Nothing showcases the equestrian lifestyle in Barrington Hills quite like a polo match. The 2019 polo season is well underway, with upcoming signature events hosted by the Riding Club of Barrington Hills and Barrington Hills Polo Club. The 15th annual LeCompte/Kalaway Trailowners Cup will be held on Saturday, September 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Barrington Hills Polo Club. The annual Rosé Cup, which is a USPA women tournament hosted at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills, will take place on Sunday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit barringtonhillspolo.com.
We all like to believe that we would speak up if we witnessed someone being mistreated, but Barrington High School seniors Bella Gianni and Francesca Giancola aren’t just talking the talk, they’re walking the walk.The two girls founded the first ever #GenerationG Club at BHS in 2017 in order to promote an environment of kindness and acceptance toward everyone and make their school a better place. “Kids with special needs were constantly being laughed at and made fun of for no reason. And it wasn’t just them, it was anyone that expressed themselves in a different way and were seen as ‘weird’ by the other kids that were also treated so poorly,” Gianni observed. She recognized that “It just was not okay and something had to change.” Their leadership is not only inspiring students at BHS, it’s inspiring students across the country to start their own #GenerationG clubs. The club exemplifies the mission of GiGi’s Playhouse, a nationwide network of Down syndrome achievement centers, which recently launched its own GenerationG initiative—challenging people to pledge to be accepting, generous, and kind. In May, Gianni and Giancola were awarded the first national GenerationG Award for their efforts at BHS.
Commuting to work via Metra just got even more convenient. The Village of Barrington is now offering a new annual Premium Commuter Parking Permit, which allows commuters to purchase a guaranteed, reserved single spot near the train depot in either the North or South Commuter Lots for the entire year. A limited number of spots in five zones are available and assigned by lottery. Beginning October 1, premium parking purchasers will have access to their re- served spot until 9:30 a.m. each day during regular commuter hours, after which time their spot will be released for the day and open to the public. For more information, call 847-304-3400 or visit barrington-il.gov/parking.
People-in-the-know stop by the shops along Pepper Road often for good reason. What started, about seven years ago, as a couple of independent antique and resale shops has developed into Pepper Road & Friends—the go-to district for antique, re-purposed, vintage, and consignment shopping in greater Barrington. Currently, there are nine shops that work together to brainstorm and pool their resources to co-host seven
large events per year. “Each one of the shops has a distinctly different personality and voice and look and feel,” says JuliaSmith, owner of Julia & Friends, offering consignment furnishings and boutique style clothing. Pepper Road & Friends’ next event is Fall for Junk on Wednesday, September 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. when the shop owners bring out all kinds of great items not normally on display. “We’ve developed a repartee you don’t see anywhere else in the business, and we like to create an experience for our customers,” says Smith of her fellow shop colleagues.“We know what each shop specializes in and refer people to one another. We are outgoing, fun loving gals that get along well, and we are very competitive as well!” For a complete listing and map of the shops, as well as event calendar, visit pepperroadandfriends.com.