Lights of the Lakes Shows – May


 

5/14 – Young at Heart (Hales Corners)

My first Lights of the Lakes show in May was presented to Young At Heart, a senior fellowship group affiliated with the St. Mary Catholic Faith Community in Hales Corners, WI. According to the Young at Heart web page,

The St. Mary’s Young at Heart group was created in 1995 to provide social and educational opportunities for mature adults, enhance member health and wellness, and promote activities which may result in earnings for the group and our Faith Community.

Activities are defined in a quarterly newsletter, and include day trips, picnics, plays, concerts, dinners, etc.

The venue for the program was Clifford’s Supper Club, a popular gathering place in Hales Corners.

Clifford’s Supper Club

About 50 seniors enjoyed the show, which was featured following their monthly luncheon at Clifford’s.

Young At Heart Audience


 

5/15 – Meadowmere Assisted Living (Oak Creek)

The second scheduled Lights of the Lake program this month was held at Meadowmere Assisted Living, a senior community in Oak Creek, WI.

Meadowmere Oak Creek Sign

The Meadowmere facility is located on the east side of Oak Creek, WI. The entrance is shown in the photo at the top of this blog post.

About 30 seniors enjoyed today’s presentation of Lights of the Lakes.

Meadowmere Oak Creek Audience


 

5/22 – Jackson Crossings (Jackson)

The third Lights of the Lake show in May took place at Jackson Crossings, an independent and assisted living senior community in Jackson, WI. When I arrived, I discovered a nice promotional flyer posted on the premises.

Flyer Promoting Lights of the Lakes at Jackson Crossings

Jackson Crossings is a modern retirement community situated on the banks of a nearby lake.

Jackson Crossings Entrance

Jackson Crossings Grounds and Lake

The show was well-attended. While today’s audience was not large, the attendees were appreciative of the beauty and historical significance of our Great Lakes lighthouses. They also learned about the importance of the lakes for shipping bulk cargoes to market.

Jackson Crossings Audience


 

5/22 – Nicolet Highlands (DePere)

This month’s final Lights of the Lakes show  took place at Nicolet Highlands Senior Apartments in DePere, Wisconsin. DePere is a suburb of Green Bay.

Nicolet Highlands Senior Apartments – DePere, WI

The residents of independent living senior communities often make up some of the best audiences I get for the Lights of the Lakes programs I present to seniors. Today was no exception. About 25 retirees enjoyed today’s show at Nicolet Highlands.

Nicolet Highlands Audience

 

Lights of the Lakes Shows – April

Evergreen Retirement Community Entrance

Evergreen Retirement Community Entrance

4/15 – Evergreen Retirement Community (Oshkosh)

The third Lights of the Lakes show of 2019 took me back to Evergreen Retirement Community in Oshkosh, WI. This show was a reprise of a January 2018 program at the same facility.

This year, the program was presented in a different room. We used their one-year-old Worship and Performing Arts Center, which is one of the finest rooms I’ve ever presented in. The over-20-foot (diagonal) screen was one of my largest ever. A big screen really enhances the audience experience!

Evergreen Worship & Performing Arts Center

Evergreen Worship & Performing Arts Center

This wonderful facility featured state-of-the art technology, including floor-mounted cable inputs, a great projector, computerized controls, and a wireless microphone.

Cable Inputs

Cable Inputs

Projector

Projector

Control Panel

Control Panel

Around 45 seniors enjoyed today’s presentation of Lights of the Lakes.

Evergreen Retirement Community Audience

Evergreen Retirement Community Audience


 

4/27 – West Allis Public Library

Cover promo in West Allis Library Spring 2019 newsletter

Cover promo in West Allis Library Spring 2019 newsletter

 

Saturday morning, April 27th dawned calmly, but by mid-day an approaching cold front was forecast to bring first rain, then heavy snow to Southeast Wisconsin. Driving to the West Allis Library to present this show, even the overhead signs on the freeway screamed,

WINTER STORM WARNING
10 AM TO 10 PM
PLAN AHEAD

The threatening weather forecast had been saturation-bombed on local TV and radio for the past day and night. That was sufficient to scare off at least half of the expected audience for today’s show. The fifteen brave souls who ventured out were treated to an enjoyable “Lights of the Lake” presentation. Unlike the promise made in the headline of the promo, these folks got to see lighthouses on two Great Lakes, not just one. Lights of the Lakes features over sixty lighthouses on Lakes Superior and Michigan.

Those who stayed home, afraid to go out in bad weather, missed out. As it turned out, the snowfall in our area was zero inches. Our neighbors to the south in Illinois got dumped on, however, with over six inches of snow in areas. I’m grateful that the storm tracked further south than forecast, making today’s travel easy in Wisconsin.

