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Mickey Shemin and John Riley traveled in late June to select a base hotel and plan our Annual General Meeting, scheduled for the weekend of September 30-October 2. Attending club members arrive on Friday, September 30 and will gather for drinks in the patio and dinner in the Founders Room at our base hotel, The Middlebury Inn. Saturday we visit four of the five covered bridges of Addison County, breaking for lunch and tech session at the home and workshop in Weybridge of longtime member Eric Killorin, his wife Betsy, and their sons. Eric has a fine Riley RMB and a 1924 Duesenberg, both inherited from his father, Karl, an early club member. Saturday night we will conduct our Annual General Meeting and dine at the Basin Harbor Club in nearby Vergennes. Sunday we will stop off at the fifth and final covered bridge in the county on our way to the great barn at Shelburne Farms. At noon our cars will half surround the carousel that adjoins the circus building at the Shelburne Museum while we tour its world famous collection, and Sunday night conclude our three day meet with an awards dinner aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen while cruising Lake Champlain.

Four inns have reserved rooms for us. It would be best if members with Riley cars in attendance book the Middlebury Inn, as a majority of rooms held for us adjoin the parking lot. Owners would have immediate access to their cars from front doors of their rooms. The inns are:

The Middlebury Inn, 14 Court Square, Middlebury, VT 05753. (800) 842-4666. Erin O’Shaughnessy, senior sales & marketing manager.

The Inn on the Green, 71 South Pleasant Street, Middlebury, VT 05733 (888) 244-7512. Brenda Grove, innkeeper.

Middlebury Courtyard by Marriott, 309 Court Street, Middlebury, VT 05733. (800) 388-7775. Robin Vaughan, sales manager. Rooms remain available.

Waybury Inn, 457 East Main Street, East Middlebury, VT 05740. (802) 388-4015. Tracey Getty, Innkeeper. Farthest away, but the model for the inn in the last Newhart television series.

Last Minute Additions: As our event approaches, a majority of the inns listed above are booked, although we recommend you check them for last minute cancellations. Hurricane Irene forced cancellation of a lot of long-held reservations in Vermont. According to the Middlebury Chamber of Commerce, the following B & Bs may have rooms available. All have websites you can check for details. We have not negotiated any special rate with these late recommendations. They are:

Greystone Motel, Box 1395, Route 7 South, Middlebury, VT 05733,, (802) 388-4935.

Emilio Guest House, 394 East Main Street, East Middlebury, VT 05740, (802) 388-2156.

Clara Zeno House, 31 Court Street, Middlebury, VT 05733, (802) 759-2103, office, (802) 989-0008, cell, closest to Middlebury Inn.

Kane’s Suite, 28 High Street, Middlebury, VT 05753, (802) 388-1162,, Maureen Kane, innkeeper.

Our weekend is near the peak of fall colors, so rooms at the above inns are in demand. If calling the top four inns in this story, don’t forget to mention that you are a member of The Riley Motor Club Of North America. Please book as soon as you can. After our dinner cruise Sunday night we have an hour’s return drive from Burnlington to Middlebury. Those leaving early Monday from Burlington might consider spending Sunday night in an inn or motel in that city.

Attendees at last autumn’s Riley Motor Club Of North America Annual General Meeting at Allenberry Resort, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. Many have re-enlisted for this fall’s AGM at Middlebury Inn, Middlebury, Vermont. For a closer view of the group, click on the photo.

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