A motor coach filled with Relyance Bank Crown clubbers and guests left White Hall for a Kentucky vacation. The first major stop was at “the best whistle-stop between Memphis and Nashville” where the group had down home cooking at the world famous Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store Restaurant. After lunch, the travelers had time to take in the historic home and railroad museum, the shoppes at Casey Jones Village and the village chapel, a 100+ year old church from Haywood county.
After an afternoon ride, they stopped for the night at Elizabethtown, Kentucky. The next morning, the clubbers headed to Cincinnati, Ohio, where they stopped at Kenwood Towne Center for a little shopping and lunch. They then headed to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, where they got an opportunity to feed the giraffes. They were really excited to see one of the zoo’s newest additions, baby hippo Fiona.
That evening they had dinner at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen before checking into their home away from home for the next few days.
Wednesday, the travelers spent time at the 75,000 square-foot Creation Museum, where they had the opportunity to see the Bible come to life. The biblical journey began in the Garden of Eden and continued through the historic stories in the Bible. They saw state of the art exhibits throughout and strolled through the botanical gardens and petting zoo. They even watched some as they zip-lined over the gardens. They toured some of the sites in Cincinnati before returning to the hotel to freshen up for their dinner party that night at Blue Ash.
The next day, they headed to the Ark Encounter at Williamstown, Kentucky.
“The group was struck with awe at the sheer size of the Ark, built strictly by the dimensions given in the Bible; the three decks were an exhibit of incredible artisanship like no other. It was hard to imagine how they built such an Ark before all the power tools and equipment of today. The group enjoyed another day of experiencing Bible history in a way that was never possible before the building of the Ark,” according to a spokeswoman.
Later, the travelers headed the Toyota Manufacturing plant at Georgetown, Kentucky. North America’s largest Toyota manufacturing plant produced the first American-made Camry in 1988 and the first car is still on the showroom floor.
This plant has built more than 10 million vehicles and employs around 7,000 people full-time. The group was surprised to see and hear more about the manufacturing plant that makes more than 2,000 cars a day, including the Camry and the Lexus ES 350. The group buckled up for a ride around the plant on a guided, tram-driven tour.
The Newport Aquarium, which showcases thousands of animals from around the world, was the first stop the following day and the group enjoyed seeing, touching and participating in interactive activities, like touching a shark or a starfish and/or meeting a penguin, according to the spokeswoman.
Lunch at the first authentic Hofbrauhaus in America was one of the highlights of the day as the clubbers joined a German class of students dancing and singing along with the entertainer as they ate traditional German food. Many tried the German twist on a Louisville special, “The Hot Brown.” After an overnight in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, the group started their journey home.
Crown Club members and guests on this tour were Jackie and Bob Barringer, Pat Bethea, Barbara Wegner, Steve Blasche, Maxine Kline, Gail and Keith Boyd, Jane Weatherford, Tenie Bullard, Katherine Keahey, Ethel Crowley, Rena Harrison, Elaine and Tommy Dial, Nancy and John Gore, Bettye and Jimmy Johnson, BJ Lambert, Renee and Ron Kimsey, Rana McClain, Barbara Miller, Donna Barnhart, Vicki Neal, Rose Hall, Dave Mentink, Mary Lytle, Nancy and Bob Rosen, Kathy and Sam Smith, Wanda and Buddy Sturdivant, Doris and John Vailes, Linda and Rayvon Vailes, Mary and Claude Wilbern, Becky Reed, Marilyn McKelvie and Johnita Waddle.
Cindy Cullins, Crown Club director escorted the tour and reminded the group to sign up for the Christmas tour to Charleston and Myrtle Beach in November.