84th Season

Time Flies Like Butterflies

Programs • Portage Lake Garden Club • 2019




Welcome Back

June 13, 2019 • Noon – 3:00PM

Watervale Inn • 1244 Watervale Road • Arcadia

Speaker: Jennie Schmitt, Owner - Watervale Inn

The Waterfall Inn (circa 1917) is a delightful step back into our region's history. History spotlight: Club Historian, Chris Gavlin, will share interesting highlights from Club's early years. Following lunch, members may take a self-guided tour,

Reminder: Please RSVP by June 6th to Hospitality Chairman. Annual membership dues of $30 are due today. Car pool available from Farr Center.

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Celebrating Our Memorial Fountain Restoration 

June 27, 2019 • 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Onekama Village Park • Corner of Main St & Portage Ave • Onekama

Coordinator: Shirley Brooks

The 1887 fountain was moved to its current location in Onekama Village Park in 1950. The public is welcome to join the festivities as Shirley Brooks shares the history behind the landmark and its restoration.

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Growing and Caring for Petunias

July 11, 2019 • 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Farr Center • 5283 Main Street • Onekama

Speaker: Christa Lutz, Manager - Pleasanton Valley Greenhouses

Biography: Lutz holds a Bachelor's Degree from Lake Superior State University, and owns and orchard and farm on Eight Mile Road with her husband, Calvin.

Join us as Christa shares her knowledge of the colorful floral species through an educational slide presentation, and Q & A period. What would Onekama be without the quarter-century old Petunia Parade in the summertime?

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Field Trip-Michigan Legacy Art Park

July 25, 2019 • 12:15PM – 2:30PM

Business Meeting & Picnic Lunch: 12:15PM - 1:30PM

Tour: 1:30PM - 2:30PM

12500 Crystal Mountain Drive • Thompsonville

Speaker: Michigan Legacy Art Park Docent

Join our guide to Michigan Legacy Art Park the docent takes us on a walk on the new accessible pathway through this wooded preserve, sharing the history of this regional treasure and information about the sculptures along the way.

Reminder: Gather at the Farr Center to carpool at 11:30am. Once at the park, deposit your $5 admission and step inside to the picnic tables where we will share a potluck picnic. Members, please bring one item to share.

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Something to Crow About

August 8, 2019 • 1:00PM - 3:00PM 

Farr Center • 5283 Main Street • Onekama

Annual Meeting 

Speaker: Pat Sheafor -Active Member of Frankfort Periwinkle Garden Club since 2001

Pat Sheafor fostered her love of nature during her girlhood in India, where her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were missionaries. Whether you love crows or hate them, you may not know much about them. Pat intends to change that with her oral presentation and Q & A about this much maligned bird species. PLGC History Spotlight: Club member Nancy Behring and past President Alice Mesaros (1993-1994) will share highlights from our Club's history in the nineties.

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Plant-Powered Eating

August 22, 2019 • 1:00PM to 3:00PM

Farr Center • 5283 Main Street • Onekama 

Speaker: Rachelle Stapleton, RD - Registered Dietician, Benzie Leelanau District Health Department

Rachelle is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a B.S. in Dietetics. 

 Plants; we love them in our garden and on our dining table. Be prepared to love them more as Rachelle shares the nourishing story behind the plants. PLGC History Spotlight: Former Club Presidents will regale us with one favorite memory from their presidency. To find out which past presidents will be sharing:

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Our Last Hurrah

September 5, 2019 • 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Portage Point Inn & Resort • 8567 Portage Point Drive • Onekama

Speaker: Chuck May - Retired Ford Executive

Club members and guests will conclude our year with a festive gathering at this Portage Lake landmark, whose history dates back to 1903. 

Chuck will share his experiences as a member of the Portage Lake Harbor Commission which led to a $6.2M restoration of the Portage Lake channel, beginning in 2018.

A short business meeting with installation of officers will be conducted.

Reminder: Beverages available for purchase. Members are asked to bring finger food to share at this annual social gathering with spouses/special guests. 

Last name A - L: savory hors d'oeuvre with veggies or protein.

Last name M - Z: sweet hors d'oeuvre or dessert.

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New members and guests are always welcome!

The club is open to anyone interested in gardening. Dues are $30.00 per year and are payable in June.

For more information please contact the membership chairman,

Deborah Bacon Noonan at portagelakegardenclub@gmail.com

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