 

Lights of the Lakes in Markesan

Markesan Retirement Home Entrance

Markesan Retirement Home Entrance

Welcome to Markesan - Banner on Building in Town

Welcome to Markesan – Banner on Building in Town

A sunny early-spring day took me to the small farm town of Markesan, Wisconsin for my third Lights of the Lakes show of the year. Markesan is a small town in the heart of dairy farming territory west of Waupun. The venue was the Markesan Resident Home, a senior community. About 40 residents and guests from the community enjoyed the show.

Markesan Resident Home Sign

Markesan Resident Home Sign

 

Lights of the Lakes Shows – January

1/19 – Historic Allouez Society (Allouez)

Roadside Promotional Sign

Roadside Promotional Sign

Above is the roadside sign which promoted the first Lights of the Lakes show of 2019. I’ll forgive them for leaving a letter out of the word lighthouse on the sign. It looks like they were unable to fit all the letters into the available space.

The show was presented to a small but hardy group at a meeting of the Historic Allouez Society. This is a historical society in Allouez, WI, which is near Green Bay.

Allouez Community Center Signs

Allouez Community Center Signs

Allouez Community Center Entrance

Allouez Community Center Entrance

About 20 society members and lighthouse enthusiasts turned out to see the show.

Allouez Community Center Audience

Allouez Community Center Audience

After the show, one of the attendees wrote,

I would like to thank you for your great presentation on Saturday. The Historic Allouez Society is small but always eager to broaden  our view  of the world. Your pictures were excellent.


1/25 – Samaritan Health Center (West Bend)

The second Lights of the Lake program in January was held at Samaritan Health Center, a large senior residence in West Bend, WI. This was my second show at this senior community. The last was in 2013.

Samaritan Health Center Entrance

Samaritan Health Center Entrance

Samaritan Health Center Sign

Samaritan Health Center Sign

About 35 seniors enjoyed today’s presentation of Lights of the Lakes.

Samaritan Health Center Audience

Samaritan Health Center Audience

Lights of the Lakes Shows – November

11/12 – The Solana (Deer Park, IL)

The first Lights of the Lakes show in Illinois in many years was presented today at The Solana, a large senior community in Deer Park, IL.

The Solana at Deer Park - Sign and Entrance

The Solana at Deer Park – Sign and Entrance

About 35 seniors enjoyed the show. I was a little nervous about this one, because Lights of the Lakes features no Illinois lighthouses. No worries, however, as the audience really got into the show, even without local lighthouses being shown.

The Solana at Deer Park - Audience

The Solana at Deer Park – Audience


11/15 – Oak Park Place (Burlington)

The second scheduled Lights of the Lake program this month was held at Oak Park Place, a senior community in Burlington, WI.

Oak Park Place Burlington Sign

Oak Park Place Burlington Sign

Oak Park Place Burlington Entrance

Oak Park Place Burlington Entrance

This was my fifth show at an Oak Park Place senior community. Earlier this year, Lights of the Lakes was performed at OPP facilities in Green Bay, Menasha, Wauwatosa, and Baraboo.

Oak Park Place Burlington Setup

Oak Park Place Burlington Setup

We had a tremendous audience for this show, one of the largest of the year. This was a featured event for Oak Park Place. It had been promoted in advance to the community. As a result, an audience of 130 seniors turned out to see the show.

Oak Park Place Burlington Audience

Oak Park Place Burlington Audience

One guest, Bill Williams of Wind Lake, WI brought three lighthouse models which added a nice to the decor.

Bill Williams and his lighthouse models

This was the 36th and last Lights of the Lakes show of 2018. Programs resume in January, 2019, and you’ll find the story of each one of them here. See you next year!

Lights of the Lakes Shows – October

Meyer's Restaurant Entrance

Meyer’s Restaurant Entrance

10/10 – Greenfield Historical Society

Meyer’s Restaurant in Greenfield, WI was the venue for the first Lights of the Lakes program in October. Thirty members of the Greenfield Historical Society enjoyed the show.

When asked for feedback after the show, Bob Roesler, society president, said,

Phil, your program is outstanding. I can’t say more.  Bob Roesler, GHS


10/16 – PrimeTimers 50+ (Whitefish Bay)

Whitefish Bay United Methodist Church

Whitefish Bay United Methodist Church

My second venue in October was the United Methodist Church in Whitefish Bay, WI. The program was hosted by PrimeTimers 50+, a senior group. I was graciously invited to lunch before the show, joining about 40 others for the meal. After lunch, Lights of the Lakes was shown in the Chapel to about 20 PrimeTimers.


10/25 – Luther Manor (Wawatosa)

Lippold Faith & Education Center at Luther Manor

Lippold Faith & Education Center at Luther Manor

October’s third and final Lights of the Lakes program took place at Luther Manor, a large senior community in Wauwatosa, WI. The show was presented in the Lippold Faith & Education Center, a large chapel on the Luther Manor campus. About 45 Luther Manor residents enjoyed the show.

