Staff Blogger: Molly McNamara, Marketing Intern

For almost a lifetime, Dwight and Alice King have been a part of the Lakeside community.

Dwight came to Lakeside at the age of 12 to begin construction on his parents’ cottage.  During the Great Depression, his parents did not smoke, but said that if they did, they would have spent 25 cents a day.  So, to fulfill their dream of owning a cottage in Lakeside, they began putting aside 25 cents a day.

After many years of saving, they were able to afford the land and materials to construct a cottage. Dwight, his brother and his father built 417 W. Fifth Street, which, with Dwight’s loving attention, still stands today.

After dating Dwight for a year, Alice first visited Lakeside at the age of 16. The couple would often take walks along the lakefront and on the dock. “Lakeside is a place where, regardless of age, people hold hands,” Dwight notes. The Kings’ most cherished memories at Lakeside are those of their time here as teenagers, walking and holding hands.

The Kings are involved members of the Lakeside community, as well as in their home in Melbourne, Australia. Dwight’s ability to fix things, fostered by his time working on his parent’s cottage, carried him around the world fixing major companies’ biggest problems.

The Kings lived in nine communities during Dwight’s time as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force and his work in the business world.

Yet, despite many moves, the Kings became involved everywhere they went. Alice explains that they developed a unique mindset after moving so many times, “As we move into a new community, we get involved in our church and our community. We live like we are going to be here for the rest of our lives, even if it’s only six months or a year, because if we don’t, we put our lives on hold. You never know how long you are going to be anywhere; God may have other plans.” Read More

Guest Blogger: Julie Messervy, Author and leader in landscape and garden design theory

I recently spent a few very pleasurable days at Lakeside Chautauqua on the shores of Lake Erie in northwest Ohio. For nearly 150 years, this historic one-square-mile village has been home to charming cottages that house families who partake in a wide range of spiritual, educational, cultural, and recreational activities throughout the summer. Not since childhood summers at our family’s “camp” on Galway Lake, NY, have I been around families enjoying old-fashioned, simple pleasures like shuffleboard, volleyball, bike-riding, watching the sun go down, and reading on deep shady porches.

On the morning of my first day, I gave my Designer’s Way lecture to a large and enthusiastic group. That afternoon, in the blazing heat, together with Loretta Wilken, Lakeside Chautauqua’s Master Gardener, I ran a workshop with at least 60 people who all collaborated in designing a new garden for Lakeside. (Right: A cacophony of vibrant colors awaited the workshop participants.) Read More

Meet the 2019 LLA Educational Event Planning & Promotions Intern, Autumn White:

Name: Autumn White
Position: Education Department Event Planning/ Coordinating 

Hometown: Sandusky, OH 

College: Bowling Green State University 

Major/Minor: Communications; Dance 


How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story?

My sister interned at Lakeside in the summer of 2017, where she worked with the Lakesider newspaper. During her time here, my family and I came to visit and since then I always wanted to spend a summer in Lakeside. 


What are you most looking forward to this summer at Lakeside?

I’m looking forward to all the beautiful sunsets I get to watch and growing within my skills for my career field.  Read More

Staff Blogger: Molly McNamara, Marketing Intern

Iris Andrews fell in love with Lakeside on her first visit as a Youth Delegate to The United Methodist Church Conference in the 1960s. Andrews married a clergyman and attended conference every year.

Although Conference kept the couple busy, the Andrews made sure to make time for classic Lakeside traditions, such as walking along the dock and catching up with old friends.

Her children, of course, loved Lakeside and took advantage of the beautiful lake, mini-golf and ice cream.

In more recent years, Andrews has enjoyed the addition of the Children’s Splash Pad and the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus. Both add value to the community without compromising the original Lakeside “magic.” “There’s something about Lakeside that I’ve always described as ‘magic,’” says Andrews. “It draws you back, and you really want to return as often as possible.” Read More

On Thursday, Aug. 8, the Lakeside Men’s Bible Study Group will partner with Ottawa County United Way and their program ‘Til Next Time (TNT) to offer area youth and mentors a special day at Lakeside.

The Men’s Bible Study Group, who meets every Tuesday during the summer, collectively has an interest of putting their faith into action.

“This interest we had collided with some things we learned about the area,” said Bob Brymer and Randy Donithan, members of the Men’s Bible Study Group. “Forty-eight percent of students in Ottawa County are on a free or reduced lunch plan, which to us said that there are great opportunities here to serve.”

Brymer and Donithan have worked with Ottawa County United Way for three years to sponsor an annual TNT Day in Lakeside.

Dan Moulton first heard about TNT Day back in 2017 and has been supporting the event ever since. He grew up on the Marblehead Peninsula and purchased his first Lakeside Season Pass when he was old enough to drive.

“I consider Lakeside to be a big contributor in my own development, and I wanted to give back and support the next generation,” said Moulton.

He’s now an active member in the Lakeside community and helps support the event with a financial gift to assist with TNT Day becoming an annual event. This year, the Lakeside Men’s Bible Study Group has collectively contributed the funds, with support from Lakeside Chautauqua, needed to underwrite this special day.  Read More