HotHouse Presents A Lakeside Studios Program Rekindling the Salon” with Anne Hills & Jamie O’Reilly

“Where artist meets mentor
and creative partnerships are forged.”

“Rekindling the Salon*”
Writing for Performance
An Artist Retreat & Soiree
Lakeside Studios and Historic Inn
August 5, 6, 7  2014
With Anne Hills, Jamie O’Reilly
workshop leaders Sue Demel and Beau O’Reilly
Address: 15251 Lakeshore Road

Lakeside, MI 49116
Ph: 269.469.0600 (for Inn only)

Retreat/Workshops $360 (*plus lodging)
T/W/Th. 10 am – 5 pm including Thursday evening soiree

Thursday, August 7, Soiree & Concert
Tickets are $25. Purchase on reservation page here.
5:30 Arts Historian: Judie Anderson talk
7:00 Reception and soiree
8:00 Performance in the historic ballroom

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Jamie O’Reilly, Chicago Cultural Arts Producer and Artist joins with nationally celebrated singer/songwriter and poet Anne Hills in producingRekindling the Salon, Artist Retreat & Soiree”.  This 3-day artist retreat, focuses on writing for performance, culminating in a public performance and reception. The program is presented as part of the HotHouse Lakeside Studios Program at Lakeside, MI, for which Anne and Jamie are Artist-in-Residence at the Studios.

lakesideSalon Soiree, Performance and Reception. Thursday, Aug 7 at 7 PM. $25 general admission, (includes wine and cheese reception AND Arts historian talk at 5:30). The unplugged soiree will be held in the historic ballroom at Lakeside Inn, recreating the atmosphere of the Inn in its’ sumptuous Arts and Crafts hey-day, co-hosted by HotHouse. Poets, writers, musicians perform.  Visual Artists sketch and take photos.  Email: ___________________________________________________

-2 1/2  days of workshops with cultural arts professionals
-Continental breakfast and lunch at Studios provided
-Open mic & coaching/rehearsal time
-Historian talk and artist reception
-Participation in Thursday evening performance and soiree
-Free Parking -Kitchen access – Beach access – Area Studio tours

NOTE: Lodging is extra

houseRetreat cost per person $360,**plus lodging:
-Sleeping platforms at Studios, shower/kitchenette
-The House of 11 Gables (pictured), 3 nights min. $50 – 75 per night
-Historic Inn, private bath, no kitchen, $125- $190 per night
(**Plan lodging with registration due to space)

Workshop space: A project of Hothouse, the Lakeside Studios (pictured) is an adapted stables that Lakeside studiosonce hosted Ed Paschke and other renowned artists. Located adjacent to the Lakeside Inn, the studios are outfitted with a classroom, self-catering (mini-kitchen), lavatory/shower and sleeping platforms.  Air-conditioned.  Cooking and picnic area are also available.  

Performance Space Thursday night’s unplugged soiree will be open to the public in the historic ballroom of the Lakeside Inn, and starts with a reception. Workshop participants, musicians and writers from the community will be featured. 



181690_202440916434661_7667034_nJamie and Anne met in 1984 when Anne appeared with the late Bob Gibson in the musical play The Courtship of Carl Sandburg.  Anne first heard Jamie sing “Danny Boy” at an Irish Festival. She produced Jamie’s first album of Irish songs at WFMT in Chicago. Many projects, concerts, salons and recordings have followed for these dear friends and colleagues, including: Scarlet Confessions (with Michael Smith and Paul Amandes), Imperfect Balance Women’s arts series, featuring Songs of a Kerry Madwoman, and the Heartsongs of Opal Whiteley, and this summer’s Rekindling the Salon in Lakeside, MI.  Read more about Jamie here, and Anne at

Photo: “Scarlet Confessions”, Victory Gardens Theater 



Jamie O’Reilly started hosting artist salons in her home in 2007, reviving a family tradition begun by her bright and feisty relatives in Chicago at the turn of the last century.  Memoirs tell of Jamie’s great Aunt Nell and Uncle Tuck’s wedding day on July 4, 1914, and of their ferrying across Lake Michigan to Sawyer, MI for a honeymoon. Dorothy (Nell) Ellen Tucker (pictured above left), was one of the first students of the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and an artist at Ox-bow in Saugatuck, MI. Decades later, Jamie O’Reilly, a lyric soprano, appeared in concert with her band Jamie O’Reilly & The Rogues, at the Lakeside Inn ballroom in the early 1980s, when the Inn was owned by John Wilson. 

