2017 Annual Skylark Meet
By Lillard Walker
It's time to start making your plans to attend the 38th Annual Buick Skylark Club Meet. This year's meet will be held from September 13th through September 16th just outside Nashville in Franklin, TN. The meet will be hosted by club members Lillard Walker and Bob & Elaine Fritz. Nashville is centrally located and has excellent access via interstate (for those of you bringing your Skylark – you are planning on bringing your Skylark?) or by air.
Situated on the banks of the Cumberland River in the center of Tennessee with a unique set of attractions and events, Nashville has been rated a top national and international travel destination by several publications. In addition to its well-deserved nickname of Music City, Nashville is also known as the “Athens of the South” for its large number of universities as well as a full size replica of the Parthenon, and is internationally known for its restaurant scene. Nashville has experienced rapid growth over recent years and is currently the 25th largest city in the United States.
The host hotel for the meet is the Drury Plaza Hotel in Franklin, TN. The Drury chain is family owned and operated, and is the only hotel to receive 11 consecutive J.D. Power Awards for guest satisfaction. The hotel is conveniently located just off I-65 and is a short 25 minute drive from Nashville International Airport. Hotel reservations may be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and referring to the Group number of 2304254. Daily hot breakfast and free hot food and cold beverages every evening are included in the room rate. Other hotel amenities include an Indoor/Outdoor pool, whirlpool, and 24 hour fitness center. We will have the usual assortments or snacks and treats available in the hospitality room. Full hotel details and directions may be found at https://www.druryhotels.com.
We're planning a good mix of activities that include a slice of Nashville's musical history, antique cars, and historical sites. Preliminary plans are to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Hatch Show Print, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, and the Lane Motor Museum. There will be free time for those who wish to explore the other numerous attractions in the Nashville area, or to take in some live music.