Lakeside Series

The Epworth Lakeside Series in a collection of speakers that present on Thursday evenings in the Marine Dining Room during the summer season. The public is invited to attend these presentations. The 2018 schedule is as follows:

June 28, 2018 – An Evening with Lewis Wetzel – Dr. Richard Fleming, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Richard Fleming was born on an Iowa farm, earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Northwest Missouri State and a Masters and Ph.D. in mathematics from Florida State. He served for forty-two years in the various ranks as a professor of mathematics at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Memphis and Central Michigan University. After retiring in 2007, he indulged a lifelong love of history in writing and publishing the historical novel Wetzel (12/2015). He lives in Mt. Pleasant, MI, with his wife Diane.

The novel, classified as historical fiction, traces the life of Lewis Wetzel, a somewhat tarnished hero, over a period of more than twenty years. The story features events and the rich history that occurred in the long war between the woodland Indian nations and the American settlers. It is a balanced portrait of frontier warfare exhibiting the courage and skill of the Native Americans defending their territory and the determination of the frontiersmen trying to establish homesteads. According to Wills de Hass, a mid-nineteenth century historian, “Wetzel’s efforts were without parallel in border warfare.” Theodore Roosevelt wrote that “As a hunter and fighter there was not in all the land his superior.” The appendix to the book includes an “underbook” that distinguishes between fiction and nonfiction with notes and references.

July 12, 2018 – Ludington Dunes: Past, Present and Future – Linda Daul, Glenn Walquist, Al Henning, Dave Dister

The Ludington Dunes are the southern section of the Big Sable Dune Complex. The northern section comprises the Nordhouse Dunes. Together, these sections constitute an unrivaled and unique natural resource. For instance, the borders of the sections encompass the largest interdunal freshwater wetlands in the world.

Several public entities manage the lands within the borders, including Michigan DNR (Ludington State Park), and the US Dept of Agriculture (Manistee-Huron National Forest, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area).

Their borders also encompass ongoing mineral extraction activities by private companies, including calcium chloride (subsurface brine salts) by Occidental Petroleum, and silica (surface sand) by Sargent Minerals. Permit oversight for these activities is the responsibility of Michigan DEQ.

The panel members will discuss the past, present, and future of the Ludington Dunes: as a sustainable natural resource; and, as an economic resource for the County and the State. Effects and impacts of various types of development will be considered. With an eye toward the arc of history, economic and governmental/political factors will be touched upon briefly. Comparison and contrast with other coastal dune areas in Michigan will be made, as time permits.

The intent is for each panel member to speak for about ten minutes, leaving plenty of time for Q&A between and among panelists and attendees.

July 19, 2018 – The Family Farm: My How Things Have Changed! – John King(s) of First Light Cottage

At the request of the Epworth Community, the Kings (father & son) will provide a bird’s eye view of the many (r)evolutionary changes in farming since the 1950s. These changes include the decline in the number of small family farms; farm growth & consolidation; genetically modified crops; fertilizer, pesticides and no-till farming; mechanization; crop subsidies and insurance; our friend the banker; foreign investments; and, the global marketplace. Be sure to come and learn about this timely and fascinating topic.

July 26, 2018 – Artist-in-Residence John Noltner

Photographer John Noltner drove 40,000 miles across the United States asking people the simple question, “What does peace mean to you?” Frustrated with the divisive nature of our national dialogue, he set out to use portraits and storytelling to rediscover the common humanity that connects us. His award-winning books and traveling exhibits share the powerful and inspiring results. Stories from wounded veterans, Holocaust survivors, homeless individuals, refugees, ex-convicts and everyday Americans share lessons of hope, reconciliation and transformation. Join John for an evening that explores the wonder and wisdom of his lessons on the Road to Peace.

August 2, 2018 – India: A Wedding, A Tour, And A Country – Winston & Brooke Weinmann

On July 10th, 2017 in Mumbai, India, our daughter married an American whose family originated in India. The variety of Hinduism, the part of India the family came from, and their caste all played a role in the ceremony. Following the wedding we toured northern India from Delhi to Udaipur.

Roughly the size of the continental U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains, India is home to over 1.3 billion people. It’s the world’s largest democracy with multiple ethnicities, religions, languages and cultures. Hinduism lays claim to being the world’s oldest continuously practiced religion. It has the world’s seventh largest economy and has challenged China as the fastest growing Asian economy. Join us for an exploration of India’s culture, rituals, and, of course, the Taj Mahal.

August 9, 2018 – Living with the Waodani – Paul D. Carlson of Inn the Loop Cottage

In 1956, 5 Missionaries were killed in Ecuador’s amazon jungle; Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming and Roger Youderian. Two years later, the wife of Jim Elliot and the sister of Nate Saint, went back into the jungle to live with the very people that killed there husband and brother. Because of those individuals, I too, was able to travel into the rainforest and live with the Waodani tribe. I was fortunate enough to meet and befriend one of the men, Mincaye, that was involved in the killings back 62 years ago. I will discuss this incredible experience and why this overall story is considered one of the most important and significant missionary stories of the 20th century.

Contact Bill Parkhurst for questions about the Epworth Lakeside Series.