Tallgrass Creek residents Carol Murray (left) and Dede McLeroy prepare for a reading of Cricket in the Thicket at The Learning Tree, a local children’s toy and book store. Carol wrote the playful book along with eight other children’s books.

Above Carol Murray’s computer in her sunny home at Tallgrass Creek, in Overland Park, Kans., is a blue-and-white plaque that says “Your story begins at home.” 

Carol, the author of nine children’s books, says that is where all her stories begin. 

Resident Cathleen Turick (left) shares information about her Irish roots with Karen Cox, host of 1851 Studio Chats, Tallgrass Creek’s new talk show. Cathleen was a guest earlier this year on the monthly show which focuses on residents’ unique experiences

The studio lights are bright and the camera is rolling as Tallgrass Creek resident Karen Cox chats with one of her neighbors on 1851 Studio Chats, the Overland Park, Kans. community’s new talk show.  

Chatting before Tallgrass Creek’s annual home expo begins are (from left) resident George Lund, Sales Director Blake Marshall, and residents Bob Butterworth and Bruce Robb.

Tallgrass Creek’s spacious Blue Sky Restaurant was full of more than delicious food during the Overland Park, Kans., community’s yearly home expo extravaganza.  

Residents (from left) John Gaddis, Janet Butterworth, Didi Weyforth, Bob Butterworth, and Mara Kelley enjoy chatting before a special dinner hosted by the Butterworths for 25 of their Tallgrass Creek neighbors. At one point, the group lived in the nearby Wycliff subdivision in Overland Park, Kans.

Tallgrass Creek staff member Cara Freed offers resident Charlie Kyle a sample of her homemade chili during the community’s annual employee chili cook-off.

The mouthwatering aroma of simmering, homemade chili fills the air as Tallgrass Creek employees vie for top honors at this year’s chili cook-off. The fragrant and fierce competition takes place in the Cottonwood Room where ten staff members stand behind crock pots of their signature chili. 

A roomful of attentive Tallgrass Creek neighbors watch as Operation Wildlife volunteer Jim Whinery introduces Danny, the great horned owl, to resident Suzie Dobbelaere. Operation Wildlife is an organization that rehabilitates injured creatures.

There were “oohs and aahs” all around when a roomful of Tallgrass Creek neighbors were introduced to four wild owls during an intriguing presentation hosted by the nature club at the Overland Park, Kans., community. 

Tallgrass Creek resident Georgia Erickson (left) and her guest Ann Hibbard enjoy delicious German fare at a special luncheon hosted earlier this year by the sales team.

Good friends, good food, and good music filled the sunny Blue Sky Restaurant recently when Tallgrass Creek’s sales team hosted a special luncheon of German favorites. Tallgrass Creek neighbors invited their friends and family members interested in learning more about the Overland Park, Kans., Erickson Living community.  

Tallgrass Creek guests recently enjoyed a lunch with (from left) Medical Director Royce Dunn, D.O, resident Ann Brazil, and nurse practitioner Elizabeth Byers where they learned more about the Overland Park, Kans., community’s on-site medical center.

A leading reason why so many people choose Tallgrass Creek over other retirement communities in the Kansas City metro area is its on-site, fully staffed medical center.

(From left) Lyndal Holmes, Jim Sylte, and Bill Converse strum their ukuleles at Tallgrass Creek’s activities fair. Bill leads the group of uke players who practice together regularly and occasionally host concerts for their fellow neighbors.

A quick glance at Tallgrass Creek’s monthly activity calendar shows that residents at the Overland Park, Kans., community are an active bunch. Activities run the gamut from golfing to visiting butterfly farms to learning the ukulele and everything in between.