4th of July Open House at Barrington’s White House

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Join us for our Open House at Barrington’s White House on the 4th of July! Stop by Barrington’s White House after the July 4th parade for an historic tour and to listen to America’s musical story by acclaimed bluegrass multi-instrumentalist Chris Walz and players. You can also share the love with miniature therapy horses on the front lawn from Mane in Heaven, a local non-profit. Bring the entire family! This is a free community event and you can register on our website.

The beautiful mansion will be open to the public. Come in to cool off and enjoy a cold drink. Our historical docents will be on hand to provide a private tour. They’ll be dressed in their period costumes so you’ll feel like you’re taking a step back in time. You’ll learn about the beginnings of the house in 1898 and about the premier Barrington family who lived here. They can also point out unique architectural details and answer your questions about the history of the House or about Barrington in its early years.

Immediately following the end of the parade, you can enjoy America’s bluegrass, masterfully played by renowned musicians Chris Walz, John Huber, Colby Maddox and Marc Edelstein.

Whether it’s Chris’ lightening speed on the banjo’s fretboard, his hard-hitting grooves on the guitar or his tender melodic touch on the mandolin, Chris delivers a performance to remember. His rich voice offers beauty to all his musical repertoire—from a traditional ballad, a unique original composition, or a rousing ‘tear-down-the-house’ bluegrass medley. He has toured as Woody Guthrie and in The Special Consensus, and performed in such music haunts as Buddy Guy’s Legends and the House of Blues. Chris is a much sought-after teacher at the historic Old Town School of Folk Music. A rare combination of past and present, Chris is playing music for the future.

Please join us! This is a free event but RSVPs are requested. Please reserve your space on our website.

Barrington’s White House is a unique, historic venue located in the heart of downtown Barrington at 145 West Main Street. This meticulously restored 1898 mansion hosts cultural and community events, and is also available for rental for weddings, corporate meetings, non-profit fundraisers and family celebrations. Visit the web site or call 224-512-4292 for your private tour.