Gathering at Gilmore
On the long weekend of August 25-27, the Pierce-Arrow Museum at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan will again be a focal point of this annual Pierce-Arrow Society Meet. Our two full tour days will again have new sights to enjoy, but we'll also enjoy favorite spots from earlier years. Join fellow Pierce-Arrow Society members Gathering at Gilmore to celebrate, socialize, tour in and show our special vehicles to each other and to an interested public. Bring your Pierce, ride along, or drive modern, but come have fun...and plenty of Plainwell Ice Cream!
The West Michigan area offers a blend of country scenery, rich history, quaint villages, good low traffic country roads, art and antique shops, attractive lake and river waterfronts, interesting history, neat private car collections, occasional boat rides & great food.
If you haven't yet been to the Gilmore Car Museum and your Pierce-Arrow Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, this is an opportunity to visit the best automotive museum complex in the world. CCCA, Cadillac, Franklin, Ford Model A and Lincoln clubs also have their museums here with over 400 vehicles on display on beautiful park-like grounds. Gilmore is just northeast of Kalamazoo, Michigan and only 13 miles off both I-94 and I-131.
Earlybirds will enjoy an event Thursday evening the 24th. Friday and Saturday Tours of about 100 each miles will include car collections, museums, scenic rural roads attractive small towns, excellent restaurants as we venture southwest to visit a variety of interesting venues. Wine, antiques, shopping and photo opportunities will be found along the routes. The Friday Dinner will be very near the host hotel. The Saturday Banquet will be at the Holiday Inn West. The Friday & Saturday tours will begin and end at the Holiday Inn. They have plenty of trailer parking space and we'll also have a designated parking area for Pierce-Arrows. The PAS Sunday Show Day is on the green in front of the Pierce-Arrow Museum with an awards luncheon in the Pierce-Arrow Museum and more time for touring Gilmore.
Come enjoy the people, scenery, history, car collections, antiques, shops, food, wineries and many fabulous vehicles. Room reservations can be made now, but the block ends August 1. Registration Forms will mail to previous attendees in April, inserted in a PAS mailing and be posted on the PAS website Announcements and Activities areas.
Put this fun event on your calendar now. You've read about it in the Arrow. Start the summer at the Annual Meet in Missouri. At the end of summer, come enjoy an extra helping of Pierce-Arrow Society fun touring in West Michigan. Ask anyone who's attended before!
|Thursday 4PM & Evening||Earlybird Event - You'll get the info on the local area and attractions, tour books and directions to a nearby car collection. Enjoy a buffet & Plainwell Ice Cream at Erbelli's near the hotel.|
|Friday - Depart 8:30 a.m.||Scenic Driving Tour of about 110 miles to visit a museum and a car collection in the morning and lunch in quaint Dowagiac. We'll drive through the Sister Lakes area on our way to a collection and unique auto shop near Benton Harbor owned by a fellow Pierce-Arrow Society member with a 1917 Pierce.|
|Friday 6:30 p.m. to dusk||Dinner in a private room at the unique upscale Martell's on the water. It is one of the finest restaurants in the West Kalamazoo area located only about 3 miles from the hotel.|
|Saturday - Depart 8:30 a.m.||Scenic Driving Tour of about 120 miles will take us to Cassopolis. We'll see a vintage building with a 38 foot mahogany bar, a restored vintage Gas Station and a huge unique wooden boat collection. After lunch we'll go on to historic Niles to visit the 1883 Chapin Mansion and an outstanding adjacent local history museum. Along the way to our hotel we'll have optional stops and wineries.|
|Saturday Evening||Social Hour and Banquet at the Holiday Inn. Cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Our private room will allow us to enjoy the company of Pierce-Arrow friends.|
|Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.||Gathering at Gilmore Show We'll meet at the Gilmore Car Museum and display our Pierce-Arrow vehicles on the green by the Pierce-Arrow Museum for our enjoyment and public viewing. Award evaluations will be done by the registered participants. The Gilmore Car Museum complex will be open for you to enjoy until 6 PM.|
|Sunday 1 p.m.||Luncheon in the Pierce-Arrow Museum Awards will be presented followed by a catered luncheon. Vehicles should remain on display for the public until 3 PM.|