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Welcome Director of Cultural Affairs Brian Coyle

The Village of Barrington is pleased to announce it has hired Dr. Brian Coyle as its new Director of Cultural Affairs. Coyle, an accomplished conductor, educator, and arts leader, brings decades of experience to this role, which includes serving as Director of Barrington’s White House, the Village’s cultural and community center, and working with the Barrington Cultural Commission. He will be succeeding Dr. Rollin Potter, who has served as the founding Cultural Director for the past ten years, shaping Barrington’s White House into the cultural hub it is today and furthering the programming of the Barrington Cultural Commission.

Brian Coyle received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Michigan State University and served as a professor and chairperson at Hope College for 26 years. Coyle’s distinguished career includes notable achievements, such as serving as the Executive Director of the Civic Music Association of Des Moines and a co-founder of the International Association of Jazz Arrangers and Composers (ISJAC). His dedication to fostering artistic growth and community engagement aligns perfectly with the mission and vision of Barrington’s White House.

“Brian’s arrival marks an exciting new chapter for us,” said Village of Barrington President Karen Darch. “His deep understanding of the arts and his commitment to cultural development make him an ideal leader to continue the legacy of excellence established by Rollin Potter.”

Since opening in 2015, Barrington’s White House has thrived under Rollin Potter’s leadership, building a vibrant cultural program and welcoming thousands of visitors to diverse events, including musical performances, lectures, and art exhibitions. Potter has nurtured partnerships with art associations, Chicago area universities, and other expert organizations to strengthen the cultural programming offered. His dedication helped transform Barrington’s White House into the premier cultural destination in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Potter will be recognized for his hard work and commitment to Barrington’s White House at a farewell reception, open to the public, on Friday, June 14, from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at Barrington’s White House, 145 W. Main St.

As Coyle takes on his new role, he is enthusiastic about building upon Potter’s legacy. “It is an honor to join such a dynamic and thriving community,” said Coyle. “I look forward to working with the talented team at Barrington’s White House, the Barrington Cultural Commission, and with local community members to continue creating meaningful cultural experiences for the Barrington area.”

Brian Coyle, Director of Cultural Affairs, can be reached at bcoyle@barrington-il.gov.

For more information about the cultural programming at Barrington’s White House, please visit the website.

Barrington Art Fest

The 15th annual Barrington Art Festival returns this Memorial Day Weekend! Start your family or friend’s day downtown with coffee and breakfast, then soak in unique art from 125+ artists at this long-cherished community tradition. Make your masterpiece at our live painting class, or plan a creative stop in the Kids Art Zone. Break for lunch at your favorite local spot, or enjoy a cold beverage, lemonade and delicious snacks at the fest. Be sure to look for Kid’s Art Stop and Live Art Demo signs to get interactive with the artists. Barrington’s great restaurants, cafes and retail stores are open all weekend. Enter online to win a $100 Art Fest Gift Card to spend at the fest.

  • Treat yourself to 125+ original artists & live music
  • Enjoy free entry and easy, free street parking
  • Indulge in a beverage and tasty food
  • Take a live painting class at the fest!
  • Stop in the Kids Art Zone – play art fest bingo, spin art, sand sculpture, coloring, drawing & more
  • Become living art in the Face Painting tent!
  • Get your steps in – accessible and easy to walk!
  • Steps from the Barrington Metra Station

For more information, visit the website.

Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Honor our nation’s heroes at Barrington’s annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. The parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. from the Veterans Memorial on Park Ave. It will proceed west on Main Street, turn left on Dundee Avenue, and then head right into Evergreen Cemetery. A ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery will follow the parade. Come together with the community to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed for our nation.

Chipper Scheduled for Windstorm Damage Pickup

Note: There is a lot of debris to chip, so it will likely take a week or two for crews to get through the entire Village. Thanks for your patience.

Due to recent high winds, Public Works staff will be taking the Chipper around town to collect windstorm damage starting Tuesday, May 28. Note: this special pickup is for windstorm damage only.

Please refrain from putting your branches on the curb until after garbage pickup, Friday, May 24, to ensure proper collection.

Place materials at the curb by 7 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, to avoid being missed. The Chipper will be making one pass – due to the volume of branches, not all pickups will be complete by Tuesday.

As a reminder, branches may be up to 10” in diameter and at least 4’ long. Stack branches neatly in a long, low pile on the parkway, with the cut end facing the curb.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Donate Blood on May 22

Help save lives at the Barrington Fire Department’s next community Blood Drive that will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 at the Barrington Public Safety Facility training room, 400 N. Northwest Hwy.

Interested blood donor participants should call 1-877-258-4825 or register online and use sponsor code ORD0024H. Appointments are recommended; however, walk-ins are welcome. Participating donors will receive a Culver’s Give a Pint, Get a Pint coupon. Vitalant Donor Rewards program donors will also qualify for a drawing to win one of 83 gift cards worth $83 each.

DEA National Drug Take Back Day – April 27

DEA National RX Take Back

Saturday, April 27
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Public Safety Facility
400 N. Northwest Hwy., Barrington, IL 60010

The Barrington Police Department is participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event reflects the DEA and village’s commitment to our community’s safety and health, encouraging the public to remove unneeded medications from their homes as a measure of preventing medication misuse and opioid addiction from ever starting.

Drop off unwanted medications from the comfort of your vehicle at this drive-thru event.