MARP Member Meeting
Saturday, October 8, 2011, 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
(Executive Committee will meet at 10:00 a.m. – All are welcome to sit in)
Historic Michigan Theatre
124 North Mechanic Street
Jackson, MI 49201-1301
Map & Directions: click HERE
This month’s meeting will be a real treat. John Guidinger, one of the founding members of MARP, will be our host as we meet in the historic Michigan Theatre. If you haven’t been to the theatre recently, you will be astonished at the progress that has been made through the hard work of some very dedicated volunteers in restoring much of the former glory of this unusual theatre.
John will also recount some of the history of the Jackson Station, just down the street, as well as the nearby NYC freight house, which now houses a Wendy’s restaurant where some of us may choose to have lunch. Others may wish to have lunch at Daryl’s or Belle Notte, just steps from the theatre.
Of course, the big attraction of the day will be the presence of the Amtrak 40th Anniversary Exhibit Train at the Jackson Station. The exhibit train will be open 10-4 both Saturday and Sunday, along with displays and exhibits within the station. The Jackson station opened to passengers of the Michigan Central in 1873 and is one of the oldest continuously functioning rail passenger stations in the country.
Westbound Wolverine #351 has been arriving in JXN ca. 9:15 am, but with the recent track work completed, it may be closer to the scheduled 8:24 am arrival time.
So do plan to make a day of it – or even a weekend!
Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
Links of interest:
History of the Michigan Theatre