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

Stop back for an update on the next Lights of the Lakes show on April 27th!

 

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.

 

Lights of the Lakes Shows – May

5/2 – Oak Park Place (Wauwatosa)

My first presentation of Lights of the Lakes this month took place at Oak Park Place, a large senior community in Wauwatosa, WI. The show was widely promoted by the professionally-produced flyer below. About 60 seniors attended.

Lights of the Lakes at Oak Park Place Wauwatosa

Lights of the Lakes at Oak Park Place Wauwatosa

Oak Park Place Wauwatosa – Entrance

Oak Park Place Wauwatosa – Entrance

Oak Park Place Wauwatosa – Sign

Oak Park Place Wauwatosa – Sign

Oak Park Place Wauwatosa – Audience

Oak Park Place Wauwatosa – Audience

5/14 – Menomonee Falls Library

The second show in May will be a free public presentation at 7:00 pm on Monday, May 14th at the Menomonee Falls Library, W156 N8436 Pilgrim Rd, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051. All are welcome!

Prior to the show, the library prepared the following notice and placed it on their web site.

Lights of the Lakes at the Menomonee Falls Public Library

Lights of the Lakes at the Menomonee Falls Public Library

In anticipation of the event, the library set up a display of lighthouse books in the lobby.

Lighthouse Book Display

Lighthouse Book Display

Lights of the Lakes was presented in one of the library’s large meeting rooms, which featured a built-in projector and large screen. Big screens really add impact to the photography in the show!

Equipment Setup

Equipment Setup

The meeting room featured a pair of ceiling-mounted screens near the back of the room. I’ve never experienced a setup like this in all my years of doing the show. Kudos to the Menomonee Falls Library for adding these extra screens!

Menomonee Falls Library Audience

Menomonee Falls Library Audience

As I was leaving the library after dark, I decided to take a photo of the library entrance at night. I was pleased at how this shot turned out!

Menomonee Falls Library

Menomonee Falls Library

5/25 – Oak Park Place (Menasha)

Today’s show was the third presentation of Lights of the Lakes at an Oak Park Place senior community. It followed an April 17th show in Green Bay and the May 2nd show in Wauwatosa. About 65 seniors attended today’s program.

Oak Park Place Menasha Entrance

Oak Park Place Menasha Entrance

Oak Park Place Sign

Oak Park Place Sign

Oak Park Place Audience

Oak Park Place Audience

Thus concludes another month in the 28-year run of Lights of the Lakes. The following shows are scheduled for next month:

  • 6/6 – Vagabond Ski & Social Club (Milwaukee)
  • 6/11 – Newcastle Place (Mequon)
  • 6/12 – Muskego Public Library (Muskego)
  • 6/20 – Ovation Jewish Home (Milwaukee)

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