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Classes and Seminars Make Bay View Even More Appealing

Posted on June 17th, 2021

Did you know the Bay View Association offers educational classes and seminars open to the public every summer?

Centrally located on Little Traverse Bay, the Bay View Association is a Chautauqua registered on the National Register of Historical Places. Since 1875, the summer community has offered the area educational opportunities for all ages. Learn how to make cheese, meditate, weave textiles, write songs, or play Mahjong.  Participate in a virtual or in person cooking class, study the history of Islam, get creative with a dance class or an art class like watercolor journaling, acrylic painting, or collage. For a full course list, calendar, and registration, check out

In addition to educational classes Bay View offers several free seminars throughout the summer. The Scarrow Friday Forums will inform us about our local Great Lakes region, current political science topics, behavioral health, and humanity in outer space. We will be hosting Saturday morning seminars with presentations and discussions on current cultural topics like race relations and LGTBQ+. These seminars will provide insight about important current events.

Bay View Education also hosts several speakers and larger events, this summer’s association theme of “There’s No Place Like Home,” stems from our Big Read book written by Elizabeth Letts, Finding Dorothy, which tells the tale of the creation of the infamous Wizard of Oz through the eyes of Frank L. Baum’s wife. Bridges: Crossing Cultural Divides will address topics of the perseverance of women obtaining the passage of the 19th amendment by lawyer and clinical social worker, Mary Mackintosh.

Our American Experience week will feature Yale Law professor David W. Blight who wrote the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winning book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. A forum to address the affordable housing crisis in Emmet County will happen in June, with a panel of local experts lecturing on the short and long term actions plans needed.  An Aging Gracefully Symposium will be held in August, cohosted with Independence Village, with presentations on elder law, scams, hospice/palliative care, estate planning, and life transitions.

We hope you experience summer with us! Many of our classes and seminars will be held outdoors under our large event tent this summer for added safety. 

Are you an educator interested in teaching a class or workshop? Contact Jeanne Greer, for more information.

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One thought on “Classes and Seminars Make Bay View Even More Appealing”

  1. Christine Wyatt says:

    Looks like wonderful opportunities for enrichment! Thank you!

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