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zig zag table set up in the Repair Garage at the Packard Proving Grounds
vintage, rustic wedding reception at the Packard Proving Grounds

Congratulations Katie & Paul!
July 26, 2019

Planner/Florist: Stephanie Hardie
Caterer: Creative Gourmet 
Chairs & Linens: Luxe Event Linen  
DJ: DJ Spranger
Photographer: Rachel Orr
Bar: Mo’s Bar 

Katie & Paul made the bold choice to use 8 ft rectangular tables and place them in a ‘zig-zag’ arrangement and the effect was lovely! They celebrated their ceremony outdoors in the boulevard area with rustic farm style chairs, and custom, rustic back drops. The wedding ceremony and reception could NOT be classified as ‘cookie cutter’ in any way, and we love that!


Congratulations Matt & Sydney!
July 27, 2019

Planner:  Loren – LDT Events 
Caterer & Linens: Two Unique  
Chair Rental: Perry’s Tents & Events  
Table & Bar Rental: Modernly Events  
DJ: CC King Entertainment – Wedding DJs
Bartender: Chanel Thomas
Florist: Studio Terrain  
Photographer: Taylor Running –Taylor J Photography

eco-friendly plates on the buffet table for a lovely vintage wedding reception held in the Repair Garage room at the Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site
eco-friendly plates

Matt & Sydney had a wonderful blend of new and old traditions mixed throughout their ceremony and reception, and that’s exactly the way it should be!

We were really happy to see the naturally chic palm leaf compostable plates on the buffet table, it’s such a wonderful and eco-friendly choice!

We’ll post some images that we’ve taken during set up on the Packard Weddings Facebook page and on Packard Weddings Instagram that will give you a little hint of how nice the set ups are, but be sure to check out the photographer’s posts for the really good images!

Okay so there are some advantages to working in an ‘events’ atmosphere, and one of them is pretty flowers on your desk!

Beautiful flowers add so much to a special event, and they can be a bit pricey too.  On the wedding day, there is so much attention lavished on the flowers.  Oos and ahhs from the guests as they arrive to see the beautiful floral decor and then tons of photos are taken.  But then at the end of the night, they are unceremoniously yanked down and tossed into the trash.  Talk about a one hit wonder!


Understandably some of the flowers are spent after an event, or get that way in the process of taking the decorations down, but clearly, there are many that still have at least a couple days of ‘display-ability’ left.  So its always a bonus if we find some that we can enjoy on our desks the next day.


Some weddings know in advance that they don’t want to save any of the flowers. It’s really helpful if we know that in advance because the cleanup crew can place all the flowers together on the stainless steel counter in the ‘hold & serve’ area and then one of our volunteers – Joannie Matiyow will swing by the site and pick them up the next morning.  She sorts them and re-purposes them into small table centerpieces and delivers them to a couple of different nursing homes.  These happy wedding flowers can bring a little bit more joy to others.


Congratulations to Caitlin & Sean who celebrated their wedding ceremony and reception at the PPG on Saturday, July 13, 2019!


Here are some of the main vendors that they worked with:
Planner – Kayla Dunn – www.PineappleUnion.com
Caterer – www.SimplyScrumptuousCatering.com
Cake – www.onethirtyninedelights.com
Rentals – www.PerrysTentsandEvents.com
Linens – www.LinensByHarte.com
DJ – www.DJJoeyA.com
Photographer – www.MePlusHimPhotography.com
Florist – www.MIHoneyBeeFlowers.com
Makeup – Jennifer Martin Hair & Makeup Artist
Officiant: Mike Hopper  

Events

Packard Proving Grounds presents Mother's Day Brunch 2020. Held on Sunday, May 10th, 2020. Four seatings: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm. Catered by Chowhound Gourmet. Limited reserved seating. $35 per person. $12 kids 12 and under. Free kids 5 and under. Advanced ticket purchase required. Great food, historic tours and photos with Mom by a classic Packard car.

