• Event Preview: Concours d’Elegance of America

     
    FROM THE Summer 2019 ISSUE
     

    Annual show features coveted Ferrari, Cadillac, Rolls Royce and Bentley collector vehicles.

The Concours d’Elegance of America, one of the world’s most prestigious automotive events now in its 41st year, returns to the historic grounds at the Inn at St. John’s for a three-day extravaganza of automotive, charity and lifestyle events.

Tours, tea and boutiques, special dinners, award presentations, an invitational art exhibition, seminars, a car parade and more are on the schedule. Sponsorship opportunities may still be available.

The July 28 Concours show will feature more than 300 significant rare, classic and magnificent vehicles from around the continental United States.

Among them are six of the most significant Cadillac V16s ever manufactured and the greatest collection of Ferrari road cars, Ferrari sports racers and Ferrari Formula 1 cars ever displayed at the Concours.

It will be a celebration of legendary Enzo Ferrari, his machines and the brand’s global legacy on the 70th anniversary of Ferrari’s first victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Concours d’Elegance of America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and historical relevance of world-class automobiles. In recent years, the Concours has partnered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Project Beautiful Inside and Out, College for Creative Studies and Kettering University

Through contributions and collaboration, the event’s focus is to positively impact the surrounding communities, youth and the next generation of automotive enthusiasts.

This year’s honorees include: Collector of the Year, John D. Groendyke; Enthusiast of the Year, William “Bill” Warner; and Grand Marshal Wayne Carini.

Concours d’Elegance of America: July 26-28 at The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth

First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 

 

A conference or convention venue might be described by meeting planners as offering ease and convenience for multiple reasons. It may be because its address is easily accessible from numerous compass points. Or perhaps it’s the destination—with a variety of opportunities for activities and entertainment close-by. And of course, it could be that the venue itself offers a peaceful, easy setting with all the comforts you could want. 

Well, at Treetops Resort, it’s all of the above. 

 

Options for unconventional seasonal gatherings abound across the state. 

From cities teeming with bright lights to snowy small towns, Michigan is a winter wonderland. If you’re looking for a way to make your event or post-event outing more festive, consider these unique holiday offerings. 

Peacock Road Family Farm 

Laingsburg