Past Events- 2012
PAST EVENTS 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
There were 66 people signed up to go to the travelogue, Discovering the Dutch, by Sandy Mortimer at South Christian High School. However, due to various circumstances, the number dropped to 60, and, despite a snow storm, all enjoyed a wonderful program. Afterwards 54 of the attendees ventured over to Byron Family Restaurant for coffee, dessert, and fellowship.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
A group of 38 people traveled to Dale and Gail Zieger's music building where they enjoyed a delicious box lunch and pie, all homemade, followed by a most wonderful organ and piano concert by Dale and Gail. The weather was so beautiful, many of the group enjoyed eating their lunch outside.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
On a beautiful sunny day 36 people were treated to a wonderful presentation and brief tour of Aero Med, including a close up viewing of one of the helicopters as well as the control room. Another of the helicopters was scheduled to leave, but due to a mechanical problem, it wasn't able to go. After a short drive the group was then welcomed by some of the staff of RBC Ministries. Here the group enjoyed a lunch catered by Matt Palmbos. Following a brief video presentation the group divided into smaller groups and were given a tour of the facility including one of the largest in-plant graphic arts facilities in the nation as well as the TV and radio studios.
THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012
Norm and Luanne Van Solkema graciously hosted 52 people at their cottage on Payne Lake. Everyone enjoyed not only a wonderful time of fellowship but also a delicious lunch. While many enjoyed just relaxing in their lawn chairs and conversing with others, some took advantage of the offer of either a leisure ride on the pontoon boat and/or a hair-blowing ride in the speedboat. Prior to heading back home, the group was treated to a refreshing hot fudge ice cream sundae complete with nuts and whipped topping. God provided fabulous weather.
THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012
On a most beautiful day, 51 Prime Timers boarded a luxury motor coach and traveled to Muskegon. The first stop was at Dockers Restaurant for a delicious lunch. It was just a short drive from there to the Mart Dock where they boarded the Port City Princess for an hour and a half scenic, narrated cruise of Muskegon Lake and venturing out through the channel to Lake Michigan.
AUGUST 16, 2012
Despite a very rainy day, 32 people enjoyed a deluxe motor coach trip up to Ludington to Bill and Mary Ver Wys' condo located along the channel. The first stop was for a coffee break complete with fresh donuts compliments of Matt Palmbos and Norm Van Solkema. Then there was a brief tour through the Lake Winds Energy Park. Consumers Energy is constructing 56 wind turbines on over 16,000 acres of land south of Ludington and east of the current Ludington Pumped Storage Plant. Bill and Mary then hosted us with a delicious lunch at their condo. The rain stopped just long enough for a boat ride and/or sitting outside. Before boarding the motor coach to return home, the group gathered and sang some great hymns of the faith.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
On a beautiful sunny morning 56 people boarded a luxury motor coach for a trip down to Shipshewana. The destination was the Blue Gate Restaurant and Theater. After a delicious family style meal which included chicken and ham as well as a scrumptious piece of pie, the group witnessed a wonderful new musical called Half-Stitched. The musical is based on the book by the award-winning, best-selling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012
The Lord provided a beautiful day as 47 people boarded a luxury motor coach for a trip to Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana. The first stop, however, was a stop at a McDonalds in Benton Harbor for coffee as well as fresh donuts from Marge's Donut Den. Arriving at Fair Oaks, the group enjoyed a tasty 2-entree buffet lunch that included a dish of delicious Fair Oaks ice cream later in the day. Other activities were witnessing the birth of calves in the birthing barn, seeing a 3D/4D movie about dairy farming, and taking a bus tour of one of the nearby dairy farms. The bus drives right through one of the 1/4 mile long barns and then took the group to the milking parlor to see a 24-hour rotary turntable where 72 cows are milked simultaneously. On the way home there was a brief stop at the Albanese Candy Factory which is home to the world's tallest chocolate waterfall. It is also one of the top three best chocolate manufacturers in the country.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2012
A large group of 70 people gathered in the fellowship room for punch and a delicious Christmas luncheon prepared by Matt Palmbos. The tables were festively decorated and conversation was plentiful. Following the luncheon the group gathered in the Sanctuary for a marvelous program of music put on by various students from Byron Center Christian School under the capable hands of Leah Bouwman. Afterwards Leah led the group in a carol sing.