Lathrup Village residents Tim Thomas and Denise Bailey laugh with Ferndale sisters Lisa Miller and Lauren Miller June 1 at the Lathrup Village Supper Club event at Hortulus Gardens, near City Hall. The group meets four times a year to host themed parties. June’s theme was Havana Nights.

Lathrup Village residents Tim Thomas and Denise Bailey laugh with Ferndale sisters Lisa Miller and Lauren Miller June 1 at the Lathrup Village Supper Club event at Hortulus Gardens, near City Hall. The group meets four times a year to host themed parties. June’s theme was Havana Nights.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Supper Club serves up community togetherness

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published June 5, 2019

 Mayor Kelly Garrett chats with City Councilman Bruce Kantor during the event.

Mayor Kelly Garrett chats with City Councilman Bruce Kantor during the event.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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LATHRUP VILLAGE — Why leave Lathrup Village, when all the fun can be had in your own backyard?

Since 1945, the Lathrup Village Supper Club has been serving up themed parties with a side of fellowship, all in the name of getting to know your neighbors.

According to Karen Miller, club event organizer, the group was started during World War II as a result of gas rationing.

“During the war, people weren’t traveling as much because of gas rationing,” Miller said. “It was started up by residents who got a group together at the old Annie Lathrup School and had a potluck dinner and dancing lessons and that sort of thing.”

Over the years, the group took various different forms and changed venues to Lathrup Village City Hall.

“It’s a group that has kind of evolved over the years, just kind of depending on what’s going on in society. It used to be they met every month, and when I joined in 1990, they had square dancing every time and people would come in square dancing outfits,” Miller said. “And then things kind of slowed down. Families were involved in a lot of activities over the years, and membership kind of waned.”

After taking a short hiatus, Miller said, she got the club up and running again in February with a retro-inspired theme.

The club now meets four times a year, she said. Miller said attendees are assigned a category and are asked to bring their favorite dish in that category that goes along with the theme.

In April, the event had a baseball theme. At the June 3 meeting at Hortulus Gardens, in front of the old Annie Lathrup School, the theme was Havana Nights.

All residents are welcome to join, whether you’re a longtime Villager or just moved to the area.

“We are up to 100 people. That was the max that was ever allowed,” Miller said. “People have been so excited. We have longtime residents, new residents, people in their 20s and 30s and people in their 70s and 80s. It’s a very diverse group of people.”

Longtime resident and club member Jo Bruce said she enjoys meeting new people at the events.

“This is such a nice neighborhood, and there’s a lot of people we don’t know that well. After 36 years, we have met some amazing people,” she said. “It’s awesome. The people are just amazing, and I think it’s such a positive way for people to get to know each other and be engaged in their community. It’s just fun, fun, fun.”

The group will meet again at some point in the fall, Miller said.

“It’s a great way for people to meet each other and reconnect,” Miller said. “It’s just about fellowship and building community and people connecting. It’s been great.”

For more information on the Supper Club or to join, contact Miller at (248) 515-8653.

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