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Boxster Summit 2017
May 31 - June 4, 2017
Little Switzerland, NC
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  2017 Schedule of Events:

Blue Ridge Boxster Summit 2017 will officially commence on Thursday, June 2nd with the meet-and-greet at Little Switzerland, North Carolina's Switzerland Inn, followed by the kickoff dinner. A full schedule of Boxster-related social and driving activities will follow on Friday and Saturday. Sunday's breakfast will conclude the event, with fond farewells.  Optional early activities will begin on Wednesday, May 31st for those who wish to get an early start.

The schedule below was the planners’ schedule for the 2017 event. This schedule will change when plans are made for 2017.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
9:00 AM - 11:15 AM  Leave Switzerland Inn parking lot and drive to Charlotte and the NASCAR Hall of Fame; others plan to arrive en route. Set GPS to 400 East Martin Luther King Blvd., Charlotte, NC.
11:15 AM - 2:30 PM  "BRBS Cruises Charlotte and Mayberry"

NASCAR Hall of Fame - 
400 East Martin Luther King Blvd., Charlotte, NC

Parking: The parking garage is located at 500 S. Brevard St. for $15. There is an open lot for $6 across the street at S. Caldwell St. and E. 3rd St. The open lot is recommended, unless a covered garage is desired.

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Tickets: $19.95 per person; Seniors $17.95 with ID ; $5 for the audio tour; and $5 per Simulator ride.

We'll start in the High Octane Theater which features a 64 foot wide projection screen with surround sound where we'll watch a movie that traces NASCAR’s historic roots from the sandy beaches of Daytona to present day. This movie has high production quality and is both entertaining as well as educational. It will set up a great day of exploring the museum.

We'll move on to the Great Hall and Glory Road which has served as one of the most prominent focal points and signature exhibits since the NASCAR Hall of Fame opened in May 2010. Encircling the Great Hall, Glory Road features 18 historic cars that tell the story of NASCAR reflecting the six generations of NASCAR premier series race cars that have been driven and built by some of the sport's most celebrated drivers, owners and mechanics. And don't miss the Ride Simulator!

From there, we'll move into The Hall of Honor where NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductees are enshrined, celebrated and honored over the years, and then on to Race Week which will take us behind the scenes for a look at how a NASCAR team and the NASCAR industry prepare for race day each week.

On to Heritage Speedway with more than 200 artifacts that will walk us through NASCAR’s storied past decade by decade. In this exhibit, we’ll find iconic moments illustrated through artifacts that capture the personality of the legends who paved the way for today’s drivers along with unexpected memorabilia and relics that pay homage to the sport’s deep-seated roots. 

Lunch will be available in the Pit Stop Cafe

Alternate Tour of museums and shops around the Hall of Fame: Meet Angie Purtell, leader of the walking tour, at 11:15 p.m. at the entrance to the Hall of Fame, where the group will begin its tour of Downtown Charlotte and decide on optional places to visit.
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM  Leave Charlotte and travel to Forest City, NC
3:45 PM - 5:30 PM  Bennett Classics Auto Museum at 241 Vance Street, just off W. Main Street, Forest City, NC. Directions from NASCAR Hall of Fame: https://goo.gl/8p4ohs

Having a wide variety of vehicles, including a lot of unrestored originals from Model T’s to Mack Trucks, a Shelby mustang, to the retired Forest City American LaFrance Fire truck, this museum will take us back to the days of our parents’ and grandparents’ “coming of age” and, in some cases, our own!

Don’t miss the 1963 Ford Mayberry Sheriff’s Car signed by Don Knotts a/k/a Barney Fife! The museum is about preserving the automobile history for generations of the past, present and future, all under one roof. Special BRBS rate is $8 per person.

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM  Return to Little Switzerland.
7:00 PM - ??  Join other early-arrivers and locals at the Switzerland Inn's Terrace Bar overlooking the pool and the Blue Ridge mountain valley for an evening of music with Wayne Taylor, oysters, wings, and other goodies.
 
