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Dear Michigan/Ontario Region Members

Your Activities Committee has planned another 'block-buster' event for March - a Mini CARavan to Shipshewana, IN with several interesting stops along a comfortable driving route. 

Please read the following announcement and make your reservations early!


- Michigan Region March 2016  -

Mini CARavan to Shipshewana, IN 

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< 'Click' here to download & print the March 2016 flyer >

< 'Click' here to go to Google Maps for a copy of the tour map >

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We will convene between 9 & 10 AM in the NE corner of the Meijer's parking lot at the I-94/Zeeb Road exit (just west of Ann Arbor - exit I-94 heading south and Meijer's is on the west side of Zeeb Road at the corner of Jackson Road).  Coffee and donuts will be available to fortify you for the first leg of our journey to Ye Olde Carriage Shop in Spring Arbor, MI.   We plan to leave at 10 AM.

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Ye Olde Carriage Shop is Lloyd Ganton's personal collection - it features 18 of the 24 marques that were manufactured in Jackson, MI.  In addition the museum displays a wide variety of other vehicles, memorabelia, and interesting artifacts such as motocycles & bicycles, pedal cars, coca cola memorabelia, model airplanes, etc. etc. and even a few full Classics !

 

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We will drive a short distance to Coldwater, MI and lunch (cost is on you own) at Stoagies Family Room Cafe.  Then we will travel the rest of the way to the Blue Gate Garden Inn in Shipshewana, IN.

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The Blue Gate Garden Inn is our destination for Friday night.  After freshing up we will go to the dining room at 7 PM for an Amish style family meal featuring Chicken, Roast Beef, Fish and all the trimmings.  On Saturday morning we will be treated to a full breakfast before checking out & driving a short distance to our first stop.

NOTE:  You must make & pay for your own reservation - when contacting them tell them you are part of the Classic Car Club for our special rate.

Phone: 800-545-4725

 

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Menno-Hof Amish Mennonite Center is our first stop.  

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This information center offers colorful displays & presentations explaining the history and values of the unique world of the Amish & Mennonites. 

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Our second stop is the Guggisberg Deutsch Kas Haus in Middlebury, IN - a cheese factory renowned for its award winning Baby Swiss and Colby cheeses. Samples are available & you can purchase some to take home.

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Our third stop is the LaPorte County Historical Society Museum,which features the Kesling Automon, consisting of more than 30 vintage automobiles - including a 1929 Auburn Cabin Speedster & a 1935 Auburn Boattail Speedster; two Cords, a 1930 L-29 and a 1937 Model 812 “coffin-nose” model & a 1929 Duesenberg Model J.

Laporte_Museum_2.jpgThe LaPorte Museum offers many other collections of interest including the W. A Jones Colection of Ancient Weapons 

 

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The Belle Gunness Exhibit (not pictured here) - gentlemen a word of warning before you allow your lady friend to visit this exhibit - Belle set a bad example - does the name Lizzie Borden mean anything ?)

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We will eat a late lunch/early dinner at Round the Clock Restaurant in LaPorte - where several of the dining rooms resemble railroad cars.

Dinner is included in your Registration Fee.

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After eating you are free to either continue to enjoy & shop in the Laporte area or start your drive home.

 


 

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