Girls Beach Weekend – September 18-20, 2015

How could it be anything but a great weekend when it started at a dive called Joe’s Bar on Route 12 in Michigan City where upon entering one is accosted by the heady smell of grilled onions and beer. That’s where Patti and Lynn met up with Sue to put together the two baskets for our most gracious hostesses. Those baskets were two more made by our classmate Dorothea out in Arizona and sold locally at Ebenezer’s Gift House in Clarendon Hills. (As it happened, Facebook recently had a picture of her starting a new basket so we can see the artistry at it’s beginning.)


A couple of drinks in, with the baskets filled with homemade goodies like biscotti, spiced nuts, brownies, and wine, we phoned Joan who joined us to lead us in to Liz’s beach cottage. There Liz and Joan were presented with the baskets, we each got a memento wine glass and charm courtesy of Patti, and we toasted the coming weekend with glasses of wine. After a couple of hours of conversation, munchies and wine, we caravanned over to Joan’s house in Grand Beach for bloody Mary’s, dinner and Baileys’. Around 10PM, sated and sleepy, Liz and Sue braved the rain back to Michigan City for a good sleep.

Saturday morning dawned mostly sunny and fully beautiful. Two groups separated out to accomplish a couple of goals. Joan and Sue each had coupons for a free set of dishes from the Four Winds casino that Joan wanted for her kitchen and Sue wanted for a bridal shower gift for a niece’s upcoming wedding. Lynn figured that a casino trip was just what she wanted too. Liz and Patti were off to the beach and beachfront shops for a little site-seeing. After a couple of hours, the free dishes weren’t quite so free, and the casino contingent whipped over to Joan’s for some leftover tenderloin and homegrown tomato sandwiches and the beach duo had Chicago dogs at a beach café. The whole crew met back at Liz’s for cocktails and dinner. Joining the group for dinner was Liz’s sister Jane (Class of ’63). Liz made a delicious pasta dish using homegrown miniature tomatoes and fresh basil leaves. YUM.

Sunday was a gift. The sun rose steadily tempered just a bit by high thin cirrus clouds. Just enough to make beach photos a little more interesting. Before Patti, Lynn and Sue headed home we all met at the beach café for a last look at the lake and brunch to fortify us for the trip. A popular local chef runs the outdoor café and the food was outstanding. We sampled a couple of local brews with fresh made chips with guacamole and pita chips with hummus as starters, then finished off with (not your McDonald’s) burgers and homemade fries. By 2:30 PM two cars were on the road back to real life while Liz and Joan went to enjoy the rest of Sunday recuperating from their guests.

Joan commented below on the weekend, and Liz wrote a new haiku in commemoration.

“This is not a real narrative but a thank you to my friends. What a nice visit, good foods, and perfect weather (well maybe a bit of rain) and an altogether lovely weekend.”   – Joan


A Lake Weekend
by Liz Marren

      shared roots, faith, connections

   friendship at age seventy

      a gift to us all

Click the four-arrow icon in the bottom right corner to watch the slideshow full-size. Just press the arrow on the left to begin the show. Enjoy. And next year – plan to join us.

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3 Responses to “Girls Beach Weekend – September 18-20, 2015”

  1. lynn murphy says:

    It was a wonderful, Blessed weekend. Joan & Liz are awesome hostesses. Liz’s sister was fun too. The food Joan & Liz made was incredible. Joan’s husband made an awesome tenderloin for us. I really enjoyed watching Joan’s bird feeders. I love humming birds & got to watch 2 of them hover & dart back & forth. I saw some unusual ones too. I could have watched them longer but we had things to do. We had so much fun, I hated to leave. Hope more of you can join us next time.

  2. Patti Duffy Poirier says:

    It was an incredible time of friendship and renewal. The combination, great friends, and the beach are reaching to the depths of me, for sure. Wonderful conversations, carefree timelessness, birding at Joan’s, and beach combing at Liz’s. WOW!
    Thanks, and Blessings.

  3. Betty Ronksley says:

    Lovely photos of the beach sleep-over weekend. Sorry I couldn’t make it this year perhaps the next one(??)