Thursday, June 2, 2016
8:55 AM - 10:15 AM  Leave Switzerland Inn parking lot and travel to Asheville. 

Parking in Asheville will be at the city-owned garage at the bottom of the Aloft Hotel at 51 Biltmore Ave. Pay when you leave the parking deck. Parking in Asheville can be problematic. We anticipate this garage can accommodate our entire group; but if not, park nearby.

8:55 AM - 3:30 PM  "BRBS Cruises Asheville" - Last year, we took you on a quiet, relaxing train ride through the western North Carolina mountains.

This year, it won't be quiet, but it will be fun! We'll be boarding the LaZoom Comedy Tour Bus for its special BRBS Edition. We'll see all the interesting spots in and around Asheville, while being entertained by Buster Guy, Earline Hooch and others!

We'll have the whole bus for two 90-minute tours. The first group will board at 10:15 a.m. and the second group at 12:15 p.m. at French Broad Food Co-Op at 90 Biltmore Avenue in Downtown Asheville.  There will be a 10 minute mid-tour break at the Grove Arcade.

For those leaving from Switzerland Inn, the first group will leave the Inn no later than 8:55 a.m.

We'll all gather afterwards for lunch at the famous Pack's Tavern 20 S. Spruce St, Asheville, NC  in the heart of Downtown adjacent to Pack Square Park! It's an easy 6 minute walk from the French Broad Food Co-op where the LaZoom bus will drop off. Lunch will be self-pay and menu-ordered. The first group should be there around 1:30 p.m.; the second group will come directly after being dropped off the bus.

While waiting to board the LaZoom Bus, or while waiting for lunch to start, there are many places to visit; check out these spots right around where we will be, all in easy walking distance:

Lexington Glass Works, 81 S. Lexington Ave, was "born out of the desire to create timeless and innovative hand-blown glass; each piece is skillfully crafted using century old techniques and locally sourced material with the singular goal of creating top-notch work." Watch the artists at work and browse the gallery.

Mast General Store, 15 Biltmore Ave. BRBS alumni know this store well and may have visited other store locations. This art-deco building and the shopping experience inside is worthy of a visit.

Grove Arcade, One Page Avenue: Shop in this exquisite architectural building; from sophisticated furniture to American and Italian designer clothing to arts and crafts straight out of our mountain valleys, you will find something unique and local when shopping here.

After lunch - Before heading back to Little Switzerland, you may want to check out:

French Broad Chocolate Lounge
, 10 S. Pack Sq. Yes, a chocolate lounge! Pick up some sweet treats, or just sit around and enjoy the decadence!

Asheville Pinball Museum, 1 Battle Square- After lunch --it opens at 2 p.m.--for only $13, play over 30 pinball machines ranging from 1966 To 2014 for as long as you like, plus over 25 classic video games, and a few novelty games. Across From The Grove Arcade.
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM  Mosey back to Switzerland Inn to get ready for the Opening Dinner.
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM  “Boxster Beers” in the Boxster Pub at the Switzerland Inn
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM  BRBS Meet and Greet at the Terrace Bar!
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM  "Mom’s Menu Before the Sock Hop" Opening Dinner included in registration in The Chalet at the Switzerland Inn. 

Enjoy some of your favorite comfort foods from high school--okay, we put some spinach in the mac n' cheese; but Mom says spinach is good for you--meet new friends and catch up with old ones, and find out more of what's in store over the next couple of days. Quick answer to what's in store: Lots of Play Time!

Dress: You've-just-arrived-from-cruising-Asheville-or-from-a-long-day's-travel-from-home dress. We just want to see your smiling, playful faces!
10:00 PM - 10:30 PM  Brief meeting of the Fun Run Team Leaders in the Main Lodge lobby
10:00 PM - ??  Retire to the “Boxster Pub” and join your new and old friends for fun and fellowship, drinks and music!
 
