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Presenting the Spring 2024 Season of Cultural Events

In memory of Earle M. Combs, III, Timothy J. Dunn and Norval B. Stephens, Jr.

Courageous Conversations: Isabel Wilkerson

Wednesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.

$25 Per Person

Join Courageous Community for a special evening with National Humanities Medal winner and bestselling writer Isabel Wilkerson, author of the seminal American books The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, now released as the major motion picture “Origin” by Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay.

A City-Inspired Jazz Brunch

Sunday, March 17, 11:00 a.m.

$65 Per Person (18 and under $45 with paid adult)

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our City-Inspired Jazz Brunch. Jazz standards come to life while you enjoy a scrumptious buffet brunch and revel in the inspired playing of Chicago-based jazz musicians Cheryl Wilson (vocals), Scott Mertens (piano), and Roger Reupert (trumpet). You’ll enjoy tasty treats such as French toast, breakfast charcuterie board, Irish temptations, and your favorite drinks including Bloody Marys and mimosas. No need to travel to the city for great music when our intimate ballroom is the perfect place to listen to the toe-tapping tunes of our jazz eras.

Dann & Raymond’s Movie Club Presents “An Afternoon of Alfred Hitchcock”

Sunday, April 7, 3:00 p.m.

$25 Per Person (18 and under FREE with paid adult)

Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most revered names in cinema history. Join film critics Dann Gire and Raymond Benson as they explore and discuss the classic films of Alfred Hitchcock. This dynamic, Chicago-based duo presents talks on various cinematic topics through film clips, lively discussions, jokes, trivia, and audience participation. The pair will discuss the Master of Suspense’s greatest works, including The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes, Rebecca, Notorious, Rear Window, Psycho, and more!

Your Art Night Out

Each 3rd Thursday features a local artist exhibition with works for sale, complimentary appetizers, and a cash bar. It’s a great night out with friends!

Artists Jerell Meyer and Fred Moss

Thursday, March 21, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

FREE EVENT (Cash bar and light appetizers)

Artist Jerell Meyer presents “Faces of Eve (and a few Adams): The Commonality of Mankind.” Through her portraiture, Meyer asks, “Do you have the mind and heart of an explorer, a ballerina, a gypsy?” We all have the same human emotions, and attendees may just see themselves among Meyer’s portrait faces.

Fred Moss’ striking landscape paintings depict cityscapes and natural locations inspired by his travels to Italy, where he studied at the Florence Academy of Art. His travels to America’s national parks have inspired many plein air paintings.

Thursday, March 21

Jerell Meyer and Fred Moss
“Portraiture and Landscapes”

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Thursday, April 18

Karen Sako
“A Colorful Journey through Oil and Cold Wax”

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Thursday, May 16

Barbara Benstein
“My Favorite Things”


$15 Per Person Per Event

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Tuesday, March 12

Your Guide to Dif

ficult Conversations
with Aging Parents with Bacoa

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Tuesday, April 9

Exploring Spring Food and Beverage Trends with Region Kitchen & Bar and Currant Catering

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Thursday, May 2

Growing Your Own Culinary & Medicinal Herb Garden with Smart Farm

Top, left to right: Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown. Chris Erskine, LA Times Humor Columnist.
Bottom, left to right: Actor Jenny Riddle portrays Barbara Walters. The Panel Discussion on Artificial Intelligence included (from left) Jason Steinhauer (Wilson Center), Mike Nellis (Authentic), Daniel Linna (Northwestern), and former Fox News anchor Corey McPherrin as moderator. Bruce DuMont, Host of Beyond the Beltway, WBEZ-FM was on the panel discussion about political intelligence. Photography By Linda M. Barrett

Seventh Annual Barrington-Town Warming
“Intelligence: Artificial, Political, Central”

On February 3, 2024, the Barrington Cultural Commission presented its Seventh Annual Barrington Town-Warming at Barrington’s White House.  The event ran from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., followed by areception for guests and speakers to mingle.

Village of Barrington President Karen Darch welcomed guests, followed by inspirational remarks from Rev. David Gibbons. The event’s Keynote Speaker was the former U.S. Secretary of State and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who appeared virtually in conversation with Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown. Also featured was a panel on Artificial Intelligence and a second panel of journalists and political analysts discussing the 2024 election. Barrington native and LA Times humor columnist Chris Erskine and Jenny Riddle brought levity to the day. Erskine recalled memories of growing up in Barrington and discussed his new book, “What the Bears Know.” Riddle portrayed Barbara Walters based on Walter’s “Memoirs” book, sharing fascinating insights into the life of a groundbreaking journalist.

uncommon ground

S T O R Y  a n d  P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y  b y  M A R Y  K L E S T

A garden view at the Ephrussi de Rothschild’s villa in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Right: Joan Miro sculptures in the outdoor labyrinth garden at the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul-de-Vence. 

Strolling Gardens in the South of France

The beautiful gardens and green spaces in our area lie dormant in winter, but that is not the case in the Côte d’ Azure, or French Riviera, where I recently wandered through some grand gardens. Miles of olive, cypress and orange trees, sculpted evergreens, bronze statues, mounds of herbs and blooming flowers stretched along the cities and towns hugged by the Mediterranean Sea and Maritimes Alps. I listened to the songs of European Robins, Eurasian Magpies, and Common Chaffinch. I inhaled scents of lavender, rose, and thyme. The garden paths were free of crowds. I dawdled, pinched leaves, and painted pictures in my memory to bring back when needed.

My brain flushed with dopamine at this sensory feast. I was tempted to taste the oranges and olives that hung from the trees surrounding the house of Pierre Auguste Renoir in Cagnes-sur-Mer. To splash in the fountains, trace the archways, and capture the light at the Ephrussi de Rothschild’s villa and gardens. Flowers blooming in winter at the Saint-Martin Gardens in Monaco prompted sheer pleasure. Artist Joan Miro’s funky-formed sculptures filled me with glee as I strolled the labyrinth paths at the Foundation Maeght in the medieval town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

Yet such magnificence does not dull my delight at seeing spring come to life in our local yards, parks, and paths. Gardens express the joie de vivre, enjoyment of life, wherever you are.

Mary Klest is a Barrington-based writer and local journalism advocate. She can be reached at mary@maryklest.com.

Poetry Pause

Tree Birth

By Martha Klemenz

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Martha Klemenz has been a member of the Barrington Writers Workshop for 10 years.

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Raindrops shake seed from a peaceful slumber,
swell winter coat into a soft womb,
end carefree dreaming.

Root emerges binding life to ground forever
now unable to skitter blithely in the wind,
fly with a bird so free, roll down a hill,
swim in a rivulet of water.

Here for better or worse,
root anchored now, curled, closed, awaiting
the verdict of the root decision, to live or to die?

Root plunges deeper, drinks from the earth,
first leaflets yearn to gaze at the sky,
To rise and open to discover their fate.

Sunlight blesses infant leaves, grants life and power.
Chlorophyll churns as morning sunlight emerges and
sugar from the newborn flows fresh force to the root
A new tree is born, Savior to the world.

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