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Join us for Book Club 6pm Monday, August 4

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Upcoming Events

Friday, Aug 1 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, Aug 2 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Saturday, Aug 2 at 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 2 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Jazz Night every Thursday at 7pm

This week at the Book Nook

Sunday Brunch

Sundays 10-noon

June, July & August

enjoy live music, brunch, mimosas

Quiz Night

6pm Mondays

With DJ Jeffery Schildroth.  Dinner/drink specials, prizes, fun!

Documentary Screening

5:30 Tuesday, July 29

Margaret Barry, director

The Polish Hotel

Director/Producer: Margaret Barry

Documentary Screening: The Polish Hotel

5:30pm Tuesday, July 29

Overview: The Polish Hotel is a documentary short film about a tight-knit community of three generations of Polish and Polish Americans and their 35 summers together at a resort hotel in Union Pier, Michigan. Polish is the predominant language at the hotel, known affectionately by some of the residents as the Polish Hotel—it is a slice of Poland in the middle of America. The elders of the community, who were forced out of Poland after World War I, left their homeland and invested precious money and time in the hotel and made it a priority to keep their traditions alive.

The Story: What’s Polish about The Polish Hotel? Answer: just about everything. Ten Polish families from Chicago pooled their money to buy this run-down hotel (built in the 1940s) and lovingly restored it—filling it with Polish folk art, a piano and other comforts from home. Thirty-five years later, the 29-room hotel (filled with more than 150 people) is still in business (a 75-year-old resident has rented the same room for 25 years)!

What’s unusual about the hotel besides its “Polish-ness?” Just about everything. More like a hostel than a hotel, it has a communal kitchen, shared bathrooms—even a pirate radio station and its own theme song (sung to the tune of Hotel California).

The film features interviews with 91-year-old Bolesaw Stanczyk, who immigrated from Poland just after World War II. During the war, Mr. Stanczyk was a commander of Batalion Zoska, which played a major role in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Historical World War II photos paint a visual picture of his experience. The film also features interviews with Barbara Barcinski, who immigrated around the same time. Photos of her childhood and teenage years in Poland illustrate what life was like before and after she immigrated.

The film also captures the voices of the hotel’s second generation. George Biernadski and his friends tell stories about Radio Mykros, a pirate radio station they operated from one of the hotel rooms. They cobbled the station together with an antenna poking out of an upstairs hotel room window. Radio Mykros (a combination of the words “micro” and Mykonos), a Greek island with a similar beach) broadcasts were as mundane as “Rogozinski children, your mother wants you to come up for lunch,” and as silly as “the million song countdown” and “Why are artists poor?” The film shows George’s friends on the roof installing the antenna. Original Radio Mykros broadcasts are included in the film.

The hotel, never meant as a money making venture, has never advertised and there is very little turnover. The renters, most of whom are Polish immigrants or Polish-Americans, hear about the hotel through word of mouth. Wealthy vacationers from Chicago pay more than $2,000 a week to rent a small cottage on the same block as The Polish Hotel, but the most expensive rooms at the hotel cost less than $2,000 for the entire summer season, Memorial Day through mid-Sept. The hotel is only open during the summer season.

Many of the hotel’s residents, who are retired and living on fixed incomes, could no longer afford to stay there if the prices increased. But the owners would never consider replacing them with younger renters who could pay more. In the film, 70-year-old immigrant Barbara Ilczyszyn takes us on a humorous tour of the hotel. She shows us the hotel room she has rented for the past 25 years

(so far). Yep! That’s 25 years in the exact same room!

Barbara also shows us the small room in the hotel where Al Capone (supposedly) gambled during the 1940s. She also shows us the communal kitchen and dining room and explains the rules regarding the sharing of tables in the dining room, the sharing of counter space and refrigerators (two families to a refrigerator) in the kitchen and the sharing of bathrooms.

Terry Rogozinski Grider, the hotel’s manager (aka “The General”) takes us on her own humorous tour of the hotel, showing us the tiny room where she and her family spent many years. She describes the hotel’s traditions, its raucous numerous late-night parties with dancing and the singing of Polish folk songs and the hotel’s more unusual residents without poking fun at them. B-roll includes historical photos of the parties and the hotel.

Our next  book club book:

The Cukoo's Calling

by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)


A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.

Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Winner of the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller

Classical Night

Bernadine Johnson, piano

7pm Wednesday, July 30

Bernadine Johnson earned her degree in music education from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has been teaching piano for more than 38 years to students of all ages and abilities in her private studio in Fremont, Michigan, has been on the piano faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and has taught music education classes in Newaygo County. Along with teaching, she is active as a composer for Alfred Publishing, church musician, adjudicator, accompanist, director, a member of several musical organizations, community volunteer, wife, mother, and grandmother. She has received several awards for her accomplishments and service in the field of music.

Jazz Night

Brad Fritcher + Trois

7pm Thursday

July 31

$5 Cover

Weekend Music

DJ Casey Rolewicz

7pm Friday

August 1

Music & Marys

10am-noon Saturday, August 2

$5 Bloody Mary Bar

Live Jazz

Author Event

Elizabeth Morrison

4pm Saturday, August 2

The unique body-typing program that teaches you how to:

  • Lose weight
  • Achieve your ideal body shape
  • Target your trouble spots
  • Boost your energy
  • Eliminate food cravings forever
  • Feel better than you ever thought possible

free donuts!  (just kidding)

Lake Effect Saxophone Quartet

Happy Hour Recital

5pm Saturday, 

August 2

White Lake Chamber Music Event

Open Mic

7pm Saturday

August 2

Bring a song, poem or reading

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