6 p.m. Welcome reception at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Reconnect with old friends over hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar and fifty-fifty raffle. Keep one eye on the parking gallery to see who drives in next—and in what! Please note, no alcohol is allowed to be brought in.
Evening. Hang out at The Dunes Resort. Take a spin on the dance floor, cool off in the pool, enjoy lubricated conversation at the bar or soak in a hot tub (if your room is so equipped).
11 a.m. Parking opens at The Dunes Resort, for any cars that need to enter on Saturday.
1 p.m. Car show at The Dunes Resort. Vote for your favorites on our fun-filled ballot, and turn it in to the registration table (near the pool entrance) by 3:00.
3 p.m. Poolside happy hour.
5:30 p.m. Awards banquet.
7 p.m. Cruise to Oval Beach for a breathtaking taillight glow and sunset on the sandy shore of Lake Michigan.
Evening. Another free-form night at The Dunes Resort.
11:00 a.m. Farewell Brunch at The Dunes.
The Dunes Resort, 333 Blue Star Highway, Douglas. The Dunes is the Midwest’s largest GLBT resort and entertainment complex, and our home for most of our event and evening entertainment. Open year round with six bars, dance floor, outdoor heated pool, outdoor hot tubs, and then there’s the woods. Phone (269) 857-1401.
The Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver Street, Saugatuck. Hosts our Friday evening reception. The center of Saugatuck’s robust and vibrant arts community. Please note, no alcohol is allowed to be brought in.
Oval Beach is where we go for our picture-perfect taillight glow sunset on Saturday. Oval Beach boasts the ideal combination of stunning sand dunes, seclusion and services, earning Saugatuck the nickname “Provincetown of the Midwest.” Hugging the mostly undeveloped dunes of Lake Michigan’s eastern shore, the back dunes area of Oval Beach is perfect for sunbathing in seclusion.
The Town—actually the twin resort towns of Saugatuck and Douglas—draw visitors year-round with their quaint restaurants and boutiques, and vibrant nightlife. Downtown Douglas is walkable from The Dunes Resort; downtown Saugatuck is a two-mile drive north.
The Dunes Resort, 333 Blue Star Highway, Douglas. 81 rooms on twenty acres. Standard and king hotel rooms, one- and two-bedroom cottages/suites, and we typically fill all of them several weeks before the event. Mention that you’re with the Lambda Car Club and get Sunday night free when you stay Friday and Saturday nights. Dial (269) 857-1401, or book online and use group code Lambda2019.
The Blue Star Motel, 167 Blue Star Highway, Douglas. A great alternative if the Dunes is full, or if you’d simply rather retire for the evening someplace where the action isn’t. Within easy walking distance of The Dunes. Phone (269) 348-0199.
The Pines Motor Lodge, 56 Blue Star Highway, Douglas. The Pines used to be our headquarters until we outgrew it. So yeah, we’ve moved on, but we’re still friends. About 6/10 miles north of The Dunes. Phone (269) 857-5211.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this event open to the general public?
The Dunes Resort and Oval Beach remain open to the public during our event. Anyone is welcome to come and look at the cars on Saturday. Membership in Lambda Car Club International is a prerequisite for event registration.
How big is this thing?
Last year we had about 150 people and 100 cars. The more the merrier!
How does the awards program work?
It’s all by popular vote, so there’s no need to stress over a panel of judges assigning (or docking) points. We have over twenty award categories, including all the ones you’d expect, plus a few you might not... like Dunes Delight, Best Grocery-Getter, Best Car for the Drive-In, Most Femme, and Most Butch.
Can I enter two cars for awards? Does it cost extra?
Yes you can, and no it doesn’t. The event fees are all per person; there is no fee for a car per se.
What about “car widows?” Anything for them to do?
Absolutely yes. The towns of Saugatuck and Douglas are very walkable and resortish, offering charming little boutiques selling artwork, clothing, chocolates, ice cream, and such. There are paddlewheel boat rides on the Star of Saugatuck and even duck tours. There’s a lovely riparian boardwalk through the Singapore Yacht Club, where visitors may stroll and admire dockside. (Saugatuck’s original name was Singapore.) They’ll have to get a lift into town, as it’s about two miles. Downtown Douglas is a nice walk from The Dunes, but there’s not as much there.
So do “car widows” have to register and pay for our event then?
The Dunes and Oval Beach are open to the public, so we expect (and welcome) well-behaved casual browsers to stroll through and admire our iron. However, if there is food where you are, then you have to pay to be there, regardless of whether you partake.