women’s Club’s annual Fall Fashion Show fundraiser. This year, the always-successful event will help BJWC and its members celebrate 80 years of community service. The club has been known since 1936 as one of Barrington’s best places to make lifelong friends. We wish you a Happy Anniversary! Be sure to buy your tickets for Diamonds & Pearls: A Rock Tribute to Fashion soon!

We are pleased to bring you an inside look at the Carousel of Possible Dreams 5th annual fundraiser hosted by the Sanfilippo Foundation and the Festival of Children Foundation in August. The event offered guests a chance to learn about and support five area children’s charities that offer critically important programs and services. Find out which charities benefitted from this event, and what the California-based foundation does to support children here, and across the U.S. in the pages ahead.

If you grew up in, or have lived in the greater Barrington area for some time, The Barn of Barrington restaurant and banquet center was the go-to place for wedding receptions, Sunday brunch, hearing Kenny Goodman play piano, or for a quiet, elegant dinner. I recall so many fond memories of this remarkable space from over the years—including a black tie New Year’s Eve party I hosted there in 1999, upstairs in one of the banquet rooms. (I know that some of you reading this were at the party!) The Barn closed for good in 2009, but antiques from its European collection can now be yours. The auction will be held in early November by Donley Auctions in Union, Ill. You can bid in person, or online at Enjoy our feature on The Barn, one that we’re sure will bring back good memories for you.

There are people in our midst who make our community a great place to live, work, and play. Meet George Yapp, our Quintessential Person. George is omnipresent; whenever there is something important in the community that needs to happen, he is there, quietly leading. Enjoy the portraits of Thomas Balsamo, my partner for 12 years on this project, and the words from George’s friends, family, and colleagues who share his story of goodness and leadership.

There is so much more in the pages ahead of this edition of QB. Remember our advertisers and local merchants this holiday season, and always. They make this award-winning magazine possible, and keep our town warm, hospitable, and lively.

See you around town!