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GROSSE POINTE THEATRE OFFERING CHILDREN’S PLAYWRITING AND PERFORMING WORKSHOP THIS SUMMER

For two weeks in July this year, Grosse Pointe Theatre will be creating young playwrights in a summer workshop focused on beginning playwriting – especially writing fractured fairy tales.

The two-week program (mornings only) will start on Monday, July 11, and run through Friday, July 22. Students who are available will be performing their works as part of the Fairy Tale Festival to be held at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House on Saturday, July 23. The daily sessions run from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and take place at the theatre’s Rehearsal Hall at 315 Fisher Road at Maumee.

As part of the theatre’s Youth on Stage program, this workshop is intended for youngsters who have completed grades 5, 6, 7 and 8. The first week will deal with the basics of playwriting and the second week will study fairy tales and writing and performing Fractured Fairy Tales the students have written. Surrounding all of these activities will be improv exercises and theatre games to increase the student’s general knowledge of theatre and stagecraft.

“We think we have planned an exciting curriculum for the kids and that they will learn some skills that will serve them throughout life. We are particularly looking for adventurous children who have creative minds and already know how to think outside the box,” said Mary Lou Britton, executive producer for the summer workshop. “The process of “fracturing” fairy tales encourages the students to think about different perspectives and changed endings for the fairy tales we all knew growing up.”

Fees for the two-week experience are $275 for children or grandchildren of GPT members; $300 for others.

Youth on Stage, in its 11th year of successful operation, is an educational opportunity for children and teens to learn about theatre and stagecraft. It offers two semester-long programs during the school year, ending each session with a full-stage production at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

For more information about Youth on Stage or the Summer Workshop, call the Theatre box office at 313/881-4004 or call producer Mary Lou Britton at 586/779-8974. She can also be reached at mellbee@earthlink.net.

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New Management Team at Toledo Beach Marina Looks Forward to Upgrades Focusing on Customers

The Toledo Beach Marina is excited to announce that the veteran marina management team led by Semo Post and Pam Poirier of Jefferson Beach Marina will now also be managing the Toledo Beach Marina.

“The Toledo Beach Marina has been a wonderful facility in previous years and has the potential to be one of the most exciting boating destinations in the area,” said Post, general manager. “We are thrilled to begin realizing the possibilities for this remarkable attraction.”

The marina has an unparalleled location on Lake Erie between Detroit and Toledo and near the Lake Erie Islands region, 250 acres of beautiful surrounding green space, and more than 600 docks in a protected deep-water harbor. Other amenities include drive up parking, year round 24-hour security, modern bath house, laundry, deli, Ship’s Store and 30′ x 50′ pool.

Toledo Beach Marina has an experienced yacht broker and showroom on the premises. And, with three hoists and a fully-staffed service and mechanic department, the marina can accommodate just about any boat on the lake.

Post and Poirier joined the Jefferson Beach Marina in 2008 and have steadily enhanced the facility, making it one of the premier boating locations on the St. Clair Shores Nautical Mile. They plan on bringing the same focus on the customer and attention to detail to the Toledo Beach Marina.

“We put our customers first and really listen to what they have to say,” according to Post. “Jefferson Beach has become the desired marina on the Nautical Mile because of this approach. We know we can have the same success with the Toledo Beach Marina.

“We look forward to working with the existing staff and getting their input on improvements that would enhance the marina.”

Poirier echoed Post’s enthusiasm about the Toledo Beach Marina. “I can’t wait to share the excitement of the boating lifestyle with the customers at Toledo Beach and revitalize this facility that has held the reputation as one of the premiere and largest marinas located on Lake Erie ,” she said.

Before joining Jefferson Beach Marina, Post spent 12 years as marina manager at Harbor Hill Marina, where he also implemented key improvements. The Grosse Pointe Farms resident started his marina career as harbor attendant at the Detroit Yacht Club in 1985, quickly moving up to harbor master. He has a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Poirier served as harbor and park supervisor at Grosse Pointe Farms Pier Park for 12 years before joining Jefferson Beach Marina. She has been a member of the Grosse Pointe Power Squadron for 15 years and was its first female executive board member. A resident of Grosse Pointe Farms, she has a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University.

Toledo Beach Marina is a large “full-service” marine complex unique to the area to serve the needs of boaters from the downriver area, Ann Arbor, Toledo, Indiana, Ohio-Lake Erie looking for a deepwater harbor capable of handling all size boats up to 150’ with full amenities on site, including:

  • 550 deep-water boat slips,
  • both covered and open-air, upgraded electrical service power pedestals for all watercraft to provide for their power needs,
  • The large capacity equipment including Travel Lift capable of lifting boats to 70”,
  • a modern approach to “Rack n’ Launch” utilizing modern high-low/lift equipment and an upgraded heated storage buildings on site,
  • heated swimming pool,
  • “The Sandbar” Restaurant and Bar,
  • plenty of open space for recreation and family gathering,
  • all mechanical services,
  • both gas and diesel,
  • fiberglass repair,
  • interior redesign/fitting out,
  • brokerage, yacht sales, and
  • a close working relationship with the North Cape Yacht Club located across the fairway from the TBM Fuel Dock