CIRCLING LAKE MICHIGAN:

1100 MILES OF HISTORY, ARTS & CULTURE

Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m.

in the Community Room at the Parchment Community Library

Vacationers have been looping the lake for generations — but the official “Lake Michigan Circle Tour” route wasn’t established until the 1980s when the Michigan Department of Transportation teamed up with West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA) to create the route and its official guidebook. Along the way, find more than 100 lighthouses, countless islands, unique attractions, parks and natural areas, miles of glorious beaches, quaint harbor towns, an internationally-recognized urban center and one “modern marvel” — the Mackinac Bridge. You are invited to discover some of the Lake Michigan Circle Tour’s well-known destinations and its best-kept secrets with Dianna Stampfler, who worked for seven years at WMTA as a primary researcher and promoter of the route.

About the Presenter:

Since 1997, Dianna has been presenting lively and upbeat programs about historic lighthouses, ghost towns, islands and other unique destinations and activities in her home state of Michigan. Dianna is a passionate professional speaker, with a degree in communications from Western Michigan University and 20+ years experience in radio broadcasting and public speaking.

An established freelance writer, Dianna is a regular contributor to Michigan Blue Magazine and Grand Rapids Family Magazine, Michigan Home & Lifestyle Magazine and has also been published in Michigan Living, Michigan Travel Ideas, Lake Michigan Circle Tour & Lighthouse Guide, Country Lines, Tasters Guild International and Grand Rapids Magazine, among others.

She is a member of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, Great Lake Lighthouse Keepers Association, Michigan Maritime Museum, Historical Society of Michigan and is on the board of the Michigan Hemingway Society. She also sits on the Ferris State University Hospitality Advisory Board, is publicist for the Michigan Brewers Guild and is Executive Director of both the Kent County Hospitality Association and Michigan Craft Distillers Association. Over the years, she’s been involved in countless organizations such as the Michigan One Room Schoolhouse Association, Allegan County Tourist Council, Michigan Culinary Tourism Alliance and Downtown Market Grand Rapids Board.