Oliver and Barb Mayes near a piano

Moving Made Easy . . . Even in a Pandemic

Garlands members Oliver and Barb Mayes are no strangers to planning, organizing and multi-tasking. Oliver is a musician and former high school band director turned Vietnam Army pilot turned career United Airlines pilot who, together with his wife, Barb, simultaneously owned, operated and eventually sold a successful H & R Block franchise all while successfully raising two, now adult, children. So, in… Continue Reading Moving Made Easy . . . Even in a Pandemic

The Garlands Gingerbread Village Featured on WGN

Chicago’s Very Own, WGN, featured The Garlands fabulous Gingerbread Village creation live via Zoom in an early morning, festive holiday news segment! “This year, more than ever, I think we all need the extra cheer that The Garlands gingerbread village brings,” says gingerbread maker and Garlands Pastry Chef Julie Swieca-Gannon, who upholds the Garlands time-honored… Continue Reading The Garlands Gingerbread Village Featured on WGN

Rem Stokes dressed as a Christmas elf

Seeking Answers to Life’s Little Questions Leads to Big Existence

This Christmas, Garlands member Rem Stokes is mailing his family a collection of original essays that he wrote and had FedEx bind instead of the honey-baked hams he usually sends. Rem jokes that he’s the “real ham,” who likes to be the center of attention, but he rightfully deserves to be in the spotlight! Following an illustrious… Continue Reading Seeking Answers to Life’s Little Questions Leads to Big Existence

A Garlands Villa with fall leaves on the ground and tree changing colors

Fall In Love With The Garlands

 The Garlands of Barrington is an award-winning LIFE PLAN community for people ages 55 and older that offers an uncompromising lifestyle in a resort-like setting with unprecedented amenities and services. The Garlands unmatched quality, innovative design and world-class lifestyle earn it the highest honors from many top national and international organizations, and most importantly .… Continue Reading Fall In Love With The Garlands

Feel Better, Age Better, Live Better at The Garlands

Welcome to The Garlands of Barrington   Life has changed a bit for the time being, but our commitment to our members and team members remains strong! These unprecedented times have necessitated new routines, additional services and extra precautions at our community. However, even while pandemic headlines continue to dominate our nation’s news, a new… Continue Reading Feel Better, Age Better, Live Better at The Garlands

Garlands member and her son out enjoying the car show

A Garlands Summer Staycation

There’s no doubt about it – Summer 2020 was different . . . to say the least! While COVID definitely put the kibosh on some of The Garlands of Barrington’s summer traditions, other summer favorites flourished, and “new normal” traditions emerged. Here’s what some Garlands members did on their Garlands Summer Staycation . . .

Betty Schmidt

COVID Accomplishment: Painting – Betty Schmidt

Garlands member Betty Schmidt, an accomplished artist and the one-time President of Oil Painters of America, accepted an important commission during the COVID-19 quarantine. The project allowed her to focus on the positive and fill her days with something she loves.   In addition, Betty checked off a project she’d skirted her entire life: she… Continue Reading COVID Accomplishment: Painting – Betty Schmidt

Ron and Phyllis Goldenstern

COVID Accomplishment: Gone Fishin’ . . . for Love – Ron and Phyllis Goldenstern!

Ron and Phyllis have what he calls “a good run” . . . that is to say, Phyllis kept him running since they met as high school freshmen! After 65 years, she is still the love of his life.   Ron says, “We came to the Garlands three years ago when I knew Phyllis might… Continue Reading COVID Accomplishment: Gone Fishin’ . . . for Love – Ron and Phyllis Goldenstern!

Joyce Carlson

COVID Accomplishment: Choosing Gratitude (and Getting the Job Done) – Joyce Carlson

One of the maxims Garlands Member Joyce Carlson lives by – pandemic or not—is: “Be grateful for small things, big things, and everything in between. Count your blessings, not your problems.”   Upon moving into The Garlands eleven years ago, Joyce thought, “I’m starting a new phase of my life. Now I’ll have time to… Continue Reading COVID Accomplishment: Choosing Gratitude (and Getting the Job Done) – Joyce Carlson

Harriet Ahr Walking

COVID Accomplishment: Choosing a Great Attitude – Harriet Ahr

Garlands Member, Harriet Ahr, chooses to have a wonderful day every day. A key component of her daily attitude adjustment is movement. Harriet walks outdoors and indoors, takes fitness classes, exercises in The Garlands Fitness Center, and works out virtually with The Garlands trainers. She’s at it every day and says that exercise is what… Continue Reading COVID Accomplishment: Choosing a Great Attitude – Harriet Ahr

Barbara Seaman

COVID Accomplishment: Writing Haikus – Barb Seaman

  Garlands member Barbara Seaman, who, under other circumstances performs with her acting troupe, The Garlands Playreaders, took her show off-stage during the COVID 19. Now she writes haikus in measured syllables to remember good times, cope with the pandemic, and exercise her creativity.   Take a peek, count her lined beats, and enjoy her… Continue Reading COVID Accomplishment: Writing Haikus – Barb Seaman

Vivian being video recorded room shot

COVID Accomplishment: Writing – Vivian O’Neill

With pen in hand, Garlands member, Vivian O’Neill, 93, took a leap of faith during COVID-19 and entered a poetry contest sponsored by Barrington’s White House on the topic of “House and Home.” She hadn’t written poetry before but, in the spirit of ever-growing and learning, she thought “Why not?!”   Vivian scored a spot… Continue Reading COVID Accomplishment: Writing – Vivian O’Neill

Charlie Foos in the woodshop

COVID Accomplishment: Charlie Foos – Carving

Garlands member, Charlie Foos’s grandfather built a workbench to house the magnificent wood-carving tools he curated over a lifetime. Upon his passing, the workbench went to the only family member who showed the slightest interest: high-school student Charlie, whose only qualification was that he had taken a shop class once.   The workbench remained untouched… Continue Reading COVID Accomplishment: Charlie Foos – Carving

Plane flying in sky

COVID-19 UPDATE: Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order

The Garlands COVID-19 task force continues to meet regularly to discuss new federal, state, and local guidelines, our current safety precautions, and lessons to be learned from outbreak areas throughout the U.S. and world. The following are highlights of the current policies put in place at The Garlands as they relate to the pandemic (additional… Continue Reading COVID-19 UPDATE: Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order