Lights of the Lakes Shows – June

6/4 – South Shore Yacht Club (Milwaukee)

South Shore Yacht Club Entrance

The first Lights of the Lakes show in June took me back to a familiar venue: the South Shore Yacht Club (SSYC) in Milwaukee. Founded in 1913, SSYC has played a prominent role in the Southeast Wisconsin maritime scene for well over a century. Tonight’s show was a repeat engagement for me, as I’ve done the show at SSYC three times previously. Tonight, the SSYC Auxiliary hosted the program.

South Shore Yacht Club Sign

Entering SSYC, you step over this cast emblem commemorating the first one hundred years of the club’s existence.

SSYC Centennial Emblem

South Shore Yacht Club has a large marina with slips that accommodate hundreds of sail and power boats.

SSYC Marina, looking south

In the above photo, the Lake Express high speed car ferry can be seen approaching its dock just north of SSYC. The Lake Express celebrates 15 years of service this year. A catamaran hull powered by twin jet turbines, this modern car ferry crosses Lake Michigan in two-and-a-half hours, reaching speeds of 40 miles per hour.  The ship docks at Muskegon on the Michigan side. In the photo below, the Lake Express is seen approaching its Milwaukee terminal at the end of its latest trip across Lake Michigan.

Lake Express Car Ferry

Forty-eight members of the South Shore Yacht Club enjoyed tonight’s presentation of Lights of the Lakes. Several other club members and employees joined them, resulting in an audience of about fifty-five people for tonight’s show.

South Shore Yacht Club Auxiliary Audience

6/18 – Ozaukee County Senior Conference (Grafton)

Ozaukee County Senior Conference Logo

Just because Ozaukee County is the geographically-smallest county in Wisconsin, that doesn’t mean it has little to offer its residents, including Seniors. Several local communities operate senior centers, offering meals, hospitality, and special events to members. Once a year, Ozaukee County also sponsors a public Senior Conference. This year’s 17th Anniversary program featured speakers on various topics of interest and importance to seniors. The conference drew hundreds of area Seniors. For the first time ever, a presentation of Lights of the Lakes was included. The venue was Grafton High School.

Grafton High School Lobby

Also for the first time, yours truly presented in a high school classroom. The audience sat at student desks, probably for the first time in many decades for most of them.

Lights of the Lakes was a big hit. About 40 seniors crowded into a classroom with only 35 seats. For the first time in memory, the show played to a standing-room-only audience. I really enjoyed presenting to this group, because they were very attentive and responsive. That always brings out the best in me as a presenter.

After the program, I received a thank-you note, which read,

Thank you for helping to educate the Seniors of our County.
The Ozaukee County Senior Conference Committee.