Sunday July 21st – A light luncheon will be served following the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Saint Nicholas Church in our newly renovated Cultural Center. All are welcome to attend the luncheon and kick off the 54th Biennial Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Convention in our cool city of Grand Rapids.
Monday July 22nd – Clergy Family and Board of Trustees Members are invited to attend a dinner at Saint Nicholas church following Vespers. The dinner will be a Mediterranean buffet and will be held in the Saint Nicholas Cultural Center. Be our guests!
Breakfast Cart – A Grab-n-Go breakfast station will be setup in the DeVos Place Secchia Lobby Tuesday through Saturday. Coffee and other beverages and light breakfast food will be available for purchase as you make your way from morning services to your first event. Pay with a credit card or charge to your room, but don’t go hungry!
CONVENTION TOURS AND EXCURSIONS
Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 2:30 p.m. -Meyer May Frank Lloyd Wright House. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience a Prairie house exactly as Frank Lloyd Wright intended – join us for a tour of the Meyer May house. The house was designed in 1908, by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright for local businessman Meyer May. It is a fine example of Wright’s Prairie School era and is one of the most completely restored of Wright’s Prairie residences. It was renovated by the Steelcase company in 1986, and is fully furnished with a mixture of original pieces, reproductions of original pieces, and similar style items from the period. Some highlights include art glass windows, carpets woven according to Wright’s designs and colors, and a Niedecken mural. The tour will include a 30-minute introductory film followed by a docent-led walk through the house. Meet in the Amway Hotel lobby, either at 2:15 p.m. to connect with a walking group, or at 2:30 p.m. to ride to the house. The Meyer May House is located in Grand Rapid’s historic Heritage Hill District, a 1.4 mile walk from the Amway Hotel. Heritage Hill is one of the largest urban historic districts in the United States. Its 1,300 homes date from 1843, and represent nearly every style of American nineteenth and early twentieth-century architecture. These were the homes of lumber barons, teachers, judges, and legislators who shaped the city’s future. Heritage Hill was designated by the American Planning Association as one of 2012’s Great Places in America. We will take you on a driving tour of the Heritage Hill. Transportation back to the hotel will leave the house at 4:30 p.m.
Cost: no charge for admission; $20 per person for transportation
Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 2:30 p.m. – Gerald Ford Presidential Museum. An historical collection of the life and times of Gerald Ford, and resting place of the 38th President of the United States(1974–1977), and his wife Betty Ford. Your visit to Grand Rapids provides a unique opportunity to visit the presidential museum of this favorite som and experience a slice of American history from a unique perspective. Our country has very few presidential museums and this is one is only a block away from your hotel! Meet in the Amway Hotel lobby at 2:30 p.m. for a short (0.4 mile) walk across the Grand River to the museum. There your self-guided tour starts witha reflecting pool and fountain at the main entrance. The main floor of the museum includes a full-scale replica of the Oval Office furnished as it was during Ford’s presidency. Other exhibits enable visitors to travel by video with President Ford and Secretary of State Kissinger to various hot-spots around the globe; take a holographic tour of the Ford White House; and experience a day in the Oval Office through a sound and light show. A Watergate gallery includes a six-minute, multi-screen history beginning with the June 1972 break-in and a display of the actual burglary tools. An interactive Cabinet Room allows visitors to take part in presidential decision-making. Visitors can see gifts presented by heads of state and other foreign dignitaries, as well as personal gifts to Ford from the American people. The award-winning film, “A Time To Heal,” is shown hourly in the museum auditorium. A section of the Berlin Wall stands in the museum’s lobby.
Cost: $8 per person for admission; no transportation needed
Thursday, July 25, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. A 158-acre botanical garden and outdoor sculpture park. It has been named one of the top “30 Must-See Museums” in the world, one of the most comprehensive collections of outdoor sculpture in the world and a worldwide cultural destination. The distinctive signature of the park and gardens, which emphasizes the equally important entities of sculpture and horticulture, unites the visual art of humankind with the visual art of nature. At Meijer Gardens you will find a tropical conservatory, three indoor theme gardens, an 8-acre Japanese Garden, nature trails and a boardwalk, one of the largest children’s gardens in the country, sculpture galleries featuring more than 200 pieces by world-renowned artists. You won’t want to miss visiting Meijer Gardens when you come to Grand Rapids.Our tour will leave the Amway Hotel at 1:00 p.m. driving to the Gardens by motor coach. We will start with a tram tour of the outdoor sculpture gardens followed by a docent-led walking tour of the Japanese Gardens. We will depart from the Gardens at 4:00 p.m. returning by bus to the Amway Hotel.
Also Saturday, July 27, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $35 per person for admission and transportation
Friday, July 26, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – Grand Rapids Art Museum and ArtPrize Afterglow. Meet in the Amway Hotel lobby at 1:00 p.m. for a two block walk (0.2 mile) to the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM). There we will be taken on a 60-minute docent-led tour focusing on Michigan artists, including exceptional furniture pieces made from area lumber and the wonders of the Great Lakes. Following the GRAM tour, we will move outside for a 60-minute walking tour of ArtPrize entries. ArtPrize is an international art competition that has been held in Grand Rapids every fall for the past ten years. Artists from all over the world have entered their creations hoping to win hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes. This one hour tour will show us more than 25 past-competition entries that permanently reside in Grand Rapids and will reveal the stories behind them.
Cost: $22 per person for admission for both tours; no transportation needed
Friday, July 26, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – Lake Michigan Adventure. You cannot come to West Michigan without experiencing our greatest natural resource, the magnificent Lake Michigan. Unsalted. Shark-free. That’s what we call the Great Lake with the longest freshwater shoreline anywhere in the world. You’re in for a day of fun in the sun on the sandy beaches of Pure Lake Michigan. It’s not the West Coast. It’s not the East Coast. It’s the incomparable Michigan Coast. Wait until you see and feel the clear fresh water. We’ll have a specially-designed convention beach towel ready and waiting for you. Surf’s up! Meet in the Amway Hotel Lobby at 11:00 a.m. and let the adventure begin.
Cost: $30 per person including convention beach towel and transportation