Want a sneak peak at all we have in store for Sidetrackers during convention week?
Join us Monday morning for our welcome orientation in the Gerald R. Ford Ballroom. You’ll meet your Sidetracks committee so you can identify us for the week. We’ll have a new & surprising “pin down your fellow Sidetrackers” board that will be up and available all week so you can check out where everyone is from.
Our “goodie bags” will contain all manner of handouts for your use, from coupons to local restaurants (all within walking distance), maps of downtown, a schedule of events for the week, information on things to do in and around Grand Rapids and West Michigan, and a few surprise “goodies” that you can make use of all week. We’ll have several of our clinicians available to explain their presentations and show everyone what will be available in the “make & take” clinics.
A quilter from our local Project Linus group will give an overview of the mission statement for Project Linus, with information on the local groups that receive Project Linus quilts and afghans.
We’ll talk a bit about all the outings we have planned for you during the week, including several trips to Lake Michigan, a visit to Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, a dinner train and hobo lunch train, a Lake Michigan dinner cruise, and a sneak peak at our luncheon activities. And a long-time convention attendee, Diane Forbes, will present her take on her long string of conventions (since 1992) of which she has been a part.
Please join us, we are looking forward to your visit. Click here to see your Sidetracks Schedule of events
Here are some teaser photographs to give you a taste for what we are planning.
Grand Rapids awaits you, and holds some hidden gems that can be experienced nowhere else. Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, third largest sculpture museum in the world, has only one location, Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s listed in “1000 Places to See In the USA And Canada Before You Die”, and should not be missed.
Our favorite son, Gerald R. Ford, has his history revisited at The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, which has recreated a full-size replica of the oval office, an awe-inspiring peek at the center of political power in these United States.
The Van Andel Museum Center has a full-scale working 1928 Spellman Carousel, complete with the music and lights that remind us of that bygone era – as much a part of our history as the steam engine!
Plan now to enjoy the magic of Grand Rapids and Michigan’s West Coast!
There will be more, much more added to the SIDETRACKS activity list so follow us on Twitter or stop back here regularly to see what’s happening.
All aboard the SIDETRACKS activity train!
Your SIDETRACKS committee.
Sidetracks Committee Members: Dee Bigelow, Eloise Luyk, Sheryl Maksymowski, Kathy Stewart, Barbara Vanderlip