Lakeside Club Tour of Homes slated for July 21

MANISTEE– The historic Lakeside Club of Manistee will hold its biennial Tour of Homes this weekend.

This year’s tour features five homes and two gardens and will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday at various locations within the city.

Tickets will allow holders admittance to all homes and gardens and are available at the following locations: Hokanson’s Camera Shop, Goody’s Juice & Java, Manistee Visitors Bureau, T. J.’s Pub, Kellie’s Hallmark, Alex Doucett’s, Northern Spirits Gift Shop, and MacBeth and Co. in Onekama. Tickets will also be available at the door of any home or garden the day of the tour.

Included in this year’s tour are:

• The Jaskiw home, 1361 Meadow Wood Drive;

• The Connor home, 732 Harbor Drive;

• The Cook home, 421 Second St.;

• The O’Connor home, 330 Fourth Ave.;

• The Wrzesinski garden, 266 Sixth St.; and

• the Wilkens home and garden, 159 Eighth St.

In addition to the Tour of Homes, advance ticket holders are also invited to visit three pre-tour historic sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: the Manistee city Fire Hall at 281 First St., the Old Kirke Museum (formerly the Danish Lutheran Church) at 304 Walnut St., and the S. S. City of Milwaukee at 99 Arthur St. Tickets must be shown at the door.

Those on the tour may enjoy refreshments, free of charge, any time during the afternoon hours at the First Congregational UCC Church, located at 412 Fourth St. At that time, visitors may purchase tickets for a Chance Auction of 15 items from original artworks, to jewelry, to gift certificates.

The proceeds of the tour and of the Chance Auction are granted by the Lakeside Club to various local nonprofits. The announcement of those organizations awarded grants will come in the fall.

For more information, and detailed description of the homes and gardens, visit the club’s website at Descriptions also will be published in the News Advocate all week.

The home of Peg and Bill Connor, located at 732 Harbor Drive, is a part of the Lakeside Club of Manistee's biennial Tour of Homes, set for July 21. (Courtesy photo)

The home of Peg and Bill Connor, located at 732 Harbor Drive, is a part of the Lakeside Club of Manistee’s biennial Tour of Homes, set for July 21. (Courtesy photo)

Connor home offers plenty of room for family

Peg & Bill Connor Home

732 Harbor Drive

With retirement around the corner, Peg and Bill Connor’s dream was to live out their retirement years on the shores of the mighty Lake Michigan.

The couple searched for over a year from Grand Haven to Northport before finding their perfect spot at 732 Harbor Drive (the couple’s ninth home together).

As the Pure Michigan Tim Allen ad says “Manistee finds you or you find Manistee”. For the Connors, it was all about finding a well built, low bluff home with a sandy beach and plenty of room and comfort for hosting a houseful of family and friends (beds for up to 20 adults).

The views are spectacular year round with an ever changing canvas of storms, ships, sunsets, Coast Guard maneuvers, eagles, meteor showers and an amazing icy coastline in winter that can compete with Iceland or Patagonia (the Connors have been there).

Peg and Bill are travelers and still have many trips on their bucket list, but often question why they are leaving their lovely haven in Manistee.

Swimming, sunbathing, walking the shoreline, hunting for Petosky stones, beach bonfires, kayaking/paddle boarding (their kayak shed lets them get on the lake quickly when its calm), snowshoeing in winter and the hot tub or sauna are just some of the things to do right outside their door.

Living in Manistee and walking or biking into town is a delightful bonus (dinner, movie, shop). During the Victorian Sleighbell & Old Christmas Weekend, they find it nice to just walk home.

The fireworks in summer? The Connors have the perfect location from their lower deck. The upper deck is usually bug free and a perfect spot for watching the night sky and sometimes meteor showers … and listening to the roar of the Lake. The Connors also witnessed the inversion that enabled them to see Wisconsin late one evening.

When the couple asked their adult children for descriptions of their home, they became emotional hearing their responses. In four years they have already accumulated many fun memories in the home and look forward to many more.

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