“Ladies of the Lights” Presentation by Michigan Maritime Expert Dianna Stampfler Showcases Female Keepers of Michigan’s Historic Beacons
“Ladies of the Lights” Presentation Showcases Female Keepers of Michigan’s Historic Beacons
Michigan lighthouse historian and author Dianna Stampfler has announced a series of presentations of her popular “Ladies of the Lights” in honor of Women’s History Month. This program, which includes readings from newspapers and autobiographies, as well as countless historic photos, sheds light on the dedicated women who served at lights around the state dating back as early as the 1830s.
These were women before their time, taking on the romantic yet dangerous and physically demanding job of tending to the lighthouses that protected the Great Lakes shoreline. Given this was also a government job, their involvement was even more unique. In all, nearly 50 women have been identified who excelled in this profession over the years.
One of the most notable was Elizabeth (Whitney) VanRiper Williams who took over the St. James Harbor Light on Beaver Island after her husband, Clement, died while attempting to rescue the crew of a ship sinking in the harbor. She later became the first keeper of the Little Traverse Lighthouse in Harbor Springs, retiring after a combined 44 years of service.
There is also Julia (Tobey) Braun Way who outlived two husband keepers at the Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse in Bay City, and some say who still haunts the place today. Anastasia Truckey served as the interim keeper at the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse in the 1860s while her husband, Nelson, was off serving in the Civil War. Mary Terry served 18 years before she died in a fire at the Sand Point Lighthouse in Escanaba in 1886 – her death still shrouded in mystery 137 years later.
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In addition, all Finalists Nominees and selected Special Achievement Award Honorees have been announced for this 13th Anniversary Year.
Among the nominees, well known celebrity and program names include Selena Gomez, Andrew Zimmern, G. Garvin, Lidia Bastianich, Gordon Ramsay, Ming Tsai, Christopher Kimball, Tyler Florence, Chef JJ Johnson, Chef Jernard Wells, Joy Bauer, and Edward Delling-Williams. For over a decade, the TASTE AWARDS have been the premier awards celebrating the year’s best in Food, Fashion, Health, Travel, and Lifestyle programs in Film, Television, Online & Streaming Video, Podcasts, Radio and Photography.
Winners, Honorees and Hall of Fame Inductees will receive their honors at star-studded ceremony in April 2022 (format to be announced).Winners of selected award categories will be pre-announced in mid-March 2022. See the full Nominee list Below.
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GENERAL CATEGORY TASTE AWARDS NOMINEES
The Academy of Media Tastemakers has selected the following nominees in each awards category.
Best Chef in a Series
AZ Cooks Live Bake It Up a Notch with Erin McDowell (Food52) Cooks Thyme with Chef Tobias Cooks G. Garvin Live! Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Just Eats with Chef JJ Kevin Belton’s Cookin’ Louisiana Paris Bistro Cooking with Edward Delling-Williams Simply Ming: Season 18 The TODAY SHOW: Joy’s Superfood Friday What’s Eating Dan? — America’s Test Kitchen, Dan Souza
Best Food Program – Television
A Taste of Key West Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Television Cook’s Country Eatup! New York Fast Foodies Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Just Eats with Chef JJ Kevin Belton’s Cookin’ Louisiana New Soul Kitchen Remix Paris Bistro Cooking with Edward Delling-Williams Selena + Chef Season 2 Tastes Like Home Series Four and Five
Best Food Program – Online and Streaming
