Home for the Holidays

by Lisa Stamos


Barrington has grown in so many good ways since we started publishing here in 2005. I’d like to think we’ve helped by showcasing the people and places of the Barrington area, by telling the important stories. Many of the well-known nonprofits such as JourneyCare, the Barrington Junior Women’s Club, the Barrington Area Community Foundation, Women’s Club of Inverness, Riding Club of Barrington Hills, Rotary International, Barrington Children’s Charities, the Lions Club, and so many more, have done an excellent job of maintaining membership, adding new services, and developing their branding messages for us to learn about their good work.

In this issue, our cover feature story looks at an enduring organization that keeps people active in our open spaces, yet also trains equestrian all-stars! The Fox River Valley Hunt has kept the best of centuries-old traditions, but has also adapted to changing times. Rather than live hunting as in decades past, the FRVH members ride to hounds, and keep the social and educational aspects of their club strong. Today, there is a new nonprofit foundation to nurture and maintain these countryside traditions for future generations. Read about the Fox River Valley Hound Heritage Foundation in the pages ahead. Membership in the FRVH (now often referred to as the Fox River Valley Hounds) offers activities for everyone, with lifelong horsemanship education, competitive opportunities for those who ride, and social events for anyone who wishes to join the club. This most American of traditions will be on display, just as it is in Barrington Hills, at George Washington’s Mount Vernon on November 4 in Virginia.

This year is the 20th anniversary and the culmination of the Village of Barrington’s Master Plan. We worked closely with the Village to look back at the people, the careful plans, and successes from thoughtful work through economic ups and downs. Barrington’s visionaries made no small plans, and today we enjoy the outcome. Dana Shadrick of Barrington shared some of his Village photos taken in 2000 to show what has changed in our downtown space. What are your favorite new places in town?

As the holidays draw near, we thank our fantastic advertisers for choosing these pages to reach you. They are dedicated to offering you the best products and services, and we love working with them and singing their praises. Please keep them in mind when you go to market, and especially when your holiday shopping list is in hand! Barrington is largely a small business town. Don’t forget to keep it local and “Shop Small” on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25. There are plenty of delightful holiday activities this season. Here are some of our favorites, below. See you around town!

Happy Holidays!