Lakeside Women’s Club

The Lakeside Women’s Club (LWC) has been an integral and vital part of the Lakeside Chautauqua experience since 1928.


All are welcome to join the Lakeside Women’s club, regardless of gender, whether living in or visiting Lakeside. Annual membership dues are $20 and can be paid at Green Gables (161 Walnut Avenue). The mission of the Lakeside Women’s Club is to enhance the Lakeside experience for women through fellowship, outreach and education.

Programming & Additional Opportunities

The LWC hosts several book discussions, programs, book reviews and events throughout the summer. Read the weekly summer Lakesider newspaper for the most up-to-date information. All programs are held at Green Gables (161 Walnut Ave.), unless otherwise noted.

All Lakeside Chautauqua guests and residents are welcome to borrow books from the LWC Library at Green Gables or purchase pre-owned books at the Used Book Sale. The library is open Monday-Friday 1-3 p.m. during the summer. The LWC also has a thrift shop at Green Gables called ‘The Corner Cupboard.’ Purchases are made through the honor system. Free Wi-Fi is also available at Green Gables.

Reserve a Room

The Lakeside Women’s Club rents rooms to adult women in the historic Green Gables Cottage, built in 1883.  Rooms with two twin beds are available for $80 per night and one room with a single bed is available for $60 per night. Call the hostess for reservations.

Hostess: Tayna Frost

Weekly Summer Schedule


  • Breakfast Bunch Book Discussion at 8:30 a.m. and After Lunch Bunch Book Discussion at 1:30 p.m. (Alternating Mondays)
  • “Women Reading through the Bible” Bible Study at 10 a.m.
  • Mahjong 3-5 p.m.
  • Porch Stories on select Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m.


  • Lakeside Women’s Club Programs at 1:30 p.m.


  • Bridge 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Mahjong 1:30 -3:30 p.m.


  • Mahjong 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Bridge 1:30-3:30 p.m.


  • Book Reviews at 1:30 p.m. at Green Gables
  • Mahjong 3-5 p.m.


Special Events

Tuesday Programs:

June 14 – Meeting 1

  •     Members Memorial – Janet Jennings, former LWC president
  •     LWC 2022 Season Overview – Barbara Browning, LWC president
  •     Meet and Greet – board members, group leaders and all attendee

 June 21 – Meeting 2

  •     Lakeside’s Women Guest House Managers – Gretchen Curtis, Lakeside Historical Society

 June 28 – Meeting 3

  •     Musical Theatre Program – Allison Bell, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance and Lakeside Arts and Entertainment Intern

 July 5 – Meeting 4

  •    Birding on the Peninsula – Wendy Clark McGlynn, former Publisher of Bird Watcher’s Digest

July 12 – Meeting 5

  •    Summer at the Lake Floral Arrangements – Sarah Gilbert, Owner of Sweet Pea Flower Truck

July 19 – Meeting 6

  •    Sneak Peak: Lakeside Sesquicentennial – Mark Carle, Lakeside Historical Society

July 26 – Meeting 7

  •    Sustainability and its Significance to Lakeside – Hannah Naumoff, Candidate for MSc Biodiversity and
  •    Global Change at University College London

August 2 – Meeting 8

  •    Surprise group experience!  – M.A. Stephens, Organizational Development consultant

August 9 – Meeting 9

  •     Eating Locally – Wendy Stuhldreher, former Professor of Public Health, Slippery Rock University

August 16 – Meeting 10

  •     Annual Luncheon – Marilou Berg, coordinator
  •     Musical Program – Jerry Popiel, singer/songwriter/guitar player

August 23 – Meeting 11

  •     Geography of the Great Lakes – Carrie Jennings, PhD, Research and Policy Director at Freshwater

August 30 – Meeting 12

  •     Potluck Luncheon – Marilou Berg, coordinator
  •     2022 Season Slideshows – Beth Sibbring and Frannie Cranfield
  •     Officer Installation – Nominating Committee

Friday Book Review:

  • June 17The Pages (Hamilton) and Rebellion (Roth) – Mary Ann and Ron Janke
  • June 24Stranger in the Lifeboat (Albon) – Barb Hoffman  and The Indigo Girl (Booyd) – Carolyn Haskins
  • July 1Navigating Early (Vanderpool) – Benjamin and Rosemary Stuhldreher
  • July 8Book of Lost Friends (Wingate) – Jennifer Shrewsbury; and Forest of the Vanishing Stars (Harmel) Claudia Haskins
  • July 15Caste (Wilkerson) – Bill Smith
  • July 22The Lincoln Highway (Amor Towles) – Bambi Clark; Everything I Never Told You (Ng) – Char Wilkerson
  • July 29Afghanistan: A Cultural & Political History (Barfield) – Jan Hamilton
  • August 5May the Circle Be Unbroken (Terkell) – Mary Breckenridge
  • August 12The Rent Collector (Wright) – Betsy Shaw; and Inheritance (Shapiro) – Barbara Browning
  • August 19No Time on My Hands (Yost) – Lynn Woods; and The Long Long Winter (Wilder) – Claudia Haskins

Monday Book Discussions for the 2022 Season:

The After Lunch Book Discussion will meet every other Monday afternoon starting June 13 through August 22. Attendees are asked to have read the book in advance.

  • June 13, 2022:  “The Personal Librarian” by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray; Debbie Heibert, discussion leader – 1:30 p.m. at Green Gables
  • June 20, 2022:  “The Sweetness of Water” by Nathan Harris; Peggy Malone, discussion leader – 8:30 a.m. at Aigler Room
  • June 27, 2022:   “Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell; Joanne Dempe, discussion leader – 1:30 p.m. at Green Gables
  • July 11, 2022:   “A Single Thread” by Tracey Chevalier; Nancy Carlson, discussion leader – 1:30 p.m. at Green Gables
  • July 18, 2022:   “Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc” by Mark Twain; Ruth Watkins, discussion leader – 8:30 a.m. at Train Station
  • July 25, 2022:  “The Paris Library” by Janet Skelsien Charles; Rosemary Mazurek, discussion leader – 1:30 p.m. at Green Gables
  • August 1, 2022:   “Travel Light, Move Fast” by Alexandra Fuller; Donna Myers, discussion leader – 8:30 a.m. at Train Station
  • August 8, 2022:   “This Tender Land” by William Kent Krueger; Marsha Krosnosky, discussion leader – 1:30 p.m. at Green Gables
  • August 15, 2022:   “The Stars are Fire” by Anita Shreve; Ginger O’Malley, discussion leader – 8:30 a.m. at Train Station
  • August 22, 2022:  “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah; Donna Myers, discussion leader – 1:30 p.m. at Green Gables
  • August 29, 2022:  “The Road to Bittersweet” by Donna Everhart; Wendy Stuhldreher, discussion leader – 8:30 a.m. at the Train Station



Barbara Browning – President 
Lakeside Women’s Club