I was intimately familiar with the room in advance, as my camera club, the Photo Pictorialists of Milwaukee, meets there.

Lights of the Lakes in Baraboo

Oak Park Place Baraboo Entrance

Today’s travel took me to Baraboo, WI to present Lights of the Lakes at Oak Park Place, a large senior community. This was the first show I’ve ever done in this part of the state, and the audience loved it. A highlight for me was meeting a friend I haven’t seen in about twenty years, Keri Olson. She came up to me after the show and recalled a time long ago when we worked together on the Great Circus Parade. In a subsequent facebook post, Keri said:

Oak Park Place Baraboo EntranceThat’s my business card laying on top of the tri-fold brochure Oak Park Place sent out to publicize the show. They also produced the large poster shown below. This publicity drew many non-residents, who visited Oak Park Place for the first time.

Keri Olson's Facebook Post

Keri Olson’s Facebook Post

Lights of the Lakes at Oak Park Place Baraboo Poster

Lights of the Lakes at Oak Park Place Baraboo Poster

As usual, I photographed the sign out near the entrance to the Oak Park Place campus:

Oak Park Place Baraboo Sign

Oak Park Place Baraboo Sign

And here’s a shot of the audience watching Lights of the Lakes.

And here’s a shot of the audience watching Lights of the Lakes.

Lights of the Lakes at Harbour Village

Harbour Village Property Entrance

Harbour Village Property Entrance

Today’s destination for another Lights of the Lakes show was Harbour Village in Greendale, WI. This large senior community includes independent living, assisted living, and memory care. About 25 seniors attended today’s program.

Concord Retirement Living Sign

Concord Retirement Living Sign

Concord Main Entrance

Concord Main Entrance

Equipment Setup

Equipment Setup

Lights of the Lakes Shows – June

6/6 – Vagabond Ski and Social Club

In a welcome change from a long string of Lights of the Lakes programs presented to historical societies and senior communities, tonight’s show was delivered to the Vagabond Ski and Social Club of Milwaukee as a “Roundtable Talk.”

Prior to the program, the club publicized the show on their web site as follows:

Vagabond Ski & Social Club Event Announcement

Vagabond Ski & Social Club Event Announcement

The venue was the Knights of Columbus hall in West Allis, WI.

Knights of Columbus Hall - West Allis, WI

Knights of Columbus Hall – West Allis, WI

Tonight’s program drew an all-time-high audience of at least 180 people, a 50% increase over my previous all-time-high turnout of 120. What a thrilling surprise!

Vagabond Ski & Social Club Audience

Vagabond Ski & Social Club Audience

6/11 – Newcastle Place, Mequon

Tonight’s show was actually the second performance of Lights of the Lakes at Newcastle Place, a large senior community in Mequon. I was invited back after a previous program four years ago. Same venue, different audience.

Welcome to Newcastle Place

Welcome to Newcastle Place

Equipment Setup in the Chapel

Equipment Setup in the Chapel

Twilight Departure

Twilight Departure

6/12 – Muskego Public Library (Muskego)

On a summery June afternoon, I headed to the southwest Milwaukee suburb of Muskego, WI to present Lights of the Lakes for the third time this month. Prior to the show, the Friends of the Muskego Library prepared and published the flyer below to promote the show.

Friends of the Muskego Public Library Flyer

Friends of the Muskego Public Library Flyer

Muskego Public Library Sign

Muskego Public Library Sign

Muskego Public Library

Muskego Public Library

6/20 – Pitch’s Express (McKinley Marina, Milwaukee)

The final Lights of the Lakes program in June was presented at Pitch’s Express, the snack bar located inside the Roundhouse at McKinley Marina in Milwaukee. The Roundhouse is a convenience/ship’s store and also serves as the nerve center of a busy commercial marina serving Lake Michigan mariners. It was a great location for a lighthouse show!

McKinley Marina Slips

McKinley Marina Slips

McKinley Marina Fuel Dock

McKinley Marina Fuel Dock

McKinley Marina Roundhouse

McKinley Marina Roundhouse

Today’s Lights of the Lakes program was sponsored by the Ovation Jewish Home of Milwaukee, as part of their monthly Memory Cafe series.

Memory Cafes are places where persons with MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment), early-stage Alzheimer’s, or a related dementia can go with their care partners to socialize and have fun with other people going through similar things. There is no real agenda or stated purpose except to enjoy each other’s company and in this case, enjoy some entertainment. Cafes provide a time where participants do not need to focus on their cognitive impairment, but have a great time connecting with each other as a family or creating new friendships.

Memory Cafe Audience

Memory Cafe Audience

Today’s audience was comprised of about ten seniors. The physical equipment setup to deliver the show was a little unusual, but did not detract from the enjoyment of the participants.