click to enlarge Lake Springfield beach and beach house in 1954.
Lake Springfield beach and beach house in 1954.
This Sunday, Sept. 10, the Council of Lake Springfield Clubs celebrates its 60th anniversary with food, drinks and music from noon to 6 p.m. at the Aqua Sports Club. The public is invited and admission is free.

“We’ll have a welcome and proclamation by Mayor Jim Langfelder for the 60th anniversary at the beginning,” says Loretta Michaud, 30-year member of Lake Springfield clubs and past president of the council, “then there will be corn dogs, hamburgers, pork chops, chips and beverages for sale, and the band Off the Wall will play from 1 to 4 p.m.”

In addition to the food and music, says Council President Adam Pallai, the party will feature a silent auction, bocce ball tournament, raffle, can coolies for sale and a display of Lake Springfield clubs’ history. “There will be old lake pictures from various people and CWLP, along with the history booklet (from the Council’s 50th anniversary).”

There are currently 13 Lake Springfield member clubs. The council serves as the liaison between the clubs, city, county and Lake Springfield homeowners. “It provides unity of purpose as the liaison between member clubs on matters of mutual interest,” says Michaud. “Membership is made up of representatives from each group and associate members from City Water, Light & Power, the Lake Police, and the Springfield Underwater Search and Rescue Team. We meet once every month except November to discuss lake issues and activities, we put together a Lake Springfield schedule of events that runs May through mid-October so weekend events don’t overlap, and we plan the winter Chili Cook-Off for charity.”

This Saturday, the public can come out to the Aqua Sports Club by boat, car or motorcycle, Michaud adds, to enjoy the view,  have some fun and food, and possibly win some money. “We’re planning food for 500 people,” says Pallai. And, Michaud adds, they are “hoping to sell enough raffle tickets to give the winner $3,000.”

The celebration is at Aqua Sports Club, #1 Club Drive, 529-2431.

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