Grand Hotel Arts Weekend Presents “Page to Stage” and “Concept to Creation”

Today we welcome Michigan State University’s Academic Specialists and Costume Designers Angie Wendelberger and Rebecca E. Schuiling to the blog with – “Page to Stage” and “Concept to Creation” as part of the 25th Anniversary of Arts Weekend presented by Michigan State University College of Arts & Letters.


“Page to Stage” and “Concept to Creation”

“They’re just clothes, right?”

Are they? Have you ever been shopping at Macy’s and wondered “who came up with this article of clothing?” Maybe you were watching the new Robert Redford film or the latest MSU Summer Circle Theatre show and wondered “why are people wearing those things?”

From “page to stage” in theatre, and “concept to creation” in fashion; we will answer these questions, give you a glimpse into the worlds of fashion and costume design, explain how these worlds are similar and how they differ, and explore how the intended audience plays a strong role in design.

In this lecture we will be presenting sustainable fashion designs from students in the Apparel and Textile Design Program at Michigan State University as well as vintage costume designs from student designers in Theatre that still stand the test of time.

This will be a very up close and personal exploration of fashion and costume design. Samples of creative designs will be passed around for you to hold in your very hands!

We would like to thank the MSU College of Arts & Letters and Grand Hotel for the invitation to share our passion and at such an amazing venue for this year’s 25th Annual Arts Weekend.


Angie Wendelberger

Angie Wendelberger is an Academic Specialist in Teaching and the Costume Shop Supervisor for the Department of Theatre at Michigan State University. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Chicago College of Performing arts at Roosevelt University in Musical Theatre Performance and a second MFA from Michigan State University in Production Design with an emphasis on costume design and construction.

Before coming to Michigan State, she worked a freelance costume designer and technician in Chicago. She has been pleased to work for such amazing companies as The Court Theatre, RedMoon Theatre, Eclipse Theatre, The Factory Theatre and Navy Pier Entertainment. Along with theatre companies, Angie has spearheaded sewing projects for corporate companies such as Crate and Barrel and PLYTexile Designs.

Previous to this freelance experience in Chicago, she worked as the Costume Shop Supervisor for the University of Michigan- Flint as well as the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.


Rebecca E. Schuiling

Rebecca E. Schuiling is a knitwear designer and an educator. Her research contributes to scholarship in dress studies and it subsumes visual and material culture. Rebecca’s work seeks to provide insight and understanding into knitted dress through the lens of popular culture, and the artists at the intersection of art and craft, by examining the complex and complicated roles of knit within fashion, art, and society. She presents her work at international and national conferences.

Rebecca has taught at Michigan State University for twelve years and is an Academic Specialist in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. The focus of Rebecca’s teaching centers on concept, research, experiential learning, the design process and LdL pedagogies. Rebecca’s current courses at Michigan State University include; Explorations in Apparel and Textile Design, Design Studio, Knitwear, and The History of Dress and Textiles. Rebecca serves as the Internship Coordinator for the Apparel and Textile Design Program. Additionally, she leads a yearly summer session study away program to New York City.

Previous to academia, Rebecca worked in the apparel industry as a knitwear designer, and as a designer for Dillard’s Department Store. Her work has been exhibited in Slovenia; she has participated in an in international design workshop in China; and conducted research in Portugal, France, Italy, Austria, Australia, New Zealand and Thailand.


We look forward to seeing you at the 25th Anniversary of  Arts Weekend

presented by the Michigan State University College of Arts & Letters.

A Perfect Date at Grand Hotel

A Perfect Date at Grand Hotel

1. Take in the Scenic Views

Enjoy champagne on the porch while taking in the view.
Round Island Light House seen from the Front Porch.

Take in the scenic views and fresh Mackinac Island air from the Front Porch at Grand Hotel. After strolling the porch find your perfect set of rocking chairs and get settled in. Champagne and cocktails are available throughout the day and night at the Geranium Bar as well as a variety of appetizers. With Round Island Lighthouse, the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge to look out at, this view is something everyone should take a moment to experience.

