22 Nov – Holiday Bazaar and Tea at Cantata (The British Home)

holiday bazaar

12 Nov – DBE Barrington Court Chapter Meeting

dbe-crest2.pngAre you a Daughter of the British Empire? Would you like to be? Please attend one of our monthly meetings to learn about the DBE experience. Membership is extended by invitation to women who are residing in the USA who are of British or British Common-wealth heritage by birth, naturalization or ancestry, and to women who are the wives or partners of persons of British or Commonwealth heritage by birth, naturalization, or ancestry. Doesn’t apply to you? Don’t worry – you may still join us as a “Friend of the DBE”. We meet at 6:30 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting is Wednesday, 12 November, 2014. Contact DBEBarrington@yahoo.com for details. Cheers!

Sep 20 – Cantata English Garden Dedication and Open House

Cantata announces their English Garden Dedication & Open House on Saturday, September 20, from 1-3:30 p.m.

Cantata English Garden

“Come enliven your senses and witness how much our therapeutic garden space has grown since we
first broke ground last September. The Cantata English Garden Dedication will take
place at:

     Cantata Adult Life Services Brookfield Campus
      8700 West 31st Street
      Brookfield, IL 60513

Please enter our campus off 31st Street. Staff will be on hand to direct you to parking in the zoo lot
and will provide shuttle service to our buildings. Please RSVP by Saturday, September 6, 2014.
Call 708.485.1155 or visit www.cantata.org.”

“Picnic” Fundraiser

DBE Illinois raised funds while having great fun attending the play “Picnic” at the Theatre of Western Springs April 23rd. Although the night was a bit chilly, the atmosphere inside was very warm indeed. Raffles of picnic baskets, a Kindle and various British-themed items sold many tickets, and snack sales helped raise additional funds. See below for pictures of our gala theater night…

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Theater Night 2014 – “Picnic” April 23rd

Had enough of the snow and cold? Join us at our annual theater fundraiser, “Picnic” for a hot night! You may have seen the sizzling film adaptation, starring William Holden and Kim Novak. Imagine the live version!


Picnic by William Inge – “Passion and propriety collide in William Inge’s Picnic, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama. It’s the last day of summer as shirtless, shiftless drifter Hal Carter swaggers into a sleepy Kansas burg, stumbles into the backyard and the lives of Flo Owens and her two daughters and ignites libidos all over the place. By the time everybody’s ready to return to work, Hal has made off with the heart of the prettiest girl in town. Like a breeze across a late-summer plain, Picnic is a stirring reminder that in life and love, the only thing scarier than being held is being held back.” (from theatrewesternsprings.com)

Tickets for this sensational live performance cost only $20 each, and proceeds benefit DBE IL/Cantata (British Home). Contact a DBE IL member (or contact us at DBEBarrington@yahoo.com) to purchase tickets in advance, or purchase tickets at the door. For additional information about the theater or the play, click here. Western Springs Theatre is located at 4384 Hampton Ave in Western Springs, IL.



Today we enjoyed our annual meeting and a delicious lunch at Irish Times. All IL Chapters were represented, so it was a great chance to meet members and learn about DBE activities throughout Illinois. The new State Board was installed, but not before recognizing the extraordinary service of the current board. To celebrate St. David’s Day, we all wore bright yellow daffodils (a nice contrast to the ugly snowstorm that was on its way).

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St. David’s Day – March 1

Wales flag

St. David, the patron saint of Wales, is honored every March 1st. Celebrate by wearing a daffodil or leek, and definitely enjoy some of the delicious Welsh dishes. BBC Good Food offers a great assortment of recipes for St. David’s Day, including: Traditional Welsh Cakes (Pice ar y maen), Bara brith (a traditional tea cake), Rarebit Toasts, Welsh Goat Cheese and Leek Tarts, and many more.

Visit National Museum Wales for the history of St. David and the related customs. They also have a page detailing Welsh national dress, so you can dress the part.

Click here to see the official St. David’s Day Parade website for photos of the parade that winds through Cardiff.