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Region 2

Regional Director: 

Christine Waller

 Region 2 Meets in Frankenmuth, Michigan

Often referred to as Michigan’s “Little Bavaria,” a visit to Frankenmuth is truly like visiting Germany without taking a trip across the Pond. The idea of founding Frankenmuth originated with a German missionary named Frederick Wyneken, who was working in the states of Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. In 1840, he wrote an appeal to all the Lutherans in Germany for help, telling them of the hardships of the German pioneers in his region and of the lack of pastors, churches, and schools. This appeal struck the heart of Wilhelm Loehe, pastor of the country church in the village of Neuendettelsau. He organized a mission society and began training teachers and pastors for work in the United States. After correspondence with a pastor in Michigan to recommend a site for the mission colony, Loehe approved the location along the Cass River in Michigan, naming it “Frankenmuth.” The German word “Franken” represents the Province of Franconia in the Kingdom of Bavaria, and the German word “Muth” means courage, thus the city name Frankenmuth means “courage of the Franconians.”

Come join your flow blue friends for a fun-filled weekend in charming Frankenmuth. Spring will have sprung, and the landscape will be awash in an array of beautiful blooms. The meeting will be held May 5-6, 2017, at the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Conference Center. This European-themed inn is located in the heart of the village. The inn has an indoor waterpark, which includes four indoor pools, three whirlpools, and two waterslides. Other recreational activities include tennis courts, an 18-hole miniature indoor golf course, fitness center, and arcade. Consider bringing your children and/or grandchildren for a fun family vacation.

Events will begin early Friday afternoon with a tour of the historic St. Lorenz Lutheran Church followed by a tour of the Frankenmuth area from the vantage point of the Cass River aboard the Bavarian Belle, an authentic stern-driven paddlewheel riverboat. (The boat tour is subject to Mother Nature and the Cass River cooperating.) Once back on land, experience a taste of Germany in the Artisans Kitchen at the Farmers Market.

Friday evening the group will enjoy a German meal at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Saturday’s events include a raffle to benefit the FBICC, the ever-popular show and tell, and table sales. Any attendee may participate in show and tell and the table sales. Table sales are not limited to dealers. The meeting will adjourn by noon on Saturday.

Shopping opportunities, including boutique, book, candy, and wine shops, abound in downtown Frankenmuth. Visit the Lager Mill to learn about Frankenmuth’s brewing heritage.  Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland on the edge of town is considered the world’s largest Christmas store. You can buy Christmas ornaments, trimming, trees, lights, nativities, and collectibles year around. While at Bronner’s, visit the Silent Night chapel, a replica of the original chapel in Oberndorf, Austria, which marks the site where the carol was first sung on Christmas Eve in 1818. The Premium Outlets at nearby Birch Run offer designer fashions at discounted prices.

A group rate of $129 for a standard double room is available for Friday night. A premium double or king room is available for $139, and a suite, which can accommodate up to four people, is available for $204. If you choose to stay Saturday night as well, the room cost is increased by $10 for that night.  There is an extra charge of $15 per person for additional persons in the same room beyond the applicable occupancy. These room rates do not include taxes. To make a lodging reservation, contact the hotel directly no later than April 5, 2017. Be sure to mention you are with the “Flow Blue Club” and provide the group code - 12G9GN. If you are booking more than one room, a request for adjacent rooms must be made at the time of reservation. After April 5, the block of rooms set aside for the group will be released to the public, so the hotel may not honor a room request at the group rate after that date. If you need to cancel a reservation, you must do so within 48 hours prior to arrival to avoid any charges. Check-in is 3 pm. Check out is 11 am. No pets are allowed.

Bavarian Inn
1 Covered Bridge Lane
Frankenmuth, MI  48734
(855) 652-7200 (toll-free)

Please complete and return the attached registration form no later than March 31, 2017.  FBICC members from other regions are strongly encouraged to attend, so contact your fellow flow blue and mulberry friends and encourage them to come. Better yet, bring a friend or family member who is not currently an FBICC member.  Non-members are more than welcome to attend this regional meeting.

Click on the link below to download the registration form: