Lights of the Lakes in Mequon

Meadowmere Northshore Entrance

Meadowmere Northshore, a senior community in the Milwaukee North Shore suburb of Mequon, was the venue for the latest Lights of the Lakes program. This was my third presentation at a Meadowmere location, preceded by shows in Oak Creek and Jackson. It’s always gratifying to be invited back by prior sponsors!

Meadowmere Northshore Flyer

Prior to the show, Meadowmere Northshore produced a promotional flyer, shown above, to advertise the program to residents.

Meadowmere Northshore Sign

About a dozen Meadowmere residents enjoyed today’s presentation of Lights of the Lakes.

Meadowmere Northshore Audience

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.

 

 

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.