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Highlights from Vintage Birds Oshkosh & UP Michigan 2016

  • 25 Jul 2016
  • 6 Aug 2016
  • Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Highlights from Vintage Birds Oshkosh & UP Michigan 2016

Vintage Birds Oshkosh 2016

If you looked up in the sky the week of July 25‐31 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin you would not have seen a bird nor Superman. What you saw were planes, planes and more planes. In fact the control tower claims for that week only they are the busiest in the world as thousands of planes fly in and out of the fields of Oshkosh to be a part of the EAA Airshow. Ultralights, seaplanes, homemade aircrafts, experimental and even F‐18's just to name a few.   And oh yes there were birds. Twenty four vintage bird members flocked together to attend this year’s show. We were not alone though thousands of tenters and campers of all kind could be seen as far as the eye could see. The week had plenty of things to do and see. We toured the EAA Aircraft Museum, afternoon air shows with amazing flying by  pilots that took your breath away, many exhibits, concerts to attend, evening movies, flea markets that sold everything related to flying and lots more. One of the highlights of the week was the evening Airshow. As I sat in the field waiting for the show to start I was bewildered by the PA system referring to a beautiful Sunday morning when it was a Wednesday evening. I soon discovered what was about to happen. That beautiful Sunday morning was December 7, 1941 when a reenactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor began on the field. Bombs bursting, Japanese plans flying in the sky. After there were night aerial flights and a fireworks display second to none.   Of course it wouldn't  be a Vintage Birds rally without some smoked brisket by our own master chef and host Shane Fedeli. The wonderful pot luck dishes prepared by our fantastic cooks. With no shortage of things to do, food, friends, lots of laugh it was another successful Vintage Birds rally for all who attended. A special thank you to Shane and Kelly Fedeli for ALL they did to make it a fun and enjoyable time for all. And to all the Supermen who came to the aid of coaches in need thank you.   But that's only part one. After Oshkosh 16 coaches ventured on to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan lead this time by Alan and Debbie Darson. Alan is a native of Michigan and attended college at Northern Michigan University NMU, so who better to show us the treasures of the area but he. Our first stop was Hancock, Michigan in the Keweenaw Peninsula where the group stayed for three nights. During our stay in the area Alan had us see many of the important things that make the Keweenaw so different. The area was all about mining copper mining to be exact and we traveled underground almost 1/2 mile to tour the Quincy mine  which was at one time an active copper mine. We toured the beautiful shores of Lake Superior,  scenic vistas collected stones along the beautiful beaches. We learned much about Henry Ford and all he  did for the region from Bob Hedmen a former Bluebird owner. Our next stop was Marquette, Michigan the home of Alan's alma mater. Believe it or not we dined in the college cafeteria one evening. Boy college students eat much better than I did back in school. The food was actually good. And the soft serve ice cream machine surly got a workout that evening. We birders love our ice cream. The next few days were busy busy days as Alan showed us much of the beauty of the surrounding area. We visited the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum were rocks and minerals are displayed like works of art. A must see if in the area. As a group we hiked up Sugarloaf Mountain. With over 250+ stairs we all made it up and it was certainly worth it. The view of Lake Superior was breath taking. After working up an appetite we had lunch at a beautiful lighthouse. Our last day together as a group we traveled to Munising for a boat ride at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  A great way to take in the geology of the Lakeshore of Lake Superior. The rest of the afternoon we visited many of the waterfalls in the area. One last pot luck dinner that evening and it was once again time to say goodbye. Alan's enthusiasm and knowledge of the area gave us all a fantastic experience in the UP. Thank you Alan and Debbie for a wonderful time!  ‐Submitted by Barbara Ribar  (Pictures follow) In attendance were the following members & chapter guests‐ Jack & Ila Vandenberg, Keith, Michelle & Mark Terpil, Rod & Hollie Sorge, Dave & Tina Styf, Mike & Kathy Sparkman, Gary & Molly Shilling, Randy & “Tewie” Shilson, Lamar & Jewell Rowland, Thomas & Nancy Rembert, Richard & Sue Ramsey, Len & Judi MacLeod, Larry & Ann Kehler, Bob & Judy Johannesen, Doug Henry, Jim Henry & Carol, Shane & Kelly Fedeli, Larry Dill & Barbara Ribar, Alan & Debi Darson, Lee and Geraldine Condasta, Matt & Kristen Champion with their kids, Ben & Jack, Jim & Nancy Brookshire, John & Renee Benham and Rick & Rosie Archie 

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