When Flesk Brewery’s tap room and bar recently moved into Barrington’s Ice House Mall, they didn’t tell any ghost stories. But a little investigation (via the fleskbrewing.com website) into the five-year-old company’s history reveals that they very well could have. Brothers William and James O’Brien named their brewery after the Flesk castle in County Derry, Ireland, which their father had visited as a teenager. While in the castle, their dad removed two “relics” from the wall and brought them home, using them as props to someday tell his sons stories about the castle and the ghosts (and banshees) he may have brought home along with him. The ghost stories can’t be confirmed, of course, but what we can verify as this Halloween season rolls around is that the brewery does offer sample size 5-ounce pours and 16-ounce pours, as well as a 32-ouncer called a “To Go Howler.” Flesk Brewing is located at the Ice House Mall and Village Shops, 200 Applebee Street, in Barrington, 224-655-7291.
Song and Dance
With so many Barrington residents involved in supporting Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Joffrey Ballet, the excitement of seeing these cultural crown jewels of Chicago come together for the first time this fall extends all the way to our community. Lyric’s new production of the opera Orphée et Eurydice opened September 23 with its poignant, myth-inspired story of Orpheus’ journey to the Underworld to bring his wife Eurydice back to life—twice. Legendary choreographer John Neumeier, longtime artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet, is director, choreographer, and designer for the show. Purely exquisite, and there’s still time to catch the last performances now through October 15. For tickets and information call 312-827-5600, or visit lyricopera.org/Orphee.
Another Barrington High School graduate has made her hometown proud. Grace Sanfilippo of Barrington Hills (along with her teammate Haley Williams) won first place in the Collegiate DECA International Competition earlier this year in Anaheim, California. Sanfilippo represented the University of Texas at Austin, where she just returned as a sophomore this fall. She and Williams won the international championship in business-to-business marketing, and after one look at Sanfilippo’s LinkedIn profile, it’s no wonder. Not only is this young entrepreneur majoring in finance, but she continues to run FMB Technology, which she co-founded in 2015. The mobile software application allows parents and students to track their school bus via GPS with a virtual map and real time arrival. She’s definitely one to watch.