Museum Updates

by Howard Freedman

July 21, 2017

Our Experience weekend June 2-4 was another opportunity to meet new people; new cars and great weather (most of the time) with a country tour through the magnificent Western Michigan farm lands, lunch at the Gull Lake Country Club, and capped off with a tour through the OFF Brothers automobile collection, then back to the Museum grounds for an excellent BBQ dinner.

I need to back up to Friday morning when we had our Trustee Meeting in the Gilmore Conference room.  Our meeting lasted more than four hours and was the best attended in my recollection.  We got so much done including approval to proceed with final numbers in anticipation of installing an elevator in our building to facilitate easy access to our second floor gallery.  I was overwhelmed with the participation from our fellow Board members.

Sunday morning, we were greeted by some rain showers early that cleared out for our car show with more than 40 automobiles on the field; some being judged along with those for show, including the Janice Joplin 356 Porsche from the OFF Brothers collection.

Our Saturday evening banquet at the Radisson was capped by several notable auction items. Our Grand Marshall, Clive Cussler, offered a cameo walk through in one of his upcoming novels and we were so pleased that our Christine Snyder got it to memorialize her husband Bill that just passed away.  Our original poster, a two week vacation in Tuscany, the Amelia Island weekend, and several other fun things helped to make our weekend a success.

I would be remiss if I did not mention our Executive Director Carol Vogt as well as Candace Haag; both of whom did the heavy lifting for this annual event.