MARP Member Meeting
Sat., Feb. 11, 2012, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.,
(Executive Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m.)
The Old Dog Tavern
402 East Kalamazoo Avenue
Kalamazoo MI 49007 (269) 381-5677
Please note that the February meeting will begin one-half hour later than usual to accommodate those who plan to arrive on the Wolverine #351 (9:50am) or the Blue Water #365 (10:20am). Please reply by email, firstname.lastname@example.org , if you plan to travel by train. We will provide transportation for you to the meeting place.
Formerly operated as Kraftbrau, the building now occupied by The Old Dog Tavern is in the heart of what was once a hub of railroad activity — as late at 1979 there were seven passenger train depots still extant in the area. Look for the building’s historic name “STAR PAPER” emblazoned across the front below the top floor windows. The Grand Elk now operates on the former Chicago, Kalamazoo & Saginaw tracks that run alongside the building. Mike Madill and John Conor, who have been instrumental in reviving interest in the history of the CK&S in recent years, will be our featured speakers.
As always, all are welcome to attend the executive committee meeting at 10:30 am, followed by the member program at 11:30. For lunch The Old Dog Tavern offers a varied menu, including pasties and pizzas.
Weather permitting, we may do a walking tour to view sites of former and existing railroad infrastructure. Or you may wish to attend a portion of what has become a winter tradition in Kalamazoo: the Cooper’s Glen Music Festival held indoors at the Radisson Hotel. Headliners in this acoustic music celebration are Beppe Gambeta & Peter Ostroushko, along with May Erlewine & Seth Bernard and many others. If your tastes run more to jazz and show tunes, WMU’s award winning vocal jazz ensemble will be presenting Gold Company Salutes The Oscars at 2 & 8 pm at Miller Auditorium on Saturday. For lodging information visit Discover Kalamazoo.
We look forward to seeing you in Kalamazoo!
Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
REMINDER: The next quarterly meeting of Operation Lifesaver is Friday, February 10 at 9:30 am at Durand Union Station. The agenda includes updates from MI railroad companies, lunch hosted by Robert Chaprnka, President of the Michigan Railroads Association, and an afternoon speaker.