The Welcome to Clark Lake Sign is closer to reality each day. Annette Fink and her volunteers are crafting a mural made of high-fired pieces of glazed clay. Each will have its own color. Together, they will form this image.
The sign will face the turn in North Lake Road as you approach Ocean Beach. On the Spirit Trail side of the sign will be the names of those who donate $1000 or more, engraved on 6 x 8 plaques. Corporate logos are also welcome for each donation of $2500. New donors will join the names of those who have already made $1000 donations. Those donors were recognized on the Jefferson Road section of the Trail. Their names have eroded and are no longer visible. That won’t happen with this new sign. Both the Welcome to Clark Lake and the names of donors facing the Spirit Trail will stand guard for eons. The sign and names of donors will serve as a testament to future generations of what Clark Lake means to this generation.
Sign Up for the Sign Glaze-a-thon
Annette and her team are also inviting you to join the construction project at the Sign Up for the Sign Glaze-a-thon at the Beach Bar, between 2 and 4 pm on Sunday, January 26th. Annette explains, “each piece requires five coats of glaze.” Each coat dries within 5 minutes, so the entire process for one piece takes about 20 minutes. “Tables will be set up for each color. Since each piece has a unique number, you will be able to find the piece you glazed once it is mounted on the sign.” Annette and her team would like to see as many Clark Lakers as possible join the effort. To take part in the Glaze-a-thon, please register by scrolling down to the bottom of the article.
The Beach Bar is donating 10% of food sales 2 pm – 4 pm to benefit Sign Up for the Sign.
The glazing and firing process will be completed by spring. Once temperatures reliably reach 50 degrees, a tiler will apply the many pieces to the face. And thus, a new Clark Lake icon is born.
You can learn more about the process by viewing this video.
Projects at Clark Lake bear a special character. The building of the Spirit Trail, moving the Kentucky Homestead down the lake or support of Dam Strong and Garden Angels speak volumes. They are shining examples of this—more than what happened, what’s remarkable is how they happened. No government edict or taxpayer funding manifested itself. These projects got done because the people of Clark Lake joined together hand-in-hand. Creativity fueled visions, goals were set, committees organized, funds were raised, and caring volunteers overcame obstacles and accomplished the mission. What can be learned from Clark Lake history is this: when there is need, the means to meet it comes to pass. Would you like to join the many generous people of Clark Lake in support of this project?
Names of donors will also be recognized on a dedicated page of this website. In addition to the $1000 donors, donors of any size will be warmly included on this special page.
What happens if donations exceed the amount needed to cover the building of the sign? These fund are needed. A yet to be announced project is looming, and its implementation will encounter significant costs.
Donations are tax advantaged through the Clark Lake Spirit Foundation (501c3), and can be made by credit card through this website, or by mail at PO Box 224, Clarklake, MI 49234. When making a $1000 Sign Up for the Sign donation, please mail content for the 6 x 8 plaque to the post office address. You can also contact co-chairs Tucker Boyers or Ann Swain at [email protected]