2018 Annual Skylark Meet
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!