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Arts and Culture

Presenting the Fall 2023 Season of Cultural Events

Experience Soul-Enriching Live Performances, Discussions, and Exhibits


Celebrating 50 Years of Fine Arts in Barrington 220

Wednesday, November 1
5:00 p.m. Art Show; 6:00 p.m. Panel Discussion

Free Event

In honor of Barrington 220’s 50th Anniversary as a unified school district, the Barrington Cultural Commission is partnering with Barrington 220 to celebrate 50 years of fine arts through an interactive evening featuring elementary visual and performing artists, both past and present. Performances, artwork, interactive experiences, and an alumni panel discussion will provide an opportunity for multiple generations to share how early engagement with the arts is essential to the human experience. Later in the season, the arts and programming for grades 6-12 will also be celebrated.

Cantus Vocal Ensemble Presents “Brave”

Friday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.

$30 Per Person (18 and under FREE with paid adult)

Elite vocal ensembles know how to seamlessly blend their voices to create stunningly rich performances that leave audiences breathless for more. The low-voice ensemble Cantus, featuring eight extraordinary vocalists, bring their trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming, and riveting performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Cantus will perform their program Brave, in which the group examines what it means to identify as a man in a society that prizes conformity over personal authenticity. With works by composers from Fanny Mendelssohn to Sara Bareilles, Brave takes a nuanced look at evolving ideas of masculinity. Cantus’ Brave is a powerful program that asks: Are you strong enough to be sensitive?

Barrington Area Artists Association:  “Inspiration Is Everywhere”

Thursday, November 16, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 17, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m

Free Event

The members of the Barrington Area Artists Association (BAAA) know that inspiration can be found if you keep your mind and heart open to it. In this annual showcase, over 20 award-winning professional artists will be exhibiting in a wide variety of genres including oil, watercolor, fiber art, ceramic art, sculpture, fused glass, photography, and fine art jewelry. The show will also feature special guest instructors from Barrington’s Kaleidoscope School of Art. The Thursday event will include showing and information on several of the artists, and the Friday event will include demonstrations of painting, ceramic, fiber art creation, and more. Friday will also feature an auction of beautiful art pieces, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Barrington’s White House.


Barrington’s White House Holiday Visits with Santa

Saturday, December 2, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Free, Family-Friendly Event

Visit Santa at Barrington’s White House! As part of the Village’s Holiday Festival, stop by Barrington’s White House to enjoy the house all decorated for the season. This family-friendly event features the ever-popular visits with Santa, cookies and refreshments, family photos in front of the beautiful tree, and fun activities for all ages!

Christmas Vocal Jazz

Friday, December 8, 7:30 p.m.

$30 Per Person (18 and under FREE with paid adult)

Get into the swing of the holidays with dynamic jazz vocalist Cheryl Wilson, a highly entertaining Chicago recording artist who has appeared or recorded with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Harry Connick, Jr., Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Natalie Cole, Kenny G., Michael Bolton, David Foster, David Sanborn, and more. You’ll love her high-energy jazz renditions of some of your favorite Christmas tunes.

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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

Julie Drover tends to her vegetable garden plot at the Barrington Park District Community Garden.

Harvest Season at the Community Garden

Julie Drover grows the most beautiful vegetable garden. Year after year the stalks grow, the leaves spread, the bulbs burst into an edible delight. I never spot a weed. Her garden doesn’t grow in her backyard, which is wooded, but on a plot of land she rents in Barrington’s community garden. A sweet gesture from her son got her started growing there more than 10 years ago. “My son worked at the Park District throughout high school, and he rented a plot for me for Mother’s Day,” she said.

Many of the community gardeners including myself tend to keep the garden whereabouts somewhat secret. That’s because we toil for months nurturing our plants and sharing our best advice on growing this or that. We don’t want passer-by or worst, intruders, to think “community” means help yourself to what’s grown there. No, each plot is rented and privately maintained. It’s hard enough to keep bugs and bunnies at bay. For that reason, I will merely add to the intrigue that surrounds the community garden location.

Julie chose this garden lifestyle for multiple reasons. “It’s easy at the garden. Sunshine and water are there and it’s fun to connect with fellow gardeners. Everyone shares their product but more importantly their knowledge!” She gives me some great tips, especially when it comes to growing garlic. No one ever shames me either. Weeds are my problem. “You have to keep up with it, there’s no big trick,” Julie tells me. Her devotion is apparent. “I’m out there daily. I may be watering, weeding, picking or just checking in on things.”

Julie makes it sound simple, but experienced gardeners such as her have many tricks up their lifted sleeves. “I use organic fertilizer. This year I used lentil water. I’m thrilled at the results.” True to her avocation, she is a life-long learner, unafraid to explore new approaches.

Harvest time is truly delightful. The fruit of one’s labor is made real with the picking of freshly grown food. Much of it is devoured by family and friends, shared at a table, converted into sauces, shredded, frozen, or given as gifts. But harvest time can also be a bit depressing. Digging in the dirt becomes a memory. The instant camaraderie of fellow gardeners disappears. The taste of store-bought produce tugs at the mind. The daylight wanes. Then Julie reminds me that we always have something to look forward to: “I love the community out there. The people are all great. I learn something every year from others to improve on my garden. It is very therapeutic. It’s so peaceful out there.”

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

Poetry Pause

Finding Peace

By John W. Maxwell

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John W. Maxwell read poems from his book Hammering Nails during Barrington’s Town Warming event and will be returning for this year’s Poetry in the Park reading on June 22 at Citizens Park.

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I do not find peace in what
I chase and try to hold.
I find peace in what I release
to create space for what I love.

I do not find peace in battling
the monsters who pursue me.
I find peace in releasing
the monsters inside of me.

I do not find peace in making
others wrong so I can be right.
I find peace in surrendering
my need to be right.

I do not find peace in searching for
someone who will love me.
I find peace in seeing myself worthy
So, I can accept being loved.

I do not find peace, somewhere
out there, far beyond my reach.
I find peace by searching my heart
where it patiently waits for me.

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