Still Life with Fruit, Amy Lamb

Learn About The Garlands Private Art Collection

“Snow drop” motif lead glass window, originally from a home designed by architect George Washington Maher around 1907 in Kalamazoo, MI.  The innovative vision conceived for The Garlands two decades ago was as revolutionary then as the Arts and Crafts movement that inspired its interior design and serves as a metaphor for the beauty of… Continue Reading Learn About The Garlands Private Art Collection

Sally Nutini posing with her sister MaryLou Nunamaker

Sisters Out on the Town – Travel Club

Garlands Travel Club members had the opportunity to admire the work of one of their own while cruising Chicago’s famed architecture.  Garlands member, Sally Nutini (pictured above left)and her husband’s construction company, North Products, were behind a significant amount of high-end, custom skylights and doors created and installed in landmark buildings throughout the greater Chicago… Continue Reading Sisters Out on the Town – Travel Club

Coach Charter Bus ready for residents to board for travel club.

Enjoy the Journey and the Destination – Garlands Travel Club

Cooped up by COVID no longer, Garlands members are cautiously and optimistically traveling to destinations known (and unknown) and enjoying the convenience of a pre-planned itinerary, the luxury of furnished transportation, and the company of friends. Fasten your seatbelts – The Garlands Travel Club is hitting the road! Their first stop was The Windy City… Continue Reading Enjoy the Journey and the Destination – Garlands Travel Club

Garlands Play Readers

Laughing and Singing with The Garlands Play Readers

This fall, The Garlands Play Readers, a troupe of ten-plus thespians, all of whom are over the age of 75 and live at the Barrington retirement community, delighted packed audiences at two performances of their original variety show, “Laugh and Sing.”   Filled with songs made famous by the likes of Doris Day, Bing Crosby,… Continue Reading Laughing and Singing with The Garlands Play Readers

Heather Kircher, Untitled Painting Apples and Flowers in a basket

Mastering The Fine Art of Retirement® at The Garlands

One of the most spectacular aspects of retirement is having the time and resources to explore one’s passions. Many Garlands members have mastered this aspect of “the fine art of retirement.” Some are literally studying and producing their own fine art . . . and inspiring Garlands staff to do the same. Their collective works… Continue Reading Mastering The Fine Art of Retirement® at The Garlands

Bill Lawton - Photographer

Through the Lens of Garlands Member and Professional Photographer Bill Lawton

Photographic Exhibit at The Gallery at The Garlands   Garlands member Bill Lawton got his first camera in junior high, and he hasn’t stopped taking photos since! “There is hardly a day that goes by that I don’t take a photo of something,” says Bill. “If I haven’t taken a picture, it hasn’t been a… Continue Reading Through the Lens of Garlands Member and Professional Photographer Bill Lawton

Mahjong Tile Tray

The Ancient Art of Mahjong and Friendship . . . in Virtual Times

Mahjong is a tile game that originated in 19th century China and links back to Confucius and his love of birds. The “twittering of the sparrows,” or shuffling and tinkling of the tiles, signals the start of the game. At The Garlands, the Mahjong bird metaphor continues, as in “birds of a feather flock together” to… Continue Reading The Ancient Art of Mahjong and Friendship . . . in Virtual Times

Marlene Peterson painting

Be CREATIVE

Marlene Peterson is a priceless original.   Be CREATIVE When a Garlands friend asked Marlene if she painted, she replied, “I don’t ‘do’ art.” The friend’s response, “How do you know?” sparked Marlene’s curiosity and creativity. Dozens of masterpieces later, Marlene exhibits her work at The Gallery at The Garlands and around town, but her true gift is… Continue Reading Be CREATIVE

Water color cover

Watercooler Sisters Art Exhibit

The art exhibit “Divergent Paths” on display at The Gallery at The Garlands of Barrington July through August 30, 2018 features work by a group of talented women artists and friends who are equally passionate about creating art and supporting each other’s artistic endeavors. The self-named Watercooler Sisters—a result of a happy accident on a restaurant reservation—are showing a… Continue Reading Watercooler Sisters Art Exhibit

Raised garden box

How Do The Garlands Gardens Grow?

With years of experience and lots and lots of water, that’s how!

Twenty-six raised garden boxes at The Garlands sit dormant all winter, like blank canvases, waiting for gardeners to bring life and color to their beds. Meet two talented gardeners, whose organic masterpieces are now in full bloom, and discover why harvesting the fruits of their labor keep them digging in the dirt. Continue Reading How Do The Garlands Gardens Grow?

Play Readers Singing

The Garlands Play Readers Present: A Passion for Story-telling, Entertaining and Good Times

The Garlands Play Readers, a troupe of 20+ thespians, all of whom are over the age of 75 and live at the Barrington retirement community, act, lip-sync and dance their way through dramas, sketch comedy and one-acts that are performed live in The Garlands’ own 200-seat Performing Arts Center. Continue Reading The Garlands Play Readers Present: A Passion for Story-telling, Entertaining and Good Times