August Newsletter 2007: Issue #8 Editor: David L. Miles

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Ice Cream Social at Depot

The summer of 2007 will soon be  only a memory, having gone by, as usual, all too quickly.  We began in June with President Paul Nowak and Board member Sam Williamson’s program on the history of fishing in the Great Lakes and the current outlook for the condition of Lake Charlevoix. In July came Past President Dr. Jack MacKenzie’s two repeat programs on the history of Charlevoix’s street names at the library. August saw your editor’s repeat of the life and works of Earl Young, our master builder in stone, this time in two parts, also at the library’s community room.  It was fortunate we were in this superb new venue, because over the four evenings the two topics together attracted an attendance of around 460 which could never been accommodated at the Depot.  The Earl Young programs brought in the largest audiences the library has seen to date, standing room only, with benches and chairs brought in from the hallways and stacks room.   The Board of Directors is now in the discussion stage of transferring both the street names and Earl Young programs to DVD.

Five new exhibits were mounted at the Harsha House Museum: the nature wood carvings of Gordon Neff; military uniforms from our textile collection; John Smith, master cobbler; a photomontage celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Congregational Church; and photos featured in our new book, the History of Bridge Street by Don Campbell.  The history of the lighthouses exhibit will be up for one more year.

Many of our activities would not be possible without substantial and excellent volunteer assistance.  Again we will be thanking our cadre of loyal volunteers for their support at our annual Ice Cream Social.

 When: Tuesday, September 4 @ 7:00 P. M.

 Where: The Depot

 And! As a special feature of this year’s event, we will be recognizing local author, columnist,  and longtime Charlevoix enthusiast and booster Edith Gilbert in this her 90th birthday year.  One of Edith’s major contributions was spearheading  the placement of the current bridge railing covers that echo the railings of the second swing bridge to disguise the utilitarian (another word for downright ugly) railings installed in the early 1990s.

Music for the occasion will be supplied by our old favorites, the Tagalongs.  This group was established thirty-five years ago by Jasper Warner, Bill Stevens, and Dolores Cain and was originally called Jasper and the Tagalongs.  Bill’s sons Dudley and Rod have also joined in, both proficient on the fiddle.   Rod has also gone on to play banjo, guitar, and piano.  Dan Gillespie joined later. The group appeared in minstrel shows long ago, and became known for the Charlevoix Waltz.  They’ve performed at countless dances and parties in grange halls, churches, barns, and meeting halls around northern Michigan.

The evening is not limited to Society members and volunteers.  Feel free to bring friends, guests, and relatives who might be here after Labor Day weekend.  Join us for one of the nicest of our social events and the always spectacular view down Lake Charlevoix.


Odds and Ends

The museum store took in a record $3800 in July, and as of this writing (August 18) surpassed that record!  The lighthouse sales downtown over Venetian weekend took in over $2200.  The museum received an important donation of an Edison Gem Phonograph wax cylinder player from the late 1800s (currently not working), plus seventy-two wax music cylinders.  It is on display in the museum’s front formal parlor.  All the Depot pillars that needed restoration are completed except for two that will be done shortly.  Thanks to all who contributed toward the project.  Costs came in less than anticipated and all funds donated toward the pillars will now go toward other Depot restoration needs.

The Society welcomes new members: Steve & Marsha Braun; Larry & Jan Freedman

The Society welcomes new Ralph Hamilton Circle members: Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Duke; Sheila Schechter; Ken & Shirley Polakowski; Roger & Cynthia Postmus; Dr. William & Carol Venema; Douglas Peters; Murray Hanna

Sunset Cruise donations received from: Hal & Pat Elrich; Shirley Newman; Bernard & Ruth Cannan; Alberta Beyers; Lyn Jenks; Edith Olach Close; Bob & Fran Tollas; Tom & Esther Carey; Rich Davis; Jeannine Wallace; Eileen Edwards; Virginia Rountree; Nan Ruth Chardoul; Lois Lewis; Francis Flanders; Ted & Marilyn Dumbauld

Memorials received: from Jill & John Picha in memory of Hilda Gibson;  from the Charlevoix Area Hospital in memory of the brother of Past Society President Mary Adams

Donations received for the Depot restoration from: Joseph & Beatrice Wollam; Lore Silberman; Gary & Denise Fate; Paul & Sally Hoelderle; Virginia Rountree; Dr. William & Carol Venema; Howard Soldan II & Sheri Cunningham; Marjory Dinwiddie; Lou Hirschman; Eric & Alice Ernst

Donations for the Lighthouse restoration received from: Maralene Creswell; John & Jeri Duerr; George & Shirley Haggard

Adopt-a-Painting donation received from: Edith Olach Close

Donation in honor of Paul Nowak for officiating at the wedding of Dave & Anna received from: Patricia Nowak

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