Friday, June 3, 2016
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM  "BRBS Breakfast Buffet" in the Chalet Restaurant at Switzerland Inn. Included in the event registration.
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM  "BRBS 2016 Friday Fun Runs" - Select from eight different Fun Runs depending upon your interest in driving, touring the area, and seeing the sights. Any Fun Run admission fees or lunch costs are not included in the event registration fee. Information will be sent before the event to each group participant with those details.
  1. Wine & Cheese Run East - Last year’s Wine & Cheese Run was so popular, we’re reprising it this year into two different groups.

    For an immersive winery experience, join the Covingtons and the Felts for a drive to Childress Vineyards where the group will enjoy its own private wine tasting, winery tour, and buffet lunch, and each person will receive a souvenir wine glass.

    The group will gather in the parking lot between Chanticleer and Heidi at 8:45 a.m.

  2. Wine & Cheese Run West - Join the Ishlers and the Gamaufs for a tour of Burntshirt Vineyards where the group will enjoy a winery tour, wine tasting and box lunch, and each person will receive a souvenir wine glass. 

    The group will gather in the parking lot in front of the gift & ice cream shoppes at 9:30 a.m.
  3. Tennessee Adventure Run - Join Hugh & Brenda Tackett as they once again plan a trip just north of the border into Tennessee, including a stop at their amazing Porsche Boxster garage, the “Garaj Mahal”, eat at Hugh’s favorite local restaurant, pay homage at Bristol Motor Speedway, and take some fun roads there and back.

    The group will gather in the parking lot in front of the gift & ice cream shoppes at 9:50 a.m.

  4. Blowing Rock & Boone Run - Join Christian and Katie Aybar on this return trip to Blowing Rock via the Blue Ridge Parkway. Venture along BR's Main Street, take in Kilwin's and other local must-see stops, lunch at one of the local restaurants, and lots more! Return to Little Switzerland via U.S. 221.

    The group will gather in the parking lot between Chanticleer and Heidi at 9:45 a.m.

  5. Fun in the Hills Run - Rey Fortney and Juliette Tai will once again lead a group that will run some of the best roads right around Little Switzerland. This group will spend the day exploring US 19W, Jack’s Creek Road, NC 80, NC 197, and the Road to Roan Mountain, with a lunch along the way, stops at country stores, and lots more.

    The group will gather in the parking lot between Chanticleer and Heidi at 10:00 a.m.
  6. Biltmore Estate Segway Tour Run - This guided tour consists of paved and off-road surfaces. After instruction and off-road training exercises, your expert guide will lead the way down a paved path to the Lagoon. From the Lagoon, the tour continues on hard-packed dirt and gravel surfaces. Before making your way back, you will take a break and enjoy a wonderful view of Biltmore House. This tour covers 5.5 miles on paved and off-road trails and will take approximately 2 hours.

    The group will gather in the parking lot between Chanticleer and Heidi at 8:05 a.m., with a prompt leave time at 8:15 a.m.

  7. Back of the Dragon - You’ve done the famed Tail of the Dragon. Now, you need to do Back of the Dragon! For those wanting a long Run, and taking in a legendary 32-mile stretch of road, this is for you!

    The group will gather in the parking lot in front of the gift & ice cream shoppes at 8:20 a.m.
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM  "Afternoon Time with the BRBS Shade Tree Mechanics Stefan and Maurice" - Join the official BRBS Shade Tree Mechanics as they work on DIY projects in the parking lot of the Switzerland Inn.
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM  Free Time to cruise the area, visit the shops in and around the Fun Run locations, and mosey back to Little Switzerland to get ready for Friday Night!
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM  "Rock 'N Roll Drive-In Theater" -- Dinner on the Terrace at Switzerland Inn, included in the registration fee.

Celebrate BRBS Turning 18, as we enjoy photos from this year's event on our own drive-in theater screen which, as older alumni will remember, began many years ago as a large bed sheet hung over the balcony of a second floor Main Lodge room! Relax under the stars, listen to music from our younger years, and unwind from a busy day.