Award-winning singer/songwriter Anne Hills, Jamie’s co-producer, was raised in St. Joseph, Michigan.  Anne attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy during her high school years.  A national touring artist and poet, she appears at venues throughout Southwestern Michigan, among them the Krasl Arts Center and Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph. Anne’s late parents, David and Margaret Hills, were major arts supporter in St. Joseph, MI. Jamie and Anne appeared in concert together last December at the Box Factory for the Arts, to a capacity crowd, in an evening dedicating the Hills family grand piano, a gift to the Center.

The Rekindling the Salon retreat and performance celebrates the formidable cultural roots of 4 outstanding artists and their shared belief that art and history enrich communities and bring people together.

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THE WORKSHOPS see the FAQs, Aug Retreat
Rekindling the Salon: Writing for Performance Artist Retreat
focuses on the cultural arts and making things up — stories, songs, pictures, poems, projects and presenting them in intimate settings. The artists meet up close with the audience and a unique creative exchange takes place.
Arts professionals Sue Demel, Beau O’Reilly, Anne Hills and Jamie O’Reilly lead 3 days of workshops at Lakeside studios on writing on your feet, improvisation, adapting poetry and prose for music and the stage, and using art and history in collaboration. The retreat culminates in an artist showcase, open to the public, that will recreate the Salons of a by-gone era in the historic ballroom of Lakeside Inn.


Thursday evening there is a talk with Artist & Historian
Judie Anderson at 5:30 at the Inn.

Beau O’Reilly and Sue Demel join Jamie and Anne in bringing their expertise and talents to the retreat and performing in the Thursday night soiree at the Inn.  

Workshop leader
Workshop leader

Beau O’Reilly is a founding member of the Curious Theater Branch, now in its 25th year. He is co-curator of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival, a frequent contributor to This American Life, and a professor of playwriting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The author of over eighty original plays, he is also a working actor who appeared with Victory Gardens Theatre, Prop Theater and others.  Beau was named producer of the year in 2006, and his production of No Danger of the . . . Spiritual Thing received an Orgie Theatre Award for best ensemble.Beau has been named one of “Chicago theater’s most influential” a half dozen times. He teaches in the summer program at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and led a popular poetry workshop at The Harold Washington Library. He makes regular appearances at the Poetry Fdn, this spring in 4 small plays by Samuel Beckett, and last year in “And the Poet Sang” and “The Bojo Dance: Whitman and Ginsberg” (as Allen Ginsberg).  Beau recently published 2 stories in Word Riot, and released 2 albums of songs with The Crooked Mouth band on Uvulittle label. He has produced, curated and directed work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Steppenwolf Studio, Links Hall in Chicago, and more, and appears as a regular presenter at Roots Salon.

Workshop leader
Workshop lead

Sue Demel. Whether it’s scatting, chanting, writing, or collaborating, Sue Demel explodes the pre-conceived notions of singing. As a founding and current member of folk trio Sons of the Never Wrong, Sue tours nationally, performing original, acoustic music. Her body of work as a songwriter achieves a rare peace between the boundaries of love and redemption. A seasoned back-up vocalist featured on over 50 CD’s and a much sought after singer/songwriter coach, Sue is currently a recording artist on Waterbug records where her original songs, arrangements, and vocals are featured. She also performs with Come Sunday, Gospel Ensemble and as a guest artist with blues performer Corky Siegel.

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