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The Michigan Region CCCA Activities Committee schedules an event almost every month of the year.  These include visits to private collections (many of which are not usually open to the public); museums & libraries; restoration & manufacturing shops; design schools, art studios & galleries, etc.; and almost always involve Ice Cream ! 

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The following is an example of one of our recent Activities: 

Tour the Pratt & Miller Restorations facility, lunch at historic Burrough's Tavern, tour the Gronow estate & Lighthouse Museum - optional visit to the Santa Fe Caboose for ice cream

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1st Stop: Register and visit Pratt & Miller Restorations - providing high quality detail-driven automobile restorations.  Delivering first-class restorations tailored to fit any budget - partial to full frame off restorations for any make or model of collector vehicles.

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2nd Stop:  Lunch at Burrough's Tavern.  One of the newest yet oldest restaurants in Livingston county.  With roots dating back to the early 1800’s this is the original farmhouse of the Dorr family. Transformed into a restaurant in 1927 and refurbished in 2009, it served the many families of Burroughs Farms as well as local patrons using simple, fresh, and wholesome ingredients.

Burroughs Tavern uses only fresh Michigan made products whenever possible, and exhibits the rich history of Burroughs Farms and the local area by displaying over 100 historic photos on the walls.

The restaurant has been renovated to assume the opulence of yesteryear.  The portico still remains supported by the original 19th century rough cut timbers.

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3rd Stop:  We will visit the Brighton estate of Steve and Patty Gronow and tour their spectacular collection of lighthouse artifacts, music boxes and memorabelia.  Steve and Patty are active in various charitable causes that include children, domestic violence, substance abuse.  They regularly open their home and property to activities supporting these causes including the annual Le Concours de Livingston, which has raised over $200,000 in its first two years.

 The Gronow Maritime Exchange Museum is home to the world's largest collection of lighthouse lenses, buoy lights and related lighthouse antiques.

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One of the jewels of the museum is a fourth-order fixed light lens, which was the type utilized in lighthouses in Europe and North America.

One lens, originally built in 1908 that aided ships in Sydney, Australia, resembles a beehive and sits in a tower at the end of a tall, winding, wooden staircase in the museum.  The lens is about 12 feet high and has concentric rings of glass prisms above & below a center drum section to bend the light into a narrow beam.

"These kept the innkeepers busy." Gronow said. "They had to be kept lit every night during the navigation season. If they weren't lit or there were problems with the lens, that was trouble, because if you were piloting a ship, you couldn't see where you were going."

The museum also houses a large collection of U.S. Life-Saving Service artifacts, including bronze lyle guns, which are line-throwing cannons used by the service from 1874-1914.  The gallery also features a plethora of shipwreck artifacts, including anchors, binnacles, ship wheels, capstans, hard hat dive gear and hand-operated diving pumps.

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4th Stop (optional):  Ice Cream Parlor housed in a repurposed Santa Fe Railroad Caboose.  Join us for a cone or sundae and visit with friends before heading home. 

(Note: cost of  ice cream is not included in the registration fee)

 

 

 

 


 

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