Special presentation by the "BRBS Oldies But Goodies" you won't want to miss!

Dress: Whatever "senior-year-of-high-school dress" means to you!
10:00 PM - 10:30 PM  A Late Night Drive to Nowhere . . . The night and the roads are yours!
10:30 PM - ??  Back to the “Boxster Pub” . . . more fun, fellowship and music at the Switzerland Inn!!
 
Saturday, June 4, 2016
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM  Enjoy the "BRBS Breakfast Buffet" in The Chalet at Switzerland Inn, included in the registration fee.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM  “Boxster Shine and Show!” – Gather out on the main lawn at the Switzerland Inn. For those not showing your Boxsters, please stay parked in the upper parking lot the night before to expedite the line-up. Use the 'Show and Shine Spec Sheet' links on the Roster to create and print your spec sheet for your windshield.
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM   "BRBS 2016 Fun Run - Day 2 Optional Runs" - Select from eight different optional Fun Runs depending upon your interest in driving, touring the area, and seeing the sights; or just relax and make your own fun for the day.
  1. French Broad River Rafting Run - Caravan to the French Broad River and enjoy a white-water rafting trip taking in Class I-III rapids. This river is much warmer than the Nantahala--BRBS alumni from three years ago will remember how chilly those waters were! This trip will include a lunch en route along the river. Cost is $54 per person, which includes lunch.

    The group will gather in the parking lot in front of the gift & ice cream shoppes at 8:05 a.m. sharp. 
  2. Folk Arts Center "Clay Day" Run - Travel down the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Folk Arts Center and celebrate “Clay Day”. Potters and other ceramic artists from the Southern Highland Craft Guild share a variety of techniques such as throwing, sculpture and coil-building. This event features the opportunity to glaze and watch the firing of raku pots. Raku is a ceramic firing process which uses fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs.

    This group will meet immediately after Thursday evening's dinner in the Main Lobby of the Inn to set its leave time.

  3. Biltmore House & Gardens Run - Caravan to the famous Biltmore House and Gardens in Asheville, NC. Your self-guided visit of the House will include a stroll through America's largest home on a marked route, assisted by knowledgeable guides along the way. The house tour takes 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the group’s pace. The group will also tour the famous Gardens and decide on a number of different lunch options. 

    The group will gather in the parking lot in front of the gift & ice cream shoppes at 9:30 a.m., unless a different time is agreed-upon Thursday evening. 
  4. Navitat Zipline - Join Ron Kucynski on the ultimate Blue Ridge ziplines at Navitat, including the longest, highest, and fastest zipline in the south at more than 2/3-mile!.  Nowhere else will you find ziplines this long, this high, and this fast integrated into a truly spectacular wilderness setting. Cost will depend upon which routes each person signs up for.

    If you have selected this event, you should have received emails from Ron with further details. Plan to meet briefly with Ron in the Main Lobby of the Inn immediately after dinner Friday evening to finalize your group and departure times. 

    Group of 9 at 11:50am, arrive at Navitat by 11:30am, depart Switzerland Inn by 10:25am
    Group of 8 at 12:10am, arrive at Navitat by 11:50am, depart Switzerland Inn by 10:45am
    Group of 8 at 12:30am, arrive at Navitat by 12:10am, depart Switzerland Inn b11:05am
  5. Al & Missy's Toe River Studio Run - Join Al & Missy Waschka in touring the Toe River June Studio, sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council, which is perhaps the largest and the longest running studio tour in the country. You will find craftspeople and artists in nearly every medium, many tops in their field and several new-to-the-tour participants.

    The group will gather in the parking lot between Heidi & Chanticleer at 9:30 a.m. 

