TEMPTING TABLES, Muskegon Day Trip
October 21, Saturday, 9:45 AM to 5:30 PM
We reprise the ever-popular Tempting Tables event to benefit breast cancer in the afternoon. This event only occurs every other year and showcases table settings and décor by various groups throughout the West Michigan area. There is usually a theme that each individual group gets to pick to follow, no two are alike. Tableaus are pretty much over the top including structures, antique autos or boats, and so many more inventive themes. There are also various collections to view and of course the Bra Competition.
The Muskegon Art Museum is our first stop with a docent led tour of one of their feature exhibits which include their 29th Regional, Daniel Clayman “Shift” and Points of Renaissance.
We will also enjoy lunch on our own at Hennessey’s Irish Pub which we enjoyed so much before the concert last year at Christmas time. Feel free to order off the menu and enjoy a beverage as there will be plenty of time. You might want to enjoy a dessert, but Tempting Tables usually has coffee and homemade cookies.
There is a minimum of 20 travelers for this outing with member’s price at $71 and guests at $78. The sign-up sheet will be posted on the wall outside of Desdemona’s as usual. The deadline is Thursday, October 12 for your reservation with payment. There will be no refunds after this date.
SAVOR THE SEASON, Annual Holiday Day Trip
December 2, Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
We begin our day of treats at the Felt Mansion just outside of Saugatuck. The Big House at Shore Acres Farm along the Midwest’s Riviera was finished in 1928. There are 25 rooms in this Georgian Mansion and you can just imagine the family enjoying their summers here during the Roaring 20’s. Dorr Eugene Felt invented the Comptometer which unfortunately quickly became obsolete and he and his wife did not spend as many summers there as they had hoped. The house has spent time as both a seminary and home for nuns and a prison and state police offices later. Now it is being restored along with the gardens and carriage house to its 1920’s grandeur. The main floor is accessible to all. The 2nd and 3rd floors are only accessible by stairs but a video tour is available for those who can’t access the upper floors. The house will be festively decorated to get you in the holiday spirit.
Our lunch stop is The Butler overlooking beautiful Lake Kalamazoo harbor. The Butler has its own history in West Michigan once part of the busy pavilion era at Saugatuck. William C. Butler was one of the first settlers to the area. Lunch will be on your own, and you may want to try the renowned Butler Burger with an order of Butler Fries.
We begin the afternoon with a wine tasting at Cranes Pie Pantry Restaurant and Winery. You may even catch a glimpse of Santa if you’re lucky! Following the wine tasting feel free to shop the bakery, apple cooler, wines and cider to take home for the Holiday Festivities at your house. Then, before we head home enjoy a wonderful piece of apple pie or a dessert of your choice. This part of the tour is on your own and you pay Cranes only for what you participate in.
There is a minimum of 20 travelers for this outing with Member’s price at $55 and Guests at $61. The sign-up sheet will be posted on the wall outside of Desdemona’s as usual. The deadline is Friday, November 17th for your reservation with payment. There will be no refunds after this date.
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