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Luncheon Lecture Series


Programs are held on Fridays at noon in the Library conference room.  Reservations are required.  Call 231-348-6600 to reserve your place at the table.  Cost is $10.  Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.


September 19 – Women in American Politics:  Does Sex Matter?  Susan B. Hannah, Ph.D., will review the history of the women’s movement,the current status of women in political office, the relationship of sex and policy outcomes, and offer thoughts about the future for women in American politics.   Professor Hannah was vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of political science at Purdue University and previously served in faculty and leadership positions at Indiana University, Indiana University, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. 




October 3 – Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Libor Ondras, DMA, the orchestra’s new music director, will talk about the upcoming concert on Sunday, October 5, at John Hall Auditorium in Bay View featuring works by Sibelius and Dvorak. Maestro Ondras is a native of Bratislava in the former Czechoslovakia and conducts and performs at venues around the world.  He recently led a group of students from the University of Tampa on tour to Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia as a part of a semester-long music history course.  He is currently director of orchestras and string specialist at Grand Rapids Community College.





October 17 – Learning About Birding.  Charlevoix and Emmet counties are home to 236 species of birds and many excellent places to view and photograph them.  Darrell Lawson, the acting president of the Petoskey Regional Audubon Society, and Lisa Hoyt, promotions coordinator, will discuss birding and show images of bird species that can be found at the various locations in our area.  Darrell leads field trips for Audubon groups and maintains a birding blog with spectacular photos of birds at





October 31 – Great Lakes Maritime Academy.  Located in Traverse City, the academy is one of six state maritime academies in the nation.  Immediate employment awaits every student upon graduation.  Graduates can become captains and chief engineers in the maritime industry and work on any type of vessel of unlimited tonnage.  Deck graduates concurrently train and license to become Great Lakes pilots.  In addition to their license, cadets earn a bachelor of science in maritime technology as well as many internationally recognized certifications.  Judy Druskovich, admissions specialist, will be the speaker.




November 14 – The Bassoon.  Thom Zantow, principal bassoonist for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, will explain and play this odd-looking instrument with a long history and rich sound.  Thom is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Wisconsin where he earned graduate degrees in music and library science.  He performs in numerous musical groups and has played in backup orchestras for Joni Mitchell and Michael Bolton. In his day job, Thom is the head of access services for Saginaw Valley State University’s library system. 




December 5 – A taste of wine.  It started as a retirement project, but now Geoff and Gail Frey’s Crooked Vine Vineyard and Winery is a full-scale business with 2,000 grapevines on 20 acres and a tasting room overlooking Pickerel Lake. Geoff will explain why the winemaking business is taking off in northern Michigan, how it may help the local economy and what North Central Michigan College has been doing to help make it all happen.  He will also offer guests the opportunity to sample some of the wines he is producing. 



For more information contact 231-348-6600.