2018 Annual Skylark Meet
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By Gary DiLillo
Now is time to make your plans to attend the 39th Annual Buick Skylark Club Meet. This year's meet will be held from September 12th through September 16th in the beautiful seaport city of Portland, ME. The meet will be hosted by club members Norm Lavigne and Brian True.
Situated on a peninsula extending into the Casco Bay, Portland is a historical city with a rich history. The waterfront is known as Old Port and features working fishing wharves as well as warehouses that have been converted into shops and restaurants. September weather in Portland can be delightful with an average temperature of 70 decrees.
The host hotel for the meet is the Marriot Residence Inn. The Residence Inn is downtown close to the waterfront and near major attractions. Each suite has a fully equipped kitchen, and the hotel provides a shuttle service to the Portland International Airport. There is no need to rent a car. Hotel reservations may be made by calling (207) 761-1660 and referring to the 53/54 Buick Skylark Club. Daily hot buffet breakfast and happy hours every evening are included in the room rate. Other hotel amenities include an Indoor pool and 24 hour fitness center. There will be an assortments of snacks and treats available in the hospitality room. Full hotel details and directions may be found at https://www.marriott.com.
Norm and Brian have planned a great weekend for our group! The preliminary plans are to; visit the private car collection of Bob Bahre with buffet lunch at the Oxford Casino, an afternoon cruise on Casco Bay aboard a working Maine lobster boat, the Foodie walking tour of Old Port to see the charming shops and learn the unique history of “Port City”, a visit to Victoria House - one of the most important historical homes in the area, a Portland Harbor cruise to view the picturesque lighthouses and historic civil war forts from the water, and the Portland Discovery Tour – a trolley tour where we will learn the rich history and culture of the city. You can learn more at www.prtlandmaine.gov or www.visitportland.com.
There will be plenty of free time to visit the quaint shops in Old Port or to just enjoy the waterfront. Once again we will have our Club auction with pizza and some “must have” Maine Italian sandwiches. There will be a tech session one morning. Norm says bring your camera and a jacket for the harbor cruise. The Club will have multiple 15 passenger vans at our disposal if needed, but most everything is within an easy walk. There are 20 four star restaurants within ¼ mile from the hotel for those meals on your own. Final daily meet details will be in our June newsletter with the registration form.
This sounds like an awesome meet in a beautiful part of the county. Make your reservations early to secure your room!
There aren’t many better places to be in the middle of September than at the Eastern seacoast. If you like quaint seaport villages with great restaurants and historical sites, you won’t want to miss the Skylark Meet in Portland, ME. The meet dates are September 12th thru 16th. Hosts Norm Lavigne and Brian True have planned an exciting weekend of events with plenty of free time to relax and explore Old Port. Don’t wait to make your reservations at the Marriott Residence Inn (207) 761-1660. The location of the host hotel is within easy walking distance to shops and restaurants. If you are flying into the Portland International Airport the hotel provides free shuttle service from and to the airport. The planned schedule of events is:
Wednesday: Arrival Day. In the afternoon there will be light sandwiches, snacks, and beverages in the hospitality room. It is a good time to unwind after your travels and meet your fellow club members.
Thursday: In the morning we will board a trolley for a guided tour of historic Portland. The fully narrated tour will inform us of the diverse history of Portland and take us from the Old Port landmarks to the coastal sights. Lunch is on your own. After lunch we will board a boat for a harbor tour. The harbor tour is a scenic cruise through Casco Bay and its inner islands to see lighthouses, forts, seals, and seabirds. Thursday night we will have our annual Club auction in the hospitality room. The Club Treasury will host a Pizza and Maine “Italian grinder” dinner from the famous Amato’s Restaurant.
Friday: In the morning we will take a coach bus to Paris, ME to view the private car collection of Bob Bahre. Mr. Bahre has a multi-million dollar collection of rare cars, all in perfect condition. His Packard collection is second to none, and includes Clark Gable’s 1934 Packard Speedster. His collection spans more than a century with the oldest car manufactured in 1901 and the newest a 2007 Bentley. From the collection we will travel to the Oxford Casino for a buffet lunch. In the afternoon we will explore Portland’s Victoria Mansion. The Mansion is distinguished for its architecture and original interior. Built between 1858 and 1860, it is one of the most historic homes of the 19th century. Dinner is on your own.
Saturday: In the morning we will have our Tech Session in the hospitality room. Lunch is on your own. In the afternoon you have a choice of a lobster boat charter where you will learn the history, lobster breeding, tagging, and lobster fishing on a working lobster boat. The other choice is the Portland Museum of Art which contains over 22,000 artworks that showcase the history of American art and culture. In the evening we will have our dinner banquet at DiMillo’s on the Water. The DiMillo family converted the 206 foot ferry “Newport” into a unique floating restaurant. We will enjoy a buffet dinner overlooking Casco Bay. After dinner our annual Skylark Club meeting is in the hospitality room.