Lights of the Lakes Shows – June

6/4 – South Shore Yacht Club (Milwaukee)

The first Lights of the Lakes show in June took me back to a familiar venue: the South Shore Yacht Club (SSYC) in Milwaukee. Founded in 1913, SSYC has played a prominent role in the Southeast Wisconsin maritime scene for well over a century. Tonight’s show was a repeat engagement for me, as I’ve done the show at SSYC three times previously. Tonight, the SSYC Auxiliary hosted the program.

South Shore Yacht Club Sign

Entering SSYC, you step over this cast emblem commemorating the first one hundred years of the club’s existence.

SSYC Centennial Emblem

South Shore Yacht Club has a large marina with slips that accommodate hundreds of sail and power boats.

SSYC Marina, looking south
SSYC Marina, looking northeast

In the above photo, the Lake Express high speed car ferry can be seen approaching its dock just north of SSYC. The Lake Express celebrates 15 years of service this year. A catamaran hull powered by twin jet turbines, this modern car ferry crosses Lake Michigan in two-and-a-half hours, reaching speeds of 40 miles per hour.  The ship docks at Muskegon on the Michigan side. In the photo below, the Lake Express is seen approaching its Milwaukee terminal at the end of its latest trip across Lake Michigan.

Lake Express Car Ferry

Forty-eight members of the South Shore Yacht Club enjoyed tonight’s presentation of Lights of the Lakes. Several other club members and employees joined them, resulting in an audience of about fifty-five people for tonight’s show.

South Shore Yacht Club Auxiliary Audience

Upcoming Shows

  • The next Lights of the Lakes program will take place at 1:30 pm on June 18th. This show will be a featured event taking place at Grafton High School as part of the 17th Annual Ozaukee County Senior Conference.

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