Lakeside Series

The Epworth Lakeside Series in a collection of speakers that present on Thursday evenings in the Marine Dining Room (or occasionally in the Auditorium) during the summer season. The public is invited to attend these presentations. The 2019 schedule is as follows:

8 p.m. Thursdays beginning June 27, 2019.

June 27 – Responding to Addiction – Dr. Michelle Kuster, Connexion Point
Although we’ve all heard about the waves of addictive substances periodically sweeping across our country, the disease of addiction is largely an invisible one unless you or a loved one is directly affected. It is also true that addiction has no address and affects people from all walks of life.
At Ludington’s Connexion Point Inc. the vision is to help connect chemically dependent individuals back into their life by providing a safe and confidential facility to treat this disease and marshaling resources and tools for families navigating the journey of recovery. By reconnecting the mind, body and spirit, we believe we can impact the lives of so many residents in our community who have nowhere to turn.

July 11 – Live from the Front: Byline Ernie Pyle – Rick Plummer – Auditorium
As a special treat for Epworth’s 125th anniversary, the Lakeside Series is sponsoring longtime local actor and director Rick Plummer in a reprise of his role as Ernie Pyle in “Live from the Front: Byline Ernie Pyle” at the Epworth Auditorium. The play will contain some adult language so discretion is advised. Ernie Pyle, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for Scripps-Howard newspapers, wrote a column during his experiences on the front lines with troops during World War II. While he didn’t fight himself, he could often be found right beside troops in the trenches and foxholes of the battlefield. His columns appeared in more than 380 daily and weekly newspapers, and had about 40 million steady readers.

July 18 – Missouri’s Importance to the Civil War – Whit McCoskrie
Joseph W. McCoskrie Jr. (Maryland Cottage) – “Whit” graduated from Virginia Military Institute and subsequently served in the United States Army for 28 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. After more than 25 years as a bank executive, Whit was hired as an instructor in leadership and American military history for the Army ROTC programs at Illinois State University and the University of Missouri. Whit will speak about Missouri’s importance in the Civil War. Missouri ranks third behind Tennessee and Virginia for the number of engagements and battles fought on its soil during the Civil War. Although Missouri has often been considered a “backwater” or “side show” by some historians, it is abundantly clear that these actions greatly influenced Civil War strategy in many ways. In fact, some historians now believe the Missouri-Kansas border conflicts of the 1850s initiated the Civil War itself.
July 25 – The Great Lakes Coalition – Roger J. Smithe
The Great Lakes Coalition for Shoreline Preservation
Roger Smithe, a Manistee native and a University of Michigan alum with a degree in chemical engineering. He is retired from a career as an environmental manager for a major paper manufacturer. He served on the Citizens Advisory Board for a recent study of Great Lakes water levels by the International Joint Commission. He is the former co-chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Subcommittee (joint committee with Canada).
He’ll share a presentation on GLCSP, which is concerned about unusually high lake levels that erode lakeshore property and threaten the loss of homes over the bluff. He works with the regulatory agencies to minimize these risks.

Aug. 1 – The Epworth Hotel: A history of construction, remodeling(s), reuse – Steve Hunt
Steve Hunt is: Cathy’s husband; Epworth cottager (Charlotte’s Web); retired engineer/ geologist; a history buff; and, all-around raconteur and bon vivant.
In the past 125 years, the Epworth Hotel has survived many additions, demolitions, remodeling schemes and revisions. It survives today as one of three original Epworth public buildings. Always a changing and ever-evolving center of community activity, the Hotel may no longer have wings but it continues to soar in our hearts.

Aug. 8 – How the Supreme Court became Supreme – Dr. Paul D. Moreno, Hillsdale College
Dr. Paul Moreno is dean of social sciences and history professor at Hillsdale College. He recently returned from five years in Washington, D.C., where he worked at the College’s Kirby Center and taught, among other classes, Constitutional history.
Article VI of the Constitution reads: “This Constitution, and the laws of the United States made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties . . . shall be the supreme law of the land … ” The idea that the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Constitution is the supreme law of the land is a relatively more recent contention.
Although the origins of judicial supremacy begin with Chief Justice John Marshall’s famous opinion in Marbury v. Madison (1803), in fact, Marbury was a modest decision in which Marshall held that Congress could not extend the jurisdiction of the Court beyond that which the Constitution had provided.
The decision was seldom cited for much of the next century. In fact, judicial supremacy — bolstered by Marbury — is more a product of 20th century progressivism under Chief Justice Earl Warren.


Contact Bill Parkhurst for questions about the Epworth Lakeside Series.