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June 10, 2013

Strawberries, classic cars featured at event

TRAVERSE CITY — June is strawberry time, and for the residents of the Grand Traverse Pavilions that means it’s time to celebrate the sweet, ruby-red fruit during their seventh annual Strawberry Social and Classic Car Show.

The event takes place June 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. on the historic Grand Lawn of the Grand Traverse Pavilions in Traverse City, where residents, visitors and the public can enjoy local strawberries on shortcake or sundaes and then cruise the many vintage cars on display.

Tickets are $5 per adult and $3 for children 12 and under.

This year’s entertainment will be provided by The Cherry Blossom Ramblers, a family based band featuring Lawrence “Doc” Probes and Donna Wilson Probes and daughters Jessica and Kelly Shugart, who will perform from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The event included the car show for the last five years and attracts classic car aficionados, including members of numerous northern Michigan classic car clubs who display their cars during the event.

“It’s a lot of fun for the residents who love to look at the cars,” said Patti DeAgostino, director of marketing and community relations for The Pavilions. “It’s a trip down memory lane for them.”

DeAgostino said residents are eager to help and often participate in preparations.

“We encourage our residents to help us clean the strawberries,” she said. “The activity brings back quite a few memories.”

Their help will come in handy. Dining Services Director and Chef James Hunter expects to prepare about 50 flats of fresh, local strawberries to top homemade biscuits and ice cream sundaes for the anticipated 500 to 600 visitors.

“We prepare three daily meals for the 300 residents, plus supply food for the cafeteria, so the event will be business as usual for us,” Hunter said. “The nice thing about the simplistic menu is that it will give us the opportunity to chat with members of the community as we serve them.”

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