AZ Cooks Live Bake It Up a Notch with Erin McDowell (Food52) Bravo’s Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen Chef Jason Bunin Cooking Show Cutting the Curd Feast.Network Gear Heads — America’s Test Kitchen Let’s Make Dessert — America’s Test Kitchen Meat and Three Sweet Heat with Rick Martinez (Food52) The Butter Book The Extra Mile The Wild Harvest What’s Eating Dan? — America’s Test Kitchen, Dan Souza
Best Food Travel Series
A Parisian Food Affair with Julie Neis A Queen In The Kitchen-Estate Italiana A Taste of Key West Australia’s Food Bowl with Stefano de Pieri Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Television French Country Cooking with Edward Delling-Williams Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Lidia Celebrates America: A Salute to First Responders Maria’s Portuguese Table , 8 part Series Tastes Like Home Series Four And Five The Extra Mile To Dine For with Kate Sullivan Weekends with Yankee
Best Reality Series
Backyard Bar Wars Culture Kitchen Fast Foodies G. Garvin Live! Just Eats with Chef JJ New Soul Kitchen Remix Selena + Chef Season 2 Simply Ming: Season 18 The Event
Best Drink or Beverage Program
Back Bar Backyard Bar Wars Dads Drinking Bourbon Feast.Network Muddled Up! Proof The 3 Julias on 30A Television The Grape Nation The Speakeasy Wine First Wine Soundtrack
Best Branded Program, Native Content, Video, or Advertisement Presented by R&B Cellars
Clovia – Women’s Day Get Away for a Day with Allyshia Renay! Nadia Mejia’s (2016 Miss USA Runner-Up) AI Driven Interactive Food Film Non So Dove, Ma Insieme The Superiore of Prosecco in Venice
Best Green or Organic Program, Series or Film
Building Tomorrow French Country Cooking with Edward Delling-Williams New Day New Chef : LIVE Paris Bistro Cooking with Edward Delling-Williams The Green Wave – Tahiti The Soul of A Farmer
Best New Series
Backyard Bar Wars Counterjam Culture Kitchen Fast Foodies Let’s Make Dessert — America’s Test Kitchen The Sandwich Universe
Best Single Topic Series Presented by Gowan’s Cider
All in the Industry Back Bar Cutting the Curd Dads Drinking Bourbon Extreme Cuisine – Sea Urchin Fields Let’s Make Dessert — America’s Test Kitchen Pizza Quest Sip Sip Hooray! wine podcast The Event The Sandwich Universe The Speakeasy The Wild Harvest
Best Series Pilot
Backyard Bar Wars Cooking in Mexican from A To Z Dear Mama Fast Foodies Fields Muddled Up! One BIG Recipe Pizza Quest The SloFunkPump Show
Best Home Chef in a Series
Eat, Drink, and Handle Your Business Let’s Make Food From Food with Michelle Ullmann Living By Design Selena + Chef Season 2 The 3 Julias on 30A Television The Trailer Park Cooking Show With Jolene Sugarbaker Valcooks Kitchen
Best Food or Drink Podcast
Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio Counterjam Item 13: An African Foods Podcast The Black Kitchen Initiative by Heinz The Sandwich Universe The Speakeasy
Best Travel Program
A Parisian Food Affair with Julie Neis A Pilgrimage to Tibet Dear Mama Get Away for a Day with Allyshia Renay! Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Great Getaways: Amsterdam, The Netherlands Passion Italy SOS Tastes Like Home Travels with Darley
Best City or Regional Program
Amah Knows Best Australia’s Food Bowl with Stefano de Pieri Back At The Table Eatup! New York Get Away for a Day with Allyshia Renay! Persimmons, Prosciutto & Friends Wine Road Podcast
Best Ethnic Lifestyle Series, Program or Film
54 Years Late A Queen In The Kitchen-Estate Italiana CombiNation Plates Culture Kitchen Friday Night Vibes G. Garvin Live! Just Eats with Chef JJ New Soul Kitchen Remix The Black Kitchen Initiative by Heinz Valcooks Kitchen
Best International Program
Amah Knows Best Australia’s Food Bowl with Stefano de Pieri Extreme Cuisine – Sea Urchin French Country Cooking with Edward Delling-Williams Nordic by Nature – Michelin Stars Passion Italy Sopitas de mi Ecuador Tastes Like Home The Green Wave – Tahiti
Best Multi Camera Production
Backyard Bar Wars Fast Foodies French Country Cooking with Edward Delling-Williams: Foraging By The Sea Kevin Belton’s Cookin’ Louisiana Persimmons, Prosciutto & Friends Tastes Like Home