2006 40th Anniversary Visit in Saline

September 6 - September 20, 2006

The official visit in Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the twinning of Saline and Brecon is September 6 - September 20, 2006 in Saline. 21 Brecon visitors are in staying in homes with Saline families. You can see photos of some of the highlights during the visit on this page.

Page 1

The Itinerary

The Welsh Have Landed


Page 2

A Visit to the Michigan State Capitol  photos added September 16

A Trip to Lake Michigan and the Tabor Hill Winery  photos added September 16

American Football at the University of Michigan Stadium


 Page 3

Niagara Falls and Toronto


 Page 4

Free Time with Friends in Saline


 Page 5

Picnic at Curtiss Park


Page 6

A Farewell to Friends



The Itinerary

Wednesday, September 6


Evening free with Host Families


Thursday, September 7

7:30 a.m. - Tour  of Michigan State Capitol in Lansing

  • Depart 7:30

  • Tour Capitol on arrival

  • Lunch Clare's Restaurant

  • Tour Michigan Historical Museum

  • Return arrival in Saline 6:00 p.m.


6:00 p.m. - Official Welcome Ceremony at Saline City Hall

Open to the Public

Friday, September 8

7:30 a.m. - Tabor Hill Winery Tour


  • Depart 7:30 a.m.

  • Lunch at Tabor Hill Winery

  • Lake Michigan visit

  • Return arrival in Saline 6:00 p.m.


Evening free with Host Families


Saturday, September 9

Football - Michigan v. Central Michigan at University of Michigan Stadium

or other activities with Host Families

  • Noon kick-off

Sunday, September 10

Day free with Host Families


Monday, September 11

Bus Tour to Niagara Falls


Tuesday, September 12 - Wednesday September 13

Continue tour to Toronto, Canada


Thursday, September 14

Return to Saline by bus

  • Depart Toronto noon

  • Arrive Saline 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

  Evening free with Host Families  
Friday, September 15 Tour Saline High School
  • time TBA
Saturday, September 16 Day free with Host Families  
Sunday, September 17

Noon - Potluck Dinner at Curtiss Park



Open to the Public
  • Bring a dish to pass to serve 8-10
  • Meat chips, pop, water and paper products will be provided.
Monday, September 18

Tour River Rouge Plant and Greenfield Village


  • Depart 8:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 lunch on your own
  • 12:45 continue tour of Village
  6:30 p.m.- Pizza Party at Keezer home  
Tuesday, September 19 Morning free with Host Families  
  5:30 p.m.- Farewell Dinner at Tri-County Sportsmen's Club  Open to the Public
  • $12.00 per person
  • Choice of Steak or Chicken or Salmon, and dessert and coffee or lemonade
  • Cash bar
  • Entertainment.
  • Tickets available August 1

The Welsh Have Landed

Following a first day trip to the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, the visitors' bus brought them directly to Saline City Hall for the official welcome ceremony.
Current Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell welcomed Brecon Deputy Mayor Cllr. Rosemary Evans and the contingent of Brecon visitors at Saline City Hall on September 7. Mayor Driskell presented a crystal dragon sculpture on behalf of the City of Saline.
Former Mayors Hon. Donald E. Shelton and Mark Hopper greeted the Brecon visitors and the host families. Judge Shelton welcomed the group with the Saline Brecon Friendship Toast.
Cllr. Evans presented Mayor Driskell  with a beautiful painting of Llanfaes Bridge in Brecon and a sculpture depicting a Welsh shepherd and part of his flock.
An overflow crowd joined the welcome ceremony.
On behalf of former Brecon Mayor and Mayoress Arthur and Dilys Bowley, Ian Gerrish presented the City of Saline with a new Welsh flag, which was promptly raised by Police Chief Paul Bunton to fly at City Hall during the visit.
The Saline Fiddlers Restrung entertained during the social reception after the ceremony. The reception was a grand time renewing old friendships and making new ones.
And the evening concluded with Ian Gerrish "tripping the light fantastic" with an unidentified, totally innocent and unsuspecting man from Saline.

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