River Lake Inn is once again delighted to offer our 11th annual season of the Sunday Supper Club.
The Sunday Supper Club will begin on Sunday, January 23, 2022 for nine Sundays ending Sunday, March 27. There will not be a Sunday Supper Club meeting on Sunday, February 13–Valentine's weekend.
Each Sunday offers a unique and informative half-hour program starting at 3:00 pm. Please see below for a complete listing of dates and weekly program topics.
Following each week's program, River Lake Inn offers a unique special soup and sandwich feature perfect for a Sunday supper and to add additional interest and enjoyment to your Sunday evening. Sunday's soup & sandwich selections for each week are listed in the program schedule below. Plus, you won't want to miss out on or weekly selection of homemade desserts.
To participate in the Sunday Supper Club, one must have a Sunday Supper Club membership.
Membership is just $20 per person for the season. The membership fee covers the programs.
All meals, including soup and sandwich selections, are an additional expense. Our weekly soup and sandwich features cost somewhere around $14.95 depending on varying food costs to prepare them.
Guest fee of $5 per person and will require advanced reservations. Sign up for our email program (see home page) and you will receive email announcements of all upcoming programs.
Please join us for this exciting Sunday Supper Club and sign up today. Call the restaurant (269) 432-2626, or stop by for a membership enrollment form.
As a Sunday Supper Club member, we will send you reminders of the upcoming season in late fall and send weekly email reminders throughout the series. If you have any questions, please be sure to let us know.
Join us this coming winter for these special programs!
Marv & Anita Bliss
Below is a listing of the 2022 Sunday Supper Club Program.
Sunday, January 23, 2022
1918-2020: Spanish Flu and COVID-19 in Kalamazoo
In 1918 the so-called Spanish Flu killed 219 people in the city of Kalamazoo and sickened thousands. Historian Sharon Ferraro explores the impact of the 1918 flu epidemic with comments and comparisons to the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak and how both pandemics changed the way we lived and people’s behavior.
Featured Sandwich: Prime Rib Sandwich
Featured Soup: French Onion Soup
Sunday, January 30
Mass Observation–A Study of British Culture in the 30s
In September 1938, an eclectic group of three men launched a nationwide study of the British population to gain insights into the opinions, attitudes and beliefs of the working-class. Jim Coppinger shares the story of the Mass-Observation project and draws comparisons to what our society is facing today in terms of public opinion and the influence of mass and social media.
Featured Sandwich: Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich
Featured Soup: Cream of Asparagus Soup
Sunday, February 6
History of Reform Schools
Since the 1820s, the name and the aims of facilities for delinquent youth has fluctuated - from Houses of Refuge, Reformatories, and Juvenile Homes to name a few. Jody Owens, provides an update on the status of youth facilities today? Have problems of delinquent youth been solved or have more been created?
Featured Sandwich: Chicken Wings
Featured Soup: Tailgate Chili
Sunday, February 13
No Sunday Supper Club meeting. Valentine's weekend.
Sunday, February 20
The Lost Submarine–Part 2
Rick Sutton continues the story of the World War II Nazi U-Boat found off the New Jersey coast in 1991. We will look into why it was there, who knew it was there, and who sank it.
Featured Sandwich: Classic Reuben Sandwich
Featured Soup: Roasted Garlic Potato Soup
Sunday, February 27
Newspaper Wars: Competition in the 19th Century
Tom Dietz, local historian, will examine Kalamazoo’s politically competitive newspapers in the 19th century with the Kalamazoo Gazette supporting the Democratic Party while the Kalamazoo Telegraph was Republican. Dietz will share the story of the days when Kalamazoo had two real newspapers.
Featured Sandwich: Roast Beef Romesco Sandwich
Featured Soup: Tomato Basil Soup
Sunday, March 6
The Story or Woburn Abbey
Joe Ganger, local historian, became interested in Woburn Abbey in 1960 when stationed in England as a U.S. nuclear bomber co-pilot. Joe visited the abbey–originally a Cistercian monastery built in 1150–and soon after, met the Duke of Bedford and learned a fascinating story of royalty and a fairytale life to share.
Featured Sandwich: Chipolte Pulled-Pork Sandwich
Featured Soup: Hungarian Mushroom Soup
Sunday, March 13
Beyond the Bee's Knees
Author and beekeeper Charlotte Hubbard will be presenting Beyond the Bee’s Knees–an overview of the critical honeybee, what’s happening with its survival, amazing facets of this insect, how we can all help, some personal reflections, and answer questions about these fascinating creatures
Featured Sandwich: Portobello Swiss Burger
Featured Soup: French Onion Soup
Sunday, March 20
Dark Corners–Michigan Crime Histories
Visit some of Michigan’s creepiest locations in this photographic expedition of historic prisons and county jails with author Tobin T. Buhk. Venture inside the old Detroit House of Corrections, the State Penitentiary at Jackson and several county jails. Hear recounted tales of some of those inmates..
Featured Sandwich: Gourmet Chicken Salad Sandwich
Featured Soup: White Chicken Chili
Sunday, March 27
This Sunday is devoted to member participation. Members are given a list of topics to generate recollections from their lives for a one-minute talk to share their story on one chosen topic—a favorite teacher or mentor, scariest moment, dearest friend, most famous or infamous relative, or most memorable book.
Featured Sandwich: Chef's Choice
Featured Soup: Chef's Choice