It's hard to describe the role the War Memorial plays in our community because it is so many things to so many people. The beautiful War Memorial Center is the former mansion of the Russell A. Alger family. With its subsequently added ballroom and theater overlooking Lake St. Clair, the center is a community attraction the rivals the many private clubs in the area.
Open to all residents, the War Memorial offers art classes and exhibits, lectures, concerts, plays, ballet and social dancing instruction, and children's theater, as well as membership in along list of special-interest clubs whose focus is either cultural, informative or just plain fun. In addition, the summer concert series is held on the beautiful grounds on the shores of Lake St. Clair. The War Memorial sponsors several annual events, and local groups meet at the facility.
Visit several private gardens not otherwise open to the public.
A One-Day Festival of Ceramic Tiles Sponsored by Pewabic Pottery. Tile makers, tile artists, dealers and collectors from around the country display and sell a large selection of ceramic art tiles. Historic and fine handcrafted contemporary tiles are available at this one-day only indoor event.
150 artists and craftsmen in painting sculpture, graphics, photography, metalwork, pottery, weaving, jewelry, enamels, glass, woodwork and original stitchery. There is specially selected artwork from Grosse Pointe North and South High Schools and University-Liggett students. Enjoy a carillon concert, a magician, a wandering minstrel, a harpist and performances by Grosse Pointe Theatre and The Michigan Banjoes. There are children's hands-on art booths, storytelling, clowns, balloons, tattoo artist and much more!
Several area special interest groups meet at the War Memorial.
For Grosse Pointe residents over 21 and their friends. Following the ski season, the club sponsors summer sports events and picnics. All singles and couples who enjoy sports and socializing are welcome. Special introductory membership dues for off-season months, May - August are $8.00 singles and $10.00 couples.
The club usually meets for cards and lunch on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. Noon - 4.00 p.m.
$20.00 membership Grosse Pointe residents
$25.00 membership non-residents
$ 5.00 lunch for members
$ 6.00 lunch for guests
Mondays, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Fridays, 7:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Game competition under the direction of Judith Thomas. Master points can be earned.
Sanctioned novice games, Friday nights - 7:00 p.m.
Restricted to less experienced players, novice games provide all the enjoyment of regular games with less stress. A short lesson will precede the game. A written analysis of an interesting and instructive hand from the previous week's game will be provided. $5.00 per session includes coffee and snacks.
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Chess sets and boards are provided for informal games, tournaments, and inter-club teams. New members are welcome. $10.00 per year for membership.
Beautiful music provided by the Grosse Pointe Chamber Music group. Concerts are performed in the Grosse Pointe War Memorial's Crystal Ballroom by the lake.
Schedules travel slides and films created by area residents.