by Howard Freedman
2014 Experience Retrospective
The combined efforts of so many people led by our Executive Director Katie Robbins made this year's Experience a tremendous success. We had wonderful weather (in the mid-eighties all three days), a tremendous collection of fine automobiles on the field both days, and our Grand Marshall, Chris Bock, to help us lead the parade.
Evelyn and I drove from Portland to Kalamazoo, via Minneapolis to spend an evening with newly married Grandson Ben and his wife and then on to Manitowoc, Wisconsin for a four-hour, coal-fired, steamship ferry boat to Ludington, Michigan and then on to Hickory Corners. We spent more than five days at the Museum. It is the only way to get substantive action on the many initiatives we have working to enhance the quality of our building and displays.
So many people make up the hardworking team that supports this facility and our events. Space limits my recognition of these wonderful people so I hope they forgive me for not mentioning them, each and everyone for their contributions, both physical and financial, to make us what we are. I even convinced two couples from Portland to come this year and little did they know; they worked their way all the way; one couple doing a complete cleaning and polishing of a major miniature car collection in our building and the other couple worked hard to count heads, money, and lots of other chores. I may have worn them out for the future but they earned their salt this time.
We met with our architect to get some ideas for doing a much more inviting entry into our building; a more formal, but period-tasteful addition that will showcase the wonderful displays inside. By Experience time next year; the weekend of June 5, 6, 7, 2015, when we will be celebrating PACKARD as our feature car, you will see a dramatic change upon arriving at our building.
I know we disappointed some of our guests with our Friday evening dinner billed as a BBQ when in fact we did not deliver the entree that bespeaks BBQ. But in general we received good reviews on our food services at the Museum grounds and at the Radisson Saturday night dinner.
Our silent and live auctions headed by Chris Snyder were well received and many of our guests showed the spirit with their "buys" at write in and certainly when our auctioneer David Charvet worked the audience for the live action. Your contributions help to further fund our activities and events, for which we thank you all.
Looking elsewhere on our web site, you will find complete reviews with abundant photos of the fine display of automobiles at our Grand Classic® on Saturday and our Experience on Sunday. You will be amazed at the quality of the wonderful collection our members and friends brought for our enjoyment.
For all of you who attended and those of you who worked to make the Experience a success this year, we extend our thanks. We look forward to your future participation in making the CCCA Museum the premier repository of our automotive heritage.
President, CCCA Museum Board