The Communications, Marketing, and Events Department is responsible for all Village of Barrington communications to the public, as well as for the marketing and execution of numerous Barrington events, including events at Barrington's White House.
The Department is responsible for a monthly print newsletter (10 months per year except December and January), as well as bi-weekly and weekly email blasts to the community regarding upcoming news and events. We also oversee the Village's social media presence and web site.
The Communications, Marketing and Events staff consists of the Director, Patty Dowd Schmitz (847-304-3443), and the Coordinator, Clancy Potts (847-304-3406).
We have several marketing and communications resources available to the community:
Nonprofits and local businesses may submit event information for our print and e-newsletters by emailing information to Clancy Potts, Coordinator of Communications, Marketing, and Events. Please note that we cannot publish sales or advertising information for businesses; we can publish anniversaries or upcoming events. Information for the print newsletter must be received on the first of the month prior to the issue date (i.e., information for the March newsletter must be received by February 1).
Nonprofits may also request to have their information placed on the Community Events electronic sign (near the Barrington Train Station), or on Channel 4, Barrington's cable-access network. In addition, organizations may request hanging banner space at our Gazebo at the corner of Main and Hough Streets. Gazebo banners are subject to a fee and to availability. You may request Gazebo banner dates beginning on January 1 of each year.
To request that information be placed in any of the above areas, please use the Marketing Request Form.
Community Events & Permits
The Communications, Marketing and Events Department is also responsible for executing a number of large all-community events each year, including the Barrington Art Festival; Fourth of July Parade; Cruise Nights/Summer Fun Thursdays; Scarecrow Festival; and the annual Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting. In addition, the department works with the Barrington Cultural Commission and Barrington's White House to produce and market dozens of additional cultural events each year.
Finally, the department works closely with numerous nonprofit organizations to facilitate other events in Barrington, including the Farmers Market, Barrington UnCork Wine Festival, Barrington BrewFest, Barrington Wine Walk, the Brat Tent, and more.
If your organization is planning an event in Barrington, you must fill out certain applications and permits. Please contact Clancy Potts (847-304-3406) to learn more.