Friday, May 5 | 8:30 a.m. To 5:00 p.m.
It’s as if you entered a time machine and was transported back for an historical ride in the automobile. The Gilmore Car Museum, located in Hickory Corners, Michigan, is one of Michigan’s largest collections of automotive history. A short motor coach ride from Grand Rapids will take you to this 90 acre historic campus that houses more than 400 vintage automobiles ranging from an 1899 Locomobile to the classic Duesenberg, the elusive Tucker '48 to the Model T, plus you will see a building full of motorcycles. You’ll recall visions of yesteryear when visiting the 1930 replica Shell Service Station that house a vast collection memorabilia from the days when gas was only 18 cents a gallon. Lunch will be at George & Sally’s Blue Moon Diner which first opened in 1941 in Connecticut then moved to this location to be meticulously restored in 2004.
Friday, May 6 | 8:15 a.m. To 4:30 p.m.
Coffee in the morning is the “quick-starter” for millions of people and we have often learned about the growing and harvesting of the prized coffee bean. But the more recent trend is the blending and roasting the selected coffee beans. It is big business as we will learn on this tour starting at Ferris Coffee & Nut where samples will be available. Following will be a tour of Grand Rapids Coffee Roaster where the owner will give a detailed presentation of this growing business in the wholesale warehouse. Another emerging beverage industry is exploding on the economic scene in the state and you will tour a couple of the recent local entries into this burgeoning market. Your luncheon speaker will enlighten you to this new far-reaching industry and discuss its impact nationwide. Samples will be provided.