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.