Calendar of Upcoming Events


September 14-16

VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival at Road America, with featured marques Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget,

Saturday, September 15

CheckedItOut Chicago, a juried Porsche event at the Haymarket Brewery on Randolph and Halsted in Chicago, 9 am - 3 pm. It is described by its organizers as follows:

"A convergence of all Porsche models in Chicago to honor our friend Karsten Aufgebauer, who died recently of cancer and always loved to check out Porsches. It's in a great urban setting with views of the skyline. We will have DJs with music, and food and beverages available from the Haymarket Brewery. Selected Porsches will be provided instructions on where they will park on the properties we have reserved for the event. We have Porsches coming from as far away as Canada, Kentucky, New Jersey so far."

They have indicated to us that they would like to include more 356s in their show.  Pre-registration is required—by August 15—and the entry fee is $35.  For details, visit the link above.

Saturday, September 22

Monthly breakfast meeting, at the Elmhurst Family Restaurant, 441 West Lake Street, Elmhurst, IL , 9:00 AM.

Saturday, October 6

The Fall Drive. This drive takes us through Southwest Michigan’s wine and dunes country.  We’ll begin at Froehlich’s Bakery & Deli in Three Oaks, Michigan.

Three Oaks is also the home of Drier’s Meat Market (a favorite of Carl Sandberg), the Vickers Theatre (a 109 year old movie theater), and the Acorn Theater, an old closet factory converted to a live entertainment venue.

From Three Oaks, we will drive two-lane roads though St. Joseph to the Blue Star Highway along the Lake Michigan dunes to the Kismet Bakery in Douglas, for pastries and coffee. We’ll stop at Virtue Cider along the way, and then head to wine country for lunch at the Tabor Hill Winery.

After lunch, consider a visit to the Round Barn Winery (less than a mile away), for "Jammin'in the Vineyard”, featuring live music.  An acoustic performance by Joe & Sue will take place from 1:30-3:30 Eastern Time, followed by classic rock performed by Cleveland’s 730 Club band, from 4:00- 6:30.  Also consider stopping at a roadside stand for apples, pears, and pumpkins in season, and a visit to Oink’s Ice Cream in New Buffalo (Roger Ebert’s favorite).

For a pleasant return to Illinois, consider driving Route 12, a two-lane road which will take you to I-90 (the Indiana tollway and the Chicago Skyway), or I-94, via SR 249, after you pass Burns Harbor, IN.

Registration -
Please reply to by end of day Sunday, 9/30 to register for the drive. Include cell phone number and passenger name.

Meeting place -
8:00 A.M. (Central Time) at Froehlich’s Bakery & Deli, 26 N. Elm St. Three Oaks, MI.
9:00 A.M. departure

Please have a full tank of gas upon arrival.

Accommodations -
For those who wish to stay overnight on Friday evening, consider the following options: Four Winds Casino, The Harbor Grand, Marina Grand Resort, Fairfield Inn & Suites , and Holiday Inn Express . Hotels fill up quickly on weekends in Harbor Country, so plan accordingly.

Other -
Please wear a nametag.  There are always a few new faces.
Consider bringing spouse or friend.  This is a fun social event.
New to the club?  This is an excellent opportunity to get acquainted and find out what we’re all about!

Sunday, October 14, at noon

Annual fall picnic at the Van Nortwicks' home in Geneva. Jane and Bill will be hosting the Fall Midwest 356 Club picnic at thier home again this year.  The town of Geneva is always a nice destination as the leaves turn in October and this year should be no exception.  The picnic kicks off at noon and they will have some delightful food and drink that the Club treasury will be glad to pay for.  Drive your 356 and park in the front yard, alongside the other Porsches!  Bring a guest or spouse to share the afternoon.  Be sure to dress appropriately for this outdoor event.

RSVP to Bill at 630-639-6879, or , by Thursday, October 11.

Saturday, November 3

Monthly breakfast meeting, 9:00 AM, at Cantigny Park , 27w270 Mack Road, Wheaton, Illinois.  (NOTE: Access to the Red Oak Room, where our breakfast will be served, is via the Mack Road entrance at the south end of the park, not the main entrance on Winfield Road.)  Click here for a map to the site.

Breakfast will be followed by a presentations by Club events co-chair Leo Dreisilker, who will tell us about driving his 356 from Illinios to Alaska.

Saturday, December 8

Monthly breakfast meeting, at the Elmhurst Family Restaurant, 441 West Lake Street, Elmhurst, IL , 9:00 AM.

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