2. The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Our talented gardening crew has done it once again with The Secret Garden.  A short walk through the Tea Garden leads you to a hidden gem of stone pathways, blooming flowers, and fluttering butterflies. With flowers varying from season to season, it’s a romantic retreat for any couple. Rays of light stream in through the trees above, and paths wind through blossoms of almost every variety.

3. A Fine Dining Experience

Dinner for two in the Main Dining Room.
Choose from a variety of entrees.
Hazelnut Chocolate Cake with a Glass of Tawny Port

Getting dressed up for dinner for two in the Main Dining Room is a one of a kind experience! Put on that evening gown and suit and tie and head to the Main Dining Room. Stop on the porch to have your photograph taken by one of the Grand Hotel Photographers on your way. Pick out that perfect bottle of wine with our Master Sommelier to compliment your entree and spend the evening wining and dining.

4. Knock Knock, Room Service

Room Service at Grand Hotel delivered right to your door.
Bouquets from Margaret’s Garden

Enjoy all Grand Hotel has to offer from the privacy of your own room. Grand Hotel offers room service including breakfast, lunch and dinner options that can be delivered right to your door. Custom floral arrangements can be made to order right at Margaret’s Garden.

5. Cocktails in the Cupola Bar

Snacks and cocktails in the Cupola Bar.
Perfect views all day long!

The Cupola Bar is ideal for everyone! Enjoy small plates like pulled pork sliders along with craft cocktails complemented by the soft sounds of the piano. Take in the light of the sunset from the panoramic views.  Located on the 4th floor and the peak of Grand Hotel, the Cupola Bar is truly a gem.

6. Dance the Night Away

Couples dancing together in the Terrace Room.
Nightly Dancing in the Terrace Room.

After dinner spend the night dancing to the sounds of the Grand Hotel Orchestra in the Terrace room. They’ll be more than happy to play that special song at your request.

7. Enjoy a Game in the Tea Garden

Couples can enjoy a variety of activities and lawn games in the Tea Garden including old-fashioned croquet, bocci ball and swimming in the Esther Williams pool!

8. Picnic by the Lake

The lake is just a short stroll from the pool house at Grand Hotel!  Rent bicycles at the pool house and pack your lunch to go with our to go picnic baskets. After a nice bike ride around the island, you can spread out a blanket, take in the scenery, and enjoy a nice lunch outside together.

9. Try Dining at Sushi Grand

Sushi Grand

For more adventurous couples Grand Hotel offers a variety of dining options with our off-site restaurants. Sushi Grand offers a delicious array of Japanese cuisine, from fresh sushi, bento boxes, and ramen bowls.  Our dedicated chefs go the distance creating works of art that taste as amazing as they look! The only sushi restaurant on Mackinac Island, Sushi Grand offers, cocktails, traditional sake as well as daily specials created by our chef.

10. Treat yourself to a Named Room or Suite

The Lilac Suite

When is there a better time to treat yourself to a unique guest room? Choose one of our First Lady Suites, brand new Cupola Suite, or Lilac Suite (new in 2018) with views looking over the Straits of Mackinac. Cherish the uniqueness of the room that fits you, then relax and unwind with a special part of Grand Hotel that you will remember forever. With 393 uniquely decorated guest rooms to choose from you can certainly find the perfect one for you. 

11. End the Perfect Date with Cordial Service

Grand Hotel Romance Packages include Flowers and Champagne.
Cordials with Chocolate Covered Strawberries

We offer a variety of amenities to make your night extra special, from custom bouquets, chocolate covered strawberries, cordials, and champagne.

We hope you enjoyed our list! You can book your own romantic Grand Hotel getaway today with our Honeymoon & Anniversary Package. Whether you are celebrating a honeymoon or an anniversary, Grand Hotel’s picturesque setting is the perfect place to relax and indulge for a romantic 3-night stay. We take care of all the details with flowers and champagne, a one-hour private horse-drawn carriage ride, Afternoon Tea, and fine dining. If you want to get away for the weekend or mid-week we have lots of special packages and availability this season to help plan your next special trip together. Be Grand conversation heartBe sure to follow us on Facebook and for more romantic ideas!