When purchasing tickets for our 2020 Mother’s Day Brunch, use these codes to apply kids’ discounts:

  • ‘Child-under-12’ (enter code to get the $12 ticket price)
  • ‘Under5’ (enter this code for children under 5 – free)

Be sure to call or email to reserve a high chair or booster seat ahead of the event. Rene@PackardProvingGrounds.org or 586-739-4800

 

Purchase Tickets to the 2pm Mother’s Day Brunch by clicking here.

You can also purchase tickets in person with cash or check, (save the online fee) just stop by the PPG site office, seven days a week 9am-3pm and we stay until 7pm on Thursdays.

How to Purchase Tickets:

1. To select seat locations  for the 11am Mother’s Day Brunch seating click here to go directly to the event page to purchase your tickets. Once on the event page, then click the green button to purchase tickets, as shown below.

3. If you have children in your group, be sure to click the promo code in the upper left and use either: ‘child-under-12’ or ‘Under5’ for the children under 12 ticket prices and apply the discount.

4. Click the ‘edit tickets’ button to change the location of the seats you’d like to reserve.

 

5. Select, “Checkout” when ready to make your purchase. Be sure to call or email to reserve a high chair or booster seat ahead of the event. Rene@PackardProvingGrounds.org or 586-739-4800

Packard Proving Grounds presents Mother's Day Brunch 2020. Held on Sunday, May 10th, 2020. Four seatings: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm. Catered by Chowhound Gourmet. Limited reserved seating. $35 per person. $12 kids 12 and under. Free kids 5 and under. Advanced ticket purchase required. Great food, historic tours and photos with Mom by a classic Packard car.

When purchasing tickets for our 2020 Mother’s Day Brunch, use these codes to apply kids’ discounts:

  • ‘Child-under-12’ (enter code to get the $12 ticket price)
  • ‘Under5’ (enter this code for children under 5 – free)

Be sure to call or email to reserve a high chair or booster seat ahead of the event. Rene@PackardProvingGrounds.org or 586-739-4800

 

Purchase Tickets to the 1pm Mother’s Day Brunch by clicking here.

You can also purchase tickets in person with cash or check, (save the online fee) just stop by the PPG site office, seven days a week 9am-3pm and we stay until 7pm on Thursdays.

How to Purchase Tickets:

1. To select seat locations  for the 1pm Mother’s Day Brunch seating click here to go directly to the event page to purchase your tickets. Once on the event page, then click the green button to purchase tickets, as shown below.

3. If you have children in your group, be sure to click the promo code in the upper left and use either: ‘child-under-12’ or ‘Under5’ for the children under 12 ticket prices and apply the discount.

4. Click the ‘edit tickets’ button to change the location of the seats you’d like to reserve.

 

5. Select, “Checkout” when ready to make your purchase. Be sure to call or email to reserve a high chair or booster seat ahead of the event. Rene@PackardProvingGrounds.org or 586-739-4800

Packard Proving Grounds presents Mother's Day Brunch 2020. Held on Sunday, May 10th, 2020. Four seatings: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm. Catered by Chowhound Gourmet. Limited reserved seating. $35 per person. $12 kids 12 and under. Free kids 5 and under. Advanced ticket purchase required. Great food, historic tours and photos with Mom by a classic Packard car.

When purchasing tickets for our 2020 Mother’s Day Brunch, use these codes to apply kids’ discounts:

  • ‘Child-under-12’ (enter code to get the $12 ticket price)
  • ‘Under5’ (enter this code for children under 5 – free)

Be sure to call or email to reserve a high chair or booster seat ahead of the event. Rene@PackardProvingGrounds.org or 586-739-4800

 

Purchase Tickets to the 12pm Mother’s Day Brunch by clicking here.

You can also purchase tickets in person with cash or check, (save the online fee) just stop by the PPG site office, seven days a week 9am-3pm and we stay until 7pm on Thursdays.

