High School Artist showcases The Women’s Club on 2017 Sparkle Holiday Ornament

Fascinating History of The Women’s Club is commemorated to become a new addition for collectors of annual fund-raising ornament that helps to pay for downtown holiday lighting and activities.

Emily Pantelleria from Danielle Hanna’s art class at Saugatuck High School created this detailed design of The Women’s Club with the sign of the beloved annual ‘A Christmas Carol’ production.

The entire art class will be treated to baked goods and hot chocolate this Friday morning, March 10th at 9am where members from The Women’s Club will share the history of the building and Emily Pantelleria will receive $100.00 in SDABA Bucks for the winning design. (SDABA bucks are as good as cash at all Saugatuck Douglas Area Business Association businesses.)

The Saugatuck Woman’s Club (SWC) was founded in 1904 by six prominent women in Saugatuck, Mesdames Hodge (first President), Bird, Takken, Hurlburt, Falconer, and Sutton in the home of Mrs. Hattie Bird. Their purpose was to organize a women’s club for all women in the Saugatuck area and to start a lending library for the benefit of the community.

At its inception the purpose of the Club was, “Shall be the promotion of the higher interest of humanity through philanthropic, civil, literary and educational work”. Over the years the membership has varied from 50-160 members, and in 1914-1915 it was the largest club in Allegan County and the chief social and literary function in town.

In 1935 the cornerstone was laid for the auditorium. Designed by Thomas Eddy Talmadge, the architect who designed Colonial Williamsburg, the building is reminiscent of a Williamsburg Chapel.

Ornaments will be available by Memorial Day Weekend for $10 at area retailers or by contacting SDABA.

This is the 25th. year that the business community has worked with local artists and the high school art department to create an ornament, helping to fund holiday lighting and activities. Past ornaments include The Old Saugatuck Lighthouse, Mount Baldhead, Interurban Transit, The Red Barn, The Chain Ferry, 100th Anniversary of Ox Bow, Pumphouse Museum, and more!

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