Lakeside Symphony Candlelight Showcase

 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 
Select Lakeside Cottages & Hotel Lakeside Dining Room

The Lakeside Symphony Candlelight Showcase, held 8-10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, is a unique event that raises funds for the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (LSO).

Ticket holders enjoy an evening home tour with candlelit paths to each residence featuring small symphonic ensembles of LSO musicians. This event is sold out. Tickets are non-refundable. Thank you for supporting the LSO.

The orchestra, established in 1963, is one of Lakeside's most cherished organizations. Their summer concert series remains a long-standing tradition. In order to sustain this tradition, Lakeside invests close to $130,000 annually.

Homes on Tour

Mary Ann & Ron Janke
174 Oak Ave.
“Heartwood Cottage”

“Heartwood Cottage,” dating back to 1880, is the bright red cottage that greets people as they walk along the Oak Avenue gateway to Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile.

Heartwood is the dead core of a tree around which the living part grows. “Heartwood Cottage” is the heartwood for its owners, Mary Ann and Ron Janke, as well as their family and friends, who grow by participating in Lakeside's four Chautauqua pillars.

A huge tree, a red oak measuring over 16’ in circumference, grows behind the home. This magnificent tree is estimated to have sprouted before Lakeside was established. Its massive canopy shades many cottages and is one of Lakeside’s natural treasures.

Mary Ann and Ron are the 14th owners of this home. Through substantial renovations in 2009, Lakesiders Dave and Rebecca Smith created a three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage, with a modern floor plan and traditional design features and materials. Mary Ann and Ron have added whimsical decorating touches and other elements, such as a “Harry Potter” closet and book nook, which are prized sleeping quarters by their grandchildren.

The Jankes enjoy the charm of the Lakeside Historic District. Since purchasing the cottage in 2015, they have learned that some their best Lakeside experiences have occurred in the homes of friends. They hope that others will have such an experience in “Heartwood Cottage” during the Lakeside Symphony Candlelight Showcase.

Brenda & Michael Haas
150 Oak Ave.
“Tide the Knot”

“Tide the Knot” is a quaint Bungalow-style home thought to be more than 90 years old and purchased in 2018 by Brenda and Michael Haas of Pittsburgh.

Aerial black and white photographs exist of the cottage and the Bruckens’ neighboring waterfront “Nor’Wester” cottage with a gaggle of old Ford Model T vehicles parked at the nearby marina.

According to the previous owner, John R. Conry, Jr., the property saw marked exterior improvements in the past half dozen years or so with the addition of a new foundation, windows and siding.

Brenda and Mike put a lot of sweat equity into patching drywall, painting and furnishing their “new” old place with re-purposed family heirlooms and an eclectic mix of nautical artwork.

The couple hose the cottage name “Tide the Knot” because of their personal Lakeside history. Brenda was talked into working at Lakeside by her college friends Sarah Hall, Mark Wilson and Skip Skolnik back in the summer of 1989.

Skip introduced Brenda the “gate girl” to his sailing buddy Mike, whose parents owned the Upper Shelf at the time (now Marilyn’s). Their son lived above the gift shop while working at the Little Caesar’s in Port Clinton, and, at least once a week, he would pull through the gates after his shift and offer Brenda a fresh pizza.

Clearly, this was the way to her heart instead of flowers, as the couple maintained a long-distance romance — her in Columbus at Otterbein College, and he in Pittsburgh at Pitt Law School — for several years, before eventually marrying in the lobby of Hotel Lakeside in 1992.

Mike, a patent attorney, now serves as President of the Society of Old Salts (S.O.S.) and is often seen in one of the only Force 5 sailboats on the lake. Brenda, a freelance writer, loves working from her “office” on the screened porch, usually with a dog or cat keeping watch in the windows.

They raised their daughters, Elaine and Michelle, on a healthy annual dose of Lakeside sailing, Whistle Stop ice cream, bike rides and walks on the dock.

Elaine, now a graduate of Georgia Tech, worked a summer at Ooh La La and was an intern with Lakeside several years back. Michelle, an art student at Savannah College of Art and Design, served as lifeguard and sailing staffer in 2017 and 2018.

The Haas Family has always been advocates for the arts and welcome Lakeside Symphony Orchestra lovers to “Tide the Knot.”

Evelyn & Dan Buckey
221 Park Row


Vicki & Glen Becker
225 Sycamore Ave.
"Not So Bright"

Purchase Tickets

This event is sold out. Tickets are non-refundable. Thank you for supporting the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra.

August 2021