How to Purchase Tickets:

1. To select seat locations  for the 12pm Mother’s Day Brunch seating click here to go directly to the event page to purchase your tickets. Once on the event page, then click the green button to purchase tickets, as shown below.

3. If you have children in your group, be sure to click the promo code in the upper left and use either: ‘child-under-12’ or ‘Under5’ for the children under 12 ticket prices and apply the discount.

4. Click the ‘edit tickets’ button to change the location of the seats you’d like to reserve.

 

5. Select, “Checkout” when ready to make your purchase. Be sure to call or email to reserve a high chair or booster seat ahead of the event. Rene@PackardProvingGrounds.org or 586-739-4800

Packard Proving Grounds presents Mother's Day Brunch 2020. Held on Sunday, May 10th, 2020. Four seatings: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm. Catered by Chowhound Gourmet. Limited reserved seating. $35 per person. $12 kids 12 and under. Free kids 5 and under. Advanced ticket purchase required. Great food, historic tours and photos with Mom by a classic Packard car.

When purchasing tickets for our 2020 Mother’s Day Brunch, use these codes to apply kids’ discounts:

  • ‘Child-under-12’ (enter code to get the $12 ticket price)
  • ‘Under5’ (enter this code for children under 5 – free)

Be sure to call or email to reserve a high chair or booster seat ahead of the event. Rene@PackardProvingGrounds.org or 586-739-4800

 

Purchase Tickets to the 11am Mother’s Day Brunch by clicking here.

You can also purchase tickets in person with cash or check, (save the online fee) just stop by the PPG site office, seven days a week 9am-3pm and we stay until 7pm on Thursdays.

How to Purchase Tickets:

1. You can purchase tickets right on Facebook by clicking here (no cost difference from purchasing on the Eventbrite site), however, the seat locations are automatically selected for you.  Click ‘next’ in the lower right on the Facebook event page to go ahead and purchase your tickets this way.

 

2. If you’d like to be able to select seat locations  for the 11am Mother’s Day Brunch seating click here to go directly to the event page to purchase your tickets. Once on the event page, then click the green button to purchase tickets, as shown below.

3. If you have children in your group, be sure to click the promo code in the upper left and use either: ‘child-under-12’ or ‘Under5’ for the children under 12 ticket prices and apply the discount.

4. Click the ‘edit tickets’ button to change the location of the seats you’d like to reserve.

 

5. Select, “Checkout” when ready to make your purchase. Be sure to call or email to reserve a high chair or booster seat ahead of the event. Rene@PackardProvingGrounds.org or 586-739-4800

23rd Annual Car Show & Swap Meet

 

The Packard Motor Car Foundation is proud to present an entertaining and informative lecture by Terry Ernest about the Gar Wood Boat Factory on Thursday evening, April 2nd, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the Packard Proving Grounds 49965 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Township.

Garfield Arthur “Gar” Wood began building boats at a factory he purchased in 1916 in Algonac. His boats were well built and popular and, after a few years, demand for them began to exceed production capacity at the Algonac factory. In 1930, Wood built a larger, more modern boat factory in Marysville. For nearly two decades, this factory produced some of the finest wooden boats in the world. It was here in 1932 that Wood built the Miss America X, currently housed at the Packard Proving Grounds. This wooden racing boat, built mainly of spruce and mahogany, is just over 39 feet long and is powered by four Packard V12 engines. It was built to compete in the Harmsworth Trophy race of that year and, with Gar Wood at the helm, it succeeded in beating the more powerful British boat.

Terry Ernest is a life-long car enthusiast as well as founder and president of the Wills Sainte Claire Auto Museum in Marysville. His interest in automotive and local history compelled him to create this program about Gar Wood, his amazing boats, and his modern factory. Although Wood’s boat factory no longer stands, Terry will present images of the building from the 1930’s during his presentation.

The Miss America X (MAX) is on display at the Packard Proving Grounds, and a tour will follow the presentation.