Travel Happily with Viking Travel

LOVE TO TRAVEL? Don’t let age stop you. Meet award-winning Viking Travel experts who are dedicated to meeting the special needs of mature travelers. This event is for all ages. Multi-generational travel offers a way to carve out time together, reconnect in a meaningful way, and have fun far from quotidian concerns. Learn how you…

And The Award Goes to Laughter

Harper College popular presenter Myra Loris takes an in-depth look at the role of humor, wit, and wisdom as part of the American Experience. Loris will focus on Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain, Will Rogers, and other American humorists who, while they were amusing the masses, also promoted social change and the expansion of equality.

Jeffrey Deutsch Concert – The International Show

Let Jeffrey take you around the world with favorite songs–Girl From Ipanema, A Foggy Day in London Town, Georgia on My Mind, I Left My Heart in San Francisco–and his signature humor. Singer/piano player and Garlands regular, Jeffrey has opened for The Smothers Brothers, Billy Crystal, and the Beach Boys; has performed at Chicago’s Symphony Center and, for years, on Crystal Cruises. You’ve likely heard him sing jingles for national brands on TV or the national anthem at Cubs and Bulls games. Come ready to sing along!

The Prize for Keeping Barrington Beautiful

The days grow darker, yet the sun shines brightly on the gardens at The Garlands of Barrington, which was recently honored with a 2019 “Integration of Native Plants” award from The Council of Barrington Garden Clubs.

“We were floored at how beautiful the landscaping is here at The Garlands,” said Maureen Doessel of the Country Home and Garden Club, who visited the campus in August and decided on the spot to nominate The Garlands for recognition.

“Carol for Christmas” Holiday Dinner and Concert

BE Festive Warm up to the holiday season with a three-course, plated dinner followed by internationally acclaimed singer and pianist Carol Welsman and friends performing holiday favorites including “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “The Holly and the Ivy” and “What are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” Carol Welsman’s expressive vocal styling and dynamic…

Jesus, Women, and Early Christianity with Garlands Member Peggy Clough

In this two-part program, Peggy will explore how Jesus interacted with and treated women during his ministry and how they responded. Looking into questions like ‘what were the cultural norms for women during Jesus’ life?’ ‘Was Jesus a feminist?’ ‘What do Paul’s letter to the Romans and John’s Gospel tell us about early women disciples?’ Then we will discuss women’s roles in the very early Christian communities up to about 300 A.D.

We Love Lucy with Steven Frenzel

Man of the Movies, Steven Frenzel, spends a fun hour with one of the funniest and bravest women in movie and television history. This program features many of the greatest “I Love Lucy” scenes ever. We’ll see fascinating clips from Lucy’s early movie career as she transforms from a nervous and timid Lucille Ball into…

Harper College: Migration of the Monarchs

Dr. Suzanne Rausch takes you on a fascinating journey of Monarch Butterflies. Each year the Monarchs of the northeastern United States and Canada set off on a seemingly-impossible migration that will take four generations to complete. A single Monarch must travel 5,000 miles to arrive at the mountain-top resting ground in the Angangueo region of…

And The Award Goes To … National Treasures! with Myra Loris

National Treasures looks at some of our monuments, icons of the American Experience, that illustrate American idealism, creativity, and historical relevance. Topics include the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial, the WWII and Vietnam Memorials, and the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. If you haven’t yet experienced a Myra Loris lecture, come. Myra is a…

Harper College: The 33 Million Dollar Faberge Egg

In 1885 the jewelry house of Peter Carl Fabergé began what would become the ultimate last great commission of “objets d’art” in the world, The Imperial Easter Eggs. Fabergé received the coveted title, ‘Goldsmith by Special Appointment to the Imperial Crown’ and began the remarkable collection of treasures forever associated with the tragic end of…

Suzuki Harp Recital

Enjoy an autumn evening recital featuring nine harps! Harp and piano students of Brittany Smith perform classical solo repertoire, followed by classical, medieval, and popular favorites by the Suzuki harp ensemble. Chocolate cake, cookies, and apple cider to follow.  

Germany’s Liquid Bread – A Refreshing Look (and Taste of) the History of Beer

The upcoming 100th anniversary of the Prohibition is a perfect opportunity to drink in the history of a revolutionary beverage that changed the world: beer, or more precisely, German beer! Once so essential to daily diets that it was referred to as liquid bread, German beer is still a source of great cultural and national pride. German Historian Anette Isaacs, M.A., takes us on a fascinating exploration of this iconic drink and will include the sagas of the lucky German brewers who became Beer Barons in the USA. Anette brings her own beer tasting to this program!

Oktoberfest with Nippersink Rogues

Thomas Steffens (piano/vocals) and Mike Knauf (flute, soprano sax, Irish whistle, and vocals) return to play all kinds of Oktoberfest music and spin yarns with Die Musikmeiters. Their accomplished and fun repertoire of hundreds of German songs will truly entertain you. Videos of their music are running throughout September on Channel 17. After the show, CDs of their music will be available for purchase.

Father Joji Shares Israel Experience

At St. Anne’s, Garlands’s member Marianne Lenz attended Father Joji’s presentation of his highly unusual trip to Israel. She was so awe-struck, deeply moved, and inspired, she transmitted her excitement to other members until it became clear The Garlands needed Father Joji to come to tell us himself! He will be accompanied by Mary Kay Delaney, who went on the trip and helped him create this presentation.