A deluxe motorcoach filled with Relyance Bank Crown Club members traveled to Upper Michigan and Mackinac Island recently.


The travelers stopped in Sikeston, Mo., where they had lunch and toured The Sikeston Depot Museum. Don Sahli, an American Painter had a temporary exhibit on display. The group later pressed on to Effingham, according to a news release.


After breakfast, the Crown Clubbers stopped to reflect at the Cross at the Crossroads, built in 2001 and towers above Interstates 57 and 70 at 198 feet tall. The cross was made with 180 tons of steel and is seen by more than 50,000 travelers every day. There is a welcome center and plaques with the Ten Commandments at the base.


The group continued to the University of Illinois, where they had a guided tour of the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures.


The spent the night at Lansing, Mich. They then traveled to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum and explored the life and times of Gerald R. Ford, Michigan’s only President.


After a few more stops, they arrived at Mackinaw City. The following morning, they took a ferry to Mackinac Island.


“They enjoyed a narrated carriage tour of the island. They made several stops around the island at Surrey Hills Museum, Fort Mackinac and the Arch Rock. Before the final stop downtown, the carriage stopped at the Grand Hotel, the world’s largest Summer hotel, that has been a national historic landmark since 1887. Most of the Crown Clubbers remained at the hotel to take the tour and enjoy a delicious lunch in Grand style. They also enjoyed wandering through the beautiful gardens and rocking on the world’s largest porch,” according to the release.


Wednesday, the group departed for a cruise on Soo Locks Boat tours.


“They were amazed at one of the busiest lock systems in the world. The United States locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan are just across the water from the Canadian lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. The Soo Locks consist of two canals and four locks: Davis Lock, Poe Lock, MacArthur Lock and the Sabin Lock. They allow many types and sizes to safely traverse the 21-foot drop in the St. Mary’s River between Lake Superior and Lakes Michigan and Huron,” according to the release.


The next morning, the travelers toured more sites including the Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse, where they saw a movie “Shipwrecks of the Straits.” They also visited the Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum.


After lunch they visited Colonial Michilimackinac, a reconstructed community built on more that 60 years of archaeological excavation. They looked on as excavators continued their work.


Friday morning, the group traveled to Frankenmuth “Michigan’s Little Bavaria.” They spent time at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store. They had time for shopping, lunch and time to tour the facilities and the Silent Night Memorial Chapel. The chapel is a replica of the chapel of Orndorff, near Salzburg, Austria. On the chapel grounds, there are plaques with the hymn “Silent Night” in over 300 languages.


The group also went to Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. The Conservatory was constructed between 1906 and 1908, it was designed by Jensen in collaboration with Prairie School architects, Schmidt, Garden and Martin.


Cindy, Crown Club director, made a surprise stop to pick up some Garrett’s Popcorn for the group. The travelers continued to their overnight stop back at Effingham.


Sunday morning the Crown Clubbers made their final trek home with a few stops along the way.


“Sikeston’s Veterans’ park was an inspiring stop. The park hosts an F4 Phantom jet, M-60 battle tank, 1955 Sioux helicopter, 105mm Howitzer and other displays,” according to the release.


“Cindy reminded the group that time is running out to sign up for the fascinating trip to Peru, Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu in April. And, the Western Caribbean cruise featuring Belize, Honduras and Mexico, February 29 – March 8, 2002.”


Those on the recent trip included Dorothy and Wayne Ballew, Sara and James Bearden, Lynell Bowen, Beverly Bruner and Jack Timmons, Elaine and Tommy Dial, Becky Divine, Kay Garrison, Renee and Ron Kimsey, B J Lambert, Sue and Gerald Majors, Vicki Neal, Stacy Heston, Dena and Angelo Parker, Carol Ann and Ken Mitchell, Lisa Raney, Neva O’Brien, Nancy and Bob Rosen, Jo Ann Ruggeri, Rita and George Sevall, Kathy and Sam Smith, Linda and Phillip Smith, Betty and Carter Taylor, Johnita Waddle and Barbara Wegner. Cindy Cullins, club director, escorted the group.