This is one of our most popular fall events. The Event Coordinator sets the date early in the year and with Michigan weather, you worry and wonder about the weather, right up until the date. This year the Viper gods were smiling at us with beautiful sunny skies and temps around 73 degrees. You couldn’t ask for a more perfect day for a cruise.
We also had a fantastic turnout with approximately 51 in attendance and 30+ Vipers.
Our Cruise Maestro and Event Coordinator, Bob Swartz, planned a fun-filled day with food, spirited driving and good friends. Our day began with a brief meet-up at Canterbury Village, with a driver’s meeting, and raffle ticket handout. Sadly, Bob announced his semi-retirement from taking an active role in event planning. He said he still has a few good ideas for next year. Bob’s not going anywhere but he will be missed for some of the fun and unique events he has planned in the past.
After a short, spirited drive thru the countryside, we stopped at Porter’s Orchard. Every “member-car” received a half gallon of cider and 6-pack of donuts compliments of MCVO. While we were there taking in the beautiful scenery, donuts and cider were served, to all attendees.
We took another spirited and longer ride to Frankenmuth, but I doubt anyone complained. The ride and Michigan backroads were breathtaking.
Our final stop was the Lorelei Lounge & Schnitzelbank Bier Garten, located in the Bavarian Lodge. They offer a diverse menu, along with their famous fried chicken that Frankenmuth is known for. During our meal, Joanne Morss, ordered the gigantic “meal in a glass” Bloody Mary, that had every garnish piled on top, except the kitchen sink. She then announced that it was Mike’s birthday, so everyone sang him a robust version of Happy Birthday.
As the meal wound down, Bob drew the winners of the raffle, for cash and cider/donut prizes. We all said our goodbyes with some touring the town, and other taking in the local sights.
It was a huge success, and we truly want to thank Bob for all the work he puts into preparing and scouting out the routes. We also want to thank Ann Rappaport for the photos, which give you a brief glimpse into our fun-filled day.
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