  6. Mt. Mitchell to Mt. Craig Hike - Take in both the highest and the second highest peaks east of the Mississippi in one trip! Join Bradley Anderson and Karen Kustafik in a caravan to Mt. Mitchell State Park where, in celebration of the North Carolina State Parks Centennial celebration, you’ll join park staff for a 2.3 mile round trip hike to the second highest peak east of the Mississippi Mount Craig. Named in honor of Governor Locke Craig 1913-1917 who was largely responsible for creating Mount Mitchell as North Carolina’s first state park; rising to 6,647 feet in elevation you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding watersheds. The hike is rated moderate to strenuous. The drive there is rated spectacular!

    The group will gather in the parking lot in front of the gift & ice cream shoppes at 9:30 a.m. sharp. 

  7. Asheville Segway Tour Run - Travel down the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoy a 2˝ hour Segway tour of the fun places to see in Downtown Asheville. 

    This group will set its own leave time.

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If you choose not to participate in one of the organized Fun Runs, you may also choose to make this time yours to explore the Blue Ridge ParkwayDiamondback 226A Loop, shop, relax, and just have a fun time! 

Some options:

Grandfather Mountain - The highest mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountain Range at 5,964 feet is a scenic travel attraction and world class nature preserve. Cost is $20/adult - $2 off for seniors and AAA members. Grandfather Mountain is located on US Highway 221, two miles north of Linville, North Carolina, and one mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 305 .

Chimney Rock Park - Take a deep breath of refreshing mountain air, become invigorated by our hiking trails, and let your cares fade away in the cool mist of Hickory Nut Falls. This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and spend time with family and friends. Only minutes from Lake Lure, Chimney Rock offers the best of the mountains in one place – spectacular 75-mile views, hiking trails for all ages, a 404-foot waterfall, a variety of events and more. Note: The Elevator is still out of commission!

Chimney Rock Village - Chimney Rock Village is situated in one of the most beautiful natural settings in all the mountains of western North Carolina - Hickory Nut Gorge. The Village lies directly below the famous vistas of Chimney Rock Mountain and contains almost three miles of the scenic Rocky Broad River.

The Biltmore Estate - Explore George Vanderbilt’s extraordinary home, beautiful gardens, and Antler Hill Village & Winery, nestled on 8,000 acres in the mountains of Asheville, NC.

Explore Asheville - Asheville is that type of unique, special place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memories for years to come. The city's rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect retro-urban backdrop to the edgy energy that emanates from the locally owned-shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues.

Linville Gorge - Linville Gorge NC Wilderness region is part of the preserved
and federally managed Pisgah National Forest. Formed by Jonas Ridge to 
the east and Linville Mountain to the west, over 12,000 acres are considered 
some of the most beautiful and unspoiled along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Woody's Chair ShopEmerald VillageThe Orchard at Altapass

3:30 PM - 6:00 PM  "Afternoon Time with the BRBS Shade Tree Mechanics Stefan and Maurice" - Join the official BRBS Shade Tree Mechanics for the second day of working on DIY projects in the parking lot of the Switzerland Inn.
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM  Cocktail Reception hosted by Karl, Ron, Mary and Nell. - Gather around the Terrace Bar at the Switzerland Inn -- complimentary draft beer and wine, cash liquor bar.
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM  “BRBS 2016 'Coming of Age' Dinner” at the Switzerland Inn.

BRBS has turned 18 - time to celebrate. We're wrapping a prom dinner and grad night all into one. Enjoy the final night banquet with door prizes and lots of conversation!

What to wear?! Anything goes for this night. Standard BRBS Last Night dress, which means anything from blue jeans to khakis/slacks for men, and comparable for women; to whatever you wore to your prom; to whatever you wore to graduation. Anything that says you've "come of age!"
10:00 PM - 2:00 AM  “Final Stand at the Boxster Pub”. More fun, fellowship, drinks, and live music by John Vance and Jodi Lovelace.
 
Sunday, June 5, 2016
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM  Breakfast on your own; The Chalet restaurant at Switzerland Inn will be open for breakfast.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM  Fond farewells and send-offs... until we meet again... at BRBS 2017 when we turn 19!

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