Blackhorse Women's News


3rd quarter, 2018 Thunder Run

By Kathy Tandberg, Women’s Group Co-coordinator



Women’s Luncheon and Tour confirmed


It’s that time again; time to look ahead to the 33rd annual 11th ACVVC Reunion that will be held September 5-9 at Grand Rapids, Michigan.


While the men’s board has been busy these past many months planning this great reunion in one of the nation’s northern states, the Women’s Group has been busy planning for you.




This means we’ve been busy planning another exciting luncheon and tour while we’re at Grand Rapids.

The event is scheduled for Friday, September 7 at 12 noon when we begin boarding buses that will take us to Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.


The park is one of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences. Ranked in the top 100 most-visited art museums worldwide, there’s something for everyone, both indoors and out.  To name a few, the park includes Michigan’s largest tropical conservatory; five indoor themed gardens; outdoor gardens, nature trails by foot or by tram, and boardwalk; sculpture galleries and a permanent sculpture collection.  There’s also a library filled with nature and gardening books, and gift shop. The café is a work of art itself with its décor of blown glass art created by world famous American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. His art is on exhibit around the world and we saw some of it at Columbus, Georgia. It’s also in Las Vegas at several locations.


The Meijer Gardens 158-acre main campus is barrier free and handicap accessible. Since it opened in 1995 after 13 years of planning, Meijer Gardens has attracted more than 10 million visitors.


As if that isn’t enough on its own, I’ve been told by Grand Rapids residents that the Gardens café is a destination on its own, so our tour includes lunch on location in one of their group rooms.


As a group we will be served a Craft Box Lunch that will have your preselected choice between three options, including one that is Gluten Free. The choices are detailed on the Women’s Group Tour and Luncheon registration form you’ll find in this Thunder Run. Your lunch also includes chips, a chef’s choice cookie or brownie, and a choice of canned soda.


As with our other Women’s Group events, you will pay the actual cost of this event, which is $41. Remember this includes transportation, tour and luncheon.


We received a group price so note that you must preregister and prepay with us in advance to hold your place.


Please locate the Women’s Luncheon and Tour Registration form in this Thunder Run, copy or clip it, fill it out completely including your email address, mark your lunch selection, and mail with your check or money order to the address on that form




The Women’s Group annual meeting will be Saturday, September 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. We hope to see you there! We, your board, have reorganized our meeting to make the business portion of it shorter so we can move on to fun things to do or just get to know one another.




This year back on the agenda is our Blackhorse bracelet making session that was on hold thanks to Hurricane Irma who was in uninvited attendance at Orlando. But we’re back on track for Grand Rapids. Remember, this will be done at our Saturday morning Women’s Meeting.


Board member Cherry Platt will be teaching us how to do this. Board members and others have volunteered to help her teach us how to make these amazing red, black and silver beaded Blackhorse bracelets!


Cherry assures me these bracelets are easy to make, taking about a half-hour or so. We’ll be working on these together in groups so we can help each other out. I look forward to the time that will allow us to get to know each other better.


Cherry has already purchased beads and supplies to make kits for 150 people. If you are a beader, think about joining us and helping those who have never beaded before. I’m sure Cherry would appreciate the extra helpers. God bless her, she things she can teach the rest of us board members one night in the Bunker. We’re willing and able … you can let her know at Saturday’s meeting if you are willing.


We should have enough, but just in case … if you know you’ll be joining us to make a bracelet, just in case we have more people come than we have bracelet kits, would you do me a favor and drop me a quick line or simple email and let me know? My information is below. Just send me your name/names if you are planning to join in.


It would be a great help and we can make sure Cherry has more than enough kits so everyone leaves with a bracelet. My contact information is at the end of this article.


Women, family members: if you need further information on our upcoming plans, I can be reached by email at or by phone at 701-870-6868. Mailing address is 3818 Lone Peak Drive, Bismarck, ND 58503.


Also, be sure to check out the Blackhorse Women’s webpage site by going to and locate the large Messages Box in the middle of the page and click. On the next page click on the Blackhorse Women’s News tab in the white box near the bottom.


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