2017 HOMECOMING TOUR
KALAMAZOO, MI. JUNE 21 st-24th
REGISTRATION 10:00am -1:30pm
Wednesday’s Early Bird Tour will be to a Reindeer Ranch. Your tour begins at 2:00pm from the host hoteland you will not want to miss this very unique farming experience.In operation since 1999 the owners of the ranch bottle raise all of their calves to insure a very friendly and calm reindeer. Working closely with the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Reindeer Research Program they have participated in many reindeer research projects. They also started the first 4H Reindeer Program in the lower 48 states.
Wednesday’s Welcome reception will be at Michelle’s, one of Kalamazoo’s finest eateries. Best of all this dinner as well as all tour lunch and dinners are included with your registration fee. So put your wallet away and relax as you eat your way through this exciting tour.
Your tour begins at 9:00am as we head to the nationally famous Air Zoo. Voted the "Best Place to Take Out-of-Towner’s" and "Best Place to Spend a Day with Your Family". The Air Zoo features more than 50 rare and historic aircraft each named after animals, thus the Air Zoo name. Indoor amusement park-style rides, Full-Motion Flight Simulators, Real 3D/4D Missions Theater, as well as historical exhibits and educational activities will delight both young and old alike. Then it’s a quick trip around the corner to explore the massive restoration shop and projects currently underway inside the Air Zoo's Restoration Center. This behind-the-scenes adventure looks into how the Air Zoo's Heath Parasol, Sopwith Camel, and FM-2 Wildcat aircraft (pulled from Lake Michigan) are being preserved and prepared for museum display.
Lunch will be at the well known Station 66 where theypride themselves on serving the highest quality ice cream, freshest donuts and locally grown produce (which they incorporate into their made from scratch menu). Housed in a 1940's gas station, Station 66 provides a fun outing for the whole family. "Take a drive back in time" and experience the simple, friendly atmosphere of Station 66, where community comes together.
The afternoon provides two OPTIONAL TOURS. The first is Dr. John Harvey Kellogg Discovery Center/Historic Adventist Village. The Kellogg Discovery Center islocated just west of downtown Battle Creek. This recreated 19th century village takes visitors back in time through reenactments, restored and replicated buildings that tell the story of people who lived to honor God. Visitors experience living history in a restored log cabin, one-room schoolhouse, and the houses of the Adventist pioneers who settled in the west end of Battle Creek in 1855.
The Leila Arboretum is the other optional tour for those who love to relax strolling its beautiful gardens. This Arboretum dates back to 1922 when Leila Post Montgomery, widow of cereal magnate C.W. Post, donated 72 acres of land formerly the site of the Battle Creek Country Club. She envisioned a center for culture amid the beauty of nature. In addition 24 ash trees in the garden were turned into chainsaw carvings by artisans from around America. Can’t decide, these options are only a mile apart and can be combined if you watch your time.
A delightful Thursday evening dinner awaits you at Theo & Stacy’s. There is a lovely Greek saying, “We wish you to feel as comfortable as if you were in our home”. Theo and Stacy, having come from a small town in the south of Greece established their Kalamazoo eatery and home in 1973. Their rich Greek heritage of fine foods and hospitality welcomes guests.
Friday begins with Seminars of interest to both women and men followed by a trip to a private collection in Galesburg. Ron Daniels has a collection of 35 classic vehicles, manufactured from 1915 to 1969.
Then relax with another delightful lunch at Andrea’s, located in downtown Galesburg,
You will then spend your entire Friday afternoon exploring the fantastic grounds of the Gilmore, America’s premier automobile museum. The 90-acer campus style museum houses over 400 vehicles in its fantastic “Signature Collection” along with a gorges assortment of hood ornaments, mascots and other “automobilia” in 7 different buildings.
Your Gilmore stop also includes the opportunity to explore the world of miniatures. Begin your tour through the doors of the quaint whitefarmhouse located near the Gilmore entrance. Once inside adults and children alike will be amazed at the “life like” details and architectural designs depicted. From houses to dolls, from animals to furniture, every fascinating detail is historically depicted in miniature.
Your day concludes with the annual Homecoming Banquet held at the Host Hotel. Activities include the OPW Annual Membership Meeting, Awards, and Door Prizes and of course our SilentAuction Benefiting “The Fisher House Foundation” for wounded and injured veterans. Tour quest are asked to bring an item for this worthy charity auction to the Banquet.
Saturday is “Show Day” and you will be delighted to display your vehicle at the Historic Vicksburg Village , operated by the Vicksburg Historical Society, located near downtown Vicksburg. The Historic Village currently consists of train cars and a large number of historical buildings providing visitors a unique educational glimpse into local history. Enjoy your old fashion picnic lunch under the old oak tree. You will also experience a Revolutionary War re-enactment! This is the first in a series of national acclaimed 1776 historical re-enactments conducted throughout the US by this group of experienced rein actors.
Great Sightseeing – Great Food – Great Friends = Great Homecoming Tour!
We Look Forward to Seeing You Down The Road In Kalamazoo
June 21